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    CHICCHANTAL   23,113
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Monday, December 10, 2012

I'm not big on bean-counting, but I noticed the other day that in another 3.5 pounds I will be a quarter of my way into my SparkJourney. All being well, at my six-month SparkVersary, I will have lost 31.5 pounds.

Doesn't time fly?

I joined SP five and a half months ago and that seems a lifetime away. What did I do before SP? Eat, I suppose! So far, I've lost 28 pounds. It doesn't sound much if you say it quickly, but it's about a pound a week, which is ok. One thing I've learnt is that if you win small battles (for example I stayed within calories today and walked for 40 minutes) you will eventually win the war on flab.

And war it is. I've always said that if it was easy for someone to lose weight, they wouldn't have put it on in the first place. So it's a double whammy.

At the moment, I don't want to look too far into the future. However I did set myself June 2014, two years after signing up to SP, as my date for reaching my target weight. Next year I plan to lose 70 to 80 pounds, so I need to step up my weight loss a tiny bit. That said, if I kept losing weight at the same rate I have over the last six months, and only lost 50 pounds, it wouldn't be the end of the world. However, I'm concentrating on today and tomorrow, and while I'm not losing sight of my ultimate goal, winning those daily battles is what will ultimately get me to that misty and distant goal.

I've already made my plans for Christmas. Two days of eating what I want, out of a 19-day holiday from work. The rest of the time I am staying on track and exercising very very hard indeed, outdoors as much as I can manage it. Time was when I would have been looking forward to three weeks in front of the telly. Now I'm planning walks, walks and more walks.

I'm so excited: I'm going to Cornwall for a few days at the weekend so we all get a break from Epping Forest and a chance to look at the (IMO) most beautiful places in England.


Here's hoping for good weather!
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SUNNYWBL 12/18/2012 1:15AM

    I'm looking forward to seeing those sites through your eyes!

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JIBBIE49 12/16/2012 8:43AM

    emoticon What a STAR you are. Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. emoticon

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JUSGETTENBY42 12/15/2012 3:07PM

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TDEMAIO2 12/15/2012 6:36AM

    WOW you weight loss is GREAT : ) emoticon

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GRAMVICKI 12/15/2012 1:45AM

    Beautiful picture!!!!!

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GARDEMON 12/14/2012 5:47PM

  Hi Chantal,

Thanks for sharing. I loved reading your blog.

Keep smiling. Enjoy your Spark journey.

Greetings from Amsterdam

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DIBANANA 12/14/2012 3:06PM

  Good for you. You have the right idea. I read something that said that Christmas is ONE day not the whole month of December and that Thanksgiving is one day and not eating until New Years. I think it is good you are allowing yourself to have a couple of days. It makes it so much easier to be on track the rest of the time!

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COMEONMA 12/14/2012 8:24AM

    You have the perfect mindset for total success! Congratulations! With that way of looking at things, you should hit your goal before your estimate, I think.
Enjoy your vacation and post pictures! The one in this blog is gorgeous!

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SANDYCRANE 12/14/2012 5:41AM

    Keep up the good work, just take it one day at a time.

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WHITEANGEL4 12/13/2012 8:51PM

    Congratulations on the results of your journey so far. Ia msure you will be reaching you goal as planned. Have a great holiday

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AMBER461 12/13/2012 7:06PM

  Congratulation on your weight lost emoticon , loosing 28lbs is great. I was trying for a while to loose 40lbs and I can only manage 25lbs you are doing very well. Keep it up and have a great time in Cornwall.

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JERICHO1991 12/13/2012 5:54PM

    You're reaping the benefits of great planning and discipline. Congratulations!

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KLONG8 12/13/2012 10:34AM

    Beautiful pics and I like the way you think. Great plan!

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INGMARIE 12/13/2012 10:01AM

    Marvellous , have a great time in Cornwall (pix please) emoticon
You have done great so far,so you will do what you set your mind to.
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FANCYFREE15 12/13/2012 9:35AM

    Oh, take us with you to Cornwall! I've always wanted to go there! Have a great time!

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NETTYDAWG 12/13/2012 9:18AM

    Congrats - you've done a great job so far. Enjoy the holidays and your time in Cornwall. Can't wait to see some pics - have wonderful memories of cornwall from my childhood. Hope to go back one day (If we make it back to England some time). emoticon

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PENOWOK 12/13/2012 8:52AM

    You are right on track, my SP friend!! But I want to work where you do and have 19 days off for Christmas! Ok, I won't complain...I work in schools and have 12 days away (including weekends). I am content. Too much free time woudln't be good for me anyway!

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WALLINMW 12/13/2012 8:39AM

  Stay on track!

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STEVIEBEE569 12/13/2012 7:25AM

    Great job!
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SLFGOLF 12/13/2012 1:03AM

    Congratulations! You are doing great!

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LOVEMYBODY2012 12/12/2012 11:39PM

    A pound a week is a healthy weight loss! Your progress has been steady and you are well on your way!

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PEACEHOPE1 12/12/2012 11:02PM

    Keep going strong, you're doing great!

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WEARINGTHIN 12/12/2012 10:20PM

    That's right. Aslong as you are still making progress and keep at it, the weight will come off. Congratulations for what you have done. Glenn

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JUNEAU2010 12/12/2012 9:31PM

    I can't wait to read about your walks, the sights, the feelings and to see the pictures!

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FATHINSN 12/12/2012 8:21PM

    Great! You have a wonderful plan for Christmas! Enjoy the festive season and still be on healthy track :D

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POWER2XCEL 12/12/2012 8:17PM

  Keep pushing forward towards your goals. emoticon

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HOLLYM48 12/12/2012 4:53PM

    Good for you!! That is so awesome. It is not easy, but so worth the journey. Good luck on each day and arriving at your goal, enjoy your time off!~
Love the picture, wish I saw that right now instead of all the white stuff out there!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLLOVETT 12/12/2012 4:44PM

    emoticon Keep up the great work!
Looking forward to Cornwall - I hear it's beautiful!!!!
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SPARKABELLA13 12/12/2012 2:07PM

    You're living the lifestyle we all strive to live. Congrats on your weight loss and good luck with your continued journey. You rock!

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LJOYCE55 12/12/2012 12:41PM

  Sounds like your weight loss is exactly that way my doctor prefers. Congratulations on a job well done.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/12/2012 12:37PM

    Keep up the great work!

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FIRECOM 12/12/2012 11:52AM

    What do you mean when you say that 28 lb does not sound like much? I'm here to state that it sounds wonderful. Congratulations on you journeys successes.

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PARSONSKERINS 12/12/2012 10:27AM

    Congrats!

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ANNANN63 12/12/2012 9:55AM

    I did not make any goals for when I would reach weight loss goals. I just focused on each day and doing what I knew worked. I am at a good place now. I would like to lose another 5 pounds but if it never happens, it is OK. I find now that I am no longer overweight that when I exercise a lot I want to eat more. It is getting harder for me to pull from my reduced fat stores. I switched to maintenance eating rather than weight loss eating about two months ago and since then I have lost 2 pounds. It is enough. I feel good, I can enjoy eating without feeling that I need to eat more and if I lose more or not, it is good.

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AJB121299 12/12/2012 8:54AM

    Nice job

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REY-REY 12/12/2012 8:40AM

    Congrats!

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RICKISMOM1 12/12/2012 8:09AM

    Slow and steady is DEFINITELY best! BTW, as you lose, it gets harder to lose more, simply because you are not dragging along all those extra kilos! (But the upside is that as you loose, there are more exercise options open for you, and the new you feels SO much better!) It took me a year longer to lose the 90+% that I have than what I originally planned. SO WHAT? I am getting there, one way or another, sooner or later! You goals DO sound doable.... but if it isn't, just keep plugging away at whatever rate keeps you going in the right direction! (I was losing about 2 lbs a week until a year ago, now I lose more slowly)

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PCASEY7 12/11/2012 11:09PM

    Congrats on the 28 lb weight loss, slow and steady wins the race! Have a fabulous time in Cornwall and we'll live vicariously through your blogs! Can't wait to read and see all the pictures. Keep up the great plan as it's certainly working for you!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/11/2012 11:04PM

    Congratulations!!! And all your plans sound great. I think 2 days out of 19 for eating what you want sounds very reasonable! Also: 19 day holiday for Christmas????? Lordy, I didn't get that much time off in an entire year at my previous job. Stupid American employment practices. I am jealous. :) (Though I'm currently unemployed now that we've moved, so technically I'm constantly on holiday, I suppose...in a way.)

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ROCKYCPA 12/11/2012 11:03PM

    Congrats on your accomplishments so far - losing it slowly is very good then you can really get used to the changes that you have made! Keep up the good work and enjoy your holiday.

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Glad you can go elsewhere. it really can pump up the activity for you!! The shore looks lovely.

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