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12/27/12 10:00 P

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It was the month after Christmas and all through the house
nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.
The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I'd taste,
at the holiday parties had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber).
I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,
the wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese
and the way I'd never said, "No Thank you, please."

As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt
and prepared once again to do battle with dirt.
I said to myself, as I only can
"you can't spend a winter disguised as a man!"

So---away with the last of the sour cream dip,
get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip
every last bit of food that I like must be banished
till all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won't have a cookie----not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.
I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.
I'm hungry, I'm lonesome and life is a bore,
but isn't that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!!!

--Author Unknown

The Lord bless you
and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)

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12/27/12 3:50 P

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After 3 weeks of craziness with vacation and holiday eating, I added 2.5 pounds to my already above goal weight. I have renewed resolve to get my weight back down. I never really stopped exercising during that period, or else I'm sure I would've gained more than I did.

Today I threw out a half a cake that my neighbor gave us as a Christmas present. It wasn't a cake I liked, but I know that if I get a sugar craving I will eat ANYTHING sweet. So into the trash it went. I first checked with hubby to see if he minded that I was going to throw it out. He said he didn't want it either.

Got 80 minutes of exercise today. 70 of it was a walk. We had company for 4 days, and yesterday after they left I did a vigorous vacuuming of the house for 30 minutes and did 30 more minutes of straightening and bed stripping and remaking. That was my exercise for the day, and it doubled as a reclaiming of my personal space.


*Any exercise is better than no exercise!*

"...there is something you must always remember: You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think..."
-Quote from Pooh to Christopher Robin

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12/27/12 2:06 P

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Hanging in there. I seem to be maintaining at 115.2 these days. Who knew.

Sue, on Florida's Gulf Coast

"Awareness is all."

"Everything is exactly the way it's supposed to be."

"Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next." --Gilda Radner

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr

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12/27/12 11:58 A

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Good morning!

Still at the upper end of my range. Did a nice kettlebell workout yesterday and walked 3 miles. Thinking of doing the yoga dvd that I got for Christmas today. All of the holiday cooking, etc. has gotten me behind on my house cleaning schedule. Did 3 loads of laundry yesterday. Going to tackle bathrooms today. BOO!! Going to try a crock pot lasagna recipe today. Will need to make an appearance at the office tomorrow.

My best buddy will be in town for a couple days tomorrow. That generally means lots of beer drinking, food, and poker. We both LOVE to workout though so maybe we will get one in while she's here.

I'll make it to the moon, if I have to crawl.

Maintaining since August 2012 by lifting heavy things, making my heart beat faster, and logging all my food on TwoGrand (photo food tracking app - follow me! amanda79)
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12/27/12 11:47 A

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Morning all! I'm back at work. Woke before the alarm, knowing I had to unpack and stow the produce box that was delivered in the night. Still feeling a lack of energy. I tidied the house a bit and did laundry yesterday. Made a big casserole recipe and split it into two smaller pans, one for dinner and one to freeze. Every time I do that I wonder why I don't do it more often! My weight is stable, but a bit higher than I'd like. I have to remind myself that a pound over goal isn't a tragedy.

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12/27/12 11:30 A

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Feeling pretty good, as I survived Christmas in my range (slightly on the low side, thank goodness, since we still have the rest of the holidays to go). DH got called away on a three-day trip that will force him to miss a champagne dinner we made reservations for last summer, so we're pretty bummed about that. However, his mom is here, so we will still go to the dinner tomorrow, and that should be about the last of the big celebrations. New Year's Eve usually sees us toasting about 8:00, because it's midnight somewhere, and then we go to bed.

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12/27/12 11:29 A

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Good morning!

I'm thanking my lucky stars that I got out of the Northeast when I did: my plane took off from Montreal this morning an hour late, but still got into Atlanta essentially on time. Been snacking all morning (been up since 3:30), and when I'm done with this post and recording my food, I'll pack up the computer and take an hour walk around the airport before I have to board my flight home to Memphis. So far, it's on time. YAY!

I called my folks when I landed in Atlanta, and they said that they got 16 inches of snow overnight and it's STILL coming down (an area of Northern New York that usually doesn't get a lot of snow). Good thing we didn't follow through with my original plans of flying home at noon today and going through JFK! I would have been stuck there for another day or two, for sure.

So I'll have one more day of not-so-healthy food, then I'm back on track. I'm off to do my walk, so have a great Thursday, everyone!


Camp Good Grief 5k 2012 - 31:50
Gobble Wobble 5k 2012 - 30:00
Turkey Trot 4 Mile Race 2012 - 38:38
Ugly Sweater 5k Fun Run 2012 - 27:19
Move-It Memphis 10K 2013 - 55:36
Germantown Half Marathon - 2:08:53
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Pittsburgh Half-Marathon - 5/5/2013

12/27/12 11:23 A

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Trying to get back on track--my meals were according to plan yesterday, and my water was better, but I'm still trying to work in exercise. It's been cold here and I've not ridden my stationary bike which is outside, nor have I walked. However, exercise will be my focus in the new year.

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12/27/12 10:29 A

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I think I have survived the holidays. I'm happy to say I'm getting back into a healthier routine of exercise and food tracking. I'm going Vegan so food choices are becoming a bit trickier for me until I really figure things out. I hope you all did well and enjoyed your holidays as well. Be healthy! Pat

I believe in myself, I am a strong woman. I will reach my goals, I will live my life with integrity and intention. I will set a good example for my daughters and my son. I will be a woman that makes my grand children proud when they look at pictures of me long after I've left this earth.

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12/27/12 10:23 A

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Good Morning maintainers..

I hope everyone is able to get back on track with good simple food and exercise. I got a gift visa for a Christmas present, so I ordered 3 new Rodney Yee yoga DVD's and I can hardly wait for them to arrive in early January. I'm getting a bit tired of rotating the few yoga DVD's I have right now.

The snow didn't amount to anything serious, and the rain is washing away what did fall, so soon I'll be able to get out and do more walking once again. we have no sidewalks here in the country and the snowplow pushes all the snow on the edges, so walking has not been safe the past week. Too many crazy drivers!!

Here's to a good week everyone! emoticon

Reached goal weight 112 lbs November 23, 2012

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12/27/12 10:10 A

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Today the whole family comes together for Christmas (work schedules, etc. made it today) at my house for a potluck with me doing most of the cooking. Hoping this bug is letting up some - can't tell for sure as head throbs from knocking myself out yesterday (still makes me laugh). Will be glad to get all this eating celebration out of the way...going to take some time this morning to think about what I really want - and am sending all the desserts to other homes tonight.

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12/27/12 9:53 A

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Yesterday was a great veggie day. Pretty good on water, too. As always, having a hard time finding exercise that I can do.

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12/27/12 9:41 A

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Weight same as yesterday (which is up a bit). Planning to get a walk and ST in today. Definitely had more sweets than usual over the past week, but I'm getting back to normal. My oldest son is 20 today!

Edited by: MKELLY72 at: 12/27/2012 (09:42)

Highest weight: 248 August 2010
Reached goal weight of 148 Feb 23, 2012
10/1/13-10/1/14-Gained back 50-peeling it off!

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12/27/12 9:09 A

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I made it through Xmas within my range. I have one more big dinner tonight. I am working out and eating mindfully. I want to stay within my range for the holidays.

To decide on a weight is to decide on the life you want to live.

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12/27/12 8:35 A

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I was slightly over maintenance calories And didn't work out on Chrstmas, but yesterday got back on track despite obstacles. Having an allergic reaction to pineapple.


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12/27/12 8:17 A

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Happy birthday Christie! I reach a new decade myself next April. Something monumental about that. Pilates and treadmill this morning and clean eating yesterday are making me feel better today. I got a lot done at work yesterday and hoping for another productive day today.

Oh, not a single person I saw over Christmas said anything about my weight...guess my weight loss has become my new "normal." Guess that's good.

Hope everyone has a great day!

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12/27/12 7:58 A

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Um, yeah... still struggling a bit getting back on track. Yesterday was not-so-much. But today starts a new decade in my life and I plan to be the healthiest I can be starting right now!

Have a great day, all!

~Christie in NC

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Maintenance weight: 138
Over 110 pounds gone for good!
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12/27/12 7:54 A

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After a couple of days of cookies and candy, I had a great workout yesterday and ate really well. My system just can't handle the crap food anymore. I had stomach aches daily. Now things are back to normal and that's the way they're going to stay! I will not make losing weight one of the things I need to do in the New Year! This is the first year in many, many yrs. that I haven't had to lose weight. It's wonderful to be able to focus on other things.


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12/27/12 7:05 A

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Hi all! I am approaching the end of my really busy period. After a month of little to no Sparking I am ready to ease back into my routine. I got through the month with a mild weight gain so my goal for a month from now is to get back to my low weight and then maybe see if I can lose an additional 10 pounds in 2013. My Sparking will remain a bit sketchy until mid January as I still have a number of events planned and a short vacation over MLK birthday. After that I will get serious.

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12/27/12 6:55 A

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Had a horrible week. Feel like I have to go back to square one. Very disheartened.

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I'm going to succeed because I'm crazy enough to think I can!

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12/27/12 6:51 A

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I've made it through Christmas, and I'm learning to accept others. It's a great way to spread the SPARK!

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12/27/12 6:33 A

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Good morning, SWEDE_SU and team, I'm glad to be back into a routine. Never has a bowl of granola with rasberries tasted so good as this morning!! Needed regular, simple. Haven't gained weight either but have indulged in things that are not as healthy as my usual fare. It was fun, but not a lifestyle!

Thinking about intentions for the new year and feeling fortunate the big weight loss goal of last year is behind me. It opens the door for more creative possibilities and I'm having fun noodling about it.

I agree with SU, let's make it a good day and think about the rest of our lives!

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12/27/12 6:19 A

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I need to get back to some serious sparking too! Today started well with 30 mins stationary bike and a brief ST session. It took me until 10:45 to get to eat breakfast though but it was a healthy bowl of oats with tomorrows ready prepared too. My mission is to get the whole house super organized before my husband goes back to work, it's so much harder to do when it's just me and the baby.
I've sparked a lot less over the last month, nothing to do with Christmas, more because of the stresses that have been going on, but I've decided to make Sparkpeople my first stop on the web BEFORE I visit my online earning sites. Every little helps as they say, but I must prioritize my health more!

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12/27/12 5:03 A

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good morning. feeling like i need to get back to sparking here - weight has held, even though i haven't tracked or blogged or anything much more than trivia and a few articles here on SP.

today is the first day of the rest... and all that - make it a good one and spark on!

live every day so the border collie is happy for a good, active life!
"i run because i can" coach nicole!
"I AM A RUNNER because I run. Not because I run fast. Not because I run far." john bingham
"Right here, right now, right choice" cannie50!
one day at a time...



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