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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Next year, the grant under which I am working ends. There is a possibility that I will continue on as an outreach manager for the Cancer Center, but dh presented me with another idea.

"You have a knack for writing", He says. "People listen to you", he says. "You are successful", he says. Ok, then? What are you getting at? "I think you should write a book about your 'no gimmick' weightloss success. Dissect the various weight loss plans on the market. Talk about bariatric surgery. Tell them how they can do it. Go on a book tour."

Hmmm. I *have* been thinking about that, but fleetingly. I mean there are hundreds of thousands of 'diet' books on the market. How would mine be different?

"I'm not done," he answered. After that you open a 'clinic'. You coach people, not in a meeting set-up, but one on one. You have a shower or 2, bathrooms, and just a couple of workout machines so that people can workout in private. You counsel them individually. Of course you have disclaimers, like 'must clear with your doctor first'!"

Well. that goes without saying.

Actually, being a 'health coach' is something that I would love to do! I have a lot of people coming to me now. I'm pretty straight-forward though. No molly-coddling from me!

So, what says you? Do you think this would appeal to non-sparkers?

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NEW-CAZ 9/21/2014 12:17PM

    you'de be an excellent coach! emoticon emoticon

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JENFROG125 9/17/2014 11:04PM

    I think it's a great idea ... and I really think you'd be perfect for it! You've got the been there, done that; you've got the background, and how awesome is it that you've got your husband's support and encouragement?!
I would totally buy your book if you wrote one :)

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LYNNIERN 9/17/2014 8:43PM

    OMG yes...I think you should write a book also, that would be fabulous!

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FLORIDASUN 9/17/2014 7:52PM

    I think you are a success at anything and everything you do! I'd love to see you get some corporate sponsors...surely you have lots of sources from the people you rub shoulders with..the people who need you the most are the people who can't afford you. Maybe you could get some sponsorships or a grant of your own to help women in need to learn about developing self esteem that will help them realize they are worth healthy choices. Weight loss is a long journey in finding did that and continue to do that daily...what a blessing you are to aLL of us my dear friend!

I'll be cheering you on no matter what path you know THAT! emoticon emoticon

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SPARKASAURUS 9/17/2014 8:16AM

    I think you would be awesome at this!! You'd have to go through all the details and such, but...maybe this is what you were meant to do? You are quite motivational!!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 9/16/2014 11:29PM

    You'd be a great health coach!!! emoticon emoticon

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FORMYDARLINGS 9/16/2014 7:01PM


What a wonderful idea. You are such an inspiration and people just like you. YOU CAN DO THIS


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EMILYB8379 9/16/2014 5:29PM

    Great idea! If you can work out the details that would be awesome!

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/16/2014 5:22PM

    I think you could do anything you want to do! The world is your oyster! Do whatever makes you happy! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love,

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DONNABRIGHT 9/16/2014 4:14PM

    Your background in the health field would be helpful. I would check on any guidelines or licensing that might be required to keep you legal and to protect you.

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CARRIE1948 9/16/2014 2:58PM

    I like the idea of 1-on-1 coaching. The question is how do you price something like that and how many people would spend the money? I realize not dealing with weiight has a cost, but it is invisibile to many.

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I apologize

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I have been so busy lately that I have had to prioritize and one of the things put on the back burner has been blogging. I have been focusing on getting 21000 steps daily this week to be increased to 22000 next week. My feet are killing me, but I just have to learn to deal with that. I use my rebounder quite a bit because it is easy on my feet.

My Fitbit died yesterday, but it was revived. I was near panic! Even with my BodyMedia backup, I knew how many steps I had, but I have some challenges that require the Fitbit.

I have been trying to spend more family time, because if we are too busy for family, we are too busy.

I am attempting to carve more prayer time into my life. I pray a lot. Continuously, But I do not have any dedicated prayer time, and I feel like I should start.

So prioritizing, this is what I came up with.

1) My Poundage Plan. Plan my meals and make sure that I get my steps in, challenging myself to get more each week.

2) My husband. He needs "wifey" time. I need to do my part in setting time aside for us.

3) My kids. Molly, though 24, still needs me. Sarah, lives 2600 miles away, but we need phone time.

4) My house. Now, that is fairly easy when dh is gone. He is such a slob! It is also part of my exercise routine for the weekend and gives me PLENTY of steps!

5) Everything else. Work/Spark/Facebook/Games . This is my "me" time and much of it can be done while walking on the elliptical, in place or on the rebounder. Typing though, like in blogging, is difficult when walking!

So that is where I have been! I check in often, but don't always have a chance to blog. Know that I am watching you!

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FLORIDASUN 9/17/2014 8:05PM

    I KNOW the feeling! I'm a die hard's my relief valve and my 'cheap' therapy.

It is a challenge to find the time to get those blogs in but writing to me is 'pretty much up there' right along with breathing!

Sometimes I just have to release those crazy ramblings from my brain and get them out into the world!

Then it's always SO great to get feed back from my wonderful friends...makes me feel connected and cared for. Weird...since I share NONE of this with my pretty extensive circle of 3D friends that I see every week.

Could be because I have no family to bounce things off of. But I think you feel like I do about our sparky friends. They are the BEST!

I'm glad you are watching I am you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HAWTGRANNY2014 9/13/2014 10:04AM

    Jaynee that is scary lol. I had better b careful from now on. You are a walking mamiac. No wonder you keep that weight out.

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KRISTA987 9/12/2014 9:07PM

    That is quite the busy schedule! Sometimes it can feel like there's not enough hours in a day. But it looks like you have your priorities in check!

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/12/2014 1:53PM

    I love your blog! I'm so proud of you getting all your daily steps! You put the Sparks in Sparks! Thanks so much for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love,

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BUTTONPOPPER1 9/12/2014 4:19AM

    It was a good idea to write this down, so that you can understand what's important. I've been meaning to do that, too. I wake up thinking that I should write a list such as the one you've made. For the longest time, I've wanted to give my house a deep cleaning, but the job seems so overwhelming that I put it off and put it off. Probably, if I actually wrote it down as a priority, it would be more likely to get done. And, as you say, family is so important, too. I tend to want ME time more than FAMILY time, after so many, many years of raising children and supporting my husband's career, but you're right that we need to set aside special time for them. You sound very busy. I hope it all goes smoothly!

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Winding down

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I worked almost 24 hours on the weekend, so I took today and tomorrow off. Dh has been whining about not seeing me enough. *insert eyeroll here* I am so looking forward to his hunting trip! I plan on heading down to Grants Pass to meet with my friend Cheryl to do some Zumba at the Y. I am also heading up to Eugene to meet with a friend, Tina, to do some walking.

Molly and I plan on walking up to a "local" mountain for a picnic and to go shooting. It is 10 miles away, so we will take the cars up and leave one with our picnic lunch, then drive the other one home, then walk back. We also plan on a walk to a favorite diner for brunch one day. It is 7.5 miles each way. Not having to worry about Rich sitting at home and 'missing me' frees me up. This is my vacation, too!

In the past I would be planning what I would eat, not what I would DO! What a change!

For now, I sleep. I actually slept 8 hours last night and plan the same tonight!

Good night all!

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SPARKASAURUS 9/10/2014 6:22PM

    "In the past I would be planning what I would eat, not what I would DO! What a change! "

That's how I feel about our hikes now! You are awesome!! emoticon

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SAL1512 9/9/2014 11:36PM

    I like that plan. DH is hunting and I am on vacation!

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KRISTA987 9/9/2014 8:27PM

    Oh husbands, what would we do without them?
I know exactly how you're feeling!

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/9/2014 1:14PM

    Working 24 hours on the weekend you definitely deserve some time off! That's awesome you're meeting up with your girlfriend Cheryl to do Zumba and heading up to Eugene to meet with Tina to do some walking! I hope you and Molly have a wonderful walk and picnic! Have an awesome day!
Hugs and love,

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BUTTONPOPPER1 9/9/2014 8:41AM

    My favorite part of this blog is when you say you used to just plan what to eat and now you plan what to DO. That must feel really good! Have fun and enjoy your freedom!

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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SPARKASAURUS 9/3/2014 5:49PM


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SAL1512 9/3/2014 12:49AM

because I really do think that cartoon is a fitting caption for many of our mornings!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 9/2/2014 6:06PM

    ROTFLOL!! emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/2/2014 3:27PM

    LOL... That's a good one!
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Back in the swing

Monday, September 01, 2014

Last week I made my 15,000 step goal daily with 2 days over 20,000. This month I am shooting for 20,000 daily.

Today dear daughter Molly organized a delicious picnic with some activity planned. We tossed a ball around outside then we all went for a walk. She and I took 3 walks today.

It is another busy week with an event planned for next Sunday for work. I think I will take off the following Friday as a comp day because on the 13th Molly and I are doing a mud run. I can hardly wait. I think. This is very much out of my comfort zone!

Will try to check in tomorrow, but this is my busy time at work. Between that and getting hubby ready to head east for a few weeks, I am really crazy!

Have a nice evening!

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/2/2014 3:31PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Labor Day! That's awesome Molly organized the delicious picnic with some activities planned! I'm so proud of you getting all your steps in! You and Molly are going to have a blast doing the mud run! Please post pictures of your mud run!
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DONNABRIGHT 9/2/2014 12:06PM

    Oh my, you are getting brave with a mud run!

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SOSHIV2011 9/2/2014 9:33AM

  WTG. I have never done a mud run in my life. Not sure what it is but sounds like fun.

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SPARKASAURUS 9/2/2014 7:55AM

    What Teri-rific said! emoticon

Sounds like a great Labor Day! Keep those steps up- you're an inspiration!


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TERI-RIFIC 9/2/2014 5:26AM

    Nice. Hoping for some dirty pictures from you in the future. emoticon

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DOILIEQUEEN 9/1/2014 11:09PM

    Sounds like you had a great day! Have fun on your mud run.

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