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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Well, it's back to reality after a really nice vacation with my family. We had such a great time at our lake condo together. The kids just loved spending time with their cousins and I had a really good time bonding with my sister. We were at odds most of last year and have really made a 360 degree turn with our relationship. We actually talk on the phone now! emoticon

It was really sad leaving the lake and my family behind...I just wish it could've lasted longer. I cried 1/2 of the ride home just wishing that it didn't have to end. emoticon I know it had to do with my crazy hormones and all of the emotions that are flooding me because of it. I finally had to imagine all of my spark friends giving me hugs and telling me that it was going to be alright. I knew what you would've said to me so I just envisioned it and was totally comforted. Thank you all for being there for me without even knowing it!! emoticon

My back is still doing much better but now I'm having pain in my hip where they gave me a shot. I'm thinking she hit a nerve b/c when she did it, I literally jumped and gritted my teeth in pain. The other shot I didn't flinch, which is my normal reaction. I handle pain and needles very well, but this SOB hurt!! It was numb in the area for like 3 days and still feels like I have a giant bruise, which I don't. It hurts down in my hip bone and hurts to lay on that side. I also feel it when I jog or go up and down stairs. It's very weird. emoticon

I also had to cancel my dr's appointment for my arm b/c my work isn't cooperating with me. They've usually been really good about giving me time off for doctor stuff, but not so much anymore. The lump has gone down now and is hardly noticeable. I promise to make another appointment if it doesn't go away by next week. I may just bring it up to my dr when I go in for my asthma. Which I need to do and still haven't, yet. I think it's time to face reality and get on the proper medication so I can stop this constant wheezing. Hopefully I can schedule it when it doesn't conflict with work. emoticon

Well, that's about it for now. I did do really well with my eating and exercise when I was on vacation. I stayed on track and didn't use "vacation" as an excuse to binge and eat whatever I wanted. Yay for me!

Just a couple more things....I read this great blog about scale addicts and thought I'd share the links with you. I really encourage you guys to read it. The author makes some excellent points! emoticon emoticon



I hope everyone has a Terrific Thursday!! Make it happen, sparkies!


Here's just a few pics from my vacation! I'll upload more later!

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TEMPEST272002 7/1/2011 4:38PM

    I'm glad that you had such a good time with your family. The pics are so cute - yes, YOU & the kids. All cuties! Great job staying the course with the healthy eating on vacation. Definitely mention the lump at the asthma appt - might be nothing, but...

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MNOEL3089 7/1/2011 2:06PM

    OMG! Kids are squeezable! emoticon

You looked so relaxed on your vacation. By the way.. what's that you're drinking in that cup?? emoticon

Glad you had a wonderful time & that you stayed on track! WOO HOO! It's always hard to leave family but it just makes it better when you're anticipating meeting back up. Think of it like this...Thanksgiving is closer than you think emoticon

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DUSTYGIRL25 7/1/2011 1:30PM

    Sounds (and Looks) like you had a wonderful vacation. I know how you feel. I always hate when they end. Especially when your bonding with your family. Hope you get to have another one real soon! To bad work is such a bunch of party poopers!

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IBSHAUN 7/1/2011 11:31AM

    Love your vacation pictures and you ROCK for staying on track! Sounds like you really enjoyed your time with your family - it's always hard when we have to go back to reality. I suppose I'll get off my behind and go run when I'm done with my coffee... I have to have that first! (And, hopefully you get that bump checked if it doesn't go away. )
P.S. Great links, too!

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AUNTIELES53 7/1/2011 11:12AM

    Love that you had a good time on vacation also love the pictures great job on being behaved on your trip i would have had a free for all hahaha

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KRITKRIT 7/1/2011 11:05AM

    glad you had fun girl!!!

fun pictures!!

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CIVIAV 7/1/2011 10:42AM

    Beautiful pics and you look great!

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BOMBCHELL23 7/1/2011 6:29AM

    I am envious no time for vacation. I am either working or taking classes, alas such is life. I am glad you bonded with your sisters and the kids had a great time! You deserve a bit of time away. Great on staying on track during vacation as well! Glad to see you are back and sparking! :)

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ABB698 7/1/2011 4:25AM

    Your kids look so happy together, I miss those days...LOL Glad you enjoyed your vacay & hope you are feeling 100% real soon! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 6/30/2011 10:41PM

    Love the pics and you look awesome!

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/30/2011 5:49PM

    I'm so glad you enjoyed vacation. The pictures are fantastic! I find that the right medicine for my asthma has helped me tremendously. I hardly know I have it now, but I'm faithful with the meds. Good Luck

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AARONSGIRL420 6/30/2011 3:46PM

    Sounds like you had a great time and it's so awesome that your sister and you are now close. I wish I were closer with my family.

Keep up the great work and good luck on the doc stuff.

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GRANLUND 6/30/2011 3:45PM

    Yeah for vacations! I'm so glad to hear that things are going better with your sister. It is really tough when there are family conflicts going on. Congratulations on your successful eating and exercise during the vacation...that is really tough to do!

Love the pictures of your kids. They are growing up!

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LUMETH 6/30/2011 3:39PM

    Eee, I don't deal well with needles myself. They can leave a nasty bruise behind at times, yes... I do hope it clears up quickly for you!

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BYEFATNANNY 6/30/2011 3:39PM

    Wow your vacation does sound great. Bonding and relaxing and fun and look at you beach beauty. Looks like you on the French Riviera. Your kids are so darn cute (I say that every time)
and you "behaved" well food wise, good for you. Keep an eye on your health, we love havin' ya around here. Take care.
Have a great hopefully long weekend. emoticon emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 6/30/2011 3:21PM

    Glad you had such a great time! It's way better to have a good time and be sad to leave than to have a rotten time and be counting the minutes till it's over!

The links are GREAT...thanks for sharing them!

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BTRTHANEVA 6/30/2011 3:20PM

    Well hello, Sexy!
Looking hot, Mama! I can see why it was so hard to leave. A little piece of heaven!
I'm glad your sister and you were able to reconnect. Family and friends (like all of yours here at SP) are all that really matter!
You take good care of your oo-boo body. Sorry to hear that you're not feeling better yet. Get that lump checked as soon as you can...
Say *hi* to the bf for me!

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JSPIN74 6/30/2011 2:52PM

    sounds like a great time :) beautiful pics!!
(really great news that you & ur sis enjoyed each other so much)

it sux to have to cut stuff short though :/

hope the aches & pains subside for you all the way!

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BUFFYSMOM2 6/30/2011 2:21PM

    Sounds like it was wonderful. emoticon

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GOGOMAMA 6/30/2011 2:19PM

    Wow! Beautiful pictures!!! It looks like so much fun! You look gorgeous by the way! I'm glad you had fun and were able to bond with your sis! Family is important! Sorry you are going through some struggles! Hugs for you! Take care friend!

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ELLFIN3 6/30/2011 1:44PM

    Awesome pics!!! I am glad you and your Sister are getting back together! Sounds to me like you need an over all physical!! Enjoy your Thursday!!! Love YA! emoticon Susan

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ASHLEYKAT 6/30/2011 1:28PM

    Fantastic pics! I'm so glad you had a good time!

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JORDANA84 6/30/2011 12:42PM

    Glad that you had a good time and re bonded with your sister - sisters are the best!! I've read that article before, it's a good one....

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-ICANDOIT- 6/30/2011 12:39PM

    Welcome home- glad it was fun and left you wanting more! Good for you for staying on track! That can be hard to do!!

I hope you start feeling well again...those shots can be a bummer when there is a prolem!

TAke care- glad to see you "smiling"!!

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    I totally understand your angst at having to leave your family reunion. Every time I do, I know that it could very well be the last time I see one or both of my parents. It just tears me up! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 6/30/2011 12:32PM

    Glad you had a fun time. Bonding is great, too. My brother and sister each live about 20 minutes away but I rarely see them. They say they are always so busy but when I do talk with them and ask whats going on their answer is, "Oh, nothing." And the two of them don't spend time together, either. Sad. So good for you that the two of you turned things around. Hope you feel better soon. emoticon -- Lou

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SANDYK4BAMA 6/30/2011 12:20PM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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Just an Update :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Just wanted to give y'all a quick update! My back is feeling MUCH better! Thank goodness! emoticon

I followed my Dr's orders by getting lots of emoticon and taking my emoticon as directed. I also saw my chiropractor who got me all straightened out! Physically, at least! emoticon

I also had a doctors appointment today for something totally unrelated and had them check out this bump on my arm while I was there. I noticed it a few weeks ago and just thought that I had hit my arm on something. It felt like a tender knot, probably caused from my clumsy butt running into something. But instead of getting smaller, it's slightly bigger! The knot is real hard and pretty tender to the touch. When I asked my friend to look at it, I described it as either a boo-boo or a tumor, one or the other. LOL Hey, who are you calling a drama queen?!! emoticon

Doc felt around and didn't give me any answers! emoticon She did refer me to a surgeon, though! emoticon That appointment is next week. So I guess we just sit and wait until then. Anyone have any ideas of what it is? I don't think it's a bug bite and probably not an injury. Maybe a calcium deposit? Maybe a cyst or clogged pore? Maybe just a big friggin knot that hurts?! emoticon Hopefully that's all it is! I'll update you more when I find out what's emoticon

In totally unrelated but utterly important news, I got some new clothes! emoticon Yep, that's right. Me--the person who always says I'll wait until I lose another 5 lbs before I buy anything. Then I lose those pounds and I say the same thing over again....5 more lbs and then I'll go shopping. Well, ENOUGH of THAT I say! emoticon I bought myself 2 new shirts, a pair of shorts, and 4 dresses. Yep, you read that right--DRESSES! Lordy, who is this person and what have they done with the real Leslie! LOL My next blog may just have to be a fashion show for y'all!! (just pretend like you're excited!) hehe emoticon emoticon

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MNOEL3089 6/28/2011 2:02PM

    LOLLLL!!!! OMG! You're hilarious! That sucks that you have some random "boo boo" on your arm. Maybe it's just supposed to be there?! LOL! I know that sounds weird, but my doctor tells me, if it doesn't hurt...don't make it hurt! HAHA!

Congrats on shopping! I'm almost afraid of what comes next after I lose this weight! WOO HOO! Get me in a store with clothes and I'm going to probably try on everything in my new Beyonce body! Okay, well...maybe not Beyonce but who cares!

Anyways, good luck @ the Dr's office and please keep us updated emoticon

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IBSHAUN 6/27/2011 10:49PM

    A fashion show? What a great idea!! Woo-hoo!

Glad you are paying attention and having that bump looked at... so much better to be safe than sorry. And, no... not a drama queen. An ounce of prevention....

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IUHRYTR 6/27/2011 9:43PM

    Glad your back is better. Hoping the bump turns out to be nothing serious. And, I agree on wanting to see the fashion show. emoticon -- Lou

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ABB698 6/27/2011 12:22AM

    Oh I wanna see Leslie play dress up :) Hope the bump on your arm isn't anything to worry about! Hugs

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BOVEY63 6/24/2011 5:00PM

    Happy to hear your back is feeling better.
Anxious to see your fashion show!

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KAMAPERRY 6/24/2011 4:32PM

    Hahahahaha!!! Piics please!! I went on a shopping trip in MA, and guess what this girl bought? DRESSES!! OMG, what is happening to us!!
Please keep us posted on your arm!

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APMAC_D 6/24/2011 2:50PM

    Im glad the back is feeling ok. I can't wait till I go shopping for clothes. I am waiting till goal weight :) It's going to be so much fun :) Have a great weekend!

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/24/2011 8:38AM

    I'm looking forward for the fashion show!

I too have some bumps in my arms and have had a couple removed. They were just fatty cysts. Best of luck to you.

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BOMBCHELL23 6/24/2011 6:26AM

I can relate to not buying clothes stating I'll get there, but damn when my pairs started falling off I had to break down and buy them! I am way excited for you! Way to go on all the hard work it is paying off!

The bump I am concerned about and will send a prayer your way!

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DUSTYGIRL25 6/24/2011 2:35AM

    Yay! New clothes! Sounds good to me. I'm waiting cause I still have a lot to loose but pretty sooon I hope to go shopping for new clothes also. I bet you look great, especially in the dresses. emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 6/23/2011 11:29PM

    Can't wait to see the results of your shopping woohoo!
I am excited about my biffy shopping, do I come from a different planet or what LOL??? I never get to go to hardware stores as that is not where MOM likes to shop, so it was step dad and me time!
I can't imagine what the bump is, but a surgeon?? Hmmm.
Hope you get a good night's sleep and feel even more better :
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REDRUNNERMOM713 6/23/2011 10:58PM

    So glad your back is feeling better. I suffer from lower back pain daily so I know how miserable it can be. As for the knot on your arm....I have a pretty big knot on the top of my shoulder. I was concerned about it because it came up under a mole. The doctor told me it was, can't remember the technicle term, but like you said almost a fatty cyst that has just hardened. Mine isn't sore to the touch though, so good for you for getting it checked out. Never wait on anything that you notice is abnormal...that's at least my philosophy.

That's great that you finally went shopping!! I'm the same way you are though. I hate to go buy clothes when I'm still losing weight, but a few new things is always nice! I go to the thrift stores to get things to tide me over while I'm losing. They have some really great finds for cheap!

Please keep us posted on how you're doing! emoticon

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TRUE-NESS 6/23/2011 10:25PM

    Hopefully it's nothing. But, if doc referred you out then I'd guess a cyst. Drain baby drain... Yuck (just thinking about it.) LOL Best wishes. Praying it all goes well.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/23/2011 10:10PM

    Woo Hoo Girlfriend is stylin! I am not as happy about the clothes as I am about how great you will look in them now that you have worked so hard to be healthier and happier! What more could we want for you Leslie, Victoria

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THETURTLEBEAR 6/23/2011 9:40PM

    CONGRATS on the new additions to your wardrobe! Woo hoo! I am voting for cyst - they pop up on arms and legs a lot.

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 6/23/2011 9:32PM

    New clothes! Yay! Better Back! Yay! Getting the bump checked! Yay! You are doing great!
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ERIKO1908 6/23/2011 9:28PM

    Can't wait for the fashion show!!! Hope the bump turns out to be a big ol' nothing!! Good thing you are getting it checked out early!!

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PRUPLEBEAR 6/23/2011 8:23PM

    glad the back is better. My lobster has a tender knot on his shoulder. They tried 2 rounds of antibodies and he now has an appt with the surgeon on the 30th. So I think it is good that you talked to the doctor about it!

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    I'm excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think getting the bump checked is a good thing.

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TEMPEST272002 6/23/2011 6:16PM

    But I AM excited for the fashion show! Bring it on!!!

Thanks for the doctor appt update. I've been wondering about that arm. I have no idea what it could be.

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CIVIAV 6/23/2011 6:03PM

    Yes, I definitely want to see the fashion show!

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BYEFATNANNY 6/23/2011 5:45PM

    Glad the back is better, I'm sure your arm will turn out ok too!
Dresses....I bought 2 and haven't "braved" them yet. Have not worn a dress to work in about 5 or 6 years!! They'll fall over! LOL. Best wishes.

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BTRTHANEVA 6/23/2011 5:29PM

    Put on all those new dresses and enjoy the new you!

While you're enjoying playing dressup accompanied by the *I feel like a woman* tune running in my brain (hey, get out of there, you!!!) ~ there's nothing you can do about the bump on your arm until the results are in... so just forgetaboutit.

Dr. Chris's orders. (btw, did I tell you I have a doctorate in life???) lol.


Namaste! (which my husband interprets as: I'm nasty... hehehehe)

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    Good girl, for everything, the clothes, the back feeling better and getting your "kundas" checked out (Any Friends fans out there?) I'd say because it's getting bigger def go to the surgeon, also that it hurts. If it didn't hurt, wasn't getting bigger and moved around when you rubbed it, I'd say a cyst. But this sound s little different. No I'm not a doctor but medical issues are a hobby of mine (my mom's a nurse). Keep us posted! emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 6/23/2011 5:04PM

    Glad you're going to the dr. just to be sure.

Can't WAIT to see the new clothes. I know what you mean about putting off buying stuff, but how fun to finally break down and do it!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 6/23/2011 4:58PM

    Of course we want a fashion show! Now get busy trying everything on and modelling for us! emoticon

As for the lump, I'm so glad you are being seen about it. Could be a cyst under the skin and, like Momma_Little said, it is probably good it is tender. Otherwise, you would have ignored it, like we all would have!

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ALLISON_R36 6/23/2011 4:49PM

    Woohoo to new clothes!! I just bought some summer dresses the other day! I hope the bump on your arm is nothing serious. take care!!

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    I agree with Libby! Glad you're smart and getting it looked at instead of ignoring it! The fact that it is tender, I think, is a GOOD sign, rather than bad!

HURRAY on the new clothes! FASHION SHOW, please!

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LIBBYFITZ 6/23/2011 4:27PM

    I am excited and wish to see before I leave next week! emoticonThe fashion show, that is!

The lump on the arm?? Not even going to try to guess! The fact that you are getting it seen to pronto is good!


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BE CAREFUL with Kettlebells!!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

I hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day!! I spoiled my man by getting him a Kindle, (yup, I'm the best gf ever ;) which he absolutely loved!! He and my dad played a round of golf in the morning and we met at my parents for an awesome homemade dinner after that. It was really a great day minus the fact that I spent the beginning of it in the ER!! emoticon

I woke up with tremendous back pain and couldn't even stand up straight. It hurt to lift my arms above my head and when I went to try and pull my hair back in a ponytail, I just couldn't do it. It hurt sooooo bad!! I was in tears!! So off to the ER we went. They figured out that I had strained the muscles in my back from using improper form with the kettlebells. emoticon

I guess if you lean over even the slightest bit instead of keeping your back absolutely straight, it will cause strain. When I described the exercise to the doctor she was astounded by it. She thought swinging a weight around was one of the worst things you could do for your muscles. She said it would be VERY easy to injure yourself and when lifting weights they should never be swung around. She asked how heavy the weight was and when I told her 8 lbs, she said that was WAY too heavy to be doing that sort of thing with. (Which is like the lightest weight you can buy a kettlebell in!!)

Sooo, I'm on muscle relaxants and ibuprofen every 4 hours and am staying home from work today to try and get all healed up. I'll try to catch up on some Sparking but not sure how much I'll get done since it kinda hurts to be at this computer desk right now. I just wanted to get on here and warn you guys about the possible risk of injury using kettlebells. I'm always adamant about using proper form and thought that I was. It is VERY easy to injure yourself with these things and I strongly recommend that you DON'T try them at home! It's not worth the risk!!

Now...onto some fun pictures!! This next part is dedicated to my friend Linda. Here's a picture blog that I promised you! ;)

These were taken at my parent's 50th anniversary party last weekend. This is my family! My parents are on the left, then there's my beautiful niece Maddie and her boyfriend Daniel. My sister and her husband are in the middle and my boyfriend Ray is the one hiding behind me that you can't see lol. On the right is my nephew, Jake and my step-nephew Corey. The 2 blonde little ones in the front are mine and the brunette is my sister's step-grandchild.

"A happy family is but an earlier heaven."

This is myself and "the boyfriend" Ray. Aren't we a cute couple?!! emoticon

This is my niece and nephew. These kids have been my pride and joy since they were born.

Kaitlyn and Isabella.

My son by his "cool rocks."

My sister and her husband, Dan.

Awesome catering!!

These are some pictures from their wedding 50 years ago. I think they're really neat. I can't believe how young my dad looks!

And this is a picture of my mom's 5th birthday party!! My mom is the girl with the cake and my dad is the one in the bottom right corner that's pulling the hair of the girl beside him. LOL

This last one is their original wedding party! That's my aunt who was my mom's maid of honor, and to the right of my dad was his best man. I think that's so cool!

One of my favs...the girls were playing like they were walruses. LOL

This last one my son took of himself. I just love his freckles in it! :) He took over the camera after that and the rest of my pictures are of things like light sockets and toilets!! LOL emoticon

Well, my back is really starting to hurt again. Again, if you haven't tried kettlebells I don't recommend it. If you do try them though, be VERY careful and pay close attention to proper form. It took 48 hours for it to kick in, but boy does it hurt!!

Love to you all!!!


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LIVIN2LOVE1 6/30/2011 3:00PM

    You have a BEAUTIFUL family!

Thanks for the heads up on the kettlebells. I was curious about them. I already have back issues so I think I will take your advice to heart.

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MNOEL3089 6/23/2011 12:06PM

    Hope you're feeling a little better. I had to comment on such a great family! And let you know how inviting the catering looked! Take it easy and stay in positive spirits emoticon

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_LINDA 6/22/2011 1:07PM

    Oh Leslie, so very sorry you had to suffer through this terrible learning experience. Back injuries are so touchy :( I injured my back 20 years ago and still have chronic pain creeping up. Be sure to follow your Dr.'s orders strictly and do absolutely nothing that might aggravate it. Walking is a gentle exercise and actually good for a sore back. I feel better moving than sitting too. Feel better soon..

LOVE LOVE LOVE these photos!!! They rock!! You have a great looking family!!
You and your BF really look fabulous!!!
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BTRTHANEVA 6/22/2011 11:44AM

    You have a beautiful family! And yes, I'm especially partial to the pic of you and *the boyfriend*. I see that Ray's hair has grown out since he donated his locks of love! Your chitlins are too cute, I wanted to connect those freckles on your son's face!

I can think of a few other exercises that could burn calories and are a lot more fun (and safer) than kettlebells... You have been warned by your body and attending physician: stay away from the bettlebells!!!

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GETTING_FIT44 6/21/2011 1:56PM

    I found a 3 pnd kettlebell and almost bought it, it was in one of those random weird mom and pop store.Try going to a Dick's Sporting Goods, or some other popular sports stores, that is if you want to use a kettlebell again once you feel better.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 6/21/2011 3:36AM

    So sorry for your injury. I knew the kettlebells were not for me to try, and I've read on SP that there is a big risk of injury. Thanks for the warning. I'll stay away from them. Hope you heal quickly.

I'm having a great deal of shoulder pain myself right now, but not from kettlebells. Don't know what it is from, but I think it's time to schedule a doctor's appointment. Pretty excruciating.

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KATHRYN1955 6/20/2011 11:07PM

    I knew there was a good reason I was avoiding using them!! I will stick with my swwimming. Beautiful pictures!
Take care of yourself.

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KERRYG155 6/20/2011 10:53PM

    Hope you are feeling better soon. I have used those kettlebells and do not like them. I always wind up bruised on the back of the arm where they rest. I would tend to agree with the ER that they are not the safest way to work out. Take care!

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UNICORN212 6/20/2011 10:48PM

    Feel better soon! And thank you for the warning!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 6/20/2011 10:10PM

    I'm almost scared to pick my kettlebells up again now! So sorry you hurt your back. I hope it heals quickly! Love the pics of your family!! You look great girl!

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ELLFIN3 6/20/2011 8:19PM

    Sorry about your back! I got a kettlebell. I worked with it for awhile, but I was already having back problems so I put it up and have just not gotten it back out!
Love all the wonderful pictures of your family! I hope you back heals quickly!! emoticon Dear Friend!!

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/20/2011 7:09PM

    Wow, good luck with the recovery. I also have some back pain, but didn't try any crazy exercises - and now I know better than to try that.

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ABB698 6/20/2011 7:07PM

    What a beautiful family you have! The party looks beautiful and Congrats to your parents on 50 great years! Sorry the kettlebells caused you an injury, hope you continue to feel better! Hugs! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 6/20/2011 5:24PM

    I'm so sorry to hear you are in pain. I'd looked at the kettleballs since I knew you were using them, but I'm glad I didn't buy.

Thanks for sharing the family pics. Looks like your family has a lot of fun together. 50 years together - that's fantastic!

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IUHRYTR 6/20/2011 5:10PM

    If people are not warned to keep their back straight when using kettleballs, injuries happen. Too many people think swinging them is the way to use them but it's not. You may have saved someone pain with your warning. Hope you feel better soon. -- Lou

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    Leslie, I'm borrowing my son, Jeff's girlfriend's computer since I'm "sitting" with him after his wisdom teeth extraction (all 4), and it is terribly slow, so this will be short!

I will NOT be getting kettleballs! This is just what I was afraid of happening, and had hesitated in getting them. Maybe someone more limber will like them, but I am not taking any chances. I'm so glad you weren't injured any more than you already are!


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KANSASROSE67 6/20/2011 3:46PM

    I LOVE all the family pics! Your mom's wedding picture reminds me alot of my mom's. Dad said he had to follow her down the aisle because the dress was too wide for him to walk beside her! My parents would be married 50 years next year if my mom was still living.

Hope you feel better soon!

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AZURELITE 6/20/2011 3:17PM

    Oh, I feel your pain, Lesley. Reminds me of when I tore the scar tissue in my back doing... stationary bike. Spasms, muscle relaxants, flat out for 3 days ... so sorry you had this happen to you... hope you're feeling all better very soon.

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DUSTYGIRL25 6/20/2011 1:06PM

    Wow! So glad that you are OK! That kettleball sounds pretty dangerous. I haven't used one cause I already hava an injured back. So far walking is my main form of exercise.
Anyway I just love seeing all of your beautiful pictures! You BF and you look like the perfect couple.
So wonderful that you all got to share time together on you parents very special 50th Anniversary. Looks like loads of fun!
Thanks for sharing all of your fantastic pictures!
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IBSHAUN 6/20/2011 12:53PM

    Ouch!! So bummed you hurt your back - I hope that you are feeling better soon. I guess that does it for my consideration of trying the kettle balls. Nope, not doing it now. I hurt my back once standing improperly on a stair-stepper and it took a while before I was okay again. Improper form can cause problems that is for sure! Glad you are listening to the doc!!

The pictures of your family are beautiful! What a wonderful time for your parents and family. So very few families have such wonderful milestones to celebrate together. You and your BF are a very cute couple!

Rest your back and heal quickly!

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CBAILEYC 6/20/2011 12:41PM

    First, those are fabulous pictures! What a lovely family you have!

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CODEMAULER 6/20/2011 12:30PM

    I followed BOVEY63 over here and I'm glad that I did! The pictures of you and your beautiful family brightened my day.

I hope that you are feeling better soon. I've been curious about kettlebells and, given my previous back issues, will likely remain as a spectator.


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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/20/2011 12:19PM

    Good to know about the kettleballs, I WON"T be purchasing those. I hope you start to feel better soon. Love the pics!

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BOVEY63 6/20/2011 12:08PM

    Hope you're feeling better.
Nice pics!

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BYEFATNANNY 6/20/2011 11:53AM

    Take it easy today, hope you feel better soon. LOVE the pics, what a great family you have. Thanks for all the pictures. You are looking great these days!

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SWEETNEENI 6/20/2011 11:39AM

    Great pics! emoticon
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THETURTLEBEAR 6/20/2011 11:35AM

    Good blog Leslie - sometimes it's easy for us to get carried away. I think you're right about going to an instructor-led class to get the form down. I havent' tried them yet. Meanwhile - AWESOME PICTURES! You guys are adorable!

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CULACCINA 6/20/2011 11:27AM

    Loved your pictures!!!! The old pics are fab... And, by the way, you look fantastic :)
Canít believe the freckles on your kids, they are way too cute :3

About the weights, I guess itís all about the way you use themÖ Iíve been taking Alexander Method classes for over a year, and Iíve learned there that most of our perception on the way we move is not what we are actually doing xD
Crazy, ha?!
So maybe you could try the weights again with some professional supervision or something. That way youíd prevent getting injured and really work out. At least until your muscles know what theyíre doing :P
Hope you feel better soon!!!
Take care.

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PRUPLEBEAR 6/20/2011 11:20AM

    Hope you feel better soon. I wonder if you could tell me what exerise you were doing with your kettlebell or what DVD you were using. I have a 10lb kettlebell and just wonder. Ya know so I don't do it! I love my kettlebell hope you don't gave up on it!

Your family is so cute! Great poc!

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BOMBCHELL23 6/20/2011 11:17AM

I am sorry to hear that you were hurt exercising at that! I will keep it on the low list of exercises to try. I think I'll stick with my walking currently, it is working! The pictures are adorable and you have lost so much weight! Thanks for the update!

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KRYANPRINCESS 6/20/2011 11:14AM

    Oh honey! I'm so sorry to hear this! I don't even know what to say! As you know I've been using them for 6 months now but I haven't had any issues like this. I know bob teaches to use your hips, all momentum comes from your hips, not your arms or back. I hope you heal fast. So sorry you got hurt. emoticonBig hugs! XOXO

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SHAYGETSFIT 6/20/2011 11:01AM

    Great pics! A friend of mine was telling me the other day that someone got injured pretty badly with ketlebells. I have one and it's 15 lbs! I'll be sure to continue to use it with care. I hope you feel better soon!

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CIVIAV 6/20/2011 11:00AM

    What a beautiful family day! Thanks for sharing it with us... emoticon

Oh and hope the back feels better soon. Keep moving gently while it's healing.

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LIBBYFITZ 6/20/2011 10:34AM

    emoticonFor making the effort to put up a blog about the Kettle Bells I don't even know if we have them in Australia! I had not heard of them until I joined Sparkpeople. I am sorry that you ended up in so much pain, glad that things are improving though! emoticon

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AARONSGIRL420 6/20/2011 10:31AM

    I hope you recover soon and the party looks like a great success. I have old black and white pictures of my parents wedding too. I love how "vintage" they look.

You have a happy and beautiful family.

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7PASTORMIKE7 6/20/2011 10:16AM

    Thanks for the advise ! I have been using kettlebells for 8 months now ! I do swing them around and I use a 35lb one ! I have come up sore from my back area at times ! I figured it was due to just using muscles that needed growth ! I will watch out for now on ! I loved the family pictures !!!

God bless,
Pastor Mike

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 6/20/2011 10:10AM

    LOVED the pictures! And I really liked the quote about families and heaven...how true. You are a true beauty both inside and out.

Ouch about the injury though! Funny how we think we are doing the right thing often turns to bite us in the bum! Please take care of yourself and don't overdo it either with the day to day things or the exercising.


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Happy with my reality!

Friday, June 17, 2011

First off, thanks for all the blog love yesterday! emoticon I knew my spark friends would give me some answers and good advice! I'm sure my muscles are retaining water from working them so much lately and that the reason the scale isn't moving is likely because of water retention. Good to know! emoticon emoticon

I've really been loving my kettlebell lately. I made it all the way through Bob Harper's DVD last night and even lasted longer than Bob!! The last time I did the video I could hardly walk. It incorporates a lot of squats and so I've tried to not lunge as deep and therefore, not kill my quads. I'm hardly sore today and I've been noticing new definition in my arms!! My kids keep catching me flexing my guns in the mirror and checking myself out...they think that's so funny! emoticon emoticon

I've also started to take a women's one a day vitamin. My mom would be so proud! I think it's really helped with the cramping I was having in my legs. One thing I haven't been taking lately though?? My anti-anxiety medicine! The boyfriend made a statement the other day that I thought was pretty profound. He said, "Last year at this time you were taking xanax on a nightly basis. I haven't seen you take one now in months!" --Awesome, huh?! I'm pretty proud of myself for this one! I no longer need something to knock me out and prevent me from feeling! I am happy with my reality and would rather be awake than asleep!! Life is good! emoticon

This picture was taken on Sunday at my parents' anniversary party. My 6 year old took it!! He thought the "big rocks" behind me were pretty cool, lol. I wanted to share it with you because these are one of the pairs of pants my sister gave me. Yep, that one sister who I consider skinny! I haven't worn this size in over a decade!!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 7/4/2011 1:18PM

    Absolutely, without a doubt, just gorgeous, yes you are emoticon

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APMAC_D 6/20/2011 9:23AM

    WOW you look great, gorgeous in fact! Positive attitude gets results

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MJLUVSANIMALS 6/19/2011 7:14PM

    Now if all of us can share your happiness, we would be one big happy Spark family!!! Keep it up, you look fantastic. MJ

btw I love, love, love, your fruit bowl! YUMMO!!!

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LIBBYFITZ 6/19/2011 6:36PM

    emoticonI am not getting your blog notifications, found you on one of the team pages!

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ABB698 6/19/2011 2:15AM

    You look fabulous as always, and I'm glad you finally feel as good as you look. You deserve all the happiness in the world! :) Luv ya

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TRANSFORMWE 6/18/2011 11:03PM

    I'm happy you're happy with your reality!!
You look fantastic, too.

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TEENY_BIKINI 6/18/2011 11:00PM

    You look fabulous! I love that you are having so much fun - kettle bell and vitamins and all... You go girl!!

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IUHRYTR 6/18/2011 8:57PM

    A good example of how determination and consistent effort pays dividends. I'd love to see the look on the kids' faces when they see you flexing. emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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CUTE_MIKEY 6/18/2011 6:37PM

  No Problem, we are always here for you! Thats great that the pants fit and that your kids are starting to notice the weight loss! You look very sexy in that picture Lexie!!! emoticon

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CUTE_MIKEY 6/18/2011 6:37PM

  No Problem, we are always here for you! Thats great that the pants fit and that your kids are starting to notice the weight loss! You look very sexy in that picture Lexie!!! emoticon

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CUTE_MIKEY 6/18/2011 6:37PM

  No Problem, we are always here for you! Thats great that the pants fit and that your kids are starting to notice the weight loss! You look very sexy in that picture Lexie!!! emoticon

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BTRTHANEVA 6/18/2011 3:40PM

I loved your blog! Your attitude has really shifted and is now your reality! Even better, you're HAPPY WITH YOUR REALITY!!! YEAH, YOU! Keep on keeping on!
BTW, I especially liked hearing *the boyfriend* and his observation.
Now an observation from one who has had night leg cramping for decades. Hydration. Make sure your body is adequately hydrated! Also, an old wive's tale from Miss Daisy is to drink quinine water. So at night I have a small glass of tonic water (ok, sometimes it has a little bit of gin in it...)
I see I have a lot of catching up to do!

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AZURELITE 6/18/2011 4:10AM

    Yes, by the huge smile on your face, I'd say you're definitely happy with your reality these days! Great smile, great photo, great outfit, great blog!! Way to go!!!

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BOMBCHELL23 6/17/2011 8:25PM

    Love the outfit, so cute! You are doing so well ! Keep up the great work and you will see the results!

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CULACCINA 6/17/2011 7:01PM

    You look amazing!!!!! :D

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/17/2011 6:24PM

    You look great!

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BYEFATNANNY 6/17/2011 4:47PM

    Sounds to me you have a great "reality" and life. I am happy that you are happy! We all have anxious days, glad to hear yours are few and far between. You look fantastic miss muscles!
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IBSHAUN 6/17/2011 2:43PM

    I think I may have to try the kettle ball - I keep hearing more and more about it and your progress is makin' me think! Love the picture (and the rocks, too!) :) Happiest for you though about your reality and living your life!! Way to go Leslie!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/17/2011 2:36PM

    You look great and I DO love the rocks!

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SHASHEE71 6/17/2011 2:32PM

    Nice picture! You look fab in your sister's skinny pants!!! I am going to have to jump on this kettlebell wagon!! I just may love that if I try!
Way to go girl! Very nice blog!

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DUSTYGIRL25 6/17/2011 2:32PM

    So glad your doing so very well. You look Awesome! Thanks for sharing the new picture. You look so very happy!
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NEWNAC304 6/17/2011 2:27PM

    You're doing terrific!

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ASHLEYKAT 6/17/2011 1:15PM

    Yay! You look (and are) amazing! Keep showing Bob what's what!

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AARONSGIRL420 6/17/2011 12:55PM

    I check myself and flex for my kids all the time LOL. Whenever I do the 30DS they try to do it with me. It's a little funny watching them trying to do some of the moves, but they really like jumping jacks.

You look great and it's awesome that you notice that you don't need the meds as much anymore. It's amazing what physical fitness can do for the mind.


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REDRUNNERMOM713 6/17/2011 12:54PM

    I'm SO very happy for you Leslie!!! How awesome that you aren't needing to take your xanax anymore. You have come so far and made so many changes in your life and I'm so happy that I've gotten to be on this journey with you...celebrating with you every step (or kettlebell throw) along the way!! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/17/2011 12:43PM

    I am so thrilled to hear that you are genuinely happy, isn't that what it's all about? You look FABULOUS, by the way--WOO HOO for you!!

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TEMPEST272002 6/17/2011 12:33PM

    You have a budding photographer on your hands! You look great in those pants - now you're the other skinny sister!

Among my biggest NSVs with losing weight is how happy I am on a day to day basis. I had no idea that my weight (and the related poor nutrition, poor sleep, no exercise) had such an impact on my mental health. I'm so glad to hear that you're enjoying your life so much more now too.

You are doing amazing, my friend. Keep checking out those biceips, you deserve it!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/17/2011 12:30PM

    Feel so lucky to share this journey with you Leslie. You are not only an inspiration, you are genuine!

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CIVIAV 6/17/2011 12:24PM

    You look gorgeous darling!

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JSPIN74 6/17/2011 12:22PM

    this blog is a win win win emoticon

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    Leslie! This is FANTASTIC!
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Not only have you made incredible progress in your physical health, you have gone forward by leaps and bounds with your mental and spiritual health! How wonderful is THAT!?
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THETURTLEBEAR 6/17/2011 12:18PM

    That is so awesome! My favorite part was that you've been able to ditch the benzos. Nothing like living reality instead of zombie-dom!

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KARBIE18 6/17/2011 12:16PM

    So happy to hear you're happy - not taking the meds is big! And you look great, too! Way to go on all the workouts! Haven't tried kettlebells yet, but have been wanting to. You're inspiring me....now I just have to squeeze it into my budget!

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I won't let the scale get me down!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Well, I'm finally getting into the exercise groove! Since joining Spark, I've become more active but haven't really done the hard core work out thing. I didn't want to do what I've done in the past...go all out and exercise my butt off, only to get burnt out and just dread the idea of lifting another finger.

Yep, that's sooo not me! Crazy!

This week I've stepped it up, though! I've got a renewed sense of determination and I'm ready to bust out of this exercise rut!

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I'm proud to announce that I've worked out the last 6 out of 7 days! GO ME! I'm on a roll and there's NO stoppin' me now!


Now...if only the scale would move!! emoticon

I know I've been doing a lot of extra ST, but can muscle really weigh that much more than fat?? I feel as though I've lost weight--my back fat pinch test tells me so!! LOL I think my scale is lying!! Yes, they do that! emoticon

I'm not going to let the scale win, though!! I'm going to KEEP AT IT! I've not come this far to give up now! I CAN and WILL do this! YOU can, too! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 6/18/2011 8:59PM

    Sounds like a book title: "Scales lie and other myths of weight loss." emoticon -- Lou

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BOMBCHELL23 6/17/2011 8:23PM

    OMG I was rolling while reading this blog! It was what I needed tonight! Thank you for sharing your struggles, it motivates me to continue my journey! Frequently I want to throw in the towel but I keep telling myself no. You continue to inspire me, thank you!

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/17/2011 6:13PM

    Wow that first picture is just Crazy! emoticon

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REDRUNNERMOM713 6/17/2011 9:54AM

    Way to go girl for getting so many workouts in this week! LOVE your attitude of not giving up! You have done great so far and the sky is the limit for you!! emoticon emoticon

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RUNNERGIRL60 6/17/2011 2:21AM

    Pretty much like u said scales do not tell the truth! They are not very friendly at times and I don't think will ever be my friend!!! LOL. I weigh but my measurements are my BFF now cause they are going row and not up!!! I started strength training and for awhile that scale just about went to never neverland but I lost inches and body fat is.going down more!!
Keep up all your get work and plans!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Awesome blog!!!!

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SMILINDI 6/17/2011 12:48AM

    What an OUTSTANDING BLOG !!! I loveeee the way you think!!!! Smiling soooo big!!!! Yessssss Ma'am you have it going on! This deserves an AWARD FOR SURE!

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ABB698 6/16/2011 11:52PM

    You HAVE come so far, and ARE doing the right things, just keep at it, and kick that scale to the curb! We know you're already emoticon

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ERIKO1908 6/16/2011 11:41PM

    I say ditch the scale...go with what you know and feel!! Keep rocking it!! You are AWESOME!!!

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JSPIN74 6/16/2011 8:55PM

    emoticon don't overthink the numbers....just move a bit each day & let it be something fun emoticon

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CUTE_MIKEY 6/16/2011 8:37PM

  Hi Leslie, forget the scale it is deceiving............ Try taking body measurements!!!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 6/16/2011 6:46PM

    go with the back fat pinch test - forget the scale!

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_LINDA 6/16/2011 6:30PM

    Yes Leslie, muscle does weigh much more. Its not the scale that should be ruling here if you are doing more ST, its how your clothes are fitting!! Notice any bags and sags??? Pants not so tight any more, shirt sagging, etc, etc. You will have to get used to toning and weighing the same, which is far better then being a skinny skeleton with no muscle tone.. Do ya think??? You can do this!! When you are fitting that buff bod into your goal size, you will chuck that scale out the window!!!

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JULIANAM 6/16/2011 4:19PM

    THE SCALE SUCKS!! I am not paying attention to it either! Great job on working out!

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ASHLEYKAT 6/16/2011 4:12PM

    Yay! Way to go on the AWESOME exercise streak! Keep at it!

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BOVEY63 6/16/2011 4:06PM

    Great, inspiring blog!
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ELLFIN3 6/16/2011 3:08PM

    emoticon Wonderfully positive blog! With that kind of attitude you can do anything! emoticon for you!! Keep up the great attitude and work!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PRUPLEBEAR 6/16/2011 2:25PM

    Just so you know! YOU ROCK

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DUSTYGIRL25 6/16/2011 2:01PM

    Yay! emoticon Woo Hoo! emoticon
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TEMPEST272002 6/16/2011 12:48PM

    Stupid scale doesn't know anything... but especially it doesn't know that, when you up your exercise levels, your body retains water in those newly worked muscles. Anytime I switch my exercise & start using different muscles, I know the scale will reflect it. Keep sweating & working out and that scale is going to move. Next week will likely be a bigger drop than you think.

I'm glad you're getting into the spirit of exercising! 6 days out of 7 is great! There are so many cool things to do in the summer - swim, bike, kayak, rock climb, hike in parks... the list goes on. It's time to PLAY!
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IBSHAUN 6/16/2011 12:40PM

    Yes they do lie! Never have understood why we give that little stupid thing so much power!! And YOU ROCK!!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 6/16/2011 12:40PM

    I was just reading something about scales, and if you've had your scale a long time, it gets more and more inaccurate because the springs and stuff wear out. I know that's not what you're saying - and you are doing AWESOME and look SENSATIONAL!! But just in case...

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SARAHJ19 6/16/2011 12:39PM

    Keep at it Leslie! You are doing great! Way to go on working out 6 out of 7 days!! Holla!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

As my 4 year old would say..."You go girl, You go girl, shake your booty!" (While dancing and shaking her booty!)

You rock!! emoticon

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CIVIAV 6/16/2011 12:38PM

    Sounds to me like you're choosing what works in your life. Go Les!

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    Scales are LIARS, I tell ya! Stingy, mean-spirited, ugly LIARS!

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KRYANPRINCESS 6/16/2011 12:34PM

    Remember, Muscle doesn't weigh more then fat, it is smaller in volume, so maybe you gained a few pounds of muscle volume, but lost fat volume! OH YEAH!!!! And of course, lets not forget the water we retain in our muscles when they are sore, it will all balance out. Now that being said, GIRL I FEEL YOU!!! I have fluctuated between the same 5 lbs for months, it's a yo-yo and it drives me crazy! Yet, my belly fat is slowly disappearing, my clothes are fitting better and looser....it really messes with the head! LOL Just keep doing the "right" thing and you will WIN!!! WOO HOO!!!

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BIPOLAR1961 6/16/2011 12:32PM

  I agree. I'm not going to worry about what the scale says. I can tell that I've lost a little bit of weight. Cause the seat belt in my truck isn't so tight and the pajmas sleeves on e of my nightshirts feels looser. I essed up yesterday-overate. But I'm not going to let it get me down. emoticon

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