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Drywall & Wisdom Teeth

Saturday, July 12, 2014



This is my first blog post for July. The summer is flying by!

My daughter had all 4 wisdom teeth extracted this past Monday, so both of us have had cabin fever. And now that my cutie is doing better from her surgery, the house is torn apart and covered with sheets and tarps as my hubby sands our new kitchen wall. All this instability is a great excuse to overeat and I did. Now I did get in my swimming laps almost everyday, but I gained weight this week, which is no shocker. I did not track my food on any of the days. I am SO GRATEFUL for Spark and for the 5% Summer Challenge. I just read someone's quote from Dory from the Finding Nemo movie. "Just Keep swimming." If I keep moving forward; if I focus on what I CAN do like swimming laps and tracking my food on Spark; EVENTUALLY, I'm gonna love the outcome; 12 pounds off this body!!! This is my 5% goal and a very obtainable one. emoticon

  
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SUNFLOWERGAL40 7/21/2014 7:56PM

    I agree with the previous poster about special projects making it hard to stay on track. My summer has been kind of crazy too...moving classrooms...son's wisdom teeth out, etc. I haven't always made the best choices either, but we are still here, right? emoticon emoticon

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DMSPEER93 7/15/2014 7:49AM

    I think projects that keep you off your "normal" are the hardest to deal with when it comes to staying on our healthy eating journey. May God open your eyes to easy, healthy options!

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MSHEL7 7/12/2014 9:49PM

    Your new kitchen will be so nice though and you can stock it full of all the good stuff. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. Now I want to watch Nemo again. See what you have done.

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Delay Tactic!!

Monday, June 23, 2014


emoticon I read this idea from a fellow Sparker and I decided to TAKE ACTION and do it! emoticon My most difficult time of wanting to eat when I do not need to eat is in the evenings usually while watching tv with my family. So, what I will say tonight and in future evenings is "Janine, set your cell phone for 10 minutes. If you still want to get the popcorn, then you can eat it." I will fill my Spark family in on all those occasions when I lose my craving to eat and instead I lose weight and reach my 12 pound weight loss goal for the Summer 5% Challenge! emoticon

  
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N2IT4LIFETODAY 6/25/2014 6:03PM

    emoticon goodbye pounds!

It is a great idea and I appreciate you sharing with us. I know you can do it!

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67YKCEB 6/24/2014 3:24PM

    What a great idea!!

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NHES220 6/24/2014 10:05AM

    Great idea! Good luck to you on saying good riddance to those 12 lbs!

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 6/24/2014 9:35AM

    Great idea. Looking forward to hearing how well you do as we can all use some good strategies in this battle.
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LIVELYGIRL2 6/23/2014 9:18PM

  I hear this is useful, and others say, if you brush your teeth early, than one doesn't want to mess with that.

Having good snacks or breaking a snack into little portions, lets us graze. And of course drinking a lot.

Good luck! Let us know how it works for you.

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STEVEN_D 6/23/2014 9:08PM

    Great idea!!

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MIAMOJO 6/23/2014 8:25PM

    The delay tactic is perfect for me since I'm already a procrastinator! emoticon

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MSHEL7 6/23/2014 7:35PM

    Great idea. I've been using commercials. If I want something I tell myself to wait until the next commercial if I still want it then I either try to delay again or think up something really healthy to eat. That usually stops the want for anything-who wants healthy when watching t.v. right? LOL. I hope this works well for you.

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STRAWBERRY PICKIN' : D

Monday, June 09, 2014



I picked 6 quarts of strawberries at a local field near my house on Friday. The day was sunny with a gentle breeze and blue skies. I walked along the patches of green plants looking for bright red treasures. I found them! So I got home and cut off the stems, gave them a nice bath and put them on display. I just HAD to share my treasures with my Spark family.

These are truly some of the sweetest strawberries I've ever eaten. It really does take back strength and perseverance to pick them. Three days in a row we've had home cooked oatmeal with strawberries. I also made homemade whipped cream to put on top of these beauties.

Although I am such a fan of chocolate, I could really see myself forgoing the chocolate for delicious fresh fruit like this all year round. I am on the alert to go pick in' again. Blueberries and black raspberries will be in to pick at the end of June. Then in later July, there is a peach orchard close by as well. I LOVE living in Delaware!

I hope my Sparkers are lovin' the fresh produce like me! : D. emoticon emoticon

  
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AHORSEY1 6/30/2014 1:21PM

    Those look yummy!!!

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MSHEL7 6/9/2014 5:13PM

    Nice, my oldest boy has a really nice strawberry patch, he just started it a couple of years ago and it is producing pretty good this year. Fresh are so much yummier than store bought. Good find.

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NELLIEC 6/9/2014 3:22PM

    I have a bunch of strawberry plants that are producing now. The whole family is enjoying them.

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2BEHEALTHY2014 6/9/2014 11:01AM

    They look delicious! My neighbor makes homemade jelly from fresh strawberries and always gives me a small jar. Yummy!

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Winning at Weeding

Friday, June 06, 2014


It never ceases to amaze me how weeds grow every season in the most difficult of situations: concrete and a very small slit with a teensy spot of soil and BAM! a weed begins to grow. If I'm not on that weed soon, it takes off in growth and the stalk becomes so thick and the roots so deep that all I can do is chop it down, but then the roots are still there. So yesterday, I used a shovel to chop down countless milk weeds and other various plants that do not belong around our pool area and around our property. Two hours later, our place looked much better.

I had to show you all that I chopped down/dug up and add 2 more trash bags that didn't make it to the photo as well.

Now the perimeter of our pool zone is all set, and soon the cover is coming off!
In addition to my hard work yesterday, I spent 40 minutes today covering those "weed free" places with spray to keep the weeds from growing up again. emoticon

As I write this blog post, I cannot help but notice the correlation between the out-of-control weeds and my old out-of-control eating habits. It really feels victorious seeing those nasty weeds pulled out and dumped into our fire pit! emoticon

Maintaining with the Weed spray was so much easier today than the weed removal yesterday. So, what's the Spark parable in all this? I know you see it! Please write me back with your Spark parable or wise quote or some other comment for this post.

Happy Weeding! emoticon

  
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GOLFGMA 6/7/2014 7:47AM

    "If at first you don't kill weed, chop or spray , spray again"! Corny, but all I could think of quickly. emoticon

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SPARKLED146 6/7/2014 7:31AM

    I was weeding my garden yesterday. They grow faster then the vegies!
Persistence is the key when it comes to weeding or keeping away those old habits!

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MSHEL7 6/7/2014 12:01AM

    How about a chiastic structure instead?
Overtake the weeds or the weeds will over take you.

Your pool area looks great, a job well done!! Enjoy!!



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DONNASPRIDE 6/6/2014 11:15PM

    continuing to succeed

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My Spark Calendar

Thursday, May 29, 2014


Accountability and encouragement; two things that I desperately need. So here is my Spark calendar thus far for May. At first, my goal was to track the food eaten everyday. As you see, I did not always meet this goal. THEN, I hunkered down to zero in on my calorie range. I am striving for between 1600 to 1750 calories per day. Spark had my high end much higher, but I really believe that for my body, I need to stick to this range for now. I have a dear Sparker friend who is going to send me an e card on the days that I achieve this goal. I AM EXCITED AND MOTIVATED to receive this additional reward. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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MTRACHEL 5/30/2014 11:46PM

    Wow, this is impressive and I think I am going to try to set up my calendar for June thanks to you!

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CANDOK1260 5/30/2014 12:36PM

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NHES220 5/30/2014 10:27AM

    Sounds like a great plan and good that you have a buddy to support you!

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 5/30/2014 7:26AM

    Yay for sparkfriends!!! I love your calendar though. I haven't even thought to use it properly. I should probably find it first...lol!
Have a great weekend!
~ Teresa

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PAOLINA 5/30/2014 1:19AM

    Having an encouraging friend is a great incentive!

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ROCKYCPA 5/30/2014 12:09AM

    Sounds like a great plan!

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LESLIE2561 5/29/2014 11:36PM

    It's great to have friends that spur us on. emoticon

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MSHEL7 5/29/2014 4:17PM

    Sounds Wonderful!!

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MJRVIC2000 5/29/2014 4:01PM

    Plan your workout day and then work your plan! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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