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10/16/15 6:42 P

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I am refocusing my energies and decided to revisit the 100 Days of Weight Loss. I haven't updated my reasons to lose in awhile, and so much has changed in my lifetime since last year.

Here's the latest edition:

Reasons to Reach Healthy Weight

1. Normal blood pressure-- done, but still on meds
2. Normal cholesterol—done and off meds
3. Reduced cancer risk
4. Strength and stamina for enjoying life
5. Comfortable in jeans and belt--done
6. Under weight limit on ladders- close
7. Wear regular size clothes-close
8. Be better at 60 than I am at 58- in progress
9. Shave legs in the shower--done
10. Put pants on while standing up--done

And ten more!
11. Indoor freefall skydiving – coming in 2016
12. And Ziplining-coming in 2016
13. Cute boots!
14. Roller coasters! – October 2015
15. Matching bra & panty sets
16. Tie my chef's apron in the front--done
17. Wrap a bath towel completely around myself
18. No trepidation around seeing the doctor--done
19. Bend over and paint my toenails--done
20. Longer life expectancy


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10/16/15 3:01 P

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emoticon so happy for you xxx

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10/16/15 7:02 A

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Thanks Gil! Having made it past the first year of widowhood, working full time and recently started dating, it's time to refocus on becoming a healthier weight for me.

Old habits resurfaced very quickly so I thought it best to start at the very beginning.

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10/16/15 2:29 A

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It's lovely to see you Susan - as you can see, there's a core group of us on Day 76 - leading up to the holiday season - so jump in with us if you want to (I love reading our old posts from last year!). We'll start another 'official' 100 DWL on 1st January. But, of course, you know your way around, so help yourself to whatever you fancy. I am SO pleased to see you.
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10/15/15 9:56 P

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Time to refocus, will be slowly reviewing and doing a new round of 100 days.

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3/1/15 6:01 P

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Welcome back, Susan! First day of a new month...good day to be here. I had some pauses of my own last month and I'm still not posting daily but I'm back home so I am going to try to get back on track.
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3/1/15 4:21 P

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This I know as truth. TIme spent away from this site and the daily lessons equals pauses in healthy eating.

Back in the saddle again today!

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2/15/15 8:20 P

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Thank you for the words of encouragement. The one day craziness truly did last just that day. I have been on my narrow path since then and doing well.

I "thought" I would start practicing my top ten days , for a week at a time. Then I went through them and realized that probably won't work as some of them just don't seem to fit into something that needs to be repeated over and over...then again, maybe if I do each day as a day, and at the end of ten, do them again? I need to think on this some more.

Maybe I just need to review the top ten daily, without doing the actual exercises?

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You can do it, Susan! If you went off the rails Friday it was a coping mechanism. We know better ones but can't always turn to them. You will get more control as you complete your transition to being a working girl again. Change always raises heck with our daily routines and you have been through some huge changes. You will make the adjustment to the new normal and your cravings will settle down too.

Sometimes I feel like I don't have the right words but I'm trying to tell you how much faith I have in you and your ability to meet your goals. Thanks for all the support you give us!!!

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1/25/15 2:23 P

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Mac and cheese are one of your fave comfort meals - I remember that!

Your routine has completely changed - you will settle into a new routine in a couple of weeks - and find different ways to stay on plan.

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1/25/15 7:35 A

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Back to work and doing my best to stay on plan. Had a rough day on Friday, which started with candy bars for breakfast and ended with baked macaroni & cheese and blueberry pie!

On plan and a good day Saturday. Staying OFF the scale now until Wednesday.

Friday was pure emotional eating and exhaustion from not sleeping well. It's always going to be with me. I WILL get better at conquering it!

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1/14/15 6:53 A

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Day 14 - How morning affects evening

I have been following the guidelines of eating breakfast daily and having a late afternoon/evening healthy snack available for months now. It really does help.



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1/13/15 8:00 A

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Round Two- Day 13- 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle

Today we review the importance of eating on a somewhat usual schedule and not forgetting to eat or skipping meals. I used to skip lunch or eat an extremely late lunch which would result in me having a headache half the morning and being overstuffed at dinner time.

Now I've learned that a light lunch is all I need, not a big heavy mid-day meal. Most days my lunch consists of yogurt or low fat cottage cheese and some fresh fruit. If I have a luncheon meeting or event I switch that meal with dinner and have the smaller meal later. I even refer to this as my light meal and my main meal. It's a matter of perception.

Today's exercise is very similar to one from a couple of days ago. I need to write out my planned meals and times they are planned for (done), then I need to set a timer so that I am eating no more than 30 minutes away from the times selected.

I just finished breakfast and have planned my light meal at 12:30 and dinner at 5. I will have a snack of fresh fruit somewhere in my day if needed.

emoticon Review of Yesterday
I ate 100% fuel and 0 filler. emoticon

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1/12/15 10:44 A

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I don't know what it was about adding times to my daily meal plan yesterday. I'd been planning my days meals in advance for several weeks with success.

Yesterday, it was as if my inner goddess to a nap and let the inner brat take over. Like a Tasmanian devil in an old cartoon, it whirled about wreaking havoc on my day.

At my appointed breakfast time, I immersed in some paperwork on the computer and lost track of time. I ate my planned breakfast an hour later, which pushed lunch to an hour later as well. I ate my planned lunch

The at dinner time, I had forgotten to take the already prepared sloppy turkey joe out of the freezer and opted for a bowl of oatmeal with skim milk and hazelnut spread instead, for a points value of 2 less than planned.

Later in the evening, instead of the banana I had planned for a snack, I had a skinny cow mint ice cream sandwich. Between that and the chocolate taste of the hazelnut spread earlier, I tripped a switch in my brain that said "ME WANT MORE" and ended up eating the last two skinny cows in the package.

I am still on my meal plan, I used 2 or my 35 weekly allowance points, just made some odd food decisions later in the day. I think it was all that chocolate taste. Lesson learned: I can have ice cream by going out to eat it, and then won't be tempted to have more than one serving at a time.

It's all good. Today my food is planned, without times added in!

Round Two-Day 12- 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle

Today we focus on the actual foods eaten. Are they fuel for our body with good sources of protein, vegetables, fruit, fiber and low/no fat dairy or are they filler made up of nutritionally empty calories like chips, soda, sweets and other treats?

For today I am supposed to write down everything I eat and make not of whether it was fuel or filler, and then review it.

Again, I will report my results tomorrow.

I don't feel guilty about yesterday. The scale stayed the same, I was not way off my plan, it was just an interesting day of self discovery.

Onward & Downward!

CD13384562 Posts: 7,356
1/11/15 7:27 A

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My plan for today:

7 AM wake up, Spark time, exercise
8:30 AM breakfast: peanut butter oatmeal with skim milk
12:30 PM lunch: low fat cottage cheese, banana
3:30 PM snack: orange
6 PM dinner: sloppy turkey joe, diet bread, skinny mashed potatoes, green beans

and if needed I will have another piece of fruit in the evening while watching tv.

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1/10/15 7:31 A

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Good response, Susan! Why do so many people feel that they have to say something self-deprecating whenever they receive a compliment? I used to be that way but now I have learned to simply say "Thank you!" Then I remember to notice things about the other person and return the compliment soon.

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1/10/15 12:53 A

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I'm sort of playing hooky from part of this lesson as I don't really have anyone close enough to ask for a compliment. It seems contrived to ask.

I will adapt this to responding to the next SINCERE compliment and future compliments with the phrase "Thanks! That was so nice of you to notice!"

Like many others on our team, most of my "weight loss talk" is contained to my SparkPeople circle of friends. You are my safe zone! I hope I can do the same for you.


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emoticon I could not have said it better!! I should just copy and paste but that would be cheating so I'll do my own homework!
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1/9/15 8:43 A

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Round Two- Day 9- 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle

Answers to quiz from today's lesson:

emoticon If you see me eating something that you think is not on my diet plan:
- ignore it.

emoticon When I'm making progress losing weight:
-a sincere compliment is nice, but not necessary

emoticon When I'm struggling or gaining weight:
-ask me how you can help -or-
-ignore it

emoticon When I'm making progress you can't see such as improving my self esteem:
-ask me how I am doing
-ignore it

emoticon When I've maintained my weight, even though I may still want to lose more:
-ignore it


If you notice a trend, it's true. I do better when others around me do not constantly comment on my healthy eating progress or plan. It can set up a false confidence in myself or a defiant attitude towards criticism, both of which could end up backfiring into an emotional eating binge. It's great to post about my progress here on SparkPeople, my safe zone, and to have folks comment, these answers are more geared towards people in my day to day life.

Onward & Downward!

CD13384562 Posts: 7,356
1/8/15 7:57 A

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I looked at my answers from round one of the 100 days and found most of them no longer applicable. This illustrates to me another reason I need to continue to repeat these lessons as I learn new things about myself.

emoticon Ways you can help:
-offer sincere compliments
-trust me to make decisions around my food plan

emoticon Please do not:
-assume something I want to eat is "bad for me" and become the food police
-be a food pusher

Onward & Downward!

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1/7/15 12:55 A

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Thanks Wanda! I have all my weekly flex points saved up for it, so I will be fine.

Round Two, Day 7 - 100 Days of Weight loss by Linda Spangle

Today is about writing affirmations to reinforce that "I can do it".

I can do it because:

emoticon I'm already doing it

emoticon I am following a program that I know works for me

emoticon I am planning my meals the day before

emoticon I have my Spark Friends doing it with me

emoticon My success is motivating me to keep pushing for more

Onward & Downward!

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1/6/15 9:42 A

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Go Susan! We can do this!
The dinner group sounds like lovely fun - good idea to scope out the menu in advance, you'll do fine. We have all learned so much on our journeys; now we need to put it to work! emoticon

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1/6/15 7:08 A

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Round Two- Day 6 - 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle

We all have food pushers in our lives. Some have had them since birth and are card carrying members of the clean plate club. Others only experience them at parties or events. Today's lesson talks us through how to handle food pushers and protect our program.

I was supposed to watch for chances today to use the golden phrase "Not just yet, I'm going to wait awhile". My food plan for today is all meals eaten at home, and truly, the cats are not going to ask me to eat, just to feed them! emoticon

Then we need to identify three high risk times or events and make a plan to protect our program during each of them:

emoticon dinner out with a group at a restaurant
I recently joined a group that meets at the same restaurant every Wednesday evening. I have visited the restaurant's online menu and found a few different items I can piece together to make a healthier choice. I will practice lessons learned through the first trip through Linda Spangle's book by pacing myself to eat slowly, recognize hunger/fullness levels, adopt the half off approach if the portion appears large. I will budget weekly flex points to cover this day.

emoticon Birthday/Anniversary/Other Parties
Fortunately the nieces and nephews have grown beyond the ages of annual childhood cake, ice cream and pizza feasts! Again I will apply lessons learned on the first trip through. Yes, will have a small serving of cake, which I will have budgeted for in advance. I will carry a glass of diet soda or unsweetened tea so that I have something in my hand, bring a healthy dish to share (sugar free jello jigglers are always a hit), eat a can of green beans (yes, I'm serious!) or a salad at home about an hour before attending to help fill me up so I am not tempted to nosh on filler foods.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Holidays
For the larger Holidays of Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas I will follow my wider path eating boundaries, and practice maintenance. This doesn't mean I eat everything with abandon. I allow myself some special treats while still remaining in charge of my own destiny.


emoticon I am supposed to do at least one thing today to protect my program at all costs. I have already planned my meals for the day including a couple of healthy snacks. In my life a healthy snack is fruit or non fat yogurt. About once a week a snack could be a mini-bag of 98% fat free popcorn. That's actually more like a filler, so I save it for a healthy treat.

Onward & Downward! emoticon emoticon


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1/5/15 7:47 A

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Round Two - Day Five- 100 Days of Weight Loss

The first time through these lessons my magic notebook was OneNote on my computer, and I was only using it for tracking points/water and prepping my blog postings. That changed in early November 2014 when I purchased a nice journal book and pen to "take it low tech". I love it! I am already on my second one, not that I'm wordy or anything emoticon

Adapting to the concept that you can have a page in your notebook where you write down food cravings, then remind yourself you can plan it into a future day, was definitely a new concept for me, back then. It is a really neat trick!

In my notebook today, there is a daily plan that is written the night before, usually a page or two for journaling thoughts and feelings, a list of my 2015 goals on the first page, pages to keep track of wellness appointments, Birthdays/Anniversarys and a page in the back for keeping track of books and new authors read in 2015.

Today's plan includes:
-put items for donation pick up on front porch by 7 AM
-haircut
-Aldi shopping
-buy plastic for windows
-100 Days Lesson
-Sparktime
-Meet with Personal Trainer

And then my meal plan for the day.

Growing up in the business world with first Day Timers, then Franklin Planners before Hyrum Smith joined with Stephen Covey to make it Franklin Covey, moving on to one of the first Palm Pilots and beyond, I have been a consummate list maker. Now I've added that into my daily magic notebook to get the best of both!


Susan's parable " Blessed are the list makers, for they shall organize the Earth."

Onward & Downward!

CD13384562 Posts: 7,356
1/4/15 9:13 A

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Round Two- Day 4 - 100 Days of Weight Loss

I need to think of my eating plan as a road with boundaries on the edges. Like any journey, sometimes we are on a narrow path and other times we are on a five lane highway. Defining the boundaries means I will never again be "on" or "off" my diet, I'll just be changing lanes.

Narrow Path - 90 to 95% of the time
-exercise 5-6 times per week
-eat within daily points target
-use weekly flex points as needed/desired
-daily Sparktime

Wider Path- for Holidays, vacations or an occasional indulgence
-continue to exercise as available depending on surroundings
-use all of weekly flex points, and up to ten additional points (think of this as maintenance)
-daily log in to SparkPeople, minimal blogging and group activities


emoticon There are no forbidden foods, only portion controlled ones.

Onward & Downward!

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1/4/15 9:12 A

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I am getting the 7-8 hours, I'm just needing to slide the scale back to when those are happening as I will be returning to work in another 3-4 weeks. I'd like to be accustomed to sleeping on a work life schedule sooner to ease the additional stress of returning to a full time work week.

It didn't work last night though. I went to bed and just laid there, staring at the ceiling, and finally got back up and was up til 2 AM. I will keep trying.

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1/3/15 4:02 P

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Susan, I don't know if you have always had sleep issues but I've read that sleep issues often arise when there has been a major life change. You have certainly experienced that so it probably makes sense that along with all the other changes your sleep has changed too. I know you can get back on track. Sleeping 7 or 8 hours a night is just so important and if you keep trying to schedule that your body will soon agree to cooperate.

emoticon Happy dreams!

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Susan, I can totally relate to your sleep issues... I have the same ones! But you've done such a fantastic job on your journey so far, I have no doubt you will win even more on your second 100 Day journey! emoticon emoticon

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1/3/15 8:38 A

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Round Two- Day Three - 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle

In this lesson we delve further into the differences between being "interested" and being "committed" to our healhty weight goals.

emoticon Identify one task in your plan that you don't feel like doing and then DO IT ANYWAY! Notice how it felt to accomplish this with your NO MATTER WHAT approach to it.

Make a list of your action plans and DO IT ANYWAY today, and everyday. It will build committment for those tough days

For my DO IT ANYWAY I chose sleep. I'm doing well with eating and exercise. My sleep patterns , of late, have not been optimal. I find myself staying up late into the evening watching TV or on the computer, and then sleeping till 8 or 9 AM in the morning. I am getting in enough hours of sleep but they are not on a very good schedule. With plans to return to the workforce, I need to readjust to sleeping on a more normal schedule, so for today

emoticon In bed by 10 PM, with alarm set for 6 AM wake up time.

Onward & Downward!

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I love how active and involved you are around Sparkpeople, Susan, thank you!

You have a great plan for the 100 days. I like your idea of making exercise a "priority"
rather than a "task". That makes it something you need to do rather than "have" to do.
I like that.

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Round Two- Day Two- 100 Days of Weight Loss

Today's lesson talks about the differences between being "interested" and being "committed" to doing what it takes to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Examples are given for both and I'm happy to report I am committed, and have been for quite some time!

Action Steps:

emoticon Decide that you will always be committed to your weight loss plan and not just interested. I think this is the one thing I held onto the most tightly after Gary passed. I had worked so hard to lose weight and just couldn't allow myself to delve into binge eating to bury my emotional pain. It would not have worked anyway, the pain would still be there and have pounds added on me to feel guilty about. I could NOT have gotten through that time without the solid foundations these 100 Days Lessons have already provided.

emoticon Describe how you will stick to your program "no matter what".
-I will plan my meals in advance, in my journal the night before.
-I will continue to make fitness a priority and not a task.
-I will continue to be active on Spark People- today is my 400th consecutive day!
-I will forgive myself if I have a slip up, and get right back on the narrow path.
-I will celebrate the important numbers of lower cholesterol and normal blood pressure as being my true measures of success.

emoticon Do at least one thing today that demonstrates you are truly committed.

So far I've done two. I pre-planned my meals in my journal, and called and set up an appointment with a personal trainer at my gym so that I can learn how to use more of the weight machines.

I will be either going for a walk or hopping on my recumbent bike for a half hour before the end of the day.

Onward & Downward! emoticon

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Thanks Karen!



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Susan that's emoticon emoticon You ARE an inspiration! emoticon

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Round Two - Day One - I used to be that way!

emoticon I used to think I could not lose weight after menopause. But now I know that I have to exercise to improve my metabolism, and that I will lose weight just a tiny bit slower than before.

emoticon I used to allow perfectionism thinking which meant if I deviated from my eating plan, even with just a single candy bar, I'd go into a huge tailspin, go completely off plan through guilt, remorse, and emotional eating, leading to a regain of most or all the weight I had worked so hard to lose. But now I've learned if I am 90-95% "in the green" with eating and exercise, I will still lose weight. If I have a pause, I can get right back on the narrow path the next meal and will do just fine. It feels good to eat more like a normal person!

emoticon I used to eat restaurant foods every day. But now I cook healthy, portion controlled meals at home. I go out to breakfast once a week and I go out to dinner once a week.

emoticon I used to eat breakfast via McDonald's drive thru: two sausage McMuffins and a large orange juice, every single day. But now I eat peanut butter oatmeal or eggbeaters at home and have cut my calories and increased my nutritional satisfaction. It's also a lot cheaper!

emoticon I used to allow my weight to keep me from enjoying fun activities. But now I have set goals for activities when I get below the max weight for them. I have a list of things I am going to do in 2015 that my healthier, fitter body will allow me to enjoy including tandem skydiving, zip lining and hot air ballooning.

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emoticon As of this morning's weigh in, the scale is down 100 pounds! emoticon

and I've added the 10th magnet to the fridge door in celebration.



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emoticon emoticon Today marks my full year Spark log in streak, and a total loss of 99.5 pounds.

I BOOKED MY SKYDIVING TRIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sooooo excited to have this as my next commitment. I need to lose another 9.5 pounds by May 2015 to be below the weight limit for it, and I'm confident I will do that.

This tandem skydiving adventure has been on my list of things I want to do for almost a decade now. How liberating to let go of the weight so that it won't hold me back from living my life.

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Susan. . . .Ha Ha Ha. I can identify with your coat situation. I live on the left coast, and ds #3 on the other one. He married in February 2002, so I bought my very first coat, ever! (Online, of course.) They've been married for 12 years, and I got to wear my coat 1 more time (when his son was Christened in November 2004; it was snowy then, too.) I've lost 70 lbs since, and that coat is still in my closet. I know I have to give it to the Goodwill, but hate the idea of having to buy another in case I ever go to Boston again in the coldy season.
Now that I'm thinking about it, that coat could be very useful this year--time for it to come out of the closet!
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Two purchases I hadn't planned on have now been made. I ordered two pairs of winter boots online with a BOGO offer which will arrive some time next week and today I bought a new Winter coat with a 20% off offer and an additional $5 off coupon.

We have a very early cold snap and I am freezing! I decided that even if I do only wear this coat for one season and then it's too big for me, it's better to be warm than overly thrifty! I tried on 3 occasions to find one at the thrift store, and found several, but not in the right size. I do have thrift store coats in the next two sizes down now :)

If I end up donating an almost new coat to charity next year, it's still a good investment at $43 and I also earned an additional $10 off coupon for my next shopping trip :)

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I had a conversation with the director of the non-profit I helped out this Summer. He needs someone to help out with some marketing outreach for their free books program. We are going to talk some more, but since the phone call this morning my head is buzzing with ideas on how to get the word out, to whom, etc.

I am willing to volunteer 3-5 hours per week of my time. It will give me something to do and help this very worthwhile cause. I also stipulated this is a temporary volunteer assignment, that will end in mid to late January.

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Yesterday was a 100+ mile road trip to take my niece to a large indoor flea market, lunch, and then to the rehab center to visit her Dad. It was nice to be able to walk, talk and shop together.

I am trying to focus more on doing nice things for myself and others.

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I joined the Henry Ford yesterday with an annual membership which includes free unlimited visits to the Henry Ford museum and Greenfield Village. Both are great places to get in lots of walking exercise.

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I had a blast at line dancing and will be going again next week! It was at the senior center and our $1 fee included one hour for beginners and then we sat and watched one hour of the advanced class. A little stiff this morning which also might be a reaction to the flu shot I got yesterday.



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emoticon I hope you had a great time at line dancing!

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CD13384562 Posts: 7,356
11/7/14 7:21 A

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Today we did chapter 11 of FWTS. I need to go back into the individual lessons and copy/paste my answers here.

I will be blogging my review of day 4 of the 100 DWL today. I had a great workout at Powerhouse Gym yesterday and woke with no pain this time....YAY!

Today, my first line dancing class emoticon

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11/6/14 6:46 A

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While I had originally planned to wait until January, some recent eating pauses led me to understand that I need to repeat these lessons sooner.

I started doing them in my blog this time around so that all of my Spark friends can interact instead of just the members of one team. Originally I posted here, reposted in my Silvery Sneakers team and also posted in my blog on occasion. Too much!

On day 3 today. Onward & Downward!




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10/22/14 8:43 P

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Feeling in better spirits today and decided to wear something other than widow's black, put on some makeup and polish my nails.

It definitely gave me a mental lift.

By the end of the day, the nails were already chipped so I took the polish back off. So much for "perfect manicure" gel polish!


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10/21/14 4:04 P

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Realized I hadn't posted here in awhile. Feelling unmotivated and rather down today. Still on plan, just kind of a creepy weather day and worried about my brother in law.

Luckily every day is not like today.

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10/14/14 9:33 P

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FWTS

Chapter 1 - What's Wrong With My Scale

emoticon In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.

1. The scale should not measure my self worth.
2. Riding in an airplane can account for three pounds of weight overnight. --wonder how that affects the pilot?


emoticon What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?

In the past a bad number on the scale could affect my mood in a very negative way for days or weeks.

emoticon What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?

Embrace the data the scale is providing, and let go of the drama as it truly is just a hunk of metal.


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10/14/14 9:31 P

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It was a pretty good day, all things considered. Took myself to the casino this morning and had two situations where I had to explain to people why Gary wasn't with me, played a few hours, had lunch, stopped in the gift shop and left with $50 more than I started.

It started raining on the way home. Took a nap and then did some things around the house.

This evening I bought a silver chain so that I can wear the cross Father Leo gave me at Gary's funeral and have it close to my heart, then stopped at JC Penney and bought a couple of things on clearance sale before meeting up with a friend for dinner.

When I came home I popped open my wet umbrella and laid it on the living room floor to dry. Two kitties immediately went under it and looked so cute! The lighting wasn't right for a picture, so I will pop it open on a sunny day some time so I can snap them.

Accountability:

Eating on plan - used 25 of 28 daily points

Exercise- 25 minutes of walking

Onward & Downward!

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10/14/14 5:24 A

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My first thought when I woke up this morning was


"I wonder what great things lie just around the bend?"


and my second thought was

"But first I need to P"

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