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What a great day!

Monday, December 10, 2007

I have had an absolutely marvelous day today...all my staying on track and upping my exercise really paid off. Actually I think, drinking all those extra glasses of water, the added trips to the washroom, and finally getting some sleep may have played a big part too. Weigh-in day today, and YES! I broke through my two week plateau...3 pounds eliminated today.
I think the best part about the weight elimination is that it really renewed my determination to regain a healthy lifestyle. Winter months, cold, snowy and dark present a challenge to me in remaining motivated, but this year, with having made a terrific start on changing my lifestyle for a healthier one, I have found it much easier to remain positive and motivated. The weight elimination is a bonus, I'm just thrilled to be enjoying this journey as much as I am. I know I will be successful in living a healthy life.
To everyone who has helped to support, encourage and motivate me, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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DEBHOLLA 12/12/2007 9:55PM

    Congratulations on your great day!! Isn't it wonderful when something positive reinforces our quest for a healthy lifestyle. Go, Wanda, Go!!!

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CALENSARIEL 12/12/2007 3:13PM

    Reading your blog makes me long to look at the world in a different light. Thanks for introducing yourself to me. You have been an inspiration already.


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FLUFF-N-STUFF 12/12/2007 9:47AM

    CONGRATS!!!!!!! You are so wonderful as a suport to me I had to come and say WOW! You are fatastic. And I hope it rubs off a bit on me by just knowing you.

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NJMATTICE 12/11/2007 11:44AM

    You are welcome and thank you right back. It is such a delight to be traveling this journey with you. Enjoy the fruits of your labors. It feels great, deosn't it? This is an exciting journey.

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ALFREDIA 12/11/2007 7:45AM

  Congrats Wanda. Winter is bad time for a lot of us to stay motivated. Glad this has been a great day.


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December...how do I feel

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

December, boy this is a tough month for me. Once again I have lost someone dear to me in the month of November, which carries over into the holiday season. Last year it was my Mom and this year it was my very dear friend.
Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year, filled with so many activities that revolve around family.
I try to remain focused on all the good memories and remember that fun we had together planning Christmas gifts and sharing recipes. To do less than that, would be to dishonor their memory. So despite the tears on occasion, when I find myself getting the blues, I move forward with the knowledge that they are now at peace and still sharing in our holidays, only now in spirit form.
This year I am feeling happier about myself and actually looking forward to some of the gatherings my husband and I will be attending. With my weight elimination so far, I will not be so self-conscious about how I look. I have this little smug feeling going on...as I watch those around me indulging several times a day on all the Christmas goodies floating around at work. I have not even been tempted to have any of those extras...I think because I know they are not forbidden, just not worth paying the price for. I will say that my co-workers have been very good about not pushing things on to me, graciously accept my " no thank you's". I intend to continue to eliminate weight this month, perhaps not as generously as previous months, but eliminate all the same. That being said....I am off to aquasizes now....even if it is -17 degrees below zero!

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ALFREDIA 12/6/2007 11:01PM

  Wanda I'm so sorry for your lose. My husband and I have now lost all of our parents. On holidays I have some dishes from both sides and use them to serve food. It brings such pleasant memories. I feel their presence. Thanksgiving my daughter commented on a couple different things that reminded her of her grandparents. You are right. They are still with us. Not in body but in spirit.

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DIVEGODDESS 12/6/2007 12:16AM

    Sorry about your friend and mom. I lost 7 people over the last 4 years and the holidays bring back memories. I also lost my great-grandmother right on Christmas Eve, and although I was only six then, I have memories of feeling really awful, since she lived with us until I was 5. You have a very positive attitude, you have inspired me to think about the positive.

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DEBHOLLA 12/5/2007 3:58PM

    I understand how you feel about missing loved ones who passed right before Christmas. My mother passed away two years ago on the third of December and I miss her every day BUT I know she would not want me to do any less than celebrate with my lovely family and I feel like that is my gift and tribute to her. You have a lovely attitude Wanda, and it serves you well in your weight loss quest.

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MARLA7 12/5/2007 5:06AM

    Wanda - What an attitude! You've just inspired me! If you can do it, by golly, so can I. I've been down in the dumps myself (no idea why) but I've got to start being more cheerful because after all, it's Christmas time! A happy time of the year. I also think of loved ones who've passed over at this time of year. They definitely would want us to be happy, especially at Christmas time. Your logic on the treats being passed around your office is great! You're a very strong, determined woman Wanda & I'm sure you're going to not only look great but feel great at those gatherings with your dear hubby!

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NJMATTICE 12/5/2007 12:11AM

    You keep your Healthy perspective and you will have the most blessed holiday season ever!

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Am I quitting?

Monday, December 03, 2007

My weigh-in day was today and for the second week in a row I have maintained a status quo! Am I going to let it become an issue...No way! I know that I am eating healthy, I have even upped my exercise routine, even shuffled it around a little. The way I see it, my body is just going through an adjustment to having less weight to lug around. I dropped steadily ever since beginning this journey so a plateau is not unexpected. This is a lifestyle change with no written in stone deadline to meet my goal of 100 pounds weight elimination. I will continue to work at being healthy, after all this is not just a short term 'til I eliminate the weight' journey, this is for life. I am amazed at how I feel about this plateau. In the past, when dieting was all I knew, I would have been stressed out, in tears, frustrated and ready to throw in the towel. Now, I am taking this in stride and focusing only on continuing to honor myself with choices that will serve me a life time. Thanks SP for giving me the motivation and determination to succeed.

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DEBHOLLA 12/4/2007 7:53PM

    I'm stuck as well, Wanda, but like you I know I am making healthy choices and doing my exercise and that is what is really important, not the numbers on the scale. Good for you!!!

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FOSKED 12/4/2007 5:06PM

    Good for you Wanda! I also notice that quite a number of us are 'stuck' right now, but we just have to keep walking the walk and focus on feeling healthy, regardless of what the scale says. And let's enjoy that walk while we're at it!

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NJMATTICE 12/4/2007 9:45AM

    Amen sister. Focusing on the way the Healthy Choices enhance the quality of life and keeping it positive. That's the big difference. Keep taking wonderful care of yourself and the numbers will take care of themselves. Thank you for the continued positive reinforcement.

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MARLA7 12/4/2007 4:59AM

    Wow Wanda. I sure needed to read your blog this morning. I too am at a standstill (but maintaining at least.) Your positive attitude is just the ticket to continue doing what we're doing even though there's no results of the scale moving downward. You're absolutely right...this is a lifetime journey. Your look at the big picture is a lesson I needed to learn today. Thanks! Luv ya, Marla

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NUTMEG25 12/4/2007 1:09AM

    I hope I can do as you do when that happens to me. We had hurricane force winds...look at my blog, No fun trying to eat without electricity and keep the fridge door closed so things won't spoil. Hope that the hibernation won't be to bad on my weight. Nice to be back on line again.

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MEYCHEY 12/3/2007 11:03PM

    Wanda, I know I can trust you to put it all in perspective. I've been reading the posts and blogs of others and everyone seems to be stuck in neutral. Some worry about all the work for which they see no progress, others ready to quit, still others who are trying to think of how to kick start the weight loss. Then I come to your blog - so calm and in control of what you're doing. Faith in your program and in your continued healthful progress. Thanks.

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NEWME2B 12/3/2007 9:41PM

    Hang in there, WANDAH....you are doing great! Great attitude. :)

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What a great day!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Well this morning took some motivation to get going....I knew that I had to take my eldest in to the city to West Edmonton mall...Yikes! it's Christmas time, a weekend and I knew it would be crazy busy. I am not a fan of huge crowds at the best of times...so this morning instead of whining about how crazy it was going to be at the mall and that I was going to have to drive into the city, I decided to take a completely different approach. It's a new month, I have a goal I am aiming for so this called for a new attitude too.
I strapped on my pedometer, reset everything to zero, told myself that this was a great opportunity to do some serious calorie burning and this was good for me. Who cares if the mall is crazy...it's - 18 degrees outside and I need to do something healthy for my body. Off we went, yep the mall was crazy busy, but my daughter accomplished most of her shopping, I even got one gift purchased Whoooooo! But the best part...we walked 2.53 kilometers, and burned 238 calories...even at crowded mall walking pace!
I think I am more happy about the exercise than the fact that I made a start on my Christmas shopping. Yep, life is good when we do an attitude adjustment! What a great day.

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NOR1498 12/2/2007 8:13PM

    It is amazing what a change in attitude can do for you!! I also find the more I exercise (when I am able to) the happier I am! I feel good about myself because I am moving and getting endorphins flowing and then I am happy! And we all know when we feel good about ourselves we can handle things so much better!

Very happy for all your walking and WTG on the Christmas shopping!! One gift down is moving in the right direction!!


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DEBHOLLA 12/2/2007 1:08PM

    Wanda -- Good Job!! I've always been a fan of "turn something bad into something good". I try to do that whenever I have to make a trip somewhere I don't want to go. I turn it around and make it work for me, not something done to me. And a start on your Christmas shopping as well. A red letter day -- sorry it's so cold where you are.

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ABIGAILROSE1 12/2/2007 5:32AM

    Wanda, great idea about the walking, I went to 4 craft shows, yesterday, in and out of the car, and walking as well...ya know. I don't have a pedometer...I just figured out what I am going to ask for, for Christmas...Some days, I don't sit down!!! Good job!

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MEYCHEY 12/1/2007 11:01PM

    Wanda, You are so clever! I hate malls when they are as crowded as now, but going to walk is such a clever way to get in your cardio and not(necessarily) deal with the crowds of shoppers! Luckily for me, our temps never get so low that exercising out of doors is detrimental to your health. Have a great weekend.

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AKAYCAT 12/1/2007 6:48PM

    That is great. What a wonderful way to take advantage of the situation!

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Has Christmas really come to this?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

I find it interesting that as the Christmas season approaches, people become more frantic about finding that "perfect" gift. Each year there seems to be a the need for the gift to be bigger and better than the year before. Christmas has become more about getting than giving. As I listened to some of my co-workers today discussing the wish lists of their children, I have to admit, I was somewhat appalled at the things that these kids had put on their wish list. A skidoo, an entertainment center, a car! These were just the ones that I could remember through the shock of hearing their wants! What was actually more appalling was the fact that these same parents were actually trying to figure out how they could afford to do this.
What happened to the simply things, the things that you really spent time thinking about for that person.
Homemade gifts, I discovered, are definitely not kosher! As well as if you didn't spend a minimum of $200.00 on the gift, it wasn't any good. The conversation, made me take a close look at what we had thought about for our own children (20, 24, and 31). Well, the youngest's wish list consisted of "new buttons" on her winter coat....I admit that she will get more than that, but it certainly won't be large ticket price items. The middle child needs a new sleeping bag, and as he is an avid outdoors man, he will most likely get that. The eldest needs some clothes, and once again, that can be accomodated. Part of me, almost felt ashamed, that somehow I was not being a good parent for not spending money on lavish gifts. Then I took a step back and I looked at the wonderful, caring adults my children have turned into. I felt better about myself and the fact that despite my children liking the lavish gifts, they weren't essential to them and didn't define what Christmas was all about. My eldest suggested that this year instead of buying many small gifts for each other, that we pool our money and donate through World Vision or another such organization. I am very proud to be her parent and the parent of my other two. It is a good feeling to know that you have raised young people to think of others and not just themselves.

“The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.”

This Christmas as you prepare to purchase gifts, take a moment and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.


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FOSKED 12/3/2007 2:44PM

    You are so right, Wanda. In my family, the adults have been drawing lots for many years, although we do buy for the kids (there's only 3 of them). This year my oldest niece (22) decided she wanted in on the lottery, instead of being on the receiving end of so many presents. We're proud of her too.

The presents we give each other have ranged from books and CDs, to shrub removal, plants for the garden, homemade jewellery, candies and baked goods, and goats. Yup. Last year my Dad gave me goat. Fortunately, it went to someone who could actually use it as a source of milk for her kids. Oxfam (and other charities I'm sure) provide opportunities to buy school supplies for children in Africa, family goats, anti-maleria mosquito nets, and lots more. It's a great way of gift-giving, and lets us focus on appreciating the gifts we have, on realizing how privileged we are, and sharing with someone who has been dealt a much poorer hand.

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MARLA7 11/29/2007 6:04PM

    Wanda - Thanks for blogging this. I too know people who think they have to spend, spend, spend in order to have a 'good' Christmas. I can't afford it & don't do it. I try to be practical with gift giving & chose wisely. The most important thing is love, family, kindness to one another, a warm house, clothes, food...that's what counts. It's all become too commercialized. My kids never made a Christmas wish list. We got them what we could & they were happy with it. I remember when I was a kid, I got an orange, some nuts & a candy cane in my stocking. Nowadays some folks think they have to stuff it with money or new car keys. That's crazy. I'm glad you & your family know the true meaning of Christmas. As Nancy said, you ARE blessed! Love ya, Marla

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ANGLER491 11/29/2007 4:22PM


You have every right to be proud! Christmas has become so commercialized over the years. I appreciate it when our kids and grandkids relish the very idea of giving. We're a fast paced society and more often than not we tend to materialize those around us.

Like you, I try to take a step back at times and look at things in a calmer, more realistic view. Is that really needed? Is that to elaborate? Will they use it? Is it a trend?

After a bit, the urge to spend, the urge to spoil dissipates. Reality sets in and the things they need, they truly want and will truly use will be gifted.

When the meaning of Christmas is lost, morality will fail and greed will rule.

My lovely wife says I'm too practical for my own good sometimes.

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NJMATTICE 11/28/2007 11:37PM

    This Christmas will be much like O'Henry's short story "The Gift of the Magi" around my house. New traditions and gifts of the heart. I am looking forward to it. And you are blessed, as i am to have children who understand what really matters at Christmas. Good job Mom and Dad.

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DEBHOLLA 11/28/2007 9:42PM

    My goodness, yes, it just floors me when I hear what other people are buying their children or significant others for Christmas. We get nice gifts that we put a lot of thought into, not necessarily expensive because we can't afford that. I enjoy buying things for the grandchildren; I like Christmas. Instead of all of the five children buying each other gifts, we have a gift exchange to keep costs down for everyone. Our children all have good jobs but some have much better jobs than others and we want to be fair with all. The most important part of our Christmas celebration is the wonderful Christmas eve when we are all together. As the grandchildren get older, I treasure time with them even more because they are so busy with their own lives. I've always tried to teach my children that the true spirit of Christmas is giving, not getting. Have a blessed holiday, Wanda.

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NUTMEG25 11/28/2007 9:11PM

    A MEN!

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