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After the 5% Challenge

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The great thing about Spark People is that you can find a team that supports you and has goals common to yours. This summer I found that with the Sizzling 5% Summer Challenge. For 8 weeks, we worked on losing 5% of our total weight. I finished the goal, and I'm so happy!

I've not gained back any of the weight nor have I lost anymore. During the 2 weeks since the challenge ended, I've been "on vacation," and while this wasn't the best vacation for eating properly, it's not the worst either. My other numbers---glucose, size, etc., have remained consistent as well as the poundage. I've done minimal exercising, but at least I exercised. I'm just going to have to walk more. I actually like walking, so it shouldn't be any big deal to add a few more minutes to the walk.

Now though, I'm in two new 5% challenges. I am in another Spark People team (even though I'm not sure about how that one works yet, but what I've figured out is good), and I'm in one with my friend and my daughter. (ON that one, we want to lose 5% by Labor Day---started in mid June; and we are actually being accountable to each other.)

I like the small challenges like this from Spark People. Challenges similar to these make us accountable. It's a short amount of time, but it adds into our long-time goal. Right now, I really want to drop that weight.

Small challenges--big steps to the finish line!

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SMILINGEYES2 7/19/2010 2:07PM

    emoticon That is awesome. 5% is a great goal and manageable. Congrats on reaching your goal and best wishes as you work toward the next 5%. emoticon

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LINDA! 7/18/2010 10:15PM

    You are doing a great job. emoticon

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ELISELOVE1 7/18/2010 12:46PM

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EPIPHANYANGEL 7/18/2010 10:32AM

    Looks like a great challenge...have just joined the team.

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CERIUSLY 7/18/2010 9:58AM

    I too am glad to have you on board the emoticon emoticon emoticon! I love the support and team activity! You are doing great!
Thank you for being an active team member

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VEMAN1 7/18/2010 9:39AM

    These challenges help bring the doable into focus. It is hard to plan for a year or two without fundamental tools. These challenges break up the long view and allow the focus necessary to hone the tools for life. I am very glad to have you aboard the Teddy Bear team. And, I am more happy you have buddy to help you along the way!


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MISSYA72 7/18/2010 8:37AM

    I'm on a 5% challenge also. First day was yesterday and I made it through. This is what I need also...small challenges! Good Luck!

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NAKIOMA 7/18/2010 6:48AM

    Congratulations on finding a plan that works for you. Good Luck and keep up the good work...............

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Weight Loss and Random Thoughts

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Since mid-May, I've been on a Spark Team that is trying to lose 5% of their weight by July 3. I was hesitant in joining this team, which then divided into smaller teams. I wasn't sure I would remain a part of the team, especially since the first week of the challenge, I was diagnosed with some serious medical issues. But after talking with the leaders, I remained.

It was a wonderful decision for me! In the four to five weeks that we've been working on this challenge, I've lost slightly more than 7 lbs. Yes, I can tell the difference. I don't feel bloated. I am not as hungry, nor do I eat impulsively. I've had to cut some exercising, pending my doctor's recommendations, but I am now able to add some, beginning today. I'm happy I can!

I had surgery on Monday. My college roommate, a wonderful friend for 40 years, stayed with me this week. My daughter came in for the weekend. The three of us have our 5% challenge now. We will lose 5%, or 10 lbs minimum, by Labor Day. We officially weighed in today, telling each other our weights. (Now that's trust! Telling another woman exactly how much you weigh!)

We will check in weekly, thanks to email. We will encourage each other. And hopefully, by Labor Day, we will have met, or be close to meeting that 5% challenge, and have the POUNDS OFF for good!


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MISSYA72 6/15/2010 1:19PM

    Yeah for you!!! emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 6/12/2010 9:46PM

    Way to go! And I'm glad you are listening to your doctor about cutting back on the exercise while you are healing.

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MRSJERRYBUSH 6/12/2010 9:11PM

    It sounds like your medical issues might be improving some?? God bless you, your friend, and your daughter.

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Today's thoughts

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Tomorrow is my thryoidectomy. I've run through the gamut of emotions---from shock and disbelief, to being scared *&^%*#%, to coming to terms with it. Last week, as I was talking to my younger brother for the umpteenth time, I told him I was okay with it, and I was ready for the surgery. And, at that moment in time, I realized I was. This has happened, so now it's time to take care of it.

Of course, I've read everything I could from reliable sources. And I had a good cry on the shoulders of my best friend who was my college roommate. And I've talked through it with my husband. I've discussed it with my daughter. I hope hubby and daughter will be okay with it. They seem to be.

I've ended my teaching two days early. My class has been wonderful throughout the year, and they accepted easily that I wouldn't be there. We talked a little about the function of the thyroid, and how a tumor just sometimes happen. A little bit of health and general body function thrown in. They even helped me "close the room" so the sub wouldn't have to do it. They were sweet!

Yes, I'm very apprehensive. My last hospital stay was when I delivered my baby 28 years ago. Before that, when I was born. I've had day surgery--but never anything that required more than local anesthesia.

I know the facts and the statistics. The probability is very good. I won't know if the tumor is benign or malignant until Tuesday or Wednesday. But I do know one thing---The Great Physician is the one who holds me in His hand.

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BASKETLADY6 6/9/2010 10:59AM

    To all who have sent well wishes and prayers: The surgery was long and I don't like anesthesia. Yet, the Lord carried me through the surgery, and all is going well. I am home now, with my family and a dear friend taking good care of me. I am so blessed.

Thank you for the well wishes and prayers.


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MRSJERRYBUSH 6/8/2010 10:45AM

    My granddaughter has a tumor on her thyroid which, because of her age, the docs have not yet removed. I am so asnxious to hear how things go.

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SMILINGEYES2 6/8/2010 10:22AM

    Just touching base to see how you are doing after your surgery. It is hard to let go and let others care for us when we are the ones used to caring for others. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Linda

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RASLALIQUE 6/7/2010 7:09PM

    I am praying that your surgery and recovery go well!

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MAINLADY 6/7/2010 6:40AM

    Sending prayers your way for a successful surgery and recovery. Hope you'll be feeling fine in no time.


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ADEVORES 6/6/2010 9:13PM

    I will put you on my prayer list. Think positive thoughts. Listen to music (it has healing properties) and I hope to hear from you soon that you made it through fine and had a speedy recovery!

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A10TIVTRTL 6/6/2010 7:35PM

    I'm fairly intuitive and I "just have a feeling" that you will be fine, but I will put you on my prayers for healing list, also. Wishing you a speedy recovery and looking forward to hearing from you again!

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Borrowing from another person's blog....

Monday, May 31, 2010

When I read MARENAMOO's blog, "I stole this from Kasey (KASEYCOFF). I found that I really did get to know her better when she does these. It is surprising how our perception of someone through spark can be altered or confirmed by these questions..."

So I too am using the blog....

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I've always wanted to travel. My first choice would be to Paris, and then to visit the French countryside---Bayeaux, the Camarque (I think this is how it's spelled), etc. And then to Rome and visit through the Italian countryside. I also want to visit every state in the USA and all of the provinces of Canada, starting in Quebec.

If you could have your dream job, it would be...what?
I already have my dream job. I am an elementary school teacher, and I love teaching kids! I am giddy whenever I see their AHA! moment. I'll keep my current can't be better.

What would you like people to say about you after you're gone?
She was a good person, happy and caring. I'm glad to have known her.

What are 3 things you'd like to do before you die?
Have grandkids to spoil, a nice retirement home with hubby somewhere warm and on a beach, and be assured my family will be okay.

What movie star would you love to look like?
Hmm....haven't really thought about it. As a kid, I thought Angela Cartwright of "Make Room For Daddy" was beautiful. I think though I'd like to have classic looks....maybe Grace Kelly.

What is your biggest weakness?
Not knowing how to say NO to my siblings

What is your favorite color?

What obstacles would you like to overcome?
My diabetes which has become aggressive, and the damn thyroid issues

Do you drive fast or slow...or right at the speed limit?
Usually the speed limit

Are you a rule keeper or a rule breaker?
Just depends. Usually I keep the rules, but if it's inane, I will break it.

What do you say to yourself when you look in the mirror?
WOW! It's great to be 56! emoticon

When is the last time you cried?
Yesterday; we were discussing my pending surgery, and quite frankly, I'm scared!

When is the last time you laughed?

Are you weak or strong?
Physically---weak; mentally and emotionally---it depends upon the situation

Are you serious or carefree?
Probably serious. I take care of what I must. But when I "let 'er out!" I have tons of fun.

What is the one thing you can't live without?
the love of my family (and this does not mean siblings)

What movies do you never get tired of seeing?
Somersby; The Goodbye Girl; Shakespeare in Love

What books have you read more than 3 times?
Gone With the Wind
Follow the River

I wish everyone a grand Memorial Day Holiday! emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 6/1/2010 5:20PM

    I've read Gone With the Wind at least 5 times; it's my favorite book!

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ABCs of My Life

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A SparkFriend had this as a blog; and I really liked it. IF it hits your fancy, copy, paste and change to fit your style.

A - Age: 56
B - Bed size: Queen (and I have a great mattress for it! So nice when I go to sleep!)

C - Chore you hate: Cleaning the shower
D - Dog's name: Rex (My first dog, before I started to school)
E - Essential start your day item: Coffee and a glass of milk

F - Favorite color: Red, Purple, Green
G - Gold or Silver: Silver, but there is an attraction to gold as well!
H - Height: 5'0"

I - Instruments you play: Nothing :...(
J - Job title: schoolteacher (and it's the best job in the world!)
K - Kid(s): Linda

L - Living arrangements: husband
M - Mom's name: Rose
N - Nickname(s): Kate

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: none, and I hope I never do!
P - Pet Peeve: Waiting forever in a professional office (doctors, dentists, lawyers, etc.); when things do not start on time and have long waits....
Q - Quotes from a movie: I'm older, and I have more insurance! "Fried Green Tomatoes"; Elvis didn't die; he just went home. "Men in Black"
R - Right or left handed: Right
S - Siblings: Two brothers and one sister
T - Time you wake up: Usually around 5 AM

U- First word that comes to your mind for "U": Unique
V - Vegetable you dislike: Cooked spinach (raw spinach is fine); almost any cooked greens
W - Ways you run late: reading, doing crosswords, can't find what I really need so I can leave
X - X-rays you've had: Teeth, thyroid, and mammograms
Y - Yummy food you make: I'm pretty good with main dishes---turkeys, chicken, an awesome pot roast, etc.
Z - Zoo favorite: pandas and birds

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SMILINGEYES2 5/26/2010 11:59AM

    Very informative--love the nickname Kate.

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KAHOELZL 5/26/2010 7:05AM

    Oh my gosh I laughed when I read spinach. I also do not like it cooked and yet on Saturday night, I braved cooked kohlrabi, which I think tasted stronger than spinach, but it was okay.

Thanks for sharing.

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