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Big Booty's Back in the Saddle

Monday, May 04, 2009

I had a nice booty! Nice long legs... never had boobs but the bod made it work. Somewhere in my mind I thought if I could get my rockin bod I would buy myself the boobs. 'A' cups don't really work with a 38 bustline... and that is when I'm in shape! Parents give you the suckiest things sometimes. My dad gave me his ribs and shoulders... I NEVER left shoulder pads in my shirts back in the 80s and 90s. I had my own... but I digress.

I HAD.... Now I'm 40 and I have more than I ever could have imagined. What is it about a good life that sometimes causes us to make ourselves miserable? We're not rich, we are paying on a mortgage, we can barely afford to have my kids in Catholic school, my truck is getting old, but we both have good jobs and 2 AMAZING kids that do well at just about everything they try and if they don't... they have fun trying! They have great spirit. DH and I have each other, he's an amazing husband who just recently told me he loves being married to me (ooooooohhhh and yes, it brought tears to my eyes). You start yourself down a spiral of what you DON'T have and every once in a while, someone comes along and reminds you of what you DO have. I still have that great bod.... it's under there somewhere. And I have a great support group who will help me find it again... even if it means I have to put my big booty back in that saddle 100 times. They will be there for all of them. Thanks for being there SP because I have this and all of you too. It's kinda cool.

It's a new day, new attitude, new me.

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COLE771 5/4/2009 1:07PM

    Hi There!
Just wanted to let you know I can relate to the big booty thing! I inherited my dad's bubble butt and legs - they look fine when I'm at a good weight - not so fine when I'm over! emoticon
I'm like you - great husband and two great teenage sons, good jobs, etc. - just need to not let myself go any longer. I had to take my "before" photos this weekend because I started the Tony Horton 10 Minute Trainer DVDs. Oh wow! What a wakeup call. I haven't really looked in a full length mirror lately, I guess!
Thanks for a blog I can relate to - good luck on your journey!!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I'm reading a lot of other pages and the blogs that are listed on my teams and I've just got some things on my mind I'm going to jot down here. If you think any of this pertains to you or your blog; please don't! This all comes back to me and my malfunctions.

-Weekends aren't weekends without beer. Big problem for me. I went over 2,500 calories Sat and Sun because of beer. Is it possible to consider Fri an actual Friday without drinking a 12-pack? How about lasting until dinner and just enjoying a single glass of wine with my meal instead of grabbing a beer from the fridge by 2 PM.... just because it's a Sat, I'm staying home, and I can.

-Don't weekends mean it's okay to have french fries? ...or... baked potato smothered in butter or chips and salsa or 2 doughnuts after church, or Keno's wonderful breakfast with hash browns, bacon and pancakes instead of toast (notice I don't mention the 3 mimosas that usually go with it, but hey, I got to church!)? Again... does Fri have a license to eat whatever I want the next 2.5 days in it cuz that's my M.O. Every time! Lose 5 lbs Mon - Fri, by the following Mon, got em back. Man I love food (again, didn't mention the mimosas).

-It sucks being a woman and getting older. Yeah, I know you men here at SP will balk at this. Sorry, it's fact. It's not only the way we wrinkle and gray unflatteringly (you get sexier, we just get older, unless we spend countless amounts of time and money on ourselves and I just don't care that much), we also get all funky with Aunt Flo in ways that go beyond mere mood. I read somewhere someone didn't even know what a cramp was until she hit 30. I was the same way.... until kids. Now I can tell you when I'm stinkin ovulating! It's ridiculous! Then, if you're me.. you start a new way of life right when good old Aunt Flo comes to visit and you drop some serious poundage, only to put it right back on when the stupid wench leaves! Oh, and isn't that just completely backwards?

-Try, try again. Try... what a word. What does it mean? Merriam Webster's definitions are as follows:

1a: to examine or investigate judicially b (1): to conduct the trial of (2): to participate as counsel in the judicial examination of

2a: to put to test or trial —often used with out b: to subject to something (as undue strain or excessive hardship or provocation) that tests the powers of endurance c: demonstrate, prove

3a: obsolete : purify, refine b: to melt down and procure in a pure state : render

4: to fit or finish with accuracy

5: to make an attempt at

Bizarre.... the one we use on a regular basis comes at the very end - to make an attempt at.... Another blog I read inferred that when we read or see someone "trying" it's not quite as motivational as someone who is actually "doing". Am I the same way? It's weird, because I almost took offense, but now that I reflect on that as well as the actual definition, I find myself somewhat enlightened. My character will get me back up to (try) go for it again if I fall down, but to set out to "try" might be my out, giving myself the option to fail right off the bat. I commented somewhere Yoda's famous line (original Star Wars fiend.. not the first ones that came out later) “Do or do not... there is no try.” (boy did I mess it up but I searched for it this time). When I finally get around to making that motivation board... that quote will be on it.

Enough rambling for the day. I'm supposed to be working!

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GOLDENPEARLE 4/1/2009 12:59PM

    Good Morning!

I so enjoy reading your blogs! Your sense of humor and writing -hit home with me. I am committed to this goal, and try not to eat bad foods most times, but life is too short ot not have a treat once in a while.

Moderation, is where it is at [lol]- MODERATION ON ALL LEVELS .... food fitness, shopping, etc etc...the list goes on. Keep up the good are a lady ...that I KNOW with reach your goals.

Keep smiling!


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MEALOHAOE 3/31/2009 2:37PM

    Hee Hee! AND, I'm supposed to be working.

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MEALOHAOE 3/31/2009 2:36PM

    Oh My God, Woman! This could almost be my blog.Yes, even the comment about new vs. old Star Wars. (I have all three of the original but refuse to bring episodes 1-3 into my house).
Weekends are for eating - so I always go over my count. Weekends are for drinking - a little difference there. I don't drink a whole lot - too many control issues, not because I don't like the stuff. Plus, I work for a spirits company - free alcohol all sitting in my house.
Try? I am always trying. I have yet to succeed. This time, I plan to do. But again, this is an attempt to attempt something I've not done before - weigh 135 pounds for the first time since I was 19 years old.
Aunt Flo? Kids? Ovulation? AAAHHHHH!! So very me. Regular PMS I'm okay with. Uncomfortable but expected. But every couple of months, I get the dreaded mid-cycle pain, cramps, bloating, irritability. Luckily my husband doesn't want more kids so I don't have to try to be pleasant during this most fertile time.
And now it seems, I like to ramble, too. Are you sure you're not my long lost twin? I don't mind being the evil one. It might be fun.

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ZOOTIESGROOVE 3/31/2009 2:35PM

    Ramblings definitely help get your feelings/emotions down on paper, or screen.. whatever... I have a guilty pleasure of blogging every day in hopes that my rambling will 1) help me, 2) help others or 3) in the least make someone think. I feel like some weeks are a rollercoaster ride and others like a rocketship. As I explain to my drum instructor: some weeks I'm driving the bus, while other weeks the bus is driving me. The key is to train the bus to cruise on auto-pilot down the path it should go and no steer off into a fire hydrant or a hospital full of sick children - ok, perhaps that wasnt the best analogy but that's how I feel sometimes when I slip off track - like the world has just ended & I killed innocent people! But it's never as bad as we make it out to be.
I can totally relate with what you said here - losing 5lb Mon-Thur then gaining it all back on Fri-Sun. This was the cycle I had been in up until the beginning of this month, when I made the decision to stop drinking and eating on weekends and that if I wanted to make any ground on my weight loss, I needed to stop this self-defeating habit. I feel the same way: what's a weekend without some beer and fatty foods... but you know, nothing in the world feels or tastes as good as being in great shape, healthy, fit and looking damn good in the mirror.
It's never easy, it's always a struggle of good vs evil. There are too many distractions, and bad influences that cause us to be unhappy with our weight or with our bodies. It's too easy to screw off and eat that cookie, or drink those beers, or order that greasy burger with supersized fries and a chocolate shake. Hell no salad and sprouts don't taste as good as that stuff - but they sure work when it comes to losing weight.
Listen, we're all here for support. There are plenty of people just like you who struggle with the same things, that are making the day-by-day decisions to avoid alcohol, eat better and make healthier choices - yes - even on weekends.
So keep reading, keep posting, stay positive and take it one day at a time. If you ever need to vent or for a swift kick in the butt, I'd be more than happy to help.

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Great Choices!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ok, so I know it's only day 3 into getting myself back on the healthy lifestyle track but WOOHOO! My boss took me to lunch today at The Cheesecake Factory. Sounds ominous, doesn't it? NOT FOR SUPERSHARI! When asked what I would like to drink, did I say Coors Light, diet Pepsi, even regular pepsi? NO - iced tea please. Now you may be saying to yourself, she added sugar.... o contrare! No sugar or sweetener for this superstar! "Would you like me to bring you some bread with butter?" asked our server. Last week... this would have started my downfall - today "No Thank You," says SUPERSHARI! Now, I was a first-timer at The Cheesecake Factory. Let me interject here with some of my favorite indulgences; burgers, sandwiches on white rolls slathered in mayo, french fries, pasta and lots of it, pizza, steak; basically, half of the 300 items on this menu. So I choose the Weight Management Spicy Chicken Salad - WHAT???? Yes, really!!! Even the waitress asks me, "are you sure, your first time here and that's what you want to order?" This after I deduce that ordering pasta, no matter how light would be a bad idea, I would overindulge. Ordering a sandwich, no matter how healthy, I would overindulge... so, if I know I'm going to overindulge, why not pick something that will keep me in my calorie range? Also, we're sitting on the patio on a BEAUTIFUL spring California day with the sun on my back and doesn't a salad that I don't have to put together myself with chicken, black beans, peppers, and other AMAZING things in it sound absolutely delicious? So what do I do - I EAT THE WHOLE THING! But guess what, I got a ton of protein, stayed within my calorie range, can still afford a light dinner tonight if I so desire and I feel GREAT!

Good decisions really make you feel wonderful.

Had to write this down!! emoticon

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GOLDENPEARLE 3/28/2009 10:50AM

    emoticon SUPERSHARI! -YOUR a ROCK STAR! emoticon

I really enjoyed reading ever bit of your blog-lol. You have a sense of humor that can help you reach your fitness and nutritional goals. You are doing GREAT-lol! Thanks for sharing the saga of SUPERSHARI - on the healthy lifestyle track! I look forward to reading more. emoticon

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! emoticon emoticon

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So much for the break....

Monday, March 23, 2009

I'm back. I wish I hadn't left. Yeah, I was a crazy lady for the SP, but I think that's okay. My kids miss spinning the wheel for me! I miss all my buddies. Hopefully everyone will remember me and continue to cheer me on like they did 5 months ago. I gained it all back and am feeling larger than ever. It's affecting my moods and my attitude once again. That deprived feeling comes over me more often than not and I give in to temptation with that "so what" response. I should be allowed to have that doughnut or that chili dog, right? No more.... unless I am rewarding myself. One of my friends has a great page that not only lists her goals, but her rewards for achieving each goal. There was a time when I got in great shape where I let myself have one junky bkfst, one junky lunch and one junky dinner per week, it just couldn't get out of hand... like instead of having 2 hamburgers, medium fry and a soda, have a happy meal with 1 hamburger super small fry and no soda. Just getting to have the hamburger and small fry was the treat/reward. I need to get back to that, not eating junk daily and double or triple servings. On top of that, I worked out 6 days a week and wouldn't allow myself libation until after workout on a Friday or Saturday since I was limiting spirits to those nights. I would like to cut beer out altogether for a little while so we'll see about that.

My first goal is to just get moving every day. Between kids' softball, baseball and karate, as well as homework and my karate training, I will fit in my running.... All it takes is getting up at 5:30 AM instead of 6:30 AM until it warms up a little then at least 3 days a week the kids and I can walk the 1.75 miles to school and I can run back. I was feeling good when we were doing that... it's just too cold in the AM right now, but that won't last long.

It feels better to have a plan. It's good to be back.

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ELECTRALYTE 3/24/2009 5:21PM

    Wow! you sound so motivated! I love that feeling! You can do this. Just take it one step at a time and do what has proven to work best for you while trying new tricks.
Best of luck Sparkfriend! emoticon

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GOLDENPEARLE 3/23/2009 6:51PM

    Hi there!

Well wishes in your fitness journey. It is harder to eat not healthy as we get older.


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SPARKHOPE 3/23/2009 5:13PM

    Welcome back,

It seems like you had some good ideas before. I like the one of allowing yourself a cheat meal once a week. But I am trying to break myself of using food as a reward. I really don't think that is a good habit to get into.

I am also rethinking about "what" to reward, after reading a blog on sparks. My old way of thinking was to reward myself for every 5 or 10 pounds I lost. My new way of thinking is not to reward the scale as that is reward in its self. Instead reward myself for other goals like exercise everyday for a week or getting my water drank etc. but not use food as a reward. This is just my way of thinking at this time. I agree with you that we all need a plan.

I wish you the best of luck with whatever plan you choose for yourself.

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Taking a Break

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I want to take a minute to leave a message for all my SparkFriends and those who will be looking for me. I will be taking some time off from computerland to concentrate on me and my family. I have been jumping from one addiction to another and it's time for me to land my butt back into reality. I appreciate all the help and support offered here and if this doesn't work out, I will probably be back posting like a madwoman. I know what it takes and what I have to do to better myself. I used FitDay before this site ever came into existence so I am well aware of the types of foods I should eat and the amount of calories I consume and what I should and shouldn't be doing. One thing is for sure, I shouldn't be spending the amount of time here that I have been. I don't have that much time to give.

Thanks so much for your support this past month and hopefully I'll jump check back in to find everyone is succeeding, including myself!

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MEGSAMAMA 10/28/2008 5:42PM

    I will miss you on here - but enjoy yourself and your family!

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