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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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  • 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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    3 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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    7 days ago
  • v BLESSOME
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    CONGRATULATIONS on your third week, Casual Traveler!

    We're 3 weeks into our journey and we made it to Maui USA , logging 9.185 exercise miles, 1,720 points for Team calcium Monitoring as well as 1,700 points for Nutrition Tracking. Although not everyone posted their weigh in for last week, it looks like there were more losses than gains and a few folks who maintained their weights from last week. We also have one person who reached their 5% goal this week!! Congratulations and keep it up!!

    During this week, if you achieved the results you wanted, or surprised yourself with better than expected results, congratulations!! Well done!!

    If you feel your results were not what you wanted to see... (I would count myself in this sentiment) then time for the decision to make this a better week! Tracking is a great way to see exactly what we eat and exercising is also a great way to move things along (Yes, bad pun intended).

    Regardless, 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've accomplished!!

    Let's get excited about this, the 4th week of our journey!! The plane is currently heading toward Phuket, Thailand which is 7,004 Miles exercise miles away. This isn't our closest destination but it isn't our furthest so far, and if we put our minds to it, we very well could land earlier this week than last.

    This trip's living the good life challenge (LTGL) is "Get to Bed On Time" and we are again logging MONITOR CALCIUM! from last week's LGTL.

    Again, please remember that while water tracking and Nutrition Tracking have dropped from the challenge numbers, make sure to keep hydrating and tracking because those two things are very helpful and very important, particularly when traveling during a 5% challenge when it comes to success.

    So how do you get points when it comes to "Get to Bed On Time"? This means, for the challenge: "To score 10 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 0 points. This is an all or nothing challenge with a MAXIMUM of 10 points daily.

    For example, My work day is ever changing and my goal this week will be the same for each day: Into bed within 1 hour of arriving home WITHOUT the TV on in the background. I'm keeping mine this loose/strict because that's where my challenge occurs nearly every, darned night. On the days I'm successful, I will post 10 points and on those I 'm not; I'll post 0.

    This week again is Monitor Calcium. You will report 10 points for the day for knowing how much calcium you had for that day, whether you met your goal or not BUT if you do not keep track of the calcium, you will report 0. This means a Daily MAXIMUM of 10 points. If you don't MEASURE EVERYTHING for a particular meal, that meal would be 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. 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 7th for them to count toward this week's challenge.

    Please also remember to post your Week 4 weight by 11:59PM Saturday February 8th.

    Have fun and enjoy this leg of the journey!! For your In flight Entertainment, we offer a fun and ever changing range of play along at your leasure game categories!

    Every Saturday we offer an optional Wellness Challenge will include a few mini challenges that 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 look for emails from me, highlighting team members and special days.

    Your Motivational Leader,

    jeannie

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    14 days ago
  • v BLESSOME
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    CONGRATULATIONS on your second week, Casual Traveler!

    We made it to Rio de Janeiro Brazil! We logged 9,759 exercise miles, 1,858 points for Nutrition Tracking and 1,690 points for water.

    27 of us were under, 6 of us were over and 7 of us were the same as our last week's posted weights.

    Again, you should be proud of yourselves for sticking with it, regardless of your results. Very Well done!!!

    So now, let's get excited about this, the 3rd week of our journey!! The plane is currently
    heading toward Maui USA which is our furthest distance so far at 8,186 Mi exercise miles away.

    This trip's living the good life challenge (LTGL) is Monitoring Calcium and we are again logging Nutrition tracking from last week's LGTL. While water tracking has dropped from the challenge, please make sure to keep hydrating because it's very important, particularly when traveling

    So what do we mean by and how do you get points when it comes to Monitoring Calcium? For a detailed description of how to monitor, please read the first post at the bottom of this week's Weekly Itinerary page.

    In fact, please make sure to read the first post every week because that's where you find the detailed descriptions for living the good life challenge (LTGL) as well as the wording you'll need to use when reporting your daily results. Please make sure to use those when posting.

    So... for this challenge: You can track your calcium by whatever method you choose - Weight Watchers Points Plus (tally calcium manually), Spark Nutrition Tracker, pen and paper - calculate, etc. There are step by step instructions in the itinerary for adding to your Sparkpeople tracker. You will report 10 points for the day for knowing how much calcium you had for the day whether you met your calcium goal or not BUT if you do not keep track of your calcium, you will report 0 points for that day.

    Please remember exercise has a daily maximum of 120 minutes; each minute is 1 mile.

    Nutrition Tracking is 10 points if you track ALL your meals/snacks food for the day; if you don't track 100 %; please do not log any points. This is an all or nothing record.

    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 note, though that reporting during weekly challenges is not optional; if you have an issue, please contact one of the leaders) so please make sure to log all of your exercise miles, Monitor calcium and Nutrition Tracking points before 11:59PM Friday, January 31st.

    Have fun and enjoy the trip!! For your In flight Entertainment, we offer a fun and ever changing categories!

    Every Saturday we offer an optional Wellness Challenge will include a few mini challenges that 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 look for emails from me, highlighting team members and special days.

    Your Motivational Leader,

    jeannie

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    21 days ago
  • v BLESSOME
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    CONGRATULATIONS on your First week, Casual Traveler!

    We made it to Tahiti which was 6.277 miles away by logging 9,479 exercise miles and ,202
    points for water.

    As a team, we saw 32 losses during this first week! Whether you lost, gained or stayed the
    same, be proud of yourselves for sticking with it, well done!!!

    Now that we know how to read and report the coming challenges, let's get excited about this, the 2nd week of our journey!! The plane is currently heading toward Rio de Janeiro, Brazil which is 6,728 exercise miles away.

    This trip's living the good life challenge (LTGL) is Nutrition Tracking and we are again
    logging water from last week's LGTL.

    Please make sure to track how many 8 ounce glasses of water you drink per day; count 1
    point for each full cup you drink. The goal (and maximum) per day is 8.

    So what exactly do you get points for when it comes to Nutrition Tracking?

    This means that for this LTGL challenge you need to TRACK EVERYTHING YOU EAT during the day! If you track all your meals/food you eat in a day you earn and report 10 points for that day. If you do not track EVERYTHING, then no points are earned and 0 is reported for that day. This is what we call an "All or Nothing" challenge.

    Please remember exercise has a daily maximum of 120 minutes; each minute is equal to 1 mile.

    As shared before, we're a very supportive, no pressure team but we do want everyone to
    participate to the best of their abilities, so please make sure to log all of your water,
    nutrition tracking & exercise mile points as often as you are able to!! Remember, we are
    competing with other teams for destination landing placement. please also keep in mind that all logging needs to be posted before 11:59PM Friday, January 24th.

    Have fun and enjoy the trip!! For your In flight Entertainment, we have quite a few options!
    Family fued, Songs from the year you were born, a what's in your fridge run of the Alphabet
    game and a couple of others are currently being offered.

    Every Saturday. This challenge, the optional Wellness challenge is "Self Care Saturday" which 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 look for emails from me, highlighting team members and special days.

    Your Motivational Leader,

    jeannie

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    30 days ago
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