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Just for fun....a picture blog.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Just for fun, I thought I would show you some pictures of me before my weight loss.Now I am almost 15 months in.....

I thought I was soo cute this day....LOL. Confidence has never really been an issue.

This was my starting picture on spark with my sister, Becky.

Dancing at a party. I started spark the next week, although I thought I looked good that night, too.

Me and the girls. We went to San Francisco to see Grease. I probably had dropped about 20 pounds at this point.

Me in Molokai 2 years ago:

Same dress about 40 pounds down:

And some things I love best:
My family

My Baby Stitchy with her Mom. I am just her Grandma

I like Baking. Im sorry. I cannot help it.

Hope you enjoyed this little pictorial into my life. It gave me an excuse to go back through some pictures, too!

Remember, progress not perfection. Dont forget to enjoy the ride.

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INFLATED 6/5/2011 2:35AM

    "Confidence has never really been an issue." Love it!

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GRACEISENUF 6/3/2011 12:40PM

    I loved seeing these pics....what a great family you have. "Confidence has never been a problem", (made me crack up). LOVE IT.

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VAMANOS 6/2/2011 11:03PM

    I love your pictures! And your slogan--that's so apropos! Now, gimme those chocolate thingys!

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MKACILLAS 6/2/2011 10:30PM

    Nice pics! Love the Confidence.... emoticon

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MRSMLBJ 6/2/2011 4:47PM

    Looking good!

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KURTBAMF 6/2/2011 2:31PM

    What a lovely foray into your life! Thanks for the journey! I love your confidence and zest for life. It's very inspiring! :)

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LUVDOGZ 6/2/2011 6:54AM

    Thanks for sharing your pictures, you have come so far! I love, "progress not perfection"! I need to remember that! Beautiful lady, and beautiful family btw!

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KAMAPERRY 6/1/2011 11:24PM

    You are doing awesome!

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BADASSBLONDIE 6/1/2011 12:50PM

    OMG are those marshmellows under there?! *swoons* Oooo or cake balls? OMG SOOO TASTY!!!

What a freaking AMAZING change!!!! So proud! And I love seeing pics of you with your family. :D

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LESLIES537 6/1/2011 10:30AM

    I loved it! You're looking so good! I can see where your girls get their good looks from! emoticon

Keep up the amazing work! emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 6/1/2011 9:36AM

    Awe Thanks so much momma!!! I am a baker also!! Can you you pass the confidence please?

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 6/1/2011 8:45AM

    You have changed so much! Don't you love looking back at old photos to see how far you've come? I'm getting mine together for my big "One yr sparkaversary" blog, and the pics are an aweful reminder of where I was. But an awesome reminder of where I never want to be again. Thanks Jan, this was fun!

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PJH2028 6/1/2011 8:44AM

    I love you, Jan. Sharing your journey is a source of power confidence fun and inspiration for me. Thank you! And "You look Mahvelous!!!".

Here we go!!! Summer is ON!!

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DOODIE59 6/1/2011 8:18AM

    Your photos are wonderful, the dessert pics are delish, but the best thing about this blog is your line: Confidence has never really been an issue. THAT'S PERFECT:) You're just waiting for your body to catch up. Good luck!

How did the name "Stitchy" come about? emoticon emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 6/1/2011 8:16AM

    Love your closing line! Progress not perfection... I'm going to keep that one close at hand!

Great blog! Congratulations on all your success. Love the pictures too! Oh yeah, bake away sister!

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    You have done amazingly well. Very inspirational, Mama!! :) And by the way, are those chocolate covered marshmallows or cake pops?

- Michelle

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ERIN4771 6/1/2011 6:34AM

    "remember, progress, not perfection"....PERFECT!!! i have to remember this one when i am getting down on myself for some stupid *ss reason or another emoticon...keep up the awesome work!! and i love that you are a furbaby grandma emoticon
also, never apologize for baking my friend, your treats look wonderful!!! and hello, it;s chocolate, which is a food group!!! emoticon

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    I knew you had changed a lot but wow! You look so awesome! So proud of you!!!!

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DAISY443 6/1/2011 3:46AM

    You are a true inspiration! Your spirit, wisdom and humor are amazing! Hugs!

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CANNIE50 6/1/2011 1:38AM

    Lordy, mama - I am glad I was not hungry when I scrolled to that last bit of ridiculous deliciousness. Lotsa cuteness in the photos, even the food is cute!

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    You are making such great progress!! I am proud of you!

Bake away!

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JIBBIE49 6/1/2011 12:37AM

    I know u can do this and you won't quit.

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When was the last time?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

When was the last time you cheered on a stranger on spark?

When was the last time you read a new person's blog and commented?

When was the last time you went to a "Motivator's" page and found some inspiration?

When was the last time you added a new friend?

When was the last time you checked on a friend you haven't heard from in a while?

When was the last time?
Remember when you started here?
Remember who and what made all the difference that day, that week, in your journey?
Remember how good it felt to find a comment on your page from someone who reached out to you?

Yea. That is your job today. Remember. Reach out. Make a comment. Make a friend. Someone needs you. Get out of your comfortable little circle.

It will make all the difference.

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CKKCK1 6/3/2011 9:48PM

    Wow, love this!

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MKACILLAS 6/2/2011 10:27PM

    Good Reminder emoticon

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SLEANNES66 6/1/2011 12:18AM

    Today. Thanks for the reminder tho. emoticon

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CANNIE50 5/31/2011 6:29PM

    Well....since you are asking......TODAY! This is definitely something I make a point of doing. Everyone has areas where they do better - some people eat really clean (um, not me), some people exercise with great commitment (actually, I do this) and others are good at cheering on and supporting Sparkers - this is the most enjoyable one, actually. Such a good reminder. emoticon

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BBGYRL4 5/31/2011 5:24PM

    Awesome blog Jan, you're so right! I hope that everyone reads this!!

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DOGSTARDADDY 5/31/2011 4:09PM

    I try to do that as often as I can. I always look on the blog list for first time bloggers, and leave a comment, at the very least!

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ALOFA0509 5/31/2011 4:03PM

emoticon - OK MAMA!!!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/31/2011 1:27PM

    ok ok!

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KAMAPERRY 5/31/2011 1:10PM

    Yes ma'am! emoticon

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CHELEMIA 5/31/2011 12:15PM

    For you yesterday!! Thank you Jan for being you!!

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MOMMYTO1IN2012 5/31/2011 11:49AM

    Thanks; I needed this. I've been slacking lately, which means not only have I been cheating myself, I've been cheating those who depend on me. I appreciate the wake up call!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/31/2011 11:48AM

    This is yet another reason why you're so awesome!

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BECOMING_HOLLY 5/31/2011 11:29AM

    Thank you so much for this!! emoticon

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DAISY443 5/31/2011 11:09AM

    I try to do those things, but a reminder always helps! Thanks!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 5/31/2011 10:52AM

    emoticon Off to do so!!

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The results are in....

Monday, May 30, 2011

So upon completion of the 28 day spring bootcamp, here are the results:

I lost 4 pounds

I lost 1.5" on my waist

I lost 1.5" on my upper chest

Everything else stayed the same.

I did take some starting pictures and I am taking finishing pictures tomorrow but am not sure if I will post them or not. We will see.

Do I think it was a success? Yes, I do.

I feel stronger physically and I feel stronger in my commitment.
I'm really glad I did it and will continue to do the strength training video's 3 times a week.

I think it was just the boost I needed.

I have a goal to be at my 70 pounds lost by June 9th when I leave for a 10 day vacation in June.
When I was there last June, I could barely walk a mile.
When I was there in October, I climbed a mountain.
When I go this time, I am just excited to see what else I will do.

I am 4 pounds away from that goal.

If I push real hard, I can do it.

I am gonna do it. Watch me.

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CANNIE50 5/31/2011 6:24PM

    No doubts about it, no doubts about you.

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GRACEISENUF 5/31/2011 12:47AM

    emoticon on your results so far and I believe you will reach your 70 pound goal by your June trip!

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/30/2011 10:44PM

    Well done, warrior!!


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MELLYBEANS0919 5/30/2011 9:12PM

    Awesome job!!

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DONNACFIT 5/30/2011 8:53PM

    Woohoo great job!! emoticon

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JRZG8R 5/30/2011 8:14PM

    You are doing so well. I am inspired. I was stalled for a couple months. Your vacation is going to be great.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/30/2011 7:57PM

    I have NO doubt that you can do it! Rock it!

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KRISKECK 5/30/2011 6:32PM

    Awesome! Rock on, my sister!

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KAMAPERRY 5/30/2011 5:45PM

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ALOFA0509 5/30/2011 5:05PM

YES!!!! You did Good Mama... emoticon emoticon

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    Oh, you CAN do it - I have no doubts!!!!! KICK SOME ARSE JAN!

- Michelle

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ERIN4771 5/30/2011 4:19PM

    congrats on your success!!! can't wait to read about the trip!!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 5/30/2011 4:08PM

    Losing weight and inches! What! Good on you, girlfriend! Sounds like this Spring boot camp set the stage for a healthy Summer. WTG!

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TERRYT55 5/30/2011 3:48PM

    Of course you are going to do it! You've already made the decision!

Congrats on the great results from bootcamp!

I can't wait to hear about what you accomplished this year on vacation!

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    Heck yeah you can do this! Good job! emoticon

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TSKAGGS96 5/30/2011 2:35PM

    Way to go!!!! Keep up all the hard work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHIERTINA 5/30/2011 2:22PM

  Awesome. As always, I love the can-itude. Can't wait to hear what you do on your vacation. Have an excellent weekend!!!! emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 5/30/2011 2:10PM

    Way to go girl!!! I know you can do it.

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/30/2011 1:45PM

    YES you can!!!! Awesome Success!!! emoticon

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If I push real hard

Sunday, May 29, 2011

If I push real hard, I can feel my hip bones.

If I push real hard, I can achieve what I set out to do.

If I push real hard, I can see progress.

Here is what "Pushing really hard" won't do:

Pushing really hard will not change anyone else. It will only change me.

Completed bootcamp.
Lost 2 pounds since Thursday.
I am stronger than cookies.
When I have a goal, I am more motivated to work hard to achieve it.
Eventually, I wont have to push real hard to feel my hip bones.
Eventually, they will just be there, right below the skin.
By pushing hard now, I wont have to push hard later.
I can't MAKE people do what I want. I can only live my life.

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CANNIE50 5/31/2011 6:23PM

    People are like the weather, they do change (sometimes for the worse, sometimes for the better) but not because we want them to. LOVE this blog. Amen, honey.

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    Love it! emoticon emoticon

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    GREAT blog!!!!!!!!!! :)

- Michelle

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BBGYRL4 5/29/2011 7:18PM

    Awesome blog! You're do right about only being able to change yourself. Thanks for this!

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KAMAPERRY 5/29/2011 5:36PM

    Amen!! emoticon

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COUCHDIVA333 5/29/2011 4:29PM

    congrats on the hard work!
your positive can do attitude is inspiring. thank you!

this made me think of that old diet pepsi commercial... how do you get a body in a pepsi bottle... push REAL HARD.. lol.

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DAISY443 5/29/2011 2:04PM

    Absolutely correct! Good for you!

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AUNTIELES53 5/29/2011 1:48PM

    love it :)

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 5/29/2011 12:39PM

    Ditto, when I have a goal I am more motivated too!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/29/2011 12:33PM

    Push it, sister! emoticon

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 5/29/2011 12:29PM

    Totally agree. You can only make yourself a better person.

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Didya hear the one about.....

Friday, May 27, 2011

Hey did ya hear the one about the fat girl, trying to lose weight? Yea, and while she was doing it, she kept baking stuff? For other people? hahahahaaha, yea. Its hilarious.


I will have you know, I stayed in range, ate 1 cookie and 1 cake ball. I am done eating for the night (you can even check my tracker! In fact, I wish you would cause I am brutally honest on that thing!) and I am done baking for the weekend. emoticon

Be gone, you damned BAKED GOODS! You may bring joy to others, but you? ARE. NOT. MY. FRIEND.

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TERRYT55 5/30/2011 3:52PM

    I LOVE to bake and cook but do very little baking anymore unless it's for and event away from home. If it's in the house I will eat it!

Good for you for stopping at one cookie & one cake have far more self control than I do.

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COUCHDIVA333 5/28/2011 9:46PM

    i totally miss baking. i don't even try it. i would eat it all. i used to make brownies weekly. my poor husband has gone without for almost a year, lol.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/28/2011 7:10AM

    Good for you! Jan 1 Cookie Monster 0!!!

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DAISY443 5/28/2011 6:52AM

    So, I was traveling and stopped to get a healthy breakfast at Subway. Did you know they have biscuits and gravy? Then the nice lady gave me a free cookie, because she said she broke it. When I got back out to the pickup, the sack was full of broken cookies! Did I do the right thing and turn down the biscuits and gravy for an egg white omelet? Did I save the cookies for my sons? He**, no, I ate the whole thing! Oh, well, better days ahead! The point of all this is to say, "I understand"!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 5/27/2011 11:53PM

    You make me laugh!! Glad you stuck to just the one cookie and one cake ball! You are welcome to check my food too, I am brutally honest too.

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ALOFA0509 5/27/2011 10:58PM

    lol... I'm baking peanut butter granola with mini chocolate chips for my niece's road trip...Ummm lets just say I had to make another batch for.... Her!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Good on you for only eating 1!!! Have a terrific wknd sista

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MOHAW54 5/27/2011 10:52PM

    confusing :(

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