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99 pounds from my goal

Monday, June 30, 2014

Ever since I had my latest weigh in last Thursday, this song has been haunting me.... except that the words in my head are "99 pounds from my goal....."

I hope you enjoy it. I LOVE this song!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAQgILW5V6k

  
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1BEACHWALKER 7/6/2014 9:47PM

    emoticon Dawn! I am happy for you! emoticon

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LINDYPOWER 7/3/2014 8:29PM

    I'm so very proud of your accomplishments, hard work and good disposition that you always carry around with you. You are the bright spot in my life. I'm rooting for you for all good things to happen. emoticon emoticon

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    Go Dawn! So proud of you emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TATTER3 7/1/2014 2:55PM

    Love this!! I'm right behind you!!!

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REALTYLADYLISA 7/1/2014 12:03PM

    I am so excited for you my dear friend!!! Keep it up...all that hard work is bearing beautiful fruit!!! emoticon emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/1/2014 8:40AM

    Awesome! How wonderful to be in the double digits for pounds to go, rather than triple!!

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    I love it too. You've come on an amazing journey. emoticon emoticon

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WISLNDR 7/1/2014 4:48AM

    Dawn, how emoticon !!
Thanks for the video, I wasn't familiar with this song; it's very nice!

Have a great day!!

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MEOWMAMA3 6/30/2014 11:35PM

    Wow, I'm a big Simon and Garfunkel fan (thanks to my mom) but I don't really remember this song....beautiful.

You are doin' it girl! You Lovely Lime, you.
I'm tired, forgive me.
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UMBILICAL 6/30/2014 11:03PM

  Alright!!!!

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Let go of FEAR... Happy Birthday Dad

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Today would have been my father's 87th birthday. He died last year. I had not seen or talked to him in years. It wasn't & isn't because I didn't love him. It was because I let time get away from me. It was because I let my phone phobia keep me from calling him. It was because I let my fear of rejection dictate my actions. FEAR. False Evidence Appearing Real.

How many times have you let FEAR keep you from doing things that you wanted to do. Not things that you SHOULD do, but things that you WANTED to do? In my case, it is more times than I can count. FEAR. It's an ugly evil that seems to permiate far too much of my life.

There are friends that I have and LOVE. Do I call them? Rarely? Do I write them personal notes to tell them how much they mean to me & how important that they have been in my life? Not often enough. WHY? FEAR... that phone call might be "bothering them"... my "mushy" notes might be embarrassing or they might think I'm weird or corny. Isn't that silly? WHO CARES if they think that I am crazy. Maybe I am. The truth is that it is far more important for me to TELL PEOPLE (especially my family & friends) that I love them & that they are important to me. Time moves too quickly. Don't let it pass you by. Don't let FEAR rule your life.

It's the same with our progress on SparkPeople. In our daily lives, and especially in our mission to move the scale. FEAR.... we become afraid to try new things, new food plans, new exercises. One of the problems that I have with changing up my exercise plan is that it means that I would have to come out of the pool. I am NEEDING to change things up. I am NEEDING to do some new things to help keep the scale moving and to help my body continue to shift & shrink. I have a full membership to the Y because of my employment there. I have full access to the nautilus & weight rooms as well as the track (and of course the pool). My friend & colleague Joe (the lifeguard) has been encouraging me to SWIM LAPS. That would keep me in the pool & happy but be a big change up. So... have I done it? ONCE! Why is it such a big deal? FEAR. Fear that folks will see how goofy that I look & think less of me. FEAR that it will be evident that I'm not a great swimmer so why should people pay me to teach them to swim. FEAR that I'll be taking up the lap lanes when other (more important?) folks need to be swimming in them. FEAR that I'll screw up my breathing and make my asthma flair up. FEAR!!!! Why don't I go in & use the Nautilus room? FEAR!!! FEAR of the mirrors and how awful (read FAT) that I look when I glare in them. FEAR that I'll be taking up "other people's" precious workout time by using the equipment when THEY need to be using it. FEAR that I'll look stupid using them. FEAR that I'll be too big to fit on some of it. FEAR that I'll hurt myself. FEAR that I'll be the biggest person in there.

The truth is that I MUST let go of all that FEAR. I am WORTH the effort to try new things. I CAN swim laps & SHOULD..... more importantly I WILL!!! I can workout in the Nautilus room. I enjoy using the rowing machine. It's true. I also enjoy using the nautilus weight equipment. I WILL start doing it more often. I am WORTH that effort. I WILL push myself not to worry about what other people think. I am just as worthy of using the equipment as anyone else. I AM WORTHY. I will NOT allow FEAR to kill my self worth.

On Feb 25th I started a "new to me" food plan. NO SUGAR/NO STARCH. Honestly, I almost let FEAR keep me from doing it. FEAR that it was just another "FAD". FEAR that I wouldn't be able to stick to it. FEAR that my friends & family would not understand or would make fun of me. "My way" had caused me to gain 10 pounds between Jan 1st until Feb 25th. I decided to do the food plan, in spite of my FEAR... and here I am, 50 pounds later (40 pounds from Jan 1st.. but 50 from that fateful Feb 25th day because of the weight gain). I am feeling so good about myself and so successful right now. What if I had allowed the FEAR to keep me from doing this? Where would I be? FEAR says... give up, give in, quit. NO!!!! Do NOT give in to FEAR. Follow your heart & your dreams... do what is best for you. Do what is POSSIBLE.

I weigh & measure all my food. FEAR says people will make fun of me if they see me do it. LOVING DAWN HEALTHY says, DO IT ANYWAY. Do people look? Yes. Do they make fun of me? I don't really think so. They are curious.. but mostly they seem to be very supportive when I tell them that I've lost about 160 pounds and am still losing. IT's worth every minute of of facing my FEAR.

FACE YOUR FEAR. Then, let it go. My 12-step journey has repeatedly told me to LET GO & LET GOD. That's much easier said than done. Today I am promising myself that I am going to strive harder to do just that. One day at a time. One minute at a time sometimes. But... walk THROUGH it, don't let is stop your journey. YOU ARE WORTH IT. I AM WORTH IT. WE ARE WORTH IT.

I love you dad. I am sorry that I didn't face my FEAR & reach out to you more. I'm sorry that I let FEAR take away some of the joy that we might have had. I'm sorry that I have let FEAR take away a LOT of the joy that I might have had through out my life. TODAY, NOW... I promise myself to push through the FEAR and reach out to more of my friends and family. I promise to allow my emotions to show instead of hiding them behind the walls of fat/protection that I have used all these years.

This week I got a precious gift. A miracle of sorts. I got a sparkmail from a woman that I knew from grade school. At the core of my inner self is a story that has molded a lot of who I am. SHE is the star of that story. I need to talk to her. FEAR is standing in my way. I have prayed to be able to talk to her and to tell her that she is important to me & that I will do whatever I can to help her. She wrote to me & asked if I would help support her on her Spark journey. It was & is an answer to YEARS of prayer. Prayer that I would be able to right a wrong and make ammends. NOW... FEAR is making it hard for me to move forward. I should have called her today & talked to her. FEAR says... you'll sound like an idiot... or she'll hate you... or all manner of other "crap" that FEAR puts in our heads & hearts. Tonight, I commit to write a letter to her explaining how she is a miracle to me. MAYBE THEN... walking through this FEAR... will allow healing that will help me to help myself. GOD IS GOOD... GOD conquers all fear... if we Let Go & Let God.

Here we go....... won't you join me?

  
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CATEECHER 7/8/2014 10:52PM

    I hope you conquer your fear and call your old friend. You change people's lives, Dawn and you are an inspiration to many. An opportunity like this doesn't come along often. You have been presented with a very special opportunity. Take God's hand and walk through. You can do it.

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JUSTYNA7 6/15/2014 11:19AM

    Wonderful and fearless blog Dawn. I think fear is a strong motivator to avoid change but as they say, nothing changes if nothing changes. We are here to change. It may be baby steps but we can do it. Small tiny goals that lead to success. You are doing so well. I hope your father understood and now he is part of that greater world, he supports and believes in you. Have a really good BLC. Justyna

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ROSAMARCELLE 6/6/2014 6:40PM

    I think this would strike a bell in most of us. I also avoided calling my father in the last year of his life because I was afraid of rejection. It makes me feel sad now that I lost that opportunity and it can never be put right. The important thing is to learn from our mistakes and find ways to overcome our fears. emoticon

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MEOWMAMA3 6/4/2014 11:27PM

    Dawn, I swear we live parallel lives....I'm procrastinating and fearing calling my Dad's sister's family. She's the last remaining person I need to reconnect with as part of my New Year's Resolution. I don't even know why I've avoided them so much since my father died. (10 years ago!) Tell you what...you write the letter and I'll call Aunt Judy!

Your honesty and heartfelt, articulate expressions in these blogs are so important and special for us folks leading parallel lives.....you're a much braver girl than I'll ever be and than you give yourself credit for!

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BRE2003SB 6/2/2014 7:01PM

    Let me add, your honesty IS beautiful. I love YOU.

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BRE2003SB 6/2/2014 6:57PM

    I cant say it enough but I truly hope and pray that YOU know how special YOU ARE. When I share stories or pictures of MY mother, I always end it with, SHE TOUCHED LIVES. There's someone else who I have the same thought and feelings about. That someone is YOU. However you're caption reads, SHE IS TOUCHING LIVES! You ARE an inspiration. emoticon

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ANAKIE 6/2/2014 2:06PM

    Wow! I thought I was the only one who had a phone phobia. I rarely answer it in the parsonage- no caller ID. Didn't get a job I REALLY wanted because I admitted it was a weakness of mine. I've tried not to pass it on to my girls, but neither of them likes phones either.(DH loves them)
Up until about a year ago I had lost contact with most of the people I graduated with (only live ~ 45 miles from where I grew up), didn't think anyone really cared/ remembered. My sister met up with one of the girls I went to Jr. High and High school with and gave her my Facebook info and since then I've connected with at least half a dozen old school friends.
I might even convince DH to take me to the next reunion (talk about FEAR)
Write a Spark Mail to your friend. You are so good at encouraging us, she will appreciate the help.

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TATTER3 6/2/2014 10:40AM

    Talk to the friend!!! I'm doing an activity that is raising some eyebrows around here. I have decided to leave a thank you note to waitresses who take care of me...good or bad service...and I put the tip in the card. I ask their name if they don't have a tag and I ask for spelling...I put something in like" thank you for serving us today, you did a fine job. Jesus came to serve too and He loves you dearly...and we appreciate you. Be blessed". and then sign my name. I try to leave 5-10 dollars...not because they earn it, but because I don't deserve the love of Christ and want to be alert to how I can bless others. It's not easy. Your phobia is a valid situation to deal with. But I also know that you are capable, intelligent, and caring and that once you 'dive into the water' you will be much more fulfilled. It's just another goal to conquer!!! I believe in you!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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DONNA_VT 6/2/2014 9:59AM

    I have been giving some serious consideration to changing up my diet for a ketogenic diet. I need to do some more research first but it sounds like you are having success in your plan. I always enjoy the straightforwardness of your blogs. FEAR not.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/2/2014 8:19AM

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WISLNDR 6/2/2014 5:41AM

    What a great blog, Dawn. You've learned from your lessons of the past and now you can look fear in the face and say NO.

Have an awesome and fearless day!

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REALTYLADYLISA 6/2/2014 2:05AM

    God IS Good my friend...and you are right to recognize fear as FALSE Evidence which is only APPEARING Real...I know you have to agree that every time you push past fear, it's never quite as bad as you had IMAGINED it to be! (Difficult I know, but it feels SOOOO good on the other side!) You are a very BRAVE woman each time you push through the fear...and how the enemy of our souls misleads us and builds up strongholds on our minds! Keep up the good fight! I am with you on this journey...Praise God and continue being healed! emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 6/2/2014 1:26AM

    Yes, my dear friend, I'm joining you. You are so amazing, what a blessing you are in my life. emoticon

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Because I'm happy....

Saturday, May 31, 2014

It's been too long since I last posted a blog. It has NOT been because things are not going well in my SPARK life. It's just because I tend to allow myself to become more of a "human doing" than a "human being". I love the Lincoln Rymes series by Jeffrey Deaver. One of my favorite characters pushes herself to stay busy because "if you keep busy, they can't get to you" or something along that line. Much of the time, that is how I feel. Truthfully, I'm not really sure what I am afraid of "catching" me but it always feels like there is something....

I digress. It's been a good month. We are now at the half-way point for the year. I have lost 40 pounds since Jan 1st. That's a happy thing since I lost 60 pounds in 2012 & 60 pounds in 2013. This means that I am ahead of the game. I believe that it is mostly because I have an awesome food plan that I am following. However, I own the fact that I am totally committed to the plan AND to taking care of DAWN. It would appear that "loving Dawn healthy" is finally really coming to fruition. It is my prayer that I will continue to push myself forward and hold tight to my resolve. I am VERY SERIOUS about this.

The big milestone in my life right now is that on my last weigh in (last Thursday) I weighed in at 295!!! Yes, I am now in "two-ter-ville" as some have called it. I have been focused on getting into the 200's for so long that it will be sort of odd to be changing my focus to the 100's. I am thinking that perhaps the healthiest thing for me to do right now is to just embrace where I am right now, today, and enjoy how good it feels to FEEL successful. I am very happy.

It is important that I share that I am NOT alone in my journey. Without my SERIOUS SISTERS helping me day in & day out I would not be where I am right now. Add to that an awesome Lovely Limes Team Family who help to keep me motivated and inspired AND a couple of other WONDERFUL supportive friendship groups who help me "FEEL" needed and "a part of"... and you can see how blessed I really am. My Spark Friends have come to be so important to me. More than you realize. I am so grateful for my life and especially my SPARK life.

June is going to be special for me. I am joining a fellow Serious Sister and turning back to stats... doing a complete reset on everything. A clean slate. It feels like the right thing for me to do. I am going to regroup, a take a good look at my caloric range, decide how I am change up my exercise routine and basically refurbish my program. It would really please me to see another 40 pounds go before the end of 2014. I will be honest with you. However, it is MORE important to me that I get to enjoy my life and continue in my pursuit of "loving Dawn healthy". It has become evident to me that ACCEPTING myself as I am is key.

THANK YOU for all that you do for me. Bright blessings to you all. Please stick with me and TOGETHER we can make it to our happiest and healthiest US.

  
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ANAKIE 6/2/2014 1:36PM

    Way to go Dawn! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TATTER3 6/2/2014 10:25AM

    Dawn, I'm so proud for you!! You inspire me to hang in there and keep going! I never heard the term two - terville...but I like it!! I'm so excited for you!!! I'm just giggling!!! We can do this!! I've got to decide on restarting the stats...I've restarted the program, but those numbers are so familiar! LOL...just keep Sparkin'!! Be blessed!!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/1/2014 7:38PM

    DAWN I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!

You show us all that we can do this.
We can do this without surgery.
Surgery is a viable option for many, but
You are definitely an inspiration to us all.

Congratulations on being over half way to this
Years goal and not setting it so high that it
Seems impossible.

OH MY GOODNESS! TWO-TER-VILLE!
WEIGH-2-GO GIRL!

Your pursuit of "loving Dawn healthy" is a wise choice.
It has become evident to me that ACCEPTING yourself is key.

I/We need to do that more. I was thinking about that just
this week. We let things Eat at us and then we EAT.

NO MORE!

I’m with you for a successful finish of the year 2014!

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BETHLOVESBIKING 6/1/2014 5:39PM

    Wow, Dawn!!!!! You've done very well, not only with a healthy eating plan, loving yourself, lots of pool time, but you've also lost a serious amount of weight!! Congrats on making it to the 200's---awesome!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DYNAMICDEB53 6/1/2014 2:06PM

    Awesome milestone. I remember when I hit those and yes really enjoy the great feeling. I have also when I made a goal to reset and yes it is so freeing to look ahead and not back. Its always great to know where were started but its better to look forward.

Hugs and smiles
Deb

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BRE2003SB 6/1/2014 1:32PM

    Dawn, you continue to be an inspiration to me. Congrats on your successes. Keep loving yourself healthy!

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DONNA_VT 6/1/2014 8:20AM

    two-ter-ville made me laugh out loud this morning . . . DH thought I was a bit crazy. Congrats! I am always in your corner rooting you on .

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WISLNDR 6/1/2014 6:25AM

    I loved what you wrote! Congratulations on 40 pounds and "two-ter-ville!" emoticon

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1st Quarter 2014, reporting in....

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

1st quarter of 2014 complete. Since Jan 1st, I have lost 13 pounds. That is only 3.88%. However, I am NOT going to stress over it. I am losing and that is a happy thing. I have set the goal for the 2nd quarter's loss to be 5%... which will make my July 1st goal: 305. We'll see if I can get there. I sure hope so. If nothing else, I am determined.

My focus for the first quarter of the year has been to MAKE A HAPPY DAY. This means that I have been focusing on being happy & CHOOSING Happiness. The HAPPY SONG has been such a hit & plays in my head a LOT. I really want to download it to my workout MP3 player. That will really liven up my personal workouts. I just can't hear that song & NOT be happy.

Furthermore, I have continued to focus on LOVING DAWN HEALTHY. My food plan has been a huge help in that respect. I continue to workout daily, attend church, SPARK, and eat properly. I am tracking all my food, fitness & water. I am reminding myself DAILY of my many blessings & tracking my gratitudes in my blessing/gratitude jar.

My belief that 2014... my 55th year... would be the best year ever.... has proven to be true so far. I am & will continue to believe this to be true & to live my life as if it IS a given.

1st quarter "focal points"

1. Turned 55 on Jan 15th.
2. Had an awesome POOL party to celebrate
3. My youngest son was released from jail on Feb 13th
4. My DH turned 55 on Feb 17th
5. Started the NO SUGAR NO STARCH food plan on Feb 25th
6. Traveled to Pittsburgh & meet my beloved "serious sisters" March 13-19
7. March 20th, got my van back & on the road after a 6month breakdown
8. March 23rd met & worked with my newest "little swimmers"
9. March 29th celebrated my granddaughter, McKenzie's 12th birthday
10. April 1st weighed in at 322 & started the 2nd quarter of 2014.

Important events in my Spark Life 1st quarter, 2014:

Completed the Lovely Limes Winter Warm Up BL Challenge on Feb 20th

Started the Lovely Limes Spring Into Action BL Challenge on March 13th

Continued focusing on interacting with my other Team Families... including posting in the chat threads often, playing the games & sending out goodies & messages to ALL of the team family members.

Attempted to Blog as often as possible, without pushing myself or stress.

Met with my 2 Spark Serious Sisters & continue to maintain daily contact.

My conclusion is that 2014 has been VERY SUCCESSFUL & has so far proven to be "the best year ever"... and guess what?!?!?! I'm HAPPY!!!!!

Thank you for being a part of what makes me feel so loved & welcome here on Spark People. Bright blessings to you all.

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 5/24/2014 10:36PM

    May the remainder of the year be as
Blessed as the 1st quarter!

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BETHLOVESBIKING 5/13/2014 5:20PM

    You're doing great!! Keep hanging in there and don't give up!! Be proud of the weight you have lost! (I know, I know…..I'm the same way….I'm impatient that it's not a larger number of pounds gone….BUT it's still going the right direction!)

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Have a great second quarter and keep up your good work!

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_KATHY 4/7/2014 7:45PM

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DIFROMWYOMING 4/2/2014 9:43PM

    emoticon I'd never be here without you. I'm so thankful we're doing this side by side, and that we are finding what works for US.
Love you, Di

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TATTER3 4/2/2014 9:21PM

    Better than me!!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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JANE-DOE 4/2/2014 1:12PM

    You do have so much to be HAPPY about. This blog points to lots of happiness.
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GORIANA 4/2/2014 10:47AM

    That is a great quarter! emoticon

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ANAKIE 4/2/2014 9:22AM

    13# is awesome! Keep up the good work. emoticon
I like the "blessings jar" idea.

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WISLNDR 4/2/2014 5:41AM

    Your year is off to an amazing start, filled with all kinds of great things! What's next?? Are you ready for even more?? emoticon

You're absolutely right that 2014 is going to be an awesome year!

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IM_POSSIBLE 4/1/2014 11:40PM

    I know I don't normally say much, but you are such an inspiration!!! Congratulations on the great 1st quarter!! Best wishes for an even better 2nd quarter!! emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL24 4/1/2014 10:59PM

    Dawn,

I probably don't "talk" to you enough but you inspire me almost every day. I lost about 3.8% of my weight in the Winter 5% challenge; however I see the fact that I lost as much as I did as a victory and not as a disappointment. I am truly envious of your visit with Deb and your other friend in Pittsburgh. I was almost in tears while reading your blog.

Seems to me like you had a very good first quarter. May the second be even better!!! emoticon

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GORDON66 4/1/2014 10:56PM

  Most excellent!!! You are a busy and happy gal. Good for you!!!!!

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Count your blessings

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Today has been another good day. I am feeling good about my food plan & about my life. My caloric range is low & has been staying in range for quite awhile now. That makes me happy. My carbs are good today. As I said yesterday, they have been at 20 or below since Feb 25th except for 9 days. A couple of those days it was just 21 or 22. The highest day was 38 carbs. I am thinking that since the major culprits on the high carbs were either tomatoes or Brussels sprouts, I don't have to spend too much time stressing over it.

This morning I awoke to snoW. Yes, I know that it's Spring. It appears that Mother-Nature doesn't care. We were only supposed to get a slight dusting of snow & then rain. NOPE. It snowed all day long. While it stuck to the ground and was beautiful, the happy thing is that it never stuck to any of the roads. The kids didn't even miss school. Funny thing... it stopped snowing around 4pm and the sun came out, warmed everything up and POOF... the snow cleared up and was gone in less than an hour. It turned beautiful. Gotta like that... the only problem was that I had already canceled our OA meeting for the night because it was still snowing & the temperatures were supposed to drop and cause freezing tonight. One of our members has a hubby that demanded she not come. The other regular doesn't drive in snow. Sooooo, that left me and I felt that it was just as well that I stayed home. I missed having a meeting but enjoyed having the evening to "chill". I've been watching a lot of shows that have been on my DVR. I really enjoyed myself.

I've been thinking a lot about my life since Spark People. One of the things that I did while I was in Pittsburgh was get a tattoo of the Spark Logo. I mentioned that already & even posted a picture of the new tat. What I really like is that on my left wrist, I have an AA symbol. I can look at it all the time and be reminded that AA has saved my life by helping me to achieve sobriety & sanity. Now, on my right wrist, I have the SparkPeople LOGO which reminds me that SparkPeople has also changed my life by teaching me to Love Myself and that getting healthy is NOT just about dieting & losing weight but about changing my life & my life style. I am so grateful for these simple symbols Reminders or where I AM sober & health conscious.... but also where I have been and how important that it for me to KEEP the healthy new ME as permanent as my tattoos. I am determined to keep moving forward, one day at a time, doing the next right thing... exercising, eating on my food plan, tracking all my food, exercise & water... SPARKING daily, staying in constant contact with the people that I have come to rely upon and LOVE. Those people are YOU, my SparkFriends. You motivate and inspire me daily.

This week we had a challenge on our Lovely Limes BLC team... it was to visit each other's Spark Pages and come back to the team Chat thread to report on new things that we have learned about one another. It has been the most awesome challenge EVER! It is wonderful to see how everyone on the team family (and we ARE a family) have been checking one another out and coming back with new & different bits of information. Funny how people can look at the same page about the same people and see different things, facts & aspects of them. It has been absolutely mavelous to get to know one another the way that we have been. I have the most awesome Team Family in all of Spark Land and I'm not afraid to say that. Our stats may not make us #1 all the time.. but by golly WE ARE #1 in Spirit and Soul. I am so blessed to be a part of the team and a co-leader as well. What an honor to be part of these women changing their lives & becoming healthier day by day. I am so grateful that they are sharing their journeys with me. My co-leader, Deb.... is truly a GREAT person and this challenge was HER IDEA! My hat is off to her. This was & is the best exercise in building team spirit and comraderie that I have ever experienced. Thank you Deb.

Tomorrow I am not only teaching my classes but I am also going to go & help run a "bingo" hour at a local retirement facility. I'm nervous about going because I really have almost a phobia about hospitals and facilities like this. I really get almost sick freaked out thinking about going. I really don't know why that I agreed to go... but I am going to pray about it and push myself to do it. It's the right thing to do. Just one more step in growth I suppose. I'll have to let you know how it goes. That means that it is going to be a long day. I teach 3 classes in the morning starting at 6am.. the the bingo thing... then back to the pool to teach 2 more classes in the evening. I'd better get myself to bed.

Here's hoping that you have also had a good day and that you are finding little things to be grateful for in your life. It amazed me that our lives are so full of blessings and we often miss them. I'm so grateful that I have had my eyes opened to the possibilities of blessings even in what might be seen as problems. I am so grateful for so much that I don't have enough time or energy to post them all here.

Bright blessings to you all.

  
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    Wonderful blog, happy days for you! I know you will enjoy bingo today; you will be helping make more happy days for some really wonderful people! Enjoy!!

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