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Do me proud

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

This is for all my new friend adds out there:

Do me a favor...make me proud.

Do this for you....track your food, read and learn, drink your this for you...and make me proud.

I am here all the time...I'm not a fly by night Sparker...I am here...all. the. time.

Read my page...learn that this is a lifetime thing....and then, Do. me. proud.

A lot of people will try and re-try and trust me - I have been there and I have done that...and if you are reading this - most likely you have been there and done that too...and probably for the billionth time too.

Here is the one thing that I want you to know - it doesn't matter how many times you matters that you care enough about yourself to keep trying and one of these times, you will "get it" and it will all click.

In the meantime...if you can't do it for anyone else in this it for me.

I have faith in you.

I have faith that under all the issues (and we all have them - or else we wouldn't be here) - there is someone WORTH doing this for. Look in that mirror and know that out cyberspace... is someone who gets it and gives a damn....and I am it.

So do me proud.

Do this for me.

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MONAKIN314 5/25/2012 12:07PM


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DWEXCEL 5/25/2012 6:56AM

    As one of your "old" Spark Friends, I would like to add to that...

.Take her at her word, and Take her up on it! She is amazing! She is always there for you! She has wonderful advice and tips and suggestions, and is a wealth of knowlege. She knows. She's been there herself. And the Best Part, is she's a Terriffic Maintainer! You can't go wrong.

I'm back home, and back in action, allbeit, limited action. I reduced all my dumbbells to 5 lbs (which for me feels like nothing), but after being on the "injured Reserve" list for a few weeks, I figured it would be a good place to start, to get the habit re-established, and I upped the cardio, because my legs don't hurt. And, believe it or not, I'm 149-150.

Anyway, loved your blog, and Love you! You have always been in my corner, and I just wanted other sparkers to know they CAN REALLY COUNT ON YOU!

You at the Best!
Love, Donna emoticon emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 5/24/2012 1:28AM

    With this blog you've done us proud! I'm proud to be part of a community with caring and thoughtful people like you. Thank you for not being a fly by night Sparker. We all need your experience, your advice and your inspirational example!

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BEATLETOT 5/23/2012 6:10PM

    I think this is just such a sweet blog. I'm clicking "I Liked This" so that others can read it and make you proud, too!


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A blip on the radar

Monday, May 21, 2012

A flash in the pan.

A wrinkle in time.

This too shall pass.

Can't say that I'm all that happy with being in the top portion of my I actually vocalized it on Saturday to my husband.

Quick backstory: I listen to him talk about everything weightloss related since he is on maintenance too...and is going through his own exercise slump...and he's doing great....but for some reason, whenever I mention my own weightloss world, he turns the conversation to him...and then I just shut up and let him talk....mainly because I guess he needs to talk about it more than me, and that is OK....but....

On Saturday, in front of my closet...picking out clothes for work....he walked in and I just said this: "I'm not in a good place right now - I haven't seen that number on the scale in god-knows-when - I'm being more active than ever, and yet I feel ginormous. So please don't talk to me about where you are at right now, I just do not want to hear it."

And that was that. I went back to my closet and picked out oh-so-flaterring white scrub pants and a t-shirt to go under my scrub jacket. Loose fitting nonsense clothes...I'd figure out the rest later in the afternoon.

Here's the's not like nothing fits. Hardly the case. Things fit, just not the way I am used to them fitting in the last 2 weeks. They are a oh so slightly snug - which means I'd better get focused on getting back control. and let's face it, mostly...I'm mental. I'm thinking it is really wors than it is, when really, it really is nothing that a few days of rigorous nutrition and exercise tracking can't handle....but just gets so damn tiring to keep going on and on like this, day after day after day.

But then again....that's life...right? right.

So I logged everything, as usual, that morning after toast, and he came up to me and kissed me - looked me dead in the eye and said "Don't get discouraged, you are doing great, it's just a little blip." Another kiss and a hug and I was off to work.

It was nice to be heard (beside here on Spark - LoL) - It's hard keeping things on an even keel sometimes when all you want to do is scream "ENOUGH already!!!!" and that can go for ANYthing in life. is just nice to be heard.

Anyway...just giving you a peak into my head right now. Honestly today is a strange "I don't feel like eating" day - these are rare in my world....usually I am eating every 2 or 3 hours! Maybe it's my body giving my brain a rest from thinking about food all the time. What a nice gift! Thank you body! LoL

Hope everyone is having a great Monday!

Later 'gater!

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REBECCATKD 5/21/2012 8:27PM

    Good to be heard! Cheers to your hubby for giving you the support you needed instead of his own update. (Sometimes we ladies just need a boost, hey?) Keep plugging away -- it's all worth it!

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Up & Down & Steady

Friday, May 18, 2012

Ahh.....the scale has been doing that so much this week....and if I were in any other place other than Maintenance, I'd be upset....but this is what Maintenance get a range of 5 pounds and that is your goal - to stay in that range.

I will not lie though....when I read 134.4 on the scale today, I was less than pleased, but then I contracted my abs and loved my sore upper body and I knew that this is part of the game. Working out, leads to some fluid retention when one's body is healing itself...and that next week, The Scale might/will say something different.

I also have to remember that I mowed the lawn in an hour yesterday - a lawn that in the past has taken me 90 minutes to cut!!! So BOOYAAH!! More healing going on....and I am getting a tush where the was none there IS some muscle building going on as well....I think.

So anyway, I have this bridesmaid dress that I wore last year for my sister's wedding...and May 7th was their 1 year anniversary, so I tried it on - and it was more snug than I liked, and I was at 132 that day. For fun, I tried it on today and it zipped up even better than on the 7th.

Why am I telling you this, part of it is for me to now wig-out about being in my higher range (please, you think I am all calm?? LOL - NOT!) and part of it is to focus on our NON-scale victories.

That a non-scale victory guage of mine. Next year, I will still fit in it. Vowed that a year ago, and here I am...still fitting in it.

Little things like this are what matter....if you have been struggling, and not going anywhere on that scale, well, take a step back and look at what you ARE doing and what other progress you have made:
- maybe you couldn't walk for 20 minutes straight at a 2.5 mph - 3 weeks ago, and now you can!
- maybe you couldn't run for a minute straight - and now you are up to 3 minutes of running!
- maybe you were binge eating - and now you are making progress on cutting back!

Understand that this takes time...and patience really is a virtue when changing your lifestyle. Patience to be kind to yourself when you are in the middle of beating your self-esteem to a pulp. Patience to think and rethink choices over, over and over again....and knowing that one day, all of your patience will have not been for naught.

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OAKSHAVEN 5/19/2012 11:11AM

    My scale isn't moving either, and I am NOT on maintenance. Thanks for the perspective. Encouragement is always appreciated.

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OAKBORN 5/18/2012 10:40PM

    You are always so wise, sensei! I always love your blogs... and especially ones that hit home so precisely, like this one. I also find that when the scale's not moving, my body sometimes does.

The journey never really ends, even if you have reach goal... it's a daily up and down battle.

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Me & My low expectations

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

I laugh sometimes at my new found "low expectations"...and maybe it's why I continually surprise myself. I just don't expect too much anymore...and you know what? I don't think it's really a bad thing.

Let's get a back story of me and my HIGH expectations. I'm a Pisces - a dreamer, a daydreamer, a believer in all that is good and pure - magical even! If you have a definition of Pisces - well...I am it. I have grown up with this belief that there is good in every single person and situation - even when there is absolutely no hope at all - yeah, yeah, yeah - trust me, I know now that it's a fairy-story and I have been burned, crushed, beaten, diappointed, etc. etc...over and over much so that I have learned to curb the higher expectations and lower them down a isn't all sunshine and roses....I get that. Trust me, I get it. I can daydream up any fancy scenario you want for anysituation...and guess what? it never really comes out the way I plan! LoL So, therefore, you can see how I had to change my expectations a little bit.

Sooooo....I have lowered my expectations a bit. I'm happier because of it. Here's some examples:

I love doing things more spontaneous - can't daydream about something if you just do it, right? no expectations to live up to.

I don't (never have & never will) post the rock-hard ab pictures on my wall as a motivator know what??? I'd just get depressed looking at it - whatever I do is WAY better than what I wasn't doing at all before. Get it??? I get it - I'm NEVER going to maintain that kind of committment of training as a mom of 3. Sure, there are people out there who can do that, but I'm also a realist - that person is NOT me. emoticon

I like my concept of "Maintainability" - basically defined as as life that I can live and be happy with, without killing myself at the gym and still have a glass of wine and a chip when I want to...without guilt, because the next day, I will go back to doing my maintainable routine I have grown to love, honor, and cherish up until this point in time.

When I get to workout and sweat - it is ALL good. It's NOT consistent...because it is LIFE! Depending on the month, I can go hog wild and be steady, and then there are the nutty/crazy months, where all I want is to sit and be still....because in some way, shape, or workout consisted of running around like a loon prepping this or that or whatknot for some function or other. I might not have "worked out" per se, but in reality - I never sat down either! good. Active still burns calories!

Quick story: today, I had my workout gear on with the BEST intentions of getting some sort of walk in - my legs are still sore from Sunday's impromptu/spontaneous run I got in during my son's lacross game - so I figured, why not stretch them out at the very least (note my low expectation). Hey, sometimes I put on my gear & never get on the treadmill - depending on what pops up...I used to have these high expections and all...and got bummed pretty good too when I didn't get to workout.(See? high expectation bummer = not good)

So I noted on the kid's school calendar that they were doing a "Mileage Walk" to kick off Healthy Habits month...walk around the field as many times as you can in a half hour & they tally up the miles. Cute idea. And I had no intention of going if it were raining. In fact, I didn't even tell the kids about it...because then, if we didn't, then THEY would be bummed. So after the lunches were packed, the backpacks ready, the kids' showered, fed, and dressed...and even I was fed at this point...and it was time to go to the busstop...and it wasn't raining either...well.....I just drove right past the busstop and went right to the field with the kids! All of them were: "Mom???? What are we doing?" and then I explained to them the Mileage Walk and they were all excited to do it! YAY!!!

There, we saw a bunch of kids they knew, mom's I knew...and being I was in workout gear with a hat on my head - noone knew it was me until the last second! LoL (that was pretty funny) And so we started the walk....I had no intention of running, and then....I did. I ran to catch up with this kid...and then that kid...and then this one and that one again....and before I knew it, 20 minutes and 2 miles flew by in the blink of an eye! No joke!!

It was the coolest thing too. I was a bit in schock when I asked the gym teacher how long we were there doing this and he said "20 minutes" ... my kids all logged over a mile and a half - my oldest ran a bunch and almost made 3 miles himself!! Everyone was smiling and glowing too..and they felt great being apart of something they didn't think about doing!

My low expection became a grin on my face...Anything sometimes is better than nothing....and all of those little "anythings" grow into bigger "somethings".

I don't think I will ever claim myself to be a "runner" - I am timid at best because I don't want to get hurt....but I will say that I am a "tryer" - moreso than I ever was in my life.

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REBECCATKD 5/15/2012 7:24PM

    Yes, you are a runner!

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OAKSHAVEN 5/8/2012 8:28PM

    I think your low expectations are just high enough to walk over, but not so high you have to climb laboriously up a mountain to reach them. And the mileage thing sounds like a fun and inventive way to get everyone moving.

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OAKBORN 5/8/2012 7:50PM

    Maybe we can "try" a 5K in the future sometime!

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STSCOTT11 5/8/2012 12:40PM

I like what you said...about low expectations. I am a dreamer too...but I have some hard core realist ways about me.
I don't feel bad about never having a six pack or being a size 2...I didn't have one as a young woman. I certainly AM NOT going to have one after 3 children and being OVER 200 lbs. At least not naturally. lol But I TOO am far better off TODAY than I was a year ago. I FEEEEL SO MUCH BETTER and THAT is just as good as a six pack in my book.
I read and felt your spark in that blog. Your postitivity is GREAT. I look for inspiration DAILY...and throughout the day.

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Lose vs. Loose - definitions

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Hey's time for a little "educamation."

This is big, GINORMOUS pet peeve of mine...and for some reason, people either do not know or care to know the difference between the 2 words listed above, nor how to use them's as good as the pet peeve of people not using the correct they're, their, or there in a sentence for me....and your or you're for that matter (while I happen to be on the subject) It's in the same vein of annoyance for me.

So to help you all out, please, read on:

WORD: lose

Definition of lose - pronunciation (looz) VERB
1. transitive verb have something taken away: to cease to possess or have something such as a job or home
2. transitive verb make somebody forfeit something: to be the cause of somebody's failure to obtain, win, or maintain something
"a mistake that lost us the game"
3. transitive verb mislay something: to be unable to find something, often only temporarily
4. transitive and intransitive verb fail to win: to fail to win a victory at something, e.g. in a contest, argument, war, game, or in court
5. transitive and intransitive verb earn less money than you spend: to be worse off, or worse off by a particular amount of money, as the result of a financial transaction or through expenditure exceeding income
"lost millions when the stock markets crashed"
"will lose on the deal"
6. transitive verb experience reduction in something: to experience a reduction in something such as weight or heat
7. transitive verb cease having quality: to cease having a quality, belief, attitude, or characteristic
"He's lost the will to live."
8. transitive verb cease having ability or sense: to cease having an ability or sense, e.g. through illness or an accident
"lose your sight"
9. transitive verb not use something to advantage: to waste or fail to take advantage of something such as time or an opportunity
10. transitive verb be unable to control something: to be unable to control an emotion or to maintain composure
"He loses his temper easily."
"He finally lost patience with them."
11. transitive verb have loved one die: to suffer the loss of somebody through death, e.g. a loved one, a patient, or a baby before term
12. transitive verb leave somebody following behind: to escape from or leave behind somebody who is in pursuit
13. transitive verb no longer see or hear somebody: to be unable to see or hear somebody or something any longer
14. transitive verb confuse somebody: to fail to make somebody understand something
"You've lost me there."
15. transitive verb dispose of something: to get rid of something or somebody that is unwanted or undesirable
"Lose that extra space on the left."
16. transitive and intransitive verb run slow: to be or become slow by an amount of time (refers to timepieces )

Definition loose - pronunciation: (looss)

loos·er comparative
loos·est superlative

1. not firmly attached: not firmly fastened or fixed in place
"a loose floorboard"
2. slack: not fastened or pulled tight
"a loose knot"
3. not tight-fitting: not fitting closely and thus baggy
4. free: allowed to move around freely without any restraint
"broke loose"
5. not packaged: not enclosed in a container or bound together
"loose tea"
6. not firmly packed: not compact or dense in texture or arrangement
"loose soil"
7. imprecise: not exact, literal, or precise
"a loose translation"
8. flexible: not strictly controlled or organized
"a loose arrangement"
9. available: not earmarked for a particular purpose
"loose funds"
10. irresponsible: lacking restraint or a sense of propriety
"loose talk"
11. too fluid: too fluid in consistency
"characterized by stomach cramps and loose stools"
12. accompanied by phlegm: accompanied by the production of phlegm or mucus
"a loose cough"
13. relaxed: relaxed or free from tension ( informal )
14. promiscuous: having many sexual partners ( dated ) ( disapproving )
loos·er comparative
loos·est superlative
1. freely: freely or without restraint

loosed past and past participle
loos·ing present participle
loos·es 3rd person present singular

1. transitive verb set somebody or something free: to release a person or animal from restraint or confinement
2. transitive verb untie knot: to undo, untie, or unfasten something
3. transitive and intransitive verb make something less tight: to make something less tight, or be made less tight
4. transitive verb release somebody from obligation: to release somebody from an obligation or pressure
5. transitive and intransitive verb fire missile: to fire an arrow, bullet, or other missile

(12th century. Old Norse lauss, Germanic)
loose·ly ADVERB
loose·ness NOUN
be on the loose

1. to be free from confinement, e.g. a prison

2. to be free from responsibilities and having a good time (informal)
let loose to obtain relief from tension or worry (informal)

(now THIS NEXT PART is the best!!!)

loose or lose? Lose is a verb only, meaning variously "to mislay," "to fail to win," etc., as in Don't lose [not loose] possession of the ball, or you'll lose the game. Loose is an adjective, adverb, and verb. As an adjective it means variously "not firmly fixed," "not restrained," etc., as in loose [not lose] floorboards; loose [not lose] dogs running through the alley. As an adverb it means "freely," as in dogs running loose [not lose]. As a verb it means variously "to untie," "to make less tight," and "to fire a projectile," as in loosed her grip; loosed the taut anchor line; loosed a volley of arrows.

emoticon pet peeve is out in the open for all to behold. Millions of times a day, these 2 words are written incorrectly by millions of Sparkers/people worldwide - I get it, but maybe if 5 people read this, then maybe 1 will be corrected. At least I did my part to fix the issue at hand! LoL

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SUZYWM 6/6/2012 9:48PM

    OMG - (kinda hate that silly term but . . . ) - Thank You Thank You Thank You!

These errors drive me crazy, and I try to just bite my tongue, but it's painful. It's a different issue from a typo, it's a bsatardization of the English language, and it bugs.

OK. Time to move my rant on down the road.


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OAKBORN 5/8/2012 7:51PM

    I soooooooo understand what you are saying!

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TXGRANDMA 5/8/2012 12:52PM

    I agree, but there are many more words that people don't use correctly that bother me more, I guess the pet one of mine is to and too! Why don't people get it that too means too much, and to means to go somewhere? It is simple to me!

Also, few and less. Less refers to "less water", etc., something that can't be counted. few refers to a few people or fewer people, something you CAN count. I hate it when it is written "less people" (?????)

Also, your, which shows possession, such as your hat, and you're, which is a contraction for you are, such as "you're really doing well" NOT "your really doing well" There are a lot more, but just can't think of them, now!

I can sympathize! emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 5/8/2012 12:07PM

    To be honest, I thought the blog would be totally different! I thought you would talk about all the things that become "loose" once you "lose" too much weight!!! See what happens when the mind is preoccupied?
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Anyway, I'm always a big supporter of the right use of languages - written and spoken - and, since English is not my native language, I try to be very careful. So, I'm with you!

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CAPTHAMMER 5/8/2012 10:06AM

    emoticon emoticonKnew exactly what this blog was going to be about just by reading the title...though I was not expecting a mini-Mirriam Webster of information.

I agree with you on all points and find that I have to be careful of your and you're if I'm writing too quickly (and can we also through too and to into the mix, just sayin').

Have you ever noticed where the folks live that use 'loose' the most? I'm on teams with a good number of Canadians and British and they seem to frequently use loose instead of lose. I've begun to believe that it might somehow be correct Queen's English usage for them. Otherwise I have no explanation.
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