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Some good things about this week.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Well last Friday was my birthday- I turned 35. I spent 1/2 the day crying. I was disappointed in myself, I am about 40lbs. off the 100 goal I set for myself. I felt so fat and defeated and seriously off the wagon. I was crying when my little sister called to wish me a "happy Birthday" . I told her I felt fat and old- she yelled at me to stop crying and said " the other day when Lexi (her former roommate) and I were moving stuff into storage at Mom and Dad's we passed you senior picture and Lexi said - "I used to always look at this picture and think wow that looks nothing like your sister- now I totally see it she looks like she did in High School"- My sis said "you are so much hotter than me- you dress really cool and you are so happy and full of energy. " This was a much needed boost.

SO NO MORE WALLOWING- I decided to list some random happpy things about this week.

1. I got a great new cell phone with a flip out keyboard, so I no longer take 20minutes to text someone, it also has a camera, and mp3 player and internet.

2. My grocery store finality started carrying Sweet 16 bars by Phiilyswirl- 16cals -taste like a creamsicle.

3. I have been searching high and low for these great little 1/2 cup containers by glad that I use to make single servings of cottage cheese- mine disappeared- found them this week at dollar general.

4. Completely rocked at the job this week - had a goal of $440 in class sign up sales this week , as of today I broke $1000. a store record- pretty good considering I've only been in charge of education for 4 months.

5. found a really great new book "shiver" I love reading.

6. Went out to lunch with my bestie on Sunday and we both ate really healthy. She has been losing weight and has hit the 25lb. mark recently, I am so proud of her- lately she has been on MY butt about going to the gym. I inspired her, now she is inspiring me:)

7. hubby can't seem to keep his hands off me. This has lead to LOTS of cardio lately:)

8. My awesome spark-friend Michcleary has graciously offered to help motivate me this week. I love this girl.

9. Eclipse is only 2 weeks away- in the twifan universe this is big shiz. Team Edward baby!!!!!!

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BLONDEDOG 6/22/2010 9:43AM

    NO MORE WALLOWING!!!!!!!!!




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MICHCLEARY 6/17/2010 1:11PM

    New word for me...big shiz! I'll have to use it LOL

Glad you are having a better week. DH and I had our cardio after anniversary dinner last night and still felt guilty about what we ate so we both got dressed and went bike riding! I crancked out six miles outside. When we crossed each other on the trail we stopped to kiss. I bet everyone thought we were nutty but hey you're only married 20 years once right?

have a good weekend!

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MISSION_MOMMA 6/16/2010 8:24PM

    Wait a second....you are complaining because you are 60 pounds closer to your goal than you were when you started!!!! I am glad you turned it around for yourself. Love all the good things you listed and too bad spark doesn't count THAT as a cardio exercise. :) Keep up the great work!

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MEWAJES 6/16/2010 6:27PM

    Thats the outlook. And look how far you have come.

Steady and slow wins the race!

Happy Belated Birthday. emoticon

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Do the hula!!!!!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Last night my hubby and I went to a graduation party of the son of the guy who owns my husband' s gym. He is from Tonga and they had a Hawaiian theme party complete with traditional food and a live hula show. It was so fun and the food was fabulous- Kahlua pork- so fabulous!!!! I only had one cup of Sangria cause I had to drive but it was yummy too. I ate in moderation though - and i think watching the hula girls finally made up my mind to take a zumba class. Plus the Zumba instructor at the Y is my knitting instructor from work. I need something new in my routine and it sounds like fun.

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    DO IT!!!! DO go to ZUMBA. I have always hated exercise, felt uncoordinated and awkward, but Zumba is my favorite thing ever! I hate to miss, I look forward to going and I even LIKE THE SWEAT!!!!! GO. Let me know after you do - I am dying to hear what you think of it!

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BLONDEDOG 6/9/2010 11:56AM

    I think I would really like Zumba...no time and no money means it isn't happening right now, but maybe someday.

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MICHCLEARY 5/31/2010 8:33PM

    I like Zumba. I've been going on Saturday mornings for about two months now. It's fun and something different.

I finally got my own bike out of storage and fixed so it was fun to ride today. Your party sounded like a blast. I would have totallly loved that!

Keep on pressing towards your goal...Eclipse will be here before you know it. Can't believe you are a traitor today with the Jacob picture on your page! LOL

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PRUPLEBEAR 5/31/2010 8:23PM

    That sounds like fun!

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CASUSK 5/31/2010 1:09PM

    That sounds like fun! I wish I could find a class close to me.

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ANGLEGIRLSANDY 5/31/2010 11:33AM

    Sounds like fun to me and its exercise and thats what counts.

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MINIBIKKE 5/31/2010 11:05AM

    Good luck at the Zumba class - I really enjoy my 3 classes a week and I hope you'll feel the same way!

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TIME4AHEALTHYME 5/31/2010 11:01AM


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A year of weight loss, my version.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sunday was my 1 yr weightlossaverary. What motivated me to start this journey. Many things. First I knew I was fat (it might surprise some people to realize this- when you're fat, you know you're fat- I mean you see yourself naked) I was tired- all day long all the time - tired. I ran into an ex-boyfriend's mom and she didn't recognize me. (of course when we dated I weighed like 100 lbs. literally) and my father-in-law announced he had lost some weight and the number he quoted was less then me- there's a wake up call for ya when your 6 ft , disabled, 71 yr old father in law weighs less then you - it is time for a change sister.

So what to do?????? I had already done the low carb thing, a couple times, the starvation thing - I could never be anorexic - could never have that much self control, and I love food too much. Also I was completely inactive (have I mentioned the tired all the time thing???:) I started with the easiest thing I could think of Slim fast- I followed the plan for a couple of weeks and it was working - but I realized I would rather eat those calories then drink them so I modified there plan. Eat a protein filled breakfast, morning snack (less then 200 cal containing fiber and protein) lunch , afternoon snack , and dinner. stay within 1200-1400 cal range, drink water, less white flour- more fiber. The moving thing - well My hubby's aunt is a retired gym teacher who loves to keep my kids active so she bought us a membership to the YMCA in our town, which is fabulous- seriously nicest Y you will ever see. So I had a free gym membership , and my kids were enrolled in day camp there, I had to drop them off, so I was already there 3 days a week - literally no excuses. I picked the only thing I felt i could do- I got on the treadmill and started walking, and walking, and walking.

Then I remembered Sparkpeople- ( from a previously unmotivated episode). I hopped back on here and never looked back. This community has been my motivator, when I felt like giving up, My laughter, when I felt like crying. and my friends when I felt all alone.

It has been a year of sweat, lost lbs. ( sometimes found and re lost) goodies, sparkpoints, and finding my inner light again. It has been one of the hardest and best experiences of my life. I am so proud of myself and all my sparkfriends who never give up- never stay down and accomplish so much . I know the year ahead will be challenging, and exciting and rewarding. I wouldn't want it any other way.

these pics are Mother's day 2009 and Mother's day 2010.

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    Congratulations! You look lovely! Great work!

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BLONDEDOG 6/9/2010 11:59AM

    Look at you my beautiful and amazing friend! I'm so proud and happy for you!


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MCMPOOH43 5/28/2010 3:11PM

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MISSION_MOMMA 5/27/2010 11:06AM

    Just need to say WOW! You look so content in your pictures, like you have found yourself. I am so happy and proud of you. What a great job you have done!

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NEBRASKANURSE 5/27/2010 10:54AM

    Thanks for sharing your amazing journey. Your hard work has definitly paid off. I have recently joined the y and so far I love it!! I also love sparkpeople because of people like you who keepus all motivated to keep going. Keep up the good work.

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SHROPSKR 5/27/2010 10:53AM

  Thanks for the inspiration.
I hope to be like you next mothers day

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MICHCLEARY 5/27/2010 10:34AM

    Love it! You've done a great job and should be extremely proud of yourself!!! Aug 31 will be my one year anniversary. I hope I reach my goal weight by then and can do a serious happy dance!!!

Keep on going - you can do it!


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CASUSK 5/27/2010 10:26AM

    Wow, you have made some major progress over the year! You look great! I'm so proud of you! What an inspiration you are!

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WICCANCHICK73 5/27/2010 9:59AM

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You look great now!!!
Keep up the great work

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My friends rock!!!!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

This is a pic of my best girl Jennis. She is my RL accountability partner. Last week when it all went to crap she stayed on the wagon and is helping pull me back up . I am supposed to Email her everyday and post my stats( fitness, calorie count etc. ) I have not been doing that and she called me out and told me in no uncertain term to get my bootee to the gym last night. Then she sent me a fabulous Email Last night which really encouraged the heck outta me.

Then this morning one of my best sparkbuddies mailed me a whole lotta love (Thanks Michcleary) I am so thankful that I have such awesome people who hold me accountable and encourage me to never give up. I could not do this without you guys!!!!!!!

PS> today is my 1 year weightlossaversary I started this journey I year ago today- It has been amazing. In that year I have lost over 60lbs. and logged 5927 fitness minutes , I have dropped 6 jean sizes, and make the best friends. Here's to another year sparking and becoming a stronger, healthier me!!!!!

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BLONDEDOG 6/9/2010 12:00PM

    Congratulations lovely lady! You really have done a great job and been a fantastic inspiration to me! Thanks!

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TRIPLE_EMME 5/25/2010 10:28AM


Happy weightlossaversary!!!

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MICHCLEARY 5/23/2010 2:31PM

    Hi Jules - Thanks for the shout out. You can do it!!! Plus I need your Eclipse count down to keep me going! Everyday is another balancing act on the wagon! Together we can keep from falling off!


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MISSION_MOMMA 5/23/2010 10:56AM

    All I can say is WOW! You have really done a great job and made some wonderful friends on your journey. You should be proud of your accomplishments and of your friends kicking your butt when needed :). Good for them too!

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Bridget Jones

Saturday, May 22, 2010

"At times like this, continuing with one's life seems impossible... and eating the entire contents of one's fridge seems inevitable. I have two choices: to give up... or not, and this time i choose not. "

Thanks Bridget Jones!!!!!

Well she gets Collin Firth in the end so how wrong can she be??????

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MICHCLEARY 5/22/2010 11:38PM

    Hey Jules...hang in there girlfriend. You can do it!

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CASUSK 5/22/2010 11:23AM

    So true Jules, so true. emoticon

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