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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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PATRICIAANN46 12/11/2012 7:49PM

  emoticon on your weight loss so far and on your future plan which sounds very do-able.
I'm looking forward to Cornwall.

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KIPPER15 12/11/2012 7:21PM

    Can hardly wait for your Christmas break! I enjoy "our" walks so much. emoticon emoticon

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NEWCHINELO 12/11/2012 6:00PM

    Looking forward to your blogs.

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KARRENLYNN 12/11/2012 5:19PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss journey so far! They say losing 1-2 lbs / week gives you a better chance to keep the weight of longer and learn better habits. You're doing great.

If the picture above is your exercise view, I'm jealous! :)

Have a healthy and happy holiday,

Karen emoticon

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DIANNEMT 12/11/2012 5:13PM

    I set my goal date--and have changed it a couple of times. NO PROBLEM if you need to change it! Took a long time to gain the weight--will take time to lose it as well. Focus on the journey and you'll "arrive" when the time is right.

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ALIDOSHA 12/11/2012 5:09PM

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SLIMLEAF 12/11/2012 4:39PM

    You've lost 28lb? That's TWO stones in English money! Fantastic! What a great achievement!

I look forward to following your continued success in 2013.

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FREETOWANDER 12/11/2012 3:52PM

    emoticon on your accomplishments so far!!
Have an emoticon trip!!

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BRAVELUTE 12/11/2012 2:50PM

    Yep. Long term. Slow. Patience. If it were fast, it wouldn't last after you reach your weight goal.

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LAHUDSONCHEF 12/11/2012 1:58PM

    Love that you're so balanced in your thinking about the pounds lost. Slow and steady wins the race. :) And I can't wait to see Cornwall through your camera lens. Everything I've ever seen of it (TV shows, mainly) show me it's gorgeous.

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-ZELLE- 12/11/2012 1:33PM

    Congratulations! Can't wait to visit Cornwall with you ... but I'm not tired of hearing about Epping Forest emoticon

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MOMMY445 12/11/2012 1:32PM

    congrats on all of your accomplishments! have a fabulous day!

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KATIWONT 12/11/2012 12:41PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss so far! You have a plan in place and I have no doubt you'll be successful. I have not been focused on my food plan, just on exercising, so I'm not losing pounds, but the inches are definitely melting off. You are an inspiration--enjoy your time at "the shore". We will all look forward to your seaside blog!!

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RONNIEHUEY 12/11/2012 12:40PM

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HFAYE81 12/11/2012 12:15PM

    Beautiful!!! Can't wait for that adventure!!!
Congrats on your accomplishments!! emoticon emoticon

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HEARTS116 12/11/2012 12:00PM

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SJKENT1 12/11/2012 11:54AM

    Oooh... I can't wait until our walk in Cornwall with you. emoticon

I think you are right on track, planning ahead and looking to the future but not so far ahead that you lose sight of today and tomorrow.

Keep on girl - you are doing great!

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FAVORITEAUNT84 12/11/2012 11:26AM

    WOOHOO!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 12/11/2012 11:05AM

    Wish I was on that beach!

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JOANNHUNT 12/11/2012 10:44AM

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DNRAE1 12/11/2012 10:43AM

    We started SP at about the same time (me, mid-July), and I've only lost 23 pounds, so you're doing great, and I'm having a real hard time since I went on vacation. So as I climb back on the wagon, I'll keep you in mind as my inspiration!!!

Made Chicken Noodle soup last night, so I have good meals instead of my favorite seasonal junk like Pannetone, and ginger cookies!!!! (my personal downfalls this past week!)

Looking forward to your Cornwall visit. Good wishes for fantastic weather and a great time! Have fun!

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/11/2012 10:28AM

  You are doing great!!!! emoticon emoticon

So proud of you and have also enjoyed your blogs and seeing your part of the world too. emoticon

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SHOAPIE 12/11/2012 10:26AM

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NILLAPEPSI 12/11/2012 10:18AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep up the great work!!

Gorgeous photo!!

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TREE57 12/11/2012 9:51AM

    Congratulations on your successful journey! You are an inspiration to me...my scale is not moving at all...10+ pounds, then 15 and then stagnate.

I'm doing genealogy research on both my side of the family and my husband's...his traces back to 1555 Cornwall....when you go, please post photos. We've been to London, but never out into the countrysides. Planning to come over and do research on our history while there. emoticon

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SUSANELAINE1956 12/11/2012 9:25AM

    You are doing great. emoticon

My husband and I are in the process of planning a trip to England, so thanks for the tip about Cornwall.

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LAURIETAIT 12/11/2012 9:24AM

    Oooo fun! I've never been to Cornwall . I'm looking forward to our trip. lol You're absolutely right in your weight loss approach. The best way to accomplish any goal is one day at a time. Congrats on your success. Lately I've been having trouble stringing those good days together. I need to step it up too.

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DJSHIP46 12/11/2012 9:20AM

    Wishing you GREAT success!!! emoticon emoticon

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 12/11/2012 8:54AM

    Hope the weather holds out... You are doing such amazing things!!!

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NEWMOM20121 12/11/2012 8:53AM

    I can't wait to see Cornwall. Thank you for sharing

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PORTIAWILLIS 12/11/2012 8:53AM

    Looking forward to hearing about Cornwall. Thanks for giving us your pictures of your walks.

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SENIMMO 12/11/2012 8:45AM

    Good plan. You won't fail, because you didn't fail to plan! emoticon

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WALLINMW 12/11/2012 8:36AM

  Fantastic blog!

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FARIS71 12/11/2012 8:17AM

    Way to have a plan for the holidays that gives you some wiggle room.

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MIMIDOT 12/11/2012 8:08AM

    One day at a time! I've got to remember that. I've been slipping lately, but reading your blog makes me want to get back on the wagon and go to town. So tofay, one meal at a time. I can do it.

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WILSON1926 12/11/2012 7:59AM

    One Day, one minute, One meal at a time

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JANEMARIE77 12/11/2012 7:19AM

    yes one step at a time each in our own way no rush is the way to go this is life

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BESSHAILE 12/11/2012 6:35AM

    Yep. Big steps and little 'uns.

Can't wait to go to Cornwall!

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XTINA46 12/11/2012 6:10AM

    CongrAtulations Chantal on your awesome achievement!
28 lbs of fat lost is just great but the truly amazing part is that you've stayed true to your commitment to yourself for 6 months. Thats more impressive than any number on a scale could be! You are my daily inspiration and I often think about you during the day. You are a marvellous writer and your attitude towards life -- just knowing how to be in the moment and actually celebrating life by paying attention to all of its beauty and constant offerings. Next time I am in London I would love to meet you and raise a glass (or a cup of tea!) in your honour!
PS I love cats too and have quite a few of them even though in this photo I am with a wolf (I volunteer at a wolf sanctuary) have a wonderful trip to Cornwall. Looking forward to hanging on your every word! :-)


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TRYINGHARD54 12/11/2012 5:44AM

    one step at a time.. wish I could find that first step.

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DIXIECAP79 12/11/2012 5:14AM

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NCSUE0514 12/11/2012 4:23AM

    WTG!

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MRS.DOYLE 12/11/2012 4:09AM

    if you Google what a pound of body fat looks like, you will be amazed. Losing one of those every week is marvellous. Try to pick up something weighing 28 pounds and then imaging it strapped to your body. You've done brilliantly so far.
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AMANDACOETZER 12/11/2012 4:02AM

    Sounds idyllic!

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LEXIE63 12/11/2012 3:13AM

    Oooh! Whereabouts in Cornwall? I was born and grew up there. :-)

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FIFIFRIZZLE 12/11/2012 2:54AM

    Looks lovely, a bit like some of my places in NZ.

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POPSY190 12/11/2012 2:54AM

    Clear sighted about the road ahead. You will get there!

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NEW-CAZ 12/11/2012 2:52AM

    emoticon on your results so far Anne, you have the perfeck attitude to losing weight while still enjoying Christmas! Great plan.

Can't wait for your blog from Cornwall, so beautiful there!

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ANDYLIN90 12/11/2012 1:02AM

    Great attitude with very reasonable plans for the future. Good for you!!!!!

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MARYJEANSL 12/11/2012 12:59AM

  Congratulations on how far you've come! I can't wait to see the pictures of Cornwall.

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