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Wedding photos 2012 and 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

This year 2013, my husband had a LOT of weddings to attend...translation I needed to make sure I was ready for it. When I heard we had to go to three weddings for his co-workers, I was super scared. Then, I had two other invitations to weddings. So, this year, I had to go to 5 weddings in all just from October to December. That's a lot of weddings. I think this is the most I have used my Spanx in one year.

I know I am just halfway with my weight loss. I still have lots of work to do. I plan to do round 2 of Insanity in January then do Chalean Extreme again.

The weighing scale might have only gone down 8 lbs from December 2012 but I am very glad I feel more confident in a gown. Here's the photo of the wedding in 2012.

This year, I did a round of Chalean Extreme with Turbo Fire, then Insanity. Then I am on another round of Chalean Extreme. Will be starting with the Lean Phase tomorrow. Here's a pic of the last wedding I needed to attend to this year.

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JOURNEY1986 12/28/2013 12:42PM

    I love the pictures, you both look great in them! (and cute dresses, by the way!)

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FITWITHIN 12/26/2013 8:13PM

    Very nice! Everybody is still smiling. emoticon

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DIONNE1972 12/25/2013 12:02PM

    The pictures look great. I hope that you had a great time at the weddings

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WALLAHALLA 12/23/2013 10:14PM

    You look gorgeous! I especially like how happy you both look!

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ABAKER34 12/23/2013 2:49PM

    You can really tell a big difference, you look great! I'm on week 4 of Insanity and it is really knocking me out, but it's worth it, I can really feel myself getting stronger. Keep up all the great work!

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NATPLUMMER 12/23/2013 12:12PM

    emoticon You are looking awesome!!

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Wedding blues...

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Finally, the wedding for my niece is done. I thought finally, my arms would look great in my gown. I think it looked better than the previous events I had to go to...but I still felt insecure.

I know that I am just halfway thru my weight loss but it was frustrating that wearing the gown would still show my body. The weather was so hot and humid so my makeup got shiny and oily. As in, you could probably deep fry chicken on my face. I was perspiring a lot!

I am just posting one pic. It is the most decent one. This is after the wedding. I didn't post the pictures in church because my face was glistening with OIL!!

Maybe I should do morning workouts to add to my routine. I am not usually a morning person. I still have two weddings to go to this year. I know I am still going to be the fat one.

My husband said I am pretty tough on myself and he says baby steps...but a lot of progress has been made.

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ADZY86 10/9/2013 10:28AM

    You look fantastic! That dress is so gorgeous on you, and you have lovely arms!

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SONGWRITER8 10/9/2013 7:27AM

    You look fantastic ! I agree, look at your before and now pictures and take your measurements ! Your arms look healthy and strong. In no way are you "the fat one". Also remember that as you get smaller, changes will not be so drastic as they were when you had a little more weight. Measure your progress now in strength, endurance and measurements. Also try "eating clean" for a couple weeks at a time - eating only whole foods, try to read labels and eat things with very few ingredients and those ingredients being natural. You look fantastic - be proud of what you have done and use whatever disappointment you feel to push you further. You DO look great !

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JOURNEY1986 10/8/2013 10:58PM

    First of all, I love the dress, and you look fan-freaking-tastic in it! Second of all - why are you hunched over? Girl - you look GOOD! Be proud, stand of tall and your frame thins out immediately.

I've noticed since I started Insanity that my body has been producing mass amounts of oil - it's hard! I have breakouts that I didn't normally have, in places I didn't normally have them in, and by the time I get to work in the morning my face is really oily. I'm told it's just my body detoxing because of all of the exercising and eating healthier, but man is it a pain in the butt! So I feel your pain! I have a wedding next July and I hope to have the oil under control for the wedding! I'm talking lots of oil absorbing powder and oil paper in my purse!

You look gorgeous in the picture - the color of the dress is beautiful on you. I know you still feel like the "fat one" even though you are in no way "fat" - but never lose sight of how far you've come, and how far you are going to go. Isn't the aim to be "healthy" not "skinny?" To be a better woman for yourself and your family? Well - you're doing it! And you are going to rock those other two weddings!

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WALLAHALLA 10/8/2013 10:12PM

    Your husband doesn't lie. You look gorgeous!

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BOOZEYFORD 10/8/2013 7:17PM

    STOP IT. Your husband is right, (and I hate siding with husbands), you are being to hard on yourself and nitpicking at nonexistent issues! I know from experience that it takes time to see yourself as you are not how you were ( I actually measured myself against 'the skinny girl' at work once, only to b shocked that I was waaayyy smaller!), but girl recognize the work you've done and be proud!

Totally hear you on the hot/humid, when your sticky like that it instantly makes you self conscious and uncomfortable. Think you look nice in pic regardless.

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UFEDAK85 10/8/2013 9:55AM

    Jane, you look amazing! I agree with your husband. You are too tough on yourself! What you need to do is look at your before pictures and look at your now pictures. You will see the difference! All your hard work is paying off and all the effort you put into yourself now will only bring you closer to your goals. You are doing great and again, you look beautiful in this picture! Be proud of how far you have come and what you have accomplished so far!

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NATPLUMMER 10/8/2013 8:47AM

    You look fabulous!!!!

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Friends? Are you sure they are really your friends?

Monday, September 30, 2013

I went out last Friday with my friends and one of them asked how my workouts are going (Note: these friends aren't really into exercising). So, I said you know I finished Insanity despite all my wounds --my wound on my palm, elbow and bumps here and there. This other friend said why do you do those things anyway. And I said because my stomach is getting big and I have events to go to. I want to look good.

Then they said you know you just have to accept that at our age, it will be harder and harder. So we just have to accept that our bodies grow as we age. Then this friend says, oh you just want to be ARM CANDY for your husband. So, what if I want to look good at events I need to attend.

Then, I told my kids and my husband. They said, what friends! My husband said their way of thinking is exactly why people are overweight. Just accepting without any action.

It is a good thing I have friends in Spark who push me to work at it. I guess my last ranting and this one makes me work more just to show them, see!

I will work harder than ever! I got so irritated with their comments. This is actually the first time I heard of negative stuff about working out. I guess some people say stuff without really thinking. I just felt bad to hear this from my friends.

I'll show them!!!!

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LILLEAN 10/20/2013 7:50AM

    I think your friends are abit jealous especially if you look better than they do and I bet you do. You're right; it's these kind of thinking that has our society overweight like it is today. I get these comments too. People would tell me that it makes no sense working out so much like I do because I will just put the weight back on. Their reason being since everyone on my mother's side of the family is big/overweight then I am made to be overweight, I don't believe that and that's why I will keep on keeping on.

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SKATER787 10/3/2013 7:38PM

    I think that's a typical attitude in the society. It takes more work to overcome that. Good job.

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WEEPINGANGEL74 10/2/2013 10:40PM

    Yes weight loss and everything we are trying to do to get healthier is harder as you get older. BUT that doesn't mean we shouldn't try!! Those don't sound like very good friends if all they think is you are trying to be arm candy. I would spend less time with those friends and more time with those who at least respect what you are trying to do for yourself even if they aren't actively trying to get healthy.

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JOURNEY1986 10/2/2013 8:38PM

    "Friends" sure can be toxic! And it sucks - it's extra hurtful because it comes from them. I know a lot of people have already said, "they just feel self guilt for not taking care of themselves" or they are making excuses for themselves and putting you down to feel better about themselves - and while I think that's all true - it does still suck to hear it. And then to be in the position of not wanting to be hurtful back to them, but wanting to stick up for yourself.

You. Are. Awesome. They don't understand why you want to be healthy or what your goals are, and that's their problem. While they start having to deal with health issues because of their poor attitude's towards being healthy, they will most likely come around with their thinking. Of course then they will probably play the "poor me" card, but hey - you'll be healthy and active, which is much better then unhealthy and bitter.

Some people just won't understand - which is just too bad for them. Think of everything they will be missing out on!

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DCAMMACK09 10/2/2013 3:32PM

    I couldn't agree more with your blog. My friends do that exact thing to me regarding marriage and kids. Im the only single one left and don't quite fit in the group anymore. Some of the comments they say to me on our rare outings are hurtful and couldn't be farther from the truth. Ive been realizing "my friends" don't really know me anymore based on some things they say. Its sad really.

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UFEDAK85 10/2/2013 12:28PM

    Unfortunately, there are people who feel as though certain things come with age (slower metabolism, weight gain, etc) and just sit back and accept it. I'm glad that you don't have that mindset! Yes, things may get harder as we get older, but we can still be fit and healthy at any age!

You are doing great things and don't listen to the naysayers! They are just jealous that you are looking fantastic while they're going the opposite direction of fantastic. emoticon Keep up the great work! We are here to support you!

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WHYTEBROWN 10/1/2013 2:27PM

    Sadly this is how some people think but at least you're turning their negativity into positivity. emoticon emoticon .

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WALLAHALLA 9/30/2013 3:34PM

    I think you make them have guilty consciences because you are DOING something to better yourself and they are not. They know they should be. They see your results, and it is a reminder to them of what they could have if they weren't too lazy to work for it. Keep on out-shining them. Your family is so much luckier than theirs are.

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SHE-LION 9/30/2013 11:07AM

    It was some time last year, a (former) friend of mine wanted to have a talk with me about how I "let myself go" and wanted to place me on the scale to prove his point. I cursed him out roundly for it.

We don't have to accept anything "at our age". As BOOZEYFORD says it does get harder, but it isn't impossible. Ignore them for the insecure folks they are. (They don't want to try anyway.)

Friends encourage. Get a new set of them!

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BOOZEYFORD 9/30/2013 10:05AM

    It is true that as you get older it gets harder, but that's why your working so hard! You choose to defy the norm and live life the way you want in the body you want even if that means a little hard work and pain. They like many choose to live behind the excuse of age/stress or whatever simply because they are to scared or lazy to TRY. It's possible as they see this as a lifestyle, not a phase that their attitudes will change/soften. Take the challenge to one up them, but don't forget yourself and what's important, your health and happiness.

Arm candy! Regardless of how catty it may of sounded, take the compliment!

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SONGWRITER8 9/30/2013 7:19AM

    Sometimes people say things like that because they are insecure themselves. It's great that you used this to drive you on and make you continue to work hard ! You will succeed !

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RASPBERRY56 9/30/2013 5:57AM

    Yikes! "Accept that at our age"......"arm candy"........boy, with that kind of attitude, your "friends" are in for a h***uva world of hurt in a few years! Good on you for your positive self-awareness in the face of that stuff 'n nonsense!

So much for "friends"! You know, that term is bandied about so liberally these days with absolutely NO thought whatsoever as to what that word *really* means!

Don't let those *turkeys* get you down! (Though from reading your post, I don't think that's too likely!)

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Round 2 or CLX/Insanity hybrid (plus RANTING!!!)

Monday, September 23, 2013

I haven't fully decided if I should start round 2 of Insanity. I was thinking of doing another round of Insanity, instead of the CLX/Insanity hybrid. I had lunch with a co-parent today and she said I looked fitter but when she asked how the dress for the wedding I was going to early in October...I felt challenged. She said "oh I guess you will wear something with sleeves".....Hmm... Got insulted that my workout didn't seem to be paying off so I began doing day 1 of Fit Test today. Since I still have a bit of cough, I was coughing like crazy more than half way thru my workout.

My suicide jumps were half of what I did before. Somehow it felt challenging for that move.

Good thing she was a good friend so I didn't feel as offended as I normally would. After saying that comment, she said you look good though. Then when we were leaving, I said I still have ways to go in losing weight. Then she said, we are just the same size....hmmm... She hasn't done any workout since we stopped walking together months ago. And I must admit, my hips are a LOT bigger than hers but her stomach is bigger than mine. Grrrrr..... I told my husband then he said...well she didn't exactly say anything insulting.

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BOOZEYFORD 9/24/2013 11:06PM

    I'll never forget my non-mother-in-law (upon my weight loss being brought to her attention), telling me "it's so great that your doing something about IT" , WTF?, and then proceed to tell me that she wanted to loose weight cause she was getting so fat ( at that point we were about same size), but she COULDN'T cause she was soo busy with work etc that she couldn't. Cause I wasnt? Really? I wanted so bad to say "your not fat, just ugly, and your right, you CAN'T fix THAT! Luckily we where interrupted.

I think sometimes peoples good intentions get derailed by their own insecurities. And sometimes our insecurities cause us to misinterpret others meanings/actions.

I totally understand the feeling challenged to fit the dress. Whether she meant to or not doesn't matter, the challenge was made! You can and will show her! And I fully expect pics!!

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JOURNEY1986 9/24/2013 10:28PM

    Those little comparison comments annoy the heck out of me! "we're just the same size" comment she made - like that matters? I've gotten a, "well good for you (for staying on a program) - I've never been able to so good for you" and although I know they mean it as a compliment I just think, "who cares what you can and can't do, it's no relation to what I can and can't do!" Does that mean that if they could do it it wouldn't be as good of an accomplishment? Does this mean that if you were smaller than your friend you could stop being active and healthy because you're the same size? Ugh - they get to me!

I vote that you do whatever is going to make YOU feel good. If you loved Insanity, do another round! Or - since you are in the control - why not do the first month of Insanity and then adopt a hybrid schedule? Or just add in some arm workouts after the Insanity workout to get toned arms if that is a problem area you want to focus on? Create your own calendar with the workouts you want emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 9/24/2013 12:29PM

    Wasn't exactly a compliment either. Keep working at it and you'll get where you want to be.

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ANGEL_AMBER 9/24/2013 8:25AM

    I too started an Insanity/CLX program yesterday. And I am recovering from a bad chest infection/sinus infection. I tried one suicide jump and the pressure was too much. So I ended up skipping those on the fit test!

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SONGWRITER8 9/24/2013 7:46AM

    Sometimes people who are jealous of your progress throw little barbs. Don't let that bother you, decide what is best for you and which workouts work the parts of your body that you want to improve. Personally, I love Insanity and it has worked wonders for my whole body. Be careful getting over the cold - only do what you can - your body will tell you. Work back into it . From the pics you've posted, you look great !

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LILLEAN 9/23/2013 7:03PM

    I support you fully if you decide to go back to insanity because I too feel the need to go back so today what I did was begin month 2 workouts and if for some reason my schedule don't allow for the longer month 2 workouts I'll just do one from month 1.
I wish you luck in everything you decide to take on. You are a very self motivated woman. emoticon

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UFEDAK85 9/23/2013 3:06PM

    I wouldn't take to heart what she said (I know it's hard not to though). I think she may have said those things cause she DID notice how great you look and she felt insecure about you looking great and her looking the same. Just my opinion.

I know lots of people who did several rounds of Insanity because they truly enjoyed it. If you absolutely loved Insanity, I say do another round. However, if you felt a burned out at all during the 2nd month, I say do the hybrid for some variety. The strength from CLX will really tone you up while the cardio from Insanity will help burn more calories. Win win!

You are doing great and you are going to look fabulous for the event in October! emoticon emoticon

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A few inches here and there (Insanity pictures)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

I survived round 1 of Insanity!

When I started Insanity last June, I began with a lot of energy. I said to myself I think I can do this. Everyday was a mop of sweat and I know I still need to workout more. When Month 2 began, I couldn't believe I finished Month 1. I thought last week I wouldn't be able to survive the last weeks. I was almost ready to shift the intensity on the last week but after each workout I would think to myself, if I don't finish this today, what am I going to post on the message boards? So, I finished them every day.

I know I need to improve my eating habits. It is hard to pass up the carbs but I think when I get back from this short vacation I will be ready for round 2 or Insanity hybrid.

I didn't lose much weight in this round but I am leaner and stronger. I lost over an inch on my hips and waist so I am very happy with my progress. All other body parts also became a bit smaller and tighter. There are still a lot to improve but Insanity really works if you stick with it.

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UFEDAK85 8/28/2013 11:00AM

    Awesome awesome job Jane!! You can totally see improvements! All your hard work definitely paid off! You'll kick round 2 of the Insanity hybrid in the butt! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWANDHEALTHY13 8/26/2013 10:11PM

  Thats amazing Jane. Well done :-) :-)

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LILLEAN 8/25/2013 9:06PM

    emoticon This is fantastic progress will be posting mine soon hope they are as good as yours cuz you did a hell of a good job emoticon

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JOURNEY1986 8/24/2013 3:30PM

    These are great and inspiring pictures! I just did my second workout today and I'm loving it so far. Can't wait to see the results! Thanks for being such a great inspiration!

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WEEPINGANGEL74 8/24/2013 2:20PM

    I can really see a difference in your abs!! That's awesome!

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AHALTOM 8/24/2013 1:10PM

    Jane!!!!! That's great progress. You should be really proud of yourself.

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WALLAHALLA 8/23/2013 11:29PM

    I can really see the difference. You're looking great!

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FITWITHIN 8/23/2013 12:11PM

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NATPLUMMER 8/23/2013 8:54AM

    WOW!!!! You are looking fabulous, lady!!

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SONGWRITER8 8/23/2013 7:12AM

    Yeaaaaaah ! You got great results ! Don't you just love how you actually get "abs" and defined shoulders ? Enjoy your vacation you deserve it emoticon i !

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BOOZEYFORD 8/23/2013 7:08AM

    Hooray!! Finally you can breath....well for a minute! I still have a week, so don't forget about me!

I Can definitely see the difference, you should be so proud of yourself, YOU caused these changes, not insanity, your determination and perseverance to change did just that and I'm confident that you will keep pushing through.

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    Way to go!

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BRANDNEWDESIGN 8/23/2013 12:29AM

    Fantastic! Keep up the great job. emoticon

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