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Monday, July 30, 2012

Sometimes when looking for motivation I forget the person that is looking back at me from the mirror. The journey that I started a year ago has been long and if you know me then you also know I am the first one to kick my own tail. I am tough on me and push me harder than anyone else could. However there are some moments when I get so overwhelmed by something that I leave myself speechless. There are a few moments of self pride that are truly overwhelming. Yesterday morning before I did my 5K walk I took measurements . I dont like to take these but I knew starting today we would begin training for the Real 5K in September, So I needed bench marks. Taking measurements has to become a regular part because well it confirms the trouble spot I need to work on .

So to the other news of 7/29
Pounds lost to date(1 Year) 73

Measurements :
6/11 / 7/29
waist 46.9 / 46.19
Hips 60 / 57.3
Thighs 30.6 / 26
Neck 16.9 / 16.5
Calf 21.8 / 20.4
Upper arms 17 / 15.7

Since the middle of June I have walked 62 miles.
My BMI is down to 43.9 from 54.4 a year ago ...

I was amazed at how the numbers came out ... Have a great day everyone emoticon

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CITYZOZO 8/1/2012 8:35AM

    this is really good news.. way to work it!

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IMAREADER 7/31/2012 8:59PM


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  emoticon That's great motivation! Nothing like seeing the fruits of your labour. emoticon

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SHRINK_U 7/30/2012 5:23PM

    Very impressive numbers.. on all counts!

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THINNYGINNY 7/30/2012 4:22PM

    Love it when the numbers move!!! Great work!!!

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DANILYNNG 7/30/2012 10:44AM

    Great numbers, babe!

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BECKYI39 7/30/2012 10:26AM

    That is awesome!

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WELLNESSME09 7/30/2012 7:35AM

    Wow!!! that's an amazing accomplishment. emoticon emoticon

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OREOSMILE 7/30/2012 7:30AM

    you are doing wonderful things for yourself! keep it up!

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DGFOWLER 7/30/2012 6:18AM

    WooHoo.. and congrats to you. It's been a long journey for me as well this year. You are doing fabulous. Keep it up.. Donna

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OFGREENGABLES 7/30/2012 6:18AM

    congratulations! You have made so many positive changes in your life.

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July 29 Sparkpeople Virtual 5k Race Day and so much more !!!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

First of all you have to understand me to understand this blog. I am the only daughter of a Marine. I am the middle child with an older and younger brother. I am married to an ex Marine ( if there is such a thing). So to say that I know how to dig deep is an understatement. The will to be better is always there just tapping into it is difficult at times. So having said that when I joined this Virtual Race I treated it just as if on Race day there would be hundreds of people competing with me / against me. Last year in the No aides walk I did the 5K in 75 minutes. When I started this 5K training program I was doing 3 miles in about 76 min. I set the goal to be on Race day to do the 5k in 50 min.

Where : Lafreniere Park , New Orleans, La
Time: 730 am
Temperature: 94 degrees
Humidity ; 70 %


This is Brian My husband and walking buddy.
we set a pace at 16'40" according to the ipod.

.25 miles in

.5 miles in entrance to Dog walking area

1 mile in ... Broke my fastest time did in 16:22
Fastest 1K 10:02

Lafeneiere park is a full family sport track area ... the next pictures just so you some of the beauty of this place

Entering the " O" zone
The "O" zone is the part of the track starting at 2.5 miles in ... it is where I have dig in deep and push hard ( see you can figure out the reference here ) Where the skin is electrified and you want this so bad that no matter what you will get it ... This also happens to be the most beautiful part of the trail ...

The peak 2.75 miles ...

5K mark .... official time 51:36 but omg I was spent at this point ... I gave it all I had and then some so no complaining on my part !!!!

I made a shirt for the day and wore it with great pride to take a few people with me, If there is no astrix they are members of the site. The people listed are there no matter what, they have said or did something that inspired me to go the extra step in this. Brian*

So all in all it was an awesome race day and now it is party time lol !!!! Enjoy everyone

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4KWALK 8/3/2012 10:43AM

    The TShirt was such a smart idea. Congratulations on finishing this challenge. On to the next one : )

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TERID816 8/2/2012 12:03AM

    Congrats! and I love the shirt too! emoticon

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MARISPHERE 8/1/2012 11:34PM

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And the shirt was a terrific idea!


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-SHOREIDO- 7/30/2012 12:37PM

    Your a PEOPLE person and it shows!!! Good job!!

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GRATEFUL-DAD 7/30/2012 10:39AM

    This is awesome, congratulations, and I love the shirt!!!

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JOYCECAIN 7/30/2012 8:49AM

    Congrats. I just finished my 5K. I walk with a cane, am 63 yrs. young. So compared to your time--- mine was 1 hr.56 minutes. And that was a 4 miles and 1/4 walk. I know a 5K is 3.1007 miles. I got sidetracked. emoticon

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OREOSMILE 7/30/2012 7:34AM

    OMG! congrats and I love your shirt!! And I am honoured to have been on it! I also love that your hubby did it with you (mine has been resisting exercise).

Darlene, you rock!

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XPHOENIX 7/29/2012 11:51PM

    OMG AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!! How sweet!!!! You kicked major butt and I'm so proud of you! :) That's just amazing. Great job babe! XOXO

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SHRINK_U 7/29/2012 8:49PM

    You kicked that 5k's butt, girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Words can not express how excited I am for you.... How wonderful you must feel!! I am so proud of you. Great pictures, too.

And I have to say... that I am honored to have my name on your 5k shirt... when I read that it brought a tear to my eye :) You are such a sweetheart and truly an inspiration to me.


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THINNYGINNY 7/29/2012 6:34PM

    Wow - good for you!!! And I am very touched that you wrote my sparkname on your shirt - kinda tearing up here!! YOU inspire ME!!! When it comes to races you and I may be the tortoises (remember the tortoise and the hare?) but we get there - oh yes we do!!

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MOMMY2TWO07 7/29/2012 6:33PM

    awesome job ! love the pics.

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BECKYI39 7/29/2012 4:36PM

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KATHUGGS 7/29/2012 4:34PM

    emoticonI love the shirt! That was a great idea! Great job on your 5k! emoticon

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AGAPEJOY 7/29/2012 3:05PM

    emoticon on getting out there and doing it, that is what counts!

Have a Blessed Day!

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PJ51798 7/29/2012 1:25PM

    Way to go, NEWTINK! At 94 degrees and 70% humidity, I'd say finishing counts as rocking it! Love the photos -- it looks like a beautiful place to walk -- and the idea of doing your own T-shirt. Keep on keeping on!

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JULIAOAK 7/29/2012 12:44PM

    fantastic - well done you. Love the pics! emoticon emoticon

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JUSTYNA7 7/29/2012 12:00PM

    emoticon I think that we set goals to have something to work towards but in fact the final numbers don't matter. You did it.. in the heat, in the humidity, and you had the support of DH and all your spark friends. I think you ARE fantastic! You loved it, you appreciated it, you ROCK! Yippee and Yahoo and Way to Go! DEEP WOMAN!

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DANILYNNG 7/29/2012 11:59AM

    The pics are fantastic - you are truly blessed to have such a pretty setting for your walks! I'm sorry you missed your mark, but you came soooooooo close! Sign up and do it again in a week or two - you'll rock it, I know you will!

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RHH : Why take this Journey ?

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Why do I take this Journey? What motivates me to get up and do it again in the morning? What do I want ? Hmm well these are all good questions I will grant you that. Sooooo, lets dive into my mind, heart and soul and see if I can come up with the answer for you ( LOL).

Why take the Journey of changing my life?
1. Health ... as I get older the concerns of diabetes, heart problems and cancer grows
2. So that people no longer fill like they have the right to suggest some god awful surgery that will make me so much thinner but they dont figure in the complications.
3. fear : the fear of dying and being so obese that someone will decide to cremate me because i cant fit the casket or worst put me in a casket and somebody drop me on the way to the grave.
4. I have two grandsons ages 2 and 4 and they are completely surrounded by severely obese people and I want them to see at least one person who worked hard and stayed dedicated to the Journey to a healthy life.
5. Because I want to be recognized as the person I truly am.
6. I never want to feel hopeless again.
7. because 10 feet is not a walking track
8. because I am not earl campbell
9. because i want to make other responsible for their actions.
10 because I am not your excuse

What motivates me ?
1. lol the scale
2. Sunshine even on a rainy day
3. less pain
4. new bones
5. The sound of those words " my god you lost so much weight"
6. the fight for a happier life
7. My grandsons
8. my sons
9. My brother
10. the drill sergeant in my head when I dont think I can do it .

What do I want ?
1. Matching bras and panties
2. creases in pleats of my pants
3. stripes that go around and not up and down
4. for people to keep their dieting ideas to themselves, My weight has not made it to NBC yet so it is not open for discussion go find a 145 person and talk to them please.
5. I want to walk into walmart and shop in the normal size clothes because you can tell the difference between the clothes and the table cloths there. not in the plus size
6. I never want to be made to feel like I should be ashamed of who I am again .
7. Confidence that is just there and not willed from the pit of my stomach
8. When you look at me I want there to be no reason that you cant see the real me.
9. I want to walk into a room and everyone turn to look because Yea i am that good not because I am the biggest one there
10. I want to sit at booths again and my stomach to touch the top of the table. Ok well I am not sure that one counts because well i can already do this now .
11. I want to know that when you use the word intimidating to define me it is because you know i am the force that your mom warned you about not because I am bigger than you because I promise I dont smack people at all but what I can do with my mind, wit and vocabulary will make you wish I would.

Ok well i am not sure that this what they wanted but it is what they got. oh and tomorrow I want the 5k in 50 .... Have a great evening every one.

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OREOSMILE 7/29/2012 2:37PM

    Love it!! With all those reasons and motivation, there is no stopping you!

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BECKYI39 7/29/2012 11:26AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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CHICA125KML 7/29/2012 9:02AM

    I love your reasons!!

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INGBADEN 7/29/2012 8:13AM

    Great list.

I love number 4. Aside from you sparkies and my firend who lost 120 pounds I really don't have any interest in what other people are spouting off about. ESPECIALLY when I never asked their opinion.

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XPHOENIX 7/28/2012 10:21PM

    Very well done, Darlene!! Great reasons and it's exactly what I wanted :) XOXO

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STEPMISHIE 7/28/2012 10:19PM

    Very inspiring, awesome lists!!!
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DANILYNNG 7/28/2012 9:30PM

    They all sound good to me! emoticon

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SHRINK_U 7/28/2012 8:47PM

    You go get that 5k in 50, girl!!! Those are great desires and motivations. I love #11 on the bottom.. yes!

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Together anything is possible

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

As most have read my blog over the past few days Know that I have been working on coming through one of those ugly times in life. Since medications dont work with me when these time hit i have to fight to get it back under control. I am not by no means blowing my own horn because really it isnt just me that pulls me out. This is the truly wonderful thing about SparkPeople the challenges that I get involved in .. The individual as well as the team ones.

Personal goals :
7/25 to weigh 292 for the Done girl challenge ... ok so well 293.6 this morning but that is a loss of 4 pounds since Saturday 7/21 So hey I will take that any day of the week.
7/29 Sparkpeople Virtual 5k walk ... I want to do this in 50 minutes ... my time as of Monday is 54 minutes ... So we are getting there.

Team Goals :
Sass Sparklers
5% cloverleaf summer challenge
When you are part of a team challenge where what you do directly affects the team. you work harder really because you dont want to let the team down. I found over the past few days of sweat and I do mean a lot of sweat I felt guilty but not for what you might think. I felt guilty because as crazy as it sounds I said I am sorry to the teams or I let you down. In reality that was projection of a lot on to the teams. My weight gain might have brought down the team total but that was on me. Through the process of changing my life it is honesty to myself, so here I must be honest what I should have said is " i am sorry Darlene I let you down". Having been lets say larger my whole life I learned early on that I had to be tough well I am without a doubt However sometimes I am to tough on me. It truly is how I am designed you push and give it all you got then and only then does the end have meaning. Sparkpeople allows me to accountable to not only myself but the system ... the people on Spark people through their blogs, post and pictures remind me it alright to be me.

What I did to lose 4 pounds in five days well now :
120 plus minutes of exercise a day
ate at the mid of my calorie range every day about 1300 calories a day
lots of protein (oreosmile says that is good )
and made sure i got in 10 glasses of water a day ...
I know I cant do that everyday but it was important right now to help cleanse the soul.

Thank you all for all the support and encouragement that you give me. I wanted a picture of the scale for this blog but the camera decided this was a good day to screw up ...

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KBRADFORD88 7/26/2012 10:38PM

    I know medication is a very personal thing, but I have found a lot of relief with St. John's wort and L-trypohphan. I hope that you are feeling more like yourself. I hate when I get down. But, I applaud you on being real and out here. emoticon

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SHRINK_U 7/25/2012 10:25PM

    Way to go on your loss! I understand about feeling like letting a team down. I feel that way with the Biggest Loser Challenge team I am on, too. I get down on myself sometimes because I am not pulling big numbers. I try to remind myself that not all of us are going to have all good weeks. Nice blog, Tink :)



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WENWIN 7/25/2012 9:35PM

    Good for you with that weight loss. I would have to say you more than made up for that less than happy experience last Saturday.

I agree about being on a team. I can't imagine putting down a time or a goal that wasn't real even to push the team forward. After all I would only be hurting myself. Yes, if one isn't honest here...what's the point?

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NANAW12001 7/25/2012 1:56PM

  Well you have a great blog. emoticon

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funny shots of new outfit

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I am like every other big bodied person in the world ... white and bright are not my friends but I bought them any way lol ... Remember I dont like pictures lol

Ok now you know my friends have a sense of humor ... have a great evening !!!!

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CITYZOZO 7/26/2012 4:13PM

    great, new clothes are fun.. enjoy!

great backround!

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XPHOENIX 7/26/2012 12:32AM

    I think you look ADORABLE and I love it! :)) XO

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BECKYI39 7/25/2012 8:10AM

    You look great! emoticon

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WENWIN 7/24/2012 9:53PM

    I think the hat is awesome and makes the outfit. Thanks for sharing.
I also went up weight -wise on Saturday so I know that getting mad feeling. I am pretty sure it was my late night eating a couple times that helped but I did go hiking on Saturday for over 2 hours. I am sooo hoping this Saturday will bring better results. And this goes for you too:)

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MLH148 7/24/2012 9:24PM

    Made me smile emoticon

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SHRINK_U 7/24/2012 8:59PM

    I think the bright colors go well with your bright smile. Cute hat, too!

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DIBANANA 7/24/2012 8:52PM

  You look happy, cool and cheerful. That smile completes your look!

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NANACHRON 7/24/2012 8:23PM

    Those colors look great on you!!!!
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REDHATSHAPELY1 7/24/2012 8:21PM

    I love bright colors. They make me feel alive!

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JIMIPAGE29 7/24/2012 8:15PM

    I'm not brave enough to post mine. I just use them to amuse my wife.

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    You look great. Thanks for sharing.

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