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It's Just a Pound

Thursday, September 17, 2009

As I mentioned last week, I have begun to wear one-pound ankle weights for my water aerobics class. This is what they look like.



As I took the weights off at the end of class I held one up and said to my husband, "If we put 31 of these on each of my legs, that's how much less of me there is now." We both know how much I've lost, but to visualize it in those terms made a real impact on us. When I lose one pound, it surely doesn't seem like a lot. Even a two pound loss, in light of just how much weight I still have to lose, is not a reason to throw a party. Or is it? Those little increments of one or two pounds add up far more quickly than we realize sometimes. I have been here on SP since the end of May but began this journey into accountability Feb. 28th (and that evening severed my little toe on my treadmill). Here we are six and a half months later, and those baby steps have accumulated to a 62 pound weight loss. That's a lot of little one pound ankle weights, folks!

I want to introduce you to Whitney. She's one of my two water aerobics class instructors and a very nice young woman. She's expecting her first baby in November. Her grandparents, I would guess in their mid and upper eighties, are part of our class. Isn't that just too sweet?



We have gained weight one pound at a time, one poor choice at a time. Why on earth would we think we'd cast it off in any different manner? Why do we become discouraged about losing "just a pound"? NEVER minimize the benefit of losing "just a pound." Applaud yourself. Rejoice! Celebrate!!

  
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BETHLOVESBIKING 9/27/2009 7:05AM

    Great post!

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FRAN0426 9/25/2009 10:40PM

    A pound of weight of the body doesn't seem like a lot, until you can actually see in some form what a pound looks like, then add all those pounds up WOW! It is an eye opener, in a good way hopefully so we will continue to reach our goals of weight lose .Continued success on the weight lose journey.

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DEBWA1WOK 9/25/2009 8:27PM

    Hi my new friend. Stop by my Sept. 24 blog. You'll get a visual that will put those lost pounds into a whole new picture.
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LAB-LOVER 9/20/2009 7:40AM

    Absolutely you're right of course! All those 1 pounds DO add up! Congrats on your success -- stick with it! You'll get there!

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MALEXANDER4 9/20/2009 6:56AM

    you are so right. just like my blog about taking nine months to get to where i am now. all good things come to those who wait. i'm not sitting around waiting for the good things but they are coming one blessing at a time..

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GIZZI315 9/19/2009 11:07PM

    Thanks for the encouragement - you are truly a blessing!

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ANGELCOWBOY1 9/19/2009 8:42AM

    Good blog Missy and just what I needed to 'see'. I've been on a plateau for a while and feeling a tad discouraged. However, if I visualize the 23 pounds I have lost
(4 - 5# bags of sugar and 3# of butter) I feel better and motivated to continue on. Thanks for sharing this idea!


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2BSALLYB 9/19/2009 12:38AM

    You are so right. Having those weights helps to visual and feel what that same amount of weight feels like on the body. You are doing so well...Hugs from me to you!

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TRAVELNISTA 9/18/2009 9:54PM

    Great Blog. I think a lot of this think we do poorly if we lose only a pound during any given week. They forget a pound lost is a pound lost. They all forget that they did gain it overnight but over a period of time and yet they want it gone overnight. To have a visual to relate to is so importnant.

I remember when I fisrt joined Spark People that there was a woman who posted that everytimem she lost a pound she added one paperclip to a chain of "pounds" she had been making. How easy is that for all of us to do and what a visual that would be to pull out our chain of pounds when we needed to be reminded just how well we have done when we are down when we only lost a pound for the week.

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3CATSLEP 9/18/2009 9:29PM

    Thank you so much for this blog!

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IMAVISION 9/18/2009 9:10PM

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What a wonderful visual, Missy!

I learn best with visuals.

emoticon I celebrate every fraction of each ‘gone forever’ pound! I am that happy with the success the good Lord has allowed me to date & I believing in celebrating the joys of this lifetime! emoticon

Several years ago - Oprah lost seventy-five pounds & to demonstrate the amount she had dropped from her frame, she used the visual of seventy-five pounds of animal fat that was pulled on stage in a red wagon. I was amazed to think that she had been carrying around extra body weight that equaled the animal fat piled up in that hard to pull red wagon.

It shocked me to realize that we who carry extra pounds are doing the same thing! I think it would do this gal good to have 20.8 pounds of animal fat to lug around for just two minutes, to demonstrate for myself just how far I’ve come on this wonderful lifestyle change journey!

Whitney looks like a lovely young woman. What a blessing for grandparents & Whitney alike to have them in her class! What joyful memories they are making!

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PEBBLES32165 9/18/2009 6:01PM

    Oh Missy, it is so true. We need to celebrate the little pound losses. They add up fast. I had someone tell me that everytime you lose a pound and you think it isn't much, start carrying around a pound of butter and never put it down. Do that for the whole day and you will realize how much a pound is.

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LIGHTHEART09 9/18/2009 2:52PM

    Wow loved the visual...Yes although I just blow off one pound in my mind wanting to loose 5...they all matter...Thanks for that spark encouragement... emoticon

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ROSEHIP:-) 9/18/2009 12:28PM

    one by one we will take back our lives. here's to a healthier us!!!
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UNIQUEGIGGLES 9/18/2009 8:34AM

    What a great blog and what a great reminder! Thanks for writing this

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/18/2009 8:09AM

    Excellent post Missy. How cool that you took Bill to the pool with you. I love the pix! You're correct, it really does help to visualize things. I am so happy that you are gaining so much from your water aerobic classes.. and losing so much weight! WooHoo! Keep up the good work my friend. I love your perspective. Love, Dawn emoticon

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SJG1953 9/18/2009 2:13AM

    You are so very right Missy! That's the way I lost my weight but
sometimes it was only 1/2 or 1/4 of a lb. But every bit adds up
and is a reason to celebrate!! Hugs, Shirley

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SISTERDEAR 9/18/2009 1:13AM

    Great visual and perspective. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us. It really does make a difference!
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SUSAN134 9/18/2009 12:19AM

    Wow!!! I love visuals - find they help so much at actually putting things in perspective!

Missy, you are doing great! Keep it up my friend!

Hugs,

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MYRTLY 9/17/2009 11:29PM

    That's 1/2 of the dead body I've been dragging around today. Haha.
I'm so proud of how you have overcome despite the treadmill tragedy!

XOXOXOX
Myrtly

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PEPPERLEAH 9/17/2009 11:18PM

    You've got that right! A friend of mine lost several pounds a few years ago. To put it into perspective, she bought bags of sugar and piled them on the counter. (The sugar was later donated to a food bank.) However, when we put our weight loss into a visual perspective, it is totally amazing what we have done!

Congratulations to you on your success!

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LINDA25427 9/17/2009 11:16PM

    Thank you for your possitive attitute. God bless. The pictures are great . emoticon

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VICTORIA20110 9/17/2009 11:13PM

    Every pound lost is a pound you never intended to have in the first place!

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The Blessings of Meeting SparkFriends

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I am so happy with my first milestone reward! As most of you know, for my 50 pounds of weight loss reward, my husband and I made the five hour drive to Florida to meet PepperLeah and her husband, Pepper. My husband and I have four children in our blended family, and we've raised them with no help or interference from our exes. For us to have time alone is a rare, rare thing. Friends of ours offered to take our children on Friday and return them at church Sunday morning. What a difference it is to travel without kids fussing at one another in the van, complaining that they're hungry, want the radio louder, lower, or on a different station, that they have to make a bathroom stop, on an on and on. This was a sweet and quiet trip! lol

Over the last 14 years or so, my husband and I have been involved with a small, family oriented chat network, StarLink-IRC. We have been part of the staff there, keeping it free of questionable influences. We've made dear friends there and have met many in person, some who have traveled here and some we have traveled to meet. Several of them have even moved to our area, are now family to us, are members of our church. For us to decide to travel to meet online friends is not uncommon, and I am so thankful for a husband who is so willing and eager to go and meet people, who is attentive to what is important to me. You, my dear SparkFriends, are important to me!! You have added so much to my life, helped me immeasurably on this long road of mine to a healthier body, filled my heart to overflowing with more good stuff than I could ever express.

For those of you fortunate enough to share SparkTeams with PepperLeah, you already know what a complete sweetheart she is. If anything, she is more precious in person than she is here online. She has such a heart for those who are hurting. Whatever her middle name is, it should have been Compassion. She extends the love of Jesus to everyone within her sphere of influence. She is mighty in the the Word of God and knows how to apply the promises and power of the Word to the needs of those around her. She is a woman of faith who inspires me greatly and I am so thankful that she is in my life. I want to share some photos from our trip with you.


Hugs, the very best part of the visit!


This is Leah's porch. What a green thumb she has!


Leah's Tomato Plants


A VERY cool cactus. Leah was kind enough to send one of these babies home with us!


Leah's Patriotic Ivy


The Birdie in the Blooms


Leah and the Peacock


Breakfast at Cracker Barrel before we headed home. Did you know that the first item on their breakfast menu is a healthy one? I was so happy to discover that! It's a feast of eggs, delicious turkey sausage, a multi-grain/apple muffin, low-fat yogurt, fresh grapes and a Gala apple. I applaud them for making that option available to us!!

This will not be our last visit to see Leah and Pepper. It will not be our last visit to meet more SparkFriends!! Again, I remind you that New Orleans is a wonderful city, rich in history, dripping with charm, filled with southern hospitality. Should you decide to reward yourself with SparkVisits, we'd be delighted to show off southeast Louisiana to you!!

A huge thank you to Pepper and Leah for opening their hearts and home to us. Despite the stressful demands of their jobs, somehow or other we're going to get them here so we can do likewise!! We love you and miss you already!!

  
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IMAVISION 9/17/2009 7:25PM

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I am sitting here feeling absolutely amazed in how our Abba knew from the time y’all were little girls the plans He had to delight Leah & you as adults – first in your meeting here at SP & then with a face-to-face visit. How awesome is that!

Our Abba also knew the great pleasure your other SP friends would receive in hearing about the visit & viewing the photographs that give us visuals of your time together. I like those plants of Leah’s!

I am so very happy for y’all to have been blessed in such a wonderful way! We do serve a caring Father God, don’t we? I am praising & thanking Him for His gift to you sweet gals of time spent together.

I can almost ‘see’ our Abba delighting in the pleasure y’all were experiencing throughout the hours of your visit; as well as, for your Bill & you enjoying the gift of alone time without the demands of parenthood constantly calling.

I just knew that Leah would be everything (& more) that shines through her compassionate & loving words here at SP. You are both uniquely special & lovely women of God! I am blessed to the core to have the privilege of meeting y’all here at SP & to be able to call you my sisters!

You are two gals that I hope to meet one day – if not in this lifetime then certainly in next! I’ll be the gal with the promised new body waiting to greet y’all under the banner, “The Devoted Ones”!

Be blessed!

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SUSAN134 9/16/2009 10:20PM

    Missy, it looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time!! Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and the pics - they are a delight!

Hugs,

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/16/2009 9:19PM

    Excellent blog... looks like you all had a GREAT time! I am so happy for all 4 of you. HUGS are the best! Glad that you got to share some. Love, Dawn emoticon

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THEBOOKBINDER 9/16/2009 2:39PM

    This is so awesome, I am so happy for you all!

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LINDA25427 9/16/2009 1:41AM

    Thank you Missy for sharing it is so wonderful the way you rewarded yourself with visiting other SP friends . Leah is a blessing to us all as you are . If ever in Wv my trailer is open to you or any other SP friend . The pictures are great , Glad you all had a good visit . God bless. emoticon

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2BSALLYB 9/16/2009 12:10AM

    What a wonderful way to reward your success! Thanks for sharing your visit with all of us...

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/16/2009 12:02AM

    What a wonderful blog!!! Thank you Missy for sharing your trip and visit with us!! Your pictures tell a story all their own!!! WAY TO GO!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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TRAVELNISTA 9/15/2009 10:47PM

    Thanks for sharing that visit with us. You are absolutely beaming in that picture at the breakfast table.

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LIGHTHEART09 9/15/2009 9:30PM

    Ahhhhhhh how wonderful to visit a sparkie! There are so many sparkie pals I would love to meet...Isn't wonderful this community of loving supporting sparkers!
Glad you and DH got to get away for some alone time...wink wink emoticon

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MYRTLY 9/15/2009 9:22PM

    What a great blog! I'm so glad you got away for abit. You've really been thru the ringer.
Love ya - Myrt

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GARPER 9/15/2009 6:50PM

    I'm so happy for you Missy! What a great way to reward yourself! I hope someday I can make it down your way... It's awesome that Bill is so in tune to your desires, that he makes them his desires also. I'm glad that you got some time together alone. What and when is your next reward?!! It must be a good one! I soooo appreciate you my dear lady! Thanking God for you and all my Spark friends....
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JOYATLAST 9/15/2009 6:18PM

    Thanks for the pictures! It's the next best thing to being there. I have a great big grin on my face feeling the love.

I'm impressed with the hubby's! GREAT MEN! What a blessing.

This is the very best weight loss reward of all time.

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NO_SNOW_BODY 9/15/2009 4:36PM

    That is wonderful, thank you for the pictures

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IUHRYTR 9/15/2009 4:35PM

    Isn't it nice to follow the pre-computer days of meeting pen pals? -- Lou

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PEPPERLEAH 9/15/2009 4:12PM

    Missy, I love you and miss you, too! What a blessing to have you and Bill here! Thank you so much for the kind and sweet comments about me! I think YOU are pretty awesome, too! And for all of you who are reading this, I am sure you know that Missy absolutely radiates God's love to everyone!

Can't wait until the next visit!

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Rewards

Friday, September 11, 2009

First, I want to apologize to you for being so scarce lately. As most of you know I was recovering from a big toenail removal. It's all healed up now, though it'll take a year for the nail to grow back, hopefully NOT ingrown, because I do NOT want to go through this again. As I scheduled it, with relief from that miserable ingrown toenail in mind, I thought, I've severed my little toe. How big a deal can losing a toenail be? Right? WRONG! lol That bugger hurt! I now understand why pulling toenails and fingernails out is a popular torture technique! Thank you to the many of you who prayed for me. I appreciate you!! I'm back in my water aerobics classes and SO loving it! My husband will join us for tomorrow's class. I'm excited about him getting to experience it with us!

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Now, about my reward. *grin* I've read a lot on SparkPeople about the importance of rewards on this journey of ours toward healthier living. I decided to schedule my rewards starting with 50 pounds of weight loss, then 100. Beyond that is more than I can contemplate just yet. Since I've lost 62 pounds, I had my 50 pound reward planned but with my husband's schedule of being out on his ship 28 days and home 14 days, it's taken until now to bring the plans to pass. We leave in the morning for what we expect will be a five hour drive to Florida to meet PepperLeah and her husband. I'm so excited about getting to meet another SparkFriend!! Last time Bill was home we went down to the bayou, farther southeast of us, and had the great joy of meeting DBLDELITES. For my 100 pound reward, I'm hoping against hope to be able to make the trip to Virginia (12 or 13 hours drive, we're thinking) to meet DawnRobin2 and her family. I can't think of a finer reward than the chance to see my SparkFriends face to face, to have the opportunity to hug these dear friends who have come to mean SO much to me, who are so very important to my world. Should any of you decide to reward yourselves with SparkVisits, I'll remind you that New Orleans is a beautiful and charming city, and I love sharing it with friends!

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SISTERDEAR 9/11/2009 11:24PM

    Missy, I think that's a great idea for a reward. I had the chance to meet a SparkFriend from North Carolina during the summer. And it was soooo much fun. I'm looking forward to more of these opportunities as well. If you decide to come on up a little further into Virginia, let me know!
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LIGHTHEART09 9/11/2009 10:54PM

    Great Idea and reward....come visit me in Washington State!!!! Nice drive across the states....be an adventure// whatdayasay????

Hugs to you and DH/// brave hubby to do water aerobics with the gals.//

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2BSALLYB 9/11/2009 9:29PM

    This sounds like so much fun and a great way to meet your new Spark friends..ENJOY the moment Missy!! God bless you and keep you in his care.
You are so deserving of these rewards.
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3CATSLEP 9/11/2009 9:14PM

    That sounds so neat!!! Have a wonderful trip! I will pray for safe travels for you! That sounds like a nice reward - you deserve it! emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 9/11/2009 8:47PM

    What a truly great idea for a reward. It actually will be more like a double reward because I think that meeting a fellow Spark Buddy will be a reward for both parties involved.

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IMAVISION 9/11/2009 7:45PM

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Missy ~

May Leah & you, along with your beloved life mates, enjoy doing a proverbial "painting the town red". As I have already shaded with you - I truly feel your reward to be most wonderful! Enjoy, my sweet Sister!

I don't know why I had my head in the sand & hadn't realized that you had undergone the tail nail removing surgery. I have now joined with the others in praying for complete healing for your precious self & I will continue to petition our Abba on your behalf until you give us the 'all healed' signal. May you have no ill effects as you travel to & from Florida - &, of course, none while there.

Hey, would you please give Leah a hug from this gal & allow her to do the same in giving you a hug from Ima? emoticon

Be blessed!

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FILLANGES 9/11/2009 4:16PM

    Glad to see you back at it! Praise God for His healing power. What a wonderful idea for rewarding yourself. I may incorporate that into my reward program. Who knows, you may see me down there when I hit 225 by Christmas. God Bless. Rick

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CAMTPAM 9/11/2009 11:24AM

    Have a great trip. A much deserved reward.
Hugz, Pam
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LINDA25427 9/11/2009 8:34AM

    God bless you Missy so happy everything is working out for you and you are going to meet Leah she is a God sent here on SP . God Bless. emoticon

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ANGELCOWBOY1 9/11/2009 7:08AM

    ***You are all healed from the toenail removal
***Your DH is home and going to water aerobics with you
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MALEXANDER4 9/11/2009 7:06AM

    you enjoy your trip girl. give hugs for all of us who can't be there. on this computer/site these names have faces, and the faces have hearts. what a blessing to be able to actually reach out and touch a person who you have shared so much with. god bless. michelle.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/11/2009 1:57AM

    I am so happy that you and Bill are going to be able to meet PepperLeah & her hubby. That's wonderful news for ALL of you! I am proud and privileged to be on the 100 pound reward list! I can't WAIT to be able to give you a big hug!!! You have come to mean so much to me! I never thought of the gift of meeting other sp as rewards but I think that is an AWESOME idea. In my life, rewards have always been edible! I like your idea much better! I'm going to start thinking about that. Enjoy having Bill home. I am so glad that your toe is not hurting as badly and that it is healing. Love you my dear sister/friend. Dawn emoticon emoticon

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BOO-SHAY 9/11/2009 12:30AM

    My son had his toenail removed also, because it was so ingrown, and he is so glad its gone. Glad to hear your doing well.

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I can't wait for you to get here! I am praying for a safe trip for you and Bill!

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JOHNHARNEY 9/11/2009 12:22AM

    HI I thought this was a great story because some people don't understand how something so small can hurt so much. When I was in High School I had the same problems on my big toes, and everytime just a little bump and I would go through the roof. I had to have the side toenails removed, where they only leave the top toenail. They said that the sides will never grow back and no more pain. They were right and I'm a Happy Camper. I'm glad to see you go around and see your friends, I think that's great, you go girl. Thank You for the story and Love Ya emoticon emoticon

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SUSAN134 9/11/2009 12:15AM

    Missy, what a wonderful and fun reward to commemerate your 50+ lbs loss!! Meeting other SP members is so great...something I hope to do in the near future.

I'm so glad that your toe is healed now and that you can go on this planned trip to Florida!

Hugs,

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MMMMMmangos!!

Friday, September 04, 2009

Have you had any mangos lately? They are SO delish!



Our dearest friends (chosen family) are Vernon and Brandy.



Vernon traveled extensively in his years in the Navy and lived for a season of his life in the Philippines. He continues to broaden my food horizons. One of the best gifts he ever gave me is introducing me to this incredibly sweet and juicy fruit with a texture that is pure comfort food. If you haven't added this delectable treat to your menu, try it!!

Thank you so much for your prayers and your kind words of compassion as I've been healing from this big toenail removal. I never could have imagined it hurting this bad! I'm so thankful that the worst of the pain is over. I hope to be able to be back in full swing with my water aerobics class, with posting to my beloved SparkTeams, and enjoying your sweet company in a more meaningful way now that the fog of acute pain has lifted. I miss you!!

  
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LINDA25427 9/7/2009 10:57PM

    So glad you like mango's I love them and advacodo's too . I eat just about any fruit or vegetable only a couple of things I don't like eggplant and a fruit that taste like raw pumpkin only worse . Glad you are doing better . I missed you . God bless. emoticon

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3CATSLEP 9/7/2009 11:48AM

    Finally playing catch-up with everyone! Boy does that look delicious!

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JAISNANA728 9/7/2009 9:47AM

  I Love Mangos. They are so good. And I like the ones at Trader Joe's to carry with me for that "quick snack boost ". On losing that 60lbs, WOW you are amazing!!




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LIGHTHEART09 9/6/2009 11:53PM

    At trader Joe's a food store they have dried chili spiced mangos
yummo!!!! I love papayas too

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SECRETMUSIC 9/5/2009 10:53PM

    We seldom get mangoes in our area that are worth buying -- they must be picked so green that they never really ripen with any flavor. I like to buy mango chutney, though, and put it in Indian food!

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SCORPION1352 9/5/2009 1:28PM

    No I have never had mangoes, but I am surely going to try them now that you've talked about them, apparently every one else likes them too. I guess I better get in on wagon before it leaves for town without me.

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PEARLSANDLACE 9/5/2009 7:47AM

    I had a roommate from Haiti and she got me hooked on them a couple of months ago!! WoW.

Hope you're feeling better! I think of you often and always look for your comments on anything i read. So Great to have you on SP!

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EMMABE1 9/5/2009 5:35AM

    Mangos are out of season here now - only a few drifting in from Northern Territory. But they will be about again round Christmas - and there is nothing better on a hot day. We have 4 trees in our yard - that keep us well supplied!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 9/5/2009 12:42AM

    I LOVE mangos. I haven't had a good one in a long time. When they are ripe they are really awesome... when they are not.. PHEW... somewhat like a persimmon. LOL Hope you're soon pain free. Love, Dawn

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FRAN0426 9/5/2009 12:19AM

    I will put mangos on my next shopping list . I see them at the store, just never tried them but will give them a try. Here's hopping that each day your toe gets better, I know what that pain is like, hope I never need to go through that surgery again( you probably wouldn't want to have to go through it again either).

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SJG1953 9/4/2009 11:55PM

    Missy I hope your toe continues to improve. Still praying for you.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/4/2009 11:49PM

    I haven't been able to find any mangos in our area. Will check out a little further south next week. Praise God you are feeling better. Continuing prayers for you, Missy.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/4/2009 11:49PM

    I haven't been able to find any mangos in our area. Will check out a little further south next week. Praise God you are feeling better. Continuing prayers for you, Missy.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/4/2009 11:47PM

    I haven't been able to find any mangos in our area. Will check out a little further south next week. Praise God you are feeling better. Continuing prayers for you, Missy.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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JOLOVESRUM 9/4/2009 11:34PM

    I love mangoes. It is one fruit that my daughter will eat. As long as I peel and slice it for her. I also add them to my curries. My family will eat a sweet curry and mangoes do the job.
I am glad your toe is feeling better, soon you will be able to kick my butt when I am feeling whiny.

Thank you for your post on my blog. I am hoping it was the full moon.
hugs Jo

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2BSALLYB 9/4/2009 10:32PM

    I've had mangos and luv 'em...Wish it was easier to find a good mango around here..I would surely eat more!!!

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SOUPGAL 9/4/2009 10:30PM

    My dil is from the Philippines and I have eaten more mangoes since she has come into the family. They are so good. I buy frozen one for my smoothies.



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SUSAN134 9/4/2009 10:22PM

    Okay....I'm going to buy a mango tomorrow. I've never had one and they sound yummy! Thank you Missy, for suggesting this fruit!

I'm glad your toe is starting to feel better. The pain must have been terrible (gosh, I know what it feels like just to stub my toe, but at least that goes away in minutes).

Wishing you a fabulous holiday weekend!

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SISTERDEAR 9/4/2009 10:16PM

    I just tried mangos this past week. Bought one to make a salsa to go with Island Chicken - a wonderful Spark recipe. The salsa was part of the recipe and our whole family loved it!

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NANCYS_TIME 9/4/2009 10:11PM

    I LOVE mangos. I had a huge one today in my smoothie.

I hope your toe starts feeling better. I had that same surgery before and it's no fun.

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JEN1239 9/4/2009 10:09PM

    I love Mango's!

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PEPPERLEAH 9/4/2009 10:09PM

    I am going to buy some this weekend! I am glad your pain is getting better. We have missed you! And, as always, sending prayers your way!

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BUBBLES1541 9/4/2009 10:08PM

    Love it!!

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FITWITHIN 9/4/2009 10:07PM

    Mangos is one of my favorite fruits. Enjoy aerobics class just keep on emoticon.

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LOSINGINOKC 9/4/2009 10:06PM

    I sure haven't had a mango lately or possibly ever?!? I need to try one...

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Healthy Habits

Sunday, August 30, 2009

First of all, thank you for your enthusiasm and for rejoicing with me over 60 pounds of weight lost forever. I meant to say that yesterday but my heart was very heavy and I failed to do so. You are a big, big part of me being able to face the very long road ahead of me. You make it not only endurable but you make it FUN and sweet beyond words. Thank you for being you, for bringing the many flavors of friendship that you add to my everyday life.

Thank you, also, for your compassion and tenderness at a time of sadness. I am continually blown away by how precious my SparkFriends are. You are SO one of my healthy habits and I am so thankful that you are!!

Glittergirl, active leader of Can't Do This On My Own and dear friend, asked me to write a post for the Healthy Living Forum. Sometimes, despite my best intentions, my mind begins to take detours of its own, and instead of writing on a topic related to needs our team members have shared, I found myself making lists in my head. I am a notorious list person. What spilled off my fingertips was a list of suggestions to make us better team members, getting the most and giving the most within the SparkTeam structure. For those of you on this team, I apologize for repeating myself! For the others, I hope these ideas will make your SparkExperience richer and more meaningful.

When Glittergirl asked me to do a Healthy Living post, I started praying about what I should write. I had a couple of ideas, and I hope to pursue them in the future. A different idea began to form as I went about my daily SparkActivities, and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that my very routines are part of my healthy lifestyle, very much so. My SparkRoutines make up a huge part of my everyday life. Through them:

I remain accountable to myself for my nutrition and fitness through my trackers and challenged to move more by the wealth of fitness articles and demonstration videos. So good for my body.

I gain invaluable information through the many articles, news stories, and blogs. So good for my mind.

I bond with my SparkFriends and SparkTeams in ways that give me so much encouragement, challenge me more deeply than I could ever have imagined, and feed my heart and soul. So good for my spirit.

This threefold approach that encompasses the entire being, body, soul, and spirit, is what, in my opinion, makes SparkPeople the outrageous success it is. It's what keeps all of us lit up about the program. It's what makes us want to tell everyone we know about this life-changing place.

I would like to make suggestions for being a good SparkTeamster. This is by no means a comprehensive list of things that will make your SparkExperience more meaningful for your own life and for the lives of those with whom you interact on a regular basis. These ideas are not in any particular order of importance. I welcome and encourage your responses! I am hoping you will be able to give me new suggestions that I can incorporate into my healthier habits within this magnificent community of like-minded folk.

**Whenever possible, log in every single day. When you can't, don't beat yourself up over it. Nobody expects more than your best effort.

**Track! Track!! Track!!!

**Join teams that interest you and participate in them. If a team is not a good fit for you, politely excuse yourself and leave the team. Being on many
teams and not participating serves no purpose for you or for the team.

**Read your Start page every day. It has lots of good information daily.

**Read your FriendsFeed often and comment frequently. It's such a quick and sweet way to let your SparkFriends know you're watching over them.

**Read over your SparkTeam Team Pages every day. Huddles and blog notices can alert you to a friend in need or someone due kudos. New topics and new members may need to be addressed.

**Take note of huddles and blog notices often. Respond with comments when you can. That affirmation feels SO good and keeps members posting.

**Subscribe to all the sticky topics of your SparkTeams.

**Occasionally read threads to which you do not subscribe. Post when you can.

**Read comments to DailySpark blogs and touch base with a poster whose words impressed you.

**Receive notification of new members and greet them on their SparkPage or in SparkMail. A greeting is a precious thing. It says you're important to us. You matter.

**Peruse the New Members section of your Team Page and leave an encouraging word for several of them randomly. A kind word from a stranger can be a big pick-me-up.

**Notice whether members have declared they're looking for a buddy on their SparkPage. Comment or SparkMail to extend friendship.

**Give Goodies liberally, sometimes for no reason at all!

**Post your status often and respond to the status changes of SparkFriends.

**Whether you use your blog for day-to-day journaling or only occasionally for matters that are especially important to you, blog. When your friends blog, if you have time, read them and comment. Read and respond to DailySpark blogs. We all have the need to be heard and acknowledged.

**Post web addresses into the Add a Link feature when it's available so that it hyperlinks directly to the web site you're sharing. That makes it easier for the less than technosavvy.

**Post your favorite recipes and tell your team about them.

**When you find an interesting story, quote or cartoon, share it! Be sure to cite your source when known lest you violate someone's copyright.

**Join your SparkTeam goals.

**Pray for each and every person whose posts you read, if no more than to call their name out to God and to ask His blessings, protection, and grace upon their lives that day. It's a handy, built-in prayer list! What a comfort to know your SparkTeammates are also praying for you as they read your posts.

**Pray for your SparkTeam leaders as often as the Lord brings them to mind.

**Thank your SparkTeam leaders for their hard work and offer your help to them. Like the rest of us, they have busy, demanding lives, challenges and needs. Expressions of appreciation and affirmation go a long, long way.

**Consider joining the Spark Community Team so that new Sparkers will know you're someone they can turn to for help.

**When someone consistently motivates you, encourages you, uplifts you, nominate them as a Spark Motivator.

**Review your SparkPoints page once a day to make sure you've at least touched base with the many tools that are offered to help us succeed.


  
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BARBARAWEBSTER 8/25/2010 4:56PM

    emoticonWhat's a Spark Community Team?

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VIVRE5 10/28/2009 8:14PM

    emoticon TERRIFIC BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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ILOVESP 9/21/2009 8:56AM

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JLPNURSE 9/14/2009 6:57AM

    thanks for sharing your success

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MALEXANDER4 9/13/2009 6:49PM

    thank you for this. i must of missed it earlier but i read it today and i love it. you have a way of making me smile and say "hey i want to be that person she writes about". keep on writing you have a gift for it and we love to read it. michelle.

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DENRNAJ 9/13/2009 7:33AM

    Thank you for all the wonderful guidance and practical tips- I'll be putting them to use!
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MIS2101 9/9/2009 1:55PM

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KHOOVER1 9/3/2009 7:33AM

    Great tips lady.. what would we do without you..
I will follow alot of these ideas..
thanks again and have spark day.. emoticon

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MYRTLY 9/2/2009 11:27AM

    Hey Lady! I was thinking about you so I popped over to your to see how things were going. I love the blog! It is so full of infomation. I'm going to reference it often. I've just figured out this week how to manage the friend feeds. Boy is that a time saver. With fall setting in I'll have more time to get online and participate. Thanks for being there.

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SECRETMUSIC 9/1/2009 9:30PM

    Thank you. I enjoyed reading your list. I, too, am convinced that the message boards & teams & huddles make a serious difference for me. Congratulations, by the way, on your milestone weight GONE, as well as you perseverance overcoming your toe & foot injury.

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LOVESLILACS1 9/1/2009 8:51AM

    As usual, you inspire me. You gave some suggestions that I hadn't thought of, maybe simple to others, but I think that adding new ways to use the site will improve my progress. Thank you!

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W82GOWHEE 8/31/2009 10:00PM

    This is a thoughtful and wonderfully encouraging blog. Thanks for sharing.

Whee

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KERRIEH2 8/31/2009 6:56PM

    Fantastic blog, so enlighting. It made me think and question whether I am doing all or some of the above
Love
Kerrie

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JOSEPHINE1231 8/31/2009 5:42PM

    Wow, great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Jo

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JEAN524 8/31/2009 5:24PM

    Thanks for reminding me of all the things I should be doing regularly. Some I do, but it's good to have a remind. Have a great week and thank you for all your support and encouragement. emoticon Love, Jean

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SISTERDEAR 8/31/2009 4:45PM

    I, too, think you just wrote the Spark manual. emoticonas always.

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EARTHY2 8/31/2009 12:31PM

    Thank you for writing this blog. It was a great help as a reminder of all the different things that are available to each of us. BTW, congrats on the 60 lb. loss. That's very inspiring.

Earthy2

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JAE_HENNINGTON 8/31/2009 12:26PM

  thanks this most inspirational and informational blog.........somedays I just enough energy to get out of bed... I must admit that I go throught the motions a lot of days.. just to get by... I am glad for your progress and and the motivation you bring to your spark buddies..........have a great day

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KALATHIA 8/31/2009 11:38AM

    I loved this blog and plan to share it with members on the team to which I belong. Thank you for sharing these excellent suggestions for maximizing our Spark experience. You are a very wise woman!

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LIGHTHEART09 8/31/2009 8:15AM

    Wow you should be the queen of the spark nation with all that you really know your sparks!!!!

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SJG1953 8/31/2009 1:04AM

    Such wonderful suggestions Missy. There are a few that I'm doing already but also a few I'm going to start doing. God bless you for all you do. I so appreciate you dear friend. Hugs & Blessings, Shirley

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WOODSYGIRL 8/31/2009 12:02AM

    This was an excellent post, Missy. I can tell that the Lord was prompting you throughout the day in what direction He wanted you to write. Your words are concise, clear, and compassionate. This is a great list for people who are new, those who haven't utilized some of the features they may not have known about or were too unsure to try, and for those of us who need a reminder that this really isn't about a "diet", but an entire lifestyle change. God Bless you for your beautiful post and caring thoughts.

Shannon~ emoticon emoticon

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PEBBLES32165 8/31/2009 12:00AM

    Hey Missy! This goes right beside my Bad Habits Blog! Great Job!

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TRAVELNISTA 8/30/2009 10:57PM

    Great Blog! I think you just wrote a manual for Spark People. emoticon

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PEPPERLEAH 8/30/2009 10:34PM

    You are incredible! Do you know what a blessing you are? I am so thankful that you are my friend. God is truly good! Thank you for being the loving, giving woman that you are, and for everything you do for us!

We love you!

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PARAEAST 8/30/2009 9:54PM

    Missy
You say it all. Thank you so much. This blog is right on, hit the nail! way to go girl.
Congrats on losing your weight. That's so neat!! We're all proud of you. What a prayer warrior you are! Hope and pray that you had a great day!
Hugs,
Barb

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ALMMOM 8/30/2009 8:13PM

    I think you are very complete!!!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 8/30/2009 6:10PM

    Absolutely awesome message here Missy. Thanks for taking the time to not only think it out but to share it with us. I know that I found a lot of valuable information that I am going to follow up on. Thank you so very much for being such a positive influence in my life. You, my sister friend, are a gift in my life directly from Heaven above. I thank you and I always thank God for you. Love, Dawn emoticon

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SUSAN134 8/30/2009 5:57PM

    Missy, this is such a fantastic post!!! I thought I was sparking a lot, but see many, many more things I could be doing to enrich myself here. I so appreciate you taking the time to list everything as you have done above.

You are awesome!

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JOYATLAST 8/30/2009 5:12PM

    This is excellent! I love the spirit, soul and body connection. You have challenged me to become a better Sparker!

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EAT2LIVE57 8/30/2009 3:47PM

    Congratulations on your AWESOME weight loss! And thank you for taking the time to post this blog. It is very, very helpful, thoughtful, insightful, and inspirational. Wishing you continued success in your efforts. You are a valuable SP asset!

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