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LAP November challenge check-in

Monday, November 16, 2009

We are halfway through the LAP November challenge, and it is going great! I am getting to know a great group of women, who continue to motivate me to do my best. I have been staying on track a lot better with this challenge.

Thank you Kitty for the challenge! I love it, and I hope that you will continue to have them.

Zeldapliff, Xhastedmomof2, Teachinkids2, Vandalee13, Scrappy_RN, MissBear11 and Katiebug815 thank you so much for the time that you are putting into the challenge! It is great getting to know you. You all have motivated me to do better, and to keep moving no matter what.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

STARTSPARKING 11/19/2009 2:27AM

    I'm glad you are doing well with this challenge. Keep up your great work!

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KATIEBUG815 11/17/2009 9:17PM

    We are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a great challenge!! here's to the 2nd half! emoticon

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DEB2448 11/17/2009 1:34AM

    I agree , the challenge is great!

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 11/16/2009 11:49PM

    It's been great getting to know you too!!! And may I add that you have been doing an awesome job leading team #3!! Woo hoo!!!

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MISSBEAR11 11/16/2009 6:13PM

    Great blog Bobbi. I'm also enjoying the challenge. I don't have as much time this time around as I did last time around but I'm loving it anyways. I keep thinking things will slow down a bit ... heres hoping it will. lol You have a great day ... Go team 3! And go team 1 and 2!

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EDWARDS1411 11/16/2009 3:51PM

    Yes, it is a great challenge Bobbi! Maybe if we do it often enough you and I can be on the same team LOL!! Best Wishes for th second half of the challenge!!!! Cheers, Val :)

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METAMORPHOSISAB 11/16/2009 12:43PM

    Keep up the great work!!! I'm so happy you are enjoying your challenge. Challenge teams always get me fired up too.

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5 things I am thankful for

Friday, November 13, 2009

As part of the LAP challenge, we have to list 5 things that we are thankful for. Here is my list.

1. My husband
2. My kids
3. My house
4. My car
5. My Sparkfriends

There are so many other things that I am thankful for, but right now, these are the one's that are at the top of the list.

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MISSBEAR11 11/14/2009 7:53PM

    Great list. I am thankful for you also. ;). Hugs.

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STARTSPARKING 11/14/2009 8:07AM

    I loved this particular LAP challenge. It is important for me to remember my blessings, especially as Thanksgiving and Christmas get closer. Thank you for sharing your list!

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 11/13/2009 10:47PM

    Very good list!!! I like it!!

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What a day!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Sundays for our family right now is crazy. But today just seemed a little crazier then normal.

My son has been sick this week, and while he is starting to feel better, he is still not 100%. So my hubby and I decided that my son and I would stay home from church this morning. My hubby and daughter go in for Sunday school, and then were going to stay for the service. Well, my hubby calls me and tells me that he is not feeling well, so he is coming home. Ok, so I wait for him to get home, and I go over to the church. My daughter was in a skit during the gospel reading. The kids were acting out the reading. Very cute!

Well, we have to leave right after communion, since my daughter is a cheerleader and she had to be at a game today at 12:30. So we leave, come home and she gets ready to go. Get over to the football game, they don't need help in the concession stand, so I go down to enjoy watching my daughter cheer. Well, then the football coaches needed help. They needed someone to help with the chains. So what do I do, I open my big mouth and say "If no one else will volunteer, I will do it" What was I thinking??? LOL! I never did it before. It wasn't too bad though, kinda fun, and I actually paid attention to the game. Our team got crushed. But they did their best.

After the game, my daughter and I head over to the grocery store to get some things for the week. Plus, hubby needed some cold medicine. So we go through the store and pick up what we needed and some things that we really didn't, LOL. But they were having such a good sale, and with coupons, it was hard to turn away from the bargains!

Came home, gave hubby his medicine, and made dinner. BBQ chicken we picked up yesterday, rice a roni and corn (It was a very yellow meal, LOL!) Then I head off to the bowling lanes.

When I get there, the one guy on my team who was in an accident a couple of weeks ago came to hang out with us, and the wife of another bowler on my team, she was bowling for her hubby. Ok, no problem. Then the other sub came who was subbing for the guy in the accident came, and said that her hubby was bowling for the 4th bowler of my team. UTOH, major problem! Our team now does not have a legal lineup. We have to have 2 regular bowlers, either bowling or bowl outs to have a legal lineup, and I have 3 subs there tonight. So our team ended up forfitting all 4 games. I was not happy. I still bowled, because it still counts for me individually, but it still sucked! Oh well, there is nothing that I can do, and we probably lost our first place standing. So we will have to work really hard to get it back.

So it was quite an interesting day to say the least! Hopefully tomorrow will be much more peaceful!

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SCRAPPY_RN 11/9/2009 11:21AM

    Wow! I hope you get some time for yourself this week. And I hope your hubby and son are back to 100% soon. The emoticon forfeit stinks. I wonder if other teams may have similiar problems with all these flus and colds going around. I hope it will not effect the teams standings in the finals. Hope you have a better day today :)

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STARTSPARKING 11/9/2009 2:07AM

    Wow, you definitely had a busy day! Sorry your husband is sick. I hope he will feel better soon. I also love a good sale. It's such a thrill to match up coupons with sales to get the best bargains!

Sorry your team had to forfeit. I hope you will be able to get your first place standing back. Good luck!

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Fresh Start Tip--your change GPS

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

This was sent to me in a mail Carefree. I think that it is a good message. Everyday is a new day, a day to start over!

Here is a tool you can use at any time to get you going in the right direction.

Just as a car has a navigation system, you too have one—a change GPS, a guidance system that always wants to get you on track to your fresh start.

Your Change GPS only ever asks you two questions

1. Where are you now?
2. Where do you want to go?

Whenever you’re not sure what to do next, if you’ve fallen off the wagon, if you’re stuck…use your GPS. It will never ask you what happened the day before, how you messed up, what you did or didn’t do. It’s just about being present, right here, right now. Nothing else.

Keep it with you. It will always help you get refocused.

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KATIEBUG815 11/6/2009 9:20AM

    Awesome!! I never thought of it like that. I'm clicking on my GPS and starting new today. Thanks!

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STARTSPARKING 9/25/2009 1:21AM

    As I was riding with a friend a few weeks ago, I jokingly told him how impressed I was with the GPS's patience and nonjudgmental attitude. Thanks for sharing such a thought-provoking message, Bobbi!

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MISSBEAR11 9/23/2009 3:49PM

    My GPS says I parked my butt here in this chair with a cup of coffee to watch Dr. Phil. lol True though, we can reset and change course any time we need too. Thanks for the blog Bobbi.

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JAYCEE77 9/23/2009 3:37PM

    Thanks, What a great way to help get and stay on track.

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KOOCH4 9/23/2009 3:35PM

    Thanks FOR THE MOTIVATION Bobbi, Think I can reset my GPS emoticon

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Change is difficult, but often essential to survival

Monday, September 21, 2009

Today's LAP buddy bonus is to reflect on a motivational quote. I choose one of the 3 I have on my signature.

Change is difficult, but often essential to survival.

This applies to many things in our lives. We see change constantly. It is sometime difficult to take and sometimes very easy to take. It definitely applies to our weightloss journey. Some of the changes that I made have been really easy to do, like quitting drinking soda. I really don't miss it that much. While other changes like exercising on a regular basis is more difficult. Some of the challenge was with my work schedule, which has since changed, but working 4 10s and having a 45 min commute each way, ate up a lot of the day. On the days that I worked, it was difficult to motivate myself to exercising, and a lot of the time, I just didn't do any. Now that my schedule has changed, and I am now working 5 8s, I have more time to get moving. That along with my kids being in school, and having 3.5 hours without kids gives me plenty of time to work out. I still struggle with myself about doing it though. There is so much else that needs to get done. But I am committed to losing this weight, so I will get myself moving.

Also, the changing of the schedule at work was due to staff leaving, and the need to fill holes. The last week has been a difficult transition for the team. Some faired better then others, and with this schedule change, I do not have 2 days off in a row. This works for me because of commitments that I have, but it is still not easy. I still have a good job though, and I will do what I need to do.

Financially, most of us had to make changes over the last year to make ends meet, to survive. This was probably the hardest change. Our family has cut back on buying extras, on eating out (which is a good thing) and we have used more coupons then ever before. I find the sales and if there is a good bargain, I try to stock up.

Change is difficult, but in order to survive and even become stronger, it is necessary.

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STARTSPARKING 9/25/2009 2:10AM

    Exercise is part of my daily routine, so that part of the formula is going quite well for me. However, food choices have been extremely difficult for me. I MUST make changes for my health's sake, especially since I already have high cholesterol.

Yes, change is difficult but is essential to survival. Thank you for this great blog entry, my friend.

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DEB2448 9/23/2009 2:13AM

    Great Blog!

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GOLDCOOP 9/22/2009 9:19AM

    I really struggle with getting up and exercising in the morning. Many times of the year, or if my schedule gets changed like yours did, I don't want to start my day any sooner than I have to. But once it's a habit, it's so much easier, and the rest of the day falls into place so much more easily. It's the same way with the financial challenges we're all facing. If we make the necessary changes part of our routine, they're much less painful, and we'll be better off if we can stick with them even when things turn around and we don't HAVE to cut corners anymore. We'll be ahead of the game. Isn't that worth looking forward to?

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MISSBEAR11 9/21/2009 4:56PM

    Great post. And so true!!!! The changes we are making are changing us for the better. Hugs.

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