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Letting Nike off the hook

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Well Nike managed to move themselves off my list this morning. I synced my ipod and went to to record my walking information and it still did not update in the new program. Warning I woke up in a bad mood to start with. Which is never a good thing. I went to email them about the issue when I said frig ( not really the word i used but it will work for here) So I called them. And I was pissed after being on hold for 42 minutes.

Complaint one: Where did NIKE active ( conquer the world) got to? it is being updated and it will be back in the fall. Why is that the new program NIKE + not log my workout information from my walk? the new program only registers runs. How do i get it recognize my walks? I have to buy a sport kit and yes that new pair of shoes i have been putting off. Ok so I can do all that but bring my program. It was fun and motivational. For of you who do not know what i am talking about ... I use the pedometer on my Nano to track my walks then log in to and there were different countries that I would use steps to get the badge for that country. If was just a good way to stay motivated to move.

Complaint 2: Why cant Nike be more health conscious instead of just the extremest? line and sinker they say they are trying to address everyone's needs as the market grows toward health away from just athletics. Ok so I guess will give that one.

Last Complaint Clothing for the journey I am on ? yes it is a b*tch complaint I know but yea since I was talking to a real person I figured I would throw it out there. And am I shocked. I explained to the man that I was talking to that I don't want the models body I want their clothes. He said where have you been doing your shopping? I told him and he said check out NIKESTORE.COM. So I did and although they do not have my size right now. On the official website you can find clothes for women size 22 including a Pittsburgh Steeler work out tank ( out of stock right now) but it is something new to work to.

OK so Nike is not so far off as I thought and feel better about the whole situation. This is just a blog to kinda let you know that Nike is working toward and constantly improving it self to a better company. Just setting the record straight.

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WINTERHARTT 6/25/2012 11:28AM

    I have to give the guy a pat on the back because he obviously did his job well to have you feeling better getting off the phone! lol

I gave up on the Nike clothes every fitting me right until I'm at or close to my goal weight. I'll stick with baggy workout clothes for now! lol

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ESMOMMY13 6/22/2012 3:46PM

    I must agree with xphoenix! emoticon I must say the thing I love most about you is that you are not afraid to speak you mind!

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XPHOENIX 6/20/2012 10:11PM

    LOL I almost feel sorry for the person that answered the phone for Nike.. haha YAY for some answers and less anxiety from you! :D XO

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LITTLEROX20 6/20/2012 12:52PM

    Ihave been having problems syncing my workouts too. So frustrating!!

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Taking one for Team "Self Discipline"

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

So this is how it goes. I love challenges they make my personal process so much easier. It is the working toward a goal. I try to meet all these challenges with in the confines of my personal program. Sometimes there are part of challenges that well just dont fit and I respectfully say sorry can't do that. So times there are things I just will not do. Last week on this particular we were suppose to pick out a video to do for the week out of a list of spark exercise programs well I push to the limit with my own program and so I didnt participate in that section of the challenge.

So when this weeks challenge rolled around I said well I need to help all I can to make up points for the team. There was a Bonus challenge that was a) read an article on yoga and b) do this short 14 minute Yogo video. So I pre watched it and said alright On Tuesday after Cardio I will do this.

Ok look I am not a tiny person. I, in my living room attempted this video. So some of the standing exercises with the breathing was great really felt wonderful. However so of the other poses well for me they were like playing a game of twister without the colors. I swear at certain points my but was laughing at me. I know I was very thankful that not even my husband was home to see this. I attempted all their poses and to follow the program. How did I do well not worth a darn but i can say the best medicine is laughter and I have had a belly full of that this morning. So I got relaxation but in a whole different form. So I took one for the team, And the thought of my tail in the " dog " pose will have me laughing for days to come I am sure. Ok so this is to make someone else laugh. I give you permission to laugh because look up at the left and see my picture and then picture that doing yoga. Have a great day everyone!!!

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CITYZOZO 6/20/2012 12:28PM

    VERY FUN BLOG.. way to go! yoga is soooo good for flexibility!

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SHRINK_U 6/19/2012 4:49PM

    Love it!! I actually talked my 6'4" 400 lb husband into doing a yoga dvd with me once... You should have seen us. We laughed the whole time.

I am so glad that you took one for the team!

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JOANG13 6/19/2012 4:08PM

    Between tight hamstrings, a big butt and a big belly - yoga just hasn't been kind to me or is it that I haven't been kind to yoga???? Anyway, good job for trying something new! emoticon

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KATYDID412 6/19/2012 11:58AM

    Was that the Skinnygirl one? (I haven't really been keeping up with the challenge this week, yet.) If so, I hear you -- I tried it last week. I love the *idea* of doing yoga, but so far my minimal attempts at actually doing it have been laughable! So glad I'm not the only one.


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WINTERHARTT 6/19/2012 11:46AM

    OMGOSH! Too funny! I had the pleasure of attempting yoga with the kids in the house. So not good! I never did get through the entire thing because the were trying to do it with me and we were laughing way too hard! There are some things that a person of our size just should not attempt is one of those!! LOL


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OREOSMILE 6/19/2012 10:25AM

    heh! you got a chuckle out of me!

I always find my belly gets in the way of such things - looking forward to when I'm not carrying around all the bulk and can do such things with ease and grace!


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Assignment #3, Pre challenge for Summer 5% challenge

Monday, June 18, 2012

Why do I want loose weight? How do I want to look and / or feel?

Like every addict will tell you, you have to hit rock bottom, to have no where to go but up. The past decade has been filled with more stress and heartache than one person should have to endure. The death of my parents, the mental issues slash unusual addictions of my sons, Hurricane Katrina, Marital issues and then list really could just go on and on however I wont go into details about all of it, all of this played a part in rock bottom for me. In 2010 I was told I had to now walk with a cane after my right ankle started giving out on me causing me to fall repeatedly. This was rock bottom for me. I had now become one of those " fat" people who was so big I couldn't hold myself up. I was sent to see another doctor to see if he could help take away some of the pain. It was decided that i had to move to a lower level apartment because after surgery at my "weight" I would not be able to go up and down the two flights of stairs. Because my body was losing the ability to fight even small infection I was told if I got an infection I would more than likely lose my foot. I wanted to die but I was a coward and could not just get over with. The surgery was done and as I laid on the couch day after day thinking I came up with this thought " If i am to big a coward to kill myself, Could I be courageous enough to live again." So started the battle. So why do I want to lose weight? Well simply put because I want to live more than I want to die. How do I want to feel? Complete, healthy and happy. Through my weight loss I have attacked a lot of issues that I didn't want to deal with, however having dealt with them it has definitely aided in the process. How do I want to look? Well I want to look the way I feel happy and healthy. However for me personally I want to take away my doctors go to when ever i hurt or something isn't right there favorite answer is well I hate to tell but if you would lose weight it would be so much better. So Lets see if that is true. I am right now 67 pounds lighter than when i started 11 months ago and my foot still hurts just like it did at the start. But I don't let it stop me I just keep thinking well maybe another 10 pounds and it will stop hurting so much.

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LOVEANANIMAL 6/18/2012 10:53PM

    Very proud of you for losing 67 pounds! Keep fighting the good fight!!!

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OREOSMILE 6/18/2012 7:37PM

    wow! that is one powerful post! thanks for sharing


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SHRINK_U 6/18/2012 4:01PM

    67 pounds lighter!! You are a fighter!

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ELLEJAY7 6/18/2012 3:23PM

    Determination! You've got it girl! I think it's terrible that for us Big Girls, every medical condition we face gets blamed at least partially on weight. I know weight is a big factor, but the weight blame makes you end up blaming yourself for everything and becomes a vicious circle! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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TERRIPAL1 6/18/2012 2:40PM

    Way to go! All good reasons you can and will do it look how far you've come!I'm on the challenge too! emoticon

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The other side of 300

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

You wake up one morning and realize that you have lied to yourself. You are not just fat, you are not just obese no you are what they call morbidly obese. Every muscle in your body is tired even though you just woke up. The mere fact that you have to crawl up of that couch onto those two crutches to go to the rest and be out of breath when you get there is almost to much to handle. I spent a lot of time on that couch out of necessity not want. over ten weeks I put on another 30 pounds as I recovered from major foot surgery. My body hated me then for sure. Lying on the couch I decided that when I got off that couch I would do everything in my power not to go back to that couch under those circumstances. Being overweight was a habit it was safe it was easy and hard all in one. Now by no means am I at the end of my journey. However I have come a long way to get to this point right here right now.

There have been days when i threw up my hands and said I cant do this. There have been days when I thought about crawling just so the pain would stop for a moment. There have been days when I felt completely alone and isolated. But there have also been days when I felt like I just concurred the world. There have been moments of laughter that well others say why are you laughing and I would just simply say you wouldnt understand. The point is that through blood, sweat and tears I did it. I moved mountains when all the odds told me I couldnt. When people said I dont know why you keep going.

I have made it to number 1 : 299 pounds

This is an awesome number. For the better part of 10 years now I have been over 300 pounds. June the 25th is my birthday and for the first time in a decade I will not weigh 300 pounds. I know it is just one pound under but it is not one pound over that is for sure. There are other stats that are impressive to me. This process has been over the last eleven months.

My Stats:
When I started my BMI was 54.2 it is now 44.2. I have lost a grand total of 67.4 pounds. I have gone at least one size in most everything.
Back in October 2011 I took measurements now i am not sure those were right to start with but they are the only ones I have to go by

OCTOBER 2011 JUNE 2010
ARMS 17 17
WAIST 53 46.9
HIPS I couldnt measure with my tape Now they are dead on 60 inches
thigh 30.6 29.5

I started this process alone However along the way I found people or should I say people found me that have listened to me whine, moan, joke and cry. As I fought to get to 299. For those people I will be forever in your debt. I know this all may be not much for every one to celebrate but for me it is like the best thing in the world. Thank all of you that are family, friends and fellow sparkers for helping me get here. Now come on the journey now starts to get 266.

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COOKIE_AT_51 6/22/2012 8:48AM

    Woot :) Keep Sparkin' ... you are doing wonderful things for yourself! emoticon

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KNIT1PURL2LOSE3 6/18/2012 12:23PM

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Keep it up!!!

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KATYDID412 6/16/2012 9:54AM

    That's a huge accomplishment, and you're doing great! Keep the momentum going.

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ALDNJPD1 6/15/2012 8:44AM

    emoticon I am SO PROUD OF YOU!!!! You are emoticon!!!!
Keep up the great work my friend!!!!

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MELLYBEANS0919 6/15/2012 12:34AM

    Congrats!! You are doing it!

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LULUBELLE65 6/14/2012 11:36PM

    299 is awesome! What a great birthday gift to yourself! emoticon

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XPHOENIX 6/14/2012 9:40PM

    AMAZING!!!! Never say "Just one pound"!! That is 3,500 calories that you burned or didn't eat and it still counts! You are out of the 300's! I'm so proud of you! I started off at 349.. and we are proving this CAN be done! You're so awesome! When I get to 269, I'm at my halfway mark. That should be next month or so! SO freakin' exciting! Glad to have you on this journey with me! XOXO

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IMAREADER 6/14/2012 10:23AM

    Awesome! I know you can keep up the good work!

Go Newtink!

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KATIEBACH 6/14/2012 8:59AM

    way to go emoticon

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LOVEANANIMAL 6/14/2012 12:26AM

    I am so very proud of you!!!! Very proud!

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AVANDREA_ 6/13/2012 6:50PM

    Way to go!!!

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    Congratulations! I remember when I hit that magic 299 number. Its thrilling, what's even better is the knowledge that you won't be going back. Congrats again! Keep going!

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SHRINK_U 6/13/2012 5:50PM

    Congratulations! So happy for you!

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WINTERHARTT 6/13/2012 2:43PM

    emoticon You are so amazingly awesome!!!!!!! Congratulations on making the 2's! Keep going my friend!!! I"m glad to be on this journey with you!

emoticon Here is to another goal accomplished and another one set!


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FLY0NTHEWAL1 6/13/2012 1:44PM

    WOOOO! So awesome!

That is exactly what this journey is about. Working steadily, and just taking it one day and pound at a time.
Just amazing. emoticon

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PLAYBLUES22 6/13/2012 1:00PM

    Sweetie, you brought tears to my eyes. You have every right to celebrate and shout from the highest roof top, Proud is what I am feeling for you right now and I know this is not the end of your beautiful journey

Your friend ....not on on Sparks but in spirit also

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Weight loss vision statement

Thursday, June 07, 2012

As part of a Challenge for one of my teams the bonus was to write a weight loss vision statement. I try to accomplish all goals put up before me. This one was especially difficult for me so I am putting it here so i can have an easier record for me to find.

A Weight loss vision statement 2012
Where do I want to be in a year? For me this process has gone far past weight loss. I want to be still addicted to the feeling of accomplishment that I get from the changes that I have made in my life. To continue to grow and learn how to be a better person. Hopefully the wounds and scars of years past have diminished enough that they are not a substantial part of my life.

Everyday begins with exercise both physically and mentally. I do not work so I am not sure how employment fits into my plan. I know everyday will be filled with family.

Installed in me from birth are core beliefs, values and emotions. I just can not say that I have ever applied certain aspects to me personally. Through this process I have started to applying some to myself. Courage to be able to say " I need help." Strength to say no and no you cant treat me badly.Honor the choices that made for myself. Commitment to my plan. Love myself as much as I love the other people in my life.

Learning everyday is a key to my success, Never quitting even through pain, Exploring new places, new food and fitness keeps this process interesting. Research leads to a better understanding of myself through my journaling and tracking.

So there you have my weight loss vision statement. I am not sure at all that this is what it is suppose to be. For me next year is to far away just like the overall goals is. So I have to stick with one day at a time. I will leave you with one closing thought ... " To thy own self be true."

How to write a weight loss vision statement

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TEACHINKIDS2 6/14/2012 3:37PM

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SIMPLY-VICKI 6/10/2012 4:30PM

  You've given me something to think about myself. Thank you.

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MSCARCHICK 6/8/2012 1:37PM

    That's a great idea. My husband just had to write one for his admittance into Grad School so we might sit down and do one for our weight loss!

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WELLREDHEAD 6/7/2012 10:13PM

    Very good! I feel the same about the process being about so much more than weight loss. emoticon

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