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The Giant, Watermelon Slicer & Hokey Pokey in Onederland

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Saturday, June 28, 2014


First, let me explainóI took a much-needed day off yesterday and spent it at my BFFís (Shelley with an ďeyĒ) house. We made pita bread pizzas, had organic popcorn and watermelon for dessert, while we watched a documentary about the font, Helvetica. Why? Because weíre graphic design nerds and weíre not ashamed!


Yes, we watched a whole movie about this font. Nerds.


This is what Audrey and I took to the ďparty.Ē We donít usually buy bagged popcorn, but Shelley is obsessed with chia seeds, soÖ

If you can struggle through the video, which is annoying, because my phone has a hard time shooting video these days; you will see the giant, watermelon slicer somewhat in action. Why do I even bother showing this? Why is this SparkWorthy? Because Iím working more freggies into my meal plans and watermelon is quickly becoming my go-to snack of the summer. And what better way to show that, than with a gigantic, watermelon slicer? Plus, my buddy Shelley has worked really hard swinging kettlebells and stuff, and has the upper body strength needed to man this monstrous, kitchen gadget. SparkChick Power!


This is Shelley, training on some ridiculous monkey bars, for a mud run/obstacle course.

So, that covers the watermelon slicer. Now, on to the hokey pokey in Onederland. Hereís the thingólast week, I took a step out of Onederland. Just one step. I recorded it on my tracker, because we started a 5% challenge and it was weigh-in day, so I had to report it. 200 lbs. Iím gonna be honest here, my heart sank. I canít say I was surprised. I played it pretty fast and loose with food over the last couple of weeks of work. That piper demands to be paid, whether I like it or not.

I wasnít filled with the self-loathing Iíve had in the past. Thankfully, my Secret Power of Awesome prevents that. But I admit that I felt disappointed and, to be frank, embarrassed. Iíve chosen to be very public with my weight-loss journey. When things are going well, I proudly share those numbers and those victories. But when I slip, it takes a real gut-check to share that. Especially something as big as stepping back over that Onederland Line. Itís just a number; I know that. But itís significant for me. I worked really hard to lose that 40+ pounds and I was so proud and excited. I wore my SparkPeople shirt everywhere.

To backslide as much as I have, has been very humbling. I almost felt like I should take my SparkPeople decal off my car, until I ďgot my act together,Ē that I shouldnít wear my SparkPeople shirt around. I felt like I wasnít being a very good ďunofficial spokespersonĒ for the program I love so much. But that feels like hiding to me and Iím not going to do that. I have to be honest with myself and with yíall; thatís how this is gonna work. Thatís how Iím gonna make it to that 50 lb goal and how Iím gonna deal with the ups and downs of maintenance, once I get there. I donít do this journey gracefully; I just donít. Iím not gonna have that neat and tidy success story, with the perfect, happy ending. My life is too chaotic and interesting, to fit into the magazine cover mold, and Iím okay with that.

At the same time, I firmly believe in accepting responsibility and moving forward. Iím a big planner at work. It drives the guys crazy sometimes. I like to plan ahead. Iím writing scripts for Christmas and next Motherís and Fatherís Days now. (seriously) When I manage a project at work, Iím a stickler for backdating, making lists, delegating action items; I watch over that like a hawk and Iím super organized. Work is the ONLY facet of my life that is that organized. I resist it everywhere else. Fiercely. But I think itís time for me to apply that type of planning and organization to my meals, because thatís where I consistently trip and fall. So, Iím backdating a trip to the grocery store on Monday and breaking it down into steps beforehand. I have my meal planner app open, freezer to crockpot recipes at my fingertips, and Audrey by my side to help. Iím going to try planning a two-week menu and see if that helps. My issue isnít so much that I eat a lot, but that what I eat isnít always the best choice. Iím hoping that Director/Producer Shelli can step in here and make a difference. Iíll let you know how it goes.


PLANNING!!

On a positive note: I took that step back INTO Onederland this morning and Iím so happy. That is a BIG WOOHOO! Back to 20 lbs lost and I'm choosing to be as proud of that now, as I was the first time around. And my SparkDecal is still on my car and I just might wear a SparkPeople shirt today. This is still happening, people; this is still happening!


20 lbs again!

Thanks for reading my long, rambling blog. As always, I appreciate every ounce of support I get from this community. I will leave you with these two, completely unrelated pictures, just because.


This is my USB Spaceman light I got to use in the tech booth at work. Itís the only light thatís been bright enough for me to use. Bonus points for being adorable.


And this is our new ďwelcomeĒ mat. Audrey and I thought it was too hilarious not to share. Hope you can read it, look in the corner. heh heh

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!
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LISAREADS 7/23/2014 2:39PM

    Now that is an "Awesome Blossom" Spark People style! LOVE IT!
(Also, the door mat- GREAT STUFF!) Spark on Brave Sparker and
congrats on being back in Onederland...Thanks for so many laughs.... emoticon emoticon

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MRSRIGS1 7/22/2014 3:27PM

    Thanks for the laugh (welcome mat)! There are times I wish I could have one just like that! :-)

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Thank you for sharing your neat blog and graphics
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RUNNER4LIFE08 7/9/2014 10:44AM

    Now I want some emoticon !

I think it is always good to share the good and the bad. It just shows that we are human. But yes, still wear that Spark People gear with pride because you are not giving up. There is no picture perfect journey here.... always remember that!

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KIPPER15 7/6/2014 7:48PM

    Just got back from vacation. this is a great start back to sparking! emoticon

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NANNYVICKI 7/6/2014 9:49AM

    While you are getting support from us, we are getting inspiration from you. Don't you just love that!? emoticon emoticon

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LORIVIOLA 7/5/2014 9:51AM

    this is GREAT!
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MARYJEANSL 7/4/2014 11:35PM

  You can do it! I gained five or six pounds last year staying at the Ronald McDonald House (free delicious meals every night and many lunches too) for six weeks. I have only just now lost about four of those pounds. Over a year later. But I figure at least I am moving in the right direction.

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LYNNIERN 7/4/2014 4:28PM

    Great blog.

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SUSIEMT 7/2/2014 4:10PM

    Thank you! I have never seen a watermelon slicer before. That turned the watermelon into art!

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CICELY360 7/2/2014 1:00AM

  good blog

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COCOBUCKMAN 7/1/2014 9:39PM

    Had to watch the video. Go Audrey! I'm envious! emoticon

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ALLIEALLIE2 7/1/2014 12:34PM

    You are too much fun lady!! I love watching your blogs (even in freeze mode) You are awesome emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 7/1/2014 1:08AM

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SASSYTHING52 6/30/2014 11:26PM

    where u get a gaget like that

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MAWMAW101 6/30/2014 8:39PM

    You always have the most interesting way of saying things! Love it!
Good luck in the 5% challenge....
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Phyllis~~

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GOSPARK45 6/30/2014 7:40PM

    You should be doubly proud of losing that 20 pounds again. I found it much harder the second time. It seemed longer and harder (it probably wasn't, it just felt like it). But now I'm near my original goal, although it took me an extra year.
You can do it too!

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AMBER461 6/30/2014 7:30PM

  Interesting blog, thanks for sharing.

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YVETTEB57 6/30/2014 6:41PM

    This was a really fun blog to read! Thanks!

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KELLEY106 6/30/2014 6:40PM

    I bought watermelon at Piblix for .59/lb. Delicious

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NEED2LOSEN2010 6/30/2014 6:07PM

    emoticon emoticon I love watermelon.

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ONESPOTLEFT 6/30/2014 3:59PM

    thanks for sharing

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LADYGSC 6/30/2014 12:46PM

    Love that watermelon slicer as much as I love my apple slicer, I'll have to find me one! Congrats on your weight loss! Keep sparking!!

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AJDOVER1 6/30/2014 11:09AM

    You're a SparkIcon! It's not about staying on track perfectly, it's about continuing to get back on track.
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SUZMANNIE 6/30/2014 10:01AM

    It's a giant apple slicer. Great idea. I'm a font nerd from way back myself. Was a graphic design person in the Days of the Dinosaur. (pre computer). Love me some Helvetica. You have too much fun for one person. Keep it up! emoticon

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VALKYR8 6/30/2014 9:40AM

    Love the gadget! Fun!

WOO HOO on your 20 pounds!

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HIMELISSA2007 6/30/2014 2:15AM

    Way to go for putting forth the effort to try again. This has happened to me too but Im learning I dont have to be perfekt. Thats my silly way of telling myself that being imperfect is human and it does happen. But to keep on trying is a strong trait to hold on to.

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BETRHO48 6/30/2014 2:10AM

    emoticon GREAT blog!!!
Love the watermelon slicer.

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    Interesting.

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EMMACORY 6/29/2014 10:09PM

    Thanks for sharing! I love watermelon too. In fact, I think I will go get some right now! emoticon emoticon

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