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Days 28-33 - 100 Day Challenge

Friday, March 28, 2014

Been such a busy week! But, I have been exercising and losing weight!

I donate plasma now... and they actually weigh you every time you go to donate. Last friday, I weighed per their scale at 250, and the previous Tuesday at 251 (this is at the end of the day, having had lots of water, as I have to be fully hydrated)... I'm fully clothes, plus sometimes with a coat, actually, although I'm trying to lose that now. Anyway, last tuesday, it was 246, today it was 244. But, this morning, naked, I was 238. So, I'm sort of all over the place. I'm setting my Sparkpeople weight to the 238, but using the losses from the Biotest just to see how much I've lost from visit to visit. Regardless, it feels good to show a loss at each visit.

Also, I was featured in my company's website for my weight loss story... It posted today. Here is the article:

Where Is She Now?

Story update: UPSer loses 140 poundsÖand more
Last year, Marie Smith shared her story about her weight loss success. Since it aired, Marie has lost 10 more pounds towards her weight loss goal. During the past year, sheís faced obstacles including surgery, a car accident, and rehab.
In spite of these challenges, Marie continues to focus on her ultimate goal of maintaining a healthy life style.
To see her post from last year, (click here *story link to internal company website*) and check out her update below.

As told by Marie:

Last May, I had a total right hip replacement, which has done wonders for my health and well-being. The new hip has aligned my body so well, that now, my back has few issues and my back pain has lessened tremendously. I feel 20 years younger!

But, as we all know, life has a way of throwing us curve balls. A mere six weeks after my hip replacement surgery, my son and I were in a car accident. The car was nearly totaled but luckily, we were both fine. I was jostled a bit in the car and my hip took a hit. However, I got right back to therapy and worked hard. Six weeks later, I celebrated with a hike that truly tested out my new hip.
I have used this opportunity to get back into ďlifeĒ and start living it! I have become a lot more active. I get out as often as I can, and I walk as much as I can. I try to find places to hike, and Iíd like to start biking.
As for the weight - it is an ongoing struggle. I know that I didnít get to nearly 400 pounds and stay that way most of my life because I had will power. To this day, I love food. But, through my weight loss journey, I have learned so much and what foods to eat. I know what the healthy options are and I know that my body feels better when I eat them.
Like others in my situation, I do struggle when I donít see the scale move towards my goal. And sometimes that will trigger an old pattern of overindulging. But then I remember to take a step back and look at the big picture. Iíve worked hard and done very well for not gaining and at least maintaining. I know I have the tools to lose the rest of the weight, and I know that I will do it.
What really keeps me motivated is what Iíve accomplished. Iíve been surrounded by supportive friends and family from day one and I know that support is HUGE in the weight loss journey!
Just the other day, I got this text from a friend, ďI have to just say that I will always remember your words to me: If I can do it, anyone can do it. So when I work out, I remember you saying that. So donít ever think you never inspired anyone, because you inspired me.Ē

Marie's Words of Wisdom:
* Weight doesn't come on overnight and it's not going to go away overnight.
* The best anyone can do is make those changes that will get them on the healthy track and help them live longer.
* Definitely get active. It's the best thing I ever did and the cleaner way of eating is so important.
* Listen to your body, you may think it's asking for a burger and fries, but then you are hungry an hour later. It's only because you didn't give it the nutrition it was really asking for!
* start listening. You are only given one body in this lifetime... treat it right. It will do the same for you.

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CINNAMARIE 3/30/2014 11:18PM

    Thanks for your comments! :-) I am pretty proud! I have this co-worker at work who I gave most of my clothes too, plus seeing them on her and in these photos, I often say... "Ohhhh, I just loved that top!" lol This was one of them... although a bit bright, I'm not one to shy away from color... and I really did love this "before" top! LOL

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SWEETNEEY 3/30/2014 7:44PM

    you look fantastic. The picture is super flattering. You must be very proud of yourself. emoticon emoticon

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FITWITHIN 3/29/2014 6:25AM

    emoticon on doing so well on your journey emoticon

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 3/29/2014 12:25AM

You are a real inspiration!
I have lost a little over 100 pounds ( 40 with Spark) and I am on the journey to lose the rest...I know WE can do it!
Best Wishes,

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Day 26 & 27 - 100 Day Challenge

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Had an emotional day yesterday. Basically, I got a call that most women get at some point in their lives... the dreaded call back after a pap smear. I reacted poorly.

First... a little history. 18 years ago, I had this happen to me. That led to a couple of conization procedures at a great hospital and doctors telling me "good news and bad news". Good news "We got all the bad cells" Bad news "we cut away so much of your cervix that you won't be able to carry a baby to term" which I heard as "you won't ever have a baby".

Within a few months, I was pregnant. Very high risk, due to the fact that I had VERY little cervix left, therefore, hardly anything holding my baby inside. Let's see... that led to a 6 month pregnancy, instead of 9... baby coming at 28 weeks to the day, and in NICU for 53 days, lots of issues with prematurity that have all corrected themselves (thank God!). Anyway, after my pregnancy, the visit you make the the OB/GYN to do a check up showed that the "good news" I got previously was incorrect news. They apparently "missed" a few cells... those cells, along with the pregnancy hormones grew and went cancerous and now I was told that I needed a hysterectomy. I ended up getting a partial one 17 yrs ago. Sooooo, bottom line, I have a total mistrust in diagnosis given by doctors when it comes to these sort of things..., now back to my story...

Yesterday, I got a call. What was said to me was this. My pap came back with atypical cells, these cells were sent in to test for HPV, which came back negative, sooo, all is good, come back next year.

To anyone else, that would be great news... however, I think you know what that news did to me. I was a mess.

My game plan on this issue is this... on Monday, I'm going to talk to my doctor about this. Ask him if I can request we possibly do the test again, or see what he has to say, seeing as this has happened to me before. Not sure what that outcome will be, but if it's a no-go, then I'm going to call the insurance company and ask for a 2nd opinion... I just do NOT feel comfortable about waiting an entire year. Not with my history and my nervousness. I just feel that I "got lucky" with cancer once before and I'm not sure that I'll do it again. Also, a year when it comes to cancer could mean life or death... this is my life and I don't want to just sit idly by.

Soooo, with that said, today was a better day.

My son and I went to visit a college today... Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA for their Math and Science Day. It was wonderful! Great faculty and students and really a great day, overall. They provided breakfast and lunch (I was good!) and the weather was great, too... although just a bit windy, but the sun was shining!

I let my son drive there and back, as he's got his permit and we are trying to get him alot of experience behind the wheel... he did a great job... Merging was the lesson for the day.

Wanted to share something with all of you... I got this message from a friend of mine. It really lifted my spirits on Thursday! She has been exercising like a crazy fool and I wasn't expecting this lovely message from her... this is what it said:

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TERRRI 3/23/2014 12:21AM

    With your history you have good reason to want/need another test. Always go with your gut instinct. It is surprising to me that they just run the same cells thru a test rather than get new cells especially in your situation.

You always mentioned you did Leslie Sanson and for some reason I always thought it was out doors. I don't believe it was until you posted your 100 day videos that I realized it was walking in place. Anyway I bought a DVD the other day but haven't opened it yet.

What a nice message from your friend!

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LUVTOBOWL 3/22/2014 10:27PM

    Hello Marie,

First of all, I hope even when you get tested again and have a second opinion, everything is well with you me dear friend.

I hope your friends words helped you feel better. Keep up the good work on your 100 day goal.


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Day 25 - 100 Day Challenge

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Today was a good food day. Plus I came home and exercised with a Leslie Sansone video, too! I did two miles. I felt really good about that.

Also, I discovered a new song that I love! It's not a new song, actually, but a song that I hadn't heard before. I was listening to the Ten Tenors on my tablet today at work and they covered a song called Throw Your Arms Around Me that was written by Mark Seymour with Hunters and Collectors (an Australian Rock Band). I had never heard of them before, but I'm downloading an album of theirs from the 80's and seeing if I like their music. We'll see.

I love finding new music to listen to.

I'm going to try adding a bit of activity to my day in little bursts... even if I just did minute bursts throughout the day of ab work or arm work, I think it'll help in the long run... I'm going to give it a go... I think I can try different exercises at work, get away from my desk during my breaks, to stretch and see how that works out... I'll let you all know how it goes.

I'm heading in to work early in the morning, it's another Plasma donation day for me, then my son and I are visiting a college on Saturday... so, we are heading into another fairly busy weekend. Unfortunately, that'll cut into our weekend walk around the lake, but I am sure we'll fit in a walk on Sunday!

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JEANKNEE 3/20/2014 10:49PM

    Congratulations on your day - good food, activity, new music, good ideas.

Sounds like you're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

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Day 24 - 100 Day Challenge

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Today was another good food day... I'm getting back on track! Thank goodness! I still didn't do great with exercise, but I did walk at work today, so that's something.

Also, I was called today by lady who ran an article on my weight loss story for our company last summer. She wanted to do a follow up story. I had told her that I really didn't lose any more weight. We talked for a while and she wanted to know how things were after my hip replacement surgery and the car accident I had last year and told me that after all I had been through, to hear that I had maintained the weight loss and that I was still excited and focused on my journey even though I still had disappointment that I hadn't lost more weight told her that my story is still very motivating and very relevant to what she was looking for. She said that it was "real"... not every weight loss journey was easy or full of constant successes, but it was just that... a journey.

I am still motivated to lose weight, even though I have not seen the scale get into "new weight loss" for over a year. I still challenge myself to get out and exercise, I still get up every morning and drink my lemon water and pack my lunch and go to work with the excitement of being on plan and I think it's that energy that probably has helped me keep the weight off and not gain it all back on. I am proud of maintaining the huge loss I've done. I also know and have every confidence that I will reach my goal, even if it's going to be "in my own sweet time"... it will come. At least I'm headed in the right direction! That feels amazing!

I am thrilled with my health and my energy and stamina. I could ask for more, but I'm quite happy with this!

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CINNAMARIE 3/20/2014 12:03PM

    Thank you so very much! It truly means so much!

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NYMORNINGGLORY 3/20/2014 11:26AM

    After all of the hard work you have put in and all of the trials you've had to weather - the fact that you have managed to maintain is very impressive. I'm so admiring of your level of commitment ... you are moving towards your ultimate goals and are respecting the pace at which you have to do it .... and you are indeed headed in the right direction! Congrats!

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Day 23 - 100 Day Challenge

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Grrrr! I had videos from the past few days on my phone, thought I had uploaded them to but I guess I did not... and I deleted them off my phone! LOL Well, I'm not able to retrieve the video, so now I'm video"less" for those days...

I could LIE and say it was of me working out like crazy! LOL But, really, the first video was of me walking, and it was from the high school to downtown Scranton where the St Pat's parade was being held on Saturday. The second video was just a simple one of me in the car explaining how I didn't walk IN the parade, but rather just around town because of the cold.

Oh well...

I've been unfocused and needing to get back into it with food and exercise. I am "off". I seem to have the exercise down on the weekends... but not the food... then during the week, I'm great with the food, but not the exercise! I come home tired from work and then I'm busy with things. This week, Monday was spent with a quick dinner, then getting Chris to his community band practice. Tonight was a Toastmaster event... it was an Area International Speech and Evaluator contest... Alot of fun, but I wasn't really home.

I just have to figure things out... and this weather... it's still so very cold and I just need the warm weather to come back. I want to get back to being more active and even possibly going to walk the lake twice around instead of just the once.

Anyway, long day, heading to bed now. I will try to get more on top of my videos, it's really not my strong point.

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CINNAMARIE 3/18/2014 11:05PM

    found videos... emailed them to myself! Saved the day!

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