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Hey guys! My name is Jill. I'm 21 years old and 4' 11'' (and a quarter!), which means my goal weight is a ridiculously small number that hardly seems real. At 123 lbs I'll have a healthy BMI, so right now that's where I want to be.
I previously had lost about 35 pounds following Spark from January of 2011 until about May. After the semester ended I lost my momentum and stopped, but managed to lose another 5 pounds throughout the summer. Shortly after transferring colleges and moving ...
Hey guys! My name is Jill. I'm 21 years old and 4' 11'' (and a quarter!), which means my goal weight is a ridiculously small number that hardly seems real. At 123 lbs I'll have a healthy BMI, so right now that's where I want to be.
I previously had lost about 35 pounds following Spark from January of 2011 until about May. After the semester ended I lost my momentum and stopped, but managed to lose another 5 pounds throughout the summer. Shortly after transferring colleges and moving from home I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in September of 2011. Although it was not incredibly life-threatening, it changed my entire life, forcing me to leave school and come home to deal with surgeries and treatments. Since then I have been working and going to school near home and of course, losing and gaining in a terrible cycle. By May of 2012 I had only 15lbs left to lose and now here I sit in November looking at not only those last 15, but ANOTHER 15 added to that! I need to find my motivation and get back on track. Right now (11/5) the measurements/weight you see on my page are not accurate, because I really don't feel like changing everything when I know I can get back down there. I basically have no choice because I am running out of things to wear lol.
I have NEVER been a healthy weight. Okay, maybe when I was like, 3. I have seriously been obese since the dawn of time. I was the exact same height and weigh LESS now than I did in 6th grade! (Yeah, I haven't gotten any taller.) The thought that some day (perhaps even in the near future!) I might even be considered JUST overweight is so shocking and amazing I just about die whenever I think about it. (Happened! 3/15!!! But lucky, I did not die. Unfortunately I've gained and I'm a a few pounds over again! :( )

I have recently come up with about a MILLION goals, too many for the entire side panel to handle, so here they are:

1. Be able to jog a mile (then 3, and then 5!). I want to kick a skinny girls ass in a race. I want to make people question their perceptions of what it means to be "fat." You can be heavier and be in great shape!

2. Do (at least) 10 REAL push-ups.

3. Have a healthy BMI by Spring of 2013.

4. I want to pass that presidential fitness test they made us do in high school. I will literally go back to my high school and do the damn test. I am going to be able to hang from that stupid bar like all the other girls!

5. To go on walks and hikes, or even just up a few flights of stairs with my fit friends and not either slow them down, or have to talk the entire time to mask the sound of my heavy breathing (thus making me more exhausted).

6. I want to be able to have fun at the beach, not spend the whole time tugging my shorts and shirt down and feeling awkward and lame for being the only one not in a bathing suit.

7. I want to go to the gym with my friends and not be embarrassed about my weight, or how sweaty and red-faced I get.

8. I WANT TO WEAR CUTE SHORTS WHEN IT'S 90 DEGREES OUT. I am DONE with capris and bermudas!

9. I want to go out and actually get some male attention. I am SOOO SICK of being the girl in the background, just trying to pretend I am involved in the conversation and not totally alone and ignored.

10. I want to say yes when people ask me to get dressed up and go some where, because I absolutely know that I have something cute to wear, and that it WILL fit. I could even go dancing, because I wouldn't be afraid of looking like an idiot and sweating so much!

11. I want to see a freaking "S" on my shirt size for once in my life!

12. I want to never look at another plus size article of clothing ever again. Specifically, I don't ever want to see a large pair of pants hanging on a rack in the store, and then look at the tag and realize I am TOO BIG to wear them.

13. I want to be able to wear light-colored pants and horizontal stripes!

14. I want to be able wear those cute, fitted yoga pants that all my friends wear outside of the house, instead of being that weird person dressed in jeans and an over-sized sweater at 7 AM breakfast in an attempt to mask my lumpy ass.

15. I want to go out to eat and order a TON of food and eat it all (okay so maybe just like, once a year) and have people thinking "Where does she put it all?" instead of "Well that explains a lot."

16. I want to have one of those pairs of jeans that you've had "forever." I'm sick of having to toss out a favorite pair of jeans (and by favorite, I mean the only pair that not only fits, but doesn't look like it was made for a mom of 5 in 1982) every few months because the inner thigh has wore away.

17. I want to not have any more freaking goals, because I am just so damn perfect that there is nothing left to achieve!

I'm really big on measuring. I find it interesting (and sometimes frustrating!) that two people can weigh the same amount but can look completely different! So, here are my stats (so far)!

1/6/11 Starting weight:
195 (probably higher, my scale is always less than the doctors, and I had already begun working out a couple days before)
waist: 35
hips: 48
chest/rib cage: 36
upper arm: 15
pants size: 18

2/21/11
182
waist: 34
hips: 47
thigh: 28
arm: 14.5

3/30/11
172
waist: 32
hips: 45
thigh: 27
arm: 13.25

5/7/11
162.8
waist: 30.75
hips: 44.25
thigh: 25.5
arm: 12.75
chest: 33

1/31/12
155.6
waist: 30.5
hips: 43.5
thigh: 25.5
chest: 32.5
arm: 12.5

4/13/12
142.2
waist: 28
hips: 41
thigh: 24
arm: 12
chest: 31

My lowest weight was in May 2012 at 138 lbs.
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My Goals:
Too many to for this little spot to handle, they're listed in my intro section!

My Program:
I am currently counting calories 7 days a week (with the occasional skip day) and doing at least 30 minutes of heart pumping exercise 5 days a week. 3 days a week I go to an aerobics class, and the other 3 I usually use the elliptical, or sometimes a DVD to mix it up. I'd also really like to start the Couch to 5K program (again) and improve my running ability (basically anything would be an improvement lol).

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I love music and animals, reading and watching movies! Oh and bowling and ice skating and games...and cooking and gardening...and eating (well duh). There are very few things I dislike.

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I would love to have a few people to hold me accountable (and vise versa) and chat with on a regular basis. I'm on virtually everyday, so send me a message!

I have been taking progress pictures since I started my "journey," but up until recently (4/16) I haven't really seen a difference. Now some times I get confused when I look in the mirror! I'll be adding some progress pictures now, a little at a time.

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NIXY72
5/13/2012 10:23:35 AM

“To a child's ear, 'mother' is magic in any language.”
~Arlene Benedict

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Mom's are amazing.
If you are a mother, I salute you.
Thank you for being our super heros, our experts-in-everything, and our very best friends.

Today and every day, if you are fortunate enough to still have your mother in your life, please take a moment to thank her and appreciate all she has done for you.
If you no longer have your mother in this world, take a moment to remember your most cherished memory of her, the way she smiled, the love she gave... for this world would be nothing without the endless love and comforting arms of our mothers.

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Moms: This is s salute to all you have to do:
(The Mom Song)
youtube.com/watch?v=oEFXj00Gou4

Every wonder about the Science behind Mother's Day? Here you go, wrapped up in a neat little tune, sung by some very clever and grateful son:
youtube.com/watch?v=osWuWjbeO-Y

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And the amazing history of Mother's Day:
"The earliest history of Mothers Day dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. The Greeks used the occasion to honour Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology.

Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. It may be noted that ceremonies in honour of Cybele began some 250 years before Christ was born. The celebration made on the Ides of March by making offerings in the temple of Cybele lasted for three days and included parades, games and masquerades. The celebrations were notorious enough that followers of Cybele were banished from Rome.

Early Christians celebrated a Mother's Day of sorts during the festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honor of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ. The more recent history of Mothers Day dates back to 1600s in England. Here a Mothering Sunday was celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter) to honor mothers. After a prayer service in church to honor Virgin Mary, children brought gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their own mothers.

On the occasion, servants, apprentices and other employees staying away from their homes were encouraged by their employers to visit their mothers and honor them. Traditionally children brought with them gifts and a special fruit cake or fruit-filled pastry called a simnel. Yugoslavs and people in other nations have observed similar days. The custom of celebrating Mothering Sunday died out almost completely by the 19th century. However, the day came to be celebrated again after World War II, when American servicemen brought the custom and commercial enterprises used it as an occasion for sales.

The idea of official celebration of Mothers day in US was first suggested by Julia Ward Howe in 1872. An activist, writer and poet Julia shot to fame with her famous Civil War song, "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Julia Ward Howe suggested that June 2 be annually celebrated as Mothers Day and should be dedicated to peace. Julia tirelessly championed the cause of official celebration of Mothers Day and declaration of official holiday on the day. Her idea spread but was later replaced by the Mothers' Day holiday now celebrated in May.

Anna Jarvis is recognized as the Founder of Mothers Day in US. Though Anna Jarvis never married and never had kids, she is also known as the Mother of Mothers Day, an apt title for the lady who worked hard to bestow honour on all mothers. Anna Jarvis got the inspiration of celebrating Mothers Day from her own mother Mrs Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis in her childhood. An activist and social worker, Mrs Jarvis used to express her desire that someday someone must honour all mothers, living and dead, and pay tribute to the contributions made by them. [However} Ms Anna Jarvis, who devoted her life for the declaration of Mothers Day holiday was deeply hurt to note the huge commercialization of the day. "
- http://www.mothersdaycelebration.com/mothe
rs-day-history.html

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Mother's Day is celebrated on the second sunday in May in Anguilla, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cambodia, Chile, China, Columbia, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Gold Coast, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Burma, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore Sint Maarten, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanganyika, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Other countries celebrate Mothers day anywhere from the second sunday in February (Norway), to December 22nd (Indonesia) however, most celebrations happen within the months of April, May and June.

To see the international history and traditions of Mother's day around the globe, visit:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother's_Day



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NIXY72
5/5/2012 2:17:47 AM

Tell the green beer to move over and make way for guacamole and chelada's!  Today is Cinco de Mayo and according to National Geographic, "Cinco de Mayo... is definitely becoming more popular than St. Patrick's Day", at least in the United States. "So, what is Cinco de Mayo? The short answer is that it celebrates the defeat of the French Army by Mexican soldiers at the battle of Puebla. The real answer is that Cinco de Mayo is a uniquely Mexican-American holiday. It celebrates a change in the relationship between the United States and Mexico" and is now celebrated almost world-wide. (thanks, About.com!)

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There is so much information out there on the history and popularity of Cinco de Mayo that I am leaving you with two wonderful links that I found that sum up the holiday briefly and incredibly well.

First, a fabulous summary of the history and traditions of Cinco de Mayo in a handy one and a half minute video:
www.5min.com/Video/Cinco-De-Mayo-Traditi
ons-35863453

And some very fun and informative facts on the "Where Food Comes From" website to do with the holiday:
wherefoodcomesfrom.com/article/263-3313/
Fun-Facts-About-Cinco-de-Mayo

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Being a foodie however means that this week has been a fiesta for my inbox with many Cinco de Mayo inspired recipes - so I leave you with a with a Pico De Gallo recipe that's entitled "Sauce with Chile Sharp as a Rooster's Beak" from Cookstr (one of my newest and most favourite foodie finds!)  These recipes come complete with Nutritional Information and a sublime search function so it should make a great online addition to your cook-book "shelf"!
www.cookstr.com/recipes/pico-de-gallo-5

And some Chilli pepper facts:

Did you know? "In addition to pleasing many peoples' palates, chili peppers are a good source of vitamins A, C and E, rich in folic acid and potassium, low in calories and sodium, and contain no carbohydrates" - sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/11/03110406
4132.htm

And according to the our mexican chef (see recipe above) you are not supposed to drink water if you mouth is "on fire" from hot and spicy foods... instead, put a few grains of soothing salt on your tongue to stop the burning!

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!  To quote a famous Spanish Proverb: "A beber y a tragar, que el mundo se va a acabar."  




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NIXY72
5/1/2012 9:53:50 PM

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU

This Friday is International Star Wars Day, so celebrate with ... yup, you are reading this right... YOGA. And not just any yoga... STAR WARS YOGA. Oh yes. "Much to learn you still have...my old padawan. ... This is just the beginning!"

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newsfeed.time.com/2011/05/04/happy-star-
wars-day-celebrate-with-yoga/

How fabulous is that??

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So if you're not a Star Wars fan (and really, how could you not be?)... here's the back-info:

"May 4 is called Star Wars Day (also sometimes known as Luke Skywalker Day) because of the popularity of a common pun spoken on this day.... "May the fourth be with you".

'May the Force be with you' was a phrase used to wish luck or good will, generally when individuals parted ways or the object of the expression was facing some sort of imminent challenge. The phrase implied the speaker's wish that the power of the Force would be working alongside the addressee, in order that the addressee's goals would be more effectively accomplished.... Current day Star Wars fans were not the first to introduce the line "May the Fourth Be with You"; When Margaret Thatcher was elected Britain's first female Prime Minister on May 4, 1979, her party placed an advertisement in The London Evening News that said: "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations."

In 2011, the first organized celebration of Star Wars Day took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada [YAY, TORONTO!!] at the Toronto Underground Cinema.... The second annual edition is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 4, 2012.

(this information unabashedly stolen from: starwars.wikia.com/wiki/May_the_Force_be_w
ith_you & en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Day)

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If you need a little more motivation today, look no farther than wise, old Yoda:

"Always pass on what you have learned."

"Named must your fear be before banish it you can."

"You will find only what you bring in."

"When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not ehh." - Yoda

and of course, the most famous and wisest of all Yoda-isms:
"Try not. Do or do not, there is no try."
-- youtube.com/watch?v=BQ4yd2W50No

and now... for this laugh-out-loud commercial break...
-- youtube.com/watch?v=R55e-uHQna0

We really do need some Storm Trooper or lightsaber emoticons... sigh.




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BUMBLEBEE00
4/30/2012 9:30:39 PM

Hey You! Things are good. Been busy with friends more i totally got off track. I managed to stay about the same. I have been eating good lately and incorporating more excercise. It looks like your having a lot of success! I wish i could be more motivated!



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NIXY72
4/27/2012 6:47:19 PM

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This coming Tuesday, May 1st, is the celebration of May Day.  This day has been adopted several times over for different purposes and may be called by different names so no matter what you celebrate;

May you find happiness and health
May you receive help when you need it
May you laugh every day
May you find and keep love 
May you feel light and inspired
May you be respected and valued
May your wishes come true
May you be a bright and shining fire to others
May you experience beauty and bliss
May you be nourished and cherished
May you look in the mirror and find no faults, no insecurities, and no fears,
for you are beautiful and confident, strong and brave.

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The History of May Day: 

"Etymologically, [May Day] is a homophone (same sounding word) for the international call for help. It is a corruption of the French imperative “M’aidez” meaning “Help me!” As a holiday it is claimed by many. It is known in the pagan world as Beltane, a fertility celebration... Beltane is the day of fire commemorating Bel or Belenos, the Celtic sun god. Indeed, in the modern Irish language, Bealtaine is the name for the month of May. The early Anglo-Saxons began their celebration on the eve before, feasting the end of winter and the first planting. It was a time of revelry and abandon... But this day’s celebration of the revival of vegetation goes back to the Roman practice of visiting the grotto of Egena. The people of ancient Rome honored Flora, the goddess of flowers and springtime.

"...In America: The Puritans frowned on May Day, so the day has never been celebrated with as much enthusiasm in the United States... But the tradition of celebrating May Day by dancing and singing around a maypole, tied with colorful streamers or ribbons, survived as a part of the English tradition. The kids celebrating the day by moving back and forth around the pole with the the streamers, choosing of May queen, and hanging of May baskets on the doorknobs of folks -- are all the leftovers of the old European traditions."

"In 1886 it was co-opted as an international workers day to celebrate the 8-hour workday movement, following national strikes in the US and Canada. Later, the French declared May 1 the International Working Men’s Association holiday in 1889."

History information gleaned from:
theholidayspot.com/mayday/history.htm 
and www.billpetro.com



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