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Goodbye August & Hello September goals

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

August was definitely not a month to emoticon about. I started out the month @ 180 hoping that I would succeed in dropping a few #s.

Sadly I only lost .2#, not even a whole #. So I'm focusing on new goals for September, perhaps a change up is in order.

*Getting to a weight of 178
*Getting 7 hours of quality sleep nightly --really need to work on this one
*10 cups of water daily
*5 servings of Freggies Daily ---another challenge
*Easing into an exercise program --another battle with neuropathy at times in my feet.

So ready or not September, here I come!

  
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MISSM66 9/9/2014 7:37AM

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/7/2014 9:43PM

    August was kind of a hard month for me to in the terms of getting rid of unwanted fat. I have learned though, that getting rid of even a little bit is better than none at all and certainly better than gaining. I'm sorry to hear about the neuropathy though. I've heard that it can be quite painful. I hope you'll be able to find a way to get past the pain and be consistent with exercise. I think you have set some great goals for this month! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 9/4/2014 10:56PM

    Great goals. You can have a successful September.

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JUDITH316 9/4/2014 2:33AM

    emoticon goals and I know emoticon cheering you on...keep up the great work...I'm standing with you, let's spark on together... emoticon

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AMYBELLES 9/3/2014 10:31PM

    I'm so glad to be on the journey with you to reach your goals this month, Donna. I have to work on most all of the same, so I look forward to us motivating and encouraging each other, especially with the sleep, water and exercise! Sorry to hear about the neuropathy...my mom has it, and it definitely is challenging! emoticon emoticon

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STEPBYSTEP1955 9/3/2014 7:58PM

    emoticon on the loss in August. It might not have been the number you wanted to see but a loss is a loss ... no matter how small! You have some great goals for September. I have no doubt that you will close September on a successful note.
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LITTLEWIND53 9/3/2014 6:34PM

    I've probably lost about 20 or even 25 pounds in August..... Sad to say, it was all water weight and I kept gaining and loosing the same 20 pounds..... My legs swell up so much by the end of the day, I feel like I have elephant legs.....

I wish I could loose a few pounds and know it was actual weight.... (sigh)

Good luck to you for September....

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BARBIE176 9/3/2014 4:07PM

    Great blog Donna. I agree with the others that even a small loss last month is still a loss and better than a gain. I am sorry to hear that you have neuropathy as I understand that is very painful. I hope you are able to overcome that and get back into consistent exercise. Great goals my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IOEINC 9/3/2014 9:40AM

    Have to agree with 1Crazydog. At least is it is a loss and counted toward your goals. Which by the way are very good ones. I don't drink enough water. I do drink a lot of hot beverages, coffee and tea during work hours and really have to try harder to drink more water.

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BUFFYSMOM2 9/3/2014 8:42AM

    Wonderful, attainable goals! emoticon

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GOANNA2 9/3/2014 8:34AM

    Happy September. emoticon emoticon
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GABY1948 9/3/2014 8:17AM

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ICECUB 9/3/2014 7:58AM

    emoticon IT IS HARD TO EXERCISE WITH PAIN. I KNOW, JUST START OUT SLOWLY.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/3/2014 7:58AM

    But at least it's a LOSS! Weight tossed into the universe, never to be seen again!

Great goals. You can do it.

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Why Spark???

Monday, August 25, 2014


So for week 3 of the Sensational Sisters A & I challenge, the blog challenge is to blog about why do I stay with Spark, what's my favorite feature, do I blog regularly & what do I enjoy blogging about.

I came across SP several years ago when searching for a program to help with designing & sticking to a healthy eating program. The FREE program fit right into my budget, but after joining up I learned it wasn't just a "healthy tips" site but one that provided support & motivation from others just like myself. I have stuck with it because I know I can't do this on my own. Receiving support from my teammates & friends on the SP site is what keeps me motivated to continue.

I don't know that I have just "1" favorite feature --I have many ---the Spark Healthy trackers, love the healthy recipes as I'm finding new ideas for nutrition & of course my various teams that help keep me motivated. Because without all of YOU, I couldn't do this.

I don't consider myself a regular blogger, my time is limited as I work 40+ hours a week at my insurance job + being a pastor's wife & still trying to fit in time for my 5 children & 7 grandchildren. I guess what I enjoy blogging about most is what means the most to me ---FAMILY & FRIENDS.

So you see, many of YOU are why I love spark. Y'all are emoticon .

  
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GABIBEAR 8/28/2014 1:29AM

    You are emoticon too Donna! Glad we Spark together! Have an awesome Thursday!!

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LITTLEWIND53 8/26/2014 12:29AM

    And it is so nice to have you on the team(s) and the support you give to others....

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STEPBYSTEP1955 8/25/2014 4:51PM

    emoticon Blog!! emoticon with all those points you listed as to why Spark is a great site. emoticon
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PRESBESS 8/25/2014 3:26PM

    I'm glad you are a Sparker!
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JUDITH316 8/25/2014 2:45PM

    emoticon and you both are emoticon I so appreciate your valued friendship it is fellow sparkers like you that encourage me and cheer me on..Have a great week ahead and enjoy your day...God Bless... emoticon emoticon Together 1 step and 1 day at a time... emoticon

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MILMOM2000NEW 8/25/2014 1:50PM

    And we love you too Ms. Donna! I'm SO glad you are part of my Spark-Family! :)

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1CRAZYDOG 8/25/2014 12:20PM

    You have your priorities exactly right! We have to use our time to the best of our ability and family comes #1! (well right after YOU!)

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GOLFGMA 8/25/2014 8:34AM

    I certainly agree with all those reasons. We find motivation, articles that help, the tracking is , to me, the most important thing I do to stay on course. I love the video workouts because we are shown how to do the exercise correctly. emoticon

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LUVS2BIKE101 8/25/2014 8:29AM

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Have a Spark-filled kind of day!!!!

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REGINAROLLINS 8/25/2014 8:18AM

  So good to hear from you-sounds like you too have a busy schedule-don't forget your friends at Spark people-we are all here for you!!!!!

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GOANNA2 8/25/2014 8:18AM

    Love you too Donna! The wonderful people we have met
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Back to school time ---BSG Sensational Sisters Blog 3

Thursday, August 21, 2014

So the blog challenge for week 3 of the Sensational Sisters team is to blog about "How does the "Back To School" time affect you? Do you have your partake in any of the back to school grillouts or parties?

For me it isn't a factor now as all of our children are now grown & on their own so there's no back to school shopping or parties to schedule. I do remember those days thought when we had 5 in school, oh my what an expensive time of year with new school clothes & supplies & then having to pay the school fees. I surely don't miss all that expense. Of course now with our grandkids in school, they all now have school uniforms so as the need arises I will contribute as needed to the cost of their uniforms.

  
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DBELLE39 8/22/2014 7:28AM

    Thanks for the comments. I hear friends who have small children still in school say how they are spending $300-500 PER CHILD. Oh my, I couldn't imagine having to do that with even more than one much less the 5 we raised.

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GOANNA2 8/22/2014 6:32AM

    I work at a State Primary School and by the time the parents
buy uniforms, school fees and the book lists, I often wonder
how they manage. My neighbour has 3 kids and she says
they are struggling on one wage. Glad I don't have to worry
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BARBIE176 8/22/2014 1:02AM

    I can't even imagine having 5 kids in school at one time; I had 3 and that was enough as costly as it all was. I am sure your kids appreciate any help you can provide your grandkids. I know I am grateful to be out of the back to school scenario!

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ICECUB 8/21/2014 6:46PM

    NO CHLDREN. EVEN ALL MY FRIENDS CHILDREN ARE GROWN NOW.

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LITTLEWIND53 8/21/2014 3:45PM

    We all got hand-me-downs so very little expense there (new clothes at Christmas as part of our Santa gift.....)
and there was no fees (can you believe we got our textbooks free? ! ) at the school I went to so I don't think it was too bad for Mom and Dad.... but just the school supplies of pens, exercise books, etc could do a large family in.

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TURTLESLOW14 8/21/2014 11:26AM

    Wow 5 in school at a time, that had to be very expensive. its great that you help out with the grandkids school things I know that it can be difficult having all that money set aside just for school.

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GABY1948 8/21/2014 10:08AM

    My kids are all grown too....and I am SO thankful for that!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 8/21/2014 8:55AM

    Donna, we sing the same song ... my kids are grown and out on their own so now I don't have to worry about back to school activities and expenses. However, I do pitch in as much as I can to help with my grandkids' back to school expenses.
Enjoy as much time as you can with the grandkids now because they grow up so fast!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/21/2014 8:31AM

    I can't say I miss the elementary, Middle School or High School back-to-school shopping ordeal.


DD is in college, and there are supplies to get, but it's not as torturous, because there isn't SPECIFIC items needed.

Enjoy your grandies!

HUGS

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HMBROWN1 8/21/2014 8:27AM

    My daughter is grown up too - I don't miss those days!

Have fun with the grandkids!

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How do I cope with the August heat???

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

So this week's blog challenge for the Sensational SIsters team is about the high temperatures of August & how I cope with them.

Well this has been an usual August of sorts. In fact it has rained EVERY SINGLE DAY for the past 3 or 4 weeks. So much rain in fact that several communities have flooding issues & some of the roadways there have had to be closed due to standing water. My activities pretty much are limited to inside ---walking in the mall or using my wii. doing some SP Strength Training Exercises. Although I do not miss the 100+ temps, I do miss being able to spend my afternoons &/or weekends out in the sunshine.

Although the temps aren't extreme this summer here, I do always keep ice cold water on hand, aiming for a daily goal of 10 cups daily.

Whatever the weather is, making "ME" a priority is important in reaching my SP Healthy goals. emoticon

  
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GGRANLDY 8/14/2014 10:43AM

    This summer has been strange here also. Only fifteen days of temperatures in the 90's with those high heat indexes. It has been cool the past few days. But the heat is coming back Monday and Rain tomorrow and over the weekend.

Hope you have a great day and you get some sunshine soon. emoticon

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LITTLEWIND53 8/13/2014 11:17AM

    And of course, high temps where I live is probably just right where you live.....

Anything above 22 or 23 degrees (celsius) is too warm for me....

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1CRAZYDOG 8/12/2014 12:23PM

    Yes! Well said.

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COLLEENCONQUERS 8/12/2014 12:00PM

    hope you get some sunshine soon .. hope the flooding around you dissipates soon .. we had that issue last year, our basment flooded, not real badly, but we have a finished basement, so it was enough .. and we found we didn't have flood insurance .. your doing great on keeping up with your exercise .. so emoticon because emoticon

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ICECUB 8/12/2014 10:20AM

    IT HAS BEEN RAINING SINCE FRIDAY. BUT IT HAS BEEN COOLER. HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK.

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GABY1948 8/12/2014 8:56AM

    It's been an unusual summer just as it was an unusual winter! But I am enjoying it too!

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BUSYGRANNY5 8/12/2014 8:54AM

    We've been blessed with cooler temperatures here in Southeast, MO! However, when the temps and humidity gets too high.. I won't lie... I stay inside...

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GOLFGMA 8/12/2014 8:02AM

    We have had 5 days of rain without many hours of "letting up". I really miss being able to get out. Been doing inside walking and strength training like you. Found some here on SP and one I liked on "You Tube". Hoping for emoticon tomorrow!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 8/12/2014 7:58AM

    emoticon blog. The weather has been really acting crazy these days ... long drawn out winter and a "no show" summer! Let's see what the fall is going to bring. I wwold not be surprised if we have a sweltering or snowy fall! I do hope that you get to enjoy some summer sun.

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CHERYLHURT 8/12/2014 7:38AM

  We are in upstate SC and it's been raining!

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GOANNA2 8/12/2014 7:33AM

    That is a lot of rain. We are praying for rain and the fire
season has been brought forward to August 1st. 80%
of our state is in drought and some say the worse for
100 years.Send it our way please, lol. I hope that you can
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Yet another reason to take charge of my health....

Friday, August 08, 2014

August 7, 2014 will be a special day for me to always remember. My precious little granddaughter Kylie Brooke came in our lives & hearts. A couple of months before her birth, we were given a scare, the DR thought the ultrasound showed fluid on her brain. But I'm so thankful to say she is a perfectly healthy little girl who definitely has given then Nana one more reason to take charge of my own health. Although she is very small right now, just being 6 lbs & 8 ounces & 19" long at birth, I plan to have many years spoiling my little princess along with our other 6 grandchildren. Nana wants to make a lifetime of memories for these special ones.



  
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AMYBELLES 8/10/2014 7:34AM

    I am so happy for you and your family, Donna! Kylie is precious! Thank you for sharing your love and joy here in your blog. You are such a wonderful Nana! Your grandchildren are so lucky to have you! emoticon

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KRAZY4KATZ 8/10/2014 7:21AM

    She's beautiful Donna! I'm so happy for you, her parents, and little Kylie!

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GOANNA2 8/10/2014 6:17AM

    She is adorable Donna. This will be a great incentive for you.
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STEPBYSTEP1955 8/9/2014 11:16PM

    emoticon Grandma!! She is adorable!! Yes, indeed ... a great motivation to keep on tragk with your healthy lifestyle plan.

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BECKYSRN 8/9/2014 4:20PM

    Congratulations, Grandma! Enjoy the precious little girl!
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DBELLE39 8/9/2014 3:02PM

    Oh my, I'm amazed at all the comments & support. Thank you all for taking the time to share your thoughts & compliments .

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/9/2014 12:27PM

    What a precious little angel!

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LITTLEWIND53 8/9/2014 12:24PM

    emoticon She is so adorable..... emoticon

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GABY1948 8/9/2014 10:54AM

    How precious! And that is the BEST reason for health.

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GOLFGMA 8/9/2014 7:29AM

    Precious! You are so blessed to have 6 grandchildren. Wishing you years of wonderful times with all of them! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/9/2014 3:42AM

    Aww! So adorable!! Congratulations Grandma!! She's weighs a little more than I did when I was born. I was only 5 lbs 11 ounces. emoticon Great motivation to help you get to where you want! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 8/8/2014 10:57PM

    She is so precious and adorable.

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GGRANLDY 8/8/2014 10:50PM

    She is so sweet. Looks like she has a lot of hair under that cap. Congrats Nana!



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ICECUB 8/8/2014 7:58PM

    SHE IS JUST PRECIOUS. CONGRATULATIONS.

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BUSYGRANNY5 8/8/2014 7:28PM

    Absolutely adorable! Grandchildren are the BEST motivator for me, as well!!!

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IOEINC 8/8/2014 7:23PM

    Oh how beautiful she is!! ENJOY!! ENJOY!! ENJOY!!!!

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BEFIT014 8/8/2014 6:59PM

    Awww, she's gorgeous! emoticon, Nana(that's what I called my grandmother, too!)

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ALLISONMOM 8/8/2014 6:36PM

    Grand-baby how precious. She is a doll
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RORYLYONS 8/8/2014 6:11PM

    How precious she is... emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/8/2014 5:44PM

    Congratulations. How beautiful!!!!!

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STEELKICKIN 8/8/2014 5:07PM

    What a precious gift...beautiful pictures!! Motivation, for sure. :) Good luck on your journey and the newly created "motivation" for many, many years to come.
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