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Thursday, August 11, 2011

I have a big mouth, but, luckily, I can, on rare occasions, keep my mouth shut and just have an internal monologue that can only be heard by me. Cheffrey would probably say otherwise, but I really can stifle my urge to say things that should remain unspoken.

For example, when I see people slumped over the control panel of the stair-stepping hamster machine, clinging to it for dear life, I am capable of NOT walking over to them, telling them they are totally screwing it up. I just go about my merry gyming.

I also feel the need to NOT inform people when they are half-assing their workout. This is reason #452 why I am not a personal trainer. I couldn't possibly NOT tell people when they were working out in an assanine fashion. I also manage to keep my mouth shut when people lift weights too quickly or stretch in a position that could lead to a need for a total knee surgery when they are 55. Shocking, isn't it? Captain Lippypants keeps her trap shut on occasion.

Don't even get me started on how some people do sit ups and crunches. Seriously, if you are going to make the effort to come to the gym, get in your gym clothes, and work out (hello, 90% of the battle won at this point) why do they blow it doing it wrong?!?

It's a good thing that my desire to not be noticed at the gym is far greater than my overwhelming need to be right all the time and my driving desire to talk too much. I'd probably get death glares, middle fingers and nasty comments. It would go something like this:

Me: Seriously, let go of the death grip on that stepper. It didn't do anything to you. Stop strangling the defenseless machine. Slow down if you need to, stand up straight, your body will thank you. Your back surgeon will have to find another person to finance his kid's college fund.

Stepper Person: I don't see your fat ass sweating, who do you think you are?

Me: Well, I couldn't do the stepper without dying, but that doesn't mean I can't tell you aren't doing it incorrectly.

Stepper Person: I'm thinking of a specific finger that I would like to show you now.

I have lots of good advice percolating in my little brain, I just don't dish it out very often. I think the advice most people give stinks, and I don't want to be lumped in with that, even thought my advice would clearly be the most awesomest free advice EVER. I get better advice here than just about anywhere, just FYI.

For example, I have friends (I know, shocking, isn't it?) who have both had gastric bypasses. They have had pretty decent results overall, even including the additional surgeries they have needed since the original procedure. They have encouraged me to see a doc and see if I qualify, even though I say it isn't for me. I LITERALLY wrote a book about recovering from weight loss surgery, I will not be having it. Not for me. Yet this advice keeps coming. Enough already. Really.

Eat more chicken. Seriously? While I'm not a vegan, I do eat vegan about 20 out of 21 meals a week. 33-34 out of 35 if you count snacks.

Work out less. Really? I get the whole idea of a day of rest, and rest isn't my problem. I rest too much. Not working out enough is my problemo--not running ultramarathons on weekends, K?.

Eat more, starvation mode is trying to ruin your life! Erm, not so much. Studies have shown that even in full starvation mode, which is nearly impossible to obtain if you have your free will and do not have an eating disorder, your metabolism only slows 10%. Check out the medical literature. Besides, starvation mode, even if it exists, doesn't happen when you average about 1,400 calories a day. Really. Now, let's be clear about this, you eat too little for too long and you will go off the rails, snarf everything in sight and feast on food until you oink at the end of your sentences. Eating too little bad. Eating too little bad for many reasons, but starvation mode isn't one of them for me right now. K? Your mileage may vary.

Organic and natural foods are a waste of money. Some of them, maybe. There are companies who play fast and loose with labels and such, I will fully admit. However, I feel better when I stay away from processed foods, corn syrup and soda and stick with the more "clean" stuff. What harm can it possibly be to eat more organic stuff?

So, what's your best piece of Spark advice... or conversely, the worst advice you've been given while trying to drop some weight?

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LISANANTAIS1970 8/29/2011 10:38PM

    I think you should always speak your mind. This is a forum where people can choose to read or not and it's not fair to try to stifle someone because of your own insecurities. I like the honesty and "rawness" of your writing. I seriously think you have some real talent. I recall the topic of advice when I was can't begin to imagine..

Worst piece of dieting advice - just eat apples and raisin bran.

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CDGOLDILOCKS 8/24/2011 2:39PM

    I have to agree with ERLYWA here.

I am already so mean to myself as it is. I don't judge people who go to the gym. I am happy for them, whether they are hanging on for dear life or not. Whether they half arse it or are giving it their all. At least they are trying.

I support everyone as they make the changes to make themselves happier and healthier. Some of us "get it" quicker than others.

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BECKY3774 8/19/2011 10:17PM

    Way to go ERLYWA for standing up for us "FAT CHICKS" everywhere!! I don't go to a gym for the same reason. Jen, I just have to say, your blogs used to be so motivating, but lately, I'm feeling more criticism and judgement than anything. The title of your blog about the "Fat chick at the gym" to me, was very degrading. How do you know that she's not on spark? How do you know that she's not a friend of yours that you don't really socialize with? I'm sorry, I'm not trying to attack you either, but I guess, having popular blog posts everytime you post, I would hope that you would take the moral high ground...I expected more. You've got so many people listening to what you're saying. Try saying something that everyone will use to better the saying goes, Pay it forward!

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ERLYWA 8/19/2011 9:52AM

    Since you are always so refreshingly honest, I am going to be honest about my reaction to your blog here.

The kind of critiquing you seem to be doing of other people's workouts is precisely why I struggled for so long to get my butt to the gym. Knowing that I would not do everything perfectly and might (gasp) look stupid or do it "wrong," made me too afraid to go b/c people may critique me and judge me. THAT fear right there kept me out of the gym for years.

Instead, maybe we can all send positive vibes to anyone who is willing and courageous enough to get to the gyms and even TRY to improve their health/weight. Instead of judging how well or how poorly they are doing, perhaps we could just send positive vibes to them, congratulating them for getting off the couch and to the gym, even if they aren't doing everything perfectly.

Just my thoughts. I don't mean to sound like I am attacking you, b/c I am not, but this was a difficult blog for me b/c it touched all the tender spots in me about feeling inadequate at the gym, and those tender spots kept me overweight and inactive for a long, long time.


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JUMPING4JOY2 8/18/2011 1:23PM

    The worst advice I have been given was more of a comment that was stupid. I had been on my diet for about 6 months and was still over 200 and size 3X. I had a co-worker seriously tell me not to lose too much weight now. ??? I honestly think it was because she did not want to become the fat girl in the dept. (my role until now) and was doing some subtle sabotage. I used it as motivation to relinquish the role and never claim it again. People are funny to watch at the gym, and sometimes more entertaining the E TV. I have been lucky to have a gym that provides 2 free sessions with a trainer who then shows the best way to use the machines. Wonderful benefit. Thanks for the funny blog, I enjoyed it!

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ANNABANANNA3 8/18/2011 12:48PM

    I am that person at the gym holding on to the top with an incline all the way up at a very fast speed because I am afraid of the treadmill and of falling off... but at least Im moving.

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/17/2011 4:41PM

    LoL. Girl, you are too fabulous?! I agree though - I think some people just give awful advice and it is just not their gig.

Eh. It's a good thing that ignoring people that annoy me is mine.

Well done, rock star!


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HORTUSPAT1 8/16/2011 10:06PM

    LOL emoticon

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KIMMAS82 8/16/2011 1:39PM

    I can TOTALLY relate!! In fact, I'm actually had to stop myself once from walking over to a woman who had the treadmill on full incline while her butt was sticking out, she was leaning forward as far as she could and her arms up holding onto the top off machine. I figure she was doing the incline for the extra calorie burn, that's why I do it, but you burn less holding on than. . . and you hurt your back.

And yesterday, a guy was doing "curls" but he was obviously using way too heavy dumbbells because he kept thrusting his waist (not a sexy look btw) and his elbows kept popping out to his sides instead of staying nicely tucked in. Plus he was doing it way too fast and was using momentum instead of strength to do the curls. Waste of time buddy. Waste of time. Plus he bugs anyhow because he insists on dropping weights to the ground from his waist instead of just setting them down quietly so he's already on my s#!t list.

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PLDAGGE 8/16/2011 11:17AM

  I enjoyed your comments. It is not easy..but it is easier, when we have made the decision to loose the weight... emoticon

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JUSTME29 8/16/2011 10:07AM

    I always love when I stumble on your blog - I don't often but it's always worth a read.

I guess I'm in the minority, if you see me at the gym doing something wrong - please tell me. I probably don't know it's wrong and will continue until the ends of the earth or injury stops me. These people you talk about maybe don't know the correct stance either because they are new or because no-one has told them and not everyone can afford a personal trainer. I'm not saying you personally should be the one to tell everyone b/c that probably would lead to the conversation you imagine. Unless you're actually talking to me in which case you would be profusely thanked. I would think that gym employees should have some responsibility for correcting people, but I guess in large gyms that's not real possible either.

Advice - not so much. I have overheard some pretty asinine comments though. My favorite? "Plain tea counts as water".

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ANN520 8/16/2011 9:47AM

    I know there is a real need for the rah! rah!, Let's go team! type blogs that are very prevalent on Spark, but I so love your down-to-earth, honest REAL life blogs - thank you for writing, and GOOOO TEAM!!!

Comment edited on: 8/16/2011 9:48:14 AM

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JENN03275 8/16/2011 8:02AM

    I always love your blogs! They always make me laugh. People are always giving me advice about not working out and not watching what I eat because I am thin. Duh, how do you think I got here and stay here. It didn't come from fast food and couch potatoing!!

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JDUFORD 8/16/2011 12:49AM

    My husband has had the funniest comment, but I haven't really gotten any advice. We did a family 5K on Sunday and finished in 71 minutes. About 1/2 way through he told me that this health kick I'm on is going to kill him!!! emoticon

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CHLOEGRACE1 8/15/2011 9:29PM

    that would be me at the gym, clinging to the rails. but, let up on us a bit, some of us are new at it and out of shape and stamina. best practice: get a trainer at the gym - they can actually teach you form. but, alas, that said, what a good laugh! your blogs are always great! and love the background picture of the ocean as i am boiling in the desert sun.

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JULIA1154 8/15/2011 8:07PM

  I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one biting my tongue when I have to work out with others! As I think about it, that's one of the fringe benefits of working out at home - less temptation to tell others how to live their lives. :)

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MAVERICK59 8/15/2011 7:42PM

    Fun read. Thanks.

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SARAHWALNUT 8/15/2011 3:48PM

    Best advice: Don't punish yourself with your nutritional habit change. One piece of fun-size chocolate every so often is not going to kill you, at least not right away and if you put the rest of the package back in the pantry.

Worst advice: "Don't punish us just because you're trying to live healthier." (Sorry boys, but a healthy diet isn't punishment. It's a lifesaver!)

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    Thanks for the laughs!

Best advice -- "don't try to change everything at once. Just make changes over time to build new habits."

Worst advice -- "you're eating too much fat, too much protein, not enough carbs." (I have a metabolic disorder and do not do well on the fat/carb/protein balance that sp recommends.)

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/15/2011 1:58PM

    emoticon Great blog, loved the part about the slackers at the gym, have seen quite a few of those myself, and it always make me chuckle.

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    Totally laughing my rear end off! Thanks for the mid-day humor. As for best and worst advice, I think the best is to break exercise up into 10 minute chunks if that is all that you can do, and the worst would probably be to take at least 20 minutes to eat and no more than 30. At lunch, I am lucky most days to have 15 minutes. Maybe I am just making excuses for the other meals, but whatever!

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ELAINEROSE5 8/15/2011 1:45PM

    Best advice: Shop for your groceries along the outer edge of the grocery store... fresh fruit, veggies, produce, things that will go bad if not eaten soon.

Worst advice: You're too old to run! Stop running!

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BARBARASDIET 8/15/2011 1:35PM

    I think that you are wise not to offer too much advice to those at the gym. They have to learn for themselves...

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    Keep on going!! YOU are on the right track!! Great Blog!! Thank you for sharing!!!!

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JANI-LOU 8/15/2011 12:32PM

  Love your blog! Best advice I've ever gotten here -- never give up
Worst advice (not from here) -- "You shouldn't lose any more weight. You will get too thin." LOL That will be the day!

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TURKEYCALLER 8/15/2011 11:37AM

    Keep on keeping on....

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CHICAT63 8/15/2011 11:31AM

    Probably too late in replying but what the heck, love your blogs. Your internal dialogue is ME *lol*, by experience I have corrected people especially while weight training because you can get hurt ! Honestly, I have never gotten "WTF" stare and actual thank you. But you are so right, if you are not doing in the proper form why the effing are you doing it for. Just sayin'.

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NATTY0488 8/15/2011 11:27AM

    Best advice: Keep moving. Anything is better than nothing. So, even if your back problems keep you from totally kicking butt, you can still do something until it starts feeling better again.

Worst advice: You can skip your workout. Or, have a cheat day.

A)I have cheat days. I just choose to still not go ridiculously crazy with them.

B) I could skip my workout, but I like how I feel afterwards. So, I shall be doing tonight even though I'm dead tired and emotionally drained, because then tomorrow will be a better day.

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WONDERS06 8/15/2011 11:27AM

    Best: drink water

Worst: don't eat

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CINNAMONCAT9 8/15/2011 11:01AM

    Best advice: too much to note.

Worst advice I ever got: "You enjoy eating, and you have a good life. Stop worrying about your weight and just let it settle where it wants to..." (NOT a good idea for me, EVER in a million years).

I enjoyed your blog.

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    That was a great blog!

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THELINABEE 8/15/2011 10:47AM

After an excellent post like that you then ask for best advice :) I love it--your blogs CONSTANTLY make me smile and look at things in a new light. I ALSO am the kind of person that is at the gym and wants to walk up to the people who are doing it wrong and show them how to do it right--it drives me bonkers to be lifting next to speed-not-form lifter, and stepping next to I'm-going-fast-but-all-my-weight-is
-in-my-arms guy. Sometimes it makes me actually laugh out loud and then I am obligated to feel bad :-P

As for the advice people give me? They don't typically :) A lot of my friends know my life story and know that when it comes to nutrition and exercise, I have a lot more knowledge than them, so they just leave it alone and offer encouragement instead.

Happy monday :)

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YINETTV 8/15/2011 10:33AM

  Speak the truth sister

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 8/15/2011 9:22AM

    LOVE it! I have a hard time not dishing out advice, definitely. And I have an even WORSE time taking advice, especially when I know someone is unequivocally wrong!

Your blog always makes me smile. Thank you!

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CHANGEDIN09 8/15/2011 9:06AM

    Great blog. Best advice is that it really is as simple as eating healthy 99.9% of the time and exercising (sweating my ass off actually). Bad news....if I cheat at all the pounds come back on IMMEDIATELY. I believe it's BS when you read interviews with the stars and they say "oh I just eat whatever I want" Obviously they don't want pizza, chinese food, alcohol, nachos, and on and on and on.

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UNRGRAD 8/15/2011 9:00AM

    A good friend of mine recently told me that "exercise" is pointless. She explained that the only acceptable time to run is when something is chasing you, otherwise save your calories for something useful like building your house or growing your own food. I understand that these rules probably saved many lives during the last ice age but you don't see many cave drawings of hostess cupcakes.

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JLEMUS1 8/15/2011 7:42AM

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JAGRIF 8/15/2011 7:38AM

    Best advice: Track. Each meal/snack is a chance to make healthier choices.

Worst: Don't eat fruit--too much sugar. Not going to happen. I'm either going to eat a chocolate bar or grapes. Today I am eating grapes!

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FLAFLUTTERBY 8/15/2011 6:04AM

    Best advice (for me): Hire a trainer, but not just any trainer ... hire Sergio. He's the only one who can correct my form and give advice on what to eat and avoid and what to do at the gym. Not for everyone, but perfect for me!

Worst advice: Listen to your body -- but that was back when I wasn't doing anything but listening to it tell me to eat chocolate 24/7. Today listening to my body is altogether different.


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    Best advice: Listen to your body

Worst advice: Let your body run the show.

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GIRLFRIDAY7 8/14/2011 10:50PM

    Best spark advice: keep going.
Worst spark advice: buy the book "Skinny Bitch" - it's motivational. That book was terrible and demotivating and really, just a crappy book that basically makes weight loss impossible for the average moderate person. Such garbage.

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SWEETBEETL 8/14/2011 9:27PM

    Very funny. I struggled to keep my lip shut for many years, just now starting to overcome my impulse to gush.

My best advice --only give advice when asked for... I have been able to curb my mouth at home but on line still putting my 2 cents in more than I should.

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REOVERMAN 8/14/2011 8:45PM

    I enjoyed your blog, but that is precisely why I don't work out with other people...I don't want them pointing out, or thinking about all of the things I do wrong. I'm highly critical of myself as it is; the thought of other people criticizing me has kept me out of a gym for 8 years. Bless my husband for buying me a treadmill for my birthday this year!

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MIC_JACK 8/14/2011 8:37PM

  Thanks for the made me smile. emoticon

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EMPTRS 8/14/2011 6:48PM

    You are so right! Tracking is the best advice I can give!

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ZAZZABEN 8/14/2011 5:34PM

    Best Advice? Each day is a new start. Moderation is the key

Worst advice? I don't remember because I must have blocked it out. LOL

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MAMADWARF 8/14/2011 3:12PM

    lol love it.

My best advice is to track what you eat and the worst advice I have received is to try running cause, um, it aint gonna happen.

I like what I do and if that translates into slower weight loss, well, then so be it. It works for me and you will not hear me complain about how long it is taking. I have accepted the pace and I can live with it for life which is what I am looking to do.

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Working On It. Really.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

So my normal weight loss goes like this (TMI, Danger, TMI!) I gain a few pounds of water, have my period, torture my husband with my grumpy personality, lose a few pounds over and above the PMS water gain. Then I don't lose anything and get all wound up. Then I ovulate, torture my husband by being cranky, then I lose a few pounds, repeat. I lose weight twice a month for all intents and purposes. I figure this weight loss is timed to function as my reward for being female and having to deal with things like ovulation and PMS. End of TMI alert.

So what has changed over the last few months is that I no longer post a whiney blog about how my weight is not changing despite all I do, because it will right? (Although I will say that writing a whiney blog about not losing weight seems to be the best possible way to get the scale to move. I whine, then the next day, bam, a loss, and usually 2 pounds to make sure I really look dumb and impatient.) It's kind of like how taking a big bite of food is the absolute best way to get the server to come to the table and ask if you need something. I believe that the larger the bite, the higher the likelihood that: a) the server will come right away and b) you will need something that you cannot express with hand signals.

So, back to regularly scheduled programming, why isn't the freaking scale moving? Oh right, my fingers are like little sausages, my exercise has dropped off and I need to drink a ton of water, but I don't want to because I'd like to go to bed and not trip over a great dane or two, some decorative rubber duckies, a pillow, a shoe that I couldn't be bothered to pick up and kill my blind self on my sixth trip to the bathroom. I guess the Great Pee Fest 2011 will have to wait until tomorrow when I want to be wide awake for a few hours.

I'm working on it. Drinking water. More drinking of water to commence tomorrow.

Life has been getting in the way of exercise. By that I don't mean my "oh I don't feel like it" break day, I'm talking about a full on inability to get the exercise in that I would really enjoy doing. I miss my kickboxing classes when I don't do them. I miss yoga. I miss sweating. I miss that healthy exhausted euphoric feeling when I can't bust some booty on the human hamster wheel.

I'm working on getting that feeling back. Last seen Monday, hope to find it tomorrow. Sweat, my skin misses you.

Yesterday, I worked a 24 hour shift, errr, well, darn close. Went to work at 0715 and got home around 0630ish the next day (this morning) so I was awake like 26. That officially eliminated any possibility of working out. I'm serious about getting fit but I hate stairs with a passion and aside from walking stairs for five minutes to cram some activity in my day, I was hopelessly unable to exercise.

I'm working on it and sincerely hope life will quit getting in the way of forward progress.

I'm one measly stinking annoying pound away from having lost 25% of my goal weight and the scale isn't moving. On my list of 176 reasons to lose weight, this one pound would get a really important reason, like no longer worrying about peeing when I sneeze. I never actually did pee when I sneezed, but it seemed like something that was going to start happening when I was at my peak weight.

I'm happy to report that I sneezed yesterday for 16 freaking straight hours, despite taking every non-drowsy anti-sneeze medication available in the pharmacy at a major hospital, and did not piddle. Not even a wee little piddly drop. I sneezed so much that my skin around my nose is chapped, I look like Rudolph the Red Nosed Run/Walker and my nose hurts to touch, but I did not wee in my knickers.

So I am celebrating, but kind of ticked about the whole thing. It is one stinking pound. I should have gotten a freaking lose 43 and get 1 free coupon. It's like the clock stopped moving forward the night before a weekend getaway. Are we almost there yet? Are we almost there yet????

Even with the last pound to a major goal being incredibly stubborn and not magically melting away without benefit of exercise (I exercised Monday... 7 miles, so it isn't like I'm totally slacking) I'm jazzed.

I'm back to 2004/2005. I went on Atkins (first and last time) and got stinky breath and lost something like ten pounds then. That's what I weigh now. WOOT WOOT! It's kind of fun to relate weight loss to dates and the last time I weighed that much. I've now blown past "wedding", "engagement", "graduation" and "starting school as a grown up Take One".

I'm working on getting to 1997... Onederland!!

I think 13 pounds is the most I've ever lost before going off the rails. Weight Stalkers, Jenny Carton of Food, 10% fat diet, Cabbage Soup Fart Diet, etc etc and it never worked. This is working, so I think acknowledging my own victories occasionally is really something worth working on.

I need to buy new scrubs for work. You know you've made progress when you have to replace clothing that is shapeless and has a drawstring by design. I need to buy work clothes, too. I haven't even started working on that. I could write a novel on how much I loathe clothes shopping. I hope that changes as I shed the poundage.

Saying goodbye to the old 2006:

What are you working on?

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SABRINA1024 9/2/2011 8:28AM

    i don't even know how i missed this blog last month! i love blogs and new crack.
if you are having trouble with drinking enough water, the dollar tree has these 35.5 oz cups with straws (the kind ya wanna take and play the accordian on), fill it up 2xs and you got your 8 glasses for the day. it's not so dauntin knowing you only have to drink "2 cups" a day. anyway,thats my 2 cents. now i'm broke.
hope today is awesome for you!

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CANTWEIGHT2LOSE 8/27/2011 8:29AM

    I definitely giggled over the other diet attempts you listed

NOT because I'd done them, tho, but the memories they evoked
I'd watched my late mother suffer through them (xcept for the cabbage diet, which my siblings and I ALSO suffered through for 3 LONG months LOL)

Thanks to all her attempts I NEVER went the route of fad diets (xcept for one dangerous foray into dexatrim in its orig incarnation which gave me serious heart palpitations)

LOVE much of what youre saying so please keep it coming, 'kay?

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PUDLECRAZY 8/18/2011 7:33AM

    I can so relate! Work and life can (and do) get in the way of exercise. It IS frustrating. Stress that results from that adds to stubborn holding on to weight as well. Then there are the hormonal ups and downs. Solution? I wish I had really good answers for that. The monthly ups and downs tend to be water retention; they are expected (but no less annoying) and are not fat weight gain. Not really to be considered in terms of long term progress. The exercise, though, is a big key. I try to get it where I can when life gets that busy in the form of ten minutes here, ten minutes there, parking in heart-smart, taking the stairs, getting in a dog walk, etc. The very best thing is to simply make time to get to the gym, even if it feels impossible. I ALWAYS feel better after doing that, even if it means getting up at 4:30 am to be able to fit it in.


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    Congrats on your success thus far! But I SO feel your pain about being 1 freaking pound from a milestone. That was me last week. It finally went away the morning after I chose what reward I'd earn for hitting that milestone.

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LAKEGAL81 8/13/2011 11:19PM

    The gain, lose, gain pattern makes sense. The important thing is that you are working on it. And so am I. Living life is a work in progress

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ELUNAMAKATA 8/13/2011 2:11AM

    I do the same thing, gain twice a month and lose twice a month. And some of those really puffy preovulation gains make me want to go into fetal position and cry!

But then, I remember, oh hey, my ring is suddenly tight when it was literally falling off my finger last week. There's no way I could have gained it all back that quickly. Duh nearly ovulation time! Or duh I'm crabby AND i'm swelling, nearly TOM!

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WILDFLOWER79 8/11/2011 9:27PM

    You are too funny! I am working on getting below "that number" only 3 pounds to go! WooHoo

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ZAZZABEN 8/11/2011 7:44PM

    That explains my lose, lose-a-lot, gain, lose pattern. Thank you.

I am working on breaking 230. It's been my goal, but I am closer now than when I did WW (I do like your take on the name). I should give you a Bravo sticker.

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ELBALL 8/11/2011 6:33PM

    I'm working on drinking more water. Water, water everywhere, but not a drop I want to drink. :)

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HARLOW10 8/11/2011 4:40PM

    I am three pounds away from hitting onderland, and I will get there by September 1st. It's my next major "goal."

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MONETRUBY 8/11/2011 4:20PM

    I seriously almost laughed out loud at the cabbage soup fart diet part. Which is good, since I'm out in public and people would probably look at me like I'm crazy. Which I am, but I like to keep it under wraps.

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HEATHERSTEW 8/11/2011 3:10PM

    I promised myself I'd purchase a fancy Garmin running watch when I hit 75 pounds. That was like 3 months ago when I hit 65 pounds. Seriously, it's coming off soooo much more sloooooly now, but it is coming off. 3.5 more pounds and I get my watch! I keep trying to buy it on Amazon, then I don't. 3.5 more pounds. Seriously, 3.5.
Stalk to ya later!

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JITZUROE 8/11/2011 12:52PM

    YOU'RE ALMOST THERE! Wait, go donate blood again. Remember the 1 lb loss thing??? I'm kidding. You're so close and I am so happy for you.
As for your nose, chapstick it. I swear it helps me, and has a nice cherry scent compliments of the waxy tube...

And wee in the knickers is no good! And strangely makes me think of Austin Powers (fat bastard) : ))

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JACARD 8/11/2011 12:52PM

  I know what you mean about benchmarks. I have a terrible memory for relative weights, but a few moments stand out for me in terrible clarity. (Weighing in at 277 at my first WW meeting just after my high school graduation, for example.) Also, my weight has fluctuated so much over the years that I can't associate a specific number with a specific year because it recurred so often.

But every time I gained weight there were always a couple of pieces of clothing that I couldn't bear to part with from the lower sizes, so I've been measuring in terms of that. Today I put on a shirt from my senior high school for the first time in a very long while. I've worn in in between, but that's what it's associated with. Twenty pounds from now, I expect to be wearing a couple of lovely silk blouses that I bought for my first professional job, a few years past high school but a bunch lighter.

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/11/2011 12:50PM

    Ahhh, I know how that goes--seems like you almost get to a 'magic' number and the last pound or two stubbornly refuses to let go. It WILL happen,and most likely you'll breeze past it without stopping there. Go figure; our bodies are like that when it comes to weight loss. I promise, clothes shopping WILL get more fun, 'cuz I used to hate it, too, and have now become a clothes shopping addict.


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CYNDERROSE 8/11/2011 12:33PM

    I have the same weight loss pattern, will stay the same and then BAM!, lose 5 lbs around TOM.

What am I working on? Becoming more consistent with my fitness. That is the think I have been slacking on way more than I should

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ROBYNLN 8/11/2011 12:21PM

    I feel your pain. I've recently hit a 2 year low. For the past 2 years, I have been losing the same 20-25 lbs. over and over again. I officially broke that threshold earlier this week. WOOHOO! I guess my next threshold would be 2001. That's another 15-20 lbs.

Hang in there. You're on the right track. emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 8/11/2011 11:37AM

    Just so you don't feel alone - my body has EXACTLY the same weight loss schedule as you. I lose twice a month. And in the past few months, not as much as I have before, so that sucks, but it's still a loss. So I've learned to live with it. In fact, I've just learned how to live - and that's even better. No point in stressing over it. You're doing everything right. You WILL lose weight.

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GOLOPTIOUS 8/11/2011 11:00AM

    I'm working on sleep. Yoda says that if I don't do better then I'm gonna stop losing weight.

As for the Great Pee Fest of 2011, those are fun!! ;-) I mean, it's like a game. Will I make it or won't I? How long until I will be in the bathroom again? 20 minutes? Half an hour? 48 seconds? Will people notice that I've gone to the bathroom 16 times since I walked through the door?

I loathe clothes shopping too. In fact, I detest it. If shopping were a snake, it would never bite me because I'd never be around it.

I think that for every 10 pounds lost, we should get a bonus lost pound. It'd be great motivation. I shall talk to Yoda about this and make him figure out a way to make that work!

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    I haaaaate period time. I'm really good at staying on track and budgeting but I get really emotional and I get the worst back pain and can barely walk for about 2 days (I'm really fun at work those 2 days) so I get derailed. Rally call!

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SUNSHINE192DAY 8/11/2011 10:49AM

    First off, you're totally right about the Big Bite Theory 'cause that totally works! Plus the Great Pee Fest're freaking pure hilarity! I love ya and you, my dear, are awesome! You can do this, I know it! emoticon emoticon

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SBURROWS007 8/11/2011 10:14AM

    I'm working on becomming unstuck. I initially lost 12 pounds between last Thanksgiving and the end of last January, then another 2 somewhere between then and May, and now I'm super duper stuck. Started initially at 202, as of yesterday I'm at 187.6 - 0.4 down! Hoping to keep it that way and then some for next week. Time to get out of this rut once and for all.

Good luck to you!

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KAKAKALI4 8/11/2011 10:10AM

    Okay .. I am working on keeping up my cardio 4 x a week, and getting in all 3 strength training this week. So far .. 2 cardio, and 2 strength - but I do cardio tonight as well.

Jenn you are like the energizer bunny - that last lb will be gone before you know it! And I know what you mean about the sweat and your body missing it! You can do it! One lb to your first major goal - AMAZING!! emoticon

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KATBYRNE 8/11/2011 9:42AM

    "I should have gotten a freaking lose 43 and get 1 free coupon."

Bahahahahahaha ROFLPMP! Yes, I know the feeling. "Dang it! I've worked hard! Why isn't this going faster!"

You're doing so well! And BTW, you're never going to get that "one" pound. It's going to skip right over it and go down 2-3 pounds thereby depriving you of that one pound satisfaction. That darn fat is sneaky!

The great thing about the "pee-fest" is that it's like loosing a bunch of weight magically overnight. I get much the same thing, but only monthly.

Congratulations again on your progress!

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KKINNEA 8/11/2011 9:40AM

    Working on getting strength training into my routine - it seems like the toughest thing to do!

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BLUEROSE73 8/11/2011 9:38AM

    Okay. Today's a new day. So how much did that scale drop? If your body is holding true, the day after your blog about being not able to loose weight, the scale drops right?

Seriously though. You are doing great. And yes, when you have to work 24hour shifts, life can get in the way. Try to remember it's all about balance. Working pays the bills. Fitness pays your body. You need both. If working trumps fitness for a day or two, not biggie. You wont loose all your progress. Just keep in mind you need to focus harder on the fitness when you can.

BTW, I'm so jealous that you are in kickboxing. I would love to try that. I am actually thinking of getting myself a heavy bag and a video and learning....

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RYDERB 8/11/2011 9:34AM

    After reading your fabulous and funny blog, I hope you're not offended that what stuck in my mind was "tripping" over your Great Danes in the middle of night. Don't get me wrong, our dog is just one of the many things I've tripped over, but you're the first person I've ever "know" with a Dane that doesn't let it/them sleep in their bed. emoticon I've always been told that it's a breed thing. emoticon Good luck with that stubborn pound, believe me I feel your pain! emoticon emoticon

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CHANGINGSAM 8/11/2011 9:30AM

    I definitely understand the lose one pound here then don't lose any the next two weeks. It's super frustrating! Keep your chin up, and do the best you can! (Maybe hide that evil scale for a few weeks.)

Sorry to hear about your sneezing. I am sure that was no fun especially when you work 24 hours. Hope you feel better soon!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 8/11/2011 9:18AM

    You abs must be sore from the sneeze fest! I agree with you on the pounds! I seriously havent lost for months!!!!!!!!!!! Talk about going crazy!!!! But I do things like heaping spoonfuls of smuckers natural and raspberry jam!!! Oh I need to kick the habit! I did watch a doc last night called food inc. actually may add 50$ to my grocery bill now! AHHHHHHHH Keep rockin girl!!!

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CARILOUIE 8/11/2011 8:46AM

    I totally understand the bathroom thing! I drink water like a fiend during the day - if I stop around dinner time I'm usually ok for the night. AAAH what am I going to do when I go back to school?!?!?

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TRUKELEO 8/11/2011 8:22AM

    Well.....I have managed to make exercise a daily habit this summer. I say that because ALMOST every morning...I roll out of bed, take dog for one mile walk and come back home to do the walk it out game on my wii.

Yay!! I have also managed to go from a size 10 to a size 12 this summer and it is not from muscle.

I guess I am working on leaving the SUMMER OF THE BROWNIE in my rearview mirror and making healthier food choices. Does the black and white cookie I ate for breakfast have to go too? Seriously.... major sweets addiction here. Gotta get a handle on that before the weight will come off.

And, yeah...the whole water thing makes sense too.

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JENNIFER_67 8/11/2011 7:48AM

    I try to get the bulk of my water in before 6:00 p.m. to avoid the constant trips to the bathroom all night. That way I only have to go once or twice through the night. (Though the people at work must wonder what's wrong with me. Sometimes it feels like I'm going every half hour through the day.)

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EUPHRATES 8/11/2011 7:46AM

    Being stuck SUCKS! (As does TOM as a rule)

I'm currently working on figuring out if I'm going to attempt yoga for the first time at the gym today (which starts in 16 minutes), or hide in my house and do it via youtube or DVD (I'm pretty sure in the stack of dusty DVDs there's a yoga one in there somewhere), since I've NEVER done it before, and I'm intimidated (and stiff from my walk yesterday - so I obviously NEED to do it, it's just the when and where I'm pondering). :)

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FARAWAY01 8/11/2011 6:50AM

    I have the same bathroom problem (a clear path is a necessity - LOL!). I finally cut back water later in the day as sleep is more important (and there's a lot of water in fruits/veggies so that helps hydration according to experts).

That's got to be a bummer working 24 hrs straight. No wonder you didn't want to work out!

I'm working on the SP 5K Walk/Jog program (me running??? WTH am I thinking???) I did day 1 yesterday. Weeks 3-5 concern me but I'm giving it a shot. If I complete this I'll have to move on to the 5K jogging program, which I can't even imagine. I'm just trying not to pass out at this point!!

I'm sure the next pound will be gone before you know it!

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    WOW...that's a ton of work!! I hope you get to lose that 1 pound really soon :)

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SAILING2GOAL 8/11/2011 6:31AM

    I'm working on being as funny, uplifting, and inspiring as you! I probably won't make it, but reading your blog at 0600 is a great way to start my day! emoticon

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GIANTPANDA 8/11/2011 6:10AM

    Your blogging about six trips to the bathroom at night after drinking water definitely resonated with me. I realized that I cut back on water at times for that very reason and will up my water intake again. I actually fill up my liter water bottles and make sure I am downing those. When I run on the treadmill, I can empty two of those without a problem. I can empty at least one more when I do strength training. Here's to another pound down!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/11/2011 6:08AM

    I LOVE reading your blogs! sneezing for 16 hrs, I think, can be counted as crunches. It works the abs right? I hope you get back to where you want to be as far as eating and working out. This is tough to do, but when you're on a roll, and things start getting twisted, it gets even harder. You'll find a way! What do you do that you're working 24hr shifts?

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MSPEACHYJONES 8/11/2011 4:59AM

    I totally agree with Disack prolonged sneezing is definitely cardio! When the constant sneeze attack happened to me I got the gross chapped nose too and I used E45 cream, really soothed it, it also added shine to the rudolph nose which at that stage could only be taken as a bonus!

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907KNOTHEAD 8/11/2011 1:13AM

    Woot! You are almost there! You'll lose that lb before you know it.

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REDHEADMOM2U 8/11/2011 12:29AM

    176 reasons! You are amazingly awesome!

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CHAR1970 8/11/2011 12:22AM

    What the heck do you do that you have to work such long hours??

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RAFT4WAVES 8/11/2011 12:15AM

    That one pound will be gone soon and then you'll probably drop a whole bunch more ...

I'm working on running a 12K in October and getting to ONEderland. I'm about 14 lbs away ... but I'm focused on 5 lbs at a time!

Good luck.... emoticon

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MOMMYTO5CUTIES 8/11/2011 12:07AM

    Great blog :)

I bet you drop that one pound tomorrow :0

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DISACK 8/11/2011 12:00AM

    Did you log your sneezing as strength exercises? That little core contraction exercise over 16 hours ought to count for something.

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CANNIE50 8/10/2011 11:49PM

    Darn - I wish SP had a bedpan or Depends icon so I could send you one and then you could drink and wee wee wee to your heart's, or bladder's, content. One pound! I am excited for you, a quarter of the way is quite a milestone. I am wishing you a much sweatier week that involves lots of heavy breathing - do with this as you will.

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MAUITN 8/10/2011 11:40PM

    I love reading your blogs. So funny, so full of life. But back to the one pound. Yes, water, water, water. And, I sometimes find that if I eat a bit more, the scale drops. Go figure.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/10/2011 11:24PM

    Sounds like fun! I'm in menopause but remember the cranky business... although years ago I found out that vitamin e, calcium, magnesium, vitamin c, one of the B vitamins not sure which but even a good B vitamin multiple works, anyway there's this round of vitamins and minerals that are really good about targeting and working with the various aspects of PMS and I found they really did help for me. These days there are actually "PMS formulas" from various companies (and full disclosure, I'm also a Nature's Sunshine dealer or whatever, but that's only been fairly recently - I've been studying the other stuff for years.)...

The other thoughts I had on the great water pee debate thing... you know what works for me may not work for you, but I'll throw it out there and you can try it or not.. but... I have this really "tall iced tea glass" - it holds a full 24 ounces of liquid (got it as a freebie for ordering herbal teas from Gevalia as one of their gifts, but no matter, very tall plastic cups that hold 24 oz are available.)... and I distill & filter my water because otherwise it tastes so totally yuckky ... but anyway what I find works well is when I get up in the morning, I just slam one of those down - my belly will be full! That's basically 3 8-oz servings right there, right? 8+8=16+8 = umm 24, right, had to wiggle my fingers to count... and usually within a half hour, I need to go do #2 (yea I know, TMI, sorry). If I'm really backed up I'll have another glass...

But... I don't have to work outside the home so I your schedule might not work out that way. It's just that I've noticed that if I can put away 2 or 3 of the 8 oz servings down together like before a meal or before breakfast, it just makes the other business a lot easier...



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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/10/2011 11:18PM

    I think you definitely deserve a get 1 free coupon for losing 43... probably more than 1 of those coupons! I hope things go your way and you end up with a big loss tomorrow.
Thanks for the laughs! emoticon

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WALKIETALKIE 8/10/2011 11:09PM

    I am working on planning and organizing my workout gear and lunch each evening. I've found that if I organize the the night before, I do not have to use the jaws-of-life to get myself out the door in the morning and I can get a workout in before I get to the office. Most days it works for me, some days not so much.

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Saturday, August 06, 2011

Since I've pretty much given up caffeine in its entirety, I really know it when I've had some. I indulged today. Ice tea. Giant. With Lemon. I'm like a cracked out lemming when I indulge. Or whatever small rodenty-type creature is full of energy, bounces off the walls and is spazzy. I think that makes me a hedgehog, now that I think about it. My thoughts are spazzy, too. Oh look, shiny things!

I read something yesterday that said look at your skinny friends, they are probably fidgeters. I guess a really hard core fidgeter can burn upwards of 500 extra calories a day with their foot tapping, wigging, pen tapping etc. Of course, the people around you will want to stab you with your tapping pen, but my point is that being spazzy from caffeine makes me fidget and that may be a good thing. If I drop four pounds today, I will convert to the ways of fidgeting post haste.

Hosting a bridal shower where the food will be a dessert/candy/ice cream buffet for around 50 is in my plans for the month. Having enough candy in the house to make an entire herd of adults (aka my friends' friends) get all cracked out is seriously tempting and makes things challenging. So far jordan almonds, haribos, dots, lemonheads, licorice, peanut butter cups, candy bars and chocolates zero, Jenn one. I have not succumbed! I will not go quietly into that good night, nor into that room filled with candy.

I have an experimental table set up just to see if it will work, and to not-so-subtly torture myself for the weeks leading up the the bridal shower.

My physical fitness plans and the realities of my life don't always mesh. I am really working at having a life and being true to my goals. For example, when your workaholic hubby says, "hey, let's go for a bike ride tonight" it seems absurd to say no because riding the bike will burn less calories and my heart rate won't get as high. Why the heck would I get fit if it doesn't allow me to have a better quality of life and live longer? Doesn't riding a bike with Cheffrey instead of slogging along on a treadmill count as better quality of life? Leave the incredibly sore butt argument out of this debate, s'il vous plait.

C25K is going well. I am repeating week 4 like I repeated week 3, but I think that is to be expected when you weight nearly 270 pounds. The fact that I'm doing it at all feels like an amazing accomplishment, so what if it takes a few extra weeks.

I'm going to be doing the Rock n Roll Vegas Half. My request for time off from work was approved, so I will be doing a half marathon down the strip at night. The view alone makes it worthwhile. I am trying to talk people into going, we could have a Spark meetup! Maybe at a buffet, since it can easily be justified after a half hahahaha.

I tried a new restaurant today. It is a small chain, called The Loving Hut, and the food is 100% vegan. I'm a total foodie (I'm not a food snob though, as evidenced by my unholy love for all foods that begin with tater and end with tot, but I probably am a water snob) and I thought it was seriously tasty, even without the "it's good for being vegan" qualifier.

My fridge has lots of Evian in it. This makes me incredibly happy and makes me feel spoiled. The stuff is only slightly less expensive than drinking sips of fermented unicorn pee or Dom Perignon, but I can justify it because a) Cheffrey buys it for me and b) it is still cheaper than my cigarette habit. I took a picture of the Evian, because I'm slightly obsessed with making the fridge neat and the sheer joy of not having to drink our sulfury well water and, well, I'm just a dork like that. It isn't such a bad addiction trade, is it?

I realized I was wearing the same shirt as in one of my earliest photos the other day, so of course I had to take another pic.
Still over 300:

In the 260's:

I'm declaring SparkBankruptcy, it is like email bankrupcty, when you delete all of your email and start fresh because you have no hope of getting through it all, but different. I can't seem to get caught up on thanking people for goodies, thanking people for commenting on blogs, thanking people for their support and I feel like an ass. So I'm letting go of the guilt and starting fresh. While I feel bad that I'm a crap spark friend, I can't keep up and it is unlikely that it will change.

If I feel guilty about it, I will quit coming here because of it. I've already been writing less because of it, so I'm letting go of the guilt and simply going with "i will do what I can". If you asked me a question and I didn't answer it is because I'm a sucky SparkFriend. Same for goodies. Same for comments. This is part of my "taking care of me" philosophy that I'm slowly adopting. We shall see how it works. Feel free to email me, I'm really good about that.

In other news, I'm becoming one of those annoying people who can only talk about a very limited range of topics including, and mostly limited to: weight loss, Eat to Live, exercise, fitness, the standard American diet, and weight loss, being mostly vegan without being annoying and weight loss. I think I'm going to have to put a rubber band around my wrist and snap it whenever I mention weight loss without being asked about it.

Oddly enough, I'm 24.2% of the way to my goal and some people still can't tell. Oh well, another 50 pounds and if they can't tell, it will be because they aren't looking.

I am annoying. I hate it. The only thing worse than being annoying is knowing you are annoying. Ugh.

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CANTWEIGHT2LOSE 8/27/2011 8:42AM

    Im envious...thanks to less quality sleep (sleep apnea) I havent found an acceptable substitute for caffeine yet (although more restful sleep would be a boon)

and the limited range of topics, I can totally relate to
Ive recently been accused of being "unapproachable" because evidently I overtly exhibit my hearty disinterest in what OTHERS want to talk about (what can I say, THEY prefer gossip as conversation and I have a healthy disgust for gossip and the people addicted to it LOL)

Keep on blogging!

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VGSTEG 8/16/2011 10:51AM

    you are funny! i love reading your blogs!!!! usually i read it and go "hey! i did that." or " that is something i would do!" you are not annoying by the way. i can totally see that you have lost weight! GREAT JOB!! the evian pic is funny, because it reminds me of my fridge full of SmartWater bottles. hahaha..... Best of luck!!

p.s. its okay not to respond to all of your goodies, comments, like, etc. when you have lost of friends it can be overwhelming and could possibly eat into your workout time, sitting there responding to them all.

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FORCLARA 8/15/2011 8:07AM

    I read your blogs all the time, and you are such an inspiration. I've never posted before, but one thing about this blog in particular made me decide to emerge from lurking and say... that is one awesome light fixture above your table. Wine bottles?! emoticon I'm in love with it.

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JMARIES51 8/14/2011 1:51PM

    I love your blogs and honesty. Keep on writing, seriously you are talented.

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MYKIDSFAN 8/14/2011 11:04AM

    I just love your blogs... sincere and honest.. and funny!!!

Thank you for sharing -- this weight loss journey has gotten depressing for me, however, reading your blogs are definitely a highlight in the journey.

Thank you.

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GREASE31 8/13/2011 5:43AM


I've just found/read your blog, i liked it its so good, you can really tell that you've lost weight, giving up candy & cafeine is really hard to do, i know cos i'm going through the same thing, i have in my spare bedroom 2 boxes 1) filled with candy/chocolate, 2)filled with biscuits (chocolate/plain), i've lost count of how many times i want to open both boxes to get a treat, but i'm trying to resist the temptation, instead i either have sum glasses of suash/water or i have mugs of fruit tea apple, lemon, peach flavours, these jars of fruit teas last me a month, this shows how addicted to jarred fruit teas that i am, hope this helps you, keep on going with your weight loss you can do it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLOOMING52 8/12/2011 7:30PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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SATURNAL 8/12/2011 6:42PM

    Great post

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THERESAMARIEM 8/11/2011 12:26PM

    You look awesome!! I need to do that with my regular email!!!! I think I have almost 400 unread messages!!!

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GIRANIMAL 8/11/2011 11:54AM

    LOL -- I feel the same way far too often about being annoying and knowing it!

The only topics of conversation I seem capable of lately are similar: weight loss, food, refined sugar, food allergies, weight maintenance, food intolerances, cooking, standard American crap disguised as food, etc., ad nauseum.

I try to reign it in because I know it has to be dreadfully boring to most people. And then I have nothing to say!

Ah well, I talk too much anyway. emoticon

Evian is way better than smokes. And impressive work being around all that candy without inhaling it! Mmmmmm, jordan almonds...

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MARTY728 8/11/2011 10:18AM

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1LBDOWN 8/11/2011 10:08AM

  Hi there! I can tell a significant difference between your two photos. Great job!!!!

And I know what you mean about caffeine. I didn't make a concscious decision to give it up, but it just sort of happened. Maybe I am getting the right mix of nutrients and don't need it anymore? Anyway, I still make the coffee, I just don't drink it. I guess I drink a few sips and then it gets cold and I forget about it. Now, if I drink any at all, I'm a spastic weirdo!

You look great! Keep it up. (By the way, I can also see the difference in your hair. It looks really healthy. Keep up the good work!)

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GARNETTS 8/11/2011 9:04AM

  You have such a talent for words. I agree, keep up the blogging. And do we care if you talk about lifestyle and weight loss? Nooooo, that's why most of us are here! emoticon

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PICKLEDGINGER2 8/11/2011 1:08AM

  Love my latte in the morning!

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XOCHELSEA 8/10/2011 11:51PM

    Lemurs are super bouncy creatures! Hedgehogs are kind of boring - they sleep a lot and just twitch when you hold them (I got to hold one at a fair this summer).

I love your philosophy of taking care of yourself. That's what this site is all about, and if not responding to (metric tons of) comments, then so be it! We understand :)

Good luck with everything. You look great! emoticon

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WALKIETALKIE 8/10/2011 10:54PM

    Your blogs are hilarious. You are not annoying to us.

The black and white edges of living a healthy lifestyle do soften and your life will come together in a way that you can live a more healthy and sustainable existence. Trust yourself. You are just working on finding your balance and working out what it means to you to be healthy. emoticon

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NETGYRL 8/10/2011 9:55PM

    don't change. keep blogging. it's awesome. thanks for the laughs.

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NATASHA_D1 8/10/2011 9:48PM

    You are so funny, staying focussed is the best thing however take it a day at a time. I think you look fabulous now, and you will continue on your journey making your life better than ever. I am on the same journey just not as brave as you yet. Thank you for your blog.

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LOSINITBY30 8/10/2011 9:08PM

    focus and it will all be good

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CLOVER2 8/10/2011 8:27PM

    You are not annoying, I love you! Please keep showing up and making all of us laugh that good healthy belly laugh that I just live for! emoticon

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SBROSKY1 8/10/2011 8:21PM

    Oh that's so funny. I gave up my 4 Mt. Dew sodas a day for weight loss but I am still very much addicted to Caffy-drug so I have a 5hour energy drink with no cals. I drink lots of water thru the day and don't have any jitteryness from it.

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NEW_WINGS 8/10/2011 8:00PM

  "fermented unicorn pee" . . . Still rolling!!!!
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Your blogs are so funny! Thank you for the lift!

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FARAWAY01 8/10/2011 7:22PM

    Jenn - Where have you been? I miss your blogs :) (But I don't think you're a bad Sparker just because you're taking a break!)

Just wanted to drop by and tell you I joined/started the SP 5K Walk/Jog program. You inspired me with your talk of 5Ks/races and convinced me that I might be able to do it. Today was the first day and I didn't pass out so that's a plus - LOL! We'll see how it goes.

I hope you're well!

(notice I haven't friended you, my page is private and I didn't send you an email - that's how I control my SP in box - I am not allowing this to become 'work' - LOL; so I can't begrudge you for not posting, but really enjoy your humor/progress reports/sarcasm/etc as you're very inspirational; I might have to try that ETL thing, too)

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DLFIUMARA 8/10/2011 7:18PM

    My sister used to drink espresso, and when she was all jazzed up she'd tell me "I'm annoying myself!" Coffee just makes me jittery.

Good luck on your weight loss adventure!

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DAWNFIRE72 8/10/2011 5:31PM

    I don't think you suck as a Spark Friend, you have a life off the computer and if people on here don't understand that then they can always "unfriend" you.

I always enjoy reading your blogs and seeing someone else's point of view on topics.

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PHEFEY 8/10/2011 4:20PM

    I don't think you are annoying in the least! And I talk about weight-loss/eating well/working out all the time too, but I'm not going to stop. I consider it a good thing that it is foremost in my brain!

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WONDERS06 8/10/2011 3:24PM

    Great Blog, glad to have read it! :-D

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EUNIQ3 8/10/2011 2:33PM

    just try to stay focused on your goal. And I'm sure when the 50 lbs have gone, somebody will notice

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MDEVILE 8/10/2011 2:23PM

    *slow clap*

I routinely purge my emails because of the time and the guilt and the no more time to do the things and the OMG THERE'S TOO MANY THINGS so I do no things because I can't figure out where to start.

It's probably funny to watch these little meltdowns. Imagine a hummingbird in a jar. It can't see the walls, just keeps running into them and changing direction and running into them again. Then it's dizzy and sore and falls down, having travelled no significant distance. This is my brain on stress.

So, the Archive All button in my gmail account is sometimes my best friend.

There's still a bit of guilt, but for the most part I think people will either understand or they can go throw themselves off a cliff.

Why don't I have any friends, Jenn? XD

(Also, you look great :) I'm also repeating Week 4. Eventually. Ask me when the last time i ran was *headdesk*)

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YINETTV 8/10/2011 2:19PM

  Way to go

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DCHICKEN7 8/10/2011 12:43PM

    I love your light fixture over your table! Did you make it? Very creative! Also, your weight loss is very obvious in your before and after pictures. Don't know how some people can't see it! Congrats on that!

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CHANGINGSAM 8/10/2011 12:37PM

    You definitely aren't annoying! I'm slightly upset with you that you had to mention Lemonheads which are pretty much one of my FAVORITE candies.

Love the difference in the two pictures! Keep rocking it! :)

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BEACHGIRL76 8/10/2011 11:43AM

    You aren't annoying!! I love ya! lol You can't feel bad about responding to everyone. You have 1300 friends girl!! lol Just thank people in your blog the next time you write. That's what another friend of mine does. I think if an email/goodie/blog is personal than yeah respond back if you have time, if not just keep moving on. If you don't have time, you just can't do it. Put you first...that's the whole point of SP. If people get upset then too bad. Hopefully everyone is understanding:) Great job on the 24% gone!! I'm sure people notice, they may just not say anything. Plus it's hard to see on someone you see often. As long as YOU know you are losing that's all that matters! Keep it up!!

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MR54BLD54 8/10/2011 11:42AM

    Great blog, you have wrote the words that so many of us feel at one time or another. I love the idea of Spark bankruptcy; get rid of it all and start anew. But you know when we wake up the next day, the who we are will still be there. I am sure there are many like me that just enjoy your blog and look forward to more of it, responding is not necessary.
The picture of your frig with all of that water-----what a hoot your are. Keep taking care of yourself. You are the most important one to notice that next 50 pounds---BTW your shirt looks better on you now.
Keep on with the caffeine, it is sparking you onward.
Have a wonderful day.

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SHANDIEGO 8/10/2011 11:32AM

    Great blog! You look great & I love your positive attitude! Thank you for sharing with us

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GRRARRGH 8/10/2011 10:56AM

    Love your blog!

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MOSTMOM1 8/10/2011 10:36AM

    HA HA! We love you and don't expect you to reply to every single thing. You, my dear, are a SparkCeleb and we totally understand. Keep blogging and know that we're thinking of you while you're thinking of us. I do, however, wonder if Cheffrey's will is iron-clad enough to stay away from the part of your house that is now WonkaVille. You don't have to answer, I will just say, "Yes, yes it is."
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THELINABEE 8/10/2011 10:24AM

    HAHAHAH! You are cheerfully spazzy, and definitely not annoying. What a fun post to read--I am so glad you are liberating yourself from the guilt of what you view as not following through. You are a Spark Celebrity--we love to read what you say, and (speaking for myself) it is enough to just get to do that!

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SHERRYJVP 8/10/2011 10:19AM

    Just look out for yourself and help others when you can. I find that also helps me. You are doing great..and I agree...this site and weightloss efforts can become obsessive. I almost have to in order to commit. But I am going to get better and learn to balance.

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ESBINSB 8/10/2011 9:53AM

  Great blog, that's how I feel about stuff; I like the Spark bankruptcy...for all the eamils....eesh after working all day I don't want to read everthing..but your title got me.

I love your attitude too, I have about the same amount of weight to lose and I love your statements about being annoying; I am too BUT....I'm not giving up coffee..

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ROWINGFOOL 8/10/2011 9:35AM

    Chipmunk. I'm pretty sure you're chipmunking.

Funny blog, great attitude. You're doing wonderfully! I think your Evian "addiction" is more than worth the cost. You're taking care of yourself, and that's priceless.



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GOOSIEMOON 8/10/2011 9:22AM

    You are seriously funny and I love how your attitude comes through in your blog posts. Rock on!

Have a great day!

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    Very nice blog. You have a great attitude. Do what you can do when you can do it and don't overload yourself. Just relax, enjoy life and be happy. Take one day at a time and live each moment to its fullest. I love your background for your page and was wondering how you do that? Ive seen it on other blogs I've looked at but can't figure it out...hmm.

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    Loved this blog...and I agree: the weight loss is quite noticeable! Congrats!

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KPETSCHE 8/10/2011 4:01AM

    I just love reading what you have to say. You are so upbeat and funny. Keep up with the great work. emoticon

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CAROLINA_KOUKLA 8/10/2011 12:53AM

  Love this blog!! :o) Keep it up!

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DWILCZKO 8/10/2011 12:10AM

  great job!

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HUSKERSALAD 8/10/2011 12:03AM

    "The stuff is only slightly less expensive than drinking sips of fermented unicorn pee or Dom Perignon, but I can justify it"

This is the sort of stuff for which ROFLMAO was coined! Thanks for the laugh on an otherwise cranky day.

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WILDFLOWERMA 8/9/2011 9:59PM

    Great blog & it's funny that I almost did the same thing today. A dear friend asked me to walk with her to catch up. We haven't seen each other in months. In the back of my head, I was thinking "I won't burn many calories" & almost told her I was going to the gym. I'm so glad I went for the walk & talk instead! Congrats on your weight loss!

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In a Word, I Feel...

Saturday, July 30, 2011


I'm signing up for a quarter marathon on September 4th and I've been concerned that I won't be able to finish it in the allotted 2 hours. Today I did 5 miles in 78 minutes or 5.2 miles in 85 minutes if you count the cool down.

So I feel confident that I could do the quarter (6.55 miles) in 2 hours today if I needed to. i will only be quicker in a month.

I think this puts me on track for the half in December, too, if I keep at it.

I also feel confident (but somewhat less so) that I will lose more weight before my class reunion October 7th... 69 days or 9 weeks from now. I'm aiming for 20 pounds. Aim high, right?

What one word sums up how you are feeling today? Why?

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BLACKJACK67 8/15/2011 11:32AM

    Keep up the hard work. You can DO IT!!

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JENBEN2087 8/8/2011 7:55PM

    You can totally do it. When I started running my first mile took me 19 minutes. Today I did 4 miles at a pace of 10:50 per mile. Go to this site and check it out if you run to music. This and just doing it on a regular basis will get you there in no time.>

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THEIS58 8/8/2011 6:14AM

    Well rested is today's word!

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MERAPHIS 8/6/2011 1:57PM

    You can do it! (The quarter, the half, AND the pounds!) GRR! emoticon

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    That's awesome!!!!!!! You'll rock that quarter in its face!

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BARBIETEC 8/5/2011 5:18AM

    You can do it!

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WHIPPEACHZ 8/4/2011 10:07PM

    My word for the day is HOT! LOL... wishing you the best, you can do it!

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/4/2011 9:54PM

    Go rock star!!


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FUZZYMOTO 8/4/2011 9:13PM

    emoticon You have got this. You will complete these goals and be smiling up a storm at your reunion. I'm cheering for you all the way. emoticon

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GREENMOUSE 8/4/2011 12:28PM

    Great goals!
I am in awe of the many people here who are running and marathoning and half-marathoning! I just don't have it in me. Or my joints don't.
So I guess I'll stick to my bike and the treadmill :-)
Good luck on your weight-goal before the reunion. That will be a GREAT feeling for you! emoticon
I'm believing you can do it!

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Everything is an adventure for me!

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BEACHAPPEL 8/3/2011 10:57PM

    Adequate. Today was not terrible but it also was not great.
I hope yours was good.

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ISIS10884 8/3/2011 9:33AM

    You got this! No worries... You'll be on here after your marathon letting us know how you out ran some skinny chick with a huge smile on your face!!!


Word for the moment - INSPIRED! You and other Sparkers have helped to inspire me and keep me motivated.


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MOSTMOM1 8/2/2011 11:21PM

    You got it! You will nail the quarter, half, and any other fraction of a marathon you choose, because you are JENNSWIMS. 'Nuff said.

My word for the moment is "terrified," but that's only because I just finished my first nighttime driving session with my teenage son. Why isn't the parental brake an option? I ask you, why?

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IMIN2GENES 8/2/2011 6:47PM

    You can do it Jenn! Great goals!

As for me... my word... recovering! LOL! This cold kicked my butt.

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DDOORN 8/2/2011 1:22PM

    Kudos to such GREAT GOALS!

In a word...? Upward! Trending UPWARD...YES!


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ELIZABETH160 8/2/2011 10:33AM

    You have done so much already, I have complete confidence that you'll beat that 6.55 miles to the ground and then do a happy dance on it's grave. I'm terrified to take the first toddling steps toward an organized outdoor activity with lots of athletic people. But you inspire me. Which is why my word is...

VICTORIOUS! Because today was my first day of Pre-C25K. And I'll be following in your running-shoe imprinted footprints soon.


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JENNA54 8/2/2011 12:49AM

    You can do it Jenn - 20lbs easily. As for me I feel focussed. emoticon

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EVENDITTI 8/1/2011 8:15PM

    You got this, girl! That's complete doable!!!

My word? Ready. Ready to get back on track. Ready to kick butt and feel strong. Ready to fuel my body the right way. Ready to gain energy. Ready to feel GREAT!

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    Nine weeks for 2.22 pounds per week.

My bet is that you will exceed that and have closer to a 25 pound loss!

Oops! I forgot to answer the question.

With my hands. I know some feel with their feet - guess I'm just old fashioned.

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Got a lot to do, no time to do it in, and not a lotta interest in doing it. Gotta be cautious of the "Lazy Monster"... The "Cake Monster" already won today, so I can't let the lazy monster win too, that would be a double whammy!
Have a GREAT day!!!

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KKINNEA 8/1/2011 3:55PM

    Great job! My one word today is "decent". I had to walk in 4 of my 18 miles this morning, but that's not bad. I'm feeling a little sleepy and dehyrdated but I know how to fix that. Decent isn't all bad!

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    WOOO HOOOOO!!!!!

In a word, I feel exhausted. Freaking anemia. f8ck you, TOM!!! But otherwise, I feel ready for this week to end LOL.

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LADYJAY25 8/1/2011 1:04PM

    Rejuvinated! Back to the gym today after a lack luster weekend!

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    Hungry. That word usually describes me. Wish I was home, I'd have a radish or some cantaloupe. Something with very few calories. But at work, my only choice is higher caloried things. Ah well, lunch time soon!

Good luck on the quarter marathon--that's my anniversary (41st)--I'll be thinking about you. I hope it will be a little cooler by then.

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YINETTV 8/1/2011 11:44AM

  You'll surpass your goals!

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JANLEH 8/1/2011 11:37AM

    I love your "confident".

That is so wonderful. Congratulations!

I am "happy". Yup, that's what I am right now and it feels good.

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KJDOESLIFE 8/1/2011 9:50AM

    You'll do great!!

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SARAHMAC1978 8/1/2011 9:46AM

    I know you'll do great at the quarter marathon. Don't you worry about that!

I'm feeling somewhat trepidatious this morning. Hoping this uneasy feeling will pass.

Have a great week!

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DAHNDEE 8/1/2011 12:37AM

    Harassed... My hubs is out of town and my 4 yo daughter just doesn't have her ears on today, she is being clingy and breaking down in tears over everything. I know she misses her dad, I do to, but we all have to do what we have to do in this day in time. The weather in So. Cal is 87 and humid. We are not used to humidity, it could be 110, but it's not bad cause it's dry usually.

Aunt Flo should be here any day to add to the harassment.

To add another word - Guilty - I want to go for a run and break down this stress, but my daughter doesn't want to go for a stroller run and in the end this would only cause me more stress cause she wants to get out, she wants in, she wants me to peel her banana, change the song on her iPod, she dropped her stuffed animal.... etc. I'm trying to console her, but I am not doing a very good job of it.

I barely ate today. I had my cereal and a Lean Cusine dinner. Thats it. But I did get my 8 oz. of water in today. emoticon

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RYDERB 8/1/2011 12:08AM

    Sore! But it's the good kind. I've finally gotten out of vacation mode, and it feels great! Congratulations on all the progress you're making with your running! I'm just so impressed by you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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In a word, I feel loved today.

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AUNTC321 7/31/2011 10:02PM

    Sad. But I am busy shaking it off by spending time on Spark.

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BEACHAPPEL 7/31/2011 4:37PM

I have been having a pity party for myself with the lack of progress I have been making. My own fault. Reading your blog helps me get motivation. Thank you.

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SHEILAB64 7/31/2011 12:11PM

    Sick but successful - Woke with a sore throat and had the chills of a fever last night but the scale says I am still at my lowest after a weekend away and eating and drinking foods I don't normally eat and drink. I was about 200 calories over on Friday and 50 calories over yesterday but I did exercise all 3 days and I am way over my fitness minutes and calories for my week.

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REDHEADMOM2U 7/31/2011 11:30AM

    Confident as well! My short term goal is for octobercas well...we can do anything for nine weeks!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 7/31/2011 11:24AM

    Goof for you! I'm so impressed with your vivacity and your writing style and now this.....a quarter marathon! Brilliant!

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PANBOOKS 7/31/2011 10:29AM

    I like that word. Yesterday I felt frustrated. Today I feel determined.

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FLORIDAGIRL1997 7/31/2011 8:48AM

    You are and will continue to get better and aware, however, not to be unrealistic about your goals. Only you can be the judge of that. If you break those goals that you have into even smaller ones, you are sure to experience some "wins" even if you don't meet the final goal right away. The fact that you are concerned that you won't be able to finish in the allotted time tells me that your focus may be too broad. Those of us who suffer with obesity don't need any more failures in our focus on what you WILL be accomplishing, whether you finish in the allotted time or not. Of course, you should still train to do that, but be prepared with list of what you accomplished to get where you are, regardless of actually "finishing" in the allotted time. My guess is that would be quite a long list. You are doing an awesome job in improving your health-that, in itself-as well as never giving up, is something to celebrate!! Kudos to you! emoticon

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MRSSCHENCK 7/31/2011 8:29AM

    Today I feel...RE-ENERGIZED!

Why? I'm not sure. Probably because I know there is only one more month of summer left before these freaking kids go back to school. emoticon

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LADYGLAMOUR 7/31/2011 3:28AM

  Your comments about the upcoming quarter marathon have motivated me into applying for a womens 5k at Hyde Park, London in September with my 14 year old daughter. Have been reluctant to enter us - I only do 5 or 6k's at the moment and have to do a combination of jogging and walking. I still find it very tough. The elation I feel as I cross the finish line is like nothing else though so thanks to you I am MOTIVATED today! emoticon

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PUFFPASTRY 7/31/2011 2:33AM

    That's inspiring! I had set a little bitty weight loss goal to lose 5 pounds before the start of this enormous theatre festival I'm in that begins August 5th, and, sadly, so far those pounds are not gone...I still have 5 days. Yeah, right...

How I feel today? Terrified. I'm just desperately behind in putting this play together (it opens August 5th and I haven't finished WRITING it!, much less rehearsing it, creating the sound and light cues, memorizing, staging, etc etc), and I feel the anvil of doom swinging ominously over my head. This whole project has been enormously stressful and un-fun, and it's sapped all my life force out of me. emoticon

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MAMADWARF 7/31/2011 1:53AM

    You are awesome!!! Today I feel... RELIEVED.
I am spending the weekend at my in laws and they are notorious food junkies. Last night went to this killer pizza place and I had a big salad and a few slices but tracked it and stayed pretty close. Today, we went to a shooting range and I went walking for 30 minutes and dont tell anyone, but I actually JOGGED!(if you know me at all, you know I have no desire what so ever to run so that was a hoot!). And then I supplied lunch which was lean tri tip, pasta salad with fat free italian dressing and a huge fruit salad so I am aces!! Then we went to the movies and I didnt eat popcorn and nobody wanted dinner so I ate a Luna bar. Later they ate ice cream and I had half a hamburger bun with a slice of tri tip so oh yea, I am relieved that I didnt get caught in the trap and have stayed on track! (thanks for letting me write all of this on your blog!!) lol, Jan

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CANNIE50 7/31/2011 1:08AM

    healthy - I feel healthy, overall. I began the day with yoga (despite my sprained ankle - ouch), then did a float test so I can be cleared to do a rowing class on the lake across the street from my house, next month. After the float test, I took my emoticon springer Buster, and my wild 7 y.o. son and met my best friend and her dogs at a lake. My little boy, and my dog, and I all got exercise in today. The boy and the dog are currently snoring and I will be soon. I did not do as well with food today, as I could have, but I didn't go completely off the rails, either. More than enough about me. YOu will do GREAT at your 1/4 marathon. You won't have any problem beating the time cut-off. And, yes, you will be fitter, and healthier, and a smaller size, by the time your reunion comes around. And, don't forget, you will be wearing the best possible accessory - your fabulous personality.

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SROBERTS82 7/31/2011 12:23AM

    That's fantastic! Have fun!

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    You got this! Reach for the stars!

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Couch Potato Time or Just Time For Reflection?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

For the first time since joining Spark, I am not going to the gym because I don't feel like it. I would rather not, so I'm not. I got my gym clothes on, started to head to the gym, and just wasn't feeling it. So I went to the grocery store, got some dinner stuff, and drove back home. I could give you 50 reasons why I should have gone, and I could tell you 51 reasons why I didn't feel like it.

Yes, I'm the one who says treat exercise like it is your job. I also said the treadmill doesn't care if you want to be there or not. Your body doesn't give two rat's asses if your head is in a great place to exercise or if you are making yourself do it, the burn rate is the same either way. I believe all of those things. I'm still not going.

15 weeks and this is the first time I elected to flop out on the couch instead of treating exercise as though it is my job. 102 days. 42 pounds lost. 4,219 fitness minutes. 70.3 hours of exercise. I've slipped out of size 26 pants and into 20s. `

I have sweat like a pig. I have made an ass of myself in a room full of hardbodies. I have kept going when skinny chicks have bailed on a class. I have gone faster and harder when I wanted to go slower and easier. I have gone through at least 100 liters of Evian (a case of Evian a week is how Cheffrey shows his support, since I love the stuff and refuse to cough up the cash for it). I have worn out shoes with high impact exercise. I have had to buy smaller shorts and set other shorts aside. I've undergrown all of my running pants. I've gone through one Speedo and had to buy a smaller one. I've worn out my water mp3 player (see, yes there is such a thing) and I have bought pants, undergrown them and given them away and THEN gotten the credit card bill.

I've tried yoga, Zumba, water zumba, kickboxing, weight training and dance classes. I've gone from struggling to walk for an hour to week 4 of Couch to 5k and running for five minutes without stopping. I've done a 5k. I'm signing up for a quarter marathon in September and a half in December (Vegas baby, WOOT!) I'm doing a mud run in September, hopefully. I can swim for a mile and still be able to swim more when I'm done.

So while I feel a bit guilty about sitting on the couch and eating vegan tacos, I don't feel bad enough to rush off to the gym before it closes in an hour. I fully understand that I may lose less weight this week because I didn't go to the gym today. I fully accept the fact that I may carry some fat a few days longer because of my decision and I'm down with that.

Today I'm going to sit back, put my feet up, watch an episode of Eureka and take a look back at how far I've come in such a short time. Tomorrow is soon enough to resume beating my fat into submission and burning pounds for my October 7th 20 class year reunion. Tomorrow I will run, followed by a swim, and I will have that "my skin feels awesome because I just sweat out half a gallon of water" glow and a feeling of accomplishment.

Today, I'm sitting on the couch, but that doesn't mean that I'm not completely dedicated to the cause. I'm just having a lazy day and I may even sleep in tomorrow, because I can. Some day in the not so distant future people will really start to notice how much weight I've lost and that is enough motivation for me to get back at it.

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TERRYT55 8/4/2011 9:10PM

    Everyone needs a mental health day! I love reading your blogs because they are so entertaining but today's brought me badly needed information. WATER PROOF MP3 PLAYERS. I have a pool in my back yard that I never use because I'm bored silly swimming laps. Now I can listen to my books in the pool too!

You ROCK! Thank you so much!

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DHALYIA 8/4/2011 1:03AM

    I needed to see this...there is so much more out there that I can be doing. I gotta get going!!! Thanks!

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DOLLYHOLLY 8/3/2011 12:14PM

    Smile, I think one lazy day is okay. Just don't stretch it out like I did last week for seven days! emoticon

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EMILY088 8/2/2011 4:18PM

    Good for you! A person who finds success in changing their lifestyles does so because they are unafraid to take a day off and then get back on the wagon! Our bodies need rest. Our minds need rest. Our souls need rest. This is well-known to all of us. I hope that you enjoyed your lazy day and that the couch welcomed you! When you go back to the gym (or if you have already returned), the machines, the water, and the road will welcome you as well. I just returned from vacation and I can tell you that I took 'time off'. I did sweat an absolute ton (midwest heat spell) and I did put in plenty of cardio but I wasn't religous like normal and I ate stuff I shouldn't. I'm okay and my road welcomed me back this morning. It was a great reunion - life is good! Kudo's, hugs, and love! emoticon

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NTRLRED 8/2/2011 3:39PM

  How did you keep yourself motivated to go all of the other days? That's what I want to know. I went three times in a row and haven't been back in a month!

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THELINABEE 8/2/2011 3:04PM

    YES! I think you should be the poster child for what it means to be balanced--i think having lazy days or binge days is part of being balanced and healthy. That you acknowledge your choice and continue with the decision is awesome--that you give yourself the freedom to have a day off is even more Awesome.

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GODSBEST 8/2/2011 2:39PM

    I know that feeling well. I did a 5K last week and except for some walking, haven't gotten the will to do anything that will make me sweat. Today is the first day I've felt like getting back into the routine. On my days off though, I managed to start sewing a blouse, read a book, and watched lots of re-runs. Sometimes you just need to do nothing !

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APLUSGURL 8/2/2011 2:20PM

    Great blog and yay for taking a day of rest! We have to commit to what we can for ourselves and figure out what works for us!!! You have earned that day of rest! emoticon

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 8/2/2011 12:41PM

    Good for you! Sometimes you just need a break!

Great job on all of your succes so far!! You really have accomplished so much.

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GRRARRGH 8/2/2011 8:41AM

    Great post - we all need an occasional reminder that it is ok to take a day off and that there is no need to feel guilty about it.

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ZENSTEPH 8/2/2011 12:22AM

    Wish I could say something more orignal than "you are awesome", but you are undeniably irrepressibly amazingly ultra awesome! Enjoy! hugs, zensteph (stephanie)

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DWILCZKO 8/2/2011 12:14AM

  you've come so far!

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SHELLEYNALLS 8/1/2011 10:28PM

    I skipped the gym today too, which is weird for me because that is one of my happiest places. A place where I feel I fully belong, even though I am not skinny or part of the "no-neck" crowd. It is my version of Disney World. I chose to stay home today and actually spend some much needed time with my husband. We needed it and I do not regret for one second not being there!!! I do know that tomorrow will be a calorie-burning festival; swimming, strength training class, yogilates and bootcamp. I feel the burn already and am excited for the challenge and still glowing from the QT with my hubby!!! I hope you enjoyed your day just as much! emoticon

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MAC7755 8/1/2011 9:24PM

  You earned it! Enjoy your time off.

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BETTONIT 8/1/2011 8:48PM

  Hope you enjoyed your day off. I am not far enough along to take a day off yet, I fear...

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WILSLM70 8/1/2011 7:56PM

    You are Awesome... Enjoy your day off

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BEEMEE137 8/1/2011 7:36PM

    Thank you!!! Finally someone else has said what I've believed for so long. We cannot go 100% every single day. There has to be a point where we allow ourselves a day off, and that's not only okay, but GREAT!

You've done awesome, and if our reward is a day on the couch with some vegan tacos then by god you've earned it and then some.


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HDHAWK 8/1/2011 6:49PM

    Part of being healthy is taking a day off now and then. Your body needs it and you deserve it!

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BLONDWUNN 8/1/2011 5:40PM

    You got that right! By all means take the day off. Bet your body thanks you for it. Even though you're not burning calories, your body is restoring in way that don't show up on the scale.

Thanks for telling us how you really feel. emoticon

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TARA0106 8/1/2011 5:35PM

    WOW! you are an inspiration

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MIS2101 8/1/2011 5:28PM

    You deserve a day off! WTG!

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    Thanks for your reflections... WOW... you are a powerhouse! I hope your evening of reflection and rest was good for your body, mind and your soul!!!

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BRIGITTECF 8/1/2011 4:33PM

    awesome blog! You definitely deserved a day off! Hope you enjoyed it! Keep up the good work!

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OCCUBANITA 8/1/2011 4:09PM

    So true! Thanks for sharing :)

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BLACKJACK67 8/1/2011 3:15PM

    Hey - even God rested on the 7th day!


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EJMULLER 8/1/2011 2:33PM

    I'm cheering for you! Can you hear me all the way out here in NYC??

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BBONET 8/1/2011 2:00PM

    Everyone deserves an off day of doing nothing!! Tomorrow will be another day.

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SANDRA926 8/1/2011 1:24PM

    What an amazing story! It truly is a testament to the glass is half-full or half-empty attitude. So many of us (I am one, so I know), dwell on the negative: I didn't go to the gym, I blew the day, I might as well make it worth it! But, instead, you've chosen to accept that you need these days but that they don't mean you'll have a free-for-all. You have made amazing progress! I always think that I want to do this, but I self-sabotage... thinking maybe I am subconsciously afraid that I can't do it; that no matter how hard I work (and it will take A LOT of hard work, I know), that it won't be enough to be happy, to really change, to really do it. Because, let's face it, really doing it is terrifying when you're really aware that it's not the food addiction that's the problem: it's the symptom of a much bigger thing. And that much bigger thing is scary. So, thank you for your blog post. This was my day 1 (again) and I needed to read something like that. Thanks!

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SERENE_STAR 8/1/2011 12:57PM

    WOW!!! You have worked your buns off (quite literally) and you do deserve to take a day off when you feel like it. You have the right mindset and you'll reach your goals no matter what! Good luck!

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LADYJAY25 8/1/2011 12:41PM

    wahooo!!!!!! I think I had one those days this weekend too!! or maybe 2 days lol!! Back at the beating the fat today! Gym bag packed and ready!!

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ASPIRANTX2007 8/1/2011 11:47AM

    You go, girl! Take that break - you deserve it ... then get back to it tomorrow! emoticon

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YINETTV 8/1/2011 11:41AM

  You did the right thing. Once in a while it's good to step out and take a break even if it is from the gym.

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FLPALM 8/1/2011 11:31AM

    Jenn, Here I go again, being your "big Sister" or "Auntie" or "Mother," (God forbid) but I want you to know......EVERYONE NEEDS TO TAKE BREAKS! Yup, we are trying to make LIFESTYLE CHANGES WE CAN LIVE WITH, but guess what, we need to LIVE a SLOWER LIFE, even if it is a DAY OR TWO! Now saying that, remember the KEY IS A DAY OR TWO! If we get to "comfy" then each day becomes harder to continue all the LIFESTYLE CHANGES we thought we could manage. So REST UP, my dear SPF, enjoy your day, or two, but remember we are all waiting to hear YOUR WONDERFUL STORIES OF CHANGE, ACCOMPLISHMENTS, MARATHON RACES, YOUR WONDERFUL "NEW LIFE" ......we await you!!!

Your SPF,

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BEHAPPY0201 8/1/2011 10:29AM

    I found I needed a rest day yesterday when exercising just made my hurt even more...we all need it sometimes.

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REBELBLITZ 8/1/2011 10:21AM

    A day of rest is good for the soul. Good for you for taking care of you.


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CINNAMONCAT9 8/1/2011 10:10AM

    I read this a few days ago, after reflecting that I've been caring for two very ill parents for weeks. Just bought a lab puppy for my husband, so I'm dealing with a toddler, lol. I've been keeping up two houses, and 10 acres of grounds. Getting elderly dad packed and prepared for a 5th wheel trip that he shouldn't take, but must take, as this may be his last, and he desperately wants to. This entails all of the hard jobs such as getting propane tanks out of their tight nest, filled, and returned. Those things are so cumbersome...and I read this and realized that my mind, body, and soul were so weary. I said a hallelujah and for the first time in a long, long time, gave myself some time to just relax. It was blissful, and I needed it....and it sounds like you did too! I think that it's healthy to get some quiet time in. Sip some of that Evian, and just do some reflecting! Thanks for a great blog.

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CORINNAW71 8/1/2011 9:26AM

    I think it's healthy mentally and physically to take a day off from exersize every now and then. Listen to your body and soul! Great job! emoticon

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CAM2438 8/1/2011 7:32AM

    I think you did the right thing. We all need a day off.

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JBGOAL120 8/1/2011 6:07AM

    Keep going girl...nothing wrong with taking a day off. I like to call them "mental health" days :)

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BLUEYEDMOM34 8/1/2011 6:04AM

    Wow. Your awesome. You have done the work that I'm trying to get to. I'm so jealous!lol! I loved your blog...very inspiring!! So now, I'll get myself up from this computer and go to the gym, if not to do anything else than to start my habit of going to the gym. Loved your thoughts. You deserve to have your day of rest and relaxation! You have done a great job!!!!

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ANGEL0101 8/1/2011 5:29AM

    loved ur blog

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PLATSUZIE 8/1/2011 4:24AM

    Criticize me but...I enjoy tv as I do most other things in life...when achievement joins too. My achievement doesn't have to be rigorous just consistent. I like to do gentle stretching while watching. I enjoy practicing breathing with my stretches and seeing the progress in the distance my stretches will reach. We have a nightly ritual of viewing tv while doing gentle exercise/or therapy. (If I don't do that I am unhappy with my choice to watch...particularly if I view more than one show.)

Afterward, I fell happy I chose to watch tv and I feel better physically. If I'm not somewhat active I look back with regret for choosing to not use my body. Personally, if I don't use what I am able I know I will lose what I currently have. I am a sum of each of my choices.

More recently, I will hold a brief plank position while viewing. I am getting healthier and stronger. I keep stretching bands near the tv so I will be able to do what I desire with little effort.

If we see a show of interest we press record to view afterward. That way there is no down time as commercials are skipped over.

I enjoy yoga, meditation or reading for my downtime. I currently don't exercise or stretch while reading. I don't feel I can pay as close of attention to my work-out when I read. I also enjoy being more mentally aware while reading and or exercising. Thus I feel I am already doing two things at once when doing any of those.

Funny, strange...maybe, not for everyone.... but true for me. For you a day off may be what works best. Grr...when computing I don't feel rewarded like I do watching tv...I need to work on sitting up straighter or something more rewarding. No solution here yet.

Maybe cut computing! If this isn't something I "choose" why am I doing this and not something more rewarding like watching tv?

I am not hitting this new lifestyle as hard as you and I haven't made your progress. If I did I likely would have a different view. Congratulations on all you decisions and the healthier you. Hopefully happier that you don't have to lug around extra baggage everywhere you go. You rock!

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CTTAGENT 8/1/2011 12:45AM

    I fully understand feeling the need to have a day off. There is nothing wrong.

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    Hi Jenn!!!!
Had I been you I wouldnīt had felt bad at all after all you have done in order to accomplish so much. That was me 10 years ago before I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder -I'm sort of stable and under treatment-.
Among the qualities I lost and miss more is perseverance, commitment and permanent interest in something.
Eventhough I've lost 40 pounds in the last 4 months my exercise routine has varied like if I had been hired to try all the possibilities of working out.
Zumba, walking, gym, yoga, etc etc but I havenīt been able to stick to at least 2, not even 1!. I let weeks without doing anything and I know that itīs not the recommended thing to do. I just canīt be consistent. But believe it or not, Iīm the most demanding with myself but vue to anxiety episodes I get paralyzed and then I start feeling guilty.
My skin is so noble but Iīm not losing what I could if I exercised more. Exercise is essential for me not only for losing weight purposes but for improving or mantaining my sanity.
So you gave me 2 lessons today. You can give wourself a break but itīs got to be deserved.
Keep up the good work Jenn and hi to everyone!
Rosita from Mexico emoticon

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JENNYD97 7/31/2011 11:13PM

    even at work you get days off! think of it as a mental health day :)

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JCDUBEA63 7/31/2011 10:52PM

    U have to take a day off everyone in a while not to get burned out!! Don't feel guilty just enjoy it!!

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