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Making Thanksgiving everyday...

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I went to the Dollar Store during my lunch break today. I got a few Thanksgiving Day cards to give to my family on Thursday. I also stocked up on "Thinking of you" and "Miss you" and "Get Well Soon" cards since I ran out of those the other day. When I can, I like to buy little gifts for my parents and friends. They joke around saying I am trying to buy their love. But I just like making people happy! Even if I just buy their favorite pack of gum... if I can put a smile on someone's face, it makes me smile inside & out!

A few days ago I went through my Facebook contacts and messaged some old friends I barely get to chat with anymore. A few responded.. and I wonder if the rest will even read what I had to say! I know everyone is busy with their own lives. I am thankful for the time I do get to spend with my busy friends!

Life is so crazy - most of my communication is through Facebook or text now. But I am still thankful for the pictures & other times people contact me. Just knowing they are thinking of me makes me happy!

Even though I live at home, I still e-mail my Mom throughout the day if I get the chance. I know she enjoys it & I do too! I am so thankful for my caring parents! They understand I am trying to find myself, and they are so supportive of me no matter what.

I am very thankful for what I already have - My health has been improving overall which is great! I love my family and the couple of close friends I do have. I am even thankful for those I don't speak with anymore. Although we may not be friends anymore, I wouldn't be where I am now without the life experiences I already had.

Although I didn't start my promotion yet, I still love my job. I enjoy my co-workers & I don't dread coming to work! This is the first job I actually feel like I am Friends with some of the people I work with. We have real conversations, and I really appreciate it more than they know.

I am thankful for Spark - every day! This community is amazing. Every comment on my page & blog really help to inspire me to keep moving forward! I am thankful for the Spark Friends I do have! I am grateful for the awesome tools this website offers also! I wouldn't be where I am today without them!

On another note, a few friends and family members keep asking me what I want for Christmas. This happens every year - I never know! I mostly enjoy buying presents for people without them being against it! I thought of a few things: Animal donations, leave in conditioner, mascara, new muffin tins & a food processor. The baking items are really the only things I can tell people! I don't have a tv in the area I stay at, but I don't really want my parents to spend $500 on a TV for me. I would rather get dog training for my dog since he will be 3 and has never been trained! I don't think they like that idea though because they are the ones that would have to follow through with the training the most (they are both home all day with him while I am working).

Hopefully everyone has an amazing Holiday if you celebrate it! I try to be grateful & thankful every day! Even during stressful times, I try to sit back, breathe, and count my blessings! Keep Sparking!

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IRISHGIRL3 11/21/2012 1:24PM

    I know you wrote this before I wrote my blog and before you commented on it - but wow - this really sums up what I was feeling. Take time to touch base with those you don't talk to often - it's a gift!

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SOULFISH80 11/21/2012 1:09PM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing. Sounds like you have a life full of much to be thankful for!

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BATCHICK 11/21/2012 11:08AM

    I love giving gifts too. ~almost~ as much as I like getting them. I'm big on crafts and when I see something I know someone will just love and then I make it and give it to them it is the most rewarding thing ever!

PS- I live at the dollar tree. Was just there last night!

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NEWNAC304 11/21/2012 10:12AM

    You are truly a wonderful person!

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ALICIALYNNE 11/21/2012 8:29AM

    Love the blog!

I'm thankful for having such wonderful friends, like YOU!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/21/2012 12:05AM

    What a fine example to the rest of us how important it is to thankful for the endless blessings we have in our lives.
Wishing you a fantastic Thanksgiving Day.

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2HAMSDIET 11/20/2012 9:40PM

    They say people that don't have TV's are thiner. I have know a couple of people that gave it up and yes it was true. Guess if you don't have it you find other things to do. I'm so thankful for all my Spark friends. emoticon

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PENSIEVEGAZER 11/20/2012 9:06PM

    This is so sweet.... I LOVE doing/receiving little things throughout the day. One of my outlooks on life is "Why not make someone's day better when you can?" Being that positive influence is good for everybody.

I never know what to ask for either! I am asking for marscara too (MAC Plush lash to be exact) haha.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 11/20/2012 8:16PM

    What a nice feel good blog!
Sounds like you are a thoughtful daughter and friend.

Have a happy Thanksgiving.

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MICKEYH 11/20/2012 8:15PM

    You are such a sweet lady to your family and co worker, friends and all of us Spark community. Thanks for your kindness and keeping up your blog..sometime, I amazed how some people can go to their work, eat healthy, get her work out, cooks dinner for family, take care her kids, spend time with family member, do keeping up house work and still encouraging fellow sparkler, keeping up her blog. Maybe much more things to do in her daily life. How some people are able to keeping up with all of this every single day. Day in and day out.?? For me, just to keeping up reading and replying some blogs sometimes feels like takes all day. Not I am complaining but enjoying doing so..but just amazing how they finding their time to do all this?? I am so proud of peoples who is doing all the works!! Keep up a good work fellow Sparker!!

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LIVINGFREE19 11/20/2012 7:16PM

    I hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving holiday, my friend!

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ROXYZMOM 11/20/2012 5:58PM

    Very nice! I am sure they appreciate all you do.

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FATHINSN 11/20/2012 5:41PM

    Have great holidays!
Lots of things to be thankful of, lots of ways to say thanks :D

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KNYAGENYA 11/20/2012 5:34PM

    You are really positive. That's great!

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LYNSEY723 11/20/2012 5:33PM

    Great blog!! I am thankful for Spark Friends like you!! Have a safe and happy holiday!

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PATTIE441 11/20/2012 5:32PM

    Awesome blog! Yes, I am truly thankful! It is very awesome to count our blessings. Way to go! You are wonderful!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Happy Monday! Chilly & Chili!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Good morning Sparkers! I am feeling mostly happy - which is nice. I have a bit of stress floating around in my mind, but I am trying to keep smiling.

I had a pretty lovely weekend. Hopefully everyone else did too! I got some walking & exercising in. I didn't do any 5K training though. I definitely want to get to the park this week sometime - either on Turkey day or on Friday. It will probably be cold, but I won't let that discourage me. I am off both Thursday & Friday woohoo! 4 day weekend yippee! It is pretty slow at work right now, so I am trying to plan out the rest of the Christmas gifts I want to get!

I made 5 kinds of chili yesterday - it took about 4 hours to do all of it. I made beef chili with no onions, regular beef chili, and spicy beef chili. The chili was nice because it got pretty cold last night. It warmed me up! I used tomato sauce & the pre-mix spice packet for the beef chili. I don't eat red meat anymore, but I heard it was good! I also made mild turkey chili & spicy turkey chili. I made some for dinner & also some for my sick Grandmother. She is 92, but LOVES spicy food! Yum! I also made chocolate muffins by using the pumpkin puree. They didn't come out as well as I wanted them too. I had half of one, and it was really chewy. At least they smelled amazing! =)

I had trouble keeping up with my calories this weekend. I went shopping with my Mom Saturday morning, and I didn't get anything to eat before we left. Then, I only had a teeny sandwich for lunch. My whole day was funky. Then yesterday I had yogurt for breakfast but skipped lunch because I was cooking so much! Hopefully I get back on track this week. Sometimes I really hate fitting in time to eat hahaha. I should of had a protein bar yesterday while cooking, but I was too focused!

I am feeling a little stressed today. My Dad has to get another procedure done at the hospital today. They have to alter his pacemaker/defibrillator to make it less sensitive. They have to stop his heart and have it shock it back to working again... crazy. He just got out of the hospital because he was really sick, so I don't know why they want to do this right away. Oh well =( Hopefully it all works out. I wrote him a greeting card letting him know I am thinking about him today!

Hopefully everyone keeps Sparking today! I know I definitely need to get back on my regular eating habits again!

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ROXYZMOM 11/20/2012 7:02AM

    Yum! That does look good! We love chili in the winter. Have you tried white chicken chili?

Sorry your dad has to have the procedure. That is good he is staying on top of his health.

Hope you are having a fantastic week!

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TATTER3 11/20/2012 6:19AM

    I do a bean chili that literally is the idea from SP meat...just beans and tomatoes. Never thought I'd like something like that...but I make it several times in the winter and crave it. Very filling. Love the blog....Keep Sparkin'!!!

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EATVEGAN 11/20/2012 12:12AM

    Wow! You were really cooking. I made the pumpkin spice muffins w/o water for the potluck. I bought a mini-muffin pan to make them in. No one took them. So I took them around and offered them. Everyone said "what are they?" Then they began to disappear. I, too, found them a little chewy. Good flavor, though. I'm making the chocolate ones for Thanksgiving Day. Had a friend who had to have her heart stopped and restarted. They did it two different occasions. It turned out fine. Hope all goes well with your dad.

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IRISHGIRL3 11/19/2012 11:16PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your dad - I hope everything goes smoothly!!!!!

And make sure you get your proper calorie intake! you don't want your body to go into starvation mode!

This may sound odd, but I've never had chili before - looks good though!

HAve a great night!!!!!

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MICKEYH 11/19/2012 9:49PM

    Your chili looks awesome !! Sorry to hear about your father. Best wishes for him. Get well soon. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week !!

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JAXMOMMY 11/19/2012 3:51PM

    My MIL has to have a big heart procedure done on November 30. They are going to essentially kil part of her heart. It all sounds so crazy, doesn't it? I'll keep your dad in my thoughts! I'm sure it will all go well. Sorry your muffins didn't turn out like you hoped. All those chilis sound great! I love that your Grandma loves spicy food! I hope I can continue to eat like her! Remember my friend, you need food to energize that new & improved active body! Stop skippig meals! You need fuel!

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/19/2012 12:43PM

    Wow, that's a lot of cooking! I wish I had half your energy for cooking. :-)

Hope you have a great week, I too am looking forward to the 4 day weekend.

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LIVINGFREE19 11/19/2012 12:38PM

    I'll be praying for your dad.

The food looks really good!


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MCJULIEO 11/19/2012 12:37PM

    I love chili when it gets cold outside....

Hope your dad has a great experience... hang in there!

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SEATTLE58 11/19/2012 11:58AM

    Oh, I'll be thinking of your Dad so much today and hopefully this procedure will make him better and stronger! Your pictures look yummy! Your muffins rose up nice and fluffy! We both will be pushing hard all week long! Happy Thanksgiving to you, my dear!

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ALICIALYNNE 11/19/2012 11:46AM

    Hope everything goes fine with your dad's procedure! Scary stuff!

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SIRENSONGS 11/19/2012 11:04AM

    My thoughts are with your father. I hope his health improves soon!

The chili and muffins look yummy! I hope you have a better week this week and keep Sparking strong!

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2nd Half of November: Thoughts & Goals

Friday, November 16, 2012

Happy Friday everyone! I am feeling a bit relieved compared to the other day. I did talk to my ex. Although things are definitely not 100% solved, I did tell him how I feel. He realizes I can't keep getting sucked into his sadness. I feel bad, but I can't keep letting him pull me in to the negativity! He did give me the Zumba dvds I have been asking him for though. I didn't get a chance to check them out to make sure they work- but hopefully they do!

WOW!!! It is almost Thanksgiving! I will be going to my Aunt's house for dinner next week. I am going to bring my own plate with chicken sausage, a plain sweet potato, and plain string beans. My Aunt will only be having candied sweet potatoes & green bean casserole. I will feel silly bringing my own food - but I don't eat turkey & I don't want to upset my stomach by making myself eat the veggies I don't normally eat. I am not worried about going over calories that day - I just don't want to have a stomach episode with my family there!! I won't be having any dessert except for the Pumpkin Spice Muffins I am baking & bringing - and maybe Jello if they have it.

The Fall 5% Challenge ends December 1st! I can't believe half of November is over already! 86.2 pounds gone so far! This challenge has definitely pushed me! Once it is over, I am going to make another goal to get to my 155 healthy weight. I still can't believe I have not had french fries for 8 weeks already!! I started not having them when I first made my challenge goals. I haven't cheated at all & I am so glad. Two more weeks until the challenge is over. I hope I don't start going back to eating them all the time. I HOPE I just have one or two of someone elses.. but I don't want to order them myself anymore.

I didn't end up signing up for a Turkey Trot because of how much training I missed while being sick. If I do want to do a 5K for Thanksgiving, I will do one on my own at the park!

Goals to be met by December 1st:

-Stay within calories ranges
-Lose another 1.5 pounds to reach my 5% weight loss goal
-Do Zumba 4 times (either in class or dvd)
-Re-start 5K training - my next 5K is 12/8!
-Walk on the treadmill Twice (hopefully making myself do it will make me do it more often)
-Add more veggies to my meals so I don't struggle at the end of the day to meet calories
-Try 2 new Spark Recipes
-Stay Positive & Don't give into the Negativity!
-Open my own Savings Account
-Get most of my Christmas Shopping done

Hopefully everyone has a Spark-tacular weekend. Keep Sparking & don't give up even if you go over calories or don't get a chance to work out!

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ALICIALYNNE 11/19/2012 9:25AM

    Love the goals! Good work!

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JORDANLHALL 11/17/2012 10:45AM

    Those sound like some awesome goals! And there's nothing wrong with bringing your own plate to Thanksgiving! That's actually a pretty awesome idea! If I ever have to go to a holiday dinner this season, that's probably what I will end up doing considering my family are been fans of frying their turkey and loading the sides with butter and whatnot.

And a wise decision not to push yourself into a Turkey Trot when you're not prepared. Sometimes the healthiest choice isn't always the one you would expect. Keep up the amazing work! Woohoo, almost ninety pounds lost! That's amazing!

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CAROLIAN 11/17/2012 7:22AM

    You are doing GREAT emoticon emoticon

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MCJULIEO 11/17/2012 12:02AM

    My Oh My! All your Christmas shopping done by December 1st????!!!!

You ROCK, Girl!

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2HAMSDIET 11/16/2012 9:45PM

    We always bring food on thanksgiving and it just happens that it is healthy. It has become normal so no one asks or says a thing. Just stick with it as it is part of the new you! Looks like you have great goal set . emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 11/16/2012 8:34PM

    Great idea on bringing your own food! You rock!

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MICKEYH 11/16/2012 5:28PM

    I like that you are so confident about yourself. This is the way to go. I see how you did lost 86.2 pounds. And so proud of your determination and willing to take extra step to not to do over eat or protect your stomach to not get into trouble. Since you've started your weight loss journey, I know it was not easy. I know that more you tray, it get easier for eating healthy to getting exercise. But still there are so much temptation to get off the track. For me everyday is a challenge still. So again, i am so proud of your determination and your achievement !! You need to be proud of yourself and pat on your shoulder yourself, Congratulations !! I am right behind you.(smile))

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LIVINGFREE19 11/16/2012 5:13PM

    Great goals!
You have come so far and have done so well!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/16/2012 3:36PM

You have so many blessings to celebrate on Thanksgiving Day. Have a wonderful day at your aunts.

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PENSIEVEGAZER 11/16/2012 2:54PM

    Great post. I think these are great and healthy goals. Good job, and keep it up!

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NEWNAC304 11/16/2012 2:22PM

    You're doing great!

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CAGMUAHFO2 11/16/2012 1:47PM

    So glad that you talked to him and told him how you feel. You need to do what's best for you.

I can't believe Thanksgiving is almost here either!! I'm doing most of the cooking so I'm going to have healthy choices. emoticon There is nothing wrong with bringing your own food.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 11/16/2012 1:40PM

    Great plan and goals! I think you should reconsider your decision to not do a Turkey Trot though. You can do it as a training run, and walk/run it if necessary, and I think you'll find the energy of the race very motivating. Just my two cents though.

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LYNSEY723 11/16/2012 12:57PM

    Great goals - you can do it! Keep up the hard work and have a great weekend!!!

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/16/2012 12:21PM

    You're such a great, positive, active SparkFriend! Sounds like you have everything worked out and you're doing so wonderfully I don't really have anything to add except stay strong, don't worry about bringing your own food, I've already found with my no alcohol challenge that people are reacting much more positively than I anticipated, and KEEP. IT. GOING!!!


Have a great weekend, I probably won't be updating from Disneyland, but I'll recap on Monday!

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NKOUAMI26 11/16/2012 12:21PM

    It's awesome!!! So proud of your accomplishments! Way to go!

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IRISHGIRL3 11/16/2012 11:51AM

    Nice post! I don't think anyone will mind you bringing food - at least in my family these holidays are fairly pot-luck. Also, I'm sure they've seen the progress you've made and will completely understand.

Keep it up!

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SEATTLE58 11/16/2012 11:38AM

    You're doing so good and I admire you for trying so hard to take care of your negativity source and move on. I love your goals. They're alot like I can do except for some of the exercise with my RA. I loved all your littl emoticons! Cute, cute! That took time to do! = ) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 11/16/2012 11:12AM

    You doing awesome ! Glad you are feeling better. Nice that you stood your ground with your ex. Your feelings are validated. No problem bringing your plate - plenty of people in my family with special need diets do the same thing , no one is offended. I have no doubt you will reach your goals ! Good job on the fries! There will be many more 5k's in your future. LiL Racer emoticon

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I need a self-PUSH today!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

****Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way! I am now a Spark Motivator! Thank you!!!!!!!!! This website helps me so much. Hopefully I can help some of you too. Let me know if you need any support or help. A little goes a long way, and I am willing to help!****

When I woke up this morning, I felt a bit different. I realize I definitely need a self-push today. What is a self-push? I have no idea! I just feel like I need one to continue my life journey in the right direction. Life is crazy. Even when my day seems to be going smoothly - I try to remind myself to be prepared for anything!

My daily life is so different now. I barely get food cravings anymore (which is helpful). Unfortunately, I also don't have the urge to decide what to eat most of the time. When I go out to a restaurant, I can basically go anywhere and find something to eat. I may not be satisfied with what I order if I just get a plain house salad with no croutons & no cheese... but at least I will be happy I didn't go over calories by giving in to the craving of a cheeseburger or pizza. Sometimes I still wish my stomach would tolerate very fatty foods - I wouldn't mind going over calories if it filled my belly! Instead of worrying about going over on the tracker, I worry about going under. If I just have a salad as a meal, I usually am under my calories for the day. Even though my low end of my tracker range is at 1350 calories, sometimes after I enter my dinner I may only be at 1,000 or 1,100 for the day! I do like snacking, but I hate eating JUST to make sure I ate enough for the day. We all have our own challenges. We need to face them in our own way no matter how big or small they may be!

I need a self-push to figure out how to change my eating habits. I bring my own snacks with me everywhere I go. I can't keep putting off how to make eating easier for me!

Besides eating better, I also need a self-push in my personal life today. For as long as I can remember, I have been a nice person. Throughout my life, I have randomly gotten compliments on how patient, understanding, and thoughtful I can be. Knowing I am caring has been good & bad. Instead of making myself happy, I would always give 150% to other people to try and make their life easier. Sadly, I was upset with how my life was going. Instead of focusing on the blessings of my life, I would only see the downside of everything.

After re-discovering myself with Spark's help, I realize I need to do more for me. I broke up with my ex- fiancÚ in June for many reasons. He still wants to try and fix the relationship. I have tried explaining to him that I can't get back together with him right now. He mentioned being friends until I figured out what I wanted to do. Every time I see his negativity in a text or hear it in his voice, my whole mood changes drastically. I feel weak, awful, alone, and so upset. I feel bad because I know he is upset. I hate hurting him. However, I need to stop being pulled back into the dark funk.

I need a self-push today to tell him how it really is & how it is has to be. I can't keep letting him feel upset because of me. He has told me he wants me to be happy, and if I will be happier without him, he will understand. He needs to live his own life and move on. (If he reads this before I get to talk to him today - sorry!)

There are many situations people I don't want to be in. At times, I get anxious, nervous, and scared to face reality! But I know I *Need* to take this leap and figure out my life! Sometimes our lives fall off the path we thought we were destined to be on. I know I need to always be ready to set new goals for myself. I want to help others, but I also need to keep myself in mind. I need to keep smiling with the greatness in my life! Negativity changes my whole mood too much.

I need a self-push to keep moving forward!!!!!

I hope everyone has a great rest of the week. If there is something you are putting off, hopefully you can give yourself a self-push soon too and keep moving forward! Keep Sparking & keep reaching for your goals!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/20/2012 11:59AM

    You make a wonderful motivator! I feel like doing a 5k too! but lots of dreaming first but...never say never!!! emoticon emoticon

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PRINMAOTONYANE 11/16/2012 12:56AM

  Congrats on being a Spark People motivator you have being working so hard. emoticon

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EATVEGAN 11/16/2012 12:09AM

    Congratulations on becoming a SP Motivator. You are a good one. I have enjoyed the posts you have left on my SparkPage. Don't let it become an added pressure on you to be a giver. Only do as much as you feel comfortable with. That may sound weird, but put it in the back of your mind. You may need it sometime.

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/15/2012 3:56PM

    Congrats on realizing the ex-fiancee is no good for you! Some people don't figure it out till they're married, having kids, and feel trapped and locked in. You're doing what's right for YOU and never ever feel bad or apologize for that. You're not hurting him, he's choosing not to accept your feelings and your directives to him that you can't be with him anymore. He's trying to inflict HIS feelings on YOU.

He's what Captain Awkward ( calls a "Darth Vader" boyfriend, because they can just suck the life and air right out of you with just a look, a glare, a text message.

I'm sure he has good parts, don't get me wrong, and if he does some good work on himself, he'll be a great boyfriend/fiancee/husband for someone else, but you need to be true to YOU!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/15/2012 3:00PM

    emoticon emoticon on becoming a SP Motivator. I hope you realize you have been a motivator long before this official recognition. Really! I know from personal experience. You have been SP friend who inspires me regularly KIMPY.

emoticon emoticon on a well written inspirational blog. Thank you for being so open about your personal journey. You are going through a wonderful metamorphous as you learn, modify and change you life. You have identified some critical areas in life where you have made changes for you. I am so glad for you. (I can truly relate to the one about trying to please others at a cost to yourself.)

emoticon emoticon on becoming such a positive person. It is so easy to get pulled down by negative people in our lives. And sometimes even easier to get pulled back into those old habits when we are around people who have been in our lives for a long time and with whom we have developed those habits. As some of those old relationships fade away there will be healthier ones coming down the road. I am enjoying the support and friendship in several healthy relationships after having to let go of some long but negative relationships.

You have a truly tremendous Thursday. Take care of you and you only have more to share with others.


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POMATOJUICE 11/15/2012 11:54AM

    I am so happy you are officially a SP Motivator! You have always been a motivator for me, though! Even when you get in an occassional funk, you are always looking for the positive way to fix things, and I admire that!

Sometimes it's really hard for me to push myself, but I agree that sometimes we just really need to do it. You are so upbeat, though, I have no doubt you'll manage to work through the things that are bugging you in no time!

I think it takes a lot of courage to take a stand for yourself in that type of relationship situation, and I think you are doing great :)

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CEKNIGHT 11/15/2012 10:47AM

    Congratulation on becoming a SP Motivator and keep up the great work pushing yourself. I think you are awesome.

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NUTZ4HARRY 11/15/2012 7:33AM

    Yes we all have those days of a self-push. You are doing great. Hope everything is better today.

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TATTER3 11/15/2012 6:17AM

    Stay away from toxic people...don't let them steal your time or energy. If you feel worse for being around them...then cut the ties. I am so impressed with you! Keep Sparkin'!!

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hehe - I think we all need a self-push. What I love about this post though is that you're specifically identifying areas in which you need the push. It's much better than just floating hoping things will right themselves along the say. And as uncomfortable/painful/horrible/diff
icult it may be to make some of those changes (i.e. forcing a complete break with your ex-fiance), you're already aware that you need to do it (for you, for him). It's just pressing the button. Wouldn't it be nice to have an "Easy" button? It's hard, but I see how much you've accomplished during the past year and I know you'll be able to press the button when you're ready.


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A-NEW-TARA 11/14/2012 11:30PM

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SEATTLE58 11/14/2012 7:48PM

    emoticon on being a motivator! That takes alot of yourself to help others and others will appreciate you so much like I appreciate all the time you've taken to write this from your heart! I commend you for breaking up your realtionship. Anytime we're in a relationship with alot of negativity, the best move is to do what it takes to remove it and that's exactly what you're doing. usually is someone is negative, they just get worse and you certainly wouldn't want to live a life with someone like that! You'll end up being more healthy mentally because of making the move to remove what you've figured out to remove. You need to zero in on yourself more now like you are always helping others. I really do appreciate you! You can push forward because you know how and go back to the beginning and remind yourself of why you wanted to get more healthy to begin with. emoticon emoticon emoticon I feel the same as you, that it's alot easier to eat out than at home. It's so hard for me to know what to cook anymore! Errrr is what I say! But, we also that we have so much help right here in that dept. with everybody else in our same shoes and all the recipes, etc. emoticon emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 11/14/2012 6:47PM

    Congratulations!! You motivate me! I think you are so brave to call off your wedding so close to the time. Do you realize how many women would've gone thru with it and lived a false life and been so unhappy? I always remind clients about flying on airplanes.... They tell you if the oxygen mask falls down to place it over your nose and mouth first and then assist others. Do you understand why they tell us that? As for eating.... What about a little cheese on the salad or some grilled chicken? You can't live on lettuce alone! How about a grilled chicken sandwich with the top bun removed? Just a few things I've been doing. As a diabetic I have to eat. Stay strong my friend! Only you know what is right for you with food, with men, with life!

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LIVINGFREE19 11/14/2012 6:15PM

    That is so awesome that you are now a sparks motivator! emoticon
You have done so well on your weight loss!

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MICKEYH 11/14/2012 5:31PM

    Congrats on becoming Spark motivator !! And thank you for motivating us, Spark community.
You are so awesome. Way to go !! And keep a good work.

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ROXYZMOM 11/14/2012 4:51PM

    Congratulations! You are doing great and are obviously headed in the right direction. Trust your gut instinct.

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BRENDABUNNY 11/14/2012 4:34PM

    emoticon emoticon you are doing so awesome

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JENCANTA 11/14/2012 3:23PM

    First, congrats on being a motivator! Self-push is necessary at times for sure, but not always easy. Letting go of those that pull you into a negative vortex may not be easy either, but vital for self-preservation. And really, life's too short to be around all that negativity. Hang in there girly. Onward and upward! =D

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CAGMUAHFO2 11/14/2012 3:18PM

    Beautifully written!!

Pushing ourselves sometimes is needed. And as you said not just with exercising and eating right. It can happen in all aspects of our lives.

You need to be happy and healthy before you can help others, so be sure to take care of yourself and do what you need to do to make sure you are where you need to be. emoticon

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SPADABEK 11/14/2012 3:16PM

    Good for you for putting yourself first. I wish I had listened to that inner voice long before I did. I left my husband of 12 yrs about 2 yrs ago because of that same inner voice. It was such a difficult decision to make, but I figured out that he was never going to change. I still remember being so nervous just minutes before my wedding, thinking that I was making a mistake. He still wants me back, but I know that it would never work, because I already spent so much energy and so many years trying to make it work.

Hang in there...and go with your gut. This was a lesson I had to learn the hard way.

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BOILHAM 11/14/2012 3:01PM

    This quote was taken from someone else's blog that I read earlier today. I think it's appropriate for you:

"When we force ourselves to connect against our heart's desires, we create false, resentful relationships; when we disconnect from the people who deplete us, we set them free to find their tribes while we find ours."

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LYNSEY723 11/14/2012 2:08PM

    I am so happy that you have come so far in your life - emotionally and physically!! Do whatever is right for you. This is your life and YOU need to be happy! Do whatever you need to do to PUSH yourself in the direction you need to be pushed! You can do it!

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LYNSEY723 11/14/2012 2:08PM

    I am so happy that you have come so far in your life - emotionally and physically!! Do whatever is right for you. This is your life and YOU need to be happy! Do whatever you need to do to PUSH yourself in the direction you need to be pushed! You can do it!

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FITBIZZZ 11/14/2012 1:55PM

    Yes, a self-push is always good. Identifying feelings in your life with negative impact, is a fantastic push in the right direction. Great job on recognizing that! Congratulations on being a motivator. Awesome job.

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A friend told me I need to stop losing weight?

Friday, November 09, 2012

I weighed in for my 5% Fall Challenge today - 164.4! 85.6 pounds gone so far!!!!!! I am getting closer and closer to my 5% goal of 162.5. I am also close to my healthy weight goal of 155! At 155, I will have lost 95 lbs total. If I am lucky, I will get down to 150 and have 100 pounds gone. When the time comes, I will make new goals!

I don't talk about my life changes with people in my real life situation unless they bring it up. I don't want to be that obsessed person who criticizes everything everyone else does/doesn't do. Also, I don't want to be the person who won't shut up about my achievements! Only on Spark do I talk about my weight-loss all of the time!

There are a few friends I text that ask for random updates. I texted one today saying I was at 164.4. He said that is too thin & I should stop losing weight. I am 5'6 and the healthy range for my weight is 126-155. I definitely don't think 164 is too thin? I don't understand people sometimes. I didn't want to argue with the person, so I just said my goal is 155 to be at the high end of my healthy weight range... *Shrug* Then I changed the subject! I am not an expert - so I don't have any fancy schmancy facts... but does anyone think I am being unhealthy? I am not starving myself. I try to get in a bunch of veggies & fruits in a day!

I guess I have to remember.... YOU CAN'T PLEASE EVERYONE!!!

I really want to be at a healthy weight to be a healthier, happier, more fit person! I am not trying to look good in a bikini. I am not trying to look "hot" to pick up random guys. What I would like is to be a healthy young woman!

The weather is nice out today, and the 2nd half of the weekend is supposed to be nice too! I got offered a promotion at my job. I don't have a college degree (just 2 years of college). I am excited & nervous about it. They will get someone to replace me, and I will be getting new training while training them. I don't know when this will be - but I can't wait!

Although Life is stressful - we can make our own happiness. Good things do come every once in a while. We need to acknowledge the good and the bad!!! Hopefully everyone has a wonderful weekend! Keep Sparking!!!!
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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/15/2012 3:11PM

    It's not luck that will get you to 155 but it's you taking care of yourself. Great work.

It's interesting how when we have been obese/overweight people see us as too thin when we aren't necessarily at our ideal weight. I once had someone concerned about me being anorexic at 180 lbs. Imagine that. I think they see us in the light of that heavier person and the change makes us look too skinny to them when in reality we're not too thin at all.

If you doctor supports your goal then you are doing just fine. Reading your story makes me realize I can do it too. That's important for me today when I wonder if I can really get into onderland. Stuck a bit as weight loss is slowing down.

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DIANEWR1 11/14/2012 10:01AM

    Congrats to you!! One thing I've's not about what others think you need to do!! It's about what YOU want to do!!! It's all about you!!!! emoticon

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MSGETHEALTHY35 11/14/2012 7:16AM

    Congrats on the promo!!
If you feel healthy and doc says it is good, then your goal weight is fine. As many others have said sometimes those friends and family have saw us for years at an unhealthy weight. They will have to adjust to the new you. And some are just haters lol, use those as fuel to keep going.
I like the idea of discussing my WL journey on spark only unless asked. Lately I do feel like I am just constantly talking about it. I will use my spark more as an outlet. Thanks for the ideas and you look great!! emoticon

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SAMBIDEXTROUS 11/12/2012 1:04PM

    Sometimes it just isn't worth trying to figure out what people are thinking.

I say if you feel good, then move on and don't give that friend anymore updates!


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OPTIMIST1948 11/12/2012 12:47PM

    Too funny. There is something to be said for not letting the scale dictate how you feel about yourself. But there is also something to be said about "portion distortion" and americans in general are fatter than other countries.

Congratulations on your many, many, hard earned scale victories!

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ROXYZMOM 11/12/2012 12:12PM

    You are right! You are going for a healthy bmi. Maybe he liked you and spent want anyone else to check you out??

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BUBBLEJ1 11/12/2012 1:15AM

    No one gets a say on your goal weight but you and perhaps a GP. People will always tell you to stop because they are jealous. Keep on keeping on!

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MLYN92 11/11/2012 9:57PM

    Love your blogs! It was especially nice to read because I am at the beginning of my journey to a healthier me & your story is a great motivator.

I've lost 11lbs and I feel like I tell everyone all the time, each little goal met is something I blab on and on about. Your blog has reminded me that even though I am proud of my smallest accomplishments the people who love and support me may not need to hear about every pound lost.

Congratulations on the milestones you have reached along your journey to a healthier you, and congrats on the promotion!

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WOMANATWORK1 11/11/2012 8:00PM

    Great job on the promotion and the weight loss!!! Stay true to your goals and remember that sometimes people can behave in jealous and unhealthy ways... You have all the support you need from SP, so lean on it and let the opinions of others be just that -- their opinions!

Keep SparkLing! You can do it!!!!

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FAT2GAINHEALTH 11/11/2012 7:06PM

    congrats on the promotion... sometimes when we are taking healthy steps then good things naturally come our way. the new confidence you have is showing through to your employer. btw you look wonderful and follow your goal for your weight!!!!! emoticon

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EPATTEN79 11/11/2012 11:28AM

    Congratulations on your weightloss. Keep up the good work and you will make your goals.

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GREENCAT1 11/11/2012 4:20AM

    Congratulations on your promotion - and on your weight loss! It can feel like a put down or like being judged when someone tells us that it is time to stop losing weight! Sometimes it may be that your friend is a bit threatened by your success or maybe he just doesn't see you as you see your self. Either way - just keep doing what you do!


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PAMNANGEL 11/10/2012 11:19PM

    Sometimes I think people are just so used to seeing us heavier that our getting down to a healthier weight can be a bit of an adjustment for them.

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JAXMOMMY 11/10/2012 10:45PM

    Congrats on the promotion! That is awesome! I don't think your goal of 155 is unreasonable or too skinny. Only you know that and you don't seem to have an unhealthy view of yourself or a need to be too thin! I think your response to your friend was good too. Good for you! You are rocking the weight loss and your life!

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MICKEYH 11/10/2012 11:25AM

    Congrats on your promotion at job !! Go for your dream weight and don't worry about what your friend said. Be a healthy young women of your dream !! Go for it !!

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    Woo Hoo!!! Look at you go, girl!!! This is your journey, you call the shots in it. In life there will always be others who are critical of our decisions and accomplishments. It's only up to you to either listen or shrug it off. We can't please everyone!! You sound like you've done your homework on what a healthy weight is for you, so I would say shrug it off and chalk it up to either jealousy or a strange kind of compliment. Keep up your great work!! You're almost there!!

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PURPLELVR7 11/10/2012 9:04AM

    People are used to seeing us at the higher weights, so although we look better as we lose they do not see the face they used to

I weigh more that you, am 5 2 1/2 and am told I do not need to lose more
Of course I know better and keep working at it

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FAIRLIGHT914 11/10/2012 8:27AM

    Believe it or not, he was probably trying to compliment you! Think about it, everyone who has struggled with weight would want to hear they are too thin! I really don't think he meant any harm by his remark! Take it as a compliment and carry on~you are doing great! Also, keep in mind that your body will let you know when you are optimum and who knows, it may be at 156! lol

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TATTER3 11/10/2012 8:27AM

    Wow...look at all your feed really struck a nerve! Keep Sparkin'!! You have to work it out for yourself!

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USMAWIFE 11/10/2012 7:35AM

    Only you know what you feel comfortable in. I am also 5 foot six and my goal weight is 140 because I am small boned

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OLIVIANIGHT 11/10/2012 6:54AM

    I love your colourful toenails!
Friends can be strangely discouraging sometimes. I think you just need to do what you did - shrug it off and keep going until YOU feel happy that your body is at optimum weight/fitness/tone.

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BISCO_ 11/10/2012 4:37AM

    Gotta do what's right for YOU!!

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SH9719 11/10/2012 12:57AM

    I had a very large fellow ref in a locker room tell me I was skinny the other day. I just crossed over from an obese BMI to overweight. I know I am not skinny. I think that today there are so many over weight and obese people that the standards for what is considered skinny have been inflated. I suspect that is part of your friends perspective. It is probably partly due to ignorance as to what is healthy and what looks ok on you. I think your motivation to weigh less for you health is the best motivation.

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AZULVIOLETA6 11/10/2012 12:14AM

    Well, I don't tell people my weight outside of SparkPeople. I only have maybe two people in my life who know with any kind of accuracy what the actual number is.

However, when I got to about 240, a friend of mine told me that I really did not need to lose much more...maybe just 10 pounds or so. I am tall and have a HUGE frame size, but no, 230 is not a healthy weight for me. :)

I took this comment as loving--she saw me as very nearly perfect, even a good 40 pounds from my goal weight. It was quite sweet. The friend who said this probably weighs 110 or so and is TINY.

The people who really care about us don't necessarily see us with clear lenses, for better or worse. It isn't always easy for them to accept that we are changing or to give us accurate feedback on how we are doing.

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KLUTERACOON 11/9/2012 11:35PM

    Congratulations! On your weight loss that is soo amazing! I am also 5'6" right now I weigh 164lbs my goal is 135 lb. I really don't tell people how much weight I have left to go because people think I am crazy!

I have been at 140 lbs before, and I was eating massive amounts of junk food, I am not that person. Now I eat super healthy so 135lb should be well with in my reach.

I think we have gotten soo used to people being over weight now, that "healthy" is the new "twiggy"

Ultimately you need to do what feels right to you and your body type. As long as your happy others comments shouldnt matter, because there will always be the majority that will tell you how amazing you look, and the few that say "you're too fat" or "too skinny"

Be happy, Be healthy :)

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NKOUAMI26 11/9/2012 10:54PM

    First of all congrats on your achievements.
Remember, you are on this journey to better yourself and not anyone else. It is great to have friends who seem concerned, but the only person who matters is you and how you feel. Also remember that sometimes, people can be jealous and or uncomfortable in their own skin so they subtly try to discourage people like us who try to live healthy lifestyles.
Keep doing you!!!
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PENSIEVEGAZER 11/9/2012 10:15PM

    Ugh that's stupid. I hate when friends are like that!!!!!
Is that too negative? haha.

The problem in the US right now is that overweight is the new normal, but it's still not healthy. You're not crazy, you're doing a good thing

And, I'm sure everyone has said this, but I like your nail polish job haha... and I couldn't see the scale at first! haha.

Keep going, you're doing fantastic.

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POMATOJUICE 11/9/2012 10:09PM

    Cute toenail polish!

I think overall we (The US, the Western World, whatever you want to call it..) has a very skewed perception of weight. Your freind may have a hard time visualizing that number! I imagine the only people that have a good idea of what numbers look like on people are those barkers at carnivals that offer to guess your weight :P We all know how awesomely "accurate" the BMI scale is, but I really do think it's good for ballparking a healthy weight. You have a goal in mind that is not unrealistic, so I don't see anything wrong with it! Whatever makes you happy, as long as you aren't hurting yourself or other people, right?

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KAPELAKIN 11/9/2012 9:46PM

    You're just fine! I'm about 5'9" and my goal is 155 as well. At 162, I estimate my body fat at around 26%, and I'd really like to see it closer to 20%. Anywhere down to about 148 would be fine for me at my height. I think people have just gotten so used to a majority of the population being overweight or obese that it is somewhat startling to see someone at a healthy weight. You have a very healthy attitude, and I think that you will know when you are the right maintenance weight. A body fat measurement can be more useful than scale weight once you start getting close to your goal.

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EATVEGAN 11/9/2012 9:29PM

    I was losing weight a few years ago when a female friend said "Be careful, you don't want to lose too much." I am 5'2" and at the time weighed 175#. She would have fainted dead away if she got on the scale and weighed as much as 175#. People just say stupid things. Ignore him.

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CEKNIGHT 11/9/2012 8:12PM

    You do what you need to do for you. I had someone on FB tell me that today and I have 26 pounds to lose just to get to my goal weight of 210 which is what I weighed when i did the body building contest. I have to get down to 189 of lower to have a healthy BMI and I'm not sure I will ever be there again but we'll see. I think some people tell you things like that as a way of complimenting you. At least that is the way I try to look at it. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Than you for all your encouragement and for being such a wonderful SpakFriend.

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KRISTEN_SAYS 11/9/2012 7:35PM

    That drives me nuts. I try my best to ignore people who tell me I'm "too skinny." Congrats on your weight loss and your promotion!

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LANEYTHEGIRL 11/9/2012 7:34PM

    I think men in their minds prefer curvy women but they don't know what that means in reality. I know he's just a friend but I'm sure he's noticed how you look in more than a friend way. It sounds like he's imagining in his mind you as a skinny, bony unhealthy looking creature. I think it was his way of saying "But I think you look great and I'm afraid of change." Do what makes you feel comfortable. Ignore the rest.

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COMPUCATHY 11/9/2012 7:28PM

    It does not sound like you are getting "too thin." I'm 5'5 and the lowest I have achieved on this journey (though trying to make my way back there now) is 158...and it was definitely not too thin. I think the fact that the comment came from a guy might have something to do with it. For a guy to get down into the 160's is thin. They have more muscle and are more solid than we are...and they weigh more. So, maybe he doesn't have a good handle on what women weigh. Keep up the good work! I think you're doing great! Thanks for the inspiration! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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MCJULIEO 11/9/2012 6:23PM

    You are doing so great!

Maybe your friend just thought (this is a guy, right?) that 164 is too low of a number (and usually, for a guy, it is, since with their higher muscle mass they tend to weigh more)

Congrats on the job offer! You GO, girl!

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CANES4EVER63 11/9/2012 6:15PM

    Ultimately, it is up to you. But just remember, it's JUST about the number on the scale. BMI is just a guideline to follow, it does not account for muscle mass. So if you are happy with where you are RIGHT now, then go into maintenance! But if you think you'll be happier at 155 (because you'll love your body, NOT because that number will mean you are "healthy") then keep going!

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CJADERUN 11/9/2012 5:30PM

    This showed up in my newsfeed and I was curious.

I am just shy of 5'7", and weigh in at 143.5. Part of that is definitely muscle mass. I look healthy. Skinner than some, but no one has said that I am "too skinny."

So you are JUST FINE. Especially if you feel fine. Just eat right and exercise regularly and don't worry about it.

Congrats on your weight loss, and way to go for all your hard work!

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IRONBLOSSOM 11/9/2012 5:07PM

    Congrats!! And ignore your friend! :-) You're the only one who knows how you feel. If you're cold and tired all the time, hungry, having bad breath (ketosis), and growing hair where you've never grown hair, then you're entering starvation mode and you should be careful. As long as you're able to do everything you want to do, enjoy your life, and still feel like you could lose a couple? Do it!

When I was in college I got down to 145 in an unhealthy manner. But the reason I gained all that weight back (and more!) was because my boyfriend started making fun of me, calling me a bag of bones, I no longer was pretty to him, etc...Of course NOW I realize that was all his problem! At 5'4" and seeing my pictures from back then, I was not too thin at all, I just should have gotten there a better way!

Only you can know what's right for you. Just do that and the rest will follow!

Have a great weekend!

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LYNSEY723 11/9/2012 4:56PM

    Don't listen to what anybody else says about your weight loss as long as you are losing weight in a HEALTHY way, you are doing nothing wrong! Now, if you were starving yourself or doing month long juice fasts I might say you need to rethink your approach, but you are being smart about weight loss and just working to get to a healthy weight! You are doing fantastic - don't let anybody tell you otherwise!

Have a great weekend!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 11/9/2012 4:19PM

    I am so proud of your accomplishments Kimpy, both weight and promotions. Keep it up. Sometimes our worst enemies are the ones who are closest to us. I'm so glad the 5% goal challenge is working. Can't weight myself to weigh in this week. I was doing well then went on vacation and gained what I lost plus then some. Now I am trying to lose it again. I will be happy if at the end of the challenge I weigh one lb less then when I started. I am 5'5" and my goal weight is 135-145. So I agree with the others. TELL YOUR FRIEND TO SHOVE IT!

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NEWNAC304 11/9/2012 4:11PM

    What does your doctor say about your weight? I think if you feel good and want to keep losing then go for it.

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NANNABLACK 11/9/2012 4:04PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss and promotion. Keep up the good work!!! emoticon

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JACKIE542 11/9/2012 3:59PM

    You know what you are doing. You know the saying you can't please everyone so you got to please yourself. You look healthy and feel good and that is a plus.
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OHANAMAMA 11/9/2012 3:58PM

    Is your friend overweight? Just wondering because jealousy could react like that... if not, then who cares what he thinks. I think 155/150 sounds great on a 5'6" frame. I'm an inch taller and I want to be 145. Acutally 138 is the MIDDLE of my healthy weight range.
Awesome job on your loss!
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STODD251 11/9/2012 3:53PM

    I think 155 is a healthy goal. I'm 5'7" and my goal is 145. However, I think healthy is about way more than a number on the scale. I've been 145 before and it was unhealthy. All I was eating were cucumbers and chocolate milk. This time around, I am eating well-balanced meals and exercising regularly, so if I get to 145 again, I will still be healthy. However, I'm also taking one day at a time and perfectly willing to consider that I might be healthy at 155 and able to stop there. I think you're doing the right thing. 155 is a healthy sounding goal and you did choose that number for good reasons.

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JERSEYGIRL24 11/9/2012 3:43PM

    I agree with Alicia - tell your friend to shove it!!!

I don't know why people feel compelled to throw their 2 cents in. Sounds like this person may be jealous.

Actually, years ago I took aerobic dance classes (Jacki Sorenson), and the instructors had to stay at an acceptable weight to keep their jobs. They would have weekend conventions before the start of each new session to weigh in and to learn the new routines. Anyway, the definition of acceptable was this: 100 for the first 5 feet of height and 5 lbs. more for each additional inch. Partial inches were rounded up, and I have NO idea how strict they were (i.e. did you lose your job if you were 1 lb. over your acceptable weight). One of the instructors told us that they would weigh in at the beginning of the session and spend the rest of the weekend pigging out.

I know I am rambling, but I recently saw that criteria recently in some other context. For me, at 5'10", that would mean 150 lbs., which may not be doable. For you, at 5'6", that would be 130 lbs. So it would seem to me that 155 as a goal is definitely not too low. Of course, I have never met you, but you look pretty good in your pictures, so I would think that 155 is reasonable.

You are right, you can't please everyone, so you have to please yourself (from Ricky Nelson's "Garden Party").

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SDLEE514 11/9/2012 3:41PM

    Congrats!!! and as far as your friend saying that, the ONLY thing you should be concerned about is your health and your health alone so if you've been losing it in a healthy manner, and it appears you are, than end of discussion. and congrats on the promotion too! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 11/9/2012 3:35PM

    You pick what you want for a healthy weight and leave it at that. You don't have to explain that to anyone!
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ALICIALYNNE 11/9/2012 3:33PM

    Tell your friend to shove it!

I'm a firm believer in going by how one feels in their own skin. Your ideal weight is the weight at which you feel your best. The number isn't the same for everyone, and it may not be within the "healthy" range on a chart. Every body is a unique organism.

Do you feel like you should lose a bit more to be healthier? Than yes, you should keep losing. Your body will let you know when you are in the right place!

And CONGRATS on the additional loss! WOOHOO! When does the 5% challenge end? You are so close!

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