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Alas, Size 8s, I knew thee well...

Thursday, December 30, 2010

That's right folks... bye bye size 8 jeans... I went to my favorite jeans store and yessir, size 6 fit like a champ! (and I bought two long sleeve shirts, size S).

8 years ago when I decided I didn't want to have to STUFF myself into a size 18-20 anymore, I thought, I will lose weight, but I will never be single digit sized. I was never single digit sized.

2 years later, when I hit my goal weight, I was wearing a 4-6. I still couldn't believe it. As much as I despise clothes shopping, I would stand in the dressing room ad nauseum, basically staring at myself in disbelief. Oh, the delight I felt when I had to ask the attendant to bring me the "next size down". I was giddy.

Fast forward to 2ish years ago when my life imploded on itself and 22 of those pounds came screaming down the hip and thigh-way. I had kept some of my size 10s and they were getting tight. It was time to find my spark. Sparkpeople, the spark in the heart, the spark in my determination to be healthy, the spark in my drive to be a role model for my friends, family and coworkers.

Fast forward again to present day. I'm back to a 6, probably a 6-8. Still aiming for that 4-6, but I won't obsess this time around and have to cut my size tags out of my clothes. :) I don't get on the scale everyday anymore... a huge accomplishment for me.

Random thoughts for the end of the year:
I am happily married to my best friend.
Asparagus is really good raw!
According to the fitness website I log my time and miles to, I've burned 217.47 donuts since June (I love how they put things in perspective).
I ran my fastest 5k ever this year
I have learned to enjoy running

I have plenty of more random thoughts, but maybe I will save them for tomorrow... or some other day.

I'm really looking forward to running today. I'm going to go a little later in the afternoon hoping that the ice will be melted (and snow!) so I can give it everything I have. It will be an interval run. I am planning on the same course as Tuesday.

In 2 days, my blog will be my goals for 2011. I have been thinking long and hard about them. They will be high, but reasonable... Challenging, yet attainable.

Have a wonderful Thursday!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

VEACHXCL 1/1/2011 12:57AM

    Now that my friend is some serious donuts!! Good job and keep up the good work! Happy New Year to you and the husband! emoticon Chris

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SPARKLEBETH 12/31/2010 11:53AM

    You deserve so much credit--You are simply awesome! I am encouraged to get back on the "SPARK" and get some more of these pounds off.
Monday, Jan. 3 is the beginning of my "DO" day! Check my blog for what that means!

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REALLY_ROBIN 12/30/2010 3:44PM

  That is so cool! Way to go! You are an inspiration to me, for sure!

I blogged part 1 of the Vitamin E answer on my blog today! I still curious for part 2.

You are doing so great, I bet in no time you'll be back down to your all time low!

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ISHIIGIRL 12/30/2010 2:29PM

    I admire your tenacity and I think you are wise in your efforts.

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SHIRNEST 12/30/2010 2:10PM

    Congratulations!!!! Keep up the good work emoticon

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JOHNTJ1 12/30/2010 2:00PM

    I believe that when we take the time to reflect on all that we've done we are amazed how many positive things we accomplish each day of our lives much less a year. Sometimes it only takes one event for us to realize how amazing we really are.

That's when we become an inspiration to other people, sorta like you are

Much Love


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STUFFEDPUPPET 12/30/2010 1:57PM

    WOW!!! That is awesome. Way to go and keep rocking it.

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200 miles, 361 miles

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Those are my mile totals since June. 200 running miles, 361 total miles, including biking, swimming, running and cross country skiing.

I am thinking about joining the challenge on DM called 4022 in 2011. The actual challenge is 4022 cycling miles, but since I mainly run, I will modify it to running miles or any miles.

I guess I really need to start thinking of some goals for 2011. It is December 29th and I know I'm not going to reach my 145 pound goal by December 31 (unless I miraculously lose 5 pounds in the next 2 days). Maybe I can get those pounds off by my 35th birthday (January 17). I'd really like to maintain one forty something and not one fifty something.

My girl friend had to cancel this evening for our night out and she explaining the new weight watchers system to me. We are going to try to meet up on Friday since we both have the day off.

Time to get to work. Happy Hump Day!

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MONICASMS3 12/30/2010 11:59AM

    Great job! I like that you set goals for yourself, that's a really great thing that I need to do for myself. Wishing you a very Happy New Year !! emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/29/2010 11:38PM

    Wow, that is awesome! Give yourself a hearty pat on the back.
Glad to hear you're feeling better, thanks tons for the note!
Happy New Year.

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JOHNTJ1 12/29/2010 7:59AM

    Considering eveything you have accomplished up to this point I am quite sure whatever goal(s) you set for next year will be ones you attain.

Hope you have a warm Wednesday

Much Love


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Finally some cardio!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My husband and I went cross country skiing yesterday for about 40 minutes. The ground isn't frozen all the way so the snow was sticking to our skis really bad, but it was a lot of fun. We went around his property a few times then went to his mom's house. She just lives a few streets over.

I made the spicy shrimp recipe from Sparkpeople. I used rice instead of pasta though. My husband is Italian, so we were kind of pasta-ed out. It was really good, but I'm not feeling very well this morning. I decided to work from home in case it is a touch of the stomach bug that's going around.

I went over my calories yesterday by 40 and under my fiber by 4. Today is a new day and I'm not going to dwell on yesterday's negatives. I need to look toward today's positives.

Hopefully if I feel better, I am going to go outside and get some exercise. I thought about going for a walk. Today is my usual biking and yoga day, but I thought about walking and weights to change things up a bit... that, and I don't have my bike trainer set up right now with the guys here restoring the floors! :)

Ok, I have to get back to work and find some breakfast. Have a wonderful Tuesday and Let's Gooooooooooooooo Mountaineers! (we play in our bowl game this evening at 1830)

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PRAIRIECROCUS 12/29/2010 1:18AM

    I hope that you and your husband enjoyed your cross-country skiing !
I imagine that you got a lot of fresh air ! And then, you bowled in the
evening. Good for you !
There's a New Year, right around the corner !
I hope that you and yours will keep active in the new year !

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JOHNTJ1 12/28/2010 9:18AM

    Good luck in the bowl game.

Sometimes our bodies tell us we are taking a time out, whether we want to or not. Enjoy your solitude and the time you have with yourself.

Much Love


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MIA for Christmas!

Monday, December 27, 2010

oh sparkfriends, I'm so sorry I was absent over the holidays.

Things are looking more positive for me. I woke up this morning, decided I was going to work from home, checked my email and whattaya know??? We got an extra holiday! Thank you Landmark!! What's even better is my husband also has today off. WOOO HOOO! We are talking about running some errands and then going cross country skiing on the rail trail this afternoon. :)

I'm planning my weekly meals right now and we're going to hit the grocery store after that.

Happy New Year sparkers!

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BEACHGIRL76 12/27/2010 2:01PM

    Sounds like you have a great day planned! Enjoy:)

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REALLY_ROBIN 12/27/2010 1:17PM

  Glad your back and hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I'm getting back on track too. I have my non stress test tomorrow and then see the cardiologist on the 3rd. I will let you know what the big deal is on the Vitamin E. I hope you and hubby have a great day off together! :) Robin

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BURGHGIRL 12/27/2010 11:51AM

    Enjoy your bonus day off and the extra quality time with the husband!! I have been MIA too, but am finally getting my butt in gear and getting back on track. My tracking was nonexistent for the past 3 weeks, and i truly miss it!

Welcome back!

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Small steps, small accomplishments...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

I changed two light bulbs today. It doesn't sound like much, but it is a major accomplishment for this busy chick. I have all my Christmas cards on display. Another small accomplishment, but trying to give myself little gold stars amidst all this turmoil.

I don't know how, but I am losing weight. I will put this in my positive list, too.

I can't wait to sleep in the next two days... with my husband. I miss him so much.

I have no goals for today... and maybe I need a day like that. Maybe a reset day. I am going to try to hit the treadmill, but if I don't, that's okay.

Peace and love to everyone.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/24/2010 12:25PM

    It's all part of taking care of yourself in one way or another, right? Enjoy some R & R!

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BEACHGIRL76 12/23/2010 3:33PM

    Yes take a rest and enjoy it! We all need a break some times. Have a wonderful holiday!

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VEACHXCL 12/23/2010 12:41PM

    I got to sleep in with my hubby this morning as well! Doesn't happen often cause he works out of town. Its the little things that mean so much, right? I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!! I am certain you will have a wonderful 2011....your blogs are always an inspiration to me. Thanks!

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STUFFEDPUPPET 12/23/2010 10:57AM

    Whooo Hoooo! Way to go. You are doing wonderful. The little steps add up over time to the brand new you that you are working for.

And Hey - I am all for Gold starts!! emoticon

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JAZZYJAS 12/23/2010 10:30AM

    Those little things add up! Baby steps. Enjoy the lie in with your husband.

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