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Thursday, August 01, 2013


Wow itís been a long time since Iíve blogged!!!

I now know why they rank moving as high on the stress charts as they do! What a crazy last three months of my life!!!!

Letís start at the beginning, shall we?

In May, one of the guys that was going to rent my house had some personal issues and needed a place to stay. Being that I am a nice, helpful person, I was more than happy to let him stay in my guest bedroom. This was a guy I worked with so I thought no big deal. He offered to mow the lawn, work on the yard and do the dishes for his part so I thought what is there to lose?

Pfft.

Man was I wrong!

Little did I know my life was about to turn into living bloody hell.

Fast forward to him wanting to move his entire apartment into my house before I had packed or moved anything! It turned into an epic nightmare which I tried to accommodate and be nice about as much as possible. That was until he decided to empty out a closet of my personal things that I had explicitly told him not to move/touch. I lost my mind! But still, I bit my tongue and kept plugging away with what I needed to do. As I rushed to move and get things out of the way for him (in the middle of also packing up my classroom during the last few days of school to boot), I got more and more stressed out. Without yoga and working out it is absolutely amazing I donít weigh 500 pounds more right now! And did he ever help with the lawn? Nope. Did he do the dishes? Twice. In a month.

Somehow I made it through the end of school and my new roomie headed off for a few weeks and I breathed a sigh of relief Ė peace and quiet and time to pack.

Again, I was wrong.

Got my stuff packed (as fast as possible and not at all in the way I wanted to pack it!) and mostly moved to Cheyenne by then end of June. Throw in a two week trip to New York (we drove) my dog being diagnosed with a cancerous tumor (sheís ok after surgery) and my bank account being totally depleted and I was just glad to have the house empty in Denver (minus some stuff left in the garage) so my renters could finally move the rest of their stuff in and start paying rent.

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

It all went down like this: spend all night moving and packing things to take to Cheyenne. Drive to Cheyenne. Get a phone call from renters (who by the way had a)already lived at my house and/or b) had visited my house multiple times). Conversation goes like this:

Renters: um, yeah, we are going to need you to replace all of the flooring in the house, thereís dust under the carpet pads and you need to paint. Oh and we want you to come and rototill the yard and plant grass seed and fix the yard.
Me: um, yeah, none of this was part of the deal we had Ė this is a rental, not a sale house
Renters: well then you need to give us a break on the rent
Me: well Iíd consider rent that is $400 below market value, no deposit and three months free rent a pretty considerable break on rent
Renters: that wonít work for us
Me: -absolutely speechless-

Man was I pi$$ed!!! Last time I help anyone out!!!! What were they expecting? Seriously? This is a rental! And in my mind I guess I thought no deposit and three months of free rent were a more than fair exchange for cleaning my house. Yes, it needed cleaning Ė when you live in a house for 8 years, dirt accumulates. But it wasnít that bad at all!

Things happen for a reason though. And the universe has better plans than we do sometimes.

After a mega freak out of how the heck I was going to pay for this place, I took a deep breath and just let it go to the universe.

I had my house rented in three days to a couple who absolutely loved it as is. They are happy as clams and I no longer have the tenants from hell. My best friend cleaned the entire house for me and my tenants moved in without me having to fix floors, rototill or do anything else. They were just elated to have found something affordable in my neighborhood!

It all worked out for the best.

Lesson learned: sometimes you just have to let the universe take care of you.

So Iím officially in Cheyenne now Ė still sorting through the chaos of my move, but doing just fine. Getting back into a groove and getting myself back on track.

Yup, I gained 20 pounds. Am I annoyed at myself? Yes. My pants donít fit! But Iím not, I repeat NOT, buying new ones! I will wear skirts and dresses this fall until they fit again!

I let my healthy lifestyle get taken over by stress and I managed the only way I could at the time. Life is full of choices. I could have made better ones. From here all I can do is move forward. I joined the gym here! Iíve been walking the dogs. And I went back to yoga last night. Back on track. One day at a time.

Next up Ė a week long vacation with the bfís family. This will be a mega challenge because there will be a lot of cream and butter involved in this trip. Iím cooking and packing as much as I can. Iím bringing my yoga mat and running shoes and Iím going to relax and take care of myself before the crazy of the school year starts again.

And thatís about all thatís been going on around here!

PhewÖ

That was a long blog!

Feels good to get it all off of my chest! I didnít realize I was still so angry! I think I felt hurt because they were so negative about my house Ė something I have always been so proud to be the owner of even with all of itís flaws. But the universe took care of me and for that I am thankful.

In the next few days I will be updating my sparkpage and ticker. Time to face the cold hard truth of my gain.

But I am proud of myself because Iíve stopped letting myself use excuses to keep heading down a bad path. See, old dogs can learn new tricks!

Off to the library and the gym now! I love my new little town!

Happy sparking!

Rachel

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 8/26/2013 2:40PM

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SMPO79 8/26/2013 2:34PM

    Hey you...it's been forever...I've clearly missed everything! That stressed me out to read about, but I love how it worked out! Congratulations on the move...I hope you're sublimely happy in Cheyenne. :)

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KARENCRANER 8/5/2013 2:33PM

    Way to get things done and take care of yourself!

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FLYSHOPGIRL 8/4/2013 10:45AM

    Hello friend! I disappeared off the radar a bit this summer too and wondered how you were!

Glad you've made it to WY :) and I'm so sorry for the nastiness that happened while you were trying to get there!

I was thinking today that though we slip up (e.g. cake in the teachers lounge or stress eating), those mistakes are like rocks on a trail...yes, they are there and have an effect on your run, but they don't stop you from moving forward altogether. The rocks are just temporary annoyances that we figure out how to move past (or through) so we can get back to the trail.

Welcome back to the trail :)

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 8/2/2013 1:45AM

    Rachel, so glad that you were able to get rid of those tenants and get ones that are a nightmare for you. Hopefully now that you're all moved you will be able to get yourself back on track with things.

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KITTYKITTEMMING 8/1/2013 9:54PM

    Glad you're back and the horror has ended positively.

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KIMPY225 8/1/2013 4:42PM

    I have heard of a lot of horror stories with rentals. I actually had a terrible landlord one time - there was a washing machine but there was no drain! They didn't want to come out to put in a drain because they swore there was already one there!

It is nice to see you back though! Keep up the yoga!!

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SALGUOD2 8/1/2013 2:26PM

    Well hopefully it is all over now

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PATJOONWW 8/1/2013 2:22PM

    Like the saying goes: "No good deed goes unpunished" Some people you just can't help. Glad that the universe took care of you.

Much success on your journey!

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OHMEMEME 8/1/2013 1:05PM

    Great to hear you are still Sparking! That means you have not given up or quit! I have to keep myself from slipping into that AALLLLL-or-nothing attitude about food and exercise. I also know that I will slip, fall, and even bust my a$$ but I WILL NEVER QUIT! So good for you for showing up again. New town, new journey! Best wishes. I teach also and school is a MAJOR stressor for me, so here's to a new school year...Keep in touch. I will be checking out your page when possible. emoticon emoticon

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COOP9002 8/1/2013 12:03PM

    Sorry for the stress that you had to endure as a result of other people's foolishness. Hopefully, this next stage of life will grant you some peace and quiet.



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Where does the time go?

Thursday, May 16, 2013



Seriously! We are now down to the very end of the school year and Iím scrambling to get everything done that I need to as well as pack up my room to move to Cheyenne. I will feel a lot better as soon as the contract arrives and I am good to go to teach in Wyoming.

So yes, I got a job in Cheyenne Ė Iím pretty excited but overwhelmed! Currently I am the ONLY special education teacher in a K-12 school with 800 kids. Itís a little daunting. It keeps me on my toes. I feel defeated for not being able to do more for my students. I love it. Itís frustrating. Two weeks ago, I accepted a job at an elementary school. Itís K-6 with 500 students. There are 500 kiddos and 3.5 special education teachers. Iím not going to know what to do with myself. A team! People to help! My own room. I know there are going to be a lot of challenges but Iím ready for a new adventure.

I have a ton on my plate right now and Iím trying to take a lot of deep breaths. I havenít been to yoga for months (I feel like crap) my weight is still the same though. Iím just taking it one day at a time at this point trying to make it through! I have an unexpected roommate and Iím trying to pack up both my classroom and my house so yup, Iím a stressball.

As for the half-marathon. Well, itís not happening. Sadly, Iíve been a stress ball for the last four months and itís taken all of my energy just to keep afloat at work and in my personal life. So it will have to wait. Sad that I didnít get the $7 insurance now! Iím not going to just walk it. I didnít put in the effort and I didnít train for it and I donít deserve a medal for half-a$$ing it.

Thatís it in a nutshell for right now Ė Iím alive, kicking and trying to get myself organized and breathing. A lot.

  
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PENOWOK 5/27/2013 8:22AM

    Congrats on the job!! I hope you love it! I don't know where you have been working, but WY has the ability to provide you with what you need to help those lids. Elsewhere, people are cutting back like crazy for lack of money. I am lucky to be in a district that is getting a little more money (Rapid). I have been busting to get more grad credits to move up so spending less time on SP. Let me know if you need to a good source for grad credits at a bit less $$.

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SUSANBEAMON 5/17/2013 2:33AM

  Congrats on the new job. it sound good, even with the tress to start.

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OHMEMEME 5/16/2013 1:40PM

    Best wishes on the new job, new place, and new roommate. Just remember to take time and care for yourself amidst the choas. Time does fly...but when reality sets in you will feel much better if your health and weight are in check. You don't have to focus on loosing or even maintaining just keep up with most of the healthy habits and choices as much as possible so you have little or no regret. Remember that terrible, sinking feeling of weight gain is not a pleasant experience. I so agree with your comments of your last blog about the book on losing 10% then maintaining it. That concept helps us stay in the mode of making this a lifetime commitment. When you are ready, you will do it. LIfe is to be lived...embrace your new opportunities and find your joy!

I'm a teacher too. May is a looong month but oh how sweet are June and July! Have a great summer. emoticon

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KARENCRANER 5/16/2013 10:31AM

    Amen on the deep breaths! I can see you in Cheyenne!

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JAMIELOGICAL 5/16/2013 9:29AM

    Yikes! Sounds like you are a busy bee with a lot of changes coming your way. Wyoming huh? Well, unfortunately, my only memory of Wyoming is getting stuck there for several days when the transmission died on my husband's SUV on our way to Idaho. So, I have a pretty negative association with the state. But I do remember it being very beautiful there in a wide open sort of way. We drove through Cheyenne, which everyone associated with rodeo, obviously, and I remember it seeming a little smaller than I expected.

Anyway, I'm sure you've done all your research about moving there and are excited/nervous. It sound like you job will be a LOT less stressful and that sounds like what you need, because you seem stressed to the max!

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A Mega Update!

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Wow, where have I been????

Hi. My name is Rachel. And I swear, Iím still alive!

I havenít posted since January! What the heck?

First the weight. Then all the other stuff.

Going back in time, I realize that I have a pattern. Right around the holidays to right around now I hit an epic slump. A slump where I barely remember anything Iíve ever learned. An abyss. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that my room has no windows and I get no natural light all day long? Maybe itís just the ebb and flow of life.

Whatever it is, this is my dismal time of year Ė or rather, the end of my dismal time of year. It was last year, on this day exactly, that I decided to call the Kaiser weight management team. And itís been almost a year since I started phentermine (Iíve been off of it for 6 months now).

Tuesday I had an appointment with the weight management group. Why? Well itís been 6 months now since I stopped taking phentermine. Iíve maintained my weight for those 6 months within 3 pounds and now Iím ready to really kick it in to gear and finish this journey I started.

At my lowest I was down 37.6 pounds. Yup. I gained a little back. But what I noticed is that I have been able to maintain within about a 3-5 pound range pretty easily for the last 6 months. Of course, I should have never gained those pounds to begin with (hello dating and the holidays!) but it happened. Talking to the nurse practioner made me feel a little better. She told me she gained 30 pounds dating her boyfriend so I donít feel so terrible about gaining the 15 that I did. Nonetheless, it needs to go!

Ladies, Iím beginning to realize itís a fact Ė you get a boyfriend, you gain weight. Grrr.

I do feel horrible right now Ė these ten pounds have had a huge impact on me. (I say ten because I was only at my lowest weight for a nano-second!). My pants donít fit and my body doesnít feel good. Not going to yoga regularly has also been a huge compounding factor. I have done what I do every year: let work rule my life. But Iím learning. The difference between then and now though is that I wouldnít have stopped myself Ė I would have kept gaining until I was back to my highest weight or higher. At least I hit the brakes when I did and not after I gained every single pound back.

I have become a firm believer on the philosophy of resetting your setpoint (Breakthrough Your Set Pont by Blackburn and Corliss. Itís a great book, you should read it!). The argument these doctors make is that you should strive to lose 10% of your bodyweight, then keep it off for 6 months and then lose another 10% and keep it off for 6 months and so on so that your body has a chance to rebalance itself. Over the past year, Iíve lost a net total of 24.6 pounds. 24.6 was 10% of my starting body weight. So at least my body is starting to normalize! Now itís time to breakthrough that setpoint again! So my new goal is 173.3 to reach and then maintain for the next six months. Baby steps.

So Iím back on phentermine. In positive news, I can say without a doubt that going off phentermine does not mean you instantly gain all of your weight back. Eating cream coated German food at your boyfriendís parentsí house for Christmas, however, does. I finally feel like I have some energy to do something about it. It is my pattern this time of the year. Iím dragging and donít have any energy! But I have a few more days of spring break to chillax! And I canít tell you how much I am looking forward to it!

Sigh.

Ebb and flow.

Now for the rest!

Work has been horrible. I canít wait for the end of the school year. I come home every day feeling defeated because I canít do everything. And while I try to keep in perspective that I am the ONLY special education teacher in a K-12 school with 800 kids Ė and no paraeducator to help Ė it still kills me because Iím used to giving my job my all. After visiting other schools and districts around the metro area, I realize I am getting the shaft big time. Smaller schools than mine have two teachers with para support. I know I should feel proud that I am able to handle my caseload Ė but a lot of the time I feel hopeless because I canít possibly support my students the way they deserve.

The half marathon training is going nowhere. Lol. I havenít run in a couple of weeks and Iím certainly not following my plan. Time to change that. Iím going to start a modified plan and just do the best I can. If I walk, I walk. No big deal. I just need to get moving again for my own sanity. I ran 5 miles the other day in Cheyenne and I felt great Ė I donít know why Iím dragging my feet so much! Just another reason this time of year sucks for me!

On the boyfriend front, things are going well. Of course Iím like any person in a serious relationship Ė I have my moments where I wonder what the heck Iím doing! But Iím applying for jobs in Wyoming and will be moving to Cheyenne this summer if I can get a job. We will be moving in together and that will be interesting! We both have a lot of stuff!

The move is also filling my plate big time. I used to move all of the time Ė I was never in the same place for that long. But itís time for a change. So we shall see! New adventures are on the horizon.

And thatís about it for now! This update was pretty long Ė so thanks for hanging in there!

Happy Sparking,
Rachel

  
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 4/10/2013 9:52PM

    Great blog! Your future fabulous self will love looking back and seeing the progress!!


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ELIZABETH5268 4/3/2013 5:33PM

    Welcome back! You sound happy and focused, good for you!

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GRAYGRANNY 3/30/2013 3:25PM

    Welcome back. It is one day at a time.............that is all we can do. Best wishes to you on your journey to a healthier YOU!!!

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STARPESCADO 3/28/2013 9:09PM

    Good luck with everything!

I like the idea of dropping the 10% of body weight for 6 months - never heard of that but it sounds sensible - ty for sharing :)

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PRETTYPITHY 3/28/2013 4:30PM

    I know exactly what you mean about the winter slump. The good news is, I come out of it earlier every year, this year I was on track by late January. Last year, it was early March.

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GRACEOMALLEY 3/28/2013 3:33PM

    Wishing you the best with everything!

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SKINNYMISSKASEY 3/28/2013 3:24PM

    I'm still doing phentermine as well. I took a couple months off of it because the brand I got wasn't working but it is now. I'm also taking the 5HTP again that ups your seritonin levels (appetite, good mood hormone) but at a 200mg dosage.

Good luck on the HM training! I'm upset because I can't train for the one I wanted to do again but I can't until I get my body fixed.

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FRACKTHATNOISE 3/28/2013 12:16PM

    Welcome back! I've taken the last six weeks off and I'm waiting for the holiday to pass so I can put my foot down and get back to work! I'm down 47 from where I started and have another 20 to go.



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RODGRODMEDFLOD 3/28/2013 12:04PM

    Lots going on with your life! Best of luck!
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FLYSHOPGIRL 3/28/2013 11:15AM

    First, let me say I'm THRILLED you did fall off the edge of the earth!! Sometimes I think we run on the same cycle with things or at the very least lead parallel lives! :P

I haven't trained for this half marathon either--I started off well, and then school happened again. *Sigh*

I am so happy for you though!!! You have a plan :) Good luck job hunting in WY! I understand there are several good options out there and with your special education focus, I'm sure there's a place for you!

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SHERRY28269 3/28/2013 11:10AM

    Great to hear from you! The winter is a hard time for me too. Keep up your great efforts and I am sure you will lose another 10% no problem. emoticon

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KARENCRANER 3/28/2013 11:06AM

    emoticon Seriously, doesn't your case load, like, break 12 laws or something?

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LALMEIDA 3/28/2013 11:01AM

  Wow! That is a lot of stuff. Good for you for mostly maintaining. I can appreciate teaching and the special ed department. I worked as an aid at a middle school and know that there is a lot more to it than people realize. Congrats on the move and your boyfriend. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAIKAI80 3/28/2013 10:58AM

    Your update was awesome.... LIFE lol ... but your focused so welcome back to this journey of weighloss emoticon

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GINGERHAWK 3/28/2013 10:58AM

    Nice job on taking the bull by the horns. The winter slump is hard - it's so hard to get motivated this time of year! Also, I swear boyfriends and weight gain are synonomous. After meeting my now husband, I quickly packed on 20 pounds. It took me about 7+ months to lose it (and a little more), but I got it off and feel so much better about myself. As for the move, that is totally exciting! Good luck in making it happen.

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AMITYBONO 3/28/2013 10:54AM

    Have a good day Rachel!

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Getting My Poop in a Group

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Wow. January is almost over and Iím still right where I started! Amazing considering that I havenít done a whole lot to change things, nor have I done a whole lot to start moving again. And in case you missed it I signed up to run a half marathon in May. Iíd like to run that sucker in less than three hours! But if Iím not running, this is not going to happen!

January did not bring me the mojo I had hoped for. Ha! Well thatís entirely my fault, now isnít it?

So what is going on?

Well, Iíve turned into a lazy butt.

Ok that is not entirely true.

I just am not back to my normal schedule. The weekend commutes are no excuse. The cold on the other hand has made it hard to get in a workout when Iím in Wyoming. I did find a yoga studio there though so maybe that will help. As for the running, well, I know that it is 99% mental block. I just need to go out and do it!

Iím not going back. I refuse to go back. I will NEVER let myself get fat again.

And if I am going to stand by that statement, I need to step up and change my patterns now.

The fridge is stocked up with freggies. The freezer is stocked with home cooked healthy goodness. I just need to make the commitment and start saying two magic phrases: ďno thank youĒ and ďafter I work outĒ.

I got this. I just need to make it a priority in my life again Ė not just something I do during the week. Iím glad that boyfriend is on board. The challenge will be getting him to stay on board! He loses weight so quickly! And when he proudly came out of the bathroom the other day and announced that he weighed the same amount that I weigh now, I wanted to cry.

Iím 189. 12 pounds higher than my lowest weight this summer and man is it making my pants tight. A few months ago, 189 seemed like a dream. Now it seems like my worst nightmare! I feel overwhelmed at the moment Ė stressed and like I have way too much on my plate. Itís my own damn fault.

But I can do this. One pound at a time. One mile at a time. One good choice at a time.

I changed my background to Ganesha, the Hindu God of Success, to help me get through these obstacles (mostly of my own making) and to find success.

I know Iíve sounded like a broken record Ė but I have the tools, I have the knowledge now I just need to make it a priority to make my health number one again.

Because in case you missed it, Iím NOT GOING BACK.

Happy Thursday Sparkers!

  
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KRISTINE99 1/28/2013 11:06AM

    emoticon You got this! Just remember that while it's true January is almost over it's still NOT over -- four more days to finish the month strong and set yourself up for an even stronger February :D

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TEACHFIRST268 1/25/2013 8:42PM

    Yep. You know what to do! You're catching yourself before it gets to far. Pick yourself up and dust yourself off. Keep moving forward. You've got this!

A half marathon...I bow down to you, my friend. Get out there and GO!

(I've been slacking on the running this week...-14 is TOO D*MN COLD!)


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HDHAWK 1/24/2013 7:46PM

    At least you're aware and trying before you gain it all back plus more like I have. I have a long way to go, but I'm working on it too. We can do this! emoticon

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LITTLETEALOVER 1/24/2013 6:51PM

    I'm right there with you. But, the year is still young, so I'm not feeling too discouraged. It's just another minor setback...not the end of the road. As long as you're still fighting (even if it's only in your head right now), you will make it.
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MIRANDA1115 1/24/2013 3:11PM

    You got this girl! Take it one day at a time. emoticon

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MALA77 1/24/2013 1:42PM

    Oh and btw.... love the title "poop in a group" LOL That's what caught my eye. Is that just a polite way of saying you gotta get your "sh!t together?" LOL Hang in there lady!!! :o)

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MALA77 1/24/2013 1:41PM

    I've SO been where you are a number of times, probably more times than I can count on BOTH hands!!! But, like you, I have the knowledge and the tools. Once you get back on track you'll be ok. You just gotta get there and sometimes you have to wait until you're mentally there. That's how it is with me. No matter how many times I say I need to do this, until my mind is in it, my body won't be in it. But you got this!!! We ALL GOT THIS!!!!!

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MOMTO2HEINZS 1/24/2013 1:36PM

    One day at a time...you got this!!

Here's a little Wyoming funny for you... Do you know why the wind blows so much in Wyoming? Because South Dakota sucks!! :) Wow, that was a blast from the past.

Okay, seriously. I just installed the C25K app on my phone and love it. There's a C210K app too, maybe that would help you make your half marathon goal.

Good Luck!!

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NIKKICOLE83 1/24/2013 1:21PM

    You got this girl. You are amazingly beautiful and just from the` words here, I can tell you have drive.189 is your end point. That is far that you will allow yourself to go in the other direction. Do not hit 190. At the same time, don't think about 177 right now. Your goal is 187. THen 185. Take it two pounds at a time. But in order to do that, you HAVE to get off your bum. Even if you make it to the gym or outside and can only muster 30 min, start there and continue to increase. You don't want to be the person you were two years ago. Or do you????

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GINGERHAWK 1/24/2013 10:35AM

    You CAN totally do this. Keep pushing, keep fighting, and be the strong woman that you are. Now go kick some butt!

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KELLIEBEAN 1/24/2013 9:59AM

    Good for you! We have all been there many times. Now that you put it out there for all if us to read, you WILL do this!

If its too overwhelming, start small, 10 minute workouts a few times a day till you get back into it!

Keep moving forward!

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Bleepity, bleep, bleep. (Advice for half-marathon running and yoga teaching needed!)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Yeah, bleepity bleep bleep, I gained a pound this week! Who does that right after the New Year? Apparently me! I am now 12 pounds heavier than my lowest weight in September and I am not happy about it. Grrr.

The good: Iím back on the workout wagon. Yoga twice this week already, a spin class, a couple of walks and more planned. Iím well on my way to getting my 500 minutes this week! It certainly feels good to be back in action.

The bad: I need to get the food under control.

The ugly: Iíve been ravenous right around 3pm and I want to gnaw my arm off. I have the tools Ė now to use them! I am thankful that I have a little bit of a routine going again Ė less free time and less of boyfriendís momís cooking! The amount of sodium that Iíve been eating is ridiculous! Itís funny but I havenít tracked my food in so long that I havenít really noticed an increase Ė but now Iím eating almost three times as much sodium as I was this summer!

I know what to do though. More veggies. A lot more! More fruit. And more lean protein. Today Iím throwing a protein bar in my bag for my afternoon snack attackÖ

I am also ripping off the bandaid, throwing my fears out the door and signing up for yoga teacher training which starts on February 13th. I signed up for a half marathon on May 19th. Iím a little scared about that one since the farthest Iíve run is probably 4 miles! Training starts Monday! Eek.

Advice????

Half-marathon tips????

Yoga teacher training tips???? Are you glad you did it or was it a waste of money?

I will get there. And I will be a crazy (in a good way) half-marathon-running-certified-yoga-teach
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KRISTINE99 1/11/2013 2:01PM

    The yoga and half-marathon sound great! Keep at it :)

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AUSFAM 1/10/2013 9:13PM

    Half marathon advice: one step at a time! You'll be surprised how quickly you can increase your miles. Keep up the positive! :)

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TEACHFIRST268 1/10/2013 5:58PM

    Wow! You go girl!!!!

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ANELAKANOA 1/10/2013 5:15PM

  I know how you feel! With the holidays I feel off track big time and gained over 15 pounds! We can do it! You already seem like you have a good plan in place with working out!!! I know you can do it!

angie

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MAKINANIMPACT 1/10/2013 4:56PM

    You'll be fine! Just take a deep breath and attack it with a vengeance...



Kelly

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SUGARSMOM2 1/10/2013 1:24PM

  keep on trying . if you stop you will be very upset with yourself and all those who allowed you to forget to take care of yourself

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ANDREWMOM 1/10/2013 12:54PM

    Don't give up!!!!

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ERICADAWN1986 1/10/2013 9:19AM

    Sounds like you're really motivated to hop back on the wagon! Awesome! I ran my first half marathon in October and I have another in March. I used the Hal Hidgeons training program and felt very prepared. I'll use the same program again. They have programs for different levels (first half, trying to set a PR, etc). Have a great time!

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SNS1968 1/10/2013 9:01AM

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