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March Recap & April Goals

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spring has sprung! We're getting our April showers a little early up here in the Northeast, but that's OK. It's supposed to hit the 60s-70s this weekend! Perfect running weather!

So how'd March go? Pretty darn good. I was coming off a slightly off-kilter February and luckily the momentum stuck all month long!


-7 pounds
28 days of cardio exercise
3 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
2,330 fitness minutes
16,313 calories burned
Strength training 2x per week (outside gym)
Ran 4.25 miles outside


-My goal set last year was to meet ONEDERLAND by 4/1. This would be -9+ lbs, which is high, but I'm going to go for it!!!
On March 1, I was 209 lbs, so this goal was highly ambitious and I didn't make my goal of ONEDERLAND by April, the goal I originally set when I started here at SparkPeople.

BUT.... I'm at 202 as of today! (I'm not recording it because I'm waiting until official weigh-in on Friday). I'm only 2 lbs and change from that goal, and I'm pretty damn proud of myself. I'll make it there in the next week or so hopefully!

I also set a goal with the MaryMacker's team to hit 185 by the first day of summer, June 21st! The significance of that goal is that 185 is considered "overweight" and not "obese" for my height and body type. I would love to start my summer off right! I'm on track to make that goal!

-1,500+ fitness minutes
Oooh, boy, I made this one! I couldn't believe I did so much this month, but the weather was nicer and I did count all of those 20- to 30-minute walks during my lunch break. It added up! I got in 2,330 fitness minutes this month! I feel great!

-Run the St. Patrick's 5K
I was super tempted to skip this because it was pouring buckets on the day of the race, but I did it! I did a 5K test run a few days before and made my 5K personal record of 37:45. On race day, I was at 39:50, which isn't too bad considering I was weighed down by my heavy jacket and gloves! What an experience! I just hope the rest of my spring 5Ks are dry, dry, dry!

-Meet sodium levels 5 out of 7 days per week
I can't believe it, but I did meet this goal pretty much. W1-2 and 4 I was 5/7 days and W3 I was 4/7. W5 both days so far! So I'll consider this goal met! The trick was limiting myself to one "salty meal" per day. Seemed to work pretty well!

-Continue to eat lots of fruit/veggies
I'm working the fruit and veggies and feeling fuller the days that I incorporate fruit and veg into my breakfasts and lunches. More nutrition for your calorie buck! There is still room for improvement, but I'll consider this goal met!

-Start 10K training program
I did this! I'm in W4 of the Spark Your Way to a 10K program and loving it. I've done about half my runs outside and I'm definitely preferring it to the treadmill. Strange that I can run a 12-minute mile outside, but when I try it on the treadmill, I am ABSOLUTELY dying and can still only run consistently at 4.5 mph or lower. I'm becoming a road warrior!

-Food blog 2 days this month
I did my two food blogs on 3/17 and 3/30. Check them out if you are interested! I really enjoy food blogging every so often!

This was my first month without a tracking goal, but I am still tracking EVERY single day. I'm a Type A personality so those days when I would go over, even by just 50 calories, tend to upset me. I need to get over that, but I am not ready to stop tracking. Not until I reach my final weight goal.

But I'm slowly learning that a 1,800 calorie day will basically be balanced out by a 1,300 calorie day as well as all the additional spring exercise I am doing. I had a couple of high calorie days this month and it did not stymie my weight loss.


-Lose 6+ pounds
-1,800+ fitness minutes
-Run the Dunleavy Foundation 5K with CELESTIALAXIS!
-Meet sodium levels 5/7 days per week
-At least 6 servings of fruit and veg each day
-Stay on track with 10K training program
-At-home strength training 3-4x per week
-At least 50 crunches per day!
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-8 pounds
22 days of cardio exercise
5 days above calorie range
Tracked 27 days
1225 fitness minutes
11,190 calories burned
Ran 3/4 mile at a time

-10 pounds
28 days of cardio exercise
5 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
1570 fitness minutes
11,587 calories burned
Began strength training
Ran 1.5 miles at a time

-8 pounds
20 days of cardio exercise
6 days above calorie range
Tracked 30 days
1215 fitness minutes
10,831 calories burned
Continued strength training
Ran 2 miles at a time

-8 pounds
25 days of cardio exercise
1 day above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
1765 fitness minutes
10,163 calories burned
Continued strength training 2x per week
Ran 3.1 miles at a time

-7 pounds
26 days of cardio exercise
1 day above calorie range (not counting Thanksgiving)
Tracked 29 days
1635 fitness minutes
13,006 calories burned
Continued strength training 3x per week
Ran 5K outside without stopping!

-7 pounds
30 days of cardio exercise
3 days above calorie range (not counting Christmas)
Tracked 29 days
1925 fitness minutes
14,819 calories burned
Continued strength training 3x per week
Ran 4.5 miles on the treadmill without stopping

-6 pounds
29 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
1,845 fitness minutes
14,926 calories burned
Continued strength training (circuit training and EA Sports Active) 4x week
Ran 4.75 miles on the treadmill without stopping

-6 pounds
20 days of cardio exercise
2 days above calorie range (not including vacation)
Tracked 21 days (due to vacation)
1,170 fitness minutes
10,711 calories burned
Strength training lagged; maybe 1-2x week
Running on hold due to injury

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    WOW congrats on your weight loss so far and your goals. Just had to peak at your page, great job! emoticon

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EMLG11 4/2/2010 9:16AM

    Once again you just blow me away with the way you share your goals and accomplishments! Great Job!!

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MEIZHEN 4/2/2010 1:38AM

    Oh you are just awesome...you really met alot of your goals and also you really made alot of effort to track what you have eaten and what you have done. emoticon

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PORTERSGAL 4/1/2010 3:50PM

    You are amazing!!!!!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 4/1/2010 10:10AM

    You are such an inspiration and doing so awesome. I am hoping to be in onederland soon too. I am at 208 currently and at a standstill.... emoticon Hopefully it will start moving again soon.

Good luck with your April goals!!!

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SPARKIN_REESIE 4/1/2010 8:39AM

    You met a LOT of goals, congratulations!!! How inspiring is this entry! I am going to think about borrowing some of your ideas here.

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SUGIRL06 4/1/2010 7:35AM

    Wow great job this month!!! And isn't it funny how you can run faster outside? I think its because the speed actually fluctuates so you get mini breaks of running slower. Either way, I love it! Keep it up!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/31/2010 7:38PM

    Absolutely amazing you are!

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DIASTER 3/31/2010 6:51PM

  Whoa!!16,313,isn't that one impressive number.
So glad someone else has the same goal of counting down the steps of obesity, overweight sounds so much better. What a great day it is when you get under the 200'S, we will all send up cheer. a great job

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THREADBENDER 3/31/2010 6:40PM

    Great Job! And congratulations that Onederland is in very close reach!! emoticon

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ASIAMORA 3/31/2010 6:28PM

    Hey your doing awesome! You will be in onederland before you know it!

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LADYSNOWFALL 3/31/2010 6:03PM

    Congrats Kristina! You're doing awesome! I love that you post your months' past goals as well. It's so great to see how far you've come and it inspires me to keep trudging forward! Keep up the great work!

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ANNESTARR 3/31/2010 5:30PM

    Outstanding!... Inspirational! Thank you so much!! emoticon emoticon

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FOXXYROXXYD 3/31/2010 5:16PM

    What can I say that hasn't already been said? You are just AWESOME!!! I am inspired by you, and while I like to think I would run a race in the rain... I dunno... You Rock! Here's to an awesome April and Onederland - you're almost there!

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SUZEQ09 3/31/2010 2:39PM

    You are ROCKIN the weight loss and goal completion!

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WISLNDR 3/31/2010 2:32PM

    Great job! It all looks so impressive (and on your way to Onederland), congratulations!


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STARGIRL66 3/31/2010 2:13PM

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Wow, you rocked it this month! I like how you define your goals and keep track of them. Keep up the excellent work. I'm so excited to see you reach ONEderland, and beyond, you're an inspration!

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KDONOVAN70 3/31/2010 2:03PM

    Good job on running the 5k dispite the weather. Keep up the good work.

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TEAM-SARAH 3/31/2010 2:03PM

    Wow Kristina you had a GREAT month! Color me impressed! That's great that you stayed so on track, just a couple pounds from the goal you set a year ago. Think about how great it is going to feel to see a 1 before that number. I hope you keep up the momentum for April and many months to come!

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NICOLE12-01 3/31/2010 2:00PM

    What an AMAZING month you had! You're knocking on Onederland's door and I'm sure the door will open if not Friday, by next week! How exciting!!!

Looks like you have some solid and attainable goals for April! Keep up the awesome progress!

I love that you're becoming a "road warrior"! I can totally identify! I can run forever outside and the mileage and time fly by, but get me on a treadmill and it seems like 6 miles takes 6 hours and it feels like I can't possibly run another step!!!!! Blah!

Here's to a great month ahead!

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DOPKIGIRL 3/31/2010 1:53PM

    You are TRULY amazing. Keep up your great success. You will meet your goals, you are strong and determined.

Blessings to you for a great day!!

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HHILDE99 3/31/2010 1:53PM

    emoticon You are so inspirational! Congrats on the great progress! It must be so exciting being so close to getting out of the 200's!

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NOVELIC 3/31/2010 1:49PM

    Thank you for being so generous with your experience. It's good to see, and very inspiring.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 3/31/2010 1:44PM

    Amazing!! I am going to have to take a closer look at my own goals. I think I make them too narrow, if that makes sense, then when something isn't working or changes I don't meet that goal. Like your goals!!

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LDY_ALI_79 3/31/2010 1:37PM

    Wow you blew March out of the park! emoticon

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STEFANIE822 3/31/2010 1:13PM

    Wow!!! I just happened upon your page and you are a SERIOUS inspiration!! Keep up the amazing work!

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MOCOHOLO 3/31/2010 1:06PM

    Congrats on having such a successful month!! Way to go!

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ERMAC22 3/31/2010 12:55PM

    Homegirl, you are a superstar! So motivating :)

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CHICAT63 3/31/2010 12:47PM

    You did excellent in for March especially running in the rain. As you've learnt balancing out your calories with activities does not hinder your weight loss. Kristina you will get to Onderland in April I'm sure !!! We will do it together won't we. Keep it up, and you inspire us all. emoticon emoticon

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MANDAO97 3/31/2010 12:44PM

    Another amazing month - and you are so close to Onederland! So exciting! Your monthly results are so consistent!

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BOOTS1221 3/31/2010 12:29PM

    Girl, you are truly an inspiration!!!

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APRILB333 3/31/2010 12:22PM

    You are doing SO good,I'm so happy for you! I KNOW you can totally achieve each and every goal you listed,you are kicking a$$ this year!!! emoticon emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 3/31/2010 12:22PM

    You are doing great!

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LULLABELL2 3/31/2010 12:18PM

    Fantastic job! Serious congrats on your success and amazing accomplishments so far. This is absolutely wonderful and I love the way you have your goals organized... I may just have to borrow this idea for myself! :)

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CREATINGAMANDA 3/31/2010 12:13PM

    You ROCKED March and I'm sure you'll do the same for April. Good luck!

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NIELSENSLADY 3/31/2010 12:09PM

    I'm so ready to see new pics! Congrats! emoticon

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MEGANC1988 3/31/2010 12:08PM

    WTG Meeting your goals! Next months goals look great!

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PINKCOCONUT 3/31/2010 12:03PM

    You are my HERO!!! I am absolutely amazed and inspired by your determination and drive! Look at you!!! I think my new phrase is "If Kristina can do it, so can I!"

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DRRAZZ 3/31/2010 11:59AM

    Good job!!! You are doing an amazingly awesome job!!! You will be in ONEDERLAND very very soon. Congrats on all your progress!!!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 3/31/2010 11:56AM

    Dang girl you are ROCKIN' it!! I wanna be like you when I grow up! Congrats and keep up the great work!

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End of Month Food Blog

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Third blog in a day! Catching up for the end of the month. One of my goals for March was to do two food blogs and I realized today that there were only two days left to get my second one in!


Chobani Champions Honeynana yogurt, Trader Joe's Protein Power Banana Chocolate Chunk muffin, and coffee with 2% milk

I bought these muffins last month from TJ's and froze them. When popped in the microwave for a minute, they taste just as yummy as before and pack 7 grams of protein. The Chobani Champions are new on the market: Small containers of yogurt with different flavors than their larger counterparts. I liked them, but they seemed a little more watery than the larger ones. I also think I'm starting to like the plain Greek yogurt more than the flavored kinds.

FAT: 5


I did something new with my tuna. Instead of using mayonaise, I used two tablespoons of Cedar's tzatziki (cucumber garlic yogurt dip) for only 30 calories and 2 grams of fat.

1 large Joseph's Flax Oat Bran Lavash Roll-up, 4 oz solid white albacore tuna, 2 tbsp tzatziki, 1/2 medium tomato, 1/2 cup cucumber slices, 1/4 cup lettuce and 2/3 bag of Orville Redenbacher's Smart Pop Kettle Corn mini-bag

As you can see, it's a pretty big wrap for 272 calories! Try getting something like this at the local sandwich shop! I only ate 2/3 of the popcorn because the work microwave burned the rest of it.

FAT: 11


1/2 package of Buitoni fresh fettuccini, 1/2 cup Buitoni vodka sauce, 3 oz. premium crab claw meat, 2 tsp reduced fat parmesan cheese

I was super hungry when I got back from the gym and had that kind of "I'm so hungry, I'm queasy" feeling. So this bowl of pasta really hit the spot. I love fresh pasta! Felt like a cheat meal even though it wasn't so bad!

FAT: 11


I had my Cara Cara orange around 11:30 am. Yum!

Some tea and a banana at 2:30 pm. I almost forgot to take a photo, so you get a shot of the peel!

Finally, a half ounce of almonds before the gym at 4 pm. Tasty!

I felt like some dessert, so I had some of this tasty cherry chocolate chunk frozen yogurt with a tiny dollop of whipped cream for dessert tonight.

FAT: 11


CARBS: 207
FAT: 37
SODIUM: 2,279
CALCIUM: 94 (with multivitamin)

For workouts, I did some cycling at the gym and some speedwalking for 50 minutes and then had a 20 minute walk during the day. I did some squats and lunges when I got home. 531 calories burned today!

And that's it! Goodnight, sparkers!

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MEIZHEN 4/2/2010 1:35AM

    I like the way you share and it gives me an idea what you are eating. Thanks for the effort! emoticon

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PHD140 4/1/2010 10:35AM

    ohh- I might have to steal some of these ideas for my weekly menu. thanks for the nutrition breakdowns and summary at the end!

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ASIAMORA 3/31/2010 6:31PM

    Awesome food day!

Another thing I've done to replace mayo in tuna/chicken salad is to make a curry sauce with plain greek yogurt, so yummy. I'll have to try the tzatziki sauce.

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SEEAMANDARUN 3/31/2010 2:18PM

    I bought some tzatziki at Costco and haven't looked back. I love it! I have been making chicken salad with it and having it on Ezekiel bread. Super yummy!

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DRRAZZ 3/31/2010 8:57AM

    That tuna wrap looks so good. I am only allowed tuna like once a month, and have been craving it like crazy. Just a few more days and I can have it again. LOL

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NEWJENN10 3/31/2010 8:30AM

    Thanks for posting your food, the visuals help. It is nice to get new ideas. I too like the plain greek yogurt, never thought I would say that because when I first tasted it, I was not a fan. However the super creaminess of it makes it feel like a decadent treat especially with strawberries or fresh pineapple.
I Love Trader Joes! I have to drive about 35 minutes to get to one, but love it. I often think I look silly wandering around for an hour reading everything!

Comment edited on: 3/31/2010 8:31:18 AM

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KATIEGLEN012 3/31/2010 7:41AM

    I love your food blogs! Have subscribed to them in fact! The TJ muffin looks like an appropriate size...not giant. No TJ near here... emoticon

Loved your pasta dish...and I totally get that it felt like a cheat! Great idea.

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CRAZYGYPSY 3/31/2010 1:10AM

    Yay for plain greek yogurt!!! thought i was the only one who likes it that way!

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MOCOHOLO 3/30/2010 11:03PM

    It's amazing how much food you pack into so few calories!

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DAISES2 3/30/2010 10:30PM

    i love your food blogs.my only complaint is you can grt so many things in america that we can't get in england,i m 'jealous emoticon

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LADYSNOWFALL 3/30/2010 10:23PM

    Looks yummy! Now I'm starving! Waiting on my husband to get home so we can have dinner!

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VIOLET_GREWE 3/30/2010 10:21PM

    Looks awesome. I love that cedars taziki so yummy, such a good idea to mix it with tuna, ill have to try that!

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AASMITHHISLER 3/30/2010 10:20PM

    wow you really ate some yummy things tonight! thanks for the pictures!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 3/30/2010 10:16PM

    It all looks yummy and nutritious! Good goin' mama!

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JENNFIELDS4 3/30/2010 10:15PM

    I love seeing what others eat. Thanks and it all looked yummy..

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PAPER_WINGS18 3/30/2010 10:14PM

    Looks delish! I don't even like tuna, but your lunch certainly looks yummmy!

love the food blogs!

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PINKCOCONUT 3/30/2010 10:06PM

    I really wish we had Trader Joe's in Canada! Everything I see looks soooo awesome!

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March Measurements

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Checking out my measurements for the month of March!

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

Waist - 46 - 43.5 - 41 - 39 - 39 - 37.5 - 37 - 36 - 36 - 35.5
Hips - 53 - 50.5 - 49.5 - 48.5 - 48 - 47 -46 - 44 - 44 -42.5
Neck - 16 - 15.5 - 15 - 14.5 - 14.5 - 14 - 13.5 - 13 - 13 - 13
Thigh - 32 - 31 - 30 - 29 - 28 - 27 - 27 - 26.5 - 26 - 25
Upper Arm - 16 - 16 - 15.5 - 15 - 14.5 - 13.5 - 13.5 - 13.5 - 13 - 13

Inches lost since February: 4
Waist - 0.5
Hips - 1.5
Neck - 0
Thighs - 2 (1 each)
Upper Arms - 0

Inches lost total: 44
Waist - 10.5
Hips - 10.5
Neck - 3
Thighs - 14 (7 inches each)
Upper Arms - 6 (3 inches each)


It was a great month for measurements! I'll take those 4 inches! Especially the ones from those thighs. I can see and feel them getting smaller at last and I'm ALMOST at that point where they are not rubbing together!

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TIFFXCOREX 3/31/2010 5:11PM

  thats awesome!

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JWENZEL723 3/31/2010 4:38PM

    that's a whole bunch of inches! holy crap - great job!

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APRILB333 3/31/2010 12:15PM

    That is so great,congratulations! You so deserve it with all the hard work you put in to achieve those losses,good for you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOSTALADY 3/31/2010 11:04AM

    emoticon emoticonYou are doing so well. All your hard work and good healthy eating in the right portions is paying you back with wonderful numbers in inches gone!
I am so very proud of all you have accomplished on your journey so far. WOO HOO!

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WATCHMEGO2 3/31/2010 9:28AM

    Awesome job!! Especially on the hips and thighs!!

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WE_PA_FIT 3/31/2010 9:07AM

    loving that trend! you're going DOWN baby!!!!!! emoticon

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DRRAZZ 3/31/2010 9:06AM

    Great job!!!!

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KAISERSOZE 3/30/2010 10:50PM

    You're doing fantastic!

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DAISES2 3/30/2010 10:26PM

    great figures hope you did the happy dance emoticon

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LISAW/3 3/30/2010 10:23PM

    Great job! I love taking my measurements! It's great to be able to see your progress other than the scale!

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EMLG11 3/30/2010 10:10PM

    You rock!! The way you share your info is so inspiring. I needed this today.

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CAROLYN1213 3/30/2010 9:58PM

    Oh, YEA!!!

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BRILLIANTAQUA 3/30/2010 9:56PM

    Awesome progress!! emoticon

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LAWRALOO 3/30/2010 9:41PM

You are made of awesome!! :))))

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KLONG8 3/30/2010 9:17PM

    I am so happy for you. You are working your plan and you're seeing the results. Again, this is so helpful for the rest of us who are just launching our health programs. Thanks.

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RACHEL_MAC 3/30/2010 9:06PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! How incredibly awesome are you!?

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LADYSNOWFALL 3/30/2010 9:01PM

    Way to go! That's just wonderful!

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PAPER_WINGS18 3/30/2010 8:53PM

    WOOOO!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!

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RAINTHIEF 3/30/2010 8:53PM

    That's awesome!! You're making great progress. Thanks for being motivating to those of us slackin' - ME! emoticon


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BOOTS1221 3/30/2010 8:53PM

    Yeah!!! You rock girl!!!

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KYMMC3 3/30/2010 8:51PM

    Awesome work!!

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JUST_SIMONE 3/30/2010 8:44PM

    WOOHOO! I so hear you on the almost-not-rubbing-together thighs!

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ABETTERBECKY 3/30/2010 8:42PM

    You are a rockstar! Congrats! I know I have a measuring tape somewhere (it is currently MIA) but I NEED to do this! Thanks for sharing!

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MANDAO97 3/30/2010 8:38PM

    Congrats on a great month of progress!! Another 4 inches gone forever!

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TIME4AFITME 3/30/2010 8:37PM

    emoticon emoticon you are doing so great! So proud of you and you so inspire me!

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What's Different?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Now that I've lost 85 pounds from my highest weight, I get a lot of comments from people asking me how I "feel."

"I feel good," I usually answer nonchalantly. I replied this way when my dentist, who hadn't seen me in over a year, asked about my weight loss.

"No, but you must feel completely different. I mean, 85 pounds is a lot!"

Yes, 85 pounds is a lot. There's no question about it. There's a long list of things that have changed from when I first started this journey. And I do feel different, but not like earth-shatteringly different.

Emotionally and psychologically speaking, Size 22/24 Kristina isn't significantly different from Size 12/14 Kristina. Yes, she's smaller. Yes, she feels better. Yes, she has a lot more energy and can do a few more things. I'm less pessimistic now than I was before and more hopeful that I can transfer some of this energy and drive to other areas of my life.

But I'm the same person. I have the same sense of humor and interests and friends. I have the same issues I had when I was bigger. I still am struggling with finding a place in my profession and whether or not it is the right place for me. I still wrestle with patience and procrastination and fear on a day-to-day basis.

None of these things is going to change simply by losing 30-50 more pounds. I've got to work at it. The accomplishment of losing weight just helps me to believe that anything is in fact possible. If I can go from dreading walking up a flight of stairs to actually craving an hour of intense exercise, there really are no limits to where I can go.

Still, sometimes, I succumb to "fat girl thinking." It's hard to kick aside that mindset and not to think of myself as the biggest girl in the room anymore.

Nobody gives me the "look" on the subway these days. But I still see the "look" given to other big girls. Some of you might know that look. It's the "damn-this-girl-is-big-and- I-wonder-if-she-is-going-to- try-to- sandwich-herself- between-those-two-guys" look. It's a mixture of disgust and odd curiosity and self-satisfaction. Usually it's given by overweight women to obese women. I hardly ever see the look given by someone who is downright slender. And when I see the "look," I want to scream, but I usually just stare daggers at the offender.

So what is the point of this blog, after all this?

Well, I guess the point is that my life isn't going to be all lollipops and rainbows once I hit my goal weight. I'm still going to have to work at it. I need to truly believe all of the things that I am capable of, both physically, emotionally, and professionally. It's very possible that I can go from being a morbidly obese woman to a normal-sized woman in 18 months, but that short process isn't going to erase the fact that I've spent my entire life in a different body with people judging me and making damn sure I knew my limitations.

I love goals. I truly do. But I'm not going to glamourize the goal too much. Because the process is not going to end at a predetermined number.

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MEGMENZY 4/7/2010 1:17PM

    That post spoke volumes to me! I think for so many of us thats what we think will happen. I think we forget that skinny people have problems too. The one thing that you can walk away with though is that you have the ability. Its not going to all go away but you have the ability to change other aspects of your life.

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ASHLEYW_206 4/7/2010 12:56PM

    Thanks for sharing your blog! You've obviously made a lot of progress and no amount of weight loss will really change who you are. I agree with you on the look- although I'm far from my goal weight, I see the difference in how people look at and treat heavy people. It's infuriating and horrible, and something many of us are all too familiar with. You're doing so great and I really appreciate your honest story!

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QUEENCAT25 4/7/2010 12:23PM

    ...and that's the truth. Weight loss is only a part of the big picture. Great blog!

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BRINI24 4/7/2010 12:18PM

    All I can say is.."you just summed it up for many of us!" Thank you for your words!

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CAALAN23 4/7/2010 12:06PM

    Thank you so much for the reminder about how this is a continuous journey. I really needed to hear that today.

Awesome blog!

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SWEETNSILLY 4/7/2010 12:03PM

    So awesome and I know so many of those feelings, thanks so much for the great words :0)


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-JENSSPARK- 4/7/2010 12:00PM

    Amazing blog. So many people think that losing weight will be the magic fix for their lives and it isn't. You have a great perspective on it and I hope that as I drop the pounds, I can be as real about myself as you are. I LOVE the idea that losing weight is the goal that can inspire you to reach so many other goals. Losing weight is the hardest thing to do. It should make everything else seem easy in comparison. Well done!

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STARLIGHT615 4/7/2010 11:51AM

    Very awesome blog!!! Thank you!! Everything is a mind set! If you dont have a goal or a mind set to accomplish something it might not happen!! emoticon emoticon

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YOOVIE 4/7/2010 11:34AM

    girl... no words.

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JMCADE 4/6/2010 10:34PM

    I don't have quite the amount of weight to lose that you already have, but I can definitely identify with the mindset and your blog was so right on. Thanks for your insight.

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OLSEN9310 4/6/2010 9:22PM

    oh this rings sooo true. I do feel "different" in my smaller body, but I still struggle with my everyday things - still procrastinate with my to-do list, still get irritated with my children, still have PMS moods. BUT - I have slowly transformed my thought process and my perspective on nutrition and fitness has altered drastically. Even though I am 3 lbs from my "goal"....this new perspective is one I will keep developing and working to maintain!

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STILLPOINT 4/6/2010 2:45PM

    Such an honest blog. Thank you. I know that losing weight will not solve any other problem than weight. But, as you said, it is a sign....that the sky is the limit. Reach one goal....and there are so many others to move on to....hopefully for the rest of our lives. YOu have come a long way. You should be very proud of yourself.


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PURPLEASICS 4/5/2010 9:44PM

    I couldn't agree more. I thought losing 200 pounds would make my life perfect. That I'd never ever feel bad about myself ever again but I'm more critical of myself, and my body than ever. I find myself struggling with old demons, like staying in control of my eating, etc. It's tough!

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W0MANWARRI0R 4/5/2010 9:42PM

    Wonderful blog. Very insightful and honest. I'm about a size 22 so its nice to be reminded I can do this, but its also good for me to hear that there's more to me than being over weight. Thanks! :)

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LEWASKO 4/5/2010 9:36PM

    Very inspirational!

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    Really smart blog! Wow, thanks for sharing that wisdom!

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POPPYPENN 4/4/2010 7:34PM

    Thank you! You put into words what I have felt and known for so long. I have successfully lost weight only to find that the rest of my life looked pretty much the same. Now I know that the only thing that I can change is me. Thank you for speaking about the look.

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CICI510 4/4/2010 3:48PM

    Thank you so much for posting this. I think I have that mindset that everything is going to be wonderful when I lose weight but reading your blog made me realize its more about the journey and my choices on a daily basis that is going to make the end different.

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SKINNYME815 4/4/2010 12:07AM

  Congratulations, I have learned that after loosing 20lbs (still have another 40 to go)I am feeling much better,and people like you keep us motivated

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DIASTER 4/3/2010 6:32PM

  Well thank you! Was wondering why people treat you so differently when you are 300# than they do at 199# Have you noticed that people smile more, interact more at the gym, grocery store etc. It is as if fat people are invisible if you are at a counter the thinner person always gets waited on first, that awful look follows you at the movie theater, sport events etc. like please go sit somewhere else. Maybe it is a lesson we should learn. Are fat people really dumber,smellier,less humorous and less worthwhile to be a friend?

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PERSISTENTME 4/3/2010 11:56AM

  I've learned not to put off "until I lose weight" what I want to achieve in my life. It pays to be realistic about what weight loss can and can't do for you in other aspects of your life. It's a wonderful feeling of success, but It's not magical.

Thank you for confirming my thoughts. Need these types of realistic blogs to know what I have to prepare for when I reach my goal weight.


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C-MERRIE11 4/3/2010 10:17AM

    Thanks for your post! Fear of the 'fat-prejudice' definitely motivated me to loose weight after I gained a lot in high school (ironically the weight came on after a period of too much weight loss...). Anyway, my old boy friend would say things like "well, it's not my fault you aren't as attractive as models in magazines." I began to equate being fat with being unlovable, and feared any fat on my body. I began over eating and over restricting again. I am now at place however where it's about a journey and I am getting fir for me. Thanks for your post.

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ITSUP2ME1 4/3/2010 9:58AM

    Great post! There definitely is a lot of "Fat Predjudice" in the world. But also there are loving people in our lives who want us to lose weight because it's good for us. They know what a difficult task it is to lose weight and want to celebrate with us and be "a part of our weight loss."

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BHOOMI2003 4/3/2010 9:33AM

    Really great post! What you've expressed is so important! Thank you!

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MILEHIGHMAMA 4/3/2010 9:32AM

    Well said. The most unusual thing that happens in my world when I lose weight is that I gain IQ points, apparently. People pay more attention to what I have to say and my opinions carry more 'weight'. It's quite remarkable and yet damn irritating at the same time. I am the same person in a size 8 dress than I am in a size 24. The very same. Yet they don't 'see' it. Well.. the heck with them! We know differerently, don't we?

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ANNE1123 4/2/2010 10:21PM

    This is a great blog, I love the way you summed it up. Thanks for posting it, inspiring and amazing job losing the weight you've lost!

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DALOV4U 4/2/2010 9:30PM

    Thank you for this blog...I will work on other areas of my life as well as weight loss.

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SKUEHN01 4/2/2010 9:17PM

    emoticon I always love to read about people who have met their goals, but are still the same person. A girl I used to be friends with lost a ton of weight and turned into a completely different person. She's now that person who gives that "look" to other heavier girls. I never understand because she used to be on the receiving end of that "look" and we all know it doesn't feel good, so why would you do it to someone else??

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SCISLANDGIRL 4/2/2010 8:54PM

    Congratulations on your success.

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RUDEYKAT 4/2/2010 7:49PM

  You articulated yourself very well, I felt like I knew you when reading through this so I apologize if my reply is too honest and forward. :) You are very right that making a weight change doesn't change YOU as a person. But knowing your limitations and accepting them are 2 totally different things. And being able to make one drastic (weight) change means that YOU have it in you to make any (character or opinion) change that you want to. If you know that you creep towards pessimism more then you like...set that as something you want to work on. And do it in the same way that Sparkpeople sets it up for us since we know it works. Make small goals, educate yourself as to the psychology behind it, become an expert on pessimism and the benefits and draw backs of tending to think or act in this way. And then... change it! BE THE CHANGE. We have so much capability in our lives if we can only understand where the behavior comes from and why we do it. And once you start to change that, it becomes easier and easier to see it in other people. And when you notice it you will be able( instead of feeling resentment or irritation about how they are seeing the negative instead of the positive) to feel compassion towards them because you know why they do it as well and you can find comfort in the similarities but more so in the fact that you are making not only your self but, also honestly, THE WORLD a better place to be in. Everything is so cyclical and contagious in life and once we are able to see that there is no stopping us! Thank you for writing :)

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FAIRYFANTASY 4/2/2010 6:48PM

    something to thing about. good job

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ARLEENLV 4/2/2010 5:59PM

    I haven't hit my goal weight yet - but I see where stinking thinking creeps into my brain sometimes. You tend to believe that all your problems will go away if only you were thin. I know this isn't true - yet I'm hoping it will solve some of my health problems which I am excited about. I really believe that if you are a kind person now at this weight - you can probably count on the fact you will remain kind when you are thin. If you're bitter - that will probably remain the same too. Conquering fears is a mental battle that doesn't disappear with the weight. One day at a time we can conquer the scale and the mental battles we have. Thanks for sharing your blog.

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CHOESCH 4/2/2010 5:52PM

    I also think it is interesting how people around you treat you differently when you lose the weight. I have lost 70+ pounds and I am thrilled with the success that I have acheived. There are many people who are also happy for me and my success but there are others who have a very difficult time with the fact that I am healthier and more confident. The weight we carry shouldn't matter when it comes to relationships - but I am finding that in some cases it does. I hope your experience will be more positive than negative and that you can find great satisfaction in the hard work and success that you acheive. I'm also glad that you remember those feelings you had when you were heavier and that you are a champion for those who have not yet found that success. We are all in this life together and we need to start acting like it! Thanks for your great comments and for giving me something to think about.

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LUCI2010 4/2/2010 5:38PM

  so well-expressed; thank you!

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MISTYGIRL900 4/2/2010 3:36PM

    great job, I have felt the exact same way. Yes I lost 200 pounds and I do feel great, but I am still the same person with the same feelings and fears. It has been over ten years since I lost the weight and I still am the same. emoticon

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CHIEF2011 4/2/2010 2:35PM

  Great going!

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STACYLEIGH09 4/2/2010 12:15PM

    I feel so close to what you said. I've also lost a significant amount of weight and people always say wow you must feel amazing! However I still sometimes feel the same as I did and it is a big accomplishment but nothing much has changed emotionally otherwise. I lost 170 pounds and when I see that as a number I think wow but it doesn't feel like I have. Sometimes I think I have no clue how I got from point A to point B. Sometimes you still have to realize you are a minority when it comes to this and see how many people that are trying to do this on a daily basis 90% of the time fail. Congratulate yourself!

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BBEACHBABE 4/2/2010 11:59AM

    What an amazing post! Congratulations to you for losing the weight & achieving your goals. I think it's great that you realize that being thin doesn't mean you're "above" or "better" than everyone else & are staying true to yourself.

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KYLA9493 4/2/2010 11:43AM

    wow good post! You're absolutely right, the process doesn't end once you've hit your goal. That's the way I've always thought, that once I lose the weight I will somehow become one of those people who can eat anything and never work out, and never gain a pound. But now I am starting to understand the truth, and I'm actually pretty excited about being healthy for the rest of my life, not just skinny.

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NICOLE.ALICIA 4/2/2010 9:47AM

    Awesome!!! Congrats

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TRUNKJUNK 4/2/2010 9:28AM

    Great blog and I feel you

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SPABUNNIE 4/2/2010 9:01AM

    Great Blog... Way to keep it real!!! emoticon

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LADY_KATHY 4/2/2010 8:45AM

    Congrats... and may you keep it off forever!!!!!!! Praise the Lord.

Happy Easter!!!!

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DAISYBELL6 4/2/2010 7:24AM

    You wrote a very down to earth, sober blog. The changes are enormous but you are indeed the same person with a renewed outlook on life!

Congratulations! You earned it.


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MUDOWE1 4/2/2010 4:52AM

  85 pounds!!Waaaaaal I would be happy with even a 1/4 of that. CONGURATS girl!

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    Congrats! emoticon

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Happy Sunday Morning!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Hello everyone! hope everyone has had a happy, productive and active weekend so far!

Friday night, my husband and I had reservations to go out to dinner for Restaurant Week, but we were so tired from a long work week that we ended up just having a couple of glasses of wine and a night in. We're going to New York City in a few weeks, so we might as well save our money for that trip and go for a nice meal then. I'm excited! NYC is only a 4 hour bus ride away from Boston, but it might as well be a whole world away. There's something so different and electric about Manhattan! We've already got tickets to a Yankees game (yes, we're Red Sox fans but we want to see the new stadium) and we'll probably visit the TKTS booth and get tickets to a show. And of course, hang out with our Manhattan friends!

Yesterday we made the rounds of the stores. We went to Lowe's to use our gift card to get the gardening supplies. Thanks again for all your suggestions! We've got starter sets for our seeds (basil, mint, oregano, thyme, lavender, chives, and rosemary) and we'll probably keep the mint and basil in separate buckets outside and rig window boxes of the rest once they start sprouting.

Then to Target for a few things and the grocery store to stock up on veggies. Starting tomorrow, I'm fasting from meat all week for Holy Week/Passover so I wanted to make sure I had enough vegetarian staples for the week. Oh! And my husband found the same blender with the broken part on the floor at Target and asked the sales associate if we could buy the part we needed from the floor model and the guy just gave it to us! He was so nice! The grocery store run was pretty basic, but I did end up getting a new yogurt called Chobani Champions, smaller size pots of Greek yogurt in Chocolate and Honeynana flavors. I'm excited to try it! I also got some hummus, lentil salad, and grape leaves for lunch this week.

We decided to stop for lunch at On the Border, a Mexican chain that publishes their nutrition info online. I decided ahead of time I was going to get the chicken enchilada and pork tamale combo with black beans and grilled veggies for about 500 calories. I haven't been in forever, but it was horrible. They seated us in the porch area which was heated by gas lamps so it was pretty warm. And then a group of menopausal women celebrating a birthday decided it was too hot, so they turned the lamps off for a bit til I complained again about it being freezing. One of the cons of losing this weight is that I'm cold all the time now!

Well, long story short, they forgot or lost our ticket and we waited over an hour for our food and the basket of chips that I had been avoiding became unavoidable and I ate about a third of the basket. We ended up getting our lunch for free (which wasn't that great anyways) and we booked it out of there. Needless to say, we won't be going back. We only went here because it was so close to our other errands.

We went to TJ Maxx to cheer ourselves up after our crappy lunch experience. Retail therapy! They had some nice spring and summer clothes. I've only bought pants for myself since losing weight, but I'm finally realizing that my shirts (mostly XXL or 2X) are way too big and are not flattering my new figure! I got some great new t-shirts that I first tried on in XL but ended up buying in L! Wow, I couldn't believe it when I tried it on that I was not only NOT shopping in the plus section, but I wasn't even the biggest size in the non-plus section! I also got a great swimsuit in a 14. Yes, I still plan on losing more weight, but buying the clothes is worth it if it gets me through the summer.

So you're probably thinking "Give it up, Kristina! You've been shopping recently. Show us the goods!" Well, I am now 3 pounds and change away from weighing in the 100s, my first BIG goal! To commemorate the occasion when it happens, I plan to post a great photo blog with some of my new clothes! I can't wait! I'm now 85 pounds down from my highest weight and I feel SO GOOD right now!

Today is another unglamorous day. I need to finish these taxes. NO MORE PROCRASTINATING. And my aunt gave me a recipe for this Amish friendship bread which has a starter ingredient that only the Amish know about. It's basically like baking chain mail and it takes 10 days for the special ingredient to ferment and activate. In order to make the bread you need to pass on four "starter bags" to friends. So I'm baking a couple of loaves today!

And that's it! Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

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FLORIDASUN 3/30/2010 9:57AM

    Yay...I am just estatic to see how far our beautiful Kristina has progressed. I remember when talking veggies to ya...was like talking cardboard...seeeeeee it's all just a matter of learning that the stuff that most American's eat is killing them...seriously! I'm so happy that Jamie Oliver is doing so much to help our kids and he's starting in the BEST place the schools...and giving some tough love to the parents!

I totally am in LOVE with NYC. Josher and I had the BEST mother/son trip when we went to the Tribeca Film Fest...it was awesome and we stayed at the Marriott right near the Tkts booth..so always had our pick of the best shows!

I can't wait to see your pic blog...it's gonna be rockin! emoticon

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1BIGDREAM 3/29/2010 8:34PM

    I can't wait to see pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TIME4AFITME 3/29/2010 7:55PM

    looking forward to the pics! Way to go

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XHOOSIERLOSER 3/29/2010 6:50PM

    Awesome shopping day! You hit all the major have-to-haves: smaller clothes, healthy veggies, cool stuff to plant for spring! You are going to see ONEderland so so soon!

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THREADBENDER 3/29/2010 2:36PM

    I love chobani yogurts!! Enjoy!

Congrats on the purchases. Thanks for reminding me that I need to get myself a swimsuit.


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MANDAO97 3/29/2010 1:44PM

    I love getting great deals at the TKTS booth! My mom and I always go there when we're in the city for the day :)

Congratulations on buying size large shirts!!! YES you absolutely need to buy some clothes along the way. Clothes that fit make you feel good about yourself which helps you feel positive and motivated to go even further. Looking forward to you picture blog coming soon!

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JWENZEL723 3/29/2010 1:01PM

    i can't wait for your picture blog. you'll be there in no time!!!

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LADYSNOWFALL 3/29/2010 12:09PM

    Sounds like life is going swimmingly for you! New clothes *and* Amish friendship bread! Sounds lovely!

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PAPER_WINGS18 3/29/2010 1:10AM

    Can't wait to see the sexy pix soon!!! You're keepign me in suspense, lady!

You are soo close!! :D


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GREEKSPARK 3/29/2010 1:06AM

  Mexican restaurants + chip baskets.... girllll I hear yaaaa

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CHICAT63 3/28/2010 9:37PM

    Super for retail therapy, taking smaller sizes is just awesome isn't....too bad for the mexican place though, as we say in French: " Un peu de perdu, dix de retrouvé " You may loose one but you'll gain/find 10. Have a great day Monday, Josée

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FOXXYROXXYD 3/28/2010 7:17PM

    Can't wait to see the pics - you are doing awesome! emoticon

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KATIEGLEN012 3/28/2010 7:14PM

    You are doing a fantastic job...and it sounds like you have learned to make life style changes which is ultimately what we all hope we will be able to do. I am impressed and hopeful. emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 3/28/2010 6:15PM

    You are doing amazingly well on this journey and I just love stopping by and catching up on your progress. I look forward to the photo blog and to see you in all your new clothes. Have a great trip with your hubby to New York!

Happy Easter too!

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VALLOUGH 3/28/2010 3:29PM

    That sounds so great! Amish friendship bread is delicious and the concept behind it is pretty sweet. Good luck with your week of vegetarianism :-)

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PAPPHEM 3/28/2010 3:06PM

    I love retail therapy! I did the same thing yesterday after a long work week and all I can say is, that's it a great esteem lifter to know that you no longer have to shop in the plus section anymore! Great work! I just wish my life was as balanced as yours seems to be :)

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SASSYBLONDE69 3/28/2010 2:10PM

    Way to go! Going from XXL to L is major! Like when I was able to get into an XL shirt at Old Navy! I almost cried in the changingroom!

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ANGNDABOYZ 3/28/2010 2:09PM

    Amazing! Can't wait to see your pics! emoticon

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SOPHIKKO 3/28/2010 2:01PM

    Wow you have come so far - that is amazing! Sorry to hear about your lunch but a trip to TJs always makes things better! lol

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CREATINGCHRIS 3/28/2010 1:09PM

    You are so great! Enough said emoticon

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STEPHANON 3/28/2010 1:06PM

    Hooray for retail therapy! Can't wait to see those pics of you in the 100's! Woo hoo!

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CUBANJELLY 3/28/2010 12:54PM

    That's what I'm talking about - retail therapy - heck yeah baby. And YES, show us the goods! PICTURES

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HOSTALADY 3/28/2010 12:51PM

    You are having a fantastic weekend and your trip to New York will be wonderful too.
Just thrilled for you and you are so right the big draw back to losing this weight is we are always cold now. I can deal with that draw back though!
Congrats on all your cloths you have found and a smaller size than you thought too!
You are doing great!

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PINKCOCONUT 3/28/2010 12:48PM

    Woo! What a Saturday! Sounds like a great day with the hubs despite the crap restaurant!

I've made that friendship bread once when I was in high school with my mom! I love the idea!!!

And I'm so looking forward to your photo montage! SOOO close to onederland!!! YEAH!!!!

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ABETTERBECKY 3/28/2010 11:00AM

    Let me know about the Chobani Champions - I'm a greek yogurt-aholic (the first step is admitting it) and those sound fantastic! Have a great weekend in NYC - jealous! It is even closer to Philly (2 hr max) and it seems a world away to me too! Congrats on the clothes shopping - isn't that just the greatest feeling in the world - what, this fits me?!?! Have an aweseome week - you are truly an inspiration and a motivator!

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TRAVELNISTA 3/28/2010 10:54AM

    I absolutely love how balanced your life is. You manage to pack in a lot of activities in a given week and have fun doing it too. You are doing so well on your journey to a healthier lifestyle and are such a positive role model. emoticon

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_DASH_ 3/28/2010 10:42AM

    amazing! i love your life. and i recently discovered the chobani champions in chocolate and honeynana and they have a strawnana and very berry package too.... all very good- and i have to say, honeynana is better than some of the regular flavors!

Keep up the good work- you rock!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/28/2010 10:36AM

    Can't wait to see the new pics! I know you'll get there in NO time. You are doing fantabulous!

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WISLNDR 3/28/2010 10:29AM

    Wow, you had a busy and productive day!! Sounds like you had fun.

Here's yet another thing we have in common: tax postponement. I have my done professionally, so where's my excuse? It's OK, we still have over two weeks! emoticon

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SPWHITESTONE 3/28/2010 10:21AM

    Congratulations on your amazing progress! You're giving me hope that I can do it too!


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