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Let's go, Starfish!!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Hello, my name is Sassacaia, and I'm a Starfish.

The Summer 5% Challenge begins today and this is my third challenge. Since my first challenge in winter, I have lost exactly nothing. Yes, that is the sad truth. But I have gained some great Spark friends and have had some very good conversations about weight loss, as well as enjoyed and appreciated the support of fellow travelers on this journey.

So why bother, some might ask, to do it again, when it hasn't worked in the past? Well, I believe it's going to be different this time. Do you want to know why? Well, let me just tell you!

It is summer! That means I can be active outside. I can walk all around my beautiful state, I can go for bike rides, I can go swimming. Oh, but it's summer, someone might say, it's too hot!! (That someone is often me!) I hate the heat and the humidity, but I have a plan for that as well! My new gym is air conditioned! It's true! So when it's too dang hot outside to even breathe, I can just zip on over to my new gym and get to work in there!

Why else is this time different? Well, it's summer and fresh fruit and vegetables abound. We are doing a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) from a nearby farm in Wisconsin so every week I get fresh, local food. This past week we got such deliciousness as beets, carrots and basil! I enjoy the challenge of finding and creating new recipes using our CSA ingredients.

And this time is different because there are no major eating holidays in this 8 week time span; Thanksgiving and Christmas are still quite far off, and I have no birthdays to use as an eating and drinking fest. I do have a vacation planned in there but just a long weekend so nothing major or potentially dangerous.

I think the next 8 weeks are going to be the best 8 weeks I've had on Spark! Now please excuse me, as I need to get ready to go to the gym!
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BOVEY63 7/20/2011 5:45PM

    Here's to an awesome 8 weeks - and beyond!
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Go get em' Starfish!
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HARRYSMOM 7/19/2011 8:53AM

    I so enjoy reading your posts! Not only do I love your sense of humor but also your positive attitude. Recently I realized that if you lose hope you lose it all. You are oozing with hope which I believe is our best tool in our arsenal of getting and staying healthy. I love this state as well. I have hiked in most every state park. Now with my bad knees I am hoping to switch to biking. Have a great day!

Karen

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GOODBYEXL 7/17/2011 11:02AM

    It is great to see that you are so motivated. I am on your team also. I was in the summer challenge last year, and I think I have gained a few pounds since then. This will be the challenge where you go from absolutely nothing to something. I can feel it.

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RUTHXG 7/16/2011 6:24PM

    So glad you're my Starfish teammate! And very cool that you're getting CSA veggies/fruits/herbs too. Yay for gyms with AC! You have a LOT of things going for you this summer. I'll try to keep up with you!

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JMCADE 7/16/2011 4:11PM

    WooHoo we have such great team members on the Starfish!!!!

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BEATLETOT 7/16/2011 12:26PM

    Whoo! Go Starfish!!! SO GLAD you're on our team again...

But hey...

Isn't this your fourth challenge? I'm pretty sure you started at the same time as me!

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KAREN_NY 7/16/2011 11:51AM

    Agreed- summer is THE BEST TIME to do a body good! CSA's and outdoor sports make me wonder why I live in NY, where they're limited to just summertime, lol!

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AMYLONGHORN 7/16/2011 10:43AM

    YAY for the Challenge! LET'S DO IT!!!

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