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INSPIRE Food Blogs - Days 1 & 2

Friday, September 30, 2011



1 cup scrambled eggs

Morning Snack:

1/4 cup of Trader Joe's amazing trail mix, I think it's called "Indulge"


An awesome salad from deli at work with grilled chicken and lots of good stuff.

Afternoon Snacks:

2 Hershey minis

Greek yogurt


My husband made an amazing pot roast with butternut squash in our crockpot.
Added a bit of brown rice and broccoli to it on the side.


Fresh pineapple with a dollop of whipped cream and caramel sauce.

Later my hubby had some Edy's Dibs and I had a few, I would say 5 - the whole CONTAINER is a serving at something like 350 cals, so I coulnted it as 130 cals.

TOTALS: Stayed within my range, 1,651 calories. Stayed within range for fat and got enough protein in.




Had two eggs with coffee while I read the book recommended by Deanna, "You Are Your Own Gym". My daughter Lucy made me a waffle and put a bit of Smart Balance margarine and agave nectar on it. (I took a picture of her waffle as I ate mine before remembering to take a pic).


A banana and some yummy cashews (low sodium) from TJ's. I portion out 1/4 cup when I get the bag home because or else I would have 3-4 servings thinking it was only 1.


A ham and cheese with avocado wrap along with a side salad which I added some string cheese to and avocado as well.

Afternoon snacks:

An apple

Baby carrots with hummus

Protein bar (I was SO hungry!)


Whole wheat angel hair pasta, 3/4 cup, with just 1 tbsp. of spaghetti sauce and with roasted garlic. Had one meatball on the side.

Evening snack:

Bowl of homemade popcorn (movie night):

TOTALS: Calories: 1,809, about 100 over my range. I was really hungry today, nothing seemed to satisfy me! I had plenty of protein...not sure what's going on. Only had a few hundred left for dinner and went over calories by about 100.

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ROEANDGO 10/1/2011 11:55PM

    Great food choice Kathy!! Love the photo of your daughter! So cute!!

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    This is very helpful to actually look at. I'm still over serving myself. Thanks for giving all this visual.

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    Wow--that all looks great. I'm trying to keep myself between 1500-1700 calories to maintain my 145ish weight. I was lower and now am back up, although back down to 145 this morning. Not sure what it takes to maintain, but I'm trying to figure it out. Your diet looks great--I like the idea of apportioning out the nuts and trail mix at the very beginning. Like you, otherwise I would be tempted to eat the whole bag or can at one sitting!

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TEMPEST272002 9/30/2011 4:04PM

    So nice to see all of the variety in your food - different colours, textures & tastes. Eating healthy can be tasty!

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KITHKINCAID 9/30/2011 2:35PM

    Makin me hungry girl! Gotta go eat some lunch :)

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GRACEISENUF 9/30/2011 12:31PM

    Can I come over and eat at your house?



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HAMMLIN 9/30/2011 11:58AM

    Can you share the crock pot recipe!? I love my Crock! And that roast looks yummy!!!

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AMBER281 9/30/2011 11:26AM

    Looks yummy!

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    I am SO proud of you!

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VICKILYN4 9/30/2011 11:13AM

    Everything looks so good. When I go over by a 100 (now..before I just said oh well..lol) I try to burn that off. I look at my fitness tracker and see what I can do to get as close to it as possible. This is only a suggestion. Maybe after dinner you can dance around. It might not burn 100 calories but it will be less then 100 that you are left with. How about a walk around the block? Hope I'm not being pushy..just a few suggestions that I try when I go over. Have a wonderful Friday and a cool weekend. (:

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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – Race Report - 9.25.11

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Last year I ran the 5k of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. This year I planned to run the 10k. My plan was to beat my 10k time from my first 10k. However, that was not in the cards. What happened? I got sick. Then I got sicker. I ended up not running at all for weeks. The only running I did was a mile here and there. A week away from the race I decided to switch from the 10k to the 5k.

I felt bad about this because I didn’t want to let myself, or anyone else, down. I didn’t want to second guess my capabilities. Could I have run the 10k? Probably. But after a month of not running I didn’t really want to find out that day. I have (knock on wood) never had a running injury and I never want to. I know my body and I didn’t want to push it that day.

Last year I raised $200 for the cause, and this year I wanted to double that as I had planned on doubling my distance. I ended up tripling my donation amount, raising over $600 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, most of that money staying locally in Chicago to help those who have the disease and the rest going to fund research. Does it mean any less that I only ran 3.1 miles vs. 6.2? I don’t think so. Was my mother-in-law, who lost her life to breast cancer, any less in my thoughts? No.

I had to let my pride take a backseat to what really was the important thing on this day.

I wanted to honor those who have lost their lives. This was NOT about me. Just looking out at all of the ribbons honoring those who have gone before and fought the good fight but lost it….well, me running less that I had wanted to doesn’t really matter anymore.

My husband made the most amazing shirt to honor his mother and all the angels we've lost to cancer much too soon. Too many to count. It said "Running for our angels" on the front and had angel wings on the back.

We got to the race later than I would have liked, I rushed to the fundraising tent to give my additional cash donations I had received and then got some free goodies and rushed to find my family before the race. This year the race seemed like it had doubled or tripled in capacity, which is awesome.

Lucy and I put on some New Balance stickers on our face to raise awareness for breast cancer. My youngest, Marlo, would have nothing to do with it, lol.

My husband with our girls.

Then I got into line and we warmed up with some stretches. I have no idea where I am in this crowd, but I'm there somewhere :)

And then we were off!

I remembered where I was at physically and mentally last year. Last year I was signed up to run the 5k alone, and was scared to death. Last year I called my sister at 10 p.m. the night before the race and begged her to run it with me. (She did – she is awesome like that). Last year I barely made it across the finish line, I was dying halfway through.

This year, I ran it alone (same awesome sister just gave birth to my beautiful niece, Stella). I was not afraid, I have run several times since then alone, an 8k and a 10k along with 5ks.

This year, the shirt I had custom-made last year to honor my husband’s mom, didn’t fit me. It was so big I couldn’t run in it.

This year, it was EASY for me. At the halfway point I was like, already? This year I beat my own time, finishing the race in 35 minutes, 29 seconds.

After crossing the finish line. I think my legs actually look "skinny" here!

Checking my time on my Garmin.

After finishing!

This year, I made myself proud.

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TME4ME 10/9/2011 7:28AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYOU ARE emoticon!!!!!!!!!!!

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JENNIFER_67 9/29/2011 6:18PM

    emoticon Way to go!!

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GRACEISENUF 9/29/2011 4:11PM

    Simply AWESOME! I am so proud of you spark friend. What a wonderful, selfless way to help others.

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/29/2011 1:12PM

    So proud of you for doing this for all the right reasons! This is one of those races where the distance and the time it takes to do it are the least important things. Awesome job on making a wise decision to do the 5K, on tripling your fund-raising, and on a great race. LOVE the shirt--and your legs do look skinny!


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CHICAT63 9/29/2011 12:54PM

    How GREAT is that *sniff*, awesome blog & pictures. A beautiful tribute to your Mother-in-law. I am running for the CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday, Oct. 2 for my Mom who has been breast cancer free for 23 years now. This is my second year running the 5K again with my best girlfriend. Awesome T-shirt by the way:)

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KATHIERAE 9/29/2011 10:32AM

    I cried reading this. For so many reasons, but mostly for what you accomplished in honor of your beloved mother in law and for yourself! God bless you!
emoticon(closest to angel wings I could find!)

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SWAZY33 9/29/2011 10:26AM

    Love the shirt and this blog :)
So proud of you!
I'm currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer so also want to THANK YOU for running so our future will not have to deal with this disease!

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    this is my neice and how she is winning. I do not know how to make it link correctly but there are cures that the public doesn't know about. She is using her own blood, creating a vaccine with the blood and re-injecting into her body. The blood has cells of the cancer in it that have been made to kill the cancer.


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REENSKI 9/29/2011 9:27AM

    You are wonderful! Congratulations on the race-and love the shirt.

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LOOZINITNOW 9/28/2011 10:15PM

    Way to go on the fundraising for such a great cause! You rock!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 9/28/2011 10:00PM

    Love that glowing smile at the end of the race!

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TAZIAH 9/28/2011 9:46PM

    Beautiful blog, Kathy! I'm got the same race here on Saturday and I'm going with my SP buddy again! We love that race. The atmosphere really makes it something special. emoticon

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    Looks like you had an awesome time! I have on coming up, the first for one (of 2) of my hometowns, and I'm super excited. It'll be my second one.

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KARVY09 9/28/2011 8:11PM

    Great pics! Great race!

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GOGOMAMA 9/28/2011 6:45PM

    How inspiring!!! You are awesome!! Love the shirt and am amazed at how much you raised!! Way to go!

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TEMPEST272002 9/28/2011 5:29PM

    We're so proud of you too! You've really come into your own this past year. I just keep thinking how beautiful you look. I agree with Blaize - you just glow. Love the shirt! Very special way for hubby to participate in your run & honour his Mum too.

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KITHKINCAID 9/28/2011 4:57PM

    Great job girl - 5K vs 10K? Whatever - at least you DID it! And the shirt is totally awesome. I was thinking your legs looked totally skinny in the shot of you and Lucy with the ribbon. Hot mama!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/28/2011 4:50PM

    Great fundraising and an amazing day. You must be very proud to have helped so many.
Thank you.

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HAMMLIN 9/28/2011 4:28PM

    You are awesome and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your journey!!!

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HEATHIELAUREN 9/28/2011 4:22PM

    Congrats to you and THANK YOU for supporting a wonderful cause. You are amazing!

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AMBER281 9/28/2011 4:21PM

    Looks and sounds like you had an amazing and fun time!!!

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    Awesome blog, by an awesome woman!! Way to go!! You kept positive & kept it in perspective! You are an inspiration!!! Great fundraising too!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/28/2011 3:56PM

    Congratulations, that's fantastic!

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KKINNEA 9/28/2011 3:48PM

    Fantastic! Your MIL would have been honored regardless of the distance you did. The shirt is great and last year's shirt sounds like a happy problem - may need to put it into a shadow box to preserve since it's too big!

Great, great job on such a worthy race.

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    That shirt is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is so talented and artistic!

And no, running 3.1 makes it no less powerful and amazing! You are amazing!

I love the pictures..you are so fit and beautiful. GLOWING!

YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Run the Pier Race Report (my 5 yr. old daughter's first race!)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

I would like to first TIFFYFANNY for inspiring me - she ran a 5k with her 6 yr. old daughter. I have a 5 yr. old daughter, Lucy, and would love to run a race with her. In the past she's indicated interest, so I've signed her up for the free kids' dashes they have during races, but each time she faltered and ended up not running. The whistle would scare her, or she would be afraid to leave my side. My daughter is an amazing girl, and sometimes she gets shy. She's a lot like me, actually. When she was first learning to talk she would whisper in her darkened bedroom words she was sounding out. I only knew because of the baby monitor, but I knew what she was doing. She wanted to be sure that when she said a word, it would come out correctly. My daughter was a perfectionist - like her mother.

She is a thinker and likes to know every aspect of something before it happens. Lately she had been asking if she could run a race with me. That plus the inspiration provided by TIFFANYFANNY was like a spark ignited. If she were to run a race WITH me, perhaps she wouldn't get scared. When I saw a Groupon for the Race the Pier, which is a 1-mile race, I thought it was perfect.

Since I know she's like me, we went for practice runs. On the last run Friday night we did a mile in about 20 minutes, running and walking. Here are some pictures from that last trial run.

She was so proud of herself after we finished. Just look at her face.

On the way home from that last run, she said from the backseat of the car, in a soft voice, "I don't think I can do it."

I looked back at her and said "What do you mean? You just did it. You did it and that's all we are going to do Sunday, the same thing we did today." I saw in the rear view mirror that she sort of smiled to herself. I went on, "There are no rules, we stop and start when you say. We run and walk when you say, and we can do this. All we need to do is finish." Now she has a full smile on her face, so I add "And I don't want to hear any more of this "I can't do it nonsense, you CAN and you DID!"

After a nice cup of hot cocoa and a good nights' sleep and a day off, she is feeling good. She is excited for the race. We get up early today, we need to get downtown by 7:30 a.m. Not the easiest thing with a 5 and 2 yr. old, but we do it.

Lucy signing in

The race worked out perfectly for us because there were 5 heats before ours, and so we got to see them all go, and hear the loud blowhorn, so Lucy was comfortable with it all. The only bad part is it was a rainy morning and it was getting worse with each heat.

We took some pictures as we waited.

Our cheering squad, my husband Jim and our daughter Marlo.

The professional picture taken of us.

Finally it was our turn to line up. Lucy holds my hand.

And we're off!

After about 5 minutes in, Lucy looked at me and said "Ok, can we stop now?" I looked at her and said "The only way to finish is to go through, we can do this." And so I tell her that we can walk now. The rain is pouring down and I make sure her hood is up over her head. We are still holding hands and we talk about how beautiful Lake Michigan looks, and I tell her how this is really amazing to have the road blocked off, no tourists, it's like we have the Pier to ourselves. It was very cool.

A few minutes in, Lucy wants to run again. So we run. Then we walk, and run and go like that for a while. Then we turn the curve and there's people cheering and ringing bells, it's the halfway mark. Lucy is excited, but I can tell the rain is getting to her.

One of the stories we like is the Little Engine that could. I ask her what does the little engine say as it thinks it can't get up the hill? And she says, "I think I can, I think I can." So I tell her let's say that right now, I think it might help.

And do you know what? I believe it did.

As we headed toward the finish line people that weren't even involved in the race were calling out Lucy's number, "Number 77! Number 77, go, go!" She looked at them wondering how can you know me? It was so cute.

And as we crossed the finish line there was a group of the runners who went before all cheering for us, it was so awesome!! The announcer said our names as we crossed, too, Lucy and Kathy! It was very cool. One of the benefits of a smaller race.

I hugged Lucy after we finished.

We finished at about 19 minutes, I believe, and it was the best feeling to cross the finish line with her. I never knew how proud that would make me. And to see her own pride was an even better feeling. It was an awesome day. And I am one proud Mama.

I don't often wonder what kind of influence I would have on her had I not lost this weight. I don't like to think about that. I like to just look forward and as I make positive choices it influences her own life and her own choices, too. I just love her so much, and want to continue to try to be the best, healthiest, mom I can be for my girls.

As I tucked Lucy in tonight, she asked "Did we win? The race, did we win?" I smiled at her and said "Honey, we sure did."

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SURGENBERD 10/13/2011 12:55PM

  Very nice! My kids took my bib after a 10K race and put it on and ran around our house. I will definitely look forward to running their first races with them! Thanks for the inspiring blog!

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PCOLAGATOR 10/13/2011 10:10AM

    Very sweet. I have the urge to go running with my 6 year old cousin now

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BARBIE779 10/12/2011 11:25PM

    She's adorable. My daughter will be five next month. I may see if she'd run a race with me.

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PAXAPUNCH 10/12/2011 6:21PM

    Im signing up right now!! I was going to run a 5k oct 22nd. But have officially decided that it will be even better to celebrate my birthday (oct21st) with a 1 mile fun run. With my husband and son....gonna save that 5k for Nov !! Thanks for the inspiration :)

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MCHILSTR 10/10/2011 10:21AM

  how very sweet - and love the Chicago pictures!

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ROOSTER72 10/10/2011 12:01AM

    Must have something in my eye. A bit teary!!

Gorgeous story - and just shows how you can be motivating to your kids. Every time she does something like that, it will give her a little more confidence - a great start towards a healthy life. Well done.
World's greatest mum award for that day!

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HSMOM2FOUR 10/9/2011 4:50PM

    Awwww!! You had me crying!!!

Thank you so much for sharing! I'm so proud of you! I'm so INSPIRED by you!!!!


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JENNIFER_67 9/27/2011 11:42AM

    That's fantastic!! I'm doing my first race in a couple of weeks, and my son is running in it too. But he's 18, and I'm sure I won't see him for long after the starting line. But I know he'll be cheering me on when I finish.

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FITFUNKYMAMA1 9/26/2011 10:10PM

    that is so freaking awesome,my heart just smiled!!! I was just talking to a friend about maybe getting my kids involved one day.I just did my first 5k and there was a 8 or 9 year old there running.So fun!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 9/26/2011 2:11PM

    Very heart warming blog!

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CARILOUIE 9/25/2011 5:47PM

    Oh, this is just the most beautiful post! I am grinning from ear to ear.

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JENNFIELDS4 9/21/2011 9:38PM

    You guys look so cute!! WTG...

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TEACHLIZARD 9/20/2011 10:01PM

    So Awesome! I cannot wait until I can do a race with my son ... hoping he will want too!
Congratulations both of you!

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AMANDA-129 9/20/2011 8:59PM

    How wonderful. This post made me cry. Congratulations Lucy! You are definitely a winner!

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TIFFYFANNY 9/20/2011 4:01PM

    This brought tears to my eyes!! Tell Lucy I'm SOOOO proud of her!!! Awesome. Thank you for sharing. :)

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    That is soooo awesome!! Yay Lucy!!!!!! Way to go!!!!! And yay Mom! Leading by example emoticon

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    she is too cute! I am so proud of you both!!!! SO PROUD!!!!!!!!!!! I love you!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 9/20/2011 1:56AM

    That is awesome!

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WYND10 9/19/2011 10:55PM

    I love this. Just love it. And I have to say, the first picture, my initial thought was...who is that with her daughter? HOLY CRAP that's Lotusflower!! You look UH-MAZE-ING!!!!!!

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ASMITH3B 9/19/2011 10:40PM

    This is the best race report I've ever read. I can tell that you're so proud of her! I think that inspiring our kids to live healthy lives is one of the best side effects of SparkPeople.

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REENSKI 9/19/2011 7:53PM

    So Beautiful! You made me cry too!
What a wonderful story! What a wonderful Day! What a wonderful memory for you & Lucy!

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THEADMIRAL 9/19/2011 7:26PM

    That is totally emoticon What a wonderful achievement for both of you! And what a healthy legacy you're handing down to your children! ATTA GIRL!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KESHA1975 9/19/2011 7:19PM

    Love it! Awesome inspiring story!

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CELLISTA1 9/19/2011 4:44PM

    Yep, me too. Tears rolling down - This is just a GREAT, GREAT story. I have a 5-yr-old grand-daughter and you've inspired me.

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CAALAN23 9/19/2011 3:47PM

    Bah! How dare you make me cry at my work station! LOL!

Seriously, if there is one thing that is the most powerful about losing weight and gaining health it is that it leaves such a massive impression on the youth.

You are a rockin' mom!

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OFFDREA 9/19/2011 3:39PM

    I am sitting here at my desk fighting back the tears. Your daughters are so very lucky to have such an amazing Mom. You are an inspiration to them and a great role model.

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PCOH051610 9/19/2011 3:33PM

    Such an amazing story and what an experience for the both of you! I'm so glad Tempest272002 suggested that I read this blog as it really touched my heart and soul.

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 9/19/2011 3:26PM

    This is such an amazing story. Thanks for sharing!

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GODDESSELLIE07 9/19/2011 2:51PM

    Absolutely wonderful! Congrats to Lucy!

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KITHKINCAID 9/19/2011 1:58PM

    I LOVE THIS BLOG!!! You are such a proud, healthy, WONDERFUL mama to that little girl. She is one lucky kid. And she did amazing! Congrats on being such an incredible role model to your little girls.

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LESLIES537 9/19/2011 1:47PM

    I was led here by TEMPEST and oh my gosh, am I inspired!! I'm not just sobbing, I've got the ugly cry going on I'm so moved! lol I love that you raced with your daughter--I am looking at signing up for my first 5k and think it would be extra special to do it together with my young daughter, too. Thank you for inspiring me! What an awesome experience it must have been. I loved the pictures! You can see the joy and sense of accomplishment on your cutie's face. Congrats ladies, on WINNING that race!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/19/2011 1:28PM

    I am sobbing at my desk right now. I was looking at your little girl and of course thought of my own who's 6. It's so great that you do these things with her. She will always remember her first race with mom. My kids have their numbers on their walls and still talk about it! We're making great memories for them : )

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LIVIN2LOVE1 9/19/2011 1:07PM

    I love it! You've done a truly wonderful thing for your daughter. Amazing and inspirational!

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TEMPEST272002 9/19/2011 12:56PM

    Tears, tears & more tears. I'm so moved I'm wiping them off my face as I read. Really, it's just so incredibly inspiring to see how you the changes you made towards health are being passed down to your children and future grandchildren. Changing the course not just of your life, but theirs as well. And could Lucy possibly be any cuter?! The proud bridge pic is my favourite.

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ROEANDGO 9/19/2011 12:10PM

    Okay....I'm boohooing right now! Do you know what you did for your daughter??!! You gave her the foundation for being a strong, independent woman! Way to go MOM!!!

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-ICANDOIT- 9/19/2011 11:38AM

    You are THE BEST mom! What a beautiful day with your family! You are AWESOME!!!!!!

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AMBER281 9/19/2011 10:56AM

    That is so awesome and such a cute story.
You are a great example for your children!!!

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JENJESS48 9/19/2011 10:08AM

    What a lovely moment and story! I'm so proud of both of you! You have truly met your goal of being a fit mom and setting a great example for your girls, Kathy. Congrats!

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CHICAT63 9/19/2011 9:16AM

    Oh, so cute and totally AWESOME. Please tell Lucy congratulations for her 1st race with Mom !!!!! Fantastic photos, way to go !

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SHERLYN-WILL 9/19/2011 8:48AM

    Talk about sittin' on the edge of the seat waiting for the finish of this blog... you had me there.... I knew she would finish... but the crowd saying her number and cheerin' her on... "NOW THAT GOT ME!"... Tears!

You literally are so small now you can hide behind your tiny daughter... do you see that? SERIOUSLY (the pic. right above the one of your dh and daughter)... you are BEHIND her and I can't see your hip... YOU LOOK AMAZING...

That is a cute pic of your DH and Daughter too! I like it!


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    Well written and great insite. Lucy will always be one step ahead now because you both won. Go girls.

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TODAYIAM 9/19/2011 12:53AM

    So way cute!!

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/19/2011 12:39AM

    Oh my goodness, she is just a doll. I love how she poses for the camera. Good for the both of you. emoticon

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STARFIRE125 9/19/2011 12:34AM

    I am so proud of you and Lucy! You are such an inspiration and such a great mom! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SGTSUNNY 9/19/2011 12:02AM

    Wow, you two are the most beautiful finishers I have ever seen! Hugs

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UNICORN212 9/18/2011 11:46PM

    Yup. You sure did win. Both of you.

Your blog brought me to tears and that got my puppy worried. She was wondering why I was crying....

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MELLY3183 9/18/2011 11:28PM

    great pictures!! great inspiriation. love it

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ANUSCHKA9 9/18/2011 11:27PM

    Congratulations! What a great way to spend the day with your daughter and what an inspiration you are as mother.

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ANNEKATHLEEN 9/18/2011 11:18PM

    What an inspiration you are! Your story made me cry a little bit because it was so sweet and inspiring. I can only hope one day, when I'm blessed with children, that I'm as good and supportive a mother as you are.

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99 Red Balloons: Onederland Birthday Blog (with pix)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Today is my birthday.

I am 37 years old.

For the past ten years I was morbidly obese.

My late 20s felt more like my 50s because I had NO energy. Now at 37 I feel younger than I did at 25 even. I feel full of hope and life.

As of today I have lost exactly 99 lbs. I now have a permanent residence in that magical place called Onederland.

And I intend to stay.

To celebrate this loss, this victory, I am going to list 99 things that I can do now, that I could not do before in my previous life, or reasons why I continue to do this, or even things I have learned. I love the 80s song “99 Red Balloons” and I am viewing each point as one of the pounds that I have released into the sky, never to be seen again.


1. I used to not be able to walk 1 mile...now I can run one mile, two miles, three miles, 6 miles and MORE!

Having trouble walking

2. I can walk up the stairs without running out of breath.

3. I can shop in the juniors section if I want to.

4. I can do a plank!

5. I can get on a bike and ride it without falling over.

6. I can pick up BOTH of my girls (one is 5 and past the toddler age).

7. I have lost 7 pants sizes, 8 jeans sizes, 6 shirt sizes, and 5 cup sizes.

8. I have run 6 5ks.

9. I have run 1 8k.

10. I have run 1 10k.

11. I have signed up to run another 10k and another 5k this year.

12. I am a yoga lover.

13. I look in the mirror naked and like what I see.

14. I have more energy.

15. I dropped over 10 BMI points

16. I have received 4 popular blog awards on Spark, thus inspiring others.

17. I have more strength.

18. I have more confidence.

19. I embrace my imperfections.

20. Because it gets to the point where junk food just doesn’t taste good or feel good anymore.

21. Because now I have more running shoes, cross-training shoes and walking shoes than work shoes in my closet.

22. I don’t have to wait for a sale coupon at Lane Bryant to afford clothes. I can shop in any little old store I WANT to!

23. I inspire MYSELF

24. I like veggies now.

25. I love the feeling of cold sweat on my body after a run.

26. I love my sore legs.

27. Because the next 10K I’m running I ordered a Medium shirt.

28. Because I no longer want to be able to wear clothes that fit on my sister who was 9 months pregnant with twins.

29. Because I don’t want to wear maternity clothes when I am not pregnant.

30. I want to inspire people.

31. Because if I can do it, anyone can.

32. I’ve gotten closer to God.

33. Rediscovering that I like nature.

34. Feeling (and looking) 10 years younger.

35. I can have sex without my clothes on.

36. I average over 1,000 fitness minutes per month.

37. I average running 60 miles per month.

38. Because I can run a 5k at lunch now and it is easy for me.

39. I trained for and ran a 10k, setting a PR.

40. I now go on fitness dates with friends – running dates are my favorite.

41. Because I want to run a sub 30 minute 5k!

42. A neighborhood kid has a crush on me – for real!

43. I now change in the ladies’ locker room out in the open, I don't hide behind the curtain like I usually do.

44. I wasn’t afraid to take a picture of me in my bathing suit.

45. I will fight for my workout time, I protect it and cherish it.

46. I do it for my daughters.

47. I am learning to live in my (new) skin.

48. I had to ditch my old belt and use my hubby’s – he was always smaller than me, now I can wear his belt!

49. I turn down pizza, pie and peach cobbler at the office.

50. Because I've got SUN. Love my Sunny Gals!!

51. I am worth it.

52. I give away clothes to Goodwill on a bi-weekly basis.

53. I drove my car in my bathing suit!

54. I walked my dog in my bathing suit!

55. I now wear a running skirt.

56. I went on vacation and planned healthy meals and got workouts in.

57. A regular size beach towel fits around my waist!

58. Instead of my typical thermal pjs (yes even in the summer) my new fave is undies and a t.

59. I love touching my stomach.

60. The Starbucks barista hit on me. Twice.

61. I used to dress up for life...now I play in it.

62. I love the heat now.

63. My husband thought my jeans were his because they've gotten so small.

64. I like the space I take up now.

65. I ran a mile with my daughter.

66. I ran a mile with my daughter alongside her bike.

67. Being able to sit cross legged and be comfortable.

68. People seriously don't recognize me, including people I've known for years and my old swimming instructor.

69. I made a personal size Amy’s Kitchen Pizza last for 3 days…it is 3 servings, but in my past life I would have eaten the whole thing…

70. I had three guys wait and hold the elevator for me – even though they were the closest to it! NEVER has that ever happened to me before.

71. Things that seem insurmountable usually are. If I think of this weight loss journey as a huge mountain to climb, it will never happen. Same with a run – if I go out just wanting to be done, or over with, and just want the fuzzy feelings afterward, that’s going to make it harder on me. Enjoying the journey is one of the biggest takeaways for me.

72. When plans change, sometimes it’s for the best. Go with the flow.

73. I am so thankful for my new life…

74. I worked out for 10 days in a row for 20 minutes or more. Streaker!

75. I reach for carrots instead of chips with dip.

76. We now make healthy meals as a family.

77. I love my curves.

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

79. 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.

80. Because I used to look like this:

81. For my husband (the same man who is in the picture above with me and stood by me through it all) I love you!

82. My wedding ring (and lingerie) fits after 10 years of NOT fitting.

83. My V02 score went from being off the chart (worse than “very poor” ) to GOOD

84. My Real Age test used to say I was 10 years older than my actual age. NOW it says that my “real age” is 33 years old. I’ll take it!

85. I now smile in every picture.

86. I've gone from couch potato to joyful runner.

87. I’ve nearly lost the equivalent of a 2 month old horse.

88. I’ve gained new life.

89. I racked up over 20,001 fitness minutes (or about 333 hours).

90. I AM a runner.

91. I'm dreaming dreams I never thought possible before. Running a half marathon? Writing a novel? The options are endless.

92. I now have joy.

93. I have faith.

94. I love myself.

95. I dressed up as Marilyn Monroe for Halloween last year and this year I plan to dress as Sally Jupiter from the Watchmen.

96. I’ve been called “The Incredible Shrinking Woman”.

97. My daughter Lucy said she wants to be strong like me.

98. My husband is proud of me.

(Card Jim gave me)

99. In oh, so many ways than one. I love my new life. Thank you, Lord.

Ninety-nine dreams I have had
Every one a red balloon
Now it's all over and I'm standin' pretty
In this dust that was a city

If I could find a souvenir
Just to prove the world was here
And here is a red balloon
I think of you and let it go

~ Lyrics from "99 Red Balloons"

For those that might want to know more about why and how I do this, here are links to previous blogs I've written. Thanks for all of your support!!

Link to blog on WHY I do this:


Link to blog on HOW I do this:


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GRACERINGER 2/2/2012 11:11PM

    I smiled the whole way through your list! I'm so happy for you!

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    Wow emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALOFA0509 9/19/2011 9:50PM

You INSPIRE sista!!!! Terrific Blog emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 9/16/2011 3:35PM

    Finally back on your blog list. And this might be one of my absolute favourites. You are amazing. 99 congratulations on everything that you have accomplished. Love you!!!

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KHALIA2 9/16/2011 1:19AM

  Beautifully written and illustrated!

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GLITTERGIRL69 9/14/2011 5:38PM

    Kathy, as you know you have blessed my life in so many ways. It is more than a honor to call you my friend. I am so proud of you! You are a child of God and NO ONE- NO ONE can take that away from you. YOU GO GIRL!!!

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-PAULA 9/13/2011 10:20PM

    You have done amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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BOOKRUNNER 9/13/2011 8:08AM

    I LOVE this!

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LUPERLA 9/13/2011 1:15AM

    That is amazing. Thank You for the inspiration.

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FITTGRRL 9/12/2011 11:55PM

    Amazing! emoticonI love it! emoticon
You are Greatness!

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CHUNKYMONKEY36 9/12/2011 10:18PM

    What an awesome ways to celebrate all you have done!!! emoticon

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    I teared up!! Yay!! Thanks for being inspiring!

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BOOMAC1961 9/12/2011 3:31PM

    What an inspirational blog! Thank you so much for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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RHCPLUVV 9/12/2011 1:22PM

  You are so creative and inspiring! Thanks for sharing! :) I'm looking forward to making my own blog when I reach my fitness goal!

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HHB4181 9/12/2011 12:53PM

    You should be proud of all of your accomplishments!! emoticon emoticon

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G_TWINS 9/12/2011 12:47PM

    What a great success you are! Great work!

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BRIANDOYLE 9/12/2011 10:06AM

    Great job! Thank you for sharing!

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FWBLONDIE 9/12/2011 2:54AM

    love the blog (and the song) what an inspiration!!!! keep up the amazing work! i am just restarting my journey and with pages like yours i find it comforting to know its possible!!!

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1DORENDA 9/11/2011 8:04PM

    So cool - way to go - Happy Birthday


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ACCTGMAMA 9/11/2011 7:07PM

    Awesome! Congratulations!

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MINIUM 9/11/2011 3:45PM

    Way to go! What an inspiration!

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NMRYAN 9/11/2011 3:12PM

    Great Blog! Totally inspirational! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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SYN-CA 9/11/2011 3:06AM

    So when are you going to get your book deal? You are an incredible writer! And, an insiration to us all. BRAVO on your personal accomplishments! Keep up the fantastic job, Kathy. I look forward to reading your next peice!

PS. Happy Birthday! Here's hoping this is your very best year yet!

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CITRUSPINE 9/11/2011 2:43AM

    Great blog! Love it and you are a definite inspiration to me and others. Thanks for sharing it and stay well and healthy.

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KBLACKFORD11 9/11/2011 12:12AM

    AMAZING! This was the most mazing thing I have read in a long time. Really gives me inspiration to do the things I want to do but have been to afraid to even try!

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    Oh my goodness! Thank you thank you thank you for taking the time to put this all into writing! You are so incredibly inspiring and I will keep this page available when I need to be reminded of my goals (which are strikingly similar to yours!) I can "hear" the joy in your words and I love how you thank Him, the author of Joy! (((HUGS)))) and blessings to you! ~ Molly - San Diego, CA :-)

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GRAMMAP1 9/10/2011 10:51PM

    You are amazing! Congratulations. I am very happy for you. Could I do the same? Probably not, but it doesn't keep me from trying. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/10/2011 10:40PM

    You look marvelous, you ARE marvelous, you look fabulous, you ARE fabulous!!!! What an inspiration. What a fantastic blog!!!

I really love you teaching your daughters how important it is to be a strong woman. You ARE!!

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JOOPRINCESS 9/10/2011 9:14PM

    Fantastic! That's like losing a supermodel! You're such an inspiration. Thank you for taking the time to write such an amazing blog post!


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LUVS2BIKE101 9/10/2011 7:12PM

    You are such an inspiration! I'm sure your list will continue to grow past 99. You are awesome!

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 9/10/2011 7:03PM

    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments and for getting "Most Liked Member Blog"!!! You look so amazing and you are a gorgeous woman! I am turning 37 this year as well and I so much better off than last year!

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MARYJOVINCENT 9/10/2011 6:15PM

Thanks for sharing your story. You are certainly an inspiration to me. Keep the story going.

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DEBBIEG8S 9/10/2011 3:31PM

    Thank you for sharing your story. You are such an inspiration to me and to many other people.

Congratulations on your weight loss and keep up the good work. I look forward to the day I reach "onederland" too. I will get there and it's people like you who keep me going.




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ANUSCHKA9 9/10/2011 1:57PM

    53. I drove my car in my bathing suit!

OMG! I thought I was the only one afraid of doing this because of my weight.

Congratulations! Your blog is no inspirational, I printed it out and put it up on my bulletin board.


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    Amazing blog! Thank you. I really appreciate your encouraging words. I started Spark in Sept. 2009 and lost around 45 pounds and then I fell off the horse and gained it all back plus about 20 more. Since then I have jumped on and off the site, all the while knowing that I wasn't really ready for the commitment. Two years later, here I am, praying that with God's strength, and the support of my fellow Sparkers, that I can finally become the person that I was created to be.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 9/10/2011 1:16PM

    You've done amazing work. while not all red I can send you


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BABYBARNEY 9/10/2011 1:10PM

    Thanks for making me want to fly like your red balloons!!! emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 9/10/2011 11:56AM

    What an amazing blog! By a most amazing woman.
Really encouraging and inspiring. Thank you so much for writing it and sharing it. May God bless you abundantly!

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 9/10/2011 10:58AM

    I am old enough to remember the song! I loved that song! I love your story! You are amazing! Thank you for sharing your story and being such a motivation and inspiration to the rest of us! emoticon

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TYTICE 9/10/2011 10:55AM

    awesome....thanks for the encouragement ...

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STORMYKAT1 9/10/2011 10:20AM

    Very Awesome!! Love the list!! Your elation and pride shine with every word. What wonderful achievements. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! & Thank you for the pool of inspiration.

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STORMYKAT1 9/10/2011 10:15AM

    Very Awesome!! Love the list!! Your elation and pride shine with every word. What wonderful achievements. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! & Thank you for the pool of inspiration.

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MONYNABALD 9/10/2011 9:54AM

    great job.... it is very isnpiring, you look great.....

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100STEPSUP 9/10/2011 9:05AM

    Wow! Way to give me wings!!!!! emoticon

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    From 37 to 47 to 33. Congratulations! Awesome blog.

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NETGNAL 9/10/2011 8:37AM

    Congrats! I loved your 99 list.

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IWUNDER 9/10/2011 8:36AM

    Thanks for sharing. You really do inspire!! If you can do it, so can I!!


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SWEETMERI 9/10/2011 8:36AM

    There are no words. Hands down one of the best blogs I have EVER read on SP. Thank you a thousand times over for sharing!

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 9/10/2011 6:02AM

    What more can I say than, "Wow" and good for you!

Jane on Guam

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New Life through Christ (Baptism pix)

Monday, August 22, 2011

“Baptism is a process of birth, through which a new dimension of life opens out.”

~ Peter Seewald, God and the World

Yesterday I was baptized in Silver Lake at our church picnic. Being born and raised Catholic I was also baptized when I was a baby. A believer’s baptism is more of a public expression of faith, symbolically representative of the inner conversion of the person being baptized.

It was in November 2008 that I called out to God during the darkest time of my life. My baptism was an outward gesture of what my heart already knows - that I am His.

For those of you, my close friends and family, who didn’t realize how depressed I was back then, all I can say is that I can put on a good front of being happy, and also I am, by nature a happy person and even depression and darkness can’t hold the soul down for long. It was with you all that I was the happiest, the best times I can remember, so naturally I would be happy around you. But once alone at home and just getting out of bed was hard. Once my first daughter was born I did it because, well, because I had to, and I did want to for her, I wanted to not be this person that on the inside was sad all the time. But how happy can someone be when they are morbidly obese and weigh 300 lbs.?

Also I don’t want anyone to feel badly that they may not have known that it was this bad for me. Like I said, I hid it well.

Here is more or less what I said before I was immersed in the water:

Three years ago I was sad, depressed and in a dark place.
A pit, you could say.
I weighed almost 300 lbs.
I had no energy.
I had no hope.
Then I called out to a God I had forgotten. I called out for help.
And He answered.

Since then He has molded and transformed my life into something I never could have imagined.
Something I never could have done on my own.

I’ve lost nearly 100 lbs. – almost half of myself physically.
I now have two beautiful daughters and an amazing husband.
I am full of energy and joy.
I am a completely different person.
But these are all things that you can see.
What you can’t see is the transformation inside.
But I hope to show that through my actions and my life.

Today I want to symbolize with action my love and acceptance of Jesus Christ into my life.

Afterward we sang the Doxology:

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye Heavenly Host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Here are some pictures:

Finally this email came in my inbox yesterday before going to the baptism and I thought it was so appropriate that I’m reposting here:

There are many "RE" words that are packed with hope and encouragement. The word REpurpose is often used today to remind us that many things once discarded, considered useless, and put aside for the trash heap, can be brought back, become useful once again, have value, and take on new meaning.

In the Scriptures we find some wonderful "RE" words that can keep hope and encouragement alive and thriving in our hearts.

I am the LORD...I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments. Exodus 6:6

'For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,' says the Lord. Jeremiah 30:17

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles... Isaiah 40:31

- Roy Lessin, DaySpring co-founder and writer

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G_TWINS 9/12/2011 12:44PM

    What a wonderful Blog!

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DZINE4KING 9/2/2011 1:27PM

    Great blog! So glad you were transformed inside and out!

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YBROWNING40 8/28/2011 10:58PM

    Amen.. With God all things are possible...

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SHELLEYNALLS 8/28/2011 11:44AM

    So, after reading this, I have discovered that not only are you my sister on this journey to health and fitness, you are my Sister In Christ; which is simply amazing!

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SWEETBEETL 8/26/2011 4:56PM

    It is almost as if you were telling my story. So happy for you!!! GOD is amazing.

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REENSKI 8/24/2011 9:42PM

    Congratulations Kathy!

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KESHA1975 8/24/2011 2:31PM

    Awesome Story and Inspiration! Thanks for sharing! I love that you actually told the meaning behind baptism. You are a truly awesome and inspiring Lady!! Shine on!!

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STARFIRE125 8/24/2011 12:32AM

    Thank your for sharing your pics, your story and your heart. I am thrilled for you!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/23/2011 1:25PM

    Love the pictures and the blog. Being baptized as an adult is so meaningful; I was baptized as a teenager, so I was old enough to make the choice for myself and know what I was doing, but I think it would mean even more now. Bless you!

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THENEWDARLENE 8/23/2011 12:59PM

    What a wonderful testimony! I'm so glad you shared this with us. We serve a Wonderful Savior.

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THEADMIRAL 8/23/2011 12:33PM

    He Who began a good work in YOU will see it to completion!

Wonderful pictures and testimony! Happy New Birthday! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 8/23/2011 10:44AM

    Beautiful pics! Congrats!

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KROLES55 8/23/2011 9:34AM

    Wonderful pictures, You have a beautiful smile. "Therefore, if any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

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CHICAGOHEALTHY 8/22/2011 10:33PM

    Congratulations on your Baptism and your new life. You are truly blessed!

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ASMITH3B 8/22/2011 6:47PM

    Love it! Praise God!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 8/22/2011 5:08PM

  I love your blog and it brought back memories of my public baptism for Jesus.

I got born from above in 1984 in October and did not get baptised until 2001 because it took me that long to find a church that was willing to baptise me.

It was so exciting to me to be baptised in the pool of water in public and I will never forget it.

Great blog and thank you for bringing back some great memories for me.

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TEMPEST272002 8/22/2011 4:42PM

    A lovely testament to your faith.

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MADE-FOR-MORE 8/22/2011 12:58PM

    Congratulations! God can do awesome things if we let him!

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TREASURINGLIFE 8/22/2011 12:40PM

    Love it! :)

- Michelle

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GOGOMAMA 8/22/2011 12:33PM

    Beautiful!! Congrats!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 8/22/2011 12:04PM

    Praiseing Jesus with you!

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RDARLING 8/22/2011 12:01PM

    Blessings and joy to you!

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    I am so proud of you!!!!!! I love you!

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MISSROCKABILLY 8/22/2011 11:31AM

    Beautiful blog, Kathy. Thanks so much for sharing this special day with us!

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AMBER281 8/22/2011 10:44AM

    What a truly wonderful experience. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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SGTSUNNY 8/22/2011 10:44AM

    Thank you for posting this! You will never go back to that dark place!

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BRIANDOYLE 8/22/2011 10:39AM

    Congratulations and great to hear all that the Lord has|is done|doing!

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WYND10 8/22/2011 10:39AM

    I love this. How inspiring. Congratulations.

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TABIKATZZ 8/22/2011 10:35AM

    I am so happy for you!! You are glowing in that last picture. Baptism is a wonderful thing and such an important step in your walk with God. Congrats!

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JENJESS48 8/22/2011 10:33AM

    What a meaningful experience, Kathy. You've come so far! emoticon

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