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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

I've joined the Biggest Loser Challenge Team for 12 weeks and am hoping it will push me off this plateau. I'm excited but a little confused at all the posting and what all we are supposed to be doing but hopefully will get caught up soon. I've upped my walking and have added some core exercises. I really hate just exercising. I love the walking and look forward to it each day and try not to miss that time to comune with nature and God.

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the weather and all the fall colors. Our trees haven't changed much and won't until November but since my oldest granddaughter has a birthday on Halloween, I buy some kind of Halloween decoration each year. I've been going for more of the old time ones like I remember from my childhood.

I'm also busy working on some handmade Christmas gifts. I'm making sock monkeys for the 3 granddaughters I'm closest too. We rarely see the other 3 who don't live near. We are planning a family get together sometime in January, so will just do gift bags for those. I'm picking up things at the Dollar Stores. We have a new step grandson and I'm really finding it hard to get him something as he gets so much from his other side of the family. Our son and his new wife are expecting so he will have a younger sister to share with now. I've found some really nice baby things at some resale shops but I've given it to them already. I did get a victorian doll buggy with a pink flamingo to go inside, since they are doing the baby's room in that theme. Rather cute and unique I think.

My calorie counting is pretty well down on automatic for me now. In fact at times I'm finding it hard to make the low end of the range. Sometimes it is under so I keep the 100 calorie packs handy for just such days. I feel I get a treat those days.

Well off to bed to get those 8 hours of sleep in.

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GERRI/POLLYANNA 10/8/2008 4:11PM

    Good luck on your Biggest Loser Challenge emoticon

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TABBERDOODLE 10/8/2008 9:55AM

    emoticon on meeting your nutritional goals! I still find it difficult not to overeat sometimes. I love to hear sucess stories. It motivates me to know that eventually all my good habits will be a way of life instead of a chore. Keep up the hard work!

Good luck on your Biggest Loser Challenge!

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October starts a new month!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

September is almost over and October nears. I'm determined to make it through the fall and winter holiday seasons sticking to my diet and exercise. So I've decided to make posting to my calorie count and fitness count a regular daily event. I've done well so far with 30 pounds gone. But I would like to see more progress now that I'm beginning to reach a plateau. I've bonded with many of my teams and think this is a big help. I've grown and have been asked to take leader positions in 2 of my teams. I just hope I can do everyone justice and help lead the way.

Autumn is also my very favorite season of the year. The color changes are so cheery and it seems I get an extra burst of energy this time of year. The sun is out the majority of the time and I think I thrive on sunlight. I almost dread going into winter with the cloudy wet and cold days we have. I think it would be worse if I had to endure snow alot. We have relative mild winters with maybe one or 2 snows that last a day or 2 or we get ice but nothing like the 2-5foot snows they have up north. I'm thankful for that.

I'm also taking on getting my website running and posting more of my things there. I also plan to concentrate on my online craft magazine that I help out with a friend in Texas. And I also have a new granddaughter on the way. So I have alot to look forward to in addition of being healthier and a better me.

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BGGARDEN 10/4/2008 8:01PM

    How was the first week of October?? You need to blog it because I LOVE hearing from someone who loves to create things like I do!

Do tell what your craft magazine URL . I have a desk full of scrapbooking that I promised my MIL I would get done for her. I still have to finish the book I started from last Christmas. I like to collage the cards we are giving with photos from the season. :-) I am seamstress.... of sorts. I am starting a new Childrens' clothing line as well! BUSY BUSY MOMMY here.... Happy it is time to put the garden to sleep!

Happy weekend Dear friend.

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NIMAWEYGH 10/2/2008 5:20PM

    I know you can do this Barb. You can do anything you set your mind to.
I love using the calorie and fitness trackers and have since the beginning.

Like you Autumn is my favorite time of year. I just tend to do better in the weight loss area at this time of year so I hope that continues.

You are doing a wonderful job for us on AR Ladies.

Keep up the Great work.

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ZMONEY 9/30/2008 1:19PM

    You can do it!

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5 months into Spark

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wow I can't believe it will be 5 months for me here at Sparkpeople and I've already lost 30 pounds. At my starting point at the end of April, I didn't think I could do this. I was at my highest weight ever and in worse shape physically and health-wise. I made the decision then that I would do this no matter what. I stuck to my promise to myself even when family and friends would entice me to take more or eat things I knew were not good for me. I have felt at times that I was not making any progress or that my progress was just baby steps.

My first obstacle was my husband. He offered me a second helping one night. I flat out told him no thanks. He kind of looked at me funny. I kept doing small things with our meal planning that I knew were much healthier. I started thinking back to when I was growing up and how I managed to be so thin and saw a decided difference in how I ate then to now. So I made changes in those areas gradually. I figured my husband would complain. One of the major change was not eating anything after 6p.m. My husband had been a big supper eater and never ate much in the way of breakfast. So I started fixing a nice balanced breakfast and I was so surprised when he started eating them. And then we would fix a nice lunch later in the afternoon. I would eat fruit or crackers for snacks between the 2 meals and so by 5 p.m. I wasn't hungry. My husband realized that even if he cooked a big meal in the evening, I wasn't going to eat, so now he snacks for his evening meals.

I also got rid of all the junky snack foods that I like so well. My husband didn't like that idea too much so we found some that he liked that I didn't and so I stocked up on them for him to eat. Since he is so physically active, the junk foods don't seem to gather pounds on him. But lately, I've noticed him weighing more and he is also eating more fruit instead.

So though I haven't had to say one word to him about it, the little things I've been doing and him seeing me go down in size and weight has really made him start taking better care of himself. And I know we both feel and look so much better today. This time next year, we will be even better.

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TABBERDOODLE 9/27/2008 8:47PM

    Great job with the gradual changes. It is much easier than trying to change your whole world at once. Your progress is a testament of your determination. Keep up the hard work!

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GRALLEN 9/25/2008 1:16PM

    It's neat that he is slowly changing his eating habits too. And yes, some of that junk food doesn't seem to affect men like it does us gals. Good job to the both of you!!

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TERJEGOLD 9/24/2008 10:35PM

    You have a great husband...a real keeper. It's wonderful when a couple is so in tune with each other that they can read each others needs and respond accordingly.

I remember reading something recently - not sure it I'll get it right - about eating breakfast like royalty, lunch like middle class and dinner like a pauper. Sounds as if you are doing just that and it's working well for you.

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Time for a size change

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I know that losing weight is going to take some time. I didn't get this way overnight. And I've not done bad. With Sprakpeople's help I've lost almost 30 pounds and am much healthier than I've been in some time. But I look in the mirror at times and still see me as this larger size. I grew up skinny and didn't get the "heavies" until I was in my 30's and so in my mind eye I think of me as still thinner. But then when I see my real self in the mirror I realize I still have a ways to go. I've not lost any pounds for almost a month now but last 2 days I've weighed and show a 2 pound loss. To me in the mirror it still doesn't show. But I did get a boost today. I have been noticing my jeans bagging. So I decided today was a good day to reward myself with a new pair. I am down 1 size and almost another. Well it is what I really needed for a good boost. So here is my goal and plan.

I want to be down by at least another size by Christmas. It will be icing on the cake if I'm 2 sizes down.
I plan to keep on the low end of the calorie range...above 1200 but below 1300 if at all possible.
I have been walking but haven't done any core exercises. (I just hate exercising). So I plan to add the toning core exercises I need. Starting small and adding to it as my body adjusts.
I am also going to add 3-10minutes of dancing per day.
I'm also going to look into yoga lessons or dig out the old yoga tapes and use them more often.

I'm more determined than ever to get back in shape now. And with everyone here at Sparkpeople I will succeed.

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MOTHEROFANGELS3 9/21/2008 7:21PM

    Congrats on the losses and the new jeans, that is a very motivational move now you will want to work twice as hard.

You have an excellent plan laid out and I see you moving forward making progressive step after another.

Way to go!

Char emoticon

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Whiny Americans

Friday, September 12, 2008

I'm not a great fan of Jay Leno but I found something he had written which was pretty profound. I'm putting it here but not in entirely all that was said.

"'The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some Poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right?

The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the President.

In essence 2/3 of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change. So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, 'What are we so unhappy about?''

A.. Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week?

B.. Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter?

C.. Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?

D. Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?

E.. Maybe it is the ability to drive our cars and trucks from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state?

F.. Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter?

G.. I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough either.

H. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

I.. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home.

J.. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames, thus saving you, your family, and your belongings.

K.. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss.

L.. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90% of teenagers own cell phones and computers.

M.. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world?

Maybe that is what has 67% of you folks unhappy.
Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S. , yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have, and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here."

There was quite a bit more that I won't bore you with but I have to whole hardily agree with him on this.
Today while in town, I noticed that the gas stations had upped their price per gallon by 75cents from just yesterday and also many stations had run out and had their pumps covered. I ran in to get milk and felt so blest that our shelves were still stocked with food and then came home to realize that we are truly blest. We don't live in a fancy mansion but we have a house that is paid for, food in our freezer, a generator if the power goes out, wood heater to heat our house if needed, fresh spring well water to drink, nice clothes to wear, phones to call out on, and computer and tv to keep us entertained. What more do we need. Just to be more mindful of our blessings and give the One who provide these things a great big THANKS!!!

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DEBBBJORNBE 9/15/2008 12:59PM

    Dear friend,
You have it so right! I wouldn't want to be any place else. There was an article in our paper yesterday ( I live in CA) about people retiring in Mexico beacause it's 30 % cheaper to live there. My hubby and I think their nuts. Al least twice in our lives they've taken over property owned by foriegners. If you live down there you can't work either.

I'm getting more inclined as I grow older to realize there is no place like home and I am so glad God gave me this one.

You have a great day counting your blessings! And I will too, friend!

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PUNKIN165 9/15/2008 10:52AM

    LOVE that, TY for sharing that one so I can pass it on :)Diana

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MOOGIEBEE 9/13/2008 5:35PM

    We do have so much.... Thanks for posting this. The little poorly insulated apartment that I live in is a mansion to someone somewhere.

Gratitude has given my heart and soul wings... you are right there is so much to be thankful for.

Also I like to remember to: "Be the change I want to see" - Ghandi


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ANTEEKER 9/12/2008 9:47PM

    Hi Thanks for posting.. I too want to know who all these unhappy
Americans are?

My family worked hard and struggled to come to this great country asking for nothing more than the oppurtunity to achieve the best they could..

An American Flag flys proudly in front of my home God Bless America emoticon

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