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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

For what it's worth...

I hope that link works. I did post on the Fitness and Exercise message board, and received two responses - SP Coach Nancy, and Motivated@Last.

What they said makes sense - and Hippie m'dear, you're right on target with what you're doing!

Color me educated now!

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ANNESYLVIA 10/6/2010 2:37PM

    Oh, about the calories burned with the distant and timing? I try to check out the site.

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HIPPIE44 10/5/2010 9:07PM

    Tonight, i picked up the pace. I still got my mile in, and cut out about 4-5 more minutes AND my calorie burn went up. Not dramatically, but a good 30-35 calories more.

Remember knowledge IS POWER, chickie!!!

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And questions..

Monday, October 04, 2010

It's a two-fer blog day!

Question for you.

I'm struggling (to the point of the struggle adding to my feeling of funk - and not in a good, funk-a-delic way) with my Fitness tracker.

If I set my cardio minutes to 60 minutes, it says I need to burn 563 calories.
If I walk 60 minutes (or some reasonable amount +/- 5 min) I only burn 353 (again with the +/-).

What gives?
I don't want to lower my cardio minutes to simply get my calories-to-burn to drop down to where my efforts land.
If I want to burn those 560-odd calories, I'll be walking more like 90 min., which still doesn't match up with what I'm trying to do.

One evening, walking with KeoniBearsMama, we did 2 miles in 40 minutes. Then, she had to leave, so I did another 2 miles in 35 minutes. I thought cool! I upped my ante.



Walk 21 min/mile 40 235
Walk 19 min/mile 35 233

I walked at a better pace, with more exertion, and burned 2 less calories.
75 minutes walking, and only 468 calories burned. Que?


I know, I should probably be asking an Expert, and I will. I'm not sure how to really phrase my question any more succinctly than I have right here, and it seems awfully rambly to me. That dorky feel comes along when I read back over this, thinking I'm missing some huge obvious part of the puzzle that I -should- be able to see.

I'm walking my legs off. Well, not off, but I'm not strolling. Some days, yes, I'm faster. Some days, yes, I'm slower. But I put effort into each walk. I can't seem to make my legs go any faster, no matter how I pump my arms, crank up the music, self-talk myself to push more further, etc.

What if I start running? The shorter the timespan to travel a distance, am I going to be burning less calories?

Color me confused.
I'm not going to let this get me down - I more or less blow off my "should burn" and feel good about my "did burn" but at some point, I've got to figure out this zany system.


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ANNESYLVIA 10/5/2010 7:23AM

    You may want to invent in a pedometer (I think that what they are called). It straps on you arm or waist and just walk your walk. Then when you track it enter it manually both the cardio exercise name and the calories burned. I believe SP even has a coverter for this. I usually use the machine at the gym and it tells me what I burned taking into account my age and weight. And of course the speed, level, incline and time I do it in. On the other hand I also take Zumba and Kickboxing classes. There is no way to tell on Zumba so I check out dancing exercises than I pick how tired and sweaty I am. Slow dance? Mediate speed? Fast pace? I try to be as honest with myself as possible. Sometimes I take a combo believing I did some pace in between so I add then divide than enter it manually, I really believe if it is within 50-100 calories off either way....SO WHAT? Better than sitting on the couch eating. Right?

However if you do find the correct or more accurate way (answer) let me know.


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GSGKMG 10/4/2010 11:55PM

    For what little it is worth...I don't really use SP cardio tracker tool - although I log it in. I separately track my cals burned based on my Garmin GPS watch. Yeah, its a "toy", but I think it gives more "accurate" results because it has my resting HR and the HR rates during exercise, etc. Anyway, I don't get too hung up on those numbers - in the meantime - be happy with how hard you are working at it! Great job!

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HIPPIE44 10/4/2010 7:56PM

    when i log it at a faster pace, i get more calorie burn. hmm not sure whats up there. i just shoot for 300 calories burned in 5 days time, and idk, i've been doing it with (actually going over a little) by doing a 3.2-3.3mph pace, 55 min.

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MRSBENNETT2 10/4/2010 7:30PM

    I hear you on this...I am trying to be more realistic now with the amount of aerobic excersise I'm doing versus the amount of time I'm actually out walking - since most days include a 15 or 20 minute stop at the grocery store. If I just track the actual aerobic minutes, my calorie burn is much less. Pah!

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 10/4/2010 6:36PM

    Yikes! Let us know what you find out.

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Loving touch...

Monday, October 04, 2010

Well y'all had me all weepy-eyed when I read your responses to my last blog emoticon
I guess I'd been harder on myself than I realized for not being as active as I should have been last month, both physically and here on Spark. Anyway, I appreciate your support! Truly. It makes so much difference when someone hears you and understands where you're coming from.

Friday and Saturday were not my best days thus far. Friday night, I caved in to a craving for Fish and Chips, and rather than eat half the dish and save the rest, I gobbled the whole thing up. It was good, for a while, but.. you know where this is going, right? .... it wasn't that good in the end, and I felt so icky afterward. Lesson learned, right?

Heck-no! I'm hard-headed. I over-indulged on Chimichangas on Saturday. You'd have thought I was eating for a small nation somewhere, the way I kept up bite after bite. It was alright - they weren't Stellar Chimis by any means, just alright. I wolfed them down, too many, and then felt like crud afterward.

Well, duh! What did you expect? Of Course you feel bad, you dork. Stop stuffing your face!

Sunday came, and I woke up feeling oddly relieved somehow. The bad parts were over, I'm back on track, and it will be a good day. Yea. And it was. We walked, we did some yard clean-up, we did laundry, we did.. piddle-fartin' around on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It was good, except I completely forgot about eating lunch.

Bill has taken to being the house hubby pretty well. He had a dish in mind for dinner last night that he was excited to make, so I stepped back and let him have at it. Chicken-Wrapped Asparagus was born. Yum! I'll get him to give me the secrets of his recipe and see about posting it on Spark Recipes. Delicious and nutritious, he got nothing but praise for me. We paired it with lemon-spinach coucous, cottage cheese, fresh-from-our-garden tomatos, and almond milk. It was a huge plate of food yet.. yea. I was going to be SHORT on my calories.

For Pete's sake, I just can't find middle ground with those darned calories apparently! So I was left scrambling to fit in a few more calories while not upping my fat. I opted for a JUMBO peach (these things are HUGE) and was still 40-some-odd calories short. Ordinarily not a big deal, but this is week two of the Fierce, Fabulous, & Unstoppable Spark Warriors team 9-week Thanksgiving Challenge, and the challenge this week is to eat within your calorie range. If I'm going to do this, then I need To Do This! I added 2 tbsp of Cool Whip Free to the peach, and called it good. Within my low-end calorie range by 7 cals. Geez-o-pete! No more skipping lunch for this lil brown Warrior Zen Duck!



The Portland Half/Marathon and 10K non-comp. Mayor's Walk is coming up next weekend. Yay! I've kind of been talking about it here and there, so why not one in one more place? Ha! Sometimes I feel a bit.. silly? For being excited about walking the 10K, given that so many people have these fantastic "Ran My First 5K!" posts everywhere. But I figure, to come from taking 30 minutes to walk 1 mile (and that feeling like it was killing me!) five months ago... to having walked 6 miles in 113 minutes and feel tired but Great afterward - I have a right to be excited and proud of myself.

emoticon Yea!

I'm gonna get my RAWWR on this week. I'm going to be Fabulous. I'm going to be Unstoppable. I'm going to be the Warrior I am meant to be!


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MINAMURO 10/5/2010 7:55AM

    Hey Candy,

I pre-record what I "PLAN" to eat for the day. This ensures I have a psychological reminder of what the game plan is. Should I still be hungry (3:00 pm - 3:30pm is my window of weakness), I always opt for nuts. I have found 10 cashews hold me over well.

That is not to say there are days when I eat for an army as well.At least for me I have noticed that happens when I psychologically throw in the proverbial towel. This is my mini-wake-up call to reflect on what I am doing in my journey to health and a better life. Almost always I find one of the lesser tracked habits have slipped (hydration and sleep) and the only self defense mechanism that appears to work is for me to gorge myself, feel icky and then reflect. I guess I override the subtler cues till it catches up with me.

Look, now I am rambly!.

Hopefully I see you at the Mayor's walk!

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ANNESYLVIA 10/5/2010 7:11AM

    This was very encouraging for me to read. I have been going under and over my calories for weeks. I can't seem to get it right on my own. If I follow spark people food plans no problem. However I don't expect that I will eat like that forever so I try real hard to implement my food choices. Except healthier and proper portion sizes. It is good to know that we together can get back on track.

Great job! And good luck with your challenge!


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GAYLEP67 10/5/2010 12:13AM

    So you stumbled a most definitely recovered! You are incredible! I am so excited for you and your upcoming Mayor's Walk. I think it's terrific that you're doing it and am so looking forward to reading about how it went - I know you will do great! I have a feeling that we may just hear your RAWR all the way up here in Ontario, Canada... emoticon

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CBAILEYC 10/4/2010 10:59PM

    You're both right, I think. I was voracious most of last week, keeping it mostly under control... well, until.. ack!

Thanks for the tip, awesome Hippie-chick! I'll start noting my appetite as well.

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BIGMAMAT 10/4/2010 9:06PM

    oh my gosh! what hippie 44 said! I definately notice that!!!!

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BIGMAMAT 10/4/2010 9:05PM

    Yes you are unstoppable! Go gettem my beautiful spark friend! I am proud of you. It is so refreshing to hear someone speak the truth about making poor choices, and then picking yourself up and continuing on the journey. You are real. I love it! progress not perfection. Hugs. Tricia emoticon

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HIPPIE44 10/4/2010 7:58PM

    i've noticed certain times of the month i feel like i could eat for 10 people. try tracking how you feel hungerwise under your notes to see if there's a trend. i definately have one - always happens the same time every month.

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Hey hey hey.. goodbye...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

So September is over. It’s been a busy whacky month for me in some ways. We’ve had company this month – more than we’ve had in the last year maybe? Crazy, I know, but we’re generally solitary people!

Bill’s sister Katie came to visit from Houston, staying a week (a few days longer than expected, but that turned out to be a real bonus!). I’ve only met his ex-wife and daughters (and their families) here in Portland; I haven’t met any of his kin from Texas before. Katie’s great – like the older sister I never had. I teased Bill one day that it was kind cool to see what he would have looked like, as a woman! They favor quite a bit. He has another sister, and two brothers, all back in Houston. We’re hoping to go visit them the first week of December, between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Anyway, Katie rocks. She’s survived breast cancer twice, and now is dealing with a few spots in lymph nodes in her .. body? Core? Sort of between her chest and belly, that area. She’s taking a holistic approach, in addition to chemo. She introduced us to apricot essence, black walnut essence, a salve that’s silver based, apple juice with olive oil for cleansing her system, the list goes on and on. We talked about yoga, walking, eating healthier, eating clean, kids and husbands and stress and work, running the whole gamut of life. She loved the salmon burgers that we get from Costco, and we introduced her to couscous and FANNEtastic Food’s Cinnamon Raisin Almond balls (delish! You guys MUST try them, so simple and pure and yummy). We were sad to see her go, and I can’t wait until we visit down in Houston soon.

After she left, we had a busy weekend, then week. We walked 5 mi. on the waterfront Saturday, then did the usual weekend chores, then made it to Race for the Cure on Sunday. That’s where I saw Mina! And kept an eye out for our other Sparkers who were participating. The week flew by, and suddenly Friday was upon us and Bill’s friend Tony and his new wife Natalie arrived for a long weekend visit – we were their headquarters while they visited with Tony’s son and daughter-in-law who just had a baby boy.

It was great to host them, and get to know Natalie. They didn’t want to put us out, so suggested going out for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. I sort of groaned on Sunday, having tiptoed my way through a nutritional minefield Saturday morning, but we managed alright, and I made.. if not the healthiest choices, better than the choices would have been a year ago. Heck, even better than six months ago!

They left on Monday afternoon, and I sort of sunk into a ‘take a moment or 12 to breathe’ mode. We had grandson James’ birthday dinner with family Monday evening, so I had to cancel again on poor Robin (KeoniBearsMama), but we’re set for walking this evening. Tuesday, I knew I should have walked to make up for it, but instead I did the bare minimum, knocking out day 3 of our 9-week Fierce Fabulous & Unstoppable Spark Warriors Thanksgiving Challenge (now THAT is a mouthful!). Wednesday was much the same – the challenge and minimum cardio.

In all that time, I did pretty well with my nutrition. For the month of September I…
…managed to eat within my calorie range 20 of 30 days.
…went over only 3 days (by less than 150 cals)
…was under on 7 days (by no more than 200 cals)

My biggest issue is carbs. I was under on carbs 17 days. I must figure out how to up my carb count in a healthy manner while staying within my other ranges. It’ll be interesting!

It was a slow weight-loss month, only going from 249.6 to 246. The week Katie was here, the scale teased me and showed me 244 several times, but I didn’t record it, waiting for Sunday’s weigh in. Of course, by that time, I was graced by Auntie Flo so it went back to 246. Yesterday, I was at 247. This morning, I was at 245.2. Yea, I know, I need to have Bill hide the scale until weigh in on Sundays!

I didn’t set any real goals for September except keep on keepin’ on. And I did that! Ha! A loss of any kind is better than a real gain, so I feel mostly successful. That 247 yesterday made me feel like a great big Blimpy balloon for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Ugh! On top of that, I’ve had some back pain that I’ve been dealing with this last week or so, that finally cleared up after much stretching and whining and giggling on the floor last night because it hurt so much. Y’all need to pity poor Bill who puts up with me when I get goofy that way. The man’s a saint sometimes!

Oh yea, Maggie our lil lhasa helped me feel better last night, too, by coming over while I was stretching and whining and giggling on the floor, and putting her tongue in my eye during a trot-by licking. That’s real love, now let me tell ya!

So that’s my September recap. I was mostly quiet, mostly successful, mostly busy, mostly tired, mostly happy. There are worse things, right?


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GAYLEP67 10/5/2010 12:07AM

    It sounds like you had a crazy busy month but that it was also a fun, productive, and successful one. Having a supportive husband makes a world of difference, doesn't it? Glad you have Bill...

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MINAMURO 10/2/2010 12:33PM

    Yay for Candy!

You had one BUSY September it sounds like. Sounds like you're a lifestyle change minefield navigation pro!

We have the Mayor's Walk for October. Let's plan on "seeing each other" then (not just you spotting clueless me)!

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ANNESYLVIA 10/1/2010 7:06PM

    It is nice to see you blogging again. A very informative blog too.
I is always a pleasure to get along with the in-laws and an extra bonus when you could be friends!!
We just bought the salmon burgers from BJ's. I hoping we like them too! We'll see! emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 9/30/2010 10:52PM

    Sounds like an awesome month lady!
Great job on staying on track!
I am so glad you have Saint bill! You definitely deserve a Saint, you're awesome! love you. tricia emoticon

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RJFERRARO315 9/30/2010 10:51PM

    Amazing! Vacations & visitors always make healthy choices a challenge, but sounds like you succeeded.

How awesome that Katie & you have so much to talk about!

Here's to an even more successful Ocotober!
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HIPPIE44 9/30/2010 8:45PM

    that was me this month - took anything i could get, but stayed true to program.

maybe october will be a breakthrough month for us!

here's to october!

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I'm becoming obsessed with numbers..

Sunday, September 05, 2010

There's a little bit of everything in this-here blog today, so settle in and (hopefully!) enjoy the read.

Numbers are just markers, indicators, things. They are not one's well-being or self-esteem or even a measure of a person's essence. Having said that..

Yea baby! I broke 250! WooHoo!

That's 35 down, only 85 to go. I rather made a deal with myself recently that once I got below 250 I'd change my weightloss ticker from reflecting total pounds lost to showing my starting weight to goal weight.

I started out weighing ~285. Approximately because I didn't weigh myself as soon as I joined SP. I waited a bit, so I could have been more. I was scared to see what I actually weighed. 285 was, on the one hand, a pleasant surprise, because I thought it was much worse. Now, that's a hard number for me to admit - and I mean NO offense what-so-ever to anyone who may read this and weighs/weighed that much. FOR ME personally, it was hard. I don't know why claiming to be under 250 seems easier now, but it is. I have one heckuva LONG way to go yet, I know.

That's another numbers thing. I feel like I've had it easy here with SparkPeople. I mean, I've adjusted my eating habits, and that hasn't been so bad. I've had my slip-ups, but they haven't been disastrous. I've lost my weight, sometimes ahead of the projected weightloss line, sometimes right on target. I've done my fitness, but not always up to my best performance or effort. When my weightloss slows, it's because I'm not making the effort, and I know that. I'm not killing myself doing this. It IS a lifestyle change, and I'm embracing it. But I also recognize or -think- that it's been a bit easier for me losing this weight because I have a CRAPTON (new metric designation) to lose to begin with. I'm bracing myself for what's to come -> the dreaded plateau. I haven't been there yet. I've slowed, or lagged, but I haven't stalled out completely yet.

Did I mention that I now weigh LESS than I did when I delivered my 22-y/o daughter? Yea. I lost baby weight after the delivery, and got down to ~225. I think that's the lowest my weight has been since having her 22 years ago. THAT was the last plateau I faced. It's all been steady gaining since then, with a few dips here and there, but let's not talk about the men I've dated in the past. LOL


Anyway. Yea. I'm not discounting my efforts or my successes. I'm doing this - it's me and only me, with all of your support and friendship and motivation and inspiration, absolutely! But I'm the one not putting the 3 pieces of pizza in my gob at a sitting, or half a bag of Reese's Mini PB Cups, or half a pound of pepperoni as a 'snack' anymore, nor spending the three-day weekend only moving off the couch to get MORE food to stuff down my gullet.

I should be so lucky if the rest of my quest for a healthier, fitter, less-heavy me goes as well as the last 4 months have.

4 months - it's my 4 month Spark-versary today! AnneSilvia's, too (give or take, we're on the same SP Class team together, lovely lady, so pleased to have her as one of my friends!)
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Happy Sparkversary Anne! emoticon

I'm walking a 18 minute mile now, 3.3-3.4 mph pace. This is how obsessed I'm becoming - I just checked my shared fitness tracker to see what it said there. The Cardio section says yesterday I did 4 19-min. miles, while the Mileage section says I did 4 18-min. miles. Either anyway, I found that 'zone' and locked into it and booked my behind around the trail, moving to the beat of the music and feeling good about it. That is very cool. I just need to move past that 4 mile point and get to 5 then 6 miles consistently over the next month. I'm signed up for the Mayor's Walk, a 10K non-competitive walk at the end of the Portland Marathon, and I want to do well, even if it IS non-competitive.

In my quest for improving my time walking, I'm now paying attention to how long other things take. It takes me ~20 minutes to get from my driveway to work. If I make it in 19 I'm stoked! If it takes longer than 25 minutes to get home from work (accounting for increased traffic at 4:00 pm., as opposed to barely any traffic at 6 am.), I'm grumbling.

I'm a mish-mash of sizes when it comes to clothes now. I went from size 24 jeans to size 20. W00T! I bought a new bra this weekend, and it's a 40C. Nice. I bought new panties, size 18-20, thinking they'd be a little snug, but noooooo - those suckers have so much extra material in the rear section they could be used for a parachute in drag racing to slow the dragsters down! What the heck? So I bought some size 14-16 panties, and even THEY have a bit of drag to them, but not as much. I bought a pair of running shoes this weekend as well, size 10. I'm down to four pair of blue jeans, one pair of black jeans (these are the smallest jeans I own and they fit! Why do black jeans fit snugger than blue jeans? Anyone??) and two pair of slacks.

I took 15 pair of pants and jeans, and 22 tops, to KrisAnn's Been There consignment shop a couple of weeks ago.
My hope is some things sell, so I can put that money toward buying jeans to get through the 40s and 30s and 20s, etc.

Does anyone know if SparkPeople peoples have ever done clothing exchanges? I have other jeans that still have good wear in them that I haven't taken to consignment yet, and I'd love to GIVE them to someone who wants or needs them. Heck, I have some jeans that my daughters left behind even, size 26-28 I think. Not to mention really cute warm snuggly sweaters that will be perfect for someone this winter. Some I can still wear, but others are simply too big now.

We're making beer-butt chicken for dinner tonight. Actually, it'll be wine-butt chicken, but that doesn't have the same ring to it, y'know? Heh. We're roasting the badboy at 400 for about an hour, then peeling off the skin (I swear, no crispy skin for me, thankyouverymuch) and enjoying it with a lovely romaine-spinach salad and possibly some quinoa and broccoli. Yum!

Numbers really are only things - they can't tell you what kind of person I am, or what my attitude is, or how much effort I'm putting into life. I know this. But man, sometimes.. numbers make me smile.


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MINAMURO 9/13/2010 10:27PM

    Go Candy! Grats on breaking 250!!!!

At times we tarry at certain numbers, at others, I find myself too impatient. I am finding a way to make do with 3 pants and 1 skirt per size... Black denim, blue denim, beige denim...

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BAILEE_GRAVES 9/8/2010 12:51PM're doing incredible my friend. talk about an inspiration!!


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ANNESYLVIA 9/7/2010 8:47PM

    I am truly proud of you! emoticon

I know what you mean about numbers. emoticonI am so tired of numbers!!!

As usually your blogs are always entertaining as well as informative! Gotta love them emoticon

And a Happy 4th month Sparkversary to you Candy! emoticon emoticon

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GAYLEP67 9/6/2010 9:47PM

    Happy SparkVersary, Candy! You are really working it, girl! As always, I absolutely loved your blog and can relate so closely with much of what you wrote. Don't forget to go out and get some swanky red heels to strut your stuff in.
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RJFERRARO315 9/6/2010 12:40AM

    Wow! Quite impressive. Love your blog!

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    I love the parachute reference! I guess we know what part of your body is losing weight! You DID threaten to kick fat's ass. Well, it sounds like your ass listened!!! I'm so proud of you! That's such a great accomplishment to get under 250. I did that 10 years ago, and I remember feeling like a different person being in the 240's at the time. You are definitely gonna see this through, with or without numbers following you around. I'm just glad you aren't allowing the numbers to taunt you. Your life is definitely more than a series of numbers. You are FABULOUS! Thanks for the great blog! emoticon emoticon

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SARRRRA 9/5/2010 8:39PM

    Dang girl!!!! Four months in the face of years of self-loathing!!! (does that make sense?) You're turning it around one day at a time! Would it work to say that for every month you do this you're reversing 5 years of bad habits and weight gain? I haven't done the math, I'm just guessing. Your 285 is my 171. Even the "fat" jeans don't fit anymore. So I'm just going to do this and knock off my own fat's ass! Congratulations on 250!

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    Congrats on your great weight loss progress in 4 months and major lifestyle changes to more healthy living!

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MRSBENNETT2 9/5/2010 6:49PM

    Yay for you! I like your philosophy! emoticon

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