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Let's get real! Our enemy... the mirror.

Monday, July 22, 2013

We always want to "improve" ourselves, whether it's by:
losing weight
toning up
accomplishing a goal
constantly changing our hairstyle or color
whitening our teeth
tanning
or
even having the latest fashion.

There is nothing wrong with pursuing any of the above, though I think it's extremely important that we ask why.
Is it a need? Is it a want? Is it really going to benefit you or the others around you?
Is it for us?
Should we be healthy? ABSOLUTELY
Should we care about our appearances? Yes
There is a fine line between attaining these things, and obsessing over them to the point of destroying who you are.

We (especially women) are all self-conscious. We know people are looking, because we look too. Do we think negatively of others? No, well, we SHOULDN'T anyway.
But we look, and we always want what someone else has, and while we stand there being envious... chances are they're doing the same.

Is our self-esteem so low that we can't see our own self worth?

I've stood in front of a mirror and examined everything about myself.
my eyes
my teeth
my arms
my stomach
my hair...
you name it, I've probably stood there deciding what I did and didn't like, more so the last one.
I admit it. I admit it because I know I'm not the only one. We all do, some more than others.
For some of us the enemy is the scale, but for EVERYONE the enemy is the mirror.

I had a habit of standing there, and tearing myself down.
I could find multiple reasons I didn't like "this" about "that" and hated "that" about "this".
What good did it do me? Absolutely nothing. It made my self-esteem crash lower and lower... and increased how self-conscious I was to the point I never wanted to go out, ever.
This is such a dangerous practice... it can lead to depression, eating disorders, and just flat out hating who you are.

Why do we do this to ourselves?? It's HORRIBLE how hard we are on ourselves.
We have stuff EVERYWHERE telling us we're not good enough.
Not thin enough, not pretty enough, not stylish enough, not cool enough.... enough is ENOUGH!
The magazines, the ads all over the internet, commercials on tv.... UGH!
Do we do it for the opposite sex? No, I don't honestly believe we do... we do it to keep up with THOSE people, because we want to be them.
I'd rather be real. I'm sick of everyone telling me I need to be like this or that.
The typical sickly skinny, dark tan, perfect white teeth, bleach blonde hair or brunette covered in highlights, did I mention skinny and tan?!?!

Let's get real...

What should we do? Well, for starters, ignore all that CRAP, it's all a LIE. We ARE beautiful, we are worth loving, especially by US.
Be healthy.... YES! If that means losing weight because you're obese, do it. If it means eating healthier meals, do it.
Care about your appearance... yes. You are worth the time to take care of yourself and present yourself in a way that shows you care about who you are.

I dare you

I dare you to go look in that mirror... look at all the places that you have beaten yourself up over before, and decide if you're being RIDICULOUS, or if it's something you feel is worth the time to work on. Look at yourself... for every negative that you come up with you need to turn it around and have a positive to go with it.
It's not easy but it's worth it. You're worth it.
No more tearing yourself down because the world has stupid standards.
It's time to raise your self-esteem
It's time to stop being so self-conscious
It's time to be happy
It's time to love who you are

I dare you...

I dare you to see just how beautiful you really are.

Psalm 139:14
"I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well"

Much Love,

Em

  
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SMURFETTE-FR 1/27/2014 3:21AM

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LAYLAROSE01 11/12/2013 3:13PM

  powerful!!!!!!

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GREGGWEISBROD 7/30/2013 4:08PM

    I think I still see areas that I would like to improve, but having seen the improvement from a couple of months ago, I don't really sweat those areas, and am more amazed by how good my body looks compared to then, and the knowledge that it will only improve every day that I choose to work at it. For some, it takes them a long time to see their results, so I guess I'm fortunate that I find myself in this mental state. Your post is so bang on though for those that refuse to see the changes, and who go past their goals to the opposite side of the BMI spectrum. Obsessing can be a dangerous animal if not kept on a leash. Glad you posted this, it's an extremely important message to ourselves.

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ARUNNINGKAT 7/23/2013 1:43PM

    Very well put. We have to be on this journey for the right reasons and give ourselves a break sometimes.

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ABAKER34 7/23/2013 11:56AM

    Great blog! I intentionally avoid camera's because I don't like to see myself in pictures, and all of the mirror's in my house are from the waist up (I don't like to see my big butt)...it's sad how much we pick on our appearances. But when my kids run up to me and hug me with big smiles on their faces I ask myself am I being overly critical?

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Progress

Monday, July 08, 2013


Hey peeps! so I'm pretty hyper, talked about a mile a minute but thats what happens when you get some freedom, coffee and are excited! I was totally dancing in my kitchen before I recorded this by the way ;)

  
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GREGGWEISBROD 7/11/2013 11:10AM

    You are super kooky, and I bet so much fun to hang out with! :-D Love your spirit and your attitude!

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_JODI404 7/10/2013 6:08PM

    Hi Em,

Good to hear from you... it has been a while! Glad to hear that you are working hard and making great progress!! You have such a wonderful positive attitude!!

Enjoy your "me" time!!

Great goals, I know you will rock whichever 1/2 you choose.

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SCRAPBECCA 7/8/2013 4:25PM

    Well done! So glad to hear your positve pitch for working out!

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MYSTERYROSE74 7/8/2013 3:50PM

    Great to see you! Glad to hear you're still "rocking it". I've been away from blogging and vlogging here for a while now, but have still been active on one of my teams here. Log in ever morning and do my thing. I am hoping to get back into blogging here more regularly. Might vlog more in the fall when my husband's work schedule picks up again. We'll see.

Glad you're still around!

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Let's get real! Overcoming the fear factor

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Most of you know that 7 months ago I had a c-section, some of you may not know that I also had emergency surgery not even a week after delivery because my incision re-opened(I don't wish that on anyone!).

My biggest fear during recovery? It's pretty obvious, I was terrified of it opening again because I didn't even do anything to cause the emergency surgery to begin with!

I babied that incision, you better believe it! Once I started running again there was always this fear of "what if I somehow pull or tear something?", even though time had passed and I was doing just fine.

6 months later, I finally decide it's time to start working my core again, I really needed to strengthen my abs because it helps a lot with my running, and is my "trouble area".
I cannot even tell you how afraid I was...

Let's get real!

We ALL have fears!

Some may seem big

Some may seem small

Some may seem silly

BUT regardless... we have them.

How do we overcome them? Well, you have to actually FACE them.

I started with some zumba moves that I know work my core, slow, and gently, being very in tune with my body. I had my mind made up that if I was in pain, I would stop, and try again in a day or so.
Much to my surprise... I didn't hurt! I did more... I picked up the intensity (SLOWLY)... and I started doing more real ab stuff... like crunches. No I didn't do a lot of one thing... but I did 45 min of a bunch of different things, slowly bringing up my intensity and and adding more.

You have to START trying to overcome them!

One thing at a time

One day at a time

Adding more

Was I sore the next day? Yes... but in all the right places, my incision felt fine.

Am I still afraid? Yes. But not like I was, because I know what I'm capable of, and will continue to add more to it.

Overcome your fears... start by facing them. Acknowledge that they exist, and just try, a little bit at a time.

You will be surprised what you're capable of! It's MORE than you think!

Why should you overcome it you ask?

Because your fear will become a crutch.
A crutch only slows you down.
Overcome your fear... throw those crutches away and RUN!

You CAN overcome your fears... but you have to be willing to possibly fall... falling isn't failing. Giving up is.

Face your fears peeps... it's ALWAYS worth it.

Much love!
Em
Leaving you with some pics from recovery to now... life goes on!


After emergency surgery


Playing at the park with my sister(never too old!)


80's dance with my daughter


Trip to Arizona with baby Wesley


Swimming with the fishes at Bass pro with my boy


A candid Easter Family photo


80's trivia night... Wesley was impressed with my look


Dress like your hero day at school... My daughter chose me! :')


Mother's day... blessed


Sweet new running shoes!!!


He's worth all the craziness


Enjoying Silver Dollar City!


Princess night with my not so little girl

HAPPY NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!!!!!!

  
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STSCOTT11 7/23/2013 11:52AM

    Awwww...precious pics.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/3/2013 7:49AM

    great photos thanks for sharing and what a huge compliment your daughter paid you dressing up on heros day as you.keep on keeping on you are doing great emoticon

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MUSICALLYMINDED 6/22/2013 3:43PM

    Good for you in overcoming your fears! Your family looks beautiful.

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OFFWITHTHEOLD 6/10/2013 9:12AM

  You have an absolutely adorable family, What a blessing from God. It is sooooo great to see you on here again, really missed you b/c your are such an inspiration.
Thank you for disclosing your fears. I can understand your fear of disrupting the healing of your incision. But you are doing the most important thing of all with your fear... you are not staying stuck in that mode. Take care until next time... and keep the faith emoticon emoticon

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SHERRYBETH84 6/6/2013 4:38AM

    Love the up dated photos! Thanks for the good advice- face your fears. That will be my new mantra for the week.

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BRIANNADUNN 6/5/2013 10:44PM

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ARUNNINGKAT 6/5/2013 7:04PM

    You are looking amazing girl! It looks like you have bounced right back from having that baby! Who is absolutely adorable by the way! And you are so right! Fears are something that we all face and they can definitely get in the way. Love seeing a blog from you!

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LUCKYPRESENCE 6/5/2013 6:46PM

    Oh my goodness!! Your family is so wonderful. And your little one, I could just kiss all that baby chub :) Keep up all the good work, you are truly blessed. emoticon emoticon

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Let's get real! I need to be honest.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

So here's the deal, I feel as if I haven't been completely honest with you guys, not intentionally of course. Confused yet? Let me try to explain...

Is it possible to get up off your rear, get active, eat less, eat better and drop 77+ pounds like I did?
Yes.

Is it possible to go from doing nothing all day long to running half marathons like I did?
You bet.

Is it possible to go from hating being active, to craving it?
Absolutely.

Is it possible to go from eating a stupid amount of sweets to hardly being able to eat one bite of something because of how rich it seems?
Sure is.

ALL of those things are possible, and yes, you can do it... just like I've always said you can.

Let's get real!
Here's the thing, I think I somewhat forgot(not completely by any means) just how hard it is to GET those things.

It took me 9 months to lose 50 lbs, and I worked my butt off.

It took me 9 months of running 3-4 times a week, in freezing temps to heat advisories to get to where I could run my half marathon.

It took me 3 years to lose 77lbs, and drop from a tight 18 in jeans to a comfortable 8.

I know I never said it was easy, but I'm not sure I ever really made it clear about how much dedication, determination, motivation, and endurance it takes to ARRIVE in those places.

It IS possible, but you have to MAKE your mind up that you WANT this, and then you have to work at it EVERYDAY and be PATIENT for the day it comes.

Sparkpeople gives us an estimated date for our weight loss goals... and if we fail, or are just taking a little longer to get there, we get down. We may even give up. It's not about how fast you can get where you want to be, it's about GETTING there, period.

As I work at losing this extra baby weight, and get my miles back up with running, I have realized just HOW hard I worked for what I had and that I have to do it again.

I appreciate my 7 min miles way more now as I finally just made a 9 minute mile.

I appreciate my 10 mile runs more.

I appreciate the control I had with not overeating, the control to say no to a sweet or something unhealthy, the control to decide to do a 30 min ab workout over a nap...

I appreciate, and miss, having an unbelievable amount of energy for my kids (sleep at night would help too, but hey, a baby in the house, it is what it is)...

I'm fighting to get it back, and as I am, I just felt the need to tell you all that I'm sorry if I gave you these thoughts of going from a couch potato to a marathon runner in 2 months time, or whatever you thought when you've read my blogs. I know I've motivated many, which is always something I strive to do... but it order to succeed you need to know...

it's NOT easy!

It's NOT fast!

It's NOT comfortable!

I'm not saying throw in the towel, heck no! I'm saying you need to FULLY understand the work, and commitment involved, if you want to see big results.

When I've said you have to FIGHT for it, I MEANT it.
If you REALLY want this... then you REALLY have to go get it, it's not going to be handed to you on a silver platter.

Make up your mind.
Commit.
Want it.
Endure.
Join the fight... and rock it out.

Much love,
Em

  
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SHERRYBETH84 5/27/2013 5:12AM

    Ha ha! But, Em... You make it sound so easy! :) If losing the weight isn't hard enough, keeping it off is even harder. It comes back on so easily and a whole lot quicker than it comes off! You are doing marvelous, and with a baby! I feel like a whimpy whiner compared to you. I want to kick my butt back into gear, or you will beat me into those size 8 jeans! You go, girl!

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MUSICALLYMINDED 5/15/2013 9:56PM

    I don't think I realized how hard it would be to get this baby weight off! I thought it would "fall off" after giving birth, I guess. Wow, was I WRONG. This is tough. Glad to hear I'm not the only one struggling. We all are!

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SUSIQZER 5/15/2013 1:51PM

    LOVE IT!! Great blog!!

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ARUNNINGKAT 5/15/2013 12:22PM

    Very well put! You are so right! It is just plain, simple, very, very hard work. No two ways about it. You have to want it and go after it, and not give up when the going gets so slow it is hard to see movement. So glad to see a blog from you again! emoticon

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EG8383 5/15/2013 12:05PM

  you always know what to say and reading this today makes me feel powerful. you're amazing my friend =) thank you!

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CC3833 5/15/2013 11:50AM

    Glad you're blogging again! And this concept had eluded me up until a few months ago. I have been a member of SP since 2009... but guess what? I didn't lose any weight. The last 7 months I have been actively trying to change my lifestyle... I lost 10 pounds. Really only since January did I start to lose weight. Even after I lost 8 pounds I didn't lose any inches. Then I added fitness and lost 2.5 inches. I am losing weight much slower, it used to bother me. Now I am in it for the journey not for the destination. I think a very important part of the journey, and what was holding me back, is a positive attitude. Not just with weight loss but in life in general. Once I adopted that the weight starting coming off. Your a great motivator and I hope I am one as well. You have lost the weight... even after kids!!! And though I am not there yet I am really enjoying the journey and I try to get the people around me to do the same. Life is too short and tomorrow is never promised!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/14/2013 6:45PM

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DRKEYEZ820 5/14/2013 6:33PM

    :) Im so glad I get to see a new blog LOL

ANYWAYS- with what you just said-
Oh boy do I agree with 10000000000000000% LOL-

Seriously I mean I was trying before my results, id have good days bad days, but I can honestly say I was half a$$ing is before.

I got my test results, and there was no stopping me. Im in it to win it. I don't want to be put on meds at 30 yrs old. and I sure as heck don't want a heart attack or stroke at 30 either!

I think were all here for the same thing, some of us fully committed , some of us are trying to find that spark. And until u find that spark, well its gonna take even longer to get there.

I know im speaking for myself but im sure others feel the same way- when u become a mom to a baby all over again, their needs tend to over ride your own. As much as we all like to think that we are wonder women , were obviously not.

Em- I know how dedicated you are, and I know u will get back to where u want to be :) just make sure to tell your self its ok not to be perfect, because u do have a 3 little ones. A new routine is always hardest to conquer-
Once ur all established with a new routine, things will start moving faster the direction u want it to be !:)

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ADVENTURESEEKER 5/14/2013 5:29PM

    agreed!

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Let's get real! The "secret" to weight loss

Friday, February 15, 2013

"What's your secret??" they ask... "I started eating less, eating better, and got active." I answer...
"But how? how did you lose so much?"
"Well, I found this website, called sparkpeople... I put in my height, weight, and how many pounds I wanted to lose a week, I selected the max amount of 2 lbs... it told me how many calories to consume in a day, and how many to burn in a week, so that's what I did. I counted every calorie I put in my body, and started running."
"No, really... how did you do it??"

Why is the answer I give not sound like enough? It IS that simple, and yet it's hard.

Let's get real!

Everyone wants a quick and easy fix.
Give me some fad crash diet, or a pill, or surgery even.

I guess it depends on the person... do you want to be happy fast and for a short while(because we all know what happens when you stop those pills and go back to eating whatever you took out of your diet before), or do you want to make a permanent change for life?
The answer was simple for me... I KNEW diets and pills wouldn't give me what I wanted, and this... this just sounded RIGHT.

So I committed. I decided for ONE week I would eat the EXACT amount of calories spark gave me, and I would make sure I hit the burn I needed, and see what happened.
I learned really quick that even though it was that easy, that it was crazy difficult. I realized within a day that I was consuming a STUPID amount of calories! I had to start eating better just so I could feel full without going over my intake... amazing how that works huh? In order to stay in those calories you HAVE to be eating better or you'll be STARVING! I was drinking away calories too...
hello water!! My new best friend! Hello crystal light! Hello Coke Zero!

I was amazed when I realized how OUT OF SHAPE I was, I mean, I knew I did nothing all day but... man!
Huff and puff was the sound I made all week!
BUT... when I stepped on that scale a week later and saw I was down 5 lbs, I was in shock! Surely this wouldn't continue, but I'm willing to find out!
Another week went by, -4 lbs!
That's right! 2 weeks, 9 lbs!


(before)


(5k after two weeks)

So I kept going, and I became stronger, so things were getting easier. Food was becoming my friend, I was going faster and longer while running and I didn't feel like I was going to die.
I lost weight every week, through Thanksgiving, through Christmas, New Years... I lost consistently until I was down almost 30 lbs, then I had to up my workouts a little.


(5k after 3 months)


(5k after 4.5 months)


(Half Marathon after 10 months down over 50lbs)


(second half marathon after 2+ years of losing and keeping off 77lbs)

Let's get real!

Pills aren't the answer.

Diets that you don't plan to keep up for the rest of your life, won't work.

You're going to have to get off the couch, and get your rear in gear.

You're going to have to make better food choices, and eat less of the stuff that got you where you are.

Calories in, and calories out. Yes it's that simple, and that hard. But... it works!

Do you want to lose weight, get healthy and stay that way? Then guess what? You're going to have to work for it!

Doesn't cost you a dime. Just some time, choices and determination!

It's not a secret peeps! When you see that ad off to the side of your computer screen that says "Click for the secret to weight loss!" "drop weight by following this old trick" or "so and so lost __ lbs using this secret!!!"
Just know... it's bull. ALL of it!

Love yourself enough to change your life, for the REST of your life!

It's simple, and hard, but you CAN do it and it's worth EVERY drop of sweat!

Rock it out peeps!

Much Love,

Em

  
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MELGRO 5/5/2013 3:56AM

  This is a great blog post and in my opinion you are spot on. The formula is simple and to keep myself motivated I read posts and articles like yours every day. I also learn new tips along the way with the best one so far being to think through what you're about to eat (e.g. ice cream). I think things like:
- the guilt I'll feel afterwards
- the displeasure at having to log it into my food journal and seeing my daily calorie allowance go over
- getting on the scales in the morning and seeing the number go up
- the harm I'm doing to my body with those trans fats
All of a sudden I don't want to eat that ice cream anymore!

Stay strong.


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MUSICALLYMINDED 3/5/2013 4:54PM

    You're preaching to the choir, sister! I know that it really is that simple, and right now I just need to suck it up and do it!

Thanks for the reminders!

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GINNYN2 2/22/2013 2:25AM

    Thank you for this inspiring post. It's a struggle but thinner feels so much better so In the long run I is worth it. Great job! emoticon


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LPAATKINSON 2/19/2013 6:06PM

    Love this. I keep telling myself I can't run... but really, I've never tried!

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NEENSTER1 2/18/2013 2:15PM

    Amen!! Calories in Calories Out! It's that simple, but yet so much hard work and determination and consistency for the rest of your life. Get it. It's a lifestyle and not a temporary fix. Yes Indeed. emoticon

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BLOCKHEAD23 2/18/2013 10:40AM

    I am going to make it a point to read your blogs and subscribe to them. You rock!!



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1DERLAND14 2/17/2013 2:34AM

    I am so glad I came home to this blog tonight!! I try to explain that to people around me, but they just don't get it. They can think I'm lame when I pass on the fried food and only drink water when they drink beer, but hey...I have a goal to reach. Then hopefully they will think back to all the times I passed on the things they indulged in and they will get it. Sometimes it's frustrating because they want a different answer than the one you give.

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DSORGNZEDCHAOS 2/17/2013 12:03AM

    So true! You are rocking it here and totally motivating! I really should stop giving up on myself and just keep making the proper changes to get me where I want to be. Thank you for the inspiration!!

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LAGRAJA 2/16/2013 9:40PM

    Just what I needed to read right now! emoticon

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XKUROIBARA 2/16/2013 8:34PM

    I loved this blog! I am only 3lb down after two weeks, nowhere near your progress at the same mark! It's not a competition though, and I accept and understand that my body is different than yours. You have done so well and I am continually finding people on here that inspire me to keep going.

Everywhere I go I am telling people I talk to how much better I feel after just 2 weeks of doing it. I'm feeling more motivated by everything in my daily life and it's beautiful, I am loving every minute of this. Some days it is hard and I want to quit but when I see how much a difference my changes are making I know I can go on.

Wonderful job, you look amazing, and I can't wait to be where you are one day!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 2/16/2013 7:43PM

    It is so amazing that people don't even want to make an attempt if they actually have to work at it. You've done such a great job! You SHOULD be proud of yourself!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/16/2013 6:56PM

    i am rocking it oput em love.thanks for shareing even though it is nothing i didnīt know we all need a reminder now and then.take care and keep smiling.keep on keeping on emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWLEAF16 2/16/2013 5:17PM

    Love this blog! So right on emoticon

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SHERRYBETH84 2/16/2013 4:13PM

    I love the truth... It's that simple, and that hard. Thanks for the update on why I have to keep coming back. I keep coming back, every day, to stay true to my hopes and keep my health and weight goals front and center of my day. Every day, every choice means the difference between weight loss vs weight gain. Thank you for printing what is in my heart.

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LUVTOBOWL 2/16/2013 1:14PM

    You look amazing!! emoticon

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ROBYNROSE26 2/15/2013 8:05PM

    Awesome Blog!

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ARUNNINGKAT 2/15/2013 6:44PM

    Well written... and inspiring! Helps me focus on what I need to do for the next few months to change my habits. Thanks for sharing!

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UWPALUM 2/15/2013 6:15PM

    So True! I'm in my second month and I know this is working! Great blog and a great message!

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DJSQUISHIE 2/15/2013 6:02PM

    Great blog! Congratulations on all your success!

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BMELT2013 2/15/2013 5:58PM

    emoticon Well said!

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SUMTHINGSPECIAL 2/15/2013 5:38PM

    You are so right - that's what I've said to people before and I firmly believe it. However, people always think it is so impossible. How can you possibly like healthy food? Why do you go to the gym all the time? It gets aggravating that people can't see it for themselves and stop harping on those that do.

Congratulations on all that you have achieved - you are truly and inspiration!

Sumay

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TKLBRIDGET 2/15/2013 5:38PM

    wonderful blog!
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L_SADHANA 2/15/2013 5:34PM

    You are so right - people have kind of stopped asking me how I lost weight 'cause that's the answer I give. Eat better and exercise! They don't really want to hear that, they want the magic potion.

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