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The irony! I detest fireworks and yet I'm on the Firecracker 5% team!

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Time to get back I to challenge mode and this time I really decided to shake things up by selecting the "any team is great" option on the 5% Summer Challenge. I was a Teddy Bear for several challenges and once a Cloverleaf but I grew complacent and didn't challenge myself at all. So this time I'm doing it with a BANG! emoticon

As for real fireworks, I really wish they were controlled more so that there was one or two public displays at set dates throughout the year. Why? Because I've seen firsthand the painful fear in my dog who takes days to recover from idiots who randomly decide to "celebrate"! We invested in a Thundershirt for Maddy and it does work if we know in advance. Also, I'm involved in animal rescue and I've seen the results of different animals being injured.

So, I've explained to Maddy that "Team Firecrackers" is just a name but that his momma is going to "bing, bang, pop" during this challenge! emoticon

Anyway, to get back to my plan of attack......

My current weight is 225 and losing 5% of that will get me to 214 by September 27, 2013. I'm scared because up until now my goals have been rather vague and that hasn't worked!

Here is what I do right: emoticon

I enjoy walking
I drink my 8 glasses of water a day
I get 8 hours sleep a night

Here is what I need to improve on: emoticon

I need to be a more faithful Spark Friend
I need to log my food either here or on paper
I need to eat throughout the day so I'm not consuming all of my calories at night!

Here is what I'm doing right now: emoticon

I've joined Spark Coach
I've dug out my meal planning supplies!

Why do I want to lose weight? I'm obese and I'm just entering perimenopause. I know losing weight will help my overall self esteem issues and body image problems. I'm lucky my blood pressure is low, cholesterol is fine, and my blood sugars are normal but I don't want to think about the body fat around my organs. emoticon

I've lost weight before with Spark (I got down to 202 pounds) but seem to be afraid of crossing over into oneunderland! It is a mental stumbling block and I've made my therapist aware of it.

My trigger foods are junk food. Cupboards are cleaned out and I'm allowing myself Saturday night as my junk food night. Hopefully, in time I will learn to eat throughout the day and be less tempted at night.

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to this challenge and I look forward to meeting some new friends. emoticon

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    Go Susan. Sounds like a good plan.
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    1794 days ago
    Hello SUsan. Happy to re-meet you! Being more social on SPark really does help you with your journey. SO much inspiration around. I have a set time daily that I use SPark , so I don't spend all day here, and I love that you have joined the 5%, me too. I am a Spirited Underdawg. I am nervous about the challenge , but I, like you, know that losing that 5% will make a big dent in my weight. Let's have fun competing and challenging ourselves to stick with it and keep up to the challenge. See you around,

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  • KAYDE53
    emoticon emoticon I know you can do this, Susan!!!
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    You can do this Susan!
    Rooting for you!
    1795 days ago
    LOL I am with CATS again and I am not a cat lover at all. oh well you sound much better than last blog and hope things are looking up. HUGS we will both make our 5%!!!
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  • POPSY190
    I'm still with the Casual Travellers but instead of maintaining I need to lose the 5% this time so I'm approaching the whole thing more seriously. Your planning looks terrific. See you in the airport!
    1795 days ago
    Sounds like you have a plan for this challenge and that helps a lot. emoticon

    I hear fireworks pretty frequently because I live near the minor league ballpark and they have them every other weekend or so. My little dog barks at them and the big dog just ignores them for the most part. Luckily we have a schedule of when they happen; the ballpark is a really considerate neighbor and gives schedules out to all the residences within a 1 mile radius. (Although that may be to drum up attendance as well.)
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  • 68ANNE
    Love your plan
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  • TEMPEST272002
    Ah the joys of perimenopause. I'm with you sister. I believe in you 100%. It takes commitment and focus, but you can make it happen!
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  • SILVER1369
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    You can do it! emoticon emoticon
    1796 days ago
    Sparksister, you are going to rock this challenge!


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  • _LINDA
    So sorry poor Maddy has to put up with idiots setting off firecrackers willy nilly. My Mom has to deal with that in her neighbourhood too. Its actually unreal how often these party animals are setting them off, but unfortunately, she lives in a place where people have deep pockets. I do enjoy them though and we actually have a weekend fireworks festival in the fall. I do wish people wouldn't bring their dogs down with them to watch because it does bother their ears as well as startles them.
    Good luck with your challenge, that is ironic you landed on that team :P
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    1796 days ago
    I'm on the Firecrackers team as well, and I hate fireworks. They are pretty and all, but I still don't like them, especially when being used by idiots. Unfortunately, you don't have to prove your intelligence and responsibility to purchase fireworks. :( Our pets are fine with them, but I'm scared of them.

    You sound very similar to my mom. She is obese and in perimenopause, has healthy blood pressure and cholesterol (last time we talked about it anyway.) Her blood sugars aren't normal, but she hasn't quite hit diabetes yet. She has been keeping track of her glucose levels and is trying to do everything she can to not get diabetes. She worries about the fat around her organs especially since her friend just had surgery to remove her uterus because the excess fat in there had developed cancer. She also seems afraid of losing weight and eats most of her food at night. It is uncanny how much your blog sounded like her.

    SparkCoach was really helpful for me when I started it. I haven't been very faithful with it lately so I haven't been doing as well. I hope you are able to stick with it. Your overall plan of action sounds great!

    Sorry for leaving such a long comment. Good luck and welcome to the Firecrackers team! :)
    1796 days ago
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