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Peek Into my Shopping Cart

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Again, trying to show that shopping well doesn't have to be expensive. I shop at Market Basket by the way, just like every single person in Massachusetts/New Hampshire should. It is by far the cheapest and best supermarket in the area.

PRODUCE
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2 lbs fresh strawberries
2 pints Maine blueberries
2 lbs fresh peaches
2 lb bag of carrots
2 lb bag baby carrots
Bag shredded carrots
2 cucumbers
2 lemons
3 green bell peppers
2.5 lbs bananas
4 vine tomatoes
2 avocados
1 head iceberg lettuce
Bag of 3 romaine hearts

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Rotisserie chicken (for dinner)

DAIRY
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Quart Chobani plain Greek yogurt
Quart egg whites
2 packages reduced fat string cheese
Aero whipped cream
18 medium cage free eggs
Frozen thin crust cheese pizza
Crinkle cut frozen oven fries

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Pecan Raisin Bread (day old and so freaking good)

GROCERY
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2 boxes Triscuit thin crisps
Joseph's whole wheat flax pitas
1 lb coffee
Rolled oats
Francesco Rinaldi no sodium added pasta sauce
2 boxes "plus" rotini
1 loaf scali Italian bread
1 package English crumpets
1 can of cooking spray
3 bottles Powerade Zero

MEAT
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1 package chicken hotdogs
1.5 lbs thin sliced turkey cutlets
1 lb thin sliced chicken breasts
2 lb extra lean ground turkey

GRAND TOTAL: $98.89

Not too bad, right? And the produce was reasonable! Only the strawberries and peaches were over $3. So shop around for the best supermarkets. You can eat healthy and save money, I promise!

  
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CHAOTICMOM4 7/15/2010 10:08AM

    I shop at Market Basket too, I know it is by far the best choice in this area. I do however shop the sales at the other stores and that seems to help as well. I spent $84.00 last night at Market Basket and I don't think I have nearly as much as you have. Great Job!
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L3DESIGNS 7/15/2010 2:01AM

    Sounds great! Wish the local choice here was a little less expensive, but it does save me a ferry ride (hence the higher prices...) and has great produce. I will pick up more fruit and veggies next time we venture off island. Todays shopping included apples, cucumbers, peaches, nectarines, bananas, melons and oats for $24 -- which was probably 10-15% higher than if I'd taken a ferry to a larger store...

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MIKEL1999 7/14/2010 10:42PM

    I shop at Aldi for most of my food. Produce is super cheap and I get alot of my frozen fruit for the kids. We make alot of smoothies.

You can get less expensive food if you just take the time to shop around!

Thanks for sharing your list.

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LIBBYFITZ 7/14/2010 2:45PM

    Love the dress, can't wait to see a photo of you in it! emoticon
Well done on you're other goals! emoticon

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CINNAMONGURL06 7/13/2010 1:59PM

    When I embarked on my journey to eat and live healthier, I too started shopping around. It took me 4 tries but I finally found a good fit in Redner's Market, and all this time it was only 15 minutes from my house. They have an AWESOME produce section (where I spend the bulk of my money!)- the environment is clean and not overwhelming and the staff is super friendly! My food bill has been cut in half and I hope I don't have to move any time soon! LOL!

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MIECHI7 7/12/2010 6:22PM

    Thanks for sharing your list. I agree, what will you make with all the delicious food? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CANDYXPERT 7/12/2010 1:55PM

    Wow, that's great! I just ran to the grocery on my lunch and 2 small bags came to $64!

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THATWEIRDGIRL 7/12/2010 1:07PM

  If I had my own kitchen, I would have it stocked (and organized!) with healthy, accessible foods. I love looking at other people's lists...something to do with working in a grocery store, I think. Thanks for sharing!

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SUGIRL06 7/12/2010 11:04AM

    Yum! I hate it when people say eating healthy is expensive because its not! I spend more money at the store when I buy packaged foods than when I stick to all fresh stuff (I dread the days I need to get kitty food, laundry detergent, etc. because I know its going to cost too much!) And boy do you love your carrots! I never buy them cause I just don't eat them! No reason, its just not my go-to food!
~Ang

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KOOKERBEE 7/11/2010 5:43PM

    I loved seeing this - thank you! Will you share what you make out of all this yummy food? I suffer from a shopping condition where I go to the store and buy tons of stuff (that I've planned), but get home and there's no FOOD. I know...makes no sense, but it seems to happen every week :) Sounds like you must eat lots of salads, maybe chicken and veggies/fries for dinner, pasta, and turkey burgers?

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TIME4AFITME 7/10/2010 10:38AM

    Great list. all sounds yummy

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JBMT08 7/9/2010 8:43AM

    thanks for some ideas....my produce list is very similar to yours. I go to stop n shop and shop the circular for produce buys of the week (I call it..read sale items) and get a little more of those things. last week cherries were 1.49/lb! OMG so I bought two bags! awesome!!

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WISLNDR 7/9/2010 7:17AM

    Hey, thanks for the shopping list! Now I can just use yours!! emoticon

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RIVERCITYTOM 7/8/2010 11:08PM

    Great list, I am working on getting a list together and sticking to it.

You have some tasty healthy choices.

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NIELSENSLADY 7/8/2010 6:58PM

    Fabulous!

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MARATHONBOUND 7/8/2010 11:21AM

    I love Market Basket! It's so cheap! Of course, being vegan I have to hit up Trader Joe's too, but they're not too bad either. :-)

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TKLPICKLE 7/8/2010 11:13AM

    ooo! I love looking at other people's grocery lists!! This is awesome. In fact, I just bought a book called "Milk, Eggs, Vodka" and it's a collection of found grocery lists from grocerylists.org. HILARIOUS!

It will be fun to see these ingredients reflected in the meals you eat!

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NICKIJAY96 7/8/2010 10:51AM

    Thanks for sharing! I've tried that too .. you can really get good healthy balanced meals for a reasonable price at the grocery store.

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NANASAMM 7/8/2010 10:04AM

    Your fresh produce list looks like mine. Except where you have carrots, carrots and more carrots I have berries, berries and more berries. I especially love blackberries and go to the store at least 3 times a week for them. I spend more time in grocery stores than any other store mostly because I am always on the lookout for new and exciting things to try.

This week Shaw's had cherries on sale for 1.99 lb I bought two big bags...I went to my daughter's house and she had two big bags...I am now at my mom's house and she has two big bags in addition to the two big bags I brought. lol

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RUNNER4LIFE08 7/8/2010 9:26AM

    Wish I had a Market Basket by me... I am limited though to big chain food stores, so my grocery bill never looks as nice as yours. But I am a big coupon clipper so that does help!

Enjoy all those yummy healthy foods you just purchased!



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NEWYORKORCHIDS 7/8/2010 8:26AM

  So, I have a question. When you use your avocados, do you use the whole thing at once, or half at a time? Because, sometimes I don't need a whole one, but I don't know how to keep it so that it doesn't turn brown.

I know with guacamole, if you put plastic wrap directly on the guac (not just on the rim of the bowl), you can stop it from turning brow, but that didnt' really work with the avocado.

And yes - that is SUPER inexpensive.

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BOOTS1221 7/8/2010 8:19AM

    OMG MB Pecan Raisin bread from the bakery... AMAZING!!! I buy it all the time and I get soo bummed when they're out!

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FROGGERHKC 7/8/2010 7:17AM

    Awesome, thank you for sharing!

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HOWDOIHEARTTHEE 7/7/2010 10:44PM

    I am really impressed! I wish they had one of those where I live...I have to depend on coupons...I am forever coupon clipping! emoticon

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LOVELYMRSB 7/7/2010 10:12PM

    YES! MARKET BASKET!! lol, oh my gosh you have NO idea how happy it made me to see that on your blog. :) Their produce isn't GREAT, but all the more motivation to eat it all before it goes bad! I do have a sneaking suspicion that I've brought home fruit flies on the onions...since they fly around the bins...but the price is SO worth it!

Way to go, and awesome shopping list! :)

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1BIGDREAM 7/7/2010 10:06PM

    Wow! I'm really, really impressed!
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SCHENPOSSIBLE 7/7/2010 10:06PM

    Price sounds really good. I think I'll do a blog like this. Thanks for sharing!

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JUSDUCKY 7/7/2010 9:17PM

    emoticon looks like a great bunch of healthy food and the price is right.


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SLY_REDUX 7/7/2010 9:12PM

    I'm a coupon shopper from way back. And it's not unusual for me to hit three different stores when it's time to stock up. It really does make a difference!

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WHGRN60 7/7/2010 8:44PM

    I'm guessing you like carrots! LOL. Me too!

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KGEBERT 7/7/2010 7:50PM

    thanks for sharing!!! i love blogs like this...it helps give me so many new ideas...it also shows me what other people are doing or trying. hopefully you can share some meal ideas you made from the food you just bought...sounds like you like carrots?!! do you use the shredded carrots in a salad?

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PINKNFITCARLA 7/7/2010 7:40PM

    Thanks for sharing! That's a great idea and I'll do that next time I go shopping. I always look for the best deals at all the area stores (we have 5 different big chain grocery stores within 15 minutes of me and more than 1 of several of them!) Fortunately soon I won't have to buy a lot of fruit and veggies as our garden is coming along quite nicely. Great job with your selection and price :-)

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LIBBYFITZ 7/7/2010 6:50PM

    and that should last quite a while! Well done. i have just come back from grocerie shopping and because I walk and carry mine home I have to stick to the list or I end up hurting a muscle or 2!

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MADDEELOU 7/7/2010 6:12PM

    Way to go. Thanks for sharing.

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HOSTALADY 7/7/2010 6:00PM

    Way to go! I to get my shopping for a week under 100 dollars. It feels really good to have all the produce in season and when it's on sale it's a bonus!
As always thanks for sharing your grocery cart.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 7/7/2010 5:54PM

    Market Basket rocks. I love the new one they built just outside Boston.

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WANT2BEFIT10 7/7/2010 5:52PM

    I'd love to see a list of the meals you'll make with these items! I'm always looking for new ideas.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/7/2010 5:52PM

    Cool...love seeing what other people buy-it gives me great ideas!!

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STORMTMB 7/7/2010 5:39PM

    Thanks for sharing. It's so interesting to see what someone else's cart looks like! You did a great job too - on cost and selection.

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TEAM-SARAH 7/7/2010 5:06PM

    That's a lot of food for under $100! Great selections!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/7/2010 4:59PM

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I've been seeing a trend lately that people (even here on Spark!) think it costs more to eat healthy than it does to eat junk. You completely prove that wrong. Excuse...BUSTED!!

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ANISMENDOZA81 7/7/2010 4:43PM

    Only two lemons? have you tried cold cucumber with lemon juice? numnumyumyum with a lil salt and some hot sauce, delish...lol didn't mean to criticize just sprung out along with all the carrots lol.

thanks for sharing, awesome selection for a good price!

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KITHKINCAID 7/7/2010 4:41PM

    Wow - that's amazing. I would have said $160 easily!

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SLEEPYDEAN 7/7/2010 4:39PM

    Ohh you get me excited about grocery shopping! Haha Now how long will that last you guys? I find myself at the grocery store every two to three days. One problem is that it seems I have to go to 2 or 3 different stores to get everything we need. And the other is that I probably don't do enough forward planning before shopping.

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JENN26POINT2 7/7/2010 4:26PM

    That is a CRAP LOAD of food for 98 bucks!! I am starting to shop the grocery stores around here instead of our local superstore. I find I get better deals and better quality food at the grocery.

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CREATINGAMANDA 7/7/2010 4:23PM

    Nomnomnomnom

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PINKCOCONUT 7/7/2010 4:18PM

    If I bought two boxes of any kind of Triscuit they'd be gone in an hour! Especially the flavoured kind!!! YUM!!!!

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GRACEISENUF 7/7/2010 4:17PM

    Not a thing on your list I don't like. You got alot of bang for your buck for sure!

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(call me when dinners ready k?)

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MBSHAZZER 7/7/2010 4:14PM

    I 100% agree with you, although I have not set foot in the grocery store in years! The BF does the shopping and I know he's ridiculously anal about saving money. It's like a game for him. He usually brings home $160 worth of groceries for less than $100. when I was single, I spent no more than $25 a week at the store and on that budget, there is NO ROOM for processed foods, so you can bet that was healthy!

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MANDORA3 7/7/2010 4:14PM

    drool!

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Recharging and Recommitting

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Fourth of July came and went and yes, I overindulged in the margaritas (made with lite mix) and pinot grigio and went to popcorn and chips a few more times than I would have otherwise. I had a lot of red meat and an amazing breakfast at the local diner. The scale was not friendly when I jumped on yesterday, but I'm owning it and moving on. I didn't go too crazy, so I know a lot of that is water weight.

I'm ready to get back to business.

I realized... THREE MORE MONTHS UNTIL WE LEAVE FORVEGAS! OMG.



I want to look HOT poolside. I want to go out at night and turn heads! Also the SparkAds read my mind and show advertisements for the hotel we're staying at... ahhhhhhhhhh!

Going to the supermarket today and I'm going to get lots of great food and make smarter food choices for the rest of the month. I've upped my calories burned goal for the week to 4000 and hope I'm able to do this. As I've gotten thinner and fitter, it's gotten harder and harder to burn mega calories like I used to.

It is HOT out there, which for me, means no running outside at least when I'm away from the beach and the cooler breezes. It was 85 degrees at 6 am yesterday! If you're one of those people who can handle it, I gotta applaud you, but I'm totally not one of them. I sweat like crazy, I start seeing circles, and I just run out of gas. So I did a treadmill run yesterday. It was OK. I used to be unable to break 5 mph on the treadmill, but I'm up to about 5.4 now, though I'll never like it as much as outdoor runs.

I'd love to be in the 160s by my trip to Vegas (about a 5 lb loss per month). I want to make this summer as successful as the last one.

Let's rock out this summer, OK? TIKI TIME!

  
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NEWJENN10 7/12/2010 11:18AM

    I'm with ya! I am recommiting today as well. Between work craziness, graduation and graduation parties my life has been way hectic, time to spend on me again. I feel bloated and icky. I can't weight to feel light and strong again. Turbo fire tonight, salsa an kick boxing the next few days.

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SUGIRL06 7/12/2010 11:15AM

    Ugh the heat! It needs to GO. I can't run in it either and the AC at my gym isn't working right (and I doubt they care enough to fix it). I think that's been a major contributor to my lack of workout motivation lately. Come on fall!
~Ang

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CRANN33 7/10/2010 12:04PM

    Hey Karvy... Thanks for sharing. I had an off day yesterday... But today is a new one... Here too it is too darn humid to go outside and exercise by running walking or biking... : ) SO i've been swimming and running in the pool and treadmill. Hope your having a great weekend.

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JBMT08 7/9/2010 8:41AM

    VIVA LAS VEGAS!!!! you can do it girl!!!

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STACEYSJOURNEY 7/8/2010 6:01PM

    Here's to your commitment and your Vegas goal! Wow, I am inspired by your journey. I've realized that holidays account for a quarter of the year, at least, so we do have to be mindful of them, but we dcon't have to refrain from enjoying them. Good for you on your choices for the rest of the month!

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AFITJULIE 7/8/2010 2:35PM

    Hi there! Sounds like we had similar long weekends...too much food/booze.
I haven't gone running outside since last week! I just can't breathe in this humidity. Too many years of smoking have taken a toll on my lungs. I've been using the elliptical but its not the same. I've been slacking with ST...so much for 3 times per week.
You will be your amazing self in Vegas, just smaller! :)

Take care!


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TEAM-SARAH 7/7/2010 10:59PM

    I've been in the same boat with running lately. It's cooler in the morning, but much more humid. I sweat like crazy too and just cannot perform in the heat! and I cant really perform on the treadmill either because I lose a seeerious mental battle there. I would love to go to vegas again, so jealous :) I overindulged on the chips and margaritas too but ya know... that's life. Next weeks weigh in will be better, right?

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 7/7/2010 10:05PM

    You can do it! Finish strong!

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AHEALTHIERJESS 7/7/2010 4:22PM

    I love Vegas! You'll have a blast :)

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GRACEISENUF 7/7/2010 3:17PM

    I have no doubts you will reach your goal for Vegas.

Let's do it!


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SARANGEREL 7/7/2010 2:59PM

    I like your Tiki guy! It is roasting here too in PA, I like the heat but I can't exercise in it so I've been hitting the gym too. Keep up the great work and you are such a great motivator!

Stay cool

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ANISMENDOZA81 7/7/2010 2:57PM

    Ooh VEGAS...never been but I am sure it will be a wonderful treat for ya you deserve it. emoticon

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WISLNDR 7/7/2010 2:37PM

    You've had your share of hot weather! It's just really humid here, not so warm, low 80's. I can't help but think about days long gone when I wouldn't want to move a muscle for fear of getting all sweaty! Now it's simply warm weather, no sweat!

Nice background on your page!!

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LIBBYFITZ 7/7/2010 2:30PM

    emoticonyou will be just the hottest babe in Vegas, you go girl! emoticon emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 7/7/2010 2:07PM

    I loathe running in this weather! I went for a 6k yesterday morning and man was it nasty! I was dripping with sweat when I finished. This is why I never complain in the winter time, it gives me a good excuse to complain in the summer humidity! :D

I was the same over the weekend, I ate way too much and even skipped a workout (not my long run, though). This week I'm eating LOADS of fruit and veggies (not hard with this weather) and back on the horse with my exercise!

You're going to be GREAT in Vegas!

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KENNYWHEELS 7/7/2010 1:51PM

    I was one of the crazies out yesterday running at carson beach at 5 am. channel five was there then. fox25 today. I am sure you will be amazing poolside. emoticon

kenny

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CHICAT63 7/7/2010 1:37PM

    You got this and you will accomplish your goal(s). emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/7/2010 1:05PM

    Girl - you're ALREADY going to be smoking hot in Vegas! :-) I so needed your little dose of motivation this morning - Thank you!!!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 7/7/2010 12:51PM

    Good for you for realizing the holiday indulgence is over, movin' on and most of it was probably bloat anyway. I have no doubt you will meet your goals and you're gonna be one hot bathing beauty next to that pool, baby!

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LADYBUGRUNNER 7/7/2010 12:33PM

    WooHoo, you will be smoking in VEGAS!!!

Where are you staying at? I leave tomorrow!!! I can hardly wait!!!

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ALLISON145 7/7/2010 12:28PM

    I love that you set such attainable goals! That's always a struggle for me - (why can't we lose 10 pounds a week, anyway??).

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I've sure even if you went to Vegas today you would turn heads - you are glowing from the inside out!

-Allison

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JENNY32MN 7/7/2010 12:26PM

    You can do it!! I'm jealous, I've never been to Vegas! You go, girl!

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YOOVIE 7/7/2010 12:22PM

    LOL!!! I saw your background and totally forgot my comment! hahahaha


GREAT GREAT TIKI BACKGROUND!

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MBSHAZZER 7/7/2010 12:21PM

    OMG, Spark is reading your mind!!! GAH!!!

Great goals... I KNOW you will make them in time for your trip!

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WYND10 7/7/2010 12:15PM

    You can do it!!!

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STORMTMB 7/7/2010 12:12PM

    Something I think I've learned about you, from your writing and your pictures, you already look HOT because of your confidence! I know you're turning heads already. Rock on toward your goals. I know you'll love Vegas. I've been several times for conferences (but I'm not a gambler).

Tina

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AHEALTHIERME9 7/7/2010 12:11PM

    Yes, owning it does us good, doesn't it?

I say go for it and jazz up that fierceness!!!!

July will be great and it's certainly back to business for me as well!



:)

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HOSTALADY 7/7/2010 12:07PM

    So inspiring you are and I will buckle down and get my weight moving off again right along with you. Although you will probably be ahead of me I will keep trying to catch you as an incentive. Thanks for the pep rally!
You already are turning heads and you will cause accidents by the time Vegas trip rolls around! GOOD FOR YOU!

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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 7/7/2010 11:58AM

    Good luck on the weight loss. You can do it. You will look great by the pool in Vegas. I have never been but I would like to go sometime. Sounds like so much fun.

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JMEPAYNE 7/7/2010 11:50AM

    I think we're all in the same vote because of the 4th! i know i drank about 15 glasses of water yesterday and thankfully lost over 2 pounds of water weight! just guzzle that water and it'll be gone in no time!

best of luck for your vegas goals! you can totally rock it out!!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/7/2010 11:36AM

    You'll have so much fun in Vegas!! As I am reading your blog I am sitting here making my shopping list for this weekend so that I will be sure to have all the ingredients I need to make healthy stuff!! I love allrecipes.com and have been saving recipes for awhile, time to start making some of those yummy things I've been looking at-lol!! Good luck with your goals-you can do it!!!

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MAIA2011 7/7/2010 11:35AM

    We're all cheering for you. You can totally do it!

I laughed about burning mega calories when you are bigger. I think I burn sixty calories when I sneeze!

Maia

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JENN26POINT2 7/7/2010 11:28AM

    You can totally do 15 lbs in 3 months! 4000 calories is a lot, but totally doable! I remember seeing a guy at the gym on the stair-climber (the stairmill type) who had burned 1000 calories in THAT WORKOUT... he was a skinny little chit and it took him over an hour to do it... My jaw hit the floor when I saw 1000 calories burned!!

Good luck and have fun in Vegas!

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BRILLIANTAQUA 7/7/2010 11:11AM

    Woo! Vegas!! So fun. You'll definitely rock out the next couple of months & look amazing poolside!!

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BURGHGIRL 7/7/2010 11:03AM

    You can do this! Love Tiki man!!!!!

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 7/7/2010 10:57AM

  We're so going to do this.

Here's to you breaking necks in Vegas and me causing car accidents right here in Pickleville.

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FROGGERHKC 7/7/2010 10:48AM

    Oooohh Vegas!!! I have yet to go there, but I want to, it looks so fun! You will totally rock this summer and be a hottie by the pool in Vegas!

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TABIKATZZ 7/7/2010 10:46AM

    You will look great for Vegas! I am going to Vegas next month for a long weekend. I am taking my neice for her 21st birthday. I have been twice already and just love it!! So much to see and do. Have a great time!

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MESEATURTLE 7/7/2010 10:42AM

    U definitely will rock in Vegas!!!

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KITHKINCAID 7/7/2010 10:36AM

    Man - the scale wasn't as kind to me this week either - and I worked out and ate well all weekend :( Boo hiss. Although, I love your attitude and it's just what I needed to hear (read) today to get me recommitted as well. I may have worked all weekend long, but I have been letting the calorie levels sneak back up again, so back in the saddle this week and beyond! Thanks!!

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KNITTINGFROG 7/7/2010 10:34AM

    Mmh Margaritas...

I know what you mean with both exercising in summer (bleh) and with fitter making it hard to burn the calories...I see it with HR when running...I used to get to 140-155 within a few minutes of starting, but now I can make it to the big hill without going over 130...and I am going faster too :S So I guess I will have to start pushing more!!!

Hope you can put the few cool moments of summer to good use!

I am hoping that I can shift 20lbs before the big day in September...maybe crazy but there's no harm in trying! If I manage I will be JUST overweight too :) SP says I can do it...I just need to believe in the process!!



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CREATINGAMANDA 7/7/2010 10:27AM

    TIKI TIKI TIKI!!!

(Sorry, I'm a little excited.) Vegas, huh? My little sister, who is 15, has wanted to go there since she was about 10. I tried to talk her into Disneyworld but no go. I hope to be able to take her in the next few years. Have a BLAST and I'm sure you'll turn heads poolside AND out on the town!

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NIGHTANGELX 7/7/2010 10:26AM

    Have fun in Vegas! Are you planning to see any shows?

Oh and the ads match because google ads know every website you visit and show you similar ones if not the same sites you visited. :)

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KIMMAS82 7/7/2010 10:26AM

    Whoo hoo!! You'll get there and look amazing!!

Totally agree with you about the hot outdoor runs. That kind of weather makes it IMPOSSIBLE for me!!

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CAT5599 7/7/2010 10:26AM

    Love the tiki!!

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BURKEBRIZ 7/7/2010 10:20AM

    I totally agree..this heat has stalled my running and I don't do treadmills. I am going to have to see if my apartment gym has an elliptical. You can totally do this! 160...here you come!

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PSSN4FITNESS 7/7/2010 10:19AM

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Here's to recommitting and refocusing. I need to do some of this myself. We can do it! You are going to look amazing on your trip!

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MERISSA1315 7/7/2010 10:18AM

    Vegas better get ready for you!

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ANNE7X7 7/7/2010 10:08AM

    There's no doubt in my mind that you will get to where you want to be! No matter what, you will be STUNNING in Vegas, because quite frankly, you already are!!

Keep on keeping on girl!!

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NIELSENSLADY 7/7/2010 9:57AM

    Woohoo! Vegas baby! I know you have this in the bag sweets! I'm glad you had a good holiday though.

Tell me about the heat. Apparently we're all suffering from some super East Coast Heat Wave this summer! Yeesh!

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With Compliments Come Contemplation

Friday, July 02, 2010

Many Sparkfriends have written recently about compliments, either the ones they received recently or the ones that they crave or hope to get in the future. When you invest so much into getting healthy and losing weight, it's understandable that we would want the people closest to us to recognize all those efforts. Others have a hard time accepting even the most sincere compliments because as women, we've always been taught to downplay our worth or the worth of our possessions or accomplishments.

A dress: "This old thing? I've had this for ages."

A recipe: "Oh, this took seconds to make. It's nothing."

Weight loss: "Not that much. I need to lose a lot more."

Sound familiar?

Well, I've been having another issue entirely with my weight loss and compliments. I get complimented a LOT, especially now that because of summer and annual gatherings, I am seeing people that I haven't seen since last year. I enjoy the compliments, don't get me wrong. It's great motivation to know that people are seeing the results of all your hard work. And it's pretty obvious that I've lost a good chunk of weight. And I know that I do look and feel better. So in these situations, I try to smile and say thank you and just leave it at that.

But then there are all the follow-ups, the questions about pills and gastric bypass. To the people who don't see me often, it's really not apparent that I've been losing less than 2 lbs per week, a completely healthy rate, and these questions are jarring to say the least.

My grandmother called me over the other and said she had something to show me, so I went over on the way to my office only to find a family friend who had moved to Florida and was back for a visit. "My God," she told me, "you look so different from your wedding photos. You look amazing now!"

I was stung. This was the day I felt the most beautiful in my entire life. I had a gorgeous gown that I absolutely loved. I had my makeup professionally done and felt so crazily beautiful. I was beaming from ear to ear at the prospect of marrying the man who I knew in my heart was my soulmate.



And she was telling me that I looked amazing (and different from my wedding photos) NOW in my t-shirt and too-big pants and flip flops, with no makeup and bags under my eyes because I didn't sleep very well the night before.

Why? Because I weigh 90 lbs less than I did on that day? Despite the dress, despite all the preparations, despite that wedding day glow and a huge smile, was I simply not as "amazing" as I could have been because I was an obese bride? Were my wedding guests secretly thinking, after telling me how gorgeous I looked, "but you'd have looked better if you'd lost a little weight..."?

And that's the thing. She didn't mean to say it in an offensive way, but nonetheless, it got me thinking about how people have perceived me all of my life. I've been an adult for over 11 years now and every single one of those years was as an obese woman until last week. My fat was a part of me, but I didn't think it defined me. Sure, I realized that there was discrimination and there were cruel people and both those things played a factor in my life, but I lived a full and normal life. I traveled. I went to good schools and got fancy degrees. I did a lot of fascinating things.

So to have this thing... this weight loss... be greeted with the same level of enthusiasm (if not more) as my other accomplishments is... disconcerting.

OK, I get it. It is a big deal. Those PEOPLE magazines emblazoned with "Half Their Size!" showing women with photos in their old pants just like mine wouldn't fly off the newsstands if it wasn't a big deal.

So maybe I'm just reading too much into it. Maybe it's just a sign that I'm still insecure about myself and where I am in this world. It's probably something that I need to work on.

Just more proof that this weight loss thing is so mental. I hope that by writing this, I'll be one step closer to catching up psychologically to the physical aspect.

  
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DAHLINGZ 7/23/2010 11:42PM

    Wow, I have had this experience when I lost weight in the past. I thought I was being selfish, but your blog helped me to see that people are insensitive! It's like there is no filter. But we can always learn and hopefully the comments loose their sting as we grow and change.



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AHEALTHIERME9 7/19/2010 11:50AM

    I love how you share your innermost thoughts with us... it goes to show that, without a doubt, this journey is as much psychological as it is physical...

Kristina, you radiate in that wedding photo... and you also radiate now... but it's not because of your exterior... it's because of that beautiful, shining light within you...

Keep shining brightly, beautiful...

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AML05030 7/12/2010 10:05PM

    Pshaw. Your wedding picture is gorgeous! I am sure the others like it are to also :) I think your friend was just trying to compliment you. That's all it was :)

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IN102WIN 7/12/2010 7:18PM

    Ouch I know what you mean, this weight thing has some many facets to it. You looked great on your wedding day, don't let that person steal your joy, it just isn't worth it!!! emoticon

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SUGIRL06 7/12/2010 11:13AM

    There are always comments that for some reason, despite being meant kindly, strike a bad cord with you! You know she meant well but it just hit something with you. Its funny how that works and its all a head game. I don't think we can ever win!

And I agree, just take those compliments with a smile. When people start asking about "how I did it" I just start talking about running (which most people hate doing) and their eyes glaze over and they don't want to hear any more! Haha! If its someone who I know will listen though, I babble about spark people because I know its worth my time. Anyway, thanks for making us think!
~Ang

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LINDACMI 7/11/2010 3:03PM

    I think, like many others here, that you were exquisite on your wedding day. And, I think you look really great now.

When people compliment you, take it in and relish it. DON'T go anywhere near the "what did you think of me before?" thoughts. They just don't matter anymore.

Stay in the joy of what you have accomplished. You were radiant on your wedding day. You're radiant now. The two are, on one level, unrelated.

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CKKCK1 7/11/2010 2:34PM

    Thanks for posting this -- I think the worst compliment I receive was "Wow, you've lost a TON of weight." I remember laughing about it, and probably said something like, "Really? A whole ton, eh?" But in reality, it was only 40 pounds or so. After that, I remember thinking to myself, I wonder how people really perceive me? And the more I thought about it, the more I took that comment to heart -- I have a tendancy to be overly sensitive at times. But I do know that he meant nothing by the comment other than to compliment me on losing weight and now I just smile when I think about it. After all, a ton is a lot!!

Thanks for this entry! I enjoyed it.

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NURSESHARON03 7/10/2010 5:41PM

    I think you look gorgeous in your wedding photo! It's crazy how insensitive people can be! Last week I had a co-worker tell me that she was telling another co-worker that I had worked with a couple of years ago, that she couldn't believe how much weight I've lost and that I look really good. She proceeded to tell me that the co-worker said, "She did it before and looked good, but then she gained it all back so quick!"
The 2nd co-worker was right, I had lost 40 pounds 3 years ago and gained every bit of it back. But did the 1st co-worker have to repeat the conversation to me??? It really hurt my feelings. I KNOW I HAD FAILED IN THE PAST! So did she have to rub my face in it??? Thanks for this blog...I feel better and not so alone! =) emoticon

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PINKPIXY 7/10/2010 1:51PM

    girl you wont believe but this has been happening a lot with me lately ......i mean recently i went to my friends place .........her mom hadnt seen me for about an year .... and the first thing she tells me when i step out of the car is "OMG you look so good"
and i was like .....what did i look like a rotten tomato before?? i mean obviously i didnt say this to her
but ....... i felt a bit bad

and then about a month ago i went to a wedding and this relative of mine tells my mom "your daughter looks so pretty now" ....

i mean dont they feel ashamed while saying this ? or maybe its just me whose being over sensitive .......... i dont know ........ all i know is i wouldnt dare tell some one that they look beautiful now coz theyve lost weight ........

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PINKPIXY 7/10/2010 1:50PM

    girl you wont believe but this has been happening a lot with me lately ......i mean recently i went to my friends place .........her mom hadnt seen me for about an year .... and the first thing she tells me when i step out of the car is "OMG you look so good"
and i was like .....what did i look like a rotten tomato before?? i mean obviously i didnt say this to her
but ....... i felt a bit bad

and then about a month ago i went to a wedding and this relative of mine tells my mom "your daughter looks so pretty now" ....

i mean dont they feel ashamed while saying this ? or maybe its just me whose being over sensitive .......... i dont know ........ all i know is i wouldnt dare tell some one that they look beautiful now coz theyve lost weight ........

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PINKPIXY 7/10/2010 1:44PM

    girl you wont believe but this has been happening a lot with me lately ......i mean recently i went to my friends place .........her mom hadnt seen me for about an year .... and the first thing she tells me when i step out of the car is "OMG you look so good"
and i was like .....what did i look like a rotten tomato before?? i mean obviously i didnt say this to her
but ....... i felt a bit bad

and then about a month ago i went to a wedding and this relative of mine tells my mom "your daughter looks so pretty now" ....

i mean dont they feel ashamed while saying this ? or maybe its just me whose being over sensitive .......... i dont know ........ all i know is i wouldnt dare tell some one that they look beautiful now coz theyve lost weight ........

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PINKPIXY 7/10/2010 1:41PM

    girl you wont believe but this has been happening a lot with me lately ......i mean recently i went to my friends place .........her mom hadnt seen me for about an year .... and the first thing she tells me when i step out of the car is "OMG you look so good"
and i was like .....what did i look like a rotten tomato before?? i mean obviously i didnt say this to her
but ....... i felt a bit bad

and then about a month ago i went to a wedding and this relative of mine tells my mom "your daughter looks so pretty now" ....

i mean dont they feel ashamed while saying this ? or maybe its just me whose being over sensitive .......... i dont know ........ all i know is i wouldnt dare tell some one that they look beautiful now coz theyve lost weight ........

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PINKPIXY 7/10/2010 1:40PM

    girl you wont believe but this has been happening a lot with me lately ......i mean recently i went to my friends place .........her mom hadnt seen me for about an year .... and the first thing she tells me when i step out of the car is "OMG you look so good"
and i was like .....what did i look like a rotten tomato before?? i mean obviously i didnt say this to her
but ....... i felt a bit bad

and then about a month ago i went to a wedding and this relative of mine tells my mom "your daughter looks so pretty now" ....

i mean dont they feel ashamed while saying this ? or maybe its just me whose being over sensitive .......... i dont know ........ all i know is i wouldnt dare tell some one that they look beautiful now coz theyve lost weight ........

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EMLG11 7/9/2010 9:43AM

    I just had a similar experience. I was getting coffee and one of my co workers came up and said "My God, how much wieght do you intend to lose?" I kind of laughed and said I wasn't sure of a goal weight yet but had a ways to go. She just couldn't believe that I wanted to lose more. I tired to explain that if she saw someone on the street my size who said they wanted to lose weight she would agree with them. Part of the difficulty with her seeing that I needed to continue to lose was the fact that I look so different to her now. She agreed but I'm not sure she really gets it.



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JBMT08 7/9/2010 8:49AM

    I am glad you posted this blog. You looked AMAZING in this wedding photo that you posted, dont EVER let anyone take that from you! as you said, this person was not trying to be malicious, they were just giving you compliments. This weight loss thing is a total mental re-vamp from what we have always thought of ourselves, and it does take time to get our mind right. Please know that we are all proud of you, and your family/friends are very proud and amazed at your accomplishments. These are things that should feed your mental ego. emoticon

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HARMONYBLUE 7/8/2010 8:57PM

    You know the only pictures of me heavy that I think I don't mind people seeing-that I think I look GREAT in-are my Wedding photos. And even now, I can't look at them and say "wow, i look so much better now." because I don't. My hair hasn't been in ringlets since my wedding day, nor has my makeup been more perfect and I look so HAPPY in those photos! Thanks for posting this and reminding me of that! Though I do think it would be kind of neat to renew vows when the hubby and I have reached our goal weight:)

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FITFRANNIEK 7/8/2010 8:10PM

    I completely understand where you are coming from. This is such a mental game we play with ourselves. For me, it is the following comment: "You're doing great...keep it up", keep it up?? hello, i've lost almost 70lbs!!! is that not good enough? When will it be? at 100lbs?, 120lbs? how "skinny" do I have to be to not need to "keep it up"? Do people think I'm going to relapse into my former self? ARGH!! I totally understand you.

I look at your wedding picture and think "gorgeous---absolutely gorgeous, no "ifs ands or buts" about it!" You are such a beautiful woman and obviously you're husband realized that when he married you. You also have the confidence to get things done, look at your wonderful marriage, your schooling, your traveling, your jobs, current weight loss,etc. and confidence is the most beautiful attribute a person can have, no matter what size they may be. Remember your confidence and NEVER underestimate your beauty on your wedding day.

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CHOESCH 7/8/2010 6:23PM

    First of all remember that your hubby fell in love with you - the beautiful and wonderful person that you are. It shouldn't matter to you what anyone else thinks about that day - you know you were beautiful because you were in love with the most amazing man in the world and you were ready to commit to him and to share your life "for better or for worse" WOW! That is HUGE!!

You have been on this weightloss journey because you want to be healthy. The positives that come along with that are many and you can't let those things be minimized by a thoughtless remark. Relish the accomplishment and find joy in your success. Then give your sweetheart a great big hug and kiss and remember that he loves you no matter what! That is something that not everyone experiences in this life.

Then remind yourself that you are a strong, beautiful and amazing woman who can and does accomplish great things!

I'm so proud of you for being you!
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LAWRALOO 7/8/2010 5:05PM

    I don't think you're reading too much into it. I understand 100%.
It's hard to hear that....we know they mean well. We know they're working at a compliment. They're shocked, stunned..whatever.
4th of July weekend it happened to me at least 5 times. I saw people I haven't seen all year. One of them said 'Holy Shi** you're so little! You look fantastic now!' Well, thanks.
It's hard to not think...so I looked like what before? Dog poop? When in my heart I know I didn't look healthy. I know I didn't look happy. But it's still hard to take as a compliment.

I've decided the easiest thing to do is smile, say thank you...and vent about it here lol
So you're on the right track.
And for the record? You looked absolutely stunning in your wedding photo.
There's a light in your eyes that can only be explained by pure love. Your hair looked fantastic! Your dress looks beautiful and your smile is stunning no matter what you weigh.

Keep up the amazing work. People have interesting perceptions. They remember us how they saw us last. Next year when you see them, they'll remember you always being the size you are now. It has something to do with how our brains work. You, yourself know who you really are on the inside and that's the best part of this journey. Is knowing and loving yourself. Forget everyone else ;)


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SIMPLY-EVA 7/8/2010 4:52PM

  I agree 100% with PSSN4FITNESS's point on letting each memory stand on its own. People can be clueless when it comes to the comments they make, but dont let that cluelessness undermine your progress or undermine each of the great events in your life. Sometimes its worth it to point out to the person that they made a dumb statement but most of the time they just wont get it. Its times like these that you need to rely on your own positive vibes and know that you are and have always been worth it!

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JWENZEL723 7/8/2010 4:46PM

    i think why people make such a big deal about it is because they want to do it as well...and they know how freakin' HARD it is to do! they are just jealous and proud!

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CARPENSM 7/8/2010 3:40PM

    Karvy I know EXACTLY how you feel. I've lost 75 and go through the same thing all the time when I see ppl I haven't seen in ages...Mind you I haven't had that sting you had referencing your wedding photos and I think its totally normal that it bothered you.

The thing that people don't realize is that the obese woman... ITS STILL US! I'm still her and even when I'm a size 8 or wherever I end up I'll always be her!

A guy friend of mine told me hadn't really noticed my weight loss and I showed him a pic of me before...he was super shocked and said something to the effect of "wow you look way better." It bothered me to the point where I said to him .. "hey watch it, that's still me and it wasn't that long ago." Luckily we have a tight friendship where I could say something like that.

Btw...You were a gorgeous bride no matter what size the dress was!!!

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KELCOT 7/8/2010 11:00AM

    I think you're wedding picture is gorgeous...you are positively glowing and so lovely. I agree with Nachosmama that you're beautiful at any size! I read this post and went to nose around on your SparkPage---you are truly amazing and you're success is an inspiration!

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CRESHA20 7/8/2010 10:48AM

    One more comment for me. I remember before when I was losing weight, my trainer told me, "You've come a long way. You should have seen yourself before. You looked like you had two balloons stuffed in your mouth." I felt horrified b/c I knew I was still the same person, and I was not far enough along in my weightloss journey to be comfortably away from the beginning. People can be so cruel, and it hurts. I even had a former co-worker comment, "My, what have you done with yourself? You are so beautiful now." I told her that I was always beautiful, but she just didn't notice. Weightloss is a beautiful thing for us, but sometimes outsiders can make it so ugly. We just have to remember why we began our journey.

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CRESHA20 7/8/2010 10:43AM

    You look beautiful in your wedding photo to me, and you're beautiful now. When I lost weight previously, people who didn't talk to me before at work started talking to me then. They started saying, "Hey Skinny." I was skinny by no means. It was like it brought so much attention to me. I hated it. Now I am back in my "fat" suit. No one pays me any attention. It's as if I don't exist once again. It does something to you when people act as though you are nothing with the weight when you know you're actually accomplishing so much. Then when you lose the weight, you're the best thing in the world. I think you feel sorry for your former body in a way. I hope that you can definitely get the psychological and physical aspects together. Great job.

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NYARAMULA 7/8/2010 1:17AM

    Great blog. Thanks for putting it so clearly, I guess most of us feel the same way.

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NATASHAINKY 7/7/2010 10:00PM

    It makes me want to scream.. No I am HEALTHIER now I am just as beautiful as I have always been

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 7/7/2010 5:31PM

    You look gorgeous then and now.

I have issues with myself basically being overweight throughout my entire 20's. Now I am going to turn 30 this year, I am vowing not to have another "fat" decade. But throughout those years I still accomplished a lot and have great memories that I wouldn't never change. We have to love ourselves when we are thin and not. Unfortunately people do put too much value on looks. The great thing is that we are becoming healthy and I think this process teaches us so much about ourselves and there it definitely mostly mental.

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TKLPICKLE 7/7/2010 2:31PM

    Amen!! I think a lot of my self-sabotage is tied to me identifying with my fat. I'm afraid to let it go in a lot of ways! You're amazing for the process you've been undertaking. I need some of your courage!

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JENELOPE 7/7/2010 1:57PM

    Kristina, your wedding photo is beautiful. You have always been beautiful (as far as I can see, anyway). People just have a tendency to see fat through a filter. It's like reverse rose-tinted glasses. And frankly, it's ridiculous.

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PSSN4FITNESS 7/7/2010 10:41AM

    I'll admit that I am horribly vain and absolutely adore getting compliments. But, as you say, they can serve to burst your vision of reality from your past. I remember at my birthday last year I felt like a rockstar, wearing a new dress, with a great new hairstyle and new makeup. All of my pictures, I am beaming and posing into the camera. Now, one of those photos is my before shot....

That said, I still say that I looked beautiful that day and that came from my happiness and radiance. I really was having the time of my life. That joy also shows through in your wedding picture. And, your dress and make up are gorgeous. That moment is its own moment and one that you should treasure. The idea now is not to compare ourselves to the past, but to let every memory stand for itself. The goal is to create new memories in a new body that will allow us to reach our full potential going forward.

Don't let these woman's words diminish those happy memories. They are yours and yours alone.

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CATHERINEL66 7/7/2010 9:56AM

    Ouch. The weight loss seems to be fair game for everyone to comment on -- and not that I don't appreciate a positive comment (compliment), but I also think that sometimes people need to restrain their mouths. This lady for one, and in my personal and recent experience -- too complimentary men at self serve gas stations (all the wrong reasons there!), and others. It's not a compliment when it comes with a dig (or alterior motive - like 'oh you look so much better than you did when you were a tank'.

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NACHOSMAMA 7/7/2010 9:50AM

    You ARE beautiful at any size. I'm sorry her comment stung so much; I don't think she meant to insult your appearance on your wedding day. You were and are beautiful.

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EMOSZK 7/7/2010 8:31AM

  I have had one major weight loss in my life. Now, even at my heaviest I took time to put together attractive outfits and groom myself. After I lost the weight people were saying things like "where's the rest of you", "I can't believe how good you look", "you look so much better" etc. Instead of making me feel better, it got to a point where all I could think was "what must you have thought/said about me before". And as I, slowly, gained back some weight I felt so awful about myself that it caused a destructive circle of emotional eating. Eventually - when I gained it back all the weight - I retreated from people because I knew how they were seeing me now. And I still am hiding. Compliments ARE a double edged sword. But if I can get the weight off again, I think that I will be better able to deal with it now. I just need to remember that they are trying to be supportive and that I am still the same person inside and that the weight loss is for ME. Hang in there and don't let any negative thoughts interfere with YOUR achievement.

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RUNNINGNP2B 7/7/2010 7:45AM

    OOooo, you got me with the downplaying compliments thing.

It's like we don't feel like we deserve the compliments (whether it's weight loss, recipes, clothes, etc) so we brush 'em off which is rude to us, as well as the one complimenting us. They've taken the time and effort to compliment us on something, anything, and we're brushing off them and their opinion.

Shows supreme lack of self confidence, at least for me. I almost feel like I'm a fraud for getting those compliment, because I don't feel like I really deserve it.

That wedding comment. That was rude. Maybe she could have pointed out that you look different from your wedding photos (I can barely believe that's you myself) but not that you don't look amazing or gorgeous or absolutely radiant that day (because you look all of those things in your wedding picture). Maybe she misspoke? Maybe for her, a woman is not beautiful unless she's a size skinny? Who knows what's running through her mind.

It's all about how you feel. Losing weight is difficult. It's time consuming. It's a commitment. And you've blown 90 lbs out of the water within a year. People are going to compliment the he!! outta ya out of mad respect as well as how you're carrying yourself now--let's face it, it's different than 90 lbs ago.

I think People magazine maybe calling you soon...



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DESERTFLOWERG 7/7/2010 12:58AM

    Wow - difficult subject. Personally, I worry, and worry a lot, about friends and family who are not taking care of themselves, mentally and physically. For myself, there is definitely a mind body connection. I gained weight during a period in my life when I was terribly stressed and unhappy. With my weight loss and my athletic accomplishments, I feel self-confident, happy and full of life in a way that was missing for a good decade. . . . So yes, I judge people based on my own experiences and I am truly happy when I see people whom I care about start taking care of their health as it indicates to me, not just better physical, but better mental health and happiness. And, I could see myself stupidly blurting out something just like the family friend. . . (I'm good at putting my foot in my mouth).

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KILLARI 7/6/2010 10:56PM

    I liked this post a lot - it was missing a lot of the 'but I'm pretty on the inside!' type whining that weight loss contemplation is ripe with.

Perhaps in days gone by and in cultures gone by, larger was better. But let's call a spade a spade - we all like looking at skinny people. We all like being thin (which is now associated with being healthy) and we all like being healthy. Why else are any of us here?

Dance or talk around it all you want, but 'skinny' defines beauty in our culture and that's just the world we live in.

The past is the past - you were beautiful in your wedding photos, and this statement shouldn't taint your memories or make you think too much into it. No regrets, my friend. You were also a different person back then. You've had more experiences since then, so intellectually and emotionally you are a different being; now physically as well. Not better or worse, just different. Right or wrong, we live in a society and culture where thin is in, and we have to accept it or else face insecurities masked in feminist tirades.

I'm in your boat - the response to my very slight weight loss overshadowed an advanced degree, which was irritating to say the least. But it became clear to me that it's easier for some people to relate to changes in appearance than it is to try to understand some metaphysical increase in my brain, for obvious reasons

And yes, you are reading too much into it. We all do, it can't be helped. But sometimes you have to 'suffer the fools' a bit and have confidence that your life and your body is mobile and ever-changing. We can't be defined by how we exist in any given moment, but sometimes it's the easiest way. It's not important that anyone else understands that; let them make innocent comments. Feeling confident is essential, even in retrospect.





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ARTSYPOLKADOTS 7/6/2010 10:54PM

    I love that you don't just focus on the outward. Losing weight is AWESOME and being healthy is everything that it's cracked up to be. But the fact that you're sticking to the person you are on the inside as well? Amazing. =)

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OWNEDBYDOGS 7/6/2010 10:05PM

    You got me thinking about all the messages I hear and how I unconsciously translate them to the negative. Sometimes a compliment is just that...a compliment. How I interpret it is my burden not theirs.

Thank you.

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CARISSASOPHIA 7/6/2010 10:03PM

    You are so good with words! emoticon
Really tough subject but the visuals in your writing are top notch.

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SPARKANN 7/6/2010 9:53PM

    So true... You could find the cure for a debilitating disease and get less attention than you would for losing 90 pounds... Go figure! Thank you for sharing your wedding photo--you were a BEAUTIFUL bride! I hope you will cherish that forever!!! emoticon

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LLPOTTR55 7/6/2010 8:57PM

  So much truth. She slacks understanding that the true beauty in a person is inside. I hope she learns to value her own insides more.

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SOLLASCIVA 7/6/2010 7:36PM

  It's hard to know what to say to someone that has made a huge and obvious change to themselves.

I have a co-worker that lost around a hundred pounds. She looks really good, but I thought she was really pretty before, too. She gets so much male attention that sometimes it comes close to stalking. She even commented that she loves her new boyfriend, but she is pretty sure that he wouldn't be with her if she were still fat.

I can't imagine that. I want to lose weight, but I would hate to imagine that it would make that big a difference to my life.



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SANDRAMARIA 7/6/2010 7:29PM

    Please don't let those comments get to you. Sometimes we place too much importance in the words of others when what we say to ourselves should be the most important. You look amazing in your wedding picture. Keep up the good work and never let yourself down.
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TINKLOVESBEAR 7/6/2010 7:25PM

    I think you looked Beautiful on your wedding day! The smile says it all...pure joy! And I totally get what you said, people give compliments without thinking what they may imply about your worth before you lost the weight and that hurts. I think that most of the time though, people are surprised and the compliments just kind of spill out and that they are just trying to give a compliment that really has some impact. Just trying to express how really great they think you look! And you really have done great...reading your blogs has inspired me to give running a try! emoticonNot lovin' it so far, but Ill keep at it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KLONG8 7/6/2010 6:03PM

    Oh you did a good job on this one. I believe that our society does judge us all (women and men but women a lot tougher on the weight) by physical appearance. Assumptions are made that keep people from seeing who we really are.

But when someone stumbles all over themselves thinking they are complimenting your tremendous success at accomplishing something that's hard to do, just accept it as such. Smile & say "yes, it's been a journey, thanks for the compliment" and let it ride. By the way, your photo? You looked wonderful, radiant on your wedding day!

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EDEN30 7/6/2010 4:59PM

    I liked your blog. Back in 2006 I lost over 90lbs and now I am starting all over again...the thing that struck me was how people reacted and I think that one of the many small reason I gained weight back. I have to say congratulations though on your weight loss and I hope that I can do as well as you are doing. emoticon

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WEMINICH 7/6/2010 4:44PM

  You hit the nail on the head!

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CINNAMONGURL06 7/6/2010 3:53PM

    WOW! I connect with not only your blog but the "novel" (I may match her or beat her, cause I got a lot to say in this area, lol!) of HappyPatty1. What you both have outlined here is a pretty consistent diaglogue I have had with myself for two-thirds of my life!

I feel that women especially have been conditioned by the media, as well as our loved ones that your outward appearence (weight, clothes, hair, makeup, etc.) defines you- but I prefer to think that all those things are the accessories to the true us- they reflect our personal style/preferences but they do not make us who we are.

I too have spent all but about a 2 year stint as an obese adult. Yes, I have suffered ridicule and judgement, from strangers and from "well intended" family/friends. But when I think on it, what else are these individuals supposed to say when you achieve a significant weight loss? They of course want to show support and pride (ie. you look fantastic, etc) but on the other hand I think that they should steer clear of making assumptions (that you had the band/gastric surgery), making back handed comments (wow! you look even more amazing than on your wedding day!), and for the love of pete! unless it is offered up willingly by you, they really should refrain from asking how much you have lost because that is really irrelevant.

The journey that each of us is on (talking about Sparkers) is so much deeper than just weight loss! We are learning how to better care for the bodies we have abused, we are learning to be at peace with and love ourselves, how to be strong/confident, and how to push ourselves past the limitations that we (and others) have for so long placed on us. It truly is a complete metamorphsis when you think about it. And it isn't a passing phase but rather a new lifestyle.

I think you look beautiful in your wedding photo and now. You are just different versions of yourself, neither one better than the other- just different.

I think that we just have to excuse the sometimes awkward comments that come with this new found territory of losing weight and getting healthy. Ultimately, the compliments are nice but it is how we view ourselves that is the most important.

Thanks so much for verbalizing your feelings (ones I can identify with but have not really "mulled" over in awhile). It feels good to get a handle on these things, like you said it only enhances our mental growth to match the physical changes!

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FITMOM27 7/6/2010 3:30PM

  I think you look beautiful in your wedding photo too. It is hard to deal with "new found" compliments from family and friends. On one hand you know they mean well and on the other you have it in the back of your mind that remember when you didn't look like you do now. Just keep in mind that you have done this for yourself! It really doesn't matter what others have said or will say in the future, as long as you are happy:)

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June Recap and July Goals

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Wow, itís hard to believe Iíve done a year of these recap blogs already! But I have, and theyíve totally worked for me and kept me motivated. Also hard to believe that 2010 is half over. Scary.

I had a great June! I ran my first 10K race, celebrated my Sparkversary and running anniversary, and kicked obesity for good! Let's see how I did...

RECAP RESULTS:

JUNE:
-7 pounds
28 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 30 days (tracked meals Ė and not calories Ė while in Pittsburgh)
2,450 fitness minutes
15,376 calories burned
Turned to gym circuit training and at-home abs as a form of strength training
Ran my first 10K race


JUNE GOALS:

-Lose 6+ pounds to be "overweight" by end of month!
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I weighed in unofficially yesterday (as I always do end-of-month) and I was at 184 on the nose, so I lost 7 lbs this month. Extremely happy with those results! I am no longer obese and Iím pretty much a Size 12 now and it feels terrific! I got this cute dress for $11 this week. Itís a bit tight, but I figure by the end of July itíll look even better and Iíll post a photo then.




-2000+ fitness minutes
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I got 2,450 fitness minutes this month. Yeowza!

-Run the Market Square Day 10K (in under 75 minutes!)
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The 10K was so much fun and I exceeded my expectations with a time of 70 minutes, 45 seconds!

-Meet sodium levels 5/7 days per week
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I did very well this month with meeting sodium goals. Week 1: 3/7 (travel); Week 2: 5/7; Week 3: 7/7; Week 4: 6/7. This goal definitely keeps me accountable to eat cleaner and better food as the more heavily processed food has more sodium

-Run 3-4 times per week
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Met this goal, though only 3x per week after the 10K. Iíve been incorporating shorter runs into my circuit training. I love running and Iím not going to stop, though I have been enjoying having more flexibility in my running schedule.

-At least 2 classes at the gym each week (kickboxing + one other)
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I did well with this! At least the last two weeks of the month when my schedule became more flexibleÖ Week 2, I went to spinning and kickboxing. During Week 3, I did Zumba and kickboxing and this week, I decided to do a mini-triathlon at the gym instead of going to spinning class, which I think counts! Oh and kickboxingÖ hehe.

-Find ways to make strength training routine fun!
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I think Iíve done this. I have my yoga mat on the floor near the TV and a sticky note reminding me to do some abs while in front of the tube. Iíve started doing more circuit training at the gym and switching from cardio to strength every 10 minutes.


JULY GOALS
Time to enjoy the summer! I have 30 pounds to go in order to reach a normal weight for my height. Iím thinking that 30-35 lbs will probably be it before I start maintaining, (around 150 lbs) but we will see what my body looks like when I get there. So my goal now is to lose 5+ lbs a month to reach 154 or less by the end of the year.

-Lose 5+ pounds this month
This will put me at 179 and will mark 100 pounds lost since starting SparkPeople on 6/3/09.

-2000+ fitness minutes
Iím pretty sure that I can do this easily, but Iím just putting it out there!

-Meet sodium levels 5/7 days per week
Pretty self-explanatory!

-One long run per week and increase long run mileage to 8 miles
Iím up to about 6.5 miles on my long run, so I would love to get up to 8 by the end of July.

-Work on my 30 by 30 List
The list is on my SparkPage if youíd like to see it. I think Iím going to focus on reading some of those books, finding a new recipe or two every week, getting the brokerís license, making that mojito and organizing my files.

OK, and hereís the big goal for the month and Iím totally excited about it!

-Work on my running memoir
Yes, Iíve decided that there is enough to write on Running While Chunky to publish a book to that effect. So while my career is in flux right now, Iíve decided to take the month of July to seriously put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and get it written.


PREVIOUS RESULTS:

JULY:
-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

AUGUST:
-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

SEPTEMBER:
-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

OCTOBER:
-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

NOVEMBER:
-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!

DECEMBER
-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

JANUARY:
-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

FEBRUARY:
-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

MARCH:
-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

APRIL:
-8 pounds
22 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 27 days (did not calorie count Easter or NYC)
2,065 fitness minutes
13,907 calories burned
Strength training 2x per week (outside gym)
Running lagged due to injury

MAY:
-5 pounds
28 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
2,285 fitness minutes
19,433 calories burned
Strength training 2x per week (outside gym)
Ran 6.5 miles outside

  
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EXUBERELLIE 7/14/2010 10:30PM

  Great recap!
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LOVELYMRSB 7/14/2010 2:35PM

    Oh my word, I am totally borrowing this idea for my own - the end of the month always hits me, and I feel like I don't really know where it went! You've totally inspired me, bc I've been plateaued since last August (we're about the same weight now) and this gives me hope that if I DO stick to tracking and crazy up my workouts, I could lose weight next month too! Maybe even 7 lbs! lol. Thanks for this awesome post! :)

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 7/14/2010 1:32PM

    Keep up the great work, you look great

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MIMULUSBUG 7/13/2010 3:04PM

    AWESOME!!!

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TKLPICKLE 7/7/2010 2:38PM

    OMG! I will pre-order your running while chunky book!! You are amazing. AMAZING!! I want to read that book!!

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JME1631 7/7/2010 12:58PM

    You are just amazing! Thank you for sharing your story with all of us and to keep us pressing on.

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KLONG8 7/6/2010 6:07PM

    You're a health machine! And you absolutely need to write "Running While Chunky"!

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DRASADAF 7/6/2010 10:55AM

    wow ..u have really set a goal in ur life and u r acheiving it too...nice planning...i must learn something from u..

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ERMAC22 7/6/2010 10:14AM

    That dress is so cute! I love the monthly recaps too, think I might start doing that!

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IMSMILEY88 7/5/2010 9:30PM

    I love your month's recap! I know it is the 5th, but I might try to do this, too.

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IAMFIRMIN 7/3/2010 8:36AM

    goals are SOOO IMPORTANT..

THIS MONTH IS MY 2 DAY.. WHEW ..

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REDRUNNER82 7/2/2010 11:29PM

    Congrats on a great June! And that dress is super-cute!

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ALIMESSA 7/2/2010 10:27PM

    You look AWESOME in your new dress, and you are doing FANTASTIC...keep up the great work!! Good luck on your goals for July...let's keep the SPARK alive in July!!

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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NOTBLUSHING 7/2/2010 12:06PM

    This is SO fantastic!!

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HEAVENSSHADOW 7/2/2010 11:15AM

    You. Look. FanTASTic. Good for you, beautiful!

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CHANCE0719 7/2/2010 10:59AM

    WOW it's inspiring how many goals you reach! And you look awesome! emoticon

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TIME4AFITME 7/2/2010 10:39AM

    You are doing so amazing! I am so proud of you. you look great

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KAYLAP101 7/2/2010 10:28AM

    your doing amazing! i love your blogs! keep them coming!!

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KNITTINGFROG 7/2/2010 4:21AM

    Congratulations on your fab results for June, and like everyone else...I can not wait for the book ! You are a joy to read, keep it up :)

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MESEATURTLE 7/2/2010 4:01AM

    u r truly truly inspirational!!cant wait for your book!!

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CARISSASOPHIA 7/2/2010 1:31AM

    The break down of your month by month is a true eye opener! Thank you for that!

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STACEYSJOURNEY 7/1/2010 10:38PM

    Inspirational!

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KENNYWHEELS 7/1/2010 9:49PM

    i am such a fan of your running while chunky blogs. i am sure a book would be very beneficial to a lot of people out there. i just wish i had seen it a long time ago and started running while i was heavier.

congrats on all of your goals for the n=month of june

kenny

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VANB01 7/1/2010 9:38PM

    really encouraging- thanks for sharing your thoughts an progress!

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YINYANGSJM 7/1/2010 9:24PM

    Congratulations on a successful June! You did great with your goals. I think you'd write a really good book, I'd definitely buy it :). Have a great weekend!!!

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STORMTMB 7/1/2010 7:30PM

    Keep up the great work. The book would be an inspiration to so many people who would never consider running while chunky (or obese!). There is definitely a market for this!

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MIRACLEINSIXTY 7/1/2010 7:26PM

  WOAH i think my head just exploded when i saw the dress. i just bought a dress (very similar style and color, but not as cute as yours) for $5. and i wanted to use it as motivation but i didn't feel comfortable taking a pic in it yet since it is pretty tight. now i'm gonna do that today!

**comment edited because i wanted to tell you that i did it, and i put the picture in a blog! thanks for the inspiration!!!***

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XHOOSIERLOSER 7/1/2010 6:48PM

    Congrats, and best of luck with the book. I agree, there is much to be shared, a great way to be of service and spread the spark. Great plan!

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DESERT_BIRD 7/1/2010 6:44PM

    I love the book idea!

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LIBBYFITZ 7/1/2010 6:16PM

    You are travelling well! All the best for the 2nd half of the year! emoticon

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LISAALVORD 7/1/2010 5:28PM

    I am always so inspired when I read your blogs. You are doing a fantastic job. Keep up the great work and I love that you are writing. Go girl!

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LISAW/3 7/1/2010 5:03PM

    I'm so excited that you are going to work on a RWC book! That is awesome! I know how well your RWC blogs are received here! Good luck and congrats on your June accomplishments!

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TRACIENICOLE 7/1/2010 4:52PM

    WOW!!! You are on FIRE!!! Keep it up (I know you will!!!)

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1BIGDREAM 7/1/2010 4:49PM

    AWESOME!!!
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HEALTH-E-CLARE 7/1/2010 4:28PM

    You are amazing and inspiring (and I will totally read/buy your book). You are so consistent with you weight loss.

I have no doubt you will hit your goals in July. What kind of recipes are you looking for, I have a couple of them that I love and would share with.

Keep it up girl!

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JAMARCIL 7/1/2010 3:00PM

    emoticon emoticonCongrats on meeting your goals, and working so diligently. I tried starting the c25k program and my knees are perpetually killing me now. I had to go back to just walking. I didn't have knee or leg pain before so it's really disturbing me that I can't even squat anymore without soreness/pain. Did you have these issues when you started??

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SUGIRL06 7/1/2010 2:49PM

    2,450 fitness minutes?!?!?! OMG. I am aiming for 1000 this month. Go killer!

And I love that you are writing a book! That is so awesome! I think you will do great with that!
~Ang

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KEEPGOING87 7/1/2010 2:39PM

    ur awesome girl!!1 ur gonna rock it!
and thats a cutttteeee dress!

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    You are doing so emoticon!!!

You've got a great attitude and a great plan. I would totally buy your book as well! Keep it up, you are doing great!

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LAURIETAIT 7/1/2010 2:16PM

    Great idea about the book. I know it will inspirepeople. You certainly inspire me! BTW Cute dress! Looking forward to seeing how it fits at the end of the month.
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SEATTLESIMS 7/1/2010 2:07PM

    you are so consistent and such a hard worker, while living and enjoying life!! Hope you have a fantastic July!!

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JENN26POINT2 7/1/2010 1:48PM

    If I can offer a suggestion to getting your mileage up. If you are like me and need a set training plan, I would advise going to www.runnersworld.com and using the Training Coach deal to design a program. Choose your mileage, how soon you want to reach the goal, and viola! It creates a program to get you there.

I used it for my 1/2 marathon training and got to 7 miles before I developed a minor injury and stopped running. And let me tell you, a 7 mile run feels great and I can't wait to start again!

Good luck and congratulations on your successes thus far! I know there will be many more!

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MSWEEZER 7/1/2010 1:40PM

    Great success and great goals. You look FABULOUS!!!!

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STARINTHESKY 7/1/2010 1:32PM

    OMG you are my hero!!! Way to take charge of your goals! What an inspiration!

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PAPER_WINGS18 7/1/2010 1:05PM

    Damn girl you are on fiiiire! You have consistently rocked it and I'm so happy for u!!

Aldo, great idea about the book! I think it'll be like the grammar book Eats Shoots and Leaves only about running! Hilarious, witty, relatable and AmmmmaIng!!

Let me know how it goes when you put pen and paper down!

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SLY_REDUX 7/1/2010 1:05PM

    These recaps are really a good idea. So is a size 12, for that matter. ;-)

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NURSELAUREN 7/1/2010 12:53PM

    Today is the 1st day of July anddd the start of the 2nd half of 2010. I can't help but feel motivated today!! Your blog has now inspired me to do a month by month review as well, and appreciate those monthly SMALL steps and achievements along the way!! Great idea!! I'll be posting my July kickoff blog sometime today!!
Good luck to you with your book and let us all know when it's good & ready for buying!!


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LIVESTRONG2010 7/1/2010 12:03PM

    I never thought of doing a blog that shows what I've done each month. What a great way to keep you motivated.

Love that dress!

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LADYBUGRUNNER 7/1/2010 11:52AM

    LOVE YOUR BLOGS!!!

I want to buy your book...autographed PLEASE!!!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/1/2010 11:49AM

    You accomplished A LOT this month wow!! We'll be seeing a bunch more chunky runners when your book comes out!!

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2010 is Half Over: Do You Need Some Midyear Resolutions?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010



Tomorrow is July 1st, which will mean that 2010 is half over. Scary, huh?

Remember back in January, when you sat down and made your New Years resolutions? Chances are you were holidayed out, hungover, bloated or a combination of all three. You might have aimed high and made some lofty resolutions and goals. Maybe you joined a gym that you visited a few times. Maybe you vowed you would never eat pizza again. You were going to be perfect from then on out!

Go back and look at them. Go ahead. I'll wait.

So how are you doing?

If you've fallen off-track now, you don't have to wait til on the cusp of 2011 to make new resolutions. In fact, summer is an even better time to start! It's warm and there are plenty of outdoor activities that don't cost much and can get you moving. Last summer was when I finally made a commitment to get healthy. Developing those good habits when the weather was good and fresh fruit and veggies were in season really helped me during the cold and bitter winter months when it became harder to squeeze exercise in.

Now a year later, I'm going to run on the beach and know that I've completely changed my life!

Don't be hard on yourself. Keep it simple!



Vow to eat more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods and use the nutrition tracker.



Set aside 60 minutes a day for exercise, no matter how light the exercise might be. And if you get really ambitious, sign up for an event this fall. It could be a walk for charity, a family relay, a race... ANYTHING! I believe that having a special event on the horizon is a great way to stay motivated to stay in shape.

Make time for one fun and active event every weekend whether it's a picnic and frisbee in the park, kayaking on a lake, or a hike in the woods.



And remind yourself that none of us is perfect and that life isn't always going to go smoothly. That doesn't mean that we have to give up completely. And when you lose the weight, life still won't be perfect. You still won't have the perfect body. And that's OK!

So smile, it's summer. Even though you're not a kid anymore, you can still enjoy and have fun! The best of 2010 is yet to come!

  
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MARLIMOO 7/20/2010 1:58PM

    ROCK ON! Love this

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MOJOGIRL 7/16/2010 10:05PM

    I feel the same way. I don't want another year to go by and still feel the way I do. Time to get and stay in action!! Thanks for the motivation. emoticon

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MICHCLEARY 7/11/2010 6:01PM

    I loved your post. I've been on track, but it's a good reminder to review goals and make sure you aren't forgetting anything.

Best Wishes,

Michelene

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ANISMENDOZA81 7/7/2010 3:13PM

    I kept scolding myself for not exercising at all since the beginning of July and then tadaaaaaa I stumbled upon your blog. Thanks for sharing, I really appreciate what you wrote. I am not perfect and this journey will not be a smooth one but I will NOT give UP and I will ENJOY every minute of it! emoticon

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JME1631 7/7/2010 9:24AM

    SO inspiring! thank you for this.

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AHOOSIERGIRL 7/6/2010 8:31AM

    So good... I've been thinking about revisiting my New Years Resolutions. I'll stop thinking about it and do it :D

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MARCYNA 7/5/2010 8:41AM

    WoW..That's so inspiring, thanks!!! emoticon

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ABETTERBECKY 7/4/2010 8:38AM

    You are an awesome, motivating blogger Kristina! I cannot believe I'm 6 months into this and still going strong. In fact, I don't see any other way to eating/living at this point that I do right now. Awesome. Now going down to my treadmill for a run then a walk w/ the doggie :) Happy July 4th!

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JENNKNUT 7/3/2010 4:40PM

    It is never too late! I spent part of 2009 in a coma, yep, a 2 mos long coma... didn't really see that coming, but after having 5 surgeries throughout the year, and just resting... I knew it was time. I hired a personal trainer and I have improved my strength drastically and I am back to going to classes at the gym; Zumba, yoga, step, spinning... OK, I am not in the best shape of my life, but I will get there. I went biking today for about 2 hours and I feel grateful for every day! Next year is not a guarantee... do not wait... I can not stress this enough!

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PPCM_SURVIVOR 7/3/2010 1:52PM

    I completely agree! Now is a great time to recommit yourself and to plan out some new goals :) I started this summer and I feel that because of that, that I will be successful this time (weird logic I know lol) Im ready to make some life long changes!!!

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AUNTIELES53 7/3/2010 9:02AM

    Thanks so much for the reminder you are right its never to late :)

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SUZEQ09 7/3/2010 8:47AM

    Thanks for this blog Karvy09! I've been struggling of late, due to just not feeling it right now. Don't get me wrong, I still try to eat well, just the exercise has started to slip away.

I need to reevaluate my sparkpage and redetermine my goals and where I want to go to finish 2010.

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/3/2010 2:41AM

    Yep, just set some new goals for the month and have a 5K to run/walk in a week plus another that I'm thinking of doing in August. No time like the present to get out there and make the most of the summer--thanks for the reminder!

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NANHBH 7/3/2010 1:02AM

    We can do it! Love the mid-year resolution suggestion.

Be well,
Nancy
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    Wonderful!!! Thank you for the reminder! emoticon

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ALIMESSA 7/2/2010 10:22PM

    Great blog! Thanks!

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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NICKIJAY96 7/2/2010 7:06PM

    Thanks so much .. needed the pep talk!

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    Just exactly what i really needed tonight....THANK YOU VERY MUCH emoticon

Sending you some Scottish Sunshine to help brighten your day and make you Smile.

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BEYOURBEST1 7/2/2010 6:54PM

    What a beautiful blog! Thanks so much for sharing.
Many congratulations on your success!


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BEYOURBEST1 7/2/2010 6:52PM

    What a beautiful blog! Thanks so much for sharing.
Many congratulations on your success!


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THREEE 7/2/2010 4:51PM

    I LOVE THE RE-BOOT FOR JULY 1ST--NICE REMINDER emoticon

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HEARTSTOPPER 7/2/2010 3:53PM

   
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LAURENALICIA 7/2/2010 2:53PM

    Yes!!!!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 7/2/2010 2:37PM

    Great blog! So true!

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ANGEL7912 7/2/2010 2:09PM

    Absolutely loved this, Thank you for reminding me to keep my goal of healthy living a priority!!!!

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GARYO12 7/2/2010 2:06PM

    Great blog!!!

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NOOR1951 7/2/2010 1:41PM

    Love this emoticon

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JODIANN421 7/2/2010 1:41PM

    Great Post! Great advice!!! Thank you so much!

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REINVENT_ME 7/2/2010 12:48PM

    I love this! Thanks!

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CINNAMONGURL06 7/2/2010 10:56AM

    This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing and for the motivation! emoticon

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TONISTRELEC 7/2/2010 9:57AM

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SPOOKYCRISP 7/2/2010 8:01AM

    Just the very positive kick in the pants I am looking for!

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4DOGNIGHT 7/2/2010 7:14AM

    Thank you for the Lift into my day!

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MESEATURTLE 7/2/2010 3:57AM

    what a fab blog!!!!

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 7/2/2010 1:21AM

    That makes us all take a step back and think about where we're going...
Great blog.

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NJCHIPPER 7/1/2010 10:02PM

  thanks for sharing. Great!

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SUESMITH73 7/1/2010 10:00PM

    Great Blog!! Very encouraging. Thanks for posting it.

Love the pictures!

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SWEETMOMMY41 7/1/2010 9:44PM

  what a wonderful blog! just what i needed to hear,too! very inspiring and very motivating! have a terrific day!

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ELLENT124 7/1/2010 9:34PM

    Great blog. I want to save it and read it every day! You're very inspiring!!!

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WILSLM70 7/1/2010 8:03PM

    This is a great blog and came at a perfect time for me... I was just starting to lose motivations and definitely in need of reviewing my goals.... Thank you

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BBIVINGS 7/1/2010 7:53PM

    Thanks for the encouraging words! and pictures. I hope I can say the same thing next year.

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STORMTMB 7/1/2010 7:32PM

    Thanks for the reminder to review the goals. Where did those 6 months go?!?! I like the concept of keeping it simple. Won't admit how many goals I set!

Tina

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JAE_HENNINGTON 7/1/2010 6:05PM

  wonderful, wonderful.. I needed to hear this

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JEWITCH 7/1/2010 5:24PM

    Wonderful blog and great pictures. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Have a fantastic second half of the year.

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LINDABENEDICT 7/1/2010 5:11PM

    great blog ...thanks !

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MOOMOO40 7/1/2010 4:20PM

    emoticon Your blog is exactly what I needed to hear!
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LIZZYMITCH 7/1/2010 4:11PM

    Your sunshiney positiveness is exactly what I need in my life right now, so thank you. Also, I love the idea of mid-year resolutions. It just makes me think, well, you can resolve to do anything whenever the hell you want! Like right now. Seriously, thank you

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LOSINGLUCY 7/1/2010 3:18PM

  Fantastic blog. I've only lost 9lb since the new year, but at least I'm moving in the right direction. So many changes in only six months.

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JORDAN1019 7/1/2010 2:57PM

    I'm still on track, just not as dedicated as I was. I need to review my goals and get back in check.. Thanks.

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