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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Congrats to Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sipich! WAY TO GO, LADIES!!!

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MISSY455 4/11/2012 1:06AM

    Wow great article. Thanks for sharing the link!

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Hardly worthy

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

This is hardly worthy of a 'back to Spark People' blog, but I just had to share this. I'm at work with only a small container of plain fat-free Greek yogurt, and feeling like I might have to eat it as is - but it is not my fave and the vending machine is calling - when I realize that I have a sugar-free lemonade single on hand...

Could I mix the two and create a much tastier treat for Julie? YES! YESSSSSSS!!!! Instant lemon yogurt - fat- and sugar-free!!! And I still have plenty of lemonade mix to do a small bottle of water proud.

Has anyone else tried this? Gotta say I'm pretty impressed with my own creativity!


Sometimes it's a struggle...

Friday, February 11, 2011

Many of my friends and I seem to be on the same cycle. When Im following my plan, making good choices and seeing results, many of you seem to be doing the same.

Right now, it seems many of us, including me, are teetering on the edge not quite following our plan, doing things that arent furthering our goals.

We want to, we really want to be eating in range and getting in our fitness minutes , but something is causing problems in the execution!
My thoughts on this may sound like heresy, but Im sharing them nevertheless.

I think this lethargy has to do with the extreme winter weather. Its been ages since weve had a winter that has kept us shoveling snow week after week and unable to do much more than hunker down and get through it. Were tired of it! Were beat down a bit by it! And we sure as heck cant change it!

I firmly believe that once the temps hit the 40s and 50s
and the ice is gone so we can see the sidewalks again, we are gonna hit the ground running literally!
We are going to burst from our cocoons like butterflies,
open ourselves to the sun like blossoms waiting for Spring!
It often doesnt take much tweaking to make a substantial difference in the results we get. Just a few less calories or a few more fitness minutes can make the difference between losing and being on a plateau or between maintaining and gaining.

We can remember that EVERY SINGLE choice makes a difference leaving a couple of bites on the plate, drinking an extra glass of water,
holding the mayo on that sandwich,
taking the stairs even when we dont have to.

Lets give ourselves these small gifts every day!
Because they truly are the gifts we deserve. Gifts that move us forward on the path, even by a few inches streaks we can count on to lead to great successes.

Lets start thinking small, but acting often, to make lots of good choices in little ways! Lets start working our way toward Spring with baby steps - and when that sunshine breaks through the clouds,
our cloudy thinking will have melted away and well be ready to rock this!
Spark on, Brothers and Sisters! Fan that tiny spark I know its there! into a giant burning flame. Burn up the cobwebs and winter doldrums WE CAN DO THIS!!!!

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MOBEANZ 3/23/2011 9:29PM

    I feel like I am waiting on the weather to feel better also! It was 75 degrees last Friday, but snowed this morning! It's screwing me up. We can get through this.

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GONE2THEDOGS 2/27/2011 8:11AM

    emoticon I needed that - why do I keep forgetting... it's here, it's all here on Spark - the friends, the motivation, the inspiration and the realization that someonme somewhere knows exactly how we feel!

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LILBIT-2008 2/17/2011 6:42PM

    Yes we will plow through this and break free. emoticon emoticon

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HOSTALADY 2/13/2011 11:22PM

    Me too! I'm on a good roll right now and hope I can keep it going. WE CAN AND WILL DO THIS! It's a learning curve we have been on. Now we just need to go straight!
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KARVY09 2/11/2011 5:15PM

    Thanks for this. I am definitely struggling, but I know we will break through and be back to our sparkly selves!!!

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Tiffany Monique Sparks It!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011


Here's a link to the Tiffany Monique spot that played on CBS this week. Way to go, Tiffany!

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BLONDEDOG 2/11/2011 10:48AM

    wow! This is great! Thanks for sharing!!!

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MISSY455 2/8/2011 9:21PM

    Thanks for sharing the link. I just caught a huddle pass by about it today, and was going to look.

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My body shows it why doesnt my mind know it?

Friday, February 04, 2011

So this morning, I tentatively pulled out a new pair of jeans from the closet.

The smallest size I can ever remember wearing since junior high. When they arrived in the mail, I tried them on, and they fit just right. But now, just days later, I look at them and feel a small hard knot in my stomach.

There is NO WAY these are going to fit no way! I look in the mirror there I am in my bra and panties and I see the same body as when I was wearing size 26 jeans. Disgust boils up gross folds and bulges in all the same places, now accented with loose hanging skin.

How can that be? Im more than 75 pounds lighter than I was then, yet I still see the old me.

But I try the new jeans anyway - what the heck, I don't have anything else to wear that fits! Pull the first leg up and hey! So far, so good. I step into the other leg, but I know theres no chance I can pull these up over this gut, let alone zip them!

And yet, I pull them up, zip, and they look just fine. Bless my DHs heart; he says I look great skinny, even! The jeans fit perfectly!

I dont have an answer for this phenomenon. When I weighed over 250, I used to see my body as much smaller than it really was. Now I see it as larger!

Once Im in my clothes, I feel smaller, but when I see myself without clothes, I revert back. My body shows Ive lost nearly 30% of my beginning weight. My brain just seems stuck in the past somewhere.

Maybe my brain is kind of stretched out like my skin. Maybe it will just take some time for my brain to shrink the visual as it does for stretched out skin to shrink. What is the guideline? After 2 years of maintenance your skin will have tightened up about as much as it can? So Ill just give my brain some more time to adjust.

And Ill keep on trying smaller clothes, because my BODY says I can wear them!

Here's an article on body image I just read from Coach Dean - so I'm NOT totally weird on this - other people experience it too!

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ONEWEIGH 2/11/2011 10:00PM

    You are SO not alone in this! But wait, it gets worse! When you can no longer convince yourself that you're fat, you'll find something else negative about yourself to fret over. Or maybe you'll be better adjusted by that time than I am! emoticon

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BLONDEDOG 2/11/2011 10:50AM

    Oii...this made me cry this morning. I guess because I understand this so much...

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MOBEANZ 2/10/2011 9:58PM

    I struggle with the same body-image issues every day. In CERTAIN clothes I feel sexy and confident. If I ate too much the day before or feel bloated or the scale goes up one pound, I find myself beating myself up, wanting to overdo it on exercise, and reverting back to my obsessive compulsive dieting. I find the best way to beat that is to REALLY look. Looking at yourself without clothes can make you see what used to be there, but if you really look and try to notice the good things like smaller waist, more muscle definition, bones in certain places, it definitely helps. Little things every day help to improve your overall self esteem. COngrats on all your weight loss, now it's time to work on the brain! And I'm right there with you.

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BIZZMOM1984 2/6/2011 10:30AM

    I would have to agree with Betty as well, but I would suggest taping a picture of your OLD self, so you can see how different you are now than you were then!!!
Be proud!!!! 75lbs is the size of a 11 year old child!! And you just lost that, so WOOHOOO FOR YOU!!!!!
Give it time, you will start to feel wonderful about yourself. Probably one of the main reasons why you still feel you're as big as before is because you know you still have that hanging skin, so you're not quite where you want to be yet.
BE HAPPY, BE PROUD!! The rest will follow
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MISSY455 2/4/2011 7:59PM

    emoticon on the new size!!!! I know it is weird how our minds don't want to accept reality! I got an email earlier this week, with a photo of a group of my family at San Francisco Zoo, I look so much heavier in it than I remember being in June!

You have been working so hard with the exercise and Zumba, I am very happy you are getting results, even if you can't "see" them yet, you will! Give it time. I like Betty's suggestion of taping a photo of yourself on the mirror so you can see it every day.

Two years for our skin too tighten up? ....ugh! I don't know what I was expecting there. I guess I hadn't thought that far ahead, as I still have pounds to go!

Wishing you continued success on your path!

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TOPCATSEALS 2/4/2011 11:12AM

    I completely understand. You just have to take time to get use to the new you! keep trying on those smaller sizes! It has to sink in eventually!
You look awesome and you should be so proud of yourself. We are usually hardest on ourselves. We would never treat a friend as harshly as we treat ourselves. You are your best friend. Be nice to her emoticon

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BETTYAHE 2/4/2011 10:55AM

    You should be so proud! I'm proud of you. I think alot of folks have said the same thing, that even after losing so much weight they still see themselves as fat. As you stated, I think it takes the brain longer to catch up to the fact that you are now thin!

The most awesome comment ever from your hubby saying you look great, even thin! How I long for the day that happens to me!

Maybe you need a new mirror! emoticon Or tape a photo of how you look now on the mirror so your brain gets used to seeing the new you!

Anyhow, best wishes for continued success. You are a success story already!

Hugs, Betty


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