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10/21/20 4:03 P

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Good to hear from both of you! I see that I will need to do a blog post with a more thorough update. Don, I'm grateful that you and yours are doing well! That adventure back in April sounds scary, but you seem to have taken it in stride. Intermittent fasting does seem to work well for some folks. I've done a partial fast of skipping a meal (usually dinner) from time to time. I guess that's intermittent fasting without the fancy name! I'm glad that you've gone on with your guitar group. When everyone is being careful and following the protocols, you should be fine. My weekly home Bible study is meeting at a friend's and we distance, air out the room, etc.

Frannie, I love working from home - teaching via Zoom has been fun. A whole lot of sitting has gone on, though! I have to make an effort to get in my usual level of exercise, even though I go for a daily walk. Being located so close to my well-stocked kitchen has also taken it's toll!

I'm also concerned about the "bleak midwinter" ahead but we'll get through! Keep sparkin', y'all!

Michelle

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10/21/20 2:15 P

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Still Sparkin' as best as one can during these challenging times.

After a mysterious fall off my bicycle this past April (see my blog here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
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I've been both skittish and lazy about getting back on the bike.

The easiest way to deflect from any physical activity is my flight into work. As a therapist contracting out to an Employee Assistance company, I have been very busy engaging with clients via telehealth throughout these virus-challenged times. I enjoy my work, but I realize I'm misusing it to avoid exercise and haven't taken the reigns up as yet to do something about this.

On the other hand, I've upped my willpower considerably to manage the scale through both regular and intermittent fasting. My weekly fasts are at least 40 hours, sometimes as long as 60 hours. During my intermittent days I only eat from noon to 8 pm. When I eat I stick pretty closely to my basic food rule of keeping flour and sugar to a bare minimum.

The amazing thing about this is that despite all these restrictions, I'm not losing weight. But I AM successfully maintaining and not gaining weight. With so many things that are BEYOND my control, zipping the lip is one area in which I can take charge!

I've done okay avoiding much emotional fallout from these virus-challenged times, however, I admit to feeling daunted by the upcoming long, dark months of winter. I'm concerned that we may not be able to make our usual holiday mid-West sweep for the holidays in November due to virus concerns.

I no longer have the fitness center outlets. One thing I have instigated has been a small group of 4 of us local guitar players get together at my home every 2 weeks to play music together. I cancelled the last one when the virus upsurge caused me to worry. However, I since felt it was too much to cut that out and as before, I just said, "hey, let's mask up, wash up and PLAY!" So that has been a helpful reprieve.

So...as I have in the past, looks like I'll turn this into a blog...lol

Take care everyone! Let's SPARK our way to the other side of this virus!

Don

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Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda

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10/21/20 9:12 A

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Hi Michelle, I did manage to lose my COVID pounds, working from home was not a good choice for me! Back at work now and it makes it so much easier to manage my eating. I may have to work forever!

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Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
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Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.


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10/21/20 5:17 A

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2020 has been quite a year so far! My sense of time is all over the place! I totally missed that we had our anniversary way back in April, although I have been sporadically Sparking along with me 5% challenge team, the Firecrackers.(I DID remember sometime in the summer and have meant to come in and post.) Just 6 months late, that's all!
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Yes, starting again for the 1,000,000th time with the goal of losing the Covid 15 (pounds that is!)
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Tracking nutrition is still the game-changer for me. I use other tools for other goals and habits these days. But I've invested so much time in the Spark nutrition counter over the years that I can't imagine using another one! I'd have to enter all those German products all over again as well as my go-to recipes and recipe adaptations!
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Hugs to you all, prayers for good health and success in reaching your goals!
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Edited by: ZELLAZM at: 10/21/2020 (05:20)
Michelle

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Go, Firecrackers!




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4/19/20 8:58 A

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Hey hey! Still Sparkin' as best I can!

Doing well on the weight loss maintenance front...slacking some in being as active as I oughta be. But life is good and my cup runneth over with gratitude for all that is right with my world! :-)

Don

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Tell Me What Is It You Plan To Do With Your One Wild & Precious Life? ---Mary Oliver

Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." --- Buddha


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4/19/20 8:09 A

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Thirteen years with SparkPeople, who is still here?

Frannie
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Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
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Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.


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Love hearing the updates! I seem to be on and off again. I need to find a work out buddy (not dh). Started playing Pokémon go and it keeps me outside and walking more consistently. Keep up the good work.

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4/8/19 8:22 A

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I find it so hard to believe it has been 12 years. I am still here, not as active as I was but like Michele I find the resources so useful. I am getting close to retirement, 2 1/2 years. I gained again after my mom came to live with me and have struggled since to lose since she passed. I do still try to be fit and get some exercise in, I adopted an adult dog 2 years ago and walking her is one of my activities. We both love walking but she is now almost 6 (very large dog) so she is getting lazy, I have to coax her out in the morning!

I am trying to track but not as good at it, I probably need a reboot too!

So glad to see you are both still here.

Frannie
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Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
-Foster C. Mcclellan

Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.


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4/6/19 8:00 A

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Big changes in the works for me!

Retirement awaits at the end of this month and I'm crazy-busy wrapping up my work threads..

Going to continue my private practice part-time, but opening up my life to grow a veggie garden, ride my bike more often and volunteer with a local bicycle organization that helps underprivileged kids learn how to refurbish bicycles to make them look like new so they can "earn" themselves a like-new bike.

Plus TRAVEL more! Heading to Colorado in May, Florida in June, Michigan early July and hoping to ride the Five Hundred Miles Across NY end of July

www.fanyride.org

I've been holding steady with my loss, fluctuating between 210-220. My success has been mostly due to being very careful with food. My workouts have taken a hit and I'm not as fit as I would like to be, but certainly plan to change that with my free time opening up in retirement.

I'll never be a calorie counter, but always very careful to avoid all processed carbs. Lately I've been expanding my "experiments" with intermittent and full-out fasting. Just set a record with an 80 hour fast this past week when I didn't like the number I saw on the scale after my 36 hour fast (218), after another 24 hours I hadn't lost a single POUND so I threw another 24 hours on the hopper and BOOM, there goes 5 pounds down to 213.

THERE: now I'm ready for the week ahead! LOL.

Life is so wonderful and my gratitude just keeps flowing!

Off to my 2nd ride of the season with my bike club!

Viva la SPARK!

Don


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Tell Me What Is It You Plan To Do With Your One Wild & Precious Life? ---Mary Oliver

Don't die with your music still in you. -- Dr. Wayne Dyer

"We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same." --- Carlos Castaneda

"You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." --- Buddha


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4/6/19 6:40 A

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To get things started: I did a hard restart at the beginning of this year and am doing really well, am at my lowest weight in about 3 years and am confident that I can get back to my goal weight even if that goal is a little higher than my goal weight of 2007.
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I'm not sure what constellation of circumstances aligned to cause this successful run when I've gotten on and off the bandwagon so many times, but I'm grateful for it! If I could pass on the "secret" I would! I'm still figuring it out myself.
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I've streamlined my Spark time as far as challenges (yay, 5% Firecrackers) and team participation, but I use the nutrition tracker (when I'm tracking) because entering all the info somewhere else would be too time-consuming. I still love Habit Hub and my Fitbit for their simplicity.
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What I do love about SP, besides the people (like y'all) is that I can access so many reliable resources. I've been having knee problems for that last year and have found lots of info and support through posts on SP threads and in the Knees team.
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So that's my update!

Edited by: ZELLAZM at: 4/6/2019 (06:59)
Michelle

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Go, Firecrackers!




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Happy 12th Sparkiversary! Well, almost. I'll be traveling from the 16th and the last day of "our" week falls on Easter, so I thought I'd post a little early.

How are y'all doing? Post a short update if you like, maybe a word of wisdom or encouragement for your long-time teamies.



Michelle

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Go, Firecrackers!




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