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When your size 14s are getting tight, embrace kale

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I'm still in post marathon bliss. And it's 9 months later. My body still wants to eat at the higher calorie range. That, paired with a big milestone birthday sound the corner...the big 4-0...well my body just wants to get fluffier.

I have gained a good 10 lbs, and I had wanted to reach goal weight by my birthday at the end of August....that's not going to happen...and that's ok. But I want to get my eating under control....and the first step is this: I will embrace kale, spinach, romaine and all things green. I will eat fresh vs. processed whenever possible...

And I will love myself...despite the fluff...

Now I'm leaving on a girls trip tomorrow....there will be vodka and other bad things...and my mantra will be....in moderation....and I'm bringing my running shoes....:-)

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RUDITUDI2000 7/30/2014 10:05PM

    You can do it! One step at a time.... 40 is good! A girls weekend sounds glorious! emoticon

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GEMINIGEM6 7/28/2014 1:13PM

    Have fun! And no worries, we've all been there. :)

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CALLIESWEET 7/24/2014 9:36AM

    Enjoy your trip! Bringing your running shoes is an excellent plan. There will be kale waiting when you get back! emoticon

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UNICORN212 7/23/2014 10:54PM

    Have a good time, go slow on the alcohol and the munchies. And run the stairs every chance you get!

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FITMARY 7/23/2014 9:47PM

    Ha, ha! Great title! Have fun with the girls...in moderation!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/23/2014 5:10PM

    I am with you on getting fluffier...but we just need to get back to what works. Gaining is not a crisis, it is a call to action!

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LINDAKAY228 7/23/2014 4:32PM

    Have fun on your trip! And you can embrace the fresh veggies! Some of them are good in smoothies. I make a smoothie with protein powder, frozen unsweetened fruit, and spinach and I can't even taste the spinach. I like to add ice too so it's really thick like a shake and also helps with the water.

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PRESBESS 7/23/2014 1:26PM

    Enjoy your time with your girlfriends!

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PJH2028 7/23/2014 1:15PM

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    you should love yourself! You look healthy and fit and THAT is what really matters!!!!!!!!!! Love your body honey..it's SEXY and GOrGEOUS!!! I'm so proud of you!

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MARYBETH4884 7/23/2014 1:04PM

    Have fun, when you get home you can battle the fluff! Family and friends are meant to be enjoyed!!

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MANLEYSANDY 7/23/2014 11:53AM

    Embrace and love yourself today!! Fluff comes and goes, but we gotta love it either way! Moderation is key, live your life and enjoy! You can do it!

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LIZZY0223 7/23/2014 11:22AM

    You can do this! But, you have a great attitude and you are not letting the 10 pounds bother you with the deadline. Have fun with the trip! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 7/23/2014 11:20AM

    Omg. So ditto. I'm still in post marathon "bliss" if you want to call it that and I ran 2 years ago. I feel like I wrecked myself and I can't get anything back...except my size 16s. Those are definitely back.

And it's summer so all I want to do is eat and drink.

You are not alone!

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I am More Than a Number

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

After losing 100 lbs., I've maintained for over two years. That's the "glass is
half full" outlook. The negative side is that I've been in a plateau for over two years. But the first one is more empowering, so I'm going with that.

See I have 25 more lbs. to goal weight, and I wanted to reach that by my 40th birthday, which is at the end of August...

And since over indulging say the holidays I've gained 5 lbs. I just can't seem to lose.

So to motivate myself, I wanted to visually see just how much 100 lbs. looks like.

I know I've come a long way, just need to commit to making healthy choices and with God on my side I can do this!!

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    You can do this! I am praying you reach the goals you have set. emoticon

Your blog is A+ on!!!

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TEMPEST272002 6/28/2014 6:12PM

    I just wanted to check in & see how you were doing. So proud of you for maintaining these last 2 years. It takes a lot of effort to swim against the current - even if you don't feel like you are moving forward fast. For me, I've been letting go of one healthy habit at a time over these past 2 years... have re-gained about 60 lbs. So, I'm completely impressed by you today & as, usual, you are a huge motivation for me. :O)

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IGSBETH 6/8/2014 3:42PM

    Great blog!

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TRAVELGRRL 6/7/2014 8:29PM

    Totally agree. BUT, at some point you just may have to make your peace with the number you can maintain, at which you can still enjoy your life. Because the number? It's superficial, and the only one who sees it is YOU. Everyone else sees your beautiful spirit and presence!

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LADYSHERRY 6/6/2014 3:41PM

    Yes, you are more than a number. You have done wonderfully and guess what--the journey is not over!!We get up everyday and have a chance to start over. God is like that. You'll get through this.Thank you for sharing. It's been a yr since I've lost weight but, we still keep going!!!!

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REENSKI 6/6/2014 6:43AM

    You have come so far and are such an inspiration.
Don't lose faith-you will make your goal, you are not defined by the number or the date.
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    You have come SOOOOOOOOOOOO far! Look at all you do! Walk coach, certified running coach..you're amazing honey. i am so proud of you. You are more tha na number. You are fit. You are healthy. You are happy. The weight will come off! I love you!

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LINDAKAY228 6/4/2014 10:14PM

    Amen! You are such an awesome person and an inspiration to me! Those numbers don't show who you are! I'm so happy to hear from you on FB on SP. You always make my day!

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SMILINGTREE 6/4/2014 1:53PM

    A very wise spark friend, KANSASROSE67, told me that it helped her to measure what she could control. For example I cannot control (nor be defined by) the number on the scale, but I can count the number of minutes I exercise each week, and roughly count the number of calories I eat. Following her advice helped me in a period of plateau (which eventually became a period of gain, but that's an entirely different story and not at all applicable to your wonderful self!)

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PRETTYPITHY 6/4/2014 12:47PM

    You're such an inspiration -- you will get to goal!!

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SGTSUNNY 6/4/2014 11:04AM

    I am on the same type of plateau, but am finding if I work more on the mental blocks and issues the scale is moving again. I have faith you will do this Kathy! You are so much more then a number!

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-BLESSINGS- 6/4/2014 10:59AM

    excellent blog... thanks for sharing with us...

YOU can and WILL succeed...

Wishing you all the best and Much success

~BLESSings ALLways~ Deby

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After The Rain

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Our yard is a terrible sight. After this long Chicago winter, and then the rain, we took a look at our mud pool of a yard and closely assessed. There were piles of old leaves that I raked, expecting to find more mud underneath. Mud I did find, but I also found life! There underneath everything dead, was one of my hastas, springing up from the ground. It was green and strong. I've find that hastas are virtually impossible to kill, they persevere, every year, even in our shady lawn.

I want to be more like the hasta, coming back after defeat even stronger. Or like the lotus, who grows beautifully out of the dark mud.

Lord, please let me remember this as I begin (again) this journey. With your strength, I will also emerge stronger and new.

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LINDAKAY228 5/28/2014 12:06PM

    That is so beautiful and one I need to always pray and remember too! Thank you for sharing this with us!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/28/2014 9:21AM

    I think it's been a long, rough winter for all of us, and we all have work to do. I know you can do it!
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My Strength Training Blog for Sunny Challenge

Sunday, May 25, 2014


complete circuit 2 times doing 15-20 reps each exercise

Upper Body
Bicep Curls
Overhead tricep extension
Lateral Raises
Push Ups
Dumbell Row

Lower Body
Plie Squat
Side Lunge
Wall Sit (30 seconds)

Ab Circuit
Plank (30 seconds)
Toe Reaches
Oblique Raises
Bicycle Crunches

While Traveling:
walking lunges
mountain climbers
push ups

Free workouts

Exercise tutorials
tail/view/name/barbell-side-split-squat (Side Lunge)


tail/view/name/alternate-heel-touchers (Toe Reaches are the same thing)
tail/view/name/dumbbell-side-bend (Oblique Raise)

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/25/2014 8:30PM

    Great work!! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 5/25/2014 1:34PM

    You definitely have a lot of strength training in there and I know it's awesome for the body! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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REDDOTFLYER 5/25/2014 9:44AM

    nice job

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Quieting that Voice Inside

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Main Challenge (30 Points): The psychological Challenge. A huge part of losing weight involves the psychological challenges we face. For example what we say to ourselves makes a huge difference. Many times we find ourselves saying these negative things to ourselves despite our best attempts to stay positive.We may say things such as
"I don't have enough time to......."
"I can't keep motivated due to...."
"I have tried everything to lose weight and it never works..."
These get in the way of our success.

Letís thwart these issues right now. Pick a psychological issue that gets in the way of your success then Blog about it in two separate parts.

1. Write about it as though it is happening to you right now. Describe your current line of thinking, what you say to yourself, really try to make yourself believe this to be true.

2. Then blog about how it felt to think that way and how you are going to change it.

Here is my sentence:

I have been in a plateau for over two years and I will never get out of it, no matter what I do. This line of thinking runs through my mind a lot. I have lost hope. I think it's Impossible.

So how am I going to change it?

I love the new Spark page and how you can create your own virtual inspiration board. To help change my way of thinking I'm going to look at my Board every day and remind myself of just how far I've come....

I've lost 43 inches....

I've lost 100 lbs...

I went from a couch potato to a marathoner....

I can do this!!

I'm also going to visualize myself at my goal weight and start meditating.

On a physical level I'm going to start strength training (not just talking about doing it) and yoga to help with both strength, stress and body acceptance...

Also I just read my spark page and what does impossible spell?


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TRAVELGRRL 3/20/2014 9:48PM

    You say Plateau...I say successfully maintaing a 100-pound weight loss. Just because there's more to go doesn't mean the time spent "stabilizing" is not worthwhile. You've become a marathoner. You've learned to live 100-pounds lighter.

But now you are ready to move to the next Phase. You CAN and WILL do it...you have a great plan!

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NGCHILD 3/6/2014 3:14PM

    Plateau is a word from the devil! It has to be right???

You have come so far! BUST the plateau! I know you can do it.

I am struggling right now with a 7 month plateau and hubby and I have decided to join a gym to jump start some changes. We are holding at a combined 170 pounds lost. I have more to lose!

With a good attitude, positive outlook and sweaty determination WE CAN DO THIS!


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    You are amazing!!!! Plateau or not...you look amazing and you are HEALTHY!! Think of how far you've come! I am so very proud of you!

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LINDAKAY228 3/6/2014 1:19PM

    I love this! You have really come so far. I think we all have that voice in our head. The task is to turn it around and not let the negative voice take over. This is so inspiration! I really need to do this.

Thanks for reading my blog and I'm glad it helped. I knew that stuff, but reading it now was a different thing, When I think of my dog I think of you and your family too because we're in the same situation there.

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-ICANDOIT- 3/6/2014 9:00AM

Changing your thoughts is usually the most empowering step towards your success! You have accomplished so much! I know this next phase will be just as wonderful!! You know that most people in your boat would be losing a lot of weight by now....because they would have given up hope and gained back 70 of the 100 pounds and would be re-losing their previous weight again!!!!! You did not do that! You kept going, working, changing, evolving! I am so proud of you and so inspired by you! I hope your body lets you get to the next level because I know you are going to work hard for it- you always do!

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NANCYTUNBERG64 3/6/2014 7:29AM

    So true!!! Thank you for putting it in words!!

Love, Love, Love the impossible quote!! I may have to steal that one!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 3/5/2014 11:14PM

    That's true Nancy!! I need to remember that

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UNICORN212 3/5/2014 11:06PM

    Strength training can be as simple as doing WATP with 5 pound dumb bells.... Don't let it intimidate you!

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KNEEMAKER 3/5/2014 11:00PM

  Excellent! You are a real winner. emoticon

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ANGELICAHNAGY 3/5/2014 10:54PM

    Good for u

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LOTUSFLOWER 3/5/2014 10:54PM

    Thanks ANGELCITYGAL, strength training intimidates me, but I have to just start where I am I guess right?

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ANGELCITYGAL 3/5/2014 10:52PM

    Good for you! These are very positive thoughts!

I'm a big fan of strength training. It really lifts my spirits (no pun intended) to feel strong. It definitely reinforces positive thinking.

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