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ABCs of Me

Saturday, February 06, 2010

A is for Age: 35

B is for Booze: lately none, but a glass of wine each week is the norm for me

C is for Career: Technical Writer in Gov't Contracting

D is for Dad's name: John

E is for Essential items to bring to a party: A healthy option to eat b/c no one else will think of you!

F is for Favorite song or music: I love so many types: Oldies, R&B, Rap, Rock, Contemporary

G is for Goof off thing to do: Facebook

H is for Hometown: Riverdale, MD...but grew up in Lanham, MD

I is for Instrument you play: Used to play piano and flute

J is for Jam or Jelly you like: Apple or Pumpkin butter

K is for Kids: 1 birthdaughter, 2 boys (10 and 7) 2 girls (twins, age 5)

L is for Living arrangement: TownHouse

M is for Mom's name: Joy

N is for Name of best friend: Shana

O is for Overnight Stay in a Hospital: tonsils/adenoids, birthing children, D&C, appendectomy, carpal tunnel surgery

P is for Phobias: Needles. Prefer not to watch during blood donation and blood draws.

Q is for Quote you like: Don't take life too seriously. We never get out of it alive!

R is for Relationship that lasted longest: My hubby, we just had our 12th wedding annivesary

S is for Siblings: 1 sister in heaven, 1 sister living, 1 brother

T is for Texas, ever been? Only to change flights at the airport

U is for Unique trait : My wonky eyebrow

V is for vegetable you love: Yams

W is for Worst traits: Ignoring things to avoid worse stress and it doesn't go away

X- is for X-rays you've had: a handful

Y is for Yummy food you make: calzones

Z is for Zodiac sign: Cancer

  
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TRILLIUM22 2/7/2010 8:56PM

    What a fun blog.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 2/7/2010 5:34PM

    I so love your quote

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Getting Myself Together

Friday, January 29, 2010

These last two weeks have been a bit tough work wise and health wise also. I bit my lip and kept the tears from flowing today when I was very frustrated with my doctor's office. I have to admit that I have splurged on a couple things that I never would have thought about touching...knowing better than to do that. But it is a reminder that truly enacting permanent change and rewiring yourself as you shed the lbs does take time, and sometimes you need gentle reminders. I stopped the insanity by throwing some things out today that honestly the kids would not miss, and I would be better off if they were gone. Some lingering holiday/birthday goodies and now they are gone. Whew. One song wrang through my head. One of my absolute favorites. And it is a good tune to remind me to keep the faith, and that the trials that upset or frustrate you will pass.

'Stuck In a Moment That You Can't Get Out Of' by U2

  
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TIGGER622 2/1/2010 10:02AM

    great song! great inspiration... i think i will clean out some stuff tonite too! way to go!

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DIANESNEWLIFE 1/30/2010 8:48PM

  Sounds like you've found a theme song! It's a good one, too! Who sings it?
Good for you for throwing out the junk. I can throw it away but it ends up back in the pantry again after grocery shopping, which hubby does.
Don't give up! You can do this! emoticon
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NINJALINDA 1/30/2010 2:07PM

    emoticon on tossing the cr@p! I'm sorry you're still dealing wigh nagging helath issues...hopefully they will pass soon...

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/30/2010 1:23PM

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TAMTAM64 1/29/2010 7:38PM

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This too will soon pass... Hang in there & remember we are here for you!

Tammy

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1 Year Sparkversary!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Some of my friends had talked about a Website they used, called Sparkpeople. Just over a year ago, my youngest children had turned 4. I no longer felt that I could use the 'I'm tired/no time for me' excuse. They were fast on bikes, on foot, or scooters. I felt worry at times, when they were riding ahead of me...that they could go a little too fast and end up in a dangerous situation. I was tired of having zero energy. I was tired of my kids telling me I had a 'jiggly butt'. There were foods that had to go away. I drank too much coffee. I used flavored coffee creamer. I drank soda if I wasn't drinking coffee. I wasn't measuring my food. Things had to change!

I had lost weight before, but I knew that modifying my food was not enough. Facing my mid 30s...I knew now was the time to get in better shape FOR GOOD. Yes, before I even logged onto Sparkpeople, I was a done girl. I was ready to adopt the 'no excuses' approach to exercise. I knew that, in order to see weight loss and further motivate myself...I had to exercise daily. When I hopped on the elliptical for that first time...I huffed and puffed. I stayed on for 5-10 minutes, and then I called it done. I kept trying, and I kept extending my time on the elliptical. I would make sure the kids had a snack/drink (if needed), and I told them where to find me. They could dance around to music, or watch me, or just play with their toys.

Two of the key things I knew I had to make use of here on SP was logging my fitness and food. I had to understand how I was eating, and how to balance out my eating. I knew that if I wound up starving...I'd risk making bad choices with food. Eating 7-8 times per day has really worked for me. I'm trying foods that I would not have touched before, and making lots of healthy recipes.

A funny thing happened to me amidst this year of change. I was always listening to my iPod while exercising. One day I thought 'gee, let me go outside for a really light jog and see how I do.' Three miles later...I was hooked! I loved the caloric burn from jogging, and it was stress relieving also. I knew right away that I needed better shoes (I can't believe I ever ran any distance or worked out in what I started with! Oh the lessons you learn).

I wanted to find a local short distance race, and what better than a 5k to benefit my boys schools. In the process of waiting for that 5k, my first boyfriend ever put on his Facebook status that signups were open for the Marine Corps Marathon. I thought 'gee, signing up for a marathon would make me set a goal and commit to this running thing.' I signed up, and picked up a copy of 'Marathon: You Can Do It!' I read it diligently, and looked at milestone races that would keep me on track for the big day.

In my first year, I did a 5k, an 8k, a half marathon, a practice full marathon, and the Marine Corps Marathon. I enjoyed each and every one of them (okay I did not enjoy the hilly second half of the practice full marathon). I also inspired my husband to start running and he is planning several races for 2010. I am slowly building my race schedule too.

Joining various teams here on SP has kept me on track too. From Road Runners, to Sparky Marathoners, to BLC challenges, and 30 somethings with 25-49 lbs to lose...and let's not forget Partying Penguins! I've been able to incorporate my running minutes in with fitness challenges, and I've committed to squeezing in more of what I might still have a weakness with (like veggies). Finding friendly faces with common interests and goals, who are also great motivators and supporters, has made a difference for me.

At the start of 2009, I was 192 lbs. Today, on this 1 yr anniversary on Sparkpeople, I weighed in at 150.2 lbs this morning. I have a healthy BMI (which was my only goal in this weight loss journey), helping me to be less prone to the diseases the have or do plague some of my family (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.). I feel like, as long as I am a lifetime member of Sparkpeople...always journaling food, reading those labels, setting goals every year...then the birthdays won't mean I am afraid of living, or what that year could bring. I can be a confident 30 something, 40 something, 50 something, and so on. But it will be a lifetime commitment. I spent the first 34 yrs of my life as a bit of a chubby girl/young lady. I must keep logging in every day and taking care of me so that I can be who I need to be for myself and others.

Here is a picture of me and my sister in May 2008. I am on the left.


And here is a picture of me, in a size 8 little black dress, on my 12 wedding anniversary this month.


Thank you, Sparkpeople, for empowering me with resources and ways to connect with others so that I really could be that done girl! I have just under 10 lbs so that I am at the ideal Sparkpeople weight. I don't know how long it will take me to shed that last 10 lbs...but I'll be here, keeping on keeping on!

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TRILLIUM22 1/27/2010 12:26PM

    What a wonderful story. Love that 12th anniversary picture. I'm going to have to be real good and maybe I'll post a picture for my next anniversary. It will be our 25th.

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KAYAKID 1/27/2010 1:37AM

    Thanks for sharing your story it was very inspiring. I love reading stories of how people how they have succeeded. congratulations! You have don awesome and you are very inspiring!

Mike


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AMYCLEMENTS 1/25/2010 2:53PM

    Julie, thanks for sharing your story! Although I've known you for a while now, I didn't know all the details. CONGRATS on your emoticon. What an inspiration you are! Love the new pic in the black dress emoticon

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JKHEIMBACH 1/25/2010 12:29PM

    How inspiring your journey is!! I am so proud of you and all of your accomplisments!! Keep up the awesome work!

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GAIL461 1/25/2010 10:35AM

    Whoo Hoo Julie! Way to go! I am so proud of you! emoticon emoticon

Gail

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JENO0615 1/25/2010 9:52AM

    You rock girl!!!! You should be very proud! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHARQ09 1/25/2010 9:06AM

    You look great, Julie! You are an inspiration!

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SUZIEQIAM 1/24/2010 4:18PM

    Julie, you look gorgeous! To think that if I had made that commitment on Feb. 14, 2009, when I joined, I would be well on my way to being the best that I can be....but, I have to put that behind me and go forward...I need to come back to your blog every time I feel like bingeing!!! So far, since the BLC12, I am doing really great dispite some dissapointing moments. You have really inspired me Julie. I don't think I will ever be a runner, but I will get to my goal no matter how long it takes! Thank you so much for your inspiring blog! emoticon
Maybe by my 2 year anniversary, I can post a blog that I can be proud of like yours!

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RHYNIC 1/24/2010 9:11AM

    what a fantastic year long recap. I loved it. You did great. Keep it up. gail

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/24/2010 8:11AM

    You ROCK girl. What a great story. Happy emoticon

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GLORYLIGHT57 1/23/2010 9:29PM

    emoticonYou look marvelous darling. What a beautiful transformation you've experienced and not just on the physical level. Your story is very inspiration and factual to what it really takes to live a healthy lifestyle.

HaPPy emoticonand many more, I hope to share many years of sparking with you. Blessings, Gloria

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MANDALIN787 1/23/2010 9:00PM

    What an inspiring story! You really stuck with it and made change happen. You rock!!

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ITSTIMECM 1/23/2010 7:45PM

    emoticonJulie! You have done an emoticonjob and are truly an inspiration to me!

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DEE797 1/23/2010 7:18PM

    emoticonYou look emoticon

Thanks for the inspiring blog and sharing your journey with us.

YOU GO GIRL!

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 1/23/2010 5:18PM

    Wow - congratulations!!!!!!!!!! :) And happy Sparkversary!!! :)

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_DASH_ 1/23/2010 4:24PM

    Wow!! AMAZING Transformation!! You are a great source of inspiration for me. It is my 1 year anniversary too of Spark and in the past year so many wonderful things have happened here for me too--- community building, resources and the support needed for me to run my own full marathon!! I'm so happy for you and hope by this time next year I will have a size 8 little black dress to show off too! Thanks for sharing and way to go!

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KAT130 1/23/2010 3:43PM

    congratulations! Thanks for sharing your story with us!

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LADYBUGRUNNER 1/23/2010 3:18PM

    Congrats, You are truly an inspiration!!! Thank You so much for sharing your journey!!

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ALIDAISY 1/23/2010 2:33PM

    Thank you so much for sharing, you are such an inspiration! You have done great things in the last year and have a lot to be proud of. Well done!

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TIGGER622 1/23/2010 11:18AM

    AWESOME blog!!!! What a wonderful journey you have had thus far and reading about it is so so inspiring. I will have to go get tht book right away and see if I could do a marathon!!! Way to go! YOU LOOK FABULOUS!!!

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JESSICALYNN0102 1/23/2010 11:09AM

    WOWZER! You look awesome! Happy Spark -versary!

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LITTLESPARKLER 1/23/2010 10:34AM

    Wow, what an inspiration! Congrats on a wonderful journey!

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FINDINGMYWAY09 1/23/2010 10:29AM

    Awesome job keep up the awesome work!

Keep running! emoticon

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RUSSIANMERMAID 1/23/2010 10:26AM

    emoticon wow what a difference!

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TEACHERMOLLY 1/23/2010 10:23AM

    I just came accross your blog and what an inspirations...to see how far you have come in one year is truly awesome. GREAT JOB :) emoticon

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DEBBIEKAY1 1/23/2010 10:18AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonwhat an inspiration! Thank you for sharing a part of your life with me

you are doing it! emoticon

emoticon Debbie

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Spirit of the Marathon

Saturday, January 02, 2010

I had not heard about this movie until other Road Runners brought it up. I watched it on Hulu last night, and if you have ever trained for or run a half or full marathon....or if you are thinking about it...then you will really appreciate the movie. It will validate everything you thought about or experienced if you went through training. I saw Deena Kastor, and she just amazed me. I had not paid any attention to the sport before, but you can bet I'll be glued to the Summer Olympics when they roll around again. I loved how they showed various ways that folks prepped for the marathon...whether in a group or solo. And they all only trained up to 20 miles. I still think I'd want to train up to 22 when I do it again...but that is just me.

Speaking of Deena, I just read an article on her in a woman's running magazine. She has been sidelined with injury, and I thought of Mary...who's out for a bit due to her injury...and I read about what Deena has done to stay busy and make it all a positive thing. I was not happy to read about how they poo poo'd her performance at Chicago. She is a true athlete and I detest the negativity.

I would like to see/read more about Joan Benoit Samuelson. I recently read that she is a birthmother like me. She has a book out, and I may peruse it. I was energized to see how Kathrine Switzer made her way into marathoning. I wanted to put my hands through the monitor and wring that officiator's neck! LOL.

  
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DUKEFAN86 1/8/2010 3:57PM

    I think Kathrine Switzer has a neat story too!

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LISA0307 1/4/2010 10:03PM

    I saw that movie in the theater when it was out for a day. It was SO inspiring to see the people that push against all odds to be where they are...especially the women. Thank you for bringing that back into my thoughts again. I may watch it a second time.

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KASHMIR 1/4/2010 6:58PM

    I know what I'll be doing this weekend...Thanks for letting us know it's available on Hulu!

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RHYNIC 1/2/2010 4:39PM

    I want to see that movie, I haven't seen it yet. I search the dish to see if it was playing on satellite but I got no luck. some day I will watch it.

gail

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New Foods and Snacks for a Healthy 2010

Friday, January 01, 2010

I'm currently making a Roasted Chickpea recipe. I read that you can also use kidney beans. I am sure you could use black beans, great northerns, etc. Whatever you can get your hands on! Just play with the cook time to be sure not to overcook. A nice, high fiber, low cal snack instead of nuts or pretzels and the like.

Another item I hope to use a lot of in the new year is quinoa. I finally got my hands on it, and have found recipes from stews to meatballs to main dishes. And it can be eaten hot or cold if it isn't in a soup/stew recipe.

I think I need to mix things up with my veggies. I am thinking that roasting them, or making a soup...especially for the colder months...would be best. Veggies are a big winner and help me stay in range and satisfied...but I can't do a lot of raw leafy stuff. It gets old.

What new foods and combos will you include in your menu to stay successful in 2010?

  
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LITTLESPARKLER 1/23/2010 10:37AM

    I love, love, love roasted chickpeas. I've never tried quinoa, though.

Although not a new food, my husband just suggested I try a new twist on my breakfast - adding an egg white into my oatmeal. After cooking the oatmeal, while it's still really hot, he stirs in an egg white. He is NOT a healthy eater, but says this is delicious and he can eat the oatmeal w/o adding brown sugar.

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RHYNIC 1/2/2010 11:01AM

    I cook up quinoa in my oatmeal. Works very well.

what new food would I like to add...for me I suppose it's more like...what old food should I reintroduce. More fruits and veggies would be a great start. :-)

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THATSHALO2U 1/1/2010 8:57PM

    One idea I have thought about trying...although haven't done yet...is making my own beef or deer jerky, and then using that as a snack throughout the day. One piece satisfies me, as it takes time to chew it, and it really helps my anemia. If I cut down my meat portions at meals, then it balances out and doesn't add additional calories/etc.

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MADIGRAM1215 1/1/2010 5:36PM

    Great ideas! Ive used Quinoa, very dense! My Naturopath raves about it!

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