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3/23/11 1:01 P

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IRISHEI,
You will most definitely be in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon Spark is all about maintaining health and creating quality of life. Taking care of yourself is the main priority. You are healthier and stronger as a result of your dedication to healthy eating and consistent exercise. This will shorten your recovery and make the surgery go smoothly. I can understand the frustration of wanting to do more. However, it is necessary for your long-term health and quality of life to hold back, listen to your pysicians advice, and especially tune in to your body. emoticon
Modern technology is improving on this type of intervention rapidly. It will be necessary to gradually resume your active lifestyle, but remember every movement is of benefit.
You will be back to Sparking soon! (Remember, it is a lifetime journey, which encompasses the whole person.) We will all be here throughout your recovery. You will always carry the Spark and enforced rest and limited activity and a changed diet make no difference. There are many examples of those working through great challenges successfully without having the amount of stamina and endurance which many take for granted. They are beginning in a place much more difficult than your recovery time will be. They are overcoming extreme health and emotional issues
with the same courage, strength, and determination you have. It is inspiring and provides hope.
Do what is necessary to take care of you. emoticon emoticon

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PERSISTENCEMIMI Posts: 11,182
3/23/11 12:20 P

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EI

Good luck with your surgery. The fact that you exercise now consistenly will probably help you with faster recovery.
The is no need at all to put dates when eaching your goal weight. Whenever it happens, it will. I'm glad you take care of your health and get it done.
it is only 7 weeks period and we're striving for a healthy lifestle for life time. So, in the long run, it will look to you like a short break.
Good luck on your surgery.

Mimi

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IRISHEI's Photo IRISHEI Posts: 5,689
3/23/11 11:23 A

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MImi and Teresa,
Thanks for the encouragement. Thanks also for the tips regarding re-joining W8Watcher's after I reach goal.
I wanted to let you both know, that I will be a little later than planned in my goal date and have to update my Spark page with that info soon. I need RT Knee, Total Knee Replacement and that is scheduled for 3 weeks from today, April 13th. (had left one done (TKR, 4 years ago).
So, I will be in the hospital for two weeks doing P.T. after the surgery and then home and doing another 4-5 weeks, at a P.T. facility near home. So, unfortunately, this will SLOW down my weight loss, exercising and eating under pp (while in hos.), etc. I'm not thrilled with this, but it has to be done to feel better and be able to get on with my life. I tell myself, it is not forever, just 6-7 weeks away from what I really want and enjoy. Keep me in prayer, if you do pray, and I know I will be fine. Thanks for your help and positive feedback too.
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HUNGRYWOMAN2's Photo HUNGRYWOMAN2 Posts: 10,832
3/23/11 1:46 A

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Mimi,
Thank you for sharing the information about the Weight Watcher's programs and guidelines.
They are continually changing, as they are updating with the latest nutrional guidelines. This
is something that many are not aware. emoticon emoticon

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3/23/11 1:43 A

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VEILEDIAMOND,
Great job! You faced a challenge and were successful. You are stronger now in many ways.
Activity is often one of the most difficult components of our pursuit of better health. However, it is key. We all have those days when we simply are not engaged whatsoever. On a personal note, I most certainly can relate. Physical and emotional exhaustion have set in. The weather is gloomy,etc. Usually, I feel so much better after an activity, this, and the knowledge of the benefits I have gained keep me going. Today it didn't happen. However, I can look back to the beginning of my regular activity and how I did detest it. My attitude has changed 100% . As I continue I am also becoming more engaged. Sometimes it comes down to as you did today , just doing it.
I hope you can find an activity you enjoy. Perhaps you might experiment a bit with different things.
All it takes is just to move. I wish you a better experience tomorrow. emoticon

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3/23/11 1:25 A

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That is a great amount of activity. You are doing a fantastic job of using your tools to achieve your goals. emoticon Mimi has some good suggestions concerning motivation and continued active involvement in your pursuit of health. You will find what works for you-sometimes trial and error. I would encourage you to experiment with anything which catches your interest. You have a variety of activities and things in which to engage. I always say find something you enjoy and do what works for you.

I like your new image.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2's Photo HUNGRYWOMAN2 Posts: 10,832
3/23/11 1:15 A

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Sandi,
Attitude is key. Sometimes re-focusing and re-adjusting our mind-set makes achieving our goals much easier.
Mimi has the gift of being able to let go. This is extremely important, and she has obtained a special knowledge of using the plan to reach her goals.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2's Photo HUNGRYWOMAN2 Posts: 10,832
3/23/11 1:10 A

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Mimi, emoticon
Adding walking will enhance the benefits you achieve from your regular routine. emoticon
Your ability to eat something unplanned, or perhaps for the wrong reasons and then simply let it go
is a very difficult and valuable chaaracteristic. It is something many struggle with. Eating without guilt cannot be over-empahsized. emoticon

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3/23/11 1:03 A

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Sandi,
emoticon 3.4 pounds is a significant weight loss! You have been doing what is necessary to achieve your goals. It is definitely paying off. I am glad to learn that your meeting was beneficial. It has been proven that those who remain active and attend their meetings are more likely to be successful in reaching and maintaining their goals. emoticon It is a wonderful idea to break your goals into smaller, doable steps.
Portion control and exercise are good goals on which to focus. You have good insight as to what areas need to be strengthened. You probably get more activity at work than you realize. However, it is possible to take exercise breaks throughout the day. Simple stretches and movements which take only a few minutes add up. Not to mention the usual which includes simply moving more rather than using our so-called conveniences. There are articles included in the healthy lifestyle Which provide some ideas for exercising in the office.
You are focused, and will find ways to meet your personal challenges. emoticon emoticon

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PERSISTENCEMIMI Posts: 11,182
3/22/11 3:16 P

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VEILEDIAMOND
Nice to see you here with us. Welcome back.
There are many times when I look at the watch to see when I can stop exercising. You're not alone. I much rather seat at a cooffe shop with a good book or with a friend.....smile....
But, in order to be healthy and staying at maintenance, I need to exercise, wheather I like it or not. many times I like it a lot, and many times I don't. I guess that's life! there are other things I have to do that I rather not, but I still have to do them.
So my point is: If I need to exercise, I might as well do it always with a smile and a positive attitude.

IRISHEI

Your determination is excellent, especially that now you're doing it on your own.
Good for you!!! I'm looking forward to celebrate your reaching your goal weight, whenever it will happen.
Here is an idea.......For every pound you've lost so far, and for future pounds you lose, put $ in a beautiful jar or container. That will be your saving account (you decide how much money you want to put for each pound you lose).
You can join W8W again when you're 5 pounds from your goal weight YOU decide and choose.
W8W is accepting members who want to lose only 5 pounds, as long it is within your goal weight range.
WW also accept doctor's letters if a member needs to weigh more than the highest W8W goal range, according to the doctor.
Look at your materials, and find your weight range. It has to ve about 25-30 pounds range.
Pick up your highest range and join W8W when you're 5 pounds from goal.
Work extra hard at the end and reach the goal YOU set up. Than you'll pay for 6 weeks more, learning about maintenance, and you'll become a lifetime member.
As long as you stay within 2 points of your set goal weight, you DON'T PAY.
As a lifetime member at maintenance, you only need to weigh-in once a month, and that has to be the first time in the month you're going to your meetings.
I highly recoment going every week.
I've gone to meetings every week for the last 6 1/2 years without paying at all.

All this story is for those who can't join W8W now, for one reason or another, but feel that the meetings are so important to them and help them to stay at maintenance.

Remember your saving account? with all the interest you've earned, it may pay for the time needed to lose 5 pounds plus 6 weeks more , when you become a lifetime member.
Just something to think about.......Food for thought...




Edited by: PERSISTENCEMIMI at: 3/22/2011 (21:01)
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3/22/11 12:07 P

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Mimi~ Sneaking on at work today, shhhh!!! I love what you said about learn and move on! That was a lot of the topic at the meeting last night as well! My whole weight loss attitude is so different this time around. It isn't that I don't care, it isn't as big a deal as I have always made it! I have to live, I have to also live with the choices I make. I choose to do this one day at a time and if I fall, I will get right back up again and give it my best....ONE day at a time!
Mimi.....you just said it best about the chocolate grahams! emoticon

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3/22/11 10:00 A

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Good morning. I got 30 mins in and it was really hard for me today. My mind nor body was into it.

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IRISHEI's Photo IRISHEI Posts: 5,689
3/22/11 9:24 A

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Fitness class at the YMCA today, 60 minutes high impact aerobics


Making a W8W meal tonight and tracking and sparkin to keep up my program!!

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PERSISTENCEMIMI Posts: 11,182
3/22/11 8:00 A

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Great job, Sandi.
I like your weight ticker very much. It is very achievable. Keep doing so well, one day at a time.
Do you wear a pedometer at work? I'm pretty sure you're walking at least 10,000 steps a day.

Today I'll add walking to my water exercise.

Yesterday I ate 4 big pieces of chocolate graham crackers....sh sh... don't tell anyone....smile...I know it was due to a stress. Next time I'll have a better plan.
One habit i did learn: Forigive, Forget and move on! and that's what I'll do. I'm back on plan and learning from this experienece.

Have a wonderful day





Edited by: PERSISTENCEMIMI at: 3/22/2011 (08:09)
I'll celebrate 10 years of maintenance on July 2nd, 2014!

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3/22/11 5:51 A

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Good Morning.......well my meeting went well and I am down another 3.4 for a total of 9.2 so far!!! Very please, making it work for me! The meeting was a good one and I am focusing on what I need to focus on, portion control and exercise! I find it so difficult to exercise, working the hours I do, 6A-6P, exhausted by the time I get home. Like I said before, the weather change will improve this I am sure! Have a great day everyone! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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3/21/11 10:17 P

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Persistence! Not Perfection!

Good morning everyone!

Welcome to our team's Chat Cafe.
We invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy chatting with us.
We are passionate about health and about living a healthy lifestyle!
The Outcome? We are losing the weight and keeping it off for a lifetime - ONE DAY AT A TIME!

ON PLAN/MOVE JUST FOR TODAY!

Please join our one day mini challenge anytime, following your own plan.

ONE DAY AT A TIME!
WE CAN DO IT!

Let's celebrate being "ON PLAN/MOVE" just for TODAY!

For accountability, please post your daily/weekly exercise/moving activities.





Yesterday is history,
Tomorrow is a mystery,
Today is a gift.
That's why it is called the "present".



Not on plan just for today?
Tomorrow is a new fresh day.
Congratulations on starting over.
Forget, forgive and move on!

Evaluate what caused you to slip, the situation, and where it might have occurred.
See that you can learn from your slip.

REMEMBER!!!
Slips should teach you, not defeat you!


Accept that sometimes itís going to suck. Despite your best intentions, there will be days when you fall into a bag of crisps. But long-term success is about persistence, not perfection. Itís picking yourself up when you fall, over and over again.



Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life!

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One Day at a Time

Whatever the goal we're pursuing,
no matter how rugged the climb,
we're certain to get there
by trying our best,
and taking One Day At A Time.

"Forever" is hard to imagine,
"the future" may seem far away-
but every new dawn
brings a wonderful chance
to do what we can on that day.

-Emily Matthews

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START OVER

If you've started out in pursuit of your goal
And you've really tried with your heart and your soul,
but somehow things got out of control---
START OVER.

When you've tried your best to do what you should
And you thought this time that you surely would,
But once again, you didn't do good---
START OVER.

When you've worked so hard to follow a dieters way
And you fought to win a victory each day.
But one more time you went astray---
START OVER.

When you've tried so hard to yourself to be true
And do the things that you know you should do,
But once again you failed to come through---
START OVER.

When the road to success seemed much too long
And each temptation was oh so strong
And once again you gave in to wrong---
START OVER.

When you've told your friends what you planned to do
And trusted them to help you through
But soon discovered it's up to you---
START OVER.

When you know you must be physically fit,
But your hope seems gone and you're stuck in a pit
That's not the time for you to quit---
START OVER.

When the week seems long and successes few
And at weigh-in time you're feeling blue,
Remember tomorrow is just for you---
START OVER.

To start again means a victory's been won
And starting over again means a race well run
And starting over again proves it can be done
So don't just sit there---
START OVER

~~ Author Unknown ~~


After winter comes the summer.
After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear, open skies.
~ Samuel Rutherford ~
(1600-1661, Scottish Pastor)



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I saw the "NECKLACE (CHAIN) GAME" somewhere and I liked it.

I thought you might like it too.

You can make your own beautiful necklace (or a chain) by being OP (On Plan), using the emoticons provided here on SP.

*** You can also play this game for one week at a time (or month...etc...) and build a new necklace every week if you wish (or a month...etc...)

*** Please feel free to make adjustments and changes to the "NECLACE GAME" as you wish.

Congratulations on being On Plan, and if not, congratulations on starting over!

NOTE!
Please read Rule # 3 below. It's an excellent motivating rule to stick to your Necklace game, which means: sticking with your weight-loss journey.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE GAME

1. For every day you are ON PLAN (OP) you put in your necklace (chain ) the letter D ( for a DAY). So, if you are OP for 4 days in a row, your necklace looks like that: D - D - D - D

It's nicer to use the "EMOTICONS"

2. Once you are OP for 7 days, you change it to W ( For a week) .
Example: If I'm OP for 19 days, my necklace ( or chain) looks like that: W - W - D - D - D - D - D



If you prefer to wear a longer necklace, you can WEAR it this way too:( instead of a W for a week, put 7 "D"'S, like this: D - D - D - D - D - D - D-



3. If you are FULL MONTH OP, It becomes M ( For a MONTH). So, if you are OP 49 days in a row, ( on a 31 days a month),your necklace will look like that: M - W - W - D - D - D - D



RULES OF THE GAME .

1. It's a challenge for yourself , NOT A COMPETITION WITH OTHERS.

2. The first day you BREAK the necklace (chain), you start playing the game all over again , (only if you have used already all of your extra 3500 calories for the month : See Rule # 3), and build your necklace ( chain ) once more from the beginning.

3. RULE # 3 IS VERY IMPORTANT .
PLEASE READ IT !
IT IS A GOOD RULE TO HELP YOU STICK TO THE NECKLACE- GAME .
In order to learn NOT to be perfect, and in order To BE realistic,( we will always have days we are not OP) , YOU MAY HAVE ( if you choose to) UP TO 3500 EXTRA CALORIES each MONTH IN ADDITION TO YOUR regular diet.
You can still CONTINUE to built your necklace(chain)!

The idea here is that the extra 3500 calories amount only to 1 pound gain in one month period, while an average of 2-4 pounds loss per month is VERY reasonable with being OP.
You will still be AHEAD OF THE GAME at the end of each month if you need to add up to extra 3500 calories in a month, providing you are otherwise OP.

The second idea is that once you've built a large chain,( many days OP), you want to keep going building the chain,( rather than break it and start all the way from the beginning again), and rule # 3 allows you to do that , WHILE YOU CONTINUE TO LOSE WEIGHT.
4. Keep your own records.
THAT INCLUDES ALSO KEEPING RECORDS OF THE OPTION TO USE UP TO 3500 calories EACH MONTH. ( when we go off plan).
5. Post your NECKLACE (chain) every day.

I hope you enjoy the game





Teresa






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