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I'm an inspiration...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

What??!?
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I almost couldn't believe my ears.

Let me explain a little...

Today is day 3 of my 4 days per week at the gym. I REALLY, REALLY didn't want to go. I was working in the lab all day yesterday and today and was in and out of the -80oC freezer (that's -112oF for all us non-metric folks... LOL!) both days. I started having a little bit of trouble with my breathing. Cold can trigger an attack for me. So I did a breathing treatment and tried to talk myself in to going to the gym when I was done.

As the end of the day arrives, I'm nearly ready to throw in the towel and go home. But, since my fully packed gym bag was on my chair in my office I decided I was going to get ready...

Despite getting grabbed for a quick meeting - in my gym clothes no less - I still went.

I'm still not back to 100% yet from the pneumonia; but I am able to get through my workouts at the same level I was before I got sick. So after 3 weeks off I'm not complaining. This is only my second week back at the gym after being sick. As you might expect, I'm moving a little slowly and trying hard to psych myself up for my workout. I make it through my warm up and my first circuit. As I'm trucking back to exchange my kettle bell for a med ball I pass the racket ball courts. The nice fellows said "hi" but then on the way back one of them made a comment about me switching out for "a bigger one". I kind of chuckled and then he said "that's inspirational".

Say what?

Yep! He said I'm inspirational and his friend agreed. I don't think they realize just how much that meant to me. Especially after my slow rolling start to the gym... Needless to say I finished my last 2 circuits with a little more pep in my step!

I was floored that anyone would find me inspirational. I'm not exactly a picture of fitness. I am getting better; but I've got a way to go. I guess maybe I should work on that self-talk a little more... Between these folks and my fan club (some of the trainers at the gym) I'm feeling pretty fine!

I just had to share... I've got to run. It's past my bedtime. I'll see if I can get some updated pics to post. I just had to get a photo ID at work and was shocked when I saw the photo. I compared it to the last one and boy can you see the difference. I don't think I noticed when looking in the mirror since I see that every day. I'm so excited! The plan is working!

Hope you all are having a great week! Spark on my friends!
Chris
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SVELTEWARRIOR 12/21/2014 11:13PM

    Woman I have always known you were inspirational!!!!!! It is good that other are finally seeing it too!!!

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BEACHCALSIX 12/20/2014 2:42PM

    That must have felt amazing! You are inspirational! To keep pushing after pneumonia, wow!
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DDOORN 12/19/2014 10:20AM

    Isn't it terrific to pay one's Spark forward? :-)

I try to offer compliments & encouragement to some of the regulars in my fitness center too. I know what a boost it is for me to receive them...as I have off & on...and love to pay it forward too!

Don

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1CRAZYDOG 12/19/2014 9:23AM

    Awesome!!!!!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 12/19/2014 8:30AM

    Wow! What a boost. Good for you! I'm cheering for you!

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/19/2014 3:01AM

    emoticon You are inspiring! emoticon Looking forward to seeing before and after pics!

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DONNA_W 12/18/2014 11:38PM

    nice to get these little perks so unexpectedly


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THETURTLEBEAR 12/18/2014 11:14PM

    That is so cool!! Yay you!

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    emoticon You are truly an inspiration!

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/18/2014 10:16PM

    Truly inspiring! Great work!

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An update on my new program...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wow! It's been pretty long since my last blog... I didn't realize just how long its been. I've been quite busy and a lot has been going on here. Since I'm on an enforced solitude, I figured its a good time to catch up with a blog...
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Enforced solitude you ask? Yep!

My doc is keeping me home right now. I'm not even supposed to go outside. Turns out I've developed pneumonia. It was pretty sudden. I was fine last Friday. Felt like I was getting a little head cold on Saturday and by Sunday I was in bad shape. First thing on Monday I went to see my doc. She wasn't too happy with me but understood why I didn't go to the emergency room on Sunday. By that morning, my lungs were pretty full of fluid. I had a follow up on Wednesday at which time I still wasn't making much progress. So she added some more meds and is keeping me home a little longer. Which puts me here... exhausted and totally bored! But, today I'm finally starting to feel a little better.

So, sickness aside, how am I doing?

Simple answer...

FANTASTIC!

As for my new program, I am loving it. It isn't easy nor can I always call it fun; but its worth it. I started with this new trainer in August. Since then I've lost 18 pounds. On the grand scheme of things, that isn't a ton of weight; but my progress has been significant in other ways. Here's what's been up...

During the first month I started a modified eating plan with my trainer. I thought he was crazy. This plan seemed ridiculous and like WAY too much food. I kept telling myself that I needed to listen and trust the process, so I am.

The first few weeks had me at the gym 3 days a week for about 30 minutes. It was a start and new for me. I had a lot of gym phobia, was pretty self conscious about it and had to work though it.

As time passed, we've been working on modifying my nutrition plan. Right now I'm on a really strict 4 week plan to help accelerate the weight loss then we're going to modify it again to start adding more foods back in to the plan to help optimize my bodies response to food and find out which foods work best for me. I'm sure this plan isn't for everyone and what works for me may not work for everyone. My trainer and I are working together for this. So far I've been 100% complaint with my stick plan. I've got 1 more week to go with it. I'm looking forward to having more variety in my diet again. What I will say for sure, since the start of this plan, I've found that I don't have cravings for anything. I don't miss any particular food. I've been walking right past the bowls of Halloween candy without even a second look. It's been an interesting challenge for me with this plan. I'm learning a lot more about food and how my body reacts to it. I'm learning how to prepare food better and keep it flavorful without processed sauces. At this point, I think I'm well on my way to a permanent change in my eating/nutritional lifestyle.

A few weeks ago, my trainer started pushing me on dealing with some of the emotional issues. He had me focus on me. That's just not something in my nature. I found that to be very hard. I was tasked with taking time to focus on just me. Find my root motivation, my goals. I now have a morning ritual for each day where I review my personal message and take a little time for me to get ready for the day.

Most recently, my fitness program has been significantly ramped up. For the last 6 weeks, I've been a regular at the gym 4 nights a week for an hour each trip. In fact, just before I got sick, I had upped my weights again. My trainer assures me, the best progress will come from me pushing myself. So, this sickness has me pretty bummed out. I suppose that just the fact I'm missing the gym and craving my return to it is a pretty good sign that I've made yet another positive permanent lifestyle change.
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So, all in all, I'd say I'm in a pretty good place. I think I made the right decision and found a good trainer for me. He's not letting me back away from the tough stuff.

Now, if I could just shake this pneumonia....
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Hey, at least I'm not in the hospital.

I hope you all are doing well. I haven't been here much I know. I'm still working on balancing my crazy work, gym time, family time and Spark time. Jut know I'm thinking of you and sending out happy thoughts for you all!

Spark on my friends! Find your path and follow it. It's well worth it!
Chris

  
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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/28/2014 6:39PM

    It sounds like your plan is working great for you!!!!! Now, take care of yourself and get rid of that darn pneumonia

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/24/2014 8:48AM

    All I could think was... R E A D !!! Ok, so you know where my heart is. LOL I'm sorry you're sick but am glad you are taking care of yourself. You have three days to feel better... hint, hint. (wink)

I love hearing about your new plan. I'm so happy you found someone who would work with you. Keep the updates coming, please!

I hope you have a lovely holiday and you feel up to spending time with family.

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/22/2014 4:11PM

    You're making such great progress. Congratulations! In the meantime prayers for improved health and wellness. Hug, hug --Evelyn

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CATHYGETSFIT 11/22/2014 4:04AM

    emoticon emoticon on all of it!! I remember when you started you said you hated going to the gym and really didn't want to go. Now look at you!! Can't wait to get back to the gym is a far cry from where you began! I'm glad it's all working out for you. Some of what your trainer is having you doing with your eating is similar to the Fast Metabolism Diet that I've been doing for 7 months. Although it's not really a diet ...it's just a better way of eating. I too went past all of the candy at Halloween time and I never even had the urge to want some. I have found that out with a lot of foods that I used to eat.

Congrats and keep up the great work! Hope you feel better soon!! emoticon Don't push yourself to go back though before you are completely better from the pneumonia. You don't want a setback. emoticon

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DDOORN 11/21/2014 4:31PM

    What an awesome effort you are making! Your morning routine sounds very much like my own, developed as a mix of my therapist's recommendations and my own tweaks: a meditative breathing routine before getting out of bed, using my own personally developed mantras. Then some stretches, self-massage and an increasing number of leg lifts (up to 60!) to give my core a daily boost.

Keep Rocking the SPARK! :-)

Don

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IRISHBEANERGAL 11/21/2014 3:48PM

    So glad this is working out for you! Isn't it great? emoticon

Who knew I would like veggies? LOL

Hope you feel better soon!

~Irish

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1CRAZYDOG 11/21/2014 3:13PM

    Awesome! Wishing you the best as you continue on with your program.

Proud of you!

HOpe you are rid of the pneumonia now.

HUGS

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My scale, my albatross...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Okay, first, let me make it clear... I AM NOT defined by my scale. I am just frustrated by it. So please, don't send me rotten tomatoes or anything. I'm just expressing my opinion, venting a little bit and trying to sort out thoughts. I'm putting it here for me so that maybe someone else will see it and it will help them too. I'll say it one more time, I AM NOT defined by my scale.

Let me explain my frustration a little...

My whole life, it seems someone has been watching, talking about or tracking my weight. As a competitive swimmer we were always watching our weight. Just the smallest of gains could make a difference. I was a big fish in the little pond so to speak. I was never going to be Olympic caliber; but I was competitive in the top of our state. I stopped swimming in college due to an injury - not because I stopped loving it.

My dad used to call me "chubby". It was a sort of nickname. Please don't hate on my dad... I love him and he's been supportive in so many ways. I swear I was born with a little belly pooch. Even as lean as I was when I was in the pool 6 hours a day, I still had a little pooch.

Once my thyroid started to fail, I started gaining weight badly. Even when I was exercising - water polo, volley ball, flag football, archery - I still gained weight. My doctor's advice... eat less and lose weight. *sigh* where have I heard that before...

Let me see...
1. my doctor
2. my endocrinologist
3. my OB/GYN
4. my nutritionist (former, 2 of them)
5. my trainer (former, several of those too)
6. coworkers

I could probably come up with a few more.

So, weight has been a nearly constant "in your face" thing for me.

Over the years I have tried many things. Do you remember in the 90s (I think) the whole Susan Powter Walk Yourself Thin?

Or how about the 6-Week Body Makeover?

I've worked with nutritionists, trainers, you name it. Sometimes I'd lose weight. Then I'd gain it back. Only to be told yet again that I need to lose weight.

But, right now, for the first time in a very, VERY long time. I feel like I'm making positive, permanent changes.

I mentioned before that I'm working with a new trainer. He's working with me on nutrition AND fitness. He's just what I need. He listens, kicks my butt and keeps me on track. I can't even begin to say how thankful I am to have been introduced to him and how fortunate I feel. I have never felt better in my life. I'm feeling stronger, more confident, more energetic and more positive than I ever have before. It's not like I'm normally a negative or sad person. In fact, I've been told I can be annoyingly positive.
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Anyway, several people have said to me that I look good. People are noticing. In fact, one of my coworkers this past Friday said I look good that I've lost a lot of weight. Needless to say, I was looking forward to my normal Saturday morning weight in...
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only to discover that I had GAINED 3 pounds...
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I stood there staring at the scale with all the wind out of my sails.

I know I am making positive changes. It's a fact that my clothes are fitting better. I have these most awesome riding boots that I haven't been able to wear in 10 years because I couldn't zip them up over my calves. Now, I'm within an inch of being able to zip them. I can stand with my feet together and my ankles and knees touch - it's been a while since I could do that. Things that didn't fit over my hips fit over my hips now. Things are definitely changing all in good ways.

So, if my body is changing enough that people are noticing, my clothes fit better and I feel so much better; doesn't it stand to reason that I should be losing weight?

And that, right there, is the source of my frustration.

It just seems so unfair...

I'm trying not to let it bother me; but it sometimes creeps in and bugs me. I won't let it stop me or derail me. I most certainly won't let it keep me from my plans. There is no denying I am making the transition to a much, much healthier lifestyle. I FEEL great. I'm even getting over my gym anxiety.

Oh yeah... here's a good one... my yoga pants started falling off when I was on the elliptical.
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That counts as a victory, right?

Needless to say, I'm treating myself to some new ones.

Anyway, onwards and upwards! Thanks for listening/reading. It helps me to sort things out. My trainer and I are working now to adjust my nutrition a little bit more to see if we can accelerate the actual weight loss. I think that right now I've got "fat" loss but muscle gain. I can't deny the new muscles or the lack of my rear "shelf". LOL!

I'm excited, I'm motivated and I'm feeling great! What more could I ask for? Well, other than a little bit of scale cooperation...
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I'll keep working on letting go of that scale frustration. Pinky promise...

I hope you all are having a great week! Spark on my friends!
Chris
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/14/2014 1:36PM

    How come all the words in my head came out in your blog? Is that a Scientist trick? (wink)

I've trained myself to stop weighing myself. Those stupid numbers were messing with my head. (Just my fix...) I have been focusing on other things and it was working in a healthy and exciting way. It's still working but now in a very scary way. (Details later.)

I can't wait to see a picture of you in those boots!

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BBONET 10/25/2014 8:56AM

    Love! Love! emoticon emoticon emoticon This is exactly my story so thanks for sharing! You continue what you are doing and congratulations!! emoticon emoticon

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MARTHAWILL 10/25/2014 8:21AM

    Wow - you are an inspiration. You are right. The scale does NOT define your success.
Thanks for sharing
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DOGMOMMA2THREE 10/24/2014 5:42PM

    Great blog Chris! emoticon

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ADRIENALINE 10/22/2014 1:32PM

    I love this blog! You have perfectly captured what I've been thinking lately.

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/4/2014 4:53AM

    It seems you've thought out the scale issues and you are absolutely right to be frustrated. Vent way! And remember...losing your yoga pants is a good thing!

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/27/2014 4:42AM

    Boy do I know that feeling!! You try not to let it bother you but it does. I get it! You are definitely making progress. Some people just lose inches more than they do lbs. Give it some time and I'm sure the lbs will start falling by the wayside soon. In the meantime, just keep doing what you are doing and soon the scale will start showing you the numbers you want! emoticon emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/26/2014 10:49PM

    One week does not a good scale reading make. Youíre pounding the workouts, experiencing some wonderful non-scale victories, and now have a renewed invigorating in attaching what it takes to live healthy. WooHoo on the improved program. Your scale WILL catch up . . . It's not a matter of IF, but WHEN and you've got the gumption to stick to it this time.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 9/26/2014 12:54PM

    Crawl inside my head much, Chris? LOL

Your picture up there of 130 pounds is SPOT ON. I've dropped 2 sizes, and only 5 pounds lol...

Glad things are working out with the nutrition/fitness guy - I hear he's pretty good LOL.

Looking forward to your trip out to the west coast soon, gal!

Keep up the great work!

~Irish

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BA5454 9/26/2014 7:17AM

    Super blog and one I can so relate to, lol. Hang in there!

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NEW-CAZ 9/26/2014 3:03AM

    Chris I feel your frustration but at least you're leaner and STRONGER!!
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NETGYRL 9/25/2014 11:38PM

    I feel ya. Even when I am feeling great and positive and know I am on the right track when the scale does not support that it really REALLY bugs me. Like you, I try not to let it get to me, but MAN! Grrr. Stupid scale!

Keep fightin' the good fight!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/25/2014 11:17PM

    Great blog. I know it's frustrating when the scale is uncoopertive but girl your yoga pants are falling down!!!!! That is a great NSV!!!!!!!! You are doing great!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/25/2014 9:03PM

    Weigh-loss is a real stinker w/thyroid disease. I know!

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BEACHCALSIX 9/25/2014 7:14PM

    This is a great blog, that picture was EXACTLY what I needed to see today. I'm stealing it for a later blog hope you don't mind emoticon
It sounds like you're gaining muscle and that's such a good thing! I've been really pushing the weight loss on the scale and even though I've gotten down to 125, I still look very overweight with a high bodyfat ratio. So...a lot of work to correct this.
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NOMORESHMOO 9/25/2014 6:59PM

    I know the feeling, but as I lose I change up my exercise. I gain a little during those changes, but it comes back off.
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What's this? A blog... from me...

Friday, August 29, 2014

Where to startÖ

Well, itís been a hectic two weeks for me. Iíve been quite busy and havenít spent much time here in Sparkland; but never fearÖ Iíve been tracking diligently and still working out regularly. I just havenít had much time to blog or read. So, hereís a big update from me.

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Itís been absolutely insane! Not in a bad way per say. Iíve just been super busy. Of course, when youíve got more work than days stupid things go wrong. For example, I was setting up a run with a plan for 2 x 24 samples. I had 2 packages of 24 array plates Ė thatís what it said on the box. But when I open itÖ guess whatÖ they were only 16 array plates. Thatís not goodÖ Thankfully our rep was quick in action and has a replacement sent to me and I was in a position to move ahead without compromising any of the samples or handling them differently than normal. Whew!

Iím also working on a manuscript for publication Ė Iím the primary author on this one. Yay! Itís been submitted for clearance now, so as soon as that comes through Iíll submit for publication.

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Itís been interesting. I was really worried and intimidated at first. Honestly though, Iíve found the people there to be super friendly and helpful. Iím getting to be more comfortable which is good. I also discovered I can take the smaller weights with me into the main gym so I do a good portion of my workout there instead of in the weight room. There are just too darn many mirrors in there for my liking!
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The gym also just got refit with all new equipment in the weight room and Nautilus room. The nautilus room isnít quite finished yet; but soon! The updated weight room is great! Iíve discovered that going after work 3 days a week is working out pretty well for me.

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Thatís still its own workout! Iím telling you, sometimes itís like eating is my second job! Iím getting better with planning my meals. I spend a chunk of each weekend planning and preparing for the upcoming week. So far itís been going well!

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Well, Iím doing pretty well! My energy is still way up there. My clothes are definitely fitting better. The scale is a great source of frustration though.
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Iím going to try and get DH to help me get a pic. I swear Iím getting leaner and less fluffy; but itís hard to judge yourself. So I want to start taking pics weekly to compare. I have to be making some kind of progress. Otherwise I would feel so good and my clothes wouldnít be looser. Right?

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LOVE HIM! Nuff said. He listens and doesnít laugh too hard at me when I have mini panic attacks or say something stupid. Heís been super supportive and encouraging all the way. He even helped me out with my gym anxiety.

Well him and my friend Irish (irishbeanergal)! Sheís also been a fabulous support and inspiration for me! I owe her some super, duper thanks! She also talked me down off the ledge when I panicked about going to the gym.

I know, Iím crazy! But yíall love me anyway!
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And one more super, duper thanksÖ to my friend Mo (sveltewarrior)! Talk about having someone cheering in your corner. I couldnít ask for a bigger cheerleader and friend. Thanks for always listening.

You ladies are the best!
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Okay, I think Iíve rambled on long enoughÖ Itís Labor Day weekend here in the US, so I wish you all a very happy holiday. Be safe and enjoy!! Spark on my friends!

Next week looks to be another busy but good week! I'll keep working on my balance so I can catch up with you all my friends!
Chris

  
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THETURTLEBEAR 9/3/2014 9:57AM

    Sounds like you are keeping it together despite the craziness!

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NETGYRL 9/1/2014 7:31PM

    I am so happy to hear that your are doing well! Keep up the great work.

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/1/2014 4:58AM

    Glad you conquered your fears of going to the gym!! That is an awesome feeling to overcome something you were afraid of! You are definitely getting slimmer. That is why your clothes are fitting better now.

Good luck on your manuscript!

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/30/2014 11:15PM

    Great read and I like to think you lost the equivalent of two sticks of butter each week -- Sweet! Stay strong in reaching all your goals.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 8/30/2014 9:04PM

    Hey! Remember - the scale can suck it, Chris! Remember that 1 pound of fat is so much BIGGER than 1 pound of muscle (notice I didn't say weighs more!)- I'm putting my money on

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a leaner, trimmer Chris that weighs the same!

Thanks for the shout out.

Keep up the great work! Be healthy, be well!

~Irish

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WILSONWR 8/30/2014 9:03AM

    It sounds like you are making great strides, Chris! I need to get back to the gym myself...

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NEW-CAZ 8/30/2014 3:01AM

    So glad the gym worked out for you (no pun intended) and that you get on so well with your trainer.
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SVELTEWARRIOR 8/29/2014 9:28PM

    Told you you would wind up feeling comfortable in the gym!!!!!!!! To answer your question....yes you are getting leaner and that is why your clothes are fitting better!! I am so proud of you!!!!! Love ya!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/29/2014 7:31PM

    What an awesome blog! Wishing you success w/your manuscript. And glad you're finding the gym to be more comfortable. I'm not one much for lots of mirrors either.

Have a great weekend, make it a sparking good one.

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GEORGE815 8/29/2014 7:22PM

    Forward progress is always good.

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Lots to celebrate!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

... and not a single one involves the scale!
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So... it's been 12 days since I started working with my trainer. I've been pretty diligent about following the nutrition plan he's set for me. Not completely perfect, but pretty close.

Here's what's happened so far:
1. I can buckle my belt 1 notch tighter comfortably!
2. I'm wearing my bra comfortably on the middle hook. It was tight on the biggest!
3. I stopped drinking a big cup of coffee every morning. I just don't need it!
4. I have more energy!
5. I FEEL BETTER!!!!
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All this and the scale only went down 0.8 lb this week. Even though the scale didn't move much at all, it's clear that this is working for me. My body is changing in good ways!

I just got my fitness routine from him middle of this past week. I've been a little intimidated about going to the gym, so I haven't started that part yet. I can't wait to see what happens once I add in the fitness component! I've got a plan and I'm fortunate enough that the post I work on has a gym which we can use for free. My plan is for 3 days a week, so weekends are kind of out unless I want to drive 40 minutes to the gym, I need to try and stick with weekdays. I'm looking in to some closer options for a backup plan too. So on Monday, I'm putting on my big girl panties and going to the gym.

For the first time in a long time, I'm really starting to believe that I can reach my goals. It seemed unreachable and I've spent a lot of time on the yo-yo train. A VERY frustrating place to be. I'm really glad I reached out and asked for help! That cautious optimism I had last week has gone from a flicker of hope to a full on flame! I'm really excited to see what next week will bring!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! I get to go pick up my daughter today. I've missed her terribly! So, I'll catch you all later! Spark on my friends!
Chris
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SAPHRAEL 8/28/2014 7:46AM

    What a great blog! I love reading about success like this. It sounds like you really had a breakthrough. So happy for you!!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 8/17/2014 10:58PM

    You sound so happy!!!!! I love the positive tone of this blog...... and yes you can do it!!!!

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    emoticon emoticon I know how frustrating it is to not lose weight while you feel like you are doing things right. Glad you found something that works for you! Wishing you lots of success! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/17/2014 12:29AM

    This is great news! You'll on a roll which spells success! WooHoo1

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IRISHBEANERGAL 8/16/2014 6:45PM

    Awesome stuff, Chris! So glad to hear that you are making progress, and so honored that I could play a (very) small part in it.

Keep up the great work!

~Irish

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NEW-CAZ 8/16/2014 11:05AM

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1CRAZYDOG 8/16/2014 10:44AM

    You CAN reach your goals -- you ARE reaching your goals. Awesome on effort this week.

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NUTRON3 8/16/2014 8:37AM

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JCLJR4547 8/16/2014 7:52AM

  keep up the good work.

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WDIPIM 8/16/2014 7:49AM

  CONGRATULATIONS - that is awesome. Keep it up

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