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Quickie blog: Options/advice needed!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I am going on a road trip by myself tomorrow to Minneapolis (for the fabulous Spark meetup/race/birthday celebrating/overall funtastic time).

It is about 5 to 5-1/2 hours long depending on if I stop at all. When I get there, I will be jumping right into a personal training session with MEZZOANGEL's personal trainer emoticon

Okay, not sure why I put the devil there. Can I just say that St. Paddy's day is messing me up a little? emoticon

Anyhoo, I am going to be eating a healthy breakfast including oatmeal and PB and stuff before I leave, but I am sure I will get hungry during the trip.

What do you all suggest I bring with me? I don't want to have to buy something on the way, because I tell you what, that is when fast food drive-thrus hit hard on my brain and scream for me to EAT there.

Thanks in advance, you beautiful, precious friends of mine!!! emoticon

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MEGSFITNESS 3/18/2011 6:15PM

    Are you still in minneapolis?! That's where I'm from!! :(

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ELAOPET 3/18/2011 2:49PM

    I ussually make myself a sandwich - whole wheat bread, cheese and turkey ham or cottage cheese, or tuna, or simply pb, I bring a small bottle of plain yogurt and some fruit like apples and bananas :) and water, of course!

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THEHONESTME 3/17/2011 8:43PM

    My new favorite is a whole wheat tortilla wrap with hummus, lettuce, tomato, and cucumber -- yummy and filling -- put it in a lunch pack with a bottle of water and some fruit and/or veggies to nibble on and you should be good to go! Have fun!!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 3/17/2011 3:22PM

    I usually pack sandwiches because they are easy to eat while driving. Baby carrots are always a good snacking thing to have in the car too. You can even bring a mini cooler to keep everything chilled.

Have fun! I live in Cottage Grove just 25 minutes from Minneapolis. It would have been fun to run the race with you ladies!

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THEMRSH 3/17/2011 2:47PM

  Awesome suggestions. Sugar Snap Pea Pods are a yummy treat for a sweet craving too. I pack them a lot and mix with my carrots and it kicks my sweet craving. Maybe take 1 small something not so healthy choice like some chocolate. I find this helps me when I drive past the fast food stops and they call out to me and I feel tempted I remember I have an unhealthy choice in my car if I really want it. Have fun on your trip!

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ON2VICTORY 3/17/2011 2:24PM

    sounds to me like you got some seriously good answers already. for me, anything that is filling and has protein, stops the hungries. then I need fruits and veggins for lo cal munching because isnt that what we all do on car trips? have a safe trip and an awesome time!

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LORIAPO 3/17/2011 2:08PM

    Things I have packed in my little 'to -go' cooler.

Bite size cut up veggies in zip-lock bags. (carrots, celery, red pepper strips, cucumber slices, cauliflower or broccoli florets, jicama)
Grapes, cherries, bananas or other easy to eat fruit.
Grilled chicken sliced up into bite size pieces to eat with my veggies.
Healthy sandwiches on whole wheat, whatever you like. Sometimes I do meat ones with spinach, but there's nothing wrong with peanut butter sandwiches.
Individual greek yogurts.
Individual applesauce (no sugar kind).
Don't forget some spoons if you take any of above 2 items.
A shaker mixed up with my favorite protein/meal replacement drink.

Hope that gives you some ideas.
You will feel so much better eating like this instead of the fast food.
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WENDYSPARKS 3/17/2011 1:56PM

    Fruits and veggie sticks are good! Have fun!!


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DRB13_1 3/17/2011 1:52PM

    safe travels! great suggestions already - good for you, planning ahead!

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KVROMBAUT 3/17/2011 12:55PM

    When I travel I usually bring a small cooler and put fresh veggies and fruit in there. maybe some string cheese too. then I bring a pack of salmon or tune (in case I can't find a healthy meal when I need it. I usually take some bars (luna or cliff) and then some Almonds. I always bring WAY too much just in case.

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MADEMCHE 3/17/2011 12:49PM

    Pack a cooler. Put a few bottles of frozen water or fruit juice in it, keeps things nice and cool, and when they melt, you can drink them. Fruit, nuts, cheese, trail mix, whatever your heart desires. The fact that you are planning it out now, is awesome. And being prepared is going to help you so much on your journey you won't have to stop for fast food at all.

Have an amazing time!

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SHERRYJVP 3/17/2011 12:35PM

    I like fruit. Freeze some grapes. how about a cooler with a premade smoothie? Maybe include protein. Or pack a favorite healthy sandwich to go with your fruit.

Sounds so fun. Look forward to hearing about it.

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/17/2011 12:29PM

    You already have a lot of good suggestions--I'd say anything that you normally would snack/lunch on that doesn't require heating/cooking would be good. Just don't pack so much that you're tempted to munch all the way there, remember to save some things for the trip home. Most of all, HAVE FUN! Meeting up with MEZZOANGEL and a Personal Trainer as soon as you get there should be motivation to not overdo it on the munching!


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SLEEPYDEAN 3/17/2011 12:21PM

    In addition to the great suggestions of string cheese, nuts and fruit, I'd have to throw in a Luna Bar

Hope you have a safe and fun trip!

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ROBYN168 3/17/2011 12:21PM

    All of the things I was going to suggest are carrots are filling and easy - and a cooler with water and a yogurt will help with protien.

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KANSASROSE67 3/17/2011 12:15PM

    I take a bag of baby carrots with me whenever I travel. They give you that satisfying munchy, crunchy feeling and are healthy, too!

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BREWMASTERBILL 3/17/2011 12:12PM

    You shouldn't have to deviate much from your normal meal plan. If it's a lunch time thing, pack a small cooler with the usual stuff. A sammich, some fruit, etc.

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PINKBEANBOO 3/17/2011 12:11PM

    I like popcorn - no butter, no salt. It's low calorie, good source of fiber, keeps your hands busy & mouth chewing.

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GRACEISENUF 3/17/2011 12:09PM

    Ooops, I forgot...have a GREAT time!

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GRACEISENUF 3/17/2011 12:09PM

    I usually take a mini cooler along on road trips. I stock it with healthy stuff. Sandwich, yogurt, protein bars, carrots, apples. I put a frozen pack on top so I can literally take anything I would eat at home. They are very inexpensive at Walmart and are great for the beach too.

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KASSIANDORA 3/17/2011 12:06PM

    Apples, raisins, string cheese, oranges, nuts, two or three chocolate kisses for the candy craving.

I sometimes like sun chips if I have a chip craving.

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Thank you, and an explanation....

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Thank you so much for the comments on my was nerve wracking to do it since I feel so....self-aware when talking to a webcam like that.

There are a few reasons I did that Vlog, and the main reason is because I want to be NOT nervous doing it when I do one for my Sparkversary, which is coming up in less than a month (eek!). I want to fine tune how I am talking (reeling back on the Ummmms, actually looking AT the camera so it looks like I am talking to YOU rather than looking down all the time, etc).

Also, I had a lot on my mind, and that is why I decided my Vlog should be about my personal trainer experience, since it was good, and funny, and something lighthearted to talk about.

Because yesterday? The emotional meeting I talked about in my previous blog? Bit me in the a$$. I thought I was prepared, but I wasn't.

First, I got so nervous beforehand that I actually ate most of the donut holes I was bringing to the meeting. That was just pathetic. That may sound harsh, but man, I was angry at myself for doing that.

I didn't expect to see SO MANY of my friends there that I went through treatment with. There were 8 of them there. Plus the social workers whom I love dearly (Dawn and Lisa) and the peer mentor I adore, Elliott.

I was bombarded when I walked in the door, and it stayed that way for the next 3 hours expect for when the naturopath doctor did his presentation.

I had SO many compliments, and I now finally know to just say thank you, but I haven't mastered the proud look on my face or the happy look. I know how I looked. I looked embarrassed. I kept looking down, and my face kept getting flushed.

And then Elliott asked me how I did it. I said it helped that I was doing THAT (when I said THAT, I pointed to his Fargo Marathon shirt...he is a marathoner). He looked shocked, and then asked if I was running this year. I said I was, and he asked if I was running charity for the Lutheran Social Services (the place where I went to treatment and this alumni night is located at). I said I didn't know about that. So, he quickly said that it wouldn't cost anything and he would give me a paper to fill out. I filled it out, only to get to the bottom saying I had to generate a minimum of $250 in donations.


Oh, creepers jeepers. That is saying it mildly. I am so happy to be running for them, but my charity getting skills reek. I am doing a Spin for Kids event and the minimum donation is $75, and honestly? I am basically going to be paying $75 because I hate asking people for money.

But $250? I will have to. I can't afford that. Like I mentioned in the Vlog, the roof is going to cost us (and yes, it IS the price thereabouts of those Louboutin heels in my OTHER blog...sadly).

I know I can do it, and I am proud to do it, really I am, but it is definitely going to create more stress on me. Not really only the donations, but also the fact that now I am promising to run the 5K and the full marathon (you had to mark what you were running). I will be running in their shirt, for crying out loud.

And that, plus the comments, led to me first during the heading into the first drive-thru on the way out of Fargo that I could find. Which was Wendy's. I had no plan on what I was going to order, just that I wanted a burger and fries. The first one I saw on the menu was the Baconator. emoticon emoticon emoticon I got the DOUBLE Baconator, because I didn't feel the single would be enough. And guess what? I got the DIET coke to go with it. Yes, the ironic Diet Coke.

I ate this while on the interstate back home, and it was SO salty and greasy and honestly just plain nasty. But it wasn't about the food. If it was about the food, why did I have tears running down my face?

It was because I didn't feel deserving. Those comments seemed meant for someone else, not me. Even though I know now what to say, I still don't know how to feel. I just can't seem to bust through and feel just happy and proud of myself. Self-depricating Erin. It's like I'll be looked at as selfish, vain, too proud, full of herself, etc. if I take those compliments as they are meant.

But, today was a new day. And I promised myself that when I started this expensive personal training, that I would make it worth it. And I did great today. I even bought a small little ice cream cup with half the fat and 170 calories as a "treat" for dessert, when on a day like yesterday I would have gotten DQ. Large Cone.

And today I had a couple of comments at our work meeting. Basically to the effect of what had I been doing to lose this weight, I looked so healthy, and then my favorite, which was "DON'T LOSE MORE WEIGHT!!!"

There were brownies, cheesecake bites, and cupcakes at the meeting. What did I have? Pita chips with hummus and grapes. Ohhhh yeahhhh...

I ain't gonna bring me down. And no one else will either.

Tomorrow's going to be another great day!!! Even if I did get guilted into baking an apple pie tomorrow evening for a bake sale at my church ;o}

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THEMRSH 3/17/2011 3:04PM

  ROCK ON GIRL! Love love your blog! You are amazing and you so deserve this and more. Don't you sweat that burger...hehehe, cause you will sweat it when you meet up with your trainer next time.

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MELSY82 3/17/2011 10:46AM

    I echo all others who responded to you. Do not feel that you are not deserving, and understand that your tears may not be a negative. You are letting yourself FEEL. That in itself is an insanely positive step. You are already on the path. You've got this. We all fall backwards at times. You know how to get back up.

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NDRIVER69 3/17/2011 9:18AM

    Just post your link here.... I am quite sure you have 25 friends here that have no problem donating TEN DOLLARS for all your hard work+training!!! It takes a village to help Erin Marathon!! :) GL Chicka!! have a great weekend in MPLS!

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PARTICLEGIRL22 3/17/2011 8:28AM

    I didn't get to watch your vlog because I don't have sound at work, but I am sorry you had an emotional day. As an emotional eater I understand your food choices. It's just one day and you know it won't ruin all your hard work!

I hear you on raising money. I feel terrible but I decided NOT to do Team in Training for my half because I knew I could never ask for money!!

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DUSTYGIRL25 3/17/2011 3:59AM

    I think I would have been very surprised if I could have gotten through all that without feeling like I needed to reward myself with food. Actually you probably were hungry after the meeting and only snacking while you were there. As we all say, each day is a new day and a new chance to start with a new clean slate. Put the past behind and move forward. Your doing awesome!

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KANSASROSE67 3/16/2011 11:32PM

    You are so doing the right things by being aware of your triggers and dealing with them. Great job!

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LAURIE-RN 3/16/2011 11:10PM

    Sounds like you had a very emotional night. I'm sorry that hit you so hard. I'm really proud of you for getting back up and starting your day fresh instead of sliding backwards into the "I'm a failure, I might as well quit" track that many do.

You ARE deserving of every compliment you have and will receive. You have worked HARD to get this far. You are CAPABLE of running whatever race you choose and gathering the pledges to do so. It is for a cause that is important to you and others. You are well on your way to success - your healthy choices at the meeting today are a testament to that.

You CAN do it!

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My third attempt at my first VLog

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Basically talking about my first personal trainer experience this morning and saying Ummmm a lot.

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AQUAPOWERS 3/18/2011 9:15AM

    Great blog.....well done!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 3/17/2011 9:08AM

    Great V-Log! Sounded like a great workout with your trainer. I love those kinds of workouts where you ache all over. Awesome!

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MUMMAMICHELLE 3/17/2011 12:12AM

    Great job Vlogging! Maybe I will have the courage to do one someday!

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HOPEFULSWEIGH 3/16/2011 10:42PM

    Great Vlog Erin!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 3/16/2011 10:41PM

    Yay! Personal guarantee? You will not be bored on Friday with Chris ;) 4pm baby! And 10 pushups? Awesome!!

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JENNIFERKCM 3/16/2011 9:47PM

    Oh, it was great to "see" you and not just a picture! He obviously believes you are strong, and has you doing some great things! How many more sessions will you get to do? Keep up the good work. Really, once you have a good program you'll be on a good path! :-)

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THEHONESTME 3/16/2011 8:55PM

    Very Cool!! That was fun to watch -- nice to hear the voice to go with the picture! I'd have to agree with alot of what you said, those exercises didn't sound like fun! LOL No doubt they will work well -- the problem wil be doing them! I'm sure you'll get really good at them as you give it time. My guess is you started out that way with running, too. Maybe you didn't like that so much either in the beginning...
Anyway, nice to "meet" you, Erin!
Have a good night!

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DUSTYGIRL25 3/16/2011 8:43PM

    Great V-Log! Sorry about the roof, well I guess there goes to beautiful bling shoes! emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 3/16/2011 4:20PM

    great first V-blog. You have a gorgeous those pearly whites!


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-POOKIE- 3/16/2011 3:25PM

    This is cool! I LOVE finding out what people's accents are like!

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WILD22 3/16/2011 12:15PM

    love being able to put a voice to your picture. Good job. Sorry about the roof. At least you could have the trainer once a month or something so you and the trainer can see the progress you have made. Knock'em dead!!

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THEMRSH 3/16/2011 12:08PM

  Awesome Vlog! I hope to some day get the courage to do one. Loved putting a "real" not picture face and sound to a name. emoticon It's interesting to hear about someone elses trainer experience. They are all different. I agree on the expense but have found she keeps me accountable and I do better working with her weekly than I would do on my own even though I've built up an exercise database from her workouts and could do it on my own. Do you get a better deal if you buy packages. My gym makes you sign a one year trainer contract, you can't do individual sessions. I just renewed and will pay $70 a month for weekly sessions so that's $18 a session. Where as the smaller packages are upwards of $35-$40 a session. You'll figure out what's going to work for you and what is worth paying for. It's different for everyone. Let me know how you feel in two days with the muscle pains! emoticon

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ELAOPET 3/16/2011 12:07PM

    Guess what - keep doing it few times a week and you'll be so surprised after a couple of WEEKS at how much stronger you'll be! I was so happy when it got going! I couldn't do one (that's one!) sit-up. No crunches at all. I do like 40 at a time now (did, now I don't do anything :((( But I will once I am a few months...ok, this depresses me.
Embrace the fitness of any kind. Love it! Have fun with it! I am so jealous of you right now ;)
I plan on doing the vlog some day, would love to talk to all my friends, but it does take forever to upload and last time I tried, I just gave up :)
Have fun! I love lounges and russhian twist (only I use a large rock for the lack of a ball...) and I am learning that I love all of it now I can't do it ;-)
I always feel in a hurry though, while doing the ST, because I just wanna go and run!
Now I am too depressed and just ...deep breaths...this too shall pass....
Have fun girl!

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ELLABELLE66 3/16/2011 11:55AM

    aww miss Erin! I loved your vlog!! Your workout sounds intense - good for you! Have a wonderful day :)

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DRB13_1 3/16/2011 11:40AM

    nice to see your face and hear your voice! bet the next vlogs will be much easier - the first time is always the challenge emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 3/16/2011 11:31AM

    Good job on the vlog! You are so pretty - your hair, teeth, & voice. Surely you didn't make this straight from your workout. Gorgeous!
Sounds like your PT session was pretty intense, so that's good.

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ROBYN168 3/16/2011 10:53AM

    So cool to put a voice with you.....great VLog.....sounds like you got a lot our of your session. Sorry about the roof - we have ice damn problems at times too and they are the worst.

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SPACELION 3/16/2011 10:51AM

    YAY YOU VLOGGED!! :D :D. Love your voice, you're def a natural in front of the camera :)

Sounds like you had an intense sesh, nice one! That's a cool idea, learning from him then giving him the boot LOL. I would lovee to try kettlebell-ing but I have no idea what to do with them I know the form is really important for that so I'd love for someone can show me..

I love that you feel like you belong in the weight room, HARDCORE! I love that you're doing HARD training with free weights/kettlebells rather than just using baby weights and machines. Love it! I'll be interested to see your progress/workouts in the future :)

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ERINBEAR1876 3/16/2011 10:43AM

    Sorry about the background noise! That must be my dying Dell computer. Need a new computer. iPad 2 anyone?

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If I had a Million Dollars (shoe pic)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

These Louboutin pumps would be mine. Mine.

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AQUAPOWERS 3/18/2011 9:19AM

    Really? I'd stick with New Balance if I were you. You wouldn't get more than 100 miles out these things.


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LAURIE-RN 3/16/2011 5:43PM

    I loooooooovvvveeeeee shoes! Those are awesome!


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GRACEISENUF 3/16/2011 4:21PM

    emoticon but I would break an ankle!

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KILTGUY 3/16/2011 8:50AM

    Don't be distracted by shiny objects!!!!

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DANILYNNG 3/15/2011 8:17PM


I want them!

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SROUS1340 3/15/2011 4:54PM

    Very nice, will you share?

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ELAOPET 3/15/2011 3:01PM

    Nah! if I had a million dollars, I'd buy me a buttload of shoes LOOL face it - one pair is one pair and you'd probably end up on the news as the nutty lady who got deshoed by some shoe gang and all that! Better have a pair for each day of the year! I got me all excited now - for it dawned on me, that with that kind of money, I could also get me a whole new wardrobe to go with shoes! And I need that so badddd!
note to self - find a million dollars! khheeeheeh

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LEAG0628 3/15/2011 2:35PM

    ooooohhhh... sparkly.....

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DUSTYGIRL25 3/15/2011 12:42PM

    Nice Bling! Seriously though, I would fall over in those heels.
But I Love the Look!

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MELSY82 3/15/2011 12:39PM

    Loubs! I drool over Loubs :)

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GODDESSELLIE07 3/15/2011 12:16PM

    Gorgeous shoes!

(Now I seriously have that sound stuck in my head...)

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ANNE1123 3/15/2011 12:15PM

    Those are fabulous! Love 'em!! emoticon

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BIRKIE528 3/15/2011 12:01PM

    OOOOH, Shiny! LOL Very nice! I want them too.

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SPACELION 3/15/2011 11:54AM

    *jaw drop* DO WANT!!!! Neck/leg breakages all completely worth it!

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ERINBEAR1876 3/15/2011 11:51AM

    Yeah, I probably should have put a disclaimer in here about how most of the million dollars would be spent getting a trainer to train me how to walk in these, and a surgeon to pare my toes and whittle my feet skinnier and do something with my arch so I could walk and not cry or break my ankles ;o}

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/15/2011 11:47AM

    Gorgeous, seriously gorgeous--of course, I'd kill myself trying to walk in them, but oh how pretty!!

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THEMRSH 3/15/2011 11:24AM

  Very walking in them, not so pretty.

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JOAN_HEO 3/15/2011 10:36AM

    Beautiful shoes!!!!! Too bad I would break my neck when I fell off them! =)

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FITTINGIN130 3/15/2011 10:31AM

    NNNNGGG. They would be mine too! Love it!

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PINKBEANBOO 3/15/2011 10:28AM

    Do they come in a 7 Wide?

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ROBYN168 3/15/2011 10:24AM

    BaBLING! those are some serious heels!

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The beginning of being 100% and facing a bit of my past today.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

For the B2W (Balls to the Wall) challenge I am in, we were challenged to spend an hour this week doing a cardio that was our third favorite, so I did an hour on the elliptical machine (third fave behind running and spinning) this morning to get that out of the way.

I got a call last night from Nick (my prospective personal trainer). He talked with me a bit about what I wanted from him, and he then talked about how he is going for total body strengthening, but will be focused primarily on my lower body because I am a runner. Second will be core, and third will be upper body.

I told him I will only be meeting with him once a week for the beginning because I just can't afford more than that (he is $30 for every half-hour session). After the first month, if I am happy with my/our progress, I will continue on with maybe every 2 weeks for a while, and then go from there. I know I will be diligent with everything he tells me to do, so hopefully this arrangement will work for him, too.

Umm....Today, I am going down to Fargo for a meeting that will include a lot of emotions. It is an alumni night for gambling addiction treatment. I went through that treatment almost 7 years ago actually to this day (it took me 6 months, outpatient). I haven't been back as an alumni since I was pregnant. The meetings are every third Tuesday, which was always a Weight Watchers meeting, and I kind of treated WW as my meeting for my eating addiction and focused on that. I refused to miss a weigh-in with WW. SO, now that I am at goal and CAN miss the meeting (won't be weighing in anyway), I promised the coordinators that I would be there today. It is always good to have someone be there who has been in the program and has been successful since it is such a bad addiction for relapsing.

But, the point here is, it will be emotional seeing a few people who haven't seen ME since I was around 300 pounds, and then also reliving my gambling addiction for those who haven't met me, and then in between there will be potluck. Yeah. Potluck. Wanna know what I am bringing? Donut holes, because I'm cheap. The irony is not lost here, people. I am not having any (mainly because I snuck 4 last night)....also because now that I am going to be spending $30 a WEEK on a personal trainer, I really want to put my 100% into the results. My first session with him is tomorrow, so I am taking all my measurements today and 1 month from today, on April 15 (tax day!!!), I will be able to truly show progression in SOME form, be it numbers on the scale, on the measuring tape, on how strong I feel, on the changes in the mirror, anything, and I will know that I put in 100%.

So, here are the stats as of this morning:

Weight: 162
Bust: 36DD (38D)
Natural Waist: 32
Waist around belly button (biggest area): 39
Hips: 39
Thigh: 22
Left upper arm: 12
Calf: 15

Let's see where I am in 1 month!

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MELSY82 3/17/2011 10:31AM

    I hope that you had a good feeling leaving your alumni meeting. I know it must not be easy, for multiple reasons. You are a shining light of what can happen when a person truly puts their mind to stopping one behavior, and focusing it on something else (your healthy lifestyle). I congratulate you for 7 years and losing almost 1/2 of your body weight in that time. You are amazing, truly.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 3/15/2011 9:10PM

    I can't wait to read about how it goes.

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CRYSBROWN1 3/15/2011 12:58PM

    Well $30 per week should definitely give you the motivation to give it your all for sure! Sounds like a great plan that you have. I think that it is great that you are going to attend the meeting, I bet so many of them can learn so much for you!

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DUSTYGIRL25 3/15/2011 12:17PM

    Thanks for sharing Erin. Good luck with your meeting. It's gotta be hard to go back to that painful past.
However, your doing great with the weight. So keep on doing it.


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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/15/2011 11:45AM

    I hope the experience ends up being a positive one and will reaffirm how far you have come in ALL your addictions :)
And wow, I'd love to make $1 a minute... I hope the trainer works hard for his money!

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ROBYN168 3/15/2011 10:24AM

    You have been successful, and that is going to shine through tonight!!!!! Enjoy what your strength has brought you!

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PINKBEANBOO 3/15/2011 10:19AM

    Deep breaths & you can do it. You are going to be a role model at the group meeting, not only for the success you've had in overcoming your gambling, but when they see how much weight you've lost. Smile & think how much you like yourself : )

I can't wait to hear about your experiences with the trainer. I'd love to have a few sessions with a successful one. One month from now you'll be blogging about what a great month you've had.

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THEHONESTME 3/15/2011 9:59AM

    You will be as much of an inspiration at your alumni meeting as you are here on Spark! Those people will walk away knowing they can some day be like you! YAY, ERIN!

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JULIEIRENE 3/15/2011 9:53AM

    I'm wishing you well as you approach all of these developments. I am so proud of you for the progress you've made and for having the courage to go into this meeting and face so much. You have a lot to be proud of and you are preparing yourself well. We'll be cheering you on from afar! emoticon emoticon

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MJCLARENDON 3/15/2011 9:41AM

    Sounds like you have some challenging events coming up, whew! Good for you for coming on here and setting out a plan, that should really help! I like that you're looking to your training sessions as inspiration and to not waste the opportunity. Good luck, and check in here often if it gets tough!

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    You can do this - I can tell from your writing that you're a STRONG WOMAN. You've made such amazing progress in both your health and overcoming your gambling addiction!


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