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Family reunion... :)

Monday, June 03, 2013

So the weekend of Memorial Day, my husband's family had their annual family reunion. Thank goodness it was his family, because if it was mine, we would have had like 10 people show up, with 5 of them being my family! LOL

Prior to this little get together, my husband's aunt had sent out a lovely little album of last year's reunion. She divided it up into family's and then had a section for "other halves", meaning me and all the spouses. So I didn't see my picture in there, and was relieved. However, I didn't know that I had totally overlooked my picture. OMG!!!! I was appalled!!! Holy Hell! That was a picture of me and I didn't even know it. I looked atrocious! I was "FAT"! I couldn't believe that she had put that picture of me in this thing! Wow! I was happy (that I had lost quite a bit of weight since then), but irritated that EVERYONE got a copy of this damn thing!! Well, here goes nothing, I thought to myself...

So we arrive at the reunion and I had sooooo many people come up to me and tell me how great I looked and how I didn't even look like the same person. I was completely overwhelmed by all of that. I am not used to getting "that much" attention. It was great, and made me feel like I hadn't wasted all my time over that past year, not doing anything to change it. I am still overwhelmed by the response that I get everyday by people that haven't seen me. :) What an awesome feeling to have people notice. Sometimes, I still feel like I am just as fat as I was, and then I will catch a glimpse of me in a window, or a mirror, and realize that I HAVE lost some weight. I don't focus on how much I have to go... I have accomplished so much in the last 5.5 months, it's crazy. Love my Spark Friends! :)

I am still doing my interval training, and trying to keep up on top of it. With my kids at home over the summer, I have gained a workout partner, my 9 year old daughter. She loves to do the training with me and likes to ride her bike outside, while I am doing this. It's a great motivator. We have been trying to do more things outside. The weather has been gorgeous, so that is definitely awesome. Taking advantage of it, before it's 117 out! So today sounds like a good ZOO day, with picnic lunch to boot! Looking forward to another beautiful day and time spent with my kids. They have been a blast to have at home, and I am drinking up every bit of that .

Have a fabulous week ahead and keep Sparking like crazy!!!! :)

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AWOOD1973 6/10/2013 4:35AM

    Thank you, all of you! It's been a exciting journey, that's for sure! emoticon

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JANNEPERRY 6/3/2013 8:58PM

    You have done great! Yoo should be so proud and encouraged. emoticon

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JESSIKA_56 6/3/2013 8:01AM

    Wow, that's great! It's so encouraging when people notice you've lost weight! Keep it up!

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  Way to go!

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40th birthday present to me... :)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Well, it's been a while, as usual. LOL

So, since I had finally chosen to do something about my weight issues, I have decided to do something that I NEVER thought I would do. I have decided to start training for a 5K. Now, I am no runner, that's for sure. I kinda started doing interval training in my living room for about 3 weeks, before deciding that I would do this. We have the Color Vibe 5K coming up ON MY BIRTHDAY (Oct. 5th) and even though I know it's not a timed race, I will be timing myself. I am truly excited about this. I am trying like crazy to get my hubby to do this with me. I even tried reverse psychology, by telling him "he couldn't do it". Not sure if it worked. We'll see. LOL

This will be the ultimate present to me and may even lead to me wanting to do more. I have been having fun with the interval training and I am able to make it through the 30 mins without dying at the end. :) I need to know that I can do this. This is not a mid-life crisis, this is a chance to prove to myself that I am moving in an ever positive direction with my fitness. I still have quite a bit to lose, but I am getting so many compliments about what I have done so far, and that is so humbling and motivating. I know that I can kick this into high gear and hopefully get to my goal by the time that I run this race.

Thank you for always being a part of this journey with me... I can't do this without all of you being such an inspiration to me and what I am trying to accomplish! Spark Strong! :)

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    Very, very exciting Amy! I think it is an amazing way to celebrate your life--the new life you are creating for yourself every day.

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AWOOD1973 5/14/2013 10:50AM

    Thank you all, for your support and encouragement! I have all of you to thank for the inspiration!!!! emoticon

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PROVERBS31JULIA 5/14/2013 10:44AM

    wow!! great idea!! i havent seen too many color runs during the month of my birthday (January)!! Saturdays are not good for me but I have thought of running the 5k during Prairie Fire!! Way to go on setting this up for yourself! You can do it!!


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JANNEPERRY 5/13/2013 1:01PM

    Great job setting this goal for yourself! emoticon

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JESSIKA_56 5/13/2013 7:44AM

    Awesome goal! You can do it!

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NOTHIN2IT 5/13/2013 3:37AM

    Wow! You are so amazing! I think this is an awesome goal for your 40th birthday. I have no doubt that you will do it!! You continue to inspire me :) emoticon emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 5/13/2013 1:14AM

    emoticon Happy (advance) Birthday to you! Color Runs are fun, even more so if you can get your hubby to do it with you.

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O. M. G.!! (layman's terms... Oh My Goodness!!

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Well, something AWESOME happened to me, today! I stepped on the scale this morning (my SP weigh day) and I am now lower than the weight I was when I graduated HS!! I am now 198.4. I know it may sound like that isn't huge, but I haven't seen this weight in 21 years! I am SUPER happy and EXTREMELY excited!!! I about passed out in the bathroom! That would've been bad, as everyone is still asleep in my house! What a ruckus that would've been! LOL

I can't believe that since Jan 23rd, I have lost 16lbs! That is just beyond real to me. I fit better in my clothing, I have more energy. I didn't think that I would ever see ONEDERLAND. I did it, I did it!!!
Sorry...I am tooting my own horn. Not cool! ;( I don't like to gloat about myself. I know what I had to do in order to get this far, and I also know I have about 34 more lbs to go, but I have hit a major milestone in my journey.

My 10 year old daughter has noticed my weight change. She told me how proud she was of me, the other day. I can't tell you how much that made me want to cry... my own 10 year old, beautiful daughter, noticing what I am doing. She is my "healthy" eater. She will reach for fruit, before she reaches for anything else. It's so cute. My daughters (ages 9 and 10) are so curious about the WW point system, so when I tell my husband that a certain meal that I fixed is a certain amount of points, one of them will ask, "Is that good?" Love that they are interested. Love that I can eat my own food. Love that I am not feeling deprived in any way. My mom's birthday was Friday and my sister and I took her out to lunch. I ate half my lunch and boxed the other half, all because I wanted a piece of banana cream pie. lol The way it was before... I would've ate my WHOLE lunch and THEN indulged in the pie. Now mind you, that pie was 11pts, so I only ate 1/2 of it, but it was STILL GOOD!! emoticon I try to have one small piece of chocolate a day (like a Hershey miniature). This way, I still feel like I am indulging myself.

Okay, I am done gloating about this! :) Thank you to all of you for being such a huge support to my journey! I am FOREVER grateful to you! Have a fantastic week, all!!! emoticon

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    emoticon how wonderful for you! What a great accomplishment! emoticon

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TAZZIE1 3/3/2013 11:17AM

    Congratulations on doing so well! You are moving right along. You are doing such a great job. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JESSIKA_56 3/3/2013 10:30AM

    Great job! It's ok to toot your horn, you have the results to back it up! emoticon

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 3/3/2013 10:11AM

    That is so exciting to feel the excitement coming from you! It jazzes me up just reading your journal about it!
Congratulations to you! And may the "force be with you"
I'm going to start looking at veggies with a new eye today!

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    Toot that horn, baby!! What you may not realize yet is that your excitement over your own success is infectious and contagious and guaranteed to spread the Spark. Your blog this morning is the blog that reignites my flame after a semi-disastrous day yesterday and feelings of discouragement this morning. Congratulations on reaching Onderland! It's time for a happy dance (and don't forget to track those fitness minutes!)

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BLUENOSE63 3/3/2013 7:35AM

  If the kids notice, you definitely look different. As I got smaller in the waist, my son would say how nice it was that his arms could almost double around just tell it like it is!

Good for you!!!!! Keep doing what you are doing

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JANNEPERRY 3/3/2013 6:35AM

    Congratulations friend! You should be proud--you have every right to toot your own horn! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AWOOD1973 3/3/2013 6:31AM

    Thank you, all of you! You all are the reason I am succeeding!!! I really appreciate all of your kind words and encouragement!!! Thank you again!!!!! emoticon

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JEWELLE217 3/3/2013 6:25AM

    Congratulations! And there's nothing wrong with tooting your own horn. Go ahead and scream it from the roof tops! You earned it and you deserve to celebrate!


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DAJAMOGU1 3/3/2013 6:19AM

    You keep on tooting your own horn! Congrats! That is very exciting!

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BTRAINOR39 3/3/2013 6:15AM

  Congratulations! I am so proud of you. Keep going strong!

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Just pluggin along... :)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Can't believe how long it's been, since I have blogged!! Wow! Time flies so fast. :(

I joined WW on January 23rd, 2013. I have been so religious about tracking my food since I've joined, it's not even funny. So far, I have lost 7lbs in 3 weeks. That's more than I've been able to do on my own in the last 4 years. So, altogether, since I joined SparkPeople in 2008, I have lost 19lbs! I am happy with my progress! I have never ate so many fruits and veggies in my life, but now I actually reach for them, before I reach for anything else. Maybe it's because they are 0 points and I know that I can have 2 or 3 in a setting and I will be satisfied that I ate a lot... who knows. I am starting to have more energy. I was trying to get my eating under control, before I stepped up my exercise. I have to do this one thing at a time. :) Now that I am starting to lose the weight (I've already lost 2" just in my waist), I am feeling comfortable enough to go to the Y. I hate going by myself..., it's no fun. I also know that I need to get sleep. So, trying to work everything in, has been a little chaotic. But, I know I can do this. I know that if I just put my mind to it and get the cardio and strength training in, while tracking the things I eat, I will be at my goal in no time. :) Things I've known all along, but never enforced.

Thanks for visiting my page, and for all of your support. WW is me trying to get the eating under control, but having all of you in my life is the best part of my weight loss journey. Thanks to each and every one of you, and you know who you are!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PROVERBS31JULIA 5/14/2013 10:46AM

    way to go!!!

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 2/12/2013 10:14AM

    Woo Hoo on those 19 lbs gone forever!!!!

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JESSIKA_56 2/12/2013 8:01AM

    Great job with WW so far! Keep it up!

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AWOOD1973 2/12/2013 3:58AM

    Thank you, to the both of you! I'm so glad that the both of you are my friends and that I have your support. :) Couldn't do this without you! emoticon

Julie, what is "early"? I am usually getting off work about 7 to 7:30 and then the only time I could make it up there after that, would be after 9am. I have to take my kiddo to school. :)

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FANGFACEKITTY 2/11/2013 2:13PM

    emoticon on your progress!

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JANNEPERRY 2/11/2013 5:43AM

    Hey you--Welcome back! Sounds like you're off to a great start this year! Come by and see me at the North Y sometime. I'm there early shift. emoticon

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Well, that makes me extremely relieved...

Monday, February 13, 2012

So, I got a phone call from my doctor's office about my testing results for thyroid, insulin levels, cholestrol... They were all EXCELLENT!!! I am extremely happy and relieved that I am not having to worry about that stuff! My dad passing of Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure and every kind of heart disease known, is scary to me. I don't want to follow that path, although, I don't smoke. I don't believe that is the ONLY cause to all of his illness, but it definitely played a major role.

So, I am excited that I am eating well enough and taking good care of myself enough, that all my testing came out normal. Must be doing something right... Just going to keep doing what I'm doing. My choices are done one day at a time and that is good enough for me!! :)

Have a fantastic day!

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AWOOD1973 2/16/2012 4:14AM

    Thanks so much to all of you! You all are SUPERSTARS!!!! emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 2/14/2012 10:14PM

    Great news!

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JESSIKA_56 2/13/2012 9:13PM

    Woohooo! Awesome job!

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JANNEPERRY 2/13/2012 7:41AM

    Good for you! I'm so happy that you are healthy from the inside out! Keep it up. emoticon

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