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Everyone's Day 1

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Why HELLOOOO there!

Welcome to everyone's Day 1!

You have oh-so-many hopes wrapped up into today... into this first month in fact, right? oh, yes... right!

I WILL stay in calorie range!
I WILL EXERCISE for 2 hours!
I WILL NOT cheat or binge at ALL!! So help me!
I WILL drink that 8 glasses of water!

And then... reality sets in like the emoticon

Stomach is growling.

Your mood is emoticon

You see everyone else eating and continuing on like they have been before and it makes you want to emoticon

And then... all those good intentions go emoticon

And then you realize emoticon

And then you get emoticon and emoticon and then emoticon more and then get more emoticon and then....well then, you just emoticon

Nice, huh? Yes, I am that nice to write it down and point it out like the emoticon Advocate that I am... because it is how everyone (ok, maybe 99% of the population right now) is starting off the New Year and that is great and all, but the reality is ... well, the reality of it all is that most people will give up those good intentions before the week ends.

So here I am to give you a reality slap in the face (and me too - I am coming off the whole eat whateverIwantandIwillstartoverintheNewYear state of mind too) but I have some tactics to share after UMPTEEN times of playing this game.. and here they are:

emoticon Try your darnest to stick to your plan

emoticon Drink that water like you are a fish living in the sea and track EVERYTHING! (oh yes, track the good, the bad..and the ugly).

emoticon Be gentle and start slow if you are just returning to working out. A little bit a day makes a bigger difference than you know and you won't burn out as fast if you go whole-hog.

emoticon Time.. give yourself TIME to adjust to changes you are doing. I'd say the first two weeks are the WORST (even for me! I'm expecting some real fun now that I'm back in the proverbial tracking saddle again!)

emoticon Be ZEN about things and don't get nuts when you slip up or go over calories or miss that workout. Imagine the healthy changes as a larger part of a whole...the more good you do, the better than if you didn't do anything at all right? Right. But don't get cocky now...stick to the plan as best as you can.. and last but not least

emoticon FORGIVE yourself if things do go awry... um, and they just might! Expect it, plan to dodge it or alter it to a healthier aspect of how you want to live.. and then move on the way YOU want to do things.

That's all I got folks... I'm right there with you with the tummy already grumbling at 10am, my water bottle by my side, and the plan for Chinese food tonight with the in-laws already altered in my head (with steamed veggies and brown rice for me...ok, and maybe an eggroll - LOL)

So in the meantime: GOOD LUCk!!! Keep on blogging it out... talking here and getting the support we all need (oh yes, we all need this support to be successful at this game) . . and make the most of this brand new year!

emoticon and many happy emoticon to you !! (seriously, has anyone every questioned why there is a mullet emoticon?) Do people actually use it??? emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FLGIRL1234 1/5/2013 10:44AM

    I laughed out loud on the mullet thing. Great blog~

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KANOE10 1/2/2013 10:02AM

    That was a great blog and made me smile. Everyone needs a reality check to get back on track and stay healthy. Great advice to get us moving! Thanks for the energy boost!

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ANNIEONLI 1/1/2013 9:22PM

    Awww!! Feel better!! Keep on that soup and rest thing for a while until you feel up to snuff to have that Day 1!
emoticon Is this soup? or is it spaghetti? Well, right's SOUP!

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-SHOREIDO- 1/1/2013 2:34PM

    Sorry I can't join the party. I'm feverish, I ache. The chills etc etc..need I say more I'm just doing the soup thing and thats that.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good night : ) Achooooooooo (that too) emoticon

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DALID414 1/1/2013 1:29PM

    emoticon at emoticon

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REBECCATKD 1/1/2013 11:28AM

    When I first looked at your blog, I thought those insane resolutions in caps were YOUR resolutions -- and I was about to fly to NY and get you an intervention!! Then I kept reading --whew! -- and loved how you corrected the insanity one step at a time.

Small victories...a ten-minute toning workout here, doing squats while defrosting meat there... this is how we do it.

Happy 2013 to you!

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NEW-CAZ 1/1/2013 10:37AM

    emoticon too true Annie
thanks for the giggle
Happy 1st day of 2013 emoticon

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OAKBORN 1/1/2013 10:35AM

    You always help me start my day in the best way... and the year of too!

emoticon WINNING!




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-AMANDA79- 1/1/2013 10:28AM

    Thanks for making me giggle this morning with the new years smiley phases! Very accurate!

I use the mullet here and there. emoticon He's getting a little thin on top, though! Poor guy...

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Last blog of the year.

Monday, December 31, 2012

It got deleted!! and it was a good one too!! It took me a whole 20 minutes to write!!!


I swear - I just hit "post blog entry" and it came up blank!!

So instead of re-hashing:

Have a Happy New Year everyone!!! emoticon

See you next year!!!! emoticon

OMG - I am wetting my pants!! emoticon
Oh well!!!!

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KANOE10 1/1/2013 9:34AM

    Happy New Year ! I hate it when that happens also..
Here's to a healthy Happy New Year!


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KITT52 1/1/2013 7:47AM

    I have heard this from several people about loosing there blog....

Have a healthy and happy New Year....

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OAKBORN 12/31/2012 9:31PM

    Sorry the old one got lost when the internet burped!

Happy New Year!! emoticon

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DALID414 12/31/2012 4:49PM

    I hate when that happens!
Happy New Year! emoticon

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-AMANDA79- 12/31/2012 3:56PM

    I'm sure it was brilliant!!

That's what I always say when I forget what I was saying. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 12/31/2012 3:50PM

    Happy New Year emoticon emoticon

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It's time to toss your cookies!!!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Yup! It's that time of the year once again!!!

It's time for the GREAT COOKIE TOSS!

I do this every year because a) it gets the crap out of the house because by now, really noone in the place needs any more of it and b) it just feels soooooo gooooooood to do it.

Yeah yeah yeah... all that work I put into them - the time, the money... oy what a waste! Ummm... well, I'd rather see it go into the trash than onto my ass though at this point so, out they go - for the good of all!

And you know what? I even cut back this year on the number of cookies I made because it was actually WORSE in the past....and still, not everyone is eating them. So let's look at the big picture here... it's a good thing for everybody that they are actually a bunch left, even with my cutting back baking by half! YAY FAMILY - both immediate and extended!

So everybody grab that plastic garbage bag and have at it!!! It will make you feel SO FRICKIN' GOOD!!!!


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ANNIEONLI 12/29/2012 6:54AM

    All of you with garbage disposals make me jealous!

I WISH I could hear them just get all chomped up in one!!! But alas, Long Island is not a land of disposals because of our septic systems emoticon I have one on my ultimate wish/bucket list if it ever comes to pass that it's allowed! LoL


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KANOE10 12/28/2012 3:28PM

    I am with you..toss those cookies and candy..Out, out, out. I put some in the disposal and tossed others out. Like you I made less food this year and felt better.

Have a great day Spark Friends. emoticon

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OAKBORN 12/28/2012 2:00PM

    I have been waiting for this post! I knew it was coming! It's becoming somewhat of a holiday tradition.

Bye Bye emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon!!!

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PRESBESS 12/28/2012 1:06PM

    I hear ya! Toss those cookies!

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-AMANDA79- 12/28/2012 11:08AM

    Thanks for making me LOL this morning! Better in the trash than on the ass!!


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NEW-CAZ 12/28/2012 10:32AM

    My left over mince pies and biscuits are going to the charity shop for my fellow volunteering colleagues to devour, all other "naughties" have been slung! emoticon

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NELLJONES 12/28/2012 9:33AM

    I send most of mine home with the grandkids. Anything left, down the disposal. It's very satisfying to hear the whoosh of disappearing down the drain. Very final.

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FIRECOM 12/28/2012 9:33AM

    We are hosting a brunch on New Years day so I will throw them out on the 2nd. Your humor is great and really puts things into perspective.

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PJH2028 12/28/2012 8:55AM

    Uh-huh!! Moi aussi mon amie! Thanks for the fun post, too! Good company!!! xo

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KITT52 12/28/2012 8:17AM

    I threw my away on the does feel good to be rid of them...

Have a healthy day and a Happy New Year

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Why my page is the way it is.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

When I started SP in 2008, I was in AWE of the people who were successful. I friended, I got to know their stories...I also got my own plan together and I figured to use the Spark nutrition tracker diets as a guide, but I basically built my own plan from what I saw but mainly from what I had in the house. I stayed in my designated range and that was that. I drank water. I exercised. I lost weight.

And I saw on another page, a woman's journey in a month by month form, and I copied it, but I did it week by week, event by event...better than a blog because I don't have to sift though pages upon pages to see where I was and what I was doing. It was, and still is a good thing.

With my success, I also kept watching the success stories touted by SP. And soon, a lot of them started becoming quiet. No new action whatsoever. The motivators I held up so high on my pedestal were silent. Where had they all gone? Sure, a few remained...let's say 5% of the 100 that I was intently watching and idolizing...but seriously, if you have stumbled, then say it - OWN IT! We got your back - don't hide and be ashamed - if anything, that will make things WORSE!!

I questioned to myself why? Why are they still motivators? Why isn't SP updating and keeping track of these walking billboards on the success page if they aren't active? A whole lot of other why's are mixed in there too....but you get my drift.

And that is when I decided that I wasn't going to just disappear on SP..ever, especially when I became a "Motivator" ..because you know what? To have that tag and not be one available or updated is (to me) kinda hypocritical. There....I said it. For me, personally, if I wasn't trying my damnest, then I didn't want the title either. Take it back SP... hold me accountable on another level - I can take it.

Anyway, my page now is super long because I never stop updating it. Sometimes it may be a month now, but hey, at least I'm still here! It's kept me accountable on an entirely new level. It has gotten me through some pretty rough patches too (ahem, the holidaze).

So go ahead and steal the idea from me....try it out - the worse thing that it will do is make your page super long like mine! LoL

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SIMPLYDALENA 1/1/2013 7:57PM

    hmmmmm, this is an interesting blog, thought provoking, as I'm into my 1st day on SP and not sure how much time I'm going to have to devote to all this. I'm going to be reading some more of your blogs. I like your thinking.

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NUMD97 12/27/2012 11:47AM

    I've been mulling over what you have written here for a few days now. There's really two schools of thought on this: People reached their goal, and feel that maintenance is something they could manage without SP. For some this was not meant to be a permanent addition to their lives, and I do understand that. For others, as you have said, they are starting to revert to old habits, not knowing that the losing part is the easier of the two tasks, and have not been able to shift into maintenance mode. Having realized that, and after getting a motivator medallion, they feel like frauds once the weight starts climbing back on. Out of pure ego, some of these folks are afraid to come back. Which, frankly, is just plain silly. If we had all figured all of this out, SP wouldn't exist in the first place, nor their competitors.

All in all, it's an evolving process. And each must decide for him/herself what works best. Getting a motivator medallion means you "get" some of it. If those that left really need to, they should just figure it out and get their rears back here and in gear. There's much work yet to be done!

Merry Christmas, Annie, belatedly, and many good wishes for the new year,


Comment edited on: 12/27/2012 11:48:38 AM

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FIRECOM 12/27/2012 11:07AM

    People will come and go. That is the nature of all things. I just hope that your page gets longer and longer.

Cheers and kudos

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SWEDE_SU 12/27/2012 4:43AM

    you really make a good point here - motivators should continue to motivate!

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-AMANDA79- 12/21/2012 9:19PM

    When I lost weight the first time, I kinda felt like I didn't belong if I didn't have any weight to lose. But everytime I become an inactive member, I put lbs back on. I've decided that I'm going to be here for life!

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WATERMELLEN 12/20/2012 6:48AM

    Totally agree with you: there's something eerie about motivators in maintenance "disappearing": make use of the Spark community resources to achieve "success" and then . . . . not give back? Hmmmmm.

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MANDELOVICH 12/20/2012 4:20AM

    Great idea. Maybe I will try it too. Thanks.

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DALID414 12/18/2012 7:34PM

    Wow! I love that! I agree, SP should do something about inactive motivators.

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TINAJANE76 12/18/2012 6:00PM

    You've got me nodding right along with 'ya! Maybe being nominated a motivator should only be good for a year and then you'd have to re-earn the title each year. Success stories only come out about once a month, so it would be nice to see them followed up on and removed if the people featured are no longer active here. People who don't exist on SparkPeople anymore really shouldn't continue to be held up as role models in my opinion because disappearing and pulling away from your support systems usually means that you've embarked on a backslide (I recently wrote a blog on this very topic!).

Anyway, thanks for staying successful and active here and showing others that it can be done!

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MSPATOOTY 12/18/2012 10:33AM

    I LOVE how long your page is! It gives me hope when I can read another person's ups and downs over time. emoticon

Especially when they've been successful in the long run. emoticon

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CATMAGNET 12/18/2012 9:46AM

    I just became a Motivator last week, and as I was reading your blog, I just kept nodding, because I feel the same way. I want to stay on track in maintenance and I want to make sure that I keep documenting my journey, because it's one that I will be on until I die. If continuing to share my story with others helps others as much as it helps me, then more power to them.

Thank you for this post! It has inspired me to continue to share what I learn as I maintain my weight loss!

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NUOVAELLE 12/18/2012 9:31AM

    Thank you for putting my thoughts into words! I've had exactly the same questions in my head about all the people who disappear. To me, you're one of the best motivators here on SP. Simply because... you're here! You share your story, you offer advice, you give your support, you stumble because you're human, you learn from your mistakes and you share your lessons with us. And that's my own definition of Sparkpeople Motivator.

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CJMOK1121 12/18/2012 9:12AM

    Thank You so much, This is a GREAT blog and I too have wondered what has happened to some of these people, I know its hard to loose weight only to gain it back and just give up, and I know how much accountability is important. I use to hate that word, but we do so very much need that in our lives. ACCOUNTABILITY, there I said it. LOL.

Thank you again: CJ from OK.

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LJCANNON 12/18/2012 8:57AM

    Hmm, something to think about!! I seldom Update my Page but I think I am More Active on here Now than I was Before I got to my Goal. I will have to give this some Thought!
emoticon I do agree with you, Being a 'Motivator' does carry some responsibility with it. But I am sure some people are not as "Invested"(?) in the Program as others so they would not feel as Responsible or Accountable to the Group.

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GIVENTHANKS 12/18/2012 8:41AM

    emoticon blog! I agree with what you posted and I decided about a month ago that I will always be active on SP even after I reach my goal.

Have a great day!


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KANOE10 12/18/2012 8:39AM

    It is always interesting when people disappear on Spark..motivator or not. I agree with you..keep sparking and staying accountable, no matter what rough patch you go through. I tend to forget to update my page, but you have inspired me to make a few updates!

Hope the holidaze are going well for you. Interesting blog.

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Back in the saddle

Monday, December 10, 2012

I will NEVER say that getting back in the saddle is easy.

Never, ever, EVER!

But sometimes are easier than others, depending on how off it's been.

For example: I mentioned that I was going to get derailed this weekend...and you know what? I sure as heck was!!! To the nth degree too!!

There was "visiting eating" - I also call this "polite" eating because you are the guest and it's a special occasion and there is NO WAY you can avoid this specially prepared meal of greasy latkes and brisket. There is NO POSSIBLE way. And the special dessert the hostess made for us because we mentioned we liked it so much! Can't forget that. And of course there is your favorite wine they bought ...Can't not have a glass!

So you see, I had no real choice in the matter. Hey, sometimes you don't! I've been a guest at this meal for 6 years - I know what to expect too!

And then there was the football game yesterday with it's mini-hotdogs and nachos. That meal was a 4 to 1 decision NOT in my favor to have. Ugh. By then, all I wanted was a salad!!!

So here I am today and OH THE BLOAT!! emoticon So bad my wedding band set it tight!

So now it's time to get back to better eating - which means that anything fried, sweet, salty - emoticon Ugh.. just the thought of it is turning my stomach! emoticon emoticon

I'm CRAVING green things. Crispy, green things.

I'm not craving my water just yet, but I'm chugging it nonetheless - and it's helping me feel more normal.

I have a scout den meeting/holiday party tonight - ziti and cheese and crackers... and a NICE BIG SALAD!! emoticon But it's on MY turf and I have control over what I eat, as opposed to the visiting scenario. And that makes me feel emoticon

In the next few days, things will slowly start to feel more and more takes time, I get it. No worries.

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SASSYSACY 12/12/2012 2:07PM

    Ah girl but you've taken control, as usual, and are back on track!

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STODD251 12/10/2012 3:15PM

    I hate days like that... My new strategy is to really just have a little bit because I hate feeling sick afterward. Most people can understand if you say you don't want to leave feeling physically ill...

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