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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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RAINBOWMF 12/11/2012 12:20AM

    Good plans and emoticon

I will hope for good weather for you too.


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REGILIEH 12/10/2012 11:40PM

    WOW!!! I can't wait for Cornwall! You are so good to us to share. I for one am so appreciative of all your blogs! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Your weight loss is emoticon and it sounds like you have a emoticon plan for your holidays. emoticon

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SUSIESLIM62 12/10/2012 11:22PM

  emoticon You are doing great! And you're right it is a war.I need to remember that when I backslide, because I may have lost a battle but I have NOT lost the war.Keep up the good work and sharing these emoticon pictures!

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EZRIN101 12/10/2012 11:16PM

    You are doing a great job!!

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1MANKNEY 12/10/2012 10:50PM

    You're doing great!
Looking forward to your pictures of Cornwall.

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DOVESEYES 12/10/2012 10:41PM

    wow you really are doing well, it took me ages to let myself have a future date to get to my goal. I realized it was only to start eating again and had to admit to myself the real reason and adjust it to a long term goal. Great for you

hope your holiday is fun.

We are all going with you in a way can't wait, I don't get holidays and I love our walks and the markets etc.

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NEWTINK 12/10/2012 10:31PM

    You are doing wonderfully ... emoticon emoticon

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LEB0401 12/10/2012 10:22PM

    emoticon 1/4 done! Great job

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LIVEDAILY 12/10/2012 9:50PM

    You're doing it the right way, gradually and changing your lifestyle because that's the healthier way to do it! Cornwall was one area I hadn't a chance to visit, but one of my favourite castles is's round! 19 days...oh that's wonderful!!

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EABL81 12/10/2012 9:38PM

    You've got a great attitude towards this. Timelines are great, but the end result is the thing that really matters.

Can't wait to go to Cornwall!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/10/2012 9:36PM

    Great blog!

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DANAPRIME 12/10/2012 8:44PM

    19 days!!!! Sweet!!!!!!!!

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FALLNTENN 12/10/2012 7:23PM

    Good luck with your plans for Christmas. I know you can do this. Congratulations on your progress so far.

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MICKEYH 12/10/2012 7:17PM

    You ra definitely right on track. Keep doing what you are doing !! For me, about one pound a week if I am lucky. Maybe I am eating too much. New Years is around the corner, so I am excited. Let be a healthy years for both of us. Looking forwards for your Cornwall holiday's blog. Take care for now. *\(^o^)/*

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SARAWALKS 12/10/2012 7:14PM

    emoticon That's a FANTASTIC record! You're inspiring me. And Cornwall to look forward to, that is just marvelous. Enjoy your weekend and keep taking those steps every day. emoticon emoticon

OH BTW I like your new sparkly chiffon-y background! emoticon

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/10/2012 7:01PM

  Hey, any loss at any time is welcome and should not be shrugged off.

Having said that, just keep on doing what you are doing and you will continue to change for the better and healthier you instead of remaining the same and worse of all getting bigger and fatterLOL Heaven to Betsy LOL we don't want to get bigger and fatter do we???LOL

Nope, we want to get fitter and lighter right? Yes, right on.

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COUPONS0216 12/10/2012 6:37PM

    Can't wait for the pictures, but no matter where you go, it's always lovely! It's nice that you take us along with you on your journey, I just wish I could see it all in person!


You are doing an AWESOME job on your weight and getting so much healthier to boot, that way you will be around a long time for your cats!

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LINDAK25 12/10/2012 6:32PM

    Oh, goody! Can't wait to see Cornwall. I got a nifty new camera. It's smaller than an IPhone. Fits in my pocket. It takes beautiful pictures. I love it. I specifically bought it so I could upload pictures to Spark. So I did and I got a lovely little message that said that the file was too large to upload! Well, pooh!

Congratulations on your weight loss! I figure (at least for me) five pounds a month is a miracle. While I set the goal because Spark asked me to, I don't have a weight goal. Just keep on doing what I'm doing, work hard. If I get too restrictive either with what I eat or what I should weigh, it puts me in a dangerous head space.

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THOMS1 12/10/2012 6:32PM

    Can't wait for your nexr blog. You have been doing very well with your weight loss. It is better to lose it more slowly. emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/10/2012 6:07PM

    I can't wait. Take lot's of pictures and share. Tomorrow, 12/11 is my 1 year sparkaversary. Time passes too quickly. The older you get, the faster it goes..

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CATLADY52 12/10/2012 6:06PM

    emoticon Your weight loss goal sounds good and I am sure you'll make it. Probably with time to spare. Enjoy your time in Cornwall. emoticon emoticon

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DALID414 12/10/2012 5:59PM

    Yay, to walking and good weather!

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RAINBOWCHOC 12/10/2012 5:59PM

    well done you! let's hope Cornwall has a mild breeze rather than the Siberian blasts we are experiencing on the East

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JACKIE542 12/10/2012 5:53PM

    Good job! emoticon

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IAMWINNING 12/10/2012 5:47PM

    emoticon emoticon Averaging a pound a week is a good thing. I just wish I hadn't gained 25 pounds last year and started having leg trouble; and now that I have Bipolar Disorder, my meds are making it more difficult to lose it. emoticon I was having enough trouble as it was! LOL

I'm not giving up, I'm working on those small battles, and eventually I'll win. I HAVE lost six of those 25 pounds, so hey, I'm making some progress. By doing ST six days a week, I'm much stronger than I was. See, another small success for my small battle. : )

I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of and hearing about Cornwall. It's one of the few areas we didn't get to 30-odd years ago.

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KAREN608 12/10/2012 5:47PM

    I've lost the same amount as you, in more time, and am pleased with it so far also.
I like your goals very much!

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DESERTJULZ 12/10/2012 5:42PM

    Congratulations on 28 pounds! That is excellent progress. I look forward to your posts about your time in Cornwall.

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STARSUB99 12/10/2012 5:32PM

    I agree when you say it fast 28 lbs doesn't sound like that much but it is a huge accomplishment. I too am hovering at that 25% spot so.
I get what you are saying. Another sparker suggested getting a 1 lb can of veg or whatever for each lb lost and to put it in a bag and pick it up. Keep adding the lbs to the bag every week or so to see how much you have accomplished. I loved that idea and I'm passing it on to whoever comes my way.

The walking through the holidays is a great idea - I'm with you - keep walking it is such a good way to look after yourself.

Congratulations on getting to 25 %of your goal! Have a merry Christmas!

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STONECOT 12/10/2012 5:16PM

    Hope you enjoy yourself, whereabouts are you going?

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RUNNING-LIFE 12/10/2012 5:12PM

    WOOHOO! emoticon emoticon

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CBRINKLEY401 12/10/2012 5:11PM

    Congratulations! You're making excellent progress.

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