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Christmas Update

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas was WONDERFUL. Full of family and friends and food and drink and more food... Santa Claus was VERY good to me, so I guess I was a very good girl this year!

Christmas Eve, we picked up my grandparents and drove to my aunt and uncle's house for our fish bonanza. My grandmothers' family is Sicilian and they believe in eating as much seafood as humanly possible on Christmas Eve.

I stayed away from alcohol but consumed a fair amount of fried calamari and snow crab legs, but honestly, I don't think I was too too bad food-wise. I tasted bits and pieces of dessert but stayed away from the starchy sides. I felt pretty good about my restraint.

Then Christmas morning! Santa brought me a Jillian Michaels DVD and a Biggest Loser DVD, weightlifting gloves, EA Sports Active for Wii, a kettlebell, a Wii points card, an iPhone armband and lots of other little toys and games. My husband got ice skates, membership in a ski and sports club, and Guitar Hero 5. We both got lots of gift cards from family members.

Then to dad's house for Christmas dinner. And I ate and ate and ate. And some rum and Diet Cokes for good measure. It was so good. My only saving grace was that Christmas dinner was my only meal for the day, but I watched my dad make the mashed potatoes with butter, cream and cheese, and GOD were they good. Shrimp, sausage, ham, mash, squash, carrots. My Ghiradelli chocolate brownies. Ohh.

When I saw one of the photos from Christmas, I was like, damn, I look good...

I decided to look at some old photos to look at the difference, and here is one from January 1, 2009 with one of my best friends:

HUGE DIFFERENCE, in my opinion. And yes, those ice cream sundaes didn't help, I'm sure. So Christmas was one day, and one day isn't going to kill me. I'm still highly motivated to keep on-track.

Yesterday I hosted a Boxing Day lunch, and while I did OK with my food choices, I didn't track my food, because I was SO FREAKING BUSY all day cleaning and cooking and mostly just grazed on cheese and vegetables. We had a bit of a mishap with our Christmas pudding, which was supposed to be the centerpiece of the whole shindig. Basically it's a whole mess of fruit and citrus peel and ale that's left to mature before eaten. We made it about a month ago and were storing it in the closet since then. Well, DH didn't store it properly and it became moldy.

Yes, I ate cookie dough and cheesecake and drank three glasses of red wine, but it wasn't too bad. We had a fun time, playing games and chatting and enjoying each others' company.

This morning, I was sick of eating and PUMPED to get to the gym at last. I've been taking pains to get walks in to get SOME fitness in, but I was craving some hard core cardio. Last week I had a bit of back pain so I hadn't gone running in over a week. I did some slow jogging... 3.7 miles in 50 minutes and it was TOUGH. You really do start to regress after not running for awhile. I did another half hour on the elliptical, and now I'm feeling terrific after a nice long workout.

Because I want to be the girl in Photo #1, not Photo #2.

Back in gear!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 12/30/2009 10:57AM

    You have done so great! You look absolutely amazing!!

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GRACEISENUF 12/29/2009 3:22PM

    I indulged during the holiday as well...GUILT FREE I might add. Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your family and yes Santa was VERY good to you this year, HA!

The pictures show the success you have attained during your weight loss journey....CONGRATS my friend! You are beautiful INSIDE and OUT. XXX

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JWENZEL723 12/29/2009 9:31AM

    you took the words right out of my mouth - i am SICK of eating!!! thank goodness the holidays are over :)

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FLORIDASUN 12/29/2009 9:08AM

    Hey girlie...you look so terrific in those after pics..what progress...whoop da...now don't get out of running practice..you are going to be my running guru come January 1st...I think I will basically be starting out wogging..yep walk, run intervals..but where's theres a will there's a way...right? Oh...and are you reading my blogs starting with October 1st. to get you all inspired for your RAW experience...it's part of the deal right...whoop da..this is going to be a win/win for both of us! Big hugs! emoticon

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REMCMFA 12/28/2009 10:23PM

    I know the sick feeling of all that Christmas food. My body was craving water. I run at the high school's indoor track. Now I'm waiting to see all the New Year's resolution people in their public gym. I'm amused by the large number of people that start out, then dwindle down. That's why my resolutions are not about diet and exercise. It's my new lifestyle. It's a given. Nice blog. Loved the story about the mold!!!

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LADYSNOWFALL 12/28/2009 5:21PM

    Sounds like you've had a great holiday season! Like you, I also got useful workout stuff for Christmas. And I'm planning on using some of it today!

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TEAM-SARAH 12/28/2009 2:24PM

    I'd say most people indulge over the holiday! It's okay if it only lasts a few days as long as you're right back to it! Big picture... next year you'll be showing us an even skinnier holiday photo!

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HEALTHYSASSY 12/28/2009 10:33AM

    Glad to hear that you had a wonderful Christmas. The seafood sounds delicious. As I type this, all I can think of is the seafood that you described. Yum!

Have you had a chance to preview the DVDs? Is the Biggest Loser DVD a new release? I have the 30 day Shred, but haven't started it. I did preview it, but that's about it. In the New Year, I want to start doing my DVDs again.

You look great in your photo. Congratulations on all your hard work this year. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 12/27/2009 11:26PM

    Hate it when the computer has a spastic moment and posts a comment twice-LOL!! Happy, early, New Year!!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 12/27/2009 11:24PM

    The difference in the pictures is amazing!! It just goes to show how hard you have been working!! Great job!

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HOSTALADY 12/27/2009 7:13PM

    You did really great for your Christmas and right back on track. I see the difference also in your 2 photos. I am so happy you like you photo. That is HUGE to feel that way about your self again. You do look fabulous! YOU GO GIRL!

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JUST-AMY 12/27/2009 6:37PM

    Hey! My father's grandparents were from Sicily, too! Great family recipes came from my grandma back in the day.

You have done so great in 2009. I can't wait to see where 2010 takes you! You go, girl!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 12/27/2009 6:31PM

    It sounds as though you had a great time. Glad to hear you are back on track after the food filled days. Don't you love the feeling of craving exercise? I know I do! Way to go getting back to the basics!

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KRAEZYKITKAT 12/27/2009 5:35PM

    My philosophy is that one day doesn't make a lifestyle. If you get back on track now that Christmas is over, you shouldn't feel bad about what you ate over the holiday. You look great in your picture. Keep up the awesome work.

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CHICAT63 12/27/2009 4:22PM

    You were a pretty good girl this year for sure !!! Excellent gifts for your mind, body and sanity *lol*. Sorry to hear about your pudding gone moldy, at least it did not explode like one of my jar of spaghetti sauce in my pantry. You look fantastic, red is definately one of your colors *wink* the upcoming year will an even better one than 2009, we're going to make it happen !!! Take care, Josée

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WISLNDR 12/27/2009 3:20PM

    The photos tell it all!! Nice job (who WAS that person in photo 1??) I'm glad you had a fun Christmas!

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GRETCHEN_D_GR8 12/27/2009 2:34PM

    Thank you thank you thank you.... I have been sitting here at work in shame for my foul choices on Christmas day and the day after... I thought I was the only person on Sparkpeople to have made such choices.... it sounds like you enjoyed your food on Christmas as well.

Okay, I need to stop whipping myself and move on!

Btw.. you DO look GREAT! WOOT WOOOOO!


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3SNAPDRAGON 12/27/2009 2:32PM

  It sounds like you had a wonderful christmas. I'm proud of you for not letting the indulgences get to you (actually enjoying them without guilt) and taking steps to get back to your normal routine.

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COURTNASTY82 12/27/2009 2:31PM

    way to go!!!!!!! hit that gym, girl! i'm following in your footsteps this afternoon with a friend...yay for commitment! glad you had a awesome christmas, you deserved it!

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STORMTMB 12/27/2009 2:21PM

    Those two pics really tell the tale. You have inspired me to begin running. I continue to read all that you write. Thank you for providing such great info on how you're making progress.


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MEGHANLEE85 12/27/2009 2:18PM

    You look great! Sounds like you had a great Christmas! :)

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STINA6584 12/27/2009 2:10PM

    Sounds like you had a great holiday! You do look really great in that pic and what a huge difference from the beginning of the year!

You're a total rockstar!

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ONLY1TAN 12/27/2009 1:57PM

    Great job girlie! You can definitely tell the difference between the pictures! I got the EA Active too! I did it yesterday and wow I am hurting today. I was kinda surprised since I have been doing the gym and Jillian. Have fun!


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On the First Christmas at SparkPeople, my SparkFriends Gave to Me...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

This is a blog entry to celebrate all of my SparkFriends and everything that they've given to me this year as I've embarked on my healthy lifestyle. I know for a fact that without your support, I would have faltered along the way, but I'm still here over six months later, and not planning to quit anytime soon.

So without further ado, here is what my SparkFriends have given me and/or what traits and what accomplishments of theirs have kept me motivated and amped up for 2010 ahead...

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WISLNDR: Constant support during my 6 months on Spark and a drive to keep up my fitness minutes! She checks in on me all the time and keeps me pumped to keep going.

JAMIE_OQUIN: She's given me great friendship and awesome wall posts, spurring me on to continue running, strength training, and the 30 Day Shred in order to stay healthy for our wonderful husbands.

THE_NEW_MELISSA: Thanks to Melissa's unfaltering positivity and encouragement and lots of running tips, 2009 was a great year.

PINKCOCONUT: She gave me the desire to be as devoted a team leader as she is and the belief that I can do a half marathon next year!

KGRIMES536: Thanks to her blogs, I believe every day is an adventure to be chronicled in some way.

STINA6584: A desire to visit Chicago to run with all the Chicago Sparkies as well as awesome oatmeal and other recipes!

AWESOMES: Her devotion to fitness and helping the obese realize that they can acheive their goals inspires me to try harder every single day

ZIRCADIA: Because of you, I hope to run a marathon someday with the shirt "Because I used to weigh almost 300 pounds." You gave me the belief that anything is possible. Thank you.

COURTNIZZLE82: So much support in my running and half-marathon training endeavors as well as a sunny smile that bolsters my mood!

CHICAT63: Always gives me great comments on my Feed and blogs, and I benefit a lot from her amazing survivor's spirit.

HOSTALADY: Powerwalking warrior with the best attitude! Thanks for your never-wavering support of my progress and for being the best cheerleader ever!

MBSHAZZER: Just looking at your profile pic makes me want to get out there and get moving!

CHAYA22: Thanks for supporting a chunky girl running!

RAINTHIEF: Her enthusiasm is infectious and it's great to have someone doing C25K and the 30DS alongside me.

SPIRITRUN: A desire to mush and visit her neck of the woods! As well as propelling me to run outside in the cold. If she can do it, what am I complaining about?!

AZILEE80: This Hotlanta babe always makes me smile when I get a message from her in the morning. It's great to have another person working to get healthy for their 30th birthday!

JESPAH: Boston Fitness Minute Monster keeps me motivated to exercise!

TIFFANYFRIIS: Makes me crave Portuguese food! Just kidding... It's nice to have someone kicking it South Shore style in Sparkville.

BETT2U: You spurred me to buy ice skates for me and my husband this winter. Yes, I know you roller skate, but still, skating and me did not mix and thanks to your awesome derby example, I'm giving it a try!

HEYSKINNY: You've definitely given me the desire to organize running events in my area.

RAWKAT: The belief that maybe spinning class WON'T kill me!

AUGUSTAGLOOP: You're someone to check in with on running and C25K. Thanks!

SEEKING-AMY: I love your great attitude and faith even when things don't go your way, you remain steadfast and are a great example to look up to.

JENNIMCGU: Thanks for making the FRC such a great place to hang!

INNERPO: A great friend to have since we're both going for a 10K next year and her support will help me along the way.

KEAKA2: My weight goal buddy! It's cool to have a friend at the same weight to check in on. We will break out of the 220s in 2010!

WOLFKITTY: What you do with the DONE girls is nothing short of amazing! Thanks for being an inspiration and giving us all of your time and energy.

MANA8503: Gives all of us chunky girls inspiration to get out there and C25K!

THINUNDERMYCHUB: C'mon, anyone with a Chris Farley/Black Sheep headline on their profile doles out the good humor on a regular basis...

JAE165: Keeps me motivated to keep pushing and keep running and to get into those Size 14s next year!

GRACEISENUF7: Sweet, considerate, and a great partner to work toward ONEDERLAND with in 2010!

PEDIPOD: Your progress is nothing short of amazing! You're another icon to look up to and I know you will acheive all of your goals.

NEENEE_BEANZ: Friends that are so close to their goals keep me hyped up to keep going!

ROBINSON_CMR: Another awesome friend that does both the Jillian and the running!

ANEPANALIPTI: Wonderful leadership on the C25K Team and courageous blogs that are so honest and motivating that they make me wish that I could be as open with my writing. Thank you for being so honest with yourself and sharing so freely with all of us. Me yia!

FLORIDASUN: Whoop da! Can't believe her blogs actually made me agree to try the raw lifestyle for a few days in 2010 but there you go!

LITTLEFREEZE: Helps me to relive my days in Japan! Shin nen omedeto, and hope we will have a wonderful 2010!

3KIDSUNDER3: Gives me the gift of perserverance! If she can follow through with a healthy lifestyle while working from home and taking care of three small children, then surely I can.

MOLLYWASHINGTON: Divaliciousness! We'll fit in all of those booty outfits next year!

BEYONDTHESEA43: Reminds me that we can be gorgeous at any weight.

CATCANDLISH: I love me an enthusiastic Scottish chick!

DREA243: I love her tenacity despite setbacks and that she keeps coming back motivated and ready to go. Definitely a good lesson!

HUBBACHUBBAUK: His amazing sense of humor and attitude coupled with his awesome weight loss and running progress this year keeps me motivated!

BUTTAPECANB: Funny anecdotes and stories of marathon workout sessions. She works it!

JKSTEIN123: Her blog made me think about my future this year and how I don't want to end up old and obese with medical problems.

MLE102286: Sent me many encouraging messages about my running this year!

GONE2THEDOGS: Another running icon of mine that is running long distances in the snow and is planning a half and full marathon next year. Your gift of enthusiasm is so wonderful!

CUBANJELLY: Her fitness journey is another inspiration to me and gave me the motivation to consider a triathalon for next year.

WEEZIETEE: Losing 100 pounds and working so hard to maintain a healthy weight can be so difficult, but her determination is such a great example for us all.

CLAUDIASPARK: Pushed me over the edge and got me to try Zumba this year!

KOULAL1: Efharisto for your enthusiasm, energy and good spirit! Being so close to ONEDERLAND makes me believe I can do it too!

SPEEDWACER: I so enjoy your blogs. Keep writing them!

HEALTHYSASSY: Your running goals spur me to try even harder. 100 miles in December. Love that ambition!

ONMYWAYTOGOAL: Your kind words have made me smile on many occasions.

LAGUERAGORDITA: Sharing your success and glory and trials and tribulations with C25K made me love running even more than I did before.

PAPER_WINGS18: You're such a great little sister here on SP, lending me tons of encouragement and spurring me along!

NIKMON: She works at Curves so she definitely got me moving once or twice.

LIBGIRL22: Her survivor's spirit and amazing progress this summer was so inspiring.

BETHSHEALTH: I love her to-the-point responses to people's blogs. Her sassiness and down-to-earth attitude is refreshing here on Spark where cheerleading is the norm.

SSONGBIRD2942: She taught me to never ever give up. Even if things go bad for awhile, you have to come back with the same spirit and determination.

KIERSTENELLA: She taught me not to let "perfect get in the way of better." Great advice.

CURVYCASEY: One of the brightest stars at SparkPeople. Every time I look at her page, I just feel a whole lot happier because her cheer is infectious (in a good way of course!)

CARISSASOPHIA: She told me not to accept excuses, and I'm telling her the same thing. Come back to Spark! I miss you!

DAPHNERUNNING: She is one of the toughest out there. She taught me that a chubby girl could do it all, including crazy hikes in the mountains and running and still look smoking hot!

TRAVELNISTA: She is always devoting a TON of her time to people on Spark, giving them motivation to continue and reach their goals. She is just such a special lady that has given so much to everyone here!

LADYSUNBEAM: She taught me that if I'm going to take care of others, you need to take care of yourself first. I hope she is doing the same thing, and I wish her the very best!

SWEETSWEETPEA: Was there for me when I had doubts about whether I could run my first 5K. Red Sox Nation doing it together!

ONLY1TAN: Best video blogs on Spark! Just so refreshing and honest, and it takes strength and courage to put oneself out there like that.

NCSUALUM03: Really pushed me through this summer and her progress really got me moving.

DEFTERA: Koukla mou! Another big girl who did boot camp, kickboxing, everything and wasn't afraid and this allayed MY gym fears! One of my first SparkFriends and I'm going to keep pushing you to work it in 2010.

THREADBENDER: Another one who was up for anything and reaped positive results from it. A great role model.

SLARTYB: One of the first to encourage me to start running, for which I will always be thankful

NB3717: A friendly Philly gal who kept me motivated in my early weeks and I wish would return to Spark!

SARANGEREL: Gives out great running and gym tips to me and our 2010 Half Marathoners Team.

8CHUNKYMUNKEY9: She was such a great inspiration to me as I started here at SP and I know she has the power in her to keep moving on and working it!

KNITTINGFROG: My oldest friend here who was by my side as I started my running journey, always lending an ear when I was figuring everything out. Without people like this in my Spark Class, I don't know where I would be!

3LITTLEBIRDS: I always find his blogs to be so uplifting even when they got down and dirty about food addiction and other demons. Thanks for giving us all your wonderful writing.

KOOKERBEE: Camraderie for a problem we have both dealt with: a mother with her own dependency issues

MANDA097: Another one of my fellow runners that completely worked it and knocked it out of the park this fall. She gave me the hope that maybe I can run a longer distance as soon as this spring!

APRILRUNNER: Yet again, this runner girl gives me the Spark to get out there and just put one foot in front of the other.

MRAKES: Refreshing. Hilarious. No-holds barred. Girl is just unapologetically awesome, and that confidence that shines in her writing definitely boosts my mood every single time.

CURVYTEENA84: Another C25K girl that keeps me going!

BREW99: We ran our 5Ks on the same day and it was so great to be able to check in with her to update each other on our progress. When it was cold and rainy on race day, I thought about her, and it helped me to get my head in the game.

OVERHAULING-ME: Great enthusiasm and a get-to-it spirit.

WILSOCA: Her enthusiasm for running and exercise is infectious (in a good way)!

OFFTOTHESHARKS: She reminds me to take my vitamins! Seriously. And she's got a great quirky writing style that I really enjoy!

DANCINGPENGUIN: One of my running gals that I absolutely adore and is always checking in on me to see if I'm doing well, and I really appreciate that.

JENONTHEROX: She's in the battle for fitness minutes too, and it spurs me on to keep moving!

THERACKET: Amazing me with C25K progress. I always love to see this!

HEIDIMORRISON: Such a great spirit that she shares with others, and I predict great things for her in 2010.

FRIZGIRL: Taught me the importance of a New Hampshire mullet... nah, just kidding! She's so diligent with her goal tracking, that it forces me to check in on my own goals every month.

BOOTS1221: Another Boston-area runner with a great attitude that I hope to race with in the near future!

ERMAC22: Along with my other New England runners, it's great to get a little geographical motivation as we move on to our longer distance races. Thanks for that!

DAWNROBIN2: Despite her leg injury, she always keeps her spirits high and gives so much to others on Spark.

YOOVIE: If she writes a blog, I know I'm either going to be chuckling or going to feel like I need to do some crunches or take it to the treadmill because her writing is so motivational.

TYEASLEY: Her SparkPage is full of smiley faces! She's so happy and is always there to lend a kind word.

LACE0708: Girl runs huge distances. I love reading about this because long-distance runners are my idols!

LISTLOADRUN: Rocking it hardcore every single day and taking on life with such a great attitude. It's impossible not to be pumped reading her status messages.

HUGMONKEYMOM: Another gal that makes me smile. She's been so great to swap running stories with and is so amazingly supportive to Sparkfriends.

REINVENT_ME: Awesome attitude and great determination!

ONLY_AS_HIGH: My only real-life friend on SP, so it's great to have someone who knows me as Kristina and not just KARVY09. She's doing so well on her first couple months on Spark and it's great to share our days together on gchat.

LLBEAN75: Such an emotional writer that makes me think about my own issues with food and exercise. It's impossible not to empathize with her and she really makes you think about what is at the root of our relationship with food and exercise.

SUMDUMGI: Good to see a guy taking on C25K with great humor.

DIGISCRAPPY: Takes on life's challenges and wins everytime! A really fun person to talk to.

HOKU-ALOHI: Hawaiian goddess makes me feel more at peace when I read her blogs and messages!

TUBBYHUBBY340: Another honest, funny, awesome blogger that makes me simultaneously laugh and think when I read his writing.

ITSHOWYOULIVE: You're such a rocking runner and it's awesome to have you as a friend to be RWC with!

LARACOLLINS: A great zest for life and a great friend to have on SP.

LADYINOHIO: Such a strong woman who taught me that it's never to late to stand up for yourself and start over.

SWAZY33: So encouraging and supportive, I'm so happy to have you as a new SparkFriend!


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you!
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    I just read this now. Poulaki, I am in tears. I will follow your example. I love you for being that example and for not givng up on me, even when I had given up on myself, if even for a little while.

You are my spark friend.



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FLORIDASUN 12/29/2009 9:12AM

    Oh me...oh my...I was reading down your list...frantically searching for my name..and Whoop da...there I was...thank you sweet friend! Wowsa...you must have been up 20 days and 20 nights accumulating this list...how very, very sweet and thoughtful you are..and this just goes to show why all of we fellow sparkies are totally in emoticon with you...and here's one more big Whoop da to prove it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LADYSNOWFALL 12/28/2009 5:21PM

    I look forward to getting to know you better too!

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RAINTHIEF 12/28/2009 4:58PM

    Loved it! Thank you!

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AUGUSTAGLOOP 12/28/2009 12:26PM

    You are so nice. I don't deserve you as a SparkFriend - I've been awful about getting on here! I really appreciate the shout out though. I logged on today and made some resolutions. I'm also thinking about the Cleveland Marathon 10K in May. If I start now I think it will be doable... what do you think?

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CJROMB 12/27/2009 11:40PM

    I love this post!! What a sweet thing for you to take the time to let all your friends know their unique place in your life.

You're surely a wonderful gift to them as well. :)

(I found you through one of your SparkBuddy's pages"

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HORSEMAD27 12/27/2009 10:51AM

    Very Cool!

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CGREEN717 12/26/2009 10:26AM

    That is truly sweet! :)

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SCRUBSGODDESS21 12/25/2009 11:57PM

  what a sweet blog...so encouraging!

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IKNOW_ICAN2 12/25/2009 9:25PM

    Great blog! You must be a journal keeper. Good luck in 2010. I admire your taking to heart what so many say and do.

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LADY_KATHY 12/25/2009 8:53PM

    WOW... so many to thanks. Lucky you. : )

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HAPPYMOM8 12/25/2009 8:17PM

    I loved the way you mentioned all your SPARK friends and what they have done for you! You are awsome too! Pat

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SPARKGRLJEN 12/25/2009 7:50PM

    This is such a great blog! How sweet! I wish you the best of luck with all of your goals!

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ANGELALEGNA 12/25/2009 6:56PM

    That is so sweet.. you have so many friends and so nice of you to recognize them all. You must be an inspiration to them all.

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MELINA3582 12/25/2009 6:10PM

  what a great blog! merry christmas! good luck and continued success in 2010!

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782298 12/25/2009 6:00PM

    So nice.

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250ORBUST 12/25/2009 4:24PM

    Really great Blog emoticon

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SUSANHEALTHIER 12/25/2009 3:50PM

    Wow, this is awesome!! emoticon

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CECHONE 12/25/2009 3:07PM

    Awesome blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CECHONE 12/25/2009 3:07PM

    Awesome blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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XINIXINIX 12/25/2009 3:04PM

    Great blog!

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DREAMRUNNER59 12/25/2009 2:47PM

  What a nice Christmas present; to encourage others and to thank those who encourage you! Merry Christmas! I enjoyed your blog!

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NICOLEBA47 12/25/2009 1:24PM

    emoticon and emoticon blog!

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YELLOWBIRD01 12/25/2009 1:17PM

    Thank you for the wonderful post!!! There are many wonderful SparkFriends who inspire, encourage and give a switch "kick in the seat" when I need it!!! They are each truly awesome in their own way!! Thank you for the post to remind me . . without them I would have faltered!!

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CALGARYDAVE 12/25/2009 12:32PM

    What a thoughtful blog!

Good for you, and continued success in 2010! emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/25/2009 12:26PM

    wow very nice emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/25/2009 11:59AM

    What a lovely tribute!

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BLUSTAR 12/25/2009 11:15AM

    Wow this is a beautiful way of showing gratitude... You are blessed and so are your friends :-)

Happy Holidays


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MYMONSTERSX3 12/25/2009 10:50AM

    That was really nice of you. You must be a great friend.

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DISTAN 12/25/2009 10:44AM

    You are a great friend

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JAE_HENNINGTON 12/25/2009 10:33AM

  this was beautiful, long, but beautiful... you are truly blessed.

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LADYHUNTER82 12/25/2009 10:15AM

    What a beautiful blog! My favorite yet! Now that came from the heart! Bless you, DJ

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SALLYSEAGULL1 12/25/2009 9:36AM

    What great Sparkfriends you have. And well done to you too!

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RITAROSE 12/25/2009 9:11AM

  Your comments show what a great friend you are! Thank you for your blog that showed how important our friends are to teach us, motivate us and encourage us to keep fighting the good fight! I loved it and was in awe of your creativity--not to mention all of the friends you have!!

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T-REX-FLYER 12/25/2009 9:09AM

  Wow!, What a Blessing.

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BEVPRESLEY 12/25/2009 8:55AM

    What wonderful gifts, you are truly blessed. Thanks for sharing.

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JUHOEG 12/25/2009 8:50AM

  Thanks so much. Merry Christmas

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RUNSTRONG128 12/25/2009 8:03AM

    How beautiful! Merry Christmas!!

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BILL60 12/25/2009 7:45AM

    Nicely done. Merry Christmas

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SHERYLP461 12/25/2009 7:34AM

    What a truly wonderful gift you have given your friends.

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GIGABYTEFL 12/25/2009 6:47AM

    Super Blog, the true spirit of Christmas

Mac in Jax


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MIMAWELIZABETH 12/25/2009 3:30AM

    What a wonderful gift to your Sparkfriends!
Kudos!!! Best wishes for a fabulous holiday~
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EMSSBEARS 12/25/2009 2:01AM

    Merry Christmas

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JEANSHEP2 12/25/2009 1:48AM

    How blessed you are to have such caring friends! Merry Christmas.

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SLKIDDER 12/25/2009 1:09AM

    Wow, what a great blog to thank your SP friends.

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AGAPEJOY 12/25/2009 12:42AM

    Wonderful blog of thanksgiving! Merry Christmas and God Bless.

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December Measurements

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Of course I'm going to do these before Christmas! Whaddya crazy?

Body Part - June - July - Aug - Sept - Oct - Nov -Dec

Waist - 46 - 43.5 - 41 - 39 - 39 - 37.5 - 37
Hips - 53 - 50.5 - 49.5 - 48.5 - 48 - 47 -46
Neck - 16 - 15.5 - 15 - 14.5 - 14.5 - 14 - 13.5
Thigh - 32 - 31 - 30 - 29 - 28 - 27 - 27
Upper Arm - 16 - 16 - 15.5 - 15 - 14.5 - 13.5 - 13.5

Inches lost since November: 2
Waist - 0.5
Hips - 1
Neck - 0.5
Thigh - 0
Upper Arm - 0

Inches lost total: 26
Waist - 9
Hips - 7
Neck - 2.5
Thigh - 5
Upper Arm - 2.5

VERDICT: Very cool!

Add two more inches to the lost list. Woohoo! Not too shabby considering Thanksgiving and holiday parties.

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IKNOW_ICAN2 12/25/2009 9:27PM

    Wow! Amazing progress! Keep up the great work. work. work.

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DREAMRUNR 12/22/2009 4:12PM

    You are doing soooo well. Keep it up. It's nice to watch your progress

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 12/22/2009 3:56PM

    Your progress is amazing!! Thanks for posting!

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MANDAO97 12/22/2009 3:45PM

    Yay! Holiday inches lost are even better than other inches! You get a bonus for that :) Congrats on your continued progress!

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ZIRCADIA 12/22/2009 2:57PM

    WOOHOO! :D Congrats on your continued shrinking -- :D

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ESSYOUEEE 12/22/2009 2:55PM

    Wow!! Fantastic progress!

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BETT2U 12/22/2009 11:33AM

    I love it! You are so in the right place. Keep up the awesome work!

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KEEPGOING87 12/22/2009 11:11AM

    awesome!!! keep it up!!

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PINKCOCONUT 12/22/2009 10:53AM

    YEAH! Way to go!

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RAINTHIEF 12/22/2009 10:37AM

    Awesome! That is a fantastic idea to weigh in before Christmas. emoticon

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SARANGEREL 12/22/2009 10:18AM

    Great job!

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DAPHNERUNNING 12/22/2009 9:42AM

    Wow, that's fantastic!! Keep rocking that loss!

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WHITNEYFL 12/22/2009 9:30AM

    I can't believe how much your waist has gone down!!!

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NRLB75 12/22/2009 9:24AM

    Awesome! You know what I think is the most amazing thing, 2.5 inches of neck. I mean who ever even thinks about carrying around extra neck! Way to go!!!!

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FRIZGIRL 12/22/2009 9:15AM

    awesome job lady! you are a rock star

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OFFTOTHESHARKS 12/22/2009 9:00AM

    You are such a rock star!! I am going to steal this chart and use it to help me keep 2010 on record.

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SWAZY33 12/22/2009 8:58AM

    That IS very cool!
26 less inches!!! just amazing
So proud of you!

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KNITTINGFROG 12/22/2009 8:50AM

    That is AMAZING!

Well done!!!!!!

Totally inspiring!

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SPINNER1010 12/22/2009 8:43AM

    Wow thats amazing

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When Bad Habits Sneak Up on You

Monday, December 21, 2009

I felt myself sliding backwards this weekend due to the stresses of the holidays. It's so amazing how you can be doing so well one day, and then something can just trigger the bad binging habits of old.

Friday night, my dad threw a birthday party for my stepmom which started at 6pm. Well due to work, car troubles, and insane traffic, we didn't make it until 8:30pm. By then I was starving and went straight for the rum punch and cheese plate. I had one glass and then diluted the second with some Sprite Zero but still ended up having a couple of sips more. He made these huge party subs with every Italian cold cut imaginable and I ate some of that and some other pickies and insisted we take the rest of the sub home. So we did. I went over my calories that day, and again, compared to the past it probably wasn't so bad -- maybe 1800-2000 calories -- but still, it made me a bit sad that I wasn't able to stay away from the alcohol. Alcohol at parties is my nemesis!

On Saturday morning we aimed to drive to New Hampshire to finish our Christmas shopping, get a new microwave since ours broke last week, and do some grocery shopping early in the morning. The day started out horrible because I couldn't contain myself from stepping on the scale and it flashed back 225.5 at me, a 3 pound GAIN.

I kept telling myself that it was a culmination of all high sodium days and I hadn't done anything to merit a 3 pound weight gain. Again, it took 45 minutes for the car to start in the sub-zero weather, which put me in a snappy mood for the rest of the morning. I picked on the leftover Italian sub during the day and then put together a dinner party for some relatives only to find out the new microwave we had just purchased didn't work! Well, again, something in me just decided I was going to enjoy my meal at the dinner, have a small slice of cheesecake, and not worry about calories. Even after the scale debacle, I deserved it, I told myself. Even though I skipped my gym workout to do all the chores that needed to be done. Sure I was running around like crazy, but it's not the cardio that I'm used to!

The dinner party went well and even though I had a bigger portion than normal, again I probably ended up at 1800-2000, which compared to years past was not bad at all. But still, it wasn't great.

Sunday morning we got hit with the snowstorm, and while I knew I wasn't going to drive to the gym, I figured some good shoveling out would be some exercise to start my day. Turns out my uncle (who is also my landlord) had hired a guy to snowblow and shovel everything! In the past we had shoveled everything ourselves for the rest of the tenants in the building. Sigh. Again, I started picking on the cheese and cracker and bread leftovers from Saturday night's dinner, watching the snow fall outside. Before I knew it I had consumed 1100 calories before dinner!

So I snapped out of it, went for a brisk walk in the snow and had a small dinner and ended up within my calorie range for Sunday. Again, I know it could have been a lot worse. Last December, I estimate I was eating 2500-4000 calories a day and was completely sedentary and didn't care one bit. Whereas this weekend, the small binges were causing me massive anxiety because I DO NOT want to go back to that 286 pound girl who couldn't run a block without panting like a dog.

That's not me anymore.

This morning I stepped on the scale and I was at 222, a 1.5 pound loss. AFTER ALL THAT stressing over calories and crappy food, I lost weight.

Crazy, crazy Kristina.

The moral of this weekend recap is that those days that we think we've done so so bad and feel like we want to "give up" really aren't as damaging as we might seem. Should I probably have practiced more restraint this weekend? Sure. But I still had that little SP version of Gazoo on my shoulder telling me to dilute the punch and eat four carrots for every one cube of cheese, so I was still basically ontrack. We're all human and are going to have moments of weakness. As long as we pick ourselves up and remember that we never want to go back to the person we were when we started this healthier lifestyle, then we're on our way.

So remember that this Christmas week and New Year next week, when the "XXX lost 2 pounds! Congratulations from SparkPeople!" announcements tend to wane, that even if we stay 75% ontrack, then we're doing pretty darn fantastic compared to last year when we had our guiltless binge-fests.

Don't let perfect become the enemy of good.

4 days until Christmas! 490 minutes until I hit my 10,000 goal!

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DONNELDA22 12/26/2009 10:08AM

    Kristina: You have nothing to beat yourself up about. You were following the 80/20 % rule. Unless you want to be a hermit, there will always be temptations and situations you can't change. Knowing how to make a disasterous 1/2 day into a positive full day is probably one of the most important lessons to be learned. (One I haven't learned myself, but you certainly have.)
Contratulations on weathering your "ist Christmas" with flying colours.
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GONE2THEDOGS 12/23/2009 7:14AM

    I was just thinking about that this morning...inconsistent on my tracking, eating more than I should, one too many tastes of the Christmas goodies but always at the back of the mind is SP - still wanting to be "accountable" even if it is only in my mind! You're right, when we look at where we were last year....nice reminder - you summed it up perfectly!

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CHICAT63 12/23/2009 7:02AM

    Great blog, you need to look forward and not back. Things happen, we have a saying in French: " Jamais deux sans trois " things happen in 3s I think in the translation, I was reading your blog and saying to myself, yep that has happened to me. We can do this !!!! emoticon emoticon

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ZIRCADIA 12/21/2009 10:29PM

    GIRL I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOO WITH YOU ON THIS BLOG!!!!!!!! *HUGS*HUGS*HUGS*HUGS* I am like RIGHT THERE. :) Mentally! hahaha I'm working on it! :)

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WESTWIND19 12/21/2009 5:49PM

    Hang in there one day and ONE DECISION at a time. If you didn't do well this weekend or today, make this evening and tomorow a day of BETTER choices. Eventually you will be back on track.

I keep thinking about all the times I beat myself up for doing a few little bad things and that sometimes leads to the slippery slope of well I did that now lets just finish out this entire bad day or bad week instead of turning it around at the moment I become aware I am on the wrong track. We don't reward ourselves for every single good decision we make, so we can't continue to beat ourselves up with negative thoughts about the few mistakes we make.

You can be a success one decision at a time. Hang in there the holidays are almost over and new year commitments are around the corner.

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1972ROSES 12/21/2009 5:09PM

    Great Job. Being mindful is very hard job. Kudos to you.

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SORAIYA 12/21/2009 1:10PM

    Life is a slippery slope sometimes. emoticon on fighting your demons.

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DANCINGPENGUIN 12/21/2009 1:09PM

    I'd been wondering what was happening with you. I've noticed a big difference lately when I simply acknowledge a backslide starting to happen. The feelings are different than prior dieting, too: more subtle. But they seem to be doing something that leads me back to the direction I want to be going.

The temptations are still going to be there, and for the next day--or more--they may be hard to resist. But once you've gotten a day in at your designated calorie range, the feeling of being on target starts to reinforce itself.

And finding out you're closer to your calorie range than you thought, or than you used to be, is a big victory, too!

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HOSTALADY 12/21/2009 12:27PM

    I am happy that everything in the end worked well for you. We still haven't figured out what NORMAL is for each of us yet. We are all still in the learning stages of stretching our wings and being able to fly. Your weekend was successful and you are building from there. New Years maybe a bit easier from what you just went through. Some day we will really fly, for now we are still learning with every flight!
Congrats on your weight lose too!

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LISTLOADRUN 12/21/2009 12:17PM

    Bad days happen, and will never go away for good. It's what you do with them that counts though, and it looks like you have the right perspective - it IS better than last year and next year will be better still!

You've done SO much and come SO far - and it's because of your wonderful approach and attitude.


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4EVERADONEGIRL 12/21/2009 12:05PM

    That's pretty much the mentality I finally had to take for myself too. I was trying way to hard to be perfect through the holidays and was forgetting what it means to relax and have a good time! I did much better over this past weekend...not perfect...but good enough!! :-)

We all definitely need as many reminders as possible that while we may not be our most sparkalicious selves, we are 100% better than we were this time last year! I shudder to think how many calories I consumed in 2008 compared to 2009! I'm sure it wouldn't be pretty...LOL

Thank you, Kristina! You continue to motivate and inspire us and I hope you have a fantastic holiday season!!

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DAPHNERUNNING 12/21/2009 12:00PM

    SO good to remember all of that, when it gets to the really difficult times! You're right, even if I'm not perfect, I'm still doing about 90% better than last year, where I'd be eating a pint of Ben & Jerry's every night and huge plates of pasta with cheese every day. And now, I start my day off with a brisk walk in the rain!

Keep it up! You're doing REALLY well, even with the season as it is!

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STORMTMB 12/21/2009 11:59AM

    You sumed it up perfectly: Don't let perfect become the enemy of good. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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BETT2U 12/21/2009 11:54AM

    Oh, I love alcohol and cheese. Your dad's sandwiches sound awesome! They remind of Goodfellas the movie-- all of their wives brining them salami in prison. Anyhow, do not beat yourself up over this. My trainer says, "show me a woman who isn't an emotional eater.... and I will show you a man." If it's any consolation, I am eating that amount of calories on my strength training and long cardio days. It won't break you. The 3 lb could just be from the alcohol. My body does that the day after I have had a few.... like it's holding on to any water to make up for the diuretic effect. You are doing awesome. This isn't terrible. Forgive yourself, sistah! That is the key to success.

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WISLNDR 12/21/2009 11:41AM

    I was at one of those dreaded church potlucks last evening. When I think about what I would have eaten a year ago and what I ate last night, I am astounded. What's that AA phrase, progress not perfection? We're succeeding at this!! Congratulations!

Wow, Kristina, we're both going to get to 10,000!! WOW (I knew you would, I was wondering about me . . . . )

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VEEJAY3 12/21/2009 11:30AM

    That phrase "I was going to enjoy my meal" that you wrote ... every time I've gone backwards on my weight loss journey(s), that's been the very sentence that's killed me. "Heck with all this strictness ... I'm going to enjoy myself for once." Then once turns into twice. I'm so happy to be able to rein myself in and not let that one meal or one day turn into months of downslide.

I, too, look at my "high" days and compare them to how much damage I used to do.

Yeah us!!!!

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AZIUGA 12/21/2009 11:30AM

    I am with ya! Even though you indulged a bit, you managed to stay a lot lower that you would have last year, and honestly, probably a lot lower than most people. And good job on realizing where you were slacking, and staying motivated to get back on track!!!! You have a terrific mindset, Kristina, and are amazing!!!!

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PINKCOCONUT 12/21/2009 11:10AM

    Way to get back on track so quickly! You rock and have the best Christmas EVER!!!

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FRIZGIRL 12/21/2009 10:59AM

    Great mindset! So much better than last year!!!!!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 12/21/2009 10:58AM

    Here Here! A toast to Kristina! Great blog my friend! emoticon 75% on track is so much better than what I was doing last year and every other year before that as well!! emoticon

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CHEDDERFISH 12/21/2009 10:55AM

    Yeah! Congrats! I'm not quite as lucky but it's a good wake up call to gain a lb or two back after a slump. I'm back on track now though.

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Unscrooged and Rocking December!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I think the humbugs have subsided! I feel like Bill Murray at the end of Scrooged!

1. I did the 30 Day Shred this morning and the tree barely shook! This is thanks to your great suggestion to use those plastic hooks and string the tree to the ceiling. THANK YOU SO MUCH for that. You rock!

Yes, the whole thing seems a lot funnier now that the glass is vacuumed and our house looks real again. Definitely a classic "remember when" moment.

2. The cafeteria was celebrating Hanukkah today! Now, I'm not Jewish, but I appreciate a good matzoh ball soup and a potato latke just as much as the next Goyim who freaked out a number of bubbies by dating their mench of a grandson. Even better, the latkes were sweet potato ones with a dollop of cinnamon apple sauce on top. The perfect lunch!

3. Our database/internet at work was acting up this morning which means there were three full hours where I just putzed around and got paid for it. I went to the post office and mailed all my Christmas cards, got some candy canes and chocolate on sale at CVS, and took care of all my bills and banking. I needed that time, but I also needed the money, so it was PERFECT.

4. We got sent home early yesterday for the same problem without pay (but I should be able to make up the hours) which meant an extra long gym session. I decided I was going to up my speed every 10 minutes. So I started at 4.0 mph for a warm-up walk, amped it up to 4.4 and ended up finishing at 5.4! I was going to stop at around 3.5 miles, but I kept pushing until I had run 5 miles in 1:05!
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I drove home from the gym, felt awesome, and the same as last time when I ran a longer distance for the first time (I think it was Week 5 of C25K) I felt nauseous and faint despite a good intake of water. Three Diet Cokes later and some pizza, I felt fine. Weird, because my sodium intake was high that day beforehand. Oops.

In any case, I needed a little victory this week and that was mine! Yes, it was on treadmill, but I upped the incline, and I DID IT!

This month, celebrate those small victories even when there are other setbacks, particularly in the food area. I'm eating more crap than I usually would, but I'm keeping in range and exercising like crazy to counter it! Keep moving and upping your exercise this month. I've got 780 minutes to go in order to meet my goal of 10,000 in '09. Keep doing it every single day! We're rocking December!
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ANEPANALIPTI 12/18/2009 7:46PM

    VERY VERY NICE!!!! You are SOLID!!! *HUGS*

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TKLPICKLE 12/18/2009 3:47PM

    Wow, awesome work! You are really rocking it! Now if only I can get my act together and start rocking it again!

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HUGMONKEYMOM 12/18/2009 2:59PM

    Fantastic lady! You are amazing.

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DAPHNERUNNING 12/18/2009 1:28PM

    CONGRATS!! You are FABULOUS, and you did such a great job!

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ZIRCADIA 12/18/2009 1:28PM

    AWESOME JOB ON YOUR RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D That is so great!

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LADYINOHIO 12/18/2009 9:19AM

    great job!

And I love Scrooged!! :D

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SPIRITRUN 12/17/2009 9:18PM

    Five miles rocks!!!!

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1FITMOMMYJOURNY 12/17/2009 2:34PM

    good job - 5 miles

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LALAFLOWERS 12/17/2009 1:50PM

    Great Workout... and I'm glad you've found a way to put a positive spin on a icky situation at work.. makes it easier to handle, and less likely to send you into a food binge... Love the 5 miles on the treadmill... Great Job!!! L

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CHICAT63 12/17/2009 9:23AM

    Woohoo 5 miles and supe woohoo for the incline. Rock on Sista !!!!

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REMCMFA 12/17/2009 12:41AM

    5 miles? Incline? Congrats. The only running I did today was from the car to the house, store, etc. (Single digit temps in Milwaukee-and boy did I run fast) emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 12/16/2009 10:17PM

    5 miles is amazing!! After getting to 3 miles I am now struggling to complete 1.5. But, I rocked that 1.5!!! I cut 2 minutes off my Monday time for the same distance so thanks for reminding us to relish those victories whatever they might be!!

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TIME4AFITME 12/16/2009 9:18PM

    way to go!

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CHANGINGMORGAN 12/16/2009 5:40PM

    GO YOU!!! Excellent job!

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EMILYBCRUZ 12/16/2009 5:20PM

    Whoo hoo!!!!! 5 miles?!?! I am so proud of you! At least someone is rockin' December...

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SWAL0701 12/16/2009 4:05PM

    5 miles??? Amazing! You truly are going to rock December. Maybe that will give me a push to go a little further then my usual 3.2-3.5. Keep up the good work.

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CAROLYN1213 12/16/2009 3:48PM

    Way to go on the five miles!!! That is awesome!!! mmmmmm Pizza is so hard to resist, especially after a five mile run! And I DO love sweet potato anything! Yummo!

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BOOTS1221 12/16/2009 3:09PM

    Wow great job girl!!! I love your excitement!!!

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FRIZGIRL 12/16/2009 3:04PM

    way to go on the treadmill! woohoo!

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MARLA_S 12/16/2009 2:58PM

    What a great idea to have a minutes goal for the year! Did you break it into smaller monthly/weekly/daily goals, too? I'd love to do this in 2010 with minutes as well as with miles ran. Thanks for the inspiration!! :o)

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PINKCOCONUT 12/16/2009 2:57PM

    You're so great! Way to go!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 12/16/2009 2:56PM

    I rocked my run this morning too! I started doing quicker intervals on Monday, so I continued again today and it feels really good to feel that challenge and shortness of breath!

Thanks for the reminder to celebrate our little victories during this crazy time when we have constant temptations and way too busy schedules! You are AWESOME!!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 12/16/2009 2:54PM

    Awesome!!! 5 miles in just over an hour! emoticon I agree with keeping you about keeping up and adding to the cardio minutes. Never have I made it through a holiday that I haven't gained at least 10#. My goal this year is to maintain or loose. I'm working the treadmill daily doing as much as I can to fight the extra holiday calories and so far, it's working. emoticon

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BETT2U 12/16/2009 2:51PM

    Victory is mine! Victory is mine! : )

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ANEWMACK 12/16/2009 2:37PM

    You're SO awesome and well on your way to reaching ALL of your goals and then some! emoticon, on those 5 miles!That's amazing progress! You're rockin it your pretty lady!!!!!

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MANDAO97 12/16/2009 2:32PM

    Wow - that was an impressive workout! 5 WHOLE miles in just over an hour? That is awesome! Congrats. You would definitely rock the broad street run in may - I'd be lagging behind. Congrats on a great week, great month, AMAZING year! You rock! I have been having sweets (liek the cookies we baked yesterday) and going over my calorie range lately - which I usually never do. But I am keeping my meals healthy and I upped my exercise. As long as I stay the same of lose a little this next week or two I am happy. The sweets will be gone soon - I never usually have that crap around the house. Only the one week a year.

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CATREBEL 12/16/2009 2:29PM

    Oooo sweet potatoes, love them. Thanks for the positive words of encouragement!

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YOOVIE 12/16/2009 2:24PM

    Your enthusiasm is contagious!

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CURVYCASEY 12/16/2009 2:21PM

    Love the positivity!!!!

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WISLNDR 12/16/2009 2:20PM

    We're on our way to 10,000!! Now I can see it!

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LJRW170 12/16/2009 2:17PM

    Good on you! I love Latkes!

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VEUVEGIRL 12/16/2009 2:14PM

    Awesome! Great for you, you are amazing!

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