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3 months of nothing... STOPS NOW!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

I honestly don't know what made me stop. But I did...

I stopped blogging.
I stopped tracking my food and water.
I stopped visiting SparkPeople.
I stopped reading my friends' blogs.
I stopped exercising.

I just... stopped.

Thankfully, for most of that time, I didn't gain any weight. I was still making healthy(-ish) food choices and managed to sustain my current weight loss.

Until the last 2 weeks. Something got ahold of me (ohai there all my old bad habits) and I've been eating. A lot. WAY more than I need to. And not out of hunger... just... because?

I stepped on the scale this morning and am sad. I'm back up about 10 pounds from my best moment in December.

So.... that was enough to scare the poop outta me.

I keep saying I'm getting started again, but then don't do anything. This weight isn't going to go away all by itself - I have to throw it out of the party!!


November 10th (or 17th) my mother-in-law gets remarried. I've been asked to sing. This is my first "goal" date.
April 4, 2013 I turn 40. This is my second goal date.

I'm not sure what my actual weight-loss goals are for those milestones - only that those are my markers and I WILL weigh less than I do right now in November. And then less than I did in November by my birthday.


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BOOKWORM27S 8/20/2013 8:10AM

    Good luck in your weight loss journey!

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BLUE42DOWN 7/15/2012 6:33PM


emoticon back!

One thing I've seen others do successfully is "start at the beginning" - pick a few quick start goals. They don't have to be the same ones you originally did, but ones that you want to work on that will help rebuild the consistency and momentum for you.


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JULIA1154 7/15/2012 6:30PM

  Blogging today is a start!

Have you considered setting up a Spark Streak for yourself to help keep on track? Sometimes I've found that technique helpful.

Whatever you do, good luck as you continue your healthy journey.

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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 7/14/2012 4:16PM

    Try, try again! emoticon

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Ohai there, Mr. Treadmill.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Long time, no see!


It's totally my fault. I know, I've been walking past you so fast these days. Trying to avoid looking into your glowing eyes. Trying to pretend you're not really there, calling out to me.


Well, my friend - I'm back. It was nice to walk with you again tonight. And we'll definately hang out a couple times over the weekend, I promise.

Did you like the other new friend I brought along tonight? Isn't she fancy??

She makes me feel a bit like I could do anything I wanted to - even that 1 minute jog! So we'll hang out with Ms. NewShoes again, too.

Her other half (better half... partner in crime... whatever) was there too, but you might have missed him. Mr. NewInsoles was quietly tagging along, but very hard to see.

All together, I think we make a great team, the 4 of us. I just need to remember to hang out with y'all a lot more often!!

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XXEDRA 4/26/2012 2:15PM

    I love you Jenn!

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JAHCANNON 4/25/2012 10:34AM

    RoadRunner is where I got my insoles. I got fitted for my new sneakers at RR, too. But a friend back in PA offered to give me the shoes (he owns a running store).

I LOVED my experience at RR!!

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TANRAZZ 4/20/2012 11:26AM

    Woot! Sounds like a full house! ;) I need to get in on the NewShoes and NewInsoles action, too--I'm overdue! I have flat, flat feet and have to get fancy schmancy shoes, so I usually go to RoadRunner. Where do you get your shoes from?

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ELUNAMAKATA 4/20/2012 7:47AM

    Awesome Jenn!! emoticon it's going to be a emoticonat your treadmill!

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BLUE42DOWN 4/20/2012 3:23AM


This is great to hear! I'm so glad you've got those new shoes now.

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CHIBIKARATE 4/20/2012 12:44AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon you can do it

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SparkRally - with pictures!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Oh boy did we have fun - and FOOD!

It was wonderful to meet everyone - and we had a really pretty day (even if it WAS a bit chilly).

I took a bunch of pictures...

Here is a link to them posted on FB:

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JAHCANNON 4/20/2012 12:27AM

    Thanks, Lethie! That did the trick.

The link should work, now. :)

And for those that aren't friends with me on FB - feel free to friend me. Just let me know who you are. :P

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BLUE42DOWN 4/19/2012 1:37AM

    On linking on SparkPeople, for whatever reason you need to remove the http:// or https:// from the URL. (So for those of us who want to go - copy and paste from www to the end.


The view is definitely gorgeous, as is the food, and as are all the people who made it.

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XXEDRA 4/18/2012 1:39PM

    Looks like a good time

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TANRAZZ 4/18/2012 10:40AM

    Hooray, thanks for taking photos and posting them! We had a good time, too, and I'm looking forward to the next rally. I agree with Claire--the food DOES still look good! I'll have to look at your Facebook photos when I'm home since most social networking sites are banned here at work.

Also, I don't know why I look like I'm holding an invisible baby in that shot with me and my boyfriend. Or maybe I was pretending to rave dance. Hmmm . . .

Comment edited on: 4/18/2012 10:41:55 AM

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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 4/17/2012 10:43PM

    When I click your link, I get a "server not found" error message. Hmm the food STILL looks good!

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Happy birthday to ME!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

I LOVE celebrating birthdays! How exciting is it to know that we are special and alive and loved!!

Today, I turned 39. I'm totally OK with owning up to that. Although, I have to admit I find it almost incomprehensible that I am just 365 days away from 40.

I used to think that was so.... grown up! And yet, I still feel like the same me I've always been. Well, mostly, I guess.

I know I've matured and changed - but I don't FEEL older. Isn't that always how it is?! ;)

So - happy birthday to me!!
I celebrated by buying a Kindle Fire (with a gift card from my parents). I'll have it by Friday and I'm excited to begin to build my eLibrary. I have quite a few fitness and health books on my wishlist! ;)

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XXEDRA 4/9/2012 9:10AM

    Happy Birthday!

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    Hope your birthday was great!
You will LOVE the Kindle Fire, I just got mine a couple of weeks ago and already I have loaded a bunch of FREE apps, used Overdrive to check out free library books, and lots of free books from Amazon.

First, go to the Kindle Fire Support site and save it as a favorite, you'll find it extremely helpful. http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/custo
Go to Amazon's Kindle Store and search for free apps (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_
+kindle+fire+free) and read the reviews to find the best ones for you. So far I have read 3 books (all free), and have the SparkPeople app, several news sites, dictionaries, a couple of word games - I'm not a game person. You'll even lose more weight because the Fire will take all your attention! emoticon

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BENCGDL 4/4/2012 10:31PM

    Happy Birthday. I hope you had a fantastic day
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BLUE42DOWN 4/4/2012 5:47PM

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Happy Birthday!

Ages definitely don't feel as "old" as they looked when we were young.

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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 4/4/2012 5:44PM

    You'll have to cut and paste since they don't allow links in comments.
Happy Birthday!

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CRAZY_KAT_1984 4/4/2012 4:50PM

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Happy Birthday!! You got yourself an awesome present and are proud of your age! Awesome! You are only as old as you feel emoticon

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Edited title: I have amazing friends...

Thursday, March 22, 2012


So I went to Roadrunner Sports tonight. I wanted them to do their "thing" and tell me what I need for shoes.

AMAZING trip - if somewhat depressing.

Greeted as I walked in the door - with a smile and a genuine welcome. I immediately felt better about being the fat girl in a fitness store. Not a questioning glance, not a strange look. Just a wonderfully warm welcome. They have AWESOME staff there.

Lisa called me over a few minutes later for my evaluation-thing-a-ma-bob. Was really awesome to actually get someone to LOOK at this all and help me figure out what is up with me.

Note: walking barefoot on a treadmill is WEIRD. And this coming from a girl who prefers to be barefoot!!

Lisa explained everything and made me feel like someone important to her. Again - it's a retail store and I'm NOT their ideal customer - BUT I felt like a queen. She was attentive and helpful and fun!

Then she took my info over and introduced me to Bryan. Didn't just point me toward the shoes and tell me "someone will be with you in a few minutes" - she walked me over, brought Bryan to me and introduced us - handshakes and all.

Bryan was awesome. Encouraging and informative and also fun. We tried quite a few shoes on and I had a hard time explaining what was different - but he didn't "coach" me for the answers he was looking for. Just waited for me to explain things well... and then when I said the "magic words" explained WHY he was waiting for me to say the things I did. Super excellent job.

The sad part is that I can't afford any of it.

The insoles are exactly what I need. The shoes were amazing.

And I'm too broke to do anything about it. *sigh*

I'm going to shop around and see what I can manage (really hope I can at least purchase the insoles from them). I'm just so TIRED of living check-to-check. I'm tired of stressing about it. I'm tired of it all.... really.

So it was a night of highs and lows... and right now I'm feeling kind of low...

Edit: So the original title was "I HATE BEING POOR!" which is still, and probably always will be, true.

Financially, our trouble is that I was out of work last year for 3 months, and we borrowed a LOT of money from friends and family and haven't yet been able to pay it back. So even if I HAD all the money I needed for the beautiful shoes we picked out, my conscience wouldn't let me spend that money on myself anyway.

I was whining on FB (I try not to do it often, but I was really upset) and one of my friends sent me a message. Of course now I'm feeling guilty, but I'd forgotten he owns a runner's store back in PA. He want's to work with his Saucony rep to get me a pair... no charge. I'm humbled and overwhelmed... and feeling kinda guilty. I didn't MEAN to get him to give me a pair (heck, I forgot he even had a shop of I would have just asked what he was charging for them)... but I might be able to get my shoes after all.

Because I have awesome friends.

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XXEDRA 3/23/2012 10:02AM

    You do have an amazing friend!

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WOUBBIE 3/23/2012 9:09AM

    I'm so glad you "whined on FB" about this! Good workout shoes are essential to keep you safe from injuries, which are way more expensive than the shoes are.

I totally feel your financial pain. I've been back in the working world for 8 years and we've just now turned the corner on clearing up the debt from the 7 1/2 years that I stayed home with the kids (they're 15 and 16 now). It was still worth it.

Even though you didn't buy the shoes at the retail store, you can still do the employees a favor by contacting their management and raving about the service. Let them know that a purchase was not in your budget TODAY, but you will talk up their establishment and will be back to buy when your finances allow.

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BLUE42DOWN 3/23/2012 2:33AM

    HOORAY for awesome friends.

And honestly, given the difference between what you can and will do with the right shoes and where you're at now, I'm VERY glad the universe provided the better option!

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