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First yoga class is tonight & I signed up for a CF walk!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I am pumped up for yoga tonight! Well actually, I am just happy I am going. I am trying not to be as nervous as I was for zumba. I signed up for a beginners class, so hopefully I am not the only newbie. I am going to leave work a few minutes early to make sure I get there on time! I went for a walk in a park last night - it was so nice outside. I am so excited for the fall weather!

One of my friends has cystic fibrosis, and she invited me to do a local walk next month. I asked her how long the walk is & she said about 3.8 miles. I am hoping to get a few friends to go, but I don't really know too many people who walk as much as I do. Maybe I can get my Mom & Aunt to go with me. I remember when I was younger, we used to walk for the March of Dimes.

Edit: I did register for the walk! I will walk by myself if I have to =) I know it is for a great cause & is good exercise!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday! It is almost Friday!!!

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SABLENESS 8/22/2012 3:21PM

    You're doing great at trying new things! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SCARJOWANNABE 8/22/2012 12:17PM

    Have fun at yoga and god for you for signing up for the walk

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CAROLJEAN64 8/22/2012 10:16AM

    Even if you don't find others to walk with you, you will find friends on the walk. Just do it!

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MOEMOORE 8/22/2012 9:53AM

    Enjoy Yoga tonight! I'm sure there will be other newbies there.

Thank you for participating in Great Strides! My 2 1/2 year old nephew has CF, so I am well aware of the disease. I've done the walk here for 3 years now, and also did the San Francisco walk once with my sister and her family. The CF walk here is each May, and I'm actually going to be doing some helping with the planning for the walk in 2013. There are so many promising drugs and treatments in the CF "pipeline". I sincerely hope a cure can be found in time for your friend, my nephew and all those who have CF!

Have a great time tonight!

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RUFFIT 8/22/2012 9:46AM

    That is great!! You are doing AWESOME!! Have fun in your yoga class. Also, you will make new friends on your walk!!Moni emoticon emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 8/22/2012 9:45AM

    I hope you enjoy your Yoga class tonight!

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My first Zumba experience!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My Mom was supposed to go with me to Zumba, but she was too tired. I was a little nervous about going by myself! I usually get nervous at new things. Even though I was new, I knew no one would judge me but I still was worried I wouldn't be able to complete the hour routine. I wasn't sure if I should eat before or after class - so I decided to do both! I ate a sweet potato before I left & then made egg whites & veggies when I got home. The church was only 5 minutes away, which is part of why I wanted to do it. (There aren't any good gyms close by to where I am living.) So I parked and followed three older ladies into the church basement. The instructor was very nice and upbeat. Her & her Mom teach the class, which was neat. I could have gotten a 5-class card at a discount, but I just paid for the one class for now. She told me it takes a few classes to get used to the routines & as long as I had a smile and had fun, it didn't matter if I messed up. There were about 25 people there which was nice. There was music on already which helped get me pumped up a little bit.

I am glad I brought two bottles of water and a towel! I LOVED the class! We took three 30 second water breaks in between some of the songs. It was so much fun even though it was hard! I knew I messed up some of the moves, but it didn't frustrate me. Some of them included turning around/spinning. I noticed some of the ladies didn't turn around at all - so I liked that everyone just goes at their own pace according to what their body allows. I could have worked "harder" at some of the moves that involved a bit of jumping. I didn't want to over-do it, so I just lifted my legs instead. I know once I do it a few more times I will be able to pick up the pace a bit. I was also focused on learning the moves, so I kept a close eye on the instructor!

When the class was finished, I still felt like I could have done more. I had a lot of energy! My arms and hips were sore a little bit when I got home & got out of the car. Around 9:30 I started getting really tired and got a headache! I went to bed earlier than I normally do, which is good! I am not as sore today as I thought I would be. My hips are mostly better, but my arms are really sore up around my shoulders! It feels nice though. I think I will have a fun time with more Zumba!


I am still excited about yoga on Wednesday night! I am hoping I can leave work 5 minutes early so I can be there at 5:30. The class starts at 5:45 & I made reservations for it. Woohoo!! I feel super pumped up about working out. It has been so long since I wanted to do it. I feel better knowing I am actually doing it! emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 8/22/2012 12:35PM

    Glad you liked it! I've done a little with the DVDs at home and feel so uncoordinated...but it IS fun!

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SCARJOWANNABE 8/22/2012 12:18PM

    I really want to try Zumba, it sounds like a lot of fun

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/22/2012 8:27AM

    Well done for going on your own, I don't think I would have been that brave.

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MCJULIEO 8/21/2012 10:09PM

    Oh, that DOES sound like a fun time!

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FRAN0426 8/21/2012 3:00PM

    Zumba is fantastic, I really get a great workout when I go to my Zumba call. Thankfully, I too have a terrific instructor, she tells everyone to drink a lot of water between dances and do what you can. She says we're here to dance, but have a good time and if you mess up it's ok as we do fun fun fun in my class.

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PEPPYPATTI 8/21/2012 2:38PM

    Zumba is fun! I have the Zumba Rush for my XBox & it is such a good workout. Hope you have fun at Yoga as well!
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KFEASEL13 8/21/2012 2:33PM

    emoticon Good for you! Looking forward to hearing about future classes!

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MAMAMANDA83 8/21/2012 9:32AM

    Thanks for sharing this. I will be starting my first zumba class in a couple weeks, and it's good to see how someone else's first experience went. emoticon

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MOEMOORE 8/21/2012 9:25AM

    Whoo-hoo!! Another Zumbaholic! LOL! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

It is really great that right off the bat you found an instructor (well actually 2!) that you enjoy - that makes a huge difference. And it does help immensely that its close by. Twice a week, my instructor is at the elementary school literally across the street from my building. That means no excuse for me!

Good luck with Yoga. I tried a series of classes 2 years ago, and found it wasn't for me. At least in that setting. I'm sure you'll do great!

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THEBETH43 8/21/2012 9:20AM


Zumba is lots of fun. I haven't the courage to zumba in a class yet. I've only done it at home with Wii Zumba. Good for you on going to an actual class!

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One year Sparkversary! 73.4 lbs lost so far! Pics & some personal motivation..

Friday, August 17, 2012


I put some pics at the bottom - I don't have a full body shot of my current weight yet.

Today is my one year Sparkversary. I really can't believe it has been a year since I joined this site. Later today I want to read over my old blogs to see how I was feeling this past year. I have had ups & downs - not UP in weight, but in the struggle to stay down!

I lost 73.4 pounds so far! I started at 250 - I still don't know how I let myself get to that weight. Instead of looking back, I keep looking forward at what I want to achieve & what I will do! I am glad I opened up my eyes to see how unhealthy I really was. I had terrible high blood pressure & actually felt super unhealthy. Besides feeling a bit skinnier now - my body feels healthier. I enjoy jumping around and walking more. I am more flexible, and I enjoy being alive a lot more than I used to!

Here are some things I have learned about myself in the past year:

-It is hard to say NO to food - but it is worth it instead of feeling guilty later

-If I feel hungry, I drink water first. Sometimes that really does fix my "problem"

-Spark is amazing. When people ask how I lost all of this weight, the first thing I tell them is "I use Sparkpeople online". I get funny looks - but then I explain how great this site really is. I love every aspect of this site even if I don't use all of it - I know other people do use it, which really inspires me to keep going!

-Don't give up - it is ok to feel sad or mad or lost sometimes. I look back at my old pictures and see how upset THAT makes me. I look at myself now & I know I am doing such a great job. I know I can't give up!

-Be happy! I try to cheer myself up as much as I can. A smile on my face actually does make me feel better! Then I keep going from there and try to get out of that funk!

-I try to fit in as much exercise as I can - I take the stairs, park further away, offer to go get something from someone in another room, etc. I know I am still having a hard time with the daily workout routine, so I am trying to make up for it a bit in other ways!

-I CAN do it! and I have been! I just have to make myself do it! I am starting Zumba & Yoga next week. I am so excited about it. I hope it jump starts me to finally work out more often!

-Rewards are great for me! I realize now there are many types of rewards! Not just "bad" food or $$ items. Sometimes I tell myself... if I walk for 30 minutes today, I can put off doing laundry until tomorrow. It may sound silly, but sometimes that extra relaxation really helps!

-Mini-goals are great! and I don't worry anymore if I miss a goal - I know I am being healthier overall and that is most important

For my current Mini goal - 1.6 pounds more to lose to get to 75 pounds LOST! I am super excited. I want to get there by Sept 1st. I know I can do it!

Hopefully everyone has a great weekend! and hopefully you all keep sparking! Don't give up!

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  WOW!!!!!!! you look so nice

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SABLENESS 8/17/2012 4:41PM

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PEPPYPATTI 8/17/2012 4:40PM

    Way to go girl!! You have done an amazing job!
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NANCYSINATRA 8/17/2012 12:13PM

    You are doing awesome!! You look so happy. Great job!!!!!

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MOEMOORE 8/17/2012 12:07PM

    Congratulations on 1 year and all that weight lost!

Your posts really do help me to stay motivated!

I hope you enjoy Zumba - I love my classes!!!

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INTOTHESOUTH 8/17/2012 11:35AM

    You are amazing!!!

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BEESMUM2003 8/17/2012 11:26AM

    You look SO AMAZING! What a transformation. Very happy for you..thanks for sharing your recipe for success.

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SCARJOWANNABE 8/17/2012 11:20AM

    Congrats, you look amazing! You must be so proud of yourself. Keep it up, we're all in this together!

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JERSEYGIRL24 8/17/2012 10:20AM

    First of all emoticon on your Spark anniversary. To hang around here for a whole year is quite an accomplishment.

Second of all, you look emoticon. You have inspired me, today, emoticon I fell off the wagon last night and had a pretty good pity party. I knew I needed to get back on track today, and after reading your blog, I know I will.

I have mentioned Spark People to others but it doesn't seem to register. I have even told some doctors about it, hoping that perhaps they will recommend it to their patients. Of course I have no idea whether or not they have.

If you don't lose the 1.6 lbs. by September 1, don't get discouraged. It gets harder to lose weight as you get thinner. Also, if it takes a wee bit longer to get there, it doesn't matter in the long run. The goal does sound doable, though.

Enjoy the day!! You've earned it!!! emoticon

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VONBLACKBIRD 8/17/2012 10:17AM

    emoticonYou look terrific by the way..and you can keep step at a time.. emoticon

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My mini goal: lose 2.5 lbs by Sept 1st!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy Wednesday!

I haven't had a real mini goal in a while. I keep talking about how I want one! I think I finally have one. I am starting Zumba on Monday & yoga on Wednesday! I would like to get down to 175 by Sept 1st - I need 2.5 more pounds to get there! I know I can do it. I have to say "no" to some bad foods - but I can do it. I know it is worth it!

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I finally got down to 177.6 on the scale. I was going between 178 and 182 for the past few weeks. I am glad I am actually getting more progress even though it is slow. I know I need to exercise more & make some stricter decisions when it comes to the food I eat/don't eat!

My cousin is getting married in October. I had a dress already from a wedding I went to in May - but it is almost the same color as the bridesmaids gowns. So.. I wanted to get another dress to wear. I ordered some online. The picture isn't that great, but I think I may have found one. It is brown and I think it goes a little past my knees. I got an XL and it fits. I got one in L and one in XL. The L is a little too tight. It was nice to be able to get INTO The large though! Even though it was too tight for my liking, I still felt pretty proud of myself. A year ago I wore a size 22 or 24 or 2x or 3x dresses! I want to lose more weight before October - but I can always get it altered. My neighbor is a seamstress & she will be able to help me out if I need it!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/15/2012 7:48PM

    zumba is fun! You can do it! make surfe you journal your food! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 8/15/2012 1:53PM

    Way to go! You can do it!! emoticon emoticon

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KAPELAKIN 8/15/2012 9:52AM

    Mini goals are great! Good luck! emoticon

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MEMEME75 8/15/2012 9:17AM

    You can do it! emoticon

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Stressful Weekend

Monday, August 13, 2012

My weekend was pretty good - but it was also very stressful. I spent about 6 hours Sat & Sunday cleaning & going through old things. I threw some stuff out that I knew I would never use again. It is tough deciding on what to keep and what to throw out.

I am trying to work through everything, but it isn't easy. I wish I could make everyone happy, but that isn't possible. I am trying to make myself happy, but when I know I am upsetting someone else, it makes me feel bad.

I signed up for my first yoga class for next Wednesday. I am nervous about starting, but I think it will help me. I hear good things about yoga being a stress reducer. I definitely could use some of that in my life right now! emoticon

Hopefully everyone has a lovely week. I can't believe it is the middle of August already. My 1 year Spark Anniversary is coming up so soon.

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SCARJOWANNABE 8/13/2012 4:34PM

    I love yoga, hope it works for you!

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BRAVENEWGRL 8/13/2012 12:50PM

    You can do this - you are right that you can't make everyone happy nor can you make them change. The only thing you can do is change yourself. I was just watching Ashley's episode of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss edition and she worked with a therapist about issues like this. All you have control over is you and right now on your journey you have to honor that.

Yeah for yoga! Yes it is an amazing stress reducer! Those 60 minutes have epically changed my life! I hope you enjoy and I can't wait to read your post yoga blog!

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    I just moved and had to go through the same thing--throwing things out and organizing. It is stressful, but think how wonderful it feels when you're done!

I also suffer from a lot of stress, and yoga is a wonderful thing that helps so much. Meditating is also helpful to me--you can buy guided meditations on iTunes or find free ones on YouTube if you want to try it out. Message me if you need someone to talk to!

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