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8/26/12 5:37 P

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Well, that 3 lbs lost was a little artificial - having just come back from vacation I think I was up a bit more than what would be normal.

So cute to hear initial attempts at manipulation - good for you for taking it in stride SPWhitestone. It can be very triggering and if she thinks it is working, she is all the more likely to keep trying it.

We got good news late this week that our eldest's birth certificate has finally been issued (we've been waiting since March for that piece). Now it is just a matter of assembling all pieces and having them reviewed by our Guyanese lawyer and then he sends them to Canada and we sign them. We are hopeful that we will be able to get our girls in October, but I am trying not to get too excited. Every piece of the process has had some delay or other so I imagine that will continue to happen.

My hubby is very good at not bringing junk into the house. We tend to only get chips, ice cream etc if we are expecting company. He is a picky eater, but we can usually make compromises so that we are eating together and mostly the same the thing. He makes me wonderful salads with way more veggies than I would ever have the patience to cut up for myself. He goes to hot yoga 4 times a week - we started going together years ago, but I tend to prefer running, so we are both active, but not always together. It is nice, NMMAMA, when the family is able to be active together - we golf a little and go for walks together.

Hope all are having a great weekend!
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8/26/12 1:58 P

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I can't believe that August is almost over! How fast the summer flew!

After losing quite a bit of weight on the 17 Day Diet last year, I'm still searching for a new way to continue to lose. I find that I can't stay on the 17DD anymore, but I'd still like to lose, even if it isn't as quickly.

We're entering an interesting phase of our adoption journey. My daughter is turning 7 next month, and this is her latest. "Are you my real mother, or is Jessica (birth mom) my real mom?." I answered, "Why can't you have two real moms? One whose belly you were in, and one who takes care of you everyday?" Her reply, "No, I think Jessica is my real mom. Real moms don't put you in time-out."

And so it begins. Thank goodness I have a lot of confidence in my parenting, and I know absolutely that my daughter loves me. I guess you can't fault her for her initial attempts at parental manipulation!

Good luck in September, everyone!

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. - James Joyce


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8/24/12 11:12 P

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Look at you with your 3 lbs lost bad self already! emoticon I am just the same - great at working out, also great at eating everything in front of me. Sigh. Working out in the morning tends to motivate me not to "ruin it" the rest of the day. The only time I lose weight is when I use the calorie tracker at least the majority of days.

Kids are a good motivator. Mine are 10, 16, and 19, and they all go running with me most mornings. I have one in cross country, so I have to keep in shape so I don't look totally lame. emoticon It is easier to cook / stay home to eat when you have kids too, since going to restaurants is unhealthy and expensive.

Is your partner on board with your health efforts? I find it much easier to make a change when I enlist the family's help not bringing in or offering my binge foods. It is also more fun to work out together.

I know it is easy to feel like you are NEVER going to get your kids. I have been there. They WILL come home and you will be ready for them!

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BRAUNOVAN's Photo BRAUNOVAN Posts: 7
8/23/12 10:06 P

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My girls are approx 2 and 4. We haven't been given their birthdates yet, so we are not totally sure. In January they said 1 and 3, so by now they must be 2 and 4 - although a lot of people think Ashena looks older.

I really do well with working out - I enjoy a lot of activities (running, walking, hiking, swimming, golfing, sports, bootcamps, etc). I am not so good at sticking to my calories, points, whatever the programs are saying I should eat. I like to eat out and have a glass of wine with dinner (I know that is going to change once I have two little ones to feed and care for - and I am looking forward to that change, I actually like to cook, but find that I would rather be out with friends than watching tv so I end up with a lot of dinners out).

I lost a fair amount of weight 3 years ago with Spark, and it has slowly come back but not as much as it was before. I know I need to get on top of it before it gets out of control again. What do you find works for you?

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8/23/12 8:03 P

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Your adoption process sounds much the same as mine both were. I thought my first adoption would take about 6 months. 2 years later, we finally got our daughter. Her sister's adoption took 3 years. I totally feel your pain. How old are your girls?

I am glad you are back to SP and I wish you success. My weight loss has been slow but life-changing. What have you found that works / doesn't work for you?

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BRAUNOVAN's Photo BRAUNOVAN Posts: 7
8/22/12 11:12 A

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Hey There - I just rejoined SparkPeople after a couple of years away (using different programs where I did not have as much success). I am new to this group. My partner and I are adopting 2 girls (sisters) from Guyana (South America). We were told in January that we would have them home as early as March and we are still waiting on the child study report. We can't seem to ever get accurate information and are frequently told things are finished when they in fact of not yet been started. We know some other people that have been down to Guyana so we get picture updates from time to time, but really we would love to just be able to hold our daughters in our arms! When we sat on our couch two years ago, talking about how we would like to grow our family I don't think either he or I imagined how hard this process would be. I love my daughters already and haven't even met them yet.

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8/6/12 9:29 P

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Hello everyone! I apologize for being a neglectful team leader this summer. Things have been really busy here. If anyone wants to take over leader duties, I would welcome you to do so, or I would welcome a coleader.

In the meantime, how are you? How have your sparkgoals been going this summer? How is parenting or your adoption journey?

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