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10/1/11 11:32 P

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Cheryl, you didn't miss a thing! This was a week off as we restructured the final phase of EPIC which starts tomorrow. Have you signed up?


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10/1/11 8:20 P

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I'm so sorry to have missed Chili's. I was already to have the chicken ceaser salad. I was not feeling too well and was very low on energy.

I'm a little confuse. Did we take this week off? I was all ready to turn in my points and noticed there wasn't any for this week. I hope I didn't miss anything.



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9/27/11 5:49 P

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Let me just add in here that the 1 zero the FBGs took was not because of non-participation. One of their competitors was very ill and couldn't eat enough to stay in range, couldn't exercise, and was too sick to do her participation or improvement. She posted a blog and did sign on but spent most of the week in bed.

I forgot to add in a special THANK YOU! to our wonderful Mary -ANTHONYSGAL. Last night was so fun and we missed you not being able to be there. Chad and Kim were very nice to us. By the way, I know they told you we were all eating healthy except someone ordered burgers and someone else ordered ribs and fries...but it didn't count because that was my dad and my husband, LOL. Thank you so much for letting us know about the fundraiser and giving us the idea for a meet. Next time, we want to see YOU!


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9/27/11 5:43 P

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Man! That came down pretty close! I wish we hadn't had to take those zeros! But, to those who DID faithfully turn in points-- YOU ROCK! I am PROUD to be a CHAMPION!

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9/27/11 4:10 P

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Okay, final week scores!

CHAMPIONS with 7/9 reporting points = 30 points, averaging 3.33 points per participant with us taking 2 zeroes.

FAT BOTTOM GIRLS with 7/8 reporting points = 32 points, averaging 4 points per participant with them taking 1 zero.

They beat us by just over half a point, Champions. But are we going to take it as a LOSS? Heck, no! We fought hard and valiantly.

Not to put anyone down, that is never my intent...but I need it realized that if we hadn't taken zeroes EVERY week of this leg we would have won every single week. The FBGs only took 1 zero the entire time. This is the reason why the rule has been put in place for phase 3: If you didn't turn in your points and participate for the last leg, you CANNOT participate in the next leg. It's only fair.

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9/26/11 10:57 A

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just a quick hello as a just finished my morning workout and about to hit the showers and head to work for the give back day for St.Jude's at Chili's..excited and nerves are on tap for the day...looking forward to raising alot of $$$ today..I won't be in tonight but be sure to ask to sit in Kim and Chad's section..I told them bout you guys coming and they will take extra great care of you guys for me...love ya and thanks for the support..have a fantabulous day

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9/25/11 9:58 P

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here are my points--
E-1pt
P-2pt
I-1pt
C-1pt

total for week:5 pts
running total:20 pts
weight:218 woohoo!!!

will be back to fill in later--watching the good wife which by the way is really good and then on to series premiere of CSI:Miami--I LOVE HORTIA CANE!!! Just wanted to get my pts in by 10!!!

Edited by: ANTHONYSGAL at: 9/26/2011 (10:51)
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9/25/11 8:16 P

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Yay, Kristina! If you haven't already signed up, please do so. The sign up thread is posted!

***MaryJane ***
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9/25/11 8:13 P

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Week 4 Points:

E=1 point
P=2 point
-- SW: 224.8
-- CW: 223.4
-- = -1.4 lbs!
I=1 points
C=0 points

Total points: 4 points
Running total: 15 points


All in all, not bad! I am still struggling with calories. It has been a rough start to the school year, and football (marching band) season has brought with it too many high calorie days. But, I know that I am getting better. I am being more mindful of my choices. I need to get back in the habit of strict tracking. Hoping the next leg of EPIC brings big GOOD things for me!

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9/25/11 8:12 P

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Oh Cheryl, I do hope you can make it! I've been so looking forward to meeting you!

As to EPIC, Phase 3 starts on October 2nd. We will have a new theme and a slightly different point system. We may or may not all be on the same team again, depending on how many sign up. We do try to keep people on the same teams when possible. We will have a name change, so while we won't TECHNICALLY be The Champions anymore, we will of course still be THE CHAMPIONS!

If you haven't signed up yet, the thread is under this same forum. Hope everyone still wants to stay EPIC!

***MaryJane ***
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Hey 4CHRIST777, if you need a ride, I bet someone on the team will step up and help you. Just reach out and let us know. I do not want someone to miss the meet up due to something small - like transportation.

SparkMail someone and see if they can help.

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9/25/11 7:29 P

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E - 1 point
P - 2 point
I - 1 points
C - 0 points
Total 4 points
weigh in 250.6

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9/25/11 7:17 P

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Don't we start a new EPIC? If so, are we all on the same team as last time?

I'm sorry to announce, I will not be able to make the Chili's dinner. My father is out of town, so I've been staying with my mom. Since I don't have my truck with me, I'm not sure if I will make it. I'll be home tomorrow...just don't know when. If I get home before 6, I'll go.



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Okay, I have to apologize. I did not get all five points.

I strived for five...
But I only got four and no more.

E - 1 point
P - 2 point
I - 1 points
C - 0 points

So, for this week - 4 points
Total for 4 weeks - 18 points

My weigh in was 226, so I lost three pounds this EPIC challenge.

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9/25/11 5:05 P

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Hope everyone is having the best weekend! I'm tired and sore from a small fall, but I'm okay! The weather is wonderful and dinner is grilled shrimp so all is right with the world!

Have you done well this week? Let's get all of those points turned in so we can determine an overall team win!

***MaryJane ***
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wow alot happens when you don't spark for a few days..wow Neil team leader...way to go!!!hope all are doing well..off to enjoy a much deserved fam time..been crazy busy with work and getting stuff together for the give back night at Chili's tomorrow...still trying to get some big time donors in to get to our $18,000 goal so the managers shave their head don't think it is gonna happen..we have to add today,our give back tomorrow and then the final two days up to and the big finale on Wednesday..that woud be awesome if we could pull it off..yes it would be great to pull it off cause our managers did it cuz they didnt believe we could raise the money but more awesome cuz just thinking of all the chemo treatments we as a restaurant provide to needed children cuz of the effort we put in...well although it's not over I think we will have to say we are not gonna make it..I believe we were at $7,000 as of last night...so that is $11,000 to go that is a large feat even for me...and you guys know I am all gung ho..welll will check back in later with weight and points...love ya guys keep sparking

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9/24/11 9:14 P

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Oh and... I am going to post my points first thing tomorrow. I weigh in on Sunday mornings usually, so I hope to show a loss for the leg! Yall are rocking it! Keep up the great work!

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9/24/11 9:13 P

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Hey yall! I just wanted to stop by and share that I had a pretty awesome day! I got to go HUNTING for the first time ever! Now, I don't know how everyone feels about hunting, so I won't share any details. But, even just the hiking made the day one of the best I have had in a while. I LOVE the outdoors! And the weather is ALMOST where it needs to be. Let's just hope we can get some more rain!

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9/24/11 10:50 A

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Morning, Glories! (My mom used to say that to us 4 kids when she would wake us up)

Here are my points for the week:

E=1
P=2
weight...gained 0.2 pounds (too much salt!) but I did lose 2.3 pounds this leg! Woo Hoo!
I=1
C=0 (I really screwed up this week, nerves about court, sorry!)

Week 4 totals = 4 points
Running total = 19 points

Edited by: MJ-SHE-BEAST at: 9/25/2011 (17:51)
***MaryJane ***
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9/24/11 10:44 A

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Good morning!

E - 1
P - 2
I - 1
C - 1

Total points: 5 points
Running Total: 17 points

weight 265.5


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E = 1 point (not a lot but I got 3 days in)

P = 2 points (small gain, it was the chocolate in the office!!!) I did get post and blog etc.

I = 1 point-- I am doing so much better with my water and my caffeine.

C= 0 point Stayed in my points ranges most days but did not make it every day.


So my total points = 4 + 13 for last week = 17 points.

Go Champions This is it!!!

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9/22/11 8:49 P

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Hey all!

I hope everyone is enjoying their week. I'm so excited because this is season premier week! I had a lot of my favorite shows start back up and it has been awesome! Plus, I've been checking out new shows.

I'm beginning to see a pattern...days are getting away from me! Oh well, what can I say?

My mattress arrived on Monday. I bought the California King plush memory foam 10". My mom came over after work and she and I removed the old spring mattress for the new one. The old one was heavy enough and the new one weighed 122 pounds! Between the both of us, we did it. It killed our backs. It amazed me how well we work together.

I'm enhancing my spanish and will start a new language later on....at least before the new year.

Let's go Champions!

Lean on the promises of Christ! Keep your eyes on the prize...Jesus Christ and His Kingdom!

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9/22/11 11:57 A

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Hee hee..MJ and Neil show, soon in syndication! Neil and the She-Beast LIVE from San Antonio!

Thank you, Neil, for getting those figures posted. YES! We Won!

I want you Champions, all of you, to think of something and be VERY PROUD. The Fat Bottom Girls had ALL 8 of their participants post points and averaged 3.63 per team member. We only had 7 of our 9 participants post points and managed to squeak a win even with taking 2 ZEROS into our average of 3.66 per participant! If we were able to average it by only those who did post points our average would have been 4.71 per participant meaning not only a win but that we BLEW THEM AWAY!

Yes, those who participated averaged 4.71 each and I want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU so very much and I am so freaking proud of each and every one of us who made last week OUR WEEK!

All I can add to this is....WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS MY FRIENDS....and we'll keep on fighting 'til the end! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Edited by: MJ-SHE-BEAST at: 9/22/2011 (11:58)
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hey gang..where is everyone? from the look of things it's the MJ and Neil show...lol lol..funny but not funny...where is our team? I want everyone to be pumped and stoked and just as excited as I am...I am stoked that some of you guys are coming to Chili's to eat..unfortunate I wont be there I am going to be working only the lunch shift...but I have Kim there working that night if she doesnt delivery her baby and she will take great care of you guys...I have been talking to her bout joining spark after the baby comes cuz she is wanting to get back into to shape pronto after she comes... and I tell her how I love the SA team...plus its local and we have meet ups even though I havent been able to make one yet cuz they have been on days when I work...so Neil is the official counter now...so by his tally we won week 3...so were does that put us for the overall standing...will check in tomorrow had a long last couple of days with work and getting ready for my 7yr olds bday which was today..keep sparking guys and make it happen

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Okay, okay...I got a little carried away on my last post. We are all winners when we do EPIC and encourage each other.

So, hopefully, everyone is having a good week and focusing on being successful in the 4th week of EPIC. I feel like this has been a tremendous experience for me personally. I have greatly enjoyed following everyone's progress and hearing your stories of success.

As a reminder, do not forget to welcome some new people to the SA Spark team - even if it is by e-mail if they do not have a SparkPage. Do your blogs. Just have a great time here on the SPARK.

(woo hoo - WE WIN WEEK 3! - oops, did I do that again?) emoticon

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If I am reading the points correctly - here is what I calculated:

Fat Bottomed Girls - 8 Check-Ins/29 Points
Champions - 7 Check-Ins/33 Points

I think we won Week 3. I THINK WE WON WEEK 3!!!!

Mind you, I keep saying - I think. I will let MJ do the final calculations in the AM - but I think - WE WIN WEEK 3!!!

(Did I say that again?)

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MJ - you should rest. I can add up the points and put them on here. More than happy to - just did not want to overstep boundaries.

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Don't go crazy, Neil....I like you optimistic! Actually, I got lazy and didn't even look or add up this week. I'm a "gotta know" kind of person myself, usually. I'm a bit brain dead tonight and feel a little under the weather. I should have done this already, sorry. I will go to the FBG thread and add thiers up and then add ours up and post a comparison tomorrow...unless you wanna? emoticon
I know you might want to know NOW! LOL! Sorry, it's fine if you want to, but if you wish to wait I will do it in the morning. Looking at the screen is hurting my head. Just popped on to see if anything urgent required my attention.

***MaryJane ***
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Ummm....MJ? How come I did not see any points for this week listed in our thread. Sorry, not personal points but team points vs. what the FBGs had this week. Did we win week three - outside of just the personal victories we are getting?

I live for knowing how we are doing and it is driving me crazy.

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Cheryl, I just adore eBay! A few years ago we sold our daughter's french horn from middle school (which I purchased at a garage sale for 40 bucks) for....wait for it....$2600.00!! I was so thrilled when I saw the bids going up I could hardly contain myself! I listed it for 1.00 plus shipping and whoosh! The bids just kept climbing. I also sold an unworn wedding dress for almost $200 but it had cost me nearly $400 years earlier. Win some, lose some!

It's Tuesday, Champions! What positive things are you doing for yourself today?

Me? I am drinking a glass of skim milk and eating a plum for my snack today. Too many studies have shown that milk drinkers lose more weight and maintain healthier weights for me to ignore this any longer!



***MaryJane ***
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K, your crockpot dish sounds wonderful! Hate that you're having a bad day.

I have my windows open and the fans on. It's such a beautiful day! I didn't get much sleep last night. I didn't take my sleeping pill (ambein). I know I didn't spell that correctly, oh well. I'm a little slow in doing things around the house. Can't take a nap because I'm waiting for the delivery guy. I'm getting my new mattress today! So excited!! This should help my fibro and give me the support I need.

I made some money today. Someone bought my wedding dress on E-bay. Funny thing, I never got to wear it. Oh well, God knows best! I don't see myself getting married again. As I get older, the more I'm set in my ways. I've been married twice and engaged several times.

Have a great day and enjoy the beautiful weather!

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Thank yall so much. I am trying to get myself into better headspace. I got off my rear and started a soup full of beans, veggies and chicken in the crockpot (maybe it will turn into a chicken tortilla soup of some sort. It is definitely going to be spicy! I could use a spicy soup today!), and I have 90s music going on the TV. I LOVE that Dish comes with the satellite radio stations!




PS-- My day was just made. Just seconds after I originally posted this, *NSYNC came on! Now THAT'S the way to cheer this girl up! Haha!

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I love you, K, my little silky-skinned beauty. Use your music and let it lift you where you need to be. Text or call if you need anything, but DON'T waste the glory of today. Feel better, sweetness!

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KISSYTINA - you can do this. You can turn your day around. Do what MJ said - turn up the music and dance for 5 minutes. Spend a few minutes doing something for you!!

Sorry you are a little under the weather. I hope you can turn this negative start into a positive day!! My prayers are with you that today is a special day - somehow/someway.

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Ugh, I am struggling with a bad attitude today. I don't feel good and I am exhausted. It is just one of those days that I wish I could curl back up in bed and just go back to sleep. Which is really a shame, because it is a beautiful day. I have some errands to run this afternoon, so hopefully getting out of the house will lift me up a bit. Until then, I am going to crank up the music and just try to turn this day around.

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Sorry for being late....internet and cable problems with the little storm we just got!!!

E=1 point
P= 2 points 251.2 up from 249.6 last week..not the direction I want.
I=1 points
C=0 points

total 4 out of 5... running total 12


Nothing ahead of you is bigger or stronger than the POWER of God BEHIND you.


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Forgot to mention--as of right now I am only working lunch shift on Mon 26th...will let you guys know sometime this week for sure..but as far as reservation we have what is called call ahead sitting--if you know you have a certain amount of people u can call to put your name on the list you may still have to wait a little bit but it decreases the wait time..

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Oh dear Champions please forgive me for being MIA the last couple of days...I have worked dbl shifts on both fri and sat so the kiddos didnt see very much of me so today was all FAM day..so the last week especially the later part has been following up with some big companies to try to get as much money raise for St.Jude's as possible---Thank you Thank you Thank you MJ for the posting bout Mon Sept 26th it is all day--from open at 10:45 am til we close at 11 pm...as MJ stated it is not the healthiest place but it is for a good cause..I usually each on the health side of doing a kid gr chk with rice and black beans and I take my low fat american cheese slice and melt it on the chicken and then top it with guac and salsa..it's delish...plus I start off with a house salad minus croutons and onions and have them add extra tomatoes and cucumbers and eggs...this week is our final full week and then the final day for everything is Sept 28th...on big contributor I was open to get a donation from---Red McCombs--got kinda derailed because someone missed place the papers I had emailed over explaining what the donation is for along with the info bout getting a tax credit for donating so I had to do a last hour resubmission..hoping it goes through..and other companies I contacted say they do there budget at the beginning of the year for donations which is totally understandable so just running out of options..but on a good note--I had a great week and looking to keep the momentum going and end Sensational September with a bang---so onto my EPIC points:

E=1
P=2 lost 2.4lbs(started EPIC @ 220 went up to 220.8 now just weighed in @ 218.4--woohoo)
I=1
C=1

total:5 pts
running total:15 pts
GO CHAMPIONS!!!!

Real name: Mary aka Divalicious
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Hola my fellow Champions!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the rain! I LOVE it when it rains. I find it to be very soothing and calming.

Neil, love the new name! MJ, she-beast...loving it!



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You did great this week, Neil! Loving the new name. It fits!


***MaryJane ***
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So, again, I am sorry for not being very supportive and vocal this weekend. I have had very little time - although starting tomorrow, it is back to the old RackspaceNeil (unless I change my screen name - one never knows).

Okay, stats for the week:

New Weight: 227
Old Weight: 227
Did not lose, did not gain. I know I would have lost if it was not for Chama Gaucha on Friday night. Ate way too much. But, I know this is phantom weight and will lose it as quickly as I put it on.

E: 1 Point
P: 2 Points
I: 1 Point
C: 1 Point

Total for this week: 5 Points
Total for EPC: 14 Points

And soon....Mr. Encouragement will be back.

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PS- In other news... Hubby and I are taking a Hunter's Safety course this weekend! I PROMISE that is NOT a scary thought!

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Week 3 Points:

E=1 point
P=2 point 223.6 - 223.4
I=1 points
C=0 points

Total points: 4 points
Running total: 11 points


STILL no internet at mi casa, but I managed to sneak over to the school this evening to be able to personally report my points! I am still having trouble managing and tracking my calories, but I have been better about getting active! I have also been more mindful of my water intake, and have been trying to get better sleep.


GO CHAMPIONS!



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I've earned all of my points so I am posting now.

E = 1
P= 2 lost .8 pounds for a total of 2.5 lbs since this leg started (woot!)
I= 1
C= 1

Week 3 total = 5 points

Running total = 15 points

Go Champions!

***MaryJane ***
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Just posted this in the MEET UP FORUM. If you plan to attend, reply THERE, not here!!

*********IMPORTANT SAVE THE DATE *********

SEPTEMBER 26TH ( that's a Monday ) - Chili's donates 100% of all profits sold in all stores to St. Jude's on that day.

This information comes from Mary, (ANTHONYSGAL) who is the HOPE CAPTAIN for this year's Chili's at the Quarry fundraiser for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

I will be there at on the outside of the restaurant at 6:00 pm to meet up with any Sparkers (and family) who wish to participate. I will be going in at 6:30. I do not know if we can get reservations, so we may have to wait for enough tables to be put together or in the same area for us to be able to socialize and get to know each other. If we can get a good head count on this thread I will ask at 6:00 pm for them to get a table(s) ready for us for 6:30 or however long it will take to accomodate us.

Chili's isn't the healthiest place to eat but this will afford us an opportunity to practice making better choices when dining out while contributing to a worthwhile charity.

The Quarry location is at 255 E. Basse suite 1100, San Antonio 78209 and is not too far from the Whole Foods-Alamo Quarry Market.

Here is their menu: http://www.chilis.com/EN/Pages/menu.aspx

Perhaps we can get in an after dinner walk around the quarry or something. That can all be worked out as we go along. Please reply to this post and let me know if you can make it and how many you will be bringing.

Let's make a great Spark showing at this worthwhile event!


***MaryJane ***
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Carol, we are here for you. Do what is right for you and it is a win all around. Carve out 5 minutes here and there if necessary. Ask us for prayers, good thoughts, whatever you need (you already have mine, by the way). I completely understand what you are going through. I've been there. It sucks and it is difficult. But you MUST make some time for your own needs, wants, and health. You are a Champion. You matter. We care.

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We've missed you Carol. I know from personal experience it's difficult to track everything and post when your personal life is falling apart around you.

I've found that when I posted what was going on, the team stepped up to the plate and offered everything I needed to hear: their support, love, encouragement, motivation, uplifting words, understanding, etc.

I know not everyone likes to post their most private thoughts, much less what's going on around them. Reach out to one person on the team you trust and let them know how things are going.


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Total points: 5 points
Running Total: 12 points

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Edited by: 4CHRIST777 at: 9/16/2011 (21:03)
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Hi champions! I'm trying to come back. I've been gone from the site for a couple of weeks and I really need to come back. Thank you MaryJane for the boost. I am now trying to catch up a little bit. The assignment said to post what motivates me. Well, right now the email and the assignment and the reminder that I signed up for a challenge and am not participating is my push. I feel guilty and that I am not doing what I should be doing. I have a responsibility to the team and I am failing at that. Things are difficult in my life now and I won't be able to get all or most of the points, but I need to try to do as much as is possible. Thank you spark team.

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Kim, no apology needed! Thanks for getting the points in and by the way...YOU ROCK!

GO CHAMPIONS!

***MaryJane ***
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I am checking in early again! Only way it works for me sorry!


E = 1 point (at least I got this done!)

P = 2 points (no gain this week!!!) I did get post and blog etc.

I = 1 point-- I am doing so much better with my water and my sodium! felling better about both!! LOL

C= 1 point Stayed in my points ranges most days but did not make it every day.


So my total points = 5 + 8 for last week = 13 points.

Let's go Champions we can do this. Week 4 coming up!!

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Hey my fellow spark "family"

MJ, love the assignments. Not sure if I'm one of the lacking, but if I am...sorry.

Since I'm single and live alone, I really have to pull deep down inside to get myself going. Good thing, once I get going, I keep going.

I've never had a weight problem in my life until now. I've stayed the same size since high school. I have packed all my "normal" size clothing and put them in the spare bedroom. I have A LOT of clothes. I have a walk-in closet, two dressers, one side mini dresser and a hope chest filled with clothing. Knowing I have all these cute clothes packed away gives me motivation, so I can unpack those clothes.

Brandon's death has brought my motivation to a all time high. It's hard to explain how his death motivates me, but it does. September 20th will be six months since his death. He would have graduated from Clark this year.

Another motivating factor is when I see the scale go down and my pant size going down! I'm happy to announce I'm maintaining the new size. I just need to vamp it up so I can see more exciting results.

My guard dog helps me get moving. He loves to run and play in the backyard. I enjoy playing with him. I'm looking forward to the cooler mornings, so we can go walking again.

GO CHAMPIONS!

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Hello all fellow Champions---I use that term rather loosely cuz it always seems to be the same people in here...what happened to our team? I know sometimes life gets in the way and some may have demanding jobs but your health is your life and loosing weight and living a better and healthier way should be as important to you as your job..I remember seeing everyone all excited and gung ho bout EPIC returning and now it's like a ghost town..maybe it's just me but I know for a fact I am a SPARKAHOLIC...When I am off I am on here trying to learning and help further myself in my lifestyle quest...I LOVE LOVE seeing and hearing from my sparkfriends and cheering them on in their successes and being there to support and challenge and encourage them in defeats...I love to exercise now and look forward to whatever routine I am doing..that is why I do things as part of a program...I am a finisher...I don't like to fail..and to me starting and not finishing is failing..even if you have to adjust a fitness routine to suit you and your abilities u can do it...if you can do 10 pushup do 5 heck even do 3 but the point is like the so so simple slogan of nike---JUST DO IT!!!!

BTW--MJ and Kristina great motivation post and now onto mine---

I HAVE SIX BUT YOU ONLY NEED JUST ONE--Tamika, Artiss,Andre,Makayla,Zoe, and Mia--my babies are my life,my breathe, my every heartbeat..there is nothing in this world stronger and more pure--except from God--than the love of a child...I can't tell you how it feels and those of you that are mothers know hence where I am coming from..I am doing this somewhat from a vain standpoint--I am already a Diva I just wanna be Divalicious--but my first and main motivating factor are my six precious babies...they deserve the best out of life and in order for them to achieve and have that they need me to be health and around to be able to provide that for them...all of them..my oldest is 18 and even though I have done an awesome and great job with her I maybe couldnt practiced some more bball with her if I was in better shape and my darling princess Mia at a mere 9 months---she will be 10 months tomorrow--is just barely starting off in life...I wanna be around and healthy and be able to enjoy my grandkids from her when she has them..I have to be healthier so I can be the best mom possible so to me my babies are my MOTIVATION!!!!

So what is yours?? What is your motivation?? Find it, embrace it and use it on your path to a better and healthier you...

STRIVE FOR FIVE--STRIVE FOR FIVE--STRIVE FOR FIVE---STRIVE FOR FIVE

GO CHAMPIONS!!!!!!

Edited by: ANTHONYSGAL at: 9/16/2011 (01:23)
Real name: Mary aka Divalicious
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Kristina, I know that took a lot for you to admit. I'm grateful and humbled that you shared the truth of what you are feeling NOW, which as you know will not be the truth of you down the road more than likely.

Just thowing something out there for your consideration, Champions. I am a Facebook junkie, or a Facehooker as one of my friends call it. If any of you wish to friend me on there, my given name is MaryJane Thomas-Harrison. Just be sure to message me on FB to tell me who you are on Spark if your given name is vastly different from your spark name. No hard feelings if you don't wish to do this or don't FB...as I said, something for you to consider!

***MaryJane ***
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By the way...


That took a lot for me to admit.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
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Taking a moment to complete MJ's assignment...

What motivates me? This is a question I often have to stop and ask myself. At times, I am so shallow that the search for a better body motivates me. At times, I reflect on my health, and the prospect of a long and healthy life motivates me. Sometimes I am so needy that I must KNOW that I make a difference to be motivated. Other times, I find that simply spreading a motivating word to someone else motivates me. Seems like I am a complicated package, huh?!

But when it really comes down to it, I know that we all need multiple motivations as we go along. Many (if not most) of us start out because we want to look better in our clothes. Many (if not most) of us then go on to find any number of other motivators, from health to camaraderie. We are all a mish-mash. We are all made up of many different parts and many different experiences, and thus it makes sense that we would all have many different motivations.

At the moment, I am feeling shallow and a bit down. I have a loving husband who supports me in everything, but I fear that someday my unhealthy (read "fat") self will not be good enough for him. Please, don't think that this is his fault, because it is most certainly not. In my rational moments, I know that there is no chance that he will leave me. I know that he thinks I am beautiful and that he loves me more than life itself. But, like every female, and especially like those who suffer from bouts of random gloominess, I find myself at times feeling insecure and downright ugly. My motivation right now is this-- I want to LOOK and FEEL beautiful, so that I will never again fear that I will be alone because of my body.


Ask me the same question a few months from now, and the answer MAY be the same... but I'd be willing to bet the answer will be much different!

Edited by: STRIVEFORHONOR at: 9/15/2011 (17:55)
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Practicing what I preach: What motivates me to keep going and keep seeking that healthier lifestyle and stronger body I crave? The way life tastes. The way baby hugs from my grandson feels. The way having someone tell me I made a difference gives me incentive to keep moving forward. The fact that I had a heart attack and never want to feel that helpless again. There are so many reasons and if you are really interested in learning how I got here and why I stay and will never give up the quest there are two blogs you can read from last year in November and December that really show the reasons behind my motivation. The issues were personal, but sharing them was my way of dealing and I believe that it may have also helped someone else.

https://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j
ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=3761968


https://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3844809



***MaryJane ***
VSG WL surgery 7/28/14
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12/28/14-199 1/28/15-198
HELLO PLATEAU!
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GOODBYE PLATEAU?
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9/15/11 10:34 A

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In case you don't check your spark mail: You CANNOT escape me! Here is the letter I just sent each of you:

Dear Champions,

I love you. I need you. I want you. Sounds like a love letter, right? Well, it is!

I love the spirit of teamwork, of companionship, of trust that comes from competing together. I love winning, too, that isn't so much what this letter is about...but winning is GOOD!

What this letter is really about is that I feel a lackluster and half-hearted attempt by a lot of us. I am NOT pointing fingers. If you compete at or above what you thought you were capable of, you know it. You also know if you are just sliding along. This is a challenge, my dears. It isn't supposed to come easy or be a cake walk. When you commit to be a part of a challenge, you push. You strive. You give it your best shot.

Illness, injury, and circumstances beyond our control aside, there is nothing stopping you from posting one blog per week, welcoming a few new members, or posting on a couple of threads to get a participation point., nor moving your body for a short span of time every few days in order to get the exercise point, nor staying in your range for a set amount of days to get your caloric point. You know what you selected for your improvement point...it mattered to you then. Does it matter to you now?

Yes, the team does suffer if you don't turn in your points. Yes, the team does suffer if you don't give it your best effort, or at least a good effort. But who ultimately suffers? YOU. Those who do their part are already winners in better health and a sense of pride in what they did. I don't want any of my Champions to feel they haven't gained something positive from the EPIC experience. Dig deep inside of yourself and commit to making the rest of this month count. For YOU.

Why am I giving you assignments? To quote our moms: "For your own good!" It's like this. If you get nudged into what you have already agreed to do, it might just reawaken some of the drive you had at the beginning to make some positive changes in your life...it could happen!

Assignments:
1)Before this weekend starts I would like to see a post on the team thread by each of you telling us all what motivates you, what really pulls you from deep inside to WANT a healthier life.

2)Before noon on Sunday I want to see each of you reach out on the boards with 3 posts on different threads. End your post with Go Champions! I don't care if it is just two words or an emoticon and then Go Champions! I'll be watching emoticon

3) WELCOME SOMEONE!!!! You can find new members by scrolling down to the bottom of the page. Click view all, then click on newest members. The members with underlined names have pages. If you find that the page is private, find someone else to welcome...there is always someone new!

4) If you haven't blogged yet, do it before Sunday afternoon. No ideas on what to blog? Not comfortable writing? Just post a simple few sentences that say you are happy to be part of EPIC, that you are Champion...or be a wise guy and just post: I'm blogging for points for the EPIC challenge. I prefer to read something more substantial, but whatever.

Thus ends my love letter to my Champions. I didn't say love wasn't tough...so deal with it. emoticon emoticon

***MaryJane ***
VSG WL surgery 7/28/14
6/28/14-272 7/28/14-250
8/28/14-234 9/28/14-227
10/28/14-216 11/28/14-209
12/28/14-199 1/28/15-198
HELLO PLATEAU!
2/28/15-196 3/28/15-197
3/28/15-197 4/28/15-195
5/28/15- 193 6/28/15-190
GOODBYE PLATEAU?
9/28/15- 189 12/28/15-188

Never give up - Never give in


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9/15/11 10:16 A

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I can tell you that at my current pace - I AM GETTING 5 POINTS THIS WEEK!! I just had my best run to date - albeit on a treadmill. Life is good.

One thing for me to watch out for is that I am going to Brazilian for dinner tomorrow - Chama Gaucha. This type of place is always trouble so I need to be careful. Other than that, I am good.

No, not good...GREAT!!!!

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