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Before and After - Tattoo Retouch photos

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I got this back in 1999.


As you can tell, it needed a lot of work. I wanted to keep the tattoo though and not cover it up because it has a special meaning. I designed it myself based on my favorite character from my most beloved book series, Dragonlance.

The hour glass is my most beloved character, Raistlin, symbol. When he took his tests in the Tower of High Sorcery, he was cured and given hour glass eyes in which he sees how time effects all things. He sees things dying and decaying before his eyes so that he sees no beauty in the world. He only sees death and decay. The green dragon is Cyan Bloodbane, who is the most feared of all of the green dragons (and most likely all of the dragons on Krynn) - Cyan was the dragon who took Raistlin to the Tower of High Sorcery in Palanthas when he claimed the cursed tower as his own.

Anyway, I really wanted to keep the tattoo.



Here is the retouch -- given what she had to work with, I think she did an awesome job.

I will also admit that was the worst tattoo pain I have ever had, and it was an hour of hell. I am seriously re-thinking getting my other side done!

Hope everyone has a great day!

  
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PATTYR81 11/30/2013 6:44AM

    Your design is very creative!!! I LOVE the colors!

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BATCHICK 11/21/2013 12:17PM

    That looks awesome! I've heard the ribs is pretty gnarly! I have a tattoo on my finger, that was the worst I've ever felt...

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BIGTRAVELER 11/21/2013 1:48AM

    Great re-touch!

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CHRISGORGME 11/20/2013 11:06PM

    It looks great! emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 11/20/2013 10:00PM

    Beautiful!

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REAGANESQUE 11/20/2013 7:49PM

    You are looking mighty fierce! The retouch looks great.

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KRITTEN1 11/20/2013 6:51PM

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CATTUTT 11/20/2013 6:08PM

    The retouch was a huge success, it looks great!

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ARUNNINGKAT 11/20/2013 2:04PM

    The retouch is truly amazing! It does look painful though. How neat that you designed it yourself!

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New Tattoo! (Photo)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

I went and got a new tattoo today.



  
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HEATER1369 11/21/2013 11:48AM

    Awesomeness

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PATTYR81 11/20/2013 9:01AM

    I LOVE cherries!

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OLIVIANIGHT 11/20/2013 8:26AM

    That's cute.

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THROOPER62 11/20/2013 5:39AM

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BIGTRAVELER 11/20/2013 4:54AM

    FUN!!

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BTRX71 11/20/2013 4:44AM

    Nice! Love the coloring and detail. emoticon

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CATTUTT 11/20/2013 12:13AM

    Love it!

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LOVINGAFRICA 11/20/2013 12:01AM

    Wow!

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Wow... not what I was expecting...

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Today I took my 6 am X-Bike class and decided to wear my HRM to see how many calories I burned.

A grand total of.... 334 calories?

I was shocked. 334 calories? That hardly seems like anything at all!

I will say it makes junk food seem soooo not worth it!

  
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SUNSHINE5268 11/9/2013 8:36PM

    The bright side is that your heart thanks you for working out and there is more oxygen circulating in your blood because you work out..... the benefits of moving your body outweigh sitting on the couch :-)

GREAT JOB! I am soooooooooooooo PROUD of you emoticon

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LOVINGAFRICA 11/7/2013 2:04PM

    Good thing about the AFTERBURN!
Don't sweat it, it is 334cal, that is gone.

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BRADMILL2922 11/7/2013 1:07AM

    I really need to get a HRM! But yes, the junk food is definitely NOT worth it!

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CSYOUNG1952 11/6/2013 11:24AM

    emoticon But just think that's better than nothing at all.

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BILL60 11/6/2013 8:36AM

    X10= Almost 1 pound. Not too shabby.

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CAPT_BUTTERFLY 11/6/2013 8:07AM

    I hear ya, it's often disappointing looking at the calorie # burned, and the worst is too, the heavier you are the more calories you burn, so as you start to lose weight you will start to burn less calories doing the same exercises. It hurts to think about, but that's why we always have to change it up, or ad something new every few months. IT's a long journey! It took me years to get to the weight I am now. I don't want it to take just as long to lose it, but I know I have to be realistic, 1-2 pounds a week over 100 to lose, that's a full year! hurts my brain thinking about it.
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FITFRIT 11/5/2013 10:56PM

    Uh oh, I think I need to get a HRM

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STEVEN_D 11/5/2013 10:16PM

    better just eat celery if that all you are goung to burn

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CANMERA 11/5/2013 10:04PM

    I agree. The shock that we get when we find out that we have not burned near as many calories that we felt we had. It is shocking. I guess the reality is that we did this to ourselves now we have to spend twice as hard to rid ourselves of what we have.

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Absent?

Monday, November 04, 2013

I feel like I have been so absent from Spark! I have been logging my food (sort of) but I really haven't been interacting much on the social aspect. I need to get back to it. I feel so much better, and I am so much more focused when I am on Spark.

I confirmed my tattoo appointment today. I am set for 11/19. I am getting one of my older ones fixed up, and getting a new one. I have scheduled a week off from the gym for healing, but I have a feeling that I will still be going. I may not do PC Fit, but I think I will continue with X-Bike?

I had a "bad" food weekend. I ate a bunch of junk, but when I got on the scale today, it said 123.6 which is pretty much a normal, every day weight for me.

The important thing is to put it behind me and make smart choices from here on out. I am over my calories today because I had to have Starbucks and McDonalds Iced coffee... not good because not only did I waste calories, I also wasted $. On Monday I do stop after PC Fit and get a skinny mocha from Starbucks. I get a venti Skinny Iced Mocha, extra espresso and half the flavor pumps. I figure I am saving calories by getting half flavor? Anyway, I don't know what I was thinking, but nothing I can really do about it now. It is done.

I went to PC Fit and had a really awesome workout. I signed up for X-Bike at 6 am - so I am excited for that. I think I am going to wear my HRM and see what my calorie burn is. I am curious. The only problem is... what if it isn't as high as I think it should be? Then what? Well then I guess it will put things even more into perspective for me. I mean, lets say I burn 200 calories at class. Knowing what I put myself through in that class, it isn't going to seem worth it then to eat that junk? That is what I am hoping for anyway. Of course, it could also work in reverse too - who knows.

Anyway here is what I have come up with

1. Back to the grind as of right now. I will finish my day healthy and strong. I will continue with my planned snacks and food, and I will end the day at X-Bike.

2. I will continue my streak of good choices tomorrow and the rest of the week.

3. I will continue with a positive attitude

4. I will be on Spark, every day, interacting with my teams and the general Spark population in order to help keep on track.

5. I will remember where I have came from, and I will be determined not to go back to that place.

I think that is all for now

  
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LOVINGAFRICA 11/7/2013 2:07PM

    I have been faced with old thinking patterns and eating loads of CANDY (Of all things?). I
You are right, it is scary, and going back is not an option.
Thank Goodness for Sparks, right?

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BRADMILL2922 11/7/2013 1:06AM

    You have a good plan and a good attitude. Now you just have to follow it. You are right, what is done is done so just move on! You got this!

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HINK2013 11/5/2013 4:51PM

    You are always inspiring to me!! Love your commitment to your exercise and trying new things.... makes me want to try new things!!

Keep it up... emoticon

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BATCHICK 11/5/2013 12:28PM

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The important thing is that you're still focused on your goals and health. They can't all be perfect days, just don't ever give up.

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BILL60 11/5/2013 10:00AM

    Sounds like a good plan. Hang tough!!

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CAPT_BUTTERFLY 11/5/2013 9:04AM

    You've got a good plan, and it's not too complicated. I find the support here at Spark People makes all the difference, so far any time i'm feeling a little down I've been able to get on here and fin something to cheer me up right away.

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COCK-ROBIN 11/4/2013 11:22PM

    You can do it. I'm pulling for you!

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Random new Photos

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Me on Halloween



My best friend Amanda and I


just a random weird pic of me


me


my most favorite place in the world


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LOVINGAFRICA 11/7/2013 2:08PM

    Love seeing you so happy and looking so healthy!
Has Dear Grandmother come around yet?

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BRADMILL2922 11/7/2013 1:04AM

    Lookin' good, and happy!

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LKS2GAB2 11/5/2013 5:55AM

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JANTWO 11/4/2013 1:25AM

    You look amazing!!!!

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CSYOUNG1952 11/3/2013 5:41PM

    emoticon You look awesome girl.


hugs Connie

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PATTYR81 11/3/2013 1:05PM

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COCK-ROBIN 11/3/2013 12:12AM

    Beautiful!

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NICEW0 11/2/2013 9:52PM

  Nice pics.

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