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Nights and Days

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Last night, I had a wonderful dinner with my husband followed by a lovely walk through Boston Common and some canoodling on a park bench. I ate linguine with pesto and crusty bread and veal (I hardly ever eat veal, so it was a nice treat) and a white chocolate blueberry torte. Oh, and we had a wonderful bottle of wine and free champagne. Ahhh, so nice!

Today I met my aunt for some shopping at sporting goods stores and picked up new running shorts for $5 each and a generic version of a Camelbak for $10! I'm excited about using the Camelbak during my longer runs. I also ordered some BondiBands online too. Yeah, had a little fitness spending spree... hehe. Of course, I'm super sore from circuit training last night, so I am resting today and hoping to get a light workout in the morning before my night run.

We had lunch at a Mexican place this afternoon and I had half of a grilled burrito with shrimp, beans and rice, a few chips and salsa, and a ton of sweet potato fries. I could have exercised more restraint with the fries, but they were literally the best sweet potato fries I ever had and I'm still full and am bypassing dinner, so I figure it'll all even out in the end. Lots of sodium over the last couple of days though and I am feeling it.

Tomorrow night I have my first race in over two months! It's a 4.2 miler and Jon will be running it with me. I'm excited! From here on out, I've got a race schedule til the end of 2010, so running is going to be a big part of my life. I'm doing the Race for the Cure in September, which was my first race last year. In my dream world, I would do it in 30 minutes, but I'll be happy with a PR (under 34 minutes) since it's a pretty flat course. Last year, I did it in a little under 45 minutes, so I will definitely beat that time!

I've been unofficially training for my half marathon and honestly it's been great. It's been nice not worrying about when to get my runs in. I'm supposed to start "real" training on Labor Day, but I'm feeling good about it because I only have to add about 5 miles to my long runs. So we'll see how it goes!

  
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TEAM-SARAH 8/20/2010 5:51PM

    Glad you're having some great runs lately!! I'm happy for you!

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FUNFROG79 8/19/2010 2:24PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful night out! I love fitness spending! I'm unofficially training this month too! My race is in Feb. Good luck! emoticon

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JENELOPE 8/19/2010 1:00PM

    I just ordered four Bondi Bands on Monday. Apparently, they shipped yesterday! I'm kind of curious about whether they'll arrive in time for my first 5K on Saturday. I saw the tiara one and had to get it for the Princess Half. I also got "Slow, it's the new fast" and the cute turtle saying "Wanna race?" (And a floral one because I had a buy 3, get 1 free code and I was curious about the lighter Bondis.)

You are my running idol, m'dear!

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CALLIKIA 8/19/2010 11:37AM

    First of all, what the crap is a bondiband? Second of all, you are a running machine, girl! I'm struggling still with the restrictive part of this training, but I know that it will be totally worth it come September 4th (OMG! It's getting SO close!) After that?? The sky is the limit! Maybe I'll try jogging. Maybe I'll walk a half. Maybe I'll take some time off and just enjoy having fun working out again. Whatever it is though, sticking to a training schedule certainly makes me feel like I can conquer anything put in front of me.

Good luck on your runs! You're gonna knock it out of the park, I just know it!!

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CUBANJELLY 8/19/2010 11:33AM

    I LOVE my bondibands!!! I have 6 of them and wear them all the time, even when I'm not working out. I had a client this morning and she said she didn't realize they were functional, she thought they were a fashion statement! LOL

Good luck on the race! Can't wait to hear all about it.

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WE_PA_FIT 8/19/2010 11:15AM

    ooooohhhh love my bondibands. I do not workout without them (unless I'm using a cap). I hate having hair in the face

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JENN26POINT2 8/19/2010 11:14AM

    What a nice dinner! There is no way I'd be able to go to an Italian restaurant and a Mexican restaurant unless both took place on a free day! I exhibit very little self control in those two places.

The half-marathon training sounds awesome. I'm thinking about looking for a half to train for and getting started.

Enjoy the rest of your day and good luck tomorrow night!

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STORMTMB 8/19/2010 10:51AM

    Sounds like a wonderful evening with your hubby and a good day with your aunt. Have fun fitness shopping. You certainly deserve it! It's fun to have new stuff to work out in! Have a good run tonight. Good luck!

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MBSHAZZER 8/19/2010 10:07AM

    Fitness "spending" is actually an investment in your health, so don't sweat it! :D

Sounds like you've been making the most of the end of the summer!

You will definitely be ready for that half marathon... even your "non-training" is going great! Enjoy all of the racing, esp. with your hubby!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 8/19/2010 9:43AM

    Ooohh $5 shorts!! Awesome!! I want to know how the Bondis work out too. I have been looking at them and halo bands and will order something this weekend. This weekend is my spending spree...I will probably end up ordering the Bondibands first I can get a couple of them for the same as a halo. Solid or design? Way to go on the running! Sounds like a lovely couple of days.

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SAMSPARK1 8/19/2010 9:41AM

    I am doing the Run for the Cure here but it's on Oct. 3rd!

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TIME4AFITME 8/19/2010 9:35AM

    Sounds like a great couple days. You are doing great with the running

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PINKCOCONUT 8/19/2010 9:32AM

    Ohhh! Hope you like your Camelbak and let me know how the BondiBands go, I want to get a few and I think the company will be at my half expo at the end of September so I was going to wait!

Have an amazing run this evening girl! Can't wait to hear your race report!!!

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BURKEBRIZ 8/19/2010 9:31AM

    Sounds like a great couple of days!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 8/19/2010 8:44AM

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KATHLOW 8/19/2010 3:35AM

    so glad you had a lovely romantic evening! And good luck on breaking that personal record tomorrow..

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LAURIETAIT 8/19/2010 3:12AM

    Checked out the Bondibands. Gonna have to get me some! Loved the ponytail hat. Thanks for the heads up.

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ATTACKFATCAT 8/19/2010 12:04AM

    Good luck with your race tomorrow night! I think it's awesome you have such a supportive running partner. emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/18/2010 9:23PM

    I'm in Boston too...where can I get $5 running shorts?!?!?!? Your description of your meals are making me hungry!!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 8/18/2010 9:21PM

    Sounds like a lovely evening with your hubby and then a nice day with your aunt. Have fun training for your races!

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JESSSPARK 8/18/2010 8:57PM

    45 to 34 minutes makes me excited to think how fast I might be running a year post my first 5k (which was in june or july). Good luck with adding the distance. "Only" + "5 miles" = Wow!

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REDRIDER68 8/18/2010 8:45PM

  I had never heard of BondiBands, but I looked them up. What a great idea, may have to order one for myself. Thanks!

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IMSMILEY88 8/18/2010 8:26PM

    Sounds like a nice evening with your husband. And, how exciting to have a lot of races coming up! I wish I could fit more in, but it is hard scheduling around my hubby & daughter. But, I do have one in Sept & one in Oct.

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SUGIRL06 8/18/2010 8:02PM

    Wow sounds like a wonderful couple of days!!! So busy! Good luck with your race tomorrow!!
~Ang

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LIBBYFITZ 8/18/2010 7:57PM

    emoticon emoticonYou are doing great . emoticon

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HOSTALADY 8/18/2010 7:15PM

    Sounds like a delightful and romantic evening for the two of you last night. Happy Happy!
you have your running in great shape so what more can I add other than You will do awesome in all your runs and the best to you.
Lunch with your Aunt sounds delicious and a bit of sports shopping doesn't hurt a thing either. Sounds like a wonderful week so far and that is AWESOME! Have a great rest of the week!

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LISAW/3 8/18/2010 7:02PM

    What a wonderful evening! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed yourself!

Good luck on your race tomorrow night. I've never done an evening race before!

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GRACEISENUF 8/18/2010 6:54PM

    Your evening out with your husband sounds absolutely divine and romantic as well.

You have come so far with your running and I am so proud of you. How great that your hubby is running with you.

Hope you enjoy your time with your husband's Sis and that it is filled with lots of fun activities, lots of laughter, good food and GREAT fellowship.
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This Journey Has Taught Me Patience

Wednesday, August 18, 2010



Before I started here on SparkPeople, if you were to ask my husband or friends or family what my biggest character flaw was, the answer would be, without a beat: IMPATIENCE. I've always valued efficiency and getting things done via the quickest route possible, but that has often crossed over to impatience and being short with people when they lagged behind or took their sweet time on things. When I got in Impatient Kristina Mode, I admit, that I was not a fun person to be around.

It was clear that for me to git 'er done, so to speak, I was going to have to hang in there for at least 18 months in order to lose 130 pounds. During past weight loss attempts I had faltered after 2 months, so the prospect of going about 10x as long was scary, to say the least. So what was an impatient girl to do?

Well, the first thing was to set a big goal that was closer on the horizon. I chose the Race for the Cure in late September, figuring if I could acheive a 5K, maybe it would give me more sticking power. Turns out that running is the perfect activity for an impatient person. Huh? Can't believe it never occurred to me before!

Looking back at my earlier blogs, I couldn't believe that I was all mad that the scale didn't budge one week. Now it's just par for the course. And I have to look at it that way. If I don't lose this week or next and I seriously take a look at my exercise and nutrition and know I've been doing the right thing, I've just got to have faith that there's something else going on and it'll come or else I'd drive myself crazy. Maybe I'm gaining muscle or my body is just working on it. But even if the numbers don't cooperate, I have to trust that I'm getting stronger and getting healthier every single day. Some of my biggest acheivements and non-scale victories came during stretches that the scale decided not to move whatsoever.

My newfound patience has also come in handy when I need to take my time in the grocery store or prepare my meals for the day or I actually took my time chewing my food and savoring it. Less convenience meals and more slow cooked meals! I feel like I'm nicer to people now, if that makes sense. I'm less short if things don't go my way. I'm more likely to contemplate on things that people say or do.

I was just thinking about this when I was taking the time to measure out my berries for my smoothie this morning how things have changed in such a year. I'm still going to be myself, which means I'm still going to have times when I revert back to my old impatient ways, but those times are fewer and further between. And I kind of like it!

So stick with it and who knows how many positive changes are in store that you never expected!

  
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DARACOX 8/23/2010 4:47PM

    This is such a great post. I'm so impatient too! Right from the little things like taking the time to measure my food to expecting to reach my goals like, yesterday! This was so good to read as I'm still early in my journey. emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/23/2010 4:13PM

    I'm with you...I want to be a nicer person too just because I'm being nice to me! If it makes that much of a difference to ME than who knows what me being nice might mean to someone else, right?!? :-)

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TEAM-SARAH 8/20/2010 5:52PM

    I think I struggle with impatience myself. Delayed gratification...... not my forte! Keep trusting the process, you're doing amazing :)

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KELLIGIRL523 8/20/2010 11:41AM

    Patience is the ability to let your light shine after your fuse has blown.
~ Bob Levey

This was in my email today. It made me laugh.

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SLARTYB 8/19/2010 8:21PM

    Looking after your health and weight is a lifelong commitment, no point in rushing it.....

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CARMINACG 8/19/2010 3:18PM

    Oh my gosh....did I write this? LOL I totally get how running is calming and throughout this journey it makes you realize good things come in time! Best of luck!

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KAKEPO 8/19/2010 2:54PM

    What a great blog. I think it's more of that kind of attitude that allows people to lose weight. When we focus so hard on it it's just more stress. Great read!

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JENN26POINT2 8/19/2010 1:30PM

    I have a problem with patience too. I always want that instant gratification. But, that just doesn't come in the weight loss and fitness package...

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 8/19/2010 11:40AM

  Maybe one day I'll be patient too...nah, prolly not.

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CALLIKIA 8/19/2010 11:34AM

    Patience is such a big part of it (and something I still grapple with considering just how busy I am). It's so nice to see you slowing down a bit to enjoy and savor everything!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 8/19/2010 11:31AM

    Great blog- just what I needed to read as I'm looking at eight months til goal....
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WE_PA_FIT 8/19/2010 11:13AM

    the P's of weight loss success: Patience, Perseverance/Persistnace, & PLANNING

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SAMSPARK1 8/19/2010 9:46AM

    Patience is a virture....LOL

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TIME4AFITME 8/19/2010 9:38AM

    Great blog and a great year!

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SEEAMANDARUN 8/19/2010 9:32AM

    I completely agree with you. The patience has come only after learning all the hard lessons of weight loss. Congrats to all of us!

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PINKCOCONUT 8/19/2010 9:30AM

    Exactly! That's the first thing I tell anyone who asks me for tips about weight loss, I tell them to be patient!!!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 8/19/2010 8:39AM

    I have found that I changed with this journey as well. I am still me but I have some more qualities coming out that were well hidden. Like the fact that I am athletic.....who would have thought? I also have more self confidence in myself now too.

So yes, you are not only changing your life style but you are becoming a better person as well!

Great blog!!! Patience is a great quality to have!

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KATHLOW 8/19/2010 4:44AM

    this could've come outta my diary! I am sooo impatient ...and yes, it' s been hindering my weight loss before, you are so right! I do everything fast and hate iit if people can't keep up...but my body sure as hell can't keep up with my expectations now.
Thanks kristina, I literally NEVER looked at it this way.

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ATTACKFATCAT 8/19/2010 12:03AM

    It always amazes me when I'm struggling with something one day and boom, there is a perfect entry from someone else who knows exactly what I'm going through. That's really what makes SparkPeople so awesome.

I really have trouble with patience. I like to be completely prepared & efficient, & woe to anyone in front of me who doesn't have everything together like I think they should. I like to have a plan & stick with it & complete tasks a lot faster so I have more time to fit everything in.

But I agree that weight-loss is really a eye-opener when it comes to learning patience. I was all smug to begin with, thinking because I started off perfectly with the right foods & exercise, I was going to drop all this weight soo quickly. But once that initial big drop slowed and I've been seeing not-so-great scale numbers about every other week, I am starting to realize that yes, it is going to take time. And the most important thing is to enjoy life & the journey & not try to kill myself with too much exercise to try to keep up those big number drops. This is one time that it's good to be patient :)

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/18/2010 10:58PM

    Glad you and Jon had such a great day...and night! :) Woot woot!

Patience is tricky; I sure hope I find myself gaining more patience throughout this journey. I know I'm at least becoming more patient with myself with everything, so hopefully that translates to the rest of my life! I am so proud of you, K! You are such a beautiful, inspiring woman and I am so happy that you have found patience along the way! You never cease to amaze me! xoxox

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MAGPIE17 8/18/2010 9:43PM

    Definitely hear you on this - are you sure we're not the same person? :P

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RAINTHIEF 8/18/2010 9:30PM

    I hear ya! Being patient with yourself is the biggest first step.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 8/18/2010 9:23PM

    You hit it on the head girl. We're cut from the same cloth on that one! LOL

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CHICAT63 8/18/2010 8:10PM

    Great blog, it does make you wonder though how impatient you were before myself included ! The scale is not the only measure of adding up your successes and you have had many in these 18 months. I am confident there is lots more for you to come. emoticon

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BOOTS1221 8/18/2010 8:02PM

    Ahh yes, patience is KEY!!! I can feel myself changing in the same way, and it's great! I'm also super happy that you had such a great night with the hubbz last night! Happy Anniversary again! :)

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SASSYDREAMER 8/18/2010 7:53PM

    Wonderful to hear! You're awesome! So now you're flawless I bet ;)

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LISAW/3 8/18/2010 7:21PM

    What a great thing to learn! I am still working on it! :)

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HOSTALADY 8/18/2010 7:08PM

    You said this blog perfectly. It is so true in all the right ways. We all have grown from our experiences here on spark in wonderful ways on these journeys. I to am like you more patience and glad the impatience is disappearing in my life.
Thanks for writing this. I couldn't have said it that well.

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GRACEISENUF 8/18/2010 6:42PM

    Thanks for another great blog and the timing for me was perfect.
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KITHKINCAID 8/18/2010 6:39PM

    Great blog K - I'm learning the same things, and I'm definitely a "toe tapper" if there is one. No use getting mad at the scale if it doesn't move - I have bigger fish to fry at this point and running has given me a PERFECT outlet to see progress that is non-scale related.

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Yellow Roses

Tuesday, August 17, 2010



They made me happy, so I thought I should share them. Something about the color yellow just makes me feel so bright and bubbly!

  
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CARMINACG 8/19/2010 3:20PM

    Would you believe this is acutally my favorite flower?! I loved them ever since I saw a beautiful black & white photo of a couple on their wedding day and the only this in colour was the yellow bouqet in the pic! AMAZING!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 8/19/2010 8:44AM

    Beautiful roses! Were they from your hubby?

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GRACEISENUF 8/18/2010 6:39PM

    lovely

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JBMT08 8/18/2010 5:37PM

    emoticon beautiful

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JENNY888 8/18/2010 4:30PM

    Yellow is the color of my favorite roses and these are perfect!

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MESEATURTLE 8/18/2010 9:15AM

    Nice!!!!!

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ANNE7X7 8/18/2010 8:55AM

    So classy! I love them!

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AFITJULIE 8/18/2010 8:45AM

    Beautiful flowers. Enjoy your romantic dinner. emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 8/18/2010 8:40AM

    Beautiful!

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PAULA3420 8/18/2010 8:27AM

    Lovely! emoticon

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MARYANNGI 8/18/2010 12:28AM

    Happy Anniversary! What a gorgeous bouquet! So bright and cheerful that they light up everything around them.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 8/17/2010 10:43PM

    Happy Anniversary. I love yellow flowers because they always seem so friendly!

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BURKEBRIZ 8/17/2010 7:24PM

    Happy Anniversary!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 8/17/2010 6:24PM

    How beautiful! Just like you!

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AWOLF24 8/17/2010 4:57PM

    Those are GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!

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BLYNN710 8/17/2010 4:27PM

    Very Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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YOOVIE 8/17/2010 3:51PM

    Beautiful!!!!!

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REMEMBER2BME 8/17/2010 3:48PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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PURPLEVALENTINE 8/17/2010 3:42PM

    They are beautiful!!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 8/17/2010 3:40PM

    I love yellow roses- they always make me smile!!! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 8/17/2010 3:29PM

    PRETTY!!!!

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BLK2010 8/17/2010 3:09PM

    Pretty flowers for a pretty girl! emoticon

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LAURIETAIT 8/17/2010 3:01PM

    Beautiful!

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LIBBYFITZ 8/17/2010 2:49PM

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LISAW/3 8/17/2010 2:30PM

    Beautiful!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/17/2010 1:52PM

    Thanks for sharing! Yellow is such a happy color!

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JENELOPE 8/17/2010 1:40PM

    That's because you are bright and bubbly! Yellow really is the happiest color. Happy belated anniversary! emoticon

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SUGIRL06 8/17/2010 1:39PM

    So pretty! Happy anniversary!
~Ang

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SAMSPARK1 8/17/2010 1:26PM

    Beautiful and my fav. colour. Haven't gotten them in awhile from hubby but when he gets me roses he always gets yellow ones! Happy anniversary!

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MBSHAZZER 8/17/2010 1:18PM

    Happy Anniversary!

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WALEB1002 8/17/2010 1:12PM

    beautiful...happy anniversary!

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MPALMER15 8/17/2010 12:58PM

    Pretty!

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KAKEPO 8/17/2010 12:51PM

    They are beautiful! Happy Anniversary!

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BURGHGIRL 8/17/2010 12:50PM

    Happy Anniversary! Beautiful flowers!

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LADYBUGRUNNER 8/17/2010 12:44PM

    They are beautiful!!

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HOSTALADY 8/17/2010 12:34PM

    Very beautiful roses for a beautiful lady. emoticon
Even spark knows it's your favorite!

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KARVY09 8/17/2010 12:19PM

    Jon gave them to me for our anniversary yesterday!

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CALLIKIA 8/17/2010 12:18PM

    I emoticon the color yellow! Such pretty flowers, did you get those or were they just laying around and you saw them today?

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 8/17/2010 12:09PM

    Thanks for sharing. Yellow roses are my favorite rose! So pretty!

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SMCSUX 8/17/2010 12:09PM

    Very pretty :) Thanks for sharing!

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STORMTMB 8/17/2010 12:08PM

    Were they in celebration of your anniversary? Or just because?

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CREATINGAMANDA 8/17/2010 12:07PM

    Beautiful flowers!

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ROOT4HOME 8/17/2010 12:06PM

    Beautiful!!

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THESHRINKINLADY 8/17/2010 12:05PM

    Ooooh I LOVE yellow roses! They are my absolute favorite flower! Well...and sunflowers too.

Oh so pretty! Did your hubby send you these? :)

Thanks for sharing!

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KATHLOW 8/17/2010 12:04PM

    flowers always make me happy too! Have a nice yellow day!

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Solo Monday

Monday, August 16, 2010

Thanks so much for all of the great comments and well wishes on my last blogs. I wish I could get back to all of you, but I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

Wow, the weather has really cooled down here! It's been a fabulous summer but it does make me a little sad. I'd love for the hot weather til last until September at least! I know that we do need a little rain today, so I hope that the clouds get it out of their system today so I can enjoy the rest of the week.

I had two 1800+ calorie days this weekend, but I'm OK with it because I enjoyed myself and got a lot of exercise in, including a great 6-mile run where I ran my first sub-10-minute mile ever (about 9:30)! Makes me feel great about running a 10K in under an hour sometime soon. I'm hoping to run 9 miles next weekend, so fingers crossed!

I found two new bathing suits to wear in Vegas this weekend. Gotta love clearance racks. These are some hot suits for poolside, so I was excited!!!

So the news is that I was laid off again (I take temp jobs from time to time) so I am back to having my own schedule again. I have a few new clients which I am excited about and of course, a book to write, and a ton of chores. My sister-in-law is coming next week from England to visit for two weeks and it's high time I cleaned out that office that basically doubles as a storage room for all of our crap. We get along great, so I'm happy to have her here. She recently lost a lot of weight as well and is at her goal weight and I told her I'd introduce her to Couch to 5K when she is here. We're also thinking about going kayaking, whitewater rafting, and hiking while she is here, so I'm hoping it's less of a food-focused trip than last year! Though I'm sure we'll be doing plenty of that too.

Today is my 2-year wedding anniversary, but we celebrated with a little champagne yesterday and are going out to dinner for Restaurant Week tomorrow. I'm so lucky to have a true partner in everything in my life. I'm lucky to have a great family too, despite my parents being selfish s**ts sometimes. Jon called this weekend "Kristina's Parent Malfunction" weekend that's how bad they can be sometimes. Sometimes I wish that I had siblings so at least I could bemoan that he or she was the "favorite." It's tough not being the favorite when there's nobody else there. Or being second best to a bottle. But ah well, I will focus on the positive, because that's what works for me. Dwelling on it is what got me up to 288 in the first place!

So I'm ridin' solo and lovin' it again. YAY.

  
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ANNE7X7 8/18/2010 8:54AM

    Happy Anniversary!! I'm so happy you are celebrating two years of marriage with the person that makes you smile! That's so awesome, and he sounds like a terrific guy (there seems to be few of those around!).

Enjoy your company and keep on smiling!

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MOMJMGR 8/17/2010 4:53PM

    Way to go on a sub 10!! I pray to be that fast one day soon. Happy Anniversary and have a great time!! emoticon

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RUNNINGOLLIE 8/17/2010 3:39PM

    Congrats on your anniversary and sorry about the parent drama.....Great job focusing on the positives!!!! emoticon

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KARBRUCE 8/17/2010 2:52PM

    Excellent post. I hope you have agreat time with your company and keep up the fab work with your training!

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ELAPOINTE 8/17/2010 10:09AM

    i've been reading a lot of your blogs this morning and about your races, and i want to thank you for being so CLEAR about how to start c25k and about being a jiggly runner...i've got some SERIOUS trepidation about it...jiggling, seeing other humans, etc. its taken me a LOT of courage to get out and walk the reservation on mystic ave here in somerville...seeing all those cars and humans makes me *cringe*...so i've taken your words to heart, donned my tightest sports bra, some spandex under my running shorts, and sunblock...i can do this, right?

also, from the non-favorite sibling point of view, i'm sure its easy to think the grass is always greener, like if you had a sibling, but to be honest knowing you're not the favorite whether you have a sibling or not totally stinks, and i'm in that non-favorite spot too. sometimes seeing the favoritism can be brutal. we'll just be stronger on our own...we're someone's favorite, right? relish in that...i do...and someday maybe the people that have put us down or pushed us out of the spotlight will get theirs. in the meantime, spark-on!

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THEQUEENBEE333 8/17/2010 9:36AM

    Congratulations on your anniversary! Have fun cleaning out the office, but sounds like it might be a therapuetic thing for you to do! More of us have messed up parents... and I guess all we can do is accept that is how they are, we cant change them, and we dont have to be like them or even like them all the time... It is what it is.

Enjoy your dinner out. Have a great Tuesday!

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SACGIRL 8/17/2010 9:32AM

    Happy Anniversary and Congratulations on a great run!! Under a 10 minute mile...that's a huge accomplishment!!! Keep up the great work and have a wonderful week :)

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CARILOUIE 8/17/2010 8:20AM

    Nice job on the run!

Cheers to having wonderful partners. emoticon

Happy Anniversary!

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MFREE1 8/17/2010 3:35AM

    Happy Anniversary!!

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PAPPHEM 8/16/2010 11:47PM

    Happy Anniversary and wow-wee on the sub 10 min run!!

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CALISSAU 8/16/2010 11:31PM

    Happy Anniversary!

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HOSTALADY 8/16/2010 11:31PM

    Happy 2 year anniversary to you and your husband. You are a very special lady that deserves to have an equal partner to share your life with and you absolutely do. Enjoy your celebrations and congratulations again.
You are doing so wonderful on your runs and workouts. Keep up the great workouts and as always keep smiling pretty lady!
You are one of the BEST!

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CLAIRESGG 8/16/2010 11:02PM

    Stay true to your goals and don't worry about the others. Life is good!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 8/16/2010 10:52PM

    Happy Anniversary, and Happy YOU for knowing what got you in trouble and how to stay out of it! Too bad for your parents that they can't figure out how to have a real life. they are missing out on a lot!

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RAINTHIEF 8/16/2010 8:48PM

    Happy Anniversary! emoticon

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JBMT08 8/16/2010 7:44PM

    Happy Anniversary!! AND...when you go to vegas, please try to go to visit the grand canyon! It is an all day trip, but totally worth it! AND I know that I would never have thought of going if I were not an active SPARKER!! the hikes were wonderful!!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/16/2010 6:54PM

    Happy Anniversary girl!! It truly is wonderful when you find such a great person to spend your life with...believe me, I know!!! :-)

Wow - sub 10 minute mile! You are Amaz-a-zing!!!! I can pull off a sub 10 mile for about 30 seconds or so. LOL :-D

Got in a great 5-mile run this weekend on Saturday, did two this morning and have a 4 mile pace workout tomorrow. Whew! Then Thursday will be an easy 3 and it is back to The Beast on Saturday. This will be my last hill repeat at the Beast because the next time I go back on Labor Day weekend...Imma runnin' him from bottom to top and then back down again!!! WooHoo!!!

I did try the Clif Shot and it was yummy...definitely did the trick with no tummy issues whatsoever. So it was success! It definitely tasted comparable to the GU Chocolate Outrage so me and sister are debating splitting the cost and buying a carton together, along with a carton of Clif Bloks to keep fueling the half training. :-)

Thanks again for the Clif samples! I'm sending you back a little note so watch your mailbox! :-) Love ya girlie! Keep on runnin'!

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PINKCOCONUT 8/16/2010 6:40PM

    Happy Anniversary girl! And way to go on the sub 10 minute!!!!! HOLY CROW!!!

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TEAM-SARAH 8/16/2010 5:55PM

    Ahhh sweet unemployment again hehe. You can get so much done. That's so exciting you have clients!!! Very excited for you. I hope you have a great night tonight!

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JEREMY723 8/16/2010 4:54PM

    Happy Anniversery!

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SUNRISE14 8/16/2010 4:31PM

    Happy anniversary and thanks for the blog! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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SUZEQ09 8/16/2010 4:13PM

    Happy Anniversary and enjoy your SIL's visit. If you do all those activities, you won't have time to eat much :)

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FAITHCHANGE 8/16/2010 3:08PM

    Happy Anniversary!!! It sure does help having a life partner in the midst of dysfunctional family. I am with you on that one. My parents are alcoholics....UGH! It is great that you have motivation to be positive and to stay true to yourself. That is what it is always about. Enjoy your time with your sis-inlaw! My siblings never visit me...and there are five of us....oh well...their loss....and my gain with such a wonderful husband and children (that they miss getting to know).


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BURKEBRIZ 8/16/2010 2:54PM

    I would welcome some cooler weather. Though, winter can wait as long as it wants, I LOVE the fall! Enjoy your time. Sounds like lots of fun stuff is on the horizon!

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SPINTOWIN 8/16/2010 2:21PM

    Restaurant Week!!

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DEBLYNN323 8/16/2010 2:03PM

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BRILIND 8/16/2010 2:02PM

  Happy Anniversary!!

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CALLIKIA 8/16/2010 2:02PM

    Congrats on the anniversary! It's nice to hear you have a great support system standing right next to you! (Kinda makes up a little bit for the crap parenting, I guess.) Have a great visit with the Sis! Whitewater rafting sounds like so much fun!! (Yeah, I know, I live in WV, I should've gone a million times by now - especially considering my best friend was a raft guide for 3 years!! *lol*)

Can't wait to hear about your 9-mile run! (You are a machine girl! SO exciting!!)

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CHICAT63 8/16/2010 1:42PM

    Happy Anniversary !!!! Excellent time during your run over the weekend and I am sure you and sister in law will have lots to talk about. As for the family, ah you can only detach yourself from the person with the bottle. Though at times I know. Have a great Monday ! emoticon

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LAURIETAIT 8/16/2010 1:39PM

    Happy Anniversary! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MPALMER15 8/16/2010 1:35PM

    Happy Anniversary! emoticon

I hear ya' on the dysfunctional. We can't make their choices for them even though we may want to. You are a terrific person and I love your positive attitude. It will take you much farther in life than focusing on the dysfunction.

Have a terrific dinner with hubby and a fabulous week!

Melissa

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JENN26POINT2 8/16/2010 1:34PM

    Congratulations! I'm glad you had a good weekend, despite your parental malfunction. I'm sorry you have to deal with that. Great job on the awesome run this weekend! 6 miles is fantastic! Thanks for motivating me! :)

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RUSSELLORAMA 8/16/2010 1:30PM

    Congrats on your anniversary and have fun with your sis-in-law!

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TKPHOTOGIRL 8/16/2010 1:20PM

  Happy anniversary!

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LIBBYFITZ 8/16/2010 1:15PM

    emoticonWell done. sounds like you and you're SIL have a great time together. If she is at goal weight, hopefully it will be a more activity focused holiday. Eating is good too, just not too much of it! emoticon So proud of you with you're running! emoticon

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CINNAMONGURL06 8/16/2010 1:09PM

    Happy Anniversary! Have a wonderful day! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 8/16/2010 12:59PM

    Happy anniversary!

Way to go with a successful bathing suit shopping trip! I know you'll look HOT in Vegas, so post some pics when you get back!

Enjoy the visit with you SIL and spread that C25K spark!

I hear you on the parental thing... my parents are pretty dysfunctional too and if I didn't have my brother to laugh about it with, I'd probably cry. Hang in there!

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ROOT4HOME 8/16/2010 12:55PM

    Wow!! Congrats on your 2nd Anniversary!! Today is my 14th anniversary too!! What a great month and day to get married!! emoticon

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VICKY31MOM 8/16/2010 12:48PM

    Congrats on your anniversary!!!!

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SAMSPARK1 8/16/2010 12:45PM

    Happy anniversary! And great work on the run!

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SAMSPARK1 8/16/2010 12:45PM

    Happy anniversary! And great work on the run!

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MOCOHOLO 8/16/2010 12:39PM

    Happy Anniversary!!

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ABETTERBECKY 8/16/2010 12:37PM

    Happy Anniversary! Focus on the positive and have a great visit w/ your SIL. And....rock those swimsuits in Vegas :)

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/16/2010 12:33PM

    Happy anniversary, and congrats on that sub-10 minute mile! Enjoy the time with your SIL--it's a wonderful thing to get along with your hubby's family, not everyone does. Sorry about the parent 'malfunction,' it's tough when that sort of dynamic is there, but not much you can do about it. Hope that hubby and his family can fill in some of the gaps there. Nice to find new swimsuits on the clearance rack, way to go!

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MANDA_MICHELLE 8/16/2010 12:30PM

  oh i'm the same when summer ends i get seriously depressed. but its not over!! its just cooled off for a day, to give us a break! its still insanely hot in toronto, swing on by if you miss the heat.
congrats on your anniversary! thats lovely, and sounds like a nice way to celebrate. and now you have more book writing time!
sorry about the parents. even though it may seem like it, the grass is never greener on the other side. i have 6 siblings, as well as a somewhat dysfunctional dynamic with the parents, and it just adds that much more stress and craziness to your life. imagine getting 4 phone calls from different people about the same situation. ugh!


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SUGIRL06 8/16/2010 12:27PM

    Sounds like all around good stuff (except for the parent drama). Sounds like you will have lots of fun when your sister-in-law visits! And good luck with the employment thing! If you want to work, or ya know, take time off for writing. Whatever!
~Ang

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JESSSPARK 8/16/2010 12:21PM

    Huge gratz on your sub 10 minute mile! That is fantastic and it sounds like you have a very active time planned for your visitor which is awesome. Sorry to hear about your P's though, ugh- I guess we all have to make due with what we have there.

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CREATINGAMANDA 8/16/2010 12:20PM

    Congrats on your anniversary! Sorry your parents are being frustrating ... I was telling a friend of mine this weekend that sometimes I just want to tell my parents to grow up! It's seriously like dealing with a bunch of kids sometimes.

It sounds like you have some excellent plans for when your sister-in-law comes - crossing my fingers for good weather for you!

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KITHKINCAID 8/16/2010 12:11PM

    Yeah for anniversaries!!! Congrats Kristina :)

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CATHERINEL66 8/16/2010 12:09PM

    Congrats on the running! Your SIL sounds nice! Celebrate the (sane) family you have!

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Won Oh Oh!!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Well, this is it, dear SparkFriends...

436 days (i.e. 1 year, 2 months, and 10 days) since I joined SparkPeople. Friday the Thirteenth!

Scary?

436 days ago, I looked at that number of 279 on the scale and thought to myself "How cool would it be to have that thing say 179 instead?" It's a weight I haven't seen since junior high school. Yes, I weighed 180+ pounds my freshman year of high school. Unchartered territory.

Well here you go. The darn thing said 179.0 the first time I stepped on it... when I went to go grab the camera, this is the second weigh in...




Not scary! Happy dance!




For Tori... my August photo in the purple dress! Fitting better, yes?

Thanks to everyone at SparkPeople for their support, motivation, and friendship! My journey is far from over. I still would love to lose 25-30 more pounds to be at a healthy weight for my height. It's getting more difficult as my body has gotten used to working out hard and often and my body can now operate on fewer calories. Add running to the mix and I often need to add more calories to get a good run in, so it's hard to find that balance. But I will find that "happy weight!"

For now, I'm just happy!

  
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BDRFLI 9/2/2010 12:56AM

    great job!

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LORRAANN77 8/28/2010 12:03PM

    Love it! Good job!

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PHATGIRL923 8/26/2010 11:16AM

    Thanks for inspiring me today!

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RORYTA 8/25/2010 8:10PM

    sooo happy for you congrats

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YESWEDID 8/24/2010 11:05PM

    nice job!

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GERAPTIKO 8/23/2010 11:12PM

    emoticon

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MAMAOFFAITH 8/23/2010 7:30PM

    A-MAZ-ING! I am totally impressed!

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MMNICKS 8/20/2010 3:30PM

    Congrats, You are an inspiration!! Thanks for sharing

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NIMMYT 8/19/2010 11:55PM

    You look beautiful! Thanks for being so inspiring!

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MMS354 8/18/2010 8:04PM

    What a tremendous milestone! Congratulations, girl. Funny, I was just thinking how cool it would be to see a '1' at the beginning of my weight number, too. I'm hoping I can be there next year. Thanks for sharing your journey. Rock on!

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TINK33 8/18/2010 9:25AM

    Congratulations! How exciting for you! I started at the exact same weight and I am hoping that I will see that number on your scale in the next year! Way to go! You are gorgeous!

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ANIETS 8/18/2010 9:14AM

    Way to go!!!!! I hope to follow in your footsteps :)

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JNPRGR8T 8/18/2010 9:14AM

  congratulations, you look great!

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KIMMAS82 8/18/2010 8:52AM

    So cool!!! Congrats!!!

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ANNE7X7 8/18/2010 8:49AM

    That is FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC! You are rocking this thing!!! I remember when I joined Spark and started reading your blogs, you were still in the 200s! It seems like I just turned around and now you're in the 170s?!?! Holy woman, you are a MACHINE!

And you look stunning! Seriously, that smile says it all! You rock!!!

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IMSMILEY88 8/18/2010 8:42AM

    Congrats!!! I am amazed at your hard work and dedication. And, you are such a big help to so many of us.... not only an inpsiration, but a friend cheering us on. Thank you & congrats!!!

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DATSNIF 8/18/2010 7:33AM

    How awesome for you. I thank you for being my inspiration for today.

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WHATIFITSEASY 8/17/2010 11:00PM

  Yay! What an inspiration:-)

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TRICIA413 8/17/2010 10:47PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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ATREAT4ME 8/17/2010 10:15PM

    You continue to inspire me. I love your attitude; how you delight in your accomplishments and think about your battles. Again, your smile says it all!
Awesome work!

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FAIRY_GRANDMA 8/17/2010 9:08PM

    Way to go! Awesome job! Congratulations!

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KLS777 8/17/2010 9:05PM

    emoticon on your weightloss, keep up the amazing work!

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SASSISAM 8/17/2010 9:04PM

    CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU!!! It's taken a lot of courage for you to lose that much!! emoticon

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LINTPICKER 8/17/2010 9:02PM

    totally awesome!!!!!! Great job!!!!!

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JENNKNUT 8/17/2010 8:30PM

    WOW, that is amazing! Congratulations on all your hard work and just hanging in there on days that I am sure were hard but so worth it!

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FORMERFATGIRL 8/17/2010 7:28PM

    Amazing! You accomplished quite a goal. emoticon

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JAMKT1966 8/17/2010 7:13PM

  Kudos! I am so happy for you :) emoticon

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BEVZEE 8/17/2010 6:21PM

    Congratulations on your success. You are an inspiration. emoticon

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MOMJMGR 8/17/2010 4:54PM

    emoticon emoticon LOVE IT!!

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POET730 8/17/2010 4:10PM

    Hun, u look great and you are awesome!!!
Congrats on the 1-0-0 gone and I wish you much continued success & happiness in your life.
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ALLISONVM 8/17/2010 4:03PM

    emoticon Great job!

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MARIA703 8/17/2010 3:45PM

  Congrats!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 8/17/2010 3:35PM

    Congrats on your hard work!!! emoticon

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CARLA-216 8/17/2010 3:20PM

    Lookin' fabulous! You're all aglow!

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TAMLKING 8/17/2010 3:09PM

    Congratulations! And the purple dress looks fantastic on you!

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SHERRYGO9 8/17/2010 3:03PM

    That is great! I do love Friday the 13th... good things always happen to me! Congrats on your amazing success. Good luck with that last 30lbs. You look beatiful and, most importantly, very happy! emoticon

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BLESSING4U5 8/17/2010 2:34PM

    Wow, Congratulation on your success.

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SUNNY1432 8/17/2010 2:25PM

    emoticon emoticon You're in inspiration!! emoticon

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ALIRATZ 8/17/2010 2:07PM

    Well done! You have a right to be proud and it is great to share your accomplishment with all of us!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 8/17/2010 1:58PM

    Very inspiring!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RETURNOFSARAH 8/17/2010 1:15PM

    Great job, you look so happy!

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NIKI415 8/17/2010 1:00PM

    Great Job!!!!

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BECCA_ANNE 8/17/2010 12:30PM

    Congratulations!

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HDMC4U61 8/17/2010 12:23PM

    You are truly an Inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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NICKIEKILLIAN78 8/17/2010 12:23PM

  Congratulations!! You are inspiring!! I am where you were 436 days ago. I know I can get there too!! Thanks for sharing!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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25NEXTYEAR 8/17/2010 12:17PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! You look beautiful right now!!!

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KJE_3001 8/17/2010 12:10PM

    Wow, congratulations on your success! How inspiring!

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ATHOMAS1128 8/17/2010 12:01PM

    Congrats! You started where I am now. I pray I have the resolve that you did! emoticon

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SPIRITELLO 8/17/2010 11:47AM

    Wonderful!!!!!!

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BBGYRL4 8/17/2010 11:43AM

    That's awesome, congratulations!!

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