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Motivation, Tomorrow's Triathlon & Shirts

Thursday, January 12, 2012

It is bad enough that I am doing a sprint triathlon at the gym tomorrow and harassing others to join me, but I had signed up for a yoga class with a friend prior to that proclamation, so now she insists I hurry up and finish so we can make it to our 11:30 yoga class. Insult, meet injury.

For those who are wondering, join us, do 1, 2 or 3 legs of the sprint tri, at home or at the gym or upsidedown on the moon.

You can chose from:
750 meters in the pool
20 kilometers on the bike
5 kilometers walk or run

Anyway, for the benefit of those who yoga in New Albany, Ohio, I have acquired Beano. May they never know that they should thank me for that kindness or that people (Cheffrey) are considering calling me Captain Fartypants.

Yoga class means that means I'm getting up early--on a day off--to go to the gym and hurry through a sprint triathlon so I can go do an exercise class. I'm suspecting that I've sustained a traumatic brain injury and no one bothered to tell me. This is level 5 fulminant mind-has-been-lost-call-for-the-funny-whit
e-coat stuff.

I better lose weight this week or whoever dreamed up triathlons is in deep doodoo.

The upside is that I have been promised lunch at my favorite vegan joint if I hurry my butt up in time for yoga. That, my friends, is some serious motivation. Do triathlon, get vegan "chicken" nuggets and "pepper steak." Seems fair to me.

In other motivational news, my mom managed to figure out how to get Cheffrey to start taking weight loss seriously. Seriously. My Mom. Who knew?

She could write a lovely book with only one chapter, and it could sell bazillions of copies, and it would be called, "How To Encourage Your Loved Ones To Get Healthy With Well-Chosen Christmas Presents."

She got us packages for the Mario Andretti Driving Experience! WOOT WOOT WOOT! Basically, she gifted us with Indy car racing lessons, followed by driving Indy cars at high speed, followed by riding in an Indy car with a professional driver at full performance speeds at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Yes, my mother is a goddess. For a variety of reasons--which happen to include Indy car driving Christmas presents--that I won't bore you with today.

Cheffrey would tell you that a person who purchases vehicles based on whether or not they have Bose or an equivalently awesome booming sound system and how fast you can blow through turns may not need such lessons, (who on earth might he be talking about???) but I believe that is not the case. *looking innocent*

Anywho, Indy cars have a weight limit, or, more specifically, a girth limit that is enforced with a weight limit. We are both currently over this limit, and Cheffrey is now extremely motivated to lose enough weight to squish himself into an Indy car. Lose weight, get healthier, drive very fast, have healthier husband. Win, win, win and win.

His ticket to driving school may be the best Christmas present I received, more so than my own ticket to driving school, because it is really hard to work at getting healthy while the person you love the most is headed for an early grave.


Since the sprint triathlon is going to a be regular occurance in my world, (I'm aiming for monthly, and maybe even moving outdoors at some point) it only seems right to ponder starting a team, making custom tshirts (Blame SOUTHPONDCAMP for the tshirt business) and that sort of thing. Not that I'm actually going to start a team or design tshirts, I'm just going to talk about it.

I figure that if I'm going to go through the joy that is completing a tri (sarcasm font), then I deserve a tshirt, even if it is a tri of my own devising and indoors. I refuse to do 5ks that don't offer shirts, because there is no other good reason to do a 5k other than the crappy shirt, right? Same principal applies here. I do it for the stupid shirt that rarely fits well. The weightloss, pride I feel and amazing feeling of accomplishment is just a bonus.

I suppose we should come up with a name for the 2012 triathlon series, but I've totally bypassed that and headed right into fun and witty slogans. Or at least I've been attempting to find fun and witty slogans, I don't feel that I've been tremendously successful.

After much googling, I've come up with some slogans that might work:
**Swimming and Biking and Running, Oh My! (I happen to like Wizard of Oz references, so this is my contribution)
**Dare to Tri!
**Pain Heals, chicks dig scars, but glory lasts forever. (stolen movie quote uttered by Keanu Reaves in The Replacements)
**We did a tri and we didn't die!
**Pool, Bike, Treadmill--2012 Indoor Sprint Triathlon Series
**Triathlon: Where your competitive juices overcome your excuses
**Challenge accepted, triathlon completed
**Tri this on for size
**Runs on clean energy--burned fat!
**You never know until you Tri
**Triathlon. If it were easy they would call it a couchathlon. (That was me, I admit it, I came up with that)
**Pain is temporary, pride is forever
**I did a triathlon do get this freaking shirt (me)
**how about a chubby girl emoticon followed by an arrow that says triathlon pointing at a thinner girl icon?

What I learned from this is that I'm not very good at this slogan stuff and that advertising people really earn their money doing it.

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KSJD711 2/7/2012 7:26PM

    Just a thought "Tri and Whine". Or there is a great one already out there, that shows a stick figure drowning, a stick figure crashing on the bike and a stick figure puking while running. I love that shirt. I want one.

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GENELDABELDA 1/20/2012 8:55PM

    I vote 4 "we did a tri and we didn't die". And I'm sad to say I only did the biking leg...I didn't chicken out...just forgot that I had to go out of town for a 4 day swim meet...It was ridicuously long each day. But I'd love to join you next month. Can we set a date now, so I can put it on my calendar? emoticon

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HINCTYBEAT 1/19/2012 11:55AM

    Tri'd it - Got the shirt!

You are awesome!!!

Congrats on getting your hubby on board. That will be a huge help emoticon

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TAURUSGIRL3 1/17/2012 12:48PM

  Well now that you mention t-shirts, I may have to do this next month! I missed this blog earlier.
Congrats on finishing your first of many!!

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EUPHRATES 1/16/2012 12:01AM

    Can I come play too sometime? *hopehopehope*

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MOSTMOM1 1/15/2012 11:01PM

    Your mom is BRILLIANT!

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JUDICAT63 1/14/2012 6:15AM

    You keep on going girlie!! Not only have I lost a few ounces in deep belly laughs, but I love the slogan - I need a Tshirt that says something along the lines of "I'm only doing it to prove I'm not a Groom's fat Mum - but a Groom's thin one" yep getting seriously thin for the sons wedding - proof that once upon a time I was a size 10 - only this time I'm only aiming for a 12 (UK sizes these!!) Now if only I could just "lose" my bum, tum and boobs I would almost be there! ROFL!!!

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JICASMOM 1/13/2012 7:01PM

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I believe in you BOTH!!!

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GLYNISADELE 1/13/2012 1:11AM

    Awesome!!!!! Go for it! I seriously get quite a bit of exercise laughing at your clever and very witty blogs!! Thank you!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 1/12/2012 11:40PM

    I match your 20k bike and add a few miles on for our peeps! 8mile run woot! We are machines!

Here some on the fly

Tri it
Fat girls Tri

Well I don't shrink from the f word and I think its cheeky! ;)

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    You make me laugh every time I read one of your blogs. Good luck with the Triathlon. I know you'll do great!

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SHEL1181 1/12/2012 9:08PM

    Good luck!!!! You will be amazing I'm sure. The fact that you take beano before yoga makes me laugh because I have a girlfriend who farts routinely during yoga class. So funny!

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MONETRUBY 1/12/2012 8:43PM

    Your mother is seriously awesome! And you came up with much better slogans than I ever could, so don't dismiss your slogan-writing talent. Have *fun* tomorrow!

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JEREMY723 1/12/2012 8:35PM

    I'll be doing at least 5k outside unless there more than couple of inches of snow. Then I'll do 5k on the treadmill but the dreadmill is a real struggle for me....

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KITHKINCAID 1/12/2012 6:26PM

    What are you talking about? I LOVE the majority of those slogans. Super fun. Slogans are my thing. I've always thought I would like marketing for that one sole purpose of coming up with slogans. My favs are "Swimming and Biking and Running - Oh My!", "Your Never Know Until You Tri" and the simplest "Pool, Bike, Treadmill--2012 Indoor Sprint Triathlon Series" - you always have to have one that just says what it means :) have fun tomorrow!

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JDELEON81 1/12/2012 6:17PM

    I actually loved all your slogans lol I thought you were pretty good lol! I love reading your blogs.. they always let me know that I'm not the only "crazy" around here = ) good luck with your triatha whatever it is.. I don't remember cause that's my brain.. but I give you tons of credit.. cause it all just sounds SCARY to me!

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-LINDA_S 1/12/2012 5:52PM

    I would love to attempt to join you, but unless my hike today counts, I'm afraid I'm too injured. There's a bottom-of-toe blister and a bad ankle-rub because I was too STUPID to wear long socks with my hiking boots. But I logged over 5 miles up and down hills and over tree roots, so that should count for something. Good luck!

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HOPE2011 1/12/2012 5:34PM

    Okay, I've been hemming and hawing about this - I only have the walk available to me, and I will join you in doing the 5K on Friday!

Secondly - I LOVE MARIO ANDRETTI! You guys are so lucky and awesome - you will definitely have to tell us all about it when you do it!

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LISALGB 1/12/2012 5:10PM

    What a clever mother you have there!!Not only is her gift motivating but it is way cool!! Who wouldn't want to drive a race car?? I mean, really??
And, personally, I like the Wizard of Oz reference, too.

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LUEYGIRL 1/12/2012 5:04PM

    I'm in this weekend for the 5K walk/run.

T-Shirt design:

How about a larger-sized figure shape with "Try" above it and an in-shape figure with "Tri" above that?

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CANNIE50 1/12/2012 4:29PM

    It makes me a wee bit nutty when people say they will "try" as in "I will try to lose weight" "I will try to exercise" so, here is my annoyed/annoying slogan - "don't try- TRI!"
Your mother is amazing, and, because I have never hid the fact that I have a bit of a crush on your husband (being a grandmother allows me to say things like this), I, too, am very happy that he is on the road to better health (see what I did there?) emoticon emoticon

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DOGLADY13 1/12/2012 4:10PM

    I love "we did a tri and didn't die!"

I think I'll be saying that tomorrow, provided I don't drown in the pool. 750M at the Y is 30 laps. I did more than 30 laps last night during swimming lessons. The question is, can I do that after a 5K and 20K.

I also like the idea of doing this once per month.

SP needs to add an emoticon for "What is wrong with me?" The wide-eyed look on this one evokes more "what have I gotten myself into?", which will also do. LOL emoticon

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MINIUM 1/12/2012 4:05PM

    Brilliant! I love your slogans, especially the 'pain is temporary, pride is forever' and 'you never know until you tri' (do you pronounce 'tri' as you would 'try'?).
Way to go!

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    Your mom is brilliant! I can't even try to imagine a better way to motivate someone to lose weight. Definitely beats repeated nagging :). Good luck with the triathlon. emoticon

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CHRIAMARIA1983 1/12/2012 3:11PM

    Oh Jenn, how I have missed you. You were my very first Spark friend so Spark just wasn't the same in December. I have laughed my head off in this last post! Good luck with your tri- you'll do great! Have fun with Yoga and your vegan resteraunt!

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MADZOE 1/12/2012 3:10PM

    okay seriously if you came up with those slogans... YOU ROCK!!! Those are awesome and I'd be proud to slap them on any T-Shirt!

Your mom also ROCKS by the way. What a super gift! My mom kinda did the same thing in a way. She got my husband an annual membership to the Rod & Gun Club in the next town over, so OMG my computer geek husband will actually have to go out and meet people to get in his shooting fun! Because even though we basically live in the country you can't actually go anywhere to shoot that isn't private or BLM land. Which is a big ol NO NO. So he even went to their annual meeting this week AND signed up for volunteer work there. Praise be to the Moms!

Have fun with your Tri and your Yoga and your Vegan treat.

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ROBYNLN 1/12/2012 3:07PM

    LOVE "Triathlon. If it were easy they would call it a couchathlon".

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MARITIMER3 1/12/2012 3:06PM

    Keep it up and you and Cheffrey will be at the driving school very soon. Great gift from your mum. Will be thinking of you tomorrow as I strength train and do cardio.

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MARYMO22 1/12/2012 3:02PM

    I'll join in tomorrow - can't do the swim as no pool at my gym, but will aim for 5k run.... will see if there's any time left for a cycle

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ANEWLIFE4ME25 1/12/2012 2:37PM

    You are so funny & awesome! Keep up the great work!

Thank you for all the rock!!

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SOUTHPONDCAMP 1/12/2012 2:03PM

    Here are a couple more options for the first line.... (thanks to google...)

Swim, bike, run, drink... (excellent...)

How about a different kind of threesome? (less family oriented)

Swim like you're going to drown, ride like you stole it, and run like they are chasing you... (too long)

Winners train, Losers complain (too smug)

Some actual "quotes"

People do not lack strength; they lack will - Victor Hugo

Winning isn't everything. Wanting to is- Unknown

Think big, believe big, act big, and the results will be big. -Anonymous

Probably more my speed....

To the Pain---princess bride

Suck it up Princess... I think that was a joke with our invisible Canadian friend...

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SOUTHPONDCAMP 1/12/2012 1:31PM

    I made fun of "J" with the bose system and the cute sports car (RX8--some sort of special edition, blah blah blah) UNTIL I got my Audi. Dude. The speakers matter. So to the tires. Expensive tires and sport rims mean you can go faster around the corners! :) I think we might have been separated at birth....

I think I might go with the tri and didn't die option. And I might just have to get the liquid awesome one too. bwaahahahaha.

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KRISTEN282 1/12/2012 1:18PM

    I like the slogans!! Glad to hear your husband is on board too, it's so much easier when that person at home is going through the same thing. And you don't have to watch them eat all the yummy but forbidden things.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/12/2012 1:02PM

    I like the - We did a tri and we didn't die!

I have - Pain is temporary, pride is forever - posted on my vision board. It's totally motivating when I start to think "Why am I doing this?"

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/12/2012 1:01PM

    Awesome Jenn!!

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SHERRYJVP 1/12/2012 12:52PM

    that is awesome, by the way.. I left a comment on your status that sounded bad after I wrote it. (the part about being fat, but people love you anyway". I was't calling you fat at all..was only thinking about the hot dog. Hope you did't take it that way.

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FUNNYSUNNY123 1/12/2012 12:29PM

    "Why do a 5k, if you don't get a shirt?" Awesomeness! Check out for some cool running shirts/ slogans. They have a contest every month for new slogans.

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KAKAKALI4 1/12/2012 12:29PM

    I like .. we did a tri and didn't die! HAHAHA .. .loved it!~

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LSPIZZA 1/12/2012 12:24PM

    I did two triathlons last summer. The shirts were boring.. The finishers medals are really great though!
I like I did a tri and I didn't die.

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GIANTPANDA 1/12/2012 12:21PM

    Hi, I fast walked perhaps long enough to meet the challenge today. I'm still recovering from kickboxing but will definitely do a whole Tri one of these days! I haven't been on a bike in ages so that is one of my goals by the end of the year. How about "Tri to Meet the Challenge" or "Tri Awesome"--trying to think of a slogan. Anyway great idea for a varied workout challenge! Have a great workout today!

(And Beano is a great idea, too, as I head into the veggie challenge and drink too much soymilk at times!)

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HHB4181 1/12/2012 12:19PM

    Triathlon: Where your competitive juices overcome your excuses

That is a cool xmas gift. My husband would love that, except we live in MA.

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GOOFIERNU 1/12/2012 12:06PM

    I did a mock tri back in May... totally rocked it. After I get the old hamstring back into running condition, I'll join in on this.

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KIKI0531 1/12/2012 12:03PM

    Pain is temporary - Pride is forever. I like it.

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ALLYTHEATHLETE 1/12/2012 11:42AM

    I like this one: Triathlon: Where your competitive juices overcome your excuses

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KKINNEA 1/12/2012 11:31AM

    Most of those slogans are awesome! I'll be another 5ker since I have nowhere to swim in MN in the winter and my spin studio is only open certain hours.

I may be persuaded in the summer to take on the swimming (gasp!) since I know a few people use a local beach for their training. (I know, a beach in MN sounds weird).

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DDOORN 1/12/2012 11:24AM

    Great goals and motivators! You're gonna ROCK that TRI!

Chuckles over the Beano...something about all the fiber in those fruits and veggies we're downing, eh? With you on that!


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SKYSEARCHER 1/12/2012 11:20AM

    What a great Christmas gift idea! That sounds like so much fun! :-)

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/12/2012 11:18AM

    Sounds great.

And yeah, fitting in a cockpit is a GREAT motivation. It's one reason I have a tattoo of a kayaker on my forearm.

To remind me that I want to continue fitting into my boats and being able to paddle well.

My other emoticonis a boat.
(they should have bumper stickers like that)

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I've Lost My Mind... Care To Join Me?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

So it's been 10 days of on-plan eating with regular exercise and I'm starting to feel great again, aside from the copious farting. It's time to ramp up my exercise, quit making excuses and being afraid of stupid things. I need to kick things into gear and catch up on my mileage for the 2012 team.

I'm starting to get that old Jenn feeling back. I'm remembering how it felt to be hardcore, to accept no less than 6+ hours of cardio a week, doing kickboxing, swimming, eating super clean, weight training, C25K training, etc. I'm remembering what it felt like to be losing weight each and every week and moving forward like a weight loss machine. I remember, I'm almost there again and I like it. I like it a lot. It's a lot more fun to walk the walk and not just talk the talk.

I'm feeling motivated. I'm feeling higher than a kite on veggie fuel. No more "this is your brain on drugs" it's now "this is your Jenn on exercise and freggies!"

I'm so energized that I'm kind of twitchy and my podmates would tell you that I'm kind of having this ADHD level energetic, spazzy/ twitchy and extremely annoying thing going on. That is in addition to the revolting farts that keep sending me out of the cube to avoid gassing my peeps out. I'm a freaking merry ray of sunshine delight to be around today. WOOT WOOT!

I'm doing a gym-based sprint triathlon on Friday.

What's that, you may be asking?

Technically speaking, it's the "starter drug" of triathlons that gets people headed toward a life of freakish physical fitness like full length triathlons and Ironmans.

A sprint triathlon is, according to
750 meter swim followed by a
20 kilometer bike followed by a
5 kilometer run

So that's what I will be doing on Friday, except not in that order and inside a gym.

You can too. Want to share the pain? Find two friends and do a virtual relay. Or just pick a leg and do it, but I hear that misery adores company.

I feel a Princess Bride quote coming on.... "To the pain!"

Here are the rules:
**Show up at some point this weekend.
**Do the stuff listed above, alone or with others. Outside or in a gym. On Friday, when I post about this again (if I'm not dead) you tell the world all about how awesome you are (or your team awesome) as a comment... or tell the world how awesome you are on your own page... or both.
**Feel the awesome welling up within you and bursting forth in the form of a tri-awesome-sauce.
**Tell the world how awesome you are.

Since I'm doing it at a gym, I'm not going to count transition time. I will be transitioning in a locker room and that seems kind of silly and not at all like the fairly cool and frantic shucking of clothes/application of shoes that happens during real tri transitions.

The facts:

**I'm going to be kinda slow and that's OK, cuz I'm going to be way faster than the lumps watching TV on the couch.
**I'm going to be using a stationary bike and a treadmill instead of the great outdoors and that's ok, too.
**I'm going to whine a lot. Luckily, it will be silently in my own head, because no one wants to hear it.
**I'm swimming last because the last time I got on a treadmill while moist I ended up with 3rd degree inner thigh skin removal due to massive chafing. (I made up that 3rd degree thing, there is no such chafing rating system, I just say these things to amuse myself).
**I will share my times. Not because I think I will be fast, but because I think I will be faster next month when I do it again.

So, who is with me this weekend?

I know SOUTHPONDCAMP is in... who has a few hours they would like to spend exercising this weekend? Who is willing to do a leg as part of a cyber relay? Wave your hand if you want to be part of a relay!

Before you tell me how you are too fat, too old, too PMSy, or too something else, please keep in mind that I was 287 at my last weigh in. Preacher, this is the choir.

Pretty please don't make us suffer alone. Sniffle. Whimper. Surely you can swim, or maybe bike, or perhaps a quick little jaunty walk or maybe a nice perky jog? Maybe you're a full-blown nutbag like me and you are willing to give it a whirl?

Maybe you already the awesomesauce and this will be no big deal for you, and that's not just ok, that's freaking righteous!

It's not like you have to be in the same gym with me while I have brussel sprouts farts, it isn't THAT bad! So spread the word. Push your limits. Earn the official Spark 2012 Gym Sprint Tri Team Shirt. Oh wait, there isn't one. Oops.

Drumroll please!!!!

I now declare the Spark 2012 January Cyber Sprint Tri Open. Spread the insanity. I mean word. Spread the word.

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CJACK66 2/11/2012 11:56AM

    I realize it's been a while since you actually posted this blog, but I just read it this morning...and man, am I glad I did. You have no idea how much you inspired today.

I woke up this morning feely both crampy AND PMSy ('s a gift) and decided that today I would just lay low and cruise SP for inspiration. When lo and behold, I came across your blog.

So, despite having worked out 5 days this week, I hoisted myself out of my chair, donned my finest workout togs (an old paint-spattered t-shirt and hole-y sweats) and jumped on the elliptical for 30 minutes. And I must say, I feel worlds better.

Thanks for the kick in the pants I so desperately needed today. You rock!

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OPTIMIST1948 1/31/2012 8:50PM

    Read my 1/29 blog post. You have inspired me! (Not ready to do it yet, but eventually. I hope).

Power to the crazy people!

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PEONY721 1/20/2012 9:58PM

    I was reading and thinking, hey, I want to do this!
Then I remembered I don't actually know how to swim!

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RIQUI1 1/17/2012 4:18PM

    I am a little late for this one, but this sounds like fun! I wish I had someplace here to do the swimming part of it, as that would probably be my favorite. The treadmill could be done at home, but I have no bike. Hmmm... I wonder if I couldn't use this as an excuse to get more fitness equipment. The bike I can probably manage...I don't know how I will pull of the indoor pool! :)

I read your blog upon finishing, as well!! Congrats to you! Should I figure out how to do this with you, I will keep watch for next month!

Stay true to your goals! :)

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JWAYNE90 1/15/2012 2:25PM

    So glad to see your blogging again! Youre a complete insparation to me!

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BANDMOM2012 1/14/2012 11:17AM

    How could I not look at this when it mentioned farting? You got to love the vegetables, beans and legumes involved in healthy eating emoticon

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BLUEFLIPFLOP 1/13/2012 3:29PM

    Ha! I am so glad to hear someone else has the copious farting when getting back on the wagon.

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  You in inspire me! emoticon emoticon

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MOM2HANDH 1/13/2012 12:08AM

    I'll join you for the 5K run :)

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YINETTV 1/12/2012 11:13PM

  Awesome blog

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MRS_PALMER 1/12/2012 9:30PM

    I don't have a pool but I will do the 5k on the treadmill tomorrow if it kills me!

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WELSTEACH 1/12/2012 4:24PM

    You are correct, you have lost your mind. But what a way to go!

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TAWNMARIE 1/12/2012 4:20PM

    Spark 2012 January Cyber Sprint Tri Open...I am in! It will not be pretty...but it will a first and will be better next month! I started back at the gym on the 7th and I am already sleeping better, and a couple pounds are gone. This was just the motivation I needed. Thanks and Good Luck all!

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MINIUM 1/12/2012 3:46PM

    I think it's a wonderful idea! I'll try to cycle if I can see a counter on my little one.
Go, Jenn, go!

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RODERUNR 1/12/2012 3:11PM

    The 3rd degree comment and "no such chafing rating system" - LMAO! That had me on the floor! You're the reason I spend hours reading blogs - just to find one like yours! Inspiring, motivational and most of all - funny!
Love it - thanx for sharing!!


I'm in for the challenge!

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CHRIAMARIA1983 1/12/2012 3:00PM

    WOW! You rock! Way to get your butt in gear (in more ways than one) after your horrendous December meltdown. I for one will not be taking you up on your offer. Although I will be doing some exercise this weekend I am not up for killing myself. Thanks for the encouragement though- YOUR GREAT! (Yeah- imagine it in the Tony the Tiger voice cuz that is sooooo what I was trying to convey!)

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SPEEDY143 1/12/2012 2:02PM

    "copious farting" "revolting farts" "I have brussel sprouts farts" YOU sound jet propelled to me and more than ready for your Cyber Sprint Tri Open emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YOMAMA128 1/12/2012 1:37PM

    ALL RIGHT!!! Great to see feisty Jenn is back and kicking butt -- everyone's butt.

Yeah I'm in!!! Won't keep a Sparker hanging


Let's do it!!


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RUNNER4LIFE08 1/12/2012 9:16AM

    If I have some extra time on Sunday, I may take up your offer.

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IZADORA 1/12/2012 2:44AM

    Sounds great! I've been alternating 5k on the running trail and 18km on the bike since I started back this week . . . however, I am not sure if I am friendly enough with my bathing suit to put it on this weekend. Maybe I'll just complete the dry portion and cheer you on (virtually) from the side of the pool!

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MARYHENNIG 1/12/2012 1:03AM

  750 meter swim followed by a
20 kilometer bike followed by a
5 kilometer run

I have 3 broken toes on my right foot, but I can ride a recumbent bike. I need to check into pool accessibility. Have a treadmill in the house. Can't run with these toes, but I can certainly walk 5k. Based on my work schedule, I'll need to spread this over a few days... BUT, I WILL DO THIS. COUNT ME IN!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BHIGGINS25 1/12/2012 12:53AM

    I don't have access to a bike or a pool, but I'm in for the 5K! Lets rock it! This was so inspiring! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 1/11/2012 11:43PM

    That is AWESOME!!! :-) I am definitely in...although I don't have access to a pool - and even if I did I can't I'll have to think of something else in the place of the swim.....

Love this blog!!!

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GOIN4GR8 1/11/2012 11:31PM

    I alom suffer from 3rd degree chafe on a regular basis--especially while sweaty! Ha ha--thanks for the great blog!

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GENELDABELDA 1/11/2012 10:02PM

    I'm in. I will be doing mine on Friday cause I got to take the swimmer to a meet out of town. I won't be very fast on the run as it is last and my knees are not behaving..but I'm liking the push. My husband does sprint tris and I'm going to do this without tellling him what I am doing. It will knock his socks off. emoticon emoticon

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DMAICON 1/11/2012 9:03PM

  U are so awesome! I would love to try at least one of these next month. U are so inspiring and can't wait to see what's next.

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REENIE131 1/11/2012 8:46PM

    How cool! I can't join in this month, because the pool I'm going to be swimming in opens February 1st, but I'd love to join in next month!

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JULIA1154 1/11/2012 8:43PM

  The sprint triathlon's an interesting concept. I won't be doing it this weekend but could see aiming for it later in the spring. My crawl technique is embarrassing (at best)....

I, too, am enjoying getting back to normal.

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SHAMILTON311 1/11/2012 8:41PM

    Your blog is very inspiring! I have just started back on my healthy diet program. Although I have not started back exercising, I have been doing my January cleaning(like spring cleaning) and it is unbelievably good exercise. In fact, I can hardly stand upright tonight. every muscle is throbbing. I know I'll have a 3 or 4 pound weight loss this week. That being said, after my January cleaning purge, I'm looking forward to getting back to the gym. It made me very happy and excited to read your blog. It makes me remember how great I feel when I'm doing what I should be doing, and trying fun new activities.

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KATHIERAE 1/11/2012 8:36PM

    emoticonJen IS back!!! emoticon

Not that into swimming, and don't bike so no "tri" for me, but I WILL do a 5k this weekend (walking)... I might even do it twice just because! emoticon emoticon

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SWEETP84 1/11/2012 8:29PM

    I'd be in but there is no pool at my gym :( can I participate in the other parts though and maybe do an extra couple miles to make up for the swim?

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SWEETP84 1/11/2012 8:27PM

    Good Luck! And have a great time! that sounds like a great idea!

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TUCKERKT 1/11/2012 8:05PM

    Good luck, I am not there yet, i am pacing myself to survive to get to my goal! And yes eating well does make you fart a lot, good thing I work in a sewage treatment plant, i can just blame the work environment on the smell!!

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MRSG942011 1/11/2012 7:56PM

    Farts are good, it means you are getting used to more fiber! It will subside soon. I find staying away from Fiber One (for some reason makes me gassy as hell) and eating stuff with fewer ingredients, like AllBran with bananas in almond milk, makes a difference. Some of the more processed fiber I can't eat. And slowly increase it. Good luck!

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MOUSEOPOTOMUS1 1/11/2012 6:35PM

    OMG I am so in!! I dont care how long it take me I want to finish it. Like you I would like to compare how much I improve next month. Let DO THIS!! I need something that will motivate me and I think this is just what I need!!

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ZOMBIEGIRL.NET 1/11/2012 6:12PM

    I'm on my 10th day of being back to the old-hardcore-eating healthy-weekly weight losing me too!! Feels GREAT. I feel like I need to give you a high five! ::high five:: keep up the awesomeness! I love the energy. The tri athalon thing scares me, but I totally am cheering you on from afar!

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KRISTYLH7 1/11/2012 5:03PM

    This is the funniest but most inspiring blogs I have read on here. Please take that as a compliment. Not much makes me really laugh thee days other than Larry The Cable Guy. I weigh 50 pounds more than I should and I find that it is affecting everything...ambition, socializing, laughing...everything.
I wish I you and I were neighbors so we could do all of this together. I live out in the woods of Northwest Wisconsin with my wonderful husband, 3 dogs and a cat.
I find it hard to even go out among people we know because I don't want them to see how much weight I have gained in one year. I wish you the best, keep up your humor, it is great. Thank You! Kristy emoticon

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DOLPHINGIRL2982 1/11/2012 4:24PM

    You go! What an inspiring story! I have to say that I too am starting to remember the old me! I love the feeling of knowing who I am and not giving up on myself! I am determined to stay motivated so others will see me on the outside the way I see myself on the inside!

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EMPTRS 1/11/2012 4:18PM

    YAHOO!!! Love it!!! I am finding my groove after the holidays again too!!!

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4LOOPS 1/11/2012 3:09PM

  good luck! I loved seeing a Princess Bride qoute!

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NIGHTOWL87 1/11/2012 3:03PM

  haha this was just awesome, and you're relay sounds like alot of fun! I'll be in on the swimming part :D

And not gonna lie if i saw somebody dressed in their bike suit, going crazy on a stationary bike, complaining about how "the hills are so freaking steep...why are they this steep?!" I'd keep the conversation going lol better to join the delusion that fear it

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KITHKINCAID 1/11/2012 2:39PM

    Your blogs make me giggle. And that's why I love them so much. Brussels sprouts farts are DEFINITELY the worst - hehehe.

I will be running and zumbaing and playing soccer this weekend (all while sick - cough cough) so I'll be thinking about you doing your first tri!

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JIVANA108 1/11/2012 2:38PM

    I'm in for a run and bike ride indoors as well:)Saturday will rock! Great idea for a cyber team triathalon. Wonderful blog as always.

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Goals, Poo, Starbucks, TMI, Crazy Contortions & The Resolution You & Yours Need to Make

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

So December was horrific. Sucktacular. Truly awful. Poopy. How awful you ask? Well, the suckage included 3 trips--2 alone-- from Ohio to Iowa and back which equates to over 4,000 miles driven and over 66 hours driving in 14 days. I'm up 12 pounds for those 14 days. Christmas was... well, it wasn't. I sat at home alone and opened Christmas cards. I've never appreciated Christmas cards as much as I did this year. I may actually send some next year.

Unfortunately, that was the good part of December, being alone and driving and all, and I'm not kidding.

I've always wondered if I would be a decent hospice nurse. What I found out is that I do have what it takes to do hospice. I just wish I didn't have to find out that piece of information while taking care of my MIL. I've never wanted my Mommy so much in my life, and not because she is the knower of all things hospice, but because she is my Mom.

So, in summary, December stunk. December stunk like an Iowa pig farm in July (it smells bad enough in December, I'm guessing about summer).

I could feel my ass spreading as I drove. 16 days with nary a single treadmill, yoga class, spinning workout or swim. I ate whatever was available along the route and food that women bearing casseroles provided when I was stationary. I ate fudge. I ate dairy and Iowa corn fed pork and some monstrosity called a tenderloin that is really really big on a wee little bun. I had Starbucks every day I could because that Venti No Foam Soy Earl Grey Tea Latte tasted like home.

My body is, for lack of a better word, pissed.

At one point I was rolling on the floor in tears because I was so constipated from the terrible food, lack of exercise and stress. Stress-induced constipation happened to me once during finals week and it was so bad I almost took myself to the ER for an appendicitis workup before an instructor told me I was "literally FOS."

TMI Warning

Poor Cheffrey. Defenseless, sweet, kind Cheffrey. He went somewhere he had never gone before, and hopes to never go again. He bought enemas. Poor guy. His Mom was so sick and his wife, the only one who was comfortable with the meds and such, was flopping around on the floor like a fish, desperate for pain relief, writhing around in poo-filled pain. Yup, he went into the drug store and scored some enemas for me. Then, god help me, I had to use them. What a bloody freaking nightmare of humiliating proportions. Insult, meet injury... the bleeping things didn't work.

End of TMI warning

My joints ache from not eating clean. I feel like old Fat Jenn. I went to yoga last night and it's like the last 6 months of yoga never happened. It feels like back to square one. I've lost a mile per hour on the treadmill. My downward dog feels like someone is trying to break my wrists. I could only run for a minute or so on the treadmill. I feel old and fat and gross and tired and my pits stink like they do when I eat a standard American diet. I'm disgusting.

I was doing spinning, and doing it well, a mere three weeks ago.

I'm in this strange place where I'm really upset with myself about my total December failure versus feeling like hey, I did what I had to do, now I can get back to Operation Defattening. I'm still on the horse. I'm still fighting the battle. I lost December. I'm still here. I'm still fighting the good fight. I will admit to being somewhat emotionally, spiritually and physically tired.

I cannot deny that I stress eat. I knew it when I was doing it that I wasn't feeling tummy hunger. I noted it and moved on, moved forward.

I know that being exhausted makes me eat badly. I was awake for 32 straight hours at one point.

I know that stress makes me eat and there was enough stress for a mall full of people.

I know that crying makes me dehydrated. I also know that Coca Cola is a poor beverage to hydrate with. End result is that I drank a lot of it and was still really thirsty.

The good news is that last December I would have chowed down and not cared or even been cognisant of these issues. This December I knew it was happening, noted it, and actually said these words out loud and meant them, "I cannot wait to get home and eat vegan and eat clean and exercise every day and do yoga."

That, my friends, is progress.

What else is progress? I'm far smaller than I was when I weighed this much last year. The exercise is paying off.

I've been 100% on plan since January 1st. I know that if I keep it up I will feel better. It's an act of faith right now.

On to the fun...

Resolutions. Goals. Are they they same thing? I decided that they aren't. I think that a resolution is a behavior you want to change. A goal is something you want to accomplish. Something you WILL accomplish.

My resolution this year is to not text and drive. I've taken care of three people who became organ donors because they--or another driver--chose to text and drive. I strongly encourage you to be part of my no texting resolution.

I don't usually tell people what to do with their lives. I share my experience. I offer support. I offer free advice that is worth what you pay for it. I'm telling you that nothing is important enough to text and drive. Pull freakin' over. Wait for a light.

Seriously. You owe it to yourself and the people who love you to not text and drive. I expect lots of comments stating that you solemnly swear you are up to no good. Errr sorry, got carried away with the Harry Potter for a second there. I expect lots of comments saying, "I would rather live than text, I'm with ya!" or a variation on that theme.

Spread the No Texting Revolution Resolution!

2012 Goals!!!!!

Goals. I need goals. Lots of goals. I require them. Loads of goals.

I will get back to my low weight of 265, and keep on trucking from there. Life is too short to be obese. Life is too short not to respect good health.

Half Marathon, one, preferably more. I want to do The Pig in Cincy. Ohioans call Cincinnati "Cincy" because they can't spell it, FYI.

Maybe Rock N Roll Half Las Vegas with HeatherStew next December, it has to be better than this December! I wanted to do it this year, but I'm a poor saver, so now I have more time to save.

July 28th. Escape From Alcatraz. Me, some other crazy people, a ferry and some sharks. Woot! I think I'm going to harass my mommy until she goes with me and cheers for me.

Mudman Triple, Gambier, Ohio

365 hours of cardio. That's 21,900 exercise minutes people! WOOT WOOT!

I'm also signing up for Fittingin130's 2012 miles in 2012 challenge team. I will be converting my non-walking/running exercise into mileage for that. It's going to be tough and awesome. If you want to join the team take a look at my page and click on it. There is a shorter option as well, 201.2 miles, for the sake of being inclusive.

I expect to be able to do 5 mph for an entire hour by the end of the year. I met my2011 goal of 4 mph for an hour. I have to get back to 4, since I've totally decimated my cardio ability this last month, then move forward to 5.

Be able to run 5k without stopping. Slowing fine stopping not fine.

Lose 100 pounds this year. One Zero Zero. No less.

Weight that starts with a 1 by the end of the year, kind of goes along with the 100 pounds thing.

Smaller belly that allows far more yoga poses.

Gym sprint tri. Basically, bikes are so expensive that I would feel like this goal was "to hemorrhage money" if I set a "do sprint triathlon" goal, so I will do a sprint tri at the gym. Using their bikes. :)

Lose so much weight that I have to literally get rid of my entire wardrobe except shoes. I'm keeping the angora sweater thingie... it will be big enough to roll up in before I'm done.

Yoga goals:

Attempt to like hot yoga again. I loathed Bikram. LOATHED. But I will give it a second chance this year.

Be able to do these poses:

Eka Pada Koundiyanasana---try saying that five times fast!

Also, Natarajasana:

I had said earlier this year I was going to set a 2012 goal of doing an inversion. That goal was a total fail the next day when my favorite yoga instructor laughed at me (kindly) and informed me that I already do inversions. It was her idea to choose goal poses. :)

So, are you giving up texting and driving? What are your goals? I want to hear your goals so I can steal them and make them my goals. Errr, no, I mean, I want to hear your goals so I can encourage you and support you in your achievements!

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CHRISTINCOTA86 1/16/2012 8:28AM

    I am on board with the no-texting thing!

I have always been on a weight-loss journey, but I joined the gym just before my mom became ill and I watched her leave us slowly. And then there's the grief afterwards. And now, nearly a year later, I no longer use it as a current excuse, but I can see why I had so little success last year.

My goals for 2012 are to lose 3 pounds a month, for 36 pounds lost by years end. I want to be more consistent at the gym, and I want to eat less at night!

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CHRIAMARIA1983 1/12/2012 2:51PM

    SO crazy how one month can mess you up soooo bad! I also went on a bender (you had a WAY better excuse than I did) and now I am back. Joined the BLC #13 and it started this week. I've been fighting cravings like crazy, totally gave up on the vegan thing (I did that for like a month and the SERIOUSLY fell off the wagon with meat cravings), and have been having a difficult time getting back into exercising. I had to do this test for BLC of how long it took me to do a mile. I swear I used to be able to do it in 15 min or less this summer but this time it was 21.5! And to top it all of my hip is in pain! Sheesh. That'll teach me! Next year I am not going to be so crazy! But hey, like you said, at least there is an improvement over last year =)

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LUVDOGZ 1/11/2012 2:06PM

    I am so sorry that you had a rough December. It sounds like you are back on track big time and have some wonderful goals! I never text and drive, so no problem joining you there. My goals, to increase my cardio time, start ST again, increase my water, actually TRACK my food for more than 1 day at a time, more positive thoughts about myself. Those negative thoughts have gotten me to where I am!

You are awesome, I love your blogs! emoticon

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HYDR0GEN 1/11/2012 3:16AM

    Sorry to read about your December but I am glad you made it through still so positive! Good luck in 2012!

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TINASDUNWELL 1/10/2012 4:02PM

  Glad to see you come up swinging from your recent 15 rounds with Dr. Suck.

Missed reading your blogs.

I was actually getting a little 'worried about you' (weird, since I only know you by blog and you don't know me from the coat rack... er, fat coat rack) and contemplated trying to poke you and see if you're OK.

One thing, Jenn... I always thought you were too smart to be the kind of girl who texts and drives. emoticon

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MORGANSMOM52 1/10/2012 10:22AM

    Not only no texting but no reading someone else's text to you!!!People cannont safely read and drive let alone try to write and drive.

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MINIUM 1/10/2012 4:11AM

    I love your style!!! You're so funny! Thanks for sharing your stories with us.
The goal of not text and driving will be an easy one for me as I don't drive - I only walk in Paris and sometimes take the tube. But I want to improve the weights in ST and get tighter all over, but especially in my bottom area.
We can do this! Thanks for sharing!

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WOLFKITTY 1/10/2012 12:50AM

    Okaaaaaay. No texts. For realsies.
Once upon a time I scorned people who texted while they drove -- HOW COULD THEY?!!?! I didn't even drive and call! Um. Somehow (iPhone) along the way (iPhone) I became a texter (I blame the iPhone).

So, I'm on board. I'll even make it a SparkStreak -- that's how I finally stuck to reducing my speed.

So yeah.
(Poo issues always make me really sorry that I didn't eat healthfully. There's no mistaking the lack of fiber,a nd too much sodium issues!)

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SHEILAB64 1/9/2012 9:25PM

    What is it about December? Probably the fact that my husband went to Afganistan in November and I went in to depression has something to do with it. Thanksgiving did me in and it got worse from there. I am up about 5 lbs. I exercised some but not what I should and I have not logged my food since the week of Thanksgiving - I have logged my food today and will keep doing it.

Goals: Log food daily, get back to daily exercise, lose at least 30 more pounds before Prince (husband, real name) gets home in May. Do my skin care daily. Do a better job with household routines. Stop eating out so much - keep to once or twice a week.

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KIKI0531 1/9/2012 4:15PM

    Great blog, as expected. I myself am back from a short haitus that occurred around the holidays, cookies and oh so yummy fat-laden treats. I still have not come up with resolutions; however, I do know that I want to make better choices and get back on track. I don't even have the balls to step back on a scale until I can sit down and not have a muffin top hangin' over my pants. UGH :(

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SPARTAN40 1/9/2012 1:39PM

    I'm sorry you had a sucktackular December. Sounds like you summed it up pretty well.

I join you in the no Text and Drive (as long as I can dial the phone while at a stop light and then talk on my bluetooth).

Oh, and if you lose enough weight you also will need new shoes!

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JUGGLER63 1/9/2012 11:32AM

    I needed your post much, much more than you can imagine. My eating was way out of control in December and when I weighed myself 2 days ago, I was shocked. I started a new job, which I love, but the store is a 15 sec walk from a tea house that carries pastries, soups and sandwiches. I went overboard with that. Ok, my goal is to avoid the place and always bring lunch. I want to try yoga, but want to find a place that is all-size friendly. I went to one at my gym and walked out after looking at all the toned bodies.
I also have a goal of losing 100 lbs but will settle for getting into the Ones by July. I have to see if that is reasonable.
Thank you so much for your honesty (and TMI--been there). I resolve to call yoga studios today to find out what their class schedules are.
Keep on keeping on
Peace out,

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TRABOLD8567 1/9/2012 1:46AM

  Great goals! Great enough to wipe out the badness of December. Thanks for sharing!

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MAMMER3 1/8/2012 5:33PM

    Thank yo for sharing your horrible December I can honestly say i WILL NEVER SPEAK OF THIS DECEMBER AGAIN!!! Maybe we should just say there were 11 months last year that were great and we are better off this January then we were last January go us!! My goal is to try Yoga everyone including yourself rave about it and I am so inflexible its actually sad to watch. New Year new goals!! GO YOGA ANS GO YOU!

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ROTCHV 1/8/2012 1:43PM

    I am going to do a pull up- and 15 regular push ups. And I am doing P90x workouts. go me. I too found that I was bloated, gross and sluggish from eating junk, less exercise and family stress. January, thus far, is better. You do help a person feel less alone when you share your struggles. Here is to hoping we achieve our goals. emoticon

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JIVANA108 1/8/2012 11:09AM

    I love this blog so gutlevel honest, vunerable... Its hard to be a hospice nurse trial by fire with family members. I did it by choice 12yrs...its much easier than my own family(father/aunts).
My goals for 2012
-Journal every day if only 1 one word/sentence
-Meditate every day if only for 5 minutes
-No caffeine-coffee/black tea...chocolate stays for now
-Walk outside 6 days a week 1hr
-Water 8 glasses daily

Reading a book called Revive-Frank Lippman MD for those of us are "spent" exhausted mentally emotionally physically to nourish ourselves and "revive" energy/ health on all levels one week at a time for 6wks

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SKINNYMINNIE25 1/8/2012 12:22AM

    sounds like you learned a lot of easy on yourself.

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ANJELIA1968 1/7/2012 10:38PM

    Sorry you had such a sucky December. What is it about that month when the most significant spiritual event of all time is celebrated (ok, we can debate whether Easter is more spiritually significant, but you get my point that it's a holiday that MATTERS!) yet we're all in such a funk? Maybe it's the weather shift and the loss of daylight, or maybe it's the debt we accumulate trying to shop for all those people who are so important to us at Christmas time but seem to be less important 6 weeks later, but whatever it is, December is just basically depressing. Glad you are getting back in gear in the new year (as am I). You've got some solid goals and I believe you will achieve them, and I GUARANTEE I will follow you in accomplishing your resolution as my cell phone doesn't even have texting (yes, antiquated!) and most of the time I don't carry it anyway.
Thanks for some giggles to start 2012 and we wish you all the best!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 1/7/2012 9:28PM

    Oh Hot Yoga! IN LOVE! Seriously!
December suck all the time here I swear!!! Hugs to you!
My digestion track is the worst!!! My yoga instructor gave us this recipe. I swear it works!
2T apple cider vinegar
1t honey
1/8 t cheyenne pepper
lemon slice
1 cup water

Ahh relief! Drink it every night! I wait till it cools to slam it back!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 1/7/2012 8:50PM

    Sorry you had such a sucktackular December. Although, I do admit I love that word sucktacular and may have to adopt it as my own. emoticon

Wishing you a great 2012.
And I promise I will not text and drive. It's dangerous to myself and others on the road.

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AHAUNTEDPOET 1/7/2012 7:11PM

    I was surfing the web one day (in March 09) and saw the Escape From Alcatraz Tri and said "I want to do THAT". So I joined a gym and got a trainer who asked me my goals. I told him I want to do a triathlon this summer. He smiled indulgently and said "maybe next summer". I said "we'll see." Then I did some more research about Escape From Alcatraz and found out you have to qualify to be in that one -- so sadly it was not going to get to be my first tri. But I tell you what... I DID do a tri that very summer (Nationwide - Columbus) despite a knee injury and a trainer who kept telling me to take it easy with the extra training (he may have had a point hence the knee injury)... all I know is I did it. And reading your post - I know you can too. I'm excited for you and can't wait to hear about your amazing year!

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DAWNFIRE72 1/7/2012 6:25PM

    Sorry you had such a rough December. It sounds like you are back on track and doing pretty well so far.

Good luck with those poses. I might be able to do the second one but the first one I just don't think this 40 year old body could get into.

As for the texting and driving thing I don't do it because here it is against the law. If you cause an accident and they suspect you were on your phone (texting or talking without a hands free device) you are 100% responsible in the eyes of the law.

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KNITTR1 1/7/2012 2:12PM

    texting while driving has an accident risk profile equivalent of driving with a blood alcohol level of .o8-.13, depending upon which research you look at.

As my boss, the driver safety expert explains it, going 65 mph, you travel almost 1.5 feet a second. That means it takes you only 3.41 minutes to travel the length of a football field.

In 5 seconds, you travel over 7 feet. That's more than enough to rear-end the car in front of you.

You go, girl!

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YOMAMA128 1/7/2012 1:45PM

    Thanks for writing about your horrific December. I'm so glad that you can acknowledge that you're further ahead this year than Dec 2010. It's so important to put these dark times in perspective, as soon as you're able to. Dec is only one month after all, and you've made a lot of strides.

It may feel like square one, but it isn't, Jenn. Your body - as resentful as it is :) - will remember the treadmill and the poses and all your efforts, and will get back in the game. Our bodies really are responsive and marvelous and resilient!!

I had a horrific December in 2010 -- my husband suffered severe vertigo and was incapacitated for almost a week. Then he got on a flight west and stayed out there for a few weeks while his father passed away. While they were in intensive care, his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Meanwhile, I was out this way alone with my daughter and Christmas concerts and trying to stay strong. A VERY dark time.

So suffice to say that I understand that an onslaught of stress and pain can put you in another reality for awhile. You're back, you're strong, and you're determined!! You also have all of our support -- we're rooting for you, Jenn!

Let's have a Happy New Year, shall we?

Take care! We're with you on this!


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MJROBB 1/7/2012 1:37PM

    Hey! For what it's worth, you're not the only one who had a not-so-hot December! My little sister came to do xmas with me (her first xmas away from our folks) so I tried to do it up right. What did this end up as? Two weeks (one with her here, one after she left) where I ate things that tasted good, not so much moderation, not as much exercise as I wanted, etc. End result? Scale says +5 lbs. From 2 weeks! Sure I ate "bad" things (chocolate, pizza, more chocolate-why is there always so much chocolate in my stocking?!-cookies, cinnamon rolls... jeez, typing that all out just makes me feel gross) but I didn't think I ate 5 lbs worth of "bad" things...

I don't know if you do this or not, but I take measurements as well as stepping on the scale. That's the only thing that's making me feel not truly horrible. Yes, in those 2 weeks I gained 2.75 inches (that's total across all the places I measure) BUT according to my records, I'm still 4 inches smaller than the last time I weighed this much! So that's good at least.

Anyways, sorry your december was crappy (literally). Here's to a better January, and a continuing better 2012!

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RIGBY31 1/7/2012 12:27PM

    I dont know how to text. I'm safe from myself, but have got to be on constant lookout for crazy typists on the road. You are awesome, you inspire. {{hugs}}

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CULAINA 1/7/2012 12:11PM

    i've never text whilst driving but i promise not to start.

your experience on the road and the almost debilitating diet has given you first hand evidence that this stuff is not good for you. i doubt there will come a time again when you think 'hey, that's a good idea!'

lesson learned :D

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DUXGRL1 1/7/2012 9:49AM

    I know what you mean about exhaustion making you eat! That was MY challenge during the holidays, not as much all the fattening food. And you had SO much more going on that made it difficult. I love the holidays, but I am kind of happy they are over because it is SO much easier to concentrate on eating right again. You'll get back to where you want to be quickly, it sounds like you have had a great start.

(I NEVER text and drive, OR talk on my cell phone and drive, either! (Unless I am just sitting in traffic!))

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KIPPER15 1/7/2012 8:55AM

    Thanks for being honest and turning your own pain into teaching. I totally agree about the text and drive - pull over or wait to text. No text is worth dying for!!. Great goals, and resoulutions are not goals - glad you clarified that again! Love your blogs. Keep up your great work. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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24REBEKAH 1/7/2012 12:39AM

    I know you already know this but sometimes it helps me to hear it again...

You have made great progress! You are going to have good days and bad days, good months and bad months, but jumping back in the game is what makes you a winner.

So sorry to hear your December was rotten, the holidays can be such an emotional time anyway. I hope the new year brings you peace, joy, and health!!

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CM_GARDNER78 1/7/2012 12:34AM

    I'm with you on NO texting and driving!!! I solemnly swear!!

LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!!! I am rooting for you to reach your goals!! :-)

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RYDERB 1/6/2012 11:35PM

    Oh Jenn! I could tell there was something going on with you in December, but I had NO idea you were going through so much. emoticon Alcatraz in July sounds fantastic, I'd love to cheer from a boat! emoticon
As far as texting, happy to report, I don't like to do it from the couch, and have NEVER tried from behind a wheel, and NEVER will. Congratulations on getting right back to work. I lost my own footing in December, and know oh too well, how much it sucks. But that was SO last year! I'm ready to move forward with you! Here's to a Happy and Healthy 2012! emoticon emoticon

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IFFYIFFY 1/6/2012 8:59PM

    December sounds awful.

I have no desire to try Bikram, the thought makes me a bit queasy. Too hot, my pitta nature doesn't need that.

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LISALGB 1/6/2012 8:28PM

    So sorry December was such a bad time for you. I am glad you are home and back on track, now!!
I don't text and drive - if my phone beeps and my son is with me, I let him read aloud to me and then text what I tell him.
It works for us. If I'm alone - I just wait until I stop somewhere or get home.

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JULIA1154 1/6/2012 7:44PM

  I'm sorry your December was SO tough. (It sounds as though it was pretty bad for your husband, too.) Welcome back to your own life, Jenn.

And yes, as Brian 36 pointed out, you WILL need to get new shoes once you lose enough weight to need a new wardrobe. Sad but true. I'm sure you'll manage to deal with it gracefully :)

Thanks for your comments on texting while driving. I don't text - period. I also don't use my cell in the car when in motion.

Best wishes for 2012, Jenn.

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PRITTYSPESHUL19 1/6/2012 7:21PM

    I currently do not text and drive, and I am so happy to be able to say that. I love the resolution!
This blog post is incredibly inspiring. I may have to write one of my own!

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ANEWME42012 1/6/2012 5:56PM

    Hey Jenn,

Sorry you had such a crap December. But equally I'm glad that you had a really rough time and then got up again and kept going! That is real strength!

My goals:
1) Lose 25kg by 31 Dec 2012
2) Run a 7K in Feb and a 10K in June (run, the whole way!)
3) Develop a clothing "style" (as opposed to buying whatever fits)
4) Meet all my work training goals for 2012

By no means an exhaustive list but a good start...

Oh, and of course NO TEXTING AND DRIVING!

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CODILYNN2 1/6/2012 4:51PM

    Way to put December behind you and look towards the future. 2012 is going to be a great year for health and waitloss.

I would love to be able to do those poses I just got a yoga kit so I can start doing more advanced yoga from home! Best of luck in 2012!

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KAREN_NY 1/6/2012 3:53PM

    Oh Jen, wow. What a rotten, but probably good in some soul-growing-blessed-karma-sort of way, to have to go through such a rough month. Hospice is hard enough without all the accompaniments of travel & being thrown off. Seriously, wishing you all the blessings & peace at heart.

Now... how fabulous that you can turn such a hellacious month into such a rockin' blog. :)

Notetaking on Jen's awesome blogness:
* Venti No Foam Soy Earl Grey Tea Latte - This sounds like a yummmmmyyyy reason to go to Starbucks! I'm going to try this for sure.

* You've been on plan since 1/1. Of course you have! Because that "plan" is your real life! The rest was a necessary exception. Your real life is where it's at... so of course you'll make those other goals!

* Ohioans can't spell it. Heeheee... my sister lived in Cincinnati... and it's totally true.

* Escape from Alcatraz. That's pure insanity!
* No DWT (driving while texting). That's not insane at all. Scarily true & right & real. I'm on board 100%!

Rock the day,

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AMYMC_05 1/6/2012 3:09PM

    Sounds like you did what you had to do last month, but on to better times. Looks like you're on the right track! Congrats on your success! emoticon

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LBWINT1 1/6/2012 1:44PM

    I am with you on the no texting and driving thing! Nothing is that important and it is insane to think how many people do it on the road and put strangers lives at risk. Happy New Year and cheers to reaching our goals! emoticon

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FEISTYOWL 1/6/2012 1:22PM

    When you ditch your entire wardrobe - expect to ditch the shoes too! No joke. My shoe size has dropped a half size - go figure. And when I mentioned it here, another friend of mine had the same thing happen. Who knew fat was in the length of your shoe?!?!?!

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TAURUSGIRL3 1/6/2012 12:46PM

  Sorry to hear about your awful December! I like the 2012 attitude and goals! My goal for this year is to get into the 100's- that will be a 76 lb. weight loss to just get to 199. It will be a tough road.

I don't text and drive. I honk at people that I see doing it. (At least they look up momentarily.)

Here's to the new year!

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CYNDI2012 1/6/2012 12:39PM

    Awesome Blog!! You should so publish a work of your writing someday - you have a natural knack for it!

Cheers to you for spreading the no text resolution. And here's a huge motivator to those who are on the fence of joining in...

My 36 year old brother is an ambulance driver. Last evening he and another EMT were coming back in to the hospital with a patient when they were hit head on by a 54 year old man in a sedan. The ambulance driver is in critical condition, my brother and the patient sustained serious injury. The reason for the accident...the man driving the car was texting, and so distracted he didn't see a large white and yellow ambulance with flashing lights and sirens. The end result, he isn't alive today to make the no texting and driving resolution.

It takes people just like you to blog, talk, scream from the rooftops for people to stop, and I thank God for people like you out there.

Good luck with your goals in 2012. You have had amazing success, and a small setback won't derail your overall goals. Keep up the amazing work, your wonderful blogs, and just being you!

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BRIAN36 1/6/2012 12:06PM

    I didn't read anyone else's responses, but I just wanted to throw this out there. When (not if) you lose enough weight to replace your entire wardrobe, you WILL have to get new shoes. Strange but true fact from my own personal experience.

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CECSAV 1/6/2012 11:26AM

    Love the goals! I think I'll have to do a blog like this myself! Thank you!!

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 1/6/2012 11:18AM

    I never text and drive and I won't even answer my phone while driving. I pull off the road! You are so right, I've seen too many victims of it. Not a pretty sight. Distracted driving is dangerous driving! When I drive I drive. Thank you for putting that out.
I hear you on the constipation thing. Never tried the enema deal (too many bad memories from childhood - my Mom believed in them too much). I do Milk of Magnesia or stool softeners, up the water and pray they work. It's painful I know!
I love that you couldn't wait to get home to eat better & exercise - all the good things you couldn't wait to do! That is major progress!
Never give up! You'll rock all your goals! Take care. emoticon

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HHB4181 1/6/2012 11:04AM

    Ugh... that does sound awful. So sorry you had to go through that.
(enemas = me shuddering )

Yes, Yes, I will not text and drive this year. I try not to anyway.

My goals for 2012
*3 5K's
*20 push ups
*10,000 fitness minutes (may revise to 12.000 minutes)
*run 5 miles/do 8K?
*more defined upper body
*want to see clavicle
*yoga 1-2 times a week

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SELLBY06 1/6/2012 10:42AM

    I never text and drive, but my resolution is not to talk on the phone and drive unless I'm on the highway. Some new study came out that said you are still way more likely to crash when you are just talking....and with the stupid Lexington drivers it's better to be safe than sorry.

OH and run a half-marathon and lose the last 30 pounds and go to graduate school so I can get a move-on with my life. Love your blogs, thanks for your *detailed* description of what happens when life gets in the way...we all go through it but no one talks about it emoticon

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YOURHAPPINESS 1/6/2012 10:33AM

    What an awful December! I am very guilty of texting and driving (even though my slidemyfingeracrossthescreen keyboard makes it easier) and I'm even more guilty of putting on mascara while driving. I mean, I'm looking straight ahead while I'm primping! But yes, I do need to make no texting a goal. I've gotten a lot better!

I am having my kindergarteners set goals for the new year. Some want to be better at playing video games, dancing, jump roping, hulahooping.. some want to learn to read or help take care of their siblings.

All I want to do is learn to sew (effectively!) and to get back to moving my assular region.

Also, I feel ya on the enemas. That stuff is awful ESPECIALLY when it doesn't work. =(

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Do I Deserve It?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

There is this thing we do where we tell ourselves we deserve something.

I've worked hard, I deserve a new car.
I've finally graduated, I deserve a nicer apartment.
I'm cute, I deserve the $17 lipstick from MAC.
I'm the best great dane mommy ever, I deserve a third great dane. Nevermind, scratch that last one.

When I'm at the mall shopping with my husband and I admire some fabtastic, gourmet swanky thing, like an obscenely expensive purse, or a light fixture (I have an obsession with light fixtures it seems) or something else that I don't need, deserve, haven't earned and will never be on a "need" list, my husband is incredibly helpful. He says, "buy it, you work hard, you deserve it."

So when I say my husband is helpful, I really mean that he isn't.

The same thing happens when I am all gooey at the idea of macaroons (the French kind, not the coconut kind) or cheese, or naughty food in general. Go on, you've worked hard, you've lost lots of weight, indulge... you deserve it.

I'd like to say that it's always my husband telling me I deserve the naughty food, but the reality is that it's usually my internal Jenn muttering in my brain, "you deserve those 100,432,224 fat grams, you've worked hard. You DESSSSERRRRRVE it!" It's like the damn basilisk in the wall, and I'm the only one around who can speak Parseltongue. Or maybe it should be called FatTongue. (For those who don't know what Parseltongue is, get thee to a Barnes and Noble posthaste and buy all 7 Harry Potter books immediately, start at page one book one and read until there are no pages left.)

When it's a $500 dollar purse, smart Jenn kicks in and when hubby says I deserve it, my response (unless I want it, covet it, can't live without it, refuse to go on with life without acquiring it) is this: "I deserve to retire one day too." Too many expensive purses, lights, itunes songs, whatever... they all add up to me having less money in the bank for retirement.

Have you ever noticed when we start to use the word "deserve" we are usually talking about something that is not a need, but a want?

I deserve a piece of birthday cake, I've been good.

I deserve some fried chicken, I've lost five pounds.

I deserve dinner in a restaurant, I haven't cheated all week.

Just to clarify, all of the things we "deserve" seem to be contrary to our overall goals, desires and wants. Well, I speak for myself really, royal we and all that crap.

Right now, I deserve a nice freaking vacation. I haven't saved up for one, but dammit, I deserve one. I need to work at earning that vacation, so that deserving it is a moot point.

Anyway, as per usual, I digress.

Deserving it thinking is dangerous thinking.

I did an hour on the treadmill, I deserve cheesecake.

I stayed within my points all week, I deserve some movie popcorn. And Milk Duds. And a leaded soda.

I didn't overeat this week, I deserve pizza.

For me, when I start to hear NaughtyJenn or someone else talk about deserving things, it's time to run. Run far away. Run like a sissy girl, run like a marathoner, doesn't matter, just run.

Deserving is code for "I know better" and "I should not, but I will" and lots of other things. Not good things.

Now to be clear, when you start to get in shape and get your sh*t straight, you will have moments of "I DESERVE BETTER!!!" and you do. You may deserve a better person in your life than the one you have. You do deserve to be treated with respect. You do deserve to have a spouse who loves you. You do deserve to be healthy. You deserve a normal BMI. You do deserve to have an hour to yourself to work out.

You deserve good things for yourself, things that make your life better. Absolutely. without a doubt.

So, how often are the things you "deserve" things that will actually improve your life, and how often are they things that are standing between you and your goals?

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MKATJ75 1/11/2012 11:45PM

    Spot on! I needed to read this today.

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WOLFKITTY 1/10/2012 12:57AM

to what we *really* deserve!


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MARITIMER3 1/8/2012 10:25PM

    I can see myself in your blog too, Jenn, although as I'm getting older... what do I mean "getting"? I'm 68 so I'm already old... but anyway, I really do want fewer and fewer material things, and am actively trying to simplify my life.

But here's the crunch - I would like to simplify things so that I can travel more. If I were on my own, I would have a one bedroom condo somewhere, or maybe even an apartment to free up capital, so that I could go out, lock the door, and go away for months at a time. Ever since I was young, I've wanted to explore and see how people live in other parts of the world. I love to try new foods, take lots of pictures, and try to imagine myself living there.

My children are all grown and educated. The first three are already making way more money than I ever did, the fourth has just moved in with her boyfriend, they are buying a house, and she will soon be well-established too. So while I want to leave them something, I feel that I can enjoy life too.

BUT... I'm not on my own, and my DH is a collector... not quite a hoarder, but definitely on that road. He will never voluntarily move from this house (4 bdrms, 2 full and 2 part baths). Our large double garage contains his 2 classic cars, 4 motorcycles and racing kart.

We've been together 10 years and have done lots of travelling. We are very lucky that we're both relatively healthy and can afford to take one big trip each year.

We all have dreams, and we deserve to try to make them happen. You're doing great on SP, and I know that you will sort out the things that will really make you happy, and choose them instead of the things that stand between you and happiness.

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KLONG8 1/3/2012 6:48PM

    Right on as ususal. This one is a big one for me. "I deserve" truly is self-sabotage. Today I decided I deserved 4 sugar cookies that my hubby baked at 9AM. Warm sugar cookies. So those cookies that "I deserved" made a huge dent in the 1 hour bike ride I took at lunch. Who the heck deserved THAT?

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HHB4181 1/3/2012 2:23PM

    I don't really reward myself for weight loss. I actually hate shopping for clothes, so everything I own is big on me. Someone told me last week that my pants are so big, I look like I'm wearing a diaper.

I buy things when I need to. I bought a new coat because I wanted one that was a) warmer than the one I owned (i live in MA) and b) one that didn't make me look soooooo frumpy. I ended up buying an expensive coat, $150, from Nordstroms, but it's SUPER warm and exactly what I wanted (color, length, hood). I can wear ones that cinches at the waist a little bit, because I finally have a waist that can be cinched.

Best of luck in 2012!!

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ANDRINE48 12/30/2011 8:40PM

    yep!! yep!! I so see myself in this blog. Reward =food. What? Not again. Same old mind games. Need to break the cycle in 2012. emoticon

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 12/27/2011 10:46AM

    Your blog postings are always provocative and thoughtful. You have great insight into the often devious and self-sabotaging workings of the human brain! emoticon

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SHEILA-45 12/25/2011 12:38PM

    The "I deserve..." is right up there with the "It's only...," dangerous territory! A slippery slope that will surely cause one to fall into caloric oblivion or debt! Here's to lighting a torch and keeping that flame burning bright for our soon to be skinny selves in 2012~ Enjoy

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FINALLYBEINGME 12/22/2011 11:26PM

    Great blog..made be talk to myself reprovingly :).. emoticon

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MILLIE5522 12/21/2011 6:33AM

    Great blog! I shall remember this when temptation strikes again. emoticon

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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 12/20/2011 11:28AM

    So that's what's been going on in my head! Thanks for the great insight.

Scootergirl in Oz

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SHEFFIELD09 12/20/2011 10:13AM

    Love this blog! I often suffer from a bad case of the "deserves" . I need to do some serious thinking on that!

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THEIS58 12/20/2011 8:04AM

    so right. Thanks for sharing it.

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MAMMER3 12/19/2011 8:47PM

    I say I deserve, I sometimes say I don't deserve something because I am too fat or... name the reasons. You have to think of yourself and your goals and doing it healthy and knowing you do deserve some pretty thing, you do deserve an expensive purse :) but you also deserve to live a healthy great life!! Stay on track Love your blog!!

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SUECHRIS50 12/19/2011 12:02PM

    I absolutely love your blog...I needed it today,Thanks honey youre the greatest!! emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/19/2011 11:55AM

    "Deserving it think is dangerous thinking." Masterful blog, gorgeous. So clear and so well-written. And you are so spot on, as usual.

I am on the fence about the MAC lipstick, however... :) Methinks me want it... ;)


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FUTUREDAD 12/18/2011 11:54AM

    I hate spending money when I want something, but my wife often tells me that I deserve it. I need to listen to her more often. We all deserve to be happy.

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ANEWME42012 12/18/2011 4:27AM

    So obvious when it is written down by someone else... I don't deserve to eat crap because I worked out this morning! Great job Jenn!
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FITCOUGARMOM 12/18/2011 1:42AM

    My hubby was This thru and thru!! "Go on hunny you worked hard this week, you deserve that bag od chips!!". I had a BIG talk with him and told him this is just sabotage thinking so now he has become my voice of reason!! When i start talking "parseltongue" he understands it and coaxs me to go and get something I TRULY deserve like a new workout outfit or a new pair of cute but functional sneakers!! I understand that deserving self sabotage way of thinking and have come to stop it before the thoughts even start!! Good for you Jenn for recognizing your own self sabotage thinking!!

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GKRUSSELL99 12/17/2011 11:03PM

    Sha hai se shen!

(that's Parsel tongue for "Boss post!"

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    Great post....

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TIFFPATTERSON 12/17/2011 4:54PM

    I love this! Totally true, I have to remember this when I'm thinking of having something I don't need.

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PRELUDETOPINK 12/17/2011 3:21PM

    Great synopsis of the "it's ok to do things that aren't good for me" by saying "I deserve it.!" Thank you for this observation. I am guilty of getting things that are expensive or not in the budget, and then wonder why I am always stretching to get bills paid, and why my savings keeps shrinking. Seems like the way do anything is the way we do everything. My habits that got me fat, got me in other situations, too.

The good news is that I am aware, and I am changing. With one change, many things shift. Thanks again! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 12/17/2011 12:32PM

    Yup, I'm guilty of hitting the deserve button too many times.

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BMCKEOW1 12/16/2011 2:04PM

    I'm still working on getting over this way of thinking. But to be honest lately it's not been going so well. It's I've been having a tough time I deserve (insert usually something with ice cream). Thanks for posting this. Helps see what I'm doing.

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DRAGONFLY_RUN 12/16/2011 10:41AM

    Well heck ... I needed to read this in the worst way. Thanks for being a voice of reason.

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PEPPYPATTI 12/16/2011 7:24AM

    I used to think the same things. I was so good on my diet today, I deserve a donut, etc...I no longer think that way. It is too tempting & dangerous!...Keep up the great work!

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CHANGE4THEBEST 12/15/2011 11:58PM

    Great blog! emoticon emoticon

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LODESTONE 12/15/2011 5:30PM

    My husband says We deserve dinner out EVERY single freaking Saturday, because he gets bored and wants to get out. I usually play golf with the girls on Saturday (we're retired) and he helps with laundry that day (some things I treasure!!) It's not often I can talk him out of it, and when I can't I try to minimize the damage. There are only so many places in a small town that you can go, and I get so bloody tired of "sport bar type sandwiches" I could scream.... the menus are all so hauntingly similar. I'd rather stay home and have something I cooked that I know what's in it. Now expensive jewelry is something else. He never says WE deserve that every Saturday! Ha!

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SUNNYARIZONA 12/15/2011 5:06PM

    Boy, how many of us have said that to ourselves?!!

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GIRLONFIRE1979 12/15/2011 12:30PM

    Really great blog! My favorite line is: Deserving is code for "I know better" and "I should not, but I will." VERY TRUE and touched home.

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ASHL_84 12/15/2011 12:08PM

    Great! I'm a product of the instant gratification generation so I tend to feel like I deserve a lot of rewards. If I ever had an immense disposable income I'd be in big trouble!

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NAIMATANNER 12/15/2011 11:30AM

    Awesome blog! We deserve to be free from unhealthy eating habits. We deserve to feel fit and healthy! We deserve to feel good about ourselves!

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ELISAJANE57 12/15/2011 10:36AM

    I totally agree, we justify too many things because we think we deserve them, but we need to learn what is really best. Is it saving money and losing weight that we deserve the most for our hard work, yes! It's like I read in the Spark, you can reward yourself, just don't do it with food and it doesn't even have to be pricey.

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JAHCANNON 12/15/2011 9:40AM

    Jenn - you are SO right. And what a great time to remember this. At a time of the year when we all tend to let this happen to us...

"Let this happen"... hmmm.... passive reaction when we need to be actively choosing to make good choices.


Great post!

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NUOVAELLE 12/15/2011 1:31AM

    You definitely deserved this "popular blog post" award! You reminded us what our real needs are and when the word "deserve" can be used as a great excuse. Thank you for the insight. And for the friend add!
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DARUMA 12/14/2011 11:27PM

    Great reminder for me.

Thank you

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ADDICT74 12/14/2011 10:33PM


"You deserve a healthy BMI . . . "
thank you for this reminder. your post not only resonated with me but pushed me to write that line down for myself, tape it to my mirror and write it in my journal so that I don't just see it, I believe it . . .
I hope you'll go back and read this post to yourself any time you feel like that 'fat tongue' is speakin' too loudly.

Blessings to us all in our journey,
--Jenn emoticon

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MONETRUBY 12/14/2011 10:24PM

    Sheepishly raising hand, and copping to the latter. Do ya think saying I deserve to live a longer, healthier life would make raw broccoli more palatable? Hmmmm, worth a try...or I could roast the broccoli, and still say I deserve that better life thing.

Once again, a great, thought-provoking blog.

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MRSJPATTERSON 12/14/2011 9:24PM

  I did this to myself today by working out three times this week and "rewarding" myself with pizza tonight. This reward made me feel bloated and icky and guilty that I put in all that hard work and basically wasted my efforts on a moment of indulgence. I think I never fully realized that sabotaging my efforts is not a reward. Great blog and very timely in my case!

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ELAINERN100 12/14/2011 8:51PM

    Great Blog - it not only applies to obtaining a healthy lifestyle but to life as well.

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CAROLYNINJOY1 12/14/2011 8:45PM

    You deserve to be your personal best! Thanks for a great blog.

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SMWILLIAMS29102 12/14/2011 8:21PM

    Yes you do.

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WHOLEHEARTPAT 12/14/2011 7:56PM

    I am impressed with how far you have come. You are to be congratulated! I will choose to run far away when I think I 'deserve' something that I by no means need. Thank you for that good advice!

I will also continue to run from HP books. Will not read them. Ever.

Hope you continue to have great success!

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JACKIERN 12/14/2011 7:10PM

    You pretty much hit the nail on the head! I'm going to try to remember this the next time co-workers want to share their holiday goodies!

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EMMALEIGHB 12/14/2011 6:22PM

    Way to go! I need to start thinking like this too!

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FITFABJENN 12/14/2011 5:35PM

    Wow, excellent points all around. I deserve to be healthy.

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There are 39 Days Left In the Year

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Yup. 39 days until there is no more 2011.

That's not quite 6 weeks.

There is a lot of potential left in 2011. LOTS. Heaps. Loads.

That's two food snarfing holidays (maybe more, if you have a birthday coming up). For me, that means the green bean casserole will be whispering dirty words in my ear, "jennnnnnnn, we have fried onions.... jennnnnnnnn creamy goodness..." and the mashed potatoes will be whispering things that could rival phone sex, "mmmmmm, ooooooooooooh, aaaaaaaaah, butter, ooooh, aaaaah, heavy cream."

I could demolish some greenie beanies and mashies, and let's not even talk about gravy, because that's when it gets dangerous for anyone between me and the carbs.

I could use that potential to really enjoy some food that is out of this world. I could hint in a manly way (that is a way totally lacking in subtle, for my hubby) that all I want for Christmas is Haribo cherries.

I could use that time to catch up on much needed sleep (instead of doing something stupid like making my butt angry by going spinning at 0545.)

I could write a book. Haven't done that in a while. Eeeek.

I could make a batch of Jenn's famous pine nut cookies, which people have been known to fight over, and eat them all myself while pointing and laughing at my drooling siblings.

So, you can:

a) be like the average American and gain 5 pounds between now and January 1st.
b) become a new habitat for several pounds of mashies, gravy and green bean casserole.
c) do something else.
d) find new and creative ways to add diet horror to holidays, such as deep frying an otherwise lean bird.
e) accomplish something

Anywho, as much as I want to slather fat on my food and eat until it comes out of all of my many bodily orifices, I'm electing C) Do something else and E) accomplish something.

I want to officially lose 50 pounds this year, so I am setting a personal goal to reach 261 pounds by December 31st.

What will you be accomplishing in the next 39 days? What will you do to end 2011 with a bang?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SHEILAB64 12/11/2011 9:58AM

    I am leaving December 28 for a cruise to Jamaica. I so wanted to be in the 180's by then (189 counts) but I am seeing 195 on the scale (saw 193 once but that was a week ago and it takes a couple of weeks to see a new low consistently). I intend to take every exercise class on the ship - take the stairs everywhere - we are on deck 2 so unless it is to the top floor we are hoofing it and choose the lighter options and not over do the food. I hope to try to log it but that can usually be very hard on a cruise.

So my goal is to try to be at 189 by December 28 and to maintain during the cruise but still have a fabulous time.

The last 2 weeks I have not logged my food, nor exercised like I did so it is no wonder I did not see a loss.

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COMPUCATHY 11/30/2011 11:12PM

    I'll take C & E also! I'm thinking that goals for me are...hit 80 lbs down by Christmas...that's 4 lbs from here. And beyond that, if I could hit 160 or 159 by new year's, that would be awesome, too...that would be losing 7 or 8 lbs in December. Do-able...provided I stick with C & E! Keep up the good work! Loved reading this blog! Thanks for the inspiration! Spark on! emoticon

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SUPERSMILE37 11/29/2011 9:57PM

    Hi Jen... Love the blog and mashies and phone sex. I TOTALY RELATE. How I gained my last 100 lbs was letting potatoes back into my life. I do much better when they are out of my life.

My goal in the next 40 days to loose another 15 -18 lbs. :)

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DRAMAJLN 11/29/2011 7:49PM

    Thank you for the inspiring reminder. I would love to hit my goal weight by the end of the year. I was within 5 pounds, then added 2-3 more over Thanksgiving. But if I stay focused and recommit to my goals, I can make it by the end of the year. The way I see it, that will be something to celebrate!

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NYMORNINGGLORY 11/29/2011 5:58PM

    I've been at a plateau for a month - I have lost 25 lbs since the end of August and would love to make it 30 by year's end. Thanks for the pep talk. 6 weeks is a long time to jump start this daggone plateau!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 11/29/2011 4:05PM

    Thanks for such an inspirational blog! I am striving to lose more by the first of the year too.

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NATARSHAD 11/29/2011 3:53PM

    I would like to be reach the 25lb mark by then. That means I need to lose 12lbs in @ 6 weeks. It can be done, I just have to keep working, oh, and not gorge myself during Christmas and New Year's. Good Luck!!!

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SIMOFDIM 11/29/2011 3:46PM

    Great attitude. I also want to hit the 50 pound mark by the end of the year, so I will choose to do something different and to accomplish something!

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SHIRNEST 11/29/2011 1:16PM

    I'm with you! Lets end the year with a bang. I pick E!

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NOLACOWGIRL1 11/29/2011 11:57AM

  Thanks, Jennswims, for your thoughts and words of inspiration. I have no doubt you will accomplish your goals. Best!

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MAGNIFICENTMAGG 11/29/2011 10:07AM

    thanks for the inspiration

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BEINGGUIDED 11/29/2011 7:55AM

    I read this blog after you posted and then this morning I stalked you down and see you haven't done another since. Funny because if you do a search of your name and spell it wrong JenSwims, there are three pages that come up and most are of people saying "I read a blog by jenswims and I am so inspired". Anyway, just thought that was something to recognize.
What I wanted to say was that I started kicking myself into high gear yesterday after taking a several month hiatus and gaining 8lbs. To lose 50lbs this year, I need to be down to 551; very similar to your 261. I started 2011 at 301 and I think you started at 311 if I am not mistaken. Amazing how we coincided.
I feel fortunate to have you as a Spark Friend. I think I have told you before if we lived closer to each other I would seriously pursue you as a real friend because I like the way you think.
Just wanted to say thanks for motivating me to start NOW and not wait like most folks for Jan 1. You can reach your goal. If anyone can, you can!

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PDELMARCROSSON1 11/29/2011 4:52AM

    I like what you said, I'm just learning how to do the sparks program any advice?

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IAMACTIVETODAY 11/29/2011 2:26AM

    32 days for me now...lose 5 lbs :)

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ECHAVEZ2 11/29/2011 12:21AM

    By tracking meals and adding more exercise, I'm sure I can delete 10 lbs from my current weight. It IS possible; it'll be work and a lot of crunching of time, but it will be worth it! Thanks for the push as well as the inspiration!!!

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STRENGTH2BEATMS 11/28/2011 11:46PM

    i know what you mean. i dont want all of this good work of mine to go to waste in the holiday season, but i don't want to feel like i deprived myself. so, i've decided that it is ok to eat thing in moderation, but not to go crazy. also, before this year is over, i want to lose another pounds....minimum

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JPIPELING 11/28/2011 8:51PM

    Wow what an awesome post!! Since I am joining in a little late there are 33 days left to the year and thanksgiving is over. You are so right the choice is mine what am i going to do with it? How am I finishing the year? Strong that's how. Focused and on track. My plan is to drop 10 more pounds n see the 150s for the start of 2012. Thanks again this was a grwat post!

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JMACLIVES 11/28/2011 8:45PM

    Choices! That's what got us into this mess and that is what is getting us OUT too. Love the blog, sending you thin thoughts emoticon

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MAGIE40 11/28/2011 7:33PM

  39 days still time to loss few pounds, exercise, eat sensible and most important journal. emoticon

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BALL12 11/28/2011 7:22PM

    Something about this last minute push to make the most of 2011 has struck a cord with me. I suppose I often feel guilty about time I have wasted.
Thanks for giving me that 'push',

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TEXASLYNN 11/28/2011 7:01PM

    Good post!

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_UMAMI_ 11/28/2011 6:24PM

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SERENAJL 11/28/2011 5:11PM

    5 more pounds!

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JULIA1154 11/28/2011 2:43PM

  Yikes! Only 39 more days of the year (less now....)?

I'm still trying to change my body composition for the better, trying to build muscle mass. That's my big challenge for the remainder of the year.

The rest of my challenges are household/personal and work-related. Those are even tougher than building muscle :)

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4MEYEHEALTH 11/28/2011 2:15PM

    Great post! Thanks for making me think! 39 days...that is a little over 5 2 pounds a week I could be under 220 by then!!!! Whoohoo!!!! That would be one hellofa Xmas present for myself!!!!

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SHERRYJVP 11/28/2011 11:27AM

    Time for me to set some goals. Thanks for the motivation.

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BLUESKIES139 11/28/2011 9:28AM

    Im gonna try to keep on track and continue loosing even if its 1 pound a week at a time :P

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ALLIEOOPS2 11/28/2011 12:40AM

    I loved the thought. The years not over yet!

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10WORLDRECORDS 11/27/2011 10:05PM

    good blog emoticon

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JESSIEJUICE 11/27/2011 2:49PM

    Thank you for posting this! I needed a kick in the butt and the countdown definitely gave me one!

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JAMIEDKISH 11/27/2011 2:37PM

    Great Blog, and yes I agree, you need to find something else to occupy your time so you're not thinking about those nasty fats emoticon

I am hoping to lose at least 15 lbs by Christmas, want to say more but I think that's a good reasonable goal.

Good Luck!

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SHANNONINAZ 11/27/2011 12:30PM

    I'm going to be in the 180's and into a size 14 by Christmas!

Here's to both of us hitting our 39 day and our 2012 goals!!

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SHELLB7 11/27/2011 11:27AM

    Nice blog!! emoticon

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FITBY503 11/27/2011 9:11AM

    Great blog. Good reminder not to put off health until tomorrow, after holidays etc because there will always be something. Very funny about deep frying turkey. It reminds me of cheese fries and onion blossoms!

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BAYBREEZE525 11/27/2011 8:41AM

    Thank you, motovating entry. emoticon

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    Thank You for Shining a LIGHT on the TRUTH!
There is TIME to DO THE RIGHT THING(S)!!!!!
I'm going to GET SERIOUS about FOOD and what I've been ingesting!
Until Jan. 1....I WILL:
Eat in My Calorie Range
Exercise in some way EVERYDAY!
Practice BALANCE in My Life with Work & Home

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THE-MORE-GIRL 11/26/2011 10:43PM

    I'm just gonna continue eating and exercising like a sane person and see how it goes!

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ODIEJO2 11/26/2011 9:54PM

    Awesome post and so positive, Thank you!!

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BRITTHORT9 11/26/2011 7:56PM

  Great post!!

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GOINGFOR50 11/26/2011 7:45PM

  Thanks for reminding me my "I'll do it tomorrow" is actually today-36 more times. Thanks for your humor. emoticon

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 11/26/2011 3:51PM

    Last year my goal was to be below 200 lbs. by my 60th birthday on Jan. 1, 2011. I made it in November 2010! Then I got to 139 lbs. on Oct. 30, but haven't seen the 130's since. And after Thanksgiving, I am creeping ever closer back up to the 150's! "YIKES! Time to call a halt to that. In the next 36 days, I'm hoping to accomplish something too, and that is to get back down, closer to that 139 I saw briefly last month!

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EKDKMN 11/26/2011 1:13PM

    Great blog! I'm going to try new activites to focus on that make the season fun like ice skating

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/26/2011 12:56PM

    I have a birthday in December and I do get anxious about all the festivities including the end of year work dos that are coming up. So this is the most timely blog. I am going to ratchet my exercise up another notch by the year's end so that in 2012 I will be totally fired up.

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JEWELS2829 11/26/2011 11:41AM

    This post is awesome! I have read some of your other blogs. You have a great way to word things and I really can relate to you! I can't believe we only have 39 more days this year crazy! My goal is to make healtier ways to make the faves btw I love the green bean casserole myself. I am going to come up with ways to keep me going. I would love to just lose weight instead of gain weight. I am going to keep going! You are very motivating. I am so happy I read your blog!! I hope you have a great resk of your wknd and wk to come!!!

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NCSUE0514 11/26/2011 6:53AM

    Excellent post!
For me, I'm going to start doing the "30 Day Shred" DVD I got at least 3 times a week through the remainder of this year. I did it last night for the first time, and thought I would die.
I didn't.
Last night I was convinced I'd be so sore today that I'd be unable to move.
I'm not.

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MRSDEAN31 11/26/2011 6:48AM

  My goal is to keep drinking my water, exercise for at least 150 minutes a week and no second helpings of ANYTHING!

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LARKSONGRUTH 11/26/2011 1:42AM

    Thanks for the timely reminder about using the last weeks of the year well.

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KPETSCHE 11/26/2011 12:58AM

    I'm hoping to lose 2-3 pounds before the end of the year. My weight is going off slowly so I'm being realistic.

Good luck on your goals. You're always so fun to read.

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LESLIESENIOR 11/26/2011 12:03AM

    I love, love, love your "food voices". I have dumped my left overs or sent them home with the boys and gotten back on my running program. I am joining SanDiegoJohn for a 1/2 marathon in Palm Springs in Feb. (He is doing dozens of HM's in 2012) I'm sweating just this one. But, I am also doing your "c" and "e", and trying to challenge myself through the holidays.
Besides a great plan for yourself, you make us all laugh. That is very motivational.

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