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It's Like a Teeter Totter!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Every once in a while, I have an epiphany. Usually I'm on the treadmill, or in bed trying to fall asleep, and these thoughts pop into my head. Sometimes I come up with weird inventions. Sometimes I come up with fabulous plot lines for a sitcom or a screenplay. Watch out world, Jenn has been thinking again, Danger Will Robinson! Danger!

Today's thought, sponsored by the letter H, was triggered by a Horrifically Horrid and Horrible lunch.

Getting healthy is like a teeter totter.

So I had that random epiphany, then I had a mental image of some poor kid flying off of a teeter totter and being launched like 10 feet in the air when I sat on the other side. Doh!

So, a plan to lose weight is just like a teeter totter. Both have you compensating, shifting and moving, over and over, because you have to be in balance to move forward aka drop some tonnage. Balancing the days where you do great with your food and great with your exercise with the days when you have oh, I don't know, 2 slices of wedding cake plus a bacon sandwich for breakfast, or a souffle with dinner. (I would never do that, I would never eat those things, those are just random examples that I made up :)

Some days you feel like you're on the high end of the teet, errr tott... whatever. Some days you feel like you fell off and got smacked in the face with the teeter on your way down. You just have to keep getting on the totter. Over and over and over. Some of us have to do it for years just to get to our goal, and then of course the whole thing starts all over again with maintenance. I'm guessing it gets easier to teet and tott as you lose, as you get used to it, as it becomes second nature.

Eat too much, exercise more. Eat healthier, get away with a little less exercise. Eat less and exercise more, see a bigger loss that week. Eat a light breakfast and lunch so you can eat popcorn at the movie theater. Plan, balance, compensate, repeat. Why yes, I will do an extra ten minutes on the treadmill for a teaspoon of Krema Spicy Peanut Butter, thank you very much. Why no, I will not do an extra 30 minutes for a Coke, but I will have a few liters of water, thanks. Tater tots, well, I'll do just about anything for first, second and may third helpings of those, up to and including selling one of my kidneys on the black market.

This whole getting healthy thing does not work without balancing the teeter totter effectively. If your diet and exercise regime is so rigid that you cannot maintain it, and you expect perfection, you will fall off the teeter totter completely. If you deny yourself everything tasty and only eat five calories a day, you're going to end up on the deep end of the teeter totter eventually, binging like mad and feeling out of control. You have to take the chips with the carrots.

It's all about balance.

So here is what the healthy side of my teeter totter looked like today, along with some treadmill time:

Clockwise from upper right we have red, purple and yellow potatoes, grilled zucchini chunks, grilled artichokes, purple cauliflower, red raspberries, broccoli, blackberries, carrots, and cabbage.

  
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REBEKAHJOHNSON 6/30/2011 7:26PM

    This is the best blog I read all day, by far. You are too funny.

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WALKIETALKIE 6/29/2011 9:08PM

    You are hilarious. "You have to take the chips with the carrots." That one is going down on paper and getting posted somewhere in this house.

I also love "Plan, balance, compensate, repeat." That one may get tattoed on my right arm. Ok, I'll just write it in pen.

I've been struggling since November to lose the last 10 pounds and those 2 lines pretty much sum it up for me.

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BADCHULO 6/29/2011 4:59PM

    "You have to take the chips with the carrots"... that is just perfect !! LOL.. love it.
This has been what I am trying to practice too.. not letting one little indiscretion throw me right off the whole plan...

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PANBOOKS 6/29/2011 3:50PM

    I agree with you! The teeter totter analogy is great! I think of teetering and tottering in terms of the entire week. If I have a not so great day, then before the day is out, I am already planning how I can balance it out. Thanks again!

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BADASSBLONDIE 6/29/2011 1:45PM

    "If your diet and exercise regime is so rigid that you cannot maintain it, and you expect perfection, you will fall off the teeter totter completely." YES YES YES TIMES A MILLION!!!!!!!!!!!

I love your lunch tray. Your hubby's adorable. :D

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19PITSY53 6/28/2011 6:45PM

  Great thoughts...wish I could write them like you do. Thanks

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SHEILA-45 6/28/2011 6:10PM

    Spicy Kreme Peanut Butter? Yummm Where....I've never seen it. I hate that the regular kind is so loaded but I do indulge w/ a Tbsp on slice of toasted Ezekiel bread from time to time. Learning the balance thing means fine tuning your priorities; the main course is not all about just the meat anymore. I'm slowly building up to a larger veggie fruit variety plate. Thx for the smile emoticon

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AYLEA56 6/28/2011 5:31PM

    I enjoy the way you right and you made some good points. emoticon

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EMILY088 6/28/2011 2:39PM

    Very inspiring blog. DANG girl - you can put together a plate! Are you a chef? Another question - how are you getting your protein? Sorry - I'm just a curious person and if I could go vegan I would! Just love your blogs! emoticon

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FATWITHSTEROIDS 6/28/2011 5:10AM

  A lovely, funny, light blogg Jennswims; cheers! Wish I could eat all those beautiful veggies and fruits!

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KPETSCHE 6/28/2011 1:51AM

    You make a lot of good points. Trying to lighten up (in both the way you look at something and the end result!) is encouraging. emoticon

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BANANNIE925 6/28/2011 12:40AM

    purple cauliflower? :::looks around::: uhmmm so maybe this is a stupid question but did you make that or does that really exist? LOL

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GOIN4GR8 6/28/2011 12:39AM

    Why, thank you for cataloging your lovely dinner platter for me today without my having to ask, ha ha! It's unreal how many "fruggies" you are able to consume. I'm envious. emoticon

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MJREIMERS 6/28/2011 12:29AM

    Keep up the great work!! emoticon

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DWILCZKO 6/28/2011 12:15AM

  awesome!

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MMRB7111 6/27/2011 11:26PM

    WOW that was a lot of veggies. I am definitely not eating enough of them. LOL You must be good on the teeter totter and balancing your new healthy lifestyle.

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DNLSMOM 6/27/2011 11:16PM

    Love the post! emoticon

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BLOOMING52 6/27/2011 9:53PM

    Thank you.

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JENN9501 6/27/2011 9:47PM

    Great Blog!!

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HERCULEES 6/27/2011 8:36PM

  What a great blog. I needed a good laugh today! The analogy was perfect.

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GEEKYGIRLCHERYL 6/27/2011 8:05PM

    Great post. Gets me thinking. I've been pushing myself to hard to start out and I keep falling off the teeter totter.

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CLOVER2 6/27/2011 7:59PM

    Ahem....purple cauliflower??? Please tell me as I love the veggie and purple IS my favorite color...but have NOT been able to figure out how one could do anything that would have me putting that combination together and then eating it!
And also, I LOVE your posts! I laugh, I ummm hmmm all over the place and I always walk away feeling like I have learned something! emoticon

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MISSTAKEN86 6/27/2011 7:04PM

    I would never eat a bacon sandwich either... I mean, who DOES that?! *looks around innocently*

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You are so right about the teeter totter, and sometimes I feel like I wanna just jump off the damn thing, I've come too far now to let the playground equipment win!!

Thanks for the blog, you are always so funny and so inspirational!

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DONNA5456 6/27/2011 6:13PM

  You impress me with your veggies!! I need to work on that!! emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 6/27/2011 6:00PM

    Great post

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CBSWEETS76 6/27/2011 5:51PM

    Loved the epiphany!!! Probably because I was just at the park with my son and the teeter totter is a complete correlation to the lifestyle change! I am constantly making the "plan" for the day. Only to have it change... Balance is the keyword and it's definitely keeping it all in check.

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STACIBUK 6/27/2011 4:43PM

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DEBBLO 6/27/2011 4:35PM

    I enjoyed your blog. Funny yet true. I have to laugh cause at a recent social event they were giving out ice cream treats and I thought "Gee, I'd rather have a piece of cake so I'll wait for that". The joke was on me.....NO CAKE was served. And I missed the ice cream. So lesson learned..I saved some calories and the teeter totter was in better balance.

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GRRARRGH 6/27/2011 4:30PM

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Great Post!

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DEE0973 6/27/2011 3:39PM

    Thanks for the reminder and the great analagy. Some much needed additional inspiration.

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 6/27/2011 3:15PM

    A very nicely balanced teeter totter of delicious-looking veggies. I know I should eat more of them too. As I embark on a 36-hour period where I will not be allowed to eat much (clear diet til midnight, then nothing until after surgery sometime tomorrow afternoon), I'm wondering if it's easier when you really CAN'T eat anything, as opposed to really SHOULDN'T eat anything??? I guess I'm about to find out.

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SUNGBIRD2000 6/27/2011 2:58PM

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DROIDRUNNER 6/27/2011 2:17PM

    Thank you for reminding me of this important fact. It is a wonderful visual and I needed it today.

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WONDERPATTY 6/27/2011 1:37PM

  I'm just beginning this weight loss/eat healthy journey! You make it sound not so intimidating. I did my first exercises from here this morning and I never realized how out of shape i am . Please keep up with your blog just so I know I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE OUT HERE STRUGGLING!! And good luck Patty

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SHAP3SHIFTER 6/27/2011 1:35PM

    Great analogy!
Like you I get epiphanies during the time between being asleep and being awake. My quilting group quakes when I tell them a pattern came to me while I was waking up. Usually they don't get it till just before we finish the piecing and suddenly they see the picture.
Keep blogging for us and eventually we will all see the picture too!
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OWENSAUNT1 6/27/2011 1:31PM

    Your school lunch tray STILL cracks me up. But, seriously, I think you're on to something with this teeter totter analogy. Keep those brilliant ramblings coming!

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CANDOK1260 6/27/2011 1:10PM

    GREAT BLOG

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CRYSLYNNS 6/27/2011 1:09PM

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MSDHARMA 6/27/2011 1:04PM

    I love how colorful your plate is!

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TERRIJ_1 6/27/2011 12:58PM

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HAPPY_TRAVELER 6/27/2011 12:22PM

    Thanks so much for your blog. This was funny and uplifting! It was just what I needed this morning! Thanks!

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RAD062010 6/27/2011 12:07PM

    Can I come eat at your house?

LOL

Loved the colorful plate (it tastes so much better when it is colorful and looks so good) and enjoyed reading your blog.

as I an sitting here enjoying a mini food meltdown...which I will be paying for at the gym later.)

It IS all about balance... oh great and mighty Blog master.

Thanks for sharing.

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PAWSINAZ 6/27/2011 12:06PM

    You are just so awesome!

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MESEATURTLE 6/27/2011 11:46AM

    Excellent blog!!!!

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CHRISTY1842 6/27/2011 11:44AM

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Very interesting, and funny, outlook on weight loss!

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HEALTHYBARB1 6/27/2011 11:43AM

    Love the teeter totter analogy...great picture for what we do everyday on this get healthy, make wise choices, eat what I want to, look cute in a bikini(I don't ever know if I'll wear one again) plan for a better life. Thanks for sharing!! You gave me a valuable picture to motivate me forward! Smiles Barb emoticon

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METOO03820 6/27/2011 11:21AM

    Made me smile once again. I completely belive in the teeter totter theory.. Thank you so much for this blog today. After a weekend filled with High School Reunion after reading this I'm not feeling so guilty any more.. Just have to do some teeter tottering..

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GLOUISE68 6/27/2011 11:17AM

    Purple cauliflower? How? What does it taste like?

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KATHLEENNN 6/27/2011 11:11AM

  :)

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BLKBLTWMN 6/27/2011 10:54AM

    You are an awesome blogger. Such an inspiration. This is so true. I try not to be too rigid because then I feel like I'm missing out. I'd rather give myself a little treat every once in a while so I don't feel deprived. I do account for it though. That is the key. Truth and Balance. Thanks for your blog.

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What Does It Feel Like To Lose Weight?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I've lost almost all of my vacation weight in the last few days, and someone asked me what it feels like to be melting. Honestly, losing 8 mostly water pounds in 3 days feels like peeing. A lot. Frequently. It's good to be back where I was, and I knew it was largely water, but it is such a relief to be right about it, I'm so happy to be getting back to where I was and start moving forward again.

Losing weight feels like so many different things wrapped up in one package. I actually have moments of fear, where this sick part of me deep inside actually fears being thin. But mostly, I'm elated. WOOT WOOT, happy happy joy joy, jump up and down inside happy. Not pee my pants happy, because that would be stinky and gross, but pretty damn happy.

I feel like this inner amazon Jenn is waking up, and she is saying some really bizarre stuff like "We should go for a run! Let's go kickbox! Let's go hiking! Let's get a hot body and dress up and watch the people checking us out!" I kind of dig Amazon Warrior Jenn, she will really love the introductory fencing classes I bought. She may also like paintball as cardio, which really should be featured on the cardio tracker, and it a heap o' fun.

Losing weight feels like rediscovering an old world, the world of athlete Jenn, but with a newly developed sense of appreciation. I didn't appreciate it the last time when I could just hop in the pool and swim a few miles, or run a few miles, or do whatever without feeling out of breath, etc etc. Why? Because I was 17 and it didn't take that much effort. Some, but not that much. I was a teenager, it was normal to have perky boobs and a flat stomach and people checking out my butt. It would have seemed abnormal not to be athletic. I never even realized I was working hard at having a great body.

This time, I appreciate walking a little faster on the treadmill each week. I appreciate good health and lowering my cancer risk and I'm mature (old) enough to admit that one of the reasons I want to lose a ton of weight is for more acrobatic aerobicized sex. (I'm married, I'm allowed to say that) I also appreciate that I may have done so much damage to my skin that I should be putting 20 bucks a pound into a kitty for the plastic surgery I may need when I get to a healthy weight.

Losing weight also feels like a license to shop for lots and lots of new clothes, and a Vitamix, and a yoga membership, better jog bras, fancy wicking shirts with magic thumbholes (I love thumbholes), some more running shoes, a case of Evian, some special swimming shampoo, super duper squishy socks and lots of other stuff but I can't say any more about that because my husband might find this blog.

So, what does weight loss feel like?

Weight loss feels like freedom to me. If I had to pick a single word to sum it all up, it would be Freedom.
**Freedom to go for a run (that will happen one day, I will go for a run, not a jog, a full-fledged run) without having a massive heart attack and dying on the side of the road clutching my overly ample bosom. I will be like Forrest Gump, the Doobie Brothers will magically start playing "It Keeps You Running" as I effortlessly lope around being a runner type person.
**Freedom to stand in one place for an extended period of time without wanting to chop off my feetuses.
**Freedom to ride any roller coaster I choose because I actually fit into the damn things.
**Freedom to ride on an airplane and not wonder if I've finally slipped over that line that means I will have to ask for a seatbelt extender.
**Freedom to wear a mini skirt (they are a privilege, not a right, you know).
**Freedom to wear running tights in public without making people retch.
**Freedom to do high impact aerobics without needing to double bag Shamu and Orca.
**Freedom to buy clothes that aren't on the color wheel between black and light grey. Seriously, what is it about losing a few ounces that makes us all want to buy brightly colored clothes and get rid of all the black, charcoal, silver, grey, light gray, dark grey and heather grey from our wardrobes?

What does weight loss feel like to you?

  
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ISIS10884 6/30/2011 3:45PM

    I love the way you think! You have helped to keep me motivated and I thank you for that!

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SPARKBECKY2012 6/29/2011 1:14PM

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MMRB7111 6/28/2011 11:34PM

    I agree with everything you said. Great blog. My thoughts were on the same wavelength as you on Sunday when I gain weight again.I was thinking my weight lose, weight gain, the whole journey was like being on a kids see - saw. Up and down, up and down and both kids are having a great time and so I am in this new life even with all the ............well you know. This is freedom to be me, the person I was meant to me if I had not gain all this weight because I an doing something to actually become that person.

I also have to agree with HEATHERSTEW. I had the experience too. I actually had to try on a dress in three different sizes before the last size -two size down - fit perfectly.

Thanks for sharing, really encouraging and motivating.

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MERAPHIS 6/28/2011 6:14PM

    FABULOUS list of freedoms! Not "double bagging Shamu and Orca" IS amazing. Unfortunately, I doubt I will ever feel free to wear anything but black when I work out, since I sweat... a lot. It's not that I'm ashamed of that (cuz I'm totally not), but I don't love looking like I peed my pants. Therefore, black. It only gets blacker, which is pretty safe. But hella hot on a steamy summer day!

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BESEVEN 6/28/2011 5:53PM

    Great blog!

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KMWESLEY 6/28/2011 2:14PM

    Thanks for the AWESOME blog!!
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MELSCHWAAB 6/28/2011 12:32PM

    I absolutely LOVE reading your blogs! Keep up the awesome work and I can't to read your next post! emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 6/28/2011 10:38AM

    Freedom is an amazing thing

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DOCDUTTON 6/28/2011 9:03AM

    way to go

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ECHAVEZ2 6/27/2011 11:26PM

    You said it so well! I'm feeling the ups and downs of losing. Some days I'm elated and some days, especially when I see the numbers drop, I acquire some fears. What will I do if I get hit on? Although I really want to be sexy, do I really, really want to be sexy? Do you know what i'm talking about? emoticon

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KEMPHL1948 6/27/2011 3:55PM

  I love this blog. Very motivational and inspirational for me since I am new this site!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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HEATHERSTEW 6/27/2011 2:42PM

    I know exactly how you feel and want the same freedoms! How about the freedom to try things on at the store that are too big? :) That was a REALLY new experience for me!

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LHIEBEL 6/27/2011 1:33PM

  Know what freedom is to me? Not having to pack a humongous amount of clothes for vacation trying to look good at various sizes--just being able to toss a few things in the suit case and know that I will look good in everything! When I am heavier--I have to spend so much time thinking about what I am going to wear to make myself look and feel better...not having to think about that so much is one of the best perks for me!

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CHANGINGELAINE 6/27/2011 10:40AM

    I feel comfortable in my skin now that I have lost weight. When I go to put on something I am not worried about how "fat" it makes me look.
Thanks for another great blog!


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CAALAN23 6/27/2011 10:38AM

    Well said! It's funny you mentioned the color thing, it was just this past Sunday I was shopping for some type of cooler t-shirts to wear walking and my hand picked up some island originated version of magenta. *shrugs* An active body wants an active color. Love your blogs, schweets, they are a joy to read. :)

Tina

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MINNESOTAMAG 6/27/2011 9:37AM

    I loved your blog! Very inspirational plus you have a great sense of humor! I share your feelings about running. My hubby and I were talking last night because I seem to be at a bit of a plateau and it was getting me down. He asked me what I did for cardio so far this week. I have been jog/walking 5-6 miles a day. Me. The person who was once out of breath at the end of the block and ready to go home. I think sometimes we forget to celebrate that amazing freedom! Thanks!

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WHISPERINGPINE3 6/27/2011 9:34AM

  Freedom is a good thing my friend!

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SHANNJ77 6/27/2011 8:52AM

    Freedom is a beautiful thing!!

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BEE171 6/27/2011 8:43AM

  Can't wait to get to freedom! Your writing style is so hilarious!

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CAM2438 6/27/2011 7:53AM

    GREAT BLOG!! Keep up the good work!

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KDESCHENE 6/27/2011 6:17AM

  So awesome!! So true and so much fun to read your blog. You have a gift! Freedom BABY! emoticon

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WNTMOREOFLIFE 6/27/2011 2:40AM

    This was fantastic! I was typing so much in your comments section that I decided I might as well do a blog post about this. Stop by and check it out if you like!

Really, great great post!


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CGOLDSWOR 6/27/2011 1:52AM

  Awesome! Freedom rocks!

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SM-ARTGIRL 6/27/2011 1:18AM

    Yes!!! Freedom to be a warrior, even if I am merely running to the growers market with a pack on my back!
And yes: I was compelled to buy a bright orange and white stripe t-shirt last week!


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JACKYZ 6/27/2011 12:32AM

    Your a funny bugger!! I love reading your blogs!! emoticon

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BLOOMING52 6/26/2011 11:06PM

    Love your honesty.

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SORCHA89 6/26/2011 10:32PM

    Totally with ya girl! This is the third blog of yours I've stumbled upon and have felt your words down to the soul.

Weight-loss also means freedom for me too, freedom to not be ashamed of myself but PROUD of myself, freedom to actually be HELLA excited to go wedding dress shopping instead of sorta-happy. I've lost 22lbs so far of the 35 that I gained after HS, and I'm so proud that by my college graduation (and coincidentally, my wedding) I'll be back to the weight I was my Sophomore year in HS....!

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KARMA70 6/26/2011 9:52PM

    I love what you said. No matter how you look at it you're absolutely right, everything about weight loss does create freedom.

Great post, Thanks!

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ANGIEUKFAN07 6/26/2011 8:21PM

    I love FREEDOM!!

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JOMAMA516 6/26/2011 6:52PM

    That is EXACTLY how it feels! I just love your blogs!

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KARENA228 6/26/2011 6:34PM

    You hit it right on the head - FREEDOM!

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LADYJAY25 6/26/2011 5:17PM

    I'd say I agree with all your freedom reasons!

I did go out and buy some yellow (bright yellow) tank tops to the other day!

with a 12 lb loss I wanted color lol!

Guess that happy feeling inside shows in our clothes too!

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THREADS3 6/26/2011 5:13PM

    Give 'em 'ell, Harriet!

Blessings,
Al

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LORISEVERANCE 6/26/2011 5:08PM

    fancy wicking shirts with.....thumbholes?????? i never bought any with thumbholes...that i know of, any way....are the athletic wear stores deliberately withholding something wonderful from me??? emoticon

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DELICATE_LADY 6/26/2011 5:05PM

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GITTYB 6/26/2011 4:38PM

    i love your freedoms. I'm not at weight lost yet, but I think freedom would be fitting inside my body without being weighed down by the extra pounds and being exhausted after a few flights of stairs...

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MMRB7111 6/26/2011 3:44PM

    Freedom to be me and not try to hide. I am still obese but losing weight feels so good because I am doing something everyday to one day NOT be obese. Thanks for sharing.

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BANDMOM2012 6/26/2011 3:41PM

    Love it! It does feel like freedom :)

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AHODGES7 6/26/2011 3:18PM

    FREEDOM really sums it up!
I even caught myself in a shoe store the other day. WOW the cool shoes they have out now! Amazing!
FREEDOM it is!

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LEIRIA 6/26/2011 3:04PM

    Hearing about your weight loss makes ME happy.

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CTTAGENT 6/26/2011 2:21PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss! Great ways to describe how it feels. Keep going.

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CITA769 6/26/2011 1:34PM

    Freedom is a wonderful thing. It allow choices and many of them.

Thanks for sharing this emoticon blog!!

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JANLEH 6/26/2011 10:51AM

    You hit the nail on the head - FREEDOM!

Thank you for sharing! My favourite *giggle* moment?

... Shamu and Orca! emoticon That cracked me up!

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SWEETP84 6/26/2011 10:45AM

    Every pound lost feels like a small load being lifted right? that's how I view it....... This is way more articulate than I could ever put it lol, wow I actually wrote about how it feels like how you are trapped under a ton of bricks and every pound lost is like moving one...the load just gets a tad smaller every time, and helps you breather easier. ....

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JSPIN74 6/26/2011 10:32AM

    yes!!! freedom :)

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SUSANSCH 6/26/2011 8:34AM

    I like... no, I love your blogs... thanks for sharing your creative, funny and insightful self.

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CATSANDGARDENS 6/26/2011 7:13AM

    I've never thought about looking weight as freedom; however, you make some great points. With the 4th of July just around the corner this may be the push/thought/contemplation I need to push through this funk.

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LIZMORGAN 6/26/2011 3:25AM

    Awesome blog :D

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LUC7KY 6/26/2011 12:14AM

    Wooooohhoooo taking trip shoul be a time of relaxation but glad we keep our goals in the forefront... can relate in the FREEDOM! I love the blog..im jumping up and down..JOY! JOY!

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DWILCZKO 6/26/2011 12:13AM

  weight loss to me feels like happiness!

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WOOT WOOT RUN WOOT RUNNNNNNNN!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I only had 13 minutes before my gym class started, but I always feel better and do better if I do my own warm up. I wanted to do an hour on the treadmill before class, but I had a personal emergency (Spark reading and commenting, along with reading some online celebrity gossip and eating a teaspoon of the yummiest peanut butter in history).

Anyway, I hopped on the treadmill and did a minute at 3 mph. Then a minute at 3.5, followed by 9 minutes at 4.

This means that I'm getting closer to my goal of walking 4mph for an hour!

Here's the good stuff: I turned it up to 5 mph and I jogged for 2 minutes.
Here's the more extra gooder stuff: I could have jogged longer but it was class time!

WOOT WOOT WOOTALICOUSNESS!

I was on my own little fluffy cloud of happy happy joy joy. I COULD HAVE GONE LONGER!!! Hehehehehe. I know all the guys say that, but I really could have!

I kind of felt bad for the guy I watched walk up and down the row of treadmills. There were three available. One next to me, and two that were available next to some people who were doing some serious jogging/running. I must have been the less threatening of the three, I mean, if you are intimidated by people jogging or running, definitely go to the treadmill next to the heifer, right? I was just getting started, just turning the machine on, so just by looking, I was a good (slow) bet.

Sorry dude, this fat girl can RUN!

When I turned the treadmill up and started to jog, he turned his machine off and left. I could be imagining things, but I think he was disappointed that he thought he was in fat Siberia, and found out he clearly was not.

Fat girl power activate, shape of a runner!
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CHAR1970 6/27/2011 12:17AM

    Too cool! Good for you!

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    WTG!!!!!

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GRYPHON55 6/26/2011 9:26PM

    Congratulations, that's awesome! Keep running!!

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KREINKE3 6/26/2011 8:34PM

    Awesome! It always feels good when you KNOW you're making progress! Pretty soon you'll be nothing but two wiggly blur lines like in the comic books. *POOF* Where'd she go?!

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RUNNERGIRL60 6/26/2011 7:37PM

    Great job!!! Im new with all the running and my best is 5 mph jog/walk usually. Keep up the great hard work!!! We'll be runners yet!!!

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OUBACHE 6/26/2011 5:30PM

    Congratulations! I'm trying to become a runner, too, and love hearing about others' progress. Keep up the great work!

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TURKEYCALLER 6/26/2011 12:44AM

    Cool!

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DWILCZKO 6/26/2011 12:12AM

  i hope to become a runner too!

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HOWLERMOM 6/25/2011 11:25PM

    Fantastic!

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RUFIT- 6/25/2011 2:19PM

    "The Intimidator" that's will be your nick name now when this guy sees you. I learned a while back and still experience women kicking my butt in various aspects of my fitness endeavors. I can't help not to compete, especially when its mutual. But I'm comfortable in losing, as it happens often.

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GODSBEST 6/25/2011 1:19PM

    HA! HA! I love it - goes to show you can't judge all people the same size in the same way !

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REDDIRTRUNNER 6/25/2011 12:09PM

    Hehehehehehehe! ROFL! Thanks Jenn! And excellent job on the emoticon emoticon

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GRRARRGH 6/25/2011 11:24AM

    That's fantastic - congratulations!!!!

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TMCHANDLER 6/25/2011 8:50AM

    AWESOME!!!!! Thats all i can say!!! Absolutely awesome!!!!! :)

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BILL60 6/25/2011 8:34AM

    You are a big meanie!!!! Hopefully, I'll get a chance to be you "weenie" on the bike. You'll never ever bike again (LOL). Good blog, MEANIE!!

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JOAN_HEO 6/25/2011 7:08AM

    Good for you!! This not so fat girl but a former fat girl runs too! It's the best! I think running does even more for your head than it does for your body! Now you need to buy yourself a running skirt. It and the second one I bought did wonders for my "game". I swear jut putting it on makes you a better running and even batter? You feel sassy! =)

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FUNGRANNY72 6/24/2011 11:49PM

  emoticon You go girl. Don't let the guys get under your skin.

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MYAKAYAH 6/24/2011 11:48PM

    The less threatning of people on a treadmill lol. You have some funny humour but I'm all for sarcasm always. Go for the machine next to the heifer? Geez, you are a funny one. emoticon

Go get 'em tiger~

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AISEAROFIN 6/24/2011 6:53PM

  wooohooo!! You go girl. Love that feeling when you can go longer. I am working on getting up to running two minutes...feel like my lungs are going to burst out of my chest after about 1.5 minutes....but I will get there :)

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BGEARY63 6/24/2011 6:51PM

    Great job Jenn! Scaring off that guy, LOL. Keep up the hard work. Its paying off big time. emoticon

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CAROLINANURSE09 6/24/2011 6:49PM

    What kinda class were you doing??

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CHEEKY1000 6/24/2011 6:42PM

    Way to go you!!! Love the Wonder Twins allusion. The dude who left could be the mindlessly chittering monkey, Gleek. You left him mindless! That's awesome. Oh, and clearly, he's one of the guys who can't last. I will refrain from saying there seem to be a lot of them (chika-pow!--but I didn't refrain, did I?). Keep it up!! emoticon

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-PAULA 6/24/2011 5:48PM

    Good for you! Thanks for sharing.

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NINI---- 6/24/2011 3:30PM

    I started on SP a couple of days ago and one of my lifetime dream is to be able to run (in fact I just wrote about it on my page!). Your post just makes me want to HUG you! WAY TO GO! :-)

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KAYCEE918 6/24/2011 3:08PM

    I love reading your blog, it always leaves me feeling happy and encouraged. I'm glad you scared off that man : ) Blowing my horn loudly at you and a big Woooo Hoooooooo Way to go! emoticon

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    emoticonI love all your blogs

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 6/24/2011 1:36PM

    Thats so awesome

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WALDOWADE 6/24/2011 1:07PM

    very amusing

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GEEKYGIRLCHERYL 6/24/2011 12:24PM

    That is awesome!

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    LOL...way to run Jenn. Smile! emoticon
I'm still in the walking mode...gotta try amping it up soon, the annual July 4th 10K Peachtree Road Race is calling my name next year! I will be ready... Thx for the superb inspiration as always I can count on you to lift me higher!!!
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BRAVACHASER 6/24/2011 11:34AM

    NICE!

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MOPPET_REDUX 6/24/2011 11:31AM

    FORM OF.... a sports bra made of ice? emoticon

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BMEIER2543 6/24/2011 10:53AM

    Your blogs always make me smile. Keep up the great work! emoticon

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DANYGIRL40 6/24/2011 10:40AM

    You are fantastic, thanks for the giggles and always remember "YOU GO GIRL"!!!!!!!!!

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PAWSINAZ 6/24/2011 10:09AM

    You always make me laugh, it's a great way to start the day! Thank you!

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MELOSPARKLE 6/24/2011 9:57AM

    LOL! You are so funny!!! And congrats on the run!!!! emoticon

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SANDERSEN4 6/24/2011 9:39AM

    LOL, you RUN JENN RUN!!!!

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NU_ME_SOON 6/24/2011 9:03AM

    This is my first time reading your post and I must say you made me laugh the whole time because I could imagine the excitment and the situation. Good job on your progress... emoticon

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SUSIEGKORN 6/24/2011 9:03AM

    I just started a 5K training program 3 weeks ago and haven't quit! The first night I wasn't sure I could even jog for 30 seconds. Now we're up to 3 minutes! I'm still struggling to find my breathing rhythm, but I haven't quit! I think I have surprised the people in my class. I'm by far the biggest one there, the one that always comes in last, but that doesn't matter. I get a kick out of the encouragement and sweet comments people shout at me as they are passing by! And when we meet to stretch at the end of the training, more compliments and support. Kinda cool, huh?

So here's to us, fat girls in training! Beware!

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ASHOAF1 6/24/2011 8:54AM

  Thanks for keeping me inspired (and laughing!)

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HEIDE69 6/24/2011 7:52AM

    emoticon You are always amuzing to read and keep me pumped up!

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LAURIE-RN 6/24/2011 7:20AM

    Woo Hoo! Great job!

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MOM2PHILNKEEG 6/24/2011 7:20AM

    I used to skip my warm-ups but since I started doing them again I have seen a dramatic increase in my performance during workouts :)

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FLOWER1967 6/24/2011 5:18AM

    Ok....you seriously need to get that printed on a T-Shirt.....

Sorry dude, this fat girl can RUN !!!

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MIDGIEDAWN2 6/24/2011 1:34AM

    I'm with you! I love it when somebody starts using equipment next to me when I am warming up and then I kick up the treadmill to 4- 4.5 miles an hour and am walking very fast and they suddenly look over at me and then leave. Big Girls of the World UNITE!

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KNITTR1 6/23/2011 11:28PM

    Love the Wonder Twins reference!

Congrats on the 30 pound weight loss! You go, girl!

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KITHKINCAID 6/23/2011 11:12PM

    Hahaha - "Fat Siberia" - hilarious. Way to go on that running girl!

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PANBOOKS 6/23/2011 10:57PM

    Oh Gurl! You crack me up!!! You intimidated the poor guy. He'll think twice before saddling up on the treadmill next to one of us. We might be fluffie but we're not fluffs emoticon

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The Aliens Probed Me Again

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

It has happened again. The aliens have landed. They probed me and seriously messed with my brain. Of course, aliens are way high-tech, so I don't remember the probing, I can't tell you if they looked like ET or more like the ones from Independence Day. I just get to deal with the after effects of their mind meld brain sucking ways.

Here is how I know the aliens visited my brain again:

I went to kickboxing class today. The class was 45 minutes long instead of the usual 60 minutes. Here is where the alien brain shrinking comes in--I was greatly displeased. In fact, in my alien-warped brain I said, "What? 45 minutes? Total Bulls*&t!! What do you mean I only get 45 minutes of kickboxing?"

Fatty McFatterstein, AKA Old Jenn, would have been thrilled if a class was 15 minutes shorter than expected. Delighted. Thrilled.

Not anymore. I was genuinely ticked that I was going to have 25% less cardio than I planned. I've turned a corner, thanks to the aliens. I look forward to exercise. I get grumpy when I go too long without some real cardio, and I kinda crave it. I like getting dripping wet with sweat and having to wipe my face on my sleeve when I'm working out.

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In random news, here is the best random gift EVER! My husband knows I am underwhelmed when my food touches more than absolutely necessary, so he gave me a school lunch tray! WOOT!

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HMMMILLER 7/11/2011 12:40AM

  I really should get my trays out that I have...I also do NOT like my foods to touch. I have gotten much better but still like my food to have limited contact. emoticon

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MMRB7111 6/29/2011 5:53PM

    I love reading your blog. You always have interested blogs which are so encouraging.

The lunch tray is adorable and the veggies. That is a lot of vegetables again. Every time I see one of you foods in your blog I know I am not eating enough veggies. How do your do it. I am eating veggie at every meal but not in the amounts you are doing it.

Keep up the great work showing us all how we can do it too.

Thanks for sharing.

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SWEETCYCLINHAMS 6/27/2011 3:45PM

    So where's the meat on that lunch tray, Sister?!

My mantra is, "If it didn't have a momma, I don't want to eat it." (And no, Mother Earth does not count.) Although, I did once date a vegetarian. Or, more accurately, she was a Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian. I used to call her a Lacto-Ovo-Psuedo-Food-O-Vegetarian.


''WAIT!! Don't go! To Serve Man...it's a cookbook!!''
(One of my all-time favorite Twilight Zones...of which there are many.)

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SORCHA89 6/26/2011 10:38PM

    Those darned aliens making us healthier!!!

It's all a plot to make us fitter for their future slavery needs......

Oh well, works for the here and now though right???
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MAUIERIC 6/26/2011 9:47PM

    GREAT assortment of vibrant foods on there!!
And those "aliens" are also planting enjoyble endorphins in your brain (which is why you so crave the cardio...nice job!!).

Love to see such phenominal support from our community!

Have a fantastic week,
Eric

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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/26/2011 8:59PM

    How Cool! The lunch tray is so clever!

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LUBAML 6/26/2011 9:57AM

    Love your lunch tray!!! Thanks for sharing. emoticonLuba

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JMUCKINHOUPT 6/26/2011 7:49AM

    I like your sense of humor... it inspires me. The tray is neat, too, except I am a teacher on summer break and it reminds me of school.

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MARELNAT 6/25/2011 10:03PM

    The tray is a super idea, and it looks great! emoticon

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MARGIE4230 6/25/2011 9:06PM

    I loved the blog , so adorable and enlightening . The tray is also cute !

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JITZUROE 6/25/2011 7:44PM

    This was so great. I love the alien theme. I can relate. It's like when I figured out that if I took out the insanely long warm up and cool down in m workout video, the 1 hour thing was really less than 45 min ,which meant I couldn't really log it as a 1 hour video, and I found myself maaaaaaaad! Strange......

By the way, I LOVE that plate!!! So cute!

Bren

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POPEYETHETURTLE 6/25/2011 1:50PM

    Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!

Your DH is an amazing man, but I should have been the one to think of the idea of a lunch-style tray. OK, so 2nd place isn't last.

If you could keep a pin attached to a note on your clothes, would you please tell your alien abductors to visit Western Missouri the next time they are on planet. I could use the exercise adjustment they worked on you.

Hmmm. I just noticed I said alien abductors. That wasn't a conscious pun so maybe that's why they seem to be exercise demons.

Thanks for the knowledge. I'm going to have to try to modify a ham radio with an old Sprint phone to see if I might be able to interview them.

If I am able to interview them, I will definitely mention your name and give you credit in the article.

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PAWSINAZ 6/25/2011 1:07PM

    the lunch tray is a nice touch!

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4DOGNIGHT 6/25/2011 10:15AM

    Made me smile! Love the lunch tray1

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WOTSHEWROTE 6/25/2011 5:06AM

    Absolutely love the lunch tray. Must get one!

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1DRWOMAN 6/25/2011 3:59AM

    LOVE YOUR LUNCH TRAY! I NEED TO GET ONE!!! DIVIDERS ARE THE SHIZZLE! And this....Fatty McFatterstein....MADE ME PISS MYSELF LAUGHING! You rule!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 6/24/2011 6:50PM

    Ha! cute gift! looks like a Bento Tray (of course...I didn't know that until I went a Japanese restaurant for the first time and ordered lunch that showed up as advertised, in a Bento tray, and I got it and thought "huh, looks exactly like my school lunch tray!" Learn something new every day. I need some aliens to... the kickboxing sounds like something I'd like to try. I played with a toy version of it on our Wii Fitness (more like boxing) and it was more fun than I'd imagined, more stress releasing...

Thanks for your blog!
Julia


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IZADORA 6/24/2011 1:18PM

    Love the tray!

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DEBLYNN323 6/24/2011 1:11PM

    emoticon...very cute blog! Love the tray!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 6/24/2011 1:04PM

    If the aliens have taken over your brain then they've taken over mine, too. When I go to Tae Kwon Do and we don't get our butts handed to us, I get a little twitchy. I don't mind helping out but when we're learning the stuff that doesn't take so much physical energy I get annoyed. Keep it up! You rock!

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BEN09262009 6/24/2011 12:14PM

    Hey, tell them aliens to come get me!!

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ADIPOSEROSE 6/24/2011 11:17AM

    It's all in the outlook! You rock, woman!

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LUCKYONE60 6/24/2011 11:10AM

    How cute and thoughtful is that tray? Love it! Sounds like those aliens have done you a world of good.

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MOWEIGHTLOSS 6/24/2011 10:50AM

    Love the tray! Great selection of food!

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CHENRY1173 6/24/2011 10:31AM

  OMG! Look at all the lovely veggies on that tray!
I love your love to exercise attitude. I think I'm starting to get there but still have my moments when I have to push myself.
Thanks for the great post!

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ANGEL0101 6/24/2011 6:09AM

    Love your blog..... I love the tray too.. have to get one.. I hate my foods touching or sauces mixing too.....

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IRMANATOR 6/24/2011 5:04AM

    nice tray, My daughter is like that too. She has a name for it, she calls her self a "no touch-atarian"

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DWILCZKO 6/24/2011 12:19AM

  cool tray!

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GOIN4GR8 6/24/2011 12:15AM

    God, that dinner looks awesome! I can't really tell what everything is--tell me what each section is when you get a chance, so I can copy you. emoticon

Thanks!!

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CAROLINA_KOUKLA 6/23/2011 11:30PM

  I love it!

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TEAGUE1612 6/23/2011 11:14PM

    haha! best present ever! i hate it when my food mixes together too!

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LQUEST4754 6/23/2011 10:43PM

  Woohoo!

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SAFEINMYFRAME 6/23/2011 8:07PM

    I so need a tray like that! I'm super annoyed when sauces run into other foods or they mix. What a sweet gesture!

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JESSIEJUICE 6/23/2011 7:50PM

    Look at all your veggies!! My dad HATES food touching...I may be getting him one of these. I'm not sure my mom will thank me...;)

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SOULOFADANCER 6/23/2011 6:59PM

    that is something!

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MISSYGEEN 6/23/2011 6:48PM

    emoticon Obviously the aliens don't know where I live because I would have thought the universe was giving me a gift. Man, your husband's got it good, you're easy. Or maybe you have a sweety who pays attention. Have you seen the new plate guidelines that replaced the food pyramid? How does your tray stack up?

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BEACHAPPEL 6/23/2011 6:46PM

    The lunch tray is so funny. Love your mind-set.

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VINNIELOU 6/23/2011 6:39PM

    Too funny! I love the lunch tray. and by the way, if you see those little green men, givem my address. I could sure use some of that right now.

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HOLLIEWALLY 6/23/2011 4:27PM

    Hee! Hee! Jenn, you are so great!



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SIMPLY-EVA 6/23/2011 4:18PM

  I LOVE the school lunch tray idea! I want one of those, and your food looks so beautiful on it!

Yeah!

E

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STEPHYBUTLER 6/23/2011 3:57PM

    I have trays too!! They are my way of controling portions and making it look like I have a lot of food lol.

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KAITMEND 6/23/2011 3:33PM

    I also hate when my food touches - I've been eating off those 'baby' plates for years! enjoy your tray!

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JUSTKLH 6/23/2011 2:58PM

    I love those aliens...they came to abduct me about 4 weeks after I decided to change my lifestyle :)

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KMWESLEY 6/23/2011 2:44PM

    Love your blogs! You have such an amazing way with words. Best of luck to you on your journey!
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REBELBLITZ 6/23/2011 1:28PM

    I have thought about have a small divided plate to eat from. I think it would help with portion control for me. hmmmm....wouldn't it be pretty in Polish Pottery? emoticon

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Just a Quick Note From Someone Who Cares

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dear Jenn,

We would like to thank you today for being amazing. You've added years, if not decades to our lives. We used to think you were a total moron, since you are in healthcare and all, but now we are starting to think that you are not a total ass-wit. Maybe only a semi ass-wit, since we know you knew better but did it anyway.

We think you rock and we really dig kickboxing and swimming. We couldn't have done either of those before. That yoga thing was nice too, the deep breathing stuff was particularly peachy.

We really appreciate what you did, well, didn't do starting in September, and we are very proud of you for not even feeling tempted 99% of the time. Pretty soon, we will be as good as new, and it will be like you never smoked at all.

Love,

Your Lungs



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SNOOKUMS19 6/24/2011 7:21AM

    You will be bombarded with others letters to you of how awesome you are! Your skin, hair, biceps, abs, heart...Your inbox will be full soon! Good for you! You are rocking that healthy life!

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CINDYPROFFITT 6/24/2011 1:12AM

    You are an awesome success!

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DWILCZKO 6/24/2011 12:20AM

  so awesome!

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GOIN4GR8 6/24/2011 12:20AM

    I think we're all gonna run out of ways to tell you how awesome your blogs are! This is another killer entry ... your attitude is just the BEST.

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Thanks for sharing/inspiring us all so much in so many ways!

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BWILBUR25 6/23/2011 10:27PM

    I quite in may of 2010, so this note hit home for me. Thanks.
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KKINNEA 6/23/2011 4:29PM

    Love it!

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LINDAJ0621 6/23/2011 1:03PM

    emoticon Me too, but it hasn't been easy for me at all...47 years as a former smoker. However, I am enjoying how much better my workouts have become now I am not hacking and out of breath! Congrats!!!

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MOMASAURUS 6/23/2011 11:50AM

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HEARTANDMUSIC 6/23/2011 11:42AM

    Congratulations on you success!

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SSCHULTZ59 6/23/2011 11:24AM

    i envy you your success.. you are a strong person!

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JAMGIRL8 6/23/2011 10:36AM

    Congratulations!! That is truly a hard fought battle that you should be proud of!! Great job for taking care of yourself!

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ROCKYCPA 6/23/2011 10:26AM

    Great blog and good for you. Changing for the better is great and being an example to others.

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JENN26POINT2 6/23/2011 10:06AM

    I used to smoke... this December will be 3 years since I quit. Congrats from a fellow former smoker. I know how hard you've worked!

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KIMMAS82 6/23/2011 9:47AM

    Good for you. . . and your lungs!!!

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GOOSIEMOON 6/23/2011 9:17AM

    Yay for you!

Your lungs and the rest of your body will continue to thank you every day.

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FIT-WHIT 6/23/2011 9:08AM

    YESSSS!! AWESOME!

Clever little note- love it! Congrats on your success so far!! YOU ROCK!

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ROBOLIZ 6/23/2011 1:06AM

    Yay Congrats!

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UNICORN212 6/23/2011 12:44AM

    Great blog. I will reach my three year anniversary on 8-9. The temptation does diminish. Eventually you will wonder why you ever wanted to smell like an ashtray!
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BLUEDROSE 6/23/2011 12:25AM

    this made me happy. :)

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MOMOFJACKK 6/23/2011 12:16AM

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LOONADELE 6/23/2011 12:06AM

  Nice post. Quite eloquent, for lungs. They could teach my lungs a thing or two.

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MENHALLS 6/22/2011 11:32PM

    Love this blog! Congratulations on your accomplishment


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FLYSHOPGIRL 6/22/2011 10:21PM

    Yay!! :)

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1DRWOMAN 6/22/2011 10:15PM

    You're awesome! Thanks for another giggle! :) xo
Patty

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JENNY421 6/22/2011 9:56PM

  way to go,Jenn!

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DMANCINELLI 6/22/2011 9:21PM

    My husband had quit for three years and now he is smoking again. You have inspired me...I am sending a note (from his lungs) to him. Thank you soooo much!! emoticon

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BETHJRN 6/22/2011 9:19PM

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Who was it who said, "Quitting smoking is easy. I've done it a hundred times." Way to go! This is such a great achievement!


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PANBOOKS 6/22/2011 9:10PM

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MISTYMOVIN 6/22/2011 7:33PM

    Congrats!

I walked away from cigs cold turkey and started running pretty much simultaneously over a year ago. It was a struggle to start C25k like that, but I did.

But the best feeling ever is realizing my lungs can keep up with my legs now! And I have zero desire to go back to the cigs.

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PRUSSION 6/22/2011 6:50PM

    YOU GO JENN !! YOU GO!

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JESSALOU7 6/22/2011 6:44PM

    Good for you to quit smoking! Along with exercise, yeah, your lungs are lovin you!
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BADTOFU 6/22/2011 6:36PM

    Congrats on taking the first step to quitting the nicotine machine!! You can do it!

I quit smoking New Year's Day of 2009, and haven't looked back since. I didn't totally do it just because of desire to quit, a nasty sinus infection following a wisdom tooth extraction pretty much made me feel like a big poo monster whenever I had even tried to smoke. Super proud of you for taking the steps on your own!

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PEISHYGIRL 6/22/2011 6:34PM

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CLOVER2 6/22/2011 6:31PM

    Good for you! I quit on Feb. 1st this year, am still dealing with the urge to reach for one and am working on the weight that I have gained. Sucks...I was so afraid that I would so I believe that it was a self fulfilling prophecy. But at least I haven't started smoking again! After 35 years off and on, mostly on, it really feels good to have just done it and now I can work on those silly fears and go forward from here!

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ANNIEW-C 6/22/2011 6:26PM

  I do not know you, but I am very proud of you for not just making the effort to quit smoking, but actually doing it!!!! emoticon

I understand that it was no small feat to do that, even though I am not a smoker. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MMRB7111 6/22/2011 5:47PM

    I quit in 2009. Welcome to the nonsmokers club. Congrats on quitting. emoticon It was the best thing you could do for yourself and your lungs.

PS Tell you lungs you are not a total moron because you are in healthcare...........you are just smart because that is where the jobs are right now. I am on the Information System side of healthcare LOL



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ON2GOALS 6/22/2011 5:34PM

    Oh my gosh - I love this! Not sure why, but it made me kind of teary-eyed, maybe because my Mom was addicted to smoking her whole life and it really took a toll on her health. Soooo happy for you!

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PONDERFUL 6/22/2011 5:05PM

    Thanks for posting this! I am moving toward quitting smoking and now that I (almost) have this weight loss thing under control, its time to attack the 800 pound gorilla, the cancer sticks. One day at a time!

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JULIA1154 6/22/2011 5:01PM

  Congratulations - again - on quitting smoking. It's truly a great decision and repays the effort involved a million times over.

Losing weight is great and pays LOTS of dividends, no doubt. Quitting smoking saves a ton of heartbreak as well as restoring your lungs' health.
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ALEXANDERLISA 6/22/2011 3:01PM

    As usual, you are amazing, carry on!!!! emoticon

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MILLIE5522 6/22/2011 2:18PM

    If I had "listened" to my body more I would not have gained! Whenever I want to eat something extra I now ask my stomach & usually the answer is "I've had enough." Since being on SP I now agree with it! emoticon

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