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9/29/07

Saturday, September 29, 2007

WooHoo! It happened yesterday, just the thing that each of us are working towards! Someone that knows you, but does not know about this wonderful journey that you are on, noticing that you have lost some weight! It was an awesome feeling. It definetly makes all the hard work worth it, and for me, keeps me motivated to keep moving in the right direction.

  
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AMYIS200 10/1/2007 1:04PM

    YAY BOBBI!!!! I think that's one of the funnest things about losing weight!

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CHICK7388 9/29/2007 6:00PM

    That is great! It is definitely a confidence booster and motivator! Good for you! Keep up the good work!

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STARTSPARKING 9/29/2007 5:48PM

    Congratulations! That is truly a sensational feeling... A couple of my acquaintances took notice of my weight loss recently as well, and I relish those compliments!

Keep up the great work!

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FROGSTYR 9/29/2007 5:37PM

    WOOHOO! That's so good. That happened to me today (and it's what I was so excited about and yet forgot to put on MY blog). My former boss didn't recognize me! You are just an awesome woman. I had to blow up the pictures of your kids so I could see them, but, they are both just so adorable. Have a great day!

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9/28/07

Friday, September 28, 2007

I have been thinking about what to write for most of the day. I have gone and read a couple of people's blogs to get an idea of what to write about today, and nothing important, or interesting has come to mind. I have been starring at a blank page for about 15 min now. I cannot think of anything to talk about today. It is just one of those days. Kind of a lazy day. It's Friday!! But by my work schedule it is only Thursday. I have to work tomorrow. Ok done rambling, have a good day.

  
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STARTSPARKING 9/29/2007 12:21AM

    One word just popped up in my mind after reading your blog: Seinfeld. A sitcom about nothing, but it was one of the most hilarious shows in TV history!

Thanks for the smile to start my weekend. :-)

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FROGSTYR 9/28/2007 8:14PM

    I have those days too! But, I have to say I really look forward to reading your and Amy's blogs every day! They are one of the high points of my days...something to look forward to after work.

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AMYIS200 9/28/2007 3:50PM

    Haha!! The best kind of blog!! This is what I figured mine would usually look like! Well, have a good weekend and don't work too hard!!!

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9/27/07

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Clutter--One of the challenges that I am doing today is to de-clutter something. It is so amazing how quickly clutter accumulates. We moved back into our house in May, after it was completely remodeled, and had no clutter for about a week. Now, everywhere I look, clutter has seemed to accumulate. No matter how hard I try to keep the clutter away, the clutter accumulates. Now, because I have a 3rd grader, who is bringing home a lot of paper on a daily basis, it has increased. She does not want me to throw any of her papers away. So, usually about once a week, while she is sleeping, I will go through the pile of papers, and through away most of them. And of course, she does not miss them.

One of the things that I did while we were remodeling was to get a really nice cabinet that has a drawer and a garbage can, and put it by the front door. This has eliminated the mail piling up on the kitchen table, like it used to, but now the drawer is full, and the clutter is moving to the top of the cabinet! Most of that is my fault, since I have yet to get the filing cabinet set up, so most of the mail that needs to be filed, is still in the drawer.

As it has been so beautiful out, I'd rather spend my days off with my son out doing things. So I keep putting off the tasks that need to be done in order to clear the clutter. I would rather do that on a rainy day or on a day when it is much colder, and we would rather be inside then outside. So for now, I guess I will live with the clutter and enjoy the time outside with my children.

  
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FROGSTYR 9/27/2007 10:52PM

    I am extremely uncluttered at work and the opposite at home. Like you I'd rather spend my time outside when I can than cleaning up clutter. I do my cleaning when it's cold too.

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PLAYFULLKITTY 9/27/2007 6:36PM

    i am a big de-clutter fan...i feel better about me...i feel better period... my mind set does good and i have so much more energy...but you know... a day outside with the kids does so much better...for all involved. keep up the good work :)

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ALACIA22 9/27/2007 6:03PM

    My mamaw always said "that house ain't gonna miss you when your gone" or "that dirt will be there long after I am gone". I am understanding those two little phrases more and more! Sounds like you have it all figured out sweetie.

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STARTSPARKING 9/27/2007 4:33PM

    Of course we have a constant battle to make our homes livable. However, I bet your children will remember the precious time you spent together than living in a immaculate house. Hey, better yet... Ask them to pitch in, so the task is not all yours. Then they'd have learned some important life skills AND have some fun with Mom! :-)

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AMYIS200 9/27/2007 2:12PM

    Perfect! One day, many years down the road, when your kids are grown, and starting lives of their own, you'll realize you made the right decision. Clutter is a pain in the butt, but it's no big deal. But spending time with your children? THAT'S a big deal. And I know you always hear, "they're only young once!" but take it from an empty nester...they're only young once!!!!!

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9/26/07

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

I lost 3 lbs this week, which brings me to a total of 25.5 pounds since I started this journey 70 days ago. When I think back over the last 70 days, I realize that because I am doing this as a lifestyle change as opposed to a diet, I am able to stay on track. I don't get mad at myself if I miss a day of walking, or if I have a treat that is not entirely good for me. This is the way that I want to eat for the rest of my life! I don't want to give up everything that I like, because it is bad for me. At the same time, I know that I cannot continue to eat everything and anything that I want, the way that I used to. I am going to enjoy food, and not make it the enemy, because by giving food that kind of power, it just makes me weak.

The journey so far has been a pretty good one for me. I have given up drinking soda, but have replaced it with water and occassionaly some iced tea. I have not been real good with my diet, but on the whole, I am eating a lot better than I have in a long time. I think that the biggest thing that has helped me so far, is actually moving a lot more. Since I sit at a desk for 10 hours 4 days a week, I make sure that when I get home from work, that I pop in one of my walking tapes and just move. Also, I have joined in on some challenges that the teams that I belong too, which gets me moving even more.

I am so glad that I found this site. I could do this myself, but having support of the people that I met here definetly helps!

  
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FROGSTYR 9/26/2007 9:20PM

    Okay, Spark Sister, I am SOOOO proud of you. Not only for losing the 3 pounds (which is awesome), but for having the stamina to exercise after 10 hours of work. You are an inspiration!

P.S. -- I'm really tired, and I meant to click on your My SparkPage button on my blog comment and I accidentally clicked on the "delete this comment".....but, I'll make sure Kitty knows you responded.

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AMYIS200 9/26/2007 9:03PM

    Once again, I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!! It sounds like you're doing things in a wonderful way...You're moving more, and if you goof up, you don't beat yourself up about it...you just keep going...all the way to losing 25.5 pounds!!

Good going Spark Sister!!

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FLITTERSWEET 9/26/2007 8:10PM

    way to go wild!!!!!!!!!!

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STARTSPARKING 9/26/2007 5:39PM

    As the old saying goes, "Everything in moderation", right? You definitely have the right idea. Total deprivation only leads to binges soone or later.

I also rely a lot on SP support. Congratulations on your continued success!

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BUCSCHIC07 9/26/2007 5:38PM

    CONGRATS!! Reading your blog is very encouraging to me!!!

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9/25/07

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Wow, it is getting to be the end of Sept already! It is so hard to believe that the end of the year is so near. The leaves are starting to turn colors, and the days have been beautiful, and the nights chilly. I love this time of year. It is my favorite. This whole last week has been so beautiful here in central PA. I have taken the kids to the playground a couple of times, went camping, and took a lot of walks outside. I really need to start helping the kids figure out what they are going to do for Halloween. They have not even told me what they want to dress up as this year. We really need to get started on that! Then the big holidays will be close behind. Thanksgiving, oh my, I am going to have to be really good! Especially when there is so much good food around. I will probably take an extra walk that day, then head to bed because I have to work overnight, then after I get off work, I will head to the malls for Black Friday shopping! Then of course comes the rush towards Christmas, with the parties, cookies and all the other goodies that come around that time of year!


As you can see, I am thinking ahead, because I really need to, so that I will be ready to stay on this healthy journey as the holidays get closer. Right now, I think that I will be ok, because I am getting very used to the choices that I am making, knowing that even if I do have a cookie or two, or any other treat, it is not going to "blow" anything, because this lifestyle has room in it for an occassional treat. I am very happy right now with myself and the choices that I am making to lose weight and get healthier!!

  
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STARTSPARKING 9/26/2007 3:50PM

    I know the holiday season will be challenging for me, as it does for so many others. However, I agree with you wholeheartedly that planning for an occasional treat is a good game plan. After all, no one can eat perfectly all the time. Trying to do so is just going to result in binging sooner or later.

Keep up the wonderful attitude!

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FROGSTYR 9/25/2007 10:33PM

    It always pays to have a game plan. And you're right a cookie or two isn't going to ruin the whole journey. You might go back a few steps, but, you can make it up.

Me...I'm worried about the chocolate. One of the board of directors owns a chocolate confection shop and he always brings in big boxes of the best chocolate you've ever eaten...even better than Godiva!

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AMYIS200 9/25/2007 1:25PM

    Yay!! I'm so proud of you and all your success so far! I think that thinking ahead is crucial for this time of year! It will be challenging, but I know it's something that can be done!!!

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