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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

So I have not been very active on the site this week because I have been dealing with a very annoying (though not itchy) rash I thought to be a plant allergy from hiking this weekend. It has spread to just about everywhere, so I finally went to the doctor. After running some tests to rule out other stuff, he diagnosed vasculitis due to an allergic reaction to possibly the aspirin I took on Friday post workout (had a bit of knee pain and that was all the hubby had on hand) or a new food allergy (apparently they can just occur spontaneously even though you have been eating them all your life?!)

SO for the next two weeks, I have to avoid eggs, seafood, soy and nuts. After two weeks IF I am all better, I can add these in a week at a time to hopefully determine the offending culprit. Any ideas for satisfying my protein requirements given these restrictions without having to eat a ton of meat?

I usually have an egg every morning, seafood and soy at least twice a week, and nuts sometime every other day, so I am going to have to change up my daily breakfast (been meaning to start eating oatmeal anyway) and a few other meals as well. Grrr. Have a I mentioned I am a creature of habit?

  
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SBHPATRICK 5/13/2010 10:57PM

    Oh, man - I'm a creature of (food) habit, too. It would be hard for me to cut those things out of my diet. Good luck!

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CINCYDORA 5/12/2010 6:10PM

    Add me to the quinoa votes. Look at it as an adventure, not a restriction. A little web surfing might lead you to recipe sites specifically for people with food allergies.

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CODEMAULER 5/12/2010 5:12PM

    I would totally turn to quinoa or beans to help with the protein. They are yummy, easy to fix, inexpensive and very versatile. I've been sneaking more and more servings of both into our menu and I feel it's making a positive difference.

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BRANDI0074 5/12/2010 4:54PM

    I made an awesome White bean chili this week, it was loaded with navy beans and spinach, and lots of protein. So beans would be a great way to up your protein and of course one of my favorites Cheese!!!!If you want the recipe for the chili I can send it to you???

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GERIKRAGH 5/12/2010 3:15PM

    Quinoa is a grain that contains all the amino acids of meat!

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TEAM-SARAH 5/12/2010 1:06PM

    I have been eating Greek Yogurt a lot lately... 12-14g of protein for 110-160 calories on average. It's a little funky if you arent used to it, but it's growing on me. Give it a chance. Cottage cheese is good too, and of course beans and whole wheat breads and pastas and all will get you good protein! You can always supplement too if you need to!

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ANNE7X7 5/12/2010 1:05PM

    Remove those things from my diet and I would probably die.

Just kidding! It doesn't sound like much fun because I eat all of those almost everyday. But if it's only for a couple of weeks, I am sure you can find some good alternatives. Beans have a tone of protein, and you can make a lot of great dishes with them. I would suggest Googling recipes for people with allergies to find new recipes that fit within these restrictions!


Good luck hun!

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MBVMFLUTIST 5/12/2010 1:05PM

    OMG what a drag! I guess the only thing I can think of is dairy. You can get your protein from milk or cottage cheese or yogurt. I don't eat eggs every day like you do, I usually have cereal or oatmeal. Let me know how it goes!

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A Friday Funny

Friday, May 07, 2010

So I had a funny experience on the shuttle bus to catch my plane for LA last Thursday that I meant to blog about but almost forgot. I mentioned in my sparkversary blog that people were noticeably more comfortable talking to me now that I have lost weight. What actually brought that to my attention was this experience.

As I was getting off the shuttle, hitching the straps of my laptop bag over my shoulder and reaching down to grab the handle of my ginormous red suitcase, a rather attractive guy, cute college kid from the looks of him, who is getting off the shuttle at the same time (already carrying a bag for what looks to be his grandmother) turns to me and says "Do you need any help with your bag?"

I was quite frankly shocked. It has been such a long time since a stranger of the opposite sex has even offered to hold a door for me or stand up to offer me his seat on a train, much less to help me with a 50 pound suitcase. I thanked him for his offer, but told him I could handle it and sent him on his merry way. After all, I have new found muscles gained from my recent ST efforts that will allow me to expertly debark the shuttle bus with my bags in tow.

And as I watched it pull away, I realized I had left my favorite Ann Taylor sweater on board the bus! In my shocked state, I had forgotten all about it. Apparently I needed help with my luggage after all! LOL.

Luckily, the luggage guy at the ticket counter was more than happy to flag down another driver who was likewise not even too aggravated to radio the other drivers and organize an all out sweater-hunt. Half an hour later, my lost garment was recovered and delivered back to me in plenty of time to catch my flight.

I can't help but think everyone would not have been so helpful to the old me. But being that I now look "normal" (maybe even cute in the right outfit), I fancy that men will just fall over themselves to help me out now in a pinch. Hey, I am happily married, but that still sounds like hilarious fun to me!

  
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SPUNKYDUCKY 5/11/2010 4:25PM

    WHooo-HOOO! It is odd feeling but exciting at the same time right? I had a man flirt with me recently and it took me a few minutes to recognize that was what was going on! Expect more of the same beautiful woman!

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TEAM-SARAH 5/10/2010 11:53AM

    Haha way to go girl!! Thanks for sharing this great story. It's sad though, really... that people don't treat everyone with respect. That it should matter that you lost weight and are now somehow more deserving of being helped. You always were, everyone is.

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HSMOM2FOUR 5/8/2010 9:08AM

    Oh, I completely agree with you! Everyone... EVERYONE treats me differently now that I've lost weight. Should it be that way? no, of course not, but in this fallen world, that's the way it is. I have also found that the more we show respect for ourselves, the more others respect us. I think alot of it is how we portray ourselves and then other people feed off of that, but there is still a LOT of people that just won't give you the time of day because of how much you weigh or how you look.

I'm so glad that you are being treated well!!

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LHACKING13 5/7/2010 10:31PM

    First congratulations on looking so great! You've worked hard for it. But at the same time it's sad that people are treated different because of size. It shouldn't matter, we should always be courteous to others, and we all know better than anyone else.

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NANA2THREEGIRLS 5/7/2010 7:43PM

    Oh yes, she has found her superpower! ;) emoticon

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LAWRALOO 5/7/2010 6:14PM

    As sad as it is, I think you're right.
I've noticed a huge difference in how people act towards me and treat me since I've lost the weight...HOWEVER.
I think being overweight made me a severe introvert and I expected people to be rude, so I probably didn't come off so friendly either.
I think it's a bit of both.

Self confident people exude confidence, and are more approachable.
You should be giving yourself kudos. Do you think the old you would have went so far to get your sweater back? :)



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CODEMAULER 5/7/2010 6:04PM

    Good for you!!

I've noticed that folks are generally friendlier these days, but I always suspected that it was because MY outward attitude has improved!

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What a year looks like (sparkversary blog)

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

It will be one year tomorrow since I made the decision to lose 130 pounds. At the time, all that really mattered was a number on a scale, a dress size, and how long it would take to get there. Sure, there were a few health problems I hoped to solve by losing the weight, mostly my perpetually swollen ankles and the terrible pain I felt in my knees when navigating a flight of stairs (up or down), my version of success was still measured by that number. And it was such a big number. More than one of my best friends weighs!

The night I made the decision, I remember having a discouraging thought about how long it would take to lose so much – even if I could lose it quickly and avoid plateaus. It will take more than a year, I thought, and a year is a long time. My next thought, the thought that was even more discouraging (and empowering) than the first, was that if I didn’t start now, I would still have 130 pounds to lose the same time next year. So I started.

A year later I have lost over 70 pounds, 14 inches off my waist alone, have traded in my size 24W jeans for size 18 regular (and even a few 16’s on my last shopping trip). I have dropped half a shoe size and 2 1/2 ring sizes. And I have learned that in spite of how nice it is to see them drop, for better or worse, this is not about numbers.

It’s hard to listen to people say things like “its about the journey versus the destination” or “this is a lifestyle not a diet” and not think they are just cliches, catch phrases for the lucky, when you are on the outside looking in, when where you are is such an intimidating place to begin. So for my one year sparkversary, I had an idea to walk you through “a year in the life” so to speak, one season at a time, and with luck inspire someone else to take their journey this year.

And in the spirit of “one choice versus another” I thought I’d start at May 2008 (yeah that's the year before the journey)....

I can no longer see my own femininity (or my cheekbones) and don’t believe my husband when he says he is still attracted to me. I am on two anxiety medications and am still always stressed. I am 295 pounds with the year in front of me, endless possibilities.


Three months later, I have to a muster a smile to pose for a photo with my friends. I know I will look as big as the two of them put together in this photo. I don’t even want to see it (even though I get tagged in it on Facebook).


Another three months gone, here I am at my favorite place in the world, the top of Grandfather Mountain, on the other side of the mile high swinging bridge. We have driven to the top. I only walked from the parking lot, across the bridge and far enough away from the crows to enjoy the view. And here I am…just sitting on the mountain…sightseeing, I call it. When I am done sitting, we will walk back to the car and drive home.


And at the end of the year…still sitting..still almost 300 pounds, new aches to go with my pains, no pretty view this time.


That year didn't look like much.

But here I am on May 4th 2009, killing time before a movie, with no idea that two days later I would have my very own “aha” moment and decide to change my life. For those that don’t know it, I had a suspected stress fracture in my foot which the doctor attributed to nothing other than putting too much of my own weight on those fragile bones. Seriously I had let myself get so fat, I may break my own bones just walking! That was a turning point.


Three months later the hubby and I had traded our regular dinner and movie routine for biking adventures. We’d bring along dried fruit and nuts and try out every flavor of Luna or Cliff bar we can find (which is like an adventure itself). If it’s an all day outing, we’d bring sandwiches on whole wheat and enjoy the view over lunch.


A word about my diet seems appropriate here. I do not, repeat, do NOT “starve myself” or “deny myself”. I LOVE bread and pasta and sweets, so I failed miserably at every low carb diet I ever tried. My doctor suggested I adopt a very Mediterranean approach to food (whole grains, olive oil, cheese, fruit, veggies, fish, very little meat) and cut out the processed stuff. The easiest thing I have ever done! Seriously. Find an approach to food you LIKE that you can LIVE WITH forever and you will never need to diet.

Three months later, I have discovered yoga and Zumba and jogging and a dozen other ways to move my body. My back doesn’t hurt anymore. I don’t avoid stairs so much. I am off all of my anxiety medication (though am known to get cranky if I have to miss my Wednesday HipHop class). By the end of the summer, I will have had tried rafting and canoeing for the first time in my life and find myself itching to take up hiking, skiing, even rock climbing one of these days.


I no longer have to force a smile for photos. In fact, I have to try not to smile so wide my gums show (but I end up doing it anyway). I can wear high heels again; I can even dance in them. I can cross my legs! I feel comfortable talking to people and they are noticeably more comfortable talking to me. I may be a far cry yet from social butterfly, but I am no longer a wallflower.


At the end of the year, I have not yet met my goal. I still have 60 pounds to go...and I can’t wait to see what the next 12 months will bring. I have LIVED this year. I discovered the world beyond my living room sofa and it’s great! At the end of the year, I am STANDING on the mountain, having CLIMBED to the top of it. Now that is what I call sightseeing.

  
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FRENCHTOSD 5/9/2010 3:10AM

    Amazing changes in you and awesome blog! Thanks for sharing, and good luck in the next year. I know you will continue to succeed.

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LAWRALOO 5/7/2010 6:21PM

    THIS is why I love spark. While I was reading this I really really realllly had tears in my eyes. I love reading stories about all of my spark buddies, old and new rediscovering themselves. Finding happiness in activities we never thought in a million years we'd be able to do, much less ENJOY. You have made amazing strides this year and I'm so happy I got to be your spark buddy for some of that and see your fantastic accomplishments. THESE are the stories that keep us all motivated.

You're made of awesome and I know you'll have another successful year and meet your goals.
Congratulations on your 1yr sparkiversary. You're amazing.
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SHARON10002 5/7/2010 5:53PM

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What an amazing story! Your blog was very inspiring! Love the pictures!
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TEAM-SARAH 5/6/2010 3:32PM

    Simply amazing. Beautiful blog. Thanks for sharing your journey.

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TRASEE 5/6/2010 1:07PM

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What an amazing blog ~ thank you so much for sharing!! You are awesome.

One question... do you track your calories or just follow a basic guideline?

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NANA2THREEGIRLS 5/6/2010 11:31AM

    You are awesome! Thank you so much for taking us on this journey with you. You are an inspiration! xoxo P.S.~ You made me cry!

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KYMMC3 5/6/2010 11:25AM

    Thank you SO SO Very much for sharing this journey. You first of all look wonderful and it's nice to see those who were so close to that 300 lbs (like me) make it as small as you have. Many days lately I second guess myself and wonder if what I am doing is really the right thing and if it will pay off in the end?? You've just showed me that YES! It will and it is! Thank you!

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JMEPAYNE 5/6/2010 11:00AM

    what a wonderful and inspiring blog!!! congrats on all your accomplishments so far... thanks so much for sharing. best of luck to you... i know you'll reach your goal!

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LCHADBOURNE 5/6/2010 10:42AM

    What a great blog! Thank you so much for sharing your journey, it is inspiring! You look amazing, healthy and happy!

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MBVMFLUTIST 5/6/2010 10:12AM

    OMG *tears of joy* So happy for YOU! :D

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TRADTRAV 5/6/2010 8:19AM

    You are a great inspiration! I love this blog! You look fantastic, smiling and happy!

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LAGREBE 5/6/2010 6:24AM

    Wow! That is amazing and extremely inspiring! Thanks for sharing, and good luck on a second year!

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HEATHER_TEACHAH 5/6/2010 6:24AM

    wow you are such an inspiration!! your blog seriously gave me goosebumps (and its 80 degrees in my apartment, so thats saying something!!)

You have truly made a lifestyle change, and that is the ultimate goal, isn't it? 70 lbs. WOW.

CONGRATS!!!!
(and thanks for sharing!)

Happy Sparkversary!
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CODEMAULER 5/5/2010 11:22PM

    You are the reason why so many of us look around, see what is working for the folks around us, and feel MOTIVATED!! You, my dear, have an amazing grasp of the journey; struggles, rewards and GOALS!

You have such energy and insight. Thank you so very much for sharing that!!

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JOYATLAST 5/5/2010 11:17PM

    Awesome story! Happy Anniversary!

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SBHPATRICK 5/5/2010 11:17PM

    Thank you for sharing this - congratulations on your success!

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MISSCOFFEY 5/5/2010 11:12PM

    What a wonderful blog!! I love, love, LOVED reading it. What a great message! emoticon

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ANNE7X7 5/5/2010 11:00PM

    Wow!! Thank you for sharing your amazing journey with us! You have lost a lot of weight, but what is so much more important is what you have gained!! Be very, very proud of yourself, because you are amazing!! The motivation and drive to keep going that you have is astonishing!! Keep it up girl! I can't wait to see a similar blog next year! emoticon

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LOOSEINGIT 5/5/2010 10:46PM

    That is an amazing year..
Funny how 1 decision can change so much about us.
And the right decision can change us forever.



Keep on Sparking,
Cheryl

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2BIT2BFAT 5/5/2010 10:29PM

    Amazing Job!! Way to go!!

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HSMOM2FOUR 5/5/2010 10:13PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!!! How fantastic to see your progress! You sum it all up nicely, and I can see my own history in your writing! CONGRATS on your Sparkiversary, CONGRATS on such great progress, and THANK YOU for sharing it with us!

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BAMALAM 5/5/2010 10:05PM

    You've come so far! Happy anniversary!

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BAM0827 5/5/2010 9:43PM

    Loved your blog.

Congrats on living your life and becoming the person you were meant to be!

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STRONGERLEANER 5/5/2010 9:43PM

    Thanks for sharing this!

Congratulations on your Anniversary! You look great!

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CHRYSTALM0214 5/5/2010 9:40PM

    Congratulations! You look amazing!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 5/5/2010 9:36PM

    You are beautiful, and your story is incredibly inspiring. I have said before that you were one of my most inspiring Spark Buddies when I started and you continue to move my heart and spirit with tales of your journey. I love the way you have opened yourself up and let other people FEEL your journey, the good and the bad points. I hope this blog inspires a best blog award and is read and inspiring to many. I know you are always inspiring to me. Love, ya! Hollynn

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BIGBADMOMMABEAR 5/5/2010 9:34PM

    You had a great year! Congratulations!

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RACHEL_MAC 5/5/2010 9:27PM

    I LOOOOOVE this blog and I'm predicting a most popular blog post award! You've come so far, your motivation and positive attitude is absolutely contagious and brought tears to my eyes :) Congratulations on all your hard work ... and I can't wait to see your two-year sparkaversary blog :) :)

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The most unflattering picture in existence of me

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Spark friends will probably recall my talking about Mammoth Lakes in previous blogs. A couple of years ago, the hubby and I took a vacation there, a vacation that I spent feeling bitter and grumpy and depressed. Between high elevations and being grossly obese, I was miserable. I got winded taking even short walks to photo worthy attractions. The hubby asked me to go with him on a 1.5 mile hike to a waterfall, but I flat out refused, knowing there was no way I could make it 3 miles round trip. We ended up going back to the room, ordering pizza, watching TV and lounging in the jacuzzi for the majority of the trip. What a waste!

This was me at Mammoth Lakes....


Yep, that was me at my heaviest. Ugh....no way I had realistic picture of myself in my head or I cannot imagine I would have let it go so far.

Thank goodness I decided to get healthy. Thank goodness I found SP and the support system of all of my wonderful spark friends. And while it wasn't the waterfall at Mammoth Lakes, I thank God I could hike those 3.4 miles last weekend (and climb those 1060 stairs) to stand in front of that waterfall at last!

  
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HEATHER_TEACHAH 5/6/2010 6:26AM

    AMAZING before/after shot!! what a gorgeous hike, too!

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TRACY180 5/4/2010 6:48PM

    Wow! What a HUGE difference? Great job!!!! emoticon

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GRANDMA_OF_16 5/4/2010 4:06PM

    You look so wonderful. Keep up the great work.

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MINNA72 4/27/2010 4:49AM

    Fantastic progress! You look great!

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LINDAGAGS 4/26/2010 9:39PM

    Wow, what a difference. You are obviously happier in the "after" photo.

Keep up the good work.

Linda

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FITSPIRATION 4/26/2010 9:35PM

  Thanks for sharing. The best of all is that that is no longer you! I think you were very brave to share your pic. I have one of myself too and I cringe to share it... lol. But I will one day soon, at least when I am within 10lbs of my goal. Anyway, Congratulations! 70 lbs, wow!

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MBVMFLUTIST 4/26/2010 4:28PM

    WOW You look amazing!!! And you are not just beautiful on the outside, your attitude makes you beautiful on the inside, too. :)

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MCOGHLAN 4/26/2010 3:18PM

    Congrats on your progress, I'm going to Punta Cana next year and trying to keep in mind all the time how I want the vacation pics to look. Way to go!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 4/26/2010 2:51PM

    First of all - you look fantastic! Isn't it amazing how far off our mental pics of ourselves can be? Odd survival instinct, right? Regardless, congrats on your progress!

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COACH_CUJO 4/26/2010 9:38AM

    Absolutely FANTASTIC!!! Congrats on your progress!

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SUEINTHEPARK 4/26/2010 8:28AM

    Kudos to you! You must feel great, you sure look fabulous - and smiling this time around! Keep up the great work on your Sparked life!

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TEACHINMOM 4/26/2010 8:23AM

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RACHEL_MAC 4/26/2010 8:07AM

    You look great now, what progress! Congrats!!

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COOKINMAMA 4/26/2010 6:32AM

    it makes it a little easier to look at our fat pictures now doesn't it.... I never thought I was as fat as I was. You've come so far!

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RABIDHAMSTER87 4/25/2010 11:50PM

    WAY TO GO!! I am so impressed :) You'll have to go back to Mammoth Lakes eventually and do it right this time. I have so many experiences like that. But on the bright side... at least when you went before you still got to have a good time with your husband! I'm sure it was just TERRIBLE spending time alone in a hotel room with him ;)

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MAYGIRL14 4/25/2010 11:00PM

    Congratulations to you for all the positive steps you have taken. You look great!!!

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TRENTDREAMER 4/25/2010 10:34PM

    Wow. You've done well!! Congratulations on your progress.

It is really a great feeling to be able to do something previously undoable.

Continued success to you!

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ANNE7X7 4/25/2010 10:31PM

    Wow!! What a transformation!! You look awesome!!

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TEAM-SARAH 4/25/2010 10:24PM

    You really are so much smaller now... impressive lady! Keep up with all yoru great progress!

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CASUSK 4/25/2010 10:24PM

    Is this Mammoth Lakes in California? I grew up not too far away from there and used to go up there a lot. I loved the area, used to dream about living up there. The difference in the pictures is amazing. You have made fantastic progress. You look great! (so much happier too) Way to go!

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CALLIKIA 4/25/2010 10:24PM

    You look amazing (and I'm sure you feel it too)! I hope to one day be able to post something like this. Thank you for showing me that the light is at the end of the tunnel...even if I'm not yet in a position to see it.

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Note to self on strength training

Friday, April 23, 2010

No more empty promises. You know better. Practice what you preach.

When you started this journey, the LAST thing you wanted to do was exercise. You tricked yourself into working out after work by dressing out for it first thing in the morning for crying out loud. When you didn't feel like it, you did it anyway, consoling yourself that it only takes three weeks to make a habit. Do it long enough, you won't WANT to do without.

And you were right. Exercise is now a pleasure, a welcome stress relief at the end of the day, no thought EVER of quitting.

But you've been copping out lately and you know it. You know full well that strength training is essential to toning up all that soft skin the weight loss is leaving behind, to boosting your metabolism to accelerate forward progress, to getting arms you aren't afraid to bare in a sleeveless blouse, calves that look great in a pair of capris, and abs that don't annoy you in every outfit you put on!

And you have been ALLOWING yourself to avoid the weight room. Guilt free. Telling yourself you have this exercise thing licked; after all, you do it almost every day. Really...any exercise is better than NO exercise. Aren't you a little beyond that now? Face it, you have made CARDIO a habit. When it comes to strength training, you are still a couch potato.

Don't you want to be toned AND slim in those cruise photos in December? Yes, you do and don't forget it. You took the time yesterday to have the wellness coach at the Y to set up four awesome strength routines, to show you what to do with a set of dumbbells. Admit it was pretty cool to see your muscles WORKING in the mirror.

Yeah, thought so.

No more cop outs. You will make time for four twenty minute strength training sessions every week, no excuses. You will be ready to bare those arms by June! You will ROCK a swimsuit on that cruise in December. And a cocktail dress with spaghetti straps on formal night....heck maybe even go for broke with no straps at all!

You've been skinny before(ten years ago, but at least you have a pretty good idea what 165 pounds looks like on you.) You've never been toned. A life without weight limits means not having to sensor the skin you bare to hide some flab you are fully capable of ridding yourself of in the first place. You deserve this and you can make it happen! As Nike says...just do it!

  
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4MY4PACK 4/25/2010 8:10PM

    Can we print this out, put our own names/goals in and use it? :) Great pep talk!

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ANNE7X7 4/23/2010 5:56PM

    Good self talk!! I am so guilty of this. I love cardio, but the ST is harder... I try to cop out of it by doing 30DS or yoga, but I KNOW that I should also do regular ST.

Good for you for talking yourself into it! You are going to look Faaaabulous (but wait... you already do!)

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HSMOM2FOUR 4/23/2010 12:46PM

    Great post! Might have started out as a note to yourself, but it's been a great note to me! THANK YOU!!!!

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TEAM-SARAH 4/23/2010 12:33PM

    It will make a huge difference in your body! You'll feel the same way about it as you did exercise in general once you get going. After you make it a habit you'll like it. You'll see all the improvements your making and get stronger and start to see muscle definition and it'll be exciting. I totally count yoga as part of my strength training as well. I try to do 2-3 yoga classes a week, and one workout with weights and one bootcamp.

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TEACHINMOM 4/23/2010 12:13PM

    HMMMM, I need to have this same talk with myself. Thanks for sharing. You are doing so awesome!
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NANA2THREEGIRLS 4/23/2010 12:00PM

    I used to be able to put my finger in the dimples in my elbows but just a few weeks of strength training and those dimples went away! I started with Coach Nicoles bootcamp videos with ball and weights (day 3 and 6 I believe) 8 minutes twice a day made a huge difference and it happened a lot faster than I thought it would. Good luck my friend! xoxo

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MJMEISSN 4/23/2010 7:47AM

    What a wonderful post - I have been struggling to get back into my strength training for a couple of weeks. You have reminded me of all the reasons I don't want to let it go for even one more day! Off to the gym I go!! emoticon (I can only wish for a body like this)!

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MY4BOYZ4 4/23/2010 6:52AM

    Great Post............and THANK YOU!

I have been making excuses all morning to avoid the gym, today is strength day and my body is sore from pushing myself in the pool yesterday so the idea of doing strength was daunting. I needed this post BAD today!

Thanks, now off to get to the gym! (Cause if I don't go now, I know your message will dim and I will end up staying home)

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CLWALDRO 4/23/2010 5:50AM

    you might want to start out slow just like you did with the cardio. a few exercises every day and add one new one until you are up to about 10 different ones and then switch to every other day but do all 10 in each session. emoticon

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