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Tomorrow Is My 5K... Today I Am Faking Enthusiasm!!!!

Friday, July 08, 2011

Tomorrow is my 5K, that means I don't have to work out today, right?

Not so much.

Maybe if I was a professional athlete I could make today a light day, but uh, I'm not one of those. What I am is feeling a lack of motivation, so I did what anyone who was truly invested in being better tomorrow than today would do... I texted a friend and made a gym date. It will be followed by food, at a place where I can have a healthful and calorie restricted meal.

This strategy is part of my fake it until you make it motivational strategy.

So now I am going to the gym and when I get there I will pretend to be overjoyed at the thought of burning calories. I will be five kinds of happiness and calorie burning light! I will be enthusiasm personified! I will act as though the smell of chlorine is the most wonderful smell I could imagine smelling in the history of smells. By the end, I'll believe my own press and I'll be happy I went. :)

The thought of the 5k tomorrow makes me want to hurl. It isn't that I will be running and walking, I'm looking forward to that part. It is the fact that over 50 of my coworkers will be there and they will see me a) in athletic apparel and b) getting this BMI of over 40.9 moving.

I know that I'm doing better than all of those people who are sitting on their couches, I know that I'm going a little faster every day, but I would love to not be better and faster in front of my workpeeps, whenever humanly possible.

Thank God for The Dani Method (patent pending) of taming the breast beasts. AKA wear a regular, supportive bra under a snug jog bra. The thought of having coworkers seeing me run with the girls bouncing around in opposite directions, hitting me in the chin, threatening to pull away from my pecs and commit suicide by hurling themselves onto the asphalt is too much to take.

  
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TURNINGJ 7/16/2011 4:10PM

    I hope you had an awesome 5K experience. After doing my first one last year - I'm hooked and now even getting ready to do a triathlon.... just keep pushing yourself!


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CHAR1970 7/13/2011 10:45PM

    OMG your depiction of the "breast beasts" and how they move cracked me up! Good on your for doing a 5K!

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LORNE67 7/13/2011 1:17AM

    emoticonHaving others watching when you feel very self conscience is tough. I did my first 5K walk last August.I was not overly excited the day before.I was nervous as I didn't think I would know anyone there and unsure if I could really make it to the finish! The rush & feeling of I did it!! when it is all done is really amazing & helps build confidence.That rush helped me with exercising regularly for several weeks. emoticon is your reward even if you don't place for your health! Just believe in yourself & you are worth it!! emoticon

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LIKESTORUN 7/13/2011 12:23AM

  i am new to this blog thing..actually new to this whole sparks thing....but i loved you post! very funny. i am signed up for my first 5k in sept and faking enthusiasm already!!!
How did it go??????

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2BFITNHAPPY 7/12/2011 7:43PM

  too funny! Hope the 5k went well.

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JULES-AT-HEART 7/12/2011 3:58PM

    love the blog... understand about the chest issue. funny emoticon

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SMARIE101483 7/12/2011 3:26PM

    OMG...the last part about your breasts was absolutely hilarious!!!! I'm crying I'm laughing so hard!!! Love love loved it! Good job by completing it by the way!

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TRADMAMAOF9 7/12/2011 11:11AM

  Congrats on your 5k! I am racing in my first 5k this Friday night! I have lost 60lbs in a little over 6months. I am a little scared, because I have never done any running long distance, until the last 4 weeks! It should be interesting.

I was wondering what is the dani method, and where can I find info on it? Thanks! And congrats again!
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AFROLICIOUSNESS 7/12/2011 10:30AM

  Haha, so I realize this is a little late, but good luck! I think it's awesome that you are doing a 5K... that's brave with or without coworkers watching!

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RONOSOF 7/12/2011 8:31AM

    soooooo... how was 5k- inquiring minds want to know:) Mary

you are very brave. I am scared to SIGN up for a 5k!

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SQUISHY0705 7/12/2011 6:23AM

    I need to thank you for bringing the Dani Method to my attention. I finally feel able to jump around without fear of knocking myself out.

Cheers!

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FYREDRAGYN 7/11/2011 10:39AM

    Now, now chlorine IS the most wonderful smell in the history of smells. emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 7/10/2011 3:39PM

    Ah yes, believe your own press. Love it!

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SHELLEYNALLS 7/9/2011 10:37PM

    I faithfully tame the "Breast beasts" lol... My husband cracks up when I come home after a workout and literally have to peel my gloriously stinky, sweaty, soaking wet workout outfit and then have to become a contortionist to take off the sports bra followed by my supportive regular bra... But guess what, the beasts stay in place as I run sprints up and down a treacherous hill, do farmer's run with 40lb dumbbells and do endless sets of squat thrusts and stupid, inane jumping jacks!!!! lol One day, I will be at my goal weight and these beasts will be cut and lifted to where they are supposed to be, the way they were before years and years of neglect and abuse took over!!! You rock!!!!

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ISIS10884 7/9/2011 10:04PM

    While I'm sure you need us just as much, you're honesty and new found love for yourself keeps me going. I love it! Thank you!

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GREENMOUSE 7/9/2011 4:03PM

    Love your comment about "the girls." emoticon

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SNOOKUMS19 7/9/2011 3:54PM

    You rock that 5k my friend! Get some awesome fun music on your ipod! Have fun!

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SUSANSCH 7/9/2011 3:37PM

    Maybe you should wear a mask or some other crazy disguise!! Take photos, we all want to see! Have fun and be proud...

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SILENTE8 7/9/2011 2:00PM

  Wow, Jenn, you are SO FUNNY! Have a great time at your race! You can do it!

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KKINNEA 7/9/2011 1:00PM

    Hope the race went well - looking forward to hearing about it!

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RIGBY31 7/9/2011 12:58PM

    Co-workers will realize you're more awesome than they thought you already were! And, personally, I feel it's A-OK to walk 5K's (because that's what I do!). You're amazing personified.

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NORAB52GOOD 7/9/2011 10:37AM

    RUN LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING! Cause, honestly, no one is.

I always take a day off (at least for jogging/cardio) prior to a race. Always. And a 'professional athlete' I am not. Taking a break helps me be stronger and faster during a race. Just my experience but something to think about.

Have fun and post a blog tomorrow on your experience!!!
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GEMGLOW 7/9/2011 9:30AM

    I'm with TINAJANE76
RUN LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING!!!!

And i love you ladies discussion with what did you call them?(scrolling up to check), oh, yeah, breast beasts!!!

OMG ROTFLOL!!!

That idea does work but the nicknames is what gets me everytime!it's good to know that i'm not alone there..

As for your co-workers watching, they aren't gonna be watching you "ladies" bounce(well, honestly the guys will , but they can't help it, they're guys!lol)...your co workers should be watching you because, like us sparkers, they are PROUD of you for trying to do this and for getting healthier...

YOU can do this! good luck!




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SOUTHPONDCAMP 7/9/2011 9:30AM

    you'll do fantastic!!

You can easily walk 3.1 miles...and do it in less than an hour. So..this is only going to be an improvement upon that. Keep the girls corralled and you'll have a great time! :)


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KIKOOMAGOO 7/9/2011 8:23AM

    You are inspiration exponential! Don't give a flippin' flap about what your coworkers think. A million x braver and stronger than me! Good luck.

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VEGGIEGIRLCOURT 7/9/2011 7:51AM

    Don't worry about your coworkers...if they're running or walking they'll be in the gym clothes too and probably arent in the best shape...and if they aren't running or walking well then they just aren't as good as you right? emoticon


But really don't worry about them, because you shouldn't compare yourself....you're very awesome!!!!

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BETHJRN 7/9/2011 7:05AM

    I feel your pain when you speak about exercise when the motivation's missing. I just remind myself what some brilliant 21st century philosopher whose name I can't recall (perhaps you've stumbled upon her work) once told me: THE TREADMILL DOESN'T CARE!

Good luck with the 5K! Keep on inspiring me!

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WIGIME 7/9/2011 6:39AM

    Remember, this is about YOU not them! You'll find that once you are in the race, nothing else matters but finishing and the feeling you get when you cross that finish line!

You GO girl!

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TINAJANE76 7/9/2011 6:19AM

    Good luck and run like no one is watching you!!!

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MSPEACHYJONES 7/9/2011 6:09AM

    Best of luck with the 5K. Focus on yourself and ignore everyone else, I sure about 5 seconds in everyone will be so distracted by their own cardiovascular system they won't be looking at you. Plus you know you're gonna feel justifiably unbelievably proud when your done emoticon emoticon

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MSPEACHYJONES 7/9/2011 6:09AM

    Best of luck with the 5K. Focus on yourself and ignore everyone else, I sure about 5 seconds in everyone will be so distracted by their own cardiovascular system they won't be looking at you. Plus you know you're gonna feel justifiably unbelievably proud when your done emoticon emoticon

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TINASDUNWELL 7/9/2011 1:47AM

  "The thought of having coworkers seeing me run with the girls bouncing around in opposite directions, hitting me in the chin, threatening to pull away from my pecs and commit suicide by hurling themselves onto the asphalt is too much to take. "


hehehe

If nothing else happens in work-out land for me today, at least I got my stomach muscles twitching with laughter.

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CINDYHN 7/9/2011 1:46AM

    I can't wait to hear how you felt when you crossed the finish line! You are doing something you probably never thought you could do, so enjoy that thought! Hmmmm makes me wonder why your coworkers aren't running with you?!?! You Rock!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VINNIELOU 7/9/2011 1:18AM

    Stand tall JennSwimms!

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APED7969 7/9/2011 1:12AM

    Good Luck tomorrow! I did my first 5k on my own but I started behind two really skinny girls (like I could break them in half, my wrist is bigger than her thigh sort of skinny) who were on a team together. I passed them in the first two kilometers and never saw them again until I finished ahead of them. Made me realise I'm awesome even if I still am overweight. You'll do great!!

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CHOCZILLA 7/9/2011 1:07AM

  Good luck to you (and the girls)! I'm contemplating doing my very first 5k this Fall, so consider yourself my idol... no pressure or nuthin' ;)
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AFLING 7/9/2011 12:49AM

    good luck with your 5k!

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EMPTRS 7/9/2011 12:49AM

    You are going to ROCK it!!! Good luck and can't wait to hear how it goes! Ha ha about the "breast containment" method-I need to figure out something for my rear-that's my problem area! : )

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MOM2NATURE 7/9/2011 12:46AM

    Win or lose?! You are entering a 5K race for all of us who can't. emoticon

We don't care if you win or lose. Enjoy the run! emoticon

Best wishes!
(your co-workers will be so busy being jealous, that they won't notice "The girls" either....unless they're male! LOL)

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LADYJAY25 7/9/2011 12:17AM

    The sunshine that will radiate off your AWESOMENESS will blind the co workers so they wouldnt see the girls bounce anyways lol! Have fun tomorrow! Good Luck!

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KWHITEHEAD9 7/8/2011 11:55PM

    Good luck... keep those girls tamed...lol

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JANLEH 7/8/2011 11:53PM

    Please don't worry about other people! You are doing a wonderful thing ... put your chin up and be proud. Give the "girls" a workout! (p.s. I am sooooo glad that my girls are shrinking) It's a good thing!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 7/8/2011 11:53PM

    Hopefully you're getting a good night's sleep and won't even have time to read this until after your actual 5K, but I would venture to guess that most of those co-workers won't be judging you - they'll be inspired by you! Still, though, I understand your desire to hurl.
As for taming the beasts, I agree that The Dani Method is very effective. If you don't want the added heat of the layering effect, though, I've read (from Sparkers and from Fitness magazine) that Enell makes some support that will make it so you don't move AT ALL. Pricey, but maybe worth it for someone like you who so awesomely puts her workout gear to use ALL THE TIME!

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GOLOPTIOUS 7/8/2011 11:39PM

    Don't worry about your coworkers. You are awesome and that outshines anything else. I've decided that no matter what I look like or which direction I bounce, as long as I'm working hard and loving my life then it's all good!

I'm jealous of your 5K. I still have 2 months before mine and the suspense is horrible! And no matter how long it takes you to finish or how much you walk or run, it's an awesome accomplishment. You are a RockStar and my hero!!

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PANBOOKS 7/8/2011 11:35PM

    Congrats and Good Luck on your run! You will have a blast!

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MONETRUBY 7/8/2011 11:28PM

    Good luck!

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SHEILAB64 7/8/2011 11:11PM

    Good luck on your 5 K - I think that is great!

I so identify with your description of the ladies hurling themselves to their doom that I laughed until I went into a coughing fit. I myself just bought a new jogging bra today - it was the best I could find - by Champion for strongest support but you should have seen my trying to get it on. It was to slip over my head but then got stuck on top of the girls, I was about to take it off because I couldn't pull it down and over them but I got the bright idea to reach in and pull them up and in and that worked - I jumped and jumped and though they bounced I didn't feel in fear of a concussion - there is no way I can put a regular bra under this one but I tried a regular bra over it and that did help but it strapped me down so much there was air space in my regular one - I think I can at least do more intense work outs and I had muffin top underarm pits - I mean they have to go somewhere when you squash them LOL. I hope as I lose this will start to fit better - it is the kind you can wear as a shirt as it is bright blue but it will be hidden for a long time until I look less muffin top. I did buy myself 2 new exercise outfits which I am very excited to try next week.

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GOOFIERNU 7/8/2011 11:00PM

    ":The thought of having coworkers seeing me run with the girls bouncing around in opposite directions, hitting me in the chin, threaten to pull away from my pecs and commit suicide by hurling themselves onto the asphalt is too much to take. "

I almost spewed water! Oh my gosh, too funny.

You can do this!!! emoticon

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SAKENN 7/8/2011 10:47PM

    Be sure to save a little of your stupendous imagination for the finish line, so that as you cross, you can mentally increase the volume of cheers a hundred-fold or two - - to represent all of us who are cheering you on, but not quite within yelling range....

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SHEL1181 7/8/2011 10:29PM

    You've got this! I can't wait to here how great you feel after you cross the finish line. Go You!!!!

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The Definition Of Insanity Is...

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Have you heard this line about insanity: the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? I really try not to behave as though I'm insane, but I kept beating my big fat noggin against the same wall, ad nauseum, for about 15 years. So maybe I'm slightly insane. Or 49% whack job. Maybe even something approaching nutty like squirrel poop?

I tried "diets" over and over. I paid big bucks to Jenny, and then gained weight. I paid more money to the Watchers of My Weight, then gained some more tonnage. I've bought and read books until they came out my ears, followed their advice, and gained a few more pounds of bumpy lard. (There is a theme here, I bet you've picked up on it...) I paid a doc to weigh me each week and give me some legal uppers, after which I gained, yes, you guessed it, some cellulite made from pure fat. I ate five little meals a day, then gained weight right before I ate all protein until my breath stank, then I quit stinking and packed on some pounds. I ate less than 10% fat, then porked up some more.

None of it worked, unless you go on a diet planning to get morbidly obese, which I assure you that I did not. Jenny's Frozen Food Diet Plan does not say in any of their expensive literature that you can give them hundreds of dollars, pay them insane amounts for frozen food and be guaranteed to gain weight, but they might as well have in my case.

I'm an excellent example of diets make you fat. I've never stayed on any plan, diet or lifestyle change this long, and "this long" isn't quite 3 months yet, but that didn't prevent any of these plans from fattening me like a Christmas goose. I usually lasted about three weeks before I gave up, caved in or crashed and burned, Mav. Three weeks followed by six months of hating myself for being weak and fat and disgusting and unable to stick with a weight loss plan, then onto another diet of some variety.

In the interest of not having some fat-induced size 26 related mental breakdown and having gastric bypass (which I do not want) out of sheer desperation, something had to change.

I got rid of my food induced cravings by eliminating processed foods from my diet. I prioritized exercise. Then I decided my attitude about the whole thing needed to change. I treat losing weight like a job. Last weekend was a holiday and a vacation from my job. Today was overtime, but I enjoyed it tremendously.

That doesn't mean it is all hearts, flowers, champagne and chocolate. I keep getting in my own frigging way. I eat the orange triangles of doom. I indulge on holidays. Of course, we can't forget the much enjoyed wedding cake for breakfast incident. I'm not upset about those days, but they do slow my weight loss down, which frustrates me tremendously, but it is all about making it a lifestyle, right? This isn't some short term diet thing, this is my life. This is the rest of my life, and if it takes me three years to be a thin person who can do triathlons, then so be it.

I haven't lost a pound this week, but my waist is at least an inch smaller, and I'll take it. If I had to choose between being a size 24 and weighing 135 pounds or weighing 277 pounds and wearing a size 8, I'm totally down with the size 8.

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I couldn't decide what to do for exercise tonight, (Look at that, I knew I was going to exercise, just couldn't decide what to do.... woot woot!) should I do C25K (Couch to 5K training), my beloved kickboxing, or swim? Opinions varied, and I hate to disappoint anyone, myself or my SparkPeeps, so I did my C25K, followed by 45 minutes of kickboxing, followed by 20 minutes of water aerobics and then 500 yards of swimming. It was like a buffet of exercise.

I was so jazzed by the energy surge I got from all of that working out. It was fab, a wicked natural high. I drove home with the windows down, sunroof open, smiling and I may or may not have had Led Zepplin playing at a volume known as "vibrate the wheels off." I think this may be what those weird healthy people refer to as "runner's high." It certainly feels better than insanity.



  
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CHAR1970 7/13/2011 10:40PM

    You are a machine girl!

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CANNIE50 7/13/2011 7:57PM

    My experience with runner's high is that the best ones come when exercising beyond what I thought I could do - when I have the feeling of "if I go faster, or harder, I will throw up", and deciding to push through it. The endorphins come flying at me like butterflies, as a reward for not giving up. I am so proud of you for your "buffet of exercise" (love that phrase and the picture it conjures up). Glad you were able to tame the wild boobalas - there are industrial strength sports bras (Enell) but for years I used the two bra method and it is quite effective. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 7/13/2011 1:48PM

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HUGMONKEYMOM 7/12/2011 4:13PM

    You are amazing. I am inspired. Thank you.

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METOO03820 7/12/2011 11:43AM

    I'm so glad I'm not alone. As usual the blog is wonderful. Thanks for making my morning!

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ALMOMMA 7/11/2011 4:05PM

    Love it!

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MELITOD 7/11/2011 1:34PM

    This was great!! Thanks for being you!!

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DWILCZKO 7/11/2011 12:25AM

  :)

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BCARSON11 7/10/2011 10:13PM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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LORISEVERANCE 7/10/2011 10:02PM

    that's awesome!! good for you! you're my new hero for today....

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FLPALM 7/10/2011 2:30PM

    Jenn,
That "Runner's HIGH" I haven't felt that yet, but after my water jogging, jumping, anything in the pool stuff...I do get that "fuzzy good feeling"....oh, yeah it's called..ME!!! I DID IT FOR ME!!!!

Always glad to "hear from you" good luck and take care.
Your SPF,
Fran

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KJ4444 7/10/2011 12:46PM

    Once again you inspire so many of us!

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PRUSSION 7/10/2011 11:09AM

    Always, inspirational!

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HEALTHYBARB1 7/10/2011 10:31AM

    Life style change all the way!!!! Way to go! Keep up the hard work! YOU WILL DO THIS! Smiles Barb

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GRRARRGH 7/10/2011 9:47AM

    Congrats- you're doing an amazing job!!

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FATHINSN 7/10/2011 9:06AM

    sometimes, I always wonder why I keep doing same things over and over again and expecting different result - must be time of insanity. Then I finally found the courage to push myself off the edge, leap off the clift so that I try something new! Unfortunately, this will process always happen in different aspects in my life, haha.

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THEIS58 7/10/2011 5:58AM

    Catchy buffet phrase... emoticon

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YOMAMA128 7/10/2011 12:21AM

    Rock On!! Here's to committing and re-committing, day by day whatever it takes. The Led Zeppelin runner's high is worth the ride!!

Fantastic blog -- thanks for sharing.

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HOWLERMOM 7/10/2011 12:00AM

    Been there, done that -- wish I had the Jenny $$$ back....enjoyed this tremendously. Thanks!

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KSP3776 7/9/2011 10:17PM

    awesome

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SISTERSPARKLE 7/9/2011 8:16PM

    OH, I love this. Thanks for sharing such a great attitude.

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SUSANSCH 7/9/2011 3:34PM

    This was a great blog.... So true and it so makes me want to go exercise!!

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DISGRUNTALGOAT 7/9/2011 11:41AM

    The major commercial diets never last. I have been trying to get that point across to a co-worker, who is eating 500 calories per day on Herbal Magic. There is NO way she can continue to eat that way for the rest of her life. Spark is free! There is more than enough motivation on this site. Everyone on this site is changing their life style, and gets a better body out of it. I try to promote this site whenever possible, but some people just don't want to hear it.

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PAWSINAZ 7/9/2011 10:44AM

    SOOOOOOO TRUE!!!!!!!!

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WINDANCER99 7/9/2011 9:51AM

    I related to everything you said about all the commercial weight loss gimmicks. They were only temporary fixes. I now eat most things in moderation.

Bravo on your exercising!

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GEMGLOW 7/9/2011 9:34AM

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"vibrate the wheels off" !! lol!!!
love how you phrase things!

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OWENSAUNT1 7/9/2011 8:15AM

    A "buffet of exercise"? I like it. It's good to train your body in all different directions. I'll follow your lead! Way to go, girl!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 7/9/2011 7:53AM

    Yay!!!!

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JLEMUS1 7/9/2011 6:05AM

    So true, so true!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELUNAMAKATA 7/9/2011 1:21AM

    I keep telling my friends that, seriously, if I'd known how good exercise made me feel, before I got to be over 200lbs, I wouldn't have been 200lbs! Its like the best kept secret EVER!

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SHEILAB64 7/8/2011 11:01PM

    When you asked what you should do, I almost said - do it all but people keep telling me to stop that - I am exercising too much and you know what I say to that? Ptbbtth!!!! (That is supposed to be a rasberry but I don't know how to spell it). I think it is great you did that much exercise and I always feel amazing afterwards. I have been doing 2 or 3 hours every day just spread out. My goal is for sparkpeople to tell me I exercised at least 1000 calories.

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FUZZYMOTO 7/8/2011 7:36PM

    You have the right path now and you want it. That is the biggest change. And you are recognizing that it is all about LIFE, or at least how you chose to live it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GREENMOUSE 7/8/2011 7:32PM

    What you wrote underlines what I have often thought about the diet-industry: there is a LOT of money to be made from our weight-loss-struggles. They make the money only if we DON'T make the loss.

And then there's spark-people that's free.

Think about it folks!!!! emoticon

And then there's people like you that help make sparkpeople what it is! emoticon

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ALICIAINBOSTON 7/8/2011 6:46PM

  YAY!!

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SEDONACAT 7/8/2011 4:57PM

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If you look in the dictionary along with Einstein's definition is my friend's picture. Sad to say, it's applies to her professional and personal life and after 50 yr.and being an RN to boot, a light should go on somewhere. I am worried about her because she just keeps getting larger, has health problems out the ass, and keeps doing the same things while saying she's going to do it. Has belonged to TOPS for over 10 yr. and has gotten bigger. How can I stand by and let her continue the self-destruction? Seriously? You seem to have so much self-awareness.

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RSWIFE 7/8/2011 4:07PM

    Great Blog. I have been in your shoes! We can do this!

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SUNSHINE192DAY 7/8/2011 3:33PM

    You so rock! emoticonI'm insanely proud to know someone as rational and radical as you! You show me that I can't make excuses for not exercising or doing certain exercises because of my weight! You are a WONDERFUL inspiration and example! emoticon

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MELSCHWAAB 7/8/2011 3:04PM

    Oh, Jen...I love reading your blogs! I, too, got looks from my co-workers while laughing out loud here at my desk. You motivate me to get out there and work it like there's no tomorrow. emoticon

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FYREDRAGYN 7/8/2011 2:57PM

    Wow, look at all that exercise. Congrats on achieving the "runner's high". emoticon

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23KAIYA 7/8/2011 2:54PM

    You are always hilarious in your blog posts! Love it, laughing at my desk at work, coworkers looking at me like I'm batty, it's too funny!

The 'slip up's along the way can actually help. If you over your calories every few days, no more than once or twice a week of course, your body may not realize it's 'dieting' and will keep right on burning.

I tried the mail order nutri-system and dropped mass weight super fast. Their 'food' is not refridgerated, never expires and is actually kind of scary. I ate it, promptly flared up my Crohn's disease, lost a lot of blood and will NEVER do one of those again! In addition to each 1 oz entre containing more fiber than an entire box of fiber 1, I think I had enough preservatives in that very short amount of time that I won't need 'processed' when I die.

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JENNIFER_67 7/8/2011 2:10PM

    You are awesome!! I'm working hard on the exercise, though I'm not quite up to that kind of smorgasboard just yet. I did look up the times for local aquafit classes today. And, I finished Week 2 of C25K this morning. So I am getting there.

I find your blogs really inspirational. I think its because we are about the same size, and I love the way you aren't letting that hold you back. That inspires me to try new things that I didn't think I'd be able to do yet. But your writing style is also really entertaining. There's always something that makes me truly laugh out loud. And I love that you were cranking up the Zepplin!!

Keep up the great work!!

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SNOOKUMS19 7/8/2011 1:21PM

    Love it! I do the same when I leave my Zumba class! windows down, tunes blairing! LIfe is good! Enjoy your new healthy lifestyle! We are here for those holiday moments. Keep up the great work!

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CHICAT63 7/8/2011 1:11PM

    I am with you Sista on the weight but being a size 8. I did NOT lose one pound in June, aha lost an inch in the waist & hips. This morning decided to wear a summer dress, no SPANX needed how cool is that - MOUAH ! Love your blog.

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BGEARY63 7/8/2011 1:03PM

    My kind of insanity. The exercise buffet that is... emoticon

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ZENSTEPH 7/8/2011 12:48PM

    I love your blogs! I keep wanting to say "awesome" because I can't think of another word. Yet again, you did it, great blog. So honest, funny and inspiring all at the same time. Thank you! hugs, Stephanie (zensteph)

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AIGALLO 7/8/2011 12:39PM

    As always, FABULOUS BLOG! I can totally relate to trying things, not succeeding, moving on, failing...blah blah blah. I love SparkPeople, and you really inspire me! Keep up the great and hard work, you are TOTALLY worth it!

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WORDLILY 7/8/2011 12:30PM

    About 3 weeks was my normal stopping point, too. This time, I'm past 3 months. :D

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KELLYIM 7/8/2011 12:28PM

    That's great! Measurements mean so much more than weight. Check out this blog that I read recently to see a woman who completely changed her body composition and how she looks, without losing an ounce: http://everydaypaleo.com/2011/06/22
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IMIN2GENES 7/8/2011 11:37AM

    I just love reading your blogs... you've got such a great sense of humor and a great approach to this lifestyle change we've undertaken.

Way to go on your workout last night! Awesome!
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QSULLIVAN 7/8/2011 11:27AM

    emoticon I'm totally with you on the smaller size higher weight thing and I bet you feel healthier, too! Go with the endophins! emoticon

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I Feel Like a Slacker... and What I'm Going to Do About It

Monday, July 04, 2011

I've treated this holiday weekend like a, well, a holiday. Fancy that.

I've eaten Doritos, made yesterday AND today "days of rest from exercise" when just yesterday would have been more than adequate, and I took a nap. Ok, dang it, yes, I ate Doritos TWICE, not just once, TWICE, and I am trying not to think about it, because food shame is so incredibly unhealthy--just like the orange triangles of doom that like to hurl themselves to their death by flinging themselves into my mouth by the handful.

I've socialized at two BBQs and ate meat and dairy products at both. I ate a "normal" diet, which I have to admit that I enjoy from time to time. I followed my own advice and took healthy, on plan foods to both... then proceeded to eat things that were not on the same planet as my plan.

Evidence that I made health yummy goodness:


Anyway, today, in front of witnesses, I am recommitting to my plan. No more half-assedness. No more 90-98%. No more slow progress is still progress when I know I can do better... lots and lots better. Tuesday morning means the end of Doritoville and back to serious weight loss and cardio workouts.

That means, since I think goals should be specific, that I should be doing/eating:
*6 Days per week of cardio (3 C25K, 2 kickboxing hopefully, some swimming, some biking, and whatever else I can cram in a week)
*2 Days a week of strength
*2 Days a week of flexibility
*1 Day off

*No processed foods. Processed will not include tempeh or tofu for this purpose, which are grey areas of processed-ness, but will include the triangles of orange death and destruction.
*No meat, dairy or eggs
*No caffeine (unless I'm working a 24 or late shift).
*No added oil
*No added sodium
*No added sugar

*I will also work harder at getting my protein in, so that my SparkPeeps don't have to remind me that my daily diet is completely void of lean protein.

*I will remember that I'm supposed to be hungry, then eat. Period.

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October 7th is still my 20 year class reunion, regardless of how many BBQ related holidays fall between now and then. 95 days to get my butt in gear and get some more results! Will I look like the girl who graduated with 8 varsity letters? Uh, no. Will I look better than I do today? I certainly believe that is possible with some effort. Just say no to waddling at the reunion!

Yesterday, Cheffrey asked why I didn't want a frosty delicious frozen lemonade, since it was vegan, I said "I don't want to weigh this much next week." I think that sums it up pretty completely. I want to be smaller next week, and the week after that, and April 18th of next year--my Sparkiversary--I want to be at least 100 lbs away from where I started. I'm completely capable of doing that, as long as I stop getting in my own way.

I'm also committing to be awesome for my 5k next Saturday... if you are in Central Ohio (or willing to drive to Central Ohio) the Dash For Donation is a worthy cause and I will be there, trying to escape being noticed by everyone while I run for 90 seconds, walk for 2 minutes and repeat over and over.

Do you need to recommit to anything or is it just me?




P.S. By popular request, here is the recipe for the salad in the picture...
It was just something I threw together from what I had in the house...

2 boxes of noodles, I like cavatappi because they are cute
3 bell peppers, red/yellow /orange or green, chopped
1 bottle Ken's light Italian salad dressing
fresh asparagus spears, lightly steamed
2 cans black olives
1 cup of green olives
1 can artichoke hearts (chopped)
1 packet hidden valley ranch buttermilk dressing powder

cook the noodles, rinse with cold water until chilled, then throw everything together :) Tweak to your liking with garlic, salt and pepper.

  
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GRACEISENUF 7/15/2011 4:09PM

    Hope you ROCK that class reunion and that salad recipe looks drool worthy, thanks.

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JULES-AT-HEART 7/12/2011 4:14PM

    love the answer to why you're not having the frosty lemonade emoticon

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KKRICH2 7/12/2011 3:47PM

    Your blogs are so honest and amazingly hilarious! Thanks for making me laugh through this fight and reminding me of things I'd forgotten-like how bad orange triangles of doom are for me! Great blog! emoticon

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WONDERS06 7/12/2011 10:17AM

    Nice blog! :-)

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CHRISTINCOTA86 7/11/2011 12:18PM

    I once swore off all foods that leave orange crumbs. Doritoes, Cheetoes, Goldfish... you get the idea.

Also, you should try Ken's Northern Italian (Light) dressing in your pasta salad. It is bottled awesomeness.

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NELLIEBLUE 7/10/2011 4:33PM

    I love your blogs, they seem to talk about what I've been doing for the last 30 years. Yes I'm ready to recommit.

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CINDYHN 7/9/2011 12:54AM

    You are too funny!!! Good
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SILENTE8 7/7/2011 5:18PM

  Again, your honesty shines through. Thanks for being so transparent and funny at the same time. I love your blog. ~Erin
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QUILTINANDI1 7/7/2011 3:30PM

  Your commitment level is awesome, but don't beat yourelf up too much for being human. We're all going to make mistakes on this journey, just learn and get back on track. Remember to be kind to yourself

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FYREDRAGYN 7/7/2011 2:47PM

    I realized this weekend that my grandmother eats MUCH better than I do and that I really need to shape things up. I think the 4th was an eye opener for a lot of people. But those BBQ's are SO hard to pass up. emoticon

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EUNIQ3 7/7/2011 2:19PM

    best of luck to you on your journey and post a pic at your class reunion!!!

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AJAYZCHAOS 7/7/2011 11:11AM

    I was relatively 'good' for the holiday, only ate a full on beef-mayo-ketchup-veggies burger off plan. Oddly, I had almost the same pasta salad, except used "Wacky Mac", a pasta that uses tomatoes, spinach and other veggies to flavor the noodles and are a mix of fun shapes.

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KATJA-THE-GREAT 7/7/2011 10:24AM

    I definitely needed to recommit after this last weekend. After just two family meals I had gained two pounds (not sure about the accuracy on that), but when I got home I just had to keep reminding myself that going backwards is not an option. This morning I was back below my weigh in last week so this is good. Your recipe looks fantastically delicious! I will have to try this next week and perhaps add a chicken breast or beans for added protein. As for the orange triangles of doom, I've been dealing with some of my weakness foods by thinking about how they were made (a dusty, dirty factory usually does the trick)and all the s*#% that had to be added to them before they got to my hand and then ask myself if my body really wants that s*#% in it...the answer is usually no :-) Great blog, thanks!

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BGEARY63 7/7/2011 10:13AM

    I always enjoy reading your blogs. Todays was no different. I too will recommit and do my best. Better than yesterday. I will work at during my work-outs and NOT just go through the motions. WE CAN DO IT! emoticon

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PINKAMBER18 7/7/2011 9:23AM

    Sounds like your holiday was a lot like mine... wish I could do it all over... oh well :) Keep working hard! You got this!

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GRRARRGH 7/7/2011 8:10AM

    Orange triangles of death and destruction - completely accurate!!

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RUNNINGAGAIN12 7/7/2011 7:16AM

    Dorito bashing--love it!

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PICKLEDGINGER2 7/7/2011 2:00AM

  Good stuff. Thanks.

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MSAMPLES3 7/7/2011 12:14AM

    I love your blog! thank you for sharing! I think we are all kinda in the same boat, in that we need to remember that we can always be better! I joined you this week in working harder, trying more and giving it my all again and I know I can do it, and better yet, with all your progress YOU CAN DO IT! emoticon

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COPE782 7/7/2011 12:09AM

    Great reminder that focusing on the small things, e.g., no added sugar, makes a big difference!

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DISNEYGAL24 7/6/2011 11:32PM

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DISNEYGAL24 7/6/2011 11:31PM

  Great entry! I like it!

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KSP3776 7/6/2011 10:57PM

    Always enjoy your blog as usual!

I behaved on this holiday, but I usually then fail a few days later..............maybe I can break that routine this year. Only time will tell!

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1LATTE4ME 7/6/2011 9:16PM

    Loved your blog! I just recommitted, period. Been out a few months, and while I don't have a 20-year reunion this year, there are still lots of good reasons to be back - including inspirations like yourself. Keep up the good work!

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ROSALIEESTHER 7/6/2011 9:15PM

    Right On! You're going to stay with it - I can tell. You've committed to very specific goals. You are awesome. Thanks.

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PAWSINAZ 7/6/2011 7:47PM

    I took a hard fall too this weekend......I pride myself in not being perfct. emoticon

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1DRWOMAN 7/6/2011 7:33PM

    just like the orange triangles of doom that like to hurl themselves to their death by flinging themselves into my mouth by the handful.

but will include the triangles of orange death and destruction.

Just say no to waddling at the reunion!

Thank you again for my daily giggle at your expense...but everyoe knows we giggle because we can relate! LOL
xoxox
Fellow Dorito lover -
Patty

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GIDDYUPPJL 7/6/2011 6:54PM

    My foods were from another planet too. And although they were great, I need to recoup now.

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JESSALOU7 7/6/2011 6:53PM

    You can do this week by week! Good luck on your 5K!
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MOTOGIRL2 7/6/2011 6:32PM

    As always I love your blog. emoticonway to go recommiting!


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EZJAMES 7/6/2011 6:28PM

    I'm having a similar sort of slump; it was my friend's 30th birthday on the weekend - we headed to London, had a champagne tea (oooh the cream, the cream!), walked for bloody miles (ha! exercise) as I got us lost, yet somehow... I've not quite had the same energy or commitment since being back home.

I've dragged myself to the gym today after extending the exercise-free "holiday", but I think I need to take stock of what I want to achieve to give myself a bit of zip. Your list seems like a good way forward; a reminder of the long term goal might be what's needed for me, but I think saying "I will be slimmer next week" is a very good idea too - something to focus on every time I try to shirk running. Ultimately these moments of shrugging and slumping are moments where inspiration and support is key. You'll get through it.

Good luck with the 5k by the way!

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ASHLEIGHM89 7/6/2011 5:26PM

    Good for you, taking things into your hands and being so positive :) You're very inspiring, thanks for posting! :D emoticon

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SHARE_MY_WORLD_ 7/6/2011 5:24PM

    Yeah there are a lot of us that did not count this holiday, like myself, but I must say I did not eat nearly as bad as past times. Am I little disappointed, yes, but I will get over it get past it and move forward and onward back in Stride to the new ME! Good luck on your journey!

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CHRISTINECE 7/6/2011 5:21PM

    I enjoy following your blog. This weekend, I too fell off the proverbial wagon and knowlingly I might add. When I did, I reminded myself that yes, this is a treat, and my life before now would have been to eat MORE, not just ONE. So while I was not eating perfectly, I was curbing old habits. My DH was very supportive. lol He would ask - so how does that rate on spark? hmm.. yeah, I know, it will be logged, really!

Onward :)

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KLONG8 7/6/2011 4:26PM

    Yeah, BBQs can make a dent in your goals. 1 pound up in response to my 3 days of partying and "exercise breaks". But back at it today.

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QUIETFEATHER 7/6/2011 4:19PM

    Haha, glad I'm not the only one who decided to um...not count the 4th ;]

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 7/6/2011 4:17PM

    As someone who absolutely fell off the wagon over the long weekend, I can absolutely relate to this post. And I totally appreciate it. It's always good to know I'm in the same boat with someone.

And I jumped back on the wagon HARD as well. I refigured out my macros, planned meals, doubled up a workout, and found even more ways to be active at work.

Here's to raising a fist in solidarity!

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NAUTICALAKES232 7/6/2011 4:14PM

    Thanks so much for giving this encouragement...Remember one step at a time! You can do this!

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SWEETMOMMY41 7/6/2011 2:41PM

  thanks for sharing that recipe. you are so inspiring and motivating!

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KIKI0531 7/6/2011 2:20PM

    Thanks for recipe and some good laughs. I am so making that salad this weekend - minus the green olives ;) perhaps a few cherry tomatoes from my garden. emoticon

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JENVAMPVEGAS 7/6/2011 2:12PM

    Woohoo! Way to get back on track! We all need a break now and then, it's recognizing it as just a break and not a new routine that is the important part.
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KAIZEN7 7/6/2011 2:09PM

    You are inspiring and I'm recommitting too. Thanks for sharing.

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SUSAKIN 7/6/2011 2:06PM

  I had a great time this weekend too and tried to balance everything out without a great deal of success. I am recommitting also and feel great!

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DANYGIRL40 7/6/2011 2:03PM

    Oh friend I too have recommited this week. The weekend was a complete flop. I ate/drank everything that I wanted...not needed of course, simply wanted and boy did I feel like crap. I am commiting to stop letting myself off the hook on the weekends, that is my downfall. I have been working my Spark steady for the 2nd day in a row and I already feel better.

We can do this, I know we can!!!!

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TURKEYCALLER 7/6/2011 1:23PM

    Recipe sounds great.

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DWILCZKO 7/6/2011 1:10PM

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CBSTERMER 7/6/2011 1:07PM

    love the fact that you are recommitting I am doing the same it felt good to eat a normal diet I did not over do it but it felt good but as with you not as good as it did bad to notice i totally blew off the weekend but back on track and good luck!! Keep up the great work.

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WANNABEVERYFIT 7/6/2011 12:51PM

    Progress and not perfection...I had my run-in with those evil triangles of temptation the weekend before, but they were the plain giant Sam's Club variety and golly, they would not stay out of the guacamole either! Pita chips are in cahoots with those Evil triangles too, except their sidekick was hummus for me. They were masquarading as do-gooders, but snickering as they disappeared down my gullet this weekend.

Back to the "track" both literally and figuratively, each day is a brand new start!

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I Blame You For This.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

I'm taking my bike in for servicing today, since it has sat unused for oh, almost a decade. Fab bike, used minimally for one season, then never touched again. I'm getting it tuned up so I can start cross training with running, biking and swimming. Sounds suspiciously like a tri, doesn't it? I blame you, CANNIE50, for this abomination. I'm not sure why you mentioned it, and by "it" I mean tris, but you did, and the end result has put in motion some serious blamestorming today.

I'm throwing a fourth run into my first week of C25K training so I can get my C25K training on a M-W-F/S schedule. For this, I blame MDEVILE, SOUTHPONDCAMP and KITHKINCAID. You evil doers explained to me, as you would to a small, dumb child, that I was NOT too fat to run and how to tame the girls. (Shout out to KITHKINCAID for a blog entry I can honestly say I reread just about daily... check out her 113 blog from this week).

For making me feel like a big sissy when I don't want to work out because I didn't break my leg and I have no excuses and for motivating me when I don't want to be motivated, GOLOPTIOUS, you are blamed!

ZOOKEEPERMAMA, I blame you and your driveway for making me laugh when I should be diligently doing something productive.

4AHEALTHYBMI, I blame you for proving that this isn't the impossible dream and showing me that if I quit being a lazy piece of crap that I can do this too.

To MICHELLESMILES, JICASMOM, GENELDABELDA, SILENTE8, RYDERB, PANBOOKS, HOLLYS-DOIN-IT. You make me feel like I'm not lifting this massive burden of fat alone. I blame you for making me feel supported, even when I screw up.

NUMD97, for letting me know that it is OK to feel totally and completely overwhelmed personally and professionally, and to keep on slugging along as best as I possibly can. I blame you for my search for balance amongst first job, second job, weight loss, grad school, family life, organic gardening and great dane parenting and the occasional regency romance. Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas, anyone? anyone?

REDDIRTRUNNER, MELLYBEANS0919, MOSTMOM1, I blame you b!tches for making me feel accountable, even when I don't want to be accountable.

BARBIETEC, I blame you for being the single most inspiring person on SparkPeople. You are the most amazing thing I've ever seen, beautiful inside and out, and I am privledged to know you in this small way. I blame you for stripping away all of my excuses and exposing them for the bullsh!t they usually are. I also blame you for reminding me what is important in life.

For forcing me to stay on track with Eat to Live, COURTIKSOK and FRUITYCHERRY AND 55WALKER, I blame your skinny butts.

If I blamed everyone who deserves a helping of the blame casserole, this blog would have about a thousand names, so if you are reading this, know that you, too, are being blamed for being supportive and making me go to the gym today when I really want to be reading a trashy romance novel and watching Galaxy Quest (Never give up! Never surrender!) on DVD. I blame you all.

Anyone you need to blame? I'm thoroughly enjoying flinging blame around, you might enjoy it too.

Almost forgot, organic food people, I blame you and your crates for forcing me to eat fresh, locally grown, organic freggies. Jerks.


P.S. Seriously, no one noticed the cute little crab salt and pepper shakers that I snuck into the picture?


  
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CINDYHN 7/9/2011 1:36AM

    Love it!!! Great blog! Can't wait to hear about the Tri your going to do! emoticon

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BETHELGAL93 7/7/2011 10:36PM

    Those crab salt and pepper shakers are adorable!

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TREP13 7/7/2011 4:59PM

    It's fun to blame others when they help us out. How could they? I can't believe these total strangers care about me and help keep me motivated. It makes me sick.
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EMILY088 7/7/2011 4:29PM

    You're a hoot!! emoticon (nope, not a squawk but it's darn close)

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CALLMENAOMI 7/7/2011 10:23AM

    yums!

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ACACIA21 7/7/2011 10:05AM

    I noticed your canteloup had eyes :)
funny blog

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TEENIEME3 7/7/2011 7:45AM

    This was awesome!!
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WOLFKITTY 7/6/2011 11:39PM

    LOL.

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KITHKINCAID 7/6/2011 11:09PM

    HAHAHA! I JUST got around to finally reading this today. I fully accept your blame. And will spank your hiney if I get behind you on a run to make you go faster. Do It!

So flattering that you read my blog more than once. Thanks babe!

I blame YOU for a new blog idea I just got from reading your latest musings - the "I don't want to weigh this much next week" idea. Well said. I love it. It's going to be my new "put down that s'mores right now" mantra.

Muah!

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KLONG8 7/6/2011 4:29PM

    You know how to share the blame nicely, girl. Thanks!

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GODDESSELLIE07 7/6/2011 2:15PM

    LOL... didn't notice the crabs till you pointed them out. But I did notice your super cute towels on your stove!

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JOANIEBUG46 7/6/2011 2:04PM

    TERRIFIC!!! Thanks for the humor!

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GRRARRGH 7/6/2011 10:41AM

    I love reading your blog posts. You always seem to hit the nail right on the head. Good for you for getting out there!!!

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THELINABEE 7/6/2011 10:34AM

    Reading your blog makes me giggle my pants off! BEST blame game EVER!

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 7/6/2011 10:34AM

    So funny- I needed that today! Now out to the garden to weed the organic veggies! emoticon

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WHOWANTSOLLIE 7/6/2011 8:22AM

    Great reminder that we're not in this alone...

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DHALYIA 7/6/2011 4:58AM

    A force to be reckoned with. Never give up!

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ROCKSMAPSCRAFTS 7/6/2011 1:41AM

    Great blog, and a great reminder of all the people I should go sling some blame at. Thanks!

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CHASINADREAM 7/6/2011 1:18AM

    Love it....such a great blog!!!!Inspirational people ROCK!!!!!:)

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1DRWOMAN 7/5/2011 11:42PM

    Love it! Love you! Making me laugh and smirk! xo


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CTTAGENT 7/5/2011 11:35PM

    Wonderful blog. It is so true that each of us can have an effect on other people even though we may not realize it.

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RYDERB 7/5/2011 11:31PM

    Today I finally pushed through, and got it DONE, just so I could earn my Spark time, and read your blogs. Thank You! I blame you!
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 7/5/2011 10:30PM

    Um yeah, riiiight. "Lazy piece of crap."

Not.

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P.S. I thought those were red bell peppers. Until you made me look harder. I've never seen red bell peppers with eyeballs before, so I guess those must be the seasoning shakers you're talking about!

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MTPOETNH 7/5/2011 9:59PM

    Good for you for getting the bike dusted off and tuned up! Doing a tri is very ambitious and inspiring -good luck on your cross training. I really enjoy riding my bike and find I look forward to the challenge of the hills when I am on a ride now ,in the beginning I would often have to get off and walk up the hill !!. Also a 30 minute ride is just a "warm up " for me - I am always wanting more. I hope you find cycling as satisfying. emoticon
I really like your creative writing style- you nicely acknowledge the support you have gotten from so many of your spark friends. It is easy to see how supported you have felt on your journey to a healthier lifestyle using SP. Thanks for sharing your thoughts - Peggy emoticon

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FUNTIMES2 7/5/2011 8:00PM

    your blogs are always the BEST - thanks emoticon

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LESLEYMTN 7/5/2011 7:23PM

    I love it! Now I blame you for me searching out to find a new workout to start today to keep me motivated. I think your blog was great!

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CRISTEANE 7/5/2011 6:12PM

    Wow, what a great blog! Thanks!

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NAHIDA4 7/5/2011 5:46PM

    Thanks...this is inspirational and very witty. I blame you for making me read this and plan for betting back on track again. It was too good not to read! love it! emoticon

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THREADS3 7/5/2011 4:53PM

    Excellent.,..great going!

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CKC7670 7/5/2011 4:27PM

  I love the salt and pepper shakers! It sounds like a lot of blamethrowing is going on, but I wouldn't mind being on the other end of it. Do it, girl! You can!

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WALKSBEAUTYPATH 7/5/2011 4:04PM

  Jenn, YOU ROCK! I blame you for motivating me to get up off it today and at least go for a walk! I also blame you for making tears come to my eyes and laughing out loud within the span of one minute. Thank you! emoticon emoticon

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JENN03275 7/5/2011 3:52PM

    I always love reading your blogs!! You make me laugh, you always have pictures. You can do this!! I love the blame casserole! That is hillarious. I don't have anyone really that works with me so I am always happy to read blogs like yours!!

Thank you for the much needed smile I just got!!

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KAKAKALI4 7/5/2011 2:55PM

    Love it .. you have such a wonderful sense of humor! Get that bike picked up and enjoy a new and different workout .. Hopefully soon - I will be joining you! Keep up the great work!

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BALOOSMUM 7/5/2011 1:24PM

    I get to pick up my bike from the shop today too! I've missed it so.

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BORIQUANMAMI 7/5/2011 1:12PM

    What a emoticon post! Thanks so much I am more than willing to take on some of THAT particular blame and I blame YOU for making me smile and feel more motivated today!

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BLKBLTWMN 7/5/2011 12:32PM

    All I can say is I blame you for making me accountable as well. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us.

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RUNANDRUN 7/5/2011 12:26PM

  Silly crabs! Always love your blogs.

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MOTOGIRL2 7/5/2011 11:38AM

    This is so funny! I am picking my bike up today from getting services YAY! emoticon

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SARCASMNSKINNYS 7/5/2011 11:28AM

    This is hilarious!

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NOSUGARADDED87 7/5/2011 11:15AM

    This is wonderful!!! I wish I had people to blame exercise on :-P!

I'm glad you're doing so wonderfully and that you have such great support. Keep up the good work!

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BLACKJACK67 7/5/2011 10:44AM

    Once again...nice job. Way to make a negative very positive!

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SGHALT 7/5/2011 10:25AM

  Great blog! emoticon

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MOM2NATURE 7/5/2011 10:22AM

    LOVE the blog, the pictures (crabs too! YES, I noticed!), the info.(Please let me know how to tame the girls too...please!), the BLAME is very fun..I suspect the 'blamees' won't even be offended.
I just LOVE everything about this. Thanks for sharing!

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WYNSDAEOCTOBER 7/5/2011 9:47AM

    I'd like to know how the girls can be tamed too! Please share!

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STLSUE01 7/5/2011 9:31AM

  Wait!! What!!!??? The girls can be tamed???????? Somebody clue me in, PLEASE!!

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JULINC 7/5/2011 9:08AM

    Thanks for the smile! emoticon

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ATHENAFOREVER81 7/5/2011 8:23AM

    OMG! I LOVE THIS!

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Time For Some Serious Body Love!

Friday, July 01, 2011

So many times I look in the mirror and I'm critical. Well, that wasn't exactly honest. Almost every time I look in the mirror I am critical of my appearance. I can't remember the last time I looked and mentally said something nice to myself.

It's usually something along these lines: Oh, look at that giant pannus of horror flopping over! Look at how my boobs bump into my kneecaps when I walk! Look at that cellulite! Look at that fat! Look at those toenails in dire need of a painting!

It's (well past) time to show my body some mental love. No, not the dirty kind, some real love. Some thanks for being-better-to-me-than-I-deserve love. As one of you so eloquently said, I should take my body out to a white tablecloth dinner to apologize for what I've done to it.

Anyway, here's the mental love... some positive thoughts about my body, which has not let me down yet.

1) Thank you for being healthy. I wasn't always good to you, but you haven't succumbed to diabetes, hypertension or any of that fun stuff. I bet your high cholesterol has resolved completely! You took better care of me than I took of you, and while I don't deserve you, I'm totally thankful for you. If we keep this up, the outside might match the inside!

2) Skin, you are fantabulous! Amazing what a little oil after every shower can do along with a ton of water! Enjoy the sweat, fruit and veggies, I enjoy your new glow! The last time I had a facial the lady said, "do you drink a lot of water, your skin looks great!" and the manicure lady said, "do you drink a ton of water, your cuticles are fabulous!" which means, dear skin, you are beautiful!

3) Toes, thanks for loving this whole almost vegan thing. I didn't know that it would fix my toenails that are unholy fritos of ugly, even after prescription meds didn't, so once again body, you rock!

4) To my feet: I know I earned the heel spurs and the plantar fasciitis with the BMI of an elephant and the 12 hour shifts on my feet. I would just like to thank you for sticking with me and not hurting at all anymore, even though I'm now making you deal with the incredible impact of running and kickboxing. Feet, you are the bomb. You should be hurting and crying and the spurs should be so bad that I want to cut you off, but incredibly, you hurt less than you have in 5 years.

5) To my heart: You are a freaking machine! Three months ago doing 3.2 miles in an hour was a major victory. Now I am running, doing this C25K thing and I'm at the top of my heart rate range, but not over. You're a beast! You're the bomb! I can't believe how far you've come and how quickly you've bounced back in just a few short weeks!

6) Lungs: I can't apologize enough. I put you through 19 years of hell, you took it, you accepted it, and now you are taking to this swimming/running/yoga/kickboxing thing like you were born to it. You deserve better and I am going to continue to work hard until I am worthy of you.

7) Pancreas: You rock too! I was headed for DMII... I remember that fasting glucose of 148. I was killing you, but you've bounced back like a real trooper. I promise that the days of torturing you are over.

8) Hair: You've been with me through thick and thin and you've always been my one supermodel feature. Thanks for sticking with me through fat and fatter, always reminding me that inside I was still beautiful, even if you were the only external thing that was beautiful. I hope you like the new attention you have been receiving. You are damn hot with those ashy blonde locks in the front, just sayin'.

9) Nails: Who knew you would be long and all one length and fabulous if I fed you better? Hot diggity. You look so girly and sexyrific now, get down with your bad selves.

10) Giant belly: I know it isn't your fault that you are hugenormous, and I'm sorry. I'm also sorry that you may need surgery a few bazillion pounds from now, since I stretched your skin out. I'd like to thank you for putting up with the 2-3 times a week abs classes. I promise that things will get easier--planks will suck so much less one hundred pounds from now, I promise. I also want to thank you for giving me an innie, but I still hope that maybe one day we will get preggo and have an outie for a while.

11) Ovaries: I know, the meds sucked the big Anthony Weiner. I promise you that I will do everything in my power to lose enough weight that we don't need to take the drugs again. I can't promise anything. I remember that incident in Target where we almost passed out from the pain of multiple eggs popping out of you at once, and I agree, that was sucktastic. Let's avoid that, shall we?

12) Eyes: How are you enjoying the new glasses and contacts? Nice not to be a total nerdbag, isn't it? I know you are legally blind, but it is fully correctable, which means you are still fully awesome. Thanks for not getting all itchy and scratchy like you used to with contacts, you make it so much easier to be athletic when you let me take my glasses off.

13) Knees and Shoulders: Aside from the occasional grinding sound that is rather off-putting, you guys are doing great. Sorry about the extra 176 pounds, I'm working on it, promise.

14) Dear Innards, thanks for not punishing me for making the switch to all healthy stuff. I used to have horrid gas pain if I dared eat a fruit salad, but you have rolled with the punches, my squiggly and slimy friends. If I ever end up (god help us all) on Dr. Oz with playdough and they make me show the world how my poop is shaped, I can assure you that you will be world class and possibly internationally famous for your poop.

15) Legs: DUDES, I can't say enough about you. We are headed for your former high school greatness and don' t you freaking forget it. All those kicks, on land and in the pool, all that running and walking and yogaing and stretching... you're going to be so freaking hot that Justin Timberlake will write a follow up to SexyBack called SexyLegs and it will be all about you. You are fabulous. One day in the future, which may be after some sort of surgery to fix your skin (sorry), we will be putting the sexy back in sexybyotch.

16) Arms... oh you awesome sweet powerhouses! People are noticing your lack of flab and your dramatic increase in tone. Honest. Even me. People are commenting on your early admission into the gun show, and I couldn't be prouder. I can't wait to see what you look like 100 lbs from now!







  
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BAZOOKABOBCAT 7/7/2011 9:08AM

    This is exactly the type of post I needed this morning! What a great reminder to all of us to take stock of the positives! Thanks for that!

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CLOVER2 7/6/2011 10:07PM

    How many of us have stopped even looking into a mirror anymore?? You have reminded me of what can be again and to stop mourning what was. It only needs me to keep on keepin' on and that time will come again when I look into that mirror, pull my nightgown back against my body and say "Whoa lady, that looks incredible!" I've done it before, I can do it again!

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FOUNDER3 7/6/2011 6:44PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. I am having much trouble with managing my food at this time, but it is nice to look at my body, and try not to hate it, and be thankful for the good stuff.

Positive messages and love are always the best way to go.

I am going to take a look at the old bod in a bit different way now

Bonnie

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AMBER281 7/6/2011 3:32PM

    I love LOVED this post!!!
Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/6/2011 1:36PM

    Oh this is so sweet, a love poem to your body! Makes me cry!! *sniffle* Makes me want to do so much better than I have been.

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MEOVA1 7/6/2011 12:02PM

    Thank you for your posts, especially this one. I spend so much time critiquing my body, that I don't spend time being grateful for what it does for me. Thanks for being an inspiration.

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CHANGEOFHEART03 7/6/2011 11:38AM

  Loved it... it's amazing how our outlook changes when we realize that we're worth the investment of time and energy.

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FLPALM 7/6/2011 9:56AM

    Jenn, I've said it before and it bears repeating.....YOU'VE GOT IT GIRL! You state it in such a way, we UNDERSTAND! We can relate with ALL YOUR FEELINGS, and it helps us to deal with our own emotions and actions.


Thanks for sharing,
Your SPF,
Fran

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MARGARITTM 7/6/2011 8:18AM

    Once again thanks for the smile! Well written..... can't wait for the next blog!

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ANFORREST 7/6/2011 1:32AM

    Awesome!! If we all only took the time to be grateful for what we have and where we have come from rather than what we dislike and how far me must go!!

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GROOVYGRAN4 7/5/2011 10:29PM

    talk about looking at your precious body in a positive and different light! awsome! emoticon

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WALKSBEAUTYPATH 7/5/2011 7:14PM

  Seriously, you are beautiful. emoticon emoticon

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AIGALLO 7/5/2011 6:01PM

    Amazing blog, as always. I really loved it...keep up the hard work and the self love...you deserve it!!!

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KIMMYLOU2012 7/5/2011 5:41PM

    Great blog! I couldn't have said it better!! Our bodies are wonderful adaptable machines!!

isn't it great that we are now taking care of them the way we should have all these years!!

Congrats and keep up the great work!!!

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SBURROWS007 7/5/2011 4:49PM

    Hilarious. And so awesome. Made my day.

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LISAKWS 7/5/2011 2:33PM

    Thanks for putting some humour into my day!!! emoticon

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TURKEYCALLER 7/5/2011 1:39PM

    Cool!

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IHAIDEN 7/5/2011 1:03PM

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You forgot to love your mind for having such a great change in attitude!

And your funny bone... gotta love that funny bone that helps make the challenges of life seem less burdensome.

And your inner spirit for being an inspiration to others!.

Keep up the good work JENNSWIMS' body!

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BLKBLTWMN 7/5/2011 12:36PM

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WYNSDAEOCTOBER 7/5/2011 9:03AM

    emoticon Love this! You really got me thinking about the lack of body love I've been doing. Keep up the good work! emoticon



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WENDYSPARKS 7/5/2011 7:09AM

    Woo Hoo!! God Bless You!!!

Wendy :)

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JENNIFER_67 7/4/2011 8:50PM

    emoticon You are fantastic!!

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G1NNY7 7/4/2011 5:37PM

    yeah! emoticon

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HARVESTMOM 7/4/2011 11:52AM

    i love this post! you've inspired me to do the same!

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KNITTR1 7/4/2011 11:14AM

    Fabulous, as always. And spot on. Hmm.....maybe I owe MY body a talk!

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NEENSTER1 7/4/2011 10:50AM

    YES apology is good. emoticon

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YOMAMA128 7/4/2011 10:15AM

    Thanks for sharing the love!!

You're so right -- our bodies deserve our thanks, and all of your running/yoga/kickboxing and clean eating are the greatest thank you gift of all.

You've inspired me to write a thank you letter to my body, too!

Have an awesome day.

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BGEARY63 7/4/2011 8:10AM

    I love how you make me think of myself and how I view my body. I will look for positives instead of dreading a mirror. You are terrific!!

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GIVENTOFLY_ 7/4/2011 12:49AM

  Awesome - I especially appreciated liking toenails to fritos. I have one of those, and I've always called it my 'funky toe'!

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CATHEMARIE 7/3/2011 9:59PM

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REBEKAHJOHNSON 7/3/2011 9:40PM

    You're so cool. emoticon

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METOO03820 7/3/2011 8:44PM

    Love it!!

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ALEXANDERLISA 7/3/2011 6:51PM

    You rock! And how eloquent you are with words! Carry on with being fabulous!! emoticon

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PEACHPITZ 7/3/2011 5:21PM

  I loved this! Thank you. emoticon

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LORTHOM2001 7/3/2011 3:11PM

    cooooooooooooooool!

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SALTNPEPPERLADY 7/3/2011 2:06PM

  You are hilarious! I love your writing. Keep it up!

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JDELEON81 7/3/2011 1:58PM

    Another awesome blog . I love reading your blogs and just laughing. Thanks for sharing once again.. don't stop.. you make me think in a completely different way towards my body sometimes.

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ALICIAINBOSTON 7/3/2011 1:44PM

  I love this! Thank you for sharing. I think I'll subscribe to your blog since I hear that so many people love it in general.
Alicia

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ZENSTEPH 7/3/2011 1:32PM

    Fabulous blog! Thank you for this. I sooo needed it. My program fell apart in the last month and I'm getting started again. Thanks for reminding me why I do this and what I want.

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SWTHNY- 7/3/2011 12:24PM

    wonderful blog as always your very gifted and your humor is always a joy to read.
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LOSTMARBLE 7/3/2011 11:40AM

    Thanks for the reminder that we put our bodies through hell and they STILL love us!! Great post!

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TKESLER99 7/3/2011 10:45AM

    Wonderful post! emoticon emoticon

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NINNY165 7/3/2011 10:21AM

    emoticon for writing this 7 reminding me what a wonderful thing this body of mine is. It has endured a lot of torture by me...yet it is strong & healthy....Now it is time to move it to its greatness... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI cannot say that enough!!!

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SAILING2GOAL 7/3/2011 10:01AM

    What a wonderful blog! I love your candor and sense of humor! It made me really appreciate myself, too. I feel like I still have a chance because my body is still in fairly good shape in spite of the abuses it has suffered. Thank you for bringing that to light for me!!! emoticon

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KATHYPETERSON62 7/3/2011 9:48AM

    awesome blog and really makes me think I have a lot to be thankful for.....Thank you body!!

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