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Great News

Friday, September 04, 2009

I just got amazing news that made my day and weekend (heck, my year!) and I wanted to share it with everyone quickly before I'm offline for the weekend. My husband, who emigrated to the US from the UK last year right before we got married was finally hired as a permanent employee at the temp job he's been at since January.

/start political rant

Not only does this mean a sizeable salary increase, but also affordable health insurance and other benefits. Yes, we are among the people our President and Congress is speaking about in town hall meetings across the USA. As independent contractors, we're too "rich" for free health insurance and even bottom rung, high deductible, out-of-pocket prescription health insurance costs $600+ each month, which we can't afford with our rent, bills, and student loan payments.

/end political rant

Finally, this brings the stability of income we need to start seriously looking at buying our own home.

I feel like crying, I'm so happy.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. I know I will!

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MYOWNHERO 9/17/2009 8:26PM

    Congratulations to both of you! I'm rooting for Health Care Reform, too! W e need it!

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NEENEE_BEANZ 9/10/2009 9:07AM

    Hip-Hip Hooray! Been there.. Done that... Know your excitment. My DH is still in that boat...not temp but small company (a job he will not give up and I'd never ask because it is wonderful). We had to drop independent coverage because for him alone it was $350. I figured with the amount we spend at the dr, I could "self-insure" for $350 month in a savings account with interest (good plan on paper anyway). So I am right there with your rant.

Anyway - this is your celebration time! Congrats!

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THREADBENDER 9/9/2009 5:27PM

    Yay!!! emoticon

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STINA6584 9/9/2009 2:52PM

    Congrats to your husband! I spent the first 6 months after graduation temping so I kind of understand how wonderful it feels to finally have some financial stability like that.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/9/2009 2:35PM

    Congrats to your hubby! That is super awesome!! (And I loved your political rant...I've so been there, done that and it's NOT fun in the slightest!)

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    How exciting! I am so happy for you and your husband!


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LITTLEFREEZE 9/5/2009 4:31AM

    It's great that you can finally get affordable health insurance!!! Nobody should have to chose between being able to see a doctor and buying food!!!

My mom AND brother are still uninsured though.

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    What great news, Poulaki! Hope yours is a long, wonderful weekend!!!


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GRACEISENUF 9/4/2009 10:22PM

    That is OUTSTANDING NEWS! I can feel your excitement and happiness from your post! Congratulations and best wishes as you go "house hunting!" emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BAILEYSK8Z 9/4/2009 4:35PM

    Wowie Kazowie! Time to celebrate! Have a good weekend.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 9/4/2009 3:08PM

    Wonderful news!!!!!! It this world, with so much gloom and doom, it is nice to hear of the success you are experiencing. I hope your husband truly enjoys his job and it gives you the security you so desire. Wishing you the very best life has to offer!

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VERNESSER 9/4/2009 2:38PM

    wooohooo!!!!!!!!! i can't wait until jimmy and i are at the stage of being out of the navy--- having decent paying jobs so we can purchase a home :D oooooo can't wait.. congrats for all the good news!!!

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WISLNDR 9/4/2009 2:24PM

    How cool! emoticon emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/4/2009 2:13PM

    WOW!! CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!!! That is amazing news :) I bet you are just so ecstatic! :) Celebrate! ! ! !!!

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CURVYCASEY 9/4/2009 1:46PM

    That's awesome!

I'm so happy for you!! :)

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EMILYBCRUZ 9/4/2009 1:43PM

    Whoo hoo! Congrats!

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    Awesome news! I'm so happy for you! What a way to start the long weekend!!!!

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NIKLOW 9/4/2009 1:35PM

    That's Awesome Congrats!!!

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ONEMORETHING 9/4/2009 1:17PM

    I am so happy and thrill what great news! I know how you feel right now my hubby is not working been off of work for some time now and we have no health insurance which right now is so important to have so wow enjoy dance sing to your lungs my husband has a full time job money coming in and benefits too! Now you will be enjoying the holiday weekend for sure!

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August Recap & September Goals

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

In August, I built upon my July success and then some. I did really well in July, but July was a very stressful month with some setbacks, and I hate to toot my own horn, but I turned it around in August. I crunched the numbers, but my biggest success was in an attitude change and increased positivity!


-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

-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


Track EVERY day:
I did this! YAY!

Lose 8-10 pounds:

Increase fitness minutes:
Did this too!

Weigh myself only once per week (Tuesday, with a do-over Wednesday if necessary)
I acheived this goal, except for the Thursday I went to the doctor's office and needed to be weighed again. It's made all the difference and I don't get bent out of shape over weight fluctuations.

Begin strength training:
I began strength training, but wasn't very consistent. I need to make time to familiarize myself with the machines at the gym and take time at night to do Quickfire exercises and pushups.

Begin Zumba and continue with yoga:
I didn't begin Zumba, due to busy nights at work. I still want to do this, but the class schedule doesn't really mesh well with my work schedule. I didn't do great with the yoga either: still didn't attend a class, but did some video exercises at home, but not more than 3 times. I did surf and do water aerobics, which was awesome.

Run a mile without stopping:
I acheived this, and I am up to 1.5 miles now with 4 weeks until the 5K. I have setbacks at times. Sometimes I really can't get through a mile, and I don't know whether it's something I ate that day or general tiredness.


-Continue to track everyday
-Lose 8-10 pounds
-Increase fitness minutes
-Increase strength training/Start strength training at gym
-Be consistent with C25K
-Focus on water intake and breathing exercises
-Don't blow it during the New Orleans weekend
-Run and complete Komen Race for the Cure 5K
-Explore local markets/farmstands
-Make treats count! Less packaged junk, more homemade goodies!

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GONE2THEDOGS 9/3/2009 9:05AM

    Wow...Great Accomplishments, Great Goals!!
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SLARTYB 9/2/2009 3:21AM

    Great stuff - keep it up!


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    The way you track your goals is spectacular!

One thought I had about your C25K... maybe do your normal C25K program for the day, but when the cool down starts keep a steady pace until you reach about 3 miles and then do your cool down. Just to get used to the distance even if you walk the last half of it. This is my 3rd attempt to finish C25K and I've been extending my workout to reach 3 miles each workout I have the extra time to. Even if it's just once a week and I definitely feel different about 3 miles now. Feels that much more doable.

Looks like you have a great big group of cool SP friends and I really appreciate your encouraging comments too! Keep up the good work.

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JUST-AMY 9/1/2009 8:46PM

    Great success and such well-defined goals. There is much for me to learn from you....you are setting a tremendous example to all of us here on Sparkpeople.com!

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JKSTEIN123 9/1/2009 7:05PM

    You did awesome this month. I like the way you are organized. Wow

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GRACEISENUF 9/1/2009 3:57PM

    emoticon Woo-Hoo! Great job reaching your goals! Your blog Always motivates me!

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ZIRCADIA 9/1/2009 3:09PM

    WOOHOO THAT IS AWESOME!!!!! :D Might I suggest a positive goal for New Orleans weekend instead of "DON'T BLOW IT"? hahaha :D

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KARVY09 9/1/2009 2:48PM

    Thanks guys! You're all awesome!

Feel free to copy! I like having numerical goals along with goals to try new things and push myself. I figure one of the categories will work out!

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STRIDEFULLY 9/1/2009 2:42PM

    I love your goals in your blog post. I'm copying too emoticon

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RUN2MYDREAMS 9/1/2009 2:29PM

    Wow! You truly inspire me to do better! I agree w/Yvonne-I too like the fact that you can see where you're going and where you've been. I truly need to adapt this idea & apply it! Thanks emoticon


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TRAVELNISTA 9/1/2009 12:32PM

    You are doing so well in your weight loss and I love this setting of monthly goals for yourself in writing. I love that you can see where you have been and where you are going. I think this is going to help you a lot in your weight loss journey.


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EMILYBCRUZ 9/1/2009 11:39AM

    I love the idea of setting up monthly goals. It seems like a great way to focus your positive energy. You are my inspiration! I am so proud of you that you are up to 1.5 miles! That's an amazing accomplishment.

Someone called me last night and invited me to go to Zumba but I had already planned to run. It sounds like it would be a lot of fun! I will have to give it a try.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 9/1/2009 11:30AM

    You did great and you'll do great again in September!!!Way to map out your success!!!

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PJFLEMING 9/1/2009 11:29AM

    Awesome job! Keep it up!

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CURVYCASEY 9/1/2009 11:26AM

    You're doing GREAT!! 10 lbs in a month is AWESOME! I like the way your goal blog is organized. I will copy you! :)

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SP is my "Meeting"

Monday, August 31, 2009

I grew up in the halls of churches, with stale coffee in styrofoam cups, Nilla wafers, Kleenex, and the lingering smell of cigarette smoke. Those times when the hulking guys with massive arms and dozens of tattoos said hello to me, the little girl in the hall, are associated with happy memories, times when my mother was on track to get well again, to kick her addiction.

Growing up, addiction was something I thought about every day. I thought about it as I dug into bags of Doritos, gnawed on Snickers bars, drank cups of sugary lemonade. But I never associated addiction with myself until this year, until I went to the doctor's office, weighed in at 286 pounds, and was diagnosed with borderline hypertension. When I got home, I looked in the mirror and told myself, "I'm not just overweight. I'm 28 years old and morbidly obese. I can't climb my staircase without breathing with difficulty. And it's only going to get worse if I don't do anything about it." I thought about all the times I ate an early dinner, and then went out to a family member's house or a restaurant to meet a friend and ended up eating again for no good reason other than I loved food, I loved how it tasted, and I loved how it made me feel. I still love food, and I always will, but I'm slowly building a better relationship with food, learning how to enjoy myself and control myself.

The other day, I was looking at my SP friend list and some people who have dropped off and came back on, and others who haven't come back yet, and got a little sad. Sometimes it's because life got in the way, but most of the time it was because they had slipped up and binged and were too embarrassed to log their food or didn't feel like they could sustain change and had given up completely.

Oddly enough, my thoughts drifted to my mom's friends who had gone back to drinking and drugs and whom I never saw again. One minute, they were smiling and happy and the next minute they were God knows where, shooting up and downing bottles of vodka.

I know the comparison isn't totally apt, but I believe that whatever set off those drug addicts to relapse and to give up sobriety is often what causes people to give up on SP, exercise, and food tracking. A bad day, a fight with a friend, a tough assignment at work/school: these things are going to happen to everyone in life. I need to turn to SP instead of a burger when it happens. SP is my meeting. SP is my therapy. I need the people who bring me up when I get down and compliment me when I'm doing well. I need to see tangible results of my hard work right there in numbers and photos. I need motivation and encouragement from those who have been there, in my size 22 pants, wondering how I ate the whole thing.

"It Only Works if You Work It," was one mantra oft-quoted at my mom's group meetings. I have to work at this. I need to log into SP every day, offer my support to others, be accountable for my food/exercise choices. This has got to be as important to me as family, friends, and work.

I've got to work it for it to work.

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BETTY925 6/16/2010 1:20PM

    I attend Celebrate Recovery, AA and OA and Spark people! I love them all.

Love reading your blog. When I saw how good you were doing I had to go back read it from the beginning. I was doing so good but am slipping way to often now. Got to get back on track!

Thanks for sharing.
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    Poulaki, today, I ran errands, WITH the baby, all morning. I didn't hurt, I broke a sweat and felt like a normal mom, for the first time since my son arrived. On that note, I can't give up, and thank you for being part of MY meeting. ;o)


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JUSTLIKEALICE 9/3/2009 11:16AM

    Keep coming back! Keep coming back! Keep coming back!

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JUST-AMY 9/1/2009 8:44PM

    I am so glad I 'happened' upon your page and read your blogs today. I am absolutely on track with your perspective here. I grew up in an alcoholic home where every time my dad drank and raged my mom made us a nice hot roast beef dinner complete with all the trimmings and stuffed us. All holidays and family gatherings were built around food, as this was "safe," as opposed to those groups of adults who can have a cocktail party, or a beer or two. Not in our house! I've never been a drinker or smoker, but I sure have been a foodie! Thank you so much. I like the Celebrate Recovery program, and am actually trying to get them to welcome "foodies," too, at my church home.

One day at a time, right? One minute at a time, as needs be...


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RUN2MYDREAMS 9/1/2009 2:57PM

    Wow! Your blog left me speechless. At least before I started typing:) I am very familiar w/the meeting scenerio from my Dad. Your blog really took me back. Thanks for the reminder! You are wise beyond your years!

GREAT BLOG! emoticon

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CHELSEYG29 9/1/2009 11:40AM

    You are so right in comparing addiction of drugs/alcohol to food. It's the same premise just a different vice. Thank you for sharing your story and for giving me my daily dose of inspiration!

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TRAVELNISTA 9/1/2009 12:26AM

    This was a very deep and insightful blog. You certainly hit the nail on the head. This should be a must read for all of Spark People. EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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GONABFIT 8/31/2009 11:38PM

    Great Blog! Continue to use Spark for alllll it's worth! We can do this.

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KELCEE75 8/31/2009 10:45PM

    Totally agree with you here! This is a great comparison... Realizing that this is a addiction has made me commit every day to healthy choices and this new life. It's can be a struggle and it's supposed to be....we've got the disaese! We fight it together every day here on Spark. Yay!!


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PAPER_WINGS18 8/31/2009 9:45PM

    Are you speaking directly to ME girl?! j/k but I COMPLETELY relate to this, seriously. I agree w/ everything you said and it really sucks at times. I find that if someone really upsets or angers me or I get super stressed out, it sets me off and all my hard work and motivation just explodes; then I head to the nearest Taco Bell or whatever I'm craving. Nothing can talk me out of it; once I've thought about it, I have to get it! I gotta work on that.

If only we were like neighbors or something. It would definitely be nice to have someone like you who gets it nearby! I feel like I have nobody in my "real" life(non-sp friends of course) who would get it. (Get the addiction behind it)

You are amazing and I am so lucky to have "met" you! Keep up the awesome work...You really are an inspiration pretty lady!!


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THREADBENDER 8/31/2009 6:38PM

    Great post....sounds like you've hit a nerve with a lot of people.

There's only one thing that makes me think that dealing with food might be harder than dealing with alchohol or narcotics. One can totally abstain from booze and drugs. Not so with food.....you gotta eat. So that relationship thing you mention is so true...and so tricky.

Wishing you the very best for the week ahead!! emoticon

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GIRLOFSPARKS 8/31/2009 6:36PM

    That is so true!! Food is an addiction! It's one of the last unaccepted addictions because most people don't view it as such! It's sad because when you have a drug addiction, you get sickly thin and people worry about their state of health! But with food, as you balloon up, instead of sympathy or concern it usually involves insults, criticism, or downright cruelty! People think food should be easily controlled or managed and for people with food problems that is the hardest battle to conquer!

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EMILYBCRUZ 8/31/2009 5:15PM

    I just wanted to tell you (as embarassed as it makes me feel) that your comparison is not even the slightest bit off. I am a drug addict and a food addict. I have been sober from drugs for almost 4 years now. I can honestly say that my food addiction is as much of a struggle if not more than my addiction to drugs. The thing is, it's not illegal to eat a whole pizza. And thats where my addiction gets me! It's sad. But it is also a reminder to myself that if I can get off of drugs I should be able to lose this weight.

I love your analogy. We do need to make SP our meeting.

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HROSS1127 8/31/2009 4:28PM


no, you don't know me...but it doesn't change the fact that i am proud of you =) DO WORK, PRETTY GIRL!!!

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DREAMRUNR 8/31/2009 2:44PM

    Great Blog!
Makes you sit back and think.
Realize that the resources are out there but you have to work for what you want.
I hope to be here a year from now with continued success, this time.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/31/2009 2:34PM

    I love the analogy! You are right - SparkPeople is OUR meeting! This is a safe place where we can come and say "My name is Kristen and I'm a food addict". Addictions are the same...we use them to fill a hole. For many of us, food filled the hole we felt for so long and all it did was offer the same empty promises that a bottle or a drug offer.

So you are right - I am working this thing!!


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1234MICH1 8/31/2009 2:01PM

    OH yes- my dad has an addictive personaltiy- so I can totally identify- It goes beyond just doing things that you "like" to do- it takes an extra step to be an addict- with the help of the Lord- he was able to kick his addiction to alcohol and cigarettes, but he has an addiction to other things now- food ebing one of them-

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GONE2THEDOGS 8/31/2009 1:55PM

    Well said and oh so true!! For whatever reason, sharing with & being accountable to SP is really helping me this time! I'm the type that thinks I have to do it on my own, whatever "it" is - asking for help was a sign of weakness - not anymore - taking full advantage of SP is a sign of strength - I'm with you - ready to "work it" & so appreciative of my "meetings"...
You go girl, you're amazing!!

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DRAGONFLY1974 8/31/2009 1:51PM

    I think the correlation is pretty on!

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WISLNDR 8/31/2009 1:46PM

    wow, Karvy, nice job!!

I have an on again/off again relationship (usually off again, but that might not be a bad thing!!) with someone who has an astounding family history of alcoholism. I've learned a lot about addiction over the past few years by knowing him and his family. Lately, my thoughts have been moving toward what you wrote about. I'm starting to understand more and more, the correlation between my reliance on SparkPeople to move forward, slowly yet confidently, and the AA meetings that he faithfully attends every week (18 years sober!!)

Thanks for finishing the thoughts that I was beginning to work on.

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ANDREA963 8/31/2009 1:27PM

    Thank you for sharing. I love SP also. Helps me be truthful to myself about portions. My biggest culprit. I typically don't eat after dinner, but I've been reacquainted with what a 3 oz piece of chicken looks like.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 8/31/2009 1:24PM

    I SO agree with you! Spark is my meeting place as well.. Thanks for the great blog!

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TAMTAM64 8/31/2009 1:19PM

    "It only works if you work it" is a powerful quote. This is a very thought provoking blog. You are doing a wonderful job in changing yourself - inside & out. Keep at it!


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MEL_UNRAU 8/31/2009 1:11PM

    Food can be just as addicting as any substance... the problem with food, is you can't live without it. Unlike an alcoholic, we can't walk away entirely. That is why there is an Overeaters Anon. I personally, chose private therapy to figure out my food issues. But, I have a good friend who recently celebrated her 12 month anniversary of being "clean". No binging. I use spark as my day to day accountability. But, I knew for myself I needed to learn new ways of coping with my life beside food. And therapy has taught me how to feed my soul with out "Soul Food".

I heart SP!

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BONNIEBEE 8/31/2009 1:05PM

    wow-very powerful stuff
My name is Bonnie, and I'm a foodaholic!

I'm with you, Spark is my meeting, and keeps me accountable to myself!

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A Wonderful Feeling

Friday, August 28, 2009

My wedding dress last year was a size 22. "They run small," they told me, sympathetically, zipping up the back. I didn't need any alterations.

My bridesmaid dress this year is a size 20 from the same shop. It was too big on top but it fit well throughout the rest of the body. I need to wear a push up bra and maaaaaaaybe clip the sides (I'm too cheap for alterations... heck, I'm flying out to New Orleans with a month's notice for this wedding!)

So I tried it on with a corset. She asked my size. "I said, um, 42DD." It came back and I was swimming in it. She came back with a 40C (A C!!!) and it fit perfectly. It damaged my pride a bit, and seriously, don't tell my husband, but I am definitely losing on top, and that is really cool.

I'm really surprised how nice it looks. I was a maid of honor for my best friend's wedding last year and I hated how my dress looked (even though I picked it) just because I felt so bloated. Now I really like this dress, and kept thinking on the way home, "oh, maybe I'll have it shortened after the wedding so I can wear it again."

But who am I kidding? Soon I'll be an 18, 16, 14... maybe even a 12... I've never been a 12 before!

That's the dream anyway!

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JUST-AMY 9/1/2009 8:48PM

    Awesome! You are doing awesome! What a great feeling! Imagine going back to that shop about this time in 2010....:)

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CURVYCASEY 8/31/2009 1:36PM

    Yay!!! What a great feeling! The chest is usually the first place my weight comes from and goes to...so you're not alone!
I am so proud of you!

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ANDREA963 8/31/2009 1:29PM

    Awesome. I'll bet the confidence you were feeling, really showed in the pictures.

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SAX_88 8/31/2009 12:34PM

    You are doing great, and I implore you to feel encouraged with your progress. Always know you can achieve it if you believe it! Cheers!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 8/31/2009 11:21AM

    Awesome!! You're loosing and that's what is so cool! I've lost on top too. I had to pull out my "skinny" bras a few weeks ago because the ones I had been wearing were too big! I'll take that......the weight is coming off and soon it'll show more in other area's too. Woo Hoo!! You're doing GREAT!

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TRAVELNISTA 8/30/2009 9:58PM

    I am soooooooooooooooo happy for you. You must be on cloud 9. AND yes you will be in that size 12. We'll all help you get there. Keep up the great job! emoticon

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GONE2THEDOGS 8/30/2009 9:37AM

    Isn't that the greatest feeling?? Just like school - going from a D(D) to a C shows you're working hard.. LOL
Have a wonderful time at the wedding.
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DRAGONFLY1974 8/30/2009 8:08AM

    Congrats!! It's always awesome when you need something taken in or new clothes because the old ones are falling off!!!

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PAPER_WINGS18 8/29/2009 11:15PM

    oh my gosh!!! congratulations lady! That is amazing!! I am so so so proud of you! Your hard work is definitely paying off and you are so motivating to me :) That is such a GREAT feeling and I am seriously so proud of you!! :) :) :) You are AWESOME!

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SPEEDWACER 8/29/2009 7:18PM

    Yeah, I remember prom gowns that way. My senior year I had to order the biggest size from the store and have it altered (the seamstress ruined it, go figure). If I ever get married though, I'm looking forward to wearing a tiny dress! And I mean tiny like a size 14, not tiny like skimpy.

Keep up the good work!

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SECURITYGIRL82 8/29/2009 7:14PM

    That's great!!!!!! I wish I could say the same for my made of honor experiences, but hopefully by the time that I get married (whenever that will be...) I will have the same feeling. Congrats and keep it up!!!!

So what if you are losing it on top, the point is your losing it, so if your husband complains tell him that he only needs a handful which is a C, DD is way more than a handful.

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CHELSEYG29 8/29/2009 3:44PM

    This is a great story! I love the positive outlook and what an amazing thing to be shrinking. Your doing a fabulous job and such a great attitude. WOOHOO emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 8/29/2009 1:39PM

    Way to go! I had a similar experience today when I went to walk. I dug out a new bra just to try it on. I had tried in on about a month ago and there was NO WAY it was going to "hold the girls". Well today it fit pretty well and it definitely supported me alot better. I am loosing on top too and I am SO happy about that!

You have made up your mind to loose the weight and you are going for it...YEAH!
Have a great time in New Orleans!

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EMILYBCRUZ 8/29/2009 11:25AM

    That's amazing. Yeah I think it's a damn shame the ladies are the first to go. Took my measurement yesterday and I have lost about an inch off of everything but the girls upstairs? 3 inches! LOL. You're going to look great at the wedding!

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DAPHNERUNNING 8/29/2009 9:42AM

    Fantastic!! Congratulations! Please, please post pictures, I want to see the pretty dress!

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JKSTEIN123 8/29/2009 12:27AM

    That is great. I love it when you try something on and you think it is going to fit and it is too big! I hope you are going to post pictures. Sounds like it should be fun.

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CAROLYN1949 8/28/2009 11:19PM

    Life would be nothing without something to look forward to. You have so much to look forward to, and it sounds like you're well on your way to realizing more goals.

Good luck on your journey!


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One Month to the 5K!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

How nerve-wracking!

But exhilerating too. Right now I'm *supposed* to be in Week 7 of Couch to 5K, but various things (working late nights, client meetings, busted knee) are keeping me sidelined. I'm careful to keep moving though. Going for my lunchtime walks, shunning elevators and escalators, and going swimming tonight.

Progress: I can run a mile and half, approximately, which is farther than I thought I'd be at this point. I have yet to do it outside though. I'm halfway there! I'd love to run the thing without stopping, but I know that might not happen. It's okay. Just having the nerve to enter a competitive race is pretty darn cool, right?

So my goal is to steadily increase the running time and find ways to run without being focused on the time. I want the running to go on and not be thinking "OK, is 25 minutes up yet?" I just want to DO IT. Any ideas?

And finally, I hope to do the last week outside so I'm confident for my outdoors 5K on 9/26!


Sonic comes to MA today, after years of taunting with their commercials with the nearest one being 300 miles away. How exciting! I love their ice cream and slush, and I kinda planned my day around it.


RIP Ted Kennedy. I actually worked for the Senator as an intern about 10 years ago and he truly was one of the last great public servants, someone who truly cared about the disadvantaged in society. As the seniors in our Senate slowly retire or pass away, I worry that the selfish Baby Boomers who currently serve us will bankrupt this nation, but all I can do is hope and pray.

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LULI_2POINT0 8/30/2009 3:31PM

    Good luck!!!

If you've been able to get this far, you can make it all the way to the end! emoticon

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PINKDIVA48 8/28/2009 11:43PM

    Rock it out sister!!! That is so awesome. My first 5k is in October. I can tell you, I would get outside as soon as you can. It is a whole different monster outside vs. inside treadmill. Or someone told me once that a treadmill set on a 2 incline was close to outside. Keep up the good work!

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CAROBEAR1 8/28/2009 8:40PM

    Have you tried any Podcasts? I'm loving the one I found for the C25K...that makes me want to do it and I also run outside on some trails near my house...

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CLAIRE515 8/28/2009 8:28AM

    wow, a 5K! I can't even fathom anything like that right now. That is so awesome,have fun and I know youll knock everyones socks off!!

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GONE2THEDOGS 8/28/2009 7:20AM

    You've got some great advice here - I don't really have much to add but running outside really does help - you can "run to the next pole, corner, etc" & every day see the improvements and of course music - I would never get anywhere without that!

You've signed up for a 5k - that's awesome - I keep saying I will & haven't yet so you are absolutely right, it is pretty darn cool!

If you were only closer...Maddy & Monty (see my photos) - great personal trainers - I'd gladly let you borrow them!! LOL

Keep up the great work (& attitude) it will eventually fall into place...

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MLE102286 8/27/2009 5:23PM

    hey! thanks for the great words on my blog.

I would suggest running outside next time-- its a little different than the treadmill-- with a month to go, its time to get your body used to it! :-)

sonic came to my home town like 4 months ago, and its been so busy (STILL!!) that i've yet to try it. People still wait hours in line-- i've got better things to do!

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GIRLOFSPARKS 8/26/2009 10:01PM

    You can do it!!! YOu have set a goal, just work towards it!!

I'm still a newbie at the C25K, and I started doing the runs at my favorite park. The path encircles this 'pond, lake' and the path is always filled with runners, people walking their dogs, parents with kids, so there is always something scenic to look at! That always helps me from getting bored, just a thought!

Just another thing, I signed up for a 5K because of you!!! hahah!!! So let's keep the momentum going! :) :)

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HOSTALADY 8/26/2009 7:32PM

    I am cheering for you!

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GRACEISENUF 8/26/2009 4:04PM

    We are all cheering you on!

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HEALTHYSASSY 8/26/2009 3:41PM

    There are two things that I can think of that might help with the time, and distance aspect of doing a 5 km race.

1.) Race Route- Try out the route before the race
Is the race route online? If it is you could check out the route, and see what it is like (is it hilly)? I did a 5 km race a couple of months ago, and there was a big hill at the end of the race which made things very challenging so now I like to check out the race before I do it or at least know if it is hilly, and where the hills are in the race.

2.) Try running the last 1-2 km in to the finish line (a few days BEFORE the race)
Another thing, I read on the running boards was to go before the race (a couple of weeks or a few days before the race) and start from the finish point and run a little ways out, and then run it back in toward the finish line so that you can visualize the end bit of the race.

Good luck with your race.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 8/26/2009 2:47PM

    You'll do great on your 5K. I have been a walker for years and started running spiratically on the treadmill and trained with 4 mile walking/jogs 3-5x a week for about 4 weeks before the race. I finished the race (dead last) but I finished it and it was a very hilly course. I use the treadmill at home and it was my first outside run all year. I had no problem finishing the race, I just thought there'd be others that would walk all or most of it, and I didn't have the endurance built up to run the entire thing, but I did run it with a 12:45 mile which is good for my first 5K. You'll totally ROCK it!! You'll be so much better prepared than I was. emoticon

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SUZY6281 8/26/2009 2:22PM

    You are doing an awesome job!! I started the C25K on the treadmill, but quickly moved to outdoors. I was surprised at how much better I liked it. I HATE clock watching. Try it. Bet you discover that you prefer it.

Best of luck to you on your race. Bet you do wonderfully!


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    You are doing great with your training. I totally understand you about watching the clock. I do the same thing. I think that when the intervals aren't so defined (like jogging for 25 min.) I'll cover the time section with a towel or something. :-) But I agree with the other posts about listening to music (which I think you're already doing) and trying to jog outside. I haven't done this yet either since I find it helpful to be able to mechanically adjust my speed. :-) I hope to be outside by the end of C25K too. Having your first 5k to look forward too must be a great feeling. Mine is in November (Turkey Trot) which seems a long ways away. But, I do have C25K to keep me focused. Good luck to you.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/26/2009 12:40PM

    You are doing such a great job! It can be tough to keep up the motivation when you are sidelined by life issues and injury! But you are persevering!

(Okay...don't know why, but it's not letting me do emoticons at the moment...hmmmm) Oh well - anyways...I worry about a similar thing with running...the just doing it without a time limit on it. As I near the end of the program I worry that I won't have the same motivation factor and will find myself "allowing" the running to stop before I have truly done an amount that is beneficial! How do I challenge myself once the "limit" is removed and I am a C25K graduate?? I'm trying to think of new ways to keep that challenge fresh and keep me pushing forward in my progress. I figure just trying to do it in less time will get boring eventually...so I'd better come up with something! LOL

And you're absolutely right - just signing up for a competitive race IS pretty darn cool! You ROCK!!!

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THREADBENDER 8/26/2009 11:13AM

    You asked for suggestions about keeping up the pace and not watching the time. I find that in order to get my heart rate up using cardio machines and walking, it is absolutely essential that I have my MP3 player with appropriately paced music. My "go list" is my heart rate music. But maybe you're already doing that.

Good for you! You are making awesome progress with an attitude to match! emoticon

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SARANGEREL 8/26/2009 9:22AM

    Awesome!! I'm excited for you which is kinda funny I guess. Keep up the great work emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLARTYB 8/26/2009 9:14AM

    Personally I cannot run without an iPod - a good set of upbeat running songs and you won't WANT to stop after 25 minutes!


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WEEZIETEE 8/26/2009 8:53AM

    Nice work! My advice - start running outside as soon as possible (even while finishing up your C25K). Not only will it better prepare you for your upcoming 5km (YAY!) but it will also help to make that time fly by. I used to prefer treadmill runs to outdoors (totally a confidence thing - or lack thereof) but once I started to run outside and realized how QUICKLY the time seems to fly by (there's something to be said for an ever-changing landscape vs. the dashboard of a treadmill - lol) I much prefer it that way.

Good luck!


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REILLYGIRRRL 8/26/2009 8:52AM

  Keep up the good work.

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EMT6937 8/26/2009 8:42AM

    Keep up the good work. It will feel great to just cross the finish line.

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