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Vacation Summary & Pictures

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Our vacation cruise trip in September was wonderful. Here are some pictures.







  
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HAPPYJUNEBUG 10/15/2014 1:53PM

    Love the pictures! I especially liked the last picture because you had such a huge smile. :)

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DRPEPPIE121 10/6/2014 10:17AM

    First of all: love the pics!!! You're lucky you got a monkey on your shoulder! They're so cute :-)

Keep at it girl!!! You'll see results by the end of the year if you keep fighting to win!!! Just do your very best! It's all we can do! :-) Proud of you!

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BUBBALOOGA123 10/4/2014 4:12PM

    Tracking food has been THE best way for me to lose weight! I really like your pics - you look great!

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Summary of Spark Journey

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Sparkfriends (if any of you are still out there), I'm back. Now I know what you are thinking....is she really back?

Mini summary:

March 2013 - Went to Universal Studios; had to sit in fat seat on roller coaster; got mad and joined gym.

March - July 2013. Committed to 17 weeks of Zumba.

July - November 2013. Committed to 17 weeks of healthy lifestyle (diet/exercise). Lost ~25 lbs total since March 2013.

November 2013 - March 2014. Stopped counting calories. Continued attending Zumba (for the most part). Maintained weight within 5 lbs of lowest weight. I would come back to Spark every so often, say "I'm back!" and then not follow through.

April 2014. Still not counting calories. Stopped attending Zumba. Still maintained weight. (I stopped going to Zumba for a variety of legitimate reasons vs. just being lazy; out of town, working 16 hour shifts at work, and strep throat).

May-September 2014 - Periodically pop back up on Spark. Still stopped going to Zumba (more legitimate reasons, injuries to knee, wrist, back, sickness, work, and vacation) Gained back another 5 lbs. ~10 lbs higher than my lowest weight.

October 2014 - Hitting the reset button and recommitting to tracking food and Zumba.

25 lbs lighter than my highest weight ever.

  
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CALLMESALLYG 10/2/2014 8:03PM

    I've had to hit reset multiple times myself! Glad you're back!! :)

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DRPEPPIE121 10/2/2014 1:15PM

    Glad to see you back! It's a JOURNEY! We don't expect perfection out of you...not in the least! You shouldn't expect it of yourself either!

I can't tell you how often I've been where you're at! Just gotta keep fighting! And sometimes it's easier to do it SUPER DUPER SLOW like me... because I feel like when you do it the way I am doing it... although you don't see results as quickly or as often... the results stick longer because I'm slowly changing things.

Just make your baby steps and I think committing to tracking and zumba are great ones! We're here for you!

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JAROL7 10/2/2014 11:08AM

    Work your plan. Soon you will look back and say, "That wasn't so hard." I'm on Day #419 of my journey.

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DDARNZEN 10/2/2014 11:05AM

    Glad to see you're back!

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JAB2010 10/2/2014 11:02AM

    Welcome back! You are here now that's what matters!

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MONTREALESTMOI 10/2/2014 11:00AM

    Consistency is key. You have the foundation and you know what to do. You can get it done!

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Days 130-134 ~ Thanksgiving Photo Before & After

Monday, December 02, 2013

Photo Disclaimer: According to facebook this year especially people have had strong negative opinions about stores being open on Thanksgiving, our photo is from shopping on Thanksgiving. However, my husband has to work a 12+ hour shift on black friday so if we want to have that time together to shop we have to go on Thanksgiving.

Here is a Before (2011) & After (2013) Thanksgiving photo (Edit: I fixed the photo order).

  
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NAMAARIA 12/2/2013 10:25PM

    Congratulations on your success!! You look great!

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DEEEBEE 12/2/2013 10:09PM

    That's so good! A picture says more than a thousand words can...so true! Sometimes with work schedules being what they are, family time has to be spent shopping in stores. You've done very well! You have a right to be proud of what you've accomplished.

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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STARTINGOVER37 12/2/2013 12:55PM

    You look great and happy, congratulations on your loss.

I went shopping with my boyfriend Thanksgiving night as well, but there were some deals we couldn't pass up. Instead of spending close to 300 for one person at Christmas, we only spent 150.

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WALLAHALLA 12/2/2013 12:16PM

    Had me worried for a minute with the switched order. You both look great, and very happy!

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Days 124-126 ~ Met My 2nd Goal!!!!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

I met my second weight goal of 183 lbs (by 12/17/13) today!!!!

Weight is now 182.5 lbs down a total of 25.5 lbs since March. (about 35.5 lbs from my highest ever weight).

I didn't quite believe the scale, but I was extra careful with calories this week since I didn't exercise for a couple days to rest my hamstring/glute/hip (whatever was hurting seems to be feeling much better). So after stepping on the scale at least 5 times throughout the first hour this morning and the number stayed the same, I finally believed that I met my second goal!

I'm so proud of myself!

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NPDSLEUTH 11/25/2013 9:16AM

    That is fantastic! Congratulations!!!!!

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DEEEBEE 11/24/2013 11:46PM

    You've got a right to be proud! Congratulations!

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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COOP9002 11/24/2013 3:25PM

    Awesome job!!!

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DAWNMC7 11/24/2013 2:48PM

  Congrats! You're an inspiration to the rest of us. Keep up the great work!

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DRPEPPIE121 11/24/2013 2:18PM

    Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ARNETTELEE 11/24/2013 1:58PM

  Congratulations! Great job on attaining your 2nd goal!

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Days 117-120 ~ 17 week Progress Update

Monday, November 18, 2013

17 weeks ago I made the following goals:

Goal 1: Log onto Spark for 17 weeks
Goal 2: Track food for 17 weeks
Goal 3: Stay within calorie range
Goal 4: Blog everyday for 17 weeks
Goal 5: Exercise for 17 weeks (180 minutes a week)

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Progress Update:

My weight is currently 184.8 lbs.

In the Past 17 weeks:

I've lost 17.2 lbs and am down inches/clothing sizes;
This makes a total 23.2 lbs since starting Zumba (34 weeks ago); and ~ 33.2 lbs lost off my highest ever weight.

I met my first small goal weight of 195 lbs by September 17th (on 9/1).

I am well on my meeting my second goal weight of 183 lbs by December 17th (1.8 lbs to go).

Goal 1: Log onto Spark for 17 weeks emoticon

Goal 2: Track food for 17 weeks emoticon I have only missed 2 days out of 119.

Goal 3: Stay within calorie range emoticon I stayed within calorie range the majority of the time (went over calories on 35 days).

Goal 4: Blog everyday for 17 weeks emoticon I may not have blogged everyday; However, I have consistently blogged about my progress.

Goal 5: Exercise for 17 weeks (180 minutes a week) emoticon With the exception of when I was sick and needed to take care of myself; however, when I was feeling better I continued to stick to my goal.

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What I've learned:

As I say a lot, this isn't an easy process by any means. However, I've learned I can be successful at losing weight, and I can stick with it.

In the past when my doctor would tell me I should stop drinking soda to help with losing weight, I'd just kind of think "yeah yeah whatever, I can't not have soda". I've learned that I can live without soda. Note: I still have a soda about once a week, but I now stick to 12 oz or less. The once a week still gives me a taste to help curb cravings, but I don't miss soda as much as I thought I would.

I've learned that the Spark community really is invaluable. Being more involved in the teams/Spark community has made a world of difference for me. The encouragment I receive when I'm having a bad day, or having a good day/meeting my goals is priceless. I thank each and every person that has taken the time to send me an encouraging note, Spark mail, goodie, etc. I also appreciate the blogs/Spark pages/message board notes of other members. Seeing that I'm not alone, and seeing examples of other people's successes (and even failures) helps give me motivation to stick with my goals.

I've learned I can change for the better. I look better, but more importantly I feel better. My body feels better in that I am able to do more physical activity without feeling like I want to die. My mental health feels better, I feel better about myself, and exercise really does help with stress relief and all of the other positive benefits you hear about but don't necessarily believe when you start exercising and feel ready to pass out/give up.

I've learned that in the end I have to make the decision to be sucessful. I can have all the encouragement in the world from my husband, family, coworkers, Spark community, etc. but at the end of the day I am the only person responsible for the decisions I make (food I eat and the exercise I complete).

Even if I have set backs, I can stick with this. I'm going to have weeks where I make all the correct decisions and the number on the scale isn't going to change; I may have days where I make all the wrong decisions and the scale moves in the wrong direction. However I can make the decision to stick with it and be successful (and sticking with this is being successful even if the scale doesn't reflect numbers I want it to).

Most importantly I've learned that I HAVE chosen to be successful and that I am going to continue to chose to be succesful until I meet all my goals.

  
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DRPEPPIE121 11/19/2013 9:51AM

    Congrats!!! Such a good motivating post! Keep it up! You CAN do it!

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DEEEBEE 11/18/2013 10:57PM

    You've written such a good blog. I wish everyone would read it. I checked that box, by the way. Best to you!

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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RACEWELLWON 11/18/2013 7:30PM

    Major emoticon good for you ! All you hard work is showing!! Hugs Karen

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WILD_LILY 11/18/2013 4:49PM

    Kudos for taking personal responsibility in your success and failure. I think until we do that, we will always find something else to blame, and never truly succeed. Congrats for sticking to your goals for the long-term. Keep up the great work! You can do it!

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CANDACEMM 11/18/2013 1:50PM

    This is awesome progress! Your hard work has paid off! Great job!

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WALLAHALLA 11/18/2013 1:28PM

    All lessons well learned! emoticon

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