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These are our Angels. Cade and Addi. what they gave to us in the short time they were here.



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Easton and Emerson at his coach pitch game. His sister is a true cheerleader for him. Ah, twins!



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And the boys! What a fun time. Being a grandparent is so much fun.


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I retired from a job that was a 24 hour a day 7 day a week hassle and am now finding time for myself. I enjoy reading, walking, cruising and enjoying the grand kids. Went back to work at a school and am enjoying the work, but need to rework my program to account for the triggers that are there.

Update (October 15,2018) How time passes! It seems to go by quicker each year. I am trying a new program that helps train the way and how often I eat. It appears to be working pretty well as I have lost 10 pounds over the last 9 weeks. But I realize that this is a life change that needs to be made and I have to not slip back into the bad habits. The grandkids are growing fast and I need the strength and energy to keep up with them.. The 5% challenges are helping to keep me active and on track. I am beginning to enjoy running and so will try a few more 5K's over the challenge and we'll see how that works.

Update (October 24,2017) Well, another year has passed and I am still just holding steady. What a crazy year, and then the storm. But I WILL start to take better care of myself and get where I want to be. This process has been slowed down, but I refuse to give up on me.

Update (September 11, 2016) I am getting back on track with my weight again and have decided that this number is not as important as how I feel and what I can do. I also figured out that I need to really start taking care of myself. I need to make all those annual doctor appointments and keep them. I am going through the process now. Dermatologist (need to have basal cell removed from my nose), eye check up, medical check up and dental appointments. I have been very lax with this. But unexpected serious illnesses for some of my friends has made me more aware that just because I think I feel good and am fine is not necessarily so. So not only do I eat better and get in some exercise, I need to make and keep those appointments!

Update (June 13, 2015). Found out yesterday that we have a new grandbaby on the way! Even more of an incentive to get my routine down and get healthier!

Update (November 28,2014) So it's been almost a year and I a happy to say that I am maintaining. But that is not my goal. I need to drop at least 20% of the weight I put back on after we lost the kiddoes. My heart and head was not in it then, but I am now ready to make another push. So here is to a better 2015 and a December of staying on track.

Update (December 27, 2013) Got a little off track this last quarter of the year, but did not gain. Am setting up my program to get the last 15 pounds back off and will begin immediately. Awaiting the arrival of twin grandchildren and need to be ready to be of assistance to dd and be a better me.

Update (July 14,2013) I have completed the Spring to Summer 5% Challenge and am in the middle of BLC22. The Summer 5% Challenge begins on July 27th and I want to keep the momentum going. I am steadily losing weight and am feeling much better about myself. Eating is getting better and I am getting the strength training in also. I want to be in the midst of a solid streak when school starts up again in early August so that I don't backslide like I did last year. I am feeling much more confident about it.

Update (December 1, 2012) These last few months have not been pretty at all. I went back to work thinking that I needed to be more active on a daily basis and I love my job and the people in the office, but I have not done well with maintaining my commitment to eat well and exercise. So here and now I am recommitting to being better to myself. I put back on 15 of the 40 pounds that I lost. I will NOT make excuses for myself, but just restart the program with small steps to get everything back under control. A special thanks to my BLC and 5% Challenge teams for their attempts to keep me in line!!! Here's to a new start.

Update (June 2012) I am getting the routines back down and am using the BLC and the 5% Challenges to help me get back to maintenance. I will exercise a minimum of 60 minutes 5 days a week and track all the food I eat.

Update (April 2012) Ok so life has thrown some major curve balls over the last year. I have gained 10 pounds in the process. It stops here as I get me life back in gear, Going to get back to my goal of 125 and start the maintenance learning curve again. Thanks to all my friends for their support during the past year.

Update (September 2011) I am struggling a little with maintenance. It is hard right now to find the right balance of calories and exercise to keep everything in check. But I will keep working at it until I can figure it all out.

Update (April 2011) I have hit the 120 pound point and am happy here so I am going into maintenance mode. Now the challenge comes to see if all I have learned will stick. I will remain a sparker, because I feel the need to remain accountable and I like all my friends here.

Update (February 2011) I am now 6 pounds from my goal weight. I am not sure that I even need or want to be that low, but I want to try it and see how it works. If it doesn't stick I can be happy where I am. Everything fits well, I just need to tone up. We'll see what happens in the next 8 weeks and go from there.



Member Since: 3/5/2010

My Goals:
Lose 20 pounds and figure out maintenance.

Make the necessary changes to get back on track and then make them consistent.


My Program:
1. Cardio at least 30 minutes 7 days a week
2. Strength 3 times a week
3. Post every bite, lick, taste
4. Stay in calorie range daily
5. Post to challenge threads daily
6. Chat on team threads daily



Personal Information:
I live in Pasadena , Texas with my husband Mike. We have 3 children all living close by. We have 4 grandsons (one who passed on April 20,2011),another born on 6/22/2011 and 2 granddaughters (one who also went To the Lord on March 30th 2012). We now have Emerson and Easton who joined us on 1/6/14. Our youngest joined the clan on 1/7/16. They keep us entertained!

So life got out of control and am getting it back together.


Other Information:
I enjoy reading, dancing and listening to music. But most of all I enjoy my grandchildren. They keep me active.

I am working on changes to my lifestyle.

I am committing to getting more exercise and eating better using the 5% Challenges and the BLC Challenges.




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    CONGRATULATIONS on your SIXTH WEEK, Casual Traveler!

    We're now 6 weeks into our journey and we made it to Falkland Isles, logging a total of
    6,723 exercise miles, 1,070 points for Team Cut Calories as well as 1,530 points for Team happiness. This week, there were no itinerary posts after the deadline and only one person missed the weigh in! We saw 16 losses, 7 gains (myself included) 4 weights that
    were the same as last week and 2 people who were excused!

    Well done! We've had a nice week overall! Pat yourself on the back; be proud of yourself
    for sticking with it and for what you have accomplished, regardless of your results!! You're
    still here and active on all levels!

    Let's get very excited about this, the 7th week of our journey!!

    During week 7, our plane is in the air and headed toward Madagascar an exciting destination, 5,798 miles away. This is not our longest flight, but also not the shortest.

    This trip's living the good life challenge (LTGL) is "No evening eating (NEE)" and we are again logging Cut 100 Calories from last week's LGTL.

    Please continue to hydrate and track your food even though we aren't logging points for
    them; these 2 things are very helpful and very important for success, particularly when traveling during a 5% challenge.

    So how do you count points for the No evening eating (NEE) challenge?

    No evening eating (NEE) challenge is another all or nothing challenge. In it, there is
    also room for one exception - "except for one planned low-calorie snack (200 calories or
    less)". Evening eating is a huge issue for me and one I appreciate being made a part of these challenges; it helps to keep me on track. For this challenge, you will report 10 points
    for each day that you do no evening eating, or do no evening eating other than one (1)
    snack of 100 calories or less. If you do *any* evening eating other than than or more
    calories than a 200 calorie snack, you would score 0 points for the day.

    This week again is Cut 100 Calories: You decide how or where you want to cut 100 calories
    from your day, wheather ist's from a meal or a snack, or by substituting one item for another. 10 points if you are successful; 0 points if not. This is also an all or nothing challenge.

    Please remember exercise has a daily maximum of 120 minutes; each minute is 1 mile and exercise should be reported after completion.

    As shared before, we're a very supportive, no pressure team but we do want everyone to participate to the best of their abilities. Please make sure to log all of your LTGL points &
    exercise miles for the day as often as possible; the sooner our points are posted, the sooner we land our plane.

    We, the casual Travelers, are one of more than 10 teams trying to reach our destination before anyone else. Also keep in mind that at the latest any/all Week 4 points need to be posted before 11:59PM Friday, February 28th.

    Have fun and enjoy this leg of the journey!! For your In flight Entertainment, we offer a fun and ever changing category for the several games. Please make sure to check the In flight Fun area!!

    Every Saturday, a new and optional Wellness Challenge for self care Saturday will be offered that will focus on mind body and soul.

    Please have a great week, have fun with the challenge and make sure to visit the team forum to stay up on current affairs.

    Please also check YOUR Spark Page and look for emails from me, highlighting team members and special days.

    Have an incredibly wonderful week!!!

    jeannie

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    1 day ago
  • v DETERMINEDJANET
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    Sometimes the strength within you is not a big fiery flame for all to see.
    It is just a tiny spark that whispers ever so softly,
    "You got this! Keep going!"

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    2 days ago
  • v BLESSOME
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    I apologize for the lateness of this update.

    CONGRATULATIONS on your FIFTH WEEK, Casual Traveler!

    We're now 5 weeks into our journey and of the original 46 active members, 30 of us remain active as we made it to Cook Islands, logging a total of 7,672 exercise miles, 1,510 points for Team Happiness as well as 1,510 points for Team Get to Bed.

    This week again with a couple of folks still not having posted in the weekly weigh in and one member being excused, half of us either posted weigh ins at either the same or a lower weight than than they were at last week. Sadly, I was not one of either.

    Weigh to go!! Be proud and pat yourself on the back for having accomplished your week
    5 goals! Even if the were not what you expected; you stuck with it!! Well done!!

    If you didn't move as much as you could have, eaten more than you should have or think you may have done anything else differently during this week, then sit down, make a list
    of what didn't work and what you think might work better going forward, promise yourself
    you're going to be your best yet and treat yourself kindly!

    Regardless, as I said last week to all of you... lose, gain or stay the same; still being a part of the challenge is a wonderful accomplishment! Very Well done!!! Be very proud of what you have accomplished!!

    So... By now, nearing the end of week 6, our plane is still in the air and headed toward the Falkland Islands, Islands which is our shortest journey yet at 5,524 miles.


    This trip's living the good life challenge (LTGL) is "Lighten Up/Cut 100 Calories a Day" and we are again logging "Daily Happiness Activity for 10 Minutes" from last week's LGTL.

    I know, broken record here but... Continue to drink your water and track your food even
    though we aren't logging points for these any longer; they're extremely helpful and very important, particularly when traveling during a 5% challenge when it comes to success.

    So how do you count points for the "Lighten Up/Cut 100 Calories a Day" challenge?

    The Lighten Up/Cut 100 Calories a Day challenge is another all or nothing challenge. You will report 10 points for each day that you ..."Swap it Out, Cut it Out, or Cut Back on a food or beverage to reduce your daily calorie intake by 100 calories". If you cut nothing or less than 100 calories, then the reported points would be 0 for that day.

    This week again is Daily Happiness Activity for 10 Minutes: To score points do something that makes YOU happy for at least 10 minutes each day. If you spend at least 10 minutes doing something that makes you happy, score 10 points for the day. If you don't take that time, score 0 points.

    Please remember exercise has a daily maximum of 120 minutes; each minute is 1 mile and exercise should be reported after completion.

    As shared before, we're a very supportive, no pressure team but we do want everyone to participate to the best of their abilities. This means posting your daily activities and weight by the required deadlines. Please also note if numbers are reported after the 11:59 PM cutoff, they cannot be counted for the challenge, regardless of the day being reported.

    Please make sure to log all of your LTGL points & exercise miles for the day as often as possible; the sooner our points are posted, the sooner we land our plane.

    We, the casual Travelers, are one of more than 10 teams trying to reach our destination before anyone else. Also keep in mind that at the latest any/all Week 5 points need to be posted before 11:59PM Friday, February 21st. Also please remember your Weekly weigh in must be posted by 11:59PM Saturday, February 22nd.

    Have fun and enjoy this leg of the journey!! For your In flight Entertainment, we offer
    a fun and ever changing category for the interactive games and every Saturday, a new and optional Wellness Challenge will be offered that will focus on mind, body and soul.

    Please have a great week, have fun with the challenge and make sure to visit the team
    forum to stay up on current affairs.


    I hope you had an incredibly wonderful week!!!

    jeannie

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    4 days ago
  • v DETERMINEDJANET
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    Good things come to those who believe,
    Better things come to those who are patient,
    and the best things come to those who
    DON'T GIVE UP!

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    9 days ago
  • v BLESSOME
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    CONGRATULATIONS on your FOURTH WEEK, Casual Traveler!

    Can you believe WE ARE HALF-WEIGH THERE!!!

    We're 4 weeks into our journey and we made it to Phuket Thailand, logging a total of 7,994 exercise miles, 1,780 points for Team Get to Bed as well as 1,520 points for Team Monitor Calcium. This week with almost everyone having posted in the weekly weigh in, we saw 24 weigh ins at either the same or a lower weight than than they were at last week.

    Pat yourself on the back if during week 4, you accomplished the goals you set for yourself, whether or not the results were what you expected; 1. you set goals and 2. You stuck with them! Congratulations!! Well done!!

    If you feel you could have moved more, eaten less or done anything else differently during this week or the last 4 weeks, then shake it off and start afresh!! Have a positive conversation with yourself about this week; Make a list of what's working and what's not; find new things to take the place of those that aren't. Sometimes making a list of everything provides an "AHA!" moment and that's all we need to tweak an otherwise perfect agenda. Promise yourself you're going to be your best yet and treat yourself kindly!

    Regardless, as I said last week; You should be proud of yourself for sticking with it, and pat yourself on the back for that very reason!! Very Well done!!! Be very proud of what you have accomplished!!

    So... Let's get very excited about this, the 2nd half of our journey!!

    During week 5, our plane is in the air and headed toward Cook Islands which is a self-governing South Pacific Ocean island country, an exciting destination, 7,179 miles away. This is our second longest flight, I believe.

    This trip's living the good life challenge (LTGL) is "Daily Happiness Activity for 10 Minutes" and we are again logging "Get to Bed On Time" from last week's LGTL.

    Continue to drink your water and track even though we aren't logging points for these any longer; they're extremely helpful and very important, particularly when traveling during a 5% challenge when it comes to success.

    So how do you count points for the "Daily Happiness Activity for 10 Minutes" challenge?

    The Daily Happiness Activity for 10 Minutes challenge is another all or nothing challenge. You will report 10 points for each day that you do something creative for your own happiness for at least 10 minutes. Sing a song, play with your kids or grandkids, your pets. Do something to make you smile or laugh or just feel good. If you do nothing or less than 10 minutes, then the reported points would be 0.

    This week again is Get to Bed On Time: To score points set a reasonable bedtime and get into bed by YOUR pre-determined bedtime. If you are in bed by YOUR bedtime score 10 points. If you dawdle and distract yourself and do not get to bed on time, score zero points.
    This is also an all or nothing challenge.

    Please remember exercise has a daily maximum of 120 minutes; each minute is 1 mile and exercise should be reported after completion.

    As shared before, we're a very supportive, no pressure team but we do want everyone to participate to the best of their abilities. This means posting your daily activities and weight by the required deadlines.

    Please make sure to log all of your LTGL points & exercise miles for the day as often as possible; the sooner our points are posted, the sooner we land our plane.

    We, the casual Travelers, are one of more than 10 teams trying to reach our destination before anyone else. Also keep in mind that at the latest any/all Week 4 points need to be posted before 11:59PM Friday, February 14th. Also please remember your Weekly weigh in must be posted by 11:59PM Saturday, February 15th.

    Have fun and enjoy this leg of the journey!! For your In flight Entertainment, we offer a fun and ever changing category for the interactive games and every Saturday, a new and optional Wellness Challenge will be offered that will focus on mind, body and soul.

    Please have a great week, have fun with the challenge and make sure to visit the team forum to stay up on current affairs.

    Please also check YOUR Spark Page and look for emails from me, highlighting team members and special days.

    Have an incredibly wonderful week!!!

    jeannie

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    13 days ago
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