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A Happy Lifestyle

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I have been thinking the last few days about this journey. I have been trying to respond to everyone who encouraged me on my one-year Sparkversary blog. I had 303 responses...so that was a lot of "thank you's"...but I was glad to do it...everyone on here is SO NICE! I got a lot of responses that said I look younger...that was nice for a 48 year old to hear...we always love that.

There were some who congratulated me on my will power. That made me think about all of this. Is it will power? It doesn't feel like will power. SP is different from dieting. If I had been dieting for a year, then, yes, I would have been using will power to stick to it. To me, a diet has a lot of do's and don'ts and alloweds and non-alloweds. SP doesn't have that. They suggest drinking water, exercising, getting your sleep, and eating in a calorie range. And you shoot for those things for your own good. But it doesn't dictate do's and don'ts or alloweds and non-alloweds. So there is not the problem with deprivation that there is with dieting...so will power does not really come into play.

I was talking to DD about this yesterday...trying to find a way to put it into words. I know we commonly call it a lifestyle change...and I totally agree with that. But I was trying to think of a parallel that would explain it. I am still the same person...but different. I guess that it's like when we become anything else different in our lives. Like when we become a mother or a wife...etc. I am still me...but being a SparkPerson...I strive to drink my water, get my sleep, exercise, and eat in range everyday. And somehow, in doing this, it has totally changed my relationship with food...to a good, healthy relationship. I'm not eating food to cover things up, to deal with things, to try to find happiness. For all those things, new methods have been introduced as I've needed them.

I deal with things as they come up. I don't let a bunch of stuff build up. I seek activities that make me happy. And the biggest thing that has changed is that I let myself off the hook. Before, I would always push myself to do more more more. So many of us on here are that Type A personality. Me, too. But, now, I am only Type A to a point. Especially, in the evenings...if I am trying to make myself accomplish "one more thing" and start to crave food to get me through it...I question whether I really "have" to do that or not. Maybe it's just time to be done for the day and go to bed. 99% of the time, I don't do it, and I go to bed now.

So, my new SP lifestyle has me enjoying life...still being really productive...but not pushing myself beyond what I can do with a reasonable amount of "happiness." If the task is going to push me out of my "happy zone" and I feel a need for food to try to recapture my happiness during the task and "get through it"...then forget it. I'm not going there. I lived there for years and years and years. I was not happy...I am now! That was another comment that I saw repeatedly in my comments. So many people said that I look happier. They are right...I do look happier...because I am. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh...happiness...I like it!

I plan to resume C25K soon. I have had some leg issues for the past several days. I am seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. I had some swelling in the lower part of my right thigh that made it very tight and I could not do a complete bend in my leg due to the swelling and the bend caused pain due to compression. I've been icing it and started taking ibuprofen. After this morning's icing, it feels the best it has felt in several days. So, fingers crossed, the swelling is on its way out, and I can go back to training soon. I'm looking forward to it. I plan to ice my knees/thighs after training next time so that I hopefully don't get this again. It's been hard to get rid of. Prevention would definitely be a better option.

Hope you all are having a great week! Spark on! emoticon

  
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KANSASROSE67 8/4/2011 12:59PM

    "If the task is going to push me out of my "happy zone" and I feel a need for food to try to recapture my happiness during the task and "get through it"...then forget it."

This is giving me so much food for thought! I have always over-eaten when stressed, tired and overwhelmed. I've blogged about that before, but I've never really put it together in the way you did. I was looking at it as needing the willpower not to give in to the eating when I was so tired and busy. But you are right...I need to look at it as not doing the thing that stresses me so much I need to eat to get through it.

I'm going to have to remember this and come back to it. THANKS!

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BUTTERFLYAT38 8/1/2011 9:21PM

    emoticon emoticon Make sure you give yourself time to heal. Its great that you have turned it into a life style and not a diet. Thats the way to do it!

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ROSEWCI 8/1/2011 5:54PM

    Take special care of that leg muscle! And give yourself time to heal! You'll be up & running in no time!

And she's off! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHARONSPARKLE 8/1/2011 5:07PM

    You have accomplished so much in your first year and are an inspiration to many.

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HANNAH_CALM 7/31/2011 11:01AM

    Don't worry, be happy!
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It's very good that you've learned to slow down in the evening. That's something I need to work on. Good luck on your C25K ! ! !
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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/29/2011 6:37PM

    It's nice to see you doing so well and that everything has fallen into place for you.

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LIVINGTHELIFE78 7/29/2011 3:13PM

    It's so great that you have been so successful! Congrats to you and you've been a great spark friend to have!

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SCRAPPY_RN 7/28/2011 4:34PM

    Awesome!!

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NOTGIVINGUP49 7/27/2011 9:40PM

    emoticon blog! For me my parallel is that I have found inner peace (peace with food and with myself)!

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SLIMTHICK2 7/27/2011 5:00PM

    Good blog, all the best. emoticon

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SHEENADEE 7/27/2011 2:27PM

    What an emoticon way to feel!


Great blog.

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IGSBETH 7/27/2011 10:44AM

    Great blog!

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LOPEYP 7/27/2011 7:03AM

    Glad that you are happy and enjoying life!

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CHANA55 7/27/2011 6:02AM

    You write so eloquently, it is a pleasure to share your journey. good luck............

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LAURIETAIT 7/27/2011 1:34AM

    Happiness is the best measure of all. Make sure you listen to your body and don't push yourself to run too soon. It will heal in it's own time. Unfortunately our bodies and our minds seem to operate on different schedules.

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NHGRL68 7/26/2011 8:22PM

    Great blog! I've been struggling a lot lately, and your blog makes a lot of sense to me. I think I'm one of those people that push too hard and am too hard on myself. It's definitely not working for me. You definitely sound like you're in a happy place! I'm so happy for you and you are doing SO great! Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing with us. I hope your leg is 100% soon. Take care! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/26/2011 7:54PM

    So proud of you!!!!!!!!

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KELLEEH 7/26/2011 7:37PM

    I couldn't agree with you more! And I am so happy that you are so happy!!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/26/2011 4:35PM

    Great blog!

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MICRAELIE 7/26/2011 4:05PM

    Thank for posting this blog. I especially liked the paragraph talking about how your frame of reference for "happiness" has changed:

"If the task is going to push me out of my "happy zone" and I feel a need for food to try to recapture my happiness during the task and "get through it"...then forget it. I'm not going there. I lived there for years and years and years. I was not happy...I am now!"

I am taking those words to heart -- eating isn't what causes happiness -- it's listening to yourself and staying true to yourself. Sounds corny the way I'm trying to re-phrase it. You said it beautifully. Thanks so much for sharing.

Best,
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KAMAPERRY 7/26/2011 2:42PM

    Love it, and you are right, we are not on a DIET. I love living this way, and yes I am happy. Hope you leg is better soon!

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ANATASHIKI 7/26/2011 2:40PM

    you're so right ! we don't "have to " almost any thing . only to cherish ourselves and pursue happiness
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CINDYSUNFLOWER 7/26/2011 1:46PM

    I truly enjoyed reading this blog! It seems like I'm having a little trouble really getting into the "living" part of this process. After reading your blog....I think I am understanding the reasons a little better. After dieting for most of my life....I am having trouble getting out of that mentality! Slow, slow, slow and steady wins the race. I need to believe that. Thanks for sharing....it helped me today! emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/26/2011 1:37PM

    What wonderful progress you are making - not only physically but mentally as well! Getting a strong grasp on the mental aspects of this journey is definitely a key to success!
Stay positive!
Sheila

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ELISOS 7/26/2011 1:35PM

    get better soon, thanks to you for the inspiration. emoticon

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CHEVY63 7/26/2011 1:24PM

    Thanks for the post - it sounds like you've really made some serious changes in your life and in your attitude. Great job on all your progress!

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KSHARK0514 7/26/2011 1:06PM

    emoticon You are very inspiring. One year has really transformed your mind, body and soul. I have only been with SP for a few weeks and I hope over time I will feel the same way as you do now. Happiness and health is what I am after! emoticon

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LBEEKMA 7/26/2011 12:22PM

    Yes, the "you can'ts" or "you must" restrictions aren't motivating. Sparkpeople is nothing fancy or extreme, just simple guidelines for getting healthy with lots and lots of tools and support to get you there!

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 7/26/2011 11:31AM

    You expressed very eloquently exactly how I feel!

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NEWME1993 7/26/2011 10:52AM

    Hope your legs feel better. Good Luck! And great job on making it this far! WOOHOO

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HUGS2013 7/26/2011 10:37AM

    Love your blog! Sorry to hear about your thigh and hope that it heals quickly!
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MINIDRIVER63 7/26/2011 9:52AM

    YES!!! It's all about doing what you love.

An active, healthy lifestyle is a good route to happiness and contentment. It's easier to feel good about myself. Nutritious food feeds the brain and emotions as well as our muscles and bones.

After a few day's icing for your swelling, try alternating with heat. It really helps with the inflammation, oddly.

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COOKWITHME65 7/26/2011 9:46AM

    Isn't it a wonderful feeling to say your happy and really mean it. So sorry to hear of your thigh. Hope you recover quickly. Enjoy your week!

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XXEDRA 7/26/2011 9:36AM

    Sounds like you found a great way to make it work for you!

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 7/26/2011 9:30AM

    AWESOME post!! You're right, viewing it as a "diet" is so much harder to maintain than viewing it as a way of living!

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I Can Run!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

So, I'm doing this new challenge on the By The Numbers team. It's the Jack LaLane challenge. I'm on a team of 3 people...me, Merle, and Karen. Together, we have to accumulate 4 hrs of exercise, then we get to pick a number between 1 and 40. I picked #9...since my Sparkversary is the 9th. Our challenge was...Jack said: “Anything in life is possible and you can make it happen.” Each team member must do something that you thought wasn’t possible today. This could be doing something that you were afraid to do like ride a bike or complete an hour workout with Jillian Michael.

My thing was running. I've had a mental block against running for awhile now. When I think about running, I have my doubts that I "can" do it. So, this was my opportunity. If I was going to be honest about it...this was the thing that I thought wasn't possible. While I have aspired to be able to run...I truly had my doubts about it. So, with that in mind, I decided to start the C25K (Couch to 5K) today for this challenge.

C25K is a progressive training program that moves you from being a non-runner to being able to run for 30 minutes. Day 1's C25K program is to warm up for 5 minutes (walking)...then do 1 minute of running...then 1.5 minutes of walking...then 1 minute of running...then 1.5 minutes of walking...etc...where you end up running 8 times for 1 minute each...then a 5 minute walk cool down at the end. This is the treadmill version of Day 1.

I thought about this all day at work. By the time I got home, I was ready to tackle the Day 1 of C25K. I knew that, in the past, I had tried to start this program. I did Day 1 and it about "killed" me...I did it...but it was HARD...and I knew I could not do it. :( That was MANY pounds and months ago. Recently, when I went to give blood, they asked me if I was a runner. My pulse was low and my blood pressure was excellent...like a runner's. So, now, I knew my heart/lungs were ready.

I downloaded an app for my Android that has the treadmill version of C25K programmed in (if you're interested...it's available in the Android Marketplace (C25K)...I paid $1.99 for the pro version). I played with it a little bit to understand how it works...and I was ready with that. I got my shorts on...pulled my hair up...filled my water bottle...and headed downstairs to my treadmill. I turned on a fan that is over my treadmill (it's REALLY hot today)...and I was ready. I listened to music on my phone and let the app instruct me when to walk and when to run. It shows up visually on my phone screen as well...which is really nice...and it shows you where you're at as far as how many runs you've done of the 8...very nice.

I focused on my breathing. I tried to do breathing in for 4 steps and breathing out for 4 steps to keep things even. When I was running, I could start out that way, but then as the minute wore on, I would have to move to 3 steps for in and out...then 2 steps...then it would be time to walk again and I would work my way back up to the 4 steps...elongating my breathing. I think this made a BIG difference in accomplishing this task this time. Concentrating on my breathing and keeping things even and strong and deep kept me going and comfortable. Plus, having the app keep track of when I should change was really nice, because I didn't have to focus on the clock at all.

I DID IT! I made it through the whole workout...100% complete. I was so excited...and still am! I can run. It doesn't kill me. And I got that wonderful after-run high! Woo hoo! I recorded it on the thread for the challenge. And the other cool thing is...I knew I could have even done more! I had my supper and decided to do it again! I did Day 2 of the C25K program after supper! And during the second session, I was able to keep my breathing at the 4 steps pace both during walking and running...the whole way through! I'm so happy! I can run! My legs and butt are feeling it...in a good way! I'm so excited.

I know I'm babbling on. I just wanted to record this accomplishment for this day. I am SO thankful for SP! It's pushing me and encouraging me to try things that I am "afraid" of...and that I think I "cannot" do. Wow. I can! Now, I know that I will become a runner as I go through this program. And I will be able to do an ultimate running aerobic workout to further the condition of my cardiovascular system. I am so psyched about this. I know...you can't tell...right? Okay...stopping my babble now...Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Spark on! emoticon

  
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LEYETTE 7/28/2011 5:00PM

    You motivate me!!! I want to be a runner too!!! emoticon

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URMYLF 7/27/2011 12:55AM

    That's awesome!! I've wanted to be a runner; the breathing was the hardest. I like what you did, and am going to try it tomorrow morning.

I wish I had a phone that could do apps; that one would be a god-send!


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KANSASROSE67 7/25/2011 4:51PM

    Great job! I felt the same way at the beginning of C25K...it's amazing how baby steps really work.

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LABELLAFIGURA 7/25/2011 10:48AM

    Babbling is good! Babble on :-) Awesome that you've discovered something that gives you such a positive feeling.

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KJDOESLIFE 7/25/2011 10:31AM

    Great job! Breathing in for 2 steps and out for 2 steps is pretty efficient, although I change it up for every 3 steps once in awhile. It sounds like you're doing a good job with it, but be careful because sometimes the longer breathing leads to more side-stitches.

Keep it up!

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LBEEKMA 7/24/2011 6:37PM

    Woohoo! I love that challenge. I'm on Day 2/Week 3 of C25K and haven't ran like this since I was 16. :] I know exactly how you feel. Keep running!

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DIHEALTHYHAPPY 7/24/2011 5:32PM

    I am proud of you! You go girl! :)

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SSORENSEN1 7/24/2011 12:41PM

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NHGRL68 7/23/2011 9:30AM

    emoticon on your running! You're getting more and more fit:-) Good for you for taking on something challenging for you. emoticon emoticon

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ENCY23 7/23/2011 9:09AM

    emoticon Great job!

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FIT2BETHIN 7/22/2011 6:21PM

    Babble on girl! we're listening! some of us may even be inspired by your babbles! LOVE it!
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CHEEKY1000 7/22/2011 6:20PM

    Congratulations! I remember going through the same self-doubts and today I finished Week 5 (running for a full 20 minutes!). What an incredible feeling of accomplishment!

As someone else mentioned: give yourself the rest days even if you think you can do more. It was hard for me to do this, but I'd read way too many testimonies of people who didn't and all their injuries.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/22/2011 6:19AM

    Welcome to the world of the runner: emoticon I'll be thinking of you this evening when I indulge in some insanity, a 5K that starts at 7:15 p.m. We can do it... we can run!



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MIZCATHI 7/22/2011 5:41AM

    I am very excited for you!

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TINKSMOM1 7/21/2011 8:27AM

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Alright, I may just have to look into this thing! Nice job!

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MILLIE5522 7/21/2011 7:05AM

    emoticon Congratulations! I started some new exercise today...Zumba. I managed to do the beginners DVD twice in succession!! emoticon

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LKEITHO 7/20/2011 10:53PM

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/20/2011 10:29PM

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PAMNANGEL 7/20/2011 8:42PM

    You go girl! emoticon

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MADDEELOU 7/20/2011 7:18PM

    Congratulations. I loved C25K and I never, ever thought I could be a runner. Some unsolicited advice based on my own mistakes....even though you feel like you can do more, don't rush it. Take those rest days. They are important. emoticon

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SCRAPPY_RN 7/20/2011 6:09PM

    emoticon emoticon Fantastic girl!!

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HOPN2SUMMER 7/20/2011 5:53PM

    emoticon What a great story!! Very motivating!!

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FITMRSKAYTE 7/20/2011 5:35PM

    Good for you!!! I used to think I couldn't run but I've been doing it for a while and I love how it makes me feel. Keep on rockin' it out!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NOTGIVINGUP49 7/20/2011 5:27PM

    emoticon emoticon You are doing FABULOUS!

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LAURIETAIT 7/20/2011 4:00PM

    I never doubted you could do it. I see a 5K in your future.
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THETURTLEBEAR 7/20/2011 3:49PM

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KOBER9999 7/20/2011 2:28PM

    Congrats on running! I'm soo happy for you!
And you're not babbling - just Happy and Excited and Proud and...
You Should Be! ((Hugs))

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JSPIN74 7/20/2011 12:55PM

    not babbling! excied :) that's great!!! WOOHOOOOOO!

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VICD25 7/20/2011 10:51AM

    WTG! I'm in C25K training also. I use a podcast I downloaded.
Have fun! (and enjoy the Jack challenge, I'm in the Firmers team)



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HOT4TEACHER2010 7/20/2011 9:56AM

    Excellent start to C25K! Just wait until you run your first full 5k! It's such a rush and you will be SO proud of yourself. Are you going to sign up for a race? :)

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ELUNAMAKATA 7/20/2011 9:46AM

    Congratulations! That is so awesome!!

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MINIDRIVER63 7/20/2011 9:10AM

    YAY! I love running. My knees and hips don't tolerate it, but it's fantastic exercise.

C25K rocks!

You look sensational. Such a glamor-puss!

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WORDLILY 7/20/2011 9:02AM

    Awesome, congrats! I've tried a couple times (nothing formal), but I don't think I'm ready yet.

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XXEDRA 7/20/2011 8:55AM

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HUGS2013 7/20/2011 8:33AM

    Awesome job and great visual of you working the steps to complete day one of your running training! emoticon

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TREASURINGLIFE 7/20/2011 8:09AM

    Wooo-whooo!! That's awesome!!! :) I'm so happy for you.

- Michelle

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ROSEWCI 7/20/2011 6:43AM

    emoticon Cathy! You're a RUNNER! emoticon

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HOWDOIHEARTTHEE 7/20/2011 6:08AM

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HOPE2011 7/20/2011 5:46AM

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HOTRODSANDY 7/20/2011 2:23AM

    Awesome! emoticon emoticon

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GRYPHON55 7/20/2011 2:14AM

    Congratulations, that is awesome, Cathy!

Now do check how you feel tomorrow and go easy if you're a little sore. Two workouts in one day might mean tomorrow you need to go slower or less if you're feeling today's workout, OK?

Newbie runners tend to get injured because they overdo it, so don't fall into that trap (says the person who has done it a lot, and learned how to start from scratch now when rebooting her running program!)

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ANATASHIKI 7/20/2011 1:11AM

    emoticon great news girl! I was as surprised as you when I discovered I can run. I never could do it , not even when I was half my weight and less half my age. I don't know what happened. I wonder how much will take for you to start thinking at a marathon emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/20/2011 12:24AM

    emoticon That's awesome! And TWO runs in one day?? Way to go! (Also, thanks for the idea of using android apps for exercise purposes...I never even thought of doing that, but now I'm off to see what kinds of apps I can try using!)

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IGSBETH 7/20/2011 12:08AM

    Congrats!

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JAMMASTERJENN 7/20/2011 12:01AM

    Congrats! I love that feeling after day 1 of C25K. Yes, you can run!

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TLJ004 7/19/2011 11:56PM

    Great Job! I am looking for that ap. emoticon

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QUEENJEANINE11 7/19/2011 11:43PM

    Great job! You should be so proud of yourself! Keep at it you will be surprised at the rewards it has to offer. I started running just a couple months ago and I wont lie it was hard at first but now i love it and can't wait for my runs.

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ELYMWX 7/19/2011 11:35PM

    Well done!

You build a running base the same way you build a wall; one step (brick) at a time.

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HOWLERMOM 7/19/2011 11:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonTerrific!! What a great feeling for you!!

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NEWJOY11 7/19/2011 11:30PM

    Great job!!! emoticon

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So Much Fun!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Well, I've ended up with an unexpected 4-day weekend! Pretty cool! My boss is going out of town for the weekend and not coming back until Tuesday. We didn't find out until the last minute, so I couldn't really plan to go anywhere. But, I am looking forward to the extra free time and hoping to get a lot of cleaning and organizing done at home. That would be SO nice.

Me and DD are giving blood tomorrow morning. I am going to work for a couple of hours before that...then should be free for the rest of the weekend.

We had a little scare with our big dog today. She was having problems urinating. She would "go" a little...then take a few steps...then "go"...then take a few steps...etc. I made a doctor's appt for her. While I was at work and DH was with her, she finally really went...and there was a pea-size stone in the middle of it. She passed a bladder stone! We were told that dogs form stones in their bladder rather than their kidney. So now she has some special food to eat. It will be a bit challenging...getting her to eat it and not having my pug eating it. Hmmm.

I am SO enjoying my new hobby of beading. It is SO much fun! I love finding new beads and "findings" for the bracelets and necklaces and earrings. And it is so much fun to figure out new ways to put them together and design them. Then, I get to wear them! More fun! I got a BIG jar of beads at the thrift store for $4! It was $8, but DH got a 1/2-off discount. And it was full of a WIDE variety of beads and clasps, etc...and it even had a jewelers tool in it! ...one that I did not have. So cool. Tonight, I discovered that our Walmart has a great selection of beads and findings and EXCELLENT prices...I got some on clearance....really good buys.

AND I found material for the next smock tops that I want to make for DD and me for work. She loves pink...and I love designs and peace signs...so this material was perfect. AND I got some peace signs that I want to make earrings out of and they came with a flower/peace sign medallion that I can make a necklace out of. They will go great with this new smock.


It's been a really good Spark week. My One-Year Sparkversary blog went "popular" and it's been really fun reading all the encouraging comments that were left. Wow! SP's are the best! I've done better with my freggies this week...and my water. And I'm doing better at getting my Y workouts in. So, things are headed in the right direction. Much as I'd love to stay up and spark and craft all night, I plan to get to bed at a decent hour and get my sleep, so I will be "healthy" and ready for my blood donation tomorrow. Hope you all are having a GREAT week! (One of my SP calendar tips this week was to start a hobby..."People who engage in captivating activities are more satisfied with life. Lose yourself (and your worries) by sewing, writing, cooking or dancing." I apparently have really taken this tip to heart! Love it!) Spark on! emoticon

  
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MISSMITSY 7/19/2011 9:04AM

    Yay beading fun! Your material looks super pretty. DH and I were meant to donate blood this week but we had to cancel because we're both on medication so they don't want our blood at the moment...

Have a wonderful weekend!

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FIT2BETHIN 7/18/2011 7:29PM

    You're looking pretty darn fabulous girlie! I love your Spark-a-tude!
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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 7/18/2011 4:05PM

    Sounds like fun and contentment. An excellent combination. Thanks for sharing!

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/17/2011 7:14PM

    It's like reading sunshine! LOVE IT!

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GRUBBMEISTER 7/17/2011 11:11AM

  Congrats on you anniversary and sounds like you have made it a lifestyle change too! Good luck on your journey.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/15/2011 7:59PM

    Poor doggy!! I hope he doesn't have another one. They are so painful!!

I've always wanted to bead and have bought some books on it.

I love the material!!

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LAURIETAIT 7/15/2011 6:08PM

    Hurrah for unexpected time off!. You are always so busy doing cool and useful things. You make me feel guilty for sitting around. Glad your dog is better. My husband had the human version, kidney stones, and I had to take him to emergency for morphine more than once. So your dog is a real trooper. Even though they are guilt inducing, I'm looking forward to a blog featuring all your new creations. Have a wonderful looong weekend!

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HARRIET8AL 7/15/2011 5:18PM

    So glad your dog is better. When mine recovered from his mystery illness this spring I felt as if it was a miracle. Reading your blog makes me wonder.... can taking up a new hobby help to improve my eating habits by keeping me busy during down time? Love to see the results of your work when you're done.

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CHALLENGER15 7/15/2011 1:23PM

    If you have a Hobby Lobby nearby, you can get weekly emails for them, too. I bought things for simple bracelets almost a year ago...still waiting for me to try! This is giving me a push in the right direction...

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ROSEWCI 7/15/2011 11:39AM

    Oh, you inspire me Cathy! I quilt, but haven't done anything lately....but I think I shall! And I have a sewing project that's just been waiting for me to complete it! So, I think I'm gonna keep my hands busy...
...& away from my mouth! emoticon

Have a JOYous weekend! emoticon emoticon

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KJMPEACHES 7/15/2011 10:20AM

    Always nice to get those surprises on short notice! Have a great weekend! emoticon emoticon

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KARENSTAR1 7/15/2011 10:15AM

    Enjoy your little vacation, even if you are at home! Sounds like you have some fun things planned with your sewing smocks and doing some beadwork.

I was going to mention that another source of beads is garage sales and thrift stores. You can, of course, take apart costume jewelry and recycle the beads.

Did you know you can print your own coupons for Micheal's and use one every day? (Practical if you have a Michael's Craft store near by, LOL.)

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ANATASHIKI 7/15/2011 7:46AM

    emoticon it must be a virus with the beads , my nurses are crazy about beads and bracelets, they bought beads all week. but they are ordering the beads and tools online from specialized shops. cute material , show us the finished product too : ) . great news about the free days! I have still tomorrow and after that I'll take some leave from work too , I'm dead tired. I'm glad to hear you're having fun
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RUNNERGIRL60 7/15/2011 3:22AM

    Its so nice to have uexpected time off work. Its is nice to be able to plan something to do but ...... Love the material!!! I need to learn to sew it sure would be nice to make my uniform tops out of cute material. Someday maybe...
Im glad your dog is ok. I have an older cat who is on special food for his bladder issues. The vet told me especially after you have them fixed the animals tend to get this problem. The cat food must not be to bad he eats it well. Im usings Iams brand urinary tact. I did feed some kind of canned expensive stuff at first he did not like.
Im trying to have time to knit, read or do puzzles as my relaxing time. I am a puzzle jigsaw type silver. I can put togather a 100 piece in a couple days.
Great job on the freggies! I think somtimes im going to turn into a blueberry oh raspberry I really like those berries!
Well its late and im trying to get more sleep since I have not been sleeping much for awhile. Insomnia is just killing me!!! I don't want to take meds but I may have to to get started sleeping. Will be talking to you soon on the summer challenge! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRYPHON55 7/15/2011 12:09AM

    Sounds like you are having a GREAT week, Cathy! Good for you, and I would love to see photos of some of your beadwork (I love jewelry!).

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LKEITHO 7/14/2011 10:36PM

    Enjoy your unexpected vacation!

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One-Year Sparkversary – 67 lbs gone (with pics)

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Here's me, today! (And a comparison picture of "old me.") I'm now at 176 lbs – 67 lbs down...56 to go. And it's all due to SP...eating in range...tracking my food...and being more active! Lifestyle changes work!


It's my one-year Sparkversary. I am SO excited! I have a theory that...anything you can do for one day, you can do for two days...anything you can do for one week, you can do for two weeks...anything you can do for one month, you can do for two months...sooooo...anything you can do for one year, you can do for two years! Now, I have done SparkPeople for one year...and I'm ready for year two. I've been through every holiday, birthdays, anniversaries, major life changes, exciting times, distressing times, financial ups and downs, even a couple of weddings in the last year...and through it all, I have Sparked on. Now, I feel like “I've done it before...and I can do it again” with the upcoming year and events of that year...and lose my remaining 56 lbs.


I've lost 46 total inches. Here's the breakdown:
Neck Was 15” Now 13” (-2)
Waist Was 43” Now 34.5” (-8.5)
Hips Was 52.5” Now 44” (-8.5)
Upper Arm Was 15” Now 12.5” (-2.5x2)
Thigh Was 33” Now 24” (-9x2)
Calf Was 18” Now 16” (-2x2)
I've gone from wearing 2x and 3x tops to wearing size L...and from wearing size 22w/24w/2x/3x pants to wearing size 14/16/L. I've gone from weighing 243 lbs to weighing 176 lbs.


So, in looking back over the last year, what do I see? I see a woman who has transformed her body from 243 lbs...morbidly obese...to 176...overweight. I see a woman who has gone from wearing a size 3x...to a woman who is wearing a size L...14/16. I see a woman whose "junk in the trunk" has REALLY diminished. I see a woman who can fit easily in the bathtub and who can easily sit down into the bathtub and rise from the bathtub. I see a woman who can give herself a nice pedicure. I see a woman who embraces chances to move and walk and exhaust herself. I see a woman who helps with the yard work. I see a woman who is working to transform her house into her home. I see a woman who is finding a good balance between work and home. I see a woman who is managing to be alone in the world...without her parents. I see a woman who is making family a priority and giving to her husband and children...the best that she has. I see a woman who has cleaned out her closet of all her old/fat clothes. I see a woman who love clothes shopping again. I see a woman who enjoys sewing and beading and making jewelry and clothes. I see a woman who is willing to be open with her spark friends and encourage them and share her journey. I see a woman who has participated in 5K's (walking) with her daughter and her husband. I see a woman who has opted to change her desk at work to a standing desk so that she is not sitting for 8 hours a day. I see a woman who makes good choices at the grocery and brings home bags of groceries that fit easily within her eating budget. I see a woman who loves her dogs and takes excellent care of them and enjoys their company. I see a woman who is making the best of opposite schedules with her spouse...having lunch with him daily and spending all weekend with him. I see a woman who loves being a part of SparkPeople. I see a woman who is over halfway to goal. I see a woman who is ready for another year with SparkPeople...taking her closer to her final goal. I see a woman who is not afraid of chairs with side arms...she fits! I see a woman who loves going to the movies...she can fit in the theater seat and even has room to tuck her arms inside the seat, too. I see a woman who has found her place, her community, her friends at SP. I see a woman who is going to be a lifetime member of SP. I see a woman who is going to recommend SP to anyone who will listen or who asks. I see a woman who is happy and content. I see a woman who thinks she can do this...which is the "hardest" thing she's ever done...so she must be able to do anything. I see a woman who feels that the boundaries of life have been removed. I see myself...a new person...molded anew...mind renewed...spirit renewed...free to be all that I can be.


My goals for the coming year...
1. Lose the remaining 56 lbs (becoming a normal BMI!)
2. Become a water drinker (drinking 8 or more glasses of water a day)
3. Become a freggie eater (eating 4 or more servings per day)
4. Incorporate a new exercise routine that works with my schedule and that I can be consistent with that includes strength and cardio exercise
5. Complete the couch to 5K program – and RUN a 5K.
6. Work on my swimming strokes and Join Masters Swimming
7. Begin bike riding – and participate in a tri-athlon.

So, the plan for Year 2...continue to track everything 100%. Allow the diet cola's as desired. Pursue more water, freggies, and exercise. Reward myself for accomplishments in these and other areas. Be good to myself. Spark on...let the remaining weight drop off...it will happen...I have to stay on the SP train...it is headed to my destination. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3541455


Today, I am CELEBRATING! I stayed up until midnight to ring in the “new year.” I am going to go on a celebratory walk this afternoon. And I am going to do a full gym workout this morning...BECAUSE I CAN! I'm going to go to the movies...and fit in my seat with room to spare! And I am going to finish going through all my clothes and bag up the unwanteds/too big clothes and get them donated. Thanks to SP, I can do so many things. I can move, move, move, and enjoy my life! Life is good! I love SP! Sparkin' on!
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PRINCESS1959 11/25/2011 1:11AM

    Way to go!

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/25/2011 12:06AM

    Congratulations on being named by the 5% Challenges as a Motivator by Kaliswalker Spotlight! Your SparkPage with all the more recent before and after photos showcase, as this blog does, your incredible success. Welcome to healthy living. When you get near your goal, continue to make plans to continue your success into maintenance. You're truly an inspiration and role model for us. Stay the course. You look marvelous!

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KELLEEH 7/22/2011 8:38PM

    Awesome blog! You had such a great year with Sparkpeople last year. And I LOVE your goals for the coming year! You are going to be a fitness monster!!

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NOBOUNDARIES 7/22/2011 9:23AM

    You look so much happier in your "after" photos than you do in the "before" ones. Congrats!

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FIT2BETHIN 7/18/2011 7:34PM

    You've shaved at least 10 years in your looks....as well as your health! Congrats on your sparkiversary! And thanks for sharing your spark journey! LOVE it!
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CBROSA 7/17/2011 10:01PM

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/17/2011 7:15PM

    I see a gorgeous woman who is emoticon

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MINIDRIVER63 7/17/2011 9:14AM

    You are so FREAKING AWESOME! Thanks for the inspiration!



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MONA791 7/16/2011 4:15AM

    Wow!!!!!!
You are gorgeous and awesome and...... I can't find the words!!
A great inspiration!!!
You look much younger.
Keep up the good work!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/15/2011 4:52PM

    WOW! GF, You look HOT!! And, not to be insulting, but you look 20 years younger too. You have done a fantastic job!!

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JTRACEY 7/15/2011 2:19PM

  Have just returned to SparkPeople after an absence of over 6 months. You have given me inspiration! emoticon

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EMIM05 7/15/2011 12:39PM

    number 3 a "freggie" eater. haha that's good. it took me a moment. Congratulations!!!! emoticon emoticon I'm happy for you :D

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HARVESTMOM 7/15/2011 11:07AM

    Wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing this post with all of us today - you've given me some motivation for the day!!! Keep up all the great work you are doing!

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BECCAJ98 7/15/2011 10:18AM

    emoticon emoticon great job!! You will meet your next goals!!!!

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KARENSTAR1 7/15/2011 10:07AM

    Wow, you rock! I just love your postive attitude. Your "can do" spirit will take you to your destination.

It must feel great to be free of the extra weight. I had never even thought of some of the issues that you no longer have (like difficulties bathing in a tub.)

You go girl!

I'm looking forward to our new summer challenge. I've just got to make that scale move.

Thanks for the spark goodie that you sent me. It was a great way to start my day.

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 7/15/2011 9:46AM

    Happy emoticon You've done WONDERFULLY!!!!! I ALSO celebrated one year this week! I agree with you--SPARKPEOPLE is absolutely the best site ever!!!!!!! {{{{{hugs}}}}} Susan

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JSPIN74 7/15/2011 9:41AM

    I already knew you were fantastic...but wowwwwww you really are. Love seeing your progress all documented this way. Your energy & commitment really pushes me further. emoticon

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ABB698 7/15/2011 1:50AM

    emoticonYou look beautiful and YEARS younger. I know you feel as good as you look, as you should! Spark on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMTO2TOO 7/14/2011 8:12PM

    God bless you, and congratulations. You brought tears to my eyes. When I grow up, I want to be just like you. emoticon

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1DRWOMAN 7/14/2011 7:15PM

    Wow! Thanks for the extra motivation I needed today and reminding me that anything you can do for a day you can do for 2! :) That's a great saying! Enjoy year 2 of your journey!
xox
Patty

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GEMGLOW 7/14/2011 1:39PM

    AWESOME!! GOOD JOB!! WAHOOO!

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TOYOUBETHEGLORY 7/14/2011 12:56PM

    Wow!! You have done an amazing job!! So motivational!! Makes me want to do it myself!

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2BEEFIT 7/14/2011 11:31AM

    Very nice, and it doesn't sound to me like you are alone, but surrounded by people who love you! Go YOU.

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KHELMAN 7/14/2011 3:41AM

    emoticon on your one year and you can do this keep up the good work thanks for the inspiration

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WEMINICH 7/13/2011 9:21PM

  You look 10 years younger! Amazing!!!

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RACHAEL8728 7/13/2011 3:41PM

    Congrats to you! Keep up the good work!

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AMMAMAMMA 7/13/2011 2:03PM

    Oh My! Way to go! I am so excited for you! Happy "spark-a-versary"!!! emoticon emoticon

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CHANGE4THEBEST 7/13/2011 1:48PM

    Congratulations emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYLIFEMADELITE 7/13/2011 1:19PM

    emoticonYou have made amazing progress! Thanks so much for sharing the first half of your journey with us. You have done so much for yourself in the past year. Here's to another year of sparking! emoticon emoticon

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CUPCAKE616110 7/13/2011 1:15PM

    I think the difference in how truly happy you look in the after pics as compared to the before says it all.

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LAURIEMN 7/13/2011 12:53PM

    Fantastic! You look terrific and your story is so inspirational! Congratulations!

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KELLYDRESCHER 7/13/2011 11:53AM

    I loved the pic with the clothes. What a difference! Congratulations!

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HUGS2013 7/13/2011 11:21AM

    emoticonon your awesome progress so far! Thanks for sharing your story. Keep working the goals and you will get there before you know it! emoticon emoticon

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HOTRODSANDY 7/13/2011 11:13AM

    Congratulations on your emoticon. You're looking fabulous! emoticon

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THESHELBSTER 7/13/2011 10:47AM

    You look AMAZING! Such a transformation. Awesome.

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KNITPURLCURL 7/13/2011 10:00AM

    Super inspirational for someone starting out! Ultra exciting for you!

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FRAS113 7/13/2011 9:17AM

    Preach it sister--you have me cheering. Do your thing!!

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KKKAREN 7/13/2011 9:01AM

    Happy Anniversary, you've done great!

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CHANGEDIN09 7/13/2011 7:44AM

    AWESOME POST. Great motivation. You should be very proud. I know you'll meet your goals!!

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DEBRASOUL 7/13/2011 1:38AM

  Thank You for sharing. I want to be like you in a year. Will Power like that is what I need. emoticon

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BABYCAKES617 7/12/2011 11:53PM

    This is very inspirational! Congratulations on all your progress thus far, and best of luck in the next year!

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KATHYJSPARK 7/12/2011 11:16PM

    You are amazing!!

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CJC937 7/12/2011 11:06PM

  Congratulations on your outstanding progress! Thank you for posting all of your personal measurements. That was very generous of you to share, and very motivating for the rest of us. Keep sparking!

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BCARSON11 7/12/2011 10:14PM

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MAC7755 7/12/2011 9:37PM

  WOW!!! Good for you. Let us know how things are going for you.

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TEASCHERTZ 7/12/2011 8:58PM

    Congratulations! You are an inspiration especially those of us who just started with SP. Thank you for sharing the story of your first year.

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AMANIJABBAR 7/12/2011 8:42PM

    You look much younger! emoticon

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SASSYGIRLJENNA 7/12/2011 8:24PM

    What a great page!!! Thank you for sharing, you are very inspirational!

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 7/12/2011 8:22PM

    Great accomplishments !! Congrats on your hard work it has paid off !! I just past my one year sparking , and needed a encouraging story , thanks so much for sharing !!
Stayc

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UTSARAH 7/12/2011 7:45PM

    It takes a lot of will power to last a year! Good for you!! I loved your comparison pics. You look wonderful!

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Yay for 3-Day Weekends!

Friday, July 01, 2011

Today, I had my weigh in at the Y. Currently, they are doing weigh-ins every two weeks. I had lost 2 lbs since last time. That was nice. Sometimes, you feel like you're not losing any weight, but then you do something that is more stretched out...like these weigh ins...and you can see that progress is being made. That's nice.

It's a three-day weekend! Yay! I'm looking forward to a lot of good quality time with DH. That will be really nice. I think one day we will work on the house and a home "to do" list that we have to work on. And maybe one day we will go to a ballgame. And one day we will do a movie and shopping. Sounds good to me!

Today, DD and I wore our new smocks that I made for work. She said she really liked our new smocks. That made me feel so good. I had cut out the smocks and sewed them up going off of the design of another smock that we have. So I didn't actually have a pattern, but I was able to use the other smock as a rough template for the new smocks. It was a little challenging...but fun...and I think they turned out pretty good.

I walked down to DS's house tonight with the lawn mower and finished cutting his backyard. He is still at bootcamp. And his house is on the market. I prayed the whole time I was cutting that God would find a buyer for his home. That would be such a blessing for him.

On my way walking back, I saw the lady that runs the beauty shop up the street. I stopped and talked to her for awhile. She said that, at first, she didn't recognize me. She complimented me on my weight loss. She said she didn't think I could/should go down to 120...she said 140 should be low enough for me. We'll see. I know that another time when I lost weight, I still had thigh fat that I did not like/want when I was over 120. She said that I do not look like I weigh 176. That was nice.

I'm getting really antsy about getting my hair cut. I think it will probably be happening during this weekend...one way or the other. I'll probably end up cutting it.

Hope you all are having a great week and have a great weekend! Spark on! emoticon

  
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MISSMITSY 7/7/2011 10:11AM

    Sounds like a fun weekend. Don't let other people decide for you what your ideal weight is... I get all sorts of different opinions on mine but the only person whose opinion matters is yours!

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ROSEWCI 7/6/2011 6:50AM

    emoticon on all your accomplishments! You ROCK lady! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/5/2011 9:00PM

    I hope your son's house sells fast and my MIL's too.

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KARENSTAR1 7/4/2011 4:13PM

    Sounds like you had lots of nice things planned. Hope it's gone well!

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LINDAJOYWK 7/4/2011 6:54AM

    Cathy-you are inspiring!

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JCDUBEA63 7/4/2011 2:19AM

    emoticon emoticonon weight Loss!!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/3/2011 10:11PM

    You are doing great!
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CHEVY63 7/3/2011 2:57PM

    Congrats on the continued weight loss! It's great to see the progress - all your hard work paying off!

I hope you have a great weekend and get to do all the things you have planned.

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BARBARACT 7/3/2011 10:26AM

    Compliments are always a wonderful thing! It shows that people are noticing and gives you more of a boost! Wow, you are continuing to do great!!!

Good for you and your plans for the weekend sounds like fun!!!



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LOPEYP 7/3/2011 7:21AM

    Sounds like a great plan for the weekend. That's pretty much what we are doing too.

Lots of fun getting those compliments. emoticon
I'll look forward to seeing your new hairdo too. emoticon

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NHGRL68 7/2/2011 7:24PM

    You're doing so great with your weight loss! Good-luck with your hair. Enjoy your weekend! emoticon

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MACMOM57 7/2/2011 6:48PM

    Way to go you are doing awesome. Compliments are awesome.

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XXEDRA 7/2/2011 4:00PM

    Enjoy your weekend!

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CHALLENGER15 7/2/2011 12:51PM

    Good job, girl!

Enjoy your weekend.

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CHALLENGER15 7/2/2011 12:51PM

    Good job, girl!

Enjoy your weekend.

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CHALLENGER15 7/2/2011 12:51PM

    Good job, girl!

Enjoy your weekend.

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PUG-GIRL 7/2/2011 6:43AM

  You've been busy! emoticon Great job on the weigh in and congrats on the smocks. So nice that you're close enough to keep up the yard for DS. Will send up a prayer that he will get the house sold.

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LAURIETAIT 7/2/2011 2:32AM

    New smocks without a pattern, that's impressive. I have trouble sewing with a pattern! I'm sure your haircut will look great. When considering your ultimate goal weight don't forget to consider the fact that once you reach your goal and maintain for a while your body will redistribute the remaining body fat. So If your thighs are a little jiggly still that may change over time. Plus you will be so much firmer from all that exercise you are doing! So you might not reach 120 but you will still look fantastic!

Happy July 4 !
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 7/2/2011 1:20AM

    WOW! You are knocking everyone off their feet! I'm so proud of you! emoticon

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 7/2/2011 12:23AM

    As I imagined you pushing the mower down the street, I thought what a difference! Think what effort that would have been in the past? Sounds like you had a nice day.

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JSPIN74 7/2/2011 12:19AM

    Sounds wonderful :)

Enjoy & keep appreciating all the niceness :) you help me to remember to do the same.

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/1/2011 11:53PM

    All good stuff!

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HOWLERMOM 7/1/2011 11:42PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonHave a great weekend!

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JENNYD97 7/1/2011 11:39PM

    I emoticon 3 day weekends emoticon


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CAROL762011 7/1/2011 11:38PM

  I did not get a 3 day weekend off but I do get july 3 and 4th off.. so i'm at least happy about that....

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