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Halloween Challenge - Blog 1

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My starting weight/measurements

Weight: 221
Waist: 40.2
Hips: 42.4
Bust: 42
Upper Arms: 13

My specific goals for this challenge:

Nutrition: I want to stay within my Sparkpeople calorie range, roughly 1200 Ė 1500 calories per day. I also would like to continue with the Flat Belly eating plan as it seems to be working for me Ė eating a MUFA with every meal. I will track my food every day, even on the weekends.

Fitness: I would like to continue to add onto my running time, right now I can run for 35 minutes straight. I want to be able to run comfortably for 40 Ė 45 minutes straight by the Hot Chocolate 5k on 11/6. I plan on running 3x per week. I also want to focus more on strength training and flexibility, this is the area that I am lax on. I like Jillian Michaelís The Shred and plan on doing that 2x per week as well as yoga 1x per week. Also following Sparkpeopleís ab exercises 2x per week.

Having Fun: I plan on dressing as Marilyn Monroe for Halloween for our annual horror movie fest and I am going to have fun Ė no matter what!! Iíll post my ďbeforeĒ pics as soon as I get the costume, should be any day now!

Supporting Each Other & Blogging: I plan on doing this, this week has been a REALLY busy one for me at work.


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YATMAMA 9/29/2010 11:12PM

    You are READY, girl!!

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LKEITHO 9/29/2010 8:50PM

    Have a great October! You can do it!

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JLITT62 9/29/2010 5:49PM

    Love the flat belly diet! Funny, I just pulled out an old DVD to use today -- it was the Flat Belly Diet workout DVD!

Sounds like a great plan. Yum, hot chocolate 5k. Now, that's my kind of 5k!

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KARVY09 9/29/2010 5:00PM

    Best of luck!

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KITHKINCAID 9/29/2010 4:58PM

    totally loving your page right now.

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KSGROTHE 9/29/2010 4:48PM

    You've got a great plan! I can't wait to see the pictures!

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- Karen

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Susan G. Komen 5k Race Report (pics)

Monday, September 27, 2010

The morning started off early and with a bowl of organic cornflakes with some cranberries on top. My stomach was nervous and tight and I wasn't very hungry. But I wanted to eat something to help me finish the race and give me energy. I don't know why I was nervous, I shouldn't be since this is my third 5k, but I was. I had asked my sister, Kris, to run it with me, she is such a source of strength and support for me. I was so happy to have her by my side. Also my brother-in-law decided 4 days beforehand that he was going to run it too, although he had never run a 5k. He wanted to run for his mother, the same as me, but also for friends he's lost and those that suffer from cancer. My best friend's sister also ran, it was her first 5k as well.

Me (right) with my running partner and sister, Kris (left).

My brother-in-law Mike with Marlo, pre-race

Me, Mike and Marlo, pre-race

Me, Mike and the girls, pre-race

Me, my husband Jim and Marlo

Kris, me and Mike, pre-race

First we visited the memorial garden, where I had purchased a ribbon to honor Jim's mom. It was front and center and just brought tears to my eyes. It brought it all home, why I was doing this, and the cause I was supporting. A world without cancer would be a beautiful place indeed. I thought about her and felt peace wash over me.

In Honor of Carmella Kubik, Jim's mother

The Memorial Garden

Jim's brother Mike (left) and my husband Jim (right) with Marlo in front of their mother's ribbon.

Then it was time to line up. The announcer walked us through some stretches and warmed us up. Now my nerves were really on fire! I was excited, though.

The start line

Can you see me with my head band on?

Then we were off! I started off at a faster pace than normal, I think it was all the adrenaline.

When we reached the 1 mile marker my pace was a little over 11 minutes, which is fast for me. I don't recall what it was at the 2nd mile marker. The last mile was difficult for me. I think it always is, this is where I hit my mental block. I tried to get into my zone, but every part of me felt like it was on fire. This is when I realize how much different it is to run on a nice, padded track vs. on the street. I think going forward into fall I will incorporate more street runs in my training to get that experience and to help me in my races. As we rounded the last stretch there was a group of Girl Scouts who had signs and were cheering and clapping and they held their hands out for people to high five. I slapped each one of their hands and that gave me the extra push to finish. They were so sweet!

Heading toward the finish line. Missy (left), me (middle), Kris (right).

I did it!

I finished in 36:01 minutes! This is a pace of 11:37 per mile. This is a personal record for me. My fastest time previously had been 39 minutes. At the end I wanted to push it even more, my sister said "let's sprint! but my body was just not cooperating. It felt like heavy mud, or like I was running through heavy mud. It was a chilly day out, everyone else had long sleeves under their shirt but I didn't because I knew how hot I get running. I ranked #262 in a group of 401 5k runners. I wasn't at the end of the pack!

My family at the finish line.

As I crossed the finish line my 4 yr. old daughter, Lucy, was waiting for me. She gave me a big hug and it was so nice to see my family, my husband Jim, my baby Marlo and my parents had even come out to cheer on their two daughters. My best friend's sister finished at the same time as me, actually a bit ahead, and then my brother in law finished in a little over 39 minutes. I am so proud of him! He hadn't trained at all, he literally just ran to honor those who have lost their lives and for those still suffering and that pushed him through it. He kept my pace for the first mile and half and I couldn't be prouder of him! I know that without training I wouldn't have made it a block. I love the Couch to 5k program and it has changed my life so much. I praise the Lord that something got inside of me a year ago and made me decide to change my life. I am so much happier now than before, and I went from being a certified "couch potato" to running 3 5Ks this year so far, and 3 more planned. Only God can work through a person like that!

Afterward we went out to breakfast and I was going to get some healthy oatmeal, but then the breakfast burrito caught my eye. I had them add avocado, and I only ate half of it, and it was so good, hit the spot. I didn't eat the hash browns at all.

Half of my breakfast burrito.

Much needed coffee.

My family (a bit blurry, but you get the idea).

Marlo fell asleep on the car ride home, I guess it was all a bit too much excitement for her, lol.

The race route.

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FARLEY_GIRL 9/30/2010 1:41PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon On running the race!!!! One day I hope to be running a 5k rather than walking.... :-)

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YATMAMA 9/27/2010 9:08PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful story and photos with us. Every time I read about your 5K activities, I know, know, know in my heart I will one day do a 5K. You are my inspiration!! And you are a beautiful one at that!!

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    Wonderful details of your day made me feel like I was there beside you. I know you write for enjoyment but you must pursue writing. You are a gifted word artist.

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LKEITHO 9/27/2010 7:06PM

    Great job! Three minutes off your previous best is pretty impressive!

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BABY_GIRL69 9/27/2010 6:49PM

    This is so great! You keep standing in for those who no longer. . .God bless you guys & have a great week!


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CLAIREMZM 9/27/2010 6:45PM

    Good work! I haven't gotten myself to the point where I really want to run yet, but your blog may have inched me a little more toward it!

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SHERYLDS 9/27/2010 6:30PM

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 9/27/2010 5:32PM

    Awesome job!

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-GOT2FINISH- 9/27/2010 4:46PM

    That is so emoticon
And to get to do it with family must've been the best feeling!
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KSGROTHE 9/27/2010 2:06PM

    emoticon I love your blog and your pictures! That's great that your family was able to support you so well with both running and cheering!

Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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TEMPEST272002 9/27/2010 1:49PM

    Thanks for sharing your race day with us! What an amazing thing to change your life by training for & running 5K... and inspiring those around you to run also... and help find a cure for a disease that affects so many of us... and to bring your family together to remember and laugh and celebrate...and to finish up with the achingly beautiful picture of Marlo.

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JLITT62 9/27/2010 1:42PM

    Oooh, maybe I can draft off of you for my own race for the cure this weekend! I'm much closer to my GW, but I'm still real slow & I'd be thrilled to have your time.

Great job!

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POSITIVE-FORCE 9/27/2010 1:37PM

    Great Job! I love your pictures and your story! It's great that you and your family connected in such a positive way. Many blessings ahead!

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WCATAP 9/27/2010 1:29PM

    Wow great job and wonderful pictures. I couldn't run that but possibly walk. I'm asthmatic but would really like to try one day.I think that is attainable for me.

I am impressed and so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JEREMY723 9/27/2010 1:08PM

    Looks like a nice event. We walked the Komen run/walk in Cleveland a few weeks back. Do it every year but it's getting more wall to wall people before and after, and somewhat during as well.

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KITHKINCAID 9/27/2010 1:02PM

    You have such a beautiful family! Well done on your PR!!! I know I say it like every day, but I can't wait for November!

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IHEARTK 9/27/2010 12:42PM

    Thanks for sharing!! Looks like a fantastic time & such a great cause! Congrats on setting a new personal best time, too! emoticon

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    great job! loved the pics. you're an inspiration :)

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KROLES55 9/27/2010 12:31PM

    Great job. Enjoyed the pics.

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KARVY09 9/27/2010 12:17PM

    Looks like a wonderful race! Congrats on your PR and for doing this race for such a great cause!

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STARLIGHT615 9/27/2010 11:52AM

    Great job Sweetie!!!

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TES5061 9/27/2010 11:50AM

    That's fantastic! I am so proud and happy for you! What a great accomplishment! It looks like you had so much fun. I can't get over how wonderful it was that you had done this. Keep up the fantastic work! You are such an inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAULACOLLINS 9/27/2010 11:47AM

    Absolutely wonderful! You are setting such a good example for your family besides all that you are doing for yourself. I can tell that God has much in store for you my friend ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 9/27/2010 11:46AM

    Congrats on your 5k, sounds like it was a bunch of family fun considering the reason's why it was created. Looks like it brought the family together for a special event.

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NICOLEMC2 9/27/2010 11:36AM

    Looks like you had a great time!!!!

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Shake it! A Weekend of Belly Dancing and Party in Pink! (Pics)

Monday, September 20, 2010

A year ago my ideal weekend would include lots of couch time, lots of fried foods, and lots of drinking. Perhaps a nap...or two.

The way I have changed not only physically, but mentally as well is just a true testimony to the things that are possible when you decide to make a change. And also the things possible through Christ, as He is truly the one who gives me my strength.

This weekend was chock-full with FUN and MOVEMENT! It started off Saturday night with a girl's night out at a local dance studio where belly dancing was the main event. It was a 2 hr. class of shaking our bellies and truly sweating in a sexy way :) My sister Kris and I went and I meant to take a picture of us in our coin skirts, but I forgot...perhaps it was the two bellinis that are to blame for that.

Then Sunday night I headed to the city with my cousin Kim and my sister Kris for the Party in Pink! Zumbathon at my friend Jenn's (KITHKINCAID)'s dance studio. Now she is a good spark friend of mine but we hadn't met yet. She is the person who inspired me to try Zumba, and so it was truly awesome to finally meet her in person AND zumba with her! I also realized that my Zumba class is nowhere near as intense as hers, I think I'm in the beginner's Zumba, or as Jenn so rightly said "No, you're just in Zumba in the Suburbs". LOL, so true! She rocked it and danced her butt off, and while I had a few missteps, I had a lot of fun. Thanks for a great time Jenn!!! You are an amazing, inspiring person and it was so nice to meet you and I'm looking forward to running with you in the Hot Chocolate 5k! You look Awesome by the way, my friend!!!!!!

I burned so many calories this weekend, and yes, my eating wasn't the GREATEST (I did have a taco party to attend Sunday as well), and I had a FEW drinks, BUT I tracked it all, and I think I came out even. Actually I still had a deficit for both days, Sat. I had a calorie differential of -345, and Sunday I had one of -172. And I had a ton of fun, so it was all worth it!

Here are some pictures of me with Jenn from last night. The first picture was accidentally taken as a video, but I was able to convert it into a picture :)

Before Zumba- me (right), Jenn (left)

After Zumba - me (left), Jenn (right)

After Zumba - body shot me (left), Jenn (right)

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TEMPEST272002 9/21/2010 11:32AM

    I hear so much about Zumba... but no classes in my area. It looks like it would be a lot of fun. I have taken belly-dancing classes (even have my own coin skirt)... and I find that to be a great workout.

I can totally relate to what you said about the changing mindset. I used to think a great weekend was staying in with greasy food & a movie... and now, hubby says I'm turning into the energizer bunny... doesn't it feel fabulous?!

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PEPPERLEAH 9/20/2010 11:00PM

    You look fantastic! Keep up the wonderful work!

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KSGROTHE 9/20/2010 4:40PM

    emoticon on being so active over the weekend! And how awesome that you got to meet another Sparker!

Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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DAISYDIVA74 9/20/2010 4:10PM

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend!! So much fun!!

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TITALADY 9/20/2010 2:48PM

    emoticon So awesome!

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SHERLYN-WILL 9/20/2010 11:22AM

    SOUNDS LIKE A BLAST. YOU guys are so cute in your pictures!

YOU are looking SO SO SLIM!

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JMEPAYNE 9/20/2010 11:14AM

    I've been dying to try zumba! looks like fun!

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KARVY09 9/20/2010 10:48AM

    Sounds like a blast. And you two look so happy!

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ESBELL 9/20/2010 10:45AM

    What a fun weekend!

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AMBER281 9/20/2010 10:43AM

    Sounds like you had a great weekend!

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LOSING107 9/20/2010 10:41AM

    Sounds like a great time =)

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STARLIGHT615 9/20/2010 10:28AM

    Your weekend sounds fantastic!!

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PAULACOLLINS 9/20/2010 10:24AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! Jeremiah 29:11

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Lucky number 13...Can I lose 13 lbs. by Halloween? Why, Yes I Can!

Monday, September 13, 2010

I just checked my "Fun Goals" and my next goal is to reach 88 lbs. lost and dress up like Marilyn Monroe for Halloween. I have 6 weeks to reach this goal. That is about 2 lbs. a week, plus 1 pound. The end is in sight, I think I can do this! No, I CAN do this! (I think I can, I think I can, I think I can).

I am going to be ON MY GAME the next 6 weeks and I am determined to make that fun goal a reality!

And 13 IS my lucky number. That's the date I was married, and I LOVE scary movies. So the number 13 just makes me giggle.

"The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up."

~ Marilyn Monroe

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PAULACOLLINS 9/14/2010 10:46AM

    You go girl!! emoticon

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MUSTANGMISSY 9/14/2010 9:02AM

    That is totally cool! You can do it! Love that Marilyn costume too!

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MOMFAN 9/14/2010 12:03AM

    Keep the focus!

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THENEWDARLENE 9/13/2010 10:10PM

    You KNOW you can do it!


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CARILOUIE 9/13/2010 9:22PM

    I love the Marilyn goal! And what a great quote...

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DAISYDIVA74 9/13/2010 8:12PM

    You go girl!! You got this!!

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GODSCLAY47 9/13/2010 6:13PM

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AMBER281 9/13/2010 5:30PM

    You totally got this!!!
What a great goal!

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YATMAMA 9/13/2010 4:49PM

    Yes, you WILL do it!! Your determination is such an inspiration. I love the Monroe quote!

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SERENITY44 9/13/2010 4:46PM

    Woo hoo!!


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KITHKINCAID 9/13/2010 4:31PM

    OMG you can TOTALLY do it! I want to see pics of that costume!

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COLT2008 9/13/2010 4:11PM

    emoticonYou are on a ROLL!!!

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TEMPEST272002 9/13/2010 4:04PM

    Absolutely, you can do it! 'Cause you ROCK! Halloween is my very fave holiday... creepy, scary... bring it on! And like you - I'm already planning this year's Halloween Costume. Previous years I've gone with gory/scary... but this year, I'm thinking sexy/funny. Hubby & I are going as Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers. I can wait to see you as Marilyn - you're going to be HOT! emoticon

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CKAY22 9/13/2010 3:45PM

    Woo Hoo, i LOVE it!!! you can dooo it!

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JENJESS48 9/13/2010 3:42PM

    Great goal! emoticon

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KSGROTHE 9/13/2010 3:27PM

    What a fun goal! You've been doing so great, so I have no doubt that if you keep up the good work: emoticon

- Karen

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    Oh this is definitely fun!!!!! YOu can so do it! I have faith in ya!! Just look at her, isn't she beautiful?!!!! I totally know you can be there too!

BTW, 13 is an awesome number for me too! I even have 13 tattooed on the back of my ankle. Friday the 13th was the when one of my divorces was final, and ever since then I liked it. My favorite is 33...but 3 and 13 are just as fun to me! TOO CUTE :)

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August Progress Report

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Start weight: 230
End weight: 228
Weight lost: 2 lbs.
Weight lost since the beginning of the year: 29.5 lbs.
Total weight lost: 70 lbs.

I reached over 70 lbs. total LOST!!!! emoticon

Measurements: (not measuring today due to TOM)

Grade for the month: A for effort, C for weight loss.

Fitness accomplishments:

emoticon I graduated from C25K!!!
emoticon I ran my 2nd 5k and ran THE WHOLE THING!
emoticon I reached 1,000 fitness minutes!!! (Actually 1,210 but whoís counting?)
emoticon I reached my YEARLY fitness goal early; I set it out at the beginning of the year as 5,935 fitness minutes and reached 6,630 fitness minutes in August. Now my goal next year will be twice as much Ė 12,000! Based on 1,000 fitness minutes per month. Itís cool/crazy how much more you can do when you put your mind and body to it! (ďYou can do it, put your back into it.Ē I ~ Ice Cube)

emoticonI didnít lose the 8 lbs. I wanted to in August. In fact, instead of my typical 4 lb. loss, I only lost 2 lbs. I am trying not to let this frustrate me.

But I'm not gonna lie...it hurts. emoticon

I did follow my plan to lose 8 lbs., my body just wasnít on the same page with me. I did some awesome work in August and stayed within my calorie range. I tweaked some things on Spark, lowering my calorie range and Iím looking for a large loss in September.

Non-scale victories:

emoticonBeing able to wear a size LARGE pant and size LARGE shirt during my Elvis 5k run

emoticonFitting in a run on a hard day and closing down the gym

emoticonMy awesome Threadless Tee that my husband bought me for Christmas finally FITS!!

emoticon I bought myself a Goddess dress for my birthday!

emoticonI held a Luau for my birthday just so that I could wear a tank top!

emoticonI seriously didnít recognize myself in the mirror at my gym. I had put my contacts in and was in a new top (that didnít fit me before) and had to do a double take!

emoticonIím starting to like how I look naked.

emoticonTurned down a gooey slice of TURTLE PIE and opted instead for my very sensible rice pudding snack pack.

emoticonJoined a new awesome team that is motivating me! Love the Sunny Gals!

emoticonStarting to see a more defined tummy and therefore seeing my cute belly button.

emoticonMy new(er) pair of sexy panties were falling down! Need to go lingerie shopping again!

emoticonMy size 18 jeans are starting to fall down, I need to wear a belt now!

emoticonI had to tie a knot on the side of my XL t-shirt for the 3k Fun Walk it was SO HUGE on me! Guess Iím officially a Large! Iíve come a long way from being a 2XL!!

emoticonBeing able to fit into these awesomely cute pink workout pants that I bought 3 yrs. ago and still had the tags on them. Size XL, but they were made small. They were an impulse off the rack buy because they were so cute. Now they fit!!

emoticonRunning a sprint with my daughter, Lucy. I never would have done this a year ago.

emoticonTurned down a pre-made ice cream cone (again) from my husband. Talked to him about how yes, sometimes I have an ice cream cone, but only if itís planned and in my calorie range for that day.

emoticonStarting to find healthier alternatives, for example instead of shredded cheese on tacos (turkey tacos vs. beef) I add shredded carrots. They add color plus crunch!

emoticonMy wedding ring, that finally fit me last month, is now LOOSE!

Me in my 70 lb. reward Spark shirt.
(Now I just have to tackle those love handles!)

My August Spark calendar, green means I did good!

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GREGOBR8 9/13/2010 10:58AM

  AMAZING! emoticon

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    SWEET!!!!!! What an awesome month August was for you!!!! Congrat's on the 70lb mark! OMG that's AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love love love your non-scale victories!!!!!!! Keep up the fantastic work!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LUNADRAGON 9/7/2010 7:17PM

    Looking great!

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NANCY1BE 9/5/2010 6:04PM

    This was so motivational to read! emoticon Keep up the good work!

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KEAL48 9/5/2010 4:56PM

  Im so proud of you. Good job. I love doing progress reports when they are good.

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POSITIVE-FORCE 9/5/2010 3:30PM

    Great Job on all your accomplishments!

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KITHKINCAID 9/2/2010 6:31PM

    Great job Kathy!!! You look amazing!

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HUZZAH39 9/2/2010 3:49PM

    Wow! What a incredible, introspective, and motivational blog!!!!!!! Keep up the great work! You have taught me much in little time and I so appreciate! You are looking great!

Hugs, Christine

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SHERYLDS 9/2/2010 7:09AM

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The scale number is insignificant compared to the light years of progress you've made in your whole attitude. You look terrific and your smile beams. congratulations

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TRAVELGRRL 9/2/2010 7:02AM

    It works if you work it! You should be soooo proud of yourself and sharing your successes, big and small, are an inspiration to all of us. WTG on the 70 pounds!

You are beautiful.

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    You really are doing awesome!!!!!!!

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TEMPEST272002 9/1/2010 11:06PM

    Congratulations on crossing the 70lb lost mark! What an accomplishment! I really enjoy your non-scale victories list... it motivates me to reflect on my own as I cheer you on for yours.
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JENJESS48 9/1/2010 10:54PM

    emoticon Amazing work!

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GOGOMAMA 9/1/2010 10:46PM

    You have accomplished so much! You are truly victorious! You look fabulous! Congratulations! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 9/1/2010 10:07PM

    You are truly amazing and the picture says it all...beautiful!

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AMBER281 9/1/2010 4:55PM

    Keep up the great work!! Your success is truly inspiring! I love how you celebrate the non-weight accomplishment. I find we get too hung up on what the scale says sometimes. I am probably one of the worst for that.

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KSGROTHE 9/1/2010 4:42PM

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I love all the positive things you found to celebrate in this blog even though you were disappointed in your slow weight loss! You have a lot to celebrate! I also love how you track your daily progress on your Spark calendar! I had intended to do that and then didn't.

Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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CYCLINGSANDY 9/1/2010 4:07PM

    You have done a fantastic job! You rock in the non-scale victories. 70 pounds gone forever! You are one motivated lady.
Keep up the pace and those love handles will be history.


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YATMAMA 9/1/2010 3:32PM

    Looka you!!! I am SO proud of you. You blow me away. *applause*

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MISSANTHROPY15 9/1/2010 3:26PM

    You are AMAZING and this blog has the AWESOME!! I hope it gets a 'popular blog post' award, because it SO deserves it! I just adore you and I am so inspired by your progress! My scale was also stubborn this month, and although it is bothersome, we need to focus on the bigger and better victories that we experienced... the 'real life' victories!

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DAISYDIVA74 9/1/2010 3:09PM

    Way to go!! I think you did great in August!!! I mean 70lbs that is amazing!!

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HAMMLIN 9/1/2010 3:01PM

    I love your recaps! Way to go!

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