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Monster Subdued and Biggest Losers Run a 5K!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Had a great food and exercise day yesterday which made me feel a little better about the binge monster's victory on Monday night. I forgot how good the 30-Day Shred is for me! I also tried this "stride machine" at the gym where basically you can do short steps like a stair master or long strides like you're cross-country skiing. I feel awesome today and need to make strength training my priority in May, along with finishing my 10K training!

LOST wasn't on last night so I watched the Biggest Loser. Spoilers ahead.

I've only been watching sporadically this year (it's usually the same episode and product pimping every week), but I do love the episodes where they travel to different parts of the country. They went to Dallas, Texas and encouraged people to walk/run a 5K!

Most of the contestants seemed to walk most of the 5K in order to encourage the participants along and not to give up on their goals. Daris (the kid with the Sideshow Bob hair) ran the 5K in just over 21 minutes! What a fantastic time! Another woman took over 2 hours to walk the 5K, which concerned me. It seemed like she had serious mobility issues and probably shouldn't be walking long distances, but she seemed happy at the end, so good for her, I guess.

Trainer Bob then pimped out 24 Hour Fitness for awhile, leading a group exercise session there and then had a Q&A afterwards where one obese woman basically asked whether she was too fat to run. I was SO HAPPY that Bob told her that she didn't have to run all of it to start and didn't tell her that she should wait to lose more weight. THANK YOU! Finally, someone else is putting it out there that obese people can run!

Then Jillian went over to a high school with last season's contestant (my favorite) Abby. She looked fantastic and years younger and so happy. This was the contestant who lost her whole family in a car accident, so it was wonderful to see that she was doing well. It was your typical massive high school. Seemed like a lot of the kids were talking more than listening to Jillian, until this morbidly obese teenager got up and started talking about how everyone told her she wasn't good enough. Man. That was enough to bring tears to my eyes. (Also, because I figured if she was getting teased before, standing up and crying in front of a huge assembly probably wasn't going to help matters after the BL camera crew went home!) My heart broke for her and I hope she is able to gain a little bit of solace and inspiration to move on with her life after this.

Anyways, I drew a lot of motivation from Biggest Loser last night, even though I had pretty much given up on the show as product placement paradise. Yesterday, I officially signed up for my first half marathon, which I will run in November. My running has lagged this month because of the ankle injury and other issues, so I only have about 6 weeks to get up to 6.2 miles for my 10K in June. But I'm going to work it next month!

Let's finish out April strong and get 'er done in May!

  
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FITMAMA1984 5/3/2010 9:27AM

    TBL is MUCH better this season, I think. Its not all "goal" oriented and backstabbing. I'm glad I gave it another shot, even though I said I wasn't!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 5/1/2010 9:22PM

    I love Biggest Loser but I hate the shameless product placement that the show does. Don't we get enough commercials as is? Glad it gave you the extra push you needed to register for your race. Awesome!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 4/30/2010 2:08PM

    Thanks for this post. We no longer get broadcast t.v. so I know nothing about this or last season's BL. It is good that they are out there trying to encourage others and YAY for the running!! 4everadonegirl and I have been training for a 10K and I've about given up on it. I've been sick and my lungs are still a little congested and I needed a day to recover from last week's 5k. Plus this 10K is in the mountains. I'd about decided to do the 5K instead of the 10, but after reading this post I'm doing the 10. If I have to walk the whole thing well then so be it. Back on the training wagon with me. I CAN do this. If a woman who has apparant mobility issues can struggle through a 5K, then I, who am perfectly heathly except for some extra fat hanging around, and have been running for a bit now, can run/walk/crawl through a 10K!! Thanks!!

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STINA6584 4/29/2010 11:25AM

    Well damn. I wish I'd read this before I deleted the episode from my DVR without watching it. I haven't been watching this season because I found most of the contestants incredibly annoying, and I was getting frustrated with the way the show was really ramping up the drama. (Product placements I can handle, but the ridiculous drama-game play makes me nuts!) My DVR is set to auto-record the show, but as I haven't been watching, I went through and deleted all the eps to free up space.


...and wow, that was a long rambling comment that shared absolutely nothing important. lol

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ADRIBURTON 4/29/2010 11:21AM

    YAY! For those who tell overweight people they CAN run. I have been overweight most of my life. I have ran/walked 5 marathons, 6 half marathons and countless 5k's. Yes I did it slowly, but I finished all my races and all while weighing 245 lbs. If I can do it, anyone can. I am currently back in training to run a half marathon in October. This will be my first race after a 4 year break, so I'm basically starting from square one as far as training. But I know I can accomplish my goal, after all I have the proof of my previous medals to remind me that I am a winner. And the best part is telling people that yes, I am a marathoner.

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MBSHAZZER 4/29/2010 9:14AM

    Hooray for the half marathon! You will LOVE IT!

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WISLNDR 4/29/2010 6:15AM

    Oh, Kristina, I'm thinking about a 1/2!! (Only thinking still . . . .) Where did my old brain go??

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BURKEBRIZ 4/28/2010 11:05PM

    I have my 10k in 2 weeks and I am seriously behind in my training, but even if I walk most of it I have a starting point. Thanks for sharing the story from BL. That is so great that the girl had such courage!

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HOSTALADY 4/28/2010 10:48PM

    I watch BL on Friday nights they run the same show on Fine Living Network at 7:00 central on Fridays and Saturdays.
Sorry didn't read what you had to say about it as I want to watch it on Friday.
I am sure you have great and interesting things to say about it though.

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GLITCHGEEK 4/28/2010 8:47PM

    I saw that episode last night. It was pretty cool to see all kinds of people of different fitness levels getting through that. I'm going to be doing a 5k in June which should be fun.

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CK2SUMMERS 4/28/2010 7:38PM

    My friend just finished a half in Toledo and she did well.

She gave me hope that someday I might be able to do something like that.

Last night I ran 4 miles for the very first time. I have a 4 mile race in May over roads, dirt roads and a bike trail.

I'm nervous but it is one step further than a 5k. I hope to do all 4 miles without walking but we'll see.

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TEAM-SARAH 4/28/2010 4:59PM

    Wow... 21 minutes. I do sincerely doubt I could ever run that fast. That's great that you drew some inspiration from the show. I havent watched this season yet. I think one of my favorite things about Biggest Loser IS that they dont buy into any of that crap that obese people can't really workout. Can't be afraid to push yourself!

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 4/28/2010 3:10PM

    Last night's episode was very inspiring all around. I too am annoyed by the product placement. I was doubting myself as a runner and when I saw all those people cross the finish line I felt like I could do it.

I felt so bad for the obese girl at the high school. I hope she finds a way to get healthier.

Congrats on signing up for a half.
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CHICAT63 4/28/2010 1:41PM

    Lucky you having that maching at your gym, mine only seems to invest in new widescreen tvs !

I also watched BL and like you was cheering on Darius (excellent time for his 5K), the woman at the end reminded me of past contestants who didn't think they would make it across the finish line which in the end she did no matter how long it took her.

I missed the high school part I would have cried knowning myself *lol*, as my twin and I were so often teased and ridicule in high school being short & fat we were referred as the " Washer & Dryer " twins.

Excellent about your registration for your 10K we will be there with you in spirit to cheer you on Sista !!!!

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LOTUSBLOSSOM126 4/28/2010 12:28PM

    Good luck with the 10K! As well as the half marathon. BL was pretty inspiring. Am looking forward to the next episodes of Lost though. :)

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KITHKINCAID 4/28/2010 12:19PM

    Ah man...no LOST last night? I watch BL on Hulu anyway, but I got home late last night so made a deal with myself that I would catch up on LOST tonight. Boo hiss.

But in other news - CONGRATS on signing up for another run. That's so amazing. I'm still hesitant about the running thing cause I still hate walking so much - but maybe someday I'll be a runner - who knows?

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JEANNETTE59 4/28/2010 11:55AM

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BRILLIANTAQUA 4/28/2010 11:38AM

    BL is more and more annoying...glad I have TiVo so I can fast forward through all of the damn product placements. Excited for you for the half-marathon!! Looking forward to hearing about your training, etc.

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DMBEECHAM 4/28/2010 11:17AM

    I love that machine, too! At our Y they call it the "Arc Trainer." It's a lot easier on my knees than the regular ellipticals. Unfortunately, we only have three machines like that one, so I usually only use it once a week for cross-training. The other nights I use the recumbent bike and the stair master.

Now that I have the 5K distance back under my belt, I'm considering increasing my mileage to build up to a 10K. Good luck with yours in June! I'm sure you will totally rock it!

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KBL-123 4/28/2010 11:12AM

    I loved your blog and am excited for you on your upcoming marathon. That's awesome and you should be proud of yourself. However, I guess I'm the only one who loves Biggest Loser. I usually cry at some point during each episode and it keeps me motivated from week-to-week. I dearly love "Unc" and hated to see him go, but I think he'll do great at home too. I would have done the same thing, if it were me, and requested to go and let my daughter stay.

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JOYSONG50 4/28/2010 11:11AM

    Started looking at BL again these last 2 episodes. Last night's show was quite a tear jerker listening to that high school girl. Congratulations on signing up for your first HM. Much success to you on that. I'm getting more and more inspired to do the same soon. Have a great day!
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WE_PA_FIT 4/28/2010 11:11AM

    you had a really great day!!! Good for you! Thanks for the BL recap. I missed it. sounds like it was a good one too. And a BIG WOOHOO for resgitering your first HALF!!! Mine is in June. Crossing off those training days and racking up those miles is an awesome feeling!

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SLEEPYDEAN 4/28/2010 10:40AM

    Yeah the Biggest Loser had me crying last night too with all those heartfelt stories.

And Darius' great 5K time made me feel like a fool (it takes me almost twice as long, and I've been running them for years) but it was motivating too.

I have my first 10K this Saturday which I am grossly unprepared for ....eeek! I hope your continued training goes well.

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SOPHIKKO 4/28/2010 10:40AM

    Oh so we were binge twins on Monday huh? And boooo I was so mad to see Lost was a repeat - I also watched BL instead!

That is awesome that you are signed up for your half marathon! Can't wait to "see" you run it!

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SUGIRL06 4/28/2010 10:40AM

    Now I can't wait to watch BL (on my DVR waiting for me!). You totally got that 10K and I'm doing my first half marathon in September! We can do it!
~Ang

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TRISH106 4/28/2010 10:31AM

    emoticon on signing up for your 10k.

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BROADWAYDREAMER 4/28/2010 10:29AM

  congrats to you on all your past and future victories! you're doing awesome!!

i'm so ready for may too! bring it on!

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PSHANKEY 4/28/2010 10:07AM

    Yabba Dabba Doo on signing up for the HM. You inspire me. I'm walking a HM in June and may be picking up C25K after that!

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PHDMAMA06 4/28/2010 9:50AM

    Congrats on signing up for your first half!!! I remember how scary and exciting it was for me when I took that step. I am sure you will do great, and I wish you a lot of joy and satisfaction as you go through every step of training and racing.

I saw part of BL last night too...I have almost given up on that show too because of all the product placement and other reasons, but sometimes the emotional moments just get me!! That was really cool how fast Darius ran the 5K! I can't even imagine myself doing that!!

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EMILY-THE-GOOD 4/28/2010 9:40AM

    Sounds like you are doing great!

I totally agree about BL. My heart broke for that poor girl at the high school.

And I totally bawled all the way through the 5k!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 4/28/2010 9:39AM

    Congrats on picking a HM and I hope your ankle feels better for your 10K!!!! emoticon

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DANCINGPENGUIN 4/28/2010 9:38AM

    I've about given up on TBL, too, for similar reasons plus indulgent melodrama, but I may watch this one on the network web site. Meanwhile I'll go pout about Lost not being on! (we usually watch it a couple days later).

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WALEB1002 4/28/2010 9:36AM

    congrats on the 10K and half marathon!

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CAROLYN1213 4/28/2010 9:32AM

    YAY! I love that you have put that half marathon on the calendar! The training seems daunting, but I know you can do this. You have accomplished every goal you put your mind to. I think you will be amazed at the various levels of break throughs you will experience during your training.

Funny you should bring up Darius! My husband was challenged by the idea that this overweight guy could run a 5k that fast. My husband ran in high school and has never been overweight. He recently returned to running when I started training for the half marathon. I think the last 5k my husband ran was 28 minutes. He just ran a half marathon at a 9:20 pace. So, now he is feeling competitive and like he HAS to beat Darius! Guys!

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MERISSA1315 4/28/2010 9:32AM

    I shouldn't have read the blog because I'm planning on watching the show tonight. Being able to fast forward through all the plugs is fantastic! I'll probably cry since I already started tearing up when I saw the preview with the girl last week.

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CANDYXPERT 4/28/2010 9:32AM

    I love the BL and have watched it religiously for years. Years of sitting on the couch for 2 hours shoveling ice cream into my mouth. Now I watch it while I am on the elliptical and feel sooooooo much better!

The part with the teenager last night broke my heart. I was an overweight teenager, not obese but I still got tormented. I can't imagine what it would have been like if I had been morbidly obese. I really hope she takes Jillian's advice to heart. It is so true what she said; "they won't change, but you can". Loved that.

Congrats on signing up for the 10K! You're amazing and such an inspiration!

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TALLYCAT13 4/28/2010 9:32AM

    I feel ya on the product placement. What i hate is how they try to make it "natural", like they just "happened" to be talking about it and the camera crew just "happened" to film it. But that aside, I still love the show:) The yellow team makes me cry, and i balled like a baby last night lol.

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PINKCOCONUT 4/28/2010 9:32AM

    Congrats on signing up for the half!!! Feels awesome and scary, doesn't it?! No going back now, woman!!!

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WATCHMEGO2 4/28/2010 9:25AM

    Congratulations for getting back on track!!

I watched BL last night too and my husband teased me for crying but what can you do? I wrote a blog today as well about how I am going to 'get'er done' in May.

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ANNE7X7 4/28/2010 9:21AM

    Congrats on signing up for your first HM!!! That's awesome!! You are so amazing, and your success has motivated me in ways you cannot imagine!!

Good luck for the 10K training! You will do fantastic!!!

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CEESNOW 4/28/2010 9:19AM

    Other than those cheesy pimp outs during the show I don't see Bob endorsing anything else outside of the show...? unlike Jillian

I do find it inspiring week after week, even when someone has to be voted off at the end of the week :(

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The Binge Monster

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

He can attack without warning, even if you think you are prepared for him. He can attack because you are bored, off-guard, tired, crampy or just plain snacky. Despite your workouts, despite your big acheivements, despite your best intentions, sometimes he will win.

When he first approaches you, he looks all friendly, like this:



Then, after he is done with you, he shows his true colors:



Not a pretty sight. In my case, I was thrown off-guard by a dinner party invite that I was not expecting and I don't know what happened, but once I started eating I couldn't stop. I've had high calorie days, but a full out binge fest hasn't happened in quite some time! It started innocently with a little cheese and crackers and a glass of wine, and then there was Hawaiian pizza (my absolute fave) and then actual dinner with lamb and spinach pie and mashed potatoes and another glass of wine. Dessert! Ice cream cake and hot fudge and strawberries and custard.

Ugh. Today I feel bloated. Being on TOM makes it even worse.

So yes, the binge monster still lurks despite all my success. But that stops NOW. Today is a new day, and I've already done 30-Day Shred and walked to the train station instead of taking the bus. And the rest of the week will be good and clean choices.

Because I didn't come all this way to go back. No way. I'm in Onederland to stay.

  
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MAIA2011 4/29/2010 9:32AM

    We're twinsies! I succumbed to the binge monster that day, too. Way to stay in Onderland, though!

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FATMOM48 4/29/2010 8:44AM

    Great blog!! Is a binge a healthy thing, a good thing? No. But what IS good is that you didn't put your head into the sand about it. You wrote it down, accounted for it and then went back immediately to your healthy eating plan. We all have splurges now and again and just because we're on this journey, we can't put life on hold until we're at our goal weight. There will be weddings, or special dinners, or parties. As long as we keep our indulgences in moderation -- and make sure we eat healthily the rest of the time -- we will get to (or stay at) a healthy weight.
And (BONUS HERE) I thought I heard somewhere (it may have even been Jillian Michaels) that by changing up the calories we eat from day to day will keep our metabolism guessing and never allow it to slow down to account for our normally lower calorie intake.

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/28/2010 6:51AM

    Hey, it happens once and a while. The important thing is to just get back on your plan and keep moving forward.

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GOGETTERME 4/27/2010 9:16PM

    We all meet him from time to time. He and I have been having too many wild weekends and my weight loss has stalled and even gone up two pounds. Love the blog and visuals. It helps to know you're not alone, but it still stinks. Hope the rest of your week is healthy.


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GEODAWG 4/27/2010 6:11PM

    that monster is everywhere! He attacked me Sat and today!
I want your pictures! I can't get any good ones!!!

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MISSKELSEYW 4/27/2010 5:24PM

    This blog is so true. It hits when we least expect it. But, you realize your mistakes and everyone has one of these days every now and again.


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DESERT_BIRD 4/27/2010 4:28PM

    Love your visuals...I think we can all relate to this. I know I can. That is exactly how it happens. Great blog!

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APRILB333 4/27/2010 4:10PM

    Don't feel too badly,you're doing an amazing job and have come a long way. Yea,you had one crappy binge day,but I just got off a 5 day binge,yikes! But I am back on track today as well,because I haven't come this far to go back to my old ways either! We might have slip up sometimes and eat like crap,but as long as we always take charge and get back in control,it's ok,it's not good lol,but it's ok. So good for you for taking back charge and kicking the binge monster to the curb!

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HSMOM2FOUR 4/27/2010 3:57PM

    Great blog! And great job on not letting it set you back, but just picking right back up and CONTINUING on your healthy journey!! WOO HOO!!!
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TRAVELNISTA 4/27/2010 3:57PM

    You are only human but you but you handled it well. It was a one time occurrence and you went right back to your normal eating. I know in the past if I had done this I would have let it spiral into a week long binge. You did not and that is emoticon. You have come far and you will continue on your journey to the end.

I love the pic for the binge monster. Now if I can just remember that face the next time I think of straying I believe it will keep me minding my p's and q's. That is one scary monster.

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TEACHINMOM 4/27/2010 3:34PM

    Oh how true!! Way to go getting right back at the healthy choices. emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/27/2010 2:40PM

    Oh my gosh! I wish I could tell you just how much I laughed at your visual aids!!! That's exactly how it happens!!!!! LOL That sweet little Cookie Monster (C is for Cookie and Cookie starts with C) has enticed me way too many times lately just to turn around and show me his true face (I actually cringed at the second photo! He's SCARY and for darn good reason too!)

Way to turn around a not so great situation! Good job!!!!

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JEANNETTE59 4/27/2010 2:10PM

  Bingy, you see we're on a first name basis, visited last night. At 10pm I hear a whisper in my ear, oh I just need a "little snack", then it happens. I open my mouth again and again and low and behold I ate the whole thing. Bingy, devil that he is creeps away to his next unsuspecting victim. Beware it could be you. emoticon

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WYND10 4/27/2010 1:59PM

    Great blog :).

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KITHKINCAID 4/27/2010 1:52PM

    Way to stay positive! It happens to the best of us. But today is a new day :) emoticon

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TEAM-SARAH 4/27/2010 1:44PM

    Haha that is one terrifying picture. I think that this unexpected party really illustrates the importance of planning head. You can't always plan ahead though... but this is a very isolated incident for you. Moving on!!

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MOMJMGR 4/27/2010 1:21PM

    Oh that dang binge monster has been visiting me a lot lately!! I am sick of him showing up!! I hope it gets better for you soon.

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DRRAZZ 4/27/2010 12:44PM

    The binge monster and I have become quite good friends this past month. I keep trying to end the relationship, but he knows exactly what buttons to push. I need stronger will power. Good luck on a better week.

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BELUGA20 4/27/2010 12:20PM

    The binge monster has been attacking me lately. Dang emotional eating. I know what you mean by bloated. I never realized that eating these foods actually makes you feel sick.

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CINDYC53 4/27/2010 12:08PM

    This is a great blog!! Love the photos! Thanks for reminding us that we all can have those episodes...

I also love the line, "Today is a new day." That's what it's all about, isn't it. Picking ourselves up and moving on!
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FATGAL78 4/27/2010 11:58AM

  I have been seeing this monster a lot this month. I just don't know how to keep him away. emoticon

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AASMITHHISLER 4/27/2010 11:29AM

    don't you hate when the binge monster rears his ugly head at you at unexpected moments!? I sure do. Good job overcoming that hiccup, though, and getting right back on track!

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GRACEISENUF 4/27/2010 11:27AM

    emoticon great blog! Let's take him out!

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FOXXYROXXYD 4/27/2010 11:15AM

    What, was Monday Binge Day? I did really well all day until my daughter and I went to find little Ethan his first shoes. We decided to have coffee and share dessert which turned into sharing a cheese plate - which wasn't horrible - very small portions when it was shared. But what happened next was ridiculous. The place we had coffee and cheese is a HUGE kitchen/food store and they have all kinds of chocolate gooeyness. We were each going to get a couple of Godiva chocolates. Oh no... we both ended up with some chocolate concoctions (she with something called Peanut Butter Heaven and me with a giant Pecan Turtle) - seriously they each probably weighed 6 to 8 oz! Towards the end of the thing I was actually sick of it but did I stop - no, I finished the whole darn thing! What the heck - it must have been something in the air yesterday! The only saving grace is I did not eat dinner!

UGH! Thank goodness today is a new day! Already ran this morning, drank 64 oz of water so far and getting ready to do some heavy lifting, packing and cleaning. Be gone Binge Monster and everything you left behind!

Thanks for a great blog - I feel better now too! You are definitely in Onederland to stay and I'm not leaving either! Yay us!

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AMARAN 4/27/2010 11:14AM

    One day does not a failure make. I find reasonable-ness (if that's a word!) in averaging my last 7 days. If the average is still within my calorie range, then I'm still on track. If the average is higher, then I know I need to be more careful. Good job for recognizing the true pictures!

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MYHAIRGURU 4/27/2010 11:07AM

  I hate when that happens. its all about getting back on track after it happens.

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JENELOPE 4/27/2010 10:46AM

    The Binge Monster struck my house on Sunday! Also my TOM and worst cramps I've experienced in a while. I was expecting the Monster, but perhaps not as hungry as he turned out to be. I decided to feed him one meal of pretty extreme junk food (Beef n' Cheddar, curly fries, mozzarella sticks, and an Oreo McFlurry- I went to two restaurants to feed ol' Bingey). Then, while he was sated and feeling drowsy, I trapped him with a healthy, low fat, high fiber dinner. I let him win the battle, but I'm winning the war! By the time I woke up on Monday, Bingey had given up and moved on to his next victim and I had good food and good exercise. And his old crony, Bloat, appears to be creeping off to join him. I'm not sure I'll meet the goal I set by Friday, but if I miss it, it won't be by much and it won't be for long!

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WEEZIETEE 4/27/2010 10:42AM

    Get OUT of my head! LOL.

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NIGHTANGELX 4/27/2010 10:38AM

    LOL! Love the pics! I can totally relate. TOM is on its way for me. I can always tell by the insatiable hunger. I physically feel hungry no matter how much I eat, I end up just having to ignore it. I will picture that second picture instead of the first in the future. :) emoticon

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HEDDMCB 4/27/2010 10:34AM

    I had a binge day yesterday ~ actually it was a carbathon! I don't know if I ate a single vegetable yesterday but I know I had many many servings of bread! I was feeling guilty last night and my husband said, "Today is done. You ate it and it's okay. But what you do tomorrow is up to you." So I woke up this morning with a clean slate and made good choices. Your binge sounded like it was delicious and you probably had a great time with friends. Enjoy the night for what it was and stick to your plan this week ~ you are in Onederland to stay! Hope you have a great week and thanks for your words of encouragement this weekend before my race!

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AIMSNYC 4/27/2010 10:31AM

    You know you've really made a lifestyle change when these occasional one-meal binges don't stretch to 3-4 days... weeks... months. So -- congratulations for getting right back on track to your goals.

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4MEIWILLDOIT 4/27/2010 10:25AM

  Oh wow....this blog put into words exactly what had been going on with me lately. Mind you I had a 3 day Binge. But today I will move on. Like you I am not going back. I will not cause I too am in onederland to stay.

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EEKTHECAT 4/27/2010 10:23AM

    This post was weritten for me, I swear! I am going through the same thing. Die, TOM, Die!!!!! I have been bloated, craving everything, and ravenously hungry. Good thing I only keep healthy things in the house, so bingeing in veggies and wild rice isn't so bad.
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Still feel outta control and hate it, and the weight gain that comes with my TOM doesn't help my spirits, but in a few day it'll be back to normal.

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ABETTERBECKY 4/27/2010 10:19AM

    I have no doubt this was an unplanned, unexpected visit from the binge monster and he will not be visiting again anytime soon :)

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NIELSENSLADY 4/27/2010 10:12AM

    I love those pics!! Awesome! emoticon

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HHILDE99 4/27/2010 10:09AM

    Yet another monster I'm familiar with. He ranks right up there with the Cravings Monster. Very sweet looking when they first come around...then they turn ugly! LOVE the second picture! You have a great attitude about not letting this get in your way or stop you! Keep up the good work and eventually you'll be able to banish him for good!

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AHEALTHIERME9 4/27/2010 10:04AM

    "Because I didn't come all this way to go back. No way. I'm in Onederland to stay."

EXACTLY! Know it, believe it, accept it, because you are NOT going back!!! And neither am I!

I think in order for us to truly make lifelong changes, that binge monster has to surface from time to time, as an exercise of choice, acceptance and reaction.

As long as you are consistent in your efforts MOST of the time, the battle is won.

I think you are doing great and you inspire us all daily!

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KIMMAS82 4/27/2010 10:00AM

    Damn the binge monster!!! He's my least favorite of all the monsters!!!

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CAROLYN1213 4/27/2010 9:58AM

    I always love you! Even when you make a choice that does not move you closer to your goal, you do not whine, you do not beat up on yourself. Acknowledge, make a new choice and move on. I love it! Not guilt, no shame, no blame. It is what it is. Better choices today help to deflate the power of that binge monster. He doesn't own you. He just visits every now and then. You own your choices!

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CAALAN23 4/27/2010 9:55AM

    HA! That second picture! Too funny!

You are so grounded in your goals now, such focus! You will definitely stay in onederland!

Loved the blog. :)

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SACGIRL 4/27/2010 9:52AM

    Another great blog!! Bad Binge Monster...unfortunately I have seen him too much lately. Just like you said, you kick him out, and get right back on track the next day. You have come so far!! Congrats for kicking the monster to the curb and starting a new day with tons of good energy!!

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XHOOSIERLOSER 4/27/2010 9:50AM

    YES YOU ARE - and I'm definitely tagging along, so please don't mess up! LOL!!! One meal, or even one binge, isn't a big deal. It's what you learn and how you respond - oh wait, you already did that, and quite eloquently as usual!

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CANDYXPERT 4/27/2010 9:49AM

    Bad binge monster! Ok, so he got you this time but next time you’ll be ready to fight him off!
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Good job on the Shred!

Julie

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STARGIRL66 4/27/2010 9:47AM

    Well at least you snuck in some fruit on the hawaiian pizza and the strawberries, plus some veggies with your meal, so it wasn't all bad :-) You never know where and when those binge monsters will appear, and it's not realistic to expect to conquer them 100% all the time. Doing so is setting yourself up for a let down. Today is a new day, move forward with renewed strength and determination, and leave yesterday behind you. emoticon emoticon

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TRISH106 4/27/2010 9:44AM

    Ok so you had a slip. The great thing is you realized it and are ready to put yesterday behind you. We all have our indulgences.
You are on the right track. Keep up the great work in Onederland. emoticon emoticon

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THISPERISCOPE 4/27/2010 9:36AM

    Great post! And great job staying realistic and positive about your choices. It's not always easy, but (as you know) it's totally worth it.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 4/27/2010 9:29AM

    After last week's Office episode, I can't look at the Cookie Monster the same. One meal, no matter how gluttonous, doesn't throw the train off the track. Keep up the great work!

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ANGELFISHGURL 4/27/2010 9:27AM

    Your blog today is exactly how I feel about my weekend. The binge monster found me as well. Monster be gone!

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LADYINOHIO 4/27/2010 9:19AM

    what an awesome blog~ had me laughing at the pictures so much. Thank you for making me laugh on a kindof gloomy birthday. Thank you, again. =)

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CHICAT63 4/27/2010 9:18AM

    emoticon you will survive ! Shame on the Binge Monster emoticon here's a good kick. Today is an another day, an another week, don't fret you're on it. I totally agree you're in Onderland to stay.... emoticon

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Stellar Saturday

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Happy weekend, Sparksters!
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I had a great day yesterday! I started my day off with a run with Sarah (CELESTIALAXIS), my first time meeting a SparkPeople member. We had a really fun run! It was so nice to have a running partner and the chatting made the run go by so quickly. We made it up to about 4 miles and definitely need to make it more of a regular running date. Next week, we are doing the Walk for Hunger, a 20-mile walk around Greater Boston to benefit area food pantries. Praying for good weather because that will be a beautiful and super active day!

Got home, showered, and headed off on our monthly Trader Joe's trip (made it a whole 7 weeks this time). Picked up ahi tuna steaks, salmon filets, buffalo burgers, light havarti and gouda cheese, Greek yogurt, those mango and raspberry cream bars, a few frozen meals, mandarin oranges, bananas, lettuce, chile spiced dried mango and pineapple, and some Ezekiel 4:9 bread. The bread is delicious! I had a little with some of the cheese this morning and it was so good. Highly recommended!

Jon took it easy this time (!) and we got away that super-premium mint choc chip ice cream (350 cal for a HALF cup), sesame crepes, and some licorice. Not bad. Hehe.

Then we went to our friends' home for some tennis. Let me tell you, it is super easy to get out of practice here. We hadn't played in about 9 months and we were terrible! We had fun though. Then we went to the field and had a fun game of one person hitting the tennis balls with the racquet and the three of us in the field trying to catch them with our mitts! It was fantastic exercise!

Totally felt like I earned my dinner: steak and grilled eggplant and zucchini! Yum! I relaxed and ate sensibly but a lot. I was 1000+ over my calories burned goal this week, so I didn't feel too bad treating myself to a beer and some ice cream and just having a good time.

On the way back, the brakes on my car totally didn't feel right. I noticed they'd been feeling spongey lately, but they were causing the car to shake and screech! I was so nervous, but we made it home OK. I totally don't feel safe driving it anymore. I'm going to take it to our mechanic tomorrow to see what's up with it, but we've pretty much made up our mind to get a new one. So add that to the to-do list this week!

In any case, a great day. Today is laundry day. I made a batch of Fiber One blueberry muffins because while I love Vitamuffins, they are EXPENSIVE ($3.99 for 4 small muffins!) and for $2.50 (plus two eggs and a couple tbsp oil), I got 12 nice medium-sized muffins. Hopefully they are yummy!

  
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YOOVIE 4/27/2010 2:41PM

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm hungry now

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JUST_JENNA 4/27/2010 2:38PM

    How were the muffins? And that sounds like a fabulous day. Mmm... I want that food too!

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MANDAO97 4/26/2010 2:17PM

    Sounds like a great day! You had an active week! It's nice when you know you can have a beer or some ice cream and still be ahead of the game because you worked hard and you eat healthy every day.

I'm curious to hear how the muffins turn out! I love vitamuffins and vitatops but they are expensive!

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JWENZEL723 4/26/2010 10:07AM

    all the food you bought sounds soooo good! reading about you playing tennis really makes me want to get out there and do it! i played in high school but haven't played much since. great and fun exercise!

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NEWJENN10 4/26/2010 8:48AM

    I love TJ's too! It is a bit of a drive for me, which is probably best otherwise I would be there all the time and way over budget with my food. I love those muffins there too, they are way filling1 Looking for a recipe that simulates them, i will let you know when I get close!

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TRABOLD8567 4/26/2010 6:52AM

  That's enjoying a healthy lifestyle. If you're over your calories burned for the week ( emoticon), it does give you some wiggle room. In fact, I find if I eat a few extra calories (particularly if it's not high fat or high sugar) in that situation, the scale responds well. Feed your muscle well and it will reward you!

Great blog!!

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ABETTERBECKY 4/25/2010 7:33PM

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend - so lucky to have met up w/ a fellow sparker for run! I love the Ezekiel 4:9 cinnamon raisin bread - keep it in the freezer, defrost it for 20 sec and toast - voila and yum! The TJ Buffalo Burgers are also quite yummy (I have a TJ about 2 miles from my house....lucky!). Congrats on your awesome and fun weekend. Share the Fiber One BB muffin recipe if you like...

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MPALMER15 4/25/2010 7:01PM

    Great blog! I love the Vitalicious Muffins too, but hate the expense. They're $4.49 here! If you have a Winn Dixie in your town, they are on Buy One Get One right now.

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CANDYXPERT 4/25/2010 5:14PM

    Wow, you certainly had a busy weekend!

Have a great week!

Julie

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EMILY-THE-GOOD 4/25/2010 3:52PM

    Sounds like a great weekend!

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TRAVELNISTA 4/25/2010 3:30PM

    emoticon You always pack so much into your weekends. Good luck on next weeks 20 mile Walk for Hunger. emoticon


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MBSHAZZER 4/25/2010 2:35PM

    Sounds like an awesome weekend! Good luck with the car. Mine met it's maker last year due to brakes.

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SOPHIKKO 4/25/2010 2:32PM

    I'm with you on laundry day.

That is so cool to meet up with a sparker for a run! Awesome!

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MARENAMOO 4/25/2010 2:19PM

    You are such a case study for normalcy - how to live a fun life in a normal way and still lose weight. May I recommend the Ezekial products in the freezer section at Whole Foods. I eat turkey wraps on their tortillas. I eat their raisin cinnamon English muffins for breakfast and I bought their corn tortillas to make my own chips. I also buy the fat free spicy black bean dip at Trader Joe's and put that on their tortillas with ground turkey, onions and green peppers with salsa. Yum. Glad you had a good weekend.

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BURKEBRIZ 4/25/2010 1:44PM

    I have the Fiber One bb muffins and I really like them. Sounds like you had a great and very active weekend!!

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STEPHANON 4/25/2010 1:22PM

    Sounds like a great day! I love Trader Joe's. I buy their store brand rather than the Ezekiel bread, and I love it - it's also super low in carbs, which is nice for me because I lose weight much faster when I keep the carbs on the lower end. Have a wonderful weekend!

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ROOT4HOME 4/25/2010 1:12PM

    What a great weekend and the muffins sound so yummy!! emoticon

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SAMSPARK1 4/25/2010 1:01PM

    Glad you had a great day, Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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HOSTALADY 4/25/2010 12:55PM

    That is an AWESOME day for sure.
Enjoy your Sunday!

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GRACEISENUF 4/25/2010 12:51PM

    You got alot done and managed to have alot of fun while doing it. Enjoy your Sunday!


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TRISH106 4/25/2010 12:25PM

    Sounds like a wonderful full and fun weekend.
When you make your muffins try substituting applesauce or applebutter for the oil to lessen the fat and calorie content. I use this often. Sometimes I use half applesauce and half oil.

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VXWALL1942 4/25/2010 12:21PM

    I love the Fiber One blueberry muffins and feel so righteous since they cost little and are really good in the nutrition cattegories. Have a sduper week! Enjoy the car hunt!

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PINKCOCONUT 4/25/2010 11:59AM

    Woo! Sounds like an awesome weekend! I love meeting new Sparkers!!!

Hope it's nice and sunny in your neck of the woods. It's gloomy, windy and a perfect day for staying indoors, which is exactly what I'm doing!

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JESSSPARK 4/25/2010 11:59AM

    Please get your breaks fixed, that is not something to mess around with! :)

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JEANNETTE59 4/25/2010 11:57AM

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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/25/2010 11:51AM

    Wow - you are a busy gal! Way to go on making your Saturday super active! I love days like that...and I love the treats when we do so much too! :-) Hope you enjoy your Sunday just as much.

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Random Friday Thoughts

Friday, April 23, 2010

My cat's newest quirk is that she thinks rubber bands are yummy. She puked one up the other day and I had to dig another out of her mouth this morning. Wondering what the appeal is? Is it like gum for cats?


We get a juice delivery at work (yes, I'm spoiled, I get juice delivery) and people drink like 3 of them a morning. This is like junky 10% juice stuff. Do people really think this is a good thing?


I didn't get up in time to do my workout in the morning. This bums me out because I like the morning workout people much better than the afternoon ones. They just seem so much chiller and tend not to place their crap in front of all the lockers. But now that I think of it, the Friday night workout people are pretty chill too. So it's all good.


My husband is having people over tonight to watch the NFL DRAFT. Um, OK? It's not even a real competition. It's college kids being happy they're gonna make some money soon. Let's hope that we can switch over to the Celtics at one point.


Ketchup packets are the stupidest inventions ever. Can anyone even squeeze a half teaspoon out of one of those things?


I have a great friend who writes me letters, postcards, etc. I really wish I had it in me to write non-electronic messages. I've tried but failed to make it a habit. There's nothing like receiving a handwritten note.


I had another high school acquaintance who posted as their Facebook status that she felt weird driving a normal car because SUVs were so much better. On Earth Day. I don't think she realized. HA!


I'm starting to get urges to do karaoke again. Too bad nobody else in the area shares my Kelly Clarkson cravings. I do an awesome rendition of "Since You've Been Gone."


We walked past that Lucky Cheng's Drag Queen Caberet that was featured in America's Next Top Model this week. I wanted to go in. My husband didn't. Now that I saw the drag version of Tyra who works there, I'm glad we didn't. Yikesaroo!


Is it lunchtime yet? I made a pretty mean PBJ for today!

  
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4EVERADONEGIRL 4/26/2010 12:45PM

    I love random Friday thoughts! Awesome stuff! Hope you enjoyed your PBJ! I was craving one so bad yesterday morning, but was out of bread! GRRRR. :-)

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JWENZEL723 4/26/2010 10:04AM

    your blog is so cute!

my dogs eat their plastic toys...and then puke them up. seriously, what part of plastic tastes good?

too funny about the earth day thing!

ohh yea, i caught up on ANTM this weekend and am glad you didn't go in the cabaret either! haha

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TRABOLD8567 4/26/2010 6:54AM

  LOL

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MBSHAZZER 4/25/2010 2:36PM

    OK, my cats love, love, love ear plugs! The foam ones. Especially if they are used. They hover over us trying to get them out of our ears as we sleep! Weird!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 4/24/2010 11:58PM

    Brought a smile to my face...:)

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MELIBUG 4/24/2010 11:47PM

    I vote you do a video blog of the rendition of "Since You've Been Gone."

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DOPKIGIRL 4/24/2010 11:08PM

    The things that make you go, hmmm!! LOL!

By the way, I don't get the whole "draft" thing either. My husband just sits there and watches it for hours. Grrr! I have better things to do or watch. :D


Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.


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GRACEISENUF 4/24/2010 10:18PM

    Oh you make me laugh...hope some day we can meet in person!

Big hugs,

Judy

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GEODAWG 4/24/2010 7:05PM

    Great blog! My cat loves string and will chase one until he falls over! And i agree about the ketchup/mustard/mayo packs. You cannot get them open and when and if you do, they sometimes explode all over your nice white shirt! Ecckk!

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VXWALL1942 4/24/2010 11:56AM

    Rubber bands have to be hidden from Ms Kitty too. I think it makes her 'bounce back' from a late afternoon nap. LOL

Your lively little chat brought a smile today! I'm drinking cranberry juice. Good for me stuff - not that crap they call 'juice'. I think people drink it cause it's free?!?

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KATIEGLEN012 4/24/2010 4:03AM

    Dewey...the library cat...make famous by the book of that name, LOVED rubber bands. They had a community of people trying to prevent him from finding them! The last reader is correct, they are not good for cats and can lead to surgery if swallowed!!!!

Loved your rambling blog...made me smile!

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MT-MOONCHASER 4/23/2010 8:43PM

    Rubber bands are not real good for cats' stomachs and intestines. One of my cats (the blonde) is named Roomba, guess how she got that name.

The junky 10% juice is worse than soda, in my opinion. At least in soda you KNOW that there's lots of sugar -- the juice lulls you into thinking all that sugar is healthy!!

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KOOKERBEE 4/23/2010 7:49PM

    Since You've Been Gone is a toughie! I'm impressed that you can sing this - I don't think I'd brave it at karaoke!

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HOSTALADY 4/23/2010 7:07PM

    Made me laugh and think a little.
I enjoyed it very much!
Have a wonderful evening!

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TRAVELNISTA 4/23/2010 6:39PM

    emoticon Loved the random thoughts. Kind of made me think of Andy Rooney, it is Andy right on 60 Minutes, only you are so much cuter. Adorable actually! emoticon emoticon

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CK2SUMMERS 4/23/2010 6:20PM

    I love randomness. But sometimes I'm afraid to post randomness because people might think I'm crazy.

Maybe now after reading yours, I'll feel more tempted to do so.

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ROOT4HOME 4/23/2010 6:16PM

    Funny blog...my old cat used to love chewing on rubber bands too - didn't get it. Have a great weekend and go sing Kelly Clarkson if you have the cravings!! emoticon

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REJ7777 4/23/2010 5:03PM

    emoticon My cat "fetches" rubber bands and brings them back to me. She just LOVES them. I always watch her carefully so she doesn't eat them (which she does sometimes anyway). I'm going to try pony tail rubber bands and see if she likes them, like Eclecktic1 suggested. I didn't know that her love of rubber bands is a common trait of cats. Thanks. emoticon

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KATRINAWINDHAM 4/23/2010 4:33PM

    lol...love your blog! It encouraged me and made me laugh...thanks!

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EEKTHECAT 4/23/2010 4:02PM

    LOL! my cat doesn't eat rubber bands, but i can't tell you how many little toys i've boght her, only to be left under couches or forgotten about and cast aside to rubber bands or crumpled up pieces of paper. her only store-bought favorite toy is a fuzzy mouse with a pocket for catnip. figures!

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LEAN-N-LEXY 4/23/2010 2:53PM

    My cat likes to play fetch with pony tail rubber bands (regular ones too, but I am afraid of her eating those and them tangling up in her tummy). They are nearly as exciting as twist-ties to her.

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MARENAMOO 4/23/2010 2:45PM

    My cat likes twistie ties.
I don't see the obsession with anything NFL.
I am trying to ban all non water drinks from the house but OJ and milk.
I like to write notes to friends.
I don't like the locker room when there a hundred little kids - other that that ok

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JEANNETTE59 4/23/2010 2:28PM

  Horatio, my latest shelter kitty, now known as King Horatio, loves licking plastic store bags. I use canvas bags, but every once in a while someone brings a plastic one home and King Horatio is in Kitty Heaven emoticon

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CANDYXPERT 4/23/2010 1:54PM

    My cat used to eat the plug for the bath tub! I think they just like to chew rubbery stuff!

You lived in Japan ~ cool!

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/23/2010 1:39PM

    My cat used to love to eat plastic.

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MERISSA1315 4/23/2010 1:34PM

    LOVE IT!!

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GREYGOSSAMER 4/23/2010 12:55PM

    If you are ever going to come up to toronto, look me up! I'll karaoke with ya! I even entered a few contests and didn't do so badly. Tra la la

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FOXXYROXXYD 4/23/2010 12:34PM

    ...on cats and rubber bands - it's a little like kitty crack I think... when mine was a kitten she used to eat them. Now that she's older (and sometimes wiser) she carries them around and plays with them. It's quite comical when she manages to be holding one that isn't broken in her mouth and manages to catch it with her paw resulting in the rubber band smacking her in the lip or nose - ouch... (she hasn't learned why that happens yet and she' 5 now!

Have a great weekend!

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BOOTS1221 4/23/2010 12:30PM

    YESSSSS Drag Tyra!!!!!

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TEAM-SARAH 4/23/2010 12:22PM

    That was indeed random haha. I hope you have a great weekend!

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KARVY09 4/23/2010 12:17PM

    I sing OK. Not like Kelly, of course, but I'm not half bad. In Japan I got all my drinks for free because I would sing crappy North American songs ("My Heart Will Go On" -Celine) for Japanese businessmen. But then again, a command of the English language was all that would be necessary to impress the salarymen. Kampai!

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SARAHSMC22 4/23/2010 12:16PM

    lol, Karaoke is my weakness. I would love to do it, but so embarrased at my lack of skills. That and we don't have a whole lot of karaoke places here in Vermont.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 4/23/2010 12:12PM

    Too bad I don't live closer... I would get together with you for a karaoke night. I love singing! (And I love belting out Kelly's songs too... shhh....!)

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RACHEL_MAC 4/23/2010 12:09PM

    "Since you've been gone" is a HARD song to sing karaoke! Kelly Clarkson has ridiculous range. You must have some pipes!!

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NONERSAYS 4/23/2010 12:00PM

    I guess even a 10% juice is better than 100% soda.

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JESSSPARK 4/23/2010 11:59AM

    Haha, I just watched ANTM last night (yes, it is terrible in terms of the ideals of beauty they portay but OMG they had to wear HAIR SUITS).

Anyway I was mightily let down by the drag queens featured at Lucky Cheng's. They really need to recruit some real stars from RuPaul's Drag Race! :)

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STEPHANON 4/23/2010 11:59AM

    I love karaoke.

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DOLL2THEWALL 4/23/2010 11:57AM

    If you ever make it down to San Antonio, we will karaoke it up, baby! :D

Oh, and my cat likes to chew on the spongey part of my eyeshadow applicators, and he LOVES matchbooks. Something about the taste of the matches, I guess - but he picks them out and eats them one match at a time. Sneak.

Have a fab Friday!

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MOCOHOLO 4/23/2010 11:55AM

    This blog reminds me of "Deep Thoughts" on Saturday Night Live years ago. Made me smile!

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EMILY-THE-GOOD 4/23/2010 11:53AM

    I love the tone of this blog :)

Also, YUM PB&J

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My Healthy Dos and Don'ts

Thursday, April 22, 2010

First of all, thanks so much to everyone who commented on my 198.6 Blog yesterday (i.e. the "Onederland" blog!). I wish I could thank you all individually, but I DO read everyone's comments and I DO appreciate every single one!
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I promised some photos once I reached my first goal and they will be coming, promise!

I sometimes get emails asking some of the things I do to stay on track during this whole weight loss process and I wanted to get them all out in one place so that I can refer to it whenever someone asks! I also have some non-Spark friends who have been asking for tips and I figured a blog was a good place for it!

So here is my list of my favorite "dos" and "don'ts!" I don't always follow my own advice to the letter, obviously. I'm not perfect! But I've found that these are the behaviors that work for me.


DOs!
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1. I DO track my food every single day (except for the occasional holiday).

Even if I'm on vacation and don't track calories, I make a list of what I've consumed to keep myself honest. Seriously, tracking is so important to this whole process.
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2. I DO try to do something active every day, even on rest days. I DO consider lots of different activities to be exercise.

There's nothing wrong with a little light walking or some stretching. Some people don't count this as exercise, but I DO. Every movement counts even if it isn't a mega cardio calorie burn!
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3. I DO eat cheeseburgers, fries, pizza, wings, and Chinese food. I DO drink beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages.

I just think abstaining completely from our fatty favorites and teetotalling is a for-sure one-way trip to Quittersville. Restrictive diets are never sustainable in the long term. I find a way to make my "bad meals" work for me, whether or not it means eating lighter during the rest of the day or upping my exercise and not eating massive quantities of the bad stuff.
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4. I DO eat a lot of food every day.

My lunch today was two whole wheat flax pitas: one with light brie and raspberry jam and the other with turkey, avocado and salad greens. For breakfast, I had a cup of protein-rich cereal with fresh strawberries and almond milk. I haven't hit 700 calories yet. By figuring out new foods that you enjoy but that also keep you full and satisfied, you will never feel deprived!
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5. I DO celebrate non-scale victories (NSVs) along with the "numbers" ones.

I have all kinds of fitness goals that aren't necessarily linked to weight loss. Those AHA moments ("I can cross my legs again!" "I just ran up that whole flight of stairs!" "I can see my belly button!") are overall way more satisfying than that flashing number on the scale. Open yourself up to NSVs!
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6. I DO reward myself!

I know that losing the weight is its own reward, but I think we deserve special treats for our hard work. When I was in NYC this weekend, I remembered that the trip was my belated reward for losing 60 pounds and it made me walk even faster around the city! Rewards are awesome, even if they are small!
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7. I DO find new things to challenge myself and to break out of my routine.

The elliptical machine was awesome when I was starting out. I burned a lot of calories, I could watch TV while doing it, and it was low-impact for someone who weighed almost 290 pounds. But then, I got fitter! And it got boring! And I found running! And running was awesome, but I decided to be brave and take a few classes. So I tried Zumba and kickboxing and spinning! And then I wanted to include my husband in my new active lifestyle, so we joined a softball team and started ice skating this winter. We started off playing tennis, got sick of it, but we might start up again eventually. By building a large repertoire of activities, you pretty much guarantee that you won't get bored.
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8. I DO blog and keep a record of how I'm doing.

Well of course I blog or else you wouldn't be reading this! Blogging helps me parse out what I'm doing and what is working for me and what isn't. By sharing my successes and low points, I can pinpoint what steps I need to take to succeed. And of course, I've gotten amazing feedback and suggestions in the comments. Blogging regularly here on SP has been a huge part of the whole experience and I highly recommend it!
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1. I DON'T forget that this is first and foremost about a healthier me.

I love commenting on blogs and communicating with my SparkFriends. It's an integral part of the experience and what makes this community so successful. However, you need to remember you are here to live a long and healthy life for you and for your loved ones. Teams and online interactions are great, but if they interfere with that main goal, I'm going to quit them. I need to lose this weight so I can do all the things I never dreamed I'd be doing!
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2. I DON'T skip meals or breakfast.

I love, love, love breakfast so this is easy for me, but I think skipping meals is the surefire way to throw off your metabolism. I believe in snacks! I love my snacks too and making sure that I am full and satisfied all day allows for better portion control at larger mealtimes.
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3. I DON'T (well, try not to) compare myself to or judge others.

Listen. I know I have it easier than a lot of people here. I am truly amazed at those of you who are juggling kids and weight loss. I think it must be an extremely difficult task and that often times, it's going to be a slower process. That's one of the reasons I'm doing it now as opposed to 5 years from now, when I hopefully will be blessed with children. I also know that everyone's metabolism is different and that I might have a easier time losing weight than someone in their 40s and a harder time than someone in their early 20s. And a waaaaaaaay harder time than those dudes who lose like 5 pounds a week like clockwork. Learn from everyone's journey, but try not to get too frustrated when someone reaches their goals earlier than you do.
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4. I DON'T listen to the naysayers.

Everyone is going to have someone in their family or circle of friends who will snark on your attempts to lose weight or live healthier. Either they will remember your past attempts and remind you of them OR they will say that you can't possibly do something you have made as your goal (for me it was running, for you it might be something completely different). Or maybe everyone will comment on your weight loss except for that one green-faced coworker who has a not-so-helpful comment always ready for you! Later on, when you've lost the weight, you'll encounter the people who will tell you that you've lost enough and should stop (usually when you start to get thinner than they are). Don't listen! Screw the negativity. Hush the naysayers!
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5. I DON'T forget what it felt like to be morbidly obese.

I don't forget the glances shot my way when I walked up stairs or tried to squeeze into the devil's inventions (those white plastic lawn chairs of course!). I don't forget how easily I got fatigued or how little energy I had at the end of the day. I don't forget the misery of going up a size and slowly adding bigger clothing to my wardrobe and quietly donating the now too-small pieces. I don't forget the feeling of finding the PERFECT pair of boots and having to leave them in the store because they won't fit over my calves. Don't forget. Those experiences may be painful, but they have made you the person you are today! And never forget them when you lose the weight and are encountered with overweight people in your daily life.
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6. I DON'T make excuses or impose limitations on myself.

There are always reasons why we don't make the healthiest choice in our lives. Sometimes they are completely valid. But there is a difference between making excuses and recognizing the reasons behind our actions. "I ate four slices of pizza because I was bored and tired and it tasted good." That's recognizing the reasoning behind the decision and moving on. An excuse would be "I ate the four slices of pizza but it was OK because I was good all week and I deserved it." Here you're giving yourself the pizza as a reward for your otherwise good behavior. But I believe that you can have pizza and still be good! That's the difference.

As for limitations. It's more about the "can't" than the "don't." "I can't do X because I am too fat." Give it a try. Challenge yourself. One of the reasons I like Jillian Michaels is that she believes that obese people can do a whole lot more than simply walking or taking the stairs. Resigning yourself to "can'ts" is another surefire way to set yourself up for failure.
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7. I DON'T get too down on myself (well, most of the time!).

I'm not perfect. I'm going to have my bad days. I'm going to drink too much at a party or have too much cheesecake. I can bemoan my poor choices. But if I take too much time to dwell on it, it's going to derail me. Don't let perfect become the enemy of the good. I'm not going to hit all my goals and that's OK. Make your standards high and don't knock yourself if you fall a bit short! As PINKCOCONUT once said, you need to be honest about your poor choices and then be your own best friend and pick yourself up and forgive yourself.
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8. I DON'T go it alone.

I try to share my goals with my friends and family and with all of you. The community aspect is what makes this website so great. Participate as much as you can while still focusing on your ultimate goals!
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JBMT08 5/21/2010 4:04PM

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 5/20/2010 9:24AM

    Thanks. A lot of good advice.

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JEANAJO 5/7/2010 7:43PM

    WOW! I think everyone needs to read your list! I hope more people "hear" this. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us.

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JWENZEL723 4/29/2010 9:52AM

    as i was reading this i was remembering in my head the things i wanted to comment on. but then it got to be too many bc i want to comment on everything! basically, to sum it up: you rock, i love this blog, and i completely agree with every last word you said. :)

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FATMOM48 4/29/2010 8:15AM

    You are soooo right! I could really relate to the pizza example. When I DO overeat, it's because I'm bored, or tired, or it just plain tastes good. But I'm learning that if I drink more water, I'm not as tired. And as for it tasting good, I can savor 1-2 slices of that pizza and then get my taste satisfaction from that.
I, too, have found I'm doing better because I'm writing almost everything down, though I didn't track the other day when I was stuck at the pool for a two-day swim meet.
It was really cool to see all those Do's and Don'ts that I'm trying to do myself all written down in one place.
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HAVERYJ 4/27/2010 4:58PM

    Thanks for sharing your experience and motivations!!

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JANE1216 4/26/2010 7:55PM

    Great blog --- thank you so much for sharing!

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JANNISH 4/26/2010 7:17PM

  Thanks for the advice. Its really practical and something that resonates with me.

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BRANAUBREY 4/26/2010 5:54PM

    Loved it thanks!

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TAWNI91 4/26/2010 2:19PM

    loved the blog, very motivating.

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VGIMLET 4/26/2010 1:11PM

    Great blog! You really are a motivator, and an inspiration.

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JENNIBETHR 4/26/2010 12:16PM

  Keep the good work up!

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MAIA2011 4/26/2010 9:49AM

    I am already following all of your dos and don'ts to the tee! You should come to my page and give me a gold star (if you have time, of course). In all seriousness, thanks for sharing your wisdom. I know that I have already told you but you are quite an inspiration to me and to many others, I am betting!





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ROXANNECLEVE 4/26/2010 8:17AM

  Thanks for sharng those are alot of the things am doing this time I just haven't written them down and its great to see them n print! Thanks for the help! Congrats! I am about a 3rd of the way to mine and will get there!

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BLUEBAMBOO 4/26/2010 2:20AM

  Great list of tips. Thanks for sharing them.

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LEOLO_1 4/25/2010 10:17PM

    This is so great! Thanks for sharing your wisdom and attitude! emoticon emoticon

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WENDYINCA 4/25/2010 8:43PM

  Fantastic words of wisdom. You are an inspiration! I'm just starting on my journey and this is the kind of stuff that keeps me motivated and moving! emoticon emoticon Thanks Karvy!

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CAROLYN1213 4/25/2010 8:35PM

    Thanks for sharing your journey! You are always so real and authentic. What I have always appreciated about you is that you always take responsibility for your actions and do not wallow in pity or excuses. You do what you can and love what you do. Keep sharing your journey! I loving being on this path with you.

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GRANDKIDS42 4/25/2010 7:00PM

    you are the wind beneath my wings

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SATYAGRAHA 4/25/2010 6:16PM

    Thank you for this! Such wonderful wisdom. I really needed this right now so thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences! emoticon

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ZRAMOMMA 4/25/2010 12:02PM

    Thank You for posting this blog. I think it shows how do-able be healthy is.

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SM-ARTGIRL 4/25/2010 10:43AM

    I love these insights Karvy!

Recording what I do, rewarding myself for small goals met as I head towards my big goals!

Progress not perfection!

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GRETCHEN_D_GR8 4/25/2010 4:45AM

    Thankyou Karvy!!

And congrats on ONEderville!!

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DIANAE173 4/25/2010 2:06AM

    I like your sensible approach. Thanks for reaffirming what I believe. emoticon

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    I like your sensible approach. Thanks for reaffirming what I believe. emoticon

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SOULFIREPOET 4/25/2010 12:05AM

    Wow those are very insightful tips and ways of looking at things, thank you so much for the advice and inspiration :)

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BWILBUR25 4/24/2010 11:04PM

    This was great! Thanks so much!!!

I love the "be your own best friend" Made me smile and give myself a little hug.

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SHERRYJVP 4/24/2010 8:28PM

    You are so inspiring. Thank you.

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LOSINGITALL4ME 4/24/2010 7:20PM

    Thanks for sharing. I needed to hear this because I am getting discouraged because I see other people losing weight so much faster that me and I get down on myself. So I needed to hear that I shouldn't compare myself to others. Congrats on your journey to good health. You are such an inspiration.

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BAMBAM87 4/24/2010 7:01PM

    really relates to me this week

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GEODAWG 4/24/2010 7:00PM

    Thank you for writing this. You know I KNOW this but having it staring at me in black and white is invaluable!

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JAVAMAMA07 4/24/2010 5:11PM

    Excellent points shared! Thanks ;)

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JAVAMAMA07 4/24/2010 5:10PM

    Excellent points shared! Thanks ;)

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PATHUMPHRIES 4/24/2010 3:45PM

    Excellent blog! Thanks for sharing some very practical approaches to this journey.

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1002GO 4/24/2010 1:47PM

    Thank you for your Do's and Don'ts. I am just getting started so they are very helpful Thanks for being an inspiration to us all

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    Great Job!!!!!

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Love the advice!!!

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  Thank you for the tips! I am new to SP and found this to be really insprirational!! emoticon

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TONJOTA 4/24/2010 10:42AM

    Thanks for the blog. I hope to stay on track and continue to loose weight too.

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JUNGLEMERI 4/24/2010 10:19AM

    Awesome and helpful. Thank you. I'm a newbie and found this totally inspiring!

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    Thank you for all the inspirational thoughts/information that you have given all of us. It is one that I will come back to often emoticon

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NIMMYT 4/24/2010 9:05AM

    This was incredible! Thank you for the inspiration!

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LIZAMD 4/24/2010 9:03AM

    Thanks! All great advice.

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    You rock girl and after reading this you give others the tools to rock too. Thanks and keep up the good work! emoticon

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