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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Hey all. I know it's been a while! Lots of stuff going on here.
Great news first, which I honestly don't think I've mentioned...2 new babies will be entering the family this year! WOoohOOOOohhoooo! My sister and sisterinlaw are both expecting! YAY! and then NEXT year, there will be a wedding!!! My other sister is engaged!!! WooohoooOOoooHOoooO!!

It's very exciting on all accounts!!!!

More good news....maintenance is still AOK. I can toot my horn here...137/138 is my average weight & that is just fine. What more could I ask for in that respect. My philosophy on weightloss is coming into play here....basically is keeping your weight stable for your lifestyle. And so at least I am walking the walk with that theory under my belt. My lifestyle went from being very active all day long, so sitting and studying during my downtime...therefore I am NOT as active and fit as I'd like to be, but if I am maintaining the weightloss, then I am happy with that. I will get back into the fitness part in due time. And I can't beat myself up over this either. I have to accept it - find healthy opportunities (which i still do) when I can, but no guilt is allowed because there is a bigger picture involving an important deadline that has to be met....and the clock is ticking fast.

Gee. No pressure..none at all.

OK - there is probably a small novella that I could write to entertain, but I really have to get back to a quiz. Procrastination happens here & there when I get stuck, but I have to rip off the bandaid, get it done and move on or else I will be behind.

Take care everyone...I miss being here and chatting...but now at least you know I'm still alive!! LoL

And remember, I still check in, so if you need me, just holler!

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OAKBORN 5/17/2010 10:07PM

    You are amazing as always... I am resubbing to your blog, dunno why I got unsubbed! See you on the FB side of the world too!


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LOOKINFIT1 5/16/2010 10:13AM

    Exciting news! You have found a good balance. Weight maintenance is good. School is the priority now with weight maintenance the supporting factor.

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HEALTH4LYFE 5/16/2010 8:18AM

    So proud of you for all you are tackling and accomplishing. You are an inspiration, truly!
For me activity is not the problem, it's eating less, despite the amount of activity. Gee, I think that's how I got here. Anyway, working on making today one which I will want to repeat and not regret. Off to the dreadmill. Take care.

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SUCHAHOOT 5/15/2010 5:09PM

    Hey girl!

I'm glad you peeked your head out! Also really happy to hear things are going well. Two new babies!! That will be so fun.

You rock doing everything you are doing! I'm proud of you for keeping the wieght off while tackling such a big goal. I'm finally getting there.

Take care & do keep us posted on your wonderful self.


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SUZYWM 5/15/2010 3:01PM

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Great job staying the course while being Mom-Wife-Student-Sister . . . It's an amazing challenge isn't it? Part of what I really like about school, even though keeping up with homework can be sooo hard, is that you get strokes and/or feedback that reflects your efforts. On a regular basis. And that's all you! To maintain your weight on top of that is fabulous.

I'm having a tough time in that area. I expect to make some headway as soon as finals are over, in just about a week. My onging challenge will be to find a way to incorporate those efforts into my jam packed schedule throughout the year, not just when I'm on a break from classes. We keep getting sick around here, and I know our immune systems would be stronger if we were all more active (especially me). Even taking swimming didn't keep me on track. I just didn't add enough activity outside of class to make the difference. Ah well, lessons being learned here.

Congratulations Girl! You set a great example.

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The craziest week ever is finally over

Monday, May 03, 2010

My goodness!!! Today is like the aftermath of a really good keg party in college....people wanting to sleep in, the house is a pseudo-mess of things randomly strewn here & there, having a headache that won't quit...wanting water like a camel gone dry. And the kicker is - noone drank! LOL!!! Well, they couldn't because they are only 8 and under, but they sure partied yesterday!

They had a blast with their cousins - 3 communion kids, 3 families converging on an American Legion dj that was too loud, tons of food that went! Well, that was a good party in my kid's eyes! and a success in ours! The only thing we forgot to get were Communion cards & gifts for the other kids. Well, they have no choice but to deal and get it in the mail! Sorry, I completely flaked out on that one. ooops!

So today is 6 loads of laundry, photos uploaded to share later tonight, mail the cards out, try and get the little guy down for a nap and then do some chemistry while he is napping. Oh - and get rid of this headache. Uh oh I think I need to go food shopping too. Later tonight maybe. Oh no, I just looked at my calendar - the plant sale is at school for the kids - sent them in with no money....another OOoops! Ugh - I'm striking out big time this week so far & it hasn't even begun!! LOL

Well, one step at a time...that is all we can do right?
Whew - now to get back to work!!

Have a great day everyone!!

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OAKBORN 5/17/2010 10:06PM

    You are a great mom and amazing with everything you are able to do! You rock it so hard!!

Congrats on the first communion! Mine was 8th grade (I was raised Lutheran).

Sounds like the party was a huge blast, the kind that they kids will REALLY remember!

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SUZYWM 5/7/2010 5:58PM

    You are a super juggler! School and sick kids are making me completely crazy, even though I love 'em all. I'm not doing great with exercise or nutrition, but vow to get back to it. And if it takes until finals are over (end of month), that may just have to be OK.

Great job Super Mom, the communion pic is adorable.

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SUCHAHOOT 5/6/2010 6:17AM

    Hey girl! Love the picture! What a buncha fun you guys had! I'd love to be close enough to that much family & big enough to book the American Legion Hall! I'm so glad you had a wonderful weekend. should be very afraid! LOL! Just kidding. There's nothing else like it on the planet.

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TASOGAREBAN 5/3/2010 3:40PM

    Wow. I'm so glad I only have to worry about myself and the bf...and half the time he does a great job taking care of himself!

The thought of having kids still scares me!

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YAMINOKODOMO 5/3/2010 12:08PM

    glad the party was a success! lol Im tellin ya kids are party animals these days!

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JENSHAWN 5/3/2010 10:55AM

    You make my days look really boring!!! Take care Jenshawn

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Just what's on my mind....a bit "on fire"

Friday, April 30, 2010

Hey all!

I know I've been quiet, so here's just a quick update:

School is moving right along...tough week though, too many things going on - lots of distruptions, but's going to be like that here & there!

Maintenance, just usual junk still...the monkey on my back, but I'm maintaining, so that is a positive in my book!!!

And just a quick note to those who feel the need to advertize on people's a real thorn in my side, so DON'T do it on mine, thank you very much.

Why do I even bring this up????? Because it is a pet peeve - a BIG ONE.

I do NOT care if some pill or herb or drink helped you out, because, you see - I've done all that crap and ya know what? It does NOT WORK!!!!!! (in my humble opinion) Why would I be busting my butt eating right and exercising (when I can) to keep this weight off if there were a magic pill out there????? Why would I be going to school for Nutrition for Pete's sake if I didn't learn a bunch of stuff on HERE to go and want pay it forward by helping others?????

Oh yes, I will delete you as fast as it is put up...and in fact, I'm going to take note and jot some names down too, and report it to the higher ups.

If that is what you want to do on YOUR page....BE MY GUEST! but have the courtesy to keep it OFF OF MINE!

I don't go around preaching about anything in the form of politics, religion or race either. The only thing I could possibly be called preachy about is nutrition tracking! Repect other people and talk amongst yourselves in a team forum if you want to...just don't go splattering your stuff on random people's pages.

There - I feel better. Best of luck to you and your "whatever" too.

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OAKBORN 5/17/2010 10:03PM

    Keep on rocking the Jerks Annie!!! emoticon

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MKPQ51 5/2/2010 2:55AM

    You tell 'em, girl! I was put on alert by one of my friends who'd received several of the advertisements. Shortly thereafter an advertisement was posted on a blog I'd just posted; the advertisement had nothing to do with the blog! Before I could delete it, the post disappeared; I figured SP had been alerted and had taken care of the situation. It's a shame some people find it necessary to misuse the site!

Sorry you had such a tough week; hope this next one goes a bit smoother.

Hugs and Kisses,


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HEALTH4LYFE 5/1/2010 10:05AM

    Boy I hope I never tick you off, because girl, you get maaaaddddd!!!

I agree with you about the advertising. Even the people who are personal trainers, in part perhaps because of the weight they have lost on SP, their philosophies aren't always in sync with SP. That usually causes me to raise an eyebrow.

Glad to hear you are doing well. Have to get back to my ST. Exercise seems to be my one constant lately. Well, that's not entirely true, I seem to be eating constantly as well emoticon but not really lol. Take care.

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SUCHAHOOT 4/30/2010 1:28PM

    Hey girlie,

Just popped by to tell you about this new snake oil, I mean weight loss herb...JK!! I got one of those last week too. Couldn't figure out how to report the silly woman.

Anyway, good to see you even if it is just for a short rant! That ticked me off too.

Glad school and maintainance are going well. All's well here. Ready for a weekend. Keep up the good work!

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My comfort zone

Friday, April 16, 2010

Hey all!!


Back to tracking.

Back to feeling the most normal and sane in a while...and yes, I will attribute it to the tracking.

Food tracking is my passion! There you go - I openly admit it...I am a nutrition tracking junkie!!

In front of me now is a calendar CHOCK full of name it...but ya know what? It is not daunting me - laughing at me - or provoking me into insanity which, honestly a few days ago, would have.

A couple of calculations and writing things down helped a bunch, and just like Sparking, I'm attacking my calendar in the same way. Step by step....and day by day.

This is my comfort zone now...I will get everything done in due time. I will put the effort in when needed, but I will also note and pay attention when to take a break. There, in black & white, it is a bit easier to handle. Trust me, I wigged out and did not sleep well a few days once everything was put onto this calendar, but now that I'm implementing the first crazy part, it's not so bad.

Bit by by day...things will get done....just like weightloss, it takes perseverance. I got's time to use it in a different genre, that's all.

Now....all I have to do is s-q-u-eeeeeee-z-e in some cardio time. What? are you surprised? Hey, there are only so many hours in the day! LoL Don't worry...I'm planning on walking to work a few days a week....see? Time management at it's finest!! emoticon

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TASOGAREBAN 4/19/2010 12:59PM

    That's RIGHT! Work it lady! It all takes small moves anyways, small changes, right?

I'm going to move in a month which means I'm going to have to go back to public transportation but I think I can do it! I'll probably have to get up an hour earlier to workout but i'm SO willing to do it, OMG! And if I can do it, I KNOW you can do it. :)

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SUCHAHOOT 4/16/2010 10:22PM

    Inch by inch
Life's a cinch.

I love planning! I've just got to get better at the follow-through!

Have a great weekend!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/16/2010 7:37PM

    Step by step and day by day works for me, too ... I like how you have imported what you've learned from Spark to another area of your life. Getting things down in a way that you can track them is really helpful. Remember to schedule breaks and rewards, too! Wishing you success!

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    I have never doubted you! I know you are living proof that One day at a time works!

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Put...the candy....BACK!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

That was a text I shot back at my girlfriend this morning....she asked me if jellybeans were fat-free! LOL Of course they are, but we just talked about how we've fallen off the wagon since Easter PUT...the candy....BACK!!! Or rather....put them in the garbage! Which she texted me back "Put in sink and soaped them up good" - well, that'll work too! LOL

What's funny about our 10 minute conversation this morning is that I confessed to her that I ate rainbow cookies and brownies in the last week ***GASP!!*** {Let me digress for those of you who do not know me very well - I usually stay away from these things ENTIRELY because they can make me sick...literally, if I overdo it. No joke.} and yes, my dear friend's face and jaw hit the floor in shock!! Yup...I ate a Keebler graham cookie on my nieces birthday on April Fool's Day...and I didn't get sick...and that lead to a bite of cake on her birthday again the next weekend...and some rainbow cookies...and then the brownies. There - the Spark confession is now over too. Whew! - now that wasn't so bad! LoL

But here is the kicker....if I keep doing these little snacky thingies...I really will get sick...which is HORRIBLE, so I think I'm done being naughty.

It's a bummer, because right now, all I do is study, work, mom, wife, study, work, mom, know - the grind we all go thru, and in talking with my girlfriend who is in the same boat as me....well, the food is that bit of control and comfort and guilt that we get to indulge in that is ALL OURS!!!!! and it's ALL ABOUT US in that moment there. A silly stupid moment that ends in regret as soon as it's over...and then the guilt starts in again and then there we go! the emotional rollercoaster of eating begins ONCE AGAIN!!!

....and to stop it is like going through withdrawal or detox - she was just telling me that she gets the shakes (which I've heard before from sugar lovers like herself) and then satiates the symptom with the sugar again. So when she texted me....she broke her cycle a bit - which (to me) is awesome.

So today is my own detox day. I have a buttload of fruit I bought at Costco because it was cheaper..but geez it's a lot!! So instead of letting it go bad - I am on a fruit kick today. Between that and my water, I'm on the road to detoxing the refined sugars out of my body once again....and again...and again. LolL - I know exactly what to do, I've been here before you see, and I've come to far to let the sugary lovely baked good win. Strike let the sugary EVIL baked goods win.

Funny - but I was thinking the last time I felt like this.....kinda stressed out, not happy about gaining a few back and not exercising, the eating drinking & being merry had caught up with me....and it was right around my 10th anniversary and 1 year maintenance sparkiversary in July of 2009. I took control then....I can take control again now. The last time I took control I lost 10 pounds. Hmmm....i wonder where this one is going to take me? My minigoal is 135 (honestly I haven't weighed myself in a week - I think I was 137 then) and I'm due for a SparkCheck tomorrow....but it's not so much about eating, it's about moving again!! The whole studying thing is me on my butt - the biggest change EVER! - and I need to get moving again - whether it be simple stuff at night or walking to work here & there during the week. Something is going to give....I just have to fit it in and do it once and for all.

Boy - I bet I sound like a broken record to a few people, but you know what? I'm keeping this journey real for you as well as's about accountability...transparency....all those good buzz words people use. It keeps me in line. It's like that text that my friend sent me. In essence, this is MY text to you,

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HEALTH4LYFE 4/16/2010 8:50AM

    From one recovering sugar addict to another, thank you for sharing. I have been on my own non stop roller coaster ride with sugar. Go into rehab for a few days and then back out seeking the drug of choice. I know its' my own choice and I just have to decide how much I want to reach my goal versus how much I want instant gratification.
Keep on keepin on. Your strength is inspiring.

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TASOGAREBAN 4/14/2010 5:22PM

    Hey maybe you can freeze the fruit instead of needing to gobble it all down in one day, LOL! Well, depending on the fruit.

And I eat sweets very rarely. Like I bought a small bag of pretzel m&ms the other day just to try it, had two and then gave them to my boss since she was needing sugar. But beyond that I don't normally eat candy and sugar unless I suddenly want it. And that doesn't happen too often. My vices are usually fast food and alcoholic drinks, lol!

Take control, homegirl! LOL! Run around your house like three laps and then have some water. BAM! Back on track, hahahahahaha!

Ok well that would work for ME anyways. :)

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OAKBORN 4/14/2010 4:47PM

    Hey Girl!!

I hear you loud and clear! I have been on this chocolate craving thing for weeks now. I just can't seem to get enough, so I've **MOSTLY** been budgeting for it. I don't have the sick thing... which is good and bad.

Might you have dumping syndrome? You get too much sugar and your gut says, "uh NO!" and draws all the water into your intestines and out it goes? My daughter has that... as does my MIL... connexion... prolly!

Keep bouncing back! We'll do it together!

emoticon Be strong!

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YAMINOKODOMO 4/14/2010 3:50PM

    I totally get you! I was like that last week myself! Normally I can do fine without sweets and I am an ultimate sweettooth! But ever since I started this healthy journey I have somehow trained my body to not crave sugary sweets as much as I used to! And I have 100 calorie snacks to help that craving when its to much to bare! But last week, I had a bite of a cake, and it went downhill from there! I was eating cake everyday after dinner! Bad me!

All we can do is just hop right back on that wagon and keep pushing forward. You definitely will get that boost of motivation, if not already! You can lose those 2 pounds I know you can! You are going to look those 2 pounds in the um.. face and let them know who is boss!

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FULLOFFAITH 4/14/2010 1:46PM

    Congratulations on getting back in control. I only know to well how difficult that can be. emoticon.

Keep on the road to success. You are a inspiration. emoticon


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SCDALYNCH 4/14/2010 1:20PM

    There are so many of us like this. It is fat free and so it's okay. Sugar is my real downfall. My husband brings in the cookies I don't buy. That is one of my temtations. Very few things realy make me sick. Easter and fixing for everyone was also my disaster. Thanks for this text... I need to read it every day.

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