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Unedited hOOp Vlog: Shake it OFF!

Sunday, November 09, 2014


Does this short, round, middle-aged woman have any shame? Apparently not. Yet another unedited hOOp vlog, because I had to get away from my desk and you know that I share these things.

CONFESSION TIME
The scale bounced up a couple of pounds over the last two weeks. But it’s no mystery; no, it’s not. Here are the Terrible Things I Did To Make The Scale Go Up:

—Halloween Candy: I’m not going to lie. I like candy. When I was a kid, I wished I were Charlie Bucket and lived in Willy Wonka’s Factory. That hasn’t changed. I had more than my share of candy over the last two weeks. I own up to it. It’s gone now. All is well.

Speaking of Halloween, Audrey used power tools to carve her pumpkin this year.

The aftermath of shaving a pumpkin with a Dremel.

Also, a friend gave me some giant, google eyes.

So, of course, I had to put them on my front door.

—Cupcakes: Do you have friends who are professional bakers and make gourmet desserts to share on work nights? I do. I really do. I refuse to apologize for eating said cupcakes. These women are brilliant artists. What they do with frosting and filling is a wonder. I do not regret it. However, I probably didn’t need to take the leftovers home…

Two of my Jr. Designers, sporting chocolate, frosting mustaches with me. All the cool kids have them.

—Eating Late: Work has been off the rails lately. We’re in full-blown, Christmas production and that means some late work nights. I’ve eaten late dinners way too many times; would’ve been better off with a light snack instead.

—Not Enough Sleep: Sometimes, I’m too wound up after rehearsals or work nights, to go to sleep right away, so I stay up too late. I’d be better off going to bed and reading a book, instead of tooling around the house, doing stuff.

The power in the garage at work is out, so we have to wear headlamps to work out there, when it gets dark!

—Lunch Stash Depleted: My stash at work is gone. I need to replace it. Otherwise, I grab Chick Fil-A, or overeat when I get home. Must. Restock. Stash.

So, I can see exactly where things went askew. It only makes sense that the scale went up. Knowledge is power, right? But boy, oh boy, some of this stuff was fun; I ain’t lying. :) I’ll leave you with these pictures of a day out I had with some of my besties. We call ourselves the Crazy Art Ladies, or The Crazies, for short. If y’all don’t have a tribe of people to run around and do stuff with, you need to get one. I highly recommend it.

If you go to an Art Show with your besties, matching shirts are a must. Also, one of the Crazies couldn't be there, so we made a paper version of her and carried her around all day. See her?


These are the shirts my BFF made for us. Aren’t they great? Just stand to my right, please.


One of the Crazies had a bday. We all made her handmade gifts. She got some beautiful jewelry, scarves and artwork. I gave her these google-eyed, minion magnets. Hey, we all have different talents…

Hope you have a wonderful week; don’t go off the rails, shake it off and have FUN.

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!

PS: The song is Walk Off the Earth's cover of Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off." They play kazoos and ukuleles in it!!!

  
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WRITERWANNAB 11/20/2014 11:13AM

    I love the shirts! emoticon

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CRYSTLELYNN2015 11/19/2014 9:45PM

    LOVE it!

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URBANAUDREYE 11/18/2014 11:07PM

    Thank you. I now do not feel as bad as I did about the weight gain I've had since Halloween. Although I do think you've been a lot more productive over the past 2 weeks than I have. Rock on, sister!

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NHEMBERGER 11/16/2014 9:10AM

    You make that look sooo easy! I've tried hooping numerous times & can't get it going. Shake it Off!

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MRSRIGS1 11/15/2014 8:56PM

    Loved the magnets! Sooooo cute! emoticon

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DYANNE4293 11/14/2014 9:26AM

    are we related? Halloween has not been good to me either! My name is Dyanne and I'm a chocoholic!! Thank you for the smiles this morning! I loved reading this!!!

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    Love it! Thanks for the inspiration!! emoticon

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SHARONCAPPS 11/14/2014 7:59AM

  Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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SHANTODD420 11/12/2014 7:16PM

    You are truly a gifted hooper. Thanks for sharing your videos and blogs. Keep pushing and have a great week.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 11/12/2014 6:27PM

    I wish I could hoop like you. I've never had the opportunity to learn. Love your minions, also.

My friends are like yours. We walk every morning at 5:30. The first snowfall, we're going to make snow angels on the neighbors' lawns. We have lots of fun and keep each other going.

Thanks for sharing.

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AMYSYOKO 11/12/2014 6:09PM

  that was incredible, you go gurl...

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TERRIJ7 11/12/2014 1:33PM

    Fun, fun, FUN!

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KALEWINE 11/12/2014 1:14PM

    I love the shirts!

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FITBIZZZ 11/12/2014 9:24AM

    Awesome! I thought of you last night...I finally got the shoulder hoop thing. Well sort of, I look like a chicken pecking at feed. ;-) I always wondered how you did it. Keep up the good work.

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SETTIMIA 11/12/2014 6:43AM

    FANTASTIC VLOG, YOU ARE AWESOME

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SEATTLE58 11/12/2014 12:31AM

    I always love your upbeat attitude!!! emoticon

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ARMOMMI2 11/11/2014 10:38PM

  emoticon Thank you so much for the most fun I've had all day. You're unbelievably motivating and motivated. A great example to us all. Hey, we just have to live with Halloween.......or move to a different country. We stay. halloween stays. That's it. Thanks again for the great video and blog. emoticon

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LULUHARRISON 11/11/2014 9:43PM

    Watching you hoop and seeing all your cool friends and projects made me so happy tonight. Thanks for sharing. You rock! emoticon

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WALNUTT1961 11/11/2014 9:38PM

    Loved the hooping! You are the best! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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GRANNIEC1 11/11/2014 9:20PM

    LOVE IT!!! iT'S AWESOME to JUST be fun!!!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/11/2014 7:24PM

    awesome!

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LOSINGLISA 11/11/2014 6:07PM

    Wow! You are quite the hoopster! Loved this!!

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LIVEDAILY 11/11/2014 5:17PM

    LOVE the matching shirts!! And the minions are adorable! Ahhh...we all weak moments. Mine come in the form of Brookside Dark Chocolate Blueberry nuggets. Deadly good. Walking...keep walking!!

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STILLMENEWBODY 11/11/2014 4:48PM

    WOW! LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE how great you are with the HOOP and everything else!!!! AWESOME!

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AURIANNE67 11/11/2014 2:43PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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MARYJOHANNAH 11/11/2014 2:33PM

    You crack me up...I too love Halloween candy...I have NOT gone on the scale however

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REALTYLADYLISA 11/11/2014 2:13PM

    Your vlogs always make me chuckle...thanks for a bright spot in my day!

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WENDYANNE61 11/11/2014 1:13PM

    You are truly a hooping artist, on top of all your other awesome talents! Hope you get your lunch stash sorten S O O N!

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MOMMY445 11/11/2014 12:26PM

    such a great blog! have a terrific week!

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VHOFFMAN1 11/11/2014 11:07AM

  I love reading your blogs and watching your vlogs - they are so motivating to me. I love your enthusiasm and positive approach to life! You are the reason I keep Sparking! Thank you!!

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KATBWIN 11/11/2014 10:54AM

    emoticon Keep Blogging and Hooping and all the other things you do for fun., Above all keep sharing--I love reading your blogs

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    You are just too fun! Carry On! emoticon

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MELISSA_FOWLER 11/11/2014 5:30AM

    We wear on the outside what we feed to the insides...yup! Feeling goulish sugar bugs crawling into my dress sizes...arrrgh =-O

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BANNERMAN 11/11/2014 2:10AM

  Thanks for sharing.

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NANHBH 11/11/2014 12:15AM

    Shell, you never cease to amaze me! Thanks for your honesty, too. I find that so refreshing and can totally relate to your Halloween and sugar extravaganza over the last few weeks. Thank goodness for new beginnings!
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JSEATTLE 11/10/2014 10:45PM

  I love your blog of awesomeness so much! I took my 85yr old Mom, 94yr old aunt and 96yr old cousin to Family Movie Night at church where they showed Despicable Me 2. I loved it but I think the new style of animation is a little hard for the older set to follow.

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AMBER461 11/10/2014 10:25PM

  I think this is awesome, thanks for sharing.

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LOLAJO54 11/10/2014 9:33PM

    owning up is half the battle -- go Shelli go

love your hooping

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    Hugs

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/10/2014 8:13PM

  Are you really middle aged? You really know how to have fun.

But I guess we want to get rid of extra lbs. before the holidays arrive. emoticon

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The Nose Flute: First (Possibly Last) Attempt

Monday, October 27, 2014

Need a little boost to your Monday, something to lighten up the beginning of your work week? This may or may not be it. Who am I to judge? I just know that if someone gives me something called a Nose Flute, I have to share. Is this SparkWorthy? Yes, yes it is. This is how I make my life an adventure, people— trying new things, testing new kazoos. Someone has to do it. And now we all know that the Nose Flute, the ORIGINAL Nose Flute, is a difficult instrument. I tested it for you, so you won’t have to. You’re welcome.

In other news, I have my big toe in Onederland again. It’s having a fine time and hoping the rest of me joins it soon. One thing that has really helped over the last two weeks, was a mini challenge that my 5% team did. We cut out evening snacking. You were allowed to have one, planned, healthy snack, if you needed it; but no grazing. This is nothing new to me. I know this is something I should do, but having the challenge specifically call it out really helped. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I did away with a lot of unnecessary calories at the end of the day. I’d be tempted to bust out the popcorn popper, or grab a handful of something, but I stopped myself. After dinner, the kitchen was closed. And guess what? I didn’t die. I was perfectly fine. I seemed a little hungry for a bit and then it passed. So, I think maybe I was snacking more from habit than actual hunger. Very helpful to know. Gonna try to keep this up.

I hope you’re making interesting discoveries and trying new things this week. I will leave you with this pic of some holiday fusion decor that Bubba and I saw on our walk yesterday.


Frosty the Snowman in the Pumpkin Patch. It works; it just works.

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!

  
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CTUPTON 11/18/2014 11:38AM

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GRANNIEC1 11/11/2014 9:30PM

    emoticon The second one sounded like my 'Izzie's" (a yorkie) squeaky toy. This was hilarious! Thank you. I needed that at this moment

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RADOOGA 11/10/2014 9:49AM

    Love it. You always make me smile x

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LIVERIGHTNOW 11/9/2014 9:37PM

    OK, you are still hysterical, Shelli!!!!!!! Glad you are well and happy!!!!

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ROXYZMOM 11/9/2014 10:31AM

    I finally got the chance to watch your video - my iPhone won't bring videos up from Spark.
Congratulations on getting the nose flute to work - I love your persistence! Roxy didn't like the kazoo either. She did however stare quite contently when you played the nose flute. Though, Bubba was barking at the same time...

Congrats on your weight loss progress. Slow and steady wins the race!!

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LORIVIOLA 11/5/2014 4:50PM

    a nose flute... I haven't seen or heard one before! Thanks for sharing!

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    It took me a while but I found you again. A bright spot in my day. emoticon

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READY4CHANGE81 11/2/2014 3:51PM

    That was too funny!! I've never even heard of a nose flute...im sure my students would get a kick out of that! LOL =)

Congrats on nearing ONDERLAND!! I know I struggle with mindless grazing at night. Way to go in that department :) Those pesky calories sure do add up!

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PROJECTLADY 11/2/2014 3:05PM

    emoticon hilarious, and you can use the nose flute for a mask next mascaraed party you attend!

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KALEWINE 11/1/2014 11:17PM

    The nose flute was not a favorite of one of my cats, but I was highly entertained! I also love the holiday fusion decor! That's way Hallowthanksmas is all about! As for the evening snacking, this would make no difference in my world. As I'm a dance teacher, I don't get home from work until about 8PM, meaning we don't eat dinner until 8:30 or 9. So there isn't really time for snacking after dinner. All I have time for is a shower before a crash landing on the bed. But the snacks at work (in the 8 or so hours between lunch and dinner) would be a good way for me to modify this mini-challenge. I might have to try this and see how it goes.

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WENDYANNE61 11/1/2014 4:35PM

    You are one of a small group of Sparkies who have me hooting with laughter, again! Love all your musical treasures and hope your nose flute has stopped making you feel faint!

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MRSRIGS1 11/1/2014 3:29PM

    OMG this was a HOOT!!! I'm glad you figured out the Nose Flute but your expression at the end was definitely priceless!

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AGAPEJOY 10/31/2014 6:53PM

    emoticon on reaching Onderland and being in the Fall Challenge Spotlight!! emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 10/31/2014 1:31AM

    The second one sounds like a baby!

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DONNELDA22 10/30/2014 9:52PM

    You are so much fun. You make my day. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.

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CAPTAINMORGAN2 10/30/2014 12:43PM

    so much fun on a dreary cold wet day. These days always make me feel like hibernating til spring. thank you for the fun!!

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GIRLINMOTION 10/30/2014 12:29PM

    Thank you for sharing your new instrument adventure so we don't have too.

Welcome back to onederland!

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MARUKI52 10/30/2014 11:35AM

    You made me laugh so much. The expressions on your face are wonderful to behold. Thank you so much for sharing. emoticon

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AMERICA45 10/30/2014 10:11AM

    Shelli, you are an absolute love...lol. I laughed through this whole video. You raised me up from down in my dulldrums to feeling like, hey this girl can really be a great friend and we can have some laughs together.
I got the biggest charge out of the nose flute and the accompaniment of Bubba. Love to be besties if you would like in Sparking this weight away! emoticon

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2015TODAY 10/30/2014 7:34AM

    Thank you for making me smile! I enjoyed this!

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LIVEDAILY 10/29/2014 9:46PM

    The expression on your face is GREAT!! Have you ever played a Jew's Harp? That is supposed to be one of the most difficult things to do. I, myself, excel on the washboard and the spoons. Spoons are a lost art...

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/29/2014 7:20PM

  oh so crazy, dorky...

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    Great job on the snacking!

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NANHBH 10/29/2014 5:33PM

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Too funny! So, the nose flute makes a dog barking noise. Oh, that was Bubba! I wonder who comes up with these inventions?

Congrats on being in Onderland again. Just by cutting out evening snacking, huh? I may have to try that. These last 10 pounds just don't want to come off. But, like you, I like to dig out the air popper at night. Or an apple with gobs of natural peanut butter. Last night, I went upstairs to work in my office after dinner. I wanted to come down before bed to get a snack, but told myself - NO! I wasn't really hungry. It has gotten to be a habit for me. Thanks for reporting your results. I think I'll accept that challenge, too.

You know, Frosty in the pumpkin patch isn't such a bad idea. They could throw a sheet over him and he'd look like a ghost! And then just deflate the pumpkins, take away the sheet, and you're ready for Christmas without having to be out in the cold setting Christmas up. Were there any other Christmas decorations out besides Frosty?
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    emoticon Love it, made my day!

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    Very interesting Vlog!!! That Nose Flute was very unique!!!
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JSEATTLE 10/29/2014 12:14AM

  Snacking in general is a tough one for me. I love to snack and some days that's all I do. But healthy snacks on hand is the key to good snacking for sure! This is a good rule always.

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    Shelli, emoticon emoticon your video's always make me smile!

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TREYONE 10/28/2014 8:50PM

  emoticon THANK YOU FOR STARTING THE WEEK OFF RIGHT FOR US!!!!!

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NONNAOF2 10/28/2014 3:49PM

  I just knew that you were going to make me smile today! You are becoming the master of so many instruments now! Somehow I just knew that you would figure out the nose flute before signing off!! Congrats in getting one toe into onederland, too! :-)

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HOPEFULHIPPO 10/28/2014 3:40PM

    I love how at the end of the nose flute, you just looked at the camera as if to say "I got nothing more"

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    Thanks for the smile. I really enjoy humorous posts.

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Fine-tuning the Freezer Meal Marathon

Monday, October 20, 2014

If we've been friends for a while, you know that meal prep has always been my Achilles heel. I don't enjoy spending time in the kitchen. Cooking is not my forté. Need I remind you of the cookbook I set on fire, while trying to cook and read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire simultaneously?


The pages are melted together. I keep it, as a humble reminder that reading and cooking don't mix.

Lately, you know I've made it my mission to work harder on meal prep, with menus, lists, freezer meals, snack stash at work, etc. I'm happy to say that I'm making strides. Do I love it? No. But I'm doing it and learning a lot as I go. I keep tweaking my system and thought I'd share what's working for me right now. Here is my convoluted process:

Schedule Planning/Shopping
I've learned this the hard way. Here's the deal: Randy (DH) and I are both ministers, working at the same church. While we love our jobs, let's just say that we don't do it for the money. Things are tight--always. Meal planning has been a huge help to us, nutritionally and financially. Secret bonus perk. But I have to stay on top of it. If I wait until payday to start making a menu and shopping list, it's too late. I won't have enough time to get it done. And if we don't do our big shopping trip on payday, we waste a couple of days with drive-throughs/takeout and our money and nutrition fly out the window. I need to have that menu and shopping list ready to go by payday. And Randy and I have made The Pact. One of us will go shopping ON payday. If I'm busy, he goes; that's the deal. Between us, I prefer to go myself. Randy's great about going, but has to call me approximately ten times while shopping, which kind of defeats the purpose. So, I put planning days and the shopping day on my planner. This girl does deadlines.


Meal planning goes on the schedule, like a doctor's appointment or meeting for work. It's a thing.

Meal Planning and The List
I schedule about 2-3 days to pull together a menu and shopping list. This is because I'm incredibly slow and I try to add a couple of new recipes each time. I browse through cookbooks, look online, try suggestions from friends. I use an app called Paprika for all my menu planning. I love it. I can type in recipes from my cookbooks, automatically download recipes from websites, rate and categorize them, add them to my meal plan and even generate a shopping list, if I want. I prefer using Paprika on my iPad for menus and the Groceries app on my iPhone for my shopping list. Randy has offered to make The List, but I know it would largely consist of Hamburger Helper and chicken nuggets, so I gracefully decline the offer.


Go, go Gadget Groceries!

Using the apps makes this hated job easier, so there's a little less whining on my part. I start with menu items, then add things like cleaning supplies and stuff. I give all family members a last-call to text me things they want added to The List and do a walk-through of the house, to see if I've missed anything. Then, I take a moment to feel exceptionally proud of myself, for doing something I loathe and despise.

The Dreaded Shopping Trip
I try to eat before I go; shopping while hungry is a rookie mistake. I prefer to go in the morning, when it's less crowded. If I have to go later, Audrey usually goes with me, which is helpful. My app organizes The List into categories, which makes it easier to find things. Before I get out of the car, I check to make sure I have any coupons and my reusable bags. The bags are important; here's why-- I can fit way more groceries per bag, they're easier to carry into the house and they're FUN. I intentionally bought entertaining bags. I figure if I'm doing something I'm not that crazy about, I might as we'll be slightly entertained. Plus, sometimes they cheer up the baggers. When I have everything ready, I take a deep breath, say, "For the Family!" and head into the store.


Two of my favorite bags. Gotta love Wonder Woman and Yoshi

My trip last week was a biggie, a month's worth. I had to put the top down on my car, so I could fit everything in my lil bug.


Meal Prep
The first couple of times I tried the freezer meal thing, I did meal prep in one, marathon session. That doesn't always work out for me. Most times now, I do it over a couple of days. I double up on some tried and true recipes, making two batches with one in the fridge and one in the deep freeze. I double-bag stuff, to prevent explosions/leaks and include the instructions on the bag. If she's able, Audrey helps with some of the prep. But we have a very small kitchen, so sometimes it's just better if everybody stays out of my way. Know what I mean? I put Netflix on my iPad and just get it done.


Cooking and binge watching Netflix works much better than reading

Friday night, I did something that made meal prep more fun. My BFF (Shelley with an ey) and I both tried a new recipe at the same time. We were texting each other the whole time and sending pics back and forth. It was nice, knowing someone else was in the same boat and it made cooking more fun. I think we’ll try that again.


We made Tamale Pie and it was awesome.

Feel Proud
This is an important part of my process, because meal planning/prep is a big, non-scale victory for me. I stop and look in the deep freeze and fridge and I feel proud. Proud that I made myself do something I don't remotely enjoy and that I'm trying to take better care of my family. Plus, I know that Future Shelli will be extremely grateful and I want to make her life a little easier when I can.

So that's my long and convoluted update on my ongoing mission to feed my clan without losing any more of my mind. Hope you're making progress on your own personal missions too!

I will leave you with this pic of Bubba.

Some of my friends said that this is his camouflage pic. :)

Spark ON, Brave Sparker!

  
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ASIANCUPCAKE85 11/10/2014 8:30AM

    This makes me want to meal prep! Thanks for the entertaining read and the useful information!

Love your "For the Family!" reference, you Geek lol

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LORIVIOLA 11/5/2014 4:46PM

    all good ideas. We need to make a new plan and ways for us to move forward in healthy ways! Some of these may just be possible! Thanks for sharing! You ARE Wonder Woman!

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WRITERWANNAB 11/1/2014 4:12PM

    Fun! I am actually a reasonably good cook & sometimes I enjoy it, but I hate HAVING TO DO IT & constantly figuring out what to fix that is healthy & still appealing to both me & my son. It gets so old. emoticon

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ACHIEVECHI 10/28/2014 5:06PM

    Oh my word, you are my inspiration, but I don't know if I have a months worth of freezer space. I think I need a lesson on shopping for 4 and having it all fit in the fridge. Please make that your next blog entry. emoticon

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BREW99 10/28/2014 12:54PM

    Sounds like a lot of prep work (1 month at once!) but job well job. Congrats!

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ROCKYCPA 10/27/2014 11:26PM

    Way to go!

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NICKYCRANE 10/27/2014 1:31PM

    Great Blog! Thank you!
I've just got a freezer, so am making double quantities and now plan to divide the result into 3 and put 2 in the freezer for another week. As I live alone, I should be able to get away with cooking one or 2 dishes a week.
I also have some frozen meat ready to take out when the urge hits me to cook something. And half the dogs' meat goes in the freezer, so I have space in the fridges (2, I confess to my shame!) and the meat doesn't go off.

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--CHERYL-- 10/27/2014 12:59PM

    Love your blog and your wonderful sense of humor. Great idea trying/texting a recipe with your friend at the same time. emoticon

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BIKERMOM1960 10/26/2014 5:00PM

    Loved your blog, I am also not a big fan of cooking or meal planning. I shop for what I want to eat, and my husband shops for what he wants to eat (smoked sausage and pork and beans), yuck. I'm trying to eat healthier and follow a pretty ridged diet through a medical obesity Dr. Have lost almost 40 lbs. since Aug. 2014. Need to do what your doing so that we could make a budget with our groceries. Anyway keep up the good fight. emoticon

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MRSKATEDUVALL 10/26/2014 4:13PM

    I found this website, $5dinners. which, for 5 bucks, gave me a shopping list, recipes. assembly instructions and voila, after some hours in the kitchen, I have 20 freezer meals. Thanks for the tip about double bagging. I am in the middle of my marathon. I'm making the 20, plus some tried and true freezer meals. I am a paleo, slow cooker, to tired at 6pm to cook kinda girl so this plan is a life saver.

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LATINBOOK 10/26/2014 2:47PM

  love your attitude. try audio books. you'll have eyes on the knife and stove and ears on the entertainment.

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KALEWINE 10/26/2014 12:07AM

    Awesome process! Sounds like you have it down to a science. I might have to try out that paprika app. And Bubba is camouflaged in that pic.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 10/25/2014 10:27PM

    THanks for the inspiration! This is something I'm still trying to sort out; especially living with such a big family!

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JERICHO1991 10/25/2014 8:01AM

    Educational and entertaining. Thanks.

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SANDSGIRL26 10/24/2014 10:52PM

    I need to meal prep. I'm single and often don't get home until after 7:30 at night, so I need some healthy things I can pull out and just warm up. Good for you for having an attack plan! You are inspiring me!

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DIANAPOST12 10/24/2014 9:28PM

  What an awesome story. I like your ideas about fun bags. I too hate grocery shopping and I have to figure out things for a month. You have a lot of great ideas and keep on sparking! emoticon

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AMBER461 10/24/2014 7:38PM

  Very interesting blog, thanks for sharing.

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VANGO79 10/24/2014 9:54AM

    Thanks for sharing. I have tried many times to meal prep and plan and it just doesn't work out how I had hoped. After reading this its nice to know that I'm not alone.
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SIMONEKP 10/24/2014 9:16AM

    Batch cooking is a great way to maintain a healthy eating habit and save money.

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I do freezer meals as well.It is much easier since we both work 10-12 hour days.I use onceamonthmeals.com for my recipes.They have been a life saver on more than one occasion for us and they are free.

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MRSRIGS1 10/23/2014 8:52PM

    emoticon Very organized! Your tamale pie looked delish. emoticon

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SOOKIE 10/23/2014 4:01PM

    Nice, you are doing so well. Thanks for sharing those apps, will be checking them out.

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WHITEANGEL4 10/23/2014 3:26PM

    Way to go. You are doing gtrat

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TANGYTANGERINE 10/23/2014 3:25PM

    Thanks for some great idea's for planning and organizing - I'm gonna check out that Paprika App right now! Keep the Spark!!

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CHERYLHURT 10/23/2014 12:08PM

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CATHIMOMMY 10/23/2014 10:12AM

    Awesome. I used to go to Dream Dinners, but now live overseas. With many young moms here and food prices astronomical, I am going to try and make it fun b y hosting a group freezer meal session this coming month!

Any good recipes you'd like to share?
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VAINVT 10/23/2014 8:11AM

  Congratulations. It is so important to me to eat healthy and satisfying meals, so I applaud you for finding a way to get past your dislike of cooking and find a reasonable way to do this.

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    you got it going on
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SHENDERSO1 10/22/2014 8:59PM

    I really enjoyed your blog and the picture of Bubba was great! thanks for sharing!

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COFFEYANGEL 10/22/2014 8:51PM

    You know, I'm having one of THOSE days, blah & just not all that great. I stumbled on your blog & I just have to say: emoticon

In addition to the great tips & tricks you use (& so kindly shared), you also shared a much needed smile in my day & even a giggle (or 3). LOL

So, again, thanks so much for sharing & LOVE that Yoshi bag! I'm about to go hunt google to find me one! emoticon

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SHEENADEE 10/22/2014 7:41PM

    Fun blog! Love the picture of Bubba!

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DANIELLET96 10/22/2014 6:23PM

    VERY nice. If only I could get my husband to do the same! He does all the cooking and meal planning. Now that he is getting older, he lets me cook once in a while. I like the idea of planning everything out as we throw away a disgraceful amt of food due to not taking a list to the store emoticon

Sauces and soups make a lot of sense and I am going to encourage him to start doing this. Great tips, great blog!

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LIVEDAILY 10/22/2014 5:12PM

    I am glad you are persevering through this task, and seeing light at the end of the tunnel, too! You have a right to be proud of completing a "dreaded" task!! Love the grocery bags!! Three of my favorite things to make "big batch" (I know no other way) are: spaghetti sauce, soup, and chili. All things great to have in the coming months!

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RUDITUDI2000 10/22/2014 4:57PM

    Very inspired to get my plan together! Time to push through some barriers!

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AJB121299 10/22/2014 4:02PM

    nice

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LOLAJO54 10/22/2014 3:09PM

    great ideas and suggestions for us weak at the meal planning --which I am one.
Thank you very much --now I need to get at it ..

menu
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wow --Hope I can do this .. I am not a cook!
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MEREDITHB51 10/22/2014 2:16PM

    We got into the meal plan/shopping list habit when we had three busy kids and two working parents. If we didn't organize ourselves on the weekend, getting to the store on weekdays was just ridiculous. So Saturday morning after the gym and before shopping was our planning/list making time. The kids also liked being able to look at the meal plan and know what was for dinner on a given night. Now our kids are all in college but it's part of our established routine, and though we aren't quite as rigid about our meal plan, it saves us tons of time and cognitive energy during the week. Before long, you won't even have to think about it - you'll just do your "lists" (what we call it) automatically.

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LEMONMOUSE 10/22/2014 11:27AM

    Thanks for sharing. Meal prep can take a lot of time but is so worth it. Loved the humor too!

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STARFLOWER75 10/22/2014 11:00AM

    This is my first visit to your blog- I hope you don't mind that I'm going to add you as a friend- I really enjoy the way you write. I completely relate to your meal planning and shopping struggles. I've been experimenting with different solutions- but putting it on the schedule is one that helping me a ton too. If I don't, I spend half a week scrambling for meals before I get myself organized.


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Walking Confessional

Sunday, October 05, 2014

I took my camera along on our walk Friday morning, but I’m just now getting around to posting the video. I was a little under the weather over the weekend, but doing better now. Walking is a great time for me to think, process things and sometimes, admit how I’m feeling about stuff. Let’s consider this a “walking confessional.” Maybe you’ll be able to relate, or maybe you’ll just enjoy seeing the Halloween decorations. :)

I love walking in our neighborhood; there’s always something to see. Check out this inspiring sidewalk art we saw the other day:

It says: Joy can be yours, let your light shine and have a happy day!

And now, people are putting up their Halloween decorations, so there’s even more to see. The skeletons used to freak Bubba out, but he’s over it. Look at these guys:

Coming for you!


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This is my absolute favorite. This family has a pack of dogs, so this just makes sense.

And the other day, we walked in the park and I took this pic, which I call Bubba’s, “Sound of Music” pose.

The hills are alive, with the snorts of bulldogs!

I will leave you with this pic of some souvenirs some of my friends brought me from their recent vacation. Behold: The Wildly Noisy Wooden Thing, A Unique Kazoo and a Nose Flute—yes, a Nose Flute.

As soon as I’m over this cold, you know I have to try these out.

I hope you see interesting things while you’re out and about this week and that you have friends who know you well enough to buy you a Nose Flute, or whatever floats your boat. In the meantime, have an awesome week!

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!

  
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MCJULIEO 11/21/2014 11:27AM

    Always fun spending time with you..... emoticon

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    Sounds like a great walk! emoticon

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MISSENG 11/4/2014 9:16AM

    Thanks for sharing your inspirational and very honest video blog. I think we all feel that way at some point or another. Keep on Sparking! Have a great day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PUGLOVER1999 11/4/2014 12:47AM

    It was fun walking with you and being encouraged by your words! Oh, Yes! There are lots of us who "have the same confessions!" emoticon

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READY4CHANGE81 11/2/2014 3:58PM

    I love your positivity as well as your honesty!!!! Thanks for sharing all the decorations. :) Also, Bubba is the cutest!!!

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HOLLYM48 11/2/2014 1:10PM

    Yes, I wish it was easier and I wish we never had to worry about it after we lost it but that will never be the case! Thanks for a fun vlog. I am sure all of us here wish that once it was gone we never had to track again and worry about how much we eat on a daily basis, but I guess this is life and we are in it for the long haul!
Happy Sunday. Thanks for saying what we all feel!

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JERICHO1991 11/2/2014 7:48AM

    I have to agree, weight loss is not as easy as I wish either.

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BUFFALOWINTERS 11/1/2014 8:13PM

    Thanks for the walk and the talk! I enjoyed it and couldn't agree more with your confessionals. My favorite has to be weight loss being a one time thing! You hit the nail on the head.
Thanks!

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1DAY-ATA-TIME 11/1/2014 7:24AM

    Wow! You said it all. I have been up and down with my weight for years. I worked hard to get it off then I gradually slip back into the bad habits. The older I get the harder it is to do. your consistency and determination will get us there, but as you say, it will not be easy. Thank you for the inspiration.

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SANDSGIRL26 10/31/2014 11:58PM

    I appreciate your honesty! I wish weight loss was easier too :-(
I liked the video. I felt like I was walking along with you.

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MROUTDOORSY 10/31/2014 9:26PM

  I like your blog and well done and keep going with exercise. Love the dog and video of the surrounding neighbourhood too

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LKWQUILTER 10/31/2014 9:23PM

    Thank you so much. You hit the nail on the head--losing weight is hard work and a never ending battle. emoticon emoticon

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ATHENA1442 10/31/2014 8:48PM

    Thanks, I enjoyed your video blog walk on Oct. 5! And all the Halloween decorations were fun to see. I too have had to lose weight more than once. Working on my "final" 7 pounds now, in fact.

Keep sparkin'!

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MARTHAWILL 10/31/2014 7:30PM

    You are such a real, genuine, honest person. I love your blogs and find you inspiring.
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FORESTPAL 10/31/2014 1:45PM

    Best. most inspiring "blog". I'm just coming off a 2 month eating jag, and having to face the reality of needing to control eating for the rest of my life. I'm 81, and it just doesn't seem fair that I won't ever be finished. Same with housework. At this age it gets increasingly hard to keep up with cleaning.

Love your positive outlook.

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NANABERNIE 10/31/2014 12:23PM

    I'm quite new to spark people and like everything about it; I loved this blog and it makes me take a new look at walking in the neighborhood. I'm going to start bringing my camera. Thanks for the inspiration. Love it!

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NEWTINK 10/31/2014 12:07PM

    The two " Es" Easy and ending ... they never come along in this journey but I so agree with you I wish they did. More than that I wish what was right yesterday would still be right today lol but in weight loss that is never the case . The more you do The more you have to do but again I agree we will continue because we have seen the other side and didnt like it to much lol.

Great blog thank you !!!!

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SAMMYSUMMER12 10/31/2014 10:04AM

  Thank you muchly for the inspiration and confessions. After being the smallest in my family of 5 girls and 1 boy for so long, I have now been in an accident and after going through menopause, I am now the largest of the girls. So be it! I am not a quitter and have just found out after a year and a half, exactly what my body needs to get back on track to a more healthier me. It took a long time for the weight to go on and it will take a long time to come off. Hang in there as I plan to. We are all in this together! I am just starting so I have a long way to go! emoticon

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MILPAM3 10/31/2014 9:06AM

  1,271 days! Go get 'em, Girl!

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    emoticon emoticon I agree with you 100%. You are a special lady. This is a life journey we are all on together. emoticon emoticon

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ALLE88 10/31/2014 7:49AM

    LOVE your video! (and I don't generally love many videos!) and I have only one word to say-- AMEN!!

Amen to the confessions. But we can't quit. I find it's a little like my Christian life, too. Sin is ready to creep up on me and take hold at any time so my guard needs to always be up. So, too, with the weight. It is always ready to creep on and my guard needs to be constantly up.

Thanks for the boost to keep going this morning! :)

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WAGNER715 10/31/2014 7:34AM

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ANDYLIN90 10/31/2014 2:19AM

    Liked your blog so full of wisdom, but just wondering...did your cute dog ever have to do his business???

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JSEATTLE 10/31/2014 1:41AM

  I admire the pages and stories you put together. Always something to learn from your multimedia creations! Thank you so much!

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PFERG66 10/30/2014 10:18PM

    Fantastic. You are one special lady!
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SKELLEY3440 10/30/2014 10:17PM

    Apparently I need to move to a more interesting neighborhood cuz I don't have anything like that where I live! Fun testimonial or confessional.

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JAMER123 10/30/2014 9:14PM

    Enjoyed your confessional of walking. It's amazing what one can find by walking.!!
Thanks for sharing!!
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KMRJPR 10/30/2014 8:01PM

    great blog!!

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CAROLJ35 10/30/2014 7:51PM

    SO TRUE! SO TRUE!
I have 5 # left to lose of the 15 I re-gained so know how you feel. Why is it so much easier to gain than lose???
Must try the weight exercise as I rely on walking, water aerobics, and recumbent bike so need to add weight exercises to see if that helps.
I joined the "100 Days To A New You" Team which has really helped me because I am on the 2nd round of 100 Days with NO Sweets since they are my downfall.

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PATRICIAANN46 10/30/2014 6:29PM

  emoticon your video and blog!!!!! This journey is filled with ups and downs, but that is life and we just have to lean on each other and get through it as emoticon we can. emoticon

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MRSFANCYLADY 10/30/2014 5:31PM

    emoticon Job with the video! I agree with both your confessionals. It's hard, but we have each other! And yes, we'll be together for quite a bit of time! Keep up the good work and Woo to your Hoo!

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SPARKLINGME176 10/30/2014 5:10PM

    I SO agree with YOU! I have put back on 8#. YUCK! I did GREAT with SP for almost 970 days! Then my DH came home from the hospital after 5 months (see my blog for today, Nov. 1 All Saints Day is our anniversary) & we have been SO joy filled he survived, that I felt a few pounds would be ok! I KNEW I would one day wake up & realize my jeans were too tight! & YES! that happened! PLUS::::: I gave away ALL of my clothes above a size 12. My size 12's are busting at the seams.

Thanks for letting me realize this is a life journey & you are on it with me! I am SO grateful & happy for your The Woo Hoo! (lounge) You rock!!!! Keep up the great work! You are like the Spark People cheer leader! emoticon emoticon & I hear you! THANKS!

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JUNETTA2002 10/30/2014 5:04PM

    Yeah what you said. Great blog

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NONNAOF2 10/30/2014 4:53PM

  You are the voice for all of us! I can definitely relate to what you are saying! We all need to stick together for support and hopefully we'll all get there at one point! :-)

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BAMAJAM2 10/30/2014 4:44PM

  "The hills are alive with the snorts of bulldogs!"
H I L A R I O U S L Y----- FUNNY !!!!!

My giant ELMO doll is ready for Halloween; He is wearing a Miss Piggy nose!! LOL

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ROSES4ME1 10/30/2014 3:52PM

    Great walk and I really enjoyed the Halloween decorations.

Reminded of something I read: "Wouldn't it be great if losing weight was like losing your virginity so once it's gone never comes back?"

Thanks for taking us along on your confessional walk.

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FLPALM 10/30/2014 3:51PM

    Share your WALK with us, your neighborhood decorations, it is so inspirational. We should walk more, so this is encouraging to me! Thanks for sharing!

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TURTLETALK 10/30/2014 3:45PM

    Thanks Shelli, I love your honesty, I believe that all of us wish this were easier. I love your housework analogy. Yes, we have to keep doing it everyday or the dirty kitchen will take over once again! emoticon

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Mandatory, Unedited hOOp Break

Sunday, September 21, 2014

It really and truly did take a solid six months to recover from the Death By Bulldog Knee Sprain. I've been walking and stuff, but it's only been within the last couple of weeks that my knee actually felt 100%. 100%! Like, I can't even tell when it's going to rain anymore. I can't even tell that it was ever injured. As optimistic as I am, I wasn't sure if that was going to happen. But lo and behold, it has.

You know what that means, don't you? This short, round, middle-aged woman will be hOOping in her backyard again! Oh yes, yes she will. What have the neighbors done for free entertainment over the past months? I must make it up to them.

Spark on, Brave Sparkers!

PS: The song I'm hooping to is, "Wonder What You're Doing for the Rest of Your Life," from Train's new album, Bulletproof Picasso, which I've pretty much been playing nonstop all week. :)

  
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TERRIJ7 11/10/2014 11:21AM

    Hoop it up!

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LORIVIOLA 10/25/2014 6:19PM

    Thanks for sharing Shell.
I will be rusty when I am able to return too.

Love your enthusiasm and zest for life!
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SJKENT1 10/5/2014 10:55PM

    Awesome. It has been so long since I've hooped.

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MAGGIGIRL 10/5/2014 8:45PM

    Wish you were my neighbour!! Looking good with the hoop! Spark on!

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 10/1/2014 11:23PM

    You make me feel so happy watching you do your hooping again! It's hard to watch you without wanting to get up and join in the fun! I bought a hoola hoop just because of you! Now I need to get the courage up to TRY!!!

HUGS!

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THENEWKAREN 10/1/2014 8:48PM

    I got as far as buying the tubing and connectors to make like 6 to 8 hoops and it is sitting in storage. Guess I was afraid to make the hoop and try using it because I might have to admit I can't keep it moving...you have inspired me...may get the hoop made and try it soon.
Thanks for sharing!

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URBANAUDREYE 9/30/2014 7:40PM

    Just got the chance to watch this. So happy you're 100% again! Thanks for the smile I so desperately needed today.

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FITMARY 9/28/2014 12:39PM

    Very, very nice!!! No wonder the neighbors were complaining for all those weeks....
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TERRIJ7 9/28/2014 11:48AM

    Movin' in the grooove!

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PYNETREE 9/28/2014 7:47AM

    Fantastic return to hooping! Haven't lost any skills!

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JSTETSER 9/28/2014 6:55AM

    You motivate me!

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WRITERWANNAB 9/28/2014 12:34AM

    I wish you were my neighbor! Mine are perfectly nice, but rather quiet, conservative & speak only to be polite. I'd love someone to play with! emoticon

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PUGLOVER1999 9/28/2014 12:23AM

    Your video made me so happy! It was great to watch you perform; you have lucky neighbors! Glad your knee is 1005 healed, too!

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JERICHO1991 9/27/2014 10:45AM

    Thanks for the entertainment. You've gotten much better as a hoopster! Thanks for the song also. I'm adding it to my cardio playlist.

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WENDYANNE61 9/26/2014 7:31PM

    Rusty?? Your hooping is fantabulous, Shelli! Have a fun weekend and enjoy the freedom of middle-age, I say!

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VALKYR8 9/25/2014 9:20AM

    Hoop on Shelli!

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FLEMIDG 9/25/2014 1:13AM

    So glad your knee is feeling so good. Good luck with that hooping. Enjoy.

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MARYJEANSL 9/24/2014 8:46PM

  I'm so glad your knee is feeling 100% again. Hooray!

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AMBER461 9/24/2014 7:51PM

  I am that your knee is 100% better. Thanks for sharing.

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SEDONACAT 9/24/2014 2:05PM

    I'm so jealous! I can only do it a couple of times before it drops. Just don't have the moves! lol

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BEINGERIN 9/24/2014 11:45AM

    Your energy is inspiring!

Spark on!

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REBESANCON 9/24/2014 10:56AM

    You so rock! Makes me want to find a hoop! emoticon

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SUBMOM2 9/23/2014 11:36PM

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Where to begin?!

1. So glad your knee is better!
2. Great music!
3. Fabulous routine!
4. Even the dog is having fun!
5. I'm dusting off my hula hoop right now!

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KALEWINE 9/23/2014 11:00PM

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I'm so glad your knee is finally 100%!

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FRAN0426 9/23/2014 8:09PM

    Amazing hooping--continue to rock that hula hoop.

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AJB121299 9/23/2014 5:53PM

    nice

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NANHBH 9/23/2014 3:42PM

    So that's what happened to you! I must have missed that blog. So glad that neighbors will have their free entertainment again. They probably had to pay good money to get anything close to as entertaining as this!
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ALYEPSEN 9/23/2014 3:29PM

    You Inspire me!!! Welcome back!!

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1STBUCKETITEM 9/23/2014 3:17PM

  emoticon emoticon to Hoopsville! You truly know how to make it fun!

Looking forward to more of your creative hoop routines. emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/23/2014 1:17PM

    great post

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JEB03253 9/23/2014 12:37PM

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DISNEY4537 9/23/2014 12:09PM

    Glad your back to 100% Hoop on! emoticon emoticon

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WIO_ALISA 9/23/2014 10:52AM

    Looking great!
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MOMMY445 9/23/2014 10:49AM

    great news! go for it!

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KAWANEE 9/23/2014 10:05AM

    YOU are SO MUCH FUN!!!!! emoticon

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BECKYF3506 9/23/2014 9:39AM

    Wow--so cool! Wish I could do that. Looks like a lot of fun!

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SUCHANUT 9/23/2014 8:06AM

    Very groovy!!!!

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JENJENN7 9/23/2014 7:38AM

    That's very impressive hOOping! emoticon

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RITAROSE 9/23/2014 6:53AM

  I get a smile when I see there's a new vlog from you! My husband and I watched this together and he was amazed at you! I told him that you have done even better with that hoop! AMAZING! You make me want to go out and get one, but I know it wouldn't be easy to get that hoop to stay up! Thank you for putting a smile in our day first thing this morning!! Have a great day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBSZOO74 9/23/2014 2:24AM

    You're emoticon and look like you're having so much fun!

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