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So it's been awhile.... ;p (pic heavy)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

So, in all honesty, I have all but abandoned SP. Sure I log in *almost* every day and spin the wheel. I troll message boards and respond to some. I keep up with the Daily Spark blogs (usually). I read friends' blogs. But as far as tracking? I can't remember the last time I tracked food OR exercise on SP. Not that I haven't been tracking or exercising. In fact, I was doing REEEEAAAAALLY well up until July when we went away for our ten year anniversary. Speaking of which, I promised some people some pics, so here are some highlights:

My goal had been to be confident enough in a bikini for this trip. Goal met. :) Now for some some "nothing but fun pics."

Met some great new friends.


We even got to play with a photographer for an evening. Some of my favs:

The final full day in Jamaica was our actual anniversary. One way we celebrated was by renewing our vows. It was brief but beautiful. More beautiful than I could ever imagine. It was a perfect expression of where we are:

This is what I wrote for our vows:

With this ring, I thee wed
Ten years ago is what I said
I sang to you; your eyes were glistening
Your ears, your heart, your soul were listening
In giving my hand, I gave my life
To grow with you, to be your wife
I stand here now as I did then
Not to say remember when
Instead to say after all this time
I still am glad that you are mine
I reaffirm to my very core
To love and support you forevermore

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CBAILEYC 8/15/2012 9:58AM

    Wonderful! Lovely pictures and blog. Happy anniversary!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/14/2012 10:47PM

    You two look great!

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1MIN17SECB412PM 8/14/2012 10:06PM

    You're just beautiful, Kharah. It does my heart sooo *good* to see you so happy. I *love* the close-up picture of you and your sweetie of 10 yrs, where you're wearing purple!! It's wonderful you got the chance to blog to us, sweetie. I've missed you.


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KAREN42BOYS 8/14/2012 6:35PM

    Awwwwwwwww, what a wonderful trip! Sounds like you two are rock solid! You look beautiful!

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VARSWIFE 8/14/2012 5:47PM

    Beautiful! You look GREAT! Keep up the good work and emoticonCONGRATULATIONS emoticon emoticon

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BERGBA7 8/14/2012 5:45PM

    Really beautiful! Congratulation! You look great in those pics... and very happy!

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2011 and 2012

Monday, January 02, 2012

2011 was a pretty good year overall. My life has improved. My weight has improved. I'm stronger, happier, and healthier. I can do 15 push-ups in a row. I completed my first 5K race (and another) and Ruckus. My goals for the year (according to my SP blog) were as follows:


1) I will CONTINUE with therapy. It's the best thing to happen to me. I have decreased the frequency, but I'm definitely NOT ready to be "finished" yet.

I did continue for the first several months of 2011. I reached a point where my therapist and I agreed that I was "well enough" to make it on my own. I don't know if you ever "graduate" from therapy, but if so, that's what I did.

2) I will CONTINUE losing weight. I will get down where I want to be. Time to resume the weekly blog check-ins.

After some false starts, I did get from a high of 180lbs to 167.8 pounds (minus my TOM weeks). Still going strong, though.

So what's next? This is what I came up with for this year:

First and foremost, my bday present to myself: the half marathon the day after my birthday. Secondly, I want to improve on last year's Ruckus. I want to pull myself OVER those walls, dang it!

Next is P90X. I was always afraid that I wasn't "fit enough" to do the workouts, but thanks to FitClub, I have tried it and I like it! And I AM fit enough! I am going to "attempt" to mix it in with my half training, but if it's too much (which I know it may be), I will dumb it down a bit and really "bring it" after the race.

Next is FlyLady. I am an ok housekeeper. I can be "company ready" in about a day. But I want to be ready in 15 minutes! Enter FlyLady. I have tried to employ a few of her strategies already, and the hubby has noticed. Great feedback on little things = encouragement to keep going.

Mental health is next on my list. In addition to exercise, I find that if I miss a creative outlet for too long, I get down. Soooo, I created another blog: rhythmic-romance.blogspot.com/ in addition to my first blog: mom-in-faith.blogspot.com/ , and my goal is to write in both of them at least twice a week.

Finally - and most important - is my spiritual health. I want to read through the Bible chronologically to really get a feel for the whole story in the order it happened. I have gotten so much closer to my Savior this year, and I want to continue. I want to know His story as intimately as He knows mine.

So there you have it. Ambitious? Yes. Realistic? Yes. Here we go!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DDOORN 1/6/2012 9:22AM

    Wonderful to hear from you...your efforts are reaping such SUPER rewards which you can savor! AND onward to bigger and better accomplishments! Glad to hear that therapy has been so helpful. I know my work in therapy has been so instrumental in making these changes.

Check out my latest blog for links to the science behind why it takes such effort and vigilance to maintain our weight loss! I found the info helpful in re-dedicating myself to my efforts and what I know "works".


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CBAILEYC 1/3/2012 1:35PM

    Looks like you had a fabulous 2011! Congrats!
Your 2012 goals sound awesome.. don't forget to add in there somewhere meeting ME at JASR LOL Ok, me and all the other Sparkers, too.
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-SEVEN- 1/3/2012 12:02PM

    You've done well on your 2011 goals! Congrats, and enjoy your 2012! Another set of great goals...

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CHEMCHIC2006 1/3/2012 10:19AM

    Good luck on your 2012 goals! They sound great!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/2/2012 9:42PM

    Awesome ;) p90x rock I do some flylady lol

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/2/2012 9:21PM

    Great goals!

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And where am I one month later?

Monday, November 07, 2011

On October 3, I took some photos:

and some measurements. I am posting my "end of the month" progress now due to the fact that my period was five days late (for no good reason...grrr), and I wanted an accurate representation WITHOUT the period bloating that I inevitably get.

So, here is me now:

Or, a better picture to really showcase the progress:

That's me (on the left) and my friend on our cruise approximately a week and a half ago (October 28). So, here's my progress by the numbers:

October 3:
Weight: 178.2 lbs
Waist (at belly button): 35.75 in
Hips at widest point: 44 in
Bust: 35 in
Bicep: 11.75 in
Thigh: 25.5 in
Calf: 16.5 in

Weight: 173.0 lbs (loss of 5.2lbs)
Waist (at belly button): 33.5 in (loss of 2.25 in)
Hips at widest point: 42.5 in (loss of 1.5 in)
Bust: 33.5 in (loss of 1.5 in)
Bicep: 11.75 in (no change)
Thigh: 24.5 in (loss of 1 in)
Calf: 16.25 in (loss of 0.25 in)

I'm pretty happy with the results. Wonder where I can get to by December.....

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BEAUTIFUL8186 10/3/2012 11:04PM

    Dang girl! Keep up the awesome work!

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-SEVEN- 11/8/2011 5:45PM

    I think you're doing just awesome!! emoticon

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CBAILEYC 11/8/2011 10:15AM

    Girl you're looking HOT! Congrats on your hard work paying off so well.

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KAREN42BOYS 11/7/2011 9:07PM

    Dang, how can you look bikini-cute the way you do? My waist is a couple inches smaller, but it is not that FLAT! great job!

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    Good luck with staying focused and reaching your goals.

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CDESTRADA 11/7/2011 7:21PM

    Keep up the good work... That is great!! Keep us updated on your progress please, I really like ready updates like these, keeps me motivated.

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GETFITALREADY 11/7/2011 7:19PM

    Wow, I wish I wsa having your results!

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SALLYINSALEM 11/7/2011 7:11PM

    You should be extremely happy! You are doing a great job! Be very proud!! I'm proud of you too! Keep it up!

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Need Some Feedback.....

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Today I went to my doctor for my yearly check-up. Since seeing him last year, I have lost exactly one pound according to his scale. How depressing. Anyways, my check-up was normal. He ordered blood work and then asked if I had any problems. I told him how disgusted I was that despite regular exercise, I wasn't losing weight. I told him I was having about 50% success with keeping my calories between 1200-1400 per day. He then ordered thyroid function tests and took out his prescription pad.

He ordered me a thirty day supply of adipex-p. I am to go back next month for another check-up. I am not not sure how I feel about this. Taking a pill seems like cheating, somehow. Then, of course, there is the fact that I am a nurse, and I am afraid of health repercussions. And there's this little bit of pride that thinks ~180lbs is no big deal (then why isn't it gone, yet, hmmm?). I shouldn't need a pill to take off 30 pounds.....On the flip side, the idea that I could break through whatever barriers I have and jumpstart my weight loss is extremely seductive. So I took to my drug guide and the trusty internet to do some research. Oh, and I took the first pill this afternoon (perfect timing because I am on night-turn).

From official websites to colloquial ones, the results are staggering. All but one person reported amazing losses. The one negative? That individual had only been using it for two weeks and had started exercising every day with weights and reported a two pound gain. It's possible she just built muscle.

As for side effects, they are just like those associated with large doses of caffeine. There is also a risk of addiction, and after taking the first pill, I can understand why. There are no jitters, no racing heartbeat, no upset stomach. I simply feel energized and focused, and yes, my appetite is suppressed. It's an amazing feeling.

Anyways, what do you think? Am I crazy for giving this a try? Has anyone had experience with this drug?

Oh, and no, I DID NOT ask for this. He offered it up without prompting. And, yes, I trust this doc more than any other PCP I have ever met.

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HAPPYONE331 10/20/2011 10:35PM

    I see no harm in using the medication short term to jump start your weight loss, but as everyone knows, it's learning a new healthier life style that makes the difference. Ultimately, it's your decision, and either way, I wish you well!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/17/2011 10:24AM

    I totally agree with the others in that your calorie intake may be too low. Remember pills may promise great results and you may see some results, but you will prob gain it all back after you stop using the pills. It's been my experience with every diet I have experimented with, you lose it, then you gain in back quick. Calorie counting and healthy eating are the SURE FIRE ways to lose it and keep it off, and you learn great eating habits along the way. Use pills with caution. Best wishes to you in finding what is right for YOU.

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DDOORN 10/17/2011 9:43AM

    If you go with the adipex-p, I would be cautious and see what happens. It doesn't sound like anything you would want to use on a longer term basis. Experimenting with the calorie levels makes sense to me, especially as active as you are I'm betting your intake is too low.


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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/15/2011 9:47AM

    I had never heard of this before myself. But I have to agree with what others have said - my first thought when I read your post is that you are not getting in enough calories.

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BAM0827 10/14/2011 11:37AM

    Did any of those stories you read have follow up with the people 6-12 months after their done taking the pill? My first thought on pills is always "what is going to happen when you stop taking them?" I know our hopes would be to eat well and exercise off the pills, too, but if you lost the weight while on them I think it would be hard to maintain or lose more after. Think about how you'd feel if after you stopped you gained the weight back? I'm not sure I could go through that roller coaster.

I do think it's odd he'd take out his prescription pad before he got the thyroid test back or asked to see a food journal for a month or two to see where things can be tweaked. Or maybe even suggest a nutrionist first. Pills seem like the easy way out.

Having seen you two weeks ago I would never guess you were 180 pounds!!! You have to have some muscle there!

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*ERICA* 10/14/2011 10:45AM

    The first thing I thought of when you said the calories is...its probably too low. And the quality of food you are eating could be compromised. Try a clean diet for a month. And see what the test results come back as. I find it odd that he just gave you pills before any tests come back.

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ANDROMEDA1967 10/14/2011 6:46AM

    as a physician myself, i rarely suggest or hand out weight loss pills. the onlu one I do prescribe (because it'sa the only one most insurance companies cover) is Adipex-P. I give it to those patients who have made an actual attempt to lose weight on their own and have not been very successful. I don't give it to anyone who is looking for a quick fix and not willing to change their lifestyle. i have had 3 patients on it and of those three, only one has lost some weight. The other 2 didn't because they stopped trying. They weren't exercising or trying to change their diets. they were just depending on a pill.

So, i think it's okay for you to use it as long as you keep up with your healthy lifestyle habits. That's the only way it will work.

Also, remember, you won't (and shouldn't) be on this pill forever. So, eventually, maintenance of any weight lost will depend on your consistency with proper diet and exercise.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 10/14/2011 6:41AM

    I think Bobby is right - your calorie intake may be too low. You need to calculate your BMR (basic metabolic rate) http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ca
lorie-calculator/NU00598 - and you should not go below that.

I also think you should wait to see what the result of your thyroid test shows. Do you need to cut down on your sodium?

I don't know how much strength you do - but that may have to be bumped up.

I don't think taking medication is cheating. However, I would make sure there are other things which can be corrected first.

We are all here to help.


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APIRLRAIN888 10/13/2011 9:54PM

    If it makes u feel better I lost no weight too but! Pic shows difference, in fact I'm now 10 lbs heavier and jeans that took me 10lbs lighter to fit are fitting now!!! And I run!!!!!!!!!

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KAREN42BOYS 10/13/2011 8:59PM

    Your doctor prescribed them, so your doctor thinks this is a safe and reasonable choice. That's important.

If you're uncomfortable with taking the pills or even if you're not, it might be good to meet with a sports nutritionist to make sure that there's not something nutritionally going on.

when do you get the thyroid results?

(looking through your food journal, and i get that it's not totally accurate, but i'm not seeing much mention of fruits or veggies. i find that when i'm really getting my veggies in, i lose weight more easily.)

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BOBBYD31 10/13/2011 8:05PM

    i will give you my 2 cents even if it is only worth one or a half.

your calories are way too low for your level of activity and weight.(assume 1 lb per week loss you should be in the 1600 to 1900 range apx up date your tracker and exercise level and that will change your calorie intake
are you eating well? not just in range?
how is your water intake?
have you tried to change up your routine to jump start you body?(type of exercise, intensity level, duration, foods, the types and qty you eat)

check into spark articles on busting plateaus

as you can tell i am not a pill fan but the choice is yours, if you believe you have done everything you can to break thru the plateau then go back and re-evaluate everything. if you still can not come up with a solution then maybe give it a try

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MCOGIRL 10/13/2011 7:50PM

    Well my head immediately thinks - "nah.....don't use the pills - they can't be good for you"....... just be more diligent about tracking calories..... BUT - as someone who struggles and struggles with willpower (eat healthy and exercise just eat too many calories to lose that 10 -15 lbs)....... I can understand trying it and seeing if it can get you jump started. I think I would do like you did and first google it and make sure that there are no bad stories associated with it......and research the ingredients too.... You don't want to put things in your body that could hurt you later. But if you do that and feel comfortable with what you find...... honestly I could see giving it a try. I like the natural way.......but I also get frustrated with myself and wish there was just something to give me a little more willpower :-)

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Weights and Measures Oct. 3 - Supreme 90 Challenge

Monday, October 03, 2011

It's the beginning of another month and therefore the beginning of a new challenge. This one is just to see who can make the most changes in one month. So here is my starting place:

Weight: 178.2 lbs
Waist (at belly button): 35.75 in
Hips at widest point: 44 in
Bust: 35 in
Bicep: 11.75 in
Thigh: 25.5 in
Calf: 16.5 in

Let's see how far we can go in a month!

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DDOORN 10/4/2011 1:08PM

    Hey you've been doing SUPER!

Keep on with the challenges! Spark ON! :-)


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