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My Motivation for Losing Weight

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Spring 5% Challenge is just around the corner. I did NOT do well in the Winter Challenge. To be honest, I probably gained at least 3 pounds during the challenge. I have learned that Utz Pub Mix is not my friend. I have also learned that standing with just my tiptoes on the edge of the scale is just lying to myself.

My motivation for the Spring 5% Challenge is:

I want to be healthier - need to keep my weight down because of health problems
I want to look good in a swimsuit
I want to look good for my husband's 30th high school reunion this summer.
I want to learn what works for me so I can sustain a healthy weight loss.

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    Good Luck on the Spring 5% Challenge!

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MICKEYH 4/2/2014 2:36AM

    Great motivation. I am ready to get started on the challenge. emoticon emoticon

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NEWTINK 3/31/2014 11:32AM

    I want you to be happy .... and I know you can do all those things just like i can but we both tend to let other things rule us lets work on that this challenge. emoticon

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_MOBII_ 3/30/2014 5:42PM

    I always do terrible when I try doing a challenge. I hope the Spring 5% goes great for you :)

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4KWALK 3/30/2014 8:45AM

    Very honest but that is the way to the right path. I'm rooting for you on the Spring Challenge.

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/30/2014 1:56AM

    Let's pave successful paths together. We can do this.

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FEARLESSNOW 3/29/2014 8:01PM

    Good luck!

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POPSY190 3/29/2014 3:09PM

    Useful reflection here. I laughed about your standing on the edge of the scale! We can be our own worst enemy in all kinds of ways! Enjoy the Spring challenge preparation. emoticon

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It's my Birthday and I'll Cry if I Want To

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Warning: Pity party blog post ahead - read at your own risk!!

So today's my birthday. My mom and dad remembered, bless their hearts. My mother-in-law remembered and of course, my friends on Facebook remembered. One friend even texted me and we chatted for awhile. All in all, you'd think I'd be in a good mood.
But, hubby is sick and whiny and doesn't want to go anywhere or do anything (to be fair, he didn't want to make plans BEFORE he got sick). My son is away today, but will probably remember. My daughter got up this morning and spent an hour with me before she asked me what was wrong. I gave her a dirty look and she thought for a full five minutes before she said - oh, that's right!! But still no happy birthday from her!!
I mean, I'm 47, I don't expect a big deal, but it would be nice to feel special on that one day a year - you know what I mean?
Anyway, did some yoga, vented here, and feeling a little better. If the situation does not improve, I may have to take myself to the movies to celebrate.

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POPSY190 3/14/2014 6:43PM

    I think it's partly a man/woman thing. We tend to remember anniversaries and significant days and they don't!! Take a leaf out of the Mad Hatter's book and give yourself a Very Happy Unbirthday Day every day but one of the year - and then give yourself and extra special treat!!

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MAURIZIA 3/12/2014 6:56AM

    My friend, you are not alone in that. This year John called me on my birthday to tell me how awful his ride to work was, how much work he had, blah, blah, blah...and hung up. It wasn't until I told him the next day that they had a gluten free carrot cake for me at work that he said, "Oh, yea. Sorry. I forgot. Happy birthday." The card arrived the next day. I was sad on my birthday for a bit...and then decided I knew it was my birthday. I made my own day special!! And we've known each other for 46 years, together this time for 24 years.


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WATERONE 3/11/2014 4:57PM

    I've had birthday's like that. It's good you could vent to us and I think taking yourself to the movies or anywhere else you want to would be a great idea.

My oldest son consistently forgets about my birthday unless he happens to see someone wish me happy birthday on facebook. Imagine if we'd ever forgotten their birthdays. What a ruckus there would have been.

emoticon Wish I was there to take you out to the movies.

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HAZELFRUIT 3/10/2014 2:41PM

    Happy birthday!!!
But I know what you mean. I've had birthdays like that too unfortunately.

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2BEHEALTHY2014 3/10/2014 10:06AM

    Happy belated birthday! I completely understand your pity party. I had one for myself last week. My birthday was last Tuesday. My husband travels for a living so he was gone. My daughter lives in Phoenix (I'm in Illinois), my son lives 45 minutes away so wouldn't want to do anything after work. I whined a little before my birthday, but by the time it got here I was fine. I decided to go shopping after work and treat myself to Chinese for dinner.

I hope your day got better.

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MICKEYH 3/9/2014 11:40PM

    Happy Birthday! emoticon emoticon

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4KWALK 3/9/2014 7:56PM

    I had that type of birthday for my 5oth. It was the hardest one to get through.
Anyway I hope your day turned out very special after all.

Happy Birthday!

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    Aw heck. You don't need them to validate your birthday awesomeness!

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_MOBII_ 3/9/2014 5:54PM

    Happy Birthday to you!!!!!!!!!

I know JUST how you feel too! My beau forgot my birthday as well.
Just btw...there are some good movies out!!!!!!!!!!

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NEWTINK 3/9/2014 5:41PM

    Happy Birthday sweetie I am sorry it is not better for you or that i didnt know that it was your birthday. emoticon emoticon

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    Hey, it happens! Last year my mom didn't call me at all on my birthday.

Instead of dwelling, you should just go do something for yourself! Take yourself out for a treat! You deserve it! Go see that movie!


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SNUZSUZ 3/9/2014 3:56PM

    emoticon Let's have a Spark emoticon to celebrate! Me and all your Spark emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon are wishing you a very happy birthday! And I do understand! I think remembering one's birthday is very important, and I am happy that you are here to celebrate another birthday!

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Analyzing Happiness

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

This week is Happiness Week in the 5% Challenge. We have been tasked with doing something (anything) that makes us happy - for 10 minutes per day.

I know that some have struggled with finding their "happiness". A few have even told me they have nothing to be happy about.

In a quick poll of those who know me in real life, it was determined that I am a very happy person. This is not to say I don't have my moments of fear, sadness, even the occasional sleepless night, but I don't have anything mentally or chemically that is keeping me from being happy.

For that reason, I have found this week's challenge to be insanely easy. It has also caused me, however, to actually analyze which things I do on a daily, weekly or occasional basis that actually make me happy. If you are having a problem finding your happiness, maybe this list will help you too emoticon

- cooking or baking - especially food that is comforting and healthy
- watching the Olympics - my favorites this year are figure skating, short track, skeleton and snowboard cross
- Completing tasks that I have been procrastinating (got my blood drawn today)
- spending time with my hubby or my kids
- taking a walk
- yoga
- sitting outside on a cool day and enjoying the beauty of nature
- having a good cry (I mean really getting it all out of my system)
- listening to really sad or really happy music
- talking to a friend or my mom on the phone
- writing my blog
- compliments - I LOVE compliments!!!
- looking at old photos and seeing how far I've come
- shopping
- eating out - especially when I make choices I can be proud of
- a clean house (as long as I can delegate the cleaning, LOL)
- going to work (we are a really happy bunch - seriously)

What makes you happy?

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PCOH051610 2/25/2014 2:34PM

    Gosh, this is such a thought-provoking blog. Although I have clinical depression I am often very happy. ....and it's not just the good meds emoticon

I'm happiest when it's sunny, with my husband and my dogs, deep in the woods...away from everything.

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WATERONE 2/22/2014 11:10AM

    Great list and a wonderful idea to do that so you can refer to it whenever you need it.

I'm going to adopt your idea. I'm generally happy too and have found the challenge easy.

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2BEHEALTHY2014 2/21/2014 10:13AM

    Love your list!

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HAZELFRUIT 2/19/2014 11:10PM

    Those are great examples Teressa!

My happiness today included goofing off at work on amazon.com picking out some items for my wishlist for my good behavior rewards (I plan on a lot of good behavior this week :)

I have been through some very unhappy phases and it scares me when I think it's coming back. So I try to appreciate the small things, try not to let other people get me down, and do a lot of CARDIO.

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MRSBETH99 2/19/2014 9:48PM

    Usually I have no trouble making time for things that bring me happiness, but the past couple weeks have been different. I've been so focused on the needs of my family. The happiness challenge has been a good reminder to be purposeful even when things are crazy around me. I love a blanket and cuddle on the couch while watching Netflix. I love reading. I like doing projects for my daughter's American Girl Dolls. All these things and more make me happy as I do them or as I look at the completed results. :)

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JAZZYMOM53 2/19/2014 7:14PM

    I have been one of those people that didn't feel I was doing anything to add happiness time. But I guess I have....I listen to Christian music every day to and from work...love that. I listen to relaxing music all day at work, sometimes I dance to it....when I am alone in the building. So that makes me happy too. I too have been watching the Olympics and I enjoy that. Spend time loving on my dog...Jazzy :) that too makes me happy. And I spent time laying on my daughter's bed just talking about love, life and friends. That was amazing. I haven't been looking at this whole thing the right way. Thank you!

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4KWALK 2/19/2014 7:07PM

    Great blog and so many reasons for happiness.

I'm not sure if happiness and contentment are the same thing. But I know despite the very difficult circumstances going on in my family life right now I am still content. I'm happy (content) that I have a warm house, warm sheets on the bed and a table large enough to seat my family with food for everyone.

I'm happy to have my two youngest grand children living with me right now and I'm happy to see them smile and start getting enough rest.

Yeah, I guess I am a pretty happy person. I enjoy each day and try to squeeze as much in each day as possible.

It does feel good to list all the reasons one has to be happy and to be thankful as well. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/19/2014 5:28PM

    Wonderful list. Mine is pretty similar and includes a lot of faith based activities. I found happiness pretty easy, too. While I prefer striving for joy, happiness is more dependent on my circumstances ... something we should all have moments of time to achieve. Cheers to happiness. May it lead to our great joy!

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NEWTINK 2/19/2014 4:10PM

    I struggle with the happiness ... Many years I lost Joy in my life and nothing has really clicked since then. I enjoy most of the things on your list and I can find happiness in everyday but as far as being a happy person i think most would agree that I am just that way. It is an internal conflict. It is some life situations. However I don't bother others with those things. If there is one thing that I would say brought me the most happiness that would be SCC he is truly different from most people. emoticon emoticon

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My One Word for 2014: Self-Confidence

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Last year my one word was "courage". I feel like I've come a long way in not being so fearful of everything. My word for this year is self-confidence because I need to learn to trust and respect myself more.
Today I feel like I made a huge step. Over a year ago, a dear friend said something incredibly rude to me. I didn't know how to respond so basically just stopped talking to her all this time. Last week she reached out to me and we met today for coffee. I was confident enough in myself to bring up the issue and apologize for letting it sit for so long. She, in turn had been feeling horrible about what she said all this time but didn't know how to apologize. It was a good reunion and I'm glad I did it. In some ways, I'm also glad we were apart for over a year, because we have both grown tremendously in that time.
I am very excited about this new year and the possibilities it holds as I learn to trust myself more!!

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_MOBII_ 1/14/2014 10:09PM

    I am so happy that you and your friend have worked things out, I bet it is a nice relief!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/13/2014 9:58PM

    What a great way to bring a new perspective to 2014. I'm about ready to change myoneword.org word for the year . . . it's about time I make a change as my JOY has been a most productive one. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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    It sounds like your year is off to a confidence-building start!

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WATERONE 1/13/2014 1:24PM


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THETURTLEBEAR 1/12/2014 12:00PM

    That is awesome. I heard a great motto about expressing yourself: "Say what you mean, but don't say it mean." It works in so many instances. I always try to make it about me (as in how something made me feel) instead of accusing somebody else of poor behavior.

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MICKEYH 1/11/2014 9:57PM

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POPSY190 1/11/2014 7:43PM

    I'm glad you were both able to come together again. I'm an elephant who never forgets these things as well.

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FEARLESSNOW 1/11/2014 6:26PM

    Reconnecting with old friends is always nice. I'm the queen of holding grudges from hurt feelings. I'm glad you and your friend were able to make peace.

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Thankful for My Sparkfriends!!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

I posted this the last three years on Facebook and it resonated so well then I thought I would share it this year with my Sparkfriends as well!! - if you share, please give credit - Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
"We are all broken. None of us get through this life without some damage. But when we come together, we broken pieces make a beautiful mosaic. I thank God for you - my friends and family - for being part of my mosaic. Without you, I would not be whole." -Teressa Morris, November 2010

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HAZELFRUIT 12/1/2013 2:11PM

    Thanks Teressa!

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FLORIDASUN 11/30/2013 8:39AM

    I LOVE this...thanks so much for sharing! emoticon

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4KWALK 11/28/2013 10:41PM

    What a special thought. Spark friends do make beautiful music, don't they. The encouragement, support, laughter, tips, hints, tears - all the interactions with people who do care all add a beautiful melody to my life as well Thanks.

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MICKEYH 11/28/2013 8:35PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. emoticon

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JAMBABY0 11/28/2013 1:53PM

    thanks for sharing

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