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1/8/20 4:31 P

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Good Afternoon Michigan Sparkers.

I hope you all are doing well. Things are going good here. It is the new year and I have been smoke free since October 11, 2019 and I am going strong. I keep bouncing between the same 4 to 5 pounds and it is really frustrating me. I want to eat everything in sight. I am trying to drink more to make myself feel fuller as well as just not have thing to eat around me. I eat my planned meals and that is all I allow myself. I walk twice a day for hopefully 45 minutes at a time. That is if I don't have a customer interrupt my walks. I try to go to the gym with my son and friends after work but that doesn't always work out. I really want to get this last 42 pounds off and start my maintenance mode. That is going to be just as hard as getting it off until I figure out the right combination of exercise and calorie intake. Things are going great right now. I am doing well at work and I am working hard at weight loss. Sometimes though the bad habits sneak back and smack me in the face. I have to fight to keep them at bay. I got this though. I am going to do it.



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12/22/19 6:19 P

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Seratonin levels drop sharply when you quit smoking. Drink a lot f water to feel full, ask doc about deficiencies too.. They may prescribe serotonin or Nicorette,etc..


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12/2/19 6:15 P

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It will take plenty of time to get over the smoking, trust me. I still want a smoke every once in awhile and I quit years ago. Stay strong and don't go back! Find some gum you like, straws or toothpicks to chew on to keep you busy.

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12/2/19 3:24 P

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Definitely having a rough day. I am not sure why but I have zero will power since I quit smoking. I just seem to want to eat and eat. I can never get enough. I am also very angry all the time. I just don't know what to do. I have been without a cigarette for 52 days. I just don't know why I am still feeling this way. You would think it would get better. I am going to have to figure this out. Any suggestions?



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11/16/19 5:30 P

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Wow, good for you and keep up the good work there while you have the energy!

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11/16/19 12:33 P

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Good Afternoon. I am not sure what is going on but I seem to have a lot of energy today. I have taken 10 bags of trash out to the dumpster from work, and have vacuumed, I have wiped down all the counters with disinfectant wipes as well as lysol spray the chairs, floors and door knobs here at work. I am really working it. So far I have 27 minutes of activity for today. I am hoping to get a lot more. It is nice today and I am thinking of actually going for a walk. Maybe I can get some walking in or some working out down I am not sure what is going on today. I just seem to feel like for today at least a dark cloud has been lifted and is letting in light. Hope everyone has a great day.



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11/13/19 11:47 A

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Good Morning Michigan Peeps,

Today I am back at the diet. I have been slacking for far to long. I need to get this weight off. I gained like 9 pounds when I quit smoking. I have been smoke free for 33 days now. It is time to buckle down and get back at it. I still have cravings and those suck but time to keep moving. I hope everyone likes the picture I took of our wonderful weather. I am thinking that every couple of months I will change the picture to what it currently looks like outside unless it still looks the same. Obviously winter is winter. I hope you all have a wonderful day.



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10/30/19 8:29 P

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Good for you, it can be so hard to stick with quitting. Stay strong dear!

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10/30/19 9:31 A

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Today is going to be a good day. I have been smoke free for 19 days. Yes I have gained some weight but I am back on the down swing of things and am again working to lose that weight. I just had to get my bearings while I was trying to quit smoking.

Pickie98 - Thank you for the suggestion. I did not know cucumbers would help me get rid of water. I am definitely going to be trying that to get rid of the access water I have in my body. Since I love cucumbers this will not be hard at all.



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10/26/19 11:47 A

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Radishes and cucumbers will rid you of water.. some of it.

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10/10/19 8:14 A

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The last 2 days I have gained weight. The doctor when I saw her also took me off my blood pressure medication which also happened to be a diuretic. So now I am gaining water weight. I am going to wait until Friday to see if I start losing some of this water I am gaining otherwise I am going to buy an all natural diuretic and start taking that. There is no need to gain so much weight. In 2 days I have gained 1.2 pounds. That just doesn't seem right. I feel horrible about it because I am in a challenge and am suppose to be losing weight. Instead I am gaining.



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10/5/19 5:37 P

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Sounds great, good for you!

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10/5/19 9:53 A

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Went and saw my doctor yesterday. My A1C was 4.8 which she said was perfect and my weight of down. Had to get blood work done this morning to check my thyroid levels. Since I have lost so much weight she wants to make sure I am not getting too much of the thyroid medication. The heat has finally kicked on in my house. This morning it is 44 degrees outside. So it is 68 in my house. I turned it up to 70. So my furnace is going to be working overtime for a little bit to get the temp up in my house. I should have upped it when it was warmer outside to make it easier. Today I am going to my friends house to hang out and have some delicious food. Thing are going good right now.



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9/23/19 5:39 P

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Well my workout plans for today have been stopped. Woke up this morning with a severe case of vertigo. It happens. I have medication for it. I took the medication and it didn't clear it up completely so I am taking another rest day. This stinks. I need to get my workouts in. There is no reason I should be having vertigo. I have been fine for a couple of months and now all of a sudden it is back with a vengeance.



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9/10/19 5:58 P

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Whoohoo, you rock!

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9/10/19 6:31 A

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Oh man I kicked butt yesterday. I did a 20 minute walk at the office and then I went to the gym, According to my Fitbit I burned more calories than I ate and that feels really good when I do that. I want to do it again. At the gym I walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes and then did some circuit training. I ended up with 72 minutes of activity according to my Fitbit.



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9/8/19 10:54 A

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Today is my day off. I work 6 days a week. I am have a lot to get done today. I am trying to get it all done and work in some exercise today. I think I will be hitting the gym later this evening rather than earlier in the day. I am going to try and get my son interested in going other wise I can ask a friend if they want to go with me. Maybe I can get my Mom to go with me today it just depends on what she is doing. I feel lonely when I go to the gym by myself which is weird considering I just basically do my own thing while I am there. I just don't know what to do. I need to work out and I need to get the exercise in. I mostly walk and I need to start doing strength training.



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9/4/19 11:18 A

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Weight loss does not happen every day. Please be patient with your body.

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8/30/19 6:40 A

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Feeling a little deflated today. I stepped up my workouts yesterday and lost nothing when I stepped on the scale this morning. I just don't understand how I can burn more calories and have nothing to show for it. Maybe tomorrow there will be some weight loss. I am just not sure where to go from here.



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8/28/19 1:39 P

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Today is going good for me so far. I have gotten in one walk so far. I might do 3 walks today we will see. I have been doing only 2 but this is my long day at work so I might be able to squeeze in a 3rd walk assuming I don't get busy. I am getting use to my Fitbit. I am so glad I got it. It is really helping me lose weight. It monitors a lot so I can adjust and do more. I really like it. Hope everyone has a good day. Lets get Moving and Sparking.



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8/26/19 6:24 A

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PICKIE98 - The weather has been fantastic this last week. Good for getting out there and working out.



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8/24/19 11:53 A

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Isn't this weather fantastic?

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8/21/19 9:34 A

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That sounds like a lot of fun. I hope you have a great time. Being a single Mom working 50 hours a week doesn't give much time for travel but my son and I since he still lives at home do a lot of local stuff.



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8/21/19 8:28 A

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Congratulations to her!

We are staying in Munising:we have friends that live there. We will be spending time with them, delivering their Christmas gifts too!
I am taking my DD o Kitchitikippee, as she has never been there. It is an hour south of Troy and Connie's home and our cottage.
We are just winging it on other side trips, as we have seen all of the waterfalls in Munising, AuTrain,etc. I only have the cottage for four nights, so we will just wing it after that. I may whip over to Alpena after that; our friends own the Best Western there and if they have any vacancies, we might stay there.. not sure..

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8/21/19 6:07 A

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Pickie98 - Where are you heading for vacation?

My daughter just turned 20 on Sunday and yesterday her boyfriend proposed. She is now engaged.



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8/20/19 11:44 A

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We are now prepping for vacation next month. Housework and errands today..

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8/19/19 6:16 P

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Road trip to Harrisville Harbor today. Nice drive, LOTS of traffic, but we had the beach and harbor to ourselves.

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8/18/19 5:21 P

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Things are going good today. Not getting much exercise but I have stood most of the day rather than sitting. I had a birthday party today and I did indulge in a very small piece of cake.



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8/16/19 5:29 P

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I sure hope that you can keep up with it and continue on with your good mental health going on with your exercise. Hugs.

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8/16/19 9:34 A

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TWEETYKC00 - Yes it is amazing. I feel so good right now. I know I am going to still have days when I am down, but I don't think I will have to worry about depression ever again as long as I keep exercising. It seems to be the magic pill.



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8/15/19 12:48 P

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It's amazing what improving our health little by little can do for us overall, right?

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8/15/19 6:26 A

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Thank you. I am hopeful. I don't feel depressed anymore since I started working out.



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8/14/19 1:23 P

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That is great news, I hope you can keep up the good work!

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8/14/19 10:57 A

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Doing great today. Went to see my doctor. Got taken off the depression medication and I am feeling good. To be honest I stopped taking it about a month ago. I just never refilled it. Exercise is really helping my mood. I feel so good right now. Losing this weight has seriously helped my depression.




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8/11/19 9:21 A

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Doing good today. My son is going to the zoo with friends and while he is at the zoo I am going to be hitting the gym. I need to work off these pounds. I am going to do a lot of walking today.



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8/9/19 6:32 A

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I am doing alright today. Yesterday we got my son his first state id. Now he can do look for a job when he turns 15 next month. He really wants to work at the zoo in town so we will see.



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8/6/19 9:03 A

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Well took my SUV to the shop yesterday as it is making a clunking noise. I need lower control arms on both sides and 2 sway bar links. Then because of all that I might need a front end alighnment. SO we are looking at $470.00 to fix my car. I have most of it but this sucks. It happens though. What can I do about it.



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8/4/19 7:26 A

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Going to the zoo today. I think I will have a good time. I am taking my son and his friend. Hoping to get a lot of steps.



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7/31/19 5:43 P

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79 degrees in West BRanch, St. Helen, Gaylord and Bay City today.. We at all of these places today:road trip!

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7/31/19 9:12 A

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It is chilly in the office this morning. It is only 71. With no sun coming in because of the clouds outside it makes for a really chilly office. So I have my sweater on today. I am curious as to how this office is going to do during the winter. It is a new office so hopefully it will stay really warm instead of being cold all the time.

My day is starting well. I got my son's high school transcripts this morning so we can use them as proof of residency to get his state id. He turns 15 in September and wants to start looking for a job right away. So we better get it now. I work a long shift today so I am going to try and get 3 walks in today instead of two.



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7/30/19 9:57 A

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Doing good today. Cramps are as bad today so going to try and get some walking in today. Also going to try and do a 5 minute abs video from YouTube. I need to get my abs engaged to burn that fat.



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7/29/19 5:43 P

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Maybe chair exercises to go easy at first for workouts. Not sure on the calorie range.

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7/29/19 1:28 P

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Ok so I have a question. It is a female question. When I am on my monthly flow I am extremely hungry and I cramp something awful. Should I be eating more calories? Anyone know? Also I don't feel like doing much because I am hurting so bad. Any ideas on exercises that won't kill me. Walking seems to make my cramping worse.



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7/26/19 6:19 A

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TWEETYKC00 - Thank you.

Today is going to be a good day. I am going to get my walking in and everything is going to be great. I pick up my son after work today from spending the night with a friend. Yay me.



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7/25/19 5:47 P

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Awesome, you have done so well!

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7/25/19 6:43 A

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I have officially lost 50 pounds today. I am so excited. I am half way to my weight loss goal. I am so happy to finally be here.



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7/24/19 12:07 A

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Keep on trying no matter how you can get those steps in!

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7/23/19 9:31 A

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Doing really good today. I am going to be going from my walks more often in the morning. I couldn't yesterday or today because of appointments but I am going to try and go before going to work. That way I can get about a mile in before work.



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7/22/19 6:56 A

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Well I did my walk yesterday. Not as good as I wanted to do but I did it. Walking outside is so much different than walking around the office with carpeting. Wow is it different. I can usually walk 20 minutes or so without sweating in the office. I could only walk 17 minutes outside and I was sweating horribly. At least I did it though.



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7/21/19 12:13 P

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Today is going to be a good day. I am going to be going for a walk soon and I am going to use my new app to track the walk. I just have to get motivated to do it. I have to let my son know where I am going and what I am doing.



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7/20/19 9:32 A

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PICKIE98 - My central air has broken. Don't have the money to fix it so last year i got a window unit for my bedroom. We hibernate there when it is really hot. Today is Pride Festival in our town so we are going. Hopefully we can handle the heat. My son says we should stay for no more than an hour.



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7/20/19 9:04 A

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Second day of our heat wave. INdoors and staying cool. Thank God for central A/C!

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