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Long Blog Ahead: 80 pounds lost and I feel....

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fat! haha I still feel fat. I remember a while ago I posted a blog saying "I lost X lbs and I still feel fat". It is true. The thought of still being chubby is there! However, I don't feel as big. Actually, I haven't felt big in a while except last night when I saw the pictures of me in my undies. I think I felt bigger again because I still have a lot of flub in spots I want it to be gone at! Plus, I normally don't see myself from the side or the back like that! When I have clothes on, I don't see my body overflowing out of my underwear and I like it a lot more. I know I need to learn to be more comfortable in my own skin. I am working on it!

Besides feeling a lit big still, I also feel:

I posted some pictures of thing that are approx 80 pounds at the bottom of this blog. Check them out! I will post pictures of me 80 pounds heavier soon! Ick!

I took progress pictures last night! I DID! However, I don't have them on my home computer yet.
I am going to put them on tonight & post another blog very soon! I don't like how the pictures turned out - just because I didn't reach my goal yet. But I looked back at my OLD pictures.. and yuck. I don't even feel like that person anymore. I shed 80 pounds and a lot of negativity went with it!

I didn't reach my first BIG goal yet - to be at the high end of my healthy weight: 155. but I know I will!!! The only thing that would stop me is Me! and I won't let that happen!

I can't wait for my 5K on Saturday! I still never thought I would be excited about jogging & completing a race! My second one so far!!

Thank you SO much to everyone here at Spark. I love all of the features here. The support is amazing. Just reading comments from one member to another helps inspire me. Everyone is here for their own reasons, but they are all important to me! I hope everyone has a great rest of the week, year, lifetime! and Keep SPARKING!

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A lovely member sent me a Sparkmail not too long ago about HOW I lost my weight so far - I wanted to copy and paste some of it on here. Maybe some of my ideas will help someone else out!

here is a random list of what I do & don't do with my diet:
-I track everyday - even if I can't do it on the weekends, on Monday I go back and enter everything. or I pre-track. If I know what I am having for breakfast and lunch, I put it in early and then I have a better idea of what I can have for dinner
- I don't weigh food, so if I think I am over 1 serving, I count it as 1.5 or 2 depending
-I don't eat red meat - ok I occasionally will have ONE meatball. I don't consider myself a vegetarian, but I don't eat sausage, bacon, steak, burgers.. anything like that anymore.
-I eat Turkey burgers, turkey or chicken sausage, tuna, other types of chicken.
- lots of veggies with dinner! The more veggies I have, the less meat/rice/pasta part I have
-I don't eat fried foods like mozz sticks, cheesesteaks, crispy chicken, etc. The only thing I would eat would be french fries - but I started a 5% weight loss challenge for 8 weeks and I told myself NO french fries for 8 weeks!
-I don't eat cookies or cake or candy. Occasionally I will have some icing off of someones cake, but otherwise I just say No. I would rather have more dinner than a brownie.
-I cut back on cheese a lot. Most of the time, I don't even taste cheese on a sandwich. So I cut it out!
-I use egg whites.
-I don't use any butter or margarine at all. I completely cut it out. I use oil sprays or maybe a bit of oil depending on what I am cooking
-If I eat out, I make a lot of changes to what I am getting. If it has cheese, I say no. I order extra veggies, but ask how they are prepared.
-I eat 50 calorie sliced bread, whole grain pasta, brown rice
-I eat 90 calorie granola/fiber snacks.
-I don't eat potato chips. I like pretezels, wheat thins... I don't weigh food, but I try to count out the serving size if it says it on the package. I count it out at home and keep mini-snack plastic bags full so I can just grab one.
-I do like tortilla chips & salsa though.. but I want to cut back on that a lot because of this weight challenge!
-I drink water and diet iced tea and hot tea. Sometimes I have a small glass of fat free milk or use some with cereal. I don't drink soda except diet coke if I have an alcoholic drink - but I try to stay away becauase the calories are crazy in drinks!

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HDHAWK 10/11/2012 7:40PM

    Congrats! What an accomplishment!

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BRENDABUNNY 10/11/2012 3:52PM

    emoticon good job you have really adopted healthy eating habits...keep up the great job emoticon

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BATCHICK 10/11/2012 1:50PM

    You are truly an ispiration! I love the visuals of things that weigh 80lbs.

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ATTACKFATCAT 10/11/2012 12:51PM

    You lost as much a baby giraffe? That's awesome! emoticon

When I was in high school, I shed about 20-30 pounds and was at my lowest weight of 135. But I still felt fat. I agonized over that 5 pounds and wanted so bad to be below 130. Of course, I look at those pictures now and I laugh, laugh, laugh. But it's one of those things where we have to reset our brains as well to see we aren't fat. It's probably going to take some time, but definitely try to take time each day to admire one new good part about you, physically or mentally. Like after exercise, I feel thinner even though it's really not possible. I feel toned and thinner and a lot more confident.

Most of the time people lose the weight and don't consider the readjustment of their thinking. Just don't beat yourself up too much and look at what all you have accomplished. emoticon

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MCJULIEO 10/11/2012 12:30PM

    Yowza! What visual comparisons!

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SIRENSONGS 10/11/2012 12:27PM

    Awesome job, congrats! And you will make to 155, I know you will! You've come so far already!

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ALICIALYNNE 10/11/2012 12:00PM

    Lots of awesome tips!
And holy hell, you've lost a whole baby giraffe!

Congrats, keep up the hard work!

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CWHEATLEY12 10/11/2012 11:43AM

    You have done such an amazing job of reaching your goals and this 80lb weight loss is amazing. You should be extremely proud of yourself. I believe that in time you will be able to overcome the negative feelings and you will be happy in your new and improved body. Keep up the great work and I look forward to seeing the transformation photos!

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PRINMAOTONYANE 10/11/2012 10:52AM

  I am so proud of you for the weight loss. emoticon emoticon Oh and I cant wait to see the progress pictures, you are so inspiring.

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WENWASHING67 10/11/2012 10:31AM

    That is a mighty big pumpkin! Congrats on your weight loss first...second, I have heard that if you've been fat you will always feel fat, even when you lose the weight. I hope you realize what a success you are and how wonderful you look...even if you don't like what you see in the mirror. You need to be positive and think about how wonderful you look in comparison to what you used to look like. Maybe hang a picture of the "old" you on the mirror so you can appreciate how you look now?

Anyway, I love your ideas and plan on trying some of them to help my weight loss. At the risk of sounding cheesy, you are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

~ Wendy

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Keep smiling through the pain & it may pass sooner than later

Monday, October 08, 2012

Warning: This blog is a bit blah. I try not to put too much detail about the blah parts of my life in this blog, but sometimes I just feel like I have to! I hope everyone has a spectacular Monday!

In general, I am a pretty upbeat person. If you had read some of my other blog posts, I am sure you have seen my !!! and happy faces all over the place. Even in person, most people know I joke around and giggle a lot. I crack jokes & try to find the upside of most situations. I do have some sides of me I struggle with.

I have made a lot of progress with my weight loss & with eating healthier. I definitely have come a long way since I started Spark almost 14 months ago. I still feel troubled with some other aspects of my life. When it comes to choosing a banana or a cookie, I know what is healthier for me. Some people will choose the cookie, and I am ok with that! I have my own plan & I am happy with it!

What some people don't know is that I feel broken in other aspects of my life. I don't talk about it a lot, but it is still there. I try to remember this with everyone I talk to. Everyone has their own story. They also have their own way of handling things.

People say Time heals. I do believe time does help heal things, but I think attitude and outlook can definitely speed things up or slow things down. A negative attitude and keeping emotions bottled up inside can sometimes cause more problems than solutions. At least for me, if I stay sad, it will make things worse for me. I used to be so angry, sad, and I almost gave up wanting good things. I don't know how it got like that, but it did. Whenever I used to be happy, something bad would happen & it would make me feel worse. I didn't want to be happy anymore because I felt like it would get ruined in some way. Something in me changed. I suddenly realized how far away I was from my true self. I can't change the past, but I do remember how I was and how much I don't want to be like that anymore. Instead of sulking, I keep my head high and keep smiling.

Now, I try to stay happy even though I know life is complicated. I can't please everyone - it isn't possible. I need to keep putting myself first! I sit and think before I act. I try to play out every scenario in my head before making decisions. When I do make a decision, I ask myself if I will be happy or content with it. If I will be miserable, why should I keep making those decisions? Life isn't fair, but I need to keep telling myself I deserve to be HAPPY! I may be hurting one or two people along the way, but I can't help everyone. I can't fix everyone. I can only give advice, and try my best to please myself and everyone else.

Sometimes when I read some random Spark blogs, I get this funky feeling inside of me. I can tell some members are so sad and frustrated with life. I wish I could just spend a day with them, listen, and help change their outlook. Unfortunately, I can't do that. I also can't do that with people I see everyday. I offer advice when I can, but true change comes from within. We all need to figure out our own way to handle everything in our lives! For me, I just think I need to stay happy to live a fulfilling life.

Life is too short. I can't keep putting my wants off forever. My goals are my own! If i don't reach them right away, only I can determine how I will react to that. Will I give up on myself, or keep pushing? I smiled my way through my 5K even though I wasn't ready for it. I finished at my own pace, and I think I can do the same thing with my life. I know I still have to do some things I don't want to do, but I still try to be pleasant and smile when I can. I make the best of what I do have instead of being miserable!

Sorry if those paragraphs don't make much sense. I just feel off today, but I am going to keep smiling. The 5% challenge started, I am going to fit in 45 minutes of exercies in tonight, I am going to be more prepared for my 5K which is on Saturday, and this day will be over before I know it. I can't give up just because I don't feel 100% like myself today. I am very thankful for Spark & this wonderful community. Even if I am having a terrible day, I know I can come here and feel better. I am much more than a number!

I hope everyone has a wonderful week! Keep on Sparking & try to keep going in your own way!
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PRINMAOTONYANE 10/10/2012 9:27AM

  emoticon You are right, you cant help everyone but you know your cheerfulness reaches us everyday, and I certainly appreciate it. For me when i do come across someone who is said, i pray for them and if i can sometimes i send them a sparkmail to let them know i just prayed for them. I am sorry you are having a sad kind of day. emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 10/9/2012 12:06PM

    First, as I've been reading everyone's blogs, I note how you comment on so many and as a fellow Firecracker I appreciate you doing that. You give encouragement, support and motivation and that is enough. You dont' have to solve other people's problems. I too try very hard to always be positive, but life makes it hard at times. I take what I can learn from every "negative" experience. Sometimes, there is no silver lining, but an important lesson within.... Please you. Change you. Do what you do with support and encouragement and you will touch so many. I know you have touched my life in a positive way by commenting on my recent "blah" blogs! Sometimes we do have blah days and what better way to work thru them than by writing and expressing? Knock 'em dead at that upcoming 5K! You rock!

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NEWNAC304 10/9/2012 6:00AM

    I didn't think this was at all "blah". Blogs are for getting your feelings out in writing. You did just that. I love how you always try to stay positive. You're entitled to one day of feeling a little down, we all have days like that. I hope you're feeling better today.

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2HAMSDIET 10/8/2012 11:11PM

    Some one told me long ago if you don't have sad times you will not know the happy ones. Keep smiling your way through life and live each moment as if it was your last. emoticon emoticon

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SHRINK_U 10/8/2012 8:49PM

    I also try to stay positive but also have some blah days ... sometimes even have some blah weeks. I can totally relate.

Here is a parable that I read a few months ago.. that has really really helped me to stop trying to please everyone.. I have struggled with people pleasing. I want to share this parable with you :)

A short story that reminds us that no matter what you do, you can't please everyone. Focus on being the best YOU and to do what you know is right.

"A man, Nasreddin Hoja, and his son were traveling to a far village for business. They had with them a strong donkey and a few traveling necessities. Initially Hoja's son walked while his father rode the donkey but as they passed through the first town the people whispered: "What a cruel father, to make his young son walk while he rides comfortably".

After hearing this, Hoja, dismounted and beckoned his son ride the donkey while he walked for awhile. But as they entered the next town the people chuckled, "What old man chooses to walk while a strapping youth rides the donkey?"

Upon hearing this, Hoja, tells his son that they should both walk for now and decide who should ride the donkey and why. As they are discussing the issue some passersby shout out, "Fools! Both of you are walking even though you have a healthy donkey to help you along your way."

After hearing their sentiment, Hoja and his son both mount the donkey and ride together until they reach their destination. When they enter the village gates the people exclaim, "What cruelty is this? Two grown men riding one small donkey!"

Have fun at your 5k :)

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ATTACKFATCAT 10/8/2012 5:14PM

    Your blog makes plenty of sense ;) In fact, I think it's one a lot of people should be reading. Everyone has a different approach to dealing with emotions in their life, but suppressing emotions usually doesn't solve anything permanently, only temporarily. You have to draw a balance, though, between exploring your emotions and letting them pull you down into a hole of negative thinking. I think you are definitely working that balance, which is hard for me to find sometimes. I used to tell people I never felt anger because I bottled it up so much. Well, when I finally let it go, it involved whacking a broom against a tree until the broom snapped in half. And smashing the wedding cake topper after my ex-husband left. So bottling, not so healthy...

I really admire how self-aware you are in setting your own boundaries with the people in your life. We all want to be superwoman (or superman) and try to take on everything and help everyone. We certainly don't want to be labeled as selfish. Well, what the heck is wrong with a little selfishness? We are the key to our own happiness, not our spouses, family, friends, or careers. If we don't make the effort to set our own boundaries and decide what's best for ourselves, then we will constantly feel resentful, depressed, angry, sad, and definitely not content with our lives. I'm not saying don't make some sacrifices, but if that is ALL you do every single day, you are just going to be miserable. You have to take care of you before anyone else in this world.

Time does do some healing, but the wounds just scab over until something new makes the wound fresh. Until people take the time to heal themselves, it won't truly heal. Even then, those emotional wounds leave deep scars, but that is what makes us who we are. They are battle scars and I wear mine proudly.

I hope you continue with that kind of balance in your life and while staying positive does wonderful things, I hope you can heal some of those broken parts as well. emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 10/8/2012 5:11PM

    There are times when I have tried to help someone who was very negative and them started feeling that way. It gets further aggravating when they keep asking for help or advice and then either don't take it or get resentful to me because I helped. The minute I pick up on that I am done. Misery loves company so I tend to stay away from it.

My other thought is that we are now entering into "shorter days" and aren't getting as much light. That can lead to feelings of sadness too.

Going out at night to exercise will pick up your spirits, no matter what the cause is! I think you have a good plan.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 10/8/2012 3:31PM

    Exercise will help you to get over the down you feel but another way is to try this:
Every time you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts say to yourself or out loud "STOP" then put a happy thought there. do it every time! then after a few times you will automatically do it GF! They use this technique for getting over being jilted, a death, etc! It works I know! and one more thing to remember no one positive no one is up beat all the time! We are all good at putting on a good show for others! Keep writing Kimp! I am listening!

love ya

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MCJULIEO 10/8/2012 2:16PM

    You're succeeding at a delicate juggling job, balancing others' expectations and desires with your own.... while it would be nice if we could ignore everyone else, I think we all benefit from recognizing at least SOME of their needs as well as our own.

Ultimately it boils down to "Happiness is a Choice."

Or, as Roger Miller put it:
"You can't roller skate in a buffalo herd... but you can be happy if you've a mind to..."

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RACEWELLWON 10/8/2012 12:09PM

    I think a ton of being sad is due to feelings like we will fail. Even though we have made a strides of progress hidden inside is that feeling of fear of failure. It 's impossible to make everyone happy. Some people are miserable no matter what , they cannot move past misery and will drag you down with them. You are very inspirational to alot of people - you can do this run - I have complete faith in you - and feel free to write your feeling down we are here to listen. Hugs emoticon

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VONBLACKBIRD 10/8/2012 11:55AM

    I think as women we are "pleasers" and "caretakers" and it is just something build into us. I'm in my 60's now and learned at a young age that you can't please everyone can be Happy in every situation...Happiness is a choice and we can make that choice constanly...You are a truly happy person within and it shows on most of your posts..And even if you don't feel like it choose to be happy...slap on that smile and go on your merry way and don't worry about others and how they feel or what they think of you or how they react..just you react in a happy way...When you smile the world truly smiles with you..I try to smile at everyone I meet and I choose to be happy all the time no matter way and I try to avoid grumps..and surround myself with happy thoughts, people and things..You truly have a very loving heart and spirit about you..and you can continue to show this side.. emoticon

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KFEASEL13 10/8/2012 11:43AM

    There is an area of philosophy that is focused on the question, what makes life living? The general consensus is that living a good life is what makes life living. That in turn leads us to ask, what makes a good life? The answer is love, and the highest form of love is self love (recommend The Reasons of Love by Harry G. Frankfurt). This doesn't mean hedonism, it means caring for oneself and making decisions that serve to nurture the self. This involves relationships with others, because making others feel good so often makes us feel good. This is why it can be excruciating to find a balance between pleasing others, because that is pleasurable, and loving oneself, because doing both doesn't always harmonize. Anyway, my point is that you can't sacrifice yourself to please others if pleasing them hurts you. We all have a responsibility to care for ourselves gently, and in doing so we make the world a better place. You deserve to put yourself first, and you deserve every tiny bit of happiness you stumble across. You inspire me, and I want you to hang in there! If you need to break down and feel, go ahead, I know you'll get right back up. emoticon

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LISA_SUMNER08 10/8/2012 11:10AM

    Yes, everyone has issues they are dealing with. I think your positive attitude is great. While you can't change the past, you can make a better future. And that's just what you are doing. Keep your focus on your goals and taking care of YOU. Everything else will fall into place. emoticon emoticon

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ALICIALYNNE 10/8/2012 11:09AM

    You'll do great at your 5k!
As PUPPYWHISPERS said, one of life's hardest lessons is that you can't please everyone. You also cannot force people to change; there are just some things you cannot control in this world. You can, however, control how you react to those things.
Have you thought about going to a few therapy sessions? When I was in a rough patch, I went to therapy for a couple months and it was EXTREMELY helpful to be able to talk with someone who was unbiased and who could give lots of well-researched advice. We didn't do any sort of medicines or anything; just talking through things was enough for my situation. Maybe you can have the same experience.
Hope you get back to feeling like yourself soon!

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CAGMUAHFO2 10/8/2012 11:07AM

    emoticon emoticon You are very right. You can't help everyone. And you need to take care of yourself. You need to make sure your happy and healthy. When you are happy and healthy others will see that. You will have more confidence and people will see that too. Being around happy people will help others to be happy. Happiness is contagious!! emoticon Keep holding your head up high and you will be just fine!!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/8/2012 10:46AM

    For me, one of life's hardest lessons has been that I can't please everyone. But I can work hard to please myself. You say that life is short and you can't keep putting off your wants forever. So why not start with today? Itemize what you want, and take one step towards achieving it. You're doing so well with your fitness achievements, so it should be easy to start working towards other things for yourself.

It's so hard because we're raised to be people pleasers. But until you let yourself be happy, you can't help others find theirs. Just like fitness, it starts with taking a single step. I know you can do it!

Good luck in your 5K this weekend. My next race is coming up on October 20.



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Happy Friday! The 5% Challenge starts tomorrow!

Friday, October 05, 2012

Happy Friday!

Zumba last night was great. It was a small class, but I had an awesome time. I realized I don't really talk to anyone there. I don't know why, but I always have trouble talking to people. I guess I don't really have anything to say? I just go in, do my zumba thing, and leave! The instructor knows me by name, and is very friendly! I always keep a smile on my face, I just don't have the urge to start up random conversations. If someone talks to me, I always answer in a polite way. I don't know if I will ever grow out of feeling insecure. I definitely changed a lot, but sometimes I still get embarrassed for no reason. It is all mental!

The 5% Fall challenge starts tomorrow! For some reason, I feel like my whole life is going to change starting tomorrow. I am feeling nervous, anxious, excited, worried... This should just be another day for me, but I am part of a team now. I really want to do this. I feel like I can lose the weight in 8 weeks. I have the support from my parents and a few friends, I just don't know if I can do it. I haven't been actually disappointed in myself yet. I just hope I won't be disappointed if I don't lose the weight. I have done a great job so far - I know I have. I have completely changed my life. I make healthier decisions now, and I feel better mentally! Even though I have stress, I try not to let it build up and weigh me down. Good luck to everyone in the challenge & also to everyone else who has their own challenges and goals!

My shoes are being shipped out today. I can't wait to get them - I hope they fit!

Hopefully everyone has a lovely weekend! Keep Sparking!!!!!!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/6/2012 10:41AM

    I tend to be the same way in exercise classes. I think a lot of people are shy..

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LIVINGFREE19 10/5/2012 3:59PM

    Good luck on the challenge!
You will do excellent on it because you have put so much planning and thought in to it instead of just a fleeting thought for the moment! Go do it!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/5/2012 1:47PM

    Of course you can do it! There's nothing to be nervous about, we're going to have a blast.

Just take one step at a time, and we'll get there together.

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ALICIALYNNE 10/5/2012 10:54AM

    Good luck; you're going to do great!
Now, stop talking yourself down! You say "I feel like I can..." and then a sentence later you say "I just don't know if..."!! Snap out of it, know that YOU WILL DO GREAT and go from there!
Say it with me, "I know I can meet my goal in 8 weeks as long as I push!"
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    emoticon Good luck!! You'll do great!!

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Hooray for compliments =)

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Happy Thursday!
The 5% challenge starts so SOON!

One of my bosses knows a lot of my weight loss. He asks about Spark, asks how much I have lost so far, etc. I got a new pair of pants that actually FIT! They aren't baggy and don't slide down at all. I love them. That boss gave me a crazy compliment today. He said "Wow, you are Slim Kim!" I said "not yet, but hopefully soon!" He asked how much more to go until my goal. I said I wanted to lose 16 pounds to get to a healthy weight for my height. He said "Wow you will be 100 pounds then!" I said "not quite, but thanks!"

Obviously I don't look like I weigh 120 pounds now, but I am glad all of my hard work definitely is making a difference. Looking better is just a bonus in all of this for me. I am not trying to impress anyone. but it does boost my confidence. I lose weight, feel healthier, and then push myself to do more. When I push more, I lose more weight and feel even better! Every step is important in my journey. I try to remember this in other aspects of my life too. Everything that happens creates a chain reaction. If I am moody, I may give someone attitude. They might be in a grumpy mood because of me & then I would feel even worse. I try to stay positive even when things aren't going smoothly! Life is too short!

Zumba TONIGHT! I ordered two pairs of sneakers online - a pair for Zumba and a pair for running. They both may not fit, but hopefully they do! I am really excited about it. I think I got pretty good deals, so hopefully they are a good fit for me. If not, then I will keep looking!

I scheduled my exercise for next week before the 5K. I don't want to do 5K training Friday night & then run the next day! Even though I don't have yoga anymore, I kind of like having an open night. I can do Zumba on Monday or Thursday - or both if I have the money for it. I still want to find some kind of workout dvd program to do at home. Someone suggested I try the insanity program. Maybe after the 5K on the 13th I will look more into it.

I hope everyone has a great rest of the week! My weekend is almost here! I get to do the rest of that stupid MRI tomorrow night, but thats ok with me. I need it & hopefully the specialist will be able to figure everything out at the end of the month when I go back!

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RACEWELLWON 10/5/2012 11:52AM

    You worked hard and deserve those compliments ! So smile and Accept - Enjoy your new shoes ! Still have not picked a walking destination- I will work on this weekend ! Hugs LR

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/5/2012 9:28AM

    That's so much fun to get such a nice compliment! Congratulations on all your hard work.

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MCJULIEO 10/4/2012 8:54PM

    FANTASTIC! You are doing SO well!

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PEPPYPATTI 10/4/2012 6:06PM

    Yes that is definitely an awesome compliment. Enjoy your Zumba class tonight & good luck with your MRI.

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SIRENSONGS 10/4/2012 4:06PM

    Great compliment! It's moments like this that make it just a little bit easier to keep on pushing.

I hope the shoes you ordered online are the right fit. There's nothing like finding a great deal online. :)

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VONBLACKBIRD 10/4/2012 3:27PM

    Way to glad you are losing...It feels so good to go down a pant size.. emoticon

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ATTACKFATCAT 10/4/2012 2:03PM

    Don't you just love those kinds of compliments? Congrats on finally finding some Zumba and running shoes! I love your positive attitude...that can be as much hard work as losing weight is, and just as good for you too!

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HHB4181 10/4/2012 1:55PM

    That was nice of your boss to say!
One of my friends here at work is doing Insanity - she loves it. My brother did P90X, he liked it, but he thought it was super hard.
Have fun tonight and I hope all your shoes fit!

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Today - my normal "luck" strikes again!!!

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

So I had two tests at the hospital today. Something is wrong with my right thumb - my dominant hand. I didn't do anything to it to cause the pain. It has been on/off for years. In May, I helped someone move, and now it is a lot worse. It hurts when I write and I can barely open things. I got an X-ray and saw a hand specialist who has no idea what is wrong! I was told to get 3 more tests done - 3 phase bone scan, MRI & EMG/Nerve test. I had a bone scan & an MRI today. The bone scan was fine although I am radioactive now woowoo! The technician asked me to stay away from small children & older people for the rest of the day! eek! So I had my MRI for my hand too.... 20 minutes in, the tech told me she was going to reboot the machine because of an error. I told myself in my head.... "I am going to have to come back another day..." 30 minutes later, she told me it still wasn't working! haha. $200 for this damn MRI! I can't believe the machine broke on me hahaha. Actually, I do believe it. Those things happen to me quite often. So anyways.. I have to go Friday night at 8:15 to get 9 more minutes of scans done. Damn! Oh well, I need it done! I just hope I don't have to deal with any insurance or co-pay BS because I will be going a second day.

I could be miserable with what happened, or I can just move on and keep going. I choose laughing at the situation over being mad about it. That stuff happens all the time to random people! Of course it would happen to me also =)

Anyways, while I waited around in the machine for that extra time, I was thinking about the 5% Fall Challenge. I still need to change my eating habits if I want to get this goal. Last night I had some tea instead of a big snack before bed. It really helped me out!

The countdown to my next 5K started! 10 days! My legs have still been so sore. I have been soaking them twice daily now! I have Zumba tomorrow night, and I am going no matter what! YES! Zumba tomorrow! I never thought I would be so excited to exercise. I still don't have the correct shoes. Bummer. I went on my lunch break a few times over the past 2 weeks, but I had no luck. Since I knew I would be gone most of the day for the tests, I have been working through lunches this week. Hopefully I find shoes this weekend or next week! I still need Zumba shoes & running shoes! They are expensive, but I definitely need both pairs. My Mom laughed at me when I said I needed running shoes. She said all sneakers are the same. I didn't feel like arguing with her!

2 more work days for me & then the weekend! Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the week! Keep Sparking! and stay away, because I am radioactive! WoOoOoOoO!!!

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KAI_ZEN 10/5/2012 12:44PM

    "I choose laughing at the situation over being mad about it." I love this! Good for you!

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SUKOTO 10/4/2012 2:05PM

    I really hope they get that hand problem figured out. It sounds like a real pain the butt.
Exercise IS exciting so you should be excited for Zumba. I have no coordination so I don't do dancing or aerobics...meh.
I'm also hoping you are all healed up in time for the upcoming 5k. I'm sure you will be.
Take care!

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ALICIALYNNE 10/4/2012 8:12AM

    Hope they don't try to double bill for the test, since it didn't work the first time! And that they can get your hand issue figured out!

GOOD JOB on drinking the tea instead of snacking! High five, baby!

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LIVINGFREE19 10/3/2012 11:46PM

    Hold on tight for the weekend!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/3/2012 7:37PM

    Way to go on having the tea last night!

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IOWAGRAMMA 10/3/2012 7:29PM

    I had no idea you need to have special shoes for Zumba! What is different about them? Obviously I've never done Zumba, although I was thinking about signing up this winter, but now I need special shoes? Hmmm...I may need to rethink that. Good luck with the rest of your tests! emoticon

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MTNGRL 10/3/2012 6:18PM

    Having worked in a hospital lab I know those machines always break down at the wrong time. We didn't charge if the test didn't work, so I hope you won't be double charged/ plus I hope they find out what is going on.

I have not been to Zumba in a long time. My regular sport shoes had so many groves I kept getting stuck on the wooden floor. Good Zumba shoes would make a big difference.

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RACEWELLWON 10/3/2012 5:46PM

    So much for modern technology right ! Good spirt emoticon Epsom salt for the legs. Hugs

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PEPPYPATTI 10/3/2012 5:45PM

    I hope you scan comes out ok. I went through a similar situation, it turns out the tendon sheath in the wrist had been severed after 9 months of testing! I hope it all works out for you. Sorry your legs are so sore. I think that is why I do not take a day off because if I do I certainly feel it the next day. Enjoy your Zumba!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 10/3/2012 5:43PM

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