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Friday, February 17, 2012

...for Spark People!

This journey is a long one, a forever one for someone like me who will always have to deal with an unhealthy relationship with food. There will be times of Highs, Successes, challenges and lost ways.

For over a week I've been fighting with the same pounds, letting food beat me up and resting my body (out of need from my cold). This combination was dealing my motivation a huge blow.

Yesterday I reached out through a blog. I'm SO glad I did! All the wonderful encouragement and responses from my Spark Friends really pulled me through, helped me get my mindset back to where it needs to be.

Then, thank goodness, one of my spark teams was starting a challenge yesterday. Blackjack, first one to exercise 21 miles wins. Well, I couldn't let the first day go by and not get any miles in. That motivated me to get moving. I grabbed minutes wherever I could find them to get on my treadmill. Today I'm doing the same, 3 different workouts so far today has given me 5 miles!

emoticon emoticon emoticon to all my dear Spark Friends who are holding my hand on this journey!


NSVfor today:
DH told me he can tell I've lost weight because my workout "uniform" is fitting me differently!

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DEBLYNN323 2/18/2012 2:41PM

    emoticon...great job with your motivation! Have fun racing to the finish!

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FITMARY 2/18/2012 9:02AM

    Grabbing minutes wherever we can find them! Now that's the way to do it!

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JCDUBEA63 2/18/2012 12:59AM

    emoticonKrista!!U will take contol of ur life!! U are awesome!! U will do this!! U will get healthy !! We can do this together!! Keep on sparking!!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/17/2012 8:08PM

    Ah wonderful that you are feeling better and motivated. That's exactly what makes this place so awesome! And those challenges really help sometimes at just the right time.

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COOKIEGRRL 2/17/2012 6:14PM

    SP *is* amazing! :) You *can* do this. :)

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ERIKALP 2/17/2012 5:27PM

    You can do this!! emoticon

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MISSG180 2/17/2012 5:23PM

    You can do it! You ARE doing it!!!! Go you!!!!

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I've Lost My Groove!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I was really grooving! Had a wonderful schedule/routine that worked for me and gave me results!

Up at 4:30, 60-90 minutes of workouts then wonderful, satisfying, healthy meals. All this was making my journey pleasant with a wonderful feeling of strength and energy!

Ugh, then TOM came. Then while that was going on my head cold came back, hitting me Hard! Tuesday morning I couldn't get out of bed. I figured I needed some more sleep to get feeling better. The problem? That was Valentines Day! With feeling sick and having not exercised I caved a few times to the holiday's temptations.

Then yesterday same scenario. I tried to eat healthy and did great until around 2.

Last night I was determined to wake up and get my workout in this morning. I had everything set out, my alarm was set, but when it went off I turned it OFF and stayed in bed.

I've lost my momentum! I want it back! I need it back. My weight is up, not by much but it's up. I'm still down 20lbs since Jan 3rd.

To reverse the trend I'm on I need to make changes and soon, Today! But today I have two kids home sick. So what will I do today?

*throw out all the candy that is in the house (my husband will fight me on that)
*put my pedometer on and walk. Not go on a walk but stay up and active as much as possible
*eat my regular healthy meals
*when DH gets home and daycare kids leave get a workout in on the treadmill.


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URMYLF 2/19/2012 6:15PM

    Ah, yes, the treats. My DH will fight me more than my kids will. Must figure out a way to get rid of it. Perhaps I'll move most of it to another spot in the basement? They'll forget about it, then I can toss it! :) Daily consumption is getting out of hand at my house.

Your plan for getting back on track sounds GREAT!

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MOM23ES 2/17/2012 9:53AM

    I super struggle with TOM days and the desire to eat everything in the kitchen usually lasts for two days. I have only made it through twice so far but I can totally relate!

We do have a candy bucket on top of the refrigerator which of course has all my kids valentine candy in it. I know it is there but it is out of sight behind the cereal boxes which helps lots and keeps me from thinking about it for all but those two days.

I am a candy eater........ I read an article that said instead of allowing yourself treats immediately to postpone the enjoyment. Tell yourself you can have that but only later. The study showed that people that postponed ate like 2/3 less! This has worked great for me! I have decided to wait and have a Reeses Peanut Butter Egg on Easter. So when my kids offer me their candy, I just talk in my head that I am going to pass on that and eat that egg on Easter. So far it is working really well but I do worry how I will feel after I eat that egg! I think I will just need to set another date like my birthday or something in May.

It is always hard to want to do anything with a cold! Do the best you can to get through these couple of days and when your back to normal it will be easier to get going again. emoticon

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KARENDEE4 2/17/2012 9:06AM


Also, you can play some games with the daycare kids. Jumping, pretending to shoot basket ball, pretending to bowl. We used to pretend bowl with little kids and count.

Playing with the kiddos burns calories too.

I know you can do this!!

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KOBER9999 2/17/2012 7:43AM

    This time of year is hard! And it's harder when you're sick and even harder yet when you and your kids are sick at the same time! You've got a nice plan started. Hang in there SPRING IS COMING! You will get your groove back! The White Tigers will make sure of it! LOL!
You. Can. Do. It!

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SCOUTMOM715 2/16/2012 10:26PM

    Sounds like a great action plan!! Just make sure you're getting enough sleep & rest, so you can kick that cold to the curb!! emoticon

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DEBLYNN323 2/16/2012 4:50PM

    emoticon....stay focused on your plan and work it!

You've come so far....come on, get grooving!


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JCDUBEA63 2/16/2012 4:36PM

    Krista u can do this!! Just keep pushing forward!! Its not easy but well worth it!! U are worth it!!! Fight hard fight with all ur might!! U Will do this!! We will do it together!! emoticon

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RICHILA 2/16/2012 1:56PM

    I believe in you! You are one of my Heroes from the Valentine's BL. emoticon You will get your "Groove" back.
Spark On! We Got This!

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CAT125 2/16/2012 1:23PM

    Hang in there.......you'll get your groove back! emoticon

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WIDELOADROAD 2/16/2012 12:46PM

    Great plan of action for getting back into the swing of things. You can do this!

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NEWMOON 2/16/2012 12:44PM

    You still have your groove, it's just a little slower. Be kind to yourself when you're sick and dealing with TOM on top of it. You're on track. It's just sometimes the train slows down a little bit when it gets to a hill, but it didn't derail.

You've got a great plan and a good attitude!

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OPTIMIST1948 2/16/2012 12:33PM

    There will be good days and bad days. Dont dispair. Do what you can (which you are) so when the time is right, you get right back on that pony.

I'm one of the few people who can resist most candy...as long as it is out of sight. However the luscious fancy gourmet ones that DH gave for VDay----oh no. I will continue to enjoy them, and when they are gone - they are GONE.

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 2/16/2012 11:54AM

    The worst thing you could do is be in denial, which you clearly are not. You're aware, you will overcome. This is life, baby. Good days and bad days. The most important thing is to just keep trying. I've been sick too most of the last week, and I'm going to spin class today, just for you. Now you have to repay me and get on the treadmill tonight :) Let's start our week today, on Thursday :) Deal?

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MISSG180 2/16/2012 11:18AM

    You have a good plan. Sometimes your groove takes a little detour, but you can keep going at least for part of it. You can do it!

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MNGIRLIE 2/16/2012 11:09AM

    You're still doing great!! Maybe it was your body's way of telling you that you needed the extra morning rest to recuperate. You didn't lose your groove. You just put it aside for a SHORT while. :)

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/16/2012 10:36AM

    You are doing great for making a plan to get back on track so fast. You'll barely remember this loss of groove in a very short time!

Hope everyone gets to feeling better soon!

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SCRAPPY_RN 2/16/2012 10:33AM

    emoticon Krista. We all lose our groove once in awhile. I lost mine and am trying to get back on track. The hardest part is getting started again but I know you can do it. Make that push. We ARE going to do this together :)

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Short and Ohhh, SO SWEET! (day 40)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Short? This blog post. I have a tendency to ramble.

The Sweet?......
I can now fit into a size 24 jean! emoticon emoticon

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Day 40 and 21.8lbs gone!


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YULLABELLE 2/15/2012 4:46PM

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Fitting into smaller clothes is such a wonderful feeling! Enjoy and Congratulations!

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MOM23ES 2/13/2012 9:13AM

    Congrats!! Day 42 for me and down 14.4 lbs. After reading your blog, I had to go back to my deluxe spreadsheet and add a day column so I could see what day I was on. emoticon

Just keep going!!

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TOTALFOCUS 2/12/2012 10:18AM

    Great Job!!!! emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 2/12/2012 2:15AM

    Way to go my friend. You are doing it. emoticonI love this little guy. but with kids around it is dangerous to wear such baggy pants 'cuz they will get pulled off by a little one.

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JCDUBEA63 2/11/2012 11:05PM

    emoticon emoticon Mee too I just fit into a pair of my jeans today!!

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FITFABJENN 2/11/2012 9:33PM

    Woo hoo! Yippee Skippy! Such awesome progress. You are Sparktacular, girlfriend!

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_JODI404 2/11/2012 7:11PM

    Go You!!!! Yay ~ Awesomeness!!!!!!!

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Deflated Balloons OR Increased Energy? TMI Warning!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Well, of course you would choose the increased energy! I mean, who really wants deflated balloons? Well, unfortunately, in my case, those two things come together hand in hand.

This is what I'm trying to come to grips with during my healthy journey.

I've allowed life, and the stresses that come with it, to get in my way, to keep me from having the healthy fit body that I know I can and should have. Due to the choices that got me up to a high of 325lbs and the decision I made to have 7 kids my body is a mess (physically and visually).

I have started and stopped "diets" so many times. My most successful one was 6.5 years ago, I actually got down to 240 was looking good and feeling great. I should say that time wasn't a diet, it was truly a healthy way of living, one I could have done as a lifetime commitment. But then I stopped, turned the other way and quickly put back on all my weight plus some.

Why? Why did I let that happen? I know what it was and that's what I'm having to come to grips with this time around or else I'll have the same failure as before.

As my weight started to come off 6 years ago I was feeling great! I was exercising daily and eating healthy! I was starting to fit into smaller clothes! I was getting compliments left and right for my appearance, my hard work and dedication! So what was the problem?

I didn't like me, my body and who and what I saw when I stood naked in the mirror.

Visualize a balloon blown up to it's fullest capacity and left that way for a long time. Then visualize it with all the air out. Limp, sagging, wrinkled, misshapen, etc... Well now visualize two of those right next to each other and one Larger one right below. (I warned there was TMI here).

Having nursed those 7 babies for a total 8.5 years and having a stomach that has been stretched out to the extreme (I have BIG babies. Largest was 11lbs 3oz) 7 times. The above description is me, or will be me once more of the weight comes off.

With the weight comes the fat that fills in all those areas that have been stretched out. With weight loss bye-bye goes the fat and the deflation begins.

Yesterday I was outside playing with my kids and daycare kids. The little guy (19mon old) loves to kick the ball in the street. He knows not to go in but he thinks it's funny watching me chase it down. Yesterday I used it as a workout, playing a kind of soccer with him. I marveled that I could do it, that I was actually running! Later that night I took my 7yo to bball practice. There was a long set of stairs heading down to the gym. He and I ran down them and raced to the gym door. When he was done we did the reverse and raced to the car. He beat me but HEY, I did it and it was fun! It was fun to hear him laugh because of something I was doing with him. I made him smile!

The realization of my increased strength and energy is a wonderful feeling but it also brought back the memory of how I felt 6 years ago. I know as I start losing weight things will start deflating. I have to accept that as my reality! I need to realize that this body has provided me with 7 healthy children that I've been able to carry, feed and raise! I need to love it for what it has allowed me to do and be.

Just like I've hid my fat body under layers of clothes and baggy items I can hide my saggy one in the same way. But the reality is, I need to learn to LOVE my body or else I will NOT have the successful, healthy journey I'm planning on and NEEDING!


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YULLABELLE 2/13/2012 11:36AM

    Just remember no body is perfect but with toning and strength training it can be darn near it. Remember you are beautiful and the healthier you are the better you will be. emoticon

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FORBANDE 2/12/2012 9:18AM

    As the other Sparkers said, consider it as a well deserved battle scar. I have a huge scar from my c-sections and I've learned to love it as it represents my boys. Your body also represents your kids. Embrace it and love it. Without it, you wouldn't have them. :)

You are AMAZING!!

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JCDUBEA63 2/11/2012 11:04PM

    emoticon Krista I feel ur pain! I know what u are going through but we will be healthy and able to do more stuff so it will be well worth it !! Keep pushing don't ever emoticon

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SRBULLARD1 2/11/2012 12:44PM

    emoticon I know of what you speak. For me, I just have to keep going back to the whole "my body is whole" thing. I also tell myself that if, when I reach my goal weight,I am still really bothered by it, I can explore what it would mean, financially and physically, to have the excess skin removed. That is not feasible right now, but then again I have a long way to go to get to my goal weight. In the meantime, the legs work, the arms work, everything works and that is something others would give anything for.

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MISSG180 2/11/2012 11:42AM

    The hangy stuff is not fun, but it does diminish some over time. We are remarkably elastic. It just takes time--like, a couple years worth of time! You can do it, and we can all work together to support each other.

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DEBLYNN323 2/11/2012 8:10AM

    Krista...some of those scars are beautiful reminders, so don't be so hard on yourself. In time, toning and strength training will help to improve your shape.

I love that you delight in being silly with your kids and you actively keep up with them....there is no greater gift you can share with your child!

You're a beautiful person....the outside just may need a little more elbow grease to get into the shape you desire!

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FITMARY 2/11/2012 6:20AM

    It is unfair! But I agree with you: that's the price you pay for 7 healthy kids. And of course it is worth it! Maybe think of it this way---As your stomach deflates, your heart will be expanding WITH PRIDE!

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LNZMANSFIELD 2/10/2012 10:47PM

    Krista, very brave of you to share that story. I feel the same way. When I look at myself in the mirror, I think I look like one of those biggest losers...do you watch the show? You know how when they start to lose all this weight and they are saggy...that is how I look like...some parts look okay and other parts of me make me want to throw up...but I know it time my skin will tighten up and my muscles will form and I will have the body that I want. But you are right, we have to love our bodies as they are changing. You have come a long way in your journey and you are going to do this!

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CINDYKC2000 2/10/2012 10:36PM

    Krista, as you continue to workout you will see some of that deflation turn into muscle. Don't lose hope or give up. The healthy lifestyle is what counts and if the other gets to be too much, maybe a nip and tuck in the right places will help along the way. emoticon

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 2/10/2012 4:41PM

    Well earned battle scars, soldier! Be proud. You've come a long way and your body has done some miraculous things. Cut yourself some slack and love yourself :) Your family loves you regardless and will love having your deflation around a lot longer :) :) :)

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Justin Bieber is Helping Me LOSE Weight!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

That's right, Justin Bieber, the heart throb of adolescent girls, is motivating me to keep on moving, to take it HIGHER!

My youngest daughter is a Justin Bieber FANatic! She's only 4 and it's been going on since she was 2 (due to 6 older siblings and a currently 11yo sister who helped get it going). When his movie came out we did a girls date and went to it. I have to say my impression of him changed for the better after seeing it. We went and bought two of his CDs (probably the only two he has besides the recently released Christmas one).

Whenever we're in the car my little one wants me to play the Justin Bieber CDs. I do have a few of my favorites but one in particular has truly become my favorite since the beginning of this year. Here it is:

Never Say Never

I never thought that I could walk through fire
I never thought that I could take the burn
I never had the strength to take it higher
Until I reached the point of no return

And there's just no turning back
When your heart's under attack
Gonna give everything I have
It's my DESTINY!

I will never say never!
I will fight till forever!
Whenever you knock me down
I will not stay on the ground
Pick it up
Pick it up
Pick it up
Pick it up up up
And n ever say never

I never thought that I could feel this power
I never thought that I could feel this free
I'm strong enough to climb the highest tower
And I'm fast enough to run across the sea

Repeat the two stanzas of chorus

The first part I compare to me now, the beginning. I've never liked to exercise, I've hated the burn, aches and pains that came along with it but because of my "point of no return" which is Morbidely Obese I could no longer say never, I had to get myself moving. It's amazing now, 5.5 weeks from starting I CAN take the burn. I'm also taking it higher. This morning at the gym I did 30 minutes on the elliptical where I've only done 15 before. Plus continued on to do 15min on the treadmill and 15 min on the bike.

There is NO turning back...this is for LIFE! Especially since my heart HAS been under attack from the unhealthy lifestyle I've been leading. I am going to give everything I have on my journey! This IS my destiny. I've been given a wonderful body that can be used to do so much, I've limited it's usage by not treating it well. I'm looking forward to claiming MY DESTINY!

I will NEVER say NEVER! That might have been in my old vocabulary. No more:
* I'll never be skinny
* I'll never be able to shop in a "normal" store
* I'll never be able to jog
* I'll never be able to lose 100lbs
* Etc......

In the phrase.."whenever you knock me down" I always think of junk food, lifes stresses and the things that have always thrown me off track. I will not let them win, if the do rear their heads I will pick myself back up and keep fighting!

The last lines of the song I'm beginning to get an understanding of, a glimpse of what will be. I already feel stronger, faster and look forward to how I will feel as I keep going and improve.

This is my theme song. I play it every time I'm in my car. It's a reminder to me to NEVER give up, NEVER think I can't do something, to keep pursuing a healthier lifestyle because, It truly IS my DESTINY!!!


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35ANGELS 2/10/2012 5:15PM

    Love it. Although I don't like Justin Bieber since watching him on CSI. lol He is also a Canadian, and born on my birthday. lol Still don't like him, but do like the song. lol

Awesome blog. I have to agree with pattys74...love your blog titles. lol emoticon

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JCDUBEA63 2/9/2012 11:52PM

    Krista I too like that song and we have too keep pushing on with whatever will motivate us!!

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PATTYS74 2/9/2012 9:05PM

    Awesome blog Krista....I have to tell you that you have the best blog titles ever ...you just have to click on them to see what you have to say....lol I, also not being a Justin Bieber fan am very impressed with the words to that song...keep up the great work with whoever motivates you...lol

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EMMY104 2/9/2012 2:11PM

    It has great motivational lyrics in it and that's what is important!

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WOLFKITTY 2/9/2012 1:51PM

    Aww! :D Looking at life a whole new way! That's great!

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BABBINA 2/9/2012 1:11PM

    Hey, whatever works! lol

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BENNY2284 2/9/2012 12:02PM

    Although it is Justin Bieber, that is a great inspiration. I would have never given him the time of day, but it looks like you have found the best out of his lyrics.

Congrats on finding your power song, and keep working at it!


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