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A few random thoughts

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thought 1- Daily for the past couple weeks I think "I should blog today". I started one the other day abut how I admire those who blog daily or almost daily. I appreciate them sharing their story with me (us). I am awe that they find such great topics to post about and wonder how they do it. Their honesty helps me with my own. I want to blog more often hopefully I can be as creative and honest as all of you.

Thought 2- I've barely exercised in the past 2 weeks. While I understand that life is full of ebbs and flows - i really need to start flowing when it comes to exercise. I know it's good for me, I know I feel better when I'm done.

Thought 3 - Tomorrow is weigh-in day. I've been pretty consistant with only weighing on Fridays. This week I'm a little nervous (for lack of a better word) about stepping on it. I've been feeling exceptionally larger this past week and seem to be hungrier. It's been an odd week for me because I'm generally pretty OK with where I am. The scale is just a number so maybe I won't weigh tomorrow. We'll see in the morning.

Thought 4 - I realized I was mindlessly eating chocolate from the community candy bowl. they were small and I was probably in my calories but it was still mindless, bored eating. Two weeks of no chocolate from the bowl!!! YAY for that streak. Some days have been hard but I keep walking. I did buy a chocolate bar from Wal-Mart today but I felt it was mindful. I looked at calories, only ate 3/4 so I was under 200 calories and went on with my day. One more week of no candy will mean I can go buy new earbuds for my iPod. I just bought a cheaper pair in January but I bought Bonnie a good pair with a volume on the cord. I'm going to celebrate my streak with a nice reward.

I see a lot of blogs on April ending and May goals being set. I'm not one who does a lot of goal setting partly because I struggle with rewards (I want little and buy whatever I want when I do). I'm going to set some goals in May and see where it takes me. I guess this was thought 6.

Thanks for reading my incohesive thoughts.

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DHALYIA 5/11/2010 12:20AM

    I feel lucky that I don't crave sweets or chocolate....nor really cheese...Potatoes are my weakness! Fried cabbage and potatoes.

Another random thought for you: I lose my flow, but I force it anyways...i jog .5 miles...sometimes I forget and keep going. I dream about jogging forever and not coming back...

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TAMARAC2 5/5/2010 10:32AM

    I can relate to everything you have written here! I am also a mindless chocoholic. I try to only eat the good stuff (dark) and I try to keep it within my daily calorie range but I think chocolate is the one thing I would never want to give up. I used to think cheese and potatoes were necessities --- but I can get along okay without those items on a pretty regular basis. Chocolate - not so much!!

I'm also in agreement with you about the goal and reward setting. I so admire the people who are consistent about it but I haven't been able to get myself into that mindframe. I guess it is a strategy that I can work towards.

& I think you are a great blogger..... even if it is not every day!

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DRURY23 5/2/2010 4:29PM

    Good job on recognizing that you don't have to deprive yourself of your chocolate but that you can have a little bit here and there. I have the same problem with the exercise part... I hate exercising, always have. Just can't find something that sparks my interest to stick with it. I was riding my recumbent bike everyday but then it started to give my hip problems. So my thought is exercise must be evil. Lol jk... So if you figure out a way to get yourself to exercise more, please share!

Have a great week this week!!


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CAROLANN27 5/1/2010 11:05PM

    Hi Britt,

I've thought a little about reward setting. Like you, there isn't really a lot I would like, and I usually just get it when I want it. I'm getting a little burned out about always having to behave a certain way and setting goals makes it seem like there's more pressure. I can see I'm not in a very good place mentally! I'm having some physical pain (knees and feet) and I think it's affecting my mood. Also, I have jury duty Monday. I think that's bugging me a little because I don't know how long I'm going to be tied up with that. Yikes! I really sound negative!! I think I need an attitude adjustment!

Thanks for blogging. I'm going to try to get my head screwed on right!


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SPECPAPA 4/30/2010 5:32PM

    looks like you have a six pack in the brain power section.


For all you are doing,
Love ya

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SBHPATRICK 4/30/2010 10:05AM

    Does Bonnie like the good earbuds you bought her? I need some in-ear buds for my iPod as well so I'd love to know the brand.

I'm not much for goal setting either, but I find I do pretty well when I have one when it comes to exercise. I don't really set rewards for myself either but just accomplishing the goal is usually reward enough for me.

Have a great weekend!

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COUNTING_DOWN 4/30/2010 9:47AM

    Blogging is a good thing. In a way it keeps you honest. It allows you to be truthful with someone who isn't going to yell at you. It allows you to be honest to yourself.

I am suspecting that you have some big goals that you are working toward. There is the statement: How will you know if you get there if you don't know where you are going? Seeing the big picture and knowing that you have to break it down into little pieces to accomplish it works for me. I don't set monthly goals (though I probably should!), but I will constantly ask myself..."Is this going to get you to ---?"

I have little signs up at my desk, by my phone, taped to my steering wheel... It says 110 3.15.11 and 0 3.15.13 . To me, I want to weigh 110 by this date and have no debt of any kind by 2013. It may be lofty, but that's where I want to go.

As for skipping the exercise, try to remember the energy boost that you get when you do it!

Thanks for sharing!! It gets us all thinking.

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IONA72 4/30/2010 3:38AM

    I know what you're saying about Blogging. While I'm out and about I'm always thinking "that would make a good blog entry" but put me in front of the keyboard and my brain dries up!

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KALISWALKER 4/29/2010 11:29PM

    You are busted. You have to join the summer challenge and you will exercise more and eat healthier.

My team is starting a new challenge May 9th. If you would like to join an 8 week challenge here is some info.

Go Active This Summer! Join the Summer 2010 5% Weight Loss Challenge. Our challenge theme is to make 2010 the best summer ever. This is the challenge to try new things – food and activities, and make new friends. There will be variety of weekly challenges which may be physical, nutritional or Spark information. It’s intended to be all inclusive so everyone can participate in each challenge. Let’s have some fun and be ready for summer!

This Spring Challenge I've only done 3.6% but that is 8 pounds and are still a few days to go!

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LYNNANN43 4/29/2010 11:22PM

    May Mr. Scale treat you right tomorrow!

And go ahead and set those goals with rewards! Goal setting and then ACHIEVING is absolutely emoticon

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MSSUNBUG 4/29/2010 10:01PM

    I like this collection of "random" thoughts! I'm glad you shared it. I'm glad your thinking on the scale is that it's just information. The journey is about so much more than what the scale says.

Good luck setting some goals for May and getting back on the exercise shtick. Life is about ebbs and flows, and I needed that reminder today!

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LDSMALL 4/29/2010 9:01PM

    I thought you put the scale away?? I was thinking just this morning as the scale was sitting there mocking me (I haven't hoped on in two weeks) that I should just put it away just like Britt did!!! I appreciate your honesty and sharing the realities of this journey. I always remember your saying that there are ups and downs through it all!! Be kind to you, just as you are to all of us!!! I am excited to hear about your goals for May and think you may inspire me to do the same!! emoticon

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I think I've made a decision

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

To hide my scale

My normal morning routine has included stepping on the scale before I jump in the shower. This morning I went to the gym so as I was in my morning grog getting ready to head out, I said to myself "don't step on the scale." I stepped on the scale. So many of my thoughts while on the bike and rowing machine was how dependent I've become on a number and I needed to stop. So what did I do before I got in the shower I stepped on the scale in the locker room (it's generally "nicer" to me than my home one - this morning it wasn't).
I'm really not sure why I'm obsessed with it. I really don't let it control my mood (well when it goes up), I know it's not the only indicator of health, and it can fluctuate due to water but I continue to step on it.

I lost a lot of weight in 2008 and it came off quite easily (the red line on my chart was beautiful). 2009 wasn't a great year for me and I gained about 12 pounds. This year, it seems to be a lot harder to lose the weight. So I think I keep stepping no with great hope only to see the same number. It is getting a little frustrating but I know I can't control it.

I just had another small ah-ha moment - I keep stepping on it, seeing not much progress and not really changing anything afterwards. Well, that's dumb.

Anyway, I checked with Bonnie (who steps on it daily, too) and she's OK with hiding the scale for awhile. It's not like I won't be gaining, staying the same, or losing just because I don't step on the scale. It is what it is.

I will put it in the linen closet and take it out once a week. I'll check with Bonnie on a good day to take it out. I'm debating between Friday and Sunday. I'm leaning towards Friday.

Let's see how this experiment goes!

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DHALYIA 5/11/2010 12:32AM

    I am there too...hid the scale around on the other side of my bed. If I dont see it im better off. I am not losing weight right now...dont know why. Probably need to work harder. Eat smarter. Sigh..same answers.

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BABSRA302 4/24/2010 3:02PM

    I think this is a great idea. Put it away. I did not put mine away, but know that Sunday is my day to weigh in. I found that when I get on the scale any other day, I tend to misbehave on the weekend! I hope this works for you, it can get so obsessive!
You'll get it, I was told that when you loose at lot of weight the body needs to adjust before it can lose again. I am not sure if this advise is right or wrong but eased some of the tension, for me.
Keep going, you are doing great!

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PAPAMIKIE 4/18/2010 7:27PM

    An other option is to weigh yourself dailly but calculate a trend line or a moving average. Below is a sample of a moving average. See how the weight goes up and down, but the moving average tends to flatten the movements and show you a more "true" pattern of what is happening over time. One issue I have with a Weekly weigh in is that if on week one you happen to hit the low for the week and the next a high for the week it would appear you have gained weight, but you might not really have.

Weight Average
161.00 159.00
0 159.25
154.00 158.25
1.00 158.00
158.00 157.25>153.00 156.50
155.00 156.75

156.00 155.50
154.00 154
152.00 154.25
155.00 154.50
00 154.50
155.00 155.25
54.00 154.50
152.00 153.75R>153.00 153.50
152.00 152.75
151.00 152.00

So the moving average is showing a consistent movement in a direction over time, but the daily are going up and down.

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ECASPERS 4/8/2010 10:04PM

    Hey = how are things going? I have been in a blah state and finally yesterday I think I woke up. Today I weighed myself and I am down 2.4 pounds after I had gain of 2 pounds. I changed some medication and it appears it was water weight. I am really going to focus on some exercising and hopefully I will be down 2 pounds next week.

Hang in there - you can do it.

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    Thanks for your comments and oh yeah the scale as a "God" had to go for me. I used it all my life as a way to think I was in control of an out of control life. Imagine that! I was given a suggestion to do it once a month period and that has taken away the obsession to weight and beat me up. I an keep the number in my head but I am now learning to make the self care the object of my actions not weigh. I lost 71 pound and did not really commit to exercise and when the weight loss part of fitness was over, I did not want to to the right choices. The scale came back to dominate me. So I applaud you for "letting it go" and focusing on what you must do for self care...and yeah going to the gym is a challenge but the rewards are rock. Have a wonderful day and hang in there.

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SMSH40 3/26/2010 1:51PM

    The weight starts to come off slower after a certain point. Don't be discouraged.

You're certainly my inspiration and the spark that got me here! I sure am hoping I'm sitting where you are in a year or two from now! :)

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SKYELIN 3/25/2010 9:13PM

    Everyone in this world is different...For me, without the scale, it seems I loose focus and/or get scared...Yes, I'm that dependent...However, I've discovered this time around, I don't get depressed if it doesn't do what I want it to do...I see what the bigger picture is for me - GETTING HEALTHY - and decided no matter what the numbers are, that is a priority...So, yes there are days when the scale goes up but I remind myself, I'm still doing the right thing and evnetually those numbers will go down...You do what you need to do for yourself...Just remember, the bigger picture...By the way, you look great!!

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ECASPERS 3/25/2010 9:00PM

    I too weight myself daily if not every other day. I find that it helps me to stay focused on the goal. It is not so much if I lost weight, but that I keep myself in check. When the scale is nice and shows me a loss - I am absolutely thrilled.

I also find that I really watch my nutrition documentation. If I do not eat enough protein, because I try to do at least 30 minutes 5 or 6 days a week and two of those are 60 minutes of hard workout with one day of heavy housecleaning. I have to have enough protein or my body goes into starvation and tries to retain everything.

If you can visit with a nutritional resource to help you work through it. emoticon

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IONA72 3/24/2010 7:50PM

    Friday is my day too, get the thing over with and enjoy the weekend!

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TINIERTINA 3/24/2010 10:09AM

    Weighing yourself daily can make you crazy! In my case, it looks like the stock graph in the Wall Street Journal: up-down-up-down-up-down ...



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TUDI4480 3/24/2010 12:52AM

    I like the way you're thinking. It seems to me that not weighing more than once a week is a powerful way to go. Patience. This will happen...step by step, day by day, week by blessed week. Enjoy this journey!


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CAROLANN27 3/23/2010 11:19PM

    Just sending some hope and energy your way! Your progress is truly more than a number on a scale!! Keep at it, you'll win!!

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BAM0827 3/23/2010 8:23PM

    Thanks everyone! I think I've made the right decision. We decided to go Friday. We debated Saturday but Bonnie is training for a half marathon and her long run is on Friday - so I thought her weight would be elevated on Saturday morning.

I have been measuring (the first weekend of the month). This past month wasn't that great - it was probably the second time in two years I've been REALLY upset with little progress. I lost some inches but barely anything off my stomach (I didn't really care about losing on my legs).

I hope I don't have a repeat of that next weekend!

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SPECPAPA 3/23/2010 8:02PM

    The best thing happened to me yesterday. I go the Wii hooked up and it said It had not had the pleasure of my company for 59 days but that it thought it was cool that I was 4.04 lbs lighter. I have a good scale with BMI calculator built in but I don't trust it completely. They actually are very close on the calls.

I took it to the condo at the beach and forgot it when the wife cleaned(I mean scoured the whole place, the Spring cleaning thing some people can't live without).

She talking a gym membership for her or both of us.

I need some input. Can you get a month to month without a contract and can you really negotiate because you can come in on off hours, don't need child care, don't want smoothies, etc?

love ya

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KCOX1203 3/23/2010 4:28PM

    I recommend Friday - so you still have time to correct any weekend indiscretions before you weigh in again.

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KALISWALKER 3/23/2010 4:20PM

    Good idea. I am looking forward to hearing how that works for you.

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    I hide mine until Thursday morning, my weigh in day. I weigh in, record and hide it again. I get curious throughout the week but make myself wait. It's my reward. lol

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STARLIGHT615 3/23/2010 3:32PM

    I have the same issue with my scale!! I step on it every morning before I get into the shower!! Well this morning I decided and stuck to it and DIDNOT step on it!!! even though I so wanted to!!

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MYLIFEROCKS 3/23/2010 3:29PM


I made the same decision last week. I can't hide mine as hubby checks his and I haven't convinced him to not....yet..... What I've done is ignored it, cut it out of routine (exact same routine as you). I also decided to weigh myself once every two weeks as I was getting way too caught up with fluctuation our bodies do etc. That's been a hard part but I'm trying.

You are with a lot of us here, all doing the same thing and dealing with the same issue. We will be measuring success other ways too, ways that are more important!!

You go girl!!

Bev emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 3/23/2010 3:29PM

    You and me both, my friend. I'll weigh in once a week (Thursday mornings), but that's it.

We are more than a number on a dial.


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SMILINDI 3/23/2010 3:17PM

    Ya know....that number is merely an indicator how firm "gravity has a hold on you." Think of it that way~and it might be a little easier to deal with. Just know you arent going to be whisked away like a leaf in the wind, without any control of where you might land! Grab a tape measure hon and start watching your inches. That is the best best best way to know how well you are actually doing. The tape measure doesnt mislead us. It may increase a tad if you are building muscle bulk, like wise the scale number will go up. But with a little inch increase here and there pretty soon the pound should come off again. Then your body will reset...doing the balancing act again. It is a repeated cycle over and over.

Thanks for the comment on my status. I will be back to my normal self in no time at all. Yeah! Cant keep a good woman down, not with angels like you in my life. THanks so much!

~Diane~ emoticon

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LDSMALL 3/23/2010 3:09PM

    Way to go!!! Great insight and realization go so much further in this journey than a number on the scale. I have debating this very thing and applaud you for actually doing it!! It's about so much more than that number and for you to be able to realize that shows how far you've come more than any number could!! Keep up the great work!!

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KGLOVER71 3/23/2010 1:47PM

    I think once a week is a very level headed way to go. Good luck !!!!!!!!

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LILACSS 3/23/2010 12:55PM

    I do the same thing-stepping on the scale daily. I think I am almost obsessed. I step on in the morning and usually before i go to bed. I am not sure i could hide it for a while to force me to only weigh my self once a week. I know the number isnt the key to knowing you've lost weight, but in my past the number always meant more to me than clothes fitting looser or feeling more fit. emoticon

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MSSUNBUG 3/23/2010 12:50PM

    I think I've shared with you before that my scale stays hidden here most of the time too--in my linen closet, tucked under a bunch of old towels I use to wash the dog--fitting place, eh? The battery for it gets tucked away somewhere else. This way, in order to step on the scale I have to REALLY work at it.

I don't have to tell you all those things about it only being a number and there being other ways to measure your progres--because you already know them. I will add, however, that I've found that when I put that scale away and step on it only "every now and again" I almost always lose more weight than I've expected to lose and lose weight consistently. When I have the scale out consistently and use it, I almost always lose less than I'd thought, and I don't lose consistently.

There's power and positivity in listening to the wisdom of your body, and the scale typically only gets in the way of that. Congrats for making such a healthy choice.

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JESSAMINE44 3/23/2010 12:41PM

  I did the same thing this morning. I had the debate. Got on, then remember I'd just eat a bunch of breakfast! Ha! The things we say to ourselves to discount the numbers. Anyway, I did have my measuring tape handy and while, yeah, the scale stayed the same, I lost an inch from my waist measurement, so SOMETHING is happening, and that gave me something to smile about. And I learned from it. Win WIn. emoticon

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BUSYMAMABEEOF5 3/23/2010 12:29PM

  I used to scale myself on daily but it wasnt getting me to where I wanted to be so I decided to scale myself once a week and it did work but then I made a major decision, no scale at all, just follow the clothing that youve held on for so long, I would try it to see where I am and get to it slowly, put away until its time to try again, to my surprise, my size and started wearing it everyday and now I dont scale anymore. I just follow the clothes fittings and measure myself once a month and I felt good about it becuase I dont have to rely on scale but knowing that I will scale someday like once every two months. Which I havent scale myself for a month and half so I will do it end of march. I think it works for me that way so far!!

Scale isnt your BEST FRIEND!! *giggles*

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JKCWILSON 3/23/2010 11:54AM

  I too tend to obsess about stepping on the scale - clothes on, clothes off, morning, afternoon, evening, etc. Trying to get my mind to change from scale stepping to just thinking about how I feel. Do I have more energy, do my clothes feel less tight? I certainly feel better when I move more! Then I step through the bathroom door and there it is staring at me. Maybe I should stick mine in the linen closet too emoticon This would have the added benefit of kick starting my spring cleaning - my linen closet is stuffed! Good luck with weighing in less - I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

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BATTISTOLI 3/23/2010 11:46AM

    i have my scale hidden also. while i have never weighed myself every day, it is tempting to see if im making any progress. i had been a member of ww before, and they always stressed only weighing once a week. monday is the fresh start of a new week for me, so that is my weigh in day. i know a lot of people like to do friday though. it's all in how you feel comfortable. good for you for hiding the scale though. good luck on your journey! you can do this!

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Overwhelmed, inspired and thankful

Friday, March 19, 2010

On my one year anniversary with Spark I had written a message board post about all the great things I had learned through the site and its members. I enjoyed the reflection of how far I’d come and how I was becoming the person I wanted to be. You can imagine my joy when I received an email from Coach Nicole asking if it would be OK to turn the post into a Spark People article. Um, yeah, it would be OK. More than OK, really. When the edited version (of course, Nicole’s grammar is better than mine) was ready to be sent out, Nicole warned me that I may receive a lot of messages, goodies, emails, etc. Boy was she right. It was a nice day or two of the wonderful people of Spark stopping by my page and leaving little nuggets of kindness and encouragement. I was even nominated as a Motivational Member (another big day for me). Over the past year, the article has been a featured article a couple times. Again, I have been the recipient of additional generosity of Spark members’ time, support and kindness. This past run I have also found many Spark Friends because of it – an added bonus for me.

So when Coach Jen emailed me a couple weeks ago about using my blog/post on becoming a runner, I was delighted once again. The post, similar to my anniversary one, was a celebration of success, not only physically but mentally, too. I remembered Nicole’s forewarning and thought I would most likely have the same type of response. Well, I was wrong. The response has been 100 fold. I don’t think I was at all prepared for the 600+ responses on the thread, awesome goodies, wonderful messages on my page, photos and blog, great emails, and numerous Friend Adds. I am humbled and overwhelmed. I don’t know if there’s any possible way to thank people individually but if I could – I would.

When I first started Spark, I spent a lot of time reading the success stories. They all inspired me to become the person I wanted to be. I loved how they were all like me when they started and I figured if they could do it, so could I. The feeling like I may have had that effect on people because of my ability to run 3 miles and write about it – well, that is an awesome feeling. What the 600+ people who have contacted me one way or another probably don’t realize is how much inspiration they have given me. I feel like, today, I can run 4 miles just from everyone’s response and encouragement.

I have the mental picture of us all standing around with positive energy just flowing in between us. The picture may be somewhat dramatic (or cartoonish, maybe) but I do think that the energy that Spark members share with each other is unmatched anywhere else on the net. The unconditional support that is displayed on members’ pages and on message boards over and over again is heartwarming to me. I am honored and thankful to have received so much of it in the past 36 hours.

I’m looking forward to getting to know new Spark Friends who have entered my Spark life because of the post. There couldn’t be a better outcome from an already spectacular couple of days.

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SPECPAPA 3/23/2010 5:32AM

    You can start an avalanche with one word if its loud enough.
With you it's just the soft sound of the keypad on your computer.

My wife asked why I always walking or on the computer at this site. The energy from the people to people interaction is what makes the "machine" run.

This whole mechanism is an electric/human hybrid with compassion and understanding installed as standard equipment.

Some one needs to make a movie.
Love ya

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LORILOUISE40 3/22/2010 11:39PM

    Awesome!!! Love this blog! Also, thanks for responding to mine with encouraging words. emoticon

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AMAZINGANN 3/21/2010 11:15PM

    Hi Britt - wow, we just became friends, but I feel like I'm already glimpsing the intense Spark-ride for you from the last few days! How cool to find out this gift you have that you're a super Spark motivator!

Thanks for your encouragement on my status about my goal to make 1000 fitness points in March - that was really nice to hear from you. I just finished a 70 minute Leslie Sansome video walking workout, so I'm feeling confident on this! Not positive it was my favorite thing, the video, I get bored easily unfortunately. But for the last 2 miles I started listening to my book on tape - Little House on the Prairie (I'm such a dork!) - and that worked. There even was this nice bit of synchronicity when the family went to a big social dance on the tape and everyone was dancing and that was when Leslie hit the high energy part of the tape! Take care, and you're doing great! emoticon

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BOBBIENORTHERN 3/21/2010 12:58PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Boy, am I glad to get to meet you, meet you through being mod but thats all it takes to spark me on to my goal. Thank you so much for this blog. It really did something to spark more of a fire in my spirit to never quit, never give up and to keep on going forward no matter what obstacles stand in my way. No matter what comes my way, if I fall, I will revive myself and pull myself up and get back on track because of people like you who are so willing to share your experiences on your journey to be the best that God created you to be. Keep on going and moving and have a great and supburb Sunday. Again thank you for being here and for being you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYLIFEROCKS 3/21/2010 1:42AM


YOU ROCK!!! Hugs to you!!

Bev emoticon emoticon

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SWEETNHOT 3/20/2010 9:15AM

    You are amazing and you deserve all the good things that have come your way! you are a wonderful inspiration! emoticon

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CAROLANN27 3/19/2010 11:05PM

    Hi Britt,

You are so right about the energy in SP. It's phenomenal. So glad for all the responses you received. You earned them! You're an inspiration.


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KALISWALKER 3/19/2010 10:52PM

    Wow 600+ responses! Think of all the people you inspired who only read the blog and have a new focus and commitment. Katie, you are leading by example!
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RUNNINGNP2B 3/19/2010 3:16PM

    Congrats on being such a motivational person for us all, we're lucky that people like yourself are willing to share your triumphs which motivate us all to be healthy, active, and positive. Thank you!!!

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RUNNER12COM 3/19/2010 3:13PM

    "Positive energy just flowing in between us" is as good a description as I can think of to explain Spark People. When I'm on the site, I feel a connection that encourages and inspires me. And when I'm away from the site, I still keep SP in the back of my mind. When I make choices about food, when I work out, when I am exploring new options for improving my life, a part of me reaches back to SP.

I love that you are overwhelmed by all this attention. You have earned it. You deserve it. And you are, no surprise, making the most of it and making it help others, too.



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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 3/19/2010 3:09PM

    When I saw that your post had been featured as the week's community highlight, I knew you were in for a WHIRLWIND of fan mail! It's a lot of fun, but definitely overwhelming. When my story was the community highlight, I felt like there was just SO much going on and that I could never respond to all of the posts. I wasn't able to, but there were a few here and there that I took the time to respond to and that was awesome. I also took all of my favorite posts from other members and made a big document of all of the wonderful things that people said to me. It was kind of an out of body experience (they're saying those things about ME??), but really flattering and wonderful. It's such an inspiration and really helpful when I'm having a down day. I'm glad you're getting the attention that you deserve and that it's sparking you even further!

Big Hugs!!


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Exercising in Pittsburgh

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Is not that easy.

I live right outside the city limits so it is still almost like the city. I take this one route to work often and last week picked a point and checked the mileage - about 3 miles round trip. I thought - I found my new course.

Um, it will be awhile before I do that one again. In the car, I did not notice the hills and the slight uphill grade that seems to be the majority of the way. I knew there was some hills but I must have blocked out the other few. Needless to say, I walked a lot of the 3 miles today. I tried keeping a decent pace but between traffic, waiting at lights and the dog who has a fear of manhole covers and won't go over them or anything like them, I struggled at times.

I guess I'm back to doing my loop around the high school if I want to run. Less hills and traffic.

The one good thing - I burned a good amount of caloires. My average heart rate was 145 which is higher than if I would bike at the gym. I averaged 10 calories a minute - quite often I am at 9 calories a minute... maybe the hills aren't THAT bad.

It is GORGEOUS out!!!!

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EDUCGRAD 3/21/2010 3:16PM

    I'm sure that is a challenge.My mom lives in Troy Hill

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JOPAPGH 3/19/2010 2:09PM

    Greetings fellow Pittsburgh runner!!

For easy running, hit the trails:

* The jail trail run from PNC Firstside downtown out towards Southside Works on the city side.

* On the other side of the river runs from Southside Works to Station Square.

* From the new casino, past the stadiums to Washington's Landing.

All are flat, with a decent amount of sun and fellow runners.

Sparkmail me if you want directions to parking.

Read your 3 mile run blog. Great results!! I ran my first 5K last June and have run two half marathons since. Keep up the great work!


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PAPAMIKIE 3/19/2010 9:20AM

    Yeah, running on roads is full of surprizes. My hill is right between 4km and my turn around point at 5km. I had driven it many times before I ran it, I never notice about 5-8 degree slop for .5 km, and then back down again, before I ran it. Hills are surprizingly hard, and are a part of training once you have you base endurance built up.

I use Mapmyrun to build runs around my neighbourhood. I love running outdoor, did it all winter. I mostly run at night after the steets are quite, this has its own set of challenges. Finding good runs, that are safe is always a challenge, but I do like having a sense that I am actually going somewhere when I run.

Good running.

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TRACIWRIGHT79 3/16/2010 9:50PM

    The manhole situation makes me giggle! I wonder where his fear came from?! Good job with your new route! emoticon

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ADAMARIE1617 3/16/2010 9:13PM

  I also live outside of the city I am in Bellevue... Were I Like in bellevue no matter what direction I walk I have a hill to get back home!! Thats why I walk my Great Dane with me!!! She helps pull up those killer hills!!!!!!! Good job though trying!!! You will be able to do it again soon!!!!!!!

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LDSMALL 3/16/2010 8:43PM

    Hills are a GREAT workout - walking or running!! Great job getting out there. I find that discovering the "right" course is one of my hardest challenges!! Poor little pup - just wants a manhole cover free route!!! emoticon

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MSSUNBUG 3/16/2010 8:10PM

    I suffer from a similar problem--difficulty getting in an outdoor workout--but for an entirely different reason! I live in the country on a mountain, and the roads wind and bend--so LOTS of blind curves on narrow roads. And the roads climb up a mountain! There are, however, a plethora of lovely outdoor trails in driving distance, so I don't generally complain. ;-)

But yes, when I brave the roads near me it is ALWAYS a better calorie burn. There is the motivation to do it every now and again for ya! Even if it's not your "new route" at least you found something you could do to mix up your routine now that the weather is nice, something that challenges you differently and increases your heart rate. Although maybe sans dog next time--poor babe! lol.

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Today I became a runner

Friday, March 05, 2010

I had 36 minutes to think of a title for this blog while on the treadmill this morning. Today, I am became a runner!

Sure I have run before. I even have two t-shirts to say I did a 5K (although, truth be told I walked part of them, which was OK with me.) My February 22nd blog was about running 1.25 miles consecutively. I was so happy that day because I realized I was finally tearing down some of those mental limitations. Tuesday of this week I did 1.75 miles straight. After that run, I was confident that my goal of mid April for a 5K seemed totally possible now.

Tuesday to Friday is only 3 days but guess what? This morning, I did 3 miles in 36:04 minutes!!! I walked the first quarter mile as a warm-up then set the treadmill for 5.0 and started jogging. Throughout the next 32 minutes I would continue at that pace and even went a half mile at 5.5! Then when I saw 3 miles in 36 minutes could be a reality - set it back up to that speed for the last quarter mile. I had some thoughts during that time on how my body was responding, other times I just enjoyed my iPod, and other times I just felt like I was in a "zone".Today's run was different than others because at about 2.25 miles I thought - this is what a runner feels like and it feels good.

As I was getting a shower this morning" I realized it’s been 2 years and 2 months on Spark (on Sunday it will be 2 y, 2m and 2 days!). Starting at 222 pounds (maybe I should play 222 on the lottery on Sunday), I would have never imagined that I would jog 3 miles straight, much less enjoy it. Hitting this goal (and much earlier than planned) feels just as good as losing the weight. It is a great reminder that success breeds success. Setting small goals and accomplishing them makes me want to continue to reach higher. Reach higher not only in fitness but many other aspects of my life, as well.

Today is a great day!

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JAEBAEBEE 3/31/2010 11:16AM

    your blog post was one of the ones featured today on the main spark page, and was a major inspiration to me! I'm building up my running and it was great to read about your journey.
Kudos!! Keep on moving forward! Jae

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LIVE4CANDY 3/21/2010 9:26AM

    Awesome!!!! Awesome!!!! Awesome!!!! I am too trying to become a runner and it's a challenge but in order to do it you just have to DO IT!!! Your blog was very inspiring and i'm proud of you!!!! way to go!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COLE771 3/19/2010 2:01PM

    Thanks for sharing your story!! We all have our highs and lows on this running "journey"!! I can't wait to be able to run as long as you can! Soon - very soon.

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GMSB30 3/19/2010 9:59AM

  Congratulations! As I was reading your post, I could totally relate! Stay in your Zone!!!!! emoticon

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    Congratulations!!! That's a major accomplishment, and I'm super happy for you! :) :)

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 3/19/2010 12:30AM

    That's great! I am just started on running. You're an inspiration!

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WIFEYPOO2 3/18/2010 7:40PM

    As someone who is just attempting running, your story really inspires me!! Thanks for sharing it!! emoticon

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MAYGIRL14 3/18/2010 7:24PM

    You are inspiring! Congratulations on your achievements!!!

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NONNYM 3/18/2010 6:12PM

  Wow, your post was inspiring - thank you, I needed it. Three miles, huh?? If you can RUN three miles, surely I can walk it without whine - that is now my intent anyway. I suspect you did not "become a runner today" at all. I think more than likely "she" was always "in you" just had to find the key that opened the door to let her out! Good luck to you and to your sweetie. You both are doing great, and look even greater. You made my day!
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SAMGERBINE 3/18/2010 4:25PM

    Way to go! I'm so proud of you! You deserve all of the success that comes your way :)

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SPRINGBELLE 3/18/2010 4:16PM

    Your blog is so inspiring that I have shared it with my Sweet Soles team. We are a group of gals who just began the C25K this month and have had set backs like injuries (old and new) as well as finding out that it is tough to do when overweight and out of shape.

I felt you helped everyone see the silver lining is there if we just stick with it. So glad to read a success story I can relate to.

I am repeating week one these days until I can do it better (like actually jogging and breathing at the same time).

It was getting me down and I so needed to hear your story. I want to feel that feeling... to be a runner!

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KALISWALKER 3/18/2010 4:02PM

    Fantastic how inspiring!

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LKIRKENDALL 3/18/2010 8:43AM

I am in the c25k week 5 day 3 myself. So far I have enjoyed this challenge. I will be happy to reach your level soon. Have a great day!
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LUKESMOM1220 3/18/2010 8:27AM

    Congrats! I am learning to be a runner too and when you have one of those emotional highs it just makes all the sweat and tears worth it. Keep up the great work (and yes, play 222 in the lottery, that is your luck number, girl!!)!

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TRACIWRIGHT79 3/12/2010 11:19PM

    That's really cool! We have the same exact start weight! You are an inspiration!

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LINIS_THIN 3/11/2010 6:54PM

    Once I got over "Your 3 miles in 36 beats my 1.5 miles in 25"
and once I got past "You are not racing against anyone but yourself!"


I can't WAIT to get here!! I feel that zone feeling for about 10-15 secs of a good run when well rested and well fuelled.... but the rest of the time I am trying to breathe! lol

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CAPTVEGETABLE 3/10/2010 9:17AM

    Congratulations! I just read your article in the Motivation section and it inspired me to come to your page.
You're posititve attitude and weight loss success has brightened my morning.
Also, great pics on your page - you and your partner make a beautiful (and healthy) couple.
Keep up the great work!

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SBHPATRICK 3/8/2010 12:15PM

    Truly awesome! I'm so excited for you!

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HI-NRG 3/8/2010 12:13PM

    How exciting! Yep, 2 would become my lucky number. I personally like friday the 13th. It seems good things always happen to me on those days. Better check when the next one is coming...

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LOGOULD 3/7/2010 10:52PM

    WOW! That's fantastic! You are one determined lady! That'll teach me not to whiine when each week of C25K comes with it's ever increasing runs - 3 straight miles...that's a dream - I'd say you are definately a runner emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMGRAM2 3/7/2010 8:48PM

    OMG, that's emoticon . I think that you are doing a great job. Congrats on your running. You are an inspiration to all of us. Keep it up and you will reach that finish line. emoticon emoticon

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LAUREN145 3/7/2010 8:27PM

  I also had a moment today where I realized that whereas I used to run so that I could lose weight, I now want to lose weight so that I can run more easily.

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FLYINGB16 3/7/2010 6:45PM

    You are doing so well. I think you will be running marathons in no time. I just had this conversation with my walking buddy that I would like to try to run in April. Maybe I should blog about it. Thank you for your kind words about my dog Shadow; that was very sweet of you. Today skating was more of a strength training than cardio. Most of the time I had my daughter squeezing the crap out of one hand and my best friend's daughter breaking my other hand. Both of them are new to skating. I spent 1/2 of my time trying to keep them upright. Right now my legs are sore but my hands really hurt. emoticon

Keep up the great work and thank you for all of your support!

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LDSMALL 3/5/2010 8:46PM

    I don't know why it popped into my head that I saw this blog and didn't get a chance to read it!! WOW!!!! WAY TO GO!!! I'm so excited for you!!!! That is truly something to be excited and proud about!!! Keep it up and you will be all ready for your 5K in April.

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MSSUNBUG 3/5/2010 2:18PM

    As you know from my blog with nearly the same title this week, I relate to this! :-)

I'm glad to hear you're doing so well! You'll kick butt mid-April! (I'm still thinking about doing it, btw. It's about a 90 or 100 minute drive for me--certainly not out of the question).

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VONGIRL7 3/5/2010 12:34PM

    Great job!

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 3/5/2010 12:06PM

    Running is pretty remarkable and so are you!! Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment!!

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BUSYMAMABEEOF5 3/5/2010 10:42AM

  Awesome!!! I m proud of you!! emoticon emoticon

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