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HAGGYBUNCH1 SparkPoints: (149)
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10/24/12 9:54 A

I am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006 right after the birth of my 6 year old son, Noah. I was only 26. Now my mom has breast cancer, and she's having a really rough time with it. Last week, a couple of friends on facebook asked me if I would like to walk with them at an event that took place last Saturday. I have wanted to go on a cancer walk for a long time, but never thought that I could. My own cancer left me weak and on disability. I was scared, but I really wanted to walk for my mom, so I went. I started out breathing a little heavy, but I never gave up. I never even sat down! I trudged if on a mission. And after crossing the finish line, I learned that I had just finished not a 3K, like I had originally thought, but a 5K! I am so thankful that I went! It was one one the most rewarding things I've ever done for myself and for my mom. I plan to keep doing them every year from now on because now... I know I can!!!

~Too blessed to be stressed~
CHAQUITA73 SparkPoints: (55,725)
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10/24/12 9:25 A

Excellent question and awesome answers!!!

My moment was this morning when I could see a difference in my stomach (it's only been 12 pounds gone) AND I tried on pants in the next size down and they fit (a little snug...but I didn't have to suck in my breath to zip/button!!).

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing- that's why we recommend it daily."-Zig Ziglar
HFAYE81 SparkPoints: (21,810)
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10/24/12 9:18 A

I attended a Zumba class last night, and even though I wanted to poop out and leave after 10 minutes, I stuck it out and had a great time. emoticon

What are you waiting for?
STRONG_SARAH Posts: 1,203
10/24/12 8:57 A

I took a flight exam in April and passed it beautifully, with compliments from the examiner. I was very proud, almost euphoric after that.


People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
George Bernard Shaw

10/24/12 8:38 A

Yesterday: I did inclined dumbbell flyes with two 50lb dumbbells: 4 sets x 10 reps with 1 min rest

70LBSTOGO2 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/24/12 8:30 A

Mine is going to sound silly but I am proud so that is what matters to me.

I have a very hard time on the elliptical machine my goal with this beast is to increase by 1 minute a week to get my body used to it.

I did 5 minutes last night and it felt great!!

so happy i will conquer this machine!!

One day at a time...

I am thankful everyday for the support system that I have.

Keep up the great work everyone!
SLENDERELLA61 SparkPoints: (205,163)
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10/24/12 8:18 A

Last Saturday I ran 13.5 miles for the first time in my life

Marsha's Keys to Success = Tracking! Super Foods! Step Up Cardio! And most important: Quit Quitting!!
JASTAMPER11 SparkPoints: (57,189)
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10/24/12 8:15 A

Last December when I finished my 4 yr degree.

SW 183 1/1/12
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CGOHO04 Posts: 53
10/24/12 8:00 A

Two Saturday's ago I completed my first 10k race. I have never been a runner and I am not a fast runner either but that is changing. I trained for 9 weeks and finished it in 1:00:26 which was faster than my usual 10 minute per mile pace. I was so proud of myself for doing this and that my family was there to cheer me on! Aiming for a half marathon next year! Great question!

TORTISE110 Posts: 6,165
10/24/12 5:19 A

I really like this question and am trying to remember. Hmmmm. I met my goal weight and was happy, but did not take the time to be proud. I have felt proud when complimented, but I realize my self pride needs a little work!

Go slow to go fast.
Maintaining since September 15, 2012
N16351D Posts: 2,349
10/24/12 5:17 A

"The greater the challenge, the greater the struggle, the greater the intrinsic reward." Captain Ary Hobbel, UAL (ret.)

I feel pleased with myself any time that I accomplish any victory, large or small. Recently, in the area of fitness, it was last week when I didn't have ice cream (my favorite treat!).
Last Saturday I completed a 6 mile walk after having been ill with a lung infection for five months. (Nothing compared to the five mile runs I was doing in early May, but walking comes before running after a long illness.) It turns out that the 6 miles was too far and it set me back, but at least I did it.

The biggest fitness challenge was completing a 1/2 marathon at ages 25, 35, and 50.

But nothing compares to having completed my bachelor's degree and teaching certificate in 1984 after working at it for seven years as a single mother. Right next to that was earning my FAA private and instrument pilots licenses (1986 and 1997 respectively).

What is your challenge today?

VEGK80 SparkPoints: (10,780)
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10/24/12 1:14 A

when I was doing the C25K program consistently earlier this year!

Sometimes the healing is in the aching.
FITMOM1969 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/24/12 1:04 A

When I completed my educational goals that would lead to my new career, unfortunately though I'm not employed yet :o( But I'm proud I completed my training. :o)

If You Stay Ready You Don't Have To Get Ready!!!!
LLAURELC SparkPoints: (1,985)
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10/23/12 11:47 P

When I walked out of my midterm for a really challenging class knowing I had studied hard and done well! :)

321BETHREZ SparkPoints: (3,543)
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10/23/12 10:25 P

Last week I finally fit into jeans one size smaller. also I resisted the halloween candy that I had bought early. I wrapped it up in the bag and locked it away in a closet.

MAMA_CD Posts: 1,505
10/23/12 6:51 P

Today, I taught the first day of a new course and it went great!

MAMA_CD...count your blessings!
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
10/23/12 6:30 P

Today it was 40 degrees and pouring rain but I still laced up and ran a wet 7.7 miles:)

SIM1SAYS Posts: 223
10/23/12 5:25 P

This is a GREAT board topic. I might have to start a 30 day - daily pride - feed.

I am so proud that I worked out today - AND did strength training as part of my workout! Woot Woot!

No DIET for me - I'm trying LIFE this time.

My mantra: I can. I will. I am.

My vision/motivation board:

- Simone

Spark start: 8.15 - 286 lbs/8.22 281 lbs/8.29 277 lbs
SUGARSMOM2 SparkPoints: (180,125)
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10/23/12 5:23 P

I do not remember feeling good about myself . there is always that little voice in the back of my mind that tells me i am lacking in many skills . I get answers on some of my posts have one i can think of that when i read her comments to me i know she thinks i am stupid. I know that not everyone likes everybody. she makes me want to quite .

sugarsmom2 donna wva
ONELITTLEPILL SparkPoints: (50,196)
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10/23/12 5:10 P

About 10 minutes ago when I finished INSANITY Max Interval Plyo for the first time.

This is for me...
HOCKEYCHICK0207 SparkPoints: (4,972)
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10/23/12 4:47 P

Today when I forgot to bring my lunch to work and my boss offered to bring me some fast food on her way back from a meeting. I said no...and that's a first!

10/23/12 3:24 P

Yesterday when I went to my meeting with my diabetic councelor. I went prepared with SP printouts of exercise, blood glucose levels and meals for the last week and sang the praises of SPand she was very happy with what she saw.. My goal for the last month was to lose 5 lbs. When I stepped on the scale I only lost 4.7 lbs BUT I lost 5.5 inches. This last week I have really started to feel that I am succeeding in becoming healthier because I am feeling a difference in my clothes.

Another day another step closer to a healthy life.

DISNEYGIRL1026 Posts: 4
10/23/12 3:15 P

I was proud of myself for hitting the 50 pounds lost mark a few weeks ago! It felt so good to accomplish that as I have been working so hard! 20 more to go!! emoticon

EIDOTHEA1 SparkPoints: (23,842)
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10/23/12 12:38 P

Last wkend for biking 9 miles when I haven't biked in years.

MANKAZAS SparkPoints: (14,215)
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10/23/12 11:35 A

I walked 10 km on Sunsay!

I've got my mind set on this! It's gonna take time ..All my precious do it , to do it , to do it!

BIGBOYTRI SparkPoints: (2,512)
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10/23/12 11:20 A

It's been a LONG while. I had gained back 65 pounds of the 120 I lost, so I think my proudest moment came when I realized enough was enough and I stopped lying to myself and got back to the gym.
BOOKWORM27S SparkPoints: (131,905)
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10/23/12 11:17 A

When I weighed-in at 121.6 in February! Gained since then, and I've not felt proud of myself in a long time.

Give up everything you love, and everything that tastes good = weight loss! Simple as that!

"Eating what stands on one leg (mushrooms and plant foods) is better than eating what stands on two legs (fowl), which is better than eating what stands on four legs (cows, pigs, and other mammals)"....... Chinese proverb
"Food is not love, comfort, or an anxiety pill."

ELAINERN100 Posts: 62
10/23/12 11:14 A

Yesterday afternoon - I had been putting off a work project for 2 months. I finally just said "let's do this". The rest of the staff was on board with me and the results were fantastic.

GOING-STRONG Posts: 6,197
10/23/12 10:56 A

I wore a two piece swim suit yesterday and felt pretty proud of myself. I'm going to go make myself proud today by running 5 miles!

Seaside, Oregon

Eat healthy.. Exercise daily.. repeat! and Consistency.. that is the secret!
MILLIE5522 SparkPoints: (44,208)
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10/23/12 10:52 A

Last night when I ate out with some friends. I managed to resist the burger and fries and had a veggie tagine on couscous instead! emoticon
10/23/12 10:48 A

Fitting into some of my thin clothes this week,

NEWSTARTSPARK SparkPoints: (39,362)
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10/23/12 10:47 A


STEELER71 Posts: 8,042
10/23/12 10:20 A

This morning. I've been able to maintain my goal weight for the past two days.

HOLLYM48 SparkPoints: (195,862)
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10/23/12 10:07 A

yesterday when I took care of a patient and she told me how special I am and how I make the experience so much easier for her. emoticon emoticon

I can do it!!
Spark People are the best!
2BDYNAMIC SparkPoints: (164,450)
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10/23/12 10:05 A

Mon when I got up at 3:15 to work out before work .............

~Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
ELISAJANE57 Posts: 745
10/23/12 10:05 A

I think one reason I am addicted to races is the awesome feeling I have when I do cross the finish line. I'm glad you didn't give up on your 10K. I feel proud of myself for all I have accomplished with the help of Sparkpeople. I not only got back down to a healthy weight, but I went further and hit my dream weight. Now I'm just working on improving my fitness level and possibly finding a program to get a degree or certificate in so I can help other people as a fitness professional.

Is it wrong to fight time, to turn it back or push it forward? Time was never mine.
JEFFGIRL Posts: 8,154
10/23/12 10:01 A

About two or three weeks ago when I took charge of something that needed to be addressed. Outcome was "iffy", but it all turned out 100% O.K. I was grateful.

LIZOFSTAD SparkPoints: (16,464)
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10/23/12 10:01 A

This morning when I realized I only ate 1800 calories yesterday!

JOYFULME01 Posts: 613
10/23/12 9:59 A

Wow, I've been looking for a new board and this one really hit home. I have many accomplishments in my life . . . kids, grandkids, completed a bachelors and a masters after I turned 35, awesome job, great friends, etc. However, I have very little support in my life and I realized after reflecting on this question that I work hard not to feel proud, because I don't have anyone in my life that is proud of me. I noticed that I hide or bury my pride because my accomplishments seem to trigger my husband to jealousy and/or irritation. I have stumbled on this observation many times during this marriage, but now that we are empty nesters it's becoming something I really need to deal with. Thanks for posing the question and getting me thinking about this in a healthy fashion.

CATMAGNET SparkPoints: (38,973)
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10/23/12 9:48 A

AWESOME, JULIEPANN! Totally gonna have to friend ya so we can keep tabs on our progress! When's yours? :)


Camp Good Grief 5k 2012 - 31:50
Gobble Wobble 5k 2012 - 30:00
Turkey Trot 4 Mile Race 2012 - 38:38
Ugly Sweater 5k Fun Run 2012 - 27:19
Move-It Memphis 10K 2013 - 55:36
Germantown Half Marathon - 2:08:53
FedEx St. Jude Classic Fairway 5k - 4/13/2013
Pittsburgh Half-Marathon - 5/5/2013
AMALLECO SparkPoints: (11,411)
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10/23/12 9:27 A

I can do more lunges and do them better! emoticon


Changing My Lifestyle, One Day at a Time.
TDEMAIO2 SparkPoints: (50,001)
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10/23/12 9:27 A

My son : ) he has made me proud in so many ways! I did it all by myself with my little house, my little old car, my go no where job and my LOVE and GOD he is a man I am SO proud of : )

10/23/12 9:25 A

yesterday - I weighed myself and the scale showed I had lost 20lbs - half way to my target weight goal!! Go Me!! emoticon


learning new low-carb eating habits, one bite at a time!
JENGOJENGO SparkPoints: (9,626)
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10/23/12 9:17 A

When I successfully coordinated our church's fall festival last weekend!

Rockin' with the Dazzling Diamonds BLC Winter Challenge Team!

JULIEPANN SparkPoints: (9,275)
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10/23/12 9:05 A

Hey Cat!! We have something in common! I signed up for my first one too!!! Im super stoked:) Good luck!!

Wherever you go......there you are.
PARKERB2 SparkPoints: (129,515)
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10/23/12 9:04 A

This morning when I weighed and I had gotten back down to 146.

CATMAGNET SparkPoints: (38,973)
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10/23/12 8:59 A

When I signed up for my first half marathon this past Sunday (the race is in March), knowing that I'll be able to run the entire 13.1 miles.


Camp Good Grief 5k 2012 - 31:50
Gobble Wobble 5k 2012 - 30:00
Turkey Trot 4 Mile Race 2012 - 38:38
Ugly Sweater 5k Fun Run 2012 - 27:19
Move-It Memphis 10K 2013 - 55:36
Germantown Half Marathon - 2:08:53
FedEx St. Jude Classic Fairway 5k - 4/13/2013
Pittsburgh Half-Marathon - 5/5/2013
DIVIERO968 Posts: 184
10/23/12 8:43 A

Over the weekend when I was able to wear a size smaller jeans comfortably :). Been working hard to get into a new size!

10/23/12 8:16 A

This morning when I weighed myself :)

JULIEPANN SparkPoints: (9,275)
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10/23/12 8:04 A

My First 10k :) I was all but ready to give up on the last 2 ipod went dead....I was exhausted then all of a sudden an older gentleman (much older) passed me....on the back of his shirt read "you can do this!" I got a sudden burst of energy and took off! There was nothing like the feeling of crossing that finish line!

Wherever you go......there you are.
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