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Others Are Starting To Notice!

Friday, October 21, 2011

My trainer made my day yesterday. During our hour long sprint-fest, she kept talking about her plans for building up the number of sprints and laps around the soccer field, and each time, I would nod and say "okay". At one point she laughed and gave me a funny look.
Then she told me that she loved that now I just agree with her when she talks about increasing things.
"I know I don't have a choice." was my answer.
Her reply - "No. Seriously, you used to always say 'Really? I don't think I can do that.' Now, you don't underestimate yourself."
I was ecstatic. I've been noticing the awesome results of trying to think positively and have confidence, but it was really awesome to have someone else notice. Especially someone I respect and want to impress.
I also lost 2 pounds this week. After a year long plateau. I really think stress was keeping me where I was and letting it go freed me. I feel like a completely new person. Now, to keep it going!
Join me Sparkfriends! Believe you can do anything - because you can.
"Long after your mind has given up, your body will keep going." - My wonderful trainer

  
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GIANTMICROBE 10/24/2011 7:28AM

    I missed this blog somehow... but isn't it wonderful when people notice things about you that you didn't notice about yourself? WAY TO GO!!! :)

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JONICACALDWELL 10/21/2011 4:22PM

    emoticon emoticon Very encouraging!

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ELLIE-1220 10/21/2011 12:50PM

    Incredible! Congrats for breaking your plateau - I can only imagine how frustrating that must've been for you. With the power of knowledge and the courage to act on that knowledge we can certainly turn our lives around. You are awesome, seriously!

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AMYSRUN4LIFE 10/21/2011 11:39AM

    emoticon It is so great when others notice and take the time to acknowledge our accomplishments, no matter big or small.
Keep up the great work!! WOO HOO!!!

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RUBY_TUESDAY21 10/21/2011 10:06AM

    It continues to amaze me how much of it is mental. Way to go!

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FIREWORK20 10/21/2011 9:40AM

    Oh, I loved this! Way to go! You are making SO much progress and doing SO good! :)

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JONESINGAL 10/21/2011 9:27AM

    Good for you! The mind is very powerful! Sounds like you are making great progress! Keep it up!

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Accepting Myself

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The last couple weeks have been huge for me mentally and emotionally. Making the choice to try to think positive has changed so much in my life. (I'll be writing a blog about this soon.) I also finally made the mental switch. I already mentioned this in a blog - I know - but it has been such a huge change for me.
I can now see myself the way I am. I am no longer the fat girl. I am no longer afraid.
And, I no longer hate myself.
So, here is something I never thought I'd share. Before / Now pics
I was going through some pictures on the computer and stumbled upon these gems.




Yup. That was me three years ago at around 263 pounds. And, up until a couple weeks ago, I still saw myself like that. I still thought I had the same limitations as the woman in these pictures. I wouldn't allow myself to accept the changes. I was too scared to go somewhere new and unfamiliar. I was afraid to grow.
Thankfully, I am over that. The switch has been flipped, and I am never going back.
Here's me now!

  
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IMREITE 11/12/2011 1:13AM

    it is good to see how much we have progressed. it will help to to continue to keep going.

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KIPPER15 11/8/2011 7:38PM

    Congratulations you look great. emoticon

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JOY73YL 11/6/2011 6:14PM

    Keep up the great work.

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SIMONBAKER 11/6/2011 1:53PM

    Good for you! You look great, keep up the great work! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 11/6/2011 6:52AM

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ROZEEROZ1 11/6/2011 5:16AM

    Great changes in choices. It isn't your weight that gives your worth [whether we are heavy or slim], Everyone has equal value. Somehow we forget that - I do too.

Keep up the great work!
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KIN59VARA 11/6/2011 3:46AM

    Great blog and I loved your background to your page!!

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HOWLERMOM 11/5/2011 9:29PM

    Super - you look great and happy!

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DEDE824 11/5/2011 3:08PM

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You've just made a major breakthrough for the rest of your life!! Congratulations to the new you.

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MIZZSB 11/4/2011 3:42PM

    I LOVE YOUR BACKGROUND!!!!!

great pics!!

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FLPALM 11/4/2011 3:27PM

    What great pictures! Some times, like you stated, stumbling on "old photos" can "readjust our minds" to "see the new you!"
I have a LONG WAY TO GO, but I see some of my very old photos and then jump to now, and the "image" needs time to sink in.

You have done a FANTASTIC JOB! You look great and I am sure, you are loving life....in the new you!

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SHIRE33 11/4/2011 1:38PM

    The older I get the more I find myself coming out of the media-conditioned fog of what beautiful looks like. Thank goodness! Yes, indeed, you are beautiful, and one day soon, I think I'm going to be able to say that about myself, too. : )

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BRAVEHEART4ME 11/4/2011 1:07PM

  Wow, you look GREAT! Congratulations! emoticon emoticon

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DROLAFSON 11/4/2011 12:06PM

  You look very beautiful. When we finally realize that it has never been about the food, our journey becomes one of true inspiration. Loving ourselves is the hardest thing any of us will ever accomplish; but when we do the miracles only get better in our lives. May you always stay true to yourself. Debra

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MPENNE 11/4/2011 11:44AM

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MRSPINCKNEY 11/4/2011 8:17AM

    emoticon and Amazing!!!!!!

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MANDYDE 11/4/2011 5:56AM

    Congratulations on making the mental switch and also for your amazing progress - you must be so pleased and so proud of your self - well done

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SEAJESS 11/4/2011 3:19AM

    Congratulations! It is so exciting that you've made that mental switch! Hope you never go back.

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DREAM2009 11/4/2011 2:56AM

  Congratulation for the changes u make in the lifestyle. Enjoy.

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JIBBIE49 11/4/2011 1:55AM

    http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?
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emoticonHow wonderful to see you BLOG Featured as Best Member Blog.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 11/4/2011 1:37AM

    You look beautiful! The pictures are very inspiring. Learning to see ourselves as we really are is one of the most difficult-rewarding lessons. You have overcome one of the biggest challenges many face. A butterfly emerging from its cocoon. emoticon
Spread your wings and fly. I wish you the best as you continue to pursue your chosen life goals. emoticon

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SHANTISHANTI 11/3/2011 8:45PM

    Awesome, you look beautiful!

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MADYZ360 11/3/2011 7:04PM

    I hope one day I can say I had that switch. You are an inspiration, truly!

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DWRIGHT30 11/3/2011 6:44PM

    You look great. You should have a positive attitude :)

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HDHAWK 11/3/2011 6:27PM

    Congratulations! Enjoy your new lifestyle!

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ANJEWARD 11/3/2011 6:19PM

  You have inspired me! Thank you.

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SPECIALGURL7 11/3/2011 5:47PM

    You look great. Keep up the good work.

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CHANGING-TURTLE 11/3/2011 5:40PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon YOU GO GIRL YOU ROCK NOW

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44ANGEL 11/3/2011 5:34PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYou look really good. I love reading these kind of blogs. Gives me a little more motivation to keep plugging a long.

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LADYGSC 11/3/2011 5:21PM

    Congrats are in order!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATTY267 11/3/2011 2:10PM

    Congratulations. You were always beautiful, you just didn't know it yet.
emoticon ... keep kickin' and here's a hug for all your hard work in getting there ... emoticon

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JLUSH111 11/3/2011 1:58PM

  Keep up the good work. It's working for you. Good luck and a happy life to you.

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THECRAZYMANGO 11/3/2011 1:36PM

    I also find accepting me hard, even after making a lifestyle change!

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AHODGES7 11/3/2011 1:23PM

    YAY!
Congratulations!
You LOOK AMAZING!!!
All the best wishes to keep on keeping on!
Andrea

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DEBBYFROMMT 11/3/2011 1:10PM

    Your face! You can see the weight loss, but more than that, you can see the happiness and confidence! Congrats!

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CLYNN8810 11/3/2011 1:07PM

    Congrats!!!! It's because of you and the other people who have had such success, that I keep pushing on!!! =)

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SHEPHERDMOM 11/3/2011 12:28PM

  Congratualtions! Keep up the good work.

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LADYSWIMMER 11/3/2011 12:24PM

  I hope you continue to keep this positive outlook for the rest of your life. You look amazing and you have worked so hard. May you never quit!

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MICHANTH 11/3/2011 11:57AM

    Congratulations, you look fantastic emoticon

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VIMVIGOR 11/3/2011 11:41AM

 
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Perhaps you have now reached the end of your comfort zone? It sure sounds like you are ready to LIVE!!!!

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ACCEPTINGME73 11/3/2011 11:21AM

    Way to go!

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PIXIESTIX6669 11/3/2011 11:07AM

    Wow...u look awesome...Congrats to u!

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MEIORI 11/3/2011 11:06AM

    I understand, sometimes I think of myself as the girl no one paid attention too. You look fantastic, and your smile is lovely!

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LBSPOERL 11/3/2011 11:03AM

    Wow! You look amazing! And the glow of happiness & self-love is just radiating from you. :)

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ROCK1CHERRY 11/3/2011 11:03AM

  I've heard that it's sometimes tough for people to really see themselves after a big change like that. Glad you've made it to the point where you see yourself for the new you. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story with us!

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JONESINGAL 11/3/2011 10:52AM

    Congrats! You look great!

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SP_COACH_DENISE 10/19/2011 10:00PM

    Thanks for sharing this! You are doing great! emoticon

Coach Denise

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My Sparked Life

Monday, October 17, 2011

I just had this article published on the Yahoo Contributor Network. It's about how I found Sparkpeople and how it works.

www.associatedcontent.com/article/90
14643/my_sparked_life_pg2.html?cat=5

  


4 Essential Components of Lasting Weight Loss

Monday, October 17, 2011

*Here's a post from my blog - ifimnotfatwhatami.blogspot.com - Enjoy!

Losing weight is not easy. If it was, there wouldn't be a zillion different weight loss products on the market, and we would all be thin, fit, and healthy. I knew when I started my weight loss journey that it was going to be terrible at times. In fact, I focused on that as I made the decision to do it. I couldn't see the amazing gains and triumphs at the time. They came later.

I developed a mantra for the tough times - Consistency, Hard Work, and Determination. I even chanted it to myself during my first 10k, when I was jogging as slow as a person can jog up a never-ending hill. It got me through that hill and a lot of other set backs.

Consistency - It is absolutely necessary if you want to keep the weight off for good. Any sudden drop in calories or increase in exercise can cause momentary weight loss, but to really see results, you have to create healthy habits. Exercising regularly and following a healthy diet most of the time will lead to a happier, healthier you and become habits for life - a much longer life.

Hard Work -
“Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.” - Booker T. Washington
If you want something bad enough, you'll work for it. That's what brings lasting weight loss. There is no magic pill, no miracle diet. You don't need anything but your own will. Put in the extra effort and reap the benefits. This may seem daunting at first, but the good news is, the more you put in, the better you feel. Then you want to work even harder.

Determination - You wouldn't get anywhere without it. The willingness to work hard, to push your limits, and to overcome fears is supported completely by determination. Choose to fight for yourself every day, and you will find a whole new person inside.

So, there are the three things that got me to where I am now - 80 pounds lighter and a thousand times happier. But, the title of this blog is Four Essential Components of Lasting Weight Loss.

I haven't forgotten the fourth component. It may be the most important of all, and it is the one that I figured out last. It's Positive Thinking.

I lost a bunch of weight. I was working out almost every day and working hard. But, I wasn't happy. I still saw the old, fat, miserable me when I looked in the mirror. I still hated myself and felt like everything could be so much better than it was. I focused solely on the negative and paid very little attention to the many joys in my life. I was in a really bad slump.

The change happened when I started actively trying to turn my thoughts around and see the positive in every situation. It didn't come easy at first, but the more I tried, the easier it became. I started to see myself as I truly am, and I accepted it. I can now picture my future, and I have confidence in myself for the first time in years.

It makes life so much better. I'm happier and more content. I enjoy each day, and I feel like my head is a lot less cluttered with negative thoughts and noise. I'm a lot more peaceful.

Consistent healthy choices and the willingness to work hard helped me change my body and my life. Looking for the good in life made me calmer emotionally. I would recommend these things to anyone. They're free, and they depend solely on your thoughts and actions. You are in control. Go for it now. Don't waste another minute of your life.

  
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RILDASJOI 10/26/2011 12:26PM

    Congratulations! Yes, consistency is key. Staying focused on your vision, consistently doing those things that get you to your goal, and Passion. Passion is wrapped up inside the word suffering - diligently, patiently doing those things that get you to your goal. Awesome work sparkie!! emoticon emoticon

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ELLIE-1220 10/17/2011 12:55PM

    "And timing's everything
And this time there's plenty
I am balancing
Careful and steady
And reveling in energy that everyone's emitting

I don't wanna wait no more
No I wanna celebrate the whole world
I'm gonna make it mine
Because I'm following your joy
I'm gonna make it mine
Because I... I am open
I'm gonna make it mine" Make It Mine, Jason Mraz

Love your blog... you are inspiring and so honest. Congrats on everything you've accomplished and thank you for sharing.


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SPARKSTEPH 10/17/2011 12:31PM

    Number 1 = "Consistent healthy choices".

You have choices everyday and if you make those choices based solely on your goal, you will get there.
So simple and so profound. Thanks! emoticon

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FIREWORK20 10/17/2011 9:29AM

    Great blog!!! It was just what I needed to hear this morning so thank you! Hope you have a great Monday!

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BLH507 10/17/2011 7:29AM

    Your 4 are my 4. I think consistency is the #1 component. Many different diet plans work. You will lose weight if you follow them. Consistency is the key to following the plan. 1 day, 1 meal, 1 pound at a time.

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ADDYSGETTINFIT 10/17/2011 7:26AM

    Love the post! Congrats on your hard work and successes along the way!!!

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An Amazing Week

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I'm finding that when I think positive, life just works out somehow. Worrying about everything has no purpose and just holds me back. This week has been amazing. My Zumba classes are going great. I'm working with a friend on her weight loss and so excited for her to start! I pressed 25 lb. dumbbells that I struggled with last time I lifted heavy. My trainer had to help me lift them then. This time I did 2 sets all on my own. The feeling when they went up the first time was unforgettable. I felt so strong.
Top it all off with an overall feeling of well-being from thinking positively, and I finally got new sneakers! Maybe my terrible foot pain will finally go away, and I can run regularly again.
The decision to change the way I look at life seems to be working. I feel like a completely different person. I'm more confident (even leading class), and I'm definitely happier. Love it. emoticon

  
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FANCY-PANTS 10/16/2011 2:19PM

    Great attitude! emoticon emoticon

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ADDYSGETTINFIT 10/15/2011 9:24PM

    Way to go! Alright, you've inspired me. I'm going to focus on being positive tomorrow! I would say today/now... but it's nearly bed time. That would be too much like cheating, lol. emoticon

Thank you!!!

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BLUE42DOWN 10/15/2011 8:03PM

    Welcome to the positive side! May the positive force be with you. =P

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