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Cycling is Tough, Y'all!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Yesterday was the duathlon and it was a gorgeous fall day and perfect for it! I ended up borrowing a friend's bike which means, yes, I didn't have my own, and no, I really, really didn't do any test runs before the day.

Oh well.
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The first 2 mile run was fun, a really great course. I finished my run in about 19 minutes. And then it was time to find the bike (which I didn't really know very well in the first place...) and set off for a ride. Off I went. One thing I like about running is that there's nothing there to hurt your butt or ladyparts, LOL and after 10+ miles of bumps, turns and hills that's exactly what happens on a strange bike. It was a beautiful course though and a great day, so it was good to try something new. When I headed to the transition area, I was a little over an hour into clock time. And it was time to run again for 2.3 miles!

Whoa. When you've been pedalling for 45 minutes, the act of running is a completely different experience. My legs seemed to scream out "now what?" Needless to say, this run wasn't as fun or fast as the first one, probably about 22 minutes. And then I finished! After the race though, my chip timer didn't register though (with a lot of others it seems) but I think it was about 85-95 minutes of running/cycling.

And then I had a monster cheeseburger afterwards and looked it up afterwards and found out it was over 1200 calories. Oof.

The duathlon makes me want to train and do a triathlon for real someday. It's a whole different ballgame than a straight out run and I can only imagine what adding swimming to the mix would feel like. I love the water, but I'm not a strong technical swimmer, especially now that I have less body fat and my buoyancy has decreased!

Today is another one of those gorgeous fall days and I'm going to take a leisurely run for as long as I can today. I'm going to try to be better about my strength training this week and eating cleaner and getting myself back to pre-half marathon condition because (holy crap) I gotta run another one in less than a month. Yes, I'm a little cray cray!

Six weeks til 30 and I want to be in the best shape I possibly can.

  
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HOSTALADY 10/24/2010 1:32AM

    Congrats on getting er done! Great challenge running and biking, adding the water will be the greatest test with all three for sure. I haven't seen you back down or bite off more than you can accomplish yet and I think you have it in you too! YOU"RE AWESOME!

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MAIA2011 10/23/2010 1:02AM

    You're so awesome!

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TEAM-SARAH 10/19/2010 2:07PM

    Sounds fun!! I'd love to do a duathlon sometime because, well, I should really get more into cycling. Running is very difficult for me and I don't see myself getting much faster than 10 min/miles but I've got much more natural cycling ability. Only the folks in the crazy biker outfits pass me on the path ;) Just never really put the time into getting competitive at cycling. It's much more expensive than running! I should look and see if there are any in the area I could do maybe next year. Thanks for the inspiration, sounds like you did freakin awesome!

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SHARONA_P 10/19/2010 9:51AM

    nice job! sounds like a cook experience and what a way to challenge yourself!

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NANCYLAPEACH 10/19/2010 5:53AM

    Sounds like a great accomplishment!! I just started cycling this past Spring and I still ret a sore bottom...it is worth it though! I love it! Kudos to you and definitely go for the tri...i know it is in you.

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GETFIT2LIVE 10/19/2010 12:55AM

    Yay for you, though you are a little crazy for doing it without some test rides on the bike, LOL! A triathlon is definitely something you can do; go for it!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 10/18/2010 10:34PM

    LOL now you're talking about something I know about CYCLING! Yeah baby... seriously fun! Yeah for you... and I think you'd kick booty on a sprint triathlon!

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IMSMILEY88 10/18/2010 10:31PM

    Wonderful job! And, glad the day and the course were so beautiful. I'm training for my first tri in April and looking at a duathlon in February. But, it looks like most of the competitors are REALLY fast! I continue to get faster, though, and it looks like so much fun. I just might do it! Thanks for the post! And, congrats on trying something new!

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BTINTERNET 10/18/2010 10:19PM

    Sounds awesome!! (Get a gel seat!)

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RUNNINGOLLIE 10/18/2010 10:17PM

    I secretly covert the tri! I think that will be my goal for the next year! Glad you had a great time and the weather is my favorite right now!
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OBXFIREGUY 10/18/2010 7:18PM

    sounds like a fun day!

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250STRONG 10/18/2010 5:55PM

    Sounds awesome!

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RUSTBUCKET1 10/18/2010 5:49PM

    Congratulations and Kudos on your achievement. Wow did you earn that cheeseburger! emoticon

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NUTRIGIRL08 10/18/2010 5:14PM

    emoticon I did one yesterday too! It was a perfect day!

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MMS354 10/18/2010 5:11PM

    Great job on the duathlon. Yep, biking can definitely hurt the ol' ladybits. My longest ride to date is 38 miles and I was hurtin' for certain - will be forking out the $$ to buy gel shorts next year. I think you'll like triathlon - I did my first one this year and the cross training is awesome and keeps boredom at bay. Good luck in your future endeavors!

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L3DESIGNS 10/18/2010 5:08PM

    Great job!

You can do it.

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GRACEISENUF 10/18/2010 3:43PM

    I hear you on the biking. I thought I was just going to "jump" on and go indefinitely when I got a bicycle two years ago.....NOT!

I am enjoying the fall cooler temps here today...hope they last!
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Hope you have a great week ahead.

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DETERMINED_SOUL 10/18/2010 3:05PM

    Way to Go!!! especially with the "foreign" bike. I know that is what it feels like. You will do awesome on your next one as well.

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LIVESTRONG2010 10/18/2010 2:50PM

    I am very proud of you for doing the duathlon on a unknown bike. Me I love to cycle and would love to try a duathlon but I don't run. Go for your dreams lady! emoticon

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ROOT4HOME 10/18/2010 2:20PM

    Congrat's on your duathalon!! I'd love to do one, one day too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/18/2010 2:17PM

    You are amazing!! That you went out there and did it so soon after a half, a vacation and just weeks before another half with literally NO preparation for it! You are cray, cray girl!!! But in a GOOD way! All I can say is that I would love to be so totally turbo that I'm even half as crazy as you someday!!!! You ROCK!

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CLALIZ 10/18/2010 2:09PM

    GIRL!! you rock!!! what an inspiration you are!!!!
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KITHKINCAID 10/18/2010 1:49PM

    Sounds like a fun day. They call them "bricks" for a reason - cause your legs feel like bricks. But you still managed to run it in 20ish minutes, so that's amazing!

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JENN26POINT2 10/18/2010 1:38PM

    Hey, Kristina! That event sounds awesome! And that's precisely why I hate riding a bike... I would like to try a triathalon someday but I'm not really a good swimmer... I can swim for leisure and all that, but I'm not an effective or efficient lapper. :) And I don't have a bike... lol

Enjoy your day!

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LAURIETAIT 10/18/2010 1:28PM

    The gel seats are a must. Having a bike that fits you is important too. As you increase your milage your lady parts will toughen up too. lol No. Really! I get the same kind of high on a good ride that I used to get when I could run. I'd love to try a Tri but I need to get over my bum hip first. I think you would be very successful at the triathlon. A few lessons in swimming technique and you'll be on your way. emoticon

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KIMWEBB40 10/18/2010 1:14PM

    Great Job!!! Your 30's are gonna look Great!!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 10/18/2010 12:57PM

    Way to go on the duathalon!! Yes, a tri is on my "someday" list too. My worry is about swimming too, I know I can manage to paddle my way through a distance, it won't be pretty or fast, but I can do it. My worry is about the wet suit...how do I overcome my phobia of constrictive clothing enough to wedge myself into a thermal suit? emoticon emoticon I like the idea of a duathalon a bit better for that reason-lol!! Count down to the November half is on!! Can't wait to run "with" you on opposite coasts!! I think I will be crippled by the end of mine and will need to be wheeled off the finish line, because of course I am not going to stop until I get there even if it means total incapacitation at the end emoticon.

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SAMSPARK1 10/18/2010 12:38PM

    Way to go! Good for you for reaching out of your comfort zone!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/18/2010 12:34PM

    Wow! Congrats! This is so amazing to me. I'm proud of you!

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 10/18/2010 12:11PM

    I'm considering a tri next year too! I also do spin class and that helps with the "soreness" factor emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 10/18/2010 12:03PM

    Awesome job woman! Sounds like a fun experience!

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ESBELL 10/18/2010 11:56AM

    Sounds like you made it through just fine!
If you are going to "tri" you need to find a bike!
Maybe Santa can stuff one in your stocking!

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/18/2010 11:09AM

    WAY TO GO KOUKLA!!! :-D YOU ROCKED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-) We're here for you every step of the way.



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JBMT08 10/18/2010 11:06AM

    great job Girl!!!! BTW, they have gel seats for the "lady parts". That TOTALLY helps out for spinning! (after finding out the hard way that they do have gel seats!)

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BURKEBRIZ 10/18/2010 11:04AM

    Yea for you! Great job. I, too, want to do a triathalon some day. I am a strong swimmer, enjoy running, but I am not a big fan of cycling for the exact reasons you state...I don't want my butt and lady parts sore!

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BLK2010 10/18/2010 11:00AM

    I'm thinking about a tri too, maybe next year. Whole different ball game than straight running LOL! Wow, kudos on getting on a new bike for a race! Congrats !!!!

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MANDA_MICHELLE 10/18/2010 10:56AM

  wow, i didn't know you're running *another* half! thats awesome!!! i love that you're doing duatholons, and thinking of tri's too. i wanted to do a tri so bad last summer, but i'm also not a great swimmer. but since my injury i've taken up swimming, and i LOVE it! its a full body workout, and you are exhausted afterwards, and is so easy on your joints and body because you're not 'pounding' any pavement. i think you should take some swim lessons over the winter to get used to the water, then do your tri next summer!!!

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JULIEIRENE 10/18/2010 10:50AM

    Sounds like a fun adventure! I'm proud of you for taking on something new! I am considering trying a Tri as my goal for 2011. I've recently started biking & really enjoy it. One thing that has helped me is Spin Class - it's tough but fun and will really whip you into shape!

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RUNDARCYRUN 10/18/2010 10:46AM

    GREAT JOB!!! Biking does hurt the ladyparts, doesn't it? LOL Too funny.

That sounds like so much fun! I wanna do one!

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RUNTRILAUGH 10/18/2010 10:23AM

    Keep going! You sound like you are doing great! And I totally think you would LOVE a tri!

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_TRIXIE_ 10/18/2010 10:23AM

    You're already 2/3 of the way to a triathlon! Swimming wasn't my strong suit either, but it was also the one area I could show the most improvement. It was amazing how my times improved (and we'll use that term loosely!) just by getting in the pool 3 times a week!

And yeah, isn't the transition from bike to run bizarre? I felt like I was going to fall over for the first few steps!

Congrats on the great accomplishment this weekend! I can't believe you're already prepping for you next HM, too. How exciting!

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JENELOPE 10/18/2010 10:23AM

    I think it's great, Kristina! And an example of how 5Ks are like the athlete's gateway drug! emoticon

Maybe you could do a sprint triathlon to get your feet wet (so to speak)? My former golf partner did a regulation distance triathlon with Team in Training. She said it was a phenomenal experience. Working with Team in Training would give you a lot of guidance on training and a great support system. You do have to raise a boatload of money, but from what my friend said, they help train you with that, too!

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.TARA. 10/18/2010 10:21AM

    I am in complete awe at people who do duathlons or triathlons! I'm planning on buying a bike this winter while they're cheaper and duathlon is intriguing. :)

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WATCHMEGO2 10/18/2010 10:12AM

    I think we are all a little cray cray, but how boring life would be if we weren't!! Congratulations on the duathlon! I swam last night for the first time with our local triathlon club, what a humbling experience to say the least! Keep on kicking it girl!

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STORMTMB 10/18/2010 10:08AM

    How cool! I assume you'll be getting your own bike now too! emoticon

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CAROLYN1213 10/18/2010 10:08AM

    Way to go on the Dua! Fatty foods taste amazing after an endurance event! You got this next half marathon! You are a runner!!! You are fit! You are strong! You got this girl!

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FROGGERHKC 10/18/2010 10:05AM

    Awesome job! emoticon emoticon

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ANNE7X7 10/18/2010 10:04AM

    Sounds like a great experience! I think that I would like to try it someday too! Who knows what the future has in store!

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FUNFROG79 10/18/2010 10:00AM

    Wow! What a challenge! emoticon

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ATREAT4ME 10/18/2010 9:56AM

    Waytogo! I think you'd love Triathlons. I understand that swimming and running are complimentary abilities. Your own bike -- and a saddle that you like -- will really help your ladyparts. Good job! Here's to you in your 30s. You will LOVE it!

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A Hazy Week

Saturday, October 16, 2010

OMG, I have a duathlon tomorrow.

I'm so not excited for it or prepared for it, but I signed up and I'm going to do it. I don't have a bike so I'm going to borrow a friend's and just go for it.

This week has been a haze. I've been so physically exhausted since I got back on Tuesday and I've been feeling a little squiffy too. I'm back to tracking food and I'm top o' range (the range that's contingent on me burning 4000 calories per week, which hasn't been happening). I'm giving myself permission to do the best I can until Monday, when hopefully I can go full throttle. I bought some Breyers Light Coffee Fudge Brownie ice cream the other day and it's one of those things I can't control myself around, so I can't buy it so often. It's so effing delicious (and doesn't taste "light" at all) that I can't keep myself to the half cup serving (and neither can Jon since we've eaten about 2/3 of the 12-serving carton since Thursday.

I know I need to limit the little treats that have snuck into my eating habits. I have a little over six weeks til my birthday and I want to be in the best physical shape I can. I know I won't meet my weight goal of 165 by then, but I can be as strong and toned as possible and hopefully well into the 170s.

It's been strange watching the scale bounce around the 180s (after hitting 179 in August) and yet seeing so many positive physical changes in my body. I tried on a pair of Size 10 jeans while in Vegas and they fit (they were way too expensive to justify buying though!) which really bowled me over. I thought I'd be a horror show at kickboxing on Thursday night after a two week absence, but I had my best class yet and the instructor told me she could tell I'd lost weight since last class! LOL, I told her I had my fair share of mojitos and milkshakes in Vegas and hadn't had a real cardio workout in about a week and the scale had me up 7 lbs, but she said that it was noticeable. Who am I to argue with a professional, huh?
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It's kinda nice not being a slave to that scale and knowing it's mostly BS at this point. I know when I make strength training a priority in December, I'm going to have a lot of weight fluctuation and it's good to get in that state of mind now.

So that's my hazy, somewhat lazy week. Hope you guys have a great weekend!

  
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MAGPIE17 10/18/2010 10:39PM

    Hope the duathlon went well!

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XHOOSIERLOSER 10/18/2010 10:11AM

    Ebb and flow, my dear friend, ebb and flow. The tides of our lives pull us and shift our surroundings and sometimes we just need to go with it. You are living testament to the success of this philosophy!

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MOMEDITOR 10/17/2010 9:10PM

    Hope the duathalon was fun! Thanks for the post on my blog the other day too. Am adding you as a friend so I can be one of your cheerleaders too!!

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JUSTFOXXY 10/17/2010 5:31PM

    I am going to repeat another poster's comment. You gained weight, yet you looked slimmer.

Can I get one of those in a size 12 - to go please?

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PINKCOCONUT 10/17/2010 12:50PM

    Oh yeah girl! Hope the duathalon was fun and you know you're rockin' regardless of what the scale says! WOO!!!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 10/17/2010 9:16AM

    oh sister, you need a bike!! I have two.. a road bike and a townie.. and now I want a mountain bike... I rarely drive my car anymore and looooooove it!! good lock on your duathlon!

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KEAMOM1510 10/17/2010 7:17AM

    Good luck at your duathlon!! I know you'll rock it!!

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LAURIETAIT 10/16/2010 11:34PM

    So, you're heavier but looking lighter. It just means that you're more toned, sleeker and stronger. It also means that you'll rock the duathlon tomorrow. emoticon emoticon

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SLEEPYDEAN 10/16/2010 11:29PM

    I was wondering when your duathalon was, I knew it was in October but I thought maybe you had another week or so. Have fun!



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SPUNKYDUCKY 10/16/2010 11:03PM

    It sounds like a lot of us were in Vegas recently. We could have had a mini Spark convention. Thanks for the comment on my page. I had a great race today, came home and signed up for a 1/2 (gulp). Don't worry about the biking, lots of people in duathlons take it easy on the biking portion, and I had to borrow a bike for my first multisport race as well. I will be thinking of you and as always looking forward to the race report.


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SAMSPARK1 10/16/2010 7:18PM

    Best of luck tomorrow!!!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 10/16/2010 6:14PM

    Good luck tomorrow!! I'm sure that you will actually have a blast once you are there and the adrenaline kicks in (that's been said about a million times (: ). Can't wait to hear about it!!

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LIBBYFITZ 10/16/2010 5:42PM

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/16/2010 3:31PM

    Goodness that ice cream sounds delish. :) :) :)

GL on the duathlon!!!

AND WAY TO GO ON YOUR SUCCESS! I'm so proud of you! :)

THAUMASIA!!!!!

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FUNFROG79 10/16/2010 2:58PM

    Good luck and have a blast at the duathalon! I think it's great that you aren't bailing and sticking thru it! Hang in there, my scale is is going straight out the window soon! emoticon

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GAELENEC 10/16/2010 2:13PM

    It's funny, it seems what used to completely knock us down ( a few bad choices), now we take in stride and get back on track. I think it's a sign of increased health and self confidence, myself; you now know that you ARE going to do what you need to, because you want to and because you have in the past.

LOVE that the scale is not the boss of you! Awesome!

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CHICAT63 10/16/2010 1:28PM

    Have fun with your duathlon tomorrow ! What scale? Mine is hidding somewhere *lol*. You will have that 7 pounds gone in no time, as your instructor said to you - You have lost !!!!

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MBSHAZZER 10/16/2010 12:54PM

    Have fun with the duathalon!! You are absolutely right not to stress too much about the scale... you are making such huge strides with your fitness, which is a great NSV to focus on! It's very hard to restrict your calories significantly and be able to run, bike and kickbox!

I totally hear you on the lite ice cream! For me, it's Publix Cool Mint Cookie. I laugh at the half cup serving!!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 10/16/2010 12:31PM

    sounds like you are doing great! Way to go!

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PAPPHEM 10/16/2010 12:29PM

    That's the part I still struggle with the most. I know the scale goes up and down depending on it's whim, but the ups still get to me even though I know I"m still making progress and gaining muscle tone. Good for you! And good luck tomorrow!

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IMSMILEY88 10/16/2010 12:22PM

    Hope you have a wonderful duathlon tomorrow! The added rest might be just what you needed! emoticon

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MAIA2011 10/16/2010 12:02PM

    OMG I have a duathlon tomorrow cracked me up. Come on, seriously, how many people can say that?

I also like that you recognize that the scale is mostly BS (as you put it) at this point. You're slim, you're in great shape and you just ran a half marathon. Sounds great!

I have to respectfully disagree that there is anything lazy or hazy about you or your week!

Enjoy your race!

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ANNE7X7 10/16/2010 11:56AM

    I think that is the right attitude!!! Seriously, the scale cannot be trusted! At this point, you are changing your shape completely, and the scale becomes less important! Just keep doing what you are doing and there is not a doubt in my mind that you will be in the best shape of your life by your Bday!!!

Have fun at the Duathlon! You're a trooper!

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STORMTMB 10/16/2010 11:35AM

    Good luck with the duathon! Do your best and it will be a new experience for you! Have a good weekend!

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The Balloon Girl

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Add this one to the ever-expanding list of inappropriate comments about my weight loss...

"I saw an old photo of you and it looked like someone took a straw, stuck it up your ass, and blew you up like a balloon."
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OMG. I actually laughed pretty hard at that one because it was so freaking inappropriate, I was kinda at a loss for words.

No, the speaker was not under the influence when he said that...

The thing about such comments is that they makes me realize that I really can never go back to where I was. Knowing what people actually thought about you when you were larger is such an eye-opener. Not only do those random cowardly strangers who shout crap out their car windows when they drive by at 35 mph think those things, but the people who care about you (even those who TRULY care about you, and yes, the speaker does truly care about me) think those things too.

I can't go back. I won't go back.

And I WON'T disparage the "balloon girl" either because she doesn't deserve that. I won't be one of those former fatties who abuses her former self and others who were once in her situation. This balloon girl is free. If I'm a balloon, I'm full of perma-helium and I feel like I'm on the rise. There is no stopping me.

  
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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 10/18/2010 12:09PM

    OMG! I can't believe someone said that! I think you did the right thing, LAO!! Good grief!

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PAPER_WINGS18 10/17/2010 9:30PM

    wowwwww... I have no words. I can't believe someone actually said that to you.....and they are a family member/friend/whatever... people disgust me. truly disgust me. why the hell does it matter what size any of us are? why is that the deciding factor about who we are? I just don't get it.

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FITMAMA1984 10/17/2010 8:19PM

    I had so many people say so many things when I was losing weight. It varied from "you were HUGE" to "Jamie, don't you think you are overdoing it?" What's much funnier was when I get pregnant at 8lbs heavier than my lowest weight, people started making comments about how I didn't need to gain so much since I wasn't skinny or anything when I got knocked up. Ridiculous. Ignorant. Rude. Among other things.. I wish I could say those types of comments went away, but they never do... at least they didn't for me. I learned very quickly how obsessed people are with weight. All I can say is to let it blow right on past you. Its not worth even second thinking it. You were beautiful whether you were "balloon" girl or this new "skinnyish" girl. And you rock that sh*t, if I do say so!

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PARAMAGIC66 10/17/2010 6:52PM

    Good for you!! I have had some real issues with negative comments and have even blooged about them. They are so hurtful sometimes, especially when they come from people you love. Good for you turning that negativity into something positive. Keep it up. emoticon

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STORMYVAWN 10/17/2010 10:24AM

    You definitely took the high road.

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MT-MOONCHASER 10/16/2010 2:05AM

    I like ATREAT4ME's boss's comeback. Now, let's all practice it so we will be prepared when we get hit by one of these comments.

Of course, there's always the "why in the world would you think/want to know that?" and its variations for inappropriate questions/comments.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 10/16/2010 12:26AM

    Yay!! Kristen referenced this blog on my blog and they really do tie together nicely!! Glad I came over to see what "balloon girl" was about :)!!

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ATREAT4ME 10/15/2010 10:26PM

    My boss gets credit for my favorite retort to back-handed compliments and nastier comments. She simply gives them a puzzled look and says: "Do you hear yourself?"

I love it because her expression tells the commenter that whatever the comment was didn't come out right and puts the burden of fixing the comment back on the person who issued it. Most often they either stammer until they can get it corrected or they simply walk off. And instead of judging that comment (and the person who made it), she has simply refused to accept it.

Like I said, it is my favorite response to these kinds of comments. If I were ever in that situation, I hope I have the sense enough to use it!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/15/2010 11:14AM

    Sometimes people just shock me. I have had things like that said to me too. Not fun. Keep on keeping on!

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LESSOFCATHERINE 10/15/2010 10:19AM

  Wow that was an amazing thing to say to you! But you handled it beautifully.
Rising above such comments means you have really, really changed.
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GAELENEC 10/15/2010 9:35AM

    Sometimes people are so thoughtless; but you took it in good spirit. I love what you said about not disparaging yourself; that is SO true, we do the best we can, always, and sometimes we do better.

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EMLG11 10/15/2010 7:31AM

    People are really amazing sometimes aren't they. You have a great attitude. Turn it into something to make you stronger instead of feeling bad about it. The balloon girl is part of who you are. You would not be the compassionate, understanding, accepting person you are without having her in your past.

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 10/15/2010 5:34AM

    Ugh, you exercised a lot of self control because I think I would've had to take this guy's head off. But hey, that's your former self. Now you're slim and in shape. Something that "balloon girl" probably never thought she would be. I guess it's easier to take those comments in stride now but those are still wounding words, and they especially sting when they come from people who love you. I mean seriously, these people are supposed to love you flaws and all. But your graciousness is commendable. I need to work on my short fuse attitude. Good for you!

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CURVY_BOOKWORM 10/14/2010 9:55PM

    Back-handed compliments... emoticon

That one would have surely left me speechless, some people just don't seem to have a filter between brain and mouth. But you responded well, what could you do but laugh - and great motivation to only keep going up.

Take care and keep smiling,
Traci

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PAPPHEM 10/14/2010 9:45PM

    Ouch, that would definitely leave someone speechless! It's great that you embrace the old you and can work hard on being the same person but healthier. It's a great attitude!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/14/2010 7:59PM

    Definitely nothing to stop you!!! I love that you always highlight how you are not going to be down on your previous self...you love her for who she was then, and you are loving yourself now for who you are at this moment in time! Love ya girl! You are amazing!

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LIBBYFITZ 10/14/2010 7:31PM

    What a nasty piece of human that is! emoticon

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RAINTHIEF 10/14/2010 6:37PM

    So right. It is incredible what people will say; I suppose they figure it is ok to tell you all that after you've been losing weight, but still...oi. But you're right - it does provide that extra motivation to never let yourself get back there again. That's not the only reason, of course. I can tell you're loving your life now and this accomplishment has only set off a chain reaction of awesomeness and triumphs, many of which are still to come!


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LAURA2471 10/14/2010 5:39PM

    It's amazing isn't it? How people can be. I think that your response was elegant and classy, nice work. You can do what you put your mind to, and what you feel good about. It's nice that you don't disparage others.

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CATHERINEL66 10/14/2010 4:54PM

    OMG. There's a good bad example of a comment to NOT respond or react to.

My DH sometimes gets tongue tied and says odd things when meaning to compliment me. Just focus on NOW is my message, and let's forget about how big my butt was 'before' because I won't be mean to myself either.

Yikes. This comment takes the cake!

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/14/2010 4:39PM

    Agree with you so much about not being mean to the old you or to others. emoticon emoticon

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LISAW/3 10/14/2010 4:03PM

    I can't believe someone said that! No matter how good the intent, that does not come across well! I'm glad you were able to appreciate the good intent behind it!

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STORMTMB 10/14/2010 3:37PM

    Wow. You're an amazing woman to have not beat the @#$#$@#$ out of that person. I would have! You are a woman of strength and grace!

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JLITT62 10/14/2010 3:13PM

    Love it! Such a great attitude. You're so right, we've got to love ourselves in all our incarnations.

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BROADWAYDREAMER 10/14/2010 2:47PM

  that is such a rude and hurtful comment, especially coming from someone who truly cares about you. even if someone is thinking that, there is a much better, more tactful way of putting it.

i guess that eventhough someone might mean well, they honestly can't understand what a comment like that would feel like unless they have been there.

i don't believe you will go back. you have worked so hard and come so far and your positivity and energy always comes through in your words/blogs, which by the way i love reading!!

keep on sparkling girl.. you are awesomeee!!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 10/14/2010 2:32PM

    Oh. My. Word. Inappropriate? Yes. Rude? Completely. No matter how much you know someone truly cares, that is just plain hurtful to hear. It's like they've separated the 'old' you and the 'new' you as two separate people. Um, hello, no; it's still me inside here, whatever size I am. You have the right attitude, though; we cannot and will not go back, but we also should NEVER disparage the 'balloon girls' we once were. We can't change what others used to think, but we can press on and rise above that. You continue to inspire me!

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JENN26POINT2 10/14/2010 2:28PM

    I second what LAURIETAIT said! You are awesome! I can't believe someone could say such a thing about you! I hope that what he said doesn't affect how you feel about said person. emoticon

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CAROLYN1213 10/14/2010 2:19PM

    LOL! Not laughing at you, laughing with you! Believe me, I have heard these kinds of statements several times myself and although they don't sting, bite or hurt, I cannot imagine ever saying those things to someone I love. You are a beautiful balloon and we all stand in awe and watch as you rise to new heights.

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CHICAT63 10/14/2010 2:15PM

    OMG how rude, stupid and crude ! Superb attitude Kristina, you just blew it and him away. emoticon

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JP5214 10/14/2010 2:04PM

    It's amazing how many people will say "You look great for a change." This is not quite as bad as the balloon comments but it follows the trend.

I love your attitude.

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LAURIETAIT 10/14/2010 1:26PM

    Some people just have no clue and never will. You just have to laugh those kinds of comments off. You can't let ignorance ruin your day. His comment said way more about him that it could ever say about you! You by the way are emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 10/14/2010 12:44PM

    Unbelievably rude. You handle yourself with class and grace.

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MLAYESKI 10/14/2010 12:22PM

    I'm speechless too. Very inappropriate of that person to say...but the way you handled it is/was great. Keep up the great attitude. emoticon

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MARLIMOO 10/14/2010 12:08PM

    Oh my -rude dog. Oh well- you are strong and you can handle that with ease. People are just insensitive and do not think sometimes. Be proud! You are working so hard and look at the results. WAHOOOOOOO

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KITHKINCAID 10/14/2010 12:01PM

    Even if the person is close to you, I think comments like that deserve a fair retaliation of "that's the rudest/meanest thing you have ever said to me and I'm completely insulted". People need to know that's it's NOT ok to voice those opinions, regardless of whether or not you have moved past that physical point or not. Emotionally, comments like that burn - and continue to burn long after the fat has.

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XHOOSIERLOSER 10/14/2010 11:55AM

    My balloon girl thanks you for your kindness!

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TIGERJANE 10/14/2010 11:45AM

    what?!?!?! Clearly said by a male . . . . I've had the most insulting things said to me by guys, only guys. What a head-shaker.

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HEATHER_TEACHAH 10/14/2010 11:36AM

    GIRL-- lookit those collar bones!!! I swear you're shrinking like crazy. Your running is totally paying off!! (not to mention its become a passion!)

You look great, and I'm so thankful to have 'met' you :)

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MANDA_MICHELLE 10/14/2010 11:35AM

  great attitude! crappy comment though. that would hurt, regardless of how much self confidence you have now. cute picture!!!

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MAIA2011 10/14/2010 11:32AM

    That pic totally cracked me up! You clearly had way too much fun in Vegas!

I'm a big mouth but I am starting (starting?) to think there are some things we should never talk about at all to most people--their weight, what they're eating, anything for their "own good." I have a theory that if we just concentrate on our own business and not on other's we will all end up better for it.

I give myself good advice but I very seldom follow it!

I like that you always remember that you are a person of value and always have been. There's no reason to hate people still struggling with their weight and there is no reason to hate yourself back when you were struggling.

(Long comment girl strikes again!)

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CUBANJELLY 10/14/2010 11:25AM

    You're so awesome! And, yeah, I laughed too, inappropriate and all!

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CARPENSM 10/14/2010 11:24AM

    I think you handled that perfectly ... all you can do is laugh!

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MBSHAZZER 10/14/2010 11:21AM

    LOVE the photo!! LOVE IT!!

That is wildly inappropriate for someone to say, but in a way, it's useful. Like you pointed out, knowing what others thought of you is a good way to ensure you don't go back. I still think it's crazy that fatness is the last area where it's "OK" to ridicule and humiliate people. *shakes head*

I also LOVE that you will not disparage "ballon girl" - I'm sure balloon girl needed a lot of love and understanding in order to let some of the air out and that love and understanding will keep you lasered on your goal!

Have a great day!

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TWALKER0475 10/14/2010 11:20AM

    Love ya for not disparaging your heavier self - she was just someone coping with life in a manner that created problems rather than solving them. You are wiser now and have come so far, and it is because you accepted and loved that overweight girl, flaws and all, and knew she was worth making the effort.

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SAMSPARK1 10/14/2010 11:20AM

    That's just crazy....I can't believe what some people say!

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SEEHOLZ 10/14/2010 11:11AM

    Glad you saw the humor and could laugh about it! Like Wendy said, watch out karma... you never know?!

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FREES1 10/14/2010 11:09AM

    sometimes it is so hard to believe that people can think up comments like his... and don't think all at the same time!

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SEESTARS 10/14/2010 11:08AM

    This picture of you in this blog is awesome. Happy Happy Happy!

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PINKCOCONUT 10/14/2010 11:07AM

    OMG! Agreed, it really is amazing what people will say about your "after the fact". Someone really close to me saw an old pic of me and said: "Wow! You were a fat f***!" and truly believes it's a compliment. I understand that she didn't mean to offensive but holy geez! Did you think that every time you saw me?

However, like you, it actually had motivated me to make sure I NEVER get back to that!

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KELLIGIRL523 10/14/2010 11:01AM

    People are simply amazing sometimes, aren't they? And not always in the good kind of way.

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What Happens In Vegas...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

...stays in Vegas! So I'll make this one short...

Spent most of my days here lounging by the pool, swimming, and chatting with friends!




Had a horrible dinner at one restaurant but everything else was super delish! I had a bit of a stomach bug for the first couple of days so I made up for it in spades the next few days!




Met some cute creatures!






Wore the dress! And heels out dancing and partying for two nights










Gambled a little bit. Would like to say we "broke even" but that's what everyone says and that'd be lying.
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And I'm exhausted! I did a lot of walking on my trip and I took a red eye yesterday morning and I'm still recovering! I'm looking forward to turning 30 next month. My 20s have been amazing and I've met so many wonderful people and done so many great things.

The scale has me up 7 lbs, but I know a lot of that is salt and travel bloat because while I ate and drank a lot of stuff I usually don't, I really didn't go crazy. I'm ready to rock out the rest of the year!

  
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TEAM-SARAH 10/19/2010 2:12PM

    Love the pictures, you look great!! What a great sendoff to the 20's!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 10/18/2010 12:11PM

    Great pics! You're right, our trips sound similar! LOL You rocked that dress girl! Woot!

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 10/18/2010 11:46AM

    Awesome!! You look positively radiant in all these photos, and that dress is HOT! :) :) Glad you had such a great vacation!!

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GAELENEC 10/18/2010 11:42AM

    Fun fun fun! Looks like you had a ball, from the pics!

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CRZYRUNRGRL 10/18/2010 11:16AM

    Looks like fun! I have always wanted to visit Vegas.


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BLK2010 10/18/2010 11:03AM

    emoticon you looked great in the "little black dress!" 30's isn't too bad :) Vegas is great but your right, lots of walking & touring and very tiring! emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 10/17/2010 9:33PM

    freaking gorgeous lady!

i love that pic of you with your eyes closed dancing! so cute!

glad you had a wonderful time!

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DESERT_BIRD 10/15/2010 11:16AM

    Love your pictures!

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RAINTHIEF 10/14/2010 6:34PM

    Looks like you had fun!! I would love to make it to Vegas one day. I will need get in touch with you later on for travel tips.
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CATHERINEL66 10/14/2010 4:51PM

    Glad you had a great time, and that your tummy issue cleared up!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 10/14/2010 3:37PM

    Sounds like you had a great trip! Thanks for sharing some pics!

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STORMTMB 10/14/2010 3:35PM

    You look great in the dress!! Glad you had a lot of fun! I hope it was everything that you wished for.

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GRACEISENUF 10/14/2010 12:47PM

    Thanks for sharing your trip.....what hotel is the pool shot from?

I gotta make a trip there, my dh and I got married there in 1989 and we haven't been back since. He was a young Marine back then and he had to "ship" out 3 days later. Good memories of a "quickie wedding" almost 21 years later.

Welcome home!

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XHOOSIERLOSER 10/14/2010 11:57AM

    Great pics! Vegas is something esle for sure! Looks like you did it up right. Glad you had a great time and wore the dress. Awesome!

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JENELOPE 10/14/2010 11:01AM

    This just in- Kristina is a rock star and parties accordingly! emoticon

That looks like such a great trip. I love the close-up of you rockin' out.

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BTINTERNET 10/14/2010 10:39AM

    Sounds like fun!! Thanks for the pics!!!

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MAXFOCUS 10/14/2010 8:14AM

    Sounds like you had a fabulous time in Vegas. You look great in your dress. Those drinks look nummy.
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RUNNINGNP2B 10/14/2010 7:58AM

    Fan-freaking-tastic trip!!! Yay for enjoying yourself, and looking hot while doing it! Can we talk about that hot dress on you? Can we? You are HOT!

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MOODY9 10/13/2010 10:39PM

    Your dress looks great!! Looks like it was a fabulous trip...perfect vacation! :)

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ATREAT4ME 10/13/2010 10:17PM

    I love that dress and the picture of you dancing. How cool and awesome you look. Terrific!

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_DASH_ 10/13/2010 10:10PM

    yay!!!! you look fantastic in that dress! glad you had fun you deserved it!!

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HOSTALADY 10/13/2010 7:50PM

    Happy, Happy, Happy that's what the two of you look in these pictures and that is fabulous. A wonderful way to top off the end of summer and the beginning of fall. the little black dress is so cute on you and you look HOT HOT HOT in it! WOO HOO! Really life will only get better from here for you I'm sure of it. Don't dwell on the numbers they sometimes don't mean a thing.
A Very Happy early Birthday to you my friend.

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CURVY_BOOKWORM 10/13/2010 6:21PM

    Great little black dress - glad you had fun

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ANNCHER 10/13/2010 5:45PM

    Sounds like a fun time. I will be going to Vegas in 24 days.

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LADYSNOWFALL 10/13/2010 5:30PM

    Sounds like you had a great time! And you're 30s won't be so bad. Heck, 30 was pretty darn good to me!

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SEEHOLZ 10/13/2010 5:21PM

    Definitely travel bloat! Love the pics!!!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/13/2010 4:47PM

    You, as always, look absolutely smashing, dahlinggggg!!! Glad you had a blast and I have no doubt you will rock the rest of the year. I will tell you that I was nervous about hitting my 30's...but you know they were even better than I could have imagined! There's just something about being comfortable in your skin that you can't do in your 20's that falls into place in the 30's! I can only imagine how much more YOU will do with it than I did! :-)

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-CORAL- 10/13/2010 4:21PM

    LOVE the dress! You look fabulous in it! Where is that pool? Is that Mandalay Bay? It has been years since I've been to Vegas. Good times.

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/13/2010 4:04PM

    Bravo re, partying it up like a true ellinida! :)

Glad you had fun. :D

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 10/13/2010 3:41PM

    Welcome back to reality! I know you will rock it!

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AMOHAME2 10/13/2010 3:21PM

    Yay to heels for 2 nights!!

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CHICAT63 10/13/2010 3:16PM

    Sounds like an awesome trip, you look radiant in that hot little number.

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FOXXYROXXYD 10/13/2010 2:45PM

    Awesome pics! Glad you had an awesome time!

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FROGGERHKC 10/13/2010 2:37PM

    So glad you had a great time!!!

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KITHKINCAID 10/13/2010 2:20PM

    Glad you enjoyed your trip! Those 7 pounds will fall off soon :)

The dress is fantastic!

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ROMO4472 10/13/2010 2:07PM

    Glad you had a great time here in Vegas! I love the pictures! It always takes a few days when you travel to get back to "normal". Have a great birthday next month!!!

By the way, you look great in your black dress!

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MBSHAZZER 10/13/2010 2:02PM

    Sounds like a fun trip! Just what a trip should be. And MY GOODNESS is your hubby handsome!!!

You look FAB in that dress! I love it!!!

Welcome back!

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WATCHMEGO2 10/13/2010 1:48PM

    Glad you had an awesome trip!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 10/13/2010 1:30PM

    Looks like you had a great time, save the stomach bug. :(

You are so pretty in your dress....and dancing too. :)



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KAISERSOZE 10/13/2010 1:29PM

    It sounds like you had a great time! You look absolutely fabulous in your photos! Enjoy the rest of your 20s!

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JENN26POINT2 10/13/2010 1:24PM

    What a great time! I'd like to go to Vegas sometime just to see it. Glad you had fun!

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AFITJULIE 10/13/2010 1:24PM

    You look so fantastic. The picture of you dancing and the look on your face pretty much says it all!!
You rock!

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LAURIETAIT 10/13/2010 1:22PM

    That dress does look fabulous! Glad you had a great time in spite of your tummy upset. Have a terrific week. emoticon

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RELAXYOURBACK 10/13/2010 1:18PM

    emoticonIsn't Vegas great??! You look like you had fun! We went this past spring and had a blast (and didn't break even either)!
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ANNE7X7 10/13/2010 1:17PM

    You look so freaking fabulous! It sounds like you had an awesome time! What a great way to finish your 20s in style!

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AHEALTHIERJESS 10/13/2010 1:17PM

    I love Vegas! Glad you had a good time. What's so great about going there is that you do SO much walking like so said so it can counteract all the drinks and goodies :)

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 10/13/2010 1:15PM

    Great pics! So glad you had a wonderful trip despite the little stomach bug. You look fabulous in that dress!!

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LISAW/3 10/13/2010 1:12PM

    It sounds (and looks) like you had a great time in Vegas! (I did my undergrad there- great city!)
So glad to hear you had a great vacation!

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TIGERJANE 10/13/2010 1:12PM

    Glad to hear you had a good time! I've never been there, but I hear the food is amazing, so I'm sure I would come back 20lbs heavier, lol. You so earned this!

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BROADWAYDREAMER 10/13/2010 1:11PM

  looks like you guys had a great time! you've come so far and are doing so well, i have faith that the 7 pounds will come off super quick! =)

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What's Next? (Exercising Your Resentment Away)

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

In case you missed it, I posted my extremely lengthy half marathon report last night: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3692218
. Thanks so much for all your heartfelt congratulations and well wishes. I love you guys!

A lot of you have asked, "When's the marathon?"

Whoa there.

I'm a bit crazy. I'm running my second half marathon on November 14th. But a marathon just seems... whoa. My body almost shut down after 12 miles of hard running so to double the distance I just did just seems like something utterly fantastical. But then again, 13.1 miles seemed the same last year, so who knows?

The plan as of now is to keep doing what I love. I love running and I love seeing what my new body can do. So I've got the half marathon in a little over a month, I'll do a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving (I'm undecided as to which one), and a Jingle Bell 5K right before Christmas.

Then?

Well, then I'm going to use the gift certificate I won in a raffle a LONG time ago for six personal training sessions to work on my strength training and my nutrition. I need someone to tell me exactly what to do when it comes to ST. Totally unlike the cardio, where I can usually wing it and mix it up here and there and still stay motivated. I also want to focus more on getting the right balance of food and exercise so hopefully by next spring or summer, I can get to my "happy weight." I don't mind taking it slow at this point. I know my body is in great shape, even with the extra 25-30 or so pounds on my tummy and thighs. I got 100 lbs off in 14 months and I'm super happy about that, but if losing these last 30 takes a little longer in order for me to build muscle and make sure it stays off, then consider me in this for the long haul.

And then?

Then I'll do my spring races. And see what happens from there. I might feel compelled to run a marathon next year. Or I might save it for sometime down the line. I'm still fairly young. It's always nice to have something to look forward to, right?

But for now...

Vegas. I'm channeling all that leftover race adrenaline into this trip. I cannot wait! It's my reward to myself for working so hard this year and making this last year of my 20s the best yet.

I'm proud of myself for what I've accomplished with my running this year, but I know that I'm not special. I know that all of you can strive for amazing things that you always believed were impossible and out of reach. I know because I've seen so many stories on SparkPeople about overweight and obese people doing things that many thin people cannot. I know, because I was there. Two years ago, I was the most defeatist person you'd ever meet. I was miserable because I spent a lot of money going to school and was working dead-end temp jobs and learning no real skills. And I stuffed myself and sat around and was ANGRY all the time. I think back on it now, how miserable and angry I was even though I still had so much going for me (newly married, well educated, a family who loves me) and how much energy I devoted to letting that anger and resentment eat me from the inside, and I can't believe I'm the same person.

These little fitness and non-scale victories that I have chronicled on my page saved me from wasting the rest of my 20s and maybe even my 30s and 40s. That's why a few blogs ago, I begged you to give yourself 2% of your day to push your body and see exactly what it can do.

I see a lot of people who see the 1000 fitness minutes award on SparkPeople and say that they can't exercise that much. Just give that 2% (30 minutes!) of your day and stretch your body for 5 minutes afterwards and you have 1,050+ minutes in a month.

I didn't mean for this blog to turn preachy and I hope it doesn't sound that way, but if I could bottle up this feeling I have and give it to you guys, I would. But I can't. I can just tell you about how it's changed my life and hope that you'll struggle a little bit at first to reap the rewards in the end.

Onward.
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LADYSNOWFALL 10/13/2010 6:00PM

    w00t! I have no urge to run a full marathon at this point. But, I am thinking a half!

Rest and ST and Vegas are all good! Great plan! Great reward!

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LONGLEGGEDLYNN 10/12/2010 3:00PM

    Good luck in Vegas! I have a friend doing the half in December in Vegas.
Just knowing you will be there too, makes the people on this website so much more real! And that makes the success you have had that much more obtainable to me.

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ALOFA0509 10/11/2010 12:43AM

   
Your Awesom!!!

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K10BETH 10/9/2010 8:52PM

    I'm going to try my first 1/2 marathon in Feb. I hope my body lets me!I'm NOT in my twenties! I haven't run consistently for a couple of years, but I do spin 5 days a week. Thanks for the blog!

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BELLALUCIA 10/9/2010 2:35PM

    Thank you!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 10/8/2010 11:52PM

    Love watching you accomplish great things and channel those accomplishments into inspiration for others! You so completely rock girl!

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RUSSELLORAMA 10/8/2010 10:12PM

    Great job! You are so inspiring as always!

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MANLEYSANDY 10/8/2010 7:36PM

    Awesome!!!

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ABETTERBECKY 10/8/2010 6:42PM

    This blog was awesome and so so so true! It is amazing what a body can do if you just let it. If you just let yourself try to do it. If you allow yourself to try something new and succeed. Congrats on your 1/2 = so very proud of you. HAVE A BLAST IN VEGAS - remember what happens in vegas stays in vegas!

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ANGEL428 10/8/2010 6:13PM

    You are such an inspiration....great job and keep up the running. I hope to do a 1/2 marathon walk/slow jogging in Feb 2011. I hope it's a great experience lot yours.

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STARLIGHT082307 10/8/2010 5:25PM

    Great blog. Running just one mile seems outrageous to me now. It's amazing what our bodies are capable of when we push them to the limit.

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FATHINSN 10/8/2010 5:03PM

    Good blog, I always like to heard/read about people's preparation for marathon or triathon, can motivate me to do my own goals! Wish you be the great runner and never give up because of boredom emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/8/2010 11:08AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon!!! :-D :-D :-D

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CMA444 10/8/2010 9:36AM

    Good Job!

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ANNROBERTS54 10/8/2010 7:50AM

    You could walk/run a marathon, easy. I walked one a few years ago and that is all I would like to do again. But so many don't encourage walkers, setting unrealistic time limits. But walk/runners can easily finish in the time allotted.

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RITAROSE 10/8/2010 7:14AM

  1/2 marathon is quite an achievement! love the fact that you have more in your future!
Congratulations!! So happy you caught the exercise bug to such a high level!

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MRE1956 10/8/2010 3:52AM

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SPARKANN 10/7/2010 10:38PM

    Congratulations! Good for you!!!

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ASHARON 10/7/2010 9:08PM

    Ialso say preach on. You are doing a great job!

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SMILESRME 10/7/2010 9:06PM

    You have earned the celebration in Vegas girl. It is up to us the make that decision to go forward with our health and life, and you have written that so beautifully. You have blessed many people with your engaging personality and positive thinking. I am one of them!

Joy! Julia : )

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BLYNN710 10/7/2010 8:50PM

    Thanks for sharing such a great post. You are an inspiration. Congrats on the half marathon.

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PAMINHALF 10/7/2010 6:08PM

  You are so inspiring, I hope you have a glimpse of the amount of hope you give others through your blog.

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ANIHAKA 10/7/2010 5:04PM

    Although not exactly a great fan of running, reading this blog made me want to resume my small runs which had to stop due to an injury & I was actually beginning to enjoy getting out there.
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JAM2MOM 10/7/2010 12:00PM

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BELLATRIX1224 10/7/2010 11:43AM

    Hurray for you. I ran a marathon last March and it was the best experience of my life. Keep running girlfriend!

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BMAN419 10/7/2010 11:29AM

  AWESOME

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MRSDRAEGER 10/7/2010 9:56AM

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PSHANKEY 10/7/2010 9:35AM

    I say preach on!

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MARGARITTM 10/7/2010 9:31AM

    Again a great post! If you are going to be in Vegas for the Rock and roll 1/2 - join in - it's a blast! I am going to do it again this year!

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SETTLERON 10/7/2010 9:15AM

    This was a great post. Thank you so much for the motivation. I understand completely about the anger. I spent a good 6 years being angry over a work situation that put about 100lbs on me. I am working that 100 lbs back off but it took not being angry any more to get me to even consider losing weight. It is good to know that we are not alone in our situations. Others share the same issues and emotions on a daily basis and bottle it up in side. Thank you for sharing with us.

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BIONICMONARCH 10/7/2010 8:56AM

    Preach it!

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NIKKIG3 10/7/2010 8:01AM

    emoticon Awsome!

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LINDABENEDICT 10/7/2010 7:54AM

    YAY !!!!!!!!!! Thanks for a great blog !

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HEALTHYKIM101 10/7/2010 7:47AM

    You Rock Girl! You are an inspiration to the rest of us. Thanks for the motivation! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GONE2THEDOGS 10/7/2010 7:33AM

    I beg to differ...you ARE special!!! And I know exactly what you mean...not preachy at all, you just know how to put into words what so many of us don't...thank you for that. You are one amazing woman!!!
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IMOGEN39 10/7/2010 7:20AM

    Great blog

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JUSTFOXXY 10/7/2010 6:46AM

    Preach sista!!!

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JBARUWA 10/6/2010 10:52PM

    You are truly inspirational. You make me believe that anything is possible. I had just started working out and my body is very sore. I've wanted to quit but reading your blog just motivates me to keep on going.
Just keep it up and a marathon is definitely within your reach. You motivate me and many others and we are better because of you.
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CATHY559 10/6/2010 9:52PM

  Great Blog! You are right about not wasting time - I'm in my early 50's and in pretty good shape FOR MY AGE!!! Why did I wait! So you keep it up - 100 pounds gone - you can knock out 30 any way you want!

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SARABLUE69 10/6/2010 6:46PM

    You are special so don't ever doubt it.

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MICA1971 10/6/2010 2:54PM

    You are not preachy - you just know what you are talking about! You have been "there" and you have worked (hard) your way over "here". And next year, you will create yet another, even better, here to call your own. You earned that experience - thanks for sharing it with others.

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JEREMY723 10/6/2010 2:14PM

    You are special! After reading your race summary there's no doubt about that. (Wasn't any doubt before that either!)

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LAURIE5658 10/6/2010 11:30AM

    RAWK and I mean SERIOUSLY rawk!!! Great blog!

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NUTRIGIRL08 10/6/2010 11:20AM

    Thanks for your blog. It was the dose of what I needed to hear today. A reminder that our journey doesn't always go as planned but if we remain consitent, if we remain positive and keep moving in the forward momentum then we will be victorious!!! Great job on your journey and I think you will see more exciting things as you continue onward!

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JENELOPE 10/6/2010 11:15AM

    I think I may have been one of the people who saw your fitness minutes and said, "What the heck am I doing with my time? I should have minutes like that!" And then I got a 1000 fitness minutes trophy in September. I still don't know how that happened, but I do know that I wasn't spending every waking hour in the gym. (I did golf 18 holes a couple of times, so that accounts for some of it.) I think you are absolutely onto something with this 2% thing. I told my brother about that last night and I think it surprised him. I'm also hoping that talking to me inspires him to go finally reassemble his elliptical and get cracking on his own 2%. This is the first time I have ever heard my brother sound unhappy about his weight.

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ESSENCEOFM 10/6/2010 9:57AM

    You're amazing and inspiring, not preachy!

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EMLG11 10/6/2010 9:24AM

    You are a dose of reality, not preachy at all. Congrats once again!!

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