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This Just Got In Ma Belly!

Friday, May 13, 2011



Get thee to a grocery store and find these immediately! Oh man - they are SO good! 120 calories for 5 "turtle-like" mounds of chocolate yumminess.

My officemate is the bestest sometimes. She brought these in this morning along with a couple other Skinny Cow chocolate wafer bars and let me choose which one I wanted.

I totally went for the turtles.

Chocolate craving fixed! Now I just have to work on the chicken wing one. Blargh.

Happy Friday!!!

  
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DHALYIA 7/6/2011 5:27AM

    For the chicken wing craving...al fresco buffalo chicken sausages. Yummy, just throw on some extra hot sauce.

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CHRISTINA791 5/20/2011 4:47PM

    Those look awesome! I love Skinny Cow stuff. I'll have to keep an eye out for those ones.

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COUCHDIVA333 5/18/2011 7:13PM

    i tried them too and LOVE them!!

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KRISTINKP 5/16/2011 8:55PM

    Those things are so yummy! I wish I had bought a box of them, but I just bought one baggie to try. I'm officially addicted to them!

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JOSIEISHEALTHY 5/16/2011 4:44PM

    Yummmm now I want some!

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YVETTE444 5/16/2011 3:30PM

    Oh. My. Goodness. LOVE!!!!
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GODDESSELLIE07 5/16/2011 3:20PM

    I saw those at my grocery store this past weekend... I was intrigued, but didn't pick them up. Maybe I should!

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SKINNYMISSKASEY 5/16/2011 3:05PM

    Those look awesome! Where did she get them from?? I've seen the ice cream but that's it. :(

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SEESTARS 5/16/2011 2:55PM

    Yum!

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NEWJEWELS4LIFE 5/16/2011 9:50AM

    Ooh I will have to check those out!! Chicken wing craving is a TOUGH one. I live in Buffalo, so it's a common one for me. Luckily JUST PIZZA makes baked wings. I am going to work on making homemade wings with the perfect bbq sauce or medium sauce.

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WILDMEDIC69 5/15/2011 5:41PM

    I bought some of those at our local Walgreens...they are incredible!!!!!

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ROXELLS_WARRIOR 5/14/2011 9:53PM

    SP needs a "like" button - no, a "LOVE" button!

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IGSBETH 5/14/2011 7:02PM

    They were giving out samples at my grocery store today!

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THECRAZYMANGO 5/14/2011 4:42PM

    That does sound like an amazing officemate! emoticon

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ERINEC11 5/14/2011 4:34PM

    I like the peanut butter wafer bar, it tastes like a nutty buddy....yummm

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STARGLADE 5/14/2011 4:31PM

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm turtles.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Skinny Cow.

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMM together again for the first time! (heh)



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TEENY_BIKINI 5/14/2011 4:14PM

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/14/2011 2:35PM

    Yummy! Those look great, and low cal!

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JENJESS48 5/14/2011 1:48PM

    Ooooh, I'll have to look for those! Thanks for sharing!

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REDHEADMOM2U 5/14/2011 1:40PM

    Yum, sounds great...I'll have to look for these!

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LAURIETAIT 5/14/2011 1:07PM

    Yummy! I love turtles.

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 5/14/2011 11:46AM

    I have never seen those before! They look so good!!!

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THEAPPLESASS 5/14/2011 10:42AM

  i love skinny cow- i just wish they didn't charge like $6 for one bag! i always have to wait until they are on sale!

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POLSKARENIA 5/14/2011 10:10AM

    These sound good - I don't often crave chocolate, but when I do.......

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KRISKECK 5/14/2011 1:20AM

    OMG i need those! Mmmmm...Thank you! Happy weekend!

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SNOOPYLUV85 5/13/2011 10:04PM

    Awesome - thanks! Have a great weekend!


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MICHSTATE 5/13/2011 6:43PM

    Those look yummy!!!! I am going to have to try to find me some!!!!

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CHICAGOHEALTHY 5/13/2011 6:31PM

    Seriously 5 for 120 cals? That's better than their ice cream sandwiches. Now the question is if I buy them , how do I make myself stop at 5?????

Have a great weekend!


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JENNSWIMS 5/13/2011 6:25PM

    Those look incredible.


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CHELSEYG29 5/13/2011 6:23PM

    Going grocery shopping tonight. Thanks for the tip!

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ON2VICTORY 5/13/2011 5:51PM

    I like Skinny Cow stuff, I can indulge a little without totally hosing my efforts...does that mean I can have twice as many if they are half the calories?? just kidding!

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LOTUSFLOWER 5/13/2011 5:47PM

    YUM!!!! Gonna get myself to a store immediately.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 5/13/2011 5:46PM

    NOM NOM NOM



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Winds of Change

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The pavement stretched out before me this morning, sun beating down, warm spring breeze in my face and through my flowing skirt, as I peddled my bike to work. I breathed in the smell of fresh cut grass and thought - this is the first scent of summer. And how beautiful it is!

I've been daydreaming all day about getting home tonight and sitting out in my yard with a magazine and an iced Berry LaCroix water, taking in the remains of one of the most beautiful days I have ever experienced.

It's making me emotional, these winds of change. Not just in the change of seasons, finally to something warm and sunny, but because I can see and feel and taste the change in me. The things that I have denied and shied away from for so many years. The thought that maybe, this year, I can begin to embrace all of those wonderful things that I have been loathe to experience because...I couldn't.

My dear Sparkfriend LOTUSFLOWER wrote the most beautiful blog today about everything she's looking forward to doing this summer. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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It brought tears to my eyes knowing that someone else has felt the same things that I have - the gorgeous summer days spent on the couch avoiding shorts, and bathing suits, and activity.

I AM a creature of nature. I love sunshine and lake breezes and the feeling of my skin turning brown from spending time outside in the warmth. And for far too long I have ignored this part of myself. I have literally kept her sheltered inside a dark hole and have not let her breathe the air she so longs for. But not this summer! I haven't sat on my couch in over 3 weeks now. And I like it that way!

Despite the scale's need to disappoint for the past few weeks, today I broke out my first sundress of the season - an item I bought to celebrate my 100 pound weight loss in April. When I bought it, it was still a little tight, but today I put it on and it is loose, and flowy - it fits perfectly. It has confirmed that regardless of what the scale says or does not say, my body is still in this fight. I am enjoying my day of spaghetti straps and bare legs - sunglasses still firmly on my head in anticipation of my trip home.

Here's to the beginning of the season! One of bikes and barbeques, running and reading outside in the sun, pools and ponds, hikes and lighter hair. I embrace my love for the great outdoors. The smells and sounds of summer. A smile on my face the first time I heard the familiar bells of the ice cream truck on my street this week. Gulls circling a picnic lunch. The roar of engines of cars that are just as happy to be out from under the dustcover as I am to be freed from my plastic covered winter windows.

I am anticipating my most active summer yet. Already I have cancelled my bus pass in lieu of riding my bike to work as much as possible. With the extra money I save, I can hopefully buy myself something fun! There will be swimming and training for a 10K in August. And I am just so happy that I am ENJOYING being outside, opting to walk 4 miles home last week on a simply beautiful spring day. It's refreshing for the soul, taking a moment to smell the blossoms and feel the breeze. I feel awake and am excited for all of the new opportunities that the season has to offer.

Wishing you all the best summer yet! Look for me on the patio!

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ALOFA0509 5/15/2011 1:40AM

   
Beautiful Blog!!! Rock On Sista emoticon

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LYNN2BTHIN 5/13/2011 3:32PM

    Congrats on how amazing you feel and getting to enjoy being that "outdoors" person that you deserve to be. I read your friend, Lotusflower's blog too....Hers was great also and I've now added her as a Spark friend as well. Thanks for sharing the link to her blog. I love the outdoors too but like you I sheltered myself from it a lot because of my weight. I have 143 lbs to lose and I hope by next summer that I will feel so confident as you do to want to do way more stuff outdoors! I can already tell a huge change in myself and that is with only doing this for 2 months so far and losing 17 lbs. I know you are a walk/runner of races and I'm getting ready to do my first 5K walk tomorrow.....so excited. Keep up your awesome-ness!!

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ELENA_DIEM 5/13/2011 11:57AM

    faaaaaaantastic! :)

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SHORTSGIRL 5/13/2011 11:32AM

    Its amazing that we deny ourselves the simplest pleasures of life. Love your blog emoticon

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MOMASAURUS 5/13/2011 10:54AM

    Thank you for making me smile... and wishing I were outside!
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TEENY_BIKINI 5/13/2011 10:40AM

    Wow. What a beautiful blog. The first paragraph alone was just so vivid. I get it though - and I am sure many people do. The old life is really gone. Isn't it? Sometimes I wonder I think - I can't believe I did this or thought about myself "that" way - after all, it's not that long ago that we decided to change our lives.

I am so happy for you. I am so proud of you as I am sure you are too.

Adventures await, beautiful. And you deserve every single one of them. Go get 'em.

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CALLIKIA 5/11/2011 2:54PM

    Me too! I feel as if this is just another opportunity for me to make up for every summer I spent hiding and cursing the heat instead of enjoying my life and the beautiful world around me! CANNOT WAIT! Not waiting actually. Every nice day we've had, I've been out in it doing SOMETHING - tennis, walking, running (only little bits...shhh ..don't tell the PT). On Monday I went to the sports store for a volleyball. My new goal in life? To have a car packed full of balls and equipment for every sport imaginable so we can all play together all dang summer! And muddy hiking boots (hence the immediate need for a plastic mat protector for the back of the car...one of the first accessories we bought! *lol*)!

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POLSKARENIA 5/11/2011 4:22AM

    The summer's here too, and it's wonderful. As soon as I am able (curreently post-op for abdo surgery) I will be out there on long walks, bronzing that skin to perfection, eliminating the pasty white for a while. On with the BBQs, long summery evenings... Come on SUN...don't let us down!!

Lovely blog - well done you!

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ON2VICTORY 5/10/2011 11:04PM

    we are finally starting to thaw out and I am actually beginning to believe that we are actually not going ot get hit with any more snow. I feel like i am crawling out of the weather fallout shelter and actually believing that it is finally going to get nice... I am with you, I cant wait for summer and how wonderful it is going to feel to get out and enjoy it!

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LOTUSFLOWER 5/10/2011 10:41PM

    YES for that sun dress and for the smell of grass and for opting to walk the 4 miles home, and for not taking the bus, but biking it, and for running a 10K this summer!!!!! I cannot WAIT for it, and I'm excited that we will be doing some of these things together -10K for sure and I'm gonig to try to get you out to Millennium Park one of the Saturdays this summer! Save me a seat on the porch and I'll bring a flower for your hair! It's been too long to ignore these parts of ourselves. Well, for me, discovering that outdoors "self", and for you rediscovering that woman within. I am SO darn proud of you for reaching 100 lbs. lost and give the scale the hand, that sun dress tells the story. emoticon emoticon emoticon

p.s. that picture of me with Marlo was from last summer, after my first 5k, can you believe it? I had already lost 40 lbs. too at that point. Thanks for noticing the difference, I feel like a different person too!

p.s.s. thanks for linking to my blog, you're the sweetest!

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JENNSWIMS 5/10/2011 9:51PM

    Congrats! Congrats for having a pretty dress that fits beautifully, congrats for enjoying the sunshine on your face, and congrats embracing and not fearing summer and all that summer entails.

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JLPEASE 5/10/2011 9:18PM

    Great blog!


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REDHEADMOM2U 5/10/2011 9:07PM

    Awesome!

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GARDENQE2 5/10/2011 8:54PM

    Great blog! Enjoy every minute of the summer! emoticon

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REDDIRTRUNNER 5/10/2011 8:21PM

    Me too me too! I came to this realization a few weeks back as well. How genuinely GIDDY I am for summer! Really being able to enjoy the fun of summer. I have avoided the water park with my kids forever. They have never been to a water park! This summer we are going! SO many things we missed out on, hating our bodies. It's so sad! I am so excited for you and your sun dress and your SUMMER! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAURIETAIT 5/10/2011 8:11PM

    I read your blog, closed my eyes and I could feel the sun on my face! Thank you because I'm starting to think summer will never arrive in WInnipeg. Can't wait to hear all about your active summer.

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SBHPATRICK 5/10/2011 8:07PM

    Perfect blog - I'm finally feel like I'm coming out of hibernation!

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SARAHSSUNSHINE 5/10/2011 8:07PM

    Absolutely! If you want this as badly as I want it, then you want it BAD! This is such a great, insightful, well-written blog post. This summer is going to ROCK, damnit, and we're going to enjoy every friggin' minute of it!

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SNOOPYLUV85 5/10/2011 8:05PM

    You rock! It's as if you knew someone needed to hear this. Thank you!

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ROXELLS_WARRIOR 5/10/2011 7:42PM

    I'm so ready to join you! Thanks for the sunshine today :)

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JENJESS48 5/10/2011 7:29PM

    I am feeling exactly the same way! Apparently spring fever has caught on here at SP! I busted out my peep toe shoes today for the first time this season. Gotta love it!

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CANNIE50 5/10/2011 7:27PM

    lovely emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 5/10/2011 6:59PM

    "I feel awake and am excited for all of the new opportunities that the season has to offer." I'm looking forward to hearing all about your journey & adventures.

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Bike Love

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

My bike's been on the street for 2 days and already she has a boyfriend...

I found her canoodling last night with this fine young Blue Boy.



I guess Spring Fever is really rampant this year. How about a little love for her owner???

Haha!

At least he's a Schwinn!

  
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MELISSAJANEY 5/13/2011 1:00PM

    Hilarious!!

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SHORTSGIRL 5/13/2011 11:07AM

    Very funny...love your pink bike. emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 5/8/2011 8:09PM

    hmmmm this sounds like a romantic chapter from "Gone With The Schwinn"...lol

ahhhh love is in the air...

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MARINO124 5/6/2011 3:15PM

    HAHA!

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KIWILVR24 5/5/2011 11:42PM

    emoticon too cute!

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LAURIETAIT 5/5/2011 7:03PM

    It is spring and love is in the air. I hope you don't have to find a home for a teeny little tricycle in a few months. As for you, have you had a good look at is owner? Maybe you can double date?

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FYREDRAGYN 5/5/2011 5:54PM

    Very cute. emoticon

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/5/2011 12:55PM

    LOL...Love it!

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LINJO66 5/5/2011 12:08PM

    Cute!!

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 5/5/2011 10:12AM

    Love that bike!!!!!!

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SLFRISBEY 5/5/2011 9:15AM

    Hahahaha! I am scared now, mine was hitched up next to the mobile puppet bike/theater! She's got a strange fetish if that's the case! Love that you're doing it! I think I am back on the horse so to speak tomorrow!

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-POOKIE- 5/5/2011 7:33AM

    emoticon Goodness!!!!

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POLSKARENIA 5/5/2011 3:32AM

    I share the aaaaah's for the bike - it must be her beautiful colouring....
As for her owner's situation - I'm not sure if hanging around on the street in like mode is the way forward for you ;-)

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MAMADWARF 5/5/2011 12:20AM

    when you wrote schwinn, all I could think of was Wayne's world: SCHWING!!! lol...

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CANDYGETNFIT2 5/4/2011 11:07PM

    I've got a bike almost just like yours! And mine's pink too! Ah, it's in the back of the garage! You've inspired me. I'm going to pull it out tomorrow and ride to the post office to get the mail! I hope it doesn't rain!

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LOTUSFLOWER 5/4/2011 10:36PM

    I think I have a crush on your bike emoticon

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MIQUEY73 5/4/2011 9:42PM

    Thanks for the giggle! emoticon

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KRISKECK 5/4/2011 9:27PM

    You. Are. HILARIOUS!!!!! HAHAHAHAHA! Thanks for making me laugh!

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THEAPPLESASS 5/4/2011 9:17PM

  bow chicka bow wow!

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CHICAGOHEALTHY 5/4/2011 9:17PM

    Love this post! You are too funny girl! I also adore your pink bike and am a little jealous. My bike is going in for a tune up tomorrow, I promise!
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CHICAGOHEALTHY 5/4/2011 9:16PM

    Love this post! You are too funny girl! I also adore your pink bike and am a little jealous. My bike is going in for a tune up tomorrow, I promise!
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KT-NICHOLS-13 5/4/2011 8:21PM

    Very Cute! We similar bikes - love the basket on the back. I need pull Big Yellow out of hibernation and make an appointment for her to get a tune-up.

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The Language of Losing Weight

Monday, April 25, 2011

One thing is pretty certain in this journey - when you lose 100 pounds, people are going to notice. There's no getting around it. And in today's society, that also means that people are bound to make comments about it. Here are just a couple of things I've learned about how people talk about weight loss and what it can sometimes mean for the person on the other end.

Spark People aside, I am a person that doesn't like talking about my weight. I was brought up in a family who thinks that appearance is the ONLY thing to talk about and, unfortunately, it's really turned me off wanting to hang out with them. If you're like me in this regard, you know that family gatherings always revolve around a ton of food and then the subsequent guilt that indulging in this food brings. They talk about who's "up" and who's "down" and it feels like everyone is constantly being measured against the thinnest member of the party (most recently my aunt and uncle who went on some crazy pill plan to drop to their smallest ever sizes).

My last visit home was at Christmas at which point I was down about 80 pounds. And even at 80 pounds I felt like a disappointment. My mother had taken much pleasure in telling my family that I had been losing weight before they saw me, so rather than have my new appearance be a nice surprise, she had built it up to epic and unmeasurable proportions like she tends to do (I also come from a family of over-exaggerators) which meant that everyone walking through the door was looking for something. They were looking for the image that they had built up in their own minds about this phenomenal amount of weight that I had lost. I was trumped. How could I possibly live up to those grand expectations? After all - I am only human. So I came home from that trip disappointed and defeated over something that should have been joyous.

These types of people - the ones who like a good story and love even more to over- embellish - I call "The Storytellers". I find they like to talk about weight loss in those same exaggerated terms: "OH MY GOD, you're just wasting away!", "You're a ghost of the person you used to be!", etc. etc. But if you take a good look at those words and really analyze what it is they're saying, you'll notice that YOU aren't in there at all. It's all about the story, all about the build up, all about the pleasure THEY get from being associated with you - the newest fantastic thing that just happened TO THEM. YOU are not wasting away at all (if you're doing this the right way). YOU are perfectly whole, and healthy and wonderful. YOU are not a ghost of any former self. In fact, YOU are probably feeling fuller and more sure of who you are now than ever before. At least that's how I feel. So it strikes a funny chord in me when I hear comments from a Storyteller. What you must remember with these folks is that Storytellers want your story for themselves. Even though they may be close to you, they ultimately aren't interested in YOU, they're interested in the fact that you've done something amazing that they can now go and talk about to pump themselves up. My response for a Storyteller: I smile, acknowledge that they have made a comment about something I'm not willing to indulge in conversation about, and then expediently change the topic - usually to something about them, because they've always got a good story to tell about themselves.

During my whole weight loss process, I have shared an office with my co-worker who also just lost a pile of weight last year. She is now at goal and has been a big supporter of mine (she recently brought in another 3 bags of her old clothing for me) since the beginning. We have a couple things in common as far as the process is concerned - we both run, we both enjoy clothes shopping. But that's about as far as it goes. She lost the weight with Weight Watchers (a program I have been pretty upfront about despising since the get-go), and she's a vegetarian (another thing I find tricky since I LOVE meat and tend to eat a higher protein diet). She also LOVES to talk about herself and her own process and how all of it ties into my own journey. Not true. She often uses my weight loss as an excuse to talk about her own habits and insists regularly on telling me what she's eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner and what her weekly running schedule is, even when I don't ask.

These people I like to call "The Me Toos". I often find that these are the folks who will latch on to any aspect of your own success to take the opportunity to remind you of their own accomplishments. They usually refer to your weight loss in terms of "Congrats on your 50 pounds lost! When I was down 50 pounds...", or "You're getting small enough now that you need to watch out for this...". Some of it can be useful advice, but under no circumstance is my story anything like her story. I appreciate the heads up, but in a lot of cases, I'd prefer to find out things for myself. Especially since a lot of this is so new and wonderful for me. A Me Too might be jealous of your success. Maybe they were in the spotlight for a while and were receiving all of the office glory, but that has now faded and you are the one receiving the newest bought of accolades. Enjoy it! My response to a Me Too: Smile, give them space to talk about themselves for a bit, take the useful bits of advice if applicable, and then gently change the topic or remind them that you'd rather talk about something else.

Just today I saw a friend that I haven't seen in a while. He gave me a big hug and we had a nice long conversation about life and what was new. I could tell that he was itching to say something for the whole conversation, but it wasn't until the end that he finally came out with "OK, am I crazy, or have you lost some weight?" I laughed and said, "Yep" which he followed up with - "Well, you look awesome, but I didn't want to say anything!"

These are my favorite types of people. The ones who KNOW that it's socially bogus to talk about a person's weight, but who still acknowledge that a change has occurred. These guys are more than happy to say their piece (usually a very sweet and meaningful compliment) and then to move on with the conversation. They never pry for more information. They're just happy that you're happy. We'll call these guys "The Genuinely Friendlies" since that's exactly what they are. And they're few and far between as far as I've experienced since mostly I'm used to meeting "The Interrogators".

Interrogators pose as Genuine Friendlies at first, but the follow up conversation is usually a barrage of questions about what you're doing, how many calories you're eating, when you go to the gym, how many times a week you exercise, etc. etc. They treat you not as a person, but rather as a self-help book because obviously, YOU have the secret to success. Interrogators get mad when you brush off any explanation with sayings like "I just decided to change my life" or "I'm just eating better and exercising" since those aren't REAL answers in their mind. They want the truth! (And so sometimes you have to lie to give them what they want). Though I loathe the Storytellers, Interrogators are probably the worst type of person for me since I just don't like talking about it and they won't let you off the hook until you do. Methods for dealing with Interrogators: Smile, answer only the questions that you feel comfortable answering (which may be none), and then remember a meeting that you're late for.

So far I have been pretty successful in keeping people at bay when it comes to discussing my weight. (Spark People aside since this is my one and only outlet to blog and discuss at free will my whole journey and progress and I LOVE notes and questions and WOOHOOs from my Spark Friends). My general opinion on the matter is that it's really none of anyone's business - and I think by honestly thinking and believing that (and thus projecting that opinion and belief out to the world) people have left me alone. I know the comments are only going to get worse from here on out. What I have managed to do is highly noticeable at this point to absolutely everyone.

But the next time you encounter a person in your own life that is obviously working on themselves, be wary of which of these categories you fall into. Some people live for the positive feedback from others while losing weight, but you have to realize that at some point that's going to stop and people will stop noticing, and then you will have to get those positive kicks from other sources. Unfortunately, for a lot of us, our positive kicks tend to come from food. See the bad cycle that starts? If you set yourself up to expect comments, but take away the need for them, you're setting yourself up for a much longer and more sustainable way of life without the need for other people to notice what you are doing all the time.

I think the media's over-saturation with weight loss stories, television programs about it, magazine articles, latest fad diets, etc. have only lead to a society that is obsessed with weight gain and the subsequent loss thereof. They've made this process, which is a very complicated and meaningful thing for a lot of us, into a 30-second spot on the latest entertainment program. A blip in time - not even a millisecond of that grand idea of "15 minutes of fame" - which even in its entirety, if compared to what we're actually doing here, is just completely ridiculous. We're talking about LIFE, and they're talking about a quick entertainment fix. And if the media is talking about it, it makes it socially acceptable to make comment about it to the people it affects without any regard to the real issues at hand, the amount of hard work and dedication that it takes, or the actual PEOPLE for that matter. I don't disagree that we have a huge problem with obesity in America, and certain topics NEED to be discussed. But do yourself a favour and don't become fodder for someone else's water cooler conversation. You're worth WAY more than that!

The more we invest in ourselves and our own process, the less we need by way of other people to create our success for us. We have the power within ourselves to feel and to know when we're doing great. Sure it's nice to be acknowledged every once in a while - and the people in your life who are important and who matter will take care of doing that for you (along with a few great Spark Goodies from some wonderful Spark Friends). But ultimately, it's all YOU baby! All the way to the top. Have faith and believe in yourself and the battle is already half-won.

  
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DUNLAPMOM 5/16/2011 10:14PM

    emoticon Thank you so much! Beautifl blog! I am new here and was blog stalking and came across yours, I dont know what catigory i fall under because i am so new to this but.....I am definatly more informed after reading this! Congrats to your success. You worked hard for it!

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YAZZY010 5/5/2011 10:16PM

    super awesome blog!

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STARRYGREENJEN 5/5/2011 12:16AM

    Im really grateful for this post. I needed to be reminded that even when I reach goal, things will not just be magically perfect.

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MUPP1970 5/3/2011 8:28PM

    Very well said... perfect! Thanks for sharing.. and BRAVO to you!

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TOYOUBETHEGLORY 5/3/2011 1:02PM

    I don't just like this blog...I LOVE this blog. Everything you said is so true and so right on!!! Thank you soooooo much for posting it. This is exactly what I needed to read. I am glad that I am not the only one who feels this way.

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CREATINGAMANDA 5/3/2011 12:43PM

    I love, love, love this.

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MESEATURTLE 5/3/2011 8:13AM

    Excellent blog!!!! My best friend is a "me too".... I just figured now ...
U have it dot on!!!!

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NSMOOMAA 5/3/2011 7:37AM

    Awesome and very insightful. I am back at Spark People after a month away..no good excuse. You are an inspiration and your thoughts rtae so rel and honest. I can identify with you.
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AML05030 5/2/2011 11:04PM

    I think there is another group that I shall call the a sub interrogators group: the EXCUSES. They are interrogators who not only won't take the little advice you give them, but also complain about their own weight predicament but also refuse to see or even try to fix their predicament. They imply that you must have so much money to buy healthy food, or soo much time to work out and how "they can't so that because of school... Because of work... because of baby [insert name]...." They are "Me toos!" mixed with "Interrogators" mixed with bad vibes. It's sad how many of them I have met.

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FOREVERFAYE 5/2/2011 5:59PM

    Loved this blog!

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MARIE_S 5/2/2011 1:41PM

    awesome blog! It can be hard enough to figure out your own feelings/motivations for weightloss without feeling obligated to explain it to others. I agree it should be a personal subject.

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SHELLYBABE2 5/2/2011 8:11AM

    Thanks for sharing, have you always been so wise? - gonna use a few tips to get around the interrogators/storytellers in my life, not gonna feel so drained the next time it happens to me!



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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 5/1/2011 6:49PM

    Great post. Thanks for sharing

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REDVELVET21 5/1/2011 11:09AM

    Your blog was right on time for me!!! Thank yOu!!!

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KATEINMICHIGAN 5/1/2011 10:33AM

    Self-gratifying? Pah. Sugarbaby seems to have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed.

I think I may have to bookmark this, because it's SO TRUE! I started to read about Interrogators who treat you like a self-help book, not a person, and I literally said aloud, "YEAH!" I just can't believe how perfectly you nailed this.

Woot! xoxoxo

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/1/2011 8:17AM

    Great read on a Sunday morning with my coffee. I hate talking about it too.

"usually to something about them, because they've always got a good story to tell about themselves." LOL. Too funny.

I seem to live around a bunch of interrogators... never thought to say I had to go to a meeting.

Excellent blog, gorgeous.

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SHRUTI_SARAOGI1 4/30/2011 1:29AM

    Great blog! I understand exactly what you mean! In India it's very common for people to comment on your weight openly. It doesn't matter if it's your immediate family or a relative u haven't met in 15 years, they all feel they have a RIGHT to comment on your weight, your skin, your clothes and about everything else there is about you that they can talk about. Everyone feels its their DUTY to lecture you on how you should "take care" of your health, skin and clothes. It's very annoying. It doesn't matter if the person giving you the advice is so fat that they can't manage to get off the couch by themselves, they can still lecture you. I have lived away from my family for about 7 years for my graduation and post graduation and every time I come home, for the first day ALL everyone talks about is whether you have lost weight or gained weight. They actually make you turn around a couple of times to CHECK you out!! Good thing you are not in India or you would have definitely killed a few hundred people by now. emoticon

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SUGARBABY60 4/30/2011 12:20AM

    well if it is compliments on your wt loss that you don't need lets try for no compliments on this blog...I found it selfish and self gratifying... but that is only my opinion.

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STEPH-THE-WOMAN 4/29/2011 11:29PM

    Absolutely right. Well said! It's all about awareness so that you can learn how to handle inappropriate comments and selfish people. It's funny to observe reactions or behavior of some people once they know that you know how disingenuous they are....lol.

Excellent blog!

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MADIECATJEN 4/29/2011 6:06PM

  what a great blog, you hit the nail on the head and I have been struggling with these characters and myself. Thanks again for blogging!

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PIKARA 4/29/2011 4:42PM

    Great Blog!

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FYREDRAGYN 4/29/2011 3:18PM

    This was a wonderful blog. Thank you SO much for posting it.

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TEAM-SARAH 4/29/2011 3:17PM

    For the most part I totally agree! It's great when people notice and congratulate you... not so great when they want to pick it apart. For me, it all depends on who it is. There are certain people I'm close who I want to discuss these things with. But... weight loss is just something that's happening as a side effect of me changing things in my life... I am not my weight loss. I am not my diet, I am not my exercise routine. I'm happy to pass along wisdom and help to those who ask... but I can always tell who really wants to know and who is just being nosy.

... what I really hate is when someone seems to genuinely want help and then I tell them what I'm doing and WITHOUT FAIL, 99% of the time there's a total look of disappointment. Like... they were hoping I was going to tell them about some magic pill and instead I told them it's hard work. At least at that point they shut up and we move on... Great blog :) Thanks for sharing.

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JAICAI 4/29/2011 2:35PM

    Love your blog, very motivating, especially the last paragraph. You're right, I don't need others to tell me I'm doing great, I know I am. Thanks! emoticon

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MARATHON_MOM 4/29/2011 2:04PM

    Great blog!

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TARANITUP 4/29/2011 1:30PM

    I LOVE THIS! soooo true, your categorization of these types are RIGHT ON! I have encountered all of them!!! One such Interrogator stalks my facebook so bad I finally had to remove her becuase ANY comment I made she turned back to my weight loss and questions about it :) (CRAP - did I just become a ME TOO?)

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ALANNAG30 4/29/2011 12:15PM

  Great blog!!! Love it!!

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MCJULIEO 4/29/2011 10:57AM

    Genuine Friendlies make life so very sweet!

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BEFITWALKING 4/29/2011 9:11AM

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. I too have endured some of those same folks who see begin to see only your weight loss and forget about the person you still are. Thanks for being so positive and helpful!

Much success to you!

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BOOTYLISCIOUS3 4/29/2011 7:09AM

    great blog

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  Perceptive blog. emoticon

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MEETNEWME 4/29/2011 5:37AM

  Yeah! nice one

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LOVESLIFF 4/29/2011 4:54AM

  Many thanks for your post. Needless to say we also need to look for those sorts of people in ourselves. I can identify myself in there too for sure. :D

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LACHELY 4/29/2011 3:09AM

    Girl thank you I have been here for a long time and i am working hard but i have lost and gaing back my weight... I feel just like you say in this blog!!! THANK

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DWILCZKO 4/29/2011 12:45AM

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 4/29/2011 12:16AM

    I love this blog. I have had many experiences with these types of people and their responses to my weight loss. You are so right, we can't let there prying affect our journey.

Congrats on your weight loss!

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COLD_GOLD 4/28/2011 11:40PM

    that is a great blog entry!

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CORDIA72 4/28/2011 11:13PM

    Every word you wrote is SO true! Thanks for sharing!

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GETTINCUTE 4/28/2011 10:31PM

  I agree with a lot of what you have to say and I feel the same way about people noticing the weightloss. It comes to a point where you loose so much that people are going to notice. Part of me want acknowledgement that I am working hard, but part of me does not want people to notice me or talk about it. Being overweight lends itself to the notice/don't notice me mentality. You're right! A short nice comment is the best.

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GOCYCLE 4/28/2011 9:41PM

    Very incite-full blog. Your concept of accountability (whether the spotlight is on you or not) gave me pause. I hope that I can remember your words when I need them...

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RUNJEWELRUN 4/28/2011 8:49PM

    Love it!!

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WELL-ROUNDED 4/28/2011 8:17PM

    You speak the truth, woman! Unfortunately, I have no choice but to deal with my storytelling mother. Ugh. I am so tired of the interrogators, who are usually looking for the magic pill that makes you slender. What I say when they ask me 'how I did it': One day my switch flipped, my resolve to change my lifestyle was solidified, and I have enjoyed working hard at it every day since.

Great work and keep writing your insightful blogs!

Kathy

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BARCLE 4/28/2011 6:57PM

    Loved this blog. You have encapsulated the types of people encountered on a weight loss journey just perfectly! I really enjoy your writing style; you've certainly got a real way with words.

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BRAVACHASER 4/28/2011 6:05PM

    No kidding! Great Blog! Keep up the good work!

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1 Year of Spark (And 100 Pounds Lost) - A Celebration

Friday, April 15, 2011

Today has been a pretty incredible day. And yet - it's been just a day like any other day. And I guess in a way, that's what makes it so wonderful.

I stayed up late enough last night to see the midnight hour roll over and officially ring in my One Year Sparkversary before heading to bed. After a good night's sleep I got a knock on my door at 7:15am - Peapod with my grocery delivery for the week. I put away my groceries and crawled back into bed for a few more minutes of shut-eye, my warm cuddle kitty at my side. When I finally decided that it was time to part ways with my flannel sheets, I padded to the kitchen and stepped on the scale. Here's what greeted me:



I ran for my camera and jumped on and off again. Yep - it was solid. Just one year on Spark and EXACTLY 100 Pounds lost. I did it. On the very day of my anniversary. It's serendipity at its best.

I wasted no time in logging onto my Spark Page and updating my status. And that's when it hit me. As I typed: "IT'S OFFICIAL!!! I've lost exactly ONE HUNDRED POUNDS in ONE YEAR on SPARK!!!" I burst into tears. In fact, as I'm writing this, I'm still getting teary eyed just looking at those words. One hundred pounds. And a whole year of doing something that I never thought would happen for me.

All of those moments when I was at my absolute rock bottom, when I had lost all hope of ever being able to dig myself out of the obese hole I was in, never in a million years did I ever imagine that I would accomplish what I just did today. I never thought it was possible to stick to losing weight for a year - my longest previous attempt was about 3 months. And 100 pounds? Forget it! That was a fictional dream number that was only attainable in my worst nightmares of starvation, deprivation and personal torture.

So how did I do it? Well - it's pretty simple actually. For the past year I have:

Enjoyed fries & cheeseburgers, drunk too much wine, lazed around on the couch all day on Saturdays, partied with friends, ate pretzels and drank beer & gluewein in Germany, stayed up way too late, woke up way too early, feasted on my family favorites at Christmas, snuck extra cookies off the cookie tray, ate a giant double chocolate cupcake for my birthday, slept in when I should have been exercising, consumed too much salt, and enjoyed the heck out of every single bit of it!

But I didn't do all of that stuff every single day. What I did do (almost) every single day for the past year is:

Drank 8 or more cups of water, tracked my nutrition religiously in the Spark Tracker, weighed and measured (both my food and my body), took up swimming, took up Zumba, took up running, learned that I LOVED all three of those, reveled in a good night's sleep, ran races, walked EVERYWHERE in Germany, took a run on the morning of my 30th birthday because I could, documented my journey with photos and blogs, made new friends, went to therapy and had some major psychological breakthroughs, supported my friends, went running on Christmas Day because I could, gained confidence and determination, and enjoyed the heck out of every single bit of it!

The biggest realization over this past year, however, is that I haven't changed. I am still the same person that I have always been, and losing weight and Sparking for a year hasn't taken any of that away. The reason I had so much fear about starting a weight loss plan a year ago was because I thought it would mean that I would have to give things up...and not just THINGS, but pieces of myself. But with Spark I have not sacrificed. In fact - I have only gained. I've gained friends, and support, and knowledge and courage. And all of those things that I have gained have made up so much more than 100 pounds of weight. I may be smaller in body - but I am not smaller in spirit. I am FULL of happiness.

Thank you to Spark, and thank you to all of my Sparkfriends who have followed me and supported me along the way. You mean the world to me and I look forward to celebrating many more momentous occasions with all of you. Stay tuned for my official 100 Pound Blog which I plan to post soon after another fun photo shoot with my friend Greg (my official reward for getting to where I am now). My Year of Ones continues with my push for Onderland - only 13 pounds away! I'll also be running my first 10K, first 15K and will hopefully hit my goal of leaving behind Obesity forever.

I have a long way left to go - I have 100 pounds left to lose. However, I'm content that this is my life now and however long it takes me to get there is what it will take. I know that if I keep doing what I'm doing, the weight WILL come off. It has to. I'm not giving it any other choice. But I'm also not giving up any of the fun I've had this year. Every cupcake, every beer, every morning sleeping in was totally worth it. As was every run, every swim, every day within my calorie range. I'm living my life, one day at a time, to the best of my abilities. And I'm enjoying the heck out of every single day of it!

  
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DIHEALTHYHAPPY 7/8/2011 9:58PM

    Congrats! You have a lot to celebrate!

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COMPUCATHY 7/8/2011 8:50PM

    Congratulations! Tomorrow is my one-year Sparkversary and I am doing a search for good ideas of ways to celebrate. I love your idea of staying up and ringing in the day at midnight! I'm going to do that! I'm so excited. I've lost 67 lbs this year...and am over half-way to goal. Thanks for the inspiration! Spark on! emoticon

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BRUCE1963 4/29/2011 12:42AM

  Good job! Congratz!!!!! emoticon

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LEIGHANNE25 4/27/2011 5:50PM

    Congratulations!!! I have nearly 100lbs to lose and its very inspiring to hear it really CAN be done, and without pills or surgery. Great job!!

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SARAWALKS 4/27/2011 1:05PM

    Jen, this is wonderful! emoticon emoticon
Somehow I got unsubscribed from your blog...but now I'm back...glad I made it in time to celebrate your sparkversary!
Here's to a wonderful trip into onederland! emoticon

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AMELIASEWS 4/27/2011 12:10PM

    Congrats! Way to go!

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WENDYBIRD_ 4/27/2011 12:00PM

    congratulations on your success! I really appreciate your honesty and candor, it's really refreshing to see someone able to lose weight and not lose themselves and acknowledge that every cupcake was worth it in addition to every run.

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LOVINGMYSELF101 4/27/2011 11:54AM

    I was 313 in January, now 290, and reading your story gives me so much hope. You have really made some life changes, and you should be oh so proud. I am proud of you. How do you congratulate someone that has put in a year of work and actually lost a whole 100 lbs? If I could, I would buy you a rose for every pound you lost. Here's a dozen anyway...

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You deserve a big WOOOO HOOOO!!! Too! (((HUGS))) -Rose

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EJMULLER 4/27/2011 11:39AM

    Congratulations! (I'm reading your back entries. Not stalking. Really.)

You are my hero - I hope to be where you are in a year. I've got over 100 pounds to lose too, and I hope I can write an entry like this in a year or so.

Thank you!

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SARAHSSUNSHINE 4/27/2011 10:44AM

    Congratulations! This is SO wonderful, and I'm so happy for you!

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HAPPY_ME10 4/27/2011 10:39AM

  This is such a fantastic blog. I don't even know you and I am so proud of you!! I only became a member of the Spark Community yesterday and it is people just like yourself who are motivating me. Whenever I feel the urge to snack on something I shouldn't, or feel down-hearted as if I can't reach my goals, it's people like YOU who will come to mind and inspire me to be the best that I can be.

Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic accomplishments and good luck with your journey!
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CORDIA72 4/25/2011 1:54PM

    Great Blog and Congrats on reaching your goal of 100 lbs lost! Thanks for sharing!

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KATNANA3 4/24/2011 2:06AM

    Wow! That is so awesome...You Go Girl!!

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KATNANA3 4/24/2011 2:05AM

    Wow! That is so awesome...You Go Girl!!

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JSPIN74 4/23/2011 6:53PM

    Congratulations on all the progress you've made this year, and finding it's still a life well-lived emoticon

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EMILYBBB 4/23/2011 3:29PM

    Congrats! I am so happy for you! What an inspiration! You go, girl!

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FREDDYB29 4/23/2011 1:41PM

    Wow. just lookin at that scale makes me envious. Although I'm not far behind you at 228. you give me hope!

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KIM1198 4/23/2011 1:17PM

    An amazing blog! Loved every word! It made me think of myself and where I want to be in a year! Congrats to you!

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BRIGET66 4/22/2011 7:51PM

    wow..what an amazing job you've done!
I wish you nothing but continued success...100 lbs is no easy feat. But you did it!!
Yeahhhh you!!

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ALLISASSYFRASSY 4/22/2011 4:11PM

    Love it!! Keep your positive motivation! emoticon

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MOMRUN4HEALTH 4/22/2011 12:43AM

    Great Blog....I actually cried when I could feel your excitement coming right off this page. Congrats and Good luck on your future weight loss....Though you won't need it!! I feel inspired to stay on track and lose my weight too!! Thanks for the boost I needed it!

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ITALIANSPYCE 4/21/2011 10:50PM

    Fantastic...I could imagine the anticipation when you stepped on the scale and how poetic it must of been to have such a big loss on such an important day...koodoos spark sister!!

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TINYDANCER 4/21/2011 3:14PM

    what a beautiful post. It brought tears to my eyes too. Congratulations beautiful.

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GREENMAMA 4/21/2011 2:14PM

    Wow! Thanks for the inspiration! I love your balanced approach.

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69NURSE 4/21/2011 2:06PM

    Needless to say, your blog brought tears to my eyes as well. I love success stories - not just of weight loss, but of life lessons. It is super when someone realizes life is worth living and you can do just that and still eat healthy, be stronger and more fit no matter what age you start your journey. I started my journey at age 61 and I didn't have nearly the obstacles you have dealt with, but I still am happy to be 20#s lighter and able to do 2 sets of 15 modified push-ups....LOL Enjoy this great success and the joy it brings. YOU DESERVE IT. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SASSYJAERAE 4/21/2011 2:02PM

    Congratulations!!! Keep up the great work!

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 4/21/2011 1:18PM

    Amazing accomplishments!

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MICHCLEARY 4/21/2011 1:18PM

    A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. What a great blog! Congrats and keep on going!

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TWOBOYS3503 4/21/2011 1:16PM

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOUR POST!!!!

Congratulations are definitely in order and well deserved.

Keep up the great work!!!

A true inspiration, indeed!!

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MARATHONBOUND 4/21/2011 1:10PM

    Amazing post!!!! You are AWESOME! emoticon emoticon

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MARMAT23 4/21/2011 12:46PM

  You sound so young, so happy, and so very, very full of life. Good for you. I need to read these blasts of excitement to recreate the love of life within myself. Thank you for sharing your success and your bubble of energy. You inspire me!

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WIZBANGLIZZY 4/21/2011 11:52AM

    Congrats on the success!!! GREAT JOB!!!! You are such an inspiration :)

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CARLA-216 4/21/2011 11:49AM

    Congratulations on your remarkable achievement!

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    Fantastic! Congratulations! emoticon emoticon

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KARLYNCANDOIT 4/21/2011 11:38AM

    emoticon You are a success story!!

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HELEN_BRU 4/21/2011 11:33AM

    Good work . . . great results!

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JOYMEDSALE 4/21/2011 10:06AM

    How wonderful! Congratulations! You are a great motivator for the rest of us!!

How proud you must be!! Woo Hoo!

There are not enough good adjectives to describe how great an accomplishment you have achieved.

Keep it up! Thanks so much for sharing!

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SHARON-MARIE 4/21/2011 8:23AM

  I love you attitude, Jenn! Wow

Congratulations on all your hard work and its results!

Be blessed,
Sharmie

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JODIWHITE19 4/21/2011 12:29AM

    Congrats!! wonderful blog!! Truly inspirational emoticon

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CHICAGOHEALTHY 4/20/2011 11:39PM

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I am so proud of you! Did you play the lottery on Friday? I mean really 100 lbs on your 1st Anniversery! What a day. Definitely serendipity at its best!

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THICKS4U 4/20/2011 11:04PM

  Great Job! I really enjoyed reading your blog. Your comments were real life and powerful. Anyone striving to lose weight should be inspired. Deprivation is not the answer, living each day to the fullest, making positive changes in eating, exercising and journaling is the answer. You inspired me to stay focus and have fun doing it! Eat a cupcake every now and again! emoticon

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THICKS4U 4/20/2011 11:03PM

  Great Job! I really enjoyed reading your blog. Your comments were real life and powerful. Anyone striving to lose weight should be inspired. Deprivation is not the answer, living each day to the fullest, making positive changes in eating, exercising and journaling is the answer. You inspired me to stay focus and have fun doing it! Eat a cupcake every now and again!

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JERSEYGIRL24 4/20/2011 10:22PM

    Very impressive. You should be extremely proud of yourself

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LADYANDREA2012 4/20/2011 10:12PM

    emoticon Great, inspirational Blog!!!! Your journey sounds great!!! Keep it up and keep sharing with us. I hope you do not mind: I added you as my friend!!!

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TRFHMS 4/20/2011 9:21PM

    This was an inspiring post for someone who is just starting this journey. Thank you!

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SHARILEE_OHIO 4/20/2011 7:23PM

    Congratulations

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ROYALTY1022 4/20/2011 6:11PM

    Enjoyed reading your blog and thank for sharing your amazing journey. Congrats on reaching your current goal and must success in the future. Peace... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BELLASMOMMY2008 4/20/2011 6:09PM

    Wonderful story!!! GREAT JOB GIRL!!!

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BELLATRIX1224 4/20/2011 6:08PM

    great job!

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