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Summer Challenge!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

This is awesome!!

I am on my third day of the summer challenge (which lasts 8 weeks) and I dont know if it is because this is my first challenge or maybe the excitement of just starting but I think I am doing great!! I get up in the morning and do my workout, and I have been eating quite well.. and in this short time -I might be delusional- but I actually feel my pants a bit more loose.. which is always awesome! I feel extremely motivated and excited and I hope it stays that way!!

I read a quote someone posted saying something like "If you had done your workout the first time you thought about it... you would be done by now" and oh man is this true!!! I cant remember who it was but I am so grateful!! :P

Anyways, enough jumping around.. Unfortunately I must get back to work..

Hope everyone has a great day!!


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SPUTNIK512 6/21/2012 1:30PM

    I don't think you're delusional at all! I had to tighten up my belt yesterday because my pants are getting looser :)

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WHITEWOLVE5555 6/20/2012 5:44PM

    Keep up that great attitude, every time you work out you are not only helping your body today, but for years to come!

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HAWAII5YEARS 6/20/2012 5:28PM

    I don't think it is your imagination that your clothes are feeling looser--even the change in water-weight can make a huge difference right from the start. Enjoy it and ride that wonderful feeling through all the challenges ahead!

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KATYFUHR 6/20/2012 4:38PM

    Hey LEECIE2!! I cant access your sparkpage to send you a private message so hopefully you get to see this reply.. I am not sure if joining is still open, as I understand it it was at the lastest June 18, at least to post starting weight, but you can always contact ISMEME (the person that commented right before you and me) who is a team leader and could give you more information..

Hope this helps!!

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LEECIE2 6/20/2012 12:59PM

    im new and would like to join your 8 weeks summer challenge

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KATYFUHR 6/20/2012 12:12PM

    BEARGODDESS - Thanks for the encouragement! :)))

ISMEME - The morning workouts seem to be great!! I am always so glad when I get home from work and I can just relax, cook something, watch tv or play with the dogs knowing I already had a workout and a good one too!! :D :D Thanks for the comment!


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ISMEME 6/20/2012 11:48AM

    I'm glad you are so excited for the summer challenge!!! It sounds like you are doing great so far! I work out in the mornings too. I found that when I switched to setting my alarm about an hour earlier and doing my cardio before I head into lab, that I started being much more consistent with working out. :)

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BEARGODDESS 6/20/2012 10:26AM

    Good for you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Friday, June 01, 2012

Sooo.. after the events I described in my last post, I have started picking up all my stuff and gradually moving out to a new place.. it is NOT the most fun thing to do!! I am doing it slowly, that way I have the time to organize things before I bring some more but the good thing is that I am almost done!

I have a nicer, bigger space now and I should be able to be a lot more active once I am settled in, and I can have puppies too!!! which is awesome. :D

Food wise, I havent been doing bad, but I dont think so great either, just messy, skipping some meals and eating as I go, I have been counting calories still, but I am nor as orderly as normally.. I should have a new laptop today so hopefully I can go back to being on SP from home and not just from work, which will help me lots!


Just the rant for today.

Hope everyone has a great friday!


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SWEETEYES0601 6/7/2012 1:15PM

    You are brave! I've only moved once my whole life...and that took me a full two years to get completely done. So don't feel bad one bit about your version of "slowly moving". LOL Hope all goes well. Glad you're at least eating, but carry around something with you all the time that's good to snack on so you don't undo any of your hard work. emoticon

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KATYFUHR 6/2/2012 8:30AM

    Gail - Hopefully I will be in the state of mind you are now soon. Your input has helped lots, more than you can imagine, now I have a clear mindset as to where I am and what I am aiming for. Thanks a lot!

Kelly - I shall figure out how to add pics to the posts! I love showing them off so Ill try and get them as soon as I can! hahaha I am sure you will love them :D

Have a lovely saturday!

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SEASONS__CHANGE 6/1/2012 10:21PM

    With all that you've been through lately, you're doing an amazing job and I'm glad that you're moving to another place. The puppies are a bonus!

Would love to see a picture of them. hint, hint

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ECOAGE 6/1/2012 12:40PM

    I think you are correct. Time will help; it has helped me. Yes, it is possible to feel safe again. Unfortunately, the mental scars will remain --- as you experienced with losing your handbag. It's sad but it's also good --- I know I've learned valuable lessons from the experiences.

And thanks. Have fun this weekend!

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KATYFUHR 6/1/2012 12:26PM

    ECOAGE - I totally agree with you, I think I couldnt have put it better myself.. that is exactly how I feel, I have lost a sense of comfort in my own home, and I dont feel much safer on the street either because last year while I was going home from work a guy in a motorcycle drove by and pulled my handbag out of the car window, so I think I am not feeling much safe anywhere these days, however, I am not one to stay down when something bad happens, I know this will pass, it just takes a little time. Thank you so much for your good wishes!

BEARGODDESS - Thank you so much for your message, I am happy to inform that I didnt just get one puppy already lol I have four!!! haha One of them is my dog that I have had for over 10 years now, but because I had left the country for two years to study, and then came back and moved into an apartment, I couldnt have him, so he was with my mom.. now I can!! and its awesome.. really glad about it! :)

Hope you both get to enjoy your weeked as much as I plan to enjoy mine!

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BEARGODDESS 6/1/2012 11:46AM

    Well, I think under the circumstances you can be forgiven for going off track a bit! I'm very glad that you're moving to what we fervently hope is a much safer place. But I must admit the BEST part for me would be the PUPPIES!! Hope you find one soon!

Glad that you're pulling it all together life-wise. (and thanks for the friend add!)

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Lynn the "Beargoddess"

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ECOAGE 6/1/2012 11:14AM

    Moving is stressful, be patient with yourself.

I used to live in a house that was rather isolated --- and it was broken into twice. We not "only" lost possessions but it changed my attitude and I lost a sense of comfort in my own home.

Good luck with your move and best wishes in your new home!

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Just awful

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

These past few days have been really horrible, and yesterday was no better, where I live is a very nice place, beachy, sunny, beautiful happy people, but unfortunately not very safe.. yesterday I got a call at work to come home cause someone broke in and took most of our stuff (I live with my sister), luckily noone was home and all that was lost is material and nobody got hurt. But I find myself keeping it together as I usually do, but inside I feel that I have had many challenges so far this year, and I have kept it together for my family thoroughout them all, this time, I feel like I might crumble a bit and I am scared of letting that happen.

I know it will all be ok, I just have to give it a few days and calm down but I honestly fear losing control, I dont want to be a wreck, but I also need some sort of catharsis, hopefully this entry will help.

It is not surprising to me that the first thing I did was order a ton of food when I got the lunch call at work, and to be honest I am not even hungry, I know this is just me pretending to deal with everything but not really dealing at all, I still have time to sit and rethink my decisions so I will do that.

I know this post is not as cheery as I usually am, but this too shall pass.

I hope everyone is doing wonderful.


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KATYFUHR 5/31/2012 2:49PM

    Thanks everyone! I am really grateful for your good wishes and nice words, I feel so much energized today and I think 90% back to my cheery self lol

HAWAII5YEARS - Indeed we are both unharmed, thank you so much for your kind words.

LMATTHEWS12111 - It already is!! Thank you! :)

SEASONS__CHANGE - Unfortunately no insurance :s it is not very common in the Dominican Republic with these type of items, but after this I am definitely going to look into it!

BEARGODDESS - Thank you so much for your words. I am actually much better today, yesterday was a bit more difficult, I felt like in limbo, but now I am just getting back on my feet quite nicely.. again, thank you so much!

CRYSTAL_MOM - I agree! and I thank you so much for your prayers.

SHAWNMIKE1 - hahah You made me laugh so much! You practically described what I was telling my friends I wanted to do yesterday but didnt get to do yet! Might have to go crazy on a pillow when I get home tonight! lol Thanks so much for your comment :)

LIZZYP609 - Thank you! I am sorry to hear that someone broke into your house also, even if they didnt take anything its a very big invasion of your privacy, your home is the one place where you are supposed to feel safe and it is not nice to have someone break that feeling of safety. I am glad nothing happened to you then. Thanks for your comment and encouragement.

GMO_JEN - It is going better today! Thank you so much!!!

Coming online today and finding all the comments you all left here has certainly been the highlight of my day so I thank you all! Hope everyone has a lovely day full of sunshine!


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GMO_JEN 5/31/2012 2:30PM

    I am so sorry your house was robbed, but so glad that you and your sister are safe. As you said, this will pass, it still is an awful situation. I hope today is going better.

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LIZZYP609 5/31/2012 9:36AM

    Sorry about what happened. I had someone break in my house once and it really isn't a good feeling. I never felt fully safe there again and those idiots didn't even take anything!
It is really good insight you have about turning to food to "deal" with your emotions. Just goes to show you can do this! Learning how to really deal instead of covering emotions is hard work. Again, You can do this!!

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SHAWNMIKE1 5/31/2012 7:52AM

    You are totally allowed to not be cheery! If i was you i would be P'sssd! But the good thing is NO ONE WAS HOME! You are safe and although it does suck probably most material possessions can be replaced. You need to vent and hoot holler and scream would probably help to hit something...maybe a pillow or heavy bag or even a guy friend. This shall pass and you again will be cheery...every now and then we all loose control just make sure you take it back! emoticon

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CRYSTAL_MOM 5/30/2012 10:22PM

    Glad you are both ok. Things can be replaced, and I pray for you to have peace in the middle of all of this.

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BEARGODDESS 5/30/2012 9:49PM

    Oh sweetie. It's a little hard to feel cheery when you feel violated, as I'm sure you must. I'm so sorry that this happened to you and you must feel very vulnerable, although I can tell by this blog that you're a very strong lady. I'm glad that no one was hurt.

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SEASONS__CHANGE 5/30/2012 9:40PM

    What a horrible thing to happen and glad no one got hurt. I can't imagine what you're going through. Hopefully, the items that were stolen will be covered under the Insurance.


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LMATTHEWS12111 5/30/2012 7:26PM

    Hope everything gets better for ya!

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HAWAII5YEARS 5/30/2012 5:23PM

    emoticon It totally sucks that you were robbed. Thank goodness neither you nor your sister was there or got hurt.

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KATYFUHR 5/30/2012 11:58AM

    Thank you for the good wishes.

I do think this sucks but to be honest, I think I am not as upset about the whole thing as I could have been, I just feel like a lot of stuff has happened lately and its hard for me to keep it together so at some point ill probably just go into an empty room and scream! lol I feel quite good, I just need to vent, I am glad to be able to do so here.

Thanks again both of you, I appreciate your comments and encouragement.

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CLESSFAT 5/30/2012 11:52AM

    I am so sorry that some loser that needs to go out and get a job, came to your home and stole the things that you and your sister worked hard for! It really pisses me off when things like this happen! Yes, they are material things but they are your material things. Thank God no one was there!! What is this world coming to!! It seems like it's getting worse and worse! You are right, this too shall pass and again, I'm sooooo sorry that you are having to deal with this crap!

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WILDHONEYPIE1 5/30/2012 11:39AM

    emoticon Glad everyone is okay.

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Back on my feet

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

This weekend was pretty sucky for me.. I was a bit, or a lot, under the weather, which prevented me from doing anything productive on sunday. I was a bit bummed out about it, but for some reason I found it relatively easy to stick to healthy food choices, even though at moments I was craving horrible things! I think being more active on SP and actually communicating with other people going through the same journey that I am does help a great deal.

I have found that I feel more responsible, capable, and also accountable for my actions, and amazingly enough this helps a lot with my anxiety! Who would have known the solution would be so simple.. COMMUNICATION! Sharing really goes a long way.

Anyway, I just missed ranting/blogging, since I didnt do it for a few days.. so thatīs my rant for the day!

Also, I am looking for smoothie ideas! If anyone cares to share any, I would appreciate it a lot!

Hope everyone has a lovely day emoticon


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BLUE42DOWN 5/24/2012 6:19PM

    My smoothies are pretty basic - fruit juice (apple), banana, berries (strawberry), and protein powder (unflavored). I've read others mention adding spinach but haven't tried that yet.

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KATYFUHR 5/23/2012 8:58PM

    Thank you all!

And thanks a lot for the link Kelly, it's really helpful!

Wishing a lovely evening for all :)))

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SEASONS__CHANGE 5/23/2012 8:36PM

    Here's a good link for smoothie recipes


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CLESSFAT 5/23/2012 4:13PM

    I'm glad you are back on your feet!! I really enjoy the support here on SP! I know that's what has kept me going so far. It makes me feel accountable!! I love it!!

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HANAHSCLOUDY 5/23/2012 3:06PM

    Hello Sunshine!

Glad to see your blogging. Glad your coming back to the living.

I agree with you about being accountable and sharing with others goes along ways. I love this site! I'm learning new things all the time, and I feel more in control of my well being. I love the motivational resources here along with Map your route for walking. Those are 2 favorites at the moment.

I have just started making smoothies, they have been around for a while, lol. But I'm just learning. I first looked into it because of the 5 servings of fruits and veg's a day. They have a lot of recipe's on here for them. I also make a whole blender now, know how to count the calories and make a recipe. I freeze extra in mason jars in the fridge too. lol I love the whole smoothie thing.

Have a great Day. emoticon

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Day 4

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Today I woke up thinking that I had to get up and move, and I almost felt like I was going to go back to my old ways of just putting it off 'for later', I logged in SP and saw some of my sparkfriends comments on my blogs and that got me motivated, so I decided to stay in bed a bit longer, maybe finish an episode of a show I started yesterday and then get up and do my first workout of the day, I decided to do it like this in order to sort of get the workout in as part of a routine I do every day, kinda trying to make it fit the way I live and not see it as a disruption that would make me reject by default. It seems it worked just fine.

The funny thing about this is, I was doing one of the 10 minute videos that I have grown to love, I currently live with my sister, right at the end when I was stretching, my sister knocked on my door (it was locked), so instead of just opening it and let her see I was exercising, I felt like I had to hide it, I quickly took off my shoes and moved my computer to an angle that she wouldnt be able to see what I was looking at and then I opened the door.

This has me thinking, why? why would I do that? I was not doing anything bad, and I am certain that she would be very happy and supportive, so I just wonder why.. Have you guys ever experienced anything like this before?? If so, what were your conclusions as to why it happens?

Aside from that, I am feeling great, I have found SP to be amazing at motivating me to keep up with this healthy changes and even if I am going slow and taking small steps, I feel I have this newfound confidence in the process and also in myself. So thank you to my new, wonderful sparkfriends for the support.

Wish everyone has a happy, full of achievements, lovely weekend.


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BLUE42DOWN 5/20/2012 1:37AM


Yes, I've definitely been one to hide any evidence that I'm trying to do things healthier. For me there were two things. One is just avoiding attention. I don't want others making a big deal about something I do. Which is silly when I let it stop me doing something I liked and was good for me. The other is a vague fear that if they know, while they'll be happy right now, they'll also start trying to "help" and if I don't do it one day I don't want to be nagged to do it. I want to get it done on my own.

*edit* In fact, one of my aborted things was doing crunches in bed before getting up in the morning. My DDa heard my breathing several days in a row and asked if I was okay. I quit doing them even though I told her what I'd been doing.

Your reasons are likely to be different, but it's not abnormal to feel somehow defensive of what we do and change in the early days.

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SEASONS__CHANGE 5/19/2012 9:03PM

    Great job on your commitment to yourself and your program and very happy to hear that you are indeed motivated! You're doing great.

Personally, I haven't had this experience, but then again, I live alone. Hopefully, you can tell your sister about your goals and maybe she will want to join in.

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HANAHSCLOUDY 5/19/2012 9:09AM

    Good Morning Sunshine!

I too have started thinking of moving as part of my day, I don't roll in the bed longer to avoid exercising. Spark has given me that.

Lol, Hiding exercising. I find it funny cause I have done that. For me I don't know if it's because I don't want people to know If I stop? Or see that they may be disappointed in me? Or a lack of confidence in me that I won't be able to keep it up?

I tell everyone now, and I put in the lil disclaimer. I feel great when I do it, I hope I keep it up.

And telling folks - some have had such big cherry smiles and are totally encouraging, I deserve that.

Anyways Your doing it emoticon!!!

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