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Hot Totties Rock - Cat's Perspective

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

My spark buddy Beth and I signed up to do the Virginia Beach 1/2 marathon relay this past weekend. You can check out her blog here:

And yes, the cheesy grinned moron on her background page is none other than moi. All I can say in my defense is that it was quite warm, I'd just worked hard, and I'm wearing my first new bling in ages! WOOT!

As many of you know, I destroyed my knee at the beginning of the year, came to America for surgery and have been lingering ever since. After almost a year on the sidelines, it felt absolutely brilliant to get back into it. So the saga begins ...

On Saturday, I rented a car and drove to Virginia Beach. Sadly, the whole rest of the world decided to drive, too. Not wanting to miss the fun, Mother Nature opened up the skies, only encouraging more poor form from frustrated motorists. The three-hour drive took over seven hours, including my accident. Yes, I rear-ended someone. ... and not in a good way. emoticon Bad Cat! He wasn't hurt, thank goodness. I have some cuts and bruises, including one on my forehead that I can't quite explain. We were in gridlocked traffic. I wasn't going fast, and somehow, I managed to do a real number on the car - a craptacular little Chevy malibu with uncomfortable seats and awful wheel alignment. Oh, and now a bashed in front fender. Oops.

I found the hotel, the expo, Beth and her DH, put the accident behind me, and focused on my first race since the God-awful nightmare in Walt Disneyworld in January. This was my first ever relay, and it was definitely an experience.

3 a.m. Wake up
4 a.m. Ready to go. The shuttles begin running at 4 and end at 6. decide not to wait until last minute.
4:10 a.m. Head out to shuttle. Discover that drivers have no clue where they're supposed to be going or that they're supposed to be - in fact - shuttles. Sit on super ultra "nipplingly" cold air-conditioned bus, wishing the nice lady bus driver wasn't menopausal until 4:50, when the drivers finally figure out where they're going.
5:00 a.m. Arrive. No racers. Volunteers milling confusedly. No one know the bag check is. People, "bag check" is a FLEET of UPS trucks that collect our things and drive them to the finish line. They're fairly hard to miss. Find bag check. I'm the first person to check my bag. This has never happened to me before.
5:15 a.m. Find shuttle to relay point. The relay shuttles are supposed to run until 6, but they just cram us all into one shuttle and go.
5:30 a.m - Still going.
5:45 a.m. - Still going. The driver asks us if we know where the drop off is. Since we're only supposed to have traveled seven miles, I'm concerned that we've been tootling hither and yon for almost 30 minutes. Eventually, our driver decides that we should be on some military base, a decision the armed sentry most vigorously protests.

"Sir! You MUST leave these premises!'
"But I'm here for the race."
"Sir! There is no race here. You MUST leave the premises!"
"I've got the people for the race."
"Sir! Turn around!"
"So this isn't where we should go for the race?"

Yikes. Eventually, mensa member bus driver realised that he should not have driven through the cones blocking the road, the police office standing at the intersection blocking aforementioned road, and police cruiser blocking the same said road, to access a secure military facility. Give this man a gold star.

5:50 a.m.We were dropped off at the correct place and had a long walk to the relay point. A lot of smart people nipped into the McDonalds for coffee, breakfast, and a place to sit. Stupidly, I walked all the way to the place and sat on the ground for three hours until it was my turn to race.

This is the tricky part of relaying. I was fired up to race when I got up, but by 9 o'clock, my hips were whinging, my knee wanted me to reconsider, my tummy was ready for I don't even know what - lunch, I guess. The sun was up full, it was warm, and NOW it was time to race.

Well, once they announced that the first Hot Tottie team member was on her way in, I revved right up. Beth looked great. I could tell she was tired, but the cheerleaders on the side of the road gave her a warm welcome, and she finished strong. She averaged 30 seconds faster per mile than she'd expected, and we were in great shape for the second leg.

I have only recently started walking again. The most I'd trained was six miles, and at a 21:00 minute per mile pace, so I was worried. I did the first two miles in under thirty minutes, but the knee was screaming, so I slowed down and just enjoyed it as a walk. I ended up averaging 17:30 per mile, so it was still a big improvement over my training pace.

Along the way, I saw Elvis, Beaker from the Muppets, a Super Family, a devil, and other odd assortments of fun runners. I saw an older man struggling a bit and walked a few miles with him. He looked to be about 70 and we got to chatting. He does the big Goofy race at Disney every year and is their race administrator for Facebook. I told him my story about how I was treated, and he was incensed. Hopefully that will never happen to anyone else. I met several people doing their very first race and many wonderful charity racers.

"Fitty" and her DH were waiting for me at the finish line. I trudged through the end of race tents and then back to the hotel. Being part of the Rock N Roll race series, we had a concert on the beach to look forward to in the evening, including headliner Bret Michaels

Whilst waiting for Beth, I chatted up a nice man who gave me VIP passes for the concert! Sweet! Unfortunately, getting up so early doesn't leave much in reserve for evening entertainment, and after an hour or so, Beth was cooked, and I wasn't keen to sit there by myself. Luckily for me, my hotel was a mere five blocks from the concert, so of COURSE I could hear it clearly. I sat in the outdoor hotel hot tub, watched the stars, and listened to Bret Michaels wail away. Great show, and a sweet ending to the weekend.

Stay tuned, because the Hot Totties are reuniting in January at Walt Disneyworld to do the Chip and Dale marathon relay. I can't wait!

~ Chip

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JUDICAT63 1/18/2012 5:57AM

    Well done you! You are amazing you DO KNOW THAT don't you? You bash anything that tries to stop you on your way to where you want to go - I am so thankful that you are my friend! emoticon emoticon

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MAPLELEAFMOM 10/6/2011 12:46AM

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You are both such incredible women and I am soooo proud of you both emoticon You are SOOOOO Amazing!!!!!

UGH on the accident but way to go on making it a fantastic weekend regardless !! I hope your cuts and bruises are healing quickly emoticon

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ESBELL 9/14/2011 11:34AM

    You are such a hero to me - finishing races with such strength & pride. I hope one day to grow up to be as amazing YOU!

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BRAVAH 9/13/2011 9:22AM

    Hi Chip!

I had typed out a huge and lovely response and clicked post - not realizing my stupid internet connection had timed out. I don't have time to write it all again, but wanted to tell you how awesome I think you are!!!!! Woohoo! Great job in the race! And thanks for the great story!


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DANIMITE2 9/11/2011 7:55PM

    Got all teary...soooo proud of you my friend!

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DOTSLADY 9/9/2011 10:50PM

    How DO you DO it!? emoticon You amaze and delight ... you inspire me woman.

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DISPATCHER04 9/8/2011 2:53PM

    Very cool, Cat! :)

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 9/7/2011 5:45PM

    Wow! Sounds like an interesting time was had. Glad the ending was better than the beginning. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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DEBULACLARK 9/7/2011 5:14PM

    Another adventure for Cat!!! Always fun to read about them. I'm sorry about the accident. Glad for the great ending. Nice...Bret Michaels...nice.

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ZELLAZM 9/7/2011 2:08PM

    WTG and thanks for the very colorful report!

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FUNFROG79 9/7/2011 1:11PM

    How eventful! Bret Michaels is great!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/7/2011 11:57AM

    You are a wonder my friend!!!! You never cease to amaze are so strong in every sense!! Well done!!! and sorry about the accident..that just plain sucks.

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JCSTELLA 9/7/2011 10:17AM

    Rough starting ending fabulously!! You should be so proud of yourself!! I loved reading this blog :)

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SAFETYSUE 9/7/2011 1:47AM

    Love your blog, so many adventures. Accidents are so stressful, so glad you are ok!
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MSEMBERSTORM 9/6/2011 10:24PM

    You are freaking amazing.

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AMUNET_RA 9/6/2011 9:04PM

    Another adventure!! Glad the accident wasn't worse! Congrats on your bling! ((HUGS)) I am always so proud of you!!

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SUETINGE 9/6/2011 7:19PM

    YAY! Bling, a good race and music in the hot tub.

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DISPATCH91 9/6/2011 6:49PM

    What a time you had. Sorry about the fender bender..bummer. The hot tub listening to the music sounded like a good ending for a day.


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JAXMOMMY 9/6/2011 6:27PM

    Thanks for sharing your adventure Cat! I could just hear the bus driver and the guard at the base! I've had similar encounters, yes that is encounter with a S, at VA Beach and/or Norfolk military bases! Hurray for you racing! I am planning on heading to VA Beach for a fun visit this weekend! Hoping for no rear ending experiences!

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ROBYNLN 9/6/2011 5:45PM

    Love your report. GREAT job on the marathon. Keep up the good work.

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ENDUROVET 9/6/2011 5:43PM

    Ha ha, what an "adventure"!

This is why I am opting for a "staycation" - just can't make a Sun-night Vegas run work w/my schedule, so we will stay in Big D at the fancy new Convention Ctr hotel, where I can catch a shuttle (hopefully that knows where it's going ;-) to the starting line...

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DDUNKIES 9/6/2011 5:34PM

    oh my dear Cat- you're writing absolutely cracks me up!!! i always feel like i am on the adventure with you- LOVE YA donna

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SLCOLMAN 9/6/2011 5:27PM

    Woo Hoo!! Awesome :)

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L*I*T*A* 9/6/2011 4:54PM

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50FITNFUN 9/6/2011 3:54PM

    Firstly, I would like to point out that in my Sparkpage background picture, you are the proud and fabulous looking " Hot Tottie" on the right, while I am the happy, but dorky, tater tottie on the left! You'd think with 2 hours (and actually I think it was closer to 1hr, 40mins) I could have at least thought to take off the sweat band and fluff the hair. But there you have it, I left my brain..and dignity, somewhere along the course and was just thrilled enough for the both of us to have Bill take our triumphant photo. I'm already imagining how fab we'll both look at the end of the longer race in January! emoticon
Now, onto your blog....OMG, you have me rolling on the floor and holding my sides...(rear ending, but not in a good way...craptacular chevy, your bus foray onto the military base)...I think half the fun of doing the races is the strange things we hear, witness and experience throughout the event. And your recount of he weekend is so well written that everyone can share the experiences too! This is a great blog. I'm happy to have been able to be there with you! emoticon

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Cat's Fat Farm Update

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

So I've been at Cat's Pretend Fat Farm for three days now. I'm eating on plan, walking in the morning, knee-habbing, doing a fitness video in the afternoon, and then walking again in the evening before easing my muscles in the hot tub and heading for the showers. emoticon I had envisioned creating 3500-calorie deficits Biggest Lower style, but that (I realise now) is insane!

Ok, so maybe I'd get voted off if we were competing, but I'm still pleased with my efforts.

Saturday: I created a 2782 calorie deficit.
Sunday: 3107 deficit emoticon
Monday: 2259 calorie deficit

That should be good for 2+ pounds so far, although the scale isn't showing it ...yet. I'm will dial back the intensity a little for the rest of the week, because the bum knee was starting to really feel the impact, but I'm still shooting for 2000 -calorie defiicts daily.

I'm feeling really positive and planning to finish the final four days strong. The 40-lb mark is still 8.6 pounds away, and my goal is to get there by the end of the month. emoticon

Thanks vey much for your support. It is such a blessing to have sparkpeople all over the world cheering each other's successes and helping each other through life's difficulties.

On my way to emoticon one pound at a time!

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ANGELICASASSY 8/25/2011 12:59PM

  Keep up the good work! You can dooo it!

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MIPPY265 8/23/2011 9:48PM

    Sounds like you are definitely on a roll my friend. Keep up the good work. Very proud of all u have accomplished so far!!!

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TINA*23 8/19/2011 11:26AM

    (((HUGS)))!!!!!! Take care of that knee! You are doing great but keep an eye out since you are still knee-habing!

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REBELBLITZ 8/19/2011 9:38AM

    You have all the tools too succeed at your fat farm. Way to go! emoticon

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DISPATCH91 8/19/2011 7:56AM

    Easy on the kneee luv, no big set backs. You are doing so great. psssst I agree with Donna bout a couple of those dudes..gulp

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DORIS39 8/19/2011 12:20AM



YOU ARE ONE AMAZING AND FUNNY LADY. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSEMBERSTORM 8/18/2011 11:50PM

    Rock it woman! You are doing great!

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DISPATCHER04 8/18/2011 12:01PM

    Hey, Cat, looks like you're the only female in that mud pit! That's a nice ratio there. emoticon emoticon

LOVE your determination, girl! GO! :) :) :)

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NUTSNUTSGETEM 8/18/2011 8:39AM

    I actually get US Weekly. I know, it's stupid. I know who's with who and I really suck at Who wore it best. But, I look at some of the pictures, and I am guilty of thinking that the celebs can get or stay fit with their personal trainers and chefs and cleanses and having tremendous amounts of disposable cash to afford to be able to "eat clean." I don't think I have seen you in the pages of US Weekly. But, you are doing it with your imaginary fat farm, proving that my whiny-ness about not having the celebs tools is just that - whiny-ness (spellcheck doesn't like that).

Now, if only I could afford a stay at the imaginary fat farm.

Nice job!

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JERSEYGIRL24 8/17/2011 11:11PM

    I emoticon your fat farm!!! You are too funny. It also seems like you are doing great. Seriously, you are averaging about 2700/day calorie deficit. That's great!!! emoticon. And I agree, this site is so supportive.

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MAPLELEAFMOM 8/17/2011 10:18AM

    emoticon You are doing INCREDIBLE!!! emoticon It sounds like you have a fabulous plan emoticon We're all cheering you on...

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FUNFROG79 8/17/2011 8:14AM

    Fantastic! Love your dedicated and determination! emoticon

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IFATFIRST77 8/17/2011 1:32AM

    Glad we got an update! Take care of yourself now and don't forget to drink lots of water! emoticon

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DDUNKIES 8/16/2011 10:40PM

    hmmmmmmmm i hope you aren't doing any other "activities" in the mud- i think at least 2 of the guys have impure thoughts emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLCOLMAN 8/16/2011 10:16PM

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FLORIDAFAN 8/16/2011 9:12PM

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Well done Cat....been painting all day so that is all the cheering I am up too...LOL

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AMUNET_RA 8/16/2011 9:04PM

    Woo Hoo! Well done on the calorie deficit, Cat!! Keep up the good work! It's going to be Cat's hottie farm pretty soon! emoticon

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_LINDA 8/16/2011 9:00PM

    Well done!! Fantastic! I read recently its better if you do moderate exercise throughout the day, that being active is more important then doing one session of heavy, sweaty exercise. Having knee issues maybe this is something you consider. I was shocked to read 60 minutes of exercise daily may do you no good if you spend the rest of the time sitting on your butt, unfortunately, both my job and liesure activity are both sedentary :(
Keep up the great work Cat! You are doing awesome!!

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WILDRICE99 8/16/2011 8:36PM

    Sounds like you're doing great. Seeing that calorie deficit is very motivating!

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50FITNFUN 8/16/2011 8:14PM

    First the all...LOVE! the picture of the fat farm "crop." Too cute!

emoticon emoticonGO CAT GO!! You are doing fantastic!! Keep it up but be careful. I can't wait to see you in September!

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SUETINGE 8/16/2011 3:41PM

    You're doing great. Just don't overstress the knee. You don't need a set back.

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MDMNINA 8/16/2011 2:59PM

    Don 't overdo it now! Be sure to get that knee better.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/16/2011 1:52PM

    hey is there any room at the fat farm for me? you are doing SO WELL!!!

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DEBULACLARK 8/16/2011 1:01PM

    YOU can DO IT!!! Glad you are listening to your body though!! emoticon

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ESBELL 8/16/2011 12:30PM

    YEAH! It sounds like you are making great progress. Don't worry to much about the scale now - the anti-inflammatory meds for your knee will be causing water weight & bloating. But as soon as you taper off them I'm sure you will see big numbers!

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CJBAGGINS 8/16/2011 12:03PM

    It's good that you're listening to your body and planning to dial it down. 3500-a day deficits do sound insane!

All the best with your continued, albeit less insane, efforts!
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    Wow! You're working hard, and doing a great job of taking advantage of an opportunity. emoticon

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My Own Private Fat Farm

Saturday, August 13, 2011

As many of you know, I'm currently recovering from multiple surgeries in June and looking for a job. Yesterday, at 4:17, I was offered a job in Washington, DC. emoticon emoticon

Don't celebrate just yet. I'm in Philadelphia, alone, no car, can't drive, and I need to be in Washington on Monday. The company said they would arrange my work papers next week, so I set that aside and got busy finding immediately available furnished housing and trying to figure out how to get there.

At 6 o'clock, I was on the phone with a corporate housing company when the line beeped. The company.

No job.

A technicality.

I'm really proud of myself for immediately embracing the opportunity and trying to make it work after COB Friday, but I'm less proud of how I handled the let down.

Carmine's Pizza. Five slices.

Then I baked some cookies. emoticon

I finally got a hold of myself and binned the rest of the pizza and all but three cookies. (I'd already eaten those.) I went out and walked until dark, hoping to either burn off calories or barf up the pizza, or both.

I burned 3600 calories yesterday, but I still undid a week's worth of weight loss efforts according to the scale this morning. emoticon + emoticon = emoticon

So it got me to thinking. I'm here in a nice house, alone, with no one to answer to. The house has a lovely screened in porch with a hot tub, a treadmill, and a nice entertainment system. I keep watching shows like "Heavy" and wishing I could set my life on hold and just focus on weight loss.

Duh. I currently have no life, so what's stopping me? My goal for this week is to eat 1200 - 1400 calories and stay 100% on plan. I also plan to work out as though I'm at a fat farm - at least three hours a day every day, plus two hours of knee-hab. I don't need to pay thousands of dollars to go to a fat farm. I need to quit pitying myself and take advantage of what's available to me here.

So ... this week was a bust, and I let me teammates down big time. But wait for next week's weigh in -- it's going to rock! emoticon emoticon

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DOTSLADY 4/10/2012 1:47PM

    Gawd, I sometimes wish I could eat pizza again. *sigh* I feel for your ups and downs sister friend. It's hard to devote single vision fat farm thinking when you need to make money? I have all the time in the world, but can't seem to do it myself. I use my pain as an excuse. You don't. I'm proud of you on so many levels.
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P.S. HAHAHAHAHA. Okay, so I'm just trying to get caught up around SP cause I've been lax and busy, and I try looking through the last couple blog entries and sooo I don't notice it's last year for heaven's sake. Durrr.
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DANIMITE2 8/15/2011 10:35PM

    Sorry to hear your bad news, but you know that I'm a firm believef that God puts you where you need to be! So maybe that's the "fat farm" for awhile. =)

I can tell from your tone that you're in a slump, and also that you're motivated to fix it. But just remember not to overdo it...Yes, watch your calories and do your therapy exercises, but don't hurt yourself.

Can I tell you how much I love your British 'nuggets'. Congrats on "binning" the remainder of the cookies and pizza.

Hugs, my friend. emoticon

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INDIANAGIRL61 8/15/2011 7:13PM

    I'm so proud of you, so happy for you too! Stand Tall--Be Strong--You are Beautiful!
In the big picture of things the scale really is just a small player. You're doing great!

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MDMNINA 8/15/2011 4:17PM

    I'm sorry about the job. Any possibility of a job in Florida?

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NEWNAC304 8/15/2011 2:52PM

    I am so sorry this happened to you. I don't blame you for eating pizza and cookies. Great job on throwing out the rest of it and going for a walk to burn off the calories.

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IFATFIRST77 8/15/2011 12:58PM

    That sounds like an awesome Idea, I might just try that next week when I finally have two days in a row off, I will wake up and pretend I'm at fat camp for the day! Love it! As for the pizza, I did the exact same thing this week off an on, snacking on things I knew would come back to haunt me...

Hey, at least we are not in denial on that front haha...admitting we ate the pizza or cookies is half the battle, just pick up and keep goin!

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FUNFROG79 8/15/2011 9:27AM

    So sorry it fell thru, but you have an amazing fighting attitude! Go get what you want! emoticon

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MUNCHIE718 8/15/2011 9:01AM

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I am so sorry to hear about the job. I can't imagine going from thinking that you'll be starting a new job in a new city one minute, to finding out that it fell thru the next.

Congratlations on stopping the stress eating in its tracks. Okay, so you ate some pizza. and some cookies. Been there, I get it. But then, instead of letting that be your excuse to blow the whole weekend, you went for a walk. Way to go! I say, if you have the time & the opportunity, why not take advantage of it and focus on eating healthy & exercising? Just be careful to not over-do it. I don't want to see you injured. And I also expect you to take FULL advantage of that hot-tub, too! You'll deserve a relaxing soak after all those miles you'll be logging on the TM. Good luck!

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AMUNET_RA 8/14/2011 3:12PM

    Sorry about the job, but kudos to the way you're handling it, Cat!! You're the greatest!! emoticon

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DEBULACLARK 8/14/2011 12:18PM

    Sorry about the let down with the job Cat. I'm glad you stopped yourself on the reaction of eating before it did too much damage! I LOVE that you are going to create your own Fat Farm atmosphere and take advantage of your time off!! KUDOS!!!
You can do it girlfriend!!

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MIPPY265 8/14/2011 11:21AM

    CAT So sorry about the job situation. Im not sure how that can happen that way, but it definitely sux. I luv your determination to start fresh and put the "bad day" behind you. Definitely better just to pick up and start over. And never worry about letting us down. We are always here to support you when you need it!! Luv ya! And heres to a better week!!

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SLCOLMAN 8/14/2011 11:03AM

    I am so sorry that things did not work out with the job. I too will turn to food for comfort... to fill some void I guess. So, I understand on that front. Good luck with meeting your goals for the week!! I know you can do it :)

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DDUNKIES 8/14/2011 12:05AM

    Cat- i am sorry about the job situation- that sucks!!! i totally get the emotional eating- thats been my thing since i was a teenager- i guess the best advice i can give you if just start again- CLEAN SLATE!!! feeling guilty, angry etc won't change what happened- i applaud you for throwing out the extra food- its not easy- don't worry about us Snakes- we love and support you NO MATTER WHAT food accidentally falls into your mouth emoticon LOVE YA emoticon

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QUEMBEL1 8/13/2011 10:18PM

    Great Attitude! Hang in there and don't over do the knee! {{{hugs}}}

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DISPATCHER04 8/13/2011 6:26PM

    Holy monkey, Cat! You have your own blog party goin' on up in here! How cool is that? Your own cheering section! emoticon

This is what makes us awesome Snakes, though. Yeah, we have setbacks, but we don't give up! We keep on getting back up and hollering, "That all you got?!"

GO GIRL!!! :)

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SUETINGE 8/13/2011 4:28PM

    Sorry about the job! Like Jan said, it's there loss.

That emotional eating sure is tough to deal with, but it sounds like you're getting a handle on it.

Sounds like turning your recovery into a "fat-farm" experience is a great idea.

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PDBLACK3 8/13/2011 3:53PM

    I read your blog- just happened on your channel by chance. Sorry about the job- it's THEIR loss!

You are my Shero emoticon from Washington, DC.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/13/2011 3:24PM

    I hate to tell you this. i really do. but you are human, even though you are a superheroess to me!!! Last night i had a meltdown. the week went well, no complaints, last horse show day, and i made a mistake. however, with the same person there were TWO mistakes. the other one was from the office, but still..who got the brunt? its a freaking horse show people not life or death...but i took it to heart..and when someone asked me if i was ok, i lost it. yup. sat in the horse show office and sobbed a week of tense, busy, no rest, no eating what i WANTED ----and knowing i had to come home and get up and do it 2 more days, and then when i thought i had a day off monday FINALLY, find out nope, i dont.
i wanted to eat, Cat. i wanted to go stuff myself. the ONLY thing that saved me was that i was too tired to walk to a food booth. or i would be sitting next to you saying those same words you did. (not the job in washington part)
you are my hero. did you know that? i look at you and see your determination...and then i think yeah but she never melts down. i cant do what she does. Look at your track record. you have lost so much weight...been through SO much!!!! and you still keep working it. so you had a blip. i know what a slap that must have been to you...and i think whoever did that to you should be drug out into the street and shot. or tickled till they couldnt take it. really. and then stuff the pizza and cookies down their throat and say THERE...take THAT you unthinking unfeeling IDIOT!!!!
wow. i feel better. i hope you do too....and Cat, i'm sorry. head up. you will get something SOON!!

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ROBYNLN 8/13/2011 2:30PM

    I truly am sorry about the job. emoticon The pizza and cookies sounds like something I would do. emoticon I'm proud of you for throwing most of it out. Don't be too discouraged about the overnight weight gain. The majority of that is prob water retention from the sodium and then there is the actual food in your digestive track. Give it a couple days before you call it weight gain. emoticon Hang in there. You are on the right track.

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JERSEYGIRL24 8/13/2011 11:53AM


As I said in the team thread, I am so sorry about you getting offered a job and losing it before it even began. I know the feeling all too well. But as far as the scale goes, sometimes these things are a blip. If you really gained weight just because of yesterday's pity party, and you get yourself back on track, then next week's loss will rock, indeed!!! emoticon

My daughter (age 26) lives in Philly now. She goes to law school at Temple. It was a bit of an adjustment for her moving to Philly after living in Northern NJ all her life and working in midtown Manhattan for three years. But she really likes it in Philly and thinks it is pretty fitness friendly. Unfortunately when we go there it is usually for cheese steaks or breakfast at the Reading Terminal Market LOL. But she really likes walking in Philly and some day I hope to walk along the Schuylkill with her.

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    CAT, I think you need company in your private fat farm!! I'll start mapping walking routes from Wisconsin to Philadelphia--I'm sure it can't take too long, right? emoticon
Okay, maybe I'll have to join you virtually. . .

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ANGELICASASSY 8/13/2011 10:51AM

  So sorry about the job. That really sucks! Have fun in your own private farm though!!

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L*I*T*A* 8/13/2011 10:50AM

    so sorry to hear to job didn't work out....
when one door closes others open!!!
next week will better am sure......
blessings and hugs......lita

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DISPATCH91 8/13/2011 10:32AM

    emoticonSo sorry everything fell through. THEY lost a valuable work partner and it is their loss.

I am so very proud of you that you got a hold of the emotion binge. You stopped, that is a huge, huge accomplishment. Don't beat yourself up over it. I would not be at all surpised if it didn't kick your body in to a lose the weigh mode.

luv ya girl

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_LINDA 8/13/2011 9:57AM

    So very sorry about the job :(( That was a mean blow :((
What an awesome place you live in! Great for recovering from surgeries in! (would I love a hot tub).
Emotional stress eating is a big thing for many people which is why that team is the biggest. Have you ever worked through Spark's great articles on the subject? They offer very good tips and advice. One thing you can be responsible for is the food you bring into your house since you live alone. What are baking ingredients doing there? Time to start emptying out your pantry and replace it with only healthy food. Nothing beats fresh. Load up the fruits and veggies!! So many people ignore them, or have token peas or corn and call that healthy (too high carb). Spark Recipes has many recipes to make those veggies taste inviting. Try new ones and look up recipes for them.. Because freggies are so low calorie, you can eat lots of them.
Do be careful with those knees, you don't want any set backs..
I didn't know you could burn 3600 calories just walking, doesn't seem accurate to me honestly. I mean I only burn 200 calories doing 30 minutes on the elliptical, would take me a long time to get to 3600 calories, would probably drop dead by then lol. I usually have found Spark's Fitness Tracker to be accurate. I depend on it and the Nutrition Tracker to keep me honest..
Looking forward to hearing more positive news after this weekend..
Hang in there, you can do it!!!

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ZELLAZM 8/13/2011 9:47AM

    Sorry about the job...but THAT's the way to bounce back after a setback!
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And by the way, I think the correct term is "Wellness Resort" ;)

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The witch, the wizard, and the walk

Monday, August 08, 2011

Greetings Sparkiverse!

I'm celebrating four years of sparking today. I know! It's crazy!

So, here it is --

THE WITCH emoticon

I'm doing well, thank you for asking. emoticon After regaining most of the weight I'd lost over the first three years, I got super serious after my knee surgery, and have emoticon emoticon 24 lbs. in the past 5 1/2 weeks. I hit my first 10% goal this weekend and am pushing to make my next one by the end of September. emoticon

The crutches are history, although I'm still stylin' a full leg brace. I'm a sexy beast all right. I went from doing seven half marathons last year to being unable to walk to the post box and back, but I'm slowly working up. I attempted three miles yesterday but paid for it later on. So, it's healing slowly, but I'm still really excited about my progress and anxious to keep losing weight and building my mileage.

THE WIZARD emoticon

This is long overdue. My friend and I saw the final Harry Potter movie in IMAX 3D.

My friend is taking on He Who Must Not Be Named But Who'd Better Mind His Ps and Qs. There's nothing like a pair of party favour glasses and a plastic wand to make a girl feel invincible! emoticon

Before the movie, the movie folks rolled in a cart filled with various confections and assorted bonbons, playing the HP theme music, and in a passable English accent, "Anything from the trolley?" Brilliant! One chocolate emoticon please!

Chatting with our friendly trolleyman Robert, he kindly showed us his dual loyalties!

(Special thanks to Robert for allowing me to share this with you.)
Check out the gorgeous scarf - a present from the ever fabulous NIGHTSKYSTAR!

He also has a tattoo, which he displayed along with a little leg

That's what I'm talkin' about, ladies -- and I think he's single!

Even though she gets short shrift in the films, in honour of Tonks, I "did" my hair. This is my first hair colour experience, so I was a bit on the conservative side. I wish now that I'd done even more!

And finally --

THE WALK emoticon

This knee surgery has really set me back. I have been "knee-habbing" six hours a day for six weeks now and I've just started to test it on short walks. Yesterday, I tried to walk three miles at a 20 minute per mile pace. By the second mile, I thought I was on a death march! emoticon I eventually finished with a 20:40 mile pace, but it's a far cry from what I could do a few months ago. I'm going to keep losing weight, exercising, taking care of the knee, and I hope to race for the first time in almost a year when I relay with 50FITNFUN at the VA Beach Rock n Roll 1/2 next month. emoticon

Wish us luck!

Thanks to everyone for four fabulous years! emoticon

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DOTSLADY 8/10/2011 12:07PM

    So I needed to go out of town for you to lose weight? WoW - you got game! I'm so happy for you woman! You mean business.

Happy emoticon! emoticonon your perseverance and not giving up!

You're emoticon! Glad to have met you! emoticon emoticon

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SIXFULLERS 8/10/2011 11:21AM

    YOU GO GIRL! I love the Potter parts! And next time, go full-out pink on the hair!

Keep up the knee-hab. You'll be princess marathoning again in no time!

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AMUNET_RA 8/10/2011 7:26AM

    Love the hair!!

Robert seems to have a split personality! emoticon Love it! LOL!!!

Happy Anniversary and HUGE congrats on the fab loss!! I'm envious!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/9/2011 8:57AM

    SQUEALS!!!!! you still have the scarf!!!! I knit it a la molly...the needles were not cooperating every tim i charmed them in the air they fell down so i finally gave up and did it the muggle way!!!
looks like a BLAST.
BIF congrats on your awesome loss!!!!! and happy Sparkaversary!!!

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DISPATCH91 8/9/2011 8:27AM

    What fun it must have been at the movies. You are doing so great! I am so happy for you.

hugs, hugs, hugs

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RUNNINGOMA 8/9/2011 7:56AM

    24 pounds in 5 1/2 weeks???? How'd ya do that?

What kind of knee surgery did you have? Great to see you getting back to things. It is a big undertaking to do after a surgery I am sure.

emoticon on 4 years!!

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_LINDA 8/8/2011 11:26PM

    Happy emoticon Sparkversary!!! Way to go sticking it out for so long!! You do have to be careful with the knee though. It will let you know when you can fully get back into it! Don't want any set backs..
Lucky you to see Harry Potter! LOVE those gorgeous curls of yours, looking fabulous!! Cool dude passing out treats!
Congrats on the weight loss so far, you are going to do it!!
Go, Cat, Go!!
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    You are mah-velous dahling!! However, I agree with ENDUROVET--really-- a month from now, a race?? You are going to get your doc & pt's blessing for that, right????

My 19 year old autistic son blew his knee up in high school playing kickball. (He got a big kick out of telling people it was a tragic kickball accident.) I remember how hard he worked to rehab, and how scary it was when he first started really working out again. He never did go back to karate, I think he just never could get used to wearing his brace for workouts (his doc told him brace for sports forever.)

Your determination is inspiring, and I have no doubt at all that you will achieve everything you want to achieve. emoticon

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DISPATCHER04 8/8/2011 10:21PM

    Cat, you really do have the most gorgeous curls, girl! :)

What a cool experience you had seeing the movie! Very cool! :)

You'll be back to doing those half marathons in no time! :)

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    Ahhhh your curls! And the pink! it's so gorgeous! Hope you enjoyed the film!

And again, congrats on the amazing loss!

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DORIS39 8/8/2011 8:31PM






OH YES, HAPPY FOURTH. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRAVAH 8/8/2011 5:53PM


What an adventure you've been having! Congrats again on the great progress you've been making with your weight. I've regained just over 20 of my stupid pounds and am going to borrow some inspiration from you to re-lose them! Good for you for getting off that first 10%! That's a great achievement!

Keep working the knee - but be careful!

BR>P.S. Love the hair!!!

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ENDUROVET 8/8/2011 4:55PM

    (Back on work computer - can leave comments!!!)

Fabulous work - but wah-wah-wah-WHAT??? You're competing in a relay race NEXT MONTH?!?!?

& here I am feeling v tentative about a possible half in AZ in Nov? You go, girl!

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SUETINGE 8/8/2011 4:20PM

    You are doing great!

Love your trolley guy, like Bex said in a bookwormy sort of way.

I think I hit my emoticon a couple of months ago.

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L*I*T*A* 8/8/2011 3:59PM

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    GEEZ you are kicking arss girl.... great job.... I am just continually gaining weight, another 40 pounds and I will be where I was when I started this journey 3 years ago. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK

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SLCOLMAN 8/8/2011 3:49PM

    Amazing!! You are a rock star :)

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BEXTRESS27 8/8/2011 3:30PM

    Firstly, CONGRATS on your progress!!! You are such a rock star!

Secondly, I LOVE YOUR PINK TONKS STREAKS!!! Beautiful! (could've done with a little more of your gorgeous face though...)

Your trolleyman seems a little confused, but that tattoo is HOTT (in an only-a-bookworm-would-be-turned-on-
by-this kind of way...*blush*)


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DEBULACLARK 8/8/2011 3:22PM

    Cat - FABULOUS blog! Thanks for the update. You're doing great. I'm sorry about the pain on the walk but you will build back up. I still did not see the movie...I'm actually going to go look up the matinees right now and maybe go this week....

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MSEMBERSTORM 8/8/2011 3:21PM

    You are doing amazing. Looks like your having a great time too. I can't believe you did that much walking yesterday with the knee so fresh from surgery. Totally awesome! Keep it up!

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CJBAGGINS 8/8/2011 2:43PM

    Great blog, Cat! I especially love the inserted emoticons to help tell the story! Entertaining and informative at the same time, as always.

I love Robert's tattoo, Dark Mark, etc. What fun!

And the trolley thing? Brilliant homage to the books and movies! I wish our movie theater had thought of it.

And your hair - what a neat way to honour Tonks!

4 years on sparks? I think I've hit that mark as well, and not realized. Wow. Time flies when we're gaining and losing and gaining and losing, right?

I'm so proud of you for pushing through the cycle though, and getting yourself out of it! You are making great progress this summer.


You are, as always, an inspiration to me.


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DEBIGENE 8/8/2011 2:42PM

    Sounds like the movie was much fun. Maybe chair-exercises would be good at this point ????

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INDIE_V 8/8/2011 2:25PM

    Wow, emoticon on the progress, Cat!!! You seem to be doing great. We won't be able to recognise you around the hall of Hogwarts in September!! Keep up the great work and have a great (remaining) summer!

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Accountability - August

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

After having knee surgery at the end of June, I took an honest look at myself and didn't like what I saw. I was beyond morbidly obese - with a BMI of 50. I was struggling in almost every area of my life.

I found myself an eye lash's width from 290 lbs. Through July, I started Atkins and began aggressively "knee-habbing". After a month of hard work, I am happy to report that I have made progress.

July 1: 289.6
August 1: 270 emoticon

July BMI: 49.7
August BMI: 46.4

July waist: 54 inches
August waist: 52 inches

Not every area of my life is going well, but I think I am moving in the right direction.


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JIBBIE49 8/8/2011 10:03AM

    I'm 5'4" & when I joined Sparks nearly 4 yrs ago I was 214# and so miserable, so I'm glad you are getting it off with Atkins. I just finished reading "Good calories, bad calories" by Gary Traub and he certainly recommends ATKINS as the way to deal with Insulin Resistance/Metabolic Syndrome. I go the book at the library.

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MSEMBERSTORM 8/5/2011 10:00PM

    Keep up the battle! You are doing it! Hugs!

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DISPATCH91 8/5/2011 11:36AM

    Go Cat Co

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    Keep it up Cat! That's an amazing loss, especially considering you just had surgery! You're so awesome!

And here, I'll do it with ya!

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LEELEE1964 8/4/2011 10:11PM

    You ARE doing it!!! Brava!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

You are most definitely rockin' it!!! Especially so with the recovery from surgery!!


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    19.6 pounds?!?! AWESOMENESS! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUETINGE 8/4/2011 4:44PM

    Great job, Cat!

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JESSIEJUICE 8/4/2011 1:39PM

    What amazing progress!!! You're obviously so determined and I know emoticon

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KAUAI-CAROLANN 8/4/2011 1:33PM

    Excellent July! and added committment to August!
You are doing great and am glad we are on the same team!
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DISPATCHER04 8/4/2011 1:19PM

    You absolutely are moving in the right direction! :) Great job, Cat! :)

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BRAVAH 8/4/2011 6:51AM


Cat, this is some amazing progress! Congratulations on everything, but especially knocking that BMI down several points! That is amazing! Way to go on 20 pounds! Woohoo!

How is the knee-habbing going?


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CJBAGGINS 8/4/2011 1:18AM

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Well done, Cat!

I agree that you are definitely heading in the right direction in this department.


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DDUNKIES 8/3/2011 2:04PM

    Cat- YOU ROCK!!! i am so proud of you!!!! love ya donna

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/3/2011 11:50AM

    You truly Rock!!! I am SO proud of you!!! way to work it!!!

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NAOMIEVA 8/3/2011 10:22AM

    emoticonThat is fantastic! Keep it up! emoticon

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Way to go Cat!

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50FITNFUN 8/3/2011 9:50AM

    Totally emoticonstats, my friend! You are an inspiration to us all. emoticon emoticon

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Congrats!!! That is awesome!! We can do this!!! Are you still on Atkins?

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