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Bonus blog: Debra_T's Sunday Quiz

Sunday, March 14, 2010

She says she stole it from SusieMilo who stole it from someone else, but I "borrowed" it from her! Please feel free to cut and paste into a blog of your own making, but I warn you, it’s a little time consuming….

When is the last time you ran?

Do your jeans have rips, tears, and holes in them?

What are you dreading right now?
Putting my son on the airplane to head back to his job.

Do you get the full 8 hours of sleep a night?
More like 7 satisfies me.

If anyone came to your house on your "lazy days" what would ya'll do?
I like Deb's answer and will keep it: Depending on who it was, I would either (a) pretend not to be home, or (b) make an impromptu party.

Who last grabbed your butt?
Ahem! MYOB!

Have you ever been on your school's track team?

Do you own a pair of Converse?
No. Mostly New Balance.

Do you eat raw cookie dough?
Um, guilty as charged?

Have you ever kicked a vending machine?
Not kicked, but I have tried to tilt, jiggle, strike with open/closed fist, etc. Don't you hate it when your selection gets "stuck"?

How do you eat Oreos?
I'm a traditionalist: Screw apart, slowly lick off the cream filling, then dunk the wafers in milk and let them melt in my mouth.

Could you live without a computer?
Without a computer at home? Or without all the computers in the world? I make my living with computers... I'd have to find a new career... but, I suppose I would survive, somehow.

Do you wear your shoes in the house?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. More now than I used to.

Who or what sleeps with you?
Dog is not allowed on the bed, but she sleeps on her own bed right beside me.

At what age did you find out that Santa wasn't real?
I think I was about 3 when I caught mom trying on the outfit. She played Santa at the local Elks' club. I was a confused kid ever after (Santa isn't your dad, kids, he's your mom?).

How many phones, house phones and cell phones are in your house? 3 house phones currently hooked up. 1 cell phone.

What do you do when you're sad?
Watch a movie to match the mood and let myself cry. Or if I don't have time, suppress it and get back to it later!

Last time you saw your best friend?
Unfair question... next!

What jewelry are you wearing?
Watch, hero bracelet commemorating my son's fallen comrades.

Is anyone on your bad side now?
Do I have a bad side? No.

What's the first thing you do when you get online?
Check e-mail.

Where do you work?
In a cubicle, like Dilbert. In an office building, like a billion other people on the planet.

What are you doing tomorrow?
Working, eating, exercising, you know, living. God willing and the creek don't rise, as they say around here.

When was the last time you left your house?

Do you return your cart?
Absolutely. Goody two-shoes here.

Do you have a dishwasher?
Yes. It takes me two or three days to fill it to run, though.

What noise do you hear?
Snoring dog.

Would you survive in prison?
I have no clue, suspect not.

Do you know anyone with the same name as you?
Personally know, no... but there is a woman with the same first and last names as me who writes prolifically... I know because when I Google my own name, she comes up with a ton of books.

What's the last thing you purchased?
Groceries and a weighted exercise ball (yes, at the same time).

What brand are your pants right now?
No brand sweats.

What irritates you most on the internet?
Chain mail, urban legends and scams. Phishing, etc. Hopefully nobody who reads this is silly enough to fall for such things!

What song best describes your life right now?
"Hard Day's Night" (the Beatles)

Do you own expensive perfume/cologne?
No. Allergies took me out of the perfume/cologne wearing population a few years back.

Are you taking college classes right now?

Do you like sushi?

Do you get your hair cut every month?
Not usually. Every six to eight weeks.

Do you go online every day?
Pretty much.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KALIGIRL 3/14/2010 7:53PM

    Sorry kiddo - have been out most of the day and trying to catch up with my spark buds - if I get a chance will come back and post...

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DEBRA_T 3/14/2010 9:57AM

    I think it is a wonderful (but sad) thing that you wear a fallen heroes bracelet. Wonderful that your son's comrades have someone to remember and pray for them every day, sad that such sacrifices have to be made in this heavily troubled world.

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Springing forward... in more ways than one

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I am up with the new clock time, and feeling great. Of course, I have that boost of yesterday's good news to get me started. And I have the anticipation of Sunday dinner with my son and his wife to pull me onward as well.

I'm a big believer in changing my workouts up to keep from getting bored. Over the years I have built quite a collection of home equipment, and my family room is in danger of becoming my home gym. I live alone so I can get away with this. emoticon

In accordance with this philosophy, and as a reward, I bought myself a couple of "new toys" recently. One is a step for home use. Yes, one of those things they use in step classes at the gym, but smaller and really only suited for home use. The DVD that came with it? Is strength training using the step! I started in on it yesterday morning and stopped before finishing it. Yes, this workout will challenge me, if I want to do more than cardio stepping. Another recent acquisition is a 4-pound weighted ball: I just wanted something different to spice up my strength training. Didn't they used to call things like this "medicine balls"?

Inhabiting the room behind me are a treadmill emoticon, a balance board (SP special), a yoga mat, a Swiss ball emoticon, the weighted ball, a set of hand weights (dumb-bells) ranging from 3 pounds to eight pounds emoticon, some ankle weights (2.5 pounds), that new step, and a set of three resistance bands emoticon.

My bicycle sits in the garage, waiting for better weather emoticon, but calling my name from time to time. And of course, my closet has a couple of good pair of walking shoes emoticon! I still don't have everything the gyms I used to belong to have, but I do have a variety of options for working out.

What's important to remember about all of these toys? They don't do a lick of good unless you play with them! Let's Spring forward with a commitment to play!

And a question for all: what's your current favorite exercise toy (tool, or equipment, if you must be serious!)?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KALIGIRL 3/14/2010 9:18PM

    Sounds like you have wonderful 'toys'.
Not sure I have a favorite, but I have a least fav - the dreaded elliptical...

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PONDERTHIS 3/14/2010 11:30AM

    Thanks for this inspiration. I love the idea of play. I will always want to see exercising, moving my body (which it loves, by the way), as play. Great idea!!!!
Have a happy, movement-filled day.
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LJCANNON 3/14/2010 10:33AM

    emoticonI am coming to YOUR house to play!!! emoticon

emoticonI think if I could have only ONE toy, it would be good walking shoes. I am enjoying my walks, and I will NEVER forget what it was like to be UNABLE to walk more than a couple of minutes at a time.

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MSLZZY 3/14/2010 8:07AM

    You've got some pretty nice toys so you are armed and ready for maintenance.
Time to go play. You're right! They don't do any good if you don't use them.
Have a super Sunday!

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DEBRA_T 3/14/2010 8:06AM

    My favorites are my swelling collection of DVDs that combine aerobic dance with strength training. I use hand weights (3 and 5 pound) and resistance bands (2) with some of the workouts. Makes it convenient to have everything at my fingertips. It was all there before I started using it too, of course, but since I started SP, I've been exercising an average of 6 days every week.

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WALKINGANNIE 3/14/2010 7:43AM

    ... and you're concerned about maintaining!!


My favourite toy is, without doubt, my pedometer. Does that count? (Oops, see what I did there?!)

A playroom like yours means that there's no escape from daily reminders about getting physical so you'll definitely be at goal and maintaining for keeps this time!

Hope you enjoy the new time regime. Clocks in the UK will change in a couple of weeks and I'm so looking forward to the light evenings.

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KKKAREN 3/14/2010 7:41AM

    My favorites are my walking shoes and resistance bands. Good for you for keeping the variety in your exercise.

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DAISY443 3/14/2010 7:30AM

    I have an old fashioned exercycle-the kind that actually looks like a bicycle. Right now it's my favorite!

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SUNNY332 3/14/2010 7:26AM

    My favorite right now is the recumbent bike. I love it!

Take care and I, like you, feel fortunate to have workout equipment at home.

I live 30 miles from the closest gym so it works well for me.

Hugs, Sunny emoticon

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So NOW what?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

After dancing around the "official" number for about a month, today the official scale finally caved and said "I give up, you did it... you're at goal". emoticon It has taken 9 and a half months to drop 57.5 pounds.

Beginning tomorrow, I'm on the "maintenance" plan. I've been a little scared of maintenance. Being a planner, though, I signed up for the "At Goal And Maintaining" spark team a month ago, and found a whole bunch of other people who share those concerns.

The one thing I know I have to guard against is the let down that comes with achieving a milestone. You all know the feeling: "Is that all there is?" I think I'm good, but I am cautious. How turtle-like, eh?

emoticon We're going to do it... we are doing it... and we are all worth it!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SHAPNUP 3/14/2010 9:52AM

    WOW! Congratulations. You know, Ive worried about the whole "can't lose it after 50" mindset, but I see it is incorrect. You are an inspiration!

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RUMBLETIGER 3/13/2010 9:48PM

    Congrats to you! How great is that - being at goal! Good for you. Keep it up!

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CYNTHIAF1976 3/13/2010 9:23PM

    Enjoy! Enjoy! Keep up all the planing and you will do yourself GOOD. emoticon emoticon

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PATRISNA 3/13/2010 8:53PM

    Barb! You did it! I am so happy for you!

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DAMOTIVATION 3/13/2010 7:16PM

    Insert APPLAUSE here!

Now, take a minute to give yourself huge credit for reaching your goal. You did it!

Okay...did the :60 seconds go by yet?

All you have to do now is train to maintain. That's right. Do what you did to get here (maybe a little less fitness on some days if you prefer it that way, a little more slack in the calorie range 1-2 days of the week). Play around with the changes/variations until you hone in on what it takes to be this way for the long haul.

I believe the one thing that cannot change is the mindset to be healthy. That will never leave me now. It will keep me in a range and make me take serious stock before things get out of hand.

I do step on the scale a few times a week. I do watch the way clothes fit to make sure I'm not ballooning up and out of my new wardrobe. I am still using the nutrition tracker, but I think it has become more of tool for me to watch the protein, fiber, sodium than the calories in at this point. Helps me make choices throughout the day and isn't a real bother considering the rewards.

I've been maintaining for about 7 months and it seems to be working. Everyone is different, but you will figure it out.

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APRILLSCOTT 3/13/2010 7:02PM

    emoticon You are an example for us emoticon's to follow!
You've fought this battle, and you have won, and we're proud of you! Let's emoticon.

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CONCHA77 3/13/2010 6:41PM

    Congrats to you, Barb! You are inspiring and I couldn't be happier for you. I have come close to my goal, never made it. Good for you, friend.
Here is to continued success and health!

Hugs, Connie

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ANDI571 3/13/2010 6:03PM

    That is fantastic. There is no better feeling than of reaching goal. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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KALIGIRL 3/13/2010 5:12PM

    HIP HIP HOORAY!!!!!!
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SUNNY332 3/13/2010 4:45PM

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So happy for you....


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MSLZZY 3/13/2010 4:21PM

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LJCANNON 3/13/2010 4:06PM

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I am so happy for you. And you have nothing to worry about. You have joined a Team to help you with Maintenance, and you have already gotten familiar with the Tools here at Spark. You are making Plans for continuing this Lifestyle and I am so PROUD of you.

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WALKINGANNIE 3/13/2010 3:53PM

    Warm, heartfelt congratulations Barb. You so deserve this.

Debra_T has said it so well, but you know what this is all about now - more of the same, but aiming now for milestones of time spent at your home weight rather than pounds lost.

Your journey so far has been such an achievement and I'm so pleased that you're where you are now with the tools to keep the weight off for ever.


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DEBRA_T 3/13/2010 3:36PM

    Now (drumroll please) .... More of the Same! I hope you don't feel let down by achieving an incredible result, especially knowing that this gift was won by every piece of hard work you put into it, every fitness break you took instead of going to the vending machine, every meal you ate that was what you were supposed to eat, every minute you put into supporting others and sharing your experience, strength and hope.

We still need that, Barb, all of us out here who are smiling from ear to ear because you made it!

Congratulations!!!!!! And, keep on Sparking, my Turtle Friend.

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VEMAN1 3/13/2010 3:33PM


You are worth every minute! Way to go and celebrate your lifestyle. You can accomplish anything. Just look how far you have come!

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Morning musings over coffee

Friday, March 12, 2010

It's Friday, so I'm wearing red. I was told about a grass-roots movement that started in Texas to wear red every Friday until all the service men and women came home. Of course, living in Nebraska, this nuance of WHY you're wearing red on Friday can get lost in the "sea of red" worn to support the sports team! emoticon

I joined the "Turtles" spark team this week. emoticon I figure I'm a slow learner over a lifetime, not in a hurry to get to goal, more important are the healthy behaviors than the number on the scale emoticon. Seriously, my last big successful weight loss, in 2003, I deliberately did not say I was trying to lose weight. I went on a "guy diet" with my son.

What's that? As my son explained, back then, "guys" don't diet. They go into training. For some sport. They improve their nutrition. They work out. They don't restrict, they make sure they get enough protein, for example. So I set out to "maintain" myself healthy. I read a book or two, I joined a gym with him, and over time, I found myself at my lowest adult weight ever, and at my fittest.

It worked. Of course, later something unraveled... and I stopped working out, let my eating get out of hand, and started feeling unworthy again. Back to "Fat City". I ended up in tears in my doctor's office in January 2009. He'd seen me lose the pounds before, and he asked me if I normally gained in the Winter and lost as the more active part of the year came around again.

I responded, "Doctor, my weight cycles don't last months, they last years." Brutal honesty. "Well, let's see if we can speed that up a bit." To skip the storms of figuring out what might be off, medically... that led to the surgery on the parathyroid gland in October, and here I am again, staring maintenance in the face, feeling a lot more positive and worthy.

And determined. For a lifetime. I know in my heart of hearts, as many Spark People know, that taking care of our health has to be a commitment for a lifetime, but it can only be met one decision at a time.

Here's to today's decisions... for all of us... may they be good ones! We can do this, and we're worth it.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MSLZZY 3/13/2010 4:23PM

    I like the idea of being "in training". Have a good weekend and thanks for sharing!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/12/2010 7:21PM

    Love your musings! Wish I could just sit down with you and have a cup of coffee some morning. We're all going to take the solution-based approach to healthy eating now, rather than the punitive diet approach. It works better. We feel better about ourselves. We are healthier when we focus on health, not just on some number on the scale, which sometimes encourages very unhealthy behaviors to get there.

Congrats! So glad you are ready for maintenance agai. You are armed with all you learned last time plus all the knowledge and support you've gotten here on SP! Positive, Worthy, Determined -- you've got it all. It adds up to being healthy, fit women (I'm joining you, hope you don't mind) for the rest of our lives! -Marsha

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    One day at a time will see us to our lifetime goals!

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KALIGIRL 3/12/2010 12:55PM

    "taking care of our health has to be a commitment for a lifetime, but it can only be met one decision at a time"

This is so true and with the help of our friends, family and fellow sparklers, may we make the right decisions!
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WALKINGANNIE 3/12/2010 12:51PM

    So many of us recognise your fat cycles all too well Barb and share our own variations of your current triumphs and fears. Yes, days and decisions are one at a time - but now that we have found a group of like-minded people who understand the issues, I think that we are all much more likely to make success permanent.

I have never ever had the level of understanding and support that there is here in SP. We are all responsible for ourselves but friends provide immense security that is every bit as important as the nutrition and fitness trackers. Just knowing that other, eminently sensible and capable, people are thinking similar thoughts makes me feel less stupid about temptations and mistakes. Friends' determination and practical experiences provide great role models. As long as we're not all having a bad day at the same time I think we'll keep each other on the straight and narrow because you're right, we are so worth it.

And, of course, we will continue to win small victories on our way to motivate each other.


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    Sounds like your son has a very healthy attitude towards his weight and nutrition. Kudos!

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DEBRA_T 3/12/2010 8:53AM

    Good morning Barb! I love it that you're part of the Turtle Team and that you have the kind of eye-opening attitude that you do. I also like what Ritarose said about losing the idea of what she can eat after it's all over. It's never over and that's the big difference and the great secret that we're all sharing here today because of you.

My husband's version of guy diet is treat food like cardboard and eat the same low calorie things over and over until the weight is gone. He thinks diets are one of the ways that women kid themselves. He's kinda right.

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RITAROSE 3/12/2010 8:29AM

  From one turtle to another, I think you are bound for success with an attitude like yours! Spark People is helping me daily to make good choices and to think of the long term, not DIET, but rather, healthy lifestyle. I started putting on the pounds during my fourth pregnancy and after. I haven't weighed this little (and believe me, it's not little!) since 1986!! Instead of focusing on after I lose, what I will be able to eat, I'm focusing on what is going to make me more healthy and help me to lose weight along with what kind of exercise will I do today?

Thank God for you and for others who are a constant encouragement!!
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SUNNY332 3/12/2010 8:03AM

    We are worth all of our efforts!

Blessing to you too for a great Friday. I am also wearing RED.

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VSWINGLE 3/12/2010 7:56AM

    Great blog...I love the "guy diet" idea. Thanks for sharing!

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PALEAN 3/12/2010 7:51AM

    Thank you for sharing this. We can do this and...we ARE worth it!

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One Word

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Copy and paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. (OK, I'll play.)

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favorite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favorite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favorite store?

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?

Favorite place to eat?

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUNNY332 3/12/2010 6:52AM

    Fun! I love learning more about my Spark Friends.

Have a Fantastic Friday. I am going in today and work on assessments again. I got 5 done yesterday and hope to get that much done today.

Take care! Sunny emoticon

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APRILLSCOTT 3/12/2010 2:46AM

    This was a fun blog! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 3/11/2010 8:17PM

    Already played - although I didn't know it was just one word. Makes it much more interesting... (love the book store answer)

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