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Stealing Time for ME (Challenge Blog)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

MAIN CHALLENGE: For the main challenge this week, take some time for yourself! Do something special, just for you, that you've been thinking about but haven't followed through on. I know we all have so many responsibilities, but sometimes taking time for ourselves is the best way to ensure we can get through all of that without pulling our hair out!!


Yesterday, after a long day at work (don’t you love Mondays?) I got picked up by my husband as my brakes were being worked on. Our two girls were in the car (where else would they be haha) and something happens in my household around 5 PM. Like werewolves after midnight, my girls go CRAZY. (For some reason my dogs do, too, and have even before we had kids.) They all go gaga for me. They freak out, act up, and do anything and everything in their power to get my 100%, COMPLETE ATTENTION. This may sound flattering, but it truly is not. It’s like having raw meat strapped to your body and being in a field of rapid dogs.

Joking aside, it really drains a person. And being in a hot car, in traffic that doesn’t seem to move, for 48 minutes (yes I counted) is just brutal. Two time outs on the side of the road later and one meltdown, and we are finally back home.

I had plans to go walking with my oldest daughter…plans to even bring the little one along and walk to the library, get them signed up for the summer reading program, get a workout in, get some girl bonding time.

But after that car ride I walked in the door, took a look around, and announced that I was NOT taking either of them in public – anywhere – and I sent them outside to play while I made dinner and my hubby worked on the car.

I had plans, great big Mommy plans…the walk, the library, coming home and doing nice baths, a story or two. No plans for ME, but plans for them. And yes, I do like spending time with them, but last night was a different story.

A quick dinner later, a few more time outs and refereeing fights, and I was DONE. Up to bed and a few stories later and that was it. I looked around. It was barely past 7 p.m. I had all of this…TIME. I thought about all of the story drafts sitting on my office desk….I decided I would go to the library after all…just by myself.

I grabbed my writing bag, kissed hubby goodbye (and sort of felt like I was escaping, but pushing that feeling aside)...I even stopped at Dunkin’ Donuts for my favorite French Vanilla coffee. Oh, this was going to be GOOD. The smell of the coffee in the car hit my senses and I was already daydreaming about the writing I would do. The writing I had missed for the past months….it is just so hard to make time for yourself when you work full time, am a Mom, a wife, the bill keeper, organizer, party and play date planner….where did I fit in with all of that? I’ve been great about making time for working out (usually before the girls are awake or after they are asleep). But where was my creativity going to bloom if I didn’t give it a place to grow?

I got to the library and first signed the kids up for the summer reading program, like a good Mommy, and THEN. THEN it was all about ME. I got a quiet cubicle away from the children’s library. I opened the lid of my coffee. And I WROTE. I wrote for about 45 minutes. It felt amazing.

And after I wrote I took a minute to read a chapter from one of my summer reading books, a guilty pleasure.

And I didn’t even bring my cell phone into the library. I left it in the car.
Things could wait. People could wait. Me? I’ve been waiting long enough. It was time for me.

I’ve decided that I’m going to write 5 days out of the week, and 8 or 9 p.m. seems to be a good time, after the girls are sleeping.

And I even got more miles in after I got home.

It was just amazing. I felt like my old self again, the self before I had kids….and I’m honoring the writer within me.

“Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you're doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.”
E. L. Doctorow

"Empowerment is what the emerging artist needs to win for herself. And the initial sense of urgency to create can easily be dissipated because it entails making the one choice many people, especially women, in our society with its emphasis on the 'acceptable' priorities, feel selfish about making: taking the time to create, stealing it from yourself if it's the only way."

-- "5:00 A.M.: Writing as Ritual" in The Latin Deli by Judith Ortiz Cofer, p. 168 (reprinted in Sleeping With One Eye Open)

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BRAVACHASER 6/15/2011 5:44PM

    My time to myself lately, has been watching the complete Ally McBeal DVD series while eating popcorn, or drinking tea. It's one of my things lately. After that I think I'll take up reading again.

Loved your blog! Congrats on finding time for your writing!

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AMBER281 6/15/2011 5:36PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful evening!!
Glad you got some ME time to do something you love to do!!!

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FREES1 6/15/2011 12:34PM

    good for you!!!! sometimes 15 minutes behind a closed door can do wonders for many... for you write write write!!!

my mother had a friend who was a writer and she taught her kids that if she were in her writing room and the door closed not to disturb her unless the house was burning down, and in that case to slide a note under the door!!

depending on how old your kids are they should be able to learn that idea.. and you can adjust the time the door is closed by their ages and YOUR needs!

happy writing!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 6/15/2011 1:20AM

    Good for you!

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ROBYNROSE26 6/14/2011 8:12PM

    Way to Go Kathy!

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KSGROTHE 6/14/2011 7:18PM

    emoticon on making some time for yourself, for your writing! It sounds like you really needed it!

Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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TEMPEST272002 6/14/2011 5:39PM

    Well done. The time writing in the library sounds wonderful. It's so hard to carve out time for yourself when every one is trying to get your attention. You were smart to leave the house entirely!

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    Oh my darling partners, I just love reading your blogs!!! I am so incredibly proud of you for taking that time for you! You are an amazing mother but sometimes I think we really just need a moment to ourselves. I can tell you feel a MILLION times better!!! And that is amazing and I am so so so proud of you and happy for you! It makes me smile that you got so much joy out of your hour away!!!!!!!

Wait wait, did you log that coffee you had? hehe Ok you knew I just had to ask!!!!!

I think it's hard in all of our busy plans during the day to remember tha tsometimes we need a second for ourselves....thank you for this! Because you reminded ME that this is something I have to do also...before I go completely crazy!!!!!!!!

On that note, I've also decided to look into the library program here to see if they have a summer program like that! Woohooooo!

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CHICAT63 6/14/2011 4:44PM

    "Vouloir c'est pouvoir" - let me know if you need translation. You did great, actually I would have exactly the same thing. My girls are only 22 months apart so I hear ya:) Of course today they are 18 and 20 it's a different kind of dilemna *lol*.

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JENJESS48 6/14/2011 3:44PM

    Sounds lovely, Kathy! Congrats on making time for yourself. And remember: if Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy! So you need to take care of yourself and your needs, too. It's not selfish. It's healthy.

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KITHKINCAID 6/14/2011 2:40PM

    This sounds heavenly. You make me want to hit up the library!

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KANSASROSE67 6/14/2011 2:02PM

    I am so proud of you! Great job!!! And you were not a bad mom, you were a good mom, by teaching your girls that there are consequences for behavior. I know from personal experience that I am much better to my family when I get a little time for ME.

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KKINNEA 6/14/2011 1:11PM

    Awesome, you made me feel calmer just by reading your blog!

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/14/2011 12:41PM

    Ohhh, good for you at making the time to do this for YOU! It sounds heavenly to make time for actual, focused writing. I hope you can continue to make the time for doing it!

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I'll take that in a size Medium, please :) (photos)

Monday, June 13, 2011

A good friend of mine got married this past weekend. Months ago I found a dress I loved and it fit me in a size large, but it was a little too loose, and so I did something drastic. I bought it in a size Medium, having faith that I would get into it by her wedding. Well, I am proud to say that I did! Here are some photos taken w/ my cell phone (not the best quality).

I got to see good friends at the wedding I haven't seen in so long and they were so kind about my weight loss and didn't come right out and say "Woah!" but kind of took me aside and asked me about it. Two of my really good friends admitted that they had been talking amongst themselves about how I look half the size I used to be. It was just a dreamy night. I kept looking down at my ring finger at my wedding set that didn't fit me for so long. It felt surreal. And on top of that I got to see a wonderful woman get married to her soul mate. A happy day all around.

Full length after the wedding - I had already taken my heels off :)

Can you tell how happy I am?

My friend Karoline with her three nieces

The happy couple!

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HEATHIELAUREN 6/22/2011 11:27PM

    So proud of you! Hope to be in those shoes one day. Keep on keepin' on! You Rock!!!! emoticon

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ROBYNROSE26 6/14/2011 8:27PM

    Way to go, you look amazing! Super cute dress!

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MOMFAN 6/14/2011 3:07PM

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KITHKINCAID 6/14/2011 2:42PM

    LOVE IT!!! You look amazing!

Dibs on that dress when you're into size smalls! :)

Congrats Kathy - you deserve this so so so much!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 6/14/2011 12:52AM

    You are looking great!

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KSGROTHE 6/13/2011 9:17PM

    Wow! Great job on keeping your weight loss consistent so that you could fit into the dress! You look great!

- Karen

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THEADMIRAL 6/13/2011 7:14PM

    The dress looks emoticon on you! emoticon emoticon emoticon Wonderful picture of your friend and her sweetie!

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AMBER281 6/13/2011 5:45PM

    You look wonderful in the dress!! So glad it was a good day all around.

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NIKKICOLE83 6/13/2011 5:26PM

    Don't you just love the recognition of a job well done? I am glad you went out on a limb and bought that medium dress because I am sure it made you work hard. WHOOPIE!! And your friend was a heavenly bride.

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BABY_GIRL69 6/13/2011 4:50PM

    Priceless!! God bless & enjoy everyday!! Dee

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LOOZINITNOW 6/13/2011 4:32PM

    You look absolutely beautiful in the dress! You deserve every compliment and good feeling that you are receiving.

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QUEENJEANINE11 6/13/2011 4:22PM

    YAY good for you!!!! You looked great and met a goal you put out for yourself :)

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TEMPEST272002 6/13/2011 4:19PM

    You looked fabulous in that dress! Congrats on the medium. Woot!

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CHICAT63 6/13/2011 4:14PM

    What heels *lol* I was looking how HAWT, CUTE and SASSY you looked....woohoo, you looked amazing.

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GLORYBLOGS 6/13/2011 3:59PM

    Awesome! Good for you!

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LOSING107 6/13/2011 3:53PM

    Yayy! Way to go, and you look great!

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THENEWDARLENE 6/13/2011 3:40PM

    You look beautiful... and very happy!

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    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! :)

- Michelle

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FREES1 6/13/2011 3:32PM

    such well-placed faith!!!!! pretty dress and a happy face!!! you are looking good!!

my best to Karoline and her Soul Mate - may they enjoy many many years of peace, comfort, joy and contentment together!

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KATYMACK 6/13/2011 3:27PM

    Beautiful dress and you look great in it.

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SLFRISBEY 6/13/2011 3:20PM

    You look BEAUTIFUL!!! Love it!

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DETERMINEDMOM_3 6/13/2011 3:09PM

    you look beautiful!!!! Congrats to you!!!

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JENJESS48 6/13/2011 2:57PM

    Slipping on a medium feels so great! And it looks even better! emoticon

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    hot damn!!! you are one sexy lady!!!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/13/2011 2:48PM

    You look amazing in that dress--congratulations to you and to your friend!

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TABIKATZZ 6/13/2011 2:40PM

    you were Smokin in that dress! Congrats girl!

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CARRES1973 6/13/2011 2:40PM

  HOORAY! What a great feeling.


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KKINNEA 6/13/2011 2:35PM

    Awesome! Congrats to you and to your friend!

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Move It, Move It Weekly Plan

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I didn't work out much this past week at all, my tail bone has been hurting me ever since my daughter hopped into bed with me and I slept strangely all night. Now this pain has GOT to go away because it's been keeping me from doing things that I want and need to do. Running? Nope. Volunteering with my church at a local nursing home? Nope. Dancing at my friend's wedding? Nope, nope and nope. I don't have $$ to see a chiropractor again, I've used up all my health benefit for a chiropractor.

So, while I want to kick butt and really push it this week, I am also going to be aware of my body and treating it well. I'm going to try to recover from this pain that's been keeping me from the things I love, and also do things that will help my body heal. My original title for this blog was going to be "Smackdown Weekly Plan", but then that didn't sound very gentle to me. So I changed it to "Move it, Move it" because the goal this week is just to MOVE. If I feel OK enough to push it further, great, but my body needs movement now. The longer I'm sitting on the couch hoping my back feels better the longer it will take to heal.


a.m. Wake up and walk 2 miles with Leslie
mid-day - stretches at work to stretch back out. Use resistance bands if possible.
p.m. Evening yoga
Apply heat/ice as needed, off and on every 20 minutes.


a.m. Start with stretching and ease into strength training
lunch: walk on treadmill at work. If back feels OK run a litle.
p.m. Try to make it to Zumba.


a.m. Start with stretching and then a run
lunch: walk at lunch
p.m. Yoga


a.m. Walk 3 miles with Leslie
lunch: get up and move
p.m. try to make it to Zumba


a.m. sleep in
lunch: bike
p.m. strength training then relax


start of 10k training with running group
stretch after
p.m. evening yoga


rest day

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AMBER281 6/13/2011 6:03PM

    Good job in listening to your body.
This sounds like a good plan!!

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JENJESS48 6/13/2011 2:27PM

    Great job on listening to your body, Kathy, and being flexible about your plans! I hope you feel better soon!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/13/2011 10:57AM

    Good plan - hope you are feeling better soon!

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MARCH_ 6/13/2011 10:56AM

    So sorry about your back!
This is the reason we follow a "life plan" instead of a diet, life keeps happening.
You've got YOGA on your schedule (which is used for realignment), and I would just add icing (not the cake kind, unless that helps too).

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KITHKINCAID 6/13/2011 10:24AM

    Good plan honey! Couch sitting will actually hurt it more - so moving is the best. Walking is amazing. If you can get to a pool - SWIM - it's so good for it. And sometimes I feel like a good run actually shakes out some of the tension and misalignment if I'm careful about it.

Feel better!

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FREES1 6/13/2011 10:17AM

    best wishes for your plan and your continued healing! may the latter happen sooner than soon! i like to use the precise heat patches... hopefully they could work for you

congratulations on your determination and for listening to your body!

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    I'm so impressed! I just love that you are listening to your body!!! I am so proud of you! GREAT plan...wait wait...EXCELLENT plan! Now, I will be checking in with you! Do you have calorie goals?

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KSGROTHE 6/13/2011 12:39AM

    Sounds like a great plan, especially the part about really paying attention to how your body feels.

- Karen

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TEMPEST272002 6/12/2011 11:56PM

    I'm really proud of you when I see your fitness plan. You're respecting your body, but still doing what you can for exercise. emoticon

I've done that slept wrong & woke up injured thing. Last time it was my shoulder, but fortunately pupped back into place in my sleep a few days later. Hopefully the same will happen for you.

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My Biggie NSVs - Challenge Blog

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Here's the challenge for this week:

MAIN CHALLENGE: Most of us probably have a number of non scale victories, even if we aren’t to our goals yet. This week, reflect on those gains. Have you had health gains so far in your journey as a result of the changes you’ve made? Is your blood pressure down, or maybe your off some medications, or your asthma has improved? Maybe you’ve moved from obese to overweight? Share a health gain that you have made so far in your journey with your team for the main challenge this week. Also share a health goal that you have, that you have yet to achieve, and some things you will do to make it an accomplishment in the future.

Now I am a BIG advocate of Non Scale Victories, or NSVs as we call them here at Spark. In fact, that is the only thing that gets me through the month sometimes, especially when my loss is slow. So for this week’s challenge it was fun to see just how far I’ve come in my journey at Spark.

Here are my major NSVs:


When I first started out on this journey 3 years ago when I did the online “Real Age” test, it said that my Real Age was 44 years old. I remember thinking…my gosh….and then I actually felt relief that it didn’t say I was 50 – imagine that! Relief that it was saying I was over 10 years older than what I was….

I retested myself the other day and my "Real Age" is now 33 years old and I am 36 years old. (Soon to be 37, but shh…). I'm actually getting younger!


I went from being above a 45 (over VERY obese) to being under 35, which is only obese, to 32.4, which is ALMOST just overweight. It is my goal to be under 30, and then finally under 25, which is my ideal weight.


VO2 is a measure of how much oxygen your body can consume during maximum intensity exercise. I started off two years ago and my score was so bad it literally was not on the chart. It was 21.1. My boot camp instructor had to draw a line way below the worst on the chart and say “you are here.”

Since then I went up to 24.7, which was still Very Poor, but at least on the chart. From there I went to a 31, which is “Fair”, and I’m happy to report that NOW I am at a 34, which is actually deemed "GOOD"!!!

Now I am working toward "Excellent", which is a score of 35.7 and up.


I gained much of my weight the first year of being married. Maybe it was the stress, maybe it was that I was too happy, content, whatever it was, my wedding ring, the antique set that I loved - didn't fit me after a year of being married. It was so unfair. My understanding hubby said I should just take it in and get it resized (I just love that man). My stubborn nature said, no. If I couldn't get back down to the size that I was when I was married, then ppfft. Forget it. Well I am happy to say that not only does my wedding set fit me now, BUT....dare I say it is a tiny bit LOOSE.

Other major NSVs include:

Pants – went from a size 26 to a size 14/16, or from a size 3XL to a L.

Jeans – went from a size 28 to a size 16. I would like to be a 10/12 eventually.

Shirts – went from a size 24 to a size 14, or from a size 3XL to a size M.

Bra – went from a size F to a triple D and finally down to a respectable C cup, lol.

Running – went from being a non-runner to running 5 5ks last year and 1 8k this year with plans to run 2 10ks this year and a 15k as well. I eventually plan to run a half marathon.

Smile factor - in every picture I am now smiling - in the past I was not. 100% improvement!

Spiritually - I have found myself and don't feel lost anymore. I feel I have a purpose.

Happiness - Oh my, I went from being depressed and not ever wanting to get off the couch to being a happy, vibrant person. I am now fun to be around, and not only when I was drunk, like before.

Energy - I now have loads of it! And I need it with 2 young kids!

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    Like I said before, I want to follow in your foot steps. You are doing fabulous.

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    gosh you are so freaking amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JRIMM4 6/9/2011 11:31AM

    Awesome! Those NSV's are a way more impressive than any number could be!


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OFFDREA 6/9/2011 10:38AM

    All wonderful victories!!!!! You have done some amazing things!

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FREES1 6/8/2011 11:58AM

    awesome victories!!! way to go!!!
emoticon(lotusflower's victory dance)

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    WOW! Really.... WOW! Your NSVs tell an amazing story. There is so much more than the number on the scale on the journey to a healthy lifestyle. You have so much to celebrate.


Keep Sparking and keep up the good work!

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LMLOPEZ 6/7/2011 10:57PM

    LOVE your NSV's. Especially the wedding ring one.
Keep Sparking!!

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UNICORN212 6/7/2011 9:54PM

    You have come a long way! Congrats!

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TEMPEST272002 6/7/2011 8:19PM

    You have come so far in this journey! I'm super-impressed by the V02 score. You've just made some many huge improvements to your health & your whole family is benefitting from the fitter, happier you. Great list!

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TRAVELGRRL 6/7/2011 7:41PM

    You should be so proud! You've come far and deserve to feel very good about your NSVs! Thanks for reminding us that we are gaining MUCH MORE than a smaller number on the scale.

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LOOZINITNOW 6/7/2011 7:37PM

    What a fantastic list of NSV's!!!! emoticon emoticon

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KSGROTHE 6/7/2011 7:22PM

    emoticon on all these NSVs! You have a lot to celebrate! emoticon

- Karen

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ROBYNROSE26 6/7/2011 6:03PM

    Fantastic, you are an inspiration!

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AMBER281 6/7/2011 5:48PM

    Awesome NSVs!!!
You are truly inspiring!

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NEVERGIVEUP1969 6/7/2011 5:45PM

    emoticonNSV's to celebrate!!! U have come far!!!

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May Progress Report and June Goals

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Start weight: 209.5
End weight: 207
Weight lost: 2.5 lbs.
Total weight lost this year: 18.5 lbs.
Goal weight progress: 29 more lbs. to go to goal weight!
Onederland progress: 8 more lbs. to reach ONEderland!
Total weight lost: 91 lbs.
Total fitness minutes: 1,374

My goal this month was to lose 4.5lbs, bringing me to 205. I lost half of that, losing 2.5 lbs. this month. I’m happy with that, I went through a plateau this month where I kept gaining and losing the same 3 lbs. I learned a lot about myself during this process. I am a strong woman and I don’t give up. I am persistent and I will reach my goals.

Oh, and did I mention? I reached OVER 90 lbs. lost – 30% of my weight!! And the size of a newborn calf. emoticon


Reached 1,374 fitness minutes! Woo hoo!

Worked out for 10 days in a row for 20 minutes or more. Streaker!

Started the swimsuit boot camp – I stress started…but I am going to re-do it in June, every day. Going for another streak.

Started to train for a 10k.

Set a new PR for a 5k time - 34:08 and that was with 5 minutes of warming up by walking.


New Goal: To run a sub 30 minute 5k! (OK, I may not reach this in June, but sometime this summer would be nice. It’s fun to have something to reach for).

New Fitness Goal: To run, walk, bike 60 miles in June.

Weight goal: To lose 4-6 lbs.


I reached for carrots instead of chips with dip.

We had family over and I made a healthy salad for myself, but enough for others so that I wouldn’t be eating ribs.

My old swimming teacher did NOT recognize me at the gym – and I was in a swimming suit. She was in shock when she learned it was me, and turns out word has spread in my old gym about my success since my Mommy Boot Camp. Woo hoo! She said my face especially looks different.

I felt sexy dressing up as a pin-up for my husband’s 40th birthday surprise party.

At a company meeting a guy I hadn’t seen in 6 months freaked out about my weight loss, he said, and I quote “You are a shadow of your former self.” – it was quite a compliment, but it reminded me of what Jenn KITCHKINCAID said about people’s comments about weight loss, I didn’t like the term that much after thinking about it…but I’ll take it. I like how Jenn said that we are not shadows, or ghosts of our former selves, but that “In fact, YOU are probably feeling fuller and more sure of who you are now than ever before.” – if you haven’t read Jenn’s blog already entitled “The Language of Losing Weight”, it’s a must read, the link is below.


And best of all, this month I got to meet and hold my twin nieces!


This journey is not a quick-fix solution. I am worth the time invested in myself and not one minute is wasted on my health.

Don't be so serious. Have fun with it. This is your life, the journey is EVERYTHING.

Below is my May SparkSummary Calendar.

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Wonderful !!! You should be so very proud of yourself.


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MERULE 6/4/2011 4:22AM

  So inspiring!

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UNICORN212 6/3/2011 1:19PM

    Love it! You are doing so well!

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    I am looking at the little woman holding those twins and she looks great.

Great goals and I am so proud of your accompaniments.

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TEMPEST272002 6/2/2011 8:21PM

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May was a great month for you. I love your positive attitude and your commitment to enjoying this process. You look fabulous. You're just beaming out of your pictures. Congratulations on 30% loss - just think of the positive impact on your health. No wonder you look so good.

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MOMFAN 6/2/2011 5:33PM

    emoticon emoticonI am cheering for you!

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ROEANDGO 6/2/2011 4:32PM

    Well done Kathy!! Wow!!! I love your entire blog....your month review, new plan, positive attitude.....LOVE IT !!!

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MARCH_ 6/2/2011 10:32AM

    YOU are such an incredible inspiration to me! To all of us I'm sure!
I love your rejoicing in NS Victories, grateful (strengthened even!) by the things you learned last month about plateaus, and how you keep your vision very clear and forefront.
And lastly, how you remember that this is long-term and worth it long term!
Thank you!

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    I am soooooooooo proud of you! And you ARE a sexy pinup!!!!!!!

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KSGROTHE 6/1/2011 7:24PM

    emoticon on all your successes in May and on passing the 90-lbs lost mark! You rock!

Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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OFFDREA 6/1/2011 5:02PM

    Kathy you are so motivating and inspiring. There aren't enough congratulations for you and your success. Rock it out in June!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LMLOPEZ 6/1/2011 4:34PM

    WooHoo!! You look great-even if you ARE a "shadow of your former self". Sometimes what's in the shadows are the best part...
Congrats on your twin nieces. Twins are really fun!! Enjoy!

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-ICANDOIT- 6/1/2011 4:33PM

    Could you be any cuter or any more positive??!! I just loved this blog, especially your outlook on things and the goals you have set!
You have done great things so far- I can't wait to see you accomplish those June goals!!

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AMBER281 6/1/2011 4:13PM

    Well done!! Keep up the good work and you will be in Onderland in no time!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/1/2011 3:51PM

    Well done! Progress in the right direction is progress, and you have certainly made it this month in so many ways. Congratulations on all you have achieved; you are doing great!

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    I always love seeing your pictures. You have an infectious smile. Thank you for making me smile. You are are so full of life! You are a beautiful strong woman and leave inspiration in your trail.


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    GREAT JOB!!!! And best of luck with your June goals. I have no doubts you'll reach them! :)

- Michelle

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LOTUSFLOWER 6/1/2011 3:18PM

    Thanks everyone! TRAVELGRRL - 2.5 lbs. IS a reason for celebration! I just need to do that 12 more times and I've reached my goal weight. Boo yah! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 6/1/2011 2:43PM

    "This journey is not a quick-fix solution. I am worth the time invested in myself and not one minute is wasted on my health."

That's really profound!

I'm so happy that you can lose 2.5 and still celebrate. I can feel your determination right through the computer! WTG.

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JENJESS48 6/1/2011 2:32PM

    You're doing such a great job, Kathy! This month I, too, learned to put the journey first and the stupid scale second. You're absolutely right: the journey is much more important. And I love that you focus on non-scale victories. I know that I've already told you, but you look just amazing in your pin-up outfit. You're such an inspiration!

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FREES1 6/1/2011 2:24PM

    congratulations - 90 of them!!! - for all you have accomplished - and may June continue to bring you successes!
what a happy looking auntie Lotusflower!

I am glad you are taking what seems was meant as a heart-felt compliment.. people usually tend to mean well and use expressions that are familiar... I lived with a person who used a wheel chair and it was interesting to see responses to phrases not meant in malice or ill will and yet stung... people sometimes just don't understand the fullness of what they are saying and I think, as you said, we should take those comments as positive and well-intended.

you rock lady

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    Congrats on such awesome weight loss!!! You're doing amazingly and are a strong lady! You're also gorgeous! Best of luck on your June goals, I know you will reach them emoticon

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