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Benefit Events and Black Dresses

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Some of you may recall these pictures I took of myself all dressed up for a benefit event with my theatre company in October of 2010:





I was just down 50 pounds at that point and feeling like a queen. I had received a ton of compliments at the benefit and I was feeling really great.

Flash forward 6 months to tonight and another benefit event. Different black dress, but another overwhelming night of compliments and praise from people who, in some cases, haven't seen me in the last 50 pounds:





In so many ways, I feel like exactly the same person I did (almost) 100 pounds ago, so it surprises me sometimes when people make a huge deal about how much I've changed. I guess the difference this time is that while my body is clearly changing on the outside, who I am on the inside is very much the same and only getting stronger.

There is one person in my life right now who keeps making reference to the fact that I'm "a mere shadow of the person I used to be" - to which my response is - I'm not a shadow at all! Though I know he means it in good spirit, it sounds like such a negative thing - to be only a shadow of your former self. I may be smaller in body, but mightier in essence - there is nothing about ME that is fading away, I can promise you that.

I have said it before that I believe that one of the reasons people struggle with weight is because being big gives us the PLACE in the world that we so desperately need. Physically, we are present because we take up (more) space. When we begin to lose the weight, we need to compensate for that physical space that we're also losing. If your spirit and essence and personality DON'T grow to fill that space, then I don't believe you can be successful at keeping the weight off because you are neglecting yourself and the space every human needs to feel present in the world. The fact that I DON'T feel any different now than I did 50 pounds ago tells me two things: 1 - that I was ready to make the journey in the first place, and 2 - that I have done a good job so far about compensating for my physical loss of space with growth of spirit. With any luck, that will be all I need to see this through to my ideal way of life at a weight that is comfortable and healthy.

But for tonight I will continue to rejoice in my physical accomplishments - cause damn, I DO LOOK GOOD emoticon YAHOO!!!

  
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KMKILROY 4/18/2011 3:19PM

    You're in inspiration!

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AUBRAZILLA 4/18/2011 12:23PM

    What a cute chin!

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ANDREA963 4/15/2011 10:33AM

    LOOK AT YOU!!! You do look damn hot! Great job woman!!!

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AMBERLEIGHM1 4/12/2011 10:04PM

    I came across your blog late but I wanted to congratulate you on losing the 100 lbs and making that important connection with yourself. I view the journey as a complete mind/body/spiritual experience and plan on enjoying it to the fullest. Thanks for sharing your journey. You look fabulous, celebrate and I hope you had a wonderful evening.

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MORELIE 4/9/2011 5:27PM

    You look wonderful! Hey, I have a formal thing next week, can I borrow your dress? :) emoticon I found it very eye opening about people saying "you're a shadow of your former self" when in reality, the real you is growing - you're growing into yourself, who you're supposed to be. Keep up the good work!

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MARINO124 4/8/2011 8:27AM

    Interesting how you explain that we are emptying one aspect of ourselves by physically loosing "space", but in order to keep balance, we need to fill another space of ourselves. This is totally in line with your concept of mind-body connection. And so inspiring! Thanks for the food for thought, yet again! And way to go on your success! Enjoy the compliments, they are well deserved! emoticon

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LEIAFRUMA 4/7/2011 5:55AM

  You look amazing - but what strikes me the most is the sparkly clarity in your eyes! Yay you!

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SNOOKUMS19 4/5/2011 6:45PM

    Enjoy your evening! You look beautiful! emoticon Live, Laugh and Love. I think you are 3 for 3!

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KSTARANNE 4/5/2011 3:40PM

    Congratulations you goregous Thang :)!

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RSADANCINQUEEN 4/5/2011 2:57PM

    Beautiful! Congratulations!!
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SHELLEY202 4/5/2011 2:07PM

    Way to go!!!!!

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MOMMASCAR 4/5/2011 2:06PM

    You have a beautiful spirit!! (and you look great in your new black dress!). Congratulations on your continued progress. Your success is so much more than numbers on a scale. Realizing your worth and coming to that place where you are happy in your skin......that is where it's at!

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LVCYHONEYCHURCH 4/5/2011 1:41PM

    You have so much to be proud of in mind and body!

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LAURIETAIT 4/5/2011 1:41PM

    You look terrific and really confident and at home in your skin. You rock!

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LMLOPEZ 4/5/2011 1:24PM

    Jen, you look fabulous and you even look like you feel more comfortable and confident. For your next dress you need some pops of color so you shine even brighter!!!
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TEENY_BIKINI 4/5/2011 12:59PM

    "I have said it before that I believe that one of the reasons people struggle with weight is because being big gives us the PLACE in the world that we so desperately need."

WOW! I never thought of it that way - but it is very thought-provoking. I love when you share you insights :)

You look beautiful, btw. Cheers.

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MANLEYSANDY 4/5/2011 12:55PM

    Gorgeous!

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JENJESS48 4/5/2011 11:03AM

    You are sooo gorgeous! Congrats on all the compliments - you've earned them.

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LOTUSFLOWER 4/5/2011 10:11AM

    Jenn, my beautiful friend!! You look beautiful, radiant, and your presence has totally changed. But yes, you are still YOU on the inside and you are amazing. emoticon

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KATYMACK 4/5/2011 10:08AM

    Amazing. You have such a beautiful glow.

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FREECANDY 4/5/2011 10:01AM

    You look amazing!

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THEAPPLESASS 4/5/2011 9:54AM

  your curves look soooo hot! seriously- you look gorgeous! have a great night!!!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 4/5/2011 9:45AM

    You look amazing, even your body language has even changed.

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CHICAT63 4/5/2011 9:35AM

    Woohoo, you look absolutely radiant !!!!

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PAMEDEN 4/5/2011 9:25AM

    Wow!! You look great! Well done, hope you enjoyed your evening.

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SLFRISBEY 4/5/2011 8:45AM

    Looking good!!! I love your confidence! You're a total rock star, don't ever forget it!

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REDHEADMOM2U 4/5/2011 8:26AM

    Awesome job!

I agree with the space thing...although I used my space as a reason to be distant...as I lose I have to compensate by being more outgoing...

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 4/5/2011 7:28AM

  You look fantastic!

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-POOKIE- 4/5/2011 6:35AM

    Yes, you look damn good!!

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Too Hot To Trot

Monday, April 04, 2011

Today was my last long run training day before running the 8K Shamrock Shuffle next weekend. I had decided that I was going to run 6 miles today and then put in 2 more short training runs this week. I woke up this morning pumped to "get er done" and made myself a big breakfast of a tomato basil omelette, toast and coffee (my secret weapon for long run days to keep me fueled and energetic since I don't normally drink it during the week).

Outside the sky was beginning to threaten as I laced on my shoes and slammed back a couple more glasses of water. I checked the weather quickly - at the time it was hovering around 45 degrees. Warmer than the weather I have been running in, but still cool enough for the running jacket over my tank (I thought).

The minute I stepped out the door I knew it felt warm. I debated going back inside and ditching the jacket, but I was already all tucked in and ready to go so I unzipped at the neck a bit and took off anyway. A mile and a half into my run I knew that was a big mistake. Already I was totally parched. I don't take water with me when I run and unfortunately the fountains in the park aren't operational yet. I opted to keep running, feeling the sweat trickling down my back already.

2.75 miles in I was fading fast. I kept telling myself to slow down and relax, but even at the slower speeds my body was tanking without water. At 2.9 miles I had to walk. As I slowed to walk I felt a wave of nausea pass over me. This is CRAZY I was thinking. I've never experienced this before. I peeled off my running jacket and tied it around my waist. There was a nice breeze at that point and just the cooler air on my body felt good. I walked for a half mile and then decided again that I would run. No big deal - I'll just run the other 3 miles now and call it a day. I still hadn't had any water, but I started on a second lap around the park. Another mile and a half later, I just couldn't go anymore. I stopped to walk again. Angry with myself now for not being able to run and not having brought any water with me I decided to head it home. I was able to run for another couple of short stints, but after the last jaunt of 0.34 miles, I was cooked. Quite literally. Sweat was pouring off my body, I could barely open my mouth because it was so dry, and my body was so weak I was having trouble even moving. I ascended the stairs to my apartment as quickly as I could and found my water bottle filled and waiting for me. As I made my way back outside with my water bottle and a grapefruit for some quick sustenance I caught the weather report again still on my computer screen. 73 degrees!!! In 90 minutes, the temperature had climbed almost 20 degrees. NO WONDER I was out of sorts! I sat and drank my water, ate my grapefruit and did some stretching. Still feeling faint, I decided to jump in the shower anyway to attempt to revive myself. Mistake # 2 of the day. I almost passed out in the shower - never fun - and then immediately started feeling sick again.

Now, after having had a big dinner, lots of water, and an evening of sitting at the rehearsal table for the show I'm currently working on, I feel MUCH better. It's still very hot outside, but the thunderstorms that have been threatening all day and that brought in the heat wave have finally started, so temps should drop again for tomorrow.

All I know is - if this happens again next Sunday, everyone running the Shuffle could be screwed. So far in my running life, I've dealt with the temperature dropping and managing to adapt and run outside all winter. That was a change that I grew accustomed to and ended up quite liking as I tend to run very hot anyway and never needed much more than a simple running jacket all winter. 30 degrees is the perfect temp for me for a nice, long, outdoor run. Now I suppose it's time to get used to the seasons changing all over again. I'm not sure I'm going to like spring much - especially when it throws random HOT & HUMID days at you from out of no where and since I have slight allergies which the warmer weather always likes to mess with. Heat on a runner's body all of a sudden is not something to joke about. It's better to warm up gradually - and quite clearly I wasn't ready for this today. Now I know what the runners in the Chicago Marathon felt a couple of years ago when it was over 90 degrees in the middle of October. I think I remember hearing that one person actually died from heat stroke.

So moral of the story kids - be careful out there as the weather starts to warm up. Sure it's nice to get back out on the roads again for people who have been running inside all winter, but for those of us who are used to running in cooler temps, let's all make sure not to stress out our bodies too badly and make for a gradual change to accommodate the fluctuating temperature changes! I should have planned for a shorter run today. It's disappointing when the weather doesn't cooperate with your planned schedule, but we all need to learn to make adjustments. I'm glad I didn't really push myself to run the whole way - it could have turned out much worse than it did. Even though I was "angry" at myself for walking, I have since forgiven myself knowing that the temp spiked that much while I was out there. We can only do as much as we can do and I think given the circumstances, I still did pretty great today. Just hoping for cooler, clear weather for next weekend!

  
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JMMANGEL 4/7/2011 8:57AM

  I'm a hot weather runner (my husband says my father must be an iguana); but my body temperature always runs a little cold. I always drink water before, during and after a run, especially when it is warming up. Have you thought about getting a camelback? I can't run with anything in my hands and it helps immensely.

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TEENY_BIKINI 4/6/2011 3:37PM

    Oh my! Your running stories are just the best! I know they are true - and it did sound scary - but dang you tell a great tale. [Thanks for making work interesting, by the way.]

I am just glad you are okay. I remember the stories you told about running in the winter too - you are some kind of warrior.

Go girl!!

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LAURIETAIT 4/4/2011 6:46PM

    I don't do well in he heat either. I usually try to run in the evenings during the summer. Hope you have optimal weather for your 5K. Take care of yourself.

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JENJESS48 4/4/2011 2:27PM

    Ugh, that's one thing I don't miss about the Midwest. Would a Camelbak slow you down too much on long runs? It may feel silly, but it could really help you out. I use mine when I'm even gardening for long stints and don't want to get a glass filthy, lol. Sometimes ya gotta look ridiculous to stay healthy. :) I'm so glad you're okay!

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MORELIE 4/4/2011 12:34PM

    I think you should congratule yourself on knowing your body well enought to know there was a problem, and not to have pushed yourself! Congratulaions on all your success.

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 4/4/2011 8:43AM

    Girrrrrl... you gots to be careful! of course I live in an area where it's 100 and windy which really fakes you out because the sweat evaporates as soon as it gets to skin level and you can be down and OUT before you know it.. drink drink drink!... as for you 8k.. you got it girl.. own it!
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LOTUSFLOWER 4/4/2011 8:09AM

    I'm sorry this happened to you Jenn. Hopefully the weather will stay sane on Sunday. I am glad you are OK and that you walked and cut your run short. That was smart of you and I hope in no way you feel bad about that anymore. I don't bring water with me when I run either and never thought about the consequences. I'm hoping for a gorgeous running day Sunday!! Love you.

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-POOKIE- 4/4/2011 4:47AM

    *hugs* scary, Im glad you are feeling better now x

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MERRIKATE 4/4/2011 12:22AM

    Scary, dear Sparkler! There must be ways to take water with you -- even a canteen strapped to your tummy -- as it's wayyyyyyyyyy too easy to knock your system into heart failure due to rapid dehydration. (Even merely walking in heat, or working on strength exercises at my air conditioned gym, I go through a litre of water at least in any given hour.)

Bet you can very promptly get used to having some kind of device with you & protecing your progress! Maybe take a boo at this site, where helpful tips may make a diff for your enjoyment of your excellent training:

http://running.abo
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(You may have to copy/paste)

You are such a smart person; stay safe too, please?

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REDHEADMOM2U 4/4/2011 12:06AM

    Glad you are okay!

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When It Gets Easy

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I've been in a weird and wonderful place for the past few weeks. But much like Alice's venture down the rabbit hole, it hasn't come without apprehension, fumbling around, and quite honestly, a deep seeded fear.

I find myself these days in that mythical place that every morbidly obese person only dreams is possible, but never expects to find. The place where all of a sudden, all of "this" just gets...well...easy.

I pack my lunches and prep my dinners, I have my running schedule, and Zumba classes and swimming nights, I'm managing at my job and not worried about what might happen if a cake shows up at the office, and I have my general plan for the week and how it's going to turn out - and most of the time, I'm not that far off. I'm LIVING! I'm living my life and nothing hurts. Nothing seems unmanageable, or insurmountable, or impossible. In fact, spring has sprung and everything is pretty damn peachy. Holy optimism, Batman!

And yet somehow I feel that just putting all that optimism and good sentiment down in writing makes me as vulnerable as a new blade of grass, ready to be crushed by a big, fat, farmer's boot. I feel like putting it out there in the world makes it possible for someone to take it away from me.

But only for a split second. Because deep down I know that no one's taking anything from me, because I'm not in a place anymore where I'm going to let them have it. I like my "easy". I've grown very fond of my "easy" and I'm getting quite comfortable in it. So to those that want to take away my "easy" I say - GO GET YOUR OWN EASY!!!

One of the major things that always held me back from losing weight and keeping it off in the past was this idea of "easy". I didn't think it was possible. And because it was so unattainable in my mind, I figured it was pointless to even try working towards it. It was too far in the distance to be seen - it could only be imagined. But that's the difference with Spark and the idea of taking baby steps. Not focusing too hard on the distant future and what it might or might not look like. For me, I know that I'm about to enter totally uncharted territory as far as my weight is concerned. But there's an ease that comes with that too because every day I live right now, I know that all I'm doing is taking it one day at a time, and that's all that matters. That's all I can control. Today is mine. Tomorrow will be mine tomorrow, and not until. And 20, 30, 50 pounds from now, I'm still going to be living - one day at a time. (And hopefully with as much ease as I've learned to enjoy these past few weeks).

It was also a shock to me to learn that exercise could also be easy - and that that's also OK! It's ok to "only run 3 miles" and then stop. That's putting in your time. You don't have to kill yourself with sweat every single day to be successful here. That's not a sustainable way of life. But that's also not the easiest fact to digest. As fat people, it is somehow drilled into our subconscious on a daily basis that the only way we are ever going to succeed in weight loss is to remove ourselves from the rest of the world, check into a ranch for 6 months, work out 8+ hours a day and eat 1200 or fewer calories to compensate for it. I'd like to say I'm living proof that that method couldn't be further from the truth. Especially if you can't afford to take a 6 month leave of absence from YOUR LIFE.

When you do it like that - check out for weeks on end to "deal with the weight" - integration back into a normal existence is often extremely unsuccessful. Your life is happening now - all of it. You can't just put certain pieces of it on hold to go deal with other more pressing issues, because what then happens is that the stuff you put on hold becomes the pressing issue. You have to live the whole thing - all at once. It isn't always pretty, but at least then the pieces all move together.

I have learned that I don't lose weight when I'm stressed about an issue with a significant other. Why? Because the weight part of my life is waiting for the relationship part of my life to catch up. I am one unit. All of my parts move together. Once I deal with the issue that's bothering me, I see a drop on the scale. And it's happened like that over and over and over again. Enough for me to know that this is now a truth with me. My psychological issues are intrinsically tied to my weight (and the gain or loss thereof). Learning to live a COMPLETE life with ease means that eventually my body will find it's own ease and will settle at a weight that is comfortable. And THAT'S a faith that I can get behind and continue to believe in.

8 weeks ago I dropped a day of running in my schedule in order to take a salsa dancing class. Calorie wise - they don't compare. I can burn up to 700 calories in one of my regular 2-5 mile runs, the salsa class burned maybe 200-300 calories if I was dancing all the time. But that salsa class was FUN. I made new friends and had a great time socializing. I also dropped 9 pounds in those 8 weeks - even without the running. I'd like to think it's because I was getting my social life in order, which is undeniably a huge component in everyone's daily existence.

Lesson learned? It's about the sweat, but not all of the time. It's also about the food and the friends and the job and the love life. It's about asserting yourself and taking what YOU want from life because when you feed yourself with what you REALLY want, you're not hungry all the time.

I'm a self-confessed, classic, overachiever. I have always defined myself by my accomplishments and how hard I had to push myself to get there. I took pride in my sacrifices. The greater the sacrifice the greater the achievement. But ultimately what I ended up sacrificing was myself. I was a person with a bunch of achievements but no real sense of who I was. I didn't have my "easy," and I certainly didn't have enough to show for all my accomplishments to fill in the missing pieces of the person that I needed to be.

It is only recently that I've learned that REFUSING to sacrifice is the bigger struggle and the tougher (and more worthwhile) accomplishment. That pulling ALL of my pieces along together, kicking and screaming and dragging them into existence, is what leads you to the "easy." Fighting the urges to kill yourself daily with strenuous exercise and lack of proper sustenance, both in actual food and meaningful personal relationships and a satisfying career, is the real challenge. Finding the "easy" is actually...really damn hard!

But it's worth it. And that's why we do it. Because it DOES exist. And you may be closer to it than you think.

  
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LOVEMYROTTI 5/2/2011 9:21AM

    Love This Blog...............................
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DANCINGBRAVE 4/17/2011 10:22AM

    This is such a great blog. Not only does the unattainable become attainable, it is actually within our grasp. The integration thing is diffucult but we have to make it work. Thank you for this.

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HEALTHRAY1 4/7/2011 1:49PM

  thank you very much for this blog....i WILL keep searching for that easy! emoticon

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STRUMERCAT 4/7/2011 11:20AM

    Thank you for taking the time to share this. So much of what you express rings true. Great job!

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MAKALANI22 4/6/2011 8:59PM

    Wow. Amazing blog! Thank you for this. I totally agree that everything is interconnected within us and have seen the same phenomenon on the scale when I've dealt with issues/written/etc.

Keep up the great work!

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MKARNOLD96 4/5/2011 10:20PM

  You are speaking my language, sister! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and insights!

Way 2 Go!! Wishing you continued success on your journey!

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WEDDLEACE 4/5/2011 10:56AM

    GREAT blog!! Thanks for sharing!

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4EVER21B 4/5/2011 2:11AM

    AMEN!!!

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GREENBEAN17 4/4/2011 3:22PM

    What an awesome blog. Thank you for sharing.

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 4/4/2011 1:58PM

    thank you for sharing - just what I needed today :)

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LETSLOSE11 4/4/2011 1:40AM

    I love your blog. Everything you said really makes sense. Keep up the great work.

Val

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RUTHDEN1 4/4/2011 1:10AM

    Thanks for posting. So true. emoticon

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35MOM2 4/3/2011 11:49PM

    thank you for posting.......

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BARBRUN 4/3/2011 9:11PM

    Good for you. Glad to hear it is easy and that you are the one making it easy. It's all in your hands, your brain and your attitude. It's great to mix it up and have fun. Live life to it's fullest - the easy way. emoticon

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LINDABENEDICT 4/3/2011 8:55PM

    Oh ...what a great blog ! So much of this rang true for me too. Thanks soooo much !

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COFFEESHOPGEEK 4/3/2011 8:48PM

    Great post! Thank you for posting!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/3/2011 8:39PM

    You've really given me a lot to think about. Thanks for writing this blog, because it really, really makes sense.

I know I've worked pretty d*mn hard in the past, but I was working against my body and not with it. And that can't work.

Thanks for putting some of your lessons into writing for the rest of us to learn from!

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CHATTIEGIRL 4/3/2011 8:18PM

    Hi KITHKINCAID;

Living life is a lot of ups and downs and as long as we go with the flow and have more good days than bad it will be great. The journey that we are on is always changing as our body changes and we look at life in a different respective. Continue with accomplishing your healthy life style. God bless and keep you safe. Learn from Spark people each day to help us along.

Joyce

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MERRIKATE 4/3/2011 6:43PM

    Wow and WHEW! -- thanks so much for addressing and neatly dispatching the lurking fear of the Easy's evaporating if we dare identify it out loud -- that has haunted me too, till now.
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LMMIMI 4/3/2011 6:41PM

    Great Blog - Thank You! emoticon emoticon

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JILLTBNAGART 4/3/2011 5:47PM

    Thank you!

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FUSCHIA6 4/3/2011 5:33PM

    I love it! Thank you!

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RUNANDRUN 4/3/2011 1:09PM

  So agree with you! It's easy to figure it all out in your head, but to actually live it? Hard, but so worth it.

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BELLEFAITH42 4/3/2011 12:38PM

    Incredibly insightful and just plain brilliant!

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BACKINNB 4/3/2011 10:39AM

    emoticon WOW you have answered alot of unasked questions. I wonder if it becomes easy if that means I am (a) not working hard enough now or (b) if i need to step it up. Thank you for assuring me that Easier does not mean less it actually means so much more......

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RAGIONERE 4/3/2011 10:22AM

  Great post! Thank you for articulating something that is often difficult to find the words to express!

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PAULINE1123 4/3/2011 8:53AM

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MOTHERUV2 4/3/2011 8:44AM

    You are right on the mark! I think for most of us the "easy" is right there.......within reach....in front of our noses....but it is buried in all of the muddle that you described above. What I got from your post is LIVE LIFE, BE HAPPY, DEAL WITH WHAT COMES ALONG AND THEN MOVE ON....that's when we'll find our "easy". Thanks so much for putting it into words that explain it so well. I am celebrating you today and the fact that you are in a good place!

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JPRICE217 4/3/2011 8:38AM

    Great blog emoticon

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CHICAT63 4/3/2011 8:14AM

    Love this ! Thanks for sharing:)

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USE2BWILD 4/3/2011 2:25AM

    Babe!! Have you ever read Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evonovich? (fun books) I just had to call you Babe!! (a huge compliment.) You are spot on!! This is beautifully written and very inspiring!! Your profile picture is adorable! Congratulations on your amazing journey! Continued success and much happiness to you! From, mcgee emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DWILCZKO 4/3/2011 12:45AM

  :)

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TOTALFOCUS 4/2/2011 11:25PM

    Great Blog!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 4/2/2011 11:04PM

    Great blog.. best part? "Lesson learned? It's about the sweat, but not all of the time. It's also about the food and the friends and the job and the love life. It's about asserting yourself and taking what YOU want from life because when you feed yourself with what you REALLY want, you're not hungry all the time. "... sooooooo needed that!! bookmarking this one for sho!
log.move.lift.sweat.repeat.

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1WOMANCRUSADE 4/2/2011 8:24PM

    Well said. I never believed "easy" was possible either, but after trying for so long I finally found it too. And its not just about food but the whole thing, being balanced, loving ourselves and living! Thanks for putting it out there. Great blog! And great success to you.


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REDDIRTRUNNER 4/2/2011 6:56PM

    AWESOME!! This is EXACTLY where I am in my journey too- right up to the "psychological reasons" for holding weight! I jsut wrote a similar, yet not nearly as well written blog, about how this is working for me. I sooooo agree with the holistic look at our health! GReat work on your journey! Keep it up! emoticon

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LANI62 4/2/2011 4:50PM

  Today is my first day and WOW!! You hit the nail on the head with balance in your life and how it effects your body. Great explanation..Keep up the good work!!

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LEIAFRUMA 4/2/2011 2:49PM

  Wow. Thank you for sharing this!

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BLUE_KARMA 4/2/2011 1:17PM

    This essay is almost as fantastic as *you* are!!! Thank you for sharing.
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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 4/2/2011 1:13PM

    Excellent post....Thanks for sharing....

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TURTLERASKIN 4/2/2011 12:25PM

    This is just what I needed to hear; congratulations on all your hard work!

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NANCYE43 4/2/2011 12:25PM

    Thanks for laying it all out there so clearly. I've experienced the same thing - when everything is in balance in my life, and when things are not. I'm looking for that balance now.

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PATTK1220 4/2/2011 12:25PM

    Easy is good! Thanks for sharing your great story!

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RIPLEIGH_MICH 4/2/2011 11:50AM

    Great post!

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IRISHLASS117 4/2/2011 11:23AM

    You've built yourself a nice place to live, Bravo!

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GRNBTL 4/2/2011 8:54AM

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TEENY_BIKINI 4/2/2011 8:31AM

    Right on!

I like easy :)

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ABRAMOS913 4/2/2011 8:12AM

  Reading this could not have come at a better time. Thank you. emoticon

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Furry Little Cheater

Friday, March 25, 2011

This is a fun little tidbit (quite literally) for your day.

I keep my scale in the kitchen because it's the hardest and most even floor in my apartment (and quite the deterrent from another trip to the fridge at night since I literally have to step over my scale to get to the fridge). I also keep the cat food in the kitchen. My little boy (cat) likes to chase, pounce on, and kill his kibble before he eats it. I attribute it to the fact that he was born ferrel and is therefore predisposed to "wild like" activity. I adore it, it's so cute.

Anyway, I have learned before that a HUGE scale drop in the morning usually means that there's a trapped kibble under my scale. So when I stepped on this morning and saw 214.2 (only a pound away from my 100 pound loss) I thought there must be something up.

Sure enough, I picked up the scale and sitting directly under it was a pink, heart shaped, cat kibble.

Thanks buddy. I know you love me, but mommy's not cheating with your food, regardless of how lovingly it was delivered.

Tee hee.





*However - I AM down another pound today which officially puts me at having lost 30% of my starting weight! A whole 30% - YAHOO!!!

  
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PAMMYLBEAR 4/3/2011 8:10AM

    Our cats have always been treasures. Your furry friend must be a hoot to have around. Congrats on the 30%!

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RAD062010 3/31/2011 12:36PM

    Awesome on hitting 30%....

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APMAC_D 3/31/2011 9:38AM

    Awesome WAY TO GO!!!

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MANLEYSANDY 3/28/2011 2:19PM

    Great idea to put the scale by the frig! My kitchen is too tiny or I would do it too!

Gotta love those furry friends!

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WYND10 3/28/2011 1:10PM

    Kitty!!!

That's funny :). Congratz on your 30% btw! You go girl :)

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ON2VICTORY 3/27/2011 7:47PM

    thats TOO funny!!

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ALOFA0509 3/27/2011 3:18PM

   
NICE!!! Congrats on the weight loss.. emoticon

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LAURIETAIT 3/27/2011 12:28PM

    Isn't it nice to know that whatever life throws at you, your pet is there to get you through it. Congrats on the 30%. That is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!

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CALLIKIA 3/27/2011 12:19PM

    HAHA! Mine is in front of the fridge too, and by the cat food. I have the same issues some times. ;)

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KT-NICHOLS-13 3/25/2011 7:49PM

    Love the little fury friends!

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JENJESS48 3/25/2011 7:13PM

    He's just trying to help! Pat and I had to move our scale to the office, underneath a cabinet that sits about .5" above the floor - our little Shadow kept sitting on it in the bathroom, confusing the digital scale and throwing it off. Silly creatures! But what would life be like without them? emoticon

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CHRISTINA791 3/25/2011 6:07PM

    Awww, he's a helper.

Mine gave me the shock of my life once. I was weighing myself on the Wii, and didn't realize the cat was resting his paws between my feet during the configuration part of it. When it did the actual weigh in, I was suddenly ten pounds lighter than I should have been. Nice to know we have their support!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/25/2011 5:59PM

    Cute story! Thanks for sharing!! I never was a "cat" person until a feral cat adopted us...now I can't imagine life without one! They do worm their way into your heart... emoticon

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VBPARROTHEAD 3/25/2011 5:40PM

  OH how I miss having a cat!! Even the "wild" ones love us and show us in such "kitty only ways". The last one that we ahd brought us a snack, a huge pigeon, and even a small cat fish from the creek on our property!

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SONGOFLONGAGO 3/25/2011 5:33PM

    Kibbles and Bits....Kibbles and Bits...I'm gonna get me some kibbles and bits...no. wait a minute, that's for dogs!!

Great blog!!...my little boy "Bud" helps me with weight loss by crying for food a hundred times a day forcing me to go up and down steps. He loves his Mama. emoticon

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KARVY09 3/25/2011 5:24PM

    HAHAHA... That's happened to me too!

Congrats on the loss!

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RICEOWL86 3/25/2011 5:15PM

    Be glad it was kibble--my baby left me a dead mouse this morning! Hope you and your little boy have a great weekend!

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SONNYG1 3/25/2011 5:14PM

    Nice!

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Does Going to Church Make You Fat?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

An interesting article in the Tribune today:

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My family always went to church when I was younger. I was raised on Sunday School and social church functions. My grandparents are still very involved with their church groups - my grandmother was the President of the UCW Club and Grandpa has always been an active member in the men's leagues. Both LOVE their sweets and high calorie church functions, that's for sure.

I think there is something to be said here about churches being tied to many people's social interactions and since food weighs so heavily in all of that with so many of us, they should be on a mission to make their congregations healthier!

  
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CORKY982 4/1/2011 2:59PM

  My church hosts a healthy living workshop every Friday afternoon/evening, and our functions have a mix of the healthy and the un-healthy. I think if you try and categorize what makes you fat, it should be expanded to more than church. It is office food, cafeteria food away at school, etc.

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ANNITAMOUSE 4/1/2011 11:42AM

    I am seeing a mix of fresh fruit and veggies alongside the cookies at my church. I love that the healthy choices are there, and am encouraged by the fact that the church is reminding us that our food choices are important.

Years ago, I developed an ability to turn down donuts at church because they were always there! That was a different church, and a younger, more active crowd. Maybe the healthy choices at my current church are a reflection of all of us watching our health as we get older!

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MEADSBAY 3/25/2011 6:19PM

    Oprah did a show on this when she got a letter from a preacher down south asking for her support.
Oprah brought all the church ladies to Chicago and did a fitness and nutrition makeover on them.
Wonder if she ever did a follow up show on them.
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ON2VICTORY 3/24/2011 10:00PM

    you hit the nail on the head. that is my biggest issue about functions at my church. we complain about being overweight then here comes the all you can eat carb blast. somewhere along the way, we need to get a clue. thanks for bringing this up.

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LAURIETAIT 3/24/2011 2:28PM

    Interesting article. My in-laws are Southern baptists. Food is certainly a focus at their special events and weight is definitely an issue for my sisters-in-law. I do think that they bring their attitudes about food to church with them. But church could be an excellent place to support a change toward healthy eating by becoming part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 3/24/2011 2:00PM

    Just this week I was speaking to a woman about her church functions and the high calorie foods they used to offer. Those who attended requested and then started bringing healthier options after they realized desserts had become the main course. Now they feast on seasonal fruit, raw veggies and an assortment of proteins. The desserts are still there but are not the focus.

When socializing, at church or other functions, often the food becomes the focus. It's my preference to focus on the people or task at hand instead of the food - the food should be secondary.

Thanks for sharing.

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LOTUSFLOWER 3/24/2011 1:49PM

    What an interesting article! I love that one woman created the fit ministry to help keep her congregation healthy. I definitely notice all of the sweets at church on Sunday, that is the only option as a matter of fact. Also at bible study there are at least 3 pies from Baker's Square set out. For me, I ignore all of it. It's just not worth it. Or I bring my own snack in my bag. I definitely think there's a link here, and also I would be interested in seeing how people in the Corporate world measure up - I've worked in an office job for almost 20 yrs. and there are always sweets, pot lucks, lunches, etc., and there is never a healthy option! I once worked at Sara Lee where sweets were encouraged in the mornings, all set out (and Sara Lee of course) - and with sitting at a sedentary job combined with the food, ka-pow, it's a double whammy!

Thanks for posting this. Gives me an idea for a future ministry at my church. I always thought it would be fun to lead Leslie walk classes there. LOL.

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