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So many roles: Daughter, Friend, Co-worker, Tech Support, Chef, etc

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Happy Wednesday Spark!

On certain days, I feel happy knowing I have so many people that care for me. I love them too! Other days, I feel overwhelmed with all of the roles I have. I know everyone has different aspects of their lives also - but I just get so frustrated sometimes! When it gets too bad, I know I need to step away and regroup myself! Breathe and get past the tough times!

I love my Mom - she is my best friend. I am living at home with her & my Dad & the two dogs. I try to help out with cooking, cleaning, etc. My Mom works from home and uses her computer and a work laptop. We email throughout the day when we have the chance. She emails me and calls me occasionally with random computer problems. Sometimes she freaks out, and doesn't think before she emails me or calls me. She gets so stressed & she doesn't think before she acts. She called me before lunch saying her computer has a virus because she couldn't get into her e-mail or any other program on the computer. I told her to calm down, re-start and let me know if it works. She called back & said it was still not working. What she didn't tell me during the first phone call was that she couldn't type at all. I asked if the wireless keyboard battery died. She said "no, it can't be that!" I asked her to open Word and try to type because the internet has nothing to do with that program! She tried it & wow - it didn't type anything! I told her to get new batteries and let me know once she attempted to type again.

She emailed me saying: "YOU ARE A GENIUS - It was the batteries - yesssssssssss you are the best"

I am glad I helped her out, but I know she is still frazzled. Hearing her so stressed out makes me a bit stressed too. I used to be this way all of the time. I used to not think, and would just go nuts in my head! I still try to realize other people think differently. Other people assume & react super fast because that is how they are. As much as they say they will try to change, most people I know can't do it. I am trying to be ok with that & let certain things slide because I can't contol it! Just because I think a certain way, doesn't mean every one else does! Since I have changed so much, I definitely taught myself how to be more relaxed and open with every situation. I wish I could help others with this too, but unfortunatly I can't! All I can do is just be there for my friends and family the best I can!

I keep getting asked by people about how I stay so focused with my weight loss journey. I just do! I wish I could explain it, but I can't. There are days where I do slip and eat "bad food", but I always track! If I know I will feel guilty after eating something, I simply won't eat it at all.

I made spaghetti squash & low sodium turkey the other day - with carrots, celery, beans, hot peppers, ground turkey, diced tomatoes. I boiled the spaghetti squash & then cut it in half and baked for another 20 minutes. I brought some in to work for my lunch today and my co-workers kept commenting on how wonderful it smells. They can't believe how healthy the meal really is. I am glad it came out great!

Edit: Someone asked for the recipe for the squash. All I did was boil the spaghetti squash for 30 minutes in a big pot. Then chop it in half and put it on a big glass pan with an inch of water on the bottom - I baked it on 400 for 20 minutes. That was it! I didn't add anything to it except for the chili on top! For the chili, I fried up some ground turkey. then I added bell peppers, diced canned no salt tomatoes, carrots, celery, one chili pepper, low sodium kidney beans, and a lot of spices (garlic, oregano, crushed red pepper, chili powder). I cooked that for the whole time the squash was cooking! Nothing too crazy! I don't measure out any of the veggies that go in the chili. I didn't use any tomato sauce or packaged seasoning this time.

Anyways, I am feeling a bit better now. I went to the food store & Rite Aid on my lunch hour and did a lot of walking while shopping. I called my Mom to make sure she was alright & to make sure everything was ok with her computer. People need to vent sometimes, and I try to be their go-to person when I can. I just can't become too stressed with other problems when I have my own too!

Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the day! My weekend is approaching fast woohoo! I may walk or jog tonight and ZUMBA tomorrow yippee!!! I get to try out my new zumba shoes & my new running shoes this week. Yes!

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JAXMOMMY 10/18/2012 2:16PM

    Yum! Thanks for that great idea! I know. My parents and my in-laws need me and my husband more and more. The thing is that I know none of them are dumb, but sometimes they just don't seem to think.... They call us without engaging the brain! But, gotta love 'em! You are an awesome woman!

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RACEWELLWON 10/18/2012 9:57AM

    Good for you - staying in good form and being a good ear for other people at still staying in control of you emotions - seems to be the key in a ton of situations - Your Mom appreciates , believe me . Those computers are not are generation , and we do tend to freak out. That dish looks Delish , nice job. emoticon

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TATTER3 10/18/2012 6:29AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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ROXYZMOM 10/17/2012 7:48PM

    That looks really good, I will have to try spaghetti squash sometime. You are so great to have so much patience and take care of your Mom.

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IRONBLOSSOM 10/17/2012 7:06PM

    You are the best cook! That looks amazing and definitely something to try :-)

Have a great walk/jog!

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2HAMSDIET 10/17/2012 5:47PM

    I love that squash but I have never put the beans in it I will have to give it a try. emoticon

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FUSIONFITNESS3 10/17/2012 3:47PM

    Thanks for the recipe. I am going to try that one sometime. Sounds good.
Take those new shoes for a good workout. Have fun.

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LIVINGFREE19 10/17/2012 3:23PM

    Love the attitude! You are so positive!

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ALICIALYNNE 10/17/2012 3:12PM

    Soooo, where's the recipe for the squash?


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Happy Tuesday! Believe in Yourself!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Thank you for all of the lovely support on my blogs & Sparkpage! I forgot to post a picture of me after the race - so here it is. We got these neato Tech tshirts that I changed into after I ran! Woohoo!

I saw this awesome logo (see below). I really do think people should believe in themselves more! I know it definitely is hard - I used to think so poorly of myself.. One step at a time, Here I am! I still have a long way to go, but I definitely feel more confident in myself! You can too! One day at a time. One change at a time!

It has been pretty busy at work, so I haven't had a ton of time to write to everyone. It will definitely be hard for me once tax season starts & I don't use the computer much!

I haven't felt like eating sandwiches this week. I have been eating a Clif protein bar instead. They are ~270 calories.. so that is about the same as the bread & turkey & tomato I use Or the bread & PB. I don't know how healthy it is to actually eat these all of the time though. I am sure I will want another sandwich soon enough! I could bring tuna to work, but I never feel like opening the can & then mixing it with something & then finding a container & then making the sandwich once I am here haha. I could just eat it from the container.. I dunno! I will figure something out.

I get to try out my new Zumba shoes on Thursday - hopefully they work ok! They seem to fit fine.. I just haven't gotten the chance to jump around in them yet!

Hopefully everyone has a wonderful rest of the week!

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SIRENSONGS 10/17/2012 11:04AM

    What a great picture! You are simply glowing. :) I totally understand your lunch dilemma. Finding things to take to work that are healthy and easy can be tricky sometimes. I like those little cans of tuna that Clover Leaf makes that are already seasoned, so I don't have to mix them up with anything. Maybe you could try some of those?

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RACEWELLWON 10/17/2012 10:53AM

    I believe !! Thanks - babies got new shoes !! Have fun tonight , next week after I take my board I have a couple of question for you in regards to the 5K - hope you do not mind - see this is my first one not sure what to expect. K

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MCJULIEO 10/17/2012 10:14AM

    Note: There is nothing wrong with eating tuna by itself....just sayin'...

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KIMPY225 10/17/2012 9:29AM

    Thanks for all of the suggestions!
I used to make the sandwiches before I came to work, but then the fridge would smell, and I felt bad for my coworkers haha. Also the bread got a bit soggy. So I put the tuna in a better container instead. I also don't mix it with mayo - I wish I did cause those packs sound good! I don't eat any mayo anymore. I mix my tuna with dressing instead.

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ALICIALYNNE 10/17/2012 8:33AM

    You look so happy in that pic! And WOW, you can really see the difference in your face! Fantastic!

Someone else mentioned the little kits that have crackers, mayo and tuna in them. YUMMY! Definitely recommend!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/17/2012 7:34AM

    That is a great picture! I can see how much weight you lost--you look fantastic!

Thanks for sharing the "Believe in Yourself" logo. I need to have that stamped on me so I read it all the time.

Enjoy your Zumba shoes! I haven't tried Zumba because I'm afraid I'll make a fool out of myself. I think I'll give it a try soon.

Happy Wednesday!



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EATVEGAN 10/17/2012 12:15AM

    You are looking so good! Thanks for the reminder to believe in ourselves. Why can't you make your tuna sandwich at home and eat it at work? I used to like them after they'd been in the frig for a while. Of course, I don't eat them anymore, not in my program. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/16/2012 9:47PM

    You are getting thinner by the week!

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COMEONMA 10/16/2012 9:14PM

    Love the picture!
One note, you can get little packs of tuna that come with lite mayo and crackers they are pretty good and come with a cup and spoon to mix it in. Really handy for work

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FUSIONFITNESS3 10/16/2012 8:13PM

    You have a great week too.

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TATTER3 10/16/2012 8:02PM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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ROXYZMOM 10/16/2012 7:18PM

    What a pretty picture! You look great after a race! Lucky you! The clif bars are pretty filling. Are you eating a dairy product with it at lunch? ( I like cottage cheese or weight watchers string cheese).

I love your slogan...looks like a great thing to put on a cell phone home page!

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Happy Monday & my second 5K race results

Monday, October 15, 2012

First off - Man this weather is crazy! It was so cold Saturday morning & then yesterday it was gorgeous! Today it has been rainy and kind of warm. Crazy fall so far!!!

I had my second 5K on Saturday morning. I got up at 7:15am, and I wasn't tired at all. I was really surprised I was ready to move pretty fast! I was really nervous about it Friday night, but I didn't let myself get too worked up.

My ex left me a present on my car - hand & feet warmers. I didn't want to put the adhesive feet warmers on because I Didn't want to get any weird blisters or anything during the race. My feet actually weren't cold at all. I put the handwarmers in my stretchy gloves & I wore them for more of the race. I threw them out halfway during the race when I saw a trashcan because I wasn't as cold anymore. There were a lot more people at this race compared to my first one. There were a lot of teenagers who were just going to walk & not be timed.

The one thing that really made me feel funky was the cold air. It really hurt my throat during & after the race. I kept having to clear my throat the whole rest of the day! The park was really nice. First we went through the park, then up this very long hill. We went through a residential area for a half of a mile or so, and then this random trail showed up in between two houses. There was more park area back there. I wasn't really near anyone for most of the race. I randomly caught up to someone at the 2 mile marker. I kept trying to jog as much as I could. I would randomly have to stop & walk when it was too much. I kept doing this over and over for the whole race.

I wanted to get under 37 minutes, but as I was racing, my mind changed. All I wanted was to get it over with! I was feeling really emotional because that day was going to be my wedding. My whole life changed, and instead I was running a 5K as a single young woman. I didn't give up & I kept pushing myself. It felt like I was running for an hour. As I approached the finish line, I couldn't see the time too well. I just ran as fast as I could at the end! I saw the time was 36 Something - I was so glad I finished & I was under 37!!!

There were so many baked goods at the refreshment tables - it was so weird to see so many brownies, doughnuts, cookies etc. I ate a banana and then took an apple & protein bar with me. I also took two doughnuts & brought them for my parents. I saw other people with plates full of food, so I figured it would be ok to take 2 goodies for them. I wasn't even tempted to eat them- woohoo!

My official time was 36:36! I had to email the coordinator to find out where the times were posted. She just got back to me with the website!

First 5K 9/30: 37:37
Second 5K 10/13: 36:36

My legs aren't as sore as they were the first time I ran the 5K. They still hurt, but not as much! I am really glad! Hopefully as time goes by, I will recover faster & faster!

Some 5K Challenge updates: As of right now, I am at 169lbs. That is 81 pounds lost. I am still having a tough time with the lower calorie range. I am not really going over, but I am more frustrated. I eat less during the day, and then have to catch up more at night. I need to figure out how to get more veggies & fruits in!

This work day flew by today because of the tax extension deadline. I offered to wait to take lunch until I was done processing returns. I didn't get to take lunch until 2:45! I went to Target and bought a thin rain coat with a hood & also a nicer trench coat to wear. I am going to wear it for my cousins wedding in 2 weeks if it is cold.

Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the week! Keep Sparking!

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ATTACKFATCAT 10/16/2012 5:37PM

    Congrats on getting another 5K under your belt...and you beat your previous time as well! It sounds like it could've been a rough day for you, but I'm so proud that you took that day and made it special in a different way. I mean, you were RUNNING...could you imagine doing that before you started getting healthy? You are a young, single, HEALTHY woman who loves yourself enough to take care of yourself and be happy. You have so many possibilities and so few people learn to love themselves like that. It's overwhelming to look at how much has changed from what you expected life to be like...but also be excited about what's to come for you emoticon

Also happy to hear you made good choices at the snack table...a lot of people would've been like "Look what I just did, I deserve a doughnut!" - me included, lol.

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PEPPYPATTI 10/16/2012 5:02PM

    emoticon That is so awesome!!! emoticon emoticon

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JENGRAMMER 10/16/2012 4:04PM

    It's all been said, so Ill just say emoticon emoticon

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/16/2012 8:50AM

    Congrats and great job!

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POMATOJUICE 10/16/2012 8:50AM

    The second one already.. wow! I'm glad you didn't end up a Kimpcicle! The handwarmers sound like a really nice gesture. I suppose after you get going, though, you don't notice the cold as much? the one I'm thinking about doing is Nov. 10th, and I have no idea what the weather will be like! I don't have that many options w/ exercise clothes, though, so I'll probably end up in a regular T-shirt and long sweats or something!

Way to go on your time! emoticon

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ALICIALYNNE 10/16/2012 8:02AM

Very proud of you for turning what had to have been an emotionally horrible time into something positive.
And HECK YEAH for cutting a full minute off of your PR!

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ROXYZMOM 10/16/2012 7:53AM

    Congrats on your new PR! That race was so therapeutic for you! You rose to the occasion, turned that date around and shined!

Good for you!!

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JAXMOMMY 10/15/2012 11:28PM

    I guess I missed something about the marriage and your ex.... But, glad you went ahead and ran your 2nd 5k and in such great time! Like others I am supposing your next 5k will result in 35:35! Congratulations!! Go Firecracker Go!

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MCJULIEO 10/15/2012 10:08PM

    Going for 35:35 next???!!! You can do it!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 10/15/2012 9:12PM

    I remember just reading about your first 5km. And now you have completed your 2nd. emoticon emoticon on your improved time too. Isn't it amazing how things change from our first to our second run. I am in my last week of training for my 2nd 5 km. It's hard work but I love the feeling of running... (Can't believe I wrote that)
I love Fairlights comments. They're great.

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LIVINGFREE19 10/15/2012 8:06PM

    That is great that you are doing a second 5K!

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FAIRLIGHT914 10/15/2012 7:55PM

    I found this and thought I should share with you..

The mere fact that a person devotes time to running as opposed to countless other activities speaks to motivation, drive, and self discipline.

One could argue that a person's running philosophy, style, and level of commitment all reflect one's personality; therefore, running is metaphor for life. Here's why:

When you run...

Run hard. Anything worth doing is worth doing right.

Run hard even if no one is looking. Remember, it's for you.

Run hard especially if no one is looking. It is the true test of your character.

Run intervals even though they hurt and seem unnatural. Do the extra work necessary to get to the next level.

Run through the summer. Run through the winter. Run all year. Consistency is the key to success in everything.

Run alone often. Know thyself.

Run with others sometimes. It keeps you in touch with others who live the same metaphor as you.

Run against yourself and your own times. Excellence is your own race, one you pursue for yourself.

Sign up and pay early. Committing to do something is often reason enough to see it through.

Get up and run even if you don't feel your best. Even a bad day of effort is a day of effort, and your performance may even surprise you.

Remember, your sport is many other sports' punishment. "Fun" and "achievement" are individually defined. Do what works for you.

Run just for you. Most other folks won't get it, and you'll eventually quit trying to explain. Your sport, your vocation, your career, your religion, your life - should all be chosen by you and done for you.

When you run and whether you realize it or not, you bear your soul to the world. Perhaps more importantly, you confirm who you are to you. So, in running and in life, be true to yourself.


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IOWAGRAMMA 10/15/2012 7:46PM

    emoticon on your second 5K and for pushing through the emotions and physical challenge! I'm so impressed with your determination. Best to you!!! You're doing a great job. emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 10/15/2012 7:12PM

    Great Job - you are an inspiration for me - I bet it was cold - you are right weird weather. I am sorry, that had to be emotionally hard for you. You are very strong - it was nice to get the gloves - Hugh? He was thinking of you. A mask - I see runners over here with those masks on - maybe that will help. You did a good thing bringing your Mom and Dad a plate , how very thoughtful. I am so happy and proud of you that you are not letting emotional baggage keep you from your goals. You Rock !! Hugs K emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRENDABUNNY 10/15/2012 7:06PM

    emoticon good job on the 5k sorry about the day being a mentally bad one in other ways but the thing is is YOU did! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/15/2012 6:34PM

    First of all...Congratulations on your race!!! That is awesome. Based on your times, I'm guessing your 3rd 5k time will be 35:35!

Second, you may have exercise induced asthma in cold weather...that might be what is causing your throat to feel tight and feel like you need to clear it afterward. Just a thought...I could be wrong. If it keeps bothering you, particularly in cold weather, you doctor can help with that.

Third, I didn't realize you were originally planning on getting married last Sat. I don't know the reason for the change in plans, but I'm really glad you did something good and healthy for yourself that day. What a great way to take care of yourself.

Congratulations on all your progress.... you are doing great!!!!

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Progress Pictures - 250vs200vs170 - Lost 80 lbs so far

Friday, October 12, 2012

Good morning! Happy Friday everyone!


As promised!! I finally got all of my pictures uploaded & I cropped them together last night. (I don't spend a lot of time at my home computer, sorry!) Anyways, here are my underwear comparison pictures. Sorry the pictures are all in different places. I have moved around a lot the past few years. Also, sorry for the shadows! Hopefully the pictures are still decent enough to see a difference. 80 pounds lost so far!

Man I look so miserable in those pictures! I tried not to smile in any of them because I just wanted them to look like my normal standing self! I feel so disgusted with myself when I was looking at the 250 pound pictures... yuck yuck... I definitely don't feel as big now! 15 more pounds until I get to my healthy weight of 155.

I don't know exactly what made me stick with Spark - but I am SO so so glad I am still here. Thank you again to everyone here! I Love Spark & the amazing community here! I feel so welcome here!

Here are some stats: Sorry I don't have any actual measurements!

Start Date: August 17, 2011
Current Date: October 12, 2012

Start Weight: 250
Current Weight: 170
Healthy Goal Weight: 155

Start Pant Size: 22-24
Current Size: 14

Start Shirt Size: 2X-3X
Current Size: L-XL

Progress Pictures: Taken at 250lbs, 200 lbs & 170lbs

Progress Pictures: 250 vs 170

I see why I gained so much weight - this is what I USED TO EAT - Actual Pictures from 2 years ago:

My oldest friends! 2010 vs 2012

April 2010 - 250 lbs.

September 2012 - after my first 5K!!!

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FITBIZZZ 10/17/2012 2:35PM


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KAI_ZEN 10/15/2012 12:28PM

    You're doing so well! Your hard work is paying off in so may ways. Thanks for sharing your success!
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JEWELMOTI 10/15/2012 10:27AM

    What can I say! AWSOME

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BUSYBEE37 10/15/2012 10:21AM

    Wow! Amazing progress you've made. Be Proud of yourself, you've done a marvelous job!

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WONKYSOX 10/14/2012 10:45AM

    emoticon You look amazing!!!!

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JERSEYGIRL24 10/13/2012 11:15AM

    You have been great!!! It takes a lot of courage (I think) to post those pictures. It is great that you even have such detailed "before" pictures. Were you planning to lose weight at that point?

But it's in the every day pictures, like the one of you with your friends, that I see a big difference that is more living and more "real". Keep up the good work. I love being friends with you. emoticon emoticon

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HICIM705 10/13/2012 11:02AM

    WOW - GREAT JOB!!!
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PURPLELVR7 10/13/2012 9:00AM

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EATVEGAN 10/13/2012 12:33AM

    Did you ever think at your starting weight that you'd be looking forward to running a 5K? That is amazing. You're doing so well. And I know it was hard work. emoticon and you can make it all the way. emoticon

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MY9STONEJOURNEY 10/12/2012 11:23PM

    Such an inspiration!!! You look amazing.. Congrats on all you success and a woohoo to the future success...


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AZULVIOLETA6 10/12/2012 8:48PM

    Good for you! You are so brave! Nobody got anywhere near me with a camera when I was at my heaviest, so I have no such photographic evidence.

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FAIRLIGHT914 10/12/2012 8:25PM

    Wow! You must be so proud! I know I am for you!
You have done an amazing job!
Thanks for sharing with us!
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POMATOJUICE 10/12/2012 7:23PM

    Thank you very much for sharing these personal pictures! You have worked so hard, and it shows. It's very inspirational to look at your progress! You look so much younger and livelier in your recent photos! :)

Good luck in your race tomorrow! I don't suppose you can run with hot water bottles stuffed in your shorts, though :X

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/12/2012 7:22PM

    That's amazing!!! Congratulations!!!

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MCJULIEO 10/12/2012 7:16PM

    LOOK at your FACE! Aren't you BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

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PEPPYPATTI 10/12/2012 5:43PM

    You have come a long way baby! You are doing just awesome!
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KEEP_GOING247 10/12/2012 5:31PM

    You should be so proud of yourself! You have done an amazing, amazing job. The smile on your face in that last photo says it all. emoticon emoticon

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CANES4EVER63 10/12/2012 3:34PM

    Way to go!!! Keep up the great work!! You look amazing!

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BRENDABUNNY 10/12/2012 2:54PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon be proud you have every right emoticon

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FUSIONFITNESS3 10/12/2012 2:41PM

    Brave girl to post these pictures. They truly tell your story. Congratulations, again and again, and again. emoticon

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ATTACKFATCAT 10/12/2012 1:25PM

    What a difference! I can really see it in your face in that after 5K pic. You have come a long way and it's amazing how much you have changed mentally as well as physically. You should be proud of every pound lost and every battle fought. We were at similar starting definitely inspire me that I can get past the 200 mark. emoticon emoticon

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IRONBLOSSOM 10/12/2012 1:18PM

    Wow, you look amazing! And you are so brave and honest with yourself!

Thanks for sharing these, I hope one of these days I'll have some progress like this of my own! :-)

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PAPER_WINGS18 10/12/2012 12:45PM

    You look INCREDIBLE!! Thank you so much for the motivation to keep on pushing, as we had similar SW. I am hanging around 205 now-- have been for months, but its my own fault. This mental game is HARD some days!!

Keep up the amazingness!! :D

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 10/12/2012 12:35PM

    You look amazing! Great job!

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VONBLACKBIRD 10/12/2012 12:28PM

    My goodness I'm so so proud of you and so glad to know you here on SP...what an inspiration you are..and to think you have lost almost!!! what incentive and now the 5 K etc..You are terrific.. emoticon for those 15lbs..and maybe even more...thanks so much for sharing these... emoticon

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CWHEATLEY12 10/12/2012 11:54AM

    This is absolutely amazing! You must be so proud of yourself. Congratulations! You looks fabulous!

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JACKIE542 10/12/2012 11:26AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Great job!

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RUFFIT 10/12/2012 10:54AM

    You look totally amazing!!! Hugs, Moni emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALICIALYNNE 10/12/2012 10:53AM

    And we love you, too!

MAJOR difference in the pictures! You go, girl!

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LIFEFOUNDONARUN 10/12/2012 10:51AM

    Amazing job!!!!! Huge congrats!!!! emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 10/12/2012 10:47AM

    You are very motivating !!! You look great - what an accomplishment - emoticon Tomorrow your race !! Will be cheering for you !!! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 10/12/2012 10:47AM

    Awesome pictures!
You really have come a long ways!

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REVIVE_ROCKSTAR 10/12/2012 10:47AM

    Awesome! Congrats!

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CAGMUAHFO2 10/12/2012 10:40AM

    You look emoticon You have done an AMAZING job!! Your so close to your goal weight too!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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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2HAMSDIET 10/11/2012 6:28PM

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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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JACKIE542 10/11/2012 2:28PM

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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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