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Letting Go of Summer

Monday, September 13, 2010

Well, for the last few days, I've been kinda in a funk. My sister-in-law left on Thursday and we really bonded during the time she was here. To top it up, I really had the best summer ever. The weather was perfect and I fell in love with so many things that I had given up after I gained a lot of weight, such as wearing shorts and swimsuits without fear and surfing! But I do love autumn as well, and I just need to let go and move on with the seasons!

I went to kickboxing on Friday morning and it was wonderful. However, I was sore for the entire weekend from doing strength training that I hadn't done in a couple of weeks. On Saturday, we headed up to the beachhouse to clean it out, which is always a sad day. We'll still go up for day trips until late November, but we cleaned out the fridge and cabinets because none of us will be there that frequently until next summer. I went for a walk on the beach and did a lot of lifting and moving and then sat out in the sun for a little while. We went out to dinner afterwards and I had a grilled buffalo chicken wrap and fries. It was delicious, I won't lie, but I need to get out of the habit of all the little extras I allowed myself when Lauryn was visiting.

Like I said before, I've been hovering between 180-183 lately, but on my running days, I've been starving. I've decided to do my very best but listen to my body as well. I would love to lose 15 more lbs by the end of the year, but I'm not going to stress out if this doesn't happen. I'm glad I'm at a point where my fitness is more important than my weight.

I ran 7 miles yesterday. I had hoped to do 8, but my socks must have been too thin because I noticed a couple of bad blisters today. I used the Camelbak filled with half Powerade Zero half water and I felt completely hydrated. I also tried some Clif Shot Blox and they were delicious and definitely went down easier than the gels, though I do like those too.

Yesterday was chilly! I had to wear a sweater, which was a bummer, but luckily I picked up a few on a shopping trip with Lauryn. I wore a gorgeous black one in a medium over a new burgundy gold-zippered t-shirt with grey pants and black boots. Yep, definitely fall weather.

My best friend's boyfriend was in town, so I went out to brunch with him and two of his friends from Montreal yesterday. They rode their motorcycles down from Quebec and were sightseeing in Salem and Boston. We had fun, but I wished my best friend was there too though I'm glad I'll be seeing him in Vegas next month. I had the most delicious dark 'n stormy (rum and ginger beer) and some yummy crabcakes on top of an arugula salad. They were nice, but a little "off," if you know what I mean? We had decided on brunch and then they wanted to see a dinner menu even though it wasn't dinnertime yet and were being kind of obnoxious about it.

Afterwards, we walked around Boston and I showed them some of the historical sites. There were some firefighters selling Boston Fire Department sweatshirts for charity in honor of September and Martin, one of the Quebecois, went over because his cousin was a firefighter who collects shirts from other city's departments. When he came over, empty-handed, he exclaimed "I gotta say, Americans are FAT, FAT, FAT!"

I was a bit taken aback. My first thought: "Is he talking about me?" I must have looked dumbfounded because he explained that all of the shirts were in XL or XXL and "they could have fit three of his cousin in one of those." I just kinda muttered that they sometimes do that with men's shirts, only have the bigger sizes. Finally, I realized that of course, he had no clue that I was wearing men's XL shirts just a year ago. Another taste of what thin people say about bigger people when there are no big people around, I guess? While I recognize that America has a obesity epidemic, I still didn't appreciate the generalization and I made excuses to cut the afternoon short.

Anyhow, that was my weekend! I'm hoping for a happy and active week and I hope you are too!

  
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TEAWONDERFUL 9/15/2010 3:41PM

    Sounds like your are doing good. Keep up the good work.

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SEORSA 9/15/2010 3:15PM

    Just wanted to add that a lot of other Countries have started to catch up with us. I think it takes about 20 years after the first wave of McDonalds invasions to totally destroy the Countries health.

I understand though how you feel. I have tried never to make comments about other people and their weight, but have been very free in fat jokes and comments about myself. I always felt that self deprecating humor was OK, but a lecture from my daughter and joining spark has totally changed my attitude. I am not 100% perfect, but I have tried to stop contributing ( however indirectly) to the negativity, meanness and other bad stuff our society has around weight.

Thanks- your really a good writer and have good things to say.

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RUNNINGNP2B 9/15/2010 8:17AM

    Sorry your afternoon got cut short Karv, but I understand why. It's hard, people don't realize what they say and as a non-American, he was just saying what the rest of the world is thinking, uncensored. Doesn't mean it's less painful to hear though. Couldn't they have just sold out of all the Mediums and Larges? No, he went straight to the Lazy Americans stand point and that is offensive.

Love the fall clothes changeover! I still won't allow myself to buy any new clothes (unless they from the Goodwill, new-to-you clothes) so I'm indulging in your shopping spree gorgeous. Enjoy the Boston fall in your new SMALLER sweaters!

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SUGIRL06 9/14/2010 2:23PM

    Oh boy, I don't like that he said that either! Some people are trying! But anyway...

I love fall! I love sweaters and boots and coats and scarves and everything like that! I hope you learn to love it too. LoL.

And way to go on the fitness topic! It is definitely more important to be healthy than to just worry about weight all the time! If you do things right, it will come off eventually!!! Keep up the great work girl! Oh, and I can't wait to try my clif shots now. I have some at home, maybe on my next long run?
~Ang

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AHEALTHIERME9 9/14/2010 9:55AM

    I love this line, Kristina...

"I'm glad I'm at a point where my fitness is more important than my weight."


And I have never heard of rum and ginger beer... where is it sold?

As for Martin's comment, yes, it's upsetting... Hopefully, he'll have the opportunity in life to grow a bit...

Have a wonderful day!

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/13/2010 6:12PM

    wowwww that guy sounds like a d-bag, no offense. I loathe people that are THAT inconsiderate about others- whether it's weight, race, gender, whatev. He could have said nicely that all they had were XL's instead of making a rude generalization about AMERICANS. I would have said, "oh yeah well Canadians are douches." :P but that's just me, and I have a problem biting my tongue :P

You will get into the swing of things with fall! It's hard after you've had such an amazing summer, but just think of all the things you'll accomplish this season! You are doing awesome girlie, and just keep pushin' on!

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WISLNDR 9/13/2010 5:31PM

    It's such a hard time of the year, isn't it? I was in Central Illinois yesterday where it was sunny and mid-80's so I was able to get one last swim in and pretend that fall isn't coming but, at the same time, I'm happy that it's cooler now and I'm able to run without wilting! Oh, and homemade soup after a walk on the beach, that's kind of nice too (thanks to GRACEISENUF for that idea!) We'll get through! (Plus you have things to look forward to so that should make it easier!)

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DETERMINED_SOUL 9/13/2010 5:22PM

    I can't wait to get to that point. I would love to feel comfy in a swimsuit and shorts again. Way to go!!

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NANASAMM 9/13/2010 4:37PM

    Glad you started enjoying old activities again. I'm usually not a summer lover because of the heat and humidity but I do have to say it wasn't too bad this summer. I've really enjoyed doing lots of activities with my granddaughters (didn't go to the beach nearly as much as I wanted) this year and will be sad to say goodbye to summer. Fall is really my season. Cool, crisp days and beautiful foliage colors. emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 9/13/2010 4:22PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time with Lauryn. Your beach house must be such a lovely place to stay.

Maybe in November you can still stroll along the shore all bundled up and make some homemade soups inside.

I am going to the seashore tomorrow for a couple days to our timeshare and the weather has cooled there too....high 60's. I too will miss the warmer days.

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KITHKINCAID 9/13/2010 4:20PM

    I think this might be the first summer since I was a kid that I'm going to be sad to leave. A lot of things have happened over this summer. Always bittersweet - but there's always next year and just think of what that could bring!

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CHICAT63 9/13/2010 2:41PM

    So glad you had a great summer and terrific visit with your sister-in-law. I understand about summer being over, I always tend to sit outside even with a sweater to get some sunny time in.

Ok, unless I am reading wrong your blog your best friend is gay, right? And so were his friends that were visiting, no prejudice here but being a Quebeker myself there is nothing worst about the obsession of gay French men about being "fat" the horror like some of my friends would say. So I could competely understand that comment nonetheless, if I am totally wrong I apologize forget what I wrote *lol*. Aa some have said that comment he should have kept for himself.

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/13/2010 2:32PM

    The change in seasons is bittersweet--I love the new season but miss the old. It never seems like it stays quite as long as we'd like. Nice to get to a point where the actual weight loss is less critical than fitness, isn't it? That's what I'm working towards.

It's startling to hear the kind of comments your friend's friend said about Americans when you have been overweight awhile. It makes you realize that you are not perceived as 'big' by others you meet now, and they have no clue that you were once.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/13/2010 2:25PM

    You have truly modeled for the rest of us what makes summer great! So glad you had a great time of fun and renewal...but yes - on to the Fall!!! :-) Perfect racing and running weather is on its way...can't wait to see how you model what makes fall so great!!

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WYND10 9/13/2010 2:02PM

    I am so glad you had a great summer and are embracing your life. It's all of the good. Way to go Kristina!

As for the rude comment...bah!

Let's leap into Fall, shall we? :D

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CALLIKIA 9/13/2010 1:29PM

    It's funny, I was so ready for summer to go when I was sweating in 90 degree heat and humidity, but now I want it back! *lol* Well, part of me does...the other part of me is looking for some great boots and a nice comfy sweater! ;)

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PINKCOCONUT 9/13/2010 12:02PM

    Just think what NEXT summer's going to be like!? Holy cow!!! You're going to have to try and top this summer! It sounds like you're totally up to the challenge!

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HOSTALADY 9/13/2010 11:40AM

    Summer was awesome for so many of us and yes we do need to embrace the change of season and make the change smooth as possible for us. A life time of great times and memories for you to cherish and remember that is what is so great!
Really enjoyed your blog and look forward to stepping it up to get things going again after a great summer too.

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ANNE7X7 9/13/2010 10:51AM

    I'm still wondering when "Fall" happened?!?! I guess I was still looking lovingly into Summer's eyes... jeez! I am sure you'll find your groove and get back at it in no time! I am so happy to hear you had an amazing summer!! YAY!

As for the rude comment with the tee-shirt, I wouldn't take it personally... I think it's a cultural thing with Quebecois (I would know... I am technically one of them... although I prefer "Canadian" emoticon). They have a tendency to speak their mind in a judgmental way... sometimes they don't have that social filter turned "on"! LOL

Have an awesome week!!

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STORMTMB 9/13/2010 10:51AM

    I'm really looking forward to hearing about your training for your two races upcoming. Fall will be such great weather for that.

BTW - imagine how much fun you're going to have next summer when you're even fitter!!! (That is a word, right?). You'll be talking marathon by then.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 9/13/2010 10:42AM

    Sounds like you're getting back to your old routine which is good after a little time doing something different. Just think of the comfortable running weather you'll have now after a stinkin' hot summer! I'm sure cleaning out the beach house was a bummer. Yes, I can see how fat Americans should be punished by having no clothing. That's about all I'm gonna say about that brain fart! Take care of those blisters!

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SAMSPARK1 9/13/2010 10:39AM

    Me too, I am sad about the summer ending! I love the fall, but really DISLIKE winter!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MBSHAZZER 9/13/2010 10:36AM

    Wow, obnoxious much? I would have been very offended as well. However, I do love a good dark and stormy! :D

If I lived in a place with winter, I think I would be really sad now, too. But there is always NEXT summer to look forward to!

I think your body will adjust to the increased hunger on your run days. When I started ramping up my mileage a few years ago, I would eat everything that wasn't nailed down. Now that I am consistently running longer distances, my body seems to have adjusted and I'm OK with close to what I normally eat on long run days. Hang in there! I love that you are more concerned about your performance than your weight! :D

Oh, and by the way... if you are not already familiar with her, you may want to check out JAMIEHORN20's page - she has lost a significant amount of weight and is getting ready to run her 2nd half marathon... her journey reminds me of yours!

Have a great week!

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JENN26POINT2 9/13/2010 10:35AM

    Statistically, yes, America is overweight... but statistically, America is also working on it. ;) I'm sorry your friend offended you.

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FUNFROG79 9/13/2010 10:34AM

    I'm looking forward to fall running weather! It's tough to let go of summer, but there are so many things to look forward to. Gosh, I miss Boston so much! I miss living so close to the city, but I don't miss those awful New England winters! emoticon

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HAPPYPATTY1 9/13/2010 10:33AM

    We've not even had a summer here really... but the height of the sun is changing, shadows are getting longer, and there there PEARS at the farmer's market yesterday: proof that summer is over. Gone are peaches, plums and melons. Hello pears and apples!

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1BIGDREAM 9/13/2010 10:28AM

    This change of seasons is really hard for me too. I'm a summer girl, through and through, and letting go of summer makes me sad. We'll work through it together, I guess. At least fall is perfect running weather!

Sorry to hear about your experience with your Canadian guests. It is interesting to hear how other people in the world think about us.

Have a great day!
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Who's a Runner? YOU ARE.

Saturday, September 11, 2010




I got a wonderful SparkMail last week from LIZZY2380, who just completed Couch to 5K (C25K) and is competing in her first 5K today. I wanted to share her letter with you because the elation she shares so closely mirrored my own and that of so many other runners who don't have the stereotypical runners' body but pushed themselves to become runners.

So go wish Lizzy best of luck and congratulations on her 5K today!

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=LI
ZZY2380


"I'm writing to you because I owe you. Big time. See, about 14 weeks and 50 pounds ago I visited your sparkpage. You had just completed a race and were praising the C25k program. I looked through your pictures and admired your progress. Not just your weight loss, but the attitude toward life and fitness you had. I was looking for a fitness program that would give me some structure and goals and because I read your blog and saw what you had accomplished I decided that C25k was the program for me. I started the next morning.

Fast forward to yesterday afternoon. I hadn't missed a training session. In fact, I did weeks 1-5 twice before I realized I was probably capable of pushing myself to follow the program exactly. I was right. I finished week 5-9 strong! And yesterday, instead of doing my last 30 minute run I thought I would try to run the entire 5k. (My first race is in one week, and I was feeling unsure about my abilities) I ran the whole thing, didn't so much as slow down, let alone walk. 37:45. I was on the treadmill at the gym and crying like a little girl because I couldn't even stand how proud I was of myself. I've never felt like that about myself before. I feel strong and capable.

I walk around thinking to myself 'I'm a runner, I run.' Which is such a far cry from the things I used to think about myself. I dream about running, I drive down streets and wonder what it might be like to run them. My body is strong. My lungs are strong. My heart is strong. I'm living my life. And it's because I saw what you had done. I drove home from the gym last night, excited to tell my husband that I had exceeded my own expectations, and also, thinking 'I have to find that woman and thank her!'

Thank you. Thank you for deciding that you were worth the effort, it helped to convince me of the same. Thank you for not quitting, it eliminated my own excuses. And thank you for declaring your very personal victory to the entire world, because of that, a little bit of my own personal victory belongs to you. Next Saturday morning I'm going to lace up my running shoes and show up to a race for people who run, because I'M a runner."

  
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DBNCH2013 9/29/2010 10:07AM

  Im so excited to get started back on my first week of the C25K program. I've missed a couple days and should alraedy be on my 2nd week and almost to the third, but I missed working out on sat,sun,mon,tues,and today. So I will be starting the entire first week and program ALL OVER. But after reading your blogs, and especially this one, I have the motivation I need to get on the right track again and I WILL stick with it this time. Thanks for sharing her letter. =)

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LINDABENEDICT 9/19/2010 9:39PM

    wow !!! Thanks for sharing !

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FLIGGACHICA 9/17/2010 6:23PM

    cool beans!

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SPARKANN 9/17/2010 1:45AM

    Fantastic!

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KOOKERBEE 9/16/2010 7:15PM

    Oh, and I have probably missed several of your blogs and maybe you have already entertained this suggestion, but I had to throw this out there: have you considered writing a book entitled "Running While Chunky"? I would buy it for sure!!!! :)

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KOOKERBEE 9/16/2010 7:14PM

    Thank you BOTH. I echo the comments about how your belief in yourself sparked a belief in herself, and you know what? The torch keeps getting passed. Isn't it amazing how when we take care of ourselves and create an amazing life, others are inspired to do the same? THIS is the reason to put ourselves first!!!! Thank you SO much for sharing! :)

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AHAUNTEDPOET 9/16/2010 2:38PM

    Good Post!

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KARDUH114 9/16/2010 1:01PM

    gave me goosebumps...that's awesome....

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 9/16/2010 12:17PM

    I read her blog earlier today and could feel her joy. Keep on inspiring others to run ... maybe it's a calling!

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ALOFA0509 9/16/2010 2:52AM

   
I soo love this post!! I feel the same way, at 319 lbs I thought for sure I needed to lose 50 lbs before starting.. I didnt wait, I just did it and now I'm in WK8!! You've inspired me to just Do It.. Thank You emoticon

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SECRET_SWITCH 9/16/2010 1:33AM

    You have inspired me to check out the c25k...... i have never been a runner... it hurts..... blah blah blah...... thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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ASYREETA 9/15/2010 11:26PM

    Wonderful!

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APMAC_D 9/15/2010 9:49PM

    Awwww this just really made me smile- so sweet and sincere. I think you are great too and no wonder she found so much motivation through you!

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SUPERGIRL1000 9/15/2010 8:17PM

    oh my god!!!! amazing and inspiring words!!! both of you motivate me!! WOW!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!! emoticon emoticon

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SOMMERKBENDER 9/15/2010 7:13PM

    I loved this post. I am going to find out more information about C25K and do it myself. This was a great post and thank you for sharing with us.

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PRETTYPITHY 9/15/2010 7:07PM

    OMG, I almost cried. I hope you know you mean a whole lot to me, too. And I love how she describes how strong it makes her feel. I will go congratulate her--and thank her for her awesome words (and thank you for sharing them!).

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ZANDASMOM1 9/15/2010 6:42PM

    Wow!!!!! What an awesome blog!!!! I too can so relate. I am in week 5 of my C25K and the words "I am going running today" are still hard to get out of my mouth. It is hard to believe after so long not believing that one day I too will become a runner. Thank you so much for posting this!! It gives me even more motivation to get through the rest of my training and run my first 5K!!!

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JUST_SIMONE 9/15/2010 5:59PM

    I read her blog earlier and LOVED it! Congratulations to both of you for being such an inspiration!

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MARTELLA3 9/15/2010 5:44PM

    I read your "Running While Chunky" blog and had the same response as your letter writer. I will run in my first 5k race on November 6.
Thank you for leading the way for all the rest of us runner wanna-be's who are now making it happen.

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LOTUSFLOWER 9/15/2010 5:40PM

    You are both an inspiration!!!!!

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BALDWINJ_03 9/15/2010 5:36PM

    That's great!!! Congrats on being such an inspiration! :)

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BETHLP10 9/15/2010 4:08PM

  Thanks for sharing! I am getting ready for my first 5k on Sept 25th! very excited and hoping I log a good race time!

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LBUGARIN1 9/15/2010 12:58PM

    what a great story...it's amazing how our "own" little stories can spark someone that may be reading! keep it up! emoticon

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STIPER23 9/15/2010 12:51PM

    Awesome! I am in week 5 of c25k now and I have also found inspiration from other sparkers in my c25k adventure.

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MANDA_MICHELLE 9/15/2010 11:52AM

  aww i have shivers. its such a 'pay it forward' movement, isn't it?! aweomse, and congrats to LIZZY2380!!!

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KITTYF54 9/15/2010 10:31AM

    Thank you for sharing that. what a great letter.

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CATHRINE2010 9/15/2010 10:29AM

    wow that is great !! Such and inspiration for all runners. We all have felt that way at one time or another. Thank you

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MYDOGTUFF 9/15/2010 9:48AM

    What an inspirational note! I am doing the C25K program too. It is so good to see people who succeed at it!

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EVADADIVA 9/15/2010 8:51AM

    Its such a great feeling when you unknowingly helped someone out! :)

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JBMT08 9/15/2010 8:27AM

    That is so awesome!!! Look at all that you do for us! I can only imagine how you feel getting these and other letters from fellow sparkers letting you know how much you motivate them!!! You book is coming closer!!!

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HEIDE69 9/15/2010 7:50AM

    WAY COOL! Good for you! I just starting running this year and have done 2 5K's and it was great. I have one more coming in Oct. Once you start you will be addicted!!!!

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SHOSHANADP 9/15/2010 7:30AM

    Good for both of you!

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GRACEISENUF 9/13/2010 4:25PM

    What a great example of "spreading the spark".

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KYMMC3 9/13/2010 3:22PM

    Aw!! That is just SO great. You are an inspiration to SO SO many!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/13/2010 2:14PM

    Awesome...simply AWESOME!!!! You truly are an inspiration and the great thing is you may never know just how many people you have inspired...people that have pushed on when they thought they couldn't; people that thought they could NEVER be a runner. You ROCK girlie!! Glad she took the time to tell ya what so many of us can say AMEN SISTAH to! :-)

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CALLIKIA 9/13/2010 1:28PM

    Such a great letter..and I hope to one day be able to say the same. Still struggling, but I refuse to give up until I can one day say, "I'm a runner."

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SUEINTHEPARK 9/13/2010 11:37AM

    What a fantastic, heartfelt letter! Thank you so much for posting it, and for providing inspiration to us all!!!
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ROOT4HOME 9/13/2010 11:17AM

    Kudos to you both!! You're both an inspiration and Lizzy's letter proved it! WTG!!! emoticon

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JENN26POINT2 9/13/2010 10:30AM

    I found you because one of your blogs was a most popular blog. :)

I love this letter. Very strong words and emotion. Great job motivating! You motivate us every day! :)

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DRB13_1 9/13/2010 10:17AM

    I read GetFit2Live's post, then Lizzy2380, and that led to you! So glad to have such inspiring friends and examples, to know I don't have to go from running to walking because of age, and to be able to live life fully - breathing and moving and knowing if I put my mind to it, there's a way to do it.
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MRS243 9/13/2010 9:02AM

    I am starting C25k this evening... again. i am determined to complete it this time! i love you blog. Thanks for be such an inspiration to me and others on this site. kepp up the good work!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/13/2010 1:59AM

    That's exactly how I feel, and you're part of the reason--thanks for sharing your journey with us here. Amazing the ripples that are spread by a little pebble, isn't it? You do something positive for yourself and share it, and that creates a ripple that keeps spreading. Pretty awesome!

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ABETTERCHERYL 9/12/2010 10:44PM

    I love that letter!

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MEGA_MILES 9/12/2010 9:34AM

    That's fantastic. Congratulations on helping someone else turn their life around. The amazing thing is that you accomplished it by just dealing with yourself and sharing your experience. Very Sparky of you!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FUNFROG79 9/12/2010 7:56AM

    THAT IS FANTASTIC!

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SOCCERWOW 9/12/2010 7:21AM

  Way to go! You are amazing!

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NLMARSHALLJX 9/11/2010 6:44PM

    What an inspiration!

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IMSMILEY88 9/11/2010 5:57PM

    Wow! What a letter! There were several of you SPers, including you, who mentioned C25K and got me started. I ran my first 5K today, too... and I agree with Lizzy... I am a runner in part because of you! Thanks for sharing your story and showing us that we can set goals and achieve them. I have NEVER been an athlete before and now I am sitting her proudly wearing my 5K shirt. emoticon

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LAURIETAIT 9/11/2010 3:25PM

    I bet it's pretty hard to beat the feeling you got from reading that letter. I'm sure there are others out there who owe there beginnings as a runner in part to your example. I know I am one. Well still working on officially calling myself a runner but I am working on it! emoticon

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Two Months, Two Halfs

Friday, September 10, 2010

I'm looking at the last two weeks as a nice rest for the race schedule that's ahead of me this fall. Not that I was super lazy or anything... I walked loads, I ran 3-5 miles at least twice a week, went surfing and dancing! But I also ate out a lot and was definitely more relaxed about my food choices though I did track it all. It was also nice not to have the HRM on while I exercised. Sometimes that thing can be a huge drag!

I tapped into the joy of exercise. Pure, unregimented joy at moving my body and keeping myself leaner and fitter.

I have officially signed up for two half marathons! When I first started training, I checked out the October half marathon, but thought it might be too early and that I wanted to have the summer to do my own thing. Little did I know that my own thing would include learning to love running for its own sake and pushing for that extra mile just because it was fun! So now I'm going to attempt 13.1 miles two times this fall.

Because it worked this summer, I'm going to train but I'm not going to make a schedule and stick it to the fridge. I'm not going to slack though! Three runs and three cross-trains and a mandatory rest day.

So here we go! Good clean food, lots of running and two races for the next four weeks. Then Vegas. Then we start all over again!

  
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MAIA2011 9/14/2010 7:47PM

    You are awesome, as you know! Have a great time in Vegas! I don't know about the restaurants but I love CIrque de Soleil (likely spelled wrong)!

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REDRUNNER82 9/13/2010 11:37AM

    Good luck on your training! I want to do two halfs in two months in the spring so I look forward to reading about your races!

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MBG976 9/12/2010 6:47PM

    Good luck! It will be great to see your progress!
I'm going to be signing up for two halfs too, but mine won't be until the beginning of next year.

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FELIXC 9/11/2010 12:50PM

    Good luck on your HMs! You will do GREAT!

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MBSHAZZER 9/11/2010 12:42PM

    Awesome, Kristina! you are going to nail both of them! I love that you are so excited about running!

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HEATHER_TEACHAH 9/11/2010 9:21AM

    OMG how exciting!!! I am excited to get better so I can get back on track w/ my own 10k training next week. Half mara... hopefully thats in the cards for me one day :) we'll see!

I'm soo excited for all your races!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ROOT4HOME 9/11/2010 12:57AM

    Awesome!! All the best on your training and 2 upcoming HM's!! emoticon emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 9/10/2010 9:29PM

    Great! You are such an inspiration. Maybe I'll be just like you next year. I am starting to consider a 10K. emoticon And, I have three 5Ks in the next 6 weeks! That should keep me on track!


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HOSTALADY 9/10/2010 8:02PM

    Just like you to change things up and keep things fresh for YOU. You will do AWESOME. Great Blog!

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FOXXYROXXYD 9/10/2010 7:48PM

    Wow! You go! It's going to be so Awesome!

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STORMTMB 9/10/2010 5:28PM

    Good luck with the training. I know you'll love the thrill of your first and second half. Can't wait to hear all about it!

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JENN26POINT2 9/10/2010 5:25PM

    Good luck with your training and keep us posted! I'm signing up for one next spring and fall both! (it'll probably be 2 next fall and one in the spring, but we'll see how things work out).

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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 9/10/2010 5:14PM

    Good luck and have fun. Keep us updated on the training and the two halfs. I am training for my first 10K which is less than a month away.

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WISLNDR 9/10/2010 5:08PM

    I like your training schedule!!

I think you saw in one of my recent blogs that I'm running the 5K event in Chicago this weekend. What a total shock for me to realize that I would have been ready to run the 1/2 despite the lack of a formal training schedule this summer. I ran when the weather let me run and just enjoyed myself. And I'll be enjoying myself this weekend!!

Have a great weekend as you look forward to your 2 upcoming events!!!!!!! Very fun!!

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FANGLE 9/10/2010 5:07PM

    Good Luck with the training

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LAURIETAIT 9/10/2010 4:59PM

    Awesome. Don't you love it when things that make you happy are good for you! emoticon

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ANEWKIRBIE 9/10/2010 4:36PM

    wow, you are wonderwoman! Seriously man, you're amazing!

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COMPASSLOST1 9/10/2010 4:23PM

    Ahhhh SO exciting. You are amazing! You inspire me to sign up for another half. Awesome!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/10/2010 4:22PM

    You WILL do it and you WILL rock while you are!!!! Enjoy!!!

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BUBBASMAMA0508 9/10/2010 4:06PM

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!

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CALLIKIA 9/10/2010 3:56PM

    You amaze me each and every day.

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KITHKINCAID 9/10/2010 3:31PM

    You're amazing girl! I know you can do it!

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SEEHOLZ 9/10/2010 3:22PM

    Great plan!

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CHICAT63 9/10/2010 3:14PM

    Woohoo, you can do it !

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RUNNINGOLLIE 9/10/2010 3:12PM

    Awesome!!! Which races are you doing? emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 9/10/2010 3:10PM

    WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PHDMAMA06 9/10/2010 3:06PM

    Awesome! I too am running two halfs in October. Part of me thinks I'm insane (probably am LOL!) and the rest of me is 100000% excited about this!

Good luck to you!

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BURKEBRIZ 9/10/2010 2:47PM

    That sounds wonderful! Way to rock it!

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SACGIRL 9/10/2010 2:45PM

    Congrats on your decision on the two half's!! YOU CAN DO IT!! Keep us all updated on your progress :)

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WATCHMEGO2 9/10/2010 2:44PM

    Woot! You rock girl!!

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TEAWONDERFUL 9/10/2010 2:34PM

    It is nice to just move and be active for the fun of it, not just for weight loss. Good luck with your runs. I'm sure you will do great.

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RUNTRILAUGH 9/10/2010 2:33PM

    Check out HalfFanatics.com

Its a cool group of us crazy runners, and with that schedule, you might be eligible to join!

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ANEPANALIPTI 9/10/2010 2:31PM

    Tell me what your schedule is!! I hope we can run a half one day together! :D

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 9/10/2010 2:30PM

  So, you're done with the evil place then?

I'm so jealous of your summer, dude. Seriously.

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JESSSPARK 9/10/2010 2:29PM

    Woot! Way to keep on trucking. I keep telling myself I will never succumb to the desire to run for so long my toenails might turn black or fall off.. but you all make me suspicious that I could be deluding myself.. ;)

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Aug '10 Recap, Sep '10 Goals

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Super late on this August recap given we're already over a week into September. The first week of the new month hasn't been so healthful, but I've tracked everything: good, bad and ugly. I had a wonderful time with my sister-in-law visiting for two months and I was so sad to drop her off at the airport tonight.

I feel like I'm making excuses for my low weight loss this month, but I really do feel fantastic, despite only losing 2 lbs (or less, I know I have a lot of bloat right now from restaurant meals!). I know I didn't do great with adjusting my calorie range this month and meeting my goals, but I'm living my life and enjoyed the end of summer so much. I did so many cool things like surf and wear a freaking bikini!

But I'm ready to start eating healthier. While I enjoyed the splurges and the 2000+ calorie days, I have a freaking half marathon in less than a month!

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RECAP RESULTS:

AUGUST '10:
-2 pounds
30 days of cardio exercise
12 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
2,450 fitness minutes
16,832 calories burned
Definitely slacked on strength training.
8.5 and 9.5 mile runs!


AUGUST GOALS:

-Lose 5 lbs
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Lost 2 lbs, if that. I'm registering around 180-182 lately since I've been eating more and out more the past two weeks. I know I haven't been the best with weight loss and it's my own fault, but it is what it is.

-2,000+ fitness minutes
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While my nutrition lagged, my fitness sho' didn't. Huzzah!

-Meet sodium levels 5/7 days per week
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W1: 4/7; W2: 6/7; W3: 3/7; W4: 4/7... could be better...

-One long run per week and increase mileage to 9-10 miles
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I got up to 9.5 miles! Feel so proud of myself.

-Kick butt at my Beatles-themed 4.2-mile race!
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Woohoo! I finished in 43:59 for a 10:29 minute-mile!

-Focus on arm and ab strength training and getting toned
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Um, I didn't do too great with strength training this month, but I'm going to do better in September!

-Work on 30 by 30
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I definitely keep plugging at it, though I should totally be doing more of it!

-Work on RWC
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Making progress, but again, could be doing more...


SEPTEMBER GOALS:
-Lose 5 lbs
-2000+ fitness minutes
-Strength training at least 3x per week
-Three runs per week and long runs of 11 and 12 miles
-Meet sodium levels 5/7 days per week
-Race for the Cure... get as close to 30 minutes as possible!
-Make plans for Vegas
-Work on 30 by 30 and RWC


PREVIOUS RESULTS:

This is long, but I like to keep it all in one place, hence this footnote...

JULY '09:
-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 '09:
-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 '09:
-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 '09:
-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 '09:
-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 '09:
-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 '10:
-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 '10:
-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 '10:
-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 '10:
-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 '10:
-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

JUNE '10:
-7 pounds
28 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 30 days (tracked meals – and not calories – 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

JULY:
-3 pounds
30 days of cardio exercise
3 days above calorie range
Tracked 30 days (skipped July 4th)
2,680 fitness minutes
18,273 calories burned
Continued gym circuit training and home DVD strength training
7-mile and 8-mile runs!

  
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AFITJULIE 9/10/2010 2:37PM

    You did awesome! You continued to up your running, lose weight and fit a lot of fun into the last of the summer.

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REDRUNNER82 9/10/2010 2:23PM

    Life is for living and you're definitely proof of that - glad you had such a great end-of-summer and you have some great goals for September!

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LAURIETAIT 9/10/2010 2:21PM

    In twenty years you'll remember this summer for all the great things you did (wear a bikini) not the things you didn't do (lose 3 more pounds). You've worked so hard you deserved a chance to enjoy it. emoticon

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CHICAT63 9/10/2010 11:51AM

    A loss is a loss afterall it all adds up ! Hey, you were enjoying yourself and it was the summer no excuses. so your nutrition lacked but you upped your fitness and you are well planned for your training. No problem you will do just FINE !
Also it's good to shake-up your body once in a while, it gives a kick you'll turn into a fat burning machine. emoticon emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/10/2010 11:47AM

    No matter what...you are a ROCK STAR! Way to go on getting up to 9+ miles! I won't be there for a couple more weeks...but you are showing me that 9 is conquerable fo sho!!! :-)

Awesome month with tons of fun!!! Can't wait to see what September brings ya.

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HOSTALADY 9/10/2010 10:59AM

    You are doing great and sometimes we need to change things up a bit. You held your own and that is what counts and you had a fabulous time with family and the beach. A very AWESOME time and now onto the races you have planned. This has been a wonderful and great summer for sure!

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MBSHAZZER 9/10/2010 10:22AM

    Kristina - I would say that August was a success. If you cannot live your life and enjoy, what is the point? Sure, you could have been a stick in the mud and lost more weight, but it would have been horrible for you and for your SIL. Much better to see that you can cut loose a little and relax and STILL lose weight!

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Can't wait for your HM debut!

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STORMTMB 9/10/2010 9:24AM

    You've done great even though you didn't make every goal. You're doing what others seem to fail at: adjusting to life... you're having fun living your life and your healthy lifestyle adjusts to the "special" days and events. All that cardio and those long runs are fantastic. You're still tracking your food, so you're honest with yourself about what you're eating. You've made this change real and I seriously admire that! You are an inspiration.

Tina

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CREATINGAMANDA 9/10/2010 9:21AM

    You're still rockin' it!

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JENN26POINT2 9/10/2010 9:05AM

    Great job, K! You're doing awesome!

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THEQUEENBEE333 9/10/2010 8:55AM

    You are doing it! Its all a livestyle change and in the long run, you are making it happen! Go you! Have a wonderful weekend!

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SAMSPARK1 9/10/2010 8:52AM

    Considering holidays/your SIL's visit, you did fantastic! I think this reinforces how you have made some serious lifestyle changes! Way to go!

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FUNFROG79 9/10/2010 8:26AM

    I think you are doing fantastic! You are going to rock September! emoticon

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LFLFLPLP 9/10/2010 8:21AM

    Great job!! A loss is a loss and still having a loss while getting to enjoy life and family.... well that's good balance to me!

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ANNE7X7 9/10/2010 8:19AM

    You did great!!! Way to go! If anything, the high calorie days will help your progress in September!! Your body knows that there is no food shortage, so you are going to be melting this month!!!

Have fun with the rest of your training! I am so excited to hear all about your first half!!

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CARILOUIE 9/10/2010 7:47AM

    Hahaha I guess I should be thinking about my September goals too, seeing as we're, oh, into September double digits.
You are doing such a great job and continue to be an inspiration with your consistency and drive.

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PINKCOCONUT 9/10/2010 7:44AM

    Aw yeah! You're still doing awesome! I totally failed on my strength training as well. But I plan to make it my priority once this half is done!

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WISLNDR 9/10/2010 6:48AM

    I changed the title on my Spark Page to "Loving Life"; maybe you should be using it instead!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 9/10/2010 6:23AM

    BEAUTIFUL! YOU GOT THIS!!!!!

I'm back in Greece now feeling more in the groove!!

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FOXXYROXXYD 9/9/2010 11:01PM

    No regrets, no excuses - this says it all, "but I'm living my life and enjoyed the end of summer so much." You are living your life in such a totally different way than when you started this journey - that's what it's all about - so, so proud and happy for you!
Way to go.

WHAT? Your half is in less than a month? WOW! No worries - YOU got this!

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WE_PA_FIT 9/9/2010 10:44PM

    still working it girl no matter what! INSANE monthly calorie burn!! Hey what do you do for ST? Perhpas a short but sweet dvd will help you get it done more often. Like the Biggest loser power sculpt--it has options for a 20 min, 10 or other 10 min session. U can chose whicever or all for a long session. Im jus sayin'! emoticon

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CATHERINEL66 9/9/2010 8:50PM

    You were workin it on the calories burned and fitness minutes! Whoo hoo!

Nice going!

I broke my goals up weekly for September which all feed into one miraculous weight loss goal (we'll see if the math holds true!). I was doing great, but am currently on a little mini vacation ... but the yoga retreat portion of my interlude starts tomorrow :) more exercise and some rest for the mind too.

Nice blog!

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The Awesomest Bestest Summer Ever

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Typing this via iPhone from da beach. Will add pics when I get back...

My first "overweight" summer has brought me...

1. A killer tan, even on my legs for the first time ever!




2. I wore freaking high heels all night long with barely a throb!




3. Shorts, shorts, shorts!

4. Awesome runs on the coast

5. Confidence galore.

6. Clothes in a size MEDIUM and shorts in a 10.

7. Holy crap, I wore my first bikini ever in public this weekend and I looked pretty good.




I may have not lost a lot of weight this summer but the things I gained are worth oh-so-much more.

  
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GRACEISENUF 9/13/2010 4:23PM

    emoticon You look tan and hawt!

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YINYANGSJM 9/12/2010 12:28PM

    You've had an amazing summer. You look fantastic in your bikini and happy and tan and healthy :). I hope that someday I get to the point where I exercise because it feels good and I enjoy it and not because I have to. You've come so far and are a great inspiration to me!!!!

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MMS354 9/11/2010 6:43PM

    The way you're living your life right now is Success. Great job!

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CARLA-216 9/10/2010 3:33PM

    You look amazing in that bikini! So much awesomeness!

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AHAUNTEDPOET 9/10/2010 12:33PM

    Yeah! emoticon

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MPALMER15 9/9/2010 10:21PM

    Wowweee! You look amazing AND so happy! Congrats!

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/9/2010 6:12PM

    oww owwwwwwwww!!!! you look KILLER!! emoticon

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AFITJULIE 9/9/2010 4:05PM

    Look at you!! Fantastic!! You look so happy and beautiful and HEALTHY!! I am so proud of you.


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CINNAMONGURL06 9/9/2010 3:52PM

    Check you out! You look FABULOUS!

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KYMMC3 9/9/2010 1:33PM

    Wahoo!!! Look at you in that Bikini!!! You and your tiny little waist line look so wonderful. High heels really don't hurt when you lose weight? I've NEVER worn since they hurt SO bad, something to look forward to? Lose the defination in your arms too BTW!!

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KCLARK1355 9/9/2010 11:49AM

    I'm so glad you enjoyed your summer with such gleeful abandon!

You look so happy and beautiful!

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SAMSPARK1 9/9/2010 11:16AM

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You should be so proud!! I love how happy and pleased you sound!

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LFLFLPLP 9/9/2010 11:15AM

    And things will only get better from here! Congratulations on what you have gained!!!

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EMLG11 9/9/2010 10:51AM

    Your legs look awesome!! So curvy and muscular! Amazing work!

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MRS243 9/9/2010 8:41AM

    That's emoticon!

I hope to be there next summer. Keep up the good work.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 9/9/2010 12:22AM

    Love the blog. you are doing wonderfully!!

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DJS-DEBBIE 9/8/2010 9:23PM

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REDRUNNER82 9/8/2010 3:20PM

    Good for you, girl! May that amazing attitude of yours stick around for the fall!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/8/2010 10:50AM

    emoticon Great list!

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CINNAMONGURL06 9/8/2010 9:52AM

    You continue to be an inspiration! emoticon

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 9/8/2010 7:34AM

    Yay lady!!! :) :) :)

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MRSSIBRAT 9/8/2010 7:01AM

    amazingness!!

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_DASH_ 9/8/2010 12:43AM

    sooo cool!!! i notice i have been tanning easier now too since losing 50! who knew?! and the high heels! i blogged about that today too!! good for you K! sounds like a perfect summer to me!

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HUGMONKEYMOM 9/8/2010 12:03AM

    Just fantastic!

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HOSTALADY 9/7/2010 11:33PM

    You absolutely ROCK! I am so happy and proud for all you do and are accomplishing on your journey. A fabulous SUMMER for you for sure! A fabulous 2010! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROOT4HOME 9/7/2010 11:03PM

    Congrats!!! Way to Rock your summer!!! emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 9/7/2010 10:30PM

    emoticon You are such an inspiration. You have come so far and accomplished so much. You are a true role model. emoticon

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STARLIGHT615 9/7/2010 10:13PM

    Awesome!! I bet you looked fantastic in that bikini!!! Great work !

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ANNE7X7 9/7/2010 9:58PM

    This blog made me so freaking happy! You are so fabulous, and I miss your blogs like crazy!! Can't wait to hear all about it! Enjoy the beach girl! You deserve it!!

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MAKALANI22 9/7/2010 9:31PM

    woohoo! nice job! i'm so proud of you and all that you're doing. way to give yourself a pat on the back too, we all need to do that much more often =)

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1BIGDREAM 9/7/2010 9:08PM

    Love this! Keep having fun!
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NOTBLUSHING 9/7/2010 8:24PM

    Your blogs always lift me up!

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SACGIRL 9/7/2010 7:48PM

    That is one AWESOME list of things!! Congrats on having your best summer yet...I'm so jealous of the coastal runs! Can't wait to see pics!!

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FUNFROG79 9/7/2010 7:02PM

    Congrats! What a fun list!

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P0KERS0PH 9/7/2010 6:59PM

    Congrats!

I hope to be able to say some of those things next summer!

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CHICAT63 9/7/2010 6:53PM

    emoticon woohoo, all of this makes your summer rock !!!! emoticon. You are doing fantastic, looking forward to the pictures.

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/7/2010 6:47PM

    WOO HOO! That is AWESOME!

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VALLOUGH 9/7/2010 6:42PM

    Oh such a nice blog! Can't wait to see what next summer holds!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 9/7/2010 6:22PM

    Awesome!!!! Sounds like you are having a great time enjoying the rewards of all your hard work!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ABETTERBECKY 9/7/2010 6:15PM

    so awesome kristina - i'm so happy your summer absolutely rocked - you've worked so hard for this and it appears it paid off in buckets! way to go - so so so proud of your accomplishments.

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WANT2BEFIT10 9/7/2010 6:10PM

    GREAT BLOG!!!! Awesome job!

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/7/2010 5:52PM

    woah woah woah!!!! Pictures of the bikini please!!!! :D hottttay!! I'm so happy you are having such a fabulous summer!

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CFIMBRES01 9/7/2010 5:33PM

    GREAT

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LAGREBE 9/7/2010 5:30PM

    Fab!

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MELLANN 9/7/2010 5:12PM

    That is so great! I wore my first bikini in public this summer and it was awsome! :) emoticon

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THEQUEENBEE333 9/7/2010 5:10PM

    AWESOME YOU!!!! YOU are inspiring me! WOo hoo!

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SEEHOLZ 9/7/2010 5:07PM

    Wohoo!!!

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