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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

With a message from the crazy.

Hey everyone, Becky here! Fangfacekitty sometimes refers to me as "Crazy Me" but that is not the case at all! I'm here to make sure that we become all we can be, just like the Army commercial says!

I've taken control of our body while FFK is preoccupied with banging her head on the wall after somehow deleting the music from her iPod. While she's figuring out how to get it all back I just wanted to let you all know that I have downloaded and completed the application for a half marathon in September! We can do it! FFK just hasn't accepted it yet, but she'll come around! WE CAN DO IT! We can and we will! This is for our own good! After all, with all of you awesome Spark Friends, and me as an alter ego, there's no way we can fail!

I've got to run & get this submitted and paid for before FFK realizes what I've done for us.

We can do it!!!

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And now back to our regularly scheduled routine.

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FREECANDY 7/15/2011 11:20AM

    You can totally do it! emoticon

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DEZZIEJAMES 7/15/2011 10:31AM

    LOL! You can do it!!! I'm so excited for you!!! ROCK ON!

P.S. I hope you were kidding about deleted music... how miserable!

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ATURTLESPACE 7/15/2011 7:05AM

    Way to go Crazy Me (and FFK)! Half marathon, wow! So exciting! And of course you can do it! I am really excited for you!
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GEORGIZ 7/14/2011 9:19PM

    Good looking out Crazy Me, FFK will thank you someday... and I imagine that someday will occur in September when she knocks this 1/2 marathon out of the park! (sorry to mix my sports methaphors).

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MCJULIEO 7/14/2011 2:28PM


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NINJA_SMOO 7/14/2011 11:55AM

  That's so cool! I am all sorts of proud of you for doing this :D

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VYVIENN 7/14/2011 2:29AM

    Whoa! Waaaaait a minute... (whacking sound)...
ALRIGHT, you GO, girl!! Woop, woop!!!! Huge banner! I'm bringing the fireworks to the finish line!!!!... (whacking sound) Ouch!... (pgllllnsffft!) It is nearly impossible to control you crazy freaks! Well, when you come to again, FFK, let me know when Crazy signed you up so I can be on the cheer squad.


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TIGGERJEAN 7/13/2011 10:33PM

Amazing alter-ego.

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JESSIEJACKS76 7/13/2011 10:32PM


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June Recap

Monday, July 11, 2011

I had 7 goals for June. I only met 2 of them. This is a 29% success rate. Normally I would be incredibly upset about this but this month I am not. Goals are supposed to be something to strive towards, not automatic accomplishments. But here are the real reasons:

204 to 144 points 60 pounds lost!
38 to 30 waist 8 inches lost!
48 to 39 hips 9 inches lost!
25 to 21 thigh 4 inches lost!
0.8 to 0.75 waist/hip ratio now low risk!
15 to 44 push-ups!
25 to 60 sit-ups!
40 to 18 minute 2 mile time!
0 to 3 miles running!
Size 16 to size 6 pants!
Size XL to size S tops!

So I didnt reach the 50 pushupsI still increased by 9 for the month of June and am only 6 away from my goal.

So I didnt finish removing the carpet from the living roomI refocused and got my garden finished and it is awesome!

So I didnt cook 3 meals every weekI only missed by 1 meal in the whole month and cooked more in June than in the previous month.

So I didnt reach 18 minutes on the treadmill without holding oneI refocused to outdoors running and have started working with a coach once a week to improve my speed.

Overall I am very happy with my year to date progress!

For July I am not setting specific health or fitness goals. I am close enough to my goals that setting specific measurable and time based goals is no longer that productive for me. And I also participating in The Proving Grounds (DIY) 6 week Challenge which is helping to keep me focused.

As long as I still progress I will get there soon!

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VYVIENN 7/13/2011 3:21AM

    That is one of the best examples I've seen why you (well, all of us) should occasionally write out our progress - it is very impressive!! Congrats on your achievements so far!!!

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MCJULIEO 7/11/2011 12:50PM

    Fantastic! You are really progressing!

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GREENEYES2020 7/11/2011 12:35PM

    Wow, you are doing incredibly awesome! Keep up the good work!

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Visual Food Blog

Sunday, July 10, 2011

For The Proving Grounds DIY Challenge: Operation Warrior Babe
The assignment: post pictures of 2 yummy healthy meals you prepared this weekend

For breakfast today I had my oat bran cereal with freshly ground flax seed. As a bonus the raspberries have started to ripen & I picked two handfuls just minutes before to add to my breakfast:

For lunch I made a salmon wrap with lots of just-picked-for-lunch veggies from the garden - several varieties of lettuce & greens, spinach, watercress, sweet peas and green beans - some more raspberries & a pretty hibiscus flower from one of my trees for a garnish.

For dinner on Saturday I made white chicken chili from a recipe I got from a coworker. I added garden picked jalapenos & chili peppers, onion & garlic, garnished with fresh cilantro.

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MCJULIEO 7/11/2011 12:52PM

    Oh, how BEAUTIFUL! How I envy you your raspberries! (we can't grow them here- too HOT!)

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SHANNJ77 7/11/2011 12:38AM

    Looks fantastic!

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Proud to be an American

Monday, July 04, 2011

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Artist: Lee Greenwood
Song: Proud To Be An American

If tomorrow all the things were gone,
Id worked for all my life.
And I had to start again,
with just my children and my wife.

Id thank my lucky stars,
to be livin here today.
Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
and they cant take that away.

And Im proud to be an American,
where at least I know Im free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
Cause there aint no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

From the lakes of Minnesota,
to the hills of Tennessee.
Across the plains of Texas,
From sea to shining sea.

From Detroit down to Houston,
and New York to L.A.
Well there's pride in every American heart,
and its time we stand and say.

That Im proud to be an American,
where at least I know Im free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
Cause there aint no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.

And Im proud to be and American,
where at least I know Im free.
And I wont forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.

And I gladly stand up,
next to you and defend her still today.
Cause there aint no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA!

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MCJULIEO 7/4/2011 4:51PM

    Good one. Thanks.

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RUSSELL_40 7/4/2011 11:11AM

    I remember hearing this on 9/11 while driving for the pizzeria.. I had to pull my car over cuz I was crying

before then I just thought it was a cool song

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    I am proud to be an American, too! Thank you for posting that classic tribute to our wonderful country! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 7/4/2011 9:35AM

    Always forces me to hold back a tear...

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Free at last! My Declaration of Independence

Saturday, July 02, 2011

The Proving Grounds DIY Challenge assignment is to "post a public declaration of my independence from my own oppression". This is years in the making for me.

Old Me, we'll call her Kim, spent years in a verbally and emotionally abusive marriage. 15 years & 49 days to be exact. And for many of those years felt that a) it was normal; b) it was what she deserved; c) she WAS all of those things. And so gave up trying to do anything to improve because what was the point? Kim turned to food and shopping to ease the emotional pain she felt and gradually gained 85 points over the years and went into a great deal of debt.

Gradually though Kim realized that she was NOT stupid, ugly, worthless, blah blah blah, that such behaviour in a marriage was NOT normal and that she certainly did NOT deserve to be called those things and made to feel like they were true. So Kim began to live her life again, slowly at first. And it was very difficult because while she was changing her spouse wasn't and merely ramped up the abuse to cover his own feelings and fears of inadequacy (Kim's amateur diagnosis).

Finally enough was enough and Kim decided if her spouse would not change it was better for all concerned that this toxic relationship be ended. Another year of preparing to be able to support herself and their children by herself until finally she filed for divorce in early 2008 and was free right before Christmas.

And so New Me was born. As part of the rebirth Kim changed her name to Rebekah and worked on adjusting to her new life. And it hasn't always been easy. A legacy of the abuse was emotional eating as a reaction to stress. And 2009 was a very stressful year with the economy tanking, pay reductions, not knowing if there would be another round of layoffs and if she would still be employed by year end. 2010 was a better year, Rebekah made progress emotionally and was happy...but the emotional eating by this time was an ingrained habit and Rebekah found herself eating just to eat...until she stood on the scale for the first time in months the morning of January 1, 2011 and saw reality:

That day she joined Spark People and has tried very hard not to look backwards.

For a few months Kim tried to surface with dismaying frequency, echoing all the sentiments she had put up with through the years of her abusive marriage. Only this time it was me doing it to myself.

Enough already with the defeatist talk.

"Kim" said I would never be able to run a 5k:

"Kim" said I would never be able to reach 18 minutes on a 2 mile run:

"Kim" said I would never get down to my pre-pregnancies weight again:

"Kim" said I would never be able to do 50 push ups. Tuesday I did 44, army style, none of the girly ones.

"Kim" said I would never be able to run a 10k. Today's run was.....(checking my run log app).....5.45 miles! Another 3/4 mile & I'm there.

"Kim" said I will never pass my black belt test. She's wrong. I will.

Now Kim is finally going where she needs to go:

I declare my freedom from the negativity, the self-doubt and the self-sabotaging behaviours. I am the only one who can make me fail...and I will not be a victim of myself anymore.

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ALYFITN 7/13/2011 10:53PM

    I LOVE your conclusion. Congrats! emoticon

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    Great Job. Proof that determination is your greatest asset

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MCJULIEO 7/3/2011 4:48PM

    Just LOOK AT YOU! You ROCK!

(And your tomatoes will be great when they come in, and I will be jealous because mine will have shrivelled in the heat by then!)

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/3/2011 9:04AM

    I am both impressed and inspired! Well done! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 7/3/2011 4:42AM

    emoticon, amazing blog. I admire your strength and courage. You are a shining example to other women who are still in the situation you fought your way out of!

and gosh girl - you look slammin'!!!

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    I am just so impressed and proud of you! You are looking FANTASTIC!

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RESULTS361AP09 7/2/2011 8:14PM

    Great blog! You look fantastic!! Keep up the good work, you certainly deserve a healthy & happy life.

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RUSSELL_40 7/2/2011 7:22PM

    A lot of added stuff besides just weight loss. Glad you changed it all. Life is too short to be unhappy. The best thing about the after pic is you are smiling. Stay happy.

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GETSTRONGRRR 7/2/2011 6:24PM

    Very, very, very extremely cool! Great job Miss Rebekah! I think Kim will fester well with all the sewer rats, whose company she so obviously don't let her back up into your home again!

Great job & great progress....You have truly declared your Independence this 4th of July weekend!

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JOYCERN12 7/2/2011 5:11PM

    Wow, You are an inspiration.

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