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Invitation Accepted

Monday, May 16, 2011

When I arrived at work today I was greeted with a walking invitation that I graciously accepted. A new found friend sent me an email saying that she needs to walk more and wanted to know if I'd like to join her. The rough plan is to meet at my office, have a quick bite to eat for lunch and then head out the door for a walk around the neighborhood. It will be a fluid schedule but a welcomed one at that. I love being able to add more movement in my day! I am also looking forward to getting to know my new found friend better.

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ERIKO1908 5/16/2011 11:09PM

    What a wonderful arrangement!! So much more fun & easier to hold yourself accountable when you have somebody to head out the door with!! Hope the arrangement works wonders!! Another benefit...with the lunchtime exercise there is less of an excuse for the mid-afternoon slump!!

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JENJESS48 5/16/2011 10:10PM

    That sounds lovely! Enjoy it!

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TEDDYBABE 5/16/2011 9:04PM

    That's great! You two will have a healthy lunch hour with good conversation! Happy for you!

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A 430 Calorie Cookie

Saturday, May 14, 2011

My Saturday's are consumed with Zumba and work. If I do both I allow myself a healthy lunch out. As I stood in line waiting for my lovely chicken ceasar salad in a spinach wrap to be made I heard the jar of cookies call my name. I casually walked over to them and picked up a peanut butter cookie to have a look see. I was actually shocked to read that this one loan cookie had a net worth of 430 calories. I almost dropped it like it was hot! I could tell it was soft and chewy and the smell of peanut butter gently took a hold of me like a warm huge. I stared at that cookie, dreamed of eating every morsale and then I put it back. I love cookies like Cookie Monster does but I can't justify a 430 calorie cookie on any given day.

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ENDUROVET 5/16/2011 5:33PM

    Good job! I succumbed to the allure of a sopapilla at our favorite Tex-Mex place last night - I had hoped my son would help me out w/it, but he had just eaten a HUGE burrito & said No thanks...

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KINSBAILE 5/16/2011 1:10PM

    I agree with you! I will agree to 170 - 180 a cookie but nothing more!

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ERIKO1908 5/14/2011 7:53PM

    I know just what you mean on it not working to throw it out every time...probably best you walked away in this situation. I found this blog interesting because I've never thought about throwing the calories away...only the food & the money. Reading this today "clicked" - I like it when that happens!! The thanks & appreciation of support is a two way street & you are welcome!!

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ERIKO1908 5/14/2011 7:01PM

    I think I found a blog today that could help with this cookie "issue":


This was posted by KATEINMICHIGAN today...interesting approach & mindset!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!! Happy Sparking!!

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Today I woke up feeling like I was 120 years old

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I am baffled and seek answers.

Why is it when I have to take a day or two off from working out my body acts as if I've never worked out a day in my life when I return the gym? SERIOUSLY?! This baffles me to no end.

I sought comfort on my sofa last night after I was plagued with back spasms and other "girlie" symptoms yesterday. At one point I was brought to my knees ... ya, not good. The Mr. knew something was wrong when I walked through the front door when I should have been at the gym. You see, I don't miss class unless I'm in severe pain, sick or out of town.

Today I woke up feeling like I was 120 years old and the day has just progressed in a fog. When I get to the gym tonight I anticipate my body will rebel as it normally does after a night off. It's like learning to run all over again. This is why I dislike missing a training session. So why does it happen? Why does it take me three days to recover after taking one day off? These are my unanswered questions.

Insert Here, Me sucking it up and running two miles and then going to my 60 minute Zumba class regardless of how I feel.

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ENDUROVET 5/12/2011 9:06PM

    So sorry to hear about your malaise but I can relate! I have really had to push myself these past few wks at the gym - mostly due to the fact that I MISS RUNNING so damn much!**
It really did my spirits good to crank out a couple of mi last Tues, hopefully I can at least do 2 or 3 short runs per week.
**No I've really felt tired & run-down too - trying to tweak my diet & GET MORE GOOD QUALITY REST!

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KINSBAILE 5/12/2011 7:36PM

    I think that's why I worry if I take one day off, I don't want to be like stiff and all that!!! Try your best do not hurt yourself!!!!

Love you!

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BBGYRL4 5/12/2011 7:18PM

    I wish that I have some answers for you but unfortunately I don't. Maybe you can speak to a trainer at your gym and see if maybe they have any answers for you. I hope that you have a good run at the gym though and that you have a great time doing Zumba.

Feel better!!

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Training Days

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Two days a week I schedule double workouts. I Run first and then I either have Zumba or Step class - it's two hours of sweaty fun (HA!). I thrive on the push. The momentum. The joy of getting it done. In the moment, however, I fuss in my head. Training Days are hard. Being fat is harder.

"I hated every minute of training, but I said, don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life a champion." Muhammad Ali, Boxer

Today I shall run 2 miles and then Step for 60 minutes. I'll end with a mile cool down by walking home. When it's over I will feel like a champion!

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KINSBAILE 5/11/2011 12:48PM

    You are absolutely right! You will feel like a champ! The push is something worth feeling! I really agree with you!

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TRENTDREAMER 5/10/2011 9:26PM

    "Today I shall run 2 miles and then Step for 60 minutes. I'll end with a mile cool down by walking home. When it's over I will feel like a champion! "
* Probably because u are one (in my eyes you are anyway).

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ENDUROVET 5/10/2011 6:16PM

    I am feeling much better - couldn't resist the allure of that empty treadmill at lunchtime & knocked out 2 mi...
I needed to do SOMETHING strenuous to knock my mind out of its mindless repetitions.
Best of all, no pain from R foot!

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JENJESS48 5/10/2011 4:28PM

    Did you see the poster in YOOVIE's blog last week with the following:

Losing weight is hard.
Maintaining your weight is hard.
Staying fat is hard.

Choose your hard.

I LOVE that and your blog totally reminded me of it. No matter how hard working out is - or how much I don't feel like it - staying fat is harder.

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May 9th

Monday, May 09, 2011

Today marks my 2 year anniversary with Sparks. I am healthier in mind, body and soul since joining SP. I haven't dropped much weight, but the mental weight I've dropped is monumental!

My mind has cleared on this journey. I see more clearly now that holding onto or engaging in a mental battle against myself, my weight and sometimes the world is wasted energy. Acceptance but not settling is key to my journey. I can accept that I'm "fluffier" than I need to be but I won't settle. I can accept that I'm not perfect when it comes to eating but I won't settle. I can accept that I don't always want to workout but I won't settle.

My body has changed on this journey. I used to weigh 325 lbs. and I now weigh 237 lbs. Yup, I dropped 88 lbs and I've fought for the past three years to keep that weight off. It has been a struggle because my body finally hit its breaking point and would release no more. As I found out, you can only abuse your body so much before it breaks down under the pressure. Yet, I'm stronger now than I ever was. I log countless hours at the gym every week because I enjoy it. I choose to walk daily when it would be just as easy to be carried. June 2010 I ran/walked my first 5K ... I did it on a whim. Since then I've competed in two more 5K's. June 2011 I will revisit the course from last year and Run ... it's a special anniversary. I learned to push myself in June 2010 - it was a turning point. In November I'll run/walk a 10K ... another turning point I'm looking forward too.

My soul has been cleansed on this journey. How could it not with all the other positives that surround me.

If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit

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WILD22 5/15/2011 2:11AM

    Sorry I haven't been on the computer all week:(
Happy Anniversary!! It will come. The acceptance and determination that you have found on this journey will help you deal with every part of your life. You'll be running the 10k in November!! You know how I know this?? Because you are one very determined lady. You are strong! You have found your voice! You are brave! You are a champion fighter!!

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ENDUROVET 5/10/2011 1:50PM

    Great post! I need to take some of your advice for myself...

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TRENTDREAMER 5/9/2011 10:12PM

    "My soul has been cleansed on this journey. How could it not with all the other positives that surround me. "
* Thanks for ur friendship. I really appreciate it.

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KINSBAILE 5/9/2011 9:00PM

    You are awesome. I wish we lived closer together!

You just don't stop trying and I love that about you!

We're just starting, you know? It's only going to get better!

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JENJESS48 5/9/2011 2:15PM

    emoticon job on your journey! What an inspiring blog. emoticon

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