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Take Your Motivation Where You Can Get It

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

This is my nephew, Eli.


He was born Monday. I refer to him as "The Cute Factory" for obvious reasons. 8 months ago his mother was afraid to give me her good news, fearing that it would hurt my feelings, since I have been a miserable failure at acquiring a fetus and all.

I had been crying happy tears, but when my own sister was afraid to tell me she was pregnant with her first child, I cried a different kind of tears. Big, fat, sad tears--snotty tears.

Today my motivation to keep doing all of the things I've been told to do in order to get pregnant before I am so old that my ovaries shrivel up and ask to be placed in oatmeal cookies is Eli.

I want to take advantage of the genetic code that results in children of cliffs of insanity levels of cuteness. Smart ones that read a lot, that are usually tall, and lippy, and sarcastic and fun to be around. Little cute kids that reset your alarm clock to 0500 when you aren't looking (ok, that may have been me) and kids that pick up naughty words and repeat them in church (this hasn't happened, but it is the kind of thing that I believe would happen to me).

In my effort to have a child of my own, I have:

Quit placing cancer sticks in my mouth, inhaling, exhaling and repeating--Check. One year October first-ish.

Exercise--Check. Yoga yesterday, walking today.

Lose weight--Check... 47 down, 129 or so to go.

Today, because I've found motivation in some chubby cherub cheeks, I ordered this for lunch and didn't even think the chips covered with alfredo and blue cheese until I sat down to blog:


I'm really, really REALLY hoping that losing weight means no more fertility drugs. They make me so miserable. Severe neck pain to the point of not being able to turn my head, weight gain, night sweats, an insatiable craving for chinese soup (mostly wonton) that led to 94 days in a row of eating chinese soup, and worst of all, OCD.

When I stopped the meds the pain and evil Jenn went away, but the OCD stayed. It's ok, you can laugh, everyone else does when they see this:

Our friends think the "little soldiers in descending rows" in the fridge is hysterical. Only my husband realizes how much I hate having my emotions permanently altered by a drug, even if it results in a really clean fridge. He's lucky I haven't started ironing his underwear, with him in it.

Honestly though, I will happily put up with having the nose of a bloodhound, major OCD/nesting issues, a hateful demeanor, struggling to find wonton soup at 1 am and the rest of it for one of these:



So thank you, Elias. In your three days of life you have motivated me to:

*Start a spark team that is going to be heaps of fun and positivity
*Go to yoga when I wanted to flop out on the couch
*Give an ounce of my beloved avocado to Remy (the furchild) to keep from going over my calories
*Walk for an hour when I wanted to be reading the last 5 pages of the Hunger Games
*Finding my inner spark to lose more weight, which can only boost my fertility
*Find a really healthy meal when I went to lunch with coworkers
*Set a new goal that has me on track for losing 100 pounds by my sparkiversary, and down 87 pounds by my 39th birthday

I'm back on track, and even though I haven't lose weight for the last month, I did lose an inch around my waist, so I'm calling August a victory and getting my tushy in gear.

Where are you finding your motivation today?

  
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HOLLYHYPOCRISY 9/25/2011 3:05AM

  Totally motivational for me. =] I'm only 21, but its a possibility I may have difficulty getting preggers once I start trying and that absolutely kills me inside. I have to get my life on track soon, and start being healthier to make it as easy as possible for myself to have my own bundle of joy. I've been so jealous of people I know who are having babies, but I know I have things to accomplish before I can try. [One of them is finding a guy to spend my life with... That may take the longest ahaha.] So keep going, girl! I have faith that we can both accomplish what we need to and have adorable children one day. =D Also, I love the name Elias. =] I've had the name Evan Elias picked out for a while now.

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BETHJRN 9/24/2011 2:00PM

    Hoping and praying, but full of confidence: There is some cute, geeky, wise-mouthed, incredibly smart kid out there in the not too distant future who is going to be SOOOOOO LUCKY to have you as a mom!

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VEGGIEGIRLCOURT 9/24/2011 8:25AM

    Amazing motivation. emoticon

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_JODI404 9/21/2011 9:42PM

    Thank you for sharing an inspiring message!

Sounds like you are sparked and back on track!

Best wishes for receiving what you so desire!! emoticon

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~Jodi

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FUNNYGURRL22 9/21/2011 2:04PM

    You're doing awesome! My weight prevented me from getting pregnant also, only I didn't exactly realize that. I lost 70 pounds and then got pregnant without even trying! (A whooole other story) I gained it all back while I was pregnant, but my little boy was worth all of it. Keep that spirit and motivation high! A baby is the best goal in all the world to work towards if you ask me. emoticon

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GIJADE 9/21/2011 10:17AM

    A great post, as always.
Congrats on the new nephew :)

Babies make you realize that we all start small and take small steps to get where we are and want to be.

You're doing great so far and have been a huge motivation for me and a lot of other people on SP (and probably in real life too!).

thanks for sharing your personal stories, too. good luck!

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MUSICALLYMINDED 9/20/2011 9:30PM

    Now I know what lights the fire under your butt! You're unstoppable. Great picture :)

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 9/20/2011 8:48PM

    That is wonderful motivation--little Eli. I feel your pregnancy pain, it must be so frustrating for you. My daughter-in-law went through it too, but was unwilling to lose any weight. So even though I was miserable for her, I thought if a baby is the one thing she wants most in the world, why isn't she willing to give up food and really try? Now she's 40 and has pretty much given up all hope I think. I had no problem getting pregnant at any weight, so I shouldn't judge others. Who knows what I would have been willing to do if I had needed to? I couldn't or wouldn't lose my excess weight for 30 years, even though it was compromising my health, giving me high blood pressure, shortening the years I had to spend on earth. So what do I know about anything? I admire your perseverence and dedication, and that little boy is so adorable. Until you have your own, just lavish all your love, attention and adoration on that little guy--you can't go wrong!

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FITNESSMONSTER8 9/20/2011 3:36PM

    He is sooo adorable!!! I have also been trying to get pregnant for the past 5 years and use my niece and nephew who are 4 and 3 as motivation. good luck on reaching all of your goals. emoticon

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RYARIOT 9/20/2011 2:28PM

    OH MY.. Eli is totally the cute factor! A thousand congrats on becoming an Aunt! My son's name is Elias, and about to turn two.... I wish you the same blessings, joy and late nights (hahah) that he's shared with us. emoticon

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BLUEDROSE 9/20/2011 2:02PM

    I wish you all the best. Look at how many things you have accomplished... it's amazing. (1 year stick free.. YES!!!!) This post reminded me of all the reasons I began working out in the first place. I'm pulling for you, girl. Keep going!

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HEYPINK 9/20/2011 10:37AM

    "even the smallest person can change the course of the future" - Looks like little Eli has done just that for you! :-)

I also suffer from OCD, so I get your suffering there. The key is to laugh at yourself too. It sucks, but injecting some humor into it makes it suck a little less :-/ - it's liveable, especially if in the end, you get to have a little one of those in your arms and he/she is all yours. I am praying for your continued success in your weightloss journey and in your journey to get pregnant.

Warrior On!
Sarah

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LORIENABANANA 9/19/2011 10:13PM

    Great motivation!! Thank you for posting!

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SWEETSUGAR7 9/19/2011 7:43PM

    That is very cool sounds like you be doing great..

Stay strong and focused.. Remember to treat yourself when you can. Even if it is something simple.

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TERRYT55 9/19/2011 6:48PM

    What an absolutely beautiful baby! Thanks for sharing him with us!

If it makes you feel any better my daughter's refrigerator looks a lot like yours. Her closet is organized by type of clothing and then color!

Great job on your new lifestyle.........I love life without cigarettes and most of my additional pounds.

I am keeping all of my fingers and toes crossed......sending a prayer up too that motherhood is just around the corner for you.

Did you finish the Hunger Games? I loved that trilogy! Thanks for always making me smile......

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KLONG8 9/19/2011 5:28PM

    I am so ROOTING for you. Thanks for giving me the boost and I'm sending my power back to you!

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SHEILAM45 9/19/2011 5:23PM

  What a cute person, babies and kids can motivate . Keep it up

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GRYPHON55 9/19/2011 4:32PM

    Ah, Eli is adorable! My friend has a new baby too, and I am so in love with him already. It makes my day to hold him and, if I'm lucky, get him to fall asleep.

Eli is awesome motivation, so keep going with your marathon of fitness, Jenn!

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IAMNOT61 9/19/2011 3:19PM

    Congratulations on becoming an aunt to an adorable baby boy. You are on the right track to a more healthy you and one day your beautiful child will thank you for it.

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IGSBETH 9/19/2011 1:33PM

    Way to go! He is so cute!

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PRIZE4SIZE 9/19/2011 12:31PM

    Congratulation on being a auntie!!.. Keep the motivation going. emoticon

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RILDASJOI 9/19/2011 11:38AM

    Eli is juicy cute! Happy auntie day! emoticonI'm praying for you to be able to conceive...blessings, hugs and smooches to you!

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ANEWME42012 9/18/2011 11:48PM

    I feel for you Jenn. I took 3 years to conceive my first. It wasn't until I owned up to my problem with food and lack of exercise and took steps to change those things that it happened for me. Keep up the good work.
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GOLFGMA 9/18/2011 10:53PM

    This is the cutest blog and Eli is adorable. Please keep this up and motivate us all. emoticon

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DOLPHINDREAM 9/18/2011 9:58PM

    I am finding my motivation in you. I love your humor and have missed your pages. Even when things are tough you have a way of making me smile. Thanks Jenn for being you.

Congrats on the August Victory.

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AUNTC321 9/18/2011 9:24PM

    I am finding my motivation from Spark Friends wonderful stories.

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RIVER331 9/18/2011 7:13PM

    Beautiful Elias, & beautiful Jenn! Great blog, and congratulations on your 1" waist loss!!! You ARE doing it emoticon

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MOINSDEMOI 9/18/2011 6:16PM

    I find my motivation from YOU and your wonderful outlook on life. What a joy you will be to your cute nephew. I know you will be his favorite aunt.

Oh, please if you have another OCD moment (or several), come to my house and OCD it to death. It is in such need of your touch.

Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 9/18/2011 5:42PM

    Oh he is such a cutie, and I understand your sisters hesitation. My son and his wife have a baby that will be 2 in Jan and are having a sister for him Halloweeen, while my daugther has been married a year and no baby yet. Not long but is when you are trying.
HUGS and you are doing what needs to be done. My daughter isn't so she needs to learn.
Hugs again

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SEATOWN_GAL 9/18/2011 2:40PM

    I am actually finding it in my new team - or should I say yours! I needed something new and fun! And Congrats to being an auntie of such a cutie!

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JBGOAL120 9/18/2011 12:38PM

    What a cute motivator!!! You know you can do it...just stick to it.

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REDROSEMARIE 9/18/2011 11:11AM

    What an adorable baby and definitely and strong inspiration for you. I am an older person wanting to become healthy to watch my grandchildren grow up.

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THEDEBSTER3 9/18/2011 7:54AM

    I understand completely, even though I am long past this stage, your positive attitude and organized attack on your weight loss has given me a BIG boost!
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SAMMYSWEETPEA 9/18/2011 12:49AM

    What a cutie patootie! 3 days old & already a good influence. That's fantastic!

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NEVER2LATE2SOAR 9/18/2011 12:03AM

  He is so perfect and beautiful.He is very lucky to have an aunt with such a great sense of humor and caring.Hope that everything will work out for you, too, in terms of adding to your family.

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LAMARY9 9/17/2011 10:58PM

    AWWW! He is a little cutie. I laughed too when I saw your refrigerator. Will you do mine? And the cupboards? emoticon

Before long you will have one of these little bundles too. You are positive and motivating. I love your blogs. Keep working on your goal. Thank you for sharing.

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BSEANACAIN 9/17/2011 10:20PM

    good luck. laughed out loud when I saw the fridge

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NANCYLRAGS 9/17/2011 7:48PM

    He is a doll! I am so glad you see him the way you do...he will help you get through this. You have a very positive attitude. Good luck with everything. emoticon

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DAWNFIRE72 9/17/2011 5:44PM

    Bless his adorable little heart. I'm glad that you found another source of motivation and could you come to my house and organize my fridge?..LOL emoticon

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GOLDENRULE2 9/17/2011 3:27PM

  Congratulations on the new arrival and best of all for knowing what you want and how to get it. Keep going Jen I know you can do it.

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DWILCZKO 9/17/2011 1:03PM

  ur nephew is adorable!

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GOING-STRONG 9/17/2011 11:59AM

    Yah for you! Spark on!

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XXEDRA 9/17/2011 11:29AM

    Awwww what a cutie!

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LEAFY_LETTUCE 9/17/2011 10:02AM

    Go Jenn!! You can do this!! Your motivation comes from a powerful place and I wish you the best in keeping on track.

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CYBERFEY 9/17/2011 10:00AM

    Yay for babies! One day you'll have a sweet bundle of your own. :)

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MCJULIEO 9/17/2011 6:53AM

    Awwwwwwwwwwww!

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K1TT3N 9/17/2011 12:13AM

    beautiful baby ,.... and good luck

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MISSLISA1973 9/16/2011 11:48PM

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LISAFRAME2 9/16/2011 11:34PM

  Cute baby

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 9/16/2011 11:28PM

    What a precious baby!! And what a wonderful impact he's already made in your life.

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I've Lost My Mind and You're Invited... It's Pfun!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I created a spark team today and I'm totally jazzed about it. Giddy and recharged and feeling full of weight loss energy. Seriously, I am. I'm so stoked that I'm not even mad at myself for only having 450 calories left for the day at 2:30 in the afternoon.

What is it?

A 20 week challenge to lose weight (if you need to), be kind to yourself, get pfitter and have fun.

Why have you lost your mind?

Starting a team when I'm in grad school, have two jobs and I'm trying to lose weight? While that sounds like a good candidate, that's not it! There is another reason that I may seem a bit crazy today!

Back to the challenge...
Twenty weeks, starting now and ending on February 2nd. That's enough time to start and complete Couch to 5k! Enough time to get into a slinky dress by Valentine's Day! Enough time to put a stop to that negative voice in your head and start thinking nice thoughts about you!

Sounds good, right? It is!

20 weeks to help you get through the holidays without gaining an extra butt! 20 weeks to learn a new skill or try a new exercise! Yoga? Zumba? Spinning? Walking? Chair Exercise? Swimming? Water Aerobics? Kickball? Kickboxing? Strength Training?

All good things, right? So what is the losing my mind part?

Well, leave it to me to start a challenge team based on a talking groundhog that predicts the weather and likes to hang out with Willard Scott once a year.

Yes, I did it. I finally went 'round the bend. I may have named the team the Punxsutawney Phil Pforty. Getting Pfabulous with Phil seemed like overkill.

So, if you have a great sense of humor, think advice from a groundhog is a good thing, if you think the groundhog is the best part of Caddyshack (start the Kenny Loggins music!) or if you just want to know what could have possibly motivated me to base a team on Punxsutawney Phil, here is the link:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=53159


Join Phil (and me, his lowly translator) for Pfun and Pfrolicing!

  
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KIMPOSSIBLE82 9/29/2011 11:30AM

    Groundhog Day is a HUGE deal in my family (my husband is obsessed with it). I stumbled on the team and am in love. Phil, you're re-energized me!

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RETURNOFSARAH 9/22/2011 3:16PM

    I just joined your Spark Team and have posted on a lost of the messageboards. It sounds good! xx

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 9/22/2011 11:40AM

    Sounds like fun!!

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MOMASAURUS 9/22/2011 10:20AM

    GAH!!!! (I love Bill Murray!!) I'm there!

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GOIN4GR8 9/21/2011 11:05PM

    You're awesome!! I'm off to join now


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TIGGERJEAN 9/20/2011 10:28AM

    Cool! I've joined up - My husband and I have a tendency to celebrate ground hog day with something sausage-based (Ground hog...get it?) and watching the Bill Murray movie.
20 weeks is challenging, but it's definitely a good length of time to get through the holiday season!

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MOINSDEMOI 9/18/2011 6:27PM

    Pfitter and Pfunner pfor twenty weeks ... I joined!

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JULIA1154 9/18/2011 2:21PM

  We all need some sheer silliness in our lives. If it helps us get "pfitter" and lose "pfat" so much the better. I'm in.

Good luck with grad school, Jen. You've taken on a lot - don't kill yourself being a perfectionist.

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JITZUROE 9/15/2011 4:30PM

    I'm in! And I had to chuckle when you mentioned chair exercises - were you making fun of all the time in my black boot until recently? And why not pole dancing?! Bwahahah!!
I hope you can handle my sillines....
It's "ON and POPPIN'" as the Mafia Wives say!
Bren

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ELIZABETH160 9/15/2011 10:52AM

    I'm ridiculously excited about this challenge. My pfirst challenge, woohoo!

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RYDERB 9/14/2011 10:19PM

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Thanks for starting your new team. It's going to be fun!
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ANDRINE48 9/14/2011 5:14PM

    I'm in! I luv your blogs too. emoticon I've been eating too much corn on the cob -no need to fatten up for winter. So I think this is a good time to start in a new group. Thanks!

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LSPIZZA 9/14/2011 2:28PM

    Go Jenn! I joined! Thanks for being you!

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BUTRFLY_FREEDOM 9/14/2011 11:36AM

    Headed to check it out now!

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1DORENDA 9/14/2011 11:02AM

    you are too funny - keep up all the good work

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CHANGINGSAM 9/14/2011 9:52AM

    I joined!

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OWENSAUNT1 9/14/2011 9:35AM

    You know, they always say that you never know what one thing will be the spark that starts you on a new journey to a goal or dream. So, who am I to judge? Maybe a groundhog is exactly the thing I've been waiting for? Only time will tell - 20 weeks? That's a good time to start a streak and do the same things (the right things?) over and over and over again (like the Groundhog Day movie!)

Thanks for the open invite. I'm in.

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MIDGIEDAWN2 9/14/2011 7:15AM

    Jenn,

In case your haven't noticed yet. YOU inspire lots of people as the new team is rapidly growning.

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KATHIERAE 9/14/2011 2:25AM

    I turn "Pforty" in May, so I joined!! emoticon

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KARINSKY1 9/14/2011 12:11AM

    I'm there!

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FITCOUGARMOM 9/13/2011 11:47PM

    Im not a SparkTeam kinda person but I love ur blogs and ur so funny and motivated so I think Im joining this one!!!
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EUPHRATES 9/13/2011 11:27PM

    You DO know the reason I used to call my former supervisor "The Prince of Insufficient Light" was 'cause his name was Phil, right? It's a Dilbert reference. Off to join - 'cause I wanna rawk like you.
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KARMA70 9/13/2011 9:40PM

    Sign me up! How could I not join a group that has such an awesome name and leader! emoticon

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CRYMENIA 9/13/2011 9:28PM

    Your an amazing person to be able to manage your full plate; YOU GO GIRL! Good luck with school, I'm also a student and it sucks to try to lose weight while tempted by free pizza every time a new event comes around, add this to stress from classes and weight is almost guaranteed. Keep up with the Awesomeness! emoticon

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SUNSHINE192DAY 9/13/2011 9:17PM

    I'm so in! Just joined! Thanks!

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SHELT28 9/13/2011 9:05PM

    I joined!

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PRINCESSNURSE 9/13/2011 8:37PM

    sounds like pfun--I need some serious motivation!

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KATBYRNE 9/13/2011 8:22PM

    Count me in! I'm the one that went looking online for 20 minutes to see if your Punxsutawney challenge was 'official' or just you and your SO. I am TOTALLY into a Groundhog Day challenge! I only insist that "Anything different is good!" and that NOBODY plays "I've got you, babe."

I celebrate Groundhog day every year because it is the end of winter for me personally. (I have SAD so winter SUCKS!) I'm setting goals now to beat the groundhog!

Just remember all, "Don't drive angry."

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MUSICALLYMINDED 9/13/2011 8:13PM

    Whatever gets me through the holidays! I'm in!

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MRS_BRENDA_P 9/13/2011 7:32PM

    Love the new team!! Challenges keep me motivated and determined to reach my goals. Thanks :-)

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MIQUEY73 9/13/2011 7:06PM

    OMG! I think this is what I needed. First of all, your humor is always so fun so I know this will be a good thing. AND you got my attention when you said 20 weeks by Feb 2. That's my 39th (ack!) birthday! What better motivation than that to get my arse in shape!

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CHARMINGLUCKY 9/13/2011 7:06PM

  Jenn, I joined! Starting my own 122 reasons list. Hope to meet alot of those by your birthday! emoticon

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JANESIDEAL 9/13/2011 6:41PM

    Your posts always make me smile-this made me laugh out loud. I love your positive energy!!

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JAHCANNON 9/13/2011 6:27PM

    Love it. And I like that it's something that I feel like I can participate in and not fail at. Joined! :)

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MELLYBEANS0919 9/13/2011 6:26PM

    Awesome idea!

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MENNOLY 9/13/2011 6:22PM

    I am on the fence. Yes I want to lose weight but I had planned to go into maintenance on Dec 1 through January 17. I have 15 pounds to lose by Dec 1 to meet another challenge. Your group does sound like a lot of fun and if you do another one later I am in. emoticon

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CANNIE50 9/13/2011 6:14PM

    Actually, you've never been more IN your mind (credit "King of Queens" for that line). Oh, and on your list of insanely busy-babe, you forgot to state "celebrity blogger". So, I'm in, I'm all joined up, and I guess I need to start referring to you as Captain, correct? emoticon Guess this doesn't look like you since you are insanely well-groomed these days.

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HEATHERSTEW 9/13/2011 6:02PM

    Well, Stalk at that! I'm in. All the better to stalk you. It makes it easier when we're on the same team. If it makes you feel better. I'm
1. Working full time
2. Getting my Bachelor's Degree
3. Sitting on the Executive Board of a Non Profit
4. Training for a Half Marathon
5. Participating in a Biggest Loser Challenge
6. Looking for love in all the wrong places
7. Stalking you

I'm a busy frakin' lady.

BWAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAA (that's my evil, I just lost a little bit more of my own mind laugh)

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MONETRUBY 9/13/2011 5:54PM

    Pfun! I might just have to join.

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MOSTMOM1 9/13/2011 5:51PM

    Go groundhogs!! Pfear da hog!
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CYNDERROSE 9/13/2011 5:41PM

    You are pfracking awesome, and I think I'm going to have to join the pfun group

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GOOFIERNU 9/13/2011 5:27PM

    Sure, why not? Tired of the non-chatter on the other teams. emoticon


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SEATOWN_GAL 9/13/2011 5:26PM

    emoticon - already joined!

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EVWINGS 9/13/2011 5:25PM

    I plan to join as soon as I can. Great idea!! emoticon

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BBORDEN86 9/13/2011 5:23PM

    I don't think you have lost your mind. This is awesome! I'm going to join, even though I'm already part of another challenge. This will motivate me even more!!!

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KIMMYLOU4 9/13/2011 5:18PM

    Joined. Should be pfantastic pfun!

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MDEVILE 9/13/2011 5:15PM

    PRAWR.





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FRANKIEBLAIR 9/13/2011 5:07PM

    JOINING this looks likes an amazingly pfun pfabulous group emoticon

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FITTINGIN130 9/13/2011 5:04PM

    You ARE pfricking crazy. And I pfricking love it. Joiningggg.

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Dear Macy's

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Dear Macy's,

I'd like to personally thank you for having a "women's department." Please note that I'm using this term very loosely. You see, your "women's department" is depressing and makes me feel like the old fat Jenn I used to be. In fact, I think I felt better about myself when I weighed 311 pounds than how I felt in your store today.

Your "women's department" makes me feel that the world believes that I'm too disgusting to deserve attractive clothing. I know, I know, no one can make you feel bad about yourself without your consent and all that happy horsesh!t, but you guys sure know how to stoke that fire. I would rather go to a consignment shop and buy pre-worn underwear than shop in your "women's department" and just to be clear, I have a fear of public restrooms, so let that be your guide on how revolting I find that concept.

Let's talk about your store, and the embarrassing department you've tucked away on the second floor, away from where it could offend skinny people you really want as customers.

The elevator Musak reject music playing adds to the "corporate made us have a fat department, so we threw some stuff in a corner of the store" atmosphere. The large and in charge section is always understaffed, poorly maintained with things falling off hangers and thrown into a heap on displays looking like castoffs from a Goodwill bin.

In addition to the general neglected feel, your buyers seem to have selected the clothing by throwing darts at the "worst of 2011" catalog. What? That cute cardigan is available in black, red, silver and puke? Well, we better buy 2 of every size in the shade of puke to make sure all of our customers can get one.

The selection is abysmal. You might not realize this, but my grandmother is a size 6. I am 38 and am happy to say I now wear a size 20. Please note, I am not in my 70s, that is my grandmother. Again, I am 38. In addition, I don't wear elastic. Nor do I wear polyester. I like simple, classy, comfortable. I can define those words for your buyers, if they ever decide they might want to put some of those things in the plus size part of the store.

Macy's, I managed to find two things that fit that criteria, despite your best efforts to strip mine all style from the department. I found an awesome shirt, which I bought. I also saw a great Ralph Lauren sweater, which was $195 dollars. I did not buy it, but I admired it for more than is really appropriate for a married woman to admire anything that isn't her husband.

The women's selection is really quite poor, Macy's. You might not realize this, but fat chicks like many of the same styles as thin women, just in larger sizes. We do not lose our fashion gene when our adipose becomes a certain thickness. A love for Doritos does not mean that I can't spot a knock off Coach purse at 50 paces, or that I don't have a girly love for silk and cashmere and style.

I paid for my purchase, feeling really sad and rather close to tears, but I mentally dusted myself off and decided that I needed to look to my future... my thin future. I went downstairs, curious about how much more weight I need to lose until I can shop in the OTHER department.

That, Macy's, is when I realized how much you really don't like me and my kind. When I realized that I'm a second class citizen to you and your employees. See, when I can fit into a 16, or an 18 in some brands, I get to listen to Gwen Stefani while I shop. I get accessories. I get style, and color choices and I get the same F-ing Ralph Lauren sweater, but $100 less and in better colors.

Seriously? The thin women get belts? I would love a belt. Black. Brown. Purple with puce polka dots. Stop acting like I'm so large that a belt defies the laws of physics and cannot possibly exist in nature without disrupting the quantum mechanics of the universe.

If you hate selling plus size clothing, do fat women of the world a big freaking favor, and just stop. Quit pretending to have a "women's department" and doing a catastrophically poor job of it. I'll still shop in your store, I'll just be going to a location that sells Lush bath products instead of god-awful crap my grandmother would wear for Halloween when she wants to dress up like an old lady.

Sincerely,

JennSwims


  
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TINASDUNWELL 12/2/2011 2:22PM

  Amen, sistah

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ELBALL 10/4/2011 1:16PM

    I agree with the others who have said to send your post to Macy's. They are awful. The worst Womens Department I have been in was in the basement floor of a Macy's. Yes, the basement floor -- it included the Womens Department and Luggage. As if, they couldn't find any room for Womens clothing in the Misses Department. It's one thing to put the Womens Department away from the rest of the female clothing, and then it's another sort of insult to put it on a floor where there are no other departments nor customers! Grrr!

Then again, maybe the large and in charge men have it worse. Do most department stores even have a Large and In Charge Mens section?

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SIMPLY827 9/27/2011 3:59PM

    That was awesome. I'm sorry Macy's made you feel awful. Maybe you should actually send this to them to incite a change. You have a real knack for writing.

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MSAMAMMELA 9/27/2011 10:25AM

  Not only do they have abysmal departments in most places, but I was visiting family in Los Angeles one time when the weather dipped and became unseasonably cold. I went to the local mall in Santa Monica where not one store, Macy's or otherwise, had any plus size department at all. I was just looking for a cardigan. My mother, who fits the misses clothing quite well, was able to buy whatever she wanted. I was forced to cry and rely upon my body fat to keep me warm.

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CYPRIANARTEMIS 9/25/2011 9:54PM

    Oh wow I laughed until I cried a little bit...

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ME_FIRST 9/25/2011 6:55PM

    And this is why I don't and won't ever shop in Macy's. With 3 stores in Paramus, NJ, (as if 2 weren't enough) you would think they would smarten up. I also hate that every Wednesday is the sale of the century at Macy's.

Great blog Jenn.

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SEWINGCYBERMOM 9/25/2011 11:58AM

    ok, you should definately have a career in writing...too funny, but very, very real.

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HOLLYHYPOCRISY 9/25/2011 3:16AM

  I feel your pain, definitely. For a while I had a best friend who legitimately wore a size 0, and sometimes even that was too big. Shopping with her was like having fifty people call me fat to my face. We'd go in stores where she could wear just about everything, and if she couldn't it was because it was too big. And I would scour the entire store and find maybe two things that fit, if that. And her insensitivity about my feelings is the reason we are no longer friends. But I definitely feel like one of the reasons I'm losing weight is so that I can shop in actual "Juniors" sections and wear clothes that look like my age, instead of something my mother should be wearing. Whether that's good or bad, I'm not sure. But it's definitely motivation.

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APURPLEPRINCESS 9/24/2011 8:21PM

    I think that's the main reason I don't like going shopping. Being short has always made getting clothes a problem, and now that I'm way bigger... its just nearly impossible.

Great blog post...

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ACAWTHORN 9/22/2011 9:45AM

    I know how you feel and that is probably why my clothes suck... I did notice if i go to a bigger city and go to the mall they have a store that caters to big girls like myself.. I like all the styles and that is all they sell.. I wish they had one of them stores closer to me. I was told at my new job I will have to wear dress pants and a shirt under my lab jacket.. Im dreading that shopping trip.. but gotta do it.. what will i find???

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CHEFKAMALII 9/19/2011 10:11PM

    my boyfriend was always asking my why I insist on wearing old lady clothes so I took him shopping with me. I just don't get it. :(

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FARAWAY01 9/19/2011 6:49PM

    I agree with you about Macy's women's department, but I've had pretty good luck on their website, even finding a lot of the same styles in women's as they have in misses. The website is a LOT less depressing.

Kohl's (Mervyn's in some places) and Dress Barn are also pretty good but I find with all of them you have to check back frequently to get the good stuff as anything nice sells out immediately, especially in 1X.

You really should print out this blog and send it to Macy's corporate headquarters!

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DESDEMONA924 9/17/2011 8:32PM

    I worked at Macy's for a while after I was laid off from a job. While our "women's department" was not hidden away on the second floor, (it was on the first floor with the "regular" misses clothes) I do understand what you're saying. The few times I had to help in that area, all I could think was how awful the clothes were. We had a lot of the same styles that were in the misses department, but they were more expensive and the Macy's brands (Style & Co, INC.) seemed like they had just thrown them together with no rhyme or reason and not as much care was taken with styling the section. And I also agree about it being unorganized and messy. What, just because a women has the unfortunate luck to not be the "perfect" size she should have to dig around and sort through a bunch of crap to find something good?

Fun fact 1: The misses section is called Ready to Wear in all the in store communications and I always thought to myself, "I can't just put the rest of these clothes and go? I'm gonna have to , what, sew 'em together myself?"

Fun fact 2: I could not go into Macy's for at least two months after I left without getting twitchy about it.

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ALOFA0509 9/17/2011 5:58PM

    soo true!! the womens dept is full of ugly- Granimal, Huga-Bunch waist pants for $39.99!! WTF--

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YANKEEGIRL6 9/17/2011 10:20AM

    Maybe it's just that store. One of the Macy's in my city has a great women's department. It's the only place in Dayton I can find a plus-sized business suit that isn't really just a black jacket paired with a black skirt.

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SPARKLISE 9/16/2011 12:44PM

    Over here we have a store called Pennington's which is a fat lady store.
They have really nice clothes at affordable prices,but,they took it out of the mall and put it in a different building(besides Runners World emoticon) .
Does that mean "fat" girls have to be kept separate from the "normal" girls? emoticon


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ALEXESQ 9/16/2011 11:05AM

  I REALLY hope you sent that to Macy's corporate.
So well written.
I agree why wouldn't they just make the same freaking clothes in larger sizes"? Yeesh!

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ZAZZABEN 9/14/2011 9:40PM

    You hit the nail on the head.

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RACHELSHADOAN 9/14/2011 8:12PM

    Sing it, sista! Macy's has beautiful, beautiful clothing for skinny chicks, but nothing cute that I can wear! So when looking for pretty clothes, I take my money to Igigi. (http://www.igigi.com/). We should plan a Macy's women's department flash mob to protest their ridiculousness.

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ANDRINE48 9/14/2011 5:20PM

    Were you in Maine because you nailed our Macy's on the head? What's with the second floor corner? We should be on the main floor with everyone else. Thanks again! emoticon

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ELOMBARDI- 9/14/2011 9:42AM

    I know exactly what you mean! I find when I shop at deparment stores (we don't have Macy's, so the Bay, or even Walmart), I always get depressed afterwards because the clothes are so obviously different.
I actually wrote about it in one of my blogs, saying that "how all the nice clothes are too small and all the plus sized clothes are so boring and hideous, which just makes me feel like I'm supposed to wear boring and hideous clothes so I too can look boring and hideous."
I can't wait until I can cross over into the 'regular' section, but I guess ordering from Torrid will have to do for now!

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SHEILAB64 9/13/2011 10:35PM

    Amen sister! Why do they think that large women only wear black, brown and gray? Why can't we have pockets? Why do they think we look good in wallpaper flower pants - who wants a large flower butt? Why can't they just make the cute clothes in bigger sizes with the same colors?

Good think I never shop in Macy's. I love Cato Plus, CJBanks, Kohls. You really should send that letter to coporate.

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ALIHIKES 9/13/2011 12:11PM

    LOVE the blog! It is all too true emoticon

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JULIA1154 9/13/2011 11:55AM

  Great blog, Jen. I hope it goes viral :)

Thanks for the humor - and your usual insight.

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LOSING107 9/13/2011 11:46AM

    emoticon
This was hilarious, and I totally agree! I'm still pretty young, but going shopping makes me think stores believe I should be buying my elastic slacks and going home to a quiet evening of whatever-fat-people-do. I want to look cute when I go out too, dangit!

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JACKIESJ 9/13/2011 11:22AM

    Well said!!

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ASHOAF1 9/13/2011 10:42AM

  Love it! I so agree! Thanks for putting to words exactly how I feel about shopping for clothes!

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HOLLIEWALLY 9/13/2011 10:42AM

    Amen girlie!!!!!

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 9/13/2011 10:40AM

    Wow- I would say by the response that you hit on an important issue! I wonder if Macy's knows that their ad popped up next to your blog while I was reading it???? I was laughing so hard that I almost couldn't read it! I know exactly how you felt in that store becasue it is just a reflection of what so many of us have felt. Great blog, and keep up the great work so you can shop wherever you want!

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BACKATITAMY 9/13/2011 10:02AM

  So True!!! Macy's Sucks, lol.

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TUBJUMPER 9/13/2011 9:58AM

    Great blog!

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PAWSINAZ 9/13/2011 9:38AM

    emoticon

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MARGARITTM 9/13/2011 9:11AM

    Ha Ha love it!

Why are you not writing for a living?

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ILUVTHE80S 9/13/2011 8:44AM

    I totally agree with you. I often feel defeated when I see the cute tops in too small of a size and am forced to buy somethingthat resembles a curtain!

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BBENISHEK 9/13/2011 8:42AM

    Fantastic--the way you wrote it, not the experience you had to go through, of which the store should be deeply ashamed of itself. I'm sorry you felt less than the wonderful person you are because of them.

I don't go to Macy's all that much because of the prices, but I've been seeing something similar at Kohl's. The juniors get all the fun colors and styles. Once you hit the misses department, the colors disappear, leaving you with a fraction of an already drab spectrum--plus the sizes don't fit the way they should. I can't see that the women's department gets any better.

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GOOSIEMOON 9/13/2011 8:33AM

    Jenn -

Your lovely, sarcastic sense of humor has delighted me again. I wish for you a Ralph Lauren cardigan - on the clearance rack!

Have a great day!



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RUFFIT 9/13/2011 8:28AM

    WOW!! I was in shock reading this. I bought jeans (2 pair) yoga pants and a couple of cute tops at my local Macy's!! I also buy swimming suits out of season when they are on sale. I also have a local Dress Barn with a woman's dept. which is 1/2 the store. I bought a beautiful dress for a wedding there. I guess I luck out here in NJ!! Good luck, Moni emoticon

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JMMATTHEWS1 9/13/2011 4:57AM

    You want to try the Men's Department in some stores in the Uk, especially when buying trousers after Size 42 waist and a 31 inside leg. We have a lot to be desired for. I admire your achievements and that they are well documented here and you are a fun person to look up to, and I mean sincerely. Thanks, Jason.

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MYRLIN76 9/13/2011 4:21AM

    Excellent post! In my quest to eliminate debt (as well as my weight), I plan on keeping 2 department store cards, Lane Bryant, for as long as I can wear their clothes, and Kohls, because I have found some fashionable clothing there and they have awesome clearances. Some of their stuff can be granny-ish, but the granny feel is not relegated to only the women's department.

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ANGEL0101 9/13/2011 4:02AM

    Great Blog as always !!!!

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SWEETBEETL 9/13/2011 3:13AM

    WOO HOO JENN as usual you are completely correct

Def agree-- love my Lane Bryant and Fashion Bug just because I can get pretty things in a large size and they give me coupons too:) I would like Dress Barn but feel their choice of names make me feel like a cow shopping there:)



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DIANAOR1 9/13/2011 1:02AM

    Great blog! You are right on! emoticon

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 9/13/2011 12:13AM

    Great blog! I wonder how many times each one of us have wrote this same blog in our head. I am so sorry you were depressed and left feeling like that. emoticon Just one more lousy department store saying we aren't good enough.

Bless you girl for writing the blog!

Hugs,

Kristin

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HKARLSSON 9/12/2011 10:10PM

    PREACH IT, SISTER!!!! I HATE going shopping for clothes because it is such an ordeal to find anything that doesn't look destined for a sideshow. You could substitute any major retailer for Macy's and it would still hold true. How these buyers still have jobs in the "women's department" is beyond me.

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LISANANTAIS1970 9/12/2011 9:39PM

    So true!! Do we even need to talk about bras???

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SOUTHPONDCAMP 9/12/2011 8:01PM

    Outstanding. I have the same experience. I went to a majorly upscale macy's and managed to get an interview suit off the SINGLE Evan Picone rack in the section that had similar clothes (in not as good colors) as in the notfat part of the store. Everything else was polyester with elastic. Or really really really long cardigans that basically were button front knit muumuus

Personally, I love the common juxtaposition of the "women's" section with the petites section. Thanks a bunch. Look at all the cute tiny clothes. Mrrrrrrrrrrr.

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SUNSHINE192DAY 9/12/2011 7:13PM

    That's precisely why I will NOT shop in any shop that neglects our kind. By shopping there, even AFTER we lose the weight, we pay the very idiots that treat us like we're criminals of the lowest kind. I won't go in any shop that makes a person feel horrible and want to cry for being themselves because I want better karma than that! I'm sorry that I wasn't there to hit people for you Jenn, I'll try harder next time! emoticon

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GORIANA 9/12/2011 5:37PM

    Ha ha ha. I couldn't agree more. But, there is one good thing about it: it sure is motivation to get out of the women's department. In fact, I didn't really mind that my pants grew larger each year, until I graduated to the 'women's' section.

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MDEVILE 9/12/2011 5:33PM

    Dear Macy's (and all other similarly themed department stores),

Please consider the diversity of your ladies section. Consider also the supposed obesity crisis that we're bombarded with on a daily basis through various media outlets. Does it not make sound financial sense to service this supposedly "growing" customer base with the same styles and colour choices available to their soon-to-be-below-average counterparts? I promise you, women do not suddenly long for closets full of floral prints, embroidered cat motifs and fringes as soon as the tape measure slips into double digits.

Also, according to public perception, we fat chicks are a lazy lot indeed. If you were to supply us a selection of nice clothes, in styles that we actually want to be seen in, then maybe we wouldn't even bother to go anywhere else! You could corner the market of Fat Chicks with Fashion Sense just by not presuming that we are blind as well as large.

Also, if I were to wear that many sequins on a sunny day, I will probably end up causing traffic accidents.

And stop pretending I can't recognize a muumuu, no matter what you're calling it in your f-ing flyer. I'm still not going to wear it, and you carrying it makes me 90% less inclined to even step in your store.

Also, also, knock it off with the gd purple already. Your secret Barney fetish is not my issue.

No love,

Dani


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VICKYMARIEC 9/12/2011 4:17PM

    That was awesome!

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It's All About The Sweat... and Yoga... and 1/4 Marathons...

Friday, September 09, 2011

So I bought an outrageously expensive ($65) yoga mat because I was afraid I was going to injure myself doing yoga. Imagine a oiled up fat girl trying to do yoga on a Slip N Slide, and that's what it was like. How was I supposed to balance on one foot when I thought I was going to land on my oversized bootay?

I guess you could say I'm a copious sweater, not to be confused with an XXXL sweater, which is a different thing entirely. When I'm well hydrated and I start running on a treadmill, I sort of fling sweat on the machine with each step. This would be utterly disgusting if it wasn't for the fact that my sweat doesn't really stink as long as I refrain from eating meat and dairy and eggs. Oh wait, it is still disgusting. Oops.

Anywhoodle, I bought the mat as an early present to myself for losing 50 lbs. I still haven't hit that benchmark, but I really needed the mat, so I may just say it was not my 50 pound gift and a random "I'm worth it" kind of thing.

I know I'm going on and on about the stupid Lululemon fancy ass mat, but it rocks. It's almost sticky, so even though I'm dripping sweat onto the mat, I'm 100% not slipping. After today, I realized that it is so awesome, and so worth the outrageous price, that I bought it a pretty cover to show it how much I love it. (No, the obscene price did not include a carry bag). There was a Jenn print, made of sweat, on the mat-that-should-be-named-at-that-price, after we did the dead man relaxation pose thingie at the end.

So, yoga. My first yoga class was on a beach on a private island. It was the best possible way to try yoga for the first time. I'm seriously unsure that I could imagine a better yoga setting. Different beach maybe, but that's about it. Beach yoga GOOOOOOOD.

Decide for yourself:




Then I did two classes at my gym, one of which could probably be referred to as slightly hot, since the AC wasn't working so great. It was nice, but I had this feeling that a yoga class taught by someone who also teaches step aerobics and weight training classes might not be the pinnacle of yoga practice. The class wasn't bad, but I was sure I could find something better. Something more yogalicious.

I bought a groupon for a local place that is just getting started. They use other people's martial arts or dance studios to keep prices down. 20 sessions for $29 was a deal I couldn't refuse.

So, the yoga. I've taken 4 classes. One beginner, one candlelight , one hour long hot yoga (85-90 degrees) and one 80 minute hot.

I love it. I like the healthy glow I feel after I get all yogalicious with my bad self. I like dripping with sweat and the way my skin feels like the backside of a baby when I'm done.

I had this silly idea that yoga was stretching and balance. Easy. Not really exercise, just fancy stretching. Uh, Wrong. Yoga can be as challenging as you let it.

You don't have to be flexible to do yoga, flexibility is something that yoga gives you.

You don't to be a mega athlete to do yoga, but if you are a mega athlete, you may find yoga improves your performance.

I've been to 7ish classes my entire life, and I already am more flexible. I'm not able to put my ankles behind my head like I could in high school, but I bet I could in a few years.

My gut, which is still large and in charge, hinders some poses. It is a sad fact of life that when you have a stomach that is larger than some women have when fully preggo, you won't be able to fold all of you into a pretzel.

Candlelight yoga: Mostly floor poses done by candlelight. Awesome for amplified relaxitude.

"Hot" Yoga: Sweatville. You MUST hydrate. Today I saw spots, so I stopped for a few minutes, and went about my sweat. I attribute this to a full size lunch, instead of a light snack.

Beginner yoga: More explanation and assistance with poses. Nice, once was good, maybe twice, than onward and upward

Private Beach yoga: Seriously, what needs to be said?

"Hot" or "Bikram" Yoga: 105 degrees, 90 minutes, 26 poses. I'm not there yet. I have a groupon for the only place in town that offers it. Unlimited classes for one week followed by 5 drop in sessions. I'm going to need some more classes before I feel ready.

Yoga = Very Good. Will get better with weight loss and giant gut reduction.

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Finished 1/4 marathon Sunday 1:41:54 Not a land speed record, but I was pleased. My split for the half way mark was 45:55, which made me very happy. I think that would be like a 43-44 minute 5k, which was a goal I had set. I was pacing myself, so I think my new 5k goal is 40 minutes.

I got a cool medal. I got a less cool mega ouchy inner thigh rub abrasion that is just now starting to heal and has kept me off the treadmill and out of anything that makes my legs rub together.

I felt accomplished. Goal set, work done, goal met. WOOT.

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I'm thinking about not doing the Vegas Half, which is basically the same as saying "I'm feeling selfish." It isn't about the training, it is about money, honey. The airfare to Vegas is getting so pricey, plus lodging, plus the fee for the race, plus meals out and all of that stuff... we could take a cruise for the same price. Grad school + a job + a side job = vacation very important.

I'm leaning toward cheaper half (keep the goal) and spend the money on a mellowing out vacay. There has to be a way to make it a win win, I hope.

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Still debating the swim team.

The pros:
Serious cardio workout
Weight loss
I like swimming

The cons:
$150 a quarter (on top of what I already pay for a gym and yoga Groupons)
0545 (yes, that's 15 minutes before god-awful hour of 6am, puke) workouts MWF.
0830 workouts on Saturday






  
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JACKIESJ 10/7/2011 9:02AM

    I can SO relate with the perils of yoga, lol. Haven't drummed up the courage to do it in a "group" setting yet though. Kuddos to you!

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NELLBELLA26 9/20/2011 9:40PM

    That mat was definitely worth it, you are becoming a yoga master! I love yoga. I get very easily stressed out and I find that yoga has helped with that. It's physical but yet soothing at the same time. I haven't done actual classes, just DVDs so I might have to try some classes.
KEEP up the great work.

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LILLIANH13 9/17/2011 6:30PM

    I sweat like crazy too. Even when I was skinny I would. It sucks. I feel like people think I'm nasty when I do.

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PSVZUM 9/17/2011 3:09PM

    Congratulations! What a great advertisement for yoga! I did yoga for 3 years and LOVED it. I haven't taken a class since getting fat (almost 2 years). Your blog is making me yearn for a class :)

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MIRDREAMS 9/16/2011 10:26AM

    This may be over sharing but once the major thigh rub-age has healed in the future if you put regular under arm antiperspirant (you may want to get a stick just for this) on the place where it's bothered you, it will stop the rash from coming back by reducing sweat and friction. If I'm a skirt I always resort to this trick.

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CORINNAW71 9/15/2011 8:55AM

    That's so great that you found somehitng new to enjoy like yoga! I do Jillian Michael's Yoga Meltdown DVD but I'm sure that's at leaat a littel different than real yoga. I do ebnjoy it though and would be willing to try more. Come to think of it I do have another yoga dvd at home that I could try! emoticon emoticon

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BIONICMONARCH 9/15/2011 8:08AM

    Congrats!

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SLINKYMAGEE 9/12/2011 11:28PM

    What brand of yoga mat did you buy? My hands sweat like crazy during yoga and I slide all over the place! Downward dog is next to impossible at some points. Granted, I bought my mat at 5 Below for $5, so it's to be expected. I was considering throwing down the absurd amount of cash for a Manduka mat, but then I heard those were actually pretty terrible for slippage with sweaty hands.

P.S. I love your blogs! emoticon

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SUNSHINE192DAY 9/12/2011 7:21PM

    Congrats on the medal! You're so great and wonderful! My hero! Now I think I'll try yoga. You know how you admire that girl at the gym? I so admire you just like that! You put yourself out there and have a pretty good self-esteem level and I just admire you so much for that! You have no idea! Have you told the girl about your admiration yet? 'Cause I might have missed a blog or two...

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MINIUM 9/12/2011 3:30PM

    Congratulations for practising yoga so intensely! And of course for completing your 1/4th marathon - that's amazing! Way to go!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 9/11/2011 9:17PM

    The chafe! AHHHHHH! Go to any sports store and they have sticks that you apply to wear you chafe the most! Mio~bra, waist line and underarms! It Helps!! Also apply the days after so you can run again! I find showering is the worst for me! OW!I have said it before! Swimmers are HOT! Swim baby!!! emoticon

WAY togo on the run! I am with you! Cheap run and a vacay??? SCORE! emoticon
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ZAZZABEN 9/11/2011 10:14AM

    Congrats on the quarter mile. For the next one, you may want to look into a "no-friction" cream. They sell it at serious bicycling shops and some runners stores. I don't know if it works, I just remember seeing it.

Yoga is awesome, and beach yoga sounds fantastic.

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MONETRUBY 9/10/2011 11:52PM

    Hot yoga is sweaty, bendy, stretchy fabulousness! Although, with all my experiences with yoga, it's all kinda hot yoga. Just depends whether you have the sahara-like heat pumped in artificially, or coming naturally from all the sweaty bodies. I love that you're loving it, and your blog makes me want to go out and spend money I don't have on yoga classes. Then again, maybe I should just stick with my DVDs, and save my money. For a very cool, new yoga mat.

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LISANANTAIS1970 9/10/2011 11:46PM

    ....by the way...don't you get sand all on your mat and stuck to you when you do yoga on the beach??

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LISANANTAIS1970 9/10/2011 11:45PM

    I am sure you never get tired of "I love your blog" - I think you would be a hoot to hang out with and fit right in with my small silly circle of friends. I have expounded the wonders of yoga for over 10 years to everyone and anyone who will listen. Though I was talking the talk, I haven't been walking the walk or should I say saluting the sun for too many years BUT I am rectifying that this week when I return to the wonderful world of yoga! I clearly remember leaving the gym feeling like I took some amazing drug that made me feel all strong and loose and so incredibly relaxed. I am so excited for Thursday when I get my yoga back on as part of my overall healthy me lifestyle!!

You're an amazing lady - keep up the great work!

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FITCOUGARMOM 9/10/2011 11:43PM

    I seriously LOVE ur blogs!! :) They r so inspiring 4 a fat body like mine and know Im not going through this alone!! On the other hand, took MY first yoga class (which u inspired) yesterday and LOVED IT!!! Its only once a week but will b going back!! U r so right when u said its more than what people think it is because I could feel my heart beating fast from the cardio involved and the back of thighs and calves would agree with that since they r so sore 2day!! Going 2 run my first 5k on October 15th in what we call The 5k Pumpkin Run!! Cant wait!!Have been training 4 it and hope I can complete it!! GOD BLESS JENN!! Keep inspiring the Fat Girls like me we wont b able 2 say that 4 very long!! emoticon

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LSBETH 9/10/2011 11:37PM

    I enjoyed reading your new blog and especially liked what you said about yoga & your new sticky mat (also the other blog about how you bought it from the goddesses LOL). And yes, they are too worth it for anyone who doesn't understand how a good mat that takes care of you makes a big difference in holding poses & just getting into the pose. I had one custom made with organic cotton rough canvas (acts kinda sorta like sticky). It's extra long & padded very full with organic cotton batting to use when my body pain is too intense for the sticky mat. I like that it's organic & I got to pick out the fabric. I started practicing in the mid 70's back when PBS aired Hatha Yoga and You with Lila. Then took many classes over the year...reading your post made me wonder why I don't start back up. Seriously, there's a yoga style to fit every body type (Yoga for the Buddha body was a favorite class of mine - we used a lot of the blocks & straps & folded blankets) and there's yoga for just about every level of ability, even chair yoga. Okay, you've got me all fired up and I'm gonna to do some yoga for my morning exercise.
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SNOOKUMS19 9/10/2011 6:20PM

    My son has been on a swim team for a few years. He is so strong now its crazy! An amazing workout. You've inspired me to jump back on the yoga wagon! Thanks! We will be headed to Hawaii in October I'm going to see if there is beach yoga there! Have a great day!

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POLSKARENIA 9/10/2011 3:42PM

    The yoga sounds fun and the mat sounds just the ticket. At least you can enjoy the yoga without worrying...

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MELLYBEANS0919 9/10/2011 11:45AM

    Congrats on your yoga with the new mat and the marathon!! You are rocking this Jenn.

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MISSMINDY6 9/10/2011 11:17AM

    I tried Yoga for the first time 2 nights ago. I LOVED it, and intend to make it a part of my night-time ritual. The last 2 nights have been a bit hectic, so I've not worked it in yet, but it was awesome. The type I did I think is called Hatha yoga? It's definitely more relaxing and less "exercise" - but I did get a bit of sweat going on. The major benefit for me is that it's supposed to help lower depression, increase self-esteem, and perhaps even help with my diabetes.

WTG on the marathon!! WOOT!! As for the Vegas deal, I completely understand monetary limitations and think your idea of a vaca + something local to participate in more cheaply sounds great!
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GRRARRGH 9/10/2011 10:22AM

    Congrats on the quarter marathon!!

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SPEEDYDOG 9/10/2011 9:59AM

    You are hilarious. First, I have never been sorry I bought the good stuff. On the contrary, I have wasted more money buy the cheap stuff. Great investment on the yoga mat.

Very cool that you ran the 1/4 and did so well. Congratulations!

I have always sweated horribly. When I get done with a workout, race or another physical activity, I am soaked. You are in good company.

I don't know what to tell you about the inner thigh rub. My wife used to have that problem until she when to fitted (tight) capris and shorts.

I really enjoyed your blog.

Thanks, Bruce

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NORAB52GOOD 9/10/2011 9:29AM

    I have to wear socks when I do yoga cause my feet sweat. If I don't wear socks, I go slip sliding away!
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MADZOE 9/10/2011 1:29AM

    i Love this blog! And I'd be all about the skipping out on vegas for a relaxy vacation!

I've just started doing 1 day a week yoga at my gym. I like it, but I have a sprained ankle at the moment, so I don't truly like anything right now. But I'm sure it's going to improve my overall health and wellbeing, or at least I'll get a 15 minute nap at the end of each class.



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FINALLYBEINGME 9/10/2011 12:31AM

    "anywhoodle" has got to be my new favorite word :)..WTG with yoga and running. You're almost talking me into yoga (usually avoid it because I'm so not stretchy)!

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HOPE2011 9/9/2011 11:24PM

    I'm so glad you like yoga! Not because I do yoga, but I want to do yoga. I've always feared that since I wasn't already flexible, etc., that I couldn't do it, but your blog busted that myth.

Congrats on your 1/4 marathon too! You're doing great! emoticon

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BUTRFLY_FREEDOM 9/9/2011 10:42PM

    Beach yoga sounds completely awesome! And omg on the price of those classes, I wouldn't be able to turn that down either!



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RUNCHOOSE 9/9/2011 9:58PM

    Yoga on a private beach sounds like a dream. Actually, I would also love to be in grad school and have a job, but it does sound like a lot. Thanks for the great blog!

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CANNIE50 9/9/2011 9:47PM

    Okay, I am having sympathy chafing pains so, straightaway, get some GLIDE. Would Cannie steer you wrong? No, I would not. I know what you mean about yoga - there are just some poses that belly+boobalas will not accomodate. I do find yoga quite challenging. I also did yoga on a beach and it was sublime. I love that you have tried so many different kinds of yoga. I am between classes so using the yoga on Exercise TV which is actually pretty good. Mostly, I am just SO glad you have blogged - I was getting the shakes from withdrawal. Whew emoticon PS I sweat like a pig in a sauna so I always love to read about other people's sweaty experiences.

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SEVENCALLMEMOM 9/9/2011 9:43PM

    I started swimming several days ago and it is what FINALLY got the scale moving again. I can't believe it burns twice the cals as the crazy-sweaty workout dvd's I had been doing.

I'm not brave enough for yoga or 1/2 marathons (or 1/4) yet, but swimming rocks.

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GIANTPANDA 9/9/2011 9:30PM

    I remember doing yoga when I weighed over 300 pounds and was told I had to keep up to stay with the class. I took formal yoga classes through Groupon recently and also found that my belly got in the way of some exercises, too. The flexibility improved rapidly and that is one reason I need to get back to yoga.

The double thick yoga mat I have is well worth it. I didn't pay as much for it as you did, but I definitely am glad to have it. Otherwise I double up on mats if I go to studios without my own mat. I haven't done hot yoga in awhile, but I am thinking about taking up the offer to try a free class at one of the studios sometime. It is a great reminder to put more yoga into my day as I get so many benefits. I've done mostly Iyengar yoga in classes, but I have a "Yoga for weight loss" dvd by Suzanne Deason that is one of my favorites for when I travel.

Yoga always has me doing something that I think I can not do, and it is such a great feeling when I realize that I am doing that pose that I thought was impossible.

Enjoy yoga! It is something that is wonderful to do at any age, even 100.

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ZOOKEEPERMAMA 9/9/2011 9:23PM

    You know I love you, woman and it's mostly because even though it sounds like you could swim home from yoga class, you do it anyway. That, and "anywhoodle." SWAK!
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SHELT28 9/9/2011 9:09PM

    Fat Girl on a Slip N Slide made me laugh. I felt that way when I went to Yoga for the first time.
Keep up the good work!

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ESHERRILL3 9/9/2011 8:39PM

    You even make Bikram Yoga sound fun. emoticon

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YIWEN39 9/9/2011 8:32PM

    I love your blogs, you're so funny, you make me laugh hard and smile all day. Isn't that just great? THANKS!!!!
Yoga... would love to but qualified responsible instructors in my part of the world... I wouldn't bet on it emoticon Never mind, it will happen later :-)
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MOSTMOM1 9/9/2011 8:24PM

    One reason I'm borderline SparkStalker about your blogs is because you use words like "anywhoodle." Thank you for that. If there were any, any way you could combine yoga and your kickball league at the same time, I think I would be in JENNSWIMS wonderland. Thanks for blogging; I've been eagerly waiting for the yoga update. Spark on, Brave Sparker!!
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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/9/2011 7:38PM

    You are a ROCK STAR! Well done with groupon, how COULD you pass that up?!? Keep training, and you'll be doing a 1/2 before you know it. I'm not even sure I could do a 1/4. Great job Jenn!

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 9/9/2011 7:29PM

    Way to Go!!! I'm so glad you've found things you love to do. I've never done yoga. I would like to but no classes nearby and the ones that are are at night and I can't drive at night. I can't get off the floor once I'm down so I don't know if there is anything left in yoga,
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JLITT62 9/9/2011 7:11PM

    Everyone is bailing on me! emoticon

But I understand. We are not grad students, DH has a gazillion frequent flyer miles which is how I'm getting there, plus he loves Vegas so it wasn't hard to get him interested, either.

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TINAJANE76 9/9/2011 6:45PM

    Great to hear you're doing so amazingly well. I remember when I first started yoga weighing almost 240 pounds. There were so many poses I couldn't do and could only do badly and forget about the inverted poses--I'd quite literally be choking on my breasts and belly fat. The good news is that it gets so much easier when your body becomes smaller and less of a hindrance. I still have a bit of a belly, so it's not always a walk in the park but it's so much better than it was 60+ pounds ago. Keep on keeping on!

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FUZZYMOTO 9/9/2011 6:07PM

    If your interested in a good yoga book try picking up "Moving Toward Balance" by Rodney Yee. It is a 8 week yoga practice and it teaches you most of the posses, plus helps you build a regular practice. I was Just starting week six this week when my back decided it wanted to act up and side line all my physical activities for a while.

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CHARMINGLUCKY 9/9/2011 6:03PM

  I love your blogs! I am the 59 yr. old version of you! I did all the classes over the years, sweating profusely, big butt and big gut; but it is a good thing! It keeps us strong and healthy to get out there and try new things! Keep writing these blogs and inspire others to squeeze into the yoga pants and start sweating. emoticon

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PGNBRI 9/9/2011 6:00PM

    You've totally inspired me to find a yoga class and give it a try!

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GREENTHUMB70 9/9/2011 5:59PM

    As always I enjoy your blog. Some time yoga helps me relax sometime it helps me with strength different poses for the chameleon in me. You deserve a vacation. Maybe a mysterious envelope full of money will drop before your eyes. lol ah stranger things have happened. Have a good weekend. emoticon

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HEATHERSTEW 9/9/2011 5:57PM

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This is what I look like because I'm sad that you may not be going to Vegas

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This is what I look like because I understand and I am a good supportive friend.

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This is what I look like.


You're awesome. Point blank, period.

Dow Jones... (get it, I'm on the STALK market)

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ROBYNLN 9/9/2011 5:56PM

    I had the same preconceived notion about yoga before I took my 1st studio class a little over a year ago. By the time I got home, I was going WOW, my quads feel like jelly and I'm feeling my triceps and back. This is really a total body workout! I've been doing it semi regularly for a little over a year and am still taking basic classes. 60 min of ashtanga, which means I pant like a race horse and sweat like a pig, but feel gloriously loose and relaxed when it is over. I HAVE noticed my slightly less large gut is not getting in the way quite as much as it used to and I am getting stronger. Corpse pose is still my favorite. LOL

Your 1/4 marathon time is GREAT! Keep up the good work.

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For Just a Minute, I Felt Like Wonder Woman

Monday, August 29, 2011

It's true. For a minute there, I felt like Wonder Woman. I didn't feel like that weird, badly dressed new Wonder Woman that lasted for like 2 episodes, I felt like the grande dame of all Wonder Women, Lynda Carter. The one with the swanky gold lasso and, unfortunately, the lame little sister when the ratings started to tank.

Why did I feel like Wonder Woman when I've been pretty vocal about feeling like regurgitated cat food? Because I'm faking it. Big Time. Fake fake fake fakety fake fake fakalicious faketopia and then it wasn't fake anymore.

I feel like utter cornpoop. I feel depressed, sad, mopey, lacking in energy, blue, poopy... however you want to describe it. I personally like "Eeyorey" but that's me and I make up words like it is my job. Feeling Eeyorey this last week has been somewhere between suckalicious and sucktacular, but I decided to fake it anyway. I have scheduled vegan-taco-and-candlelight-yoga-Tuesday with my friends (seriously, if I didn't know I was drain bamaged before, I was sure after that brainchild hatched from my noggin).

In the interest of complete honesty, I may have slipped in a genuine smile once today--when I found out that the Oxford Dictionary officially added "woot" and "buttload" to the lexicon.

I keep fake smiling even though I'm not really interested in smiling:

I'm not sure what makes that picture cooler, the fact that I captured my finger so well, or the fact that my eyes look like they are intending to cross!!

But all the fake smiling doesn't change the fact that the world is still in danger. Anyone without an ark should be afraid. Afraid of me accidentally seeing a Hallmark commercial or stumbling across any programming that premiers on the Lifetime Network. Seriously, I feel like I'm on the brink of tears most of the time. Needless to say, I'm desperate for this PMS to be over. I want to get a freaking grip.

In the meantime, I'm refusing to allow FatJenn to wallow in misery and self-medicate with a buffet of Amish-Italian-Chinese-American-Food-With-C
andy-and-Real-Whipped-Cream. Nope. I went to the gym.

Today's not too naughty but comforting dinner (vegan buffalo wings, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, avocado) in lieu of aforementioned buffet:


I told myself I didn't care how fast I went, I was going to walk for 4 miles. I was going to make up for sleeping through my first hot yoga class yesterday. The one that I had been looking forward to for a week(I got home at 9am after a 24 hour shift, and the class was at 11:30). I wasn't going to C25k, I wasn't going to worry about time, I was just going to watch a movie and do my miles and get through it.

Anti-FatJenn had other ideas. I set a PR... 4.45 miles in 65 minutes (60 plus cool down). But that's not it, that pleased me but didn't not make me feel all wondertwin power activated. You see, I feel like a million bucks when I crank up the speed to 5.5 or 6 mph and RUN. Not a jog. Not a trot. A run. A shoulders back, arms pumping, chest heaving, knees up, feet are a pounding run. I had the tunes rockin** and for about a minute I felt like the queen of the world.

I was sprinting.
I felt energized.
I felt powerful.
I felt fast.
I felt light on my feet.



Right now I can only be Wonder Woman for a minute or two, but I certainly have a goal to look forward to...
being Wonder Woman for 15 minutes... or 30... or 45.

I'd be lying if I said it didn't feel really good to be filled with joy and an overwhelming urge to smile, even if it was fleeting.

Sometimes I wish I could see a video of myself running like that, just to see if I look as awesome as I feel.

**My favorite sprinting song is a wonderfully obscure tune from the 80's movie Vision Quest, which, ironically enough, is about a guy trying to cut weight. Shout to the Top by The Style Council. Maybe it is because the tempo is perfect, or because I remember how Matthew Modine runs like the wind in the movie, but it works for me.

Cheesy 80s video can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDfDvZUNjkc

  
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CHEFKAMALII 9/18/2011 3:44PM

    I LOVE vision quest!

Thanks for posting your adventures, it's very motivational for me. Happy sunday!

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JACKIESJ 9/13/2011 11:59AM

    I feel the same every. single. day. Thanks for sharing though...you did put a smile on my face.

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RUNCHOOSE 9/9/2011 10:06PM

    I'm sorry you're feeling down but I loved the way you described the runner's high.

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BEACHGIRL76 9/9/2011 2:09PM

    I love how even when you didn't feel like working out you did anyway and even made a mini goal! That's pure dedication! I hope the bad feelings can fade away and you mostly have the good one's left over! Great blog!

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FUNNYSUNNY123 9/9/2011 8:43AM

    I liked this blog. I understand the feeling. And I liked Teeny_Bikini's comments too. I think I will also start using the word "Eeyorey". emoticon

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KKINNEA 9/7/2011 11:44PM

    Wonderful cheesy 80s pick!

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/7/2011 7:45PM

    I just love that you know all of your Wonder Woman trivia.

"I make up words like it is my job." Love it.

If Oxford can add "buttload" to the lexicon - then I am prepared to argue that Eeyorey is most definitely a word [and I will start using it copiously so it catches on - like yesterday.]

I am also arguing that you are - in fact - Wonder Woman. That wouldn't be hard...

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Feel better...

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NICOLEGRACE238 9/5/2011 12:59AM

    I can relate...I've been in a slump for the past week or so...I know that boxing helps me... I call it my "attitude adjustment"...I see your from Columbus if you live close to a Title Boxing Club I would encourage you to try it out. Congratulations on not letting the way you feel sabotage your weight loss:)

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OWENSAUNT1 9/3/2011 8:50PM

    exactly, fake it til you make it. You know they actually done research that says seeing smiley faces makes you smile? Not people smiling, but you know, yellow ala 1975 smiley faces! So, do what you need to do to work yourself into a REAL smile.

But, yes, you are amazing and yes you can do anything you set your mind to, the 80's soundtrack just helps make the movie of your life a little more interesting! I know, because Janet Jackson sings when I run (even I'm the only one who hears her!)

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CHAR1970 9/3/2011 12:11AM

    You fogot to mention the awesome boots and super sexy mom shorts and pointy corset! Those make the outfit rock! I`ve been feeling Eeyorey myself these days.

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FITTINGIN130 9/2/2011 6:05PM

    First thing I thought when I saw the blog title was, "YOU ARE WONDER WOMAN." Simply for the fact that no matter how Eeyorey you feel or sucktacularly things are going, you stay committed to yourself and your goals. You are so good at identifying triggers, shortcomings and opportunities to improve - you just gotta get better at giving yourself credit for all of those things!

You are perfectly Wonder Womanalicious in all your moments, and I'm excited that you felt them while running. You really are extraordinary.

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LOSINGITINMO 9/2/2011 4:48PM

    Love your blog -- no fake, fake, fakety fakaliciousness. And when I clicked on the link to that Youtube video, the song had me dancing in my desk's swivel chair. Thanks for the smile, and congrats on your running time (yes, RUNNING, not jogging) -- I hope to do so well someday...



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FRUITYCHERRY 9/2/2011 1:46AM

    I am certain that you look as awesome as you feel. Your fake smile is very convincing. I can't wait to hear about your first hot yoga class. Good thing you missed it the other day! I'd say being well rested is important for your first many hot yoga classes. Hope you had a good experience.

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SHELLEYNALLS 9/1/2011 9:55PM

    i am seriously PMSing too and I get how you feel!!! I was talking to my sister today and out of the blue, my eyes started to leak! I pigged out on potato chips today and was seriously thinking of skipping out on bootcamp. But alas!!!! I went. I did all 35 squat thrusts, I ran, I did 70 REAL push-ups.. I hit the crap out of the heavy bags for 3 minutes... I was Xena Warrior Princess, and not Chunk Cold Medina... I caught a glimps of my sweat soaked reflection in the wall of mirrors and saw my arms, more importantly, I saw that they are definitely showing some muscular definition!!!!
You are a total rock star! emoticon emoticon

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SHERRY28269 9/1/2011 7:58PM

    You could always dress as Wonder Woman for Halloween to keep the feeling alive....I've always wanted a lasso. Great Blog.

Sherry

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SUNSHINE192DAY 9/1/2011 7:49PM

    I too am faking it til I make it lately...only I'm failing miserably...*sigh*

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DBBDANFORD 9/1/2011 1:08PM

    I'm a big fan of "fake it 'till you make it" It works absolutely! But back to Wonder woman. I renewed my walking the dog routine and we are doing well. This is 2 weeks now and gradually I added distance and other exercise to it as well. Well guess who is having visions of jogging...turning into running! If you told me 2 months ago my mind would wonder in that direction I'd say "What have you been smokin'?"
I'm a 58 year old grandmother of 12. I'm working on a 45 lb. weight loss goal. Me...run...I highly doubt that....until just recently that is!
WE CAN DO THIS!!! Our bodies at wonderful instruments to be utilized to the fullest! Let's GO!!!

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THATBRONWYNGIRL 9/1/2011 12:30PM

    Anyone who's worked in retail will tell you: sometimes plastering that smile on your face is the only way you get through...and sometimes it actually will bring you up! (I always picture Deborah Kerr singing 'I Whistle a Happy Tune' from 'The King and I'... "the happiness in the tune convinces me that I'm not afraid..." But I'm weird, so...lol)

I had a similar moment a couple of weekends ago, at the gym with my boyfriend. He said he looked over, and I was jogging, and I had this giddy, glorious, euphoric smile on my face.

I was Wonder Woman for five minutes. And let me tell you, I had Wonder Splints in my shins for DAYS afterwards!! lol

You are awesome, inspiring, and doing fabulous work--keep it up!! We are all cheering for you! :-)

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GOLOPTIOUS 9/1/2011 12:19PM

    Sometimes we've gotta fake it until we do make it, but no matter what, I think you are awesome. You know how to find me if you ever need motivation/validation/a kick in the behind!!

I am a horrible runner. Seriously. There is an old guy (probably in his 80s) in our 5K running group and he EASILY runs faster than me. Like almost twice as fast. But I still do it, everyday, because that's what we do. We whine and we cry and we sweat, but we still do it because we WANT that change.

You're a rockstar, my friend!

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HUGS2013 9/1/2011 12:13PM

    You will do it one day at a time! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLYING2007 9/1/2011 8:12AM

    Vision quest- is that the movie that had lunatic fringe? (sp?) I have no memory for anything important but then little gems like that pop up and make me so proud (or dorky if I am wrong...)

I am so impressed- I would like to be wonder woman to for a minute and then 15, 30 etc. you have inspired me.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/1/2011 7:40AM

    Prof that faking it til you make it truly works.


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MRSAKINS2005 9/1/2011 1:00AM

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DWILCZKO 9/1/2011 12:25AM

  :)

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KOBRIEN150 9/1/2011 12:06AM

  lovely! keep going girl! Run!!!

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LROSEEN 8/31/2011 10:56PM

    Wishing you far more Wonder Woman moments and experiences in the days ahead! emoticon

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CLOVER2 8/31/2011 10:35PM

    You have to know that you are ALWAYS Wonder Woman to about a million of us out here! You motivate me at times when motivation is thin and hard to find! emoticon

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NURSESROCK3 8/31/2011 10:04PM

    We all need those moments of feeling like Wonder Woman a little more in our everyday lives!

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PURPLEMOON88 8/31/2011 9:51PM

    I think you're doing pretty good...I wish I could feel like Wonder Woman...even for a minute...and ....by the way...I kinda like the finger...it's artistic...ha

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REENIE131 8/31/2011 8:58PM

    You're doing great, and getting through PMS much better than I ever do.

FYI you were probably better off sleeping through the hot yoga..it's not a good combo with PMS.

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IFFYIFFY 8/31/2011 8:53PM

    lol I love the Style Council!

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JDELEON81 8/31/2011 8:12PM

    We are wonder women! I will feel like wonder woman, when I hit ONEDERLAND!! 36 more lbs.. then it's on!!!!

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FIRESTARINFINI 8/31/2011 7:29PM

    When I hit 140 I will be wonder woman.

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LINDAJ0621 8/31/2011 6:48PM

    Hang in there....you are doing great, Wonder Woman!!!
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ANGELWENDYMAMA 8/31/2011 5:49PM

    Hugs!! At least small bits of being Wonder Woman are memorable and allow you to set goals and intention for the future! Hang in there~!

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HKSURVIVING 8/31/2011 5:39PM

    Thanks, I needed to read that today. I can totally relate to the Sucktacular PMS fake smiling syndrome.
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YINETTV 8/31/2011 4:46PM

  Nice plate.

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S3XY_DIVA_QUE3N 8/31/2011 4:40PM

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All I can say is WOOT! (And thanks to you I know I can feel good saying it, since it is a legitimate word!) Keep up your great spirit wonder woman!

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MINIUM 8/31/2011 4:33PM

    I love your style - it was great reading of your feat! Well done!

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BANDMOM2012 8/31/2011 3:26PM

    Way to go! Gosh Matthew Modine was so hot in that movie emoticon I love that soundtrack.

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KAKAKALI4 8/31/2011 2:16PM

    You are Rockalicious! Keep up the great posts wonderwomen! You are doing amazing ..and we all have bad days .. but you are always an inspiration! Keep it up!
Teri

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VINNIELOU 8/31/2011 2:04PM

    Ha! Vision quest was filmed at my high school. I love that movie!

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MAELONA11 8/31/2011 1:30PM

    Good for you for faking it until you make it!

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DRAGONFLY126 8/31/2011 1:26PM

    what an awsome feeling great for you Jenn.we are waiting for the next "WONDER WOMAN" episode. keep it up it will get better. emoticon emoticon

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WEEDLADY 8/31/2011 1:24PM

    I love this Blog, thanks!

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CHARMINGLUCKY 8/31/2011 1:19PM

  So happy you got to have that fleeting smile today! Sorry about the PMS, even sorrier to tell you that menopause is another experience to look forward to! Hopefully, you will have the faulty memory I have and forget all about the PMS experiences!

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MSGUIDEDLEMMING 8/31/2011 1:11PM

    You're fabulous Jenn. You're honest and like all of us - you have poopy days. The good thing is you recognize it but keep on going. Keep love for yourself in mind and find just a few positives to focus on during the poopy days. Maybe it's just drinking water or going for that walk.
Stay as awesome as you are.

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SPARKPEOPLE63 8/31/2011 12:35PM

  emoticon It will get easier. We are here for you.

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PAWSINAZ 8/31/2011 12:10PM

    emoticon You're awesome!

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