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I (Heart) the Weekends

Monday, March 08, 2010

Weekends are so much better now that I have the energy and optimism to face them head on. I don't feel like a moment is wasted, even those times when I'm deservedly chilling on the couch and watching TV. The high temps and sunshine in the Northeast this weekend certainly helped too!

In the old days, our weekends consisted of cleaning the house in one big go, shopping for food and essentials, and basically gorging ourselves in front of the TV. Now we try to pick up a little at the time and use our energy for other activities when we can.

Saturday morning, I began my day with a two-mile run around the neighborhood. For my first run outside since November, it didn't go too badly. I made sure my course was flat/downhill and went pretty slow, about a 13:45 minute mile. So nice to have the sun on my face, the cool breeze in my hair and my iPod playlist setting up the run:

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When our time is up,
When our lives are done,
Will we say we've had our fun?
Will we make a mark this time?
Will we always say we tried?

Standing on the rooftops
Waiting till the bomb drops
This is all we got now
Scream until your heart stops
Were never going to regret
Watching every sunset
We'll listen to your heart beat
All of the love that we found!

--Rooftops, Lost Prophets
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I still felt fairly spry, so I popped in No More Trouble Zones, because my strength training has been lagging lately. Jillian ripped me a new one. I still couldn't do the "surrenders," which are fairly grueling, but I made it through everything else, took my shower and headed back out. I bought a great little gray fall/spring jacket with a yellow sunflower lining in a 14 a couple of months ago. It was too tight then, but it fit perfectly now, so I threw it on for the warm spring-like day! I'll have to take photos to show all of you guys for my upcoming Onederland blog...

Then my grandmother, aunt and I took my great aunt out to lunch and shopping for her 80th birthday. It was fun, but also a little sad, because her son doesn't treat her very well and is basically locked up in the house all day. She is getting senile, and I'm sure the lack of human interaction can't be helping. I had a garden salad, sirloin steak tips, broiled scallops and half of my french fries. Very tasty!

Onto TJ Maxx and its lovely clearance rack! I bought my very first sweater in a L (not XL or XXL!) since high school for $3, Kenneth Cole sunglasses for $6, and some size 14 gray dress slacks for $10.

Then holy grail of grails, I found a terrific pair of Calvin Klein black dress paints for $5 (I guess it was part of a suit), but they were a size 12. I tried them on, and they actually zipped up most of the way. So they're hanging up and waiting for me when I finally hit that size 12 for the first time. Oh, and a great little dress in an XL Juniors! It'll be perfect for summer! $5.

When I got home, I cleaned up a little, did some laundry, and rested from the busy day. My husband had ordered Pizza Hut while I was gone: a stuffed cheese crust Meat Lovers' pizza and some boneless chicken wings. I tried one of the chicken wings and was NOT impressed. Definitely not worth all the fat and 110 calories for just one of those things. I was still pretty full from my big lunch, so I had some Kashi cereal and almond milk for dinner and treated myself to some Breyers ice cream for dessert.

Sunday morning, I couldn't sleep at all, so I made it over to the grocery store at 7am. I was in PAIN. My abs and hammies were on fire from the run and Jillian's ass whooping from the day before. Grocery trip was successful: I found a kabucha squash which I haven't seen or tried since my Japan days! More cara cara oranges, apples and bananas. A honeydew melon I'm looking forward to cutting later in the week. I made it my mission to avoid the middle aisles and stick with the dairy, grains, produce, and lean meat with the exception of some frozen veggies and more Kashi stuff.

The weather was still gorgeous, so it was time for a great walk in the outdoors. I love doing this because my husband and I always plan future trips and have a great time patting the dogs that are being walked. We started getting excited about our April weekend in NYC! I used my heart rate monitor, but we didn't do our usual long trail because DH's knee was bothering him. My legs were still sore too, but it was a nice leisurely time outside.

I cooked a nice supper of roast chicken, potatoes, carrots, and parsnips and treated myself to two glasses of merlot, which definitely had me feeling lightheaded and romantic and it was just a fun evening at home. We watched a bit of the Oscars, but it really doesn't interest me anymore. Here's what I took home from what I saw:

1. I don't care what Sandra Bullock is wearing.
2. George Clooney, who I once thought was a funny guy, looked like he wanted to kill someone.
3. I still cry at that opening sequence of Up with Carl and Ellie. Love that movie!

Anyways, I enjoyed my weekend so much that I wanted to share it with all of you. I might leave work a little early today to go run outside again while the weather holds up. My muscles still ache though! That No More Trouble Zones is NO JOKE!

Happy Monday all!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 3/9/2010 12:11PM

    What a fun and active weekend you had! I had a nice weekend myself...had a great run on Saturday and then got my errands done then got a yoga session in on Sunday and spent the rest of the day being a lazy bum! I really needed a day of nothing! :-)

Makes me feel like a slacker after reading your blog though! LOL

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LOVE_IS_LOUDER 3/8/2010 11:45PM

    Omg I know just what you mean! I have Jillian's 'No More Trouble Zones' video too, and I'll be honest, I don't do it quite that often because it's a KILLER! I have to have mega energy to get through that one... so kudos. ;o) lol

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GRACEISENUF 3/8/2010 9:16PM

    Sounds like one great weekend to me! I loved the movie up as well...needed lots of tissue, (I'm a big baby!)

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WISLNDR 3/8/2010 8:11PM

    Wow, what a great weekend for you! I wasn't quite as busy but I enjoyed every moment of sunshine! Now if it will just stay . . . .

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TRAVELNISTA 3/8/2010 6:29PM

    It sounds like you had a happy yet healthy weekend. Wow did you score on the sales. I am quite those Calvin Klein dress pants will be fitting in no time. emoticon emoticon

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TIME4AFITME 3/8/2010 5:56PM

    Sounds like a great weekend.Sounds like a great shopping trip! Size 12 woohoo! I so agree about the Oscars and George Clooney as well.

Great job with Jillian

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NICOLE12-01 3/8/2010 3:42PM

    Sounds like a FANTASTIC weekend! I agree...it was AMAZING to be outside for a run this weekend! I went out for my first run since November as well! (Living in the Northeast is not easy in the winter months lol) It felt wonderful to be out! My legs are KILLING me from that outside run, but after being cooped up in the house all winter, I'll take a little extra quad and hammie pain!

Enjoy this great weather! I hear it's supposed to stick around for the next couple of days!

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ROOT4HOME 3/8/2010 3:30PM

    Sounds like a great weekend! Congrats on the new clothes...I'm waiting till summer to start looking for myself. emoticon

Loved UP too!! emoticon

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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/8/2010 1:13PM

    I just love how you take life by the horns and enjoy every moment. I'm sure that's a big change for you from a year ago!
Yes, Krisjillian, Jillian is NO joke. I have that one but have only tried Banish The Fat, Boost The Metabolism. Good for you doing what you could. That's what I tried to do. I did it towards the end of January. Then in February we had so much snow I got most of my cardio from all the snow shoveling. I will definitely pull that dvd out this week and work her in 2x's. Thanks for the much needed reminder and thank you again for being such an emoticon friend & inspiration to me!

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MBSHAZZER 3/8/2010 12:52PM

    AWESOME weekend! Whew, exhausted just reading about it! :D I want to try a kabucha squash!

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MANDAO97 3/8/2010 12:19PM

    I love Up :)

Glad you hve such a fun active weekend. It feels good to have so much more energy to enjoy the extra free time! I was so thrilled about the weather this weekend - I hope there is lots more sunshine on the way!

Congrats on scoring some amazing deals on clothes in small sizes!!

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DRAGONFLY1974 3/8/2010 11:40AM

    OK so it wasn't just me that thought he looked angry??? Up is such a sweet movie...

My husband has to watch every award show...drives me nuts!

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JUST_SIMONE 3/8/2010 11:31AM

    That sounds like a wonderful weekend!

I also cry in the opening sequence of Up, and in the middle and at the end lol

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SWAZY33 3/8/2010 11:01AM

So glad to hear about your awesome weekend! I am in the midst of training for my first 5 k and oh my oh my...my muscles are so sore still from saturday's run/walk. I've been doing the C25K program and thought I really want to see how long I can actually "run". Well, it's not as long as I would have hoped (right now, I feel like some 87 year old grandma might beat me in the 5k..hahaha!)But, hoping to be a little better by the end of the month for the actual event!
Thanks for your ongoing support and inspiration and...
WAY TO GO with the TJmaxx finds! woot woot size 12!!
Just awesome!!!
Have a beautiful week!!!
.`.. Hugs,
..) .*)Karen
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STORMTMB 3/8/2010 10:44AM

    What an awesome weekend. Workout time, family time and Me time. Excellent.

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AUGUSTAGLOOP 3/8/2010 10:32AM

    So glad you had a nice weekend! I think the sunshine is making everyone feel better - it's certainly working for me!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 3/8/2010 10:17AM

    I so LOVE the scenes at the beginning of UP with Carl and Ellie too.....sooo sweet! Your weekend sounds GREAT! Glad you were able to run outside and get a little extra in too. I didn't get to watch as much of the Oscars as I wanted to, DS was more interested in the Animal Planet channel - All about sharks. Boys?? Typical. I hope your warm weather holds out for awhile longer..... emoticon

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DRRAZZ 3/8/2010 9:43AM

    Sounds like a great weekend. Can I just say how proud I am fro you not giving into Pizza Hut. I can tell you for sure that if I came home and Scott had ordered Pizza Hut I would have killed him and then ate the pizza. LOL!!! That's some willpower baby!!! Great job!!!

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SUGIRL06 3/8/2010 9:40AM

    Sounds like a really awesome relaxing weekend! I am loving this spring weather!

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JWENZEL723 3/8/2010 9:40AM

    i too had an outside run this week in the beautiful weather. yay for spring!

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FRIZGIRL 3/8/2010 9:36AM

    What a great weekend! That trip to TJ max... epic! At the end of our W2S challenge, I might make a TJ Max trip.

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AZIUGA 3/8/2010 9:27AM

    Aw, the UP scenes make me cry too-I loved that movie! I am glad you had a great weekend. My "old weekends" were much like yours used to be. I am really looking forward to it getting a bit warmer--we like to climb Stone Mountain once a weekend, or take a short road trip to the mountains for a nice hike, followed by a local farmer's market trip. :)

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PINKCOCONUT 3/8/2010 9:25AM

    Sounds like an absolutely fabulous weekend! And I agree, No More Trouble Zones is awesome, but it'll quite literally kill you! :D I love it! I hate and love surrenders all at the same time!

And yeah, the beginning of Up does it to me EVERY time!

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HOSTALADY 3/8/2010 9:23AM

    You enjoyed a five star weekend. That was a wonderful way to start a wonderful week for you. Your run was great. I am thrilled for you. You haven't even skipped a beat since February. It was a fabulous weekend. so sorry about your great aunt, that is sad. So great that you all had an enjoyable lunch together and you as always did great with your choices. Thanks for sharing!

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REINVENT_ME 3/8/2010 9:19AM

    Wow, what an amazing weekend you had & great deals on clothes! And yes! George Clooney did look like he wanted to kill someone.

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CDGOLDILOCKS 3/8/2010 9:13AM

    Sounds like a great weekend. I am glad you enjoyed it!

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HEYSKINNY 3/8/2010 9:13AM

    Yay, NYC!

I think Clooney was mad because his Best Actor speech was all about how cute he was instead of how great an actor he is. He feels like he just can't catch a break, but really... he's Clooney. That's enough of a break, I think.

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10K T-minus 99 days

Friday, March 05, 2010

YAY! The weather is supposed to be sunny and in the low 50s tomorrow! I'm going to start my 10K training outside! I'm going for a 2-mile run tomorrow, my first run outside since November!
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As you can tell from my last few blogs, I've been all about the goals lately. I realized that this isn't all about weight loss, but should be about changing my life and accomplishing the things I always thought were out of reach.

So along with joining the MaryMacker challenge (slightly modified to fit my own situation) in order to spend my summer as "overweight" rather than obese, yesterday I made a list of 30 things I want to accomplish before I reach my 30th birthday... now in 270 days.
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Yes, there are some overlapping goals on there, like the running goals. But there are some fun ones like "make my own mojito" and "spend the whole day in my bathrobe" too. I'm going to be ticking them off on my SparkPage as I accomplish them this year.

Onto running...

I really want to run a 10K this year and it seems like the last available 10K in these parts before races dry up in the summer months is in June, so I'm going to have to work at building up my endurance and speed this spring. So I picked out my 10K. It's on June 12th, right after I celebrate my first year on Spark and right before my one-year running anniversary! That will also give me 14 weeks to train. I'll be doing a 5K race in March, April, and May as well.

I love summer and part of the reason I love it is because we spend our weekends on the NH seacoast where I will be running my 10K and half marathon this year. I really don't want to give up chilling out and other outdoor activities during the summer months. I want to be active, but I also want to enjoy myself and have some downtime as well.

Looking at my ambitious list, I've decided to put off a triathlon until next year and focus on my running and doing family-friendly activities this summer like hiking and kayaking. I think it's the right decision. Recently, I've realized:

1. Since dipping below 220 pounds, I can no longer float as well as I used to. Swimming used to be wicked easy because I was so buoyant (one of the few benefits of fat!). Now not so much. I think I need to work on my form a whole lot more before I attempt an open-water swim in the Atlantic Ocean.

2. Biking is really tough on my ass and it will be no joke. Since trying the video bikes at the gym that simulate real courses, I realized that cycling can be some serious work. Also, there are other things I want to spend my money on this year than a raceworthy bike.

3. I really don't want to burn out and ruin my summer. Also, if I do everything this year, what's to look forward to in 2011?
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I'm not giving up. I'm just refocusing. This year is all about the running and doing all the things I couldn't do when I was obese. Next year, I'll focus on the triathlon and maybe even a marathon.

So many possibilities.

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IMSMILEY88 9/25/2010 5:09PM

    I love your comment about 'doing it all' in 2010... and will you be burned out before 2011. So, what do you think? You've accomplished a lot. Do you still have plenty to do in 2011? emoticon

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SARAHBACHY 3/10/2010 7:34AM

    Thank you for being SO positive! It's great to find someone who is challenging themselves even further! You've come such a long way, GREAT job! Best of luck!


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MBSHAZZER 3/8/2010 12:54PM

    Hooray for your 10k! So exciting! It's my favorite distance! I agree w/ you on the tri traing. Also, I'll let you in on something... you don't actually have to do a tri (unless you want to) to be an athelete! :D I avoid water like the plague!

Enjoy your training!

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AUGUSTAGLOOP 3/8/2010 10:34AM

    I'm so glad you're signed up for a 10K too! It's nice to have someone to talk training with.
Water aerobics, toning, and spinning today; run tomorrow.

Have a great day!

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GRACEISENUF 3/7/2010 8:11PM

    I went swimming last week and it did seem harder now that I'm not as big. I also tried the bike idea but realized quickly that walking and jogging are my thing, at least for now.

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MANDAO97 3/6/2010 1:56PM

    I think your plan is perfect! Run, spend time outside, be active - enjoy your summer at this new weight - and achieve all those goals you set for yourself :) 2011 can be the year for a tri. Hope you enjoy your run outside :)

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    Poulaki!!! You'll be flying before you know it!!! I am so excited for you!!!

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HEALTHYSASSY 3/6/2010 11:34AM

    Great blog. emoticon

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    What you're doing is really great! They say that people who focus on other goals besides the amount of weight lost are the ones who can keep it off permanently. Way to go!

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FOXXYROXXYD 3/5/2010 10:53PM

    Congratulations - you plan sounds awesome! You are going to have such a great time training and racing!

I ALMOST signed up for a 10K in May but I decided to see how I do with the first 5K later this month before signing up for anything else:) - Maybe another 5K instead!

Looking forward to hearing all about your training and races!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 3/5/2010 7:32PM

    I love so much about this blog...mostly I love that you are doing so much and that you have to allow yourself to "only" focus on running this summer! LOL It's funny because I'm the same way...I do sooooo much more than I would have even thought possible last year and yet I still have so much more I WANT to do. Sometimes it's hard to only focus on one or two things at a time! LOL

You are awesome and I think you are going to have an AMAZING summer!!! Can't wait to hear all about it, including your training leading up to the 10K and Half! BTW - your 10K is the week after mine! I can't wait to get out for my 2-mile run tomorrow!!!!

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VALLOUGH 3/5/2010 7:24PM

    I am a huge fan of mojitos, let me tell you. Make it with sparkling water rather than sprite and a ginger infused simple syrup for a taste that will rock your world.

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TRAVELNISTA 3/5/2010 6:42PM

    Wow you truly are emoticon. You want to start training for a triathlon. Did you ever in wildest dreams ever think you would want to compete ina triathlon? I am so proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CUBANJELLY 3/5/2010 6:33PM

    You should definitely make your own mojito in a bathrobe!

I thought about doing another triathlon, but I'm not really ready to tackle that again. I found a super sprint in April I'm going to do - it's way short: 250 yard swim in a pool; 4 mile bike; 1.5 mile run.

I like your goals, can't wait to see your ticker and hear all about your fun stuff, oh and don't forget pictures!

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GONE2THEDOGS 3/5/2010 4:45PM

    Congrats on signing up for the 10k! Great idea on the re-focusing - keeping it FUN will help you keep at it.... And that's the whole point... plenty of time for all those possibilities...
I'm looking forward to trying some trail running this summer - way more fun than pounding the pavement week after week!

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HOSTALADY 3/5/2010 4:37PM

    There is nothing wrong with changing things up or down. the importance is doing things and you most certainly are. Sounds like a great schedule that will keep you occupied this summer and have a lot of enjoyment with all of your choices.

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KARVY09 3/5/2010 4:27PM

    How cool! I didn't realize your 10K was the same day, Kathi! Mine is at 9am EDT.

It'll be very cool to be doing our first 10K on the same day, and I'm excited to run a 5K with CELESTIALAXIS next month!

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TIME4AFITME 3/5/2010 4:18PM

    Sounds like a great plan! You will have a great summer

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    Oh no I'm not gonna float as well now too! That's my favorite thing to do is float! =( Oh well...

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CHICAT63 3/5/2010 4:09PM

    Excellent choices, you are not giving up - no way just refocusing and family activities as well as me time is as just imporant as your goals. For the biking tip, myself I have a well enhanced bottom the gel seats do wonders for long rides just a suggestion. Have a great weekend ! emoticon

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WISLNDR 3/5/2010 4:06PM

    Wow Kristina, the 12th???? That is sooooo cool! What time? Are we starting at the same time?


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ROOT4HOME 3/5/2010 2:48PM

    Sounds like a great plan! Mixing workouts with pleasure - will make it easier and more integrated in your life. emoticon

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    Good Choices! You've thought out your summer activities already........very cool. You won't miss out on anything now! emoticon emoticon

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30 Before 30!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

JUSTDOITLK turned 29 yesterday and came up with a great list of 30 things she wanted to do before she turns 30 next year. I LOVED IT! www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo

As many of you know, my own goal is to be at a healthy weight before my 30th birthday, which is at the end of November 2010. I'm a little late to the party, but I thought I'd compile my own list. I'll be coming back here and ticking off the ones that I accomplish!

1. Take a ski lesson and ski in Vermont []
2. Kayak on the Charles River []
3. Go whitewater rafting in autumn []
4. Weekend trip to NYC [X]
5. Organize all of my files (and keep them that way!) []
6. Attend Spanish conversation classes or meetups []
7. Run a 10K [X]
8. Run a half marathon []
9. Bike the NH seacoast* []
10. Get my MA real estate broker's license []
11. Take a yoga class []
12. Save $1000 for new clothes once I make my goal weight []
13. See a play/musical [X]
14. Learn to scuba dive []
15. Host a wine tasting []
16. Finally put together a wedding album and frame our portrait []
17. Have diplomas, certifications framed []
18. Write our wills []
19. Read at least 30 books for pleasure []
20. Make my own creme brulee []
21. Have breakfast in bed []
22. Wear heels out on the town []
23. Find 30 new recipes I love []
24. Grow nails long enough to get a manicure []
25. Spend a whole day in my bathrobe []
26. Wear a pair of shorts out in public [X]
27. Make my own mojito []
28. Buy the dress of my dreams... in a size 12 or less! []
29. Either build my business or find a perm job []
30. Go to Vegas to celebrate my 30th with friends!!! []

* Yes New Hampshire has a seacoast. It's 18 miles each way!

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BURKEBRIZ 6/14/2010 3:23PM

    I love the idea of biking the NH seacoast! In October when I went to visit my friend in Somerset, NH, I drove into Maine and fell in love with Kittery. NH is one of my FAVE places on earth and while the Kittery seacoast is in ME, it is still some place I adore. I hope to get out there this summer with my kids.

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FOXXYROXXYD 3/5/2010 11:01PM

    Awesome list! You are so going to rock it!

RE: the manicure -- don't wait until your nails grow. Mine grow but they split and break so easy that I can't keep them a decent length nor will polish stay on them BUT... I still get them manicured every month and have them buffed instead of polished. You'll love it and it will probably help them grow!

Have fun reaching your goals!

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KALIE1120 3/5/2010 8:22PM

    Great list! I love it. Good luck.

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TRAVELNISTA 3/5/2010 6:46PM

    Some great goals! Some really fun goals too! I can't wait to read your blogs as you check them off. emoticon

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DEEBROAD 3/5/2010 12:30PM

    Way to go girl! We all have to start somewhere better late than never!!! keep it up and you will achieve the goals listed before you know it!!!!

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AUGUSTAGLOOP 3/5/2010 11:57AM

    That's awesome! You'll have a very busy, but amazing year!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 3/5/2010 9:33AM

    Love the list.... Wish I would have done something like this for my 30th. (I turned 30 last May) I do have a running list though on my spark page. Knocking them off very slowly.

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BESTSELLERS 3/5/2010 9:00AM

  emoticon This is an awesome idea! Even better than a bucket list! Now... this... is... living! :)

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ANEPANALIPTI 3/5/2010 8:52AM

    I LOVE THIS LIST and I LOVE Your background!

THANK YOU for being you!

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ROOT4HOME 3/5/2010 12:30AM

    How fun! Can't wait to see what you check off!! emoticon emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 3/4/2010 10:46PM

    Looks like a great list to me!!! I especially like the one about going to VEGAS!! LOVEEE it there!! emoticon

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    Sounds like a busy but fun year!! Biking the NH coast sounds like so much fun!! I love the manicure goal. I have a hard time with my nails, they either won't grow or when they do they break too easily.

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RAINTHIEF 3/4/2010 7:00PM

    What an awesome idea! Good luck!

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BELUGA20 3/4/2010 4:47PM

    These are some abitious goals! Good luck! emoticon

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CAROLMAROL54 3/4/2010 3:01PM

    hummmmm! great list I think I'll make one! emoticon

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BREW99 3/4/2010 2:38PM

    Wow! You better get started on that long list of yours! Beat the clock! emoticon

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SUGIRL06 3/4/2010 1:43PM

    I started making a list after I saw her's too! I already have a list of to-dos for the year so I added a catagory called "fun" with things under it. I already stole some of JUSTDOITLK's. I might need to steal some of yours too! I put "make my wedding scrapbook" on my list too! (Its only been a year and a half...) Good luck!

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CHICAT63 3/4/2010 1:25PM

    Woohoo awesome list Kristina, you'll have fun & exciting times by the time you hit 30 !!!! emoticon

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TIME4AFITME 3/4/2010 12:33PM

    sounds great...fantastic list and a great idea

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JWENZEL723 3/4/2010 12:31PM

    how fun!!! you have a really exciting list! good luck to you in completing it!

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DRRAZZ 3/4/2010 12:11PM

    This sounds awesome. I am turning 30 in July. Granted I only have a little time to get my list done, so my things will have to be smaller scale, but maybe I'll jump on the bandwagon.

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TISMELEELEE 3/4/2010 11:55AM

  Awesome list!! Let's complete these together!!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 3/4/2010 11:48AM

    Love these goals, they are awesome! I think you are doing a great job and continue to inspire me daily. Oh to be 30 again...35's taking it's toll on me :)

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CELESTIALAXIS 3/4/2010 11:44AM

    Awesome list! When is your b-day exactly, it looks like we have another thing in common! I'm 11/21/81.

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MANDAO97 3/4/2010 11:43AM

    I love your list :) It shows how your priorities and interests have aligned with your healthy lifestyle. Many of these are active outdoor activities - and some are rewarding experiences to celebrate your progress. All perfectly in line with your goals - and moving your life in the direction you want to go. Enjoy checking things off your list! I'm looking forward to hearing about them.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 3/4/2010 11:40AM

    Love your goals!! I hope you"ll meet them all by your birthday! emoticon

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EKKING 3/4/2010 11:40AM

    Kayaking on the Charles is easy! Just go to the Marriott on 30 off the Pike in Newton. They (not the Marriott) have a rental place there. Also one in Natick. I used to do that with a friend. It was so relaxing and nice. Fall is a great time cause you get those great fall colors and it's not sooo cold! Nice list!

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Who Loves a Challenge? I DO!

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

It's my 9-month Sparkversary today, and this morning I finally moved my wedding rings over to my middle finger. They weren't just loose, but dangerously loose, and the last thing I want is to lose them! So I'm giving everyone the middle finger salute in triumph today! Don't take it the wrong way!

In 9 months, I've lost 71 pounds (279 to 208) and 4 pant sizes (24 to 16)!
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So, today I feel like doing something special.

Three of my amazing SparkFriends have challenged themselves to lose 18 lbs by June 12, 2010, putting them at their goal weight of 165 lbs.

Mack (ANEWMACK): June 12th is her wedding day! www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo

Mary (TREBLE02): www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo

and Carolyn (CAROLYN1213): www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo

When I first started this journey, I gave myself until April 1, 2010 to reach Onederland or 199 pounds. It seemed reasonable. 80 pounds in 10 months. I'm 9 pounds away now, so meeting this goal will be difficult, but I'm still going to go for it, and if I make that goal a couple of weeks late, so be it. I'm still going to push and try my hardest!

My reward for reaching Onederland is something I've always wanted to do: take diving lessons and get my scuba certification. I want to be able to scuba dive in the Carribean and Oceania someday!
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But I'm also inspired by Mack, Mary, and Carolyn, and I want to set another goal for myself. I won't be near my goal weight by that point, but there is another milestone I'd like to reach: being non-obese for the first time in my adult life (heck, even in high school!).

THE GOAL: -23 lbs, putting me in an "overweight" weight category at 185 lbs.

I want to do this by June 21, 2010. Yep, that's the first day of summer! It is also a year from the week I started the Couch to 5K program in 2009. One full year as a runner!

So I'm calling it my personal "Overweight Summer Challenge," since this will be my first (and hopefully last!) summer as an overweight woman. It means losing a little less than 1.5 lbs per week in about 16 weeks, which is getting more and more difficult as I inch closer to 200, but I believe is completely doable.
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How do I plan to do this?

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Along with training for a 6.2 mile (10K) distance, I'm pledging to run a 5K road race each month until summer. If you're in the Greater Boston area and you're interested in running my races with me, send me a msg and I'll let you know what races I'm doing and maybe we can meet up!

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Eating clean has worked wonders on just making me feel more relaxed and healthy after a long day. I sleep better and I look better! I think I've progressed to the point where I can start making the majority of my meals be non-processed and better for me. I'm never going to be 100% on this, and that's fine. Banning food and deprivation has never been for me!

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I'm kind of a cardio nut. I like that concrete evidence of calories burned. But like that dailySpark article from yesterday noted, "Don't Skimp on Strength Training!" www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=the
It is so important to keep toning and getting our muscles ready for that thinner body.

Also, abs! Once I get rid of that stomach fat, I want to look fabulous. Luckily another SparkFriend, MANDA097, has started a Toned Tummies in TwentyTen group to keep us doing our abwork! www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i

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When I first started here, I was the biggest skeptic going. This whole goal-setting thing just sounded so "feel good" and completely against my all-too-sarcastic psyche. Now I'm the biggest proponent of challenging myself and keeping track of my progress on my goals. I think that almost all of the "success stories" made an effort to keep accountable and share their ups and downs with the Spark community.



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WALKINGDAVE 4/5/2010 11:08PM

    I have been struggling just recently and after reading your blog I realized I haven't set any new goals. I had made one in Jan to lose 10 lbs in ten weeks, it took me 11 weeks but I did it. My tops group has a challenge going on right now where we are split into three groups and we each have to earn points by losing. I have been doing well but am worried that it's been a fluke thing because I'm losing and eating well and exercising less than before. I think I will sit and really try to think up some new goals for me to work on, thanks for the incentive, you are doing wonderfully and love your blogs

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SMYGIRL 3/8/2010 12:04AM

    Great goals!! Good luck - I know you can do it, you're doing amazing so far! My challenge by Easter is to be 208.5, which will be 25% of my total goal. By then, I'll be in sight of Onederland for the first time since 2006!! I'm also motivated by moving from the obese to overweight status - so that goal will be on my horizon soon!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 3/5/2010 7:46PM

    I have no doubt that you will achieve whatever you set out to do!! You are just AWESOME like that!!! Keep it up girlie - I need all the inspiration I can get! :-)

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CHICAT63 3/4/2010 1:27PM

    You can totally do this, you've accomplished so many things and nothing will stop you !!!! emoticon

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ELLISERA 3/3/2010 10:29PM

    Thanks for this post! I've been feeling a bit down and unmotivated today, and this helped get me in the mood to do my strength training and cardio for the day. Hopefully my energy will go up after I exercise...

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TRAVELNISTA 3/3/2010 9:25PM

    Happy emoticon You have done so well thus far and have been an inspiration to all of us. These new goals you have set in place are excellent. emoticon

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TIME4AFITME 3/3/2010 8:26PM

    Great goals that I am sure you will reach. You are doing so great and inspire me daily! I am joining your challenge. We are almost the same weight so I am with you!


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CUBANJELLY 3/3/2010 8:24PM

    110 days till summer! Holy crap! I love your goals. I think you will do amazingly well. You're definitely on target already.


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NO_SNOW_BODY 3/3/2010 8:11PM

    you are a great group to challenge each other like that

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WISLNDR 3/3/2010 8:08PM

    OK, let's go! See my blog today!


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LOVE_IS_LOUDER 3/3/2010 7:42PM

    All you girls that have lost or are losing around 100 pounds are so inspiring! It really makes me feel like a slacker that I've been struggling with my own extra 50 pounds for so long. But it really makes me want to push harder, because I'd love to be in that 'success' category with you! Keep up the good work, I'm certain you'll achieve all your goals. And maybe help me achieve mine, as well. ;o)

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BELUGA20 3/3/2010 6:25PM

    You're blog posts are so inspiring! So upbeat! Keep up the good work and good luck with your goals this month. emoticon

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BESTSELLERS 3/3/2010 2:07PM

  Well Said, Well Said. You are such a Rock Star and I'm sure you'll blow your goals out of the water! emoticon

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DRRAZZ 3/3/2010 2:01PM

    Your goals are totally reachable. Look at all you have accomplished so far. I would love to join you on this challenge, because I try to be up for any challenge placed in front of me. However, due to the baby on the way, I have been having a hard time figuring out what my goals should be for this new stage in my life. Once I get something figured out, I will join in your challenge. Heck, my challenge might be eating the amount of calories recommended while still eating healthy and not giving in to things like pizza. LOL

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MBSHAZZER 3/3/2010 1:19PM

    WHOOOOO!!!! You can do it!! :D

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SUGIRL06 3/3/2010 12:54PM

    What a great blog! I'm sort of in the same place right now! I want to reach my goal (17lbs away) by my birthday (June 13th)! I am doing a 10 Mile training program for a May 2nd run to help me along the way. Having a run scheduled so close is really kicking in the motivation! I like the idea of running a 5K every month! I am hoping to do a 5K (faster time please), a 10K, and a half marathon by the fall on top of this 10 mile run. Should be fun! And I started C25K last June also. Anyway, happy Sparkversary!


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HOSTALADY 3/3/2010 12:39PM

    Congrats to all the goals you have reached so far for yourself. We have all benefited from your achievements to date. I am blown away at the running you have decided to get in this spring. That in it's self is huge.
You have drive and you will reach more milestones in the next 15+ weeks for sure.
I'm rooting for you!

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MANDAO97 3/3/2010 12:32PM

    Happy Sparkversary!!! Your blogs get me motivated and make me want to get to the gym or go for a run! :)

You have awesome goals and plans and I can't wait to celebrate with you when you more into the 'overweight' category - and when you leave it behind!

I am right there with Mack/Mary with 17.4 lbs left until goal and only 8.4 lbs from a healthy BMI. I am going to really focus and do everything I can to close in on goal for June 12th. I don't want to set a hard deadline for myself - but no more of this being lax on calories or working out only 2-3 days a week. I am going at it full foce and going to make the most progress I can from now through June 12th. Summer here we come!

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THE_JULES1 3/3/2010 12:29PM

    Fabulous goals and I look forward to seeing you hit every single one!

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EKKING 3/3/2010 12:27PM

    I have YET to set any goals other than doing this and sticking with it. Maybe I'll make a short term goal for 4/1 or 6/21 too! If I can shake the flu, I'm good to work out again. Getting sick means I haven't done anything but sleep and now the knee feels great!!! :)

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ANDREA963 3/3/2010 12:07PM

    Really well written blog. Thank you for sharing! Can't wait to celebrate with you when you leave the obese category! You can do it! I left it last year and remember the feeling. Now I'm 13 pounds from 'normal'.

I'm in a challenge with my sister to lose the most inches and weight for the month of March. I've been dusting off my workout videos, and it's starting to warm up. So excited Spring is coming!

Sounds like you have a great plan!!!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 3/3/2010 11:59AM

    You are such an Awesome Motivator!!! You challenge not only yourself, but us as well. I have a plan for spring, but need to set some goals. Thanks for your blog. I realized my plan isn't complete yet without goals to attain.......I gotta get workin on it. I'm sure you'll meet your goals........WORK IT GIRL!!! and keep us posted. I love to read about your successes and struggles too, because I know you're human and that road is bumpy. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOCOHOLO 3/3/2010 11:51AM

    You're amazing!! Congrats on your success so far and good luck with your new goals!

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PINKCOCONUT 3/3/2010 11:49AM

    Way to go! What an awesome goal and with those action plans, you're so getting there!!!

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WALEB1002 3/3/2010 11:39AM

    Wow...awesome! you are totally inspiring me!!! thank you for that! good luck with all your goals...i know you will reach them! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ACTIVEALLISON 3/3/2010 11:33AM

    Those sound like some great goals! Keep up the good work!

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MAMMA_MIA1 3/3/2010 11:31AM

    emoticon You're a real motivator!! I was skeptical at first too, and now that I've been "hanging out" since I rejoined SP, I get more inspired and motivated everyday and it's because of people like you!! emoticon

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CAROLYN1213 3/3/2010 11:30AM

    You are awesome!!! We can do this!!! I can feel the energy and optimism rising! That wave can carry us to success! You have accomplished so much already and inspired so many people. One of your blogs inspired me to start running in October 2009! Today I'm training for that half marathon!!! Love you! You totally inspire me!

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JWENZEL723 3/3/2010 11:25AM

    yay for you!!! great goals and a great attitude!

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FRIZGIRL 3/3/2010 11:24AM

    awesome plan girl! And 1 5K each month! woohoo

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ERNOINACTION 3/3/2010 11:20AM

    Thanks so much for sharing! I love your idea for the summer challenge. It's seems like you have all the right components. I'm just going to keep plugging away. I hope to be down 100 by my birthday in August. Can't wait to see your progress! Best,

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TANJERM 3/3/2010 11:08AM

    You make me feel inspired to get those goals wrote out. I too am working hard to get under that 200 word. I have lost 71 since Oct and need 24 more to get there. I am gonna get those goals wrote down today. Thanks for the insperation. emoticon

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COMPASSLOST1 3/3/2010 11:04AM

    I honestly am so grateful for this website and for people like you who make every goal I have ever had seem possible. I am inspired and in awe of your dedication and your commitment. I have tried for so long to be fit and thin and healthy, and have always seemed to fail. I find it easier to start believing in myself when I see how hard work really does pay off in the end. You CAN get to Onederland and you WILL! I know I think back to when I started, which was just two short months ago, and I never thought I would be this far... So think of the end result!!!

Thank you for being such an inspiration, and I can't wait to read how you have reached all of your goals and created new ones!!!!!!!

You rock!!!!!! emoticon

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SHERRY257 3/3/2010 11:04AM

    Wow!!! You rock. You have awesome goals and have challenged me to take a critical look at mine. Congratulations on the weight loss and meeting your past goals. emoticon

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NIELSENSLADY 3/3/2010 11:01AM

    You're awesome! As usual. I've commited to their challenge! 17 pounds by summer! It puts me at 210! I can't wait to see you make this!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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February Measurements

Monday, March 01, 2010

Someone asked me if when I'm doing my thighs and upper arms whether or not I'm counting the inches lost from both arms and legs, and the answer is, no I'm not. I honestly didn't even think of the inches on the "other side." But it's a good point, and I'll assume I'm losing symmetrically and double it for a total inches lost.

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

Waist - 46 - 43.5 - 41 - 39 - 39 - 37.5 - 37 - 36 - 36
Hips - 53 - 50.5 - 49.5 - 48.5 - 48 - 47 -46 - 44 - 44
Neck - 16 - 15.5 - 15 - 14.5 - 14.5 - 14 - 13.5 - 13 - 13
Thigh - 32 - 31 - 30 - 29 - 28 - 27 - 27 - 26.5 - 26
Upper Arm - 16 - 16 - 15.5 - 15 - 14.5 - 13.5 - 13.5 - 13.5 - 13

Inches lost since January: 2
Waist - 0
Hips - 0
Neck - 0
Thighs - 1 (.5 each)
Upper Arms - 1 (.5 each)

Inches lost total: 40
Waist - 10
Hips - 9
Neck - 3
Thighs - 12 (6 inches each)
Upper Arms - 6 (3 inches each)


Some months you lose inches, some months pounds! Maybe next month we'll see a big drop, but for now I'm happy with my 2 inches off the thighs and arms. Not that much progress on the measuring tape as far as waist and neck were concerned, but maybe, just maybe my body is finally moving down to those thighs of mine and getting rid of that flab!

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LADYOFTHEHOUSE6 3/2/2010 11:14PM

    Wow, you've done amazing!!! I haven't been measuring - but you have inspired me to start!
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ELLISERA 3/2/2010 8:40PM

    emoticon A big congratz on your progress so far! emoticon

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BUSYB72 3/2/2010 4:06PM

  I can't WAIT to see those darn inches go away - far, far away!! Way to go! It is so inspiring to see how far you have come and that your hard work is really paying off. Thank you so much for sharing - it is very encouraging!!

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  My right thigh is half an inch smaller than my left thigh. I don't get it, but every time I measure - it's always off by 1/2 inch. My right arm is 1/8 inch smaller than my left arm. *sigh* I'm always going to be lopsided.

YAY on the arms - what's been your focus? I'm in need of buff guns, but have spaghetti noodles at the moment!

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SWEETLEXIE520 3/2/2010 2:52PM

    Great job! Yeah, my body likes to save the thighs for last too, lol!

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    Wow girl you are doing GREAT! Look at those numbers! emoticon

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BREW99 3/2/2010 12:09PM

    thighs and arms are a woman's weakest points - congrats on the hard work with them! emoticon

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SAHMWICH 3/1/2010 5:29PM

    I am going to start tracking inches too. I never have- which is disappointing now- being almost 100 lbs done! I got a measuring tape yesterday from my mom so I'm going to measure myself tomorrow along with my weekly weigh-in. Any tips?

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    Great work! Keep it up!

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TIME4AFITME 3/1/2010 1:30PM

    great job

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 3/1/2010 12:07PM

    GREATJOB!! Losing the inches and tracking!!! Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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100LBLIGHTER 3/1/2010 11:57AM

    great job on inches lost...great tracking. emoticon

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BETT2U 3/1/2010 11:42AM

    You are doing marvelous. Keep up the great job.

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COMPASSLOST1 3/1/2010 11:33AM

    Looking at it like that, it is amazing to see your progress! How awesome!!!! Keep up the hard work and positive attitude! :)

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SUGIRL06 3/1/2010 11:21AM

    Great job! And I forget to double my inches for legs and arms too. Haha! I didn't think about that. That makes me feel a little better about my inches lost. Keep up the good work!

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HEYSKINNY 3/1/2010 11:12AM

    What do you recommend doing to lose so many inches?? I only started measuring last fall and I have lost a few all over, but I can't lie, I would love to work on my waist and hips as you clearly have. Is it just overall cardio do you think?

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ERNOINACTION 3/1/2010 11:10AM

    Great work. Thanks so much for sharing! Best,

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DRRAZZ 3/1/2010 10:52AM

    You having been making great progress. You should be proud of yourself!!! emoticon

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WISLNDR 3/1/2010 10:48AM

    I just realized yesterday that one calf is larger than the other! How does that work??


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PINKCOCONUT 3/1/2010 10:40AM

    Great job! I'm so inconsistent with my measurements and now that I've moved I can't find my measuring tape! LOL May have to break down and get a new one...

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