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Monday, September 14, 2009

Last Saturday, a friend of mine (she's actually a former boss - best boss I ever had!) and I went to get kind of mini-makeovers. We just wanted a girly day, e. g. No Boys Allowed! With my birthday just passed and hers in a few days, the time was right to treat ourselves. But, we didn't have a huge budget, so we went for impact.

The first thing we did was go to her salon. I had not been to a salon since, I kid you not, the day before my wedding.

I've been married for nearly 17 1/2 years.

Ever since then, I have cut the bangs and my husband has cut the back. I knew it did not look that good, but it was money thing, plus I didn't care much and, well, you know what it's like. For so many of us, for so long, spending money on ourselves for anything that did not appear to be 100% necessary has felt frivolous and selfish.

Well, it's not. It's just a haircut, fer crissakes.

The guy parted it on the side and clipped off maybe two or three inches. He thinned out the bangs and swept some to the side (I'll be growing those out). Then he dried it straighter than I think it's ever been.

I looked really good, if I may say so myself. :)

I love the cut, it's pretty easy to maintain and I feel like things are getting healthier in that area, too. I figure I will see him again in maybe 10 weeks (budget -- the dude is NOT cheap). And, yes, I'll still need to clip my own bangs until then. But I'll follow his lead and keep them wispier, and keep the side part.

My friend got her hair colored. It's nearly black, so any grey shows. She, too, looked great.

We then went out for sushi, and then hit the mall. The first stop: Nordstrom.

Now, Nordstrom isn't exactly budget. The idea, though, was to get me a bra fitting. Because, lemme tell ya, things are not what they used to be.

I must've tried on a good 17 bras before settling on two everyday ones and a sports bra. I'll need more, but won't bother again until after surgery, as things are going to definitely change again. My new size? The same as the title to today's blog song.

The bras were costly but I'll wear them a lot. I even left the store wearing one. Er, under my clothes.

Then it was time to hit the freebies. We went to Aveda and Sephora, as my pal had some coupons, mostly birthday stuff. I bought a lipstick at Sephora and they signed me up for their birthday club. Even though my birthday was over a week before, they still gave me the gift, a set of three free lip glosses. At Aveda, we both picked up skincare samples, plus I got a hair straightener sample.

Then it was time for Talbot's. I've had some stuff from there, and loved it, but I know Talbot's is also incredibly costly if you don't watch things closely. I ended up getting a lovely off-white sweater, which will probably fit me even after surgery. It was very comfortable and professional-looking, but I can also dress it up with a necklace and wear it to go out.

Next we got some coffee and gabbed and took pics (there are two photos of my new haircut in my gallery). Then it was time for one last trip, to Lord & Taylor. After that, we figured, it would be enough.

I ended up getting a heavy pair of dark green slacks for work. Hence now I have a completely new outfit and can use all of that at least until surgery. The pants probably won't fit after surgery, but that's all right. They'll serve a purpose.

All told, when you count the haircut, the clothes, lunch and coffee, I spent just under $350. I figure, yeah, it was costly, but I don't normally spend a lot on myself.

Plus it plays into something I have been wanting to do but have been unable -- until now -- to put into practice. This is the desire to own fewer articles of clothing, but make them better ones. So far, so good.

In the meantime, I also want to say, I suddenly had a measurements turnover. I hit new personal bests in a lot of areas, including my band. Funny, when you look here:
, they say my size should be one cup size smaller. I suspect, for real, I'm somewhere in between. But the band size is right, which I think can be the greater part of the battle.

I'm also, suddenly, smaller in my waist, belly, hips and keister. But that's not due to shopping, that's due to the informal 5K Mr. J and I ran yesterday. Hey, ya gotta keep in shape for the competitions.

Hence it was a really full weekend. If my hairdo is a tad flattened, it's because I've been sleeping on the bus.

This week will be a short one; we will go to Cape Cod on Thursday, and will stay until Sunday. Waves and sun, here I come.

But first, a mirror check. ;)

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CAROLISCIOUS 9/14/2009 9:36PM

    I love the hair and I love even more that you did something just for you!

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MS.ELENI 9/14/2009 9:17PM

    Love your new haircut.Glad you had a great day. What is the surgery you were talking about.

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    Hello M'Dear
I commented about your blog on your page...when I tried to comment here earlier I could not save the comment. Anyhow...You look lovely. I hope you are enjoying yourself. As I said on your page you are almost as gorgeous as you are smart and witty. Wonderful combination.

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LAB-LOVER 9/14/2009 7:44PM

    Way to take care of yourself! And a little splurge on the side? Whereto on Cape Cod?

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CHERYLRG 9/14/2009 4:40PM

    Sounds great! I'm glad you took the time (and $) to treat yourself!

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WOLFKITTY 9/14/2009 2:16PM

    LOL! Enjoy the view!! :D

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SMILEY_MOM_GINA 9/14/2009 11:24AM

    Wow what a great day you had!

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ZEE1960 9/14/2009 10:22AM

    sounds better than a lot of days I have had!

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CANNOTFATHOM 9/14/2009 9:37AM

    It sounds like a terrific day lady! I'll have to go check out your new pics!


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You Got Me Searchin'

Monday, September 07, 2009

I've had quite the week. I am rather tired so please bear with me if this rambles.

I started the week angry about my job, tired and frustrated. I've said before that I don't want to get into it, and I don't, but suffice it to say it was not a string of happy moments, and hadn't been. My husband and I had been talking about my job nearly nonstop, and that's not good. Not that I'm not a, er, thrilling conversationalist, but the bottom line was that it was dominating my thoughts and days and waking moments. The nadir was Monday night.

But then suddenly on Tuesday it just lifted, and while things are not 100% sunny (they never really are -- I'm not referred to as The Voice of Doom for nothing, dontcha know), they are considerably better. Essentially I took something I've learned here and been practicing from here, which is asserting myself better. If I'm gonna fight for my food rights then I will fight for other things as well.

Immediately I became less tired and irritated, and suddenly Mr. J and I had other topics to discuss. The Tuesday reprieve happened at the perfect time as Wednesday was my birthday (I turned 47). I went to work, I mean, it's what we responsible adult types do. I even got to attend a meeting. Oh joy. But hey, I got through it. My birthday treat was a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich. They are marvelous.

Thursday passed normally, and Friday I took the laptop home, in an effort to get something done over the weekend. Due to the three-day weekend, some automated stuff will not work properly. Hence the idea was to get a jump on that. I don't adore bringing work home but this was not intended to take too long.

By Sunday things were zipping along when I received a notification that I was SP's Motivator of the Day. That is one odd honor. At least it was for me. I got online and immediately saw I had a ton of notifications to wade through. Since I'd finally finished wading through the birthday notifications (not just here, but also on Facebook), not that I mind but I was a lil tired, I was puzzled. How could so many people be doing the belated birthday thing? Then I saw, there was an email that said I was Motivator o' the Day. Ah, suddenly the notification upsurge made sense. I love them -- don't get me wrong -- but I like to answer people individually if I can, which can make for a lot of posting on my part.

Then today, a day off (by the way, I only got a jump on a few work things -- something ugly awaits tomorrow). And what do I do on my day off these days? I run a 5K.

It was good, I felt stronger and a tad faster, and those were correct beliefs. I shaved off 4 seconds from my previous time, for a new personal best of 43 minutes and 32 seconds. My husband shaved off a good 90 seconds from his previous time. The results aren't up as of this writing, but they'll be here:
Just go to Bad Habit Productions and click on Results. I suspect I'm last or near last (my husband's finish is something like 78th or so, out of over 300 participants), again, which is just fine by me. I do what I want to do, and I run or walk or jog or stride as I am able to. And if I am last then I am still faster than anyone who didn't race (take THAT, Usain Bolt!) and as for my fellow racers, it is my privilege and my honor to make them all winners.

Once we got home, we immediately grabbed the frisbee and headed out. Our walking was a tad slower than usual, and we only played for 10 minutes, but I was still able to jump and run after the disc.

Now my glutes are barkin' but I otherwise feel good. Things turned around incredibly quickly, and I am grateful that this week played out in this order and not in reverse.

The next race will be in October, then another one in November and then nothing until at least February, due to expected bad weather, family obligations and upcoming surgery.

What will this week bring? I'm searching the skies but I think it'll be another surprise. In the meantime, I'm takin' a nap. This week has exhausted me. But in a good way.

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MRSAKINS2005 9/14/2009 5:19AM

    You are a wonderful friend and truly motivating.

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GEE-KNEE 9/12/2009 4:35AM

    Great job on the 5k, and asserting yourself at work. Congratulations on being the motivator of the day. It's nice that you try to respond to all your comments.


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JESPAH 9/8/2009 6:16PM

    5K results!

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WOLFKITTY 9/8/2009 5:41PM


Hope today wasn't too bad fixing whatever was broken over the weekend. :D I'm glad you had a good 5k!!


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TRACYZABELLE 9/8/2009 1:29AM

    emoticon sorry I missed so much happy belated birthday and congrats on spark motivator of the day you rock

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LIQUEURLADY 9/7/2009 11:17PM

    Congratulations are due on so many fronts! You stood up for yourself; you're a motivator !! emoticon and you ran the race! (and yes, you're faster than I am, who didn't run at all!) Happy belated birthday! and many happy returns!

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CAROLISCIOUS 9/7/2009 11:05PM

    You did have an eventful week! I think what you are doing at work is the most exciting. We can't let these jobs that we must go to nearly every day of our lives make us miserable.

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    Well Congrats to you on all fronts, Motivator, racer, and worker too. Sounds like you put a good bit of honest effort into all. I'm grateful to know you.

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FIT_TERI 9/7/2009 7:06PM

    Wow, it sounds like you had a great end to your weekend! Congrats on the improved time. I don't find it odd at all that SP acknowledges you as a motivator. Look at what you have accomplished - and continue to accomplish.

I need to do a better job at asserting myself at work. There are definitely some things that need to change and if I don't speak up for me, who will? thanks for the kick in the pants on that.


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MS.ELENI 9/7/2009 5:59PM

    A good nap will work wonders.Here's hoping the coming week will be better. emoticon

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LIV2RIDE 9/7/2009 5:33PM

    WOW ...that's pretty cool. I find you motivating myself. I'm glad you are being recognized for your efforts.


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TELERIE 9/7/2009 3:33PM

    I have learned a lot from here that can be used in my work life too! It is making a difference slowly but surely. Congratulations on new PR! I'm incredibly proud of you!!

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LAB-LOVER 9/7/2009 3:21PM

    Congrats on the new PR! Whatcha doing in October? If it's not Columbus Day weekend, I might have to join ya!

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PATSDIARY 9/7/2009 3:04PM

    Congrats on your race AND on being the motivator of the day! Being assertive does feel good, doesn't it? It doesn't solve all your problems, but not allowing people to walk all over you makes the problems seem smaller!
Have a great day!

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ANNROBERTS54 9/7/2009 2:56PM

    Good for you on improving your times. And your state of mind. Keep it going thruout this next work week

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TXSPLA 9/7/2009 2:39PM

    It's not where you finished, but you succeeded in finishing. emoticon on following your dreams. Your journey is fanastic and will continue to be.

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Any Minor World that Breaks Apart Falls Together Again

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

I've been having a rather rough time of it lately in terms of work stress. I don't want to get into it but things seem to be lifting a bit so I am hoping that will last. But I did want to put out this song as it's been kind of a meditation for me lately. Music helps me, lyrics always have. I guess they mean more to me than they should, but it's the title of this blog that has kept me going.

It's karma, you know, the cosmic cycle. The world breaks apart and then is renewed, over and over again. Even my own little world. And so, I hope, a renewal cycle is beginning.

But melancholy takes a while to lift, so this year (because it is my birthday today), the party will start off slower than it did last year.

At age 47 I can honestly tell you that I still feel a bit like 17 and a bit like 27 or 37 and even 7. It was exactly 30 years ago today that I got to my first college dorm. My parents helped move me in and gave me a chocolate cake and a can of chocolate frosting. Y'know how many friends you can make with the line, "Wanna help frost my birthday cake?"

Every year I take stock at this time of year. Partly it's because it's my own personal New Years' Day but also because it's the start of a school year so it's easy to get into that mode. I've accomplished a lot. Last year I got a lot more weight loss out of the way, but this year I am considerably more toned and in better shape. I am starting to live the life of a thin person, not just a dieting person. It's a good life.

And it's got room for cardio. Cheesy cardio.

Happiness doesn't always come. But with you, my friends, it comes more often, and more easily and it lasts longer. You lift me up and make things so much better. You're gonna make the next 47 rock even more.

Because I'm geeky, because I'm silly, because I relate way too well to Office Space and Napoleon Dynamite, because I know all the lyrics even as I've forgotten High School French, because I've got canned heat in my heels, and most of all because I love you all, this one's for you:

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MRSAKINS2005 9/14/2009 5:18AM

    Happy Belated B-day my friend!

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DAN_ODEA 9/2/2009 10:10PM

    Happy Birthday emoticon!

I see you like quoting songs (this one Steely Dan, "Any Major Dude (Will Tell You)"). I am also reminded, on my own birthday, of the Paul Simon songs "Everything Put Together Falls Apart" and "Run That Body Down".

I was a big Canned Heat fan for a while; they made it up to #11 on my Favorite Bands list in the 1980s. That music just gets better with age.

Comment edited on: 9/2/2009 10:12:21 PM

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CAROLISCIOUS 9/2/2009 10:04PM

    Happy Birthday and Happy New Year! Hope the stress gets better...I'm happy to be here to help you feel better!

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DMPRIDER 9/2/2009 4:35PM

    Happy Birthday!!

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WOLFKITTY 9/2/2009 2:58PM

    May the TRUE gift of this birthday be a lighter emotional load! You'll get through the stress. Have fun celebrating your birthday!


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MARCHMAID 9/2/2009 2:12PM

    Happy Birthday and thanks for the gifts of music! You're pulling your load and helping all of us with ours!

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MS.ELENI 9/2/2009 10:27AM

    Happy Birthday. I always enjoy your blogs.A great way to start my day emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZEBEBEE 9/2/2009 9:34AM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESPAH!!! Thank you for all the inspiration and wonderful blogs. May your day be wonderful!

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LOSINIT52 9/2/2009 9:33AM

    Just wanted to wish you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
You have made amazing changes this past year and I hope the coming year is a great one for you too.
Thanks for sharing your insightful blogs with us.
Best wishes.

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ANONYGIRL 9/2/2009 8:47AM

    Happy Birthday!

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H-2-OH 9/2/2009 8:47AM

    Great blog!
I'm sorry things have been stressful and I hope your cosmic cycle is on the way up, too. Love memories like that. I think it's great to evaluate your life on your birthday. Have a great day!

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FIT_TERI 9/2/2009 8:31AM

    Happy Happy Birthday!

Wow - you're starting to live the life of a thin person. How wonderful. Being active & making healthy choices because that's just what you do. Shopping for clothes and buying only what looks good on you. Sitting wherever you want at Fenway. I hope the situation at work starts to improve and that you can fully focus on enjoying this new life.

Enjoy yourself on this beautiful day.
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    Happy Birthday Girlie!

You can take your stock and say you are it! What amazing accomplishments. What a wonderful life. And you make it look so great, sound so great.

Happy day to you and your hunny. I hope your day is just full of joyful music, the best sights and experiences Bahston has to offah. Just enough introspection for a healthy foundation for the year to come. Maybe a little exercise. Maybe a little of your favorite desert. And the admiring affection of all us Spark Buddies.

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No Time to Search the World Around

Monday, August 31, 2009

I now weigh 189, also known as less than I have since, I dunno, early 1991? I moved my ticker again; now my intermediate goal is 180. My long-term goal continues to be 146.

Yesterday, we went to a Red Sox game. It was fun (I always have a super time at Fenway) and I paid attention when the players' weights and heights were revealed, which is during the second run through the line up.

Well. I'm lighter than almost all of the Red Sox now, or at least lighter than the players they fielded on 8/30. Only Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia weigh less, and not by much (185 and 180, respectively). Pitcher Paul Byrd is a pound more than I am. David Ortiz, Jason Varitek, Rocco Baldelli, JD Drew, Kevin Youkilis, Alex Gonzalez and Victor Martinez all weigh more.

Last year, I outweighed all of them, and a lot of them are a good six or so inches taller than I am. Next year I have little doubt that I'd be able to sit on even Dustin Pedroia's lap without squishing him.

This is assuming he'd let me, seeing as he and I are married, and not to each other. Plus if I was on his lap I'd tell him to tidy up his beard. I figure it's gotta be adding at least a pound to his total.

After the game, we walked home from Fenway. My husband thought it would take us up to two hours. It took an hour and a half, for about 9,000 steps, which is close to four miles.

This year, it was a question as to whether we would walk, and Mr. J asked me more than once if I wanted to stop.

Next year, we will walk, and there will be no question.

Even if Dustin Pedroia fails to tidy up his beard.

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TELERIE 9/1/2009 6:46PM

    Just love your blogs! Keep on hopping down the scale!! I remember when my walks were MUCH shorter than now, and I run "the long round" by my house now. Where will we be next year, eh?

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MARCHMAID 9/1/2009 5:03PM

    Fantasies are strange sometimes when turned into reality, so be careful what you wish for.


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SWEETZMIX 9/1/2009 9:42AM

    GO JANET, GO JANET!! You are just all types of awesomeness! And you never know, you may get to sit on his lap. hehe


OH and thanks for stopping by my blog. Yeah I am still working on that plan u know? The eating out is a really hard thing for me. And you would think that I don't know how to cook. I guess it's a bad habit I picked up being young & living in the city.

OH yeah & I just look too. lol These trainers are not my type as I get to know them, but I just admire their muscles! lol

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    I want to sit in Mike Lowell's lap please.

Congrats on the new low. Spectacular job.

Like Carol, I get all your audio at once. Sometimes I try to listen between the words. Quite crazy actually.

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CAROLISCIOUS 8/31/2009 10:17PM

    Congrats on the new low...and on the lap-sitting fantasy...and on the walk...and on the win.

Here is an odd thing...when I open your blogs, all of your vlogs start to play at once...a mass of a vlog gumbo. Any ideas? If problem. It's kinda fun.

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LIV2RIDE 8/31/2009 8:33PM

    That's great that you walked. No traffic parking headache...and extra steps for the day. Good for you!

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LAB-LOVER 8/31/2009 8:05PM

    Oh, I'd sit in Jacoby's lap before I'd sit in Dustin's! Given the choice that is. Of course Jason would be first in line before all of them!

You know meeting Jason is on my bucket list. I've actually sat and thought about what I would say to him if I met him. But sitting on his lap... I just can't even think about that!

But I digress -- congrats on the walk! We usually park at Longwood and in my old days I thought it was a HUGE schlep to the park... I'd be tired by the time we got there and dreading the walk back. Now... it's a skip around the blog.

Glad you got to see our boys win!

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MS.ELENI 8/31/2009 5:00PM

    I always enjoy your blogs.

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GEE-KNEE 8/31/2009 3:24PM


Nothing like hitting a weight you haven't seen in like 20 years. I bet that feels fantastic. So very very very cool. I am so happy for you. I hope to be there soon myself (i am trailing behind you by 17 pounds), and I haven't been under 200 since high school, so that's..., hmm, 1990 for me.

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WOLFKITTY 8/31/2009 12:11PM

    HEheee. Nothing like the feeling of having a CHOICE to do something like that walk. :)

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VEEJAY3 8/31/2009 11:55AM

    My husband just went to the Green Day concert here in Denver (my 17-year-old son actually had to miss it because of a high-school sports trip, which was tragic!) and he could NOT stop talking about it. He's a musician, and has gone to literally hundred of concerts -- and he said Green Day was like no other, ever. So much energy that he literally said he would not have been in the least surprised to see the roof literally explode off the arena and the crowd just spontaneously combust.

He was soooo impressed. are you a fan?

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Now playing in right field ...

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Quick, cue the stripper music!

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JESPAH 9/5/2010 7:26AM

    It's the attack of the sequel!

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DAVEINSEOUL 8/15/2010 11:41PM

    Pretty cool - I like the ending for sure:-)

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LBEEKMA 8/12/2010 1:37PM

    Awesome transformation!

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TEDDYBABE 7/21/2010 3:05PM

    Thank you for sharing, wow you have given yourself a great gift and are very motivational to all of us!! Enjoy the game!! emoticon

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DANBON 7/9/2010 5:19PM

    Great blog.So inspirational for someone like me who is just beginning this journey Thanks emoticon

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NANCYXXIII 7/7/2010 8:56AM

  That is amazing..., I'm very happy for you and by the way you look great. I would love to do the same very soon. Thank for sharing emoticon

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ADRIENNE323 6/29/2010 5:56PM

    Thats amazing congrates, I cant wait to get to that point, I am so tired of being fat! emoticon

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CHERSAVAGE 6/22/2010 9:12AM

    Good for you! emoticon

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CH0COTIGGER 6/16/2010 12:48PM

    Wow! You are inspirational. Thanks for sharing

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RUCGIEB 6/12/2010 11:36AM

    Congrats, you've inspired me. Thank You for sharing

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RUCGIEB 6/12/2010 11:35AM

    Congrats, you've inspired me. Thank You for sharing

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RUCGIEB 6/12/2010 11:35AM

    Congrats, you've inspired me. Thank You for sharing

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LYNZEY79 5/26/2010 4:32PM

    That is so amazing Jespah! You are an inspiration. Keep up the good work.

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KTC037 5/20/2010 2:05PM

    Wow!!! good job! I want to be like you.... :) emoticon

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RACHELMIDRAY 5/4/2010 3:19PM

    Wow! That was really great. Maybe one day after I lose enough I'll do the same thing and be able to motivate someone the way you have motivated so many!!! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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JENNYPRESTON307 4/12/2010 6:00PM

  Wow..loved your blog.. You look great....Keep it up.

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LADYHAWKES 3/30/2010 11:38PM

    So cool...congrats...felt the same way about airplane seats!

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MIRIANNE_1 3/29/2010 6:01PM

    Very funny. Good attitude make a good mix with weight lost!

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MICHDANG 3/26/2010 4:06PM

    I loved this video, you looked so cute! Great attitude, you looked wonderful.

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CAROLDEDOO 3/22/2010 6:27PM

    emoticon emoticon You are my "success story" of the day. What an inspiration! and a very good presentation!

Keep on Sparking and Sparkling!!

Carol emoticon

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IAMSLIM135 3/18/2010 11:21PM

    Way to go Jespah! emoticon

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CLSNYDER1 3/14/2010 2:46PM

    Good Job, Keep up the good work..I love baseball but I love the Yankees...Always a good game between the Yanks and the sox. Congrats emoticon

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MARISEL111 3/10/2010 8:47AM

  Keep it up!

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MELISSAH2007 2/28/2010 7:04PM

  that is fantastic. congrats. I hope that I can do that well. GO RED SOX I can't wait to go to a red sox game again. love them.

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GETFITALREADY 2/28/2010 6:22PM

    You look mahvellous!!!!

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SUDEAUX 2/6/2010 10:46PM

    What a fun video! And a great presentation. Thank you!

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DBERGENT 1/30/2010 4:12PM

    JESPAH! You have really inspired me. I just found this site a couple of days ago and I can't believe how wonderful it is. Your video was great. I will keep checking in on you for more inspiration. Thanks, and keep up the good work. emoticon

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WESTCOASTGIRL2 1/22/2010 9:49PM

    You just saved me from having dessert tonight! emoticon

WOW - what a great inspiration!! I'm at the beginning of my journey, and I WAS craving dessert after surpassing my daily allowable calories by about 50, and thought: "oh, what's 100 more", but now I'm going to have a nice cup of herbal tea (no sugar etc) instead. Thanks to You!

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SLIM242 1/3/2010 3:46PM

    Great job! nice video! You did an excellent job.

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GOOSEMUFFIN 12/30/2009 10:59AM

    I don't know you, but I am so proud of you! emoticon

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KARENE10 12/14/2009 8:37AM

    WOW!!!! You are such an inspiration!!!! You look terrific! Bet you feel much better too :)

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READY2WIN1 12/14/2009 8:01AM

    WOW way to go. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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LADOULANO1 12/12/2009 7:00AM

    You are awesome! What a motivator. YOu are really and inspiration for me. Thanks for this great video

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DANAGALUTEN 11/16/2009 5:01PM

  Good for you! That made me smile. You must have worked so hard and you deserve to feel and look good! Awesome, woman!

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ON2VICTORY 10/25/2009 1:48PM

    woo hoo nice job!!!!!!!!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 10/24/2009 2:23AM

    WOW....You are looking FABULOUS!!!

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MISSM0929 10/10/2009 11:11PM

    WOW - this was soooooo inspiring and motivating. Thank you so much for sharing your story and motivating others like me.

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CHAPALETA 10/4/2009 5:39AM

    Hello; Nice video..proud of you!!..Something similar happened to me with an exit row airplane seat where the arm rests are solid and dont lift up..had to fly 8 hours from Miami to Paris and, I tell you,... my thighs where hurting!! My goal is to be able to fit comfortably in those dreaded seats..LOL!! Thanks for sharing your experience. emoticon

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LIVING_WATER 10/2/2009 1:37AM

    Wow, that is a wonderful message, you have done so well, keep going, what an encouragement the way you dress now. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITMAMA1984 10/1/2009 12:53PM

    That is truly amazing. My hat is off to you big time.. you are an inspiration for us all!!

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DNISEY 9/30/2009 2:12PM

    Congratulations!!! Keep up the wonderful work!

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CINDYRIK 9/29/2009 9:54PM

    That was awesome--one of my favorite blogs ever! Congrats!

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KATELOSS2009 9/28/2009 8:27PM

    you GO, girl! what great progress you've made!! you look awesome! I hope you had a GREAT time at the game!!!

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