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My first 5k! (Pictures)

Monday, June 07, 2010

Total time: 39:31
Pace: 12:45 per mile
Place: 1408 out of approx. 1700 timed runners
Calories burned: 665

I did it! I ran my first 5K!!!! Thanks to SparkPeople and the Couch to 5K program!

I have been sick with a cough and so each time I breathed in I had to cough, so that wasnít helping me. BUT I ran the entire thing; I only stopped once to walk for about 30 seconds.

My longest training session prior to the race was Friday night, and I ran for 20 minutes straight. I am on Week 6 of the Couch to 5K program, I haven't graduated yet (but will), however I still finished the 5k in about 39 minutes, so I doubled my time. So I pushed myself, and Iím a bit sore from it, but I did it!

Me, my daughter Lucy and my sister Kris before the race

I was so nervous the night before the race, I wanted to do everything right. I had a healthy dinner of protein with some carbs (chicken kabobs and rice) and made sure I drank lots of water in the days before the race. That morning I had a simple breakfast of cereal with a banana. I also had a half cup of coffee. I prayed to have the strength to finish the 5k.

As we lined up the sense of excitement was so strong, I just knew it was a special thing I was doing, and that I had worked so hard for this! I didn't know what was going to happen, but I knew I was going to give it my all. My sister snapped a picture of us and then the whistle blew.

Me (right) and my sister Kris (left) before the race, taken from her cell phone.

The first 1/2 block or so was hard, to get into the mental frame of, I AM going to run 3.1 miles. So I stopped thinking of it like that. I stopped looking at all the fit people running in front of, and WITH me, and behind me, I realized that I WAS one of these fit people, I belonged here no matter my size or the number on the scale. I was in the ZONE.

The course was awesome and was held at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. All proceeds from the races went to benefit the zoo. We ran past the baseball fields for MILE 1, then onto running through the zoo to be greeted by cheering crowds (including my cousin and her husband) and flamingos onto MILE 2, then the hardest part for me was MILE 3, which was a little boring and run on a gravel paved path to the finish line. I think MILE 3 got to me mentally because I could see how far we had to go (it was in a straight line) and then all of the runners returning, so it FELT long to me. This is when I had to stop and walk for a bit.

Flamingos in Mile 2

My sister Kris ran with me the whole time, even though she normally runs at a faster pace. This helped me so much; her support has been really awesome. Before each mile marker she would call it out to me. Before the finish she pointed out the finish line and then even stopped to take a picture of me as I ran toward the finish! Running through the zoo past the animals really kept me distracted and entertained at the same time.

I was so proud of myself for running this 5k, my first 5k! I still canít really believe I actually DID it. My training has paid off, and my weight loss and new lifestyle have as well. My sister told me that the girl in that picture at the finish line couldnít have been me a year ago Ė this is a NEW girl Ė leaner, stronger and more confident. THIS is a girl who will capture her dreams and hold them captive. THIS is a girl who is DONE being a fat girl, and onto being the girl she was meant to be!

Me running to the finish line (I'm in the grey pants)

After the race they had lots of munchies (popsicles, bagels, bananas, oranges, apples). I had an orange Popsicle and it really hit the spot! After that I got professionally stretched out by ATI Physical Therapy. It was complimentary to the runners and it felt so good!

Me, my sister Kris and my daughter Lucy after the race

I ran into a good friend of mine that ran the race as well, we didnít even know that we were both running in this particular race, and we work out at the same health club and talk about training, so it was a crazy coincidence. It was great to see him!

Me and my friend Tom

Then I changed out of my sweaty clothes and got to spend time with my family and walked around the zoo, had a picnic we brought from home, and I even rode the carousel with my 3 yr. old daughter Lucy.

Me and Lucy on the carousel.

Afterward I relaxed pool side (baby pool side) with the kids.

The 5k course map.

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LYNZEKM 7/10/2010 11:36AM

    yay! congrats!!!

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PELESJEWEL 6/22/2010 8:59PM

    Congratulations!! Good for you! You did great! I'm in week 9 of my 10 week long C25k training. My first 5k is on July 3rd. What's next for you? Another 5k? emoticon

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IILAAD65 6/10/2010 2:14PM

    I just signed up for my FIRST 5K in August - also for United Way. YOU have given me hope that I can do this!!!

I can run for 20 minutes - but 40??? Any advice???

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COLT2008 6/8/2010 9:15PM

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Congratulations, you rock!!!!

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    This is such a great happy story; a whole day of celebrating wonderful treats in life. You worked so hard for this, what an accomplishment and you are only getting started. Just think what a positive impact all of this is having on Lucy. She'll be wanting to run races with you in a few years.

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PAULACOLLINS 6/8/2010 11:37AM

    How wonderful!!!! What an inspiration--thanks for sharing your journey with me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ECLECTIC_ME 6/8/2010 9:17AM

    You are very inspiring!!!

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    Way 2 go!!!!! Congrats!

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MADDEELOU 6/8/2010 12:04AM

    Congratulations! emoticon emoticon

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PEPPERLEAH 6/7/2010 11:52PM

    You are so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations to you!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on finishing your first 5k. You're time was great too.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 6/7/2010 6:57PM

    Congratulations on running your first 5K! I am very excited for you because I know what a wonderful feeling of accomplishment this is! Whoo-hooooO!!!!!

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KELSCATT 6/7/2010 6:20PM

  Congrats to you!!! awesome!!!!!!

must be such a feeling - you rock!

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LITTLEZEWSKI 6/7/2010 6:10PM

    Love this! Good for you!

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    That's awesome! I just ran my first 5k, too, with the helo of c25k and Spark!! It feels to good!

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LOOZINITNOW 6/7/2010 4:52PM

    I'm so happy for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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-POOKIE- 6/7/2010 4:49PM

    emoticon I can't wait to be here! You look like you had a blast!

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YATMAMA 6/7/2010 4:43PM

    I am SO proud of you!!!

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HAMMLIN 6/7/2010 4:42PM

    wow! way to go!!! You did SO GOOD!!!!

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SSDCQUINCY 6/7/2010 4:23PM

    Way to go and congrats for running your first 5K. Inspiring!!

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Awesome job!!! Ejoyed the pics!!

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TEMPEST272002 6/7/2010 3:20PM

    I really enjoyed looking at your pics, thanks for sharing them. I love what your sister said to you. She's being a great support to you!

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Girl, you are awesome!! Congrats on your first 5k!!!! And great pictures -- memories forever!!!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 6/7/2010 3:03PM

    Awesome pics, awesome race. I am so happy for your happiness and new found you.

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SHERLYN-WILL 6/7/2010 2:57PM

    Loved the pictures. CONGRATS on running that whole thing!
You can really see your weight loss. You are your sis are so cute! See ur little girl lost her tooth...
Thanks for sharing.

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IPATRICIA 6/7/2010 2:56PM

    That's what I can VICTORY. Well Done. emoticon emoticon

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SKFEREBEE 6/7/2010 2:41PM

    Sorry about the double post. Computer is acting up...

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SKFEREBEE 6/7/2010 2:41PM

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Sounds & looks like your first 5K experience was fun & fantastic! Hope my first one in the fall is half as good...

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    Congrats Girl! You know there is so much stuff on here that I could congraulate you on but I'd be here all day! Can I just say that I love how you are getting it in and I am MOTIVATED by your motivation. Keep up the fantastic work and congrats again on the 5K! What a great accomplishment! Keep rocking it out baby! emoticon

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GAARAMA 6/7/2010 1:55PM

    Congrats on running your first 5K !

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LOTUSFLOWER 6/7/2010 1:55PM

    Thanks everyone! I got motivated to start running first in a Mommy Boot Camp I was in at my gym, we had to run as a part of that and it KILLED me. SO, I decided to conquer that and wanted to be better at it. Then I found the Couch to 5K team here at Spark that uses the program found at coolrunning.com. If I can do it, you all can do it!!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 6/7/2010 1:55PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I finished my first 5K race on Saturday - my official time was 49 minutes and 34 seconds. I was able to jog most of the race but did have my walking moments.

emoticon You are fabulous!

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KITHKINCAID 6/7/2010 1:43PM

    Woohoo! This is so amazing. I LOVE the Lincoln Park Zoo - and I totally saw the signs for the run this weekend. Hopefully I can do that race next year!

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_ROODIE_ 6/7/2010 1:41PM

  Way to go!!!

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LISALIVING1980 6/7/2010 1:40PM

    WOW..congratulations!! I can only run a mile before my shins hurt and I feel like a lung is gonna pop!! GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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2GOVEG 6/7/2010 1:40PM

    Congratulations! My goal is to be able to run a 5k by the end of summer, but I have never run a mile at once! I am so scared that I haven't started, so I'm already a week behind. How did you get motivated to start running?

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May Progress Report and Loads of Non-Scale Victories! (Pictures)

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

May Progress Report:

Start weight: 240
End weight: 236
Weight lost: 4 lbs. emoticon
Weight lost since the beginning of the year: 21.5 lbs.
Total weight lost: 62 lbs.

emoticonFitness minutes: 1,090 Ė I reached the 1,000 minutes mark this month!! Last month I only reached 485.

emoticonMiles: 43 miles walked vs. 20 miles last month! I doubled my miles! emoticon


3 inches off my hips
1 inch off my waist
0.92 to 0.91 waist to hip ratio

emoticon I Lost 4 inches!!

emoticonGrade for the month: A (up from a "B-") emoticon

emoticon emoticonScale victories: Reached the 60 lbs. lost mark!!

emoticonPraise the Lord victories: I have been working through a stronghold in my life and finally broke through it see the light at the end of the tunnel. Trusting the Lord 100% with my heart and life.

emoticon emoticonNon-scale victories: emoticon emoticon

emoticonMy page was picked as the Done Girls May page of the month

emoticonWent to the water park and didnít feel as self-conscious as I usually do Ė I wasnít the biggest one there. I actually looked pretty good.

emoticonI AM a size 16 in a bathing suit!!

emoticonWas able to able to go in and buy off the rack from a boutique a cute sundress that was NOT a plus size. emoticon

emoticonC25K Training Ė In my 5th week, able to run for five minutes without stopping.

emoticonWas able to play with my 3 yr. old, both at the water park and at Wizard Quest Ė going through tunnels, down slides, etc.

emoticonMy mother said she was proud of me.

emoticonI now weigh less than my brother in law (he is an over 6 ft. tall Harley guy, great guy, but I would rather weigh LESS than him! He's always complaining about his weight, giving the exact number and I used to shrink inside, thinking, ugg...I have at least 20 lbs. on him!

emoticonTurning down biscuits and gravy while on vacation AND an oatmeal creme pie cookie (Little Debbie, my favorite but at 330 calories a pop, no thank you!)

emoticonDoing C25K while on vacation with my sister Kara!

emoticonWalked for Breast Cancer in a 5K and raised $200.00 as an individual, as a team (Chicks for a Cure), we raised over $3,500 with the total contribution for the walk as $269,871!

(Me on the left with my sister Kris on the right)

emoticonFeeling sexier. emoticon

emoticonMaking healthy choices on vacation Ė salad, fresh omelet Ė a VEGGIE omelet, very little cheese.

emoticonIím now happily looking for ways to add more veggies to my food Ė for example, leftover broccoli from dinner before in my eggs.

emoticonI worked out in my PJs to get it in!

emoticonHad to readjust my HRM belt to make it smaller!

emoticonI purchased the cutest pair of pink workout pants from my health club in 2008. They were a size XL and didnít fit me, but I didnít return them Ė I loved them too much and I vowed they would fit me someday Ėat that time they didnít go past my thighs, but now I can button them! They fit!!

emoticonA picture was taken of me and my family before going on a boat at Navy Pier and I actually LIKED the picture of me! I saw collarbones! I gladly paid the $20 bucks for the photo.

emoticonI had a bad two days where I went over my daily caloric intake and instead of letting it defeat me, I worked out both days and on the 2nd day I did 60 minutes of cardio, 4 of Leslieís miles and did strength training. Instead of going to bed that night feeling full and bloated, I felt refreshed and energized. I woke up the next day and was back on track. The lesson Ė I didnít let these 2 days sidetrack my progress Iíve made and didnít let it squash my motivation.

May was a great month! I was a little disappointed that I didn't lose more weight. I had hoped for more than my usual pound a week. But you know what? I had two vacations in May where I didn't track my food, just made healthy choices for the most part. And I survived two periods in May (long story).

But in the end, the turtle wins the race, not the rabbit. I will take what I can get, and keep my attitude positive and take each pound as they come! For all you fellow turtles out there, you can do it too! emoticon

June will be fabulous as well!!! Aiming for 6 lbs. down in June! emoticon

My May Calendar

Photo comparison from last Memorial Day and this Memorial Day - 60 lbs. down!

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SUNSHINE084 6/7/2010 1:43PM

    Wow A pluss for you. You look great and are so happy. Keep GOING you can do it.

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BLUETIGGER33 6/6/2010 5:09AM

    Awesome accomplishments!

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IHEARTK 6/4/2010 5:36PM

    Love your report card!
What amazing accomplishments!!!
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FUNKYKIM 6/4/2010 1:49PM

    GREAT, GREAT job! Amazing victories that you accomplished! emoticon

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MS_MANDA 6/4/2010 10:17AM

    WOW what terrific accomplishments!!! Your looking great, & I totally agree- collarbones are SEXY! I actually just finished writting about that in my own blog lol Good luck & that 6lbs this month is totally do-able.. especially since you DOUBLED your walking time fron April to May, Imagine what you can do with June? :D

Oh & I just finished week5 day 3 of C25K. I had to do day 1 & day 2 of week five quite a few times. Actually I think day 2 took me over a month! The point of this- just stick with it. It's a HARD week but it's so worth it when you run that 20mins straight (did it last night!). I am NOT a runner and should have finished c25k monnnnths ago, but I keep having repeat weeks because they are just so hard for me. Anyways just keep with it no matter how hard it seems- hopes it's easier for you then it was for me. Message me if you get stuck and need words of encouragement or just need to vent!! :D

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GREGOBR8 6/4/2010 10:13AM

  I like your comparison photos. You look amazing! Keep up the good work! :)

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    Awesome....way to go!!!!!!!

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KARVY09 6/3/2010 10:18PM

Love these NSVs!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 6/3/2010 9:44PM

    Great blog!!! What great progress you have made!!!! emoticon

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TIFFXCOREX 6/3/2010 9:10PM

  you are awesome!

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NIKKI_28 6/3/2010 9:04PM

    I love your blog! This inspires me to look back and recognize my own progress. All those things add up to a fantastic month!!!

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PASTORWILEY62 6/3/2010 8:43PM

    emoticon your doing great

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SATYAGRAHA 6/3/2010 8:11PM

    What amazing victories, both scale and non-scale. You look fabulous!

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PEPPERLEAH 6/3/2010 8:06PM

    Kathy, you are awesome!!!!!

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KEEPGOING87 6/3/2010 7:57PM

    your amazing!!!!

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YATMAMA 6/3/2010 7:34PM

    What a blessing. This is truly a work the Lord is doing! You and your family are SO beautiful!!!

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MOMFAN 6/2/2010 11:51PM

    Awesome, I am so proud of you! Two vacations and four pound loss is amazing!

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    You look great! You are doing a fabulous job! Keep up the good work:) Thank you for sharing, it was all so motivating!

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    What wonderful achievements. You have accomplished more in one month than some do in a year. (or more) You are so "right on". You are consistent, determined, exercising, increasing veggies, sticking to your limits, making time to run before you head for home; all this and you work outside the home. You are a wife. You are a mother to 2 little girls and you still manage to have major breakthroughs in other areas of your life.

Real the real Wonder Woman please take a bow..... emoticon emoticon

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    Girl you should be so proud!!! Have done such a fabulous job!! You are an inspiration for all!!

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COLT2008 6/2/2010 6:09PM

    emoticon emoticon You look great!! Thank you for sharing.

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PAULACOLLINS 6/2/2010 4:43PM

    Thanks so much for sharing--your consistancy and positive attitude help to motivate me for sure. Love the pictures and you sure can tell the difference--congratulations my freind. I am especially impressed with the running for 5 minutes--we run for 2 1/2 minutes in my kickboxing class and that takes all I have. You go girl!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SERENITY44 6/2/2010 3:22PM

    Woo hooooo! You had such an amazing May! Congrats! ^_^


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TEMPEST272002 6/2/2010 2:33PM

    I'm really impressed with your list of VICTORIES!!!! emoticon You haven't just changed your weight, you've changed your life! You ROCK!

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    Way to go! You are doing such a great job. Thanks for sharing all the ups and downs with us. You definitely had a great May!

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_ROODIE_ 6/2/2010 12:42PM

  emoticon you are doing an awesome job!! I love that you more than doubled your fitness minutes!!

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KAN2124 6/2/2010 12:23PM

    You're doing an amazing job and you've inspired me to keep my own calendar of the month. I only got a C for the month, but I know I can do better this month. Keep up the GREAT work and thanks for sharing all your positives! I love when stuff that didn't fit finally fits too!

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LYNNA7499 6/2/2010 12:20PM

  Sounds like you had a great May! You look great and you are such an inspiration!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/2/2010 11:55AM

    emoticon You are inspiring!

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WYND10 6/2/2010 11:11AM

    You're doing amazingly, and you look great!! Being able to like a picture of yourself is a big deal, congratulations. And love the new suit!


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KARVY09 6/2/2010 10:51AM

    Love the new suit! You are doing fabulous! This is going to be the best summer yet!!!

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    Thank you so much for putting all this stuff up! You are looking so good and it was so encouraging for me to see how positive you are. emoticon

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DUSTEDTWIN 6/2/2010 10:42AM

    What an amazing journey so far! Thank you for updating like this! I LOVE that you are so thrilled with your progress and don't let your "challenging days" get you down. Such an inspiration!!! Keep up the GREAT work!
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Why I Run

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

I am a person who you wouldn't look at and think "runner". I am a person who never thought of herself that way. Last year when I seriously starting Sparking after having my second daughter I looked through the Spark teams looking for inspiration. I had heard of the Couch to 5K program and had instantly disregarded it. Couch to 5K? Why in the heck would I want to get off of my comfortable couch to do a 5K - let alone RUN it. No thank you, I had better things to do. Where was that remote?

Fast forward to the present day. As I started getting healthier and making this a lifestyle change, things naturally, well, CHANGED. I began to LIKE veggies and began to eliminate things from my diet. I began to move and started challenging myself to go further. As some of you may know, I love Leslie Sansone and at the beginning could barely finish a mile. I started to do 2 miles, 3 miles, up to 5 miles. I joined a boot camp at my gym. I started running then for the first time since high school. I hated it. Boy, did I hate it. I was in a pack of about 25 girls and they were all slim runners. I was at the back of the pack. I was so far back that I had my own time - the fast ones would go first, then I would go. But instead of hurting my confidence, it built it up. Here I was, almost 300 lbs., and while I wasn't as fast as the other girls, I was RUNNING. This was a first step. This was when I first got the thrill of the run and started to see progress. The other girls helped build my confidence as well, always patting me on the back after the runs.

Then my sister entered me into an 8K race and I mistakenly thought I could walk it. It said on the application form that "walkers were welcome", however, you had to be a FAST walker. I have a separate blog with details of that (link below), www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
but the main point is that I ran half of that 8K without seriously training. Where was I to go from here? How could I challenge myself? Run a 5K. That was it.

So I joined the C25K team and I have fallen in LOVE with running. Love, love, love. Now I am a working mother to two young girls and I'm sure many of you can relate - there is nothing I love more than my family. I can't wait to get home from work to see them. But, I have to fit in my training time. With my other workouts I could wait until they were in bed asleep or before they woke up to do them, but with this I sort of need daylight (not qualified yet to "night run" I don't think) and so I fit in my training when I can. I don't feel guilty about it, I make sure I leave work on time, stop at the gym or a park and get my training in, then go home. And I look forward to it. ME? I love it. ME? I can't wait to do it again. ME?

I've come up with my own Top 10 list of benefits of running. Here they are:

Top 10 Benefits of Running, or Why I Run:

1. If the world were to be taken over by zombies, I just might stand a chance.

2. I am now able to run with my daughter at the park or in our backyard, instead of just watching her wondering how she has all that energy.

3. I have increased cardiovascular health. Running not only improves my appearance, but also the overall function of my body, reducing risk of heart attack and stroke!!

4. I am slimming down. My thighs are getting smaller and stronger.

5. Increased confidence. The feeling of being an athlete.

6. Improved coordination.

7. The thrill of the race.

8. Running slows down the aging process. Need I say more?

9. The victory of being able to run three minutes straight without stopping.

10. Being able to run away from my problems - literally. When I am running I'm in the zone and not thinking about anyone or anything else.


I want to end with this quote from Nike:


Make the time for yourself. Whether it's running, biking, jumping, dancing, loving, walking, hiking. Make that time because it will make you a better mother, wife, daughter, sister, lover, friend. It will make you YOU!!!

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GUINEAPIGMOM 6/4/2010 10:27PM

    Love this blog. I am in week 9 of C25K and never in my life have I been able to run for 30 minutes straight! Never thought I would be able to say that. Man am I slow but I am still running! Kudos to you for showing the world that us women, of all shapes and sizes, can indeed run. Keep up the awesome work! : )

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GONABFIT 5/31/2010 10:59PM

    YES! Running saved me when I was bored of regular exercising!

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DZINE4KING 5/19/2010 2:37PM

    Very inspirational blog! Thank you so much!

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HEATHIELAUREN 5/12/2010 10:28AM

    Can't wait to get back to running once Miss Priss is here! Doesn't it just clear your mind like nothing else? I'm so ready to get back on C25K!!! By that time you'll be a skinny minnie and I'll look and say, "If she can do it, so can I!!!" So proud of you!! Keep up the AWESOME work!

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ABRANDNEWKATE 5/11/2010 2:23PM

    Great blog!

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SCARLET_MUSE 5/7/2010 4:15PM

    What a wonderful blog! You have a wonderful personality that shines through your writing! Thank you (again) for inspiring and for sharing your journey. emoticon

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MANDORA3 5/7/2010 7:27AM

    Congrats to you for coming so far!!

Keep it up...you look fantastic!!

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    I needed this today!!! I'm always just too busy to exercise. But that's just an excuse. For Mother's Day this year, I'll ask for time. Time to exercise - even if it's just a 1/2 3x a week.
Thank you for your post and your willingness to let God inspire others through you and your example!!!!

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QUEENCAT25 5/7/2010 2:26AM

    So inspirational! This makes me so excited for my first 5k! emoticon

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    Good blog!

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MOMFAN 5/6/2010 12:35AM

    I know running is not for me, but I am glad you are enjoying it!

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TEMPEST272002 5/5/2010 11:20PM

    Laughed at #1 reason - I live with a 18 year old Zombie fanatic. I'm on W3 of the c25k and I LOVE it too! Thanks for the great blog!

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LYNZEKM 5/5/2010 10:44PM

    I absolutely love your blog!! I am one day shy of finishing the c25k. I ran my first 5k last saturday and it was such an awesome feeling. i know exactly what you mean! It's such an accomplishment and a great feeling to cross the finish line and say I DID IT!! After running in the 5k, I watched the half marathon/marathoners run in and thought I could do that too! I want to train for a half marathon eventually!! lol start small work my way up. lol if they can do it we can do it!!! you are doing great!! keep it up!! emoticon

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PEPPERLEAH 5/5/2010 10:06PM

    Kathy, you absolutely ROCK! Thanks for the continued inspiration; your blogs make me believe I can do it, too!


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TES5061 5/5/2010 10:01PM

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You're number one reason to run... in case of zombies.... Lol. I'm assuming you have watched Zombieland? If not, you need to...

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MAKALANI22 5/5/2010 6:04PM

    excellent blog! i agree completely. i totally disregarded the c25k program until i DID it! so proud of you. thank you for your inspiration. you rock!

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GODSCLAY47 5/5/2010 5:55PM

    I never have been a runner----but now I wonder,,,maybe one day----I too, can be a runner! Thanks for posting!!

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YATMAMA 5/5/2010 5:48PM

    One of these days? I'm going to be able to cut and paste some of your blog into my own. Walking is still difficult for me at my weight, but one day, ONE DAY, I will, will, WILL do a 5K for charity. That is an impossible dream, I know. Except for my secret weapon: with God ALL things are possible!!! You ROCK, sweetie. I sure hope your mama is as proud of you as I am!!



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CLALIZ 5/5/2010 4:48PM

    I LOVE your blog - you are a runner!
It took a while for me to feel like a runner, when my husband would ask if I was going to go run that afternoon, I made sure to say "I dont' run, can't run yet, I jog" well why do I take credit away? I RUN! not speed runner but I do run!
Love it! You do have to make time for it but it is kind of relaxing isn't it? :D
Zombies... why didn't I think of that, that is emoticon emoticon

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JWENZEL723 5/5/2010 3:54PM

    i love this blog! your #1 reason is by far my favorite, haha. i also like that quote. gives you a swift kick in the butt!

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    Wonderful post you inspired me to try and run!
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MILES2GOAL 5/5/2010 1:20PM

    Benefit Number 1 is key---I swear those zombies could be coming after us any day now ;). I really enjoyed reading this blog, btw!

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ISHIIGIRL 5/5/2010 12:57PM

    I wrote a similar blog yesterday about what I have learned since I started running and I was never going to run! I feel the same way about running. Great blog!

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TLAIR0468 5/5/2010 12:34PM

    I loved reading your blog! I've done several 5k's, but 2 weeks ago, I ran the whole thing for the first time. I cannot even describe the feeling when I crossed the finish line (red faced and breathing heavy)...it was awesome! I am still trying to get to the place where I love it, but after reading your blog, I have more faith that I WILL get there!

Thanks for the inspiration!!

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PELESJEWEL 5/5/2010 11:51AM

    This blog is so inspiring! I have to add you as a friend, (hope you don't mind). I just started a 10-wk C25k training. I'm loving it. I can't wait until I turn the corner and feel the exhiliration of "running". I have seen people's lives change from running. Let's motivate each other on this journery.

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KARVY09 5/5/2010 11:45AM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your love of running and Couch to 5K with the world and showing everyone that us chunky runners are out there and DOING IT.


Work it!

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ANNA19871 5/5/2010 11:35AM

  Love your post! I've started running too - being an optimistic and competitive person I went for coach to 10km, it was all going well and I@m upto 5 miles, but have been forced to take this week off after spraining my ankle which is killing me! Like you I never thought I would like running buy now I actually miss it!

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DEBO1202 5/5/2010 11:14AM

    I love it! I've been trying to get motivated to run too! (I do lots of cardio but no actual -hit the pavement running) very inspirational! Keep up the great work, you've got lots to be proud of!

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    So true to my heart, I felt some tears building. I too am not "runner" but I enjoy trying to be one. Its a work in progress and I'm starting the C25K next week, Looking forward to it. I will be a RUNNER! Keep on running, its not about speed its your pace - after all you're doing it for you.

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WYND10 5/5/2010 11:08AM

    Great Blog!

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LOOZINITNOW 5/5/2010 11:06AM

    Great blog! You are a true inspiration to anyone who says they can't run!

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2FUN2B_LAZY 5/5/2010 11:05AM

    I LOVED your blog!! I have been wondering if running is really for me. I went to see how far I could run, and it wasn't far. I remembered how much I hated running. It was terrible. But I wondered if I could grow to love it. No one has ever really been able to answer that for me until I read your blog. What an inspiration! Thank you!

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BLUEBAMBOO 5/5/2010 11:04AM

  Awesome and inspiring post to read!

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Thank you DONE GIRLS!!!!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

I am so honored to have the Done Page of the Month! I am so inspired each month by the Done Page of the Month and the person, the creator, behind it. Itís ALWAYS a phenomenal woman, someone who I aspire to be, someone who exudes inspiration. And this month that woman is ME? I am one big goose bump today because I canít get rid of these chills!

Thank you all for your awesome, inspiring, motivating, funny, DONE GIRL comments on my spark page. I havenít been able to get any work done this afternoon because of all the DONE LOVINí! (Not complaining!)

Thank you for those that have reached out and added me as a Spark friend to their page! I love meeting new people and the introvert in me sometimes shies away from adding a person to my page because I think ďOh, sheís too cool, sheíd never want to be friends with ME.Ē Or ďSheís lost over 100 lbs., what can she learn from ME?Ē

If you are reading this and sometimes feel the same way, feel free to add me as a friend! I stand with open arms to everyone and always try to inspire my friends.

How can I thank you all? I feel like in addition to belong to an amazing team I now have even more of a built-in support system!


I revamp my spark page every month to give myself an extra ďumphĒ! When I get discouraged on the path to wellness, thatís what I do Ė add fun quotes, new goals, or find a before picture of myself and see how far Iíve come. It helps keep the extra step in my day and keeps me focused on the positive, where Iím going, not the negative, where Iíve been.

Just like the DONE GIRLS do. This team rocks, and it always motivates me. Even looking at my spark page and seeing the Done Girls icon makes me smile. And this month itís one I created. How awesome is that??


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    Go Girl! You rock!

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MOMFAN 5/5/2010 12:57AM

    You motivate me all the time and I so understand becausee often I think the same thought, why in the world would they want to spend time with me. We are both amazing and wonderfully made and we are done!

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CUPCAKE_LIL 5/4/2010 11:33PM

    How exciting! You truly are a done girl (I love your background too!)

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YATMAMA 5/4/2010 7:21PM

    *squeeeeezzzzzzzzeeeeeee* You've earned it!!

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COLT2008 5/4/2010 7:20PM

    great job and I thank you for sharing what you have learned. I too didn't know about the spark people calendar and can't wait to use it!

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COLT2008 5/4/2010 7:19PM

    great job and I thank you for sharing what you have learned. I too didn't know about the spark people calendar and can't wait to use it!

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    People don't always get the good recognition they deserve so it is great to see you get recognized for all you have "done".

Yesterday in your blog about your calendar, mentioning the spark calendar under my tools was an enlightenment for me. I never found that feature. Since I had been in the dark on that item, I thought perhaps my spark friends were also. I discussed it in my blog right after reading yours, giving directions how to get there.

The info was well received. And, guess what? I heard from about 10 Sparkers who did not know about that feature and were excited about the "something new" they learned. Of course I gave you the credit right up front.

So thank you again Lotus Flower for sharing and caring.

Comment edited on: 5/4/2010 5:53:21 PM

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LINDA! 5/4/2010 5:49PM

    Wonderful blog!!! I am so glad that you were honored for your Done Page of the Month. emoticon emoticon

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MICKEYMAX 5/4/2010 5:11PM

    I love your enthusiasm, and dare I say it, SPARK! You're zest for change and healthy living are helping me at this very moment. Thanks for leading in your own quiet way. You may never even know how many people you are helping along the way! You go girl!!! WOO HOO!

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MERAINA 5/4/2010 4:24PM

    Awesome Blog!!!

CONGRATS again... you are doing great and you inspire others greatly!

I was dancing on your page this morning when a couple of the team leaders sent in their "pick" for the Done page of the month and they had picked you... now how kewl is that... that I was just on your page moments before, not knowing that they had been there "lookin" too! LOL

Thanks for being involved and very Uplifting to others sparking around you!
YOU are truly a wonderful Done Girl!

Keep on dancing,

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April Report Card and May Goals

Monday, May 03, 2010

Weight lost: 4 lbs.
Weight lost since the beginning of the year: 17.5 lbs.
Total weight lost: 58 lbs.
Fitness minutes: 485 (vs. 420 in March (UP 65 minutes) and UP 25 minutes from Feb. (460 minutes) BUT I had a total of 1,030 in January, my record high. I want to get closer to that.
Miles: 20 miles (same as March vs. 30 in February; 66 in January)
Measurements: Lost two inches and my waist to hip ratio has gone down from 0.96 to 0.92.
Grade for the month: B- (up from a "C") emoticon

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Non-scale victories:

I have been training for my upcoming 5Kís and I am on Week 3 of Couch to 5K
I actually enjoy running
I gave away several more bags of clothing to the resale store
At a recent wedding I had the challenge of not having anything to wear because all my dresses are too loose
A dress that hasnít fit me in 9 years fits
Leslie Sansone sent me some videos and goodies
Iím almost at the weight I was when I got married
I was actually more fit than a class I was going to join
People are noticing a difference
I notice a difference and am starting to get my sexy back
More energy for my kids

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Looking at my April calendar, I see a trend. I don't like working out or tracking my food on the weekends! I want to start doing that more.

(The blue represents the "good", the X's the days I didn't meet my goals). I didnít work out as much as I wanted to. I didnít hit my daily mile a day. I could have made time in the morning or at night, and I didn't. My goals were in 4 categories: water, exercise, stay within calorie range, and eat fruits/veggies.

I would grade myself a B- for the month, up from my C last month.

In January I did the boot camp challenge and exceeded 1,000 fitness minutes in that month. In February that number went down to 460 minutes, and this month that number went UP to 485 minutes. My goal is 500 minutes a month, and I want to aim for 1,000, but at least hit 500 minutes. So I still need some work to do here.

Iím tweaking my diet to eliminate certain foods I think may affect my skin condition, my psoriasis. I am eliminating dairy and gluten products and also adding more veggies and fruit. No junk food, fried food, processed food. I am noticing a difference in my energy and my skin and itís only been 2 days.

Iíve also changed my spark goals Ė I had wanted to lose 2 lbs. a week, but I just donít lose that way. So now I have changed it to 1.5 lbs. a week and that has given me a higher calorie goal to meet each day, which is helping me. I went from 1230- 1580 calories to 1340-1750 per day. I met with my dietitian and she said this was a good goal. She said to keep it under 1700 if I could and that I would see progress.

I am going to give it all I have in May.

My goals for May are:

1. Lose 6 lbs. (reaching 60 lbs. total lost)
2. Train for the 5ks Iíve signed up for.
3. Have 1,000 fitness minutes again. I did it in January, I can do it again.
4. Work out EVERY day even if it is only for 10 minutes.
5. Balance my life - family, writing and work. Take my breaks at work, or at least my lunch. Get out of the office and write. Leave at 5 sharp to get home to the family. No more staying until 5:30, 6 or beyond. Claim back my life.

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MICKEYMAX 5/4/2010 5:16PM

    Thanks for the tips and the great suggestions. This is why I love SP. There's always someone to help light the way. Well done! Woo hoo!

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JWENZEL723 5/4/2010 3:35PM

    i love your before and after pictures! you have come so far!!! i really like the way you do your calendar and it must be so great to have at the end of the month and see what you have accomplished and what you need to work on. i just may steal that idea!

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TEMPEST272002 5/4/2010 1:18PM

    Your doing great! I especially like your before & after pictures - it's clear that you are much lighter, in body and spirit, now!

I have a suggestion for you that will up your exercise, increase your veggies consumption and allow you to have fun with your girls... if you have a yard, why not plant a sunflower-house garden for your daughters. You can log "gardening" and "digging" as cardio on the fitness tracker. We did this when our kids were young and they loved it! Here's a how to link:
We did it a bit differently from the article. We built rectangular planter boxes and placed them in a square (with an opening to the center), leaving a grass patch in the middle. In addition to different sized sunflowers, we also planted peas and strawberries for the kids to snack on.

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FREELADY 5/3/2010 11:11PM

    This is absolutely wonderful. I enjoyed so much hearing about all your steps and your progress.

I am so happy for you and I am very, very proud of you!!!

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    You are doing an amazing job. You are tackling every aspect of improving yourself and your life. Your priorities are right on. You serve as a wonderful example of honesty, finding what works for you and commitment.

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COLT2008 5/3/2010 9:14PM

    You are doing Great!

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DEBO1202 5/3/2010 7:10PM

    Those sound like some really good goals! I love your tracking system~ Keep up the great work!

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YATMAMA 5/3/2010 6:26PM

    You are doing SO well. *APPLAUSE*

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AGAINALWAYS 5/3/2010 3:32PM

    Good for you! I especially like the smile in your after picture!

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LOTUSFLOWER 5/3/2010 3:18PM

    Thanks everyone for your comments!! The calendar I bought from Sparkpeople here, I believe it's $12, it comes with stickers too and I've been using it consistently this year, since Jan. 2010 and I LOVE it. I really like how it's broken into 4 quadrants, so I can highlight each area that I do well in - if I got my water in for the day, but didn't workout, I still get "credit" for the water. It also helps me to "grade" myself and evaluate trends. Then at the end of the month what I do is I scan the page in, save it as a .jpeg picture file, and upload to my monthly report card blog.

There's also a free online version, on your home page at Spark you will see at the bottom right hand side it says "My Sparksummary Calendar" or something like that. It will show you at a glance how you've done.

I'm glad I'm giving you all ideas!!! That's awesome.


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K10BFIT 5/3/2010 3:01PM

  I'm loving the calendar idea too! Definitely going to steal that idea. I'm a visual person so I'm hoping that helps me. WOO HOO on the weight loss lady. Lookin' good and I'm proud of all the goals you've met and the ones that will be met. Definitely an inspiration!!!

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TES5061 5/3/2010 2:52PM

    Where did you get/make your calendar?! That is awesome! I'm going to borrow some of your ideas to hopefully help me get on the ball. Lol. Great job! emoticon

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    Your doing great!!!!!! Keep up the good work!

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    You are doing fantastic in recording and keeping track!! Way to go girl!! It's great to see the progress you have made!!

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SHERLYN-WILL 5/3/2010 12:27PM

    Love the pic comparison. You are looking great. Love your non scale victories...seeing them in writing... wow you have had allot of them for April.
Thanks for blogging.

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    Go GIRL! You look great! That smile on your after picture says a lot. Not to mention your hip is perched out towards the camera which is confirming your statement of "I notice a difference and am starting to get my sexy back". I am seeing the sexy girl! LOVES IT! Keep up the great work!

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HAPPYMEWAY2B 5/3/2010 11:37AM

    What a neat idea! I LOVE your report card!! :)

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SUNNYDAZE9 5/3/2010 11:30AM

    Wow-I am impressed! You are very organized and committed to your goals. Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon

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KARENIN1DERLAND 5/3/2010 11:25AM

    WOW! I loved your blog, and how you are grading yourself. We definitely start this journey for one reason or another, not always for ourselves. But you are taking responsibility for your actions and are making great strides! Keep up the great work! I might steal your idea of report card for the month, I like it a lot! Take care!

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