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The Mermaid Series 5K/10K Race

Monday, November 12, 2012

This is my third Mermaid Series race. I've completed two 5Ks and one 10K with the Mermaids. It's a great course and organization!

As I've mentioned before I've found a fitness friend and we like to participate in races together. We have a lot of fun together and keep each other motivated. We tend not to take things too serious which makes for an easy going time.

This race we decided to have a little fun ... she made us tutu's. They are so adorable and fun to wear! We weren't the only ladies in tutu's but ours seemed to be the favorite on and off the course. YA!

We didn't race for time, more for fun. Even with that we both agreed that we are both in a place that running is a real option again. *SMILES*







It really was a great morning!
I am looking forward to seeing my finisher photo this time around. I was super animated compared to past races. :)

  
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JENJESS48 11/13/2012 9:16AM

    LOVE the tutu and the attitude!

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MAGGIE805 11/12/2012 9:59PM

    I emoticon your tutus!!! Sounds like you had a fun time and that the weather was picture perfect.

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PURPLE180 11/12/2012 9:06PM

    Cute pics...you look incredible. Love your smile. emoticon

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SGRAY478 11/12/2012 8:37PM

    LOVE that one of you in the field with the bridge in the back!

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MANLEYSANDY 11/12/2012 6:21PM

    So awesome and you both look beautiful!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/12/2012 5:54PM

    That's so exciting, and the tutus are SUPER cute!

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My new dress (Photo)

Saturday, November 03, 2012

With dwindling options in the closet and a wedding reception to attend tonight I headed out to try and find a new dress. I'm still training myself to walk away from the larger sizes so I had the sales person grabbing smaller sizes as I went along.

I settled on this dress in a Medium - I love it! The sales person said she was jealous of my curves. I even treated myself to new shoes which compliment the dress quit nicely.



*LOVE*

  
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BELAFUNK1985 11/12/2012 1:21PM

    WOW! KT you look fantastic... you are just the best motivation around. Congrads on looking amazing.
Oh... and I LOVE that dress

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RAYLIENET 11/11/2012 11:45AM

    You look amazing, gorgeous, strong, and healthy :)

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ENDUROVET 11/5/2012 10:41PM

    Awesome! You look fantastic babe!
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MANLEYSANDY 11/5/2012 11:25AM

    You look beautiful!

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ESHERRILL3 11/5/2012 8:26AM

    Snap! You are looking good!! emoticon

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ABB698 11/4/2012 3:24PM

    Look who's rockin her LBD! emoticon Go KT!!! emoticon

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JENJESS48 11/4/2012 12:10PM

    Absolutely gorgeous! And a medium to boot!!!! emoticon emoticon

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SGRAY478 11/3/2012 10:08PM

    Love your dress lady!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/3/2012 7:30PM

    I LOVE it! You look fatastic, and I think I have the same shoes = ) have fun!

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SANDYCRANE 11/3/2012 4:54PM

    You look great in that dress. Keep up the good work.

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Vacation and personal growth

Monday, October 29, 2012

The back story:
In April 2011 the Mr and I traveled back to Iowa to see my parents. Things went horribly wrong as tempers flew and feelings got hurt. It seemly came out of no where but had to originate from something. It suddenly became a family divided and I felt cut off - not only by the physical miles between us but emotionally. That weekend was never talked about, the phone calls were strained and came less often. On a deep level, I was sad about what happened and too proud AND hurt to deal with it. On the surface, I was angry.

I love my family ... more than anyone can ever begin to imagine so this pain I was feeling cut deep to my soul. STILL, I remained headstrong as did my parents. *SIGH*

Time was passing quickly and I could tell my mom was wanting, needing, me to come home for a visit but we remained divided. Finally, a high school reunion came up and tickets were reasonable so I headed home.

Not knowing what the emotional temp's would be I politely asked the Mr to stay home. I had to explore the waters and see if I could put 2011 to rest. It would be easier if I went it alone.

Today:
I left earlier this month for Iowa, admittedly I was still bitter but open enough to figure out what happened. Either way it went, I was going to let "it" go.

My first morning there my mom sat down with me and immediately apologized for what happened. She said they - her and dad - were out of line, abrasive, judging and misspoke at every turn. Internally I took a deep breath and then we talked. We didn't rehash details, we both knew what had been said but we did talk about it coming out of nowhere. It was acknowledged that the relationship had been strained since then and that she missed me. Her apology meant more to me than I can express here. I accepted it without hesitation and we made amends.

This trip, I finally felt like the adult I am. I no longer felt like that awkward or like I was reverting back to my childhood self while under their roof. It was freeing.

Oddly enough, I am 42 pounds lighter than when they last saw me but nothing was mentioned about my continued weight loss. Even more odd, it felt great to just be and not have to explain my journey. I could just be. I could eat what I wanted, when I wanted without the questions.

I stuck to my wellness journey and eating healthy guidelines while I was there. I planned ahead for travel days, eating out and even desserts. It was a success and I lost 2.2 lbs while I was away.

I learned a lot about myself on this trip. *LOVE*

Me on the Farm:


I fell in love with this little one while there. It's a wonder I didn't smuggle him/her out of Iowa.




Mom and Me at the Tea Room


This is me, the day I came back to Cali. I was feeling sporty & fabulous!


  
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JENJESS48 10/31/2012 1:10PM

    I'm so happy for you, KT. Family can be so complicated - nobody can make us feel as bad or as good. We have all struggled with our families at one time or another. I also left the Midwestern farm and struck out on my own - and my family found that hard to accept. But we made it through and I think we're all better for it. Sounds like you and your folks are, too. Congrats!

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MANLEYSANDY 10/30/2012 11:56AM

    Good for you! You look beautiful!!!

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SPARKLEPIE 10/30/2012 8:43AM

    I love this blog....
Bravo for you for being open... it sounds like it was a healthy (mental) coming back together... with your family and I am so glad... that kind of riff can tear a person so emotionally for years... And super bravo for losing wieght, enjoying your time and sticking to better choices... You are truly amazing..

I love the pictures- you are so beautiful and look so healthful and happy.

Life's journey sure keeps us moving along to better versions of ourselves... you are truly amazing and lovely.


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ABB698 10/29/2012 11:57PM

    You look sporty and fabulous, and skinny!!! :) Glad you were able to work it all out with your parents. Was the Mr. okay with the outcome? Glad all is well!

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PURPLE180 10/29/2012 9:19PM

    Looking good....I am glad all seemed to work out for you. emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 10/29/2012 8:35PM

    Glad that the trip went well and that you feel more like an adult in dealing with them. That is a big deal. Really glad to hear that amends were made.

Hope the reunion went well.

Life is one step at a time.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/29/2012 8:34PM

    I'm so glad it worked out with your family. And you look FABULOUS!

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KARIDIAN1 10/29/2012 8:29PM

    Glad your visit mended some fences and hurt feelings. Hopefully things will continue to improve on the home front with your parents.



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Shopping

Monday, October 08, 2012

I just ate a salad like I was mad at it. Ya, I was that hungry and it was that good. *GIGGLES*

The moment of truth finally came about on Friday . I slipped into a pair of jeans and couldn't deny how big they were- size 20 from Lane Bryant. They sagged on me and I pulled on them all day long. That's not a sexy look girls!

Luckily the Mr and I had plans to go shopping on Friday afternoon in San Francisco. Well it turned out that I had no idea where to go to find clothes. That is NOT an exaggeration by any means either. I've been conditioned to shop at Lane Bryant and The Avenue for years. I've also been conditioned to walk to the back of or the basement of a department store to find the "Women's" section. I never really took notice of where the other women would stop and shop.

While I floundered about the Mr waited patiently on the sidelines and kept himself entertained with his iPhone. THANK.YOU.VERY.MUCH.APPLE!
If I sense he's getting bored I get anxious ... talk about conditioning. In his defense, he loves shopping - for him and/or me - and it's my own made up anxiety. *FACE/PALM*

Anyway. At one point we ended up in Nordi's but we quickly left when I discovered their jeans start at $110 and go up from there. I thought the Mr's tail had caught on fire due to his quick exit from the building when he heard the prices. HA! We then ventured into Forever 21. We quickly left that store too - I found the crack den for shoppers, it's on Market Street in San Francisco and they call it Forever 21.

By the end of the day I still had no jeans and still no idea where to go to find them OR what size I needed. *SHRUGS*

On Saturday I ventured out to the local Old Navy to checkout their fleece jackets that were on special that day - $15! YaY! What else did I find ... a dress for our upcoming trip back home to Jamaica to see the Mr's family. It is size SMALL! THANK.YOU.VERY.MUCH After exhausting myself trying on their jeans I was about to give up the search when I came across the trouser pant rack marked to sell at $13.50 a pair. What the What? I love me a pair of trouser pants so I grabbed the largest size they had left - an 18 and just for kicks I grabbed a pair of 16's. Good thing I grabbed those 16's because they fit like a glove. So good that I nearly did a little dance for the rest of the shoppers. I refrained from dancing but did go over & snag another 16 AND a 14. At $13.50 a pair I couldn't leave them behind. *FIST PUMP*

I ended my shopping at the local consignment store where I found another pair of trouser jeans and a pair of black slacks in a SIZE 16 from The Gap. I even found a rain jacket, size M that will work wonders for my commute into the city this winter.

On my way home I stopped by my tailor to discuss the length of the jeans & how he could help but keep the cost down. He'll have them hemmed by the time I need to leave on my trip home. This should be a fun trip home, no one there realizes that I've lost another 41+ pounds since they last saw me.

The Mr was delighted that I found AND bought new clothes, even if some of them were second hand. He was equally delighted to see me in the jeans that are form fitting instead of the over-sized ones I had been kicking around in for months. I don't often buy for myself so he gets excited when I finally do. I laughed and told him this time it was necessary what with fall and winter coming on strong.

In other news, have I mentioned my new fitness friend? Ya, I have one and we went to a Zumba street party on Sunday morning. It was absolutely amazing. There was a street fair to start at 11:00 so they had the Zumba party prior. Between the energy of the people, the 10 instructors, massive sound system and fabulous weather it would have been hard not to have a good time. I danced like no one could see me and sang like no one could hear me. *GIGGLES*

I hope to have a few new photo's to share soon.

  
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JENJESS48 10/9/2012 10:20AM

    I LOVE IT when shopping gets fun and you're in a smaller size! Congrats on the fab NSV!!!!

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ABB698 10/8/2012 11:57PM

    So glad to see you enjoyed shopping and scored!! LOL @ Nordy's jean prices...crazy huh? Macy's sells this brand of jeans called "Not your daughter's Jeans" NYDJ, and they run about $120, but if you can find them on sale on sale (LOL) they can be about $40. They are the most amazing jeans EVER! Here's the kicker-I find them all the time at Goodwill for $14.99! Glad you are happily rockin those new clothes!! emoticon

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MANLEYSANDY 10/8/2012 6:32PM

    Love it! I was totally going to recommend Old Navy. I have a big booty not matter what size I am and I have found Old Navy to be an easy fit in all kinds of styles!

I cannot WAIT to see pictures!!

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ENDUROVET 10/8/2012 5:17PM

    That is awesome! I'm so happy for ya!

I have been prowling consignment stores myself - that's where I found my MIchael Kors size 16 jeans for $20! Finally packed up my old LB size 20's - fortunately even w/regain they remain baggy & I AIN'T going back there...

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*KICK ROCKS*

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My exit out of the 200's will have to wait a week.

After a perfect week of nutrition and dodging cupcake-ville my system rewarded me with a .4 gain. There's something funny in all of this I just haven't found it, yet. The tiny gain is just that, tiny, but it wouldn't sting so badly if I had eaten the F'n cupcake and indulge a bit at the birthday dinner but I was perfect I tell ya, perfect.

In other news, my right knee seems to be unhinging itself. Which sounds as bad as it feels. At random times my knee will hyper-extend - walking, yoga, standing - and that's not fun kids. PLUS, my leg cramps are edging there way back and disrupting my sleep again.

I'm having Good Times kicking rocks today. [INSERT SARCASM]

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If anyone is wondering - I don't regret not eating the cupcake. A sugar high, panic and a trip into binge-town would have followed and I can do without that THANK.YOU.VERY.MUCH

Kisses and Hugs to all my peeps out there! Your continued support rocks my world and gives me strength even on days when all I want to do is Kick Rocks.

  
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MANLEYSANDY 9/26/2012 1:59PM

    I feel your pain with you....but I KNOW you will prevail!!!

Keep that gorgeous chin up!!!



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ABB698 9/25/2012 11:31PM

    If it were easy, you wouldn't know what to do, K.T., but you just make sure kicking those rocks doesn't hyper extend your knee while you're kicking some more SP booty! Hang in there, you are a WARRIOR!!! emoticon

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SPARKLEPIE 9/25/2012 10:51PM

    I adore!! I mean super duper adore your blogs, humor and just folling you on this jurney of life... rock kicking life at times..

I hear you my friend.. binge-town in no fun place... it's all pretty and sparkly till you get there and then it's like it turns to snarly nasties...

I'm guessing that .4 is a fluke... perhaps heavier clothes.. and if you're a naked weigher... then perhaps you were just tired so your body was not feeling as light... but I say it's a fluke and you are awesome and that is that! :)

Terrible about your knee... don't overdo it... get a brace or ace bandage if it helps.. for the night cramps... hylands makes some great homeopathic aids... they take time and dedication but they might work...

other than I send you much love!


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ENDUROVET 9/25/2012 6:31PM

    Aw honey - don't kick rocks, you'll bruise yo' lil' feets! (Sorry, still fighting off this sinus crud so I ain't got much here)

We keep on fighting the good fight.

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