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Starting over...again

Thursday, November 26, 2009

OK...I am going through some major changes right now. After 11&1/2 years of marriage I have left my husband. We've had a rocky relationship for awhile but this past year has been really rough and after putting it off I finally decided I needed to do what was best for me. If that makes me selfish...so be it. Oddly enough, since I left, my husband has decided that now he can treat me the way I deserve to be treated and is asking for another chance. I am second guessing myself every day but every day I come up with the answer that I am doing the right thing. My weight loss efforts have totally been put on the backburner but I need to renew my commitment to those. So, this weekend I am sitting down and planning out my food and exercise plans. If nothing else, the exercise will help keep me occupied and keep my mind of the rest of my situation :). I wanted to thank my good friends Suz and Tashie for giving me such good support and advice. They are very strong and smart women and I don't know that I could do this without them...I love you guys!!

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SUZIAND 11/29/2009 8:00PM

    It'll all be fine, Sarah. One day at a time....one minute at a time. You ARE strong enough to do this.

I love you, too woman!!!

Suz : )

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STEVEISAWESOME 11/26/2009 8:02PM

  Its not selfish its about doing the right thing for you. You are a wonderful person that deserves to be happy. I am proud of you for stepping outside the shell you have had placed over you and are embracing life. You can do this Sarah and you know you are not alone.
You know how your world can be turned upside down by just one person but you are a strong woman and will come out better, happier, healthier than you could imagine.
I miss my connection to you but I hope you are well. I think about you often.

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A new exercise goal

Saturday, September 05, 2009

I found out the other day that my niece (8 years) and nephew (5 years) are participating in a new program at school. The goal is for them to complete a marathon over a period of time. They get to school early 3 days per week to run and their distances are tracked over the time of this program. They've both passed the half-marathon mark. I've decided to try the same approach. I'll start with the marathon then go from there. I think it's a pretty cool way to get the kids involved in an activity that hopefully they'll continue after the program is over. I guess I figure if the kids can get up early to do this...surely I can work it into my day.

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KARSTASAURUS 9/7/2009 6:04PM

    That's a great way of measuring the distance you do over time! Great!

I think I might just steal this idea for my exercise bike! Haha!


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YINYANGSJM 9/6/2009 9:07PM

    I think she meant ole like potato ole's from Taco Johns...mmm :)

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SUZIAND 9/6/2009 8:18PM

    Hmmm....did Angie mean "ole' " as in OLD or as in the Mexican celebratory word? I can't tell.....


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LOVELYANGE 9/6/2009 3:16PM

    Great goal Sara!!! Sounds like you're doing great! When are you moving back to good ole' Nebraska?

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SUZIAND 9/5/2009 11:06PM

    That's a great idea!

There's a spark team ....I think it's "Swim Hawaii" or something like that. You track how many miles you swim and it shows you a map and a path that swims around the islands. I think that's pretty cool....it would probably take me over 2 years to swim all the way! lol!

We should figure out how many miles it'd be to walk from your house to mine..... or to walk from The House of Blues in Chicago to The House of Blues in Los Angeles and do this thing together!!! :)

Love ya, Sis,
Suz :)

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What am I doing????

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ok...I know what it takes to lose weight. Eat less (and healthier) and exercise more. I know that I feel better when I do these two things. Why can't I seem to get myself together and just DO IT? Things are crazy in my home and work life right now so you would think that I would welcome the chance to have control over something...my diet and exercise. But I can't even seem to handle that. I know I just need to take some deep breaths, step back and evaluate my situation but it's like I've gone crazy. My goal this weekend is to sit down, do some planning and start next week with a plan in hand. I need to treat myself better. I deserve it and I wouldn't treat somebody else this way so I'm not sure why I think it's OK to treat me like this.

Here's to "starting over" yet again...thinking positive that next week will be better !!!

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CANDY_CAT 8/31/2009 12:08AM

  wow, reading this almost sounded like me a while back.. anyways - having a day to day plan is a great way to start! but you need to remember is to be realistic about your plan and goals or it will NEVER work.

I wish you good luck! emoticon

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  I am here to help motivate you too! If you need a push or someone to talk to I am here.
Chalene will help ...omg its hard to do but you can do it!

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    Youve got this Sarah! I know you can do it! And you know im here to give you a kick when you need it :)

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SUZIAND 8/22/2009 2:36PM

    Stop being mean to yourself, dang it! Don't make me come out there and kick your butt!

Seriously....I'm right there with ya, girl. Next week WILL be better and you WILL treat yourself better. Take the weekend to ask yourself.... "What do I really, really want in my life right now" ... and take control. Life is way too short for us to be worrying about our weight and health. Let's take it back! Yarrrrrr!!! Ya with me?

Love ya,

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Stepping out of the bacon box

Saturday, August 08, 2009

I have decided to try making some food substitutions to help cut back on my calorie count. I had my first BLT of the summer today and tried it with turkey bacon. I was pleasantly surprised! Not as crispy as the real stuff but the flavor was pretty good. This is a trade I think I can stick with. I have tried the veggie bacon in the past...that experiment didn't work out quite as well :)

Here's to trying new things!!!!

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SUZIAND 8/9/2009 9:00PM

    I'll have to try the turkey bacon.

Can you find me a healthy substitute for vanilla malts?? :(

Keep up the good work, sistah!

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KARSTASAURUS 8/9/2009 3:50AM


Everything these days has a healthier substitute! Just try a couple of them out and find out what you like best! :)

I used to love bagels in the morning and now I'll have a wholemeal english muffin instead!

Good luck with your cut back on calories! emoticon

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LOVELYANGE 8/9/2009 1:27AM

    I ate BLTs for 4 nights in a row with turkey bacon. I liked it to...except the lack of crispiness.

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

OK, I think I am finally ready to get started on this program. The best part is that it's just common sense, eat better and exercise more. The bad part is that I don't always follow my common sense which has gotten me to this point in the first place! I am off work for the next 10 days so I am hoping to get going with the food and exercise tracking so I will be better prepared when I go back to work.

I am hoping that this is the program that will work for me!!

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    You can do it Sarah!!! WE can do it emoticon You know Im here if you ever need help or encouragement!!

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    This program has worked for me as long as I was truthfully working the program. I have lost almost 20 lbs very quickly. I know that it is slowing down but I expected that just keep up the good work. I know that it can be difficult for me especially when I have time off. I have to remind myself daily that I have run out of excuses. Good luck and remember this isn't a dieting website it is a new way of life website!!!!!!!! Keep it fun emoticon

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SUZIAND 8/6/2009 11:54AM

    Of course you can do it, silly....and this WILL work for you! I am sure of it!!!!

Have a fantastic 10 days off! Get that house done and ready .... work out at the gym... make a game plan on how to eat healthy on work days (and if you figure that out...please send it to me) : ) Keep the faith and know that this is it!

How much weight do you think we can each lose before Vegas?? I'm hoping for 20 pounds gone. : )

Love ya, sistah!

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LOVELYANGE 8/6/2009 11:34AM

    Hey Sara!!! I'm right in the same boat with you...been on this site for awhile, but finally need to "just do it!" Tracking your food is the key. Good Luck...when are you moving back to Nebraska???? emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 8/6/2009 9:21AM

    Yes, keeping it simple is what SparkPeople is all about!

Michael Pollan has written some brilliant yet simple food philosophies...I've listed a few in my signature file on my posts.

This is a gradual, step by step process where a "bad day" doesn't doom one, we just dust ourselves off, move on and stick with the SPARK! It's all about building a new, improved, healthy and well lifestyle which we can follow forever!


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PASTORJEFF2 8/6/2009 8:52AM

    DOn't get discouraged just keep working harder each day. Keep a note pad so you can track everything, it really helps to see how much you eat on a daily basis. You can do it!!!!!!

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