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Seeing is believing...

Monday, April 21, 2014

Ever seen a picture of yourself and thought "what the heck? I thought I looked good!" Only to realize, yep, not so much?

I'm at my height of fatness, heavier than I've ever been, even after having a baby. 182 I've been taking pictures of myself and the more I take the rounder I look. I looked in the mirror on Sunday (wearing makeup day) and thought "hmmm, pretty" then I wondered about those pictures - so I took one of just my face. I can honestly say the picture is not what I see in the mirror. Which maybe why I've been so slack and non-commital to my nutrition and exercise.

Yesterday I did the Cold Water Challenge and after seeing the video - where I look like a bloated sausage, I almost didn't post it. But... two things - first, everybody says "oh, you're beautiful, sexy, smokin' hot, etc. etc. and secondly, I want to see what everybody else sees. I didn't see it. I saw a bloated sausage which encouraged my journey even more.

I know I've only been eating clean(er) for two weeks and there has been no change in my clothing or my body. Took me a hot minute to get this way, so I'm going to be patient. I won't weigh for another two weeks, and I certainly expect to see some change!

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52BINCE 9/26/2014 4:03PM

    sounds like what all of us see when we look at ourselves in the mirror, however your on the right trac so keep on doing what you need to do to meet your goals...You are in the race for total awesome image in your mirror!!!!!!

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MPETERSON2311 4/23/2014 8:30AM

    You are making some GREAT changes. And yes, I feel ya with the picture thing. I always liked myself from the hips up, but I can't ignore the pear shaped thing forever. I should work on my lower body too.

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    Hang in there.

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FITGIRL15 4/21/2014 7:39PM

    I'm sorry yo feel this way, Hun! It's hard to start any journey... but I know you can do this!!! Just get started, make some small changes in your lifestyle and BIG changes will start happening in your body!!!

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REMEMBER2BME 4/21/2014 7:14PM

    emoticon Outstanding blog! I love it. Love that you are taking pictures too. I must say, I looked at my legs this morning and thought YIKES. I have always had nice legs. Hum. You will LOVE your before and progress pics. I never do those.

You have the right attitude and have a plan in place. Continue to stick with it and you with totally knock it out of the park.

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I'm trying...

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Hi all,

Sorry for my absence. Life. 2010 brought some difficult emotional times, throwing me off balance completely. I'm finally getting my bearings back. Just finished my BA in Psychology - now I can focus on the outside of me!


It's been a long time since I've been around. I hope I can find my way again. 180 lbs, size 14-16 - not happy with those numbers AT ALL!

Finally started running again, having some knee and feet issues, but will persevere! I look forward to reconnecting with everyone, meeting new friends and definitely being encouraged and encouraging others on our journey.

I'm making a come back!


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SIXFOOT1 4/13/2014 6:18PM

    It's because of you that I did my first sprint triathlon in 2010. I've done 11 since. Glad to see you back. :-)

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    Great to see you here again! And congrats on your degree!

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CUBANJELLY 4/7/2014 5:13PM

    Thanks you guys. It means a lot. :)

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FITGIRL15 4/7/2014 3:26PM

    We all have struggles in life, and I personally think it's OK to allow these things to come first! As long as we constantly get back to our healthy habits, it all comes back!

Here's to finding your healthy lifestyle forever!!! We are here to help you! emoticon


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REMEMBER2BME 4/7/2014 1:30PM

    emoticon So glad to have you back. You know we are here for you. One step at a time my friend.

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    Welcome back. You can do it. We all seem to take time off you aren't alone. Can't wait to hear about your progress and plans.

Go slowly when coming back to running.

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CDNMSFIT 4/7/2014 9:39AM


Welcome back!

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CUBANJELLY 4/5/2014 12:14PM


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PJ2222 4/5/2014 11:39AM

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MOTTAMAMALOU 4/5/2014 11:37AM

    emoticon I hope your journey is a happy, healthy one. Take care.

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Wow, it's been a long time - you need a quick update....

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I just read my last blog entry. Some things have changed...

My dad passed away in March - 4 months after my mom. He had a heart attack from flipping out because nobody would come to his party... My mom was the brake for him, he was obviously getting out of control pretty quick.

The following is a short recap of events - they will be completely unbelievable and if they hadn't happened to me, I'd have a hard time believing them too... My dad was stripped of his money and jewelry, placed in his car and driven back to his house. His dead body was propped in a chair until they could get a coffin - which was a large fish box (he lived in a fishing village). They have no funeral home, no embalming and therefore the funeral had to be ASAP. One brother had a passport and was able to make it there by hiring a private plane just before they buried him. He had to hire professional mourners to weep in the house, they paraded the body through town three times and he was finally put to rest in a plot deep in a wooded area (which my brother has since cleared and placed a headstone). Some of his jewelry was returned, no, I did not get his wedding ring which was all I wanted - to match with my mom's. We have 1 year (6 months now) to sell the house otherwise it goes to the government. They have squaters rights so my brother had to hire people to live there and change the locks.

Yeah, i stopped....everything. LOL

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FITGIRL15 8/24/2011 10:36AM

    OMG... that is right, what a story! (I mean, your life! It does read like a novel, or a movie script!)

How are YOU doing & your immediate family? Hubby & the kids? (Or has this affected you the worst?) I can't even imagine your pain & how aweful it would be to have to go through such an ordeal! Understandibly you quit everything else to focus on your family!!!

If you need anything, please, message me!!! XOXO emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 8/24/2011 10:06AM

    You have been through so much this year....
A time for healing.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/24/2011 9:15AM

    You're right, reads like a novel. Sorry for your loss - two so close together is really rough.
Welcome back! emoticon

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I'm trying - and I'm happy with that.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I gaines 20lbs when my mom got hospitalized and have done absolutely nothing to get rid of it. At that time (November 2010) I was up to 6 miles training for a half-marathon (would've been my first). I basically quit...everything. This week I have gone to the track twice and run my first solid mile each day. Taken a Zumba class and taught a Yoga class. Made arrangements for a twice a week full-body weight lifting partner and my nutrition is trying to make a comeback. Yeah, I'm proud of me!

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MARATHON_MOM 9/23/2011 8:41AM

    I'm proud of you too!!! Look out world... she's BAAAAAACK~!

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GRACIE4ONE 9/23/2011 5:47AM

    And i'm proud of you, too! TTYL

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MALCONTENTION 8/25/2011 7:50AM

    Yes, you should be! Don't worry if you find your steps need to be small ones--that might even be better than trying to take lots of stuff on at once. You've been through a super tough patch, but with time you'll get back to where you were. I have faith in you!

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FITGIRL15 8/24/2011 10:42AM

    Woo Hoo, Peggy! Rock it out, Girl!!! You can DO IT, get back to YOU!!! Life can be so stressful (Lawd, don't I know it!) but eventually, things do heal and we do move forward again... sounds like you have started that process! XXOXOO

PS... the background picture is awesome! What are you doing? Is that seriously part of your race? Insane!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 8/24/2011 10:07AM

    Woo Hoo I am so incredibly proud of you!
:) jeanne

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/24/2011 9:16AM

    You can be very proud! emoticon emoticon

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RUNTRILAUGH 8/24/2011 9:09AM

    You should be!

And ps - your background pic made me smile!!!!!!!!!!!!

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To ALL my Spark Friends

Friday, November 19, 2010

THANK YOU! For all your kind comments, encouragement and prayers. You've all really been here for me and I sincerely appreciate it. I wish I could sit down and spend all day personally thanking each of you, sending you goodies and encouragement, but we all know it's ok if I don't - thank you!

It's been a tough month, but hopefully it's winding down. I'm not nearly as stressed. Just have a lot to catch up on (mostly laundry - yuk). We cleaned out my dad's apartment yesterday, got his furniture (which is better than our old furniture), selling the car and finishing up paperwork, gravestone stuff, loose ends.

I'm sleeping, which is always a good thing. Thinking positive thoughts, planning a run tomorrow and a salad and baked turkey for our Sunday School potluck. Dean's been very encouraging and just this morning reminded me I'd have loose jeans in no time. He's such an amazing person. I'm so grateful for him.

My dad called this morning. He's home (in Mexico) and said he's doing ok, plugging along. I can't live with unforgiveness and bitterness - it only hurts me and he's completely oblivious and going senile so what's the point in harboring bad feelings.

Getting passports next week. Lots of church people seem interested in taking a trip over there - this whole situation has affected a lot of people around me.

Soon, I'll be back Sparking like crazy, I hope! My computer's getting a new harddrive, so I'm on Dixie's, so I won't be here much for a bit yet.

Love to all my awesome Spark Girlfriends!!! Couldn't have made it through this without you - and yeah, I'm serious!

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CMB2048 12/30/2010 12:07PM

    Hoping things are going well!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 11/22/2010 3:05PM

Huge hugs.
:) Jeanne

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REMEMBER2BME 11/19/2010 6:22PM

    I am just glad so proud that you have such a healthy attitude, the best attitude as I see it. You have done a fantastic job managing all of this.


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DANEDA 11/19/2010 1:38PM

    You sound good - I am so glad! You're just a wonderful person, you know that?

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FITGIRL15 11/19/2010 1:17PM

    This post puts my mind at ease! You sound like you are doing MUCH better!!!

I care about you, Peggy!!! I'm glad Dean is there for your emotional well being! He sounds like a great man!

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RAWKNRUN 11/19/2010 12:19PM

  Huge hugs honey, I am sorry and sending lots of love and hugs.

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GRACIE4ONE 11/19/2010 12:06PM

    YOU STINK! emoticon. Just kidding, just wanted to rile your feathers!!! LOL....!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/19/2010 11:05AM

    Thinking about you - You will get back to a new normal soon - don't rush it as it will be waiting for you.

Take Care.

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MARATHON_MOM 11/19/2010 10:54AM

    I love you, girl. Praying for you still. I know this loss is hard. If you need anything, please let me know.

Glad you are getting back to the running and Sparking, and that things seem to be leveling out some.

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COUNTRYNETTERS 11/19/2010 10:50AM

    emoticon You are always there for everyone else! :) Time for you to reap the benefits of Spark friends! Keep your chin up!

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RUNTRILAUGH 11/19/2010 10:39AM

    Anytime girl! You know we're always here for ya!


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