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Day 1007- Establishing New Routines

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Gah. I had this entire blog already typed, and then my window shut down for absolutely no reason...

So here I go again.

I apologize for my lack of blogs this past week. We were lucky enough to get the house we put in an application for (we're renting) and I've spent most of the last week packing up my life, and shopping at garage sales for furniture to fill said house.

In the craziness of this new job and new house, I've let a few (okay, 6) pounds creep back on. I knew I was doing it to myself, every time I made a less healthy choice, but I kept justifying that once I'm in Michigan I can get back into a good workout and healthy eating routine, and right now I just want comfort and whats quick and easy.

But still, I've not given up SparkFriends. I refuse to let go, and regain all my weight, so no worries there. I've just found it very easy to maintain in the 170s, and when I eat poorly, I can get back on track with a good healthy food day and return to normal. However, lately the poor food days have outweighed the good ones, hence my scale rising again.

But my mindset on the scale has even changed. I've been so busy, I haven't been weighing as often. And my mindset on clothes have changed too. When going through clothes to pack or donate, I find myself keeping clothes that I look and feel good in, regardless of size. There were some size 10s that were too big, so I donated them, but a pair of size 12 pants that fit great that I kept. I don't care so much about the number anymore. Yes, I'm a freak of nature that can wear size 6 up to a size 12 comfortably, but it's just not a huge deal anymore. I'm not as body conscious as I used to be, and I'm happy about that.

I will miss my parents immensely. They are two of my best friends, and it will definitely be tough not seeing them every day. But I know they are happy and proud of me, and that's really all that matters. I'll also miss all of my friends, but I think this new adventure will be great for J.D. and me.

Got to go now, but I will try to post some pics of the house after we move in this weekend. If we have internet. I'm not sure how soon that will be set up.

Thanks for reading Sparkfriends!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MARKATSPARK 11/7/2015 7:34AM


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SHOAPIE 9/11/2014 11:01AM


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KLMEIRING 9/11/2014 10:16AM

    emoticon Rejoicing with you! Good things on the horizon....

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LEANJEAN6 9/11/2014 6:33AM

    nice to see the new house in the works and looking forward to pictures!

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BESSHAILE 9/11/2014 6:26AM

    Can't wait to see photos of the new house.

Congratulations on the new attitudes too.

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    Its great that you caught it early, a couple years ago I had lost about 70 pounds and when I bought my home in a matter of a couple of months I managed to gain back 50 of those pounds. You have done so fantastically thus far, moving is tough, I hope you find a good outlet to distract you!

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KALEWINE 9/7/2014 7:13PM

    You have such a healthy view of clothing sizes. I think those numbers are a bit arbitrary. I can wear anything from a 4 (what?!) to a 12, depending on the type of clothing and the brand. As for the weight gain, you know it was from getting off-track, and you know how to get back on-track. It should come right back off.

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JOHNWBROCKSR777 9/7/2014 6:49PM

    Stay the course!

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ERABEL 9/7/2014 4:19PM

    So happy for you. It's great to have you say that you keep clothes that you feel good in no matter the size because I do the same thing. Of course if they are way too large and I can't hold them up large then I give them to our local charity. Thanks for your inspiring blogs.

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WENDYANNE61 9/5/2014 5:09PM

    Take care of yourselves and I hope the move and your jobs all work out well! Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

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MTN_KITTEN 9/4/2014 11:04PM

    A new adventure ... it helps you find out about yourself.

Make sure you keep your commitment to yourself to stay on track.

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GRLTAZ 9/4/2014 7:14PM

    I probably would have had a meltdown by now. New job, new house in new state, planning a wedding, you are doing awesome ! At least you recognize the choices you could have made which is better than being clueless or in denial. Just breathe and continue on.

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WHYTEBROWN 9/4/2014 12:11PM

    emoticon on getting the house. I hope you can get back on track with your eating and exercise soon. emoticon emoticon

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SIMONEKP 9/4/2014 11:57AM

    I think most people wear a range of sizes even if they admit it.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 9/4/2014 6:51AM

    Congrats on getting the house you wanted.
You have a lot going on with a lot of change. Keep up the good work!

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_CYNDY55_ 9/4/2014 12:01AM

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KOHINOOR2 9/3/2014 11:29PM

    Glad you got the house you wanted. Enjoy your new life with J.D. Good luck. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEMT 9/3/2014 10:51PM

    Glad you got the rental you wanted and just try to maintain as best you can. Keep up the good work Jan-Marie!

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JAMER123 9/3/2014 10:44PM

    With all the changes in your life right now, I am amazed you are doing so well with not eating bad. I have been working with my DS & DIL packing and cleaning their house and the moving them last weekend and got really off track with eating. Breakfast was good but down hill from there. So busy I would forget to eat and then just grab something as I kept working so I do understand and you have done MUCH better than I have. It is stressful even though it's a happy stress. Hang in there and you will stay on track!! Thinking about you and glad you blogged again. Stop in when you can!!
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MCJOYFUL 9/3/2014 10:37PM

    Thanks for the update! You've got a lot on your plate right now with moving to a new state. It sounds like you've got a good perspective on things. Can't wait to see the pictures of the new house!

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CAROLJ35 9/3/2014 10:01PM

    Good to hear from you as I have been concerned, but really knew what you were doing.
Don't worry about things as all will work out. It's been a whirlwind, but how fortunate you both are to get new jobs in the same area.
Some weight will come back after the very stringent diet you were on. Even eating healthy foods in the proper amounts will cause some gain. You will soon be back on track!!!
Good Luck!!!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 9/3/2014 7:52PM

    Everything is your life is stressful, but you'll get back into your old routine. Your whole life has changed, give yourself a break.

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GINA180847 9/3/2014 7:12PM

    When life changes occur stress ensues and we get out of our routine. In your case big time. You will be fine. I can hardly wait to hear what your new life will be like,

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KRYSSCOTT 9/3/2014 6:56PM

    Your life is so busy right now you must be so excited, new house, new job, new mindset about clothes. I'm pretty amazed you can wear any size 6-12 but I'm with you if it looks good and feels good who cares about the number on the tag.

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SPEDED2 9/3/2014 6:14PM

    Youi have been missed, but with moving and relocating, it's understandable. Good luck with the new job. Keep pushing!!

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LINDAK25 9/3/2014 4:56PM

    Great news! Good for you! Once you get settled you'll get back to your routine and back on track.

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AUBREARDE 9/3/2014 4:38PM

    Good luck on the move! It can be a really stressful time and I suggest doing it all in one swift move - move, unpack and set up as quickly as you can, so that you can settle into a new routine! I moved back in January and was super glad I did it all in one weekend. By Monday I was ready to go!
Also, it sounds like you have a great handle on the mental part of this journey, well done!

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SANDICANE 9/3/2014 2:28PM

    Nice to hear all your "nesting news". You'll settle in just fine and then you'll find a new rythmn and new routines.

It's a happy, exciting time in your life!

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JUDITHANNIE 9/3/2014 1:50PM

  I'm so excited for you and D.J. to start your new adventure. Can't wait to see the photos. emoticon emoticon

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    Have sooo much fun with your new start on a different life. It is such an exciting time in your young lives. Remember what being the fat girl was like at all times. That will help keep you focused to a reasonable extent. I think a 6 pound gain, you can deal with, but don't get tooooo carried away with feeling free and easy. It will NEVER be free or easy! Have the time of your lives now while you are young and can do everything. I envy you.

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BFLOGRL 9/3/2014 12:57PM

    You are going through so many changes right now (new job, move to a new place, upcoming wedding) that are major stressors! You've done such great work to make this transition happen almost seamlessly. You should feel really proud of yourself.

Don't forget to continue to take care of you and make healthy choices for yourself. You can be in control of that part of your life. You are a phenomenal woman!

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SLIMLEAF 9/3/2014 12:50PM

    Best wishes for the house move - I hope all goes smoothly and you soon feel at home there.

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VIVICHAMPERS 9/3/2014 12:26PM

    Exciting stuff! I'm glad the numbers aren't bogging you down anymore!

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CINDHOLM 9/3/2014 12:05PM

    emoticon Best Wishes emoticon

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BAHAMAMARG 9/3/2014 11:58AM

    Good to hear! Moving house, changing jobs and getting married are the three most stressful situations in life - so they say - and you are dealing with all 3 at once!! Remember to look after yourself and JD and carve out some time for that - it's important!

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123ELAINE456 9/3/2014 11:50AM

  All the Best to You with the Move. God Blessings Always. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hav
e a Wonderful Week. Take Care

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SUBMOM2 9/3/2014 11:38AM

    You have lots going on right now. I bet before long you'll have a huge circle of new friends in Michigan. Enjoy!

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    Bless you and congrats on all the big changes. You are so much more than a number whether it be on your pants or on that dreaded device on the bathroom floor. Best wishes! emoticon

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NASFKAB 9/3/2014 11:25AM

  all the best to you with the move

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RURAL3 9/3/2014 11:17AM

    good luck on your new journey

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NANHBH 9/3/2014 11:16AM

    Good luck with your move. Things are happening fast and furious now! Pretty soon, you'll be walking down the aisle.

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    You're moving to Ann Arbor right? Then you have no worries. It's a great place. I'm technically in Ypsilanti (down the street...literally) but I've lived in Ann Arbor and I go there a lot. Be careful though because there are some awfully tempting restaurants in A2....

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    I think I've said this before but welcome to Michigan! (I'm a native Marylander myself and moved around a bit before deciding I really really liked it here...I've been here nine years next February. Each state was a change but this one has been a good one for me. I'm very happy here and honestly wouldn't live anywhere else. I can always visit my family out on the East Coast.)

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SONGBIRD2013 9/3/2014 10:12AM

    Exciting times. You've got this.

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IHEIDIBEFITT 9/3/2014 9:58AM

    Moving, exercising and eating....all hard to do at the same time. Can't wait to see pictures of the new place. It's so exciting and scary moving like you are...but y'all are pretty active people..I think y'all will settle in nicely.

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KMW987 9/3/2014 9:57AM

    Funny how clothing sizes and fluctuate so much! Congrats again on all the big changes in your life. What an exciting time! Hope your move goes smoothly!

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COLOR-BLUE 9/3/2014 9:42AM


Girl you're fine! It's a natural thing, to gain in stressful situations, and you're handling it with grace and dignity. It's just a few pounds, so don't berate yourself for that. I understand your thinking, that you want to start now, but the pull to something faster and easier takes over, for a moment. You're in a whirlwind, and I'm surprised that your doing all this multitasking, for the other home, and closing up the one that you're in now! Yes, you will miss your best friends, but you're right that the two of them are so proud of you, as am I! You and J.D. take care of each other, and get yourself acclimated to your new surroundings. I'm looking forward to seeing those pictures of your new home, furniture and all!


- Nancy Jean -

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NANCYJH64 9/3/2014 9:33AM

    Good luck with your move!! It is not surprising that you have gained a bit. You have a lot of stress happening as well as the thought of missing your parents. You will be fine though. You are right that this is a bright new adventure!!

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C8TSON 9/3/2014 9:18AM

    Moving is so daunting! It's time consuming, and sometimes it's just as easy to eat on the run rather than worry about finding everything you need to prepare a meal in the midst of packing up. I can honestly say that in the 20+ times I have moved in my life, I don't think I ever made the best meal choices. But, it's temporary, and once you get settled in, things will get back to a better schedule. Hang in there. Glad to hear you got the house you wanted! I know it's hard leaving friends and family, but it will be such an exciting adventure for you. Hope the move goes well this weekend!

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