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Big Changes

Friday, July 30, 2010

Well June is about over and I've got my month end results!!

Goal: Lose 5 lbs and be in the comfortable 150's by weighing 157 emoticon
Goal: Become active in Spark Teams emoticon
Goal: Drink 9 glasses of water a day and stay in my calorie range emoticon

Another great accomplishment? I've now worked out 4 days in a row!! Today will make 5! My work out buddy and I are kicking 'The Shred's butt! I feel more energized and have lost 2 pounds this week. The scale hardly moved all month and finally in the the last 2 weeks I've been able to reach my goal of the 150's! YAY! Also...I fit into a size 10!! It has literally been over a decade since I've worn one and I still can't believe it. I only bought a couple pair of capris and am still wearing my size 12's and rockin em. Just cuz the size 10's fit doesn't mean I should be wearing them yet! lol Just a little muffin top but by the end of August those baby's will be fitting just fine! emoticon

August is going to hold huge changes for me and I'm ready. These are changes I have to do in order to accomplish family peace. I may not agree with them but my family is important to me and even if though they are wrong, it's not worth it to be "right". (A very smart little birdie told me this once)
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These lyrics are from Eminem's album, "Recovery." The song is titled "Not Afraid." I'd just like to share a few of the lyrics, don't worry it's not explicit! We could call this my theme song for now...

Yeah, It's been a ride...
I guess I had to go to that place to get to this one
Now some of you might still be in that place
If you're trying to get out, just follow me
I'll get you there

I'm not afraid to take a stand
Everybody come take my hand
We'll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just let you know that, you're not alone
Holla if you feel that you've been down the same road

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LIBBYFITZ 7/31/2010 1:20AM

    emoticonon reaching you're goals. emoticon

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LAURLEW 7/30/2010 6:20PM

    Awesome job on keeping your goals! I have to get serious about some small goals too and make sure I keep it going! emoticon

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KARBIE18 7/30/2010 5:53PM

    Great job! I am so proud of you! You set goals for yourself, and you followed through. I agree that those 10s are going to look fantastic very soon!

Keep it up!
Karen

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CHRISTYD921 7/30/2010 1:42PM

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IUHRYTR 7/30/2010 1:30PM

    Good going. Great progress. Keep up the effort and August will be emoticon. -- Lou

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LALASLAND 7/30/2010 12:33PM

    Wow, I didn't think Eminem had anything but cuss words to sing about! Those lyrics were great! I guess I won't roll my eyes when my son mentions liking some of his music! emoticon

You are doing great, and I loved seeing those emoticons! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUNETTA2002 7/30/2010 12:20PM

    Congrats on all your successes. I will take a page out of your book and make myself some small goals. emoticon

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Jillian ain't got nothin' on me baby!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

First of all, I want to start off by thanking all of my SP friends for their support, advice, and encouragement on my blog yesterday. I try to stay as positive as I can but was just not feelin' it yesterday. I knew I could come here for advice and a virtual shoulder to cry on. My SP friends are my biggest support system and I love each and every one of you! emoticon

I'm feeling better today, mostly just sore! Yesterday my 'Shred Buddy' and I completed Day 2 of The Shred! After hearing other Sparkies talk about how much The Shred had kicked their butts I thought for sure that I couldn't do it. Nothing like the feeling of accomplishing something you never thought you could! emoticon

I'm also very excited about the results that I'm already seeing on the scale. I weighed myself yesterday so that I could try to get an accurate start weight 'before' The Shred. I know, I should've done it the day before I started but I didn't. My eyes about popped out of my head when I saw what the scale was telling me. I got back off and tried again, thinking for sure that this was a phantom reading and not accurate. Again, the same number. I was still convinced that the scale was wrong and decided to give it another day and see what it said today. Well...today it was even LOWER!! Friday I weighed in at 159 even. Today...155.6!! After just two days of the Shred, is this possible?!! I'm don't know, but hey, I'll take it! emoticon

I feel so much better than yesterday. Your advice meant more to me than words could describe! emoticon

For once, I want to give the emoticon emoticon ! hahaha

  
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CHRISTYD921 7/30/2010 1:40PM

    You go girl!!! and some days you just need a pick me up ..that's what I love about this place emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 7/28/2010 8:49PM

    emoticon emoticonGlad you got day 2 of the shred done!
We love you and hate to see you hurting. Just live you're life to the best of you're ability and let the rest go. emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/28/2010 7:44PM

    155?! You are rocking this! I am so proud of you for always pushing forward.

Go warrior.

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IUHRYTR 7/28/2010 2:52PM

    What's the saying about not looking a gift horse in the mouth? The scale is down? Celebrate! emoticon -- Lou

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LYNNWANNABE 7/28/2010 1:30PM

    Shred? I'm going to have to check that out... but I'm happy your seeing the numbers move for you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARBIE18 7/28/2010 1:11PM

    Holy cow! That's amazing! I am so very happy for you!

Keep up the great work!
Karen

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LALASLAND 7/28/2010 12:07PM

    WAY TO GO!!! Leslie, you're inspiring ME to get busy and do more Spark videos! I have been doing plenty of cardio, but when you said something about seeing results on the scale, it clicked that there are still things I can find time to do that WILL move that blasted scale! I'm going to start the boot camp (not doin the Shred, no way! lol), and be consistent!

I am so glad that you are feeling better! I know that when I'm down, it seems it will last forever, but when it passes, and things calm down, I know that I'm going to be fine, and move forward with life with new confidence.

You really do inspire me, Leslie! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 7/28/2010 12:03PM

    Wow! Those are great results! emoticon

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MRSFARRA 7/28/2010 11:29AM

    Way to go. Now I want out check out the Shred. Good luck and keep sparking.

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This Would've Never Happened

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I'm proud to announce that I completed day one of the The Shred! I totally did not feel like starting it yesterday but my work out buddy said she was still going to do it. I didn't want to let her down. I told her I'd do it and I wasn't about to duck out the first day. I think I tackled the hardest part...getting started! Can't wait to do it again tonight! emoticon

I'm also hoping that starting a regular exercise routine will get those happy endorphins moving again! For some reason I stopped taking my antidepressants. At first I just forgot it for a few days, then I couldn't find it altogether. I thought, oh well, I don't need it anyways. I'm starting to rethink this now. emoticon

Some of you also know that I've been going through some family turmoil. My sister is still not talking to me and has said some very harsh things to me. I feel hurt. I feel betrayed. I feel more alone. I know this is wrong for me to think but for some reason when things don't go my way I say to myself, "If DH woulda never died, this woulda never happened." This phrase has seemed to apply to many situations going on in my life. I just wish my life was back the way it was before.......... emoticon

  
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CHRISTYD921 7/28/2010 7:47PM

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GRANLUND 7/27/2010 9:29PM

    I'm so proud of you! I'm also on day 2 of the shred. I'm not "phoning it in" either, but my shoulders are calling to me. I'm actually doing it! Keep up the great work, it will help you feel better.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 7/27/2010 9:20PM

    Congrats on Shredding
It will bring you endorphins!

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CANDY_LU 7/27/2010 8:21PM

    emoticon I am so sorry that you're going through such a hard time with your sister. Hang in there, sweetie! emoticon

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WEIGHTLOSSKATEL 7/27/2010 8:11PM

    Congrats on doign the first day of the shred!! you rock! and hugs about your family... i'm sorry you're going through a hard time!

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LALASLAND 7/27/2010 8:03PM

    Oh, Leslie, my heart goes out to you. I read the other comments to your blog because they are
my dear friends (Lou and Libby). I agree with everything they said. I have also cut back 1/2 on my anti depressants--like you, I just kept forgetting to refill the one in the a.m., and I noticed that I'm fine without it. I'm hoping to go off completely but know I can't go off cold turkey. Exercise is such a healer!

Yes, perhaps your sister is wrong, but I have to tell you something very painful. When I was 43 and my brother was 46, he did something that was very disrespectful to me, and it really hurt. However, I used my "Christianity" to shame him for what he had done. He was not a Christian, and this really turned him away from me in more of a severe way that I even realized at the time.

A few months later, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He lived in Copenhagen, Denmark, and I couldn't communicate with him other than phone or mail. I tried to call him to tell him that I was so sorry that I overreacted to what he had done. I wanted to comfort him and tell him that I loved him far more than what had come between us.

I don't know if it was the tumor at work in his mind, or if he was just that angry at me, but he never would speak to me again except to tell me two weeks before he died, as I pleaded with him to listen, "Lori, just leave your Christian S*$#*T in Texas. Don't call me again." And then, he died.

I would give anything to have given him the benefit of the doubt, held my tongue, kept my self-righteous comment to myself... so many things! I learned such a hard lesson that day. He knew how sorry I was, I'm sure. I now try to respect other people and their right to their beliefs and opinions.

I guess I'm saying all that to say this. Do what you can to keep the relationships that are important to you, even if those people may be wrong. Sometimes, it's not worth it to be "right".

Love ya, Leslie, I wish you the best with your sister. And yes, if your DH were there, you would have his shoulder and undying love. Find someone who can at least give you a fraction of that, like Lou said. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 7/27/2010 7:23PM

    emoticon I know what you are going through as I have a sister I have not spoke to in 6 months because of her nastiness. I am proud of you for kicking the Shred's butt! As tough as I think I am, I find that to be a really hard workout.

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LIBBYFITZ 7/27/2010 6:42PM

    That is perfectly normal to think that. If you're Dh was still here he would have been able to give you the shoulder to cry on. Do you have a good close girl friend that you can talk to? I have reduced my antidepressants from 2 a day to 1 a day and do need to exercise to keep my mood up. It may be worth having a talk to you're doctor about dosage, matbe just a smaller dose to help. If the exercise is helping then go for it! So proud of you. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 7/27/2010 6:37PM

    Unfortunately, life is as it is and we can't change the past. That your sister doesn't stay in touch is HER problem. I have a similar situation with my brother and sister. We may see each other a couple of times a year even though we live in the same area. I figure it is their loss and don't let it upset me. It is what it is. maybe that's some type of Zen thinking but there are enough negatives in our lives so we need to focus on the positives such as you have a workout buddy and you finished day one. That's a reinforcing beginning. Take it one day at a time and always look for the positives throughout your days. You'll get there. Just hang tough. emoticon -- Lou

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I Got a Buddy! WooHoo!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

So one of my new goals is to find that inner athlete and to start exercising. Yes, I've lost a lot of weight without exercising too much, but I have become a lot more active. I park at the end of the parking lot at stores, I visit the downstairs bathroom at work versus the one 10 ft. away, I walk the dog an extra block and when I have some down time I plop down on the floor and do some push ups and sit ups, and so on. I can produce a long list of positive changes I've made to become successful with my weight loss but exercise has not been an integral part. (hiding underneath my desk in embarrassment, lol). My healthy changes have produced a loss of 1-2 lbs a week, if that. I've been content with gradual change which has contributed to my overall weight loss success. It TRULY has become a lifestyle change! Am I done progressing? NO! I've got 10 more pounds to lose and a long list of improvements that I can make. I am gonna knock one thing off my list at a time. No time restraints, JUST DO IT!

I'm excited to announce that my exercise goal is well underway! GUESS WHAT?! My great friend, Sparkbuddy and coworker THATS_LOVELY101, (who started me w/ SparkPeople,) has asked me to be her work out buddy! emoticon Actually we're gonna be "Shred Buddies" and do the 30 day shred together! I'm excited that this may bring me to my goal weight! PLUS, it's going to give me a big kick in the butt with my exercise regime which I need! emoticon

I'm so ready to do this...I know I can and I WILL! emoticon emoticon

  
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GRANLUND 7/26/2010 1:30PM

    Yeah! I just started the 30 day shred today. I'll be your virtual workout buddy!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 7/26/2010 7:40AM

    emoticon That's FABU! Exercise buddies help pass the time and you are both working together to achieve your goals!
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JUSTDUCKY1405 7/25/2010 3:07PM

    Right on! Keep up your new attitude and life style change and shred that body baby!

WOOHOO!
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LIBBYFITZ 7/24/2010 1:04AM

    How cool is that! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LALABUMBUM 7/23/2010 8:37PM

    emoticon Right when I opened your blog it reminded me to do my 5000 (now a 3000) challenge! You can totally do it, you show Jillian Michaels who is boss, and kick some but with your work outs!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 7/23/2010 6:57PM

    You have done great girl! I've done the Shred and it's killer!! But in a really good way!! You CAN do it girl!

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IUHRYTR 7/23/2010 6:19PM

    Yes you will because you are determined. Keep up the good attitude. -- Lou

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LALASLAND 7/23/2010 5:47PM

    emoticonI know you'll do it! emoticonKeep us posted! emoticon

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MELMEI 7/23/2010 5:41PM

    I Started doing the shred last week and it's awesome!

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LOOZINITNOW 7/23/2010 5:39PM

    GO! GO! GO! emoticon

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Inner Athlete Lost!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Good news!! The docs said no more lithotripsy...for now anyways. They couldn't see any kidney stones in the xrays which was a good sign. Since I had some pain yesterday we don't think that they are entirely gone. The pain is a good sign that they are still passing. He sent me home with more scripts and is going to xray again in a month.

Before I went to the doc I had some down time that I didn't quite know what to do with. Since exercise encourages the passing of the stones and since I had time, I put on my walking shoes and took a lap around the neighborhood. It felt great...hot, but great! I'd really like to make this into a habit. My inner athlete is inside screaming to get out. I'd love to set her free and become active again. I grew up doing all sorts of sports and activities and was a jock all through out school. You'd never know it now! I'm so out of shape it's not funny.

Soo....inner athlete, hear me now....you are in there somewhere and I'm here to set you free!! I CAN DO THIS!!
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RUN2MYDREAMS 7/26/2010 7:39AM

    I know you are setting that inner athelete free! You WILL do this Leslie!
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IMATALOSS 7/23/2010 3:50PM

  I can so relate!! I used to be athletic when I was young too. That athlete is in both of us wanting to wake up and get back to it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/23/2010 3:28PM

    I love a good walk around my neighborhood in the morning - mostly. It's the only time I get a good look.

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LALASLAND 7/21/2010 7:36PM

    I am so amazed and proud of you that you can turn something painful into something so productive! I started to thank you in a comment for writing on my blog, then I saw YOUR blog, and well, here I am! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 7/20/2010 8:56PM

    emoticonI have a feeling that the inner athlete is just about found! emoticon emoticon

Great news about the kidney stones!

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IUHRYTR 7/20/2010 6:25PM

    Yes you will, one walk around the block at a time! -- Lou

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