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Thursday, March 22, 2012

I'm talking the movie, not some new fad weight loss diet!

The movie opens at midnight tonight! My daughter bought us tickets. (She hads ulterior motives because she knew she couldn't go at midnight without me, UGH!)

It's 2:30 our time and she is already in line with her crazy friends and a few even CRAZIER moms! I'll be showing up too but I have to wait until daycare leaves at 5:30 AND after I get my family packed for a last minute trip. We're leaving at 10am tomorrow (Uh, after I get home at 3 from the movie). My family is too large to take one car so we'll be taking two! I'll have to drive the whole 8hours. My kiddos better keep me awake!

We've been planning this movie for a long time. I've also been planning my food to eat at it too! I am planning on eating JUNK! I'm going to have popcorn, m&m's and Starburst Jelly Beans (I can only find them at Easter time). I've already portioned out serving sizes and put them in snack size bags. I'll be putting it all in the food tracker. Today I've been counting my calories and will allow myself to go up to the high end of my calorie allotment.

Side note: I have a size 22 pair of jeans in my bathroom (tried them a few weeks ago and left them there). I decided to give it a try. I pulled them up! AND....they zipped up too! A bit tight to be appropriate but give me 5 more lbs and I'll be officially down to a 22! WooHoo!!! (Started in January at a size 26)


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CLAVINOVA 3/27/2012 12:13PM

    Hope you had a great time at the movie and super job on dropping 2 sizes already! Keep up the great work and have a super sparky day!

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    Woohoo! The scale can say what it may...but what's more rewarding than getting into a smaller pants size! Awesome!

I can't wait to go watch the Hunger games, should be good!

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    I hope you enjoyed the movie, I hope you have safe travels, and...
emoticon on getting the jeans pulled up!!

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NANCYSINATRA 3/23/2012 12:29PM

    Fitting into those jeans is my total motivation. I go to goodwill every time I fit into a pair and get the next one to hang on my bed. I have just started wearing size 20 (from 28) so heading out this weekend to pick up a size 18. Congrats!!!

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SLEEPYDEAN 3/23/2012 11:15AM

    I hope you had a great time last night/this morning and you have a safe trip.

I can't wait to see the movie, but I don't have anyone to go with me. :( Might just suck it up and go by myself on Monday.

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 3/23/2012 9:42AM

    Awesome! Have fun at the movie!

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KARENDEE4 3/23/2012 9:25AM

    My kids school is having a hunger games day today. They get out 1 hour early today too.

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PINKAMBER18 3/23/2012 8:15AM

    I am so excited to see this movie!!! I am going at 10 am today :) Congrats on the weight loss :)

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MISSG180 3/22/2012 11:30PM

    I'm answering you from the theater, waiting for the midnight show! It's crazy, and we were way back in line, but we have good seats. Now I just have to hang on for another half hour!

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_JODI404 3/22/2012 8:51PM

    Woo~Hooo!!! Congrats on your new jean size!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Have fun at the movie but please be safe driving! I hope you can scrape together enough sleep to be safe and alert!! emoticon

Hope you have a great time! Enjoy!

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LOOZINITNOW 3/22/2012 7:35PM

    Enjoy the movie! Congratulations on the new size! That is exciting!!!

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MRS_PALMER 3/22/2012 5:52PM

    That is fantastic! Good for you, I am so happy for your drop in size! emoticon Enjoy the movie, we are going this weekend to see it at the drive in!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dear Krista
Happy 45th Birthday!

What a wonderful surprise to wake up to this:

Who would have thought the first FULL day of Spring would have brought this kind of weather.

But one of the best surprises was a visit to the scale. I told the kids, as I went to weigh in, that I was hoping for a total gone of 40. The scale showed 276.6 so the total gone since January 3rd is...
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Krista, 2012 has been a great year for you and your 45th year is going to be awesome too!!! WHY? Because you are making it so.

You still have huge financial struggles, you still have a crazy life with a large family, you still have two kids with ADHD that make things harder, you still are obese, you still have troubles with disorganization, you still have a shyness that makes social situations (and new things) hard and painful, you still have physical attributes that you HATE (the large feet, large thighs, bad vericose veins).

These things, and more, have kept you, in the past, from truly finding happiness and joy. Oh, you are a happy person but you found the happiness from other people and events. Weddings, births of children, watching children succeed, vacations, etc... You've never truly allowed yourself to find JOY because of you!

I can see and feel it changing.
In the past you'd fulfill your daily responsibilities for others first and if there was time (or energy) left over then you'd do something for yourself.
In the past you would use the excuse of little kids,daycare kids and being too busy get in the way of getting out of your own four walls and truly experiencing life.
In the past you've set so many weight loss goals. By the time I'm 18. By the time I'm 21. Before I get married. After the birth of my first baby. By the time I'm 30,35, 40 and even 45. Those goals have never been obtained!

Here you are at 45. Are you at the goal you set last year? NO! But you know what you're healthier physically and mentally now! You're making the changes! You've found your self worth. You're realizing that you truly have nothing to give to others unless you give to yourself first.

I'm liking you! You're becoming the person I knew was deep inside wanting out. I enjoy being able to smile when I see you in the mirror AND at times I even seek out those mirrors just so I can.

You're living life more! You're seeking out social situations instead of avoiding them. You've signed up for a 5k, a Sprint Tri and contemplating half marathon too.

As of today you are only 106.6lbs away from goal. You've lost a total of 48.4 from your high of 325. Of course, with today being your birthday, reflection is taking place and setting goals for the future. I know you can set the goal of being at goal weight by next year's 46th birthday.

Will you see 170lbs on the scale on March 21st, 2013? Maybe, I hope so. But if not I know you'll be close. But more importantly than the number on the scale you'll be stronger and healthier, both physically and mentally. You'll have had more adventure in your own life instead of living through your kids. You will have found the ability to truly be happy because of WHO you ARE and who you are still striving in becoming.

Have a GREAT snowy birthday! Have a FANTASTIC year! I can't wait to catch up with you in a year to see ALL the amazing successes you'll have achieved!


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JCDUBEA63 3/24/2012 12:53AM

    emoticonKrista hope u had a happy Birthday!! emoticonBlog!! I know u will do this!!

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BLUE42DOWN 3/22/2012 6:11PM

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That is a wonderful letter to yourself - to follow up on a year of giving yourself the time, attention and care you deserve!

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FORBANDE 3/22/2012 11:41AM

    What an AWESOME blog!! Such a fabulous way to give yourself the credit you deserve, congratulate your success and reaffirm you are DOING it!!

I hope you had a WONDERFUL birthday!! And what an AMAZING victory of 40 pounds gone forever!

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MOM23ES 3/22/2012 9:07AM

    emoticonHappy Birthday emoticon - a day late. Forty pounds since the beginning of the year is amazing! Isn't it wonderful as that person buried deep inside starts feeling the sunshine on her face? Or in your case the snowflakes? Here is to a incredible year to come.

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DEBLYNN323 3/22/2012 9:00AM

    emoticon....WOW, I wrote this same letter many years ago at 40! My birthday is Friday, and I'm not at goal yet, but I have had many accomplishments along the way as you have too! Congrats on your achievements so far! Enjoy your year and I'm sure you will be that much closer to goal next year! Keep working your plan!

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KARENDEE4 3/22/2012 8:49AM

    Love this blog!

Congrats on losing 40 pounds!!

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KIMPARKER3 3/22/2012 2:28AM

    Your blog was amazing. I am so proud of you. Super losing 40 lbs. One step at a time. The greatest part is your healthier life style. You are an amazing person inside and out. You give so much love to others, it is important to also love yourself. I am sure you are surrounding by a wonderful that truly loves you. Who couldn't love you. Embrace life! You deserve it! Happy Birthday and March 2013 will see your wonderful progress this year.

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NANCYSINATRA 3/22/2012 1:29AM

    Wow Krista, I could have written this myself(two years ago). Such an inspiring letter. Thank you for sharing. And Happy Birthday!! Can we please have the rain back now. This was almost impossible to walk in!!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/22/2012 12:35AM

    Wonderful! Happy Birthday!

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KPETSCHE 3/21/2012 11:13PM

    Happy Birthday, Krista. You've come so far - your letter is so inspiring. The next 106.6 lbs will be a challenge but it sounds like you are up to it. YOU ROCK!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 3/21/2012 11:02PM

    Happy Birthday and Congratulations on all of the progress that you've already made. It sounds to me like you have a fantastic and exciting year ahead of you!

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LOOZINITNOW 3/21/2012 10:15PM

    Beautiful letter! Happy Birthday!!!! emoticon

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MISSG180 3/21/2012 9:04PM

    Happy birthday! You share a birthday with my mother!! It's a really good day for getting born!

This letter is awesome. You are a wonderful inspiration!

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MINIDRIVER63 3/21/2012 8:52PM

    Happy Birthday! That is a wonderful letter - print it out and read it over and over.

You have made amazing progress, and 45 is looking to be a wonderful year.

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ST8NLIFE 3/21/2012 7:51PM

  Happy 45th Birthday!!! And congratulations on your terrific weight lose so far this year! emoticon

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NEHAHKOO 3/21/2012 5:27PM

    Happy Birthday. Glad you lost 40 lbs so far!

You want to talk about be feet. I have size 13 4E shoe size.(E = wide) Trying to find those shoes is almost impossible. I know what you are feeling.

You bet you are a healthier person now! I know you can do it. One week at a time, one day at a time.... one step at a time. You will burn those lbs off and make a better and newer you!

You are truly empowered! Lets make it to our goals together!

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PATTYS74 3/21/2012 5:05PM

    Krista what an awesome birthday letter to you. You are doing an amazing job of reaching your goal healthy Lifestyle. You are facing your problems and not eating to avoid them. You are becoming a whole new you and I am so thrilled that we get to enjoy this journey with you. Keep up the outstanding work...YOu are an awesome person....woohoo...

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SCRAPPY_RN 3/21/2012 4:46PM

    Very, very beautiful blog Krista. You can do anything you set your mind to do , baby steps at a time. emoticon on your weight loss and Happy Birthday to you!!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 3/21/2012 4:36PM

    Love it. As I read this I am thinking about the scriptures and the mention of Joy. We are on this earth to have Joy. You know this. You are finding this. You are becoming the daughter of our Heavenly Father that he wants you to be.

So glad we are on this journey together. I wish you a most awesome year. You are doing it.

I hope that when the weather clears up we can meet in person. I hope that you will not feel awkward. I am looking forward to it.

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CHICAT63 3/21/2012 4:36PM

    Woohoo, congatulations. Happy Birthday, wishing you health, happiness and wellness (which you have found). Way to go !!!!

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HELENTORTOISE 3/21/2012 4:18PM

    Wow, that's very powerful, Krista, I KNOW you can do it, and may all your dreams come true in the next 12 months.

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MIKEYCO 3/21/2012 3:59PM

    emoticonHappy Birthday and emoticon on the 48lbs.

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 3/21/2012 3:56PM

    Happy Birthday! Great letter! Hope this is your best year ever! :) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Spring Challenge Goals

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Spring Biggest Loser Challenge began 6 days ago. It runs for 10 weeks. One of the challenges is to write down goals, expectations for this time period. I probably should have taken the time to think through this before the challenge actually began but my mind was too consumed with my first 5k.

Weight Loss Goal - 25lbs.

1. Increase my cardio. I've been a bit slacking since I was sick in February.
2. Increase my ST. I don't know why I have such a mental block over this. There are so many programs on SP, it doesn't take much time but I have a hard time actually DOING IT!
3.Keep my calories in the spark range given to me. I'm going to try to cycle through low and high.
4. Do another 5k. Found one for May 5th
5. Start focusing on my TRI training. Do bike at least once a week and swimming 2x a month.

I'm thankful for such a wonderful White Tiger team as well as my other spark friends who I am able to receive support and motivation from.


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SCRAPPY_RN 3/21/2012 4:39PM

    Great goals. You can do it. We are going to have a great challenge!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 3/21/2012 1:50AM

    Great goals. I like them. You can check out mine. I really need to work on the strength training too.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 3/20/2012 10:57PM

    Those sound like very reasonable goals! I will be here cheering you on as you work toward them!

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Roadblocks For My Sprint TRI

Monday, March 19, 2012

Doing the 5k yesterday was, in part, for getting ready for my church's Sprint Tri on July 28th.

I've been looking forward to it. It's been keeping me focused. The thought of my 3 older girls doing it with me was exciting.

EHHHHHH! Roadblocks! emoticon

ROADBLOCK #1 - Because of the interest and so many people signing up they have changed the age. Now only 16 and older can participate which excludes my 12 and 13 yo.

ROADBLOCK #2 - My two older sons (17 and 15) participate in AAU basketball. They have HUGE tournaments in Vegas and LA in July. Last year I sent my sons and dh. This year, since we have two sets of Aunts, Uncles and Cousins that live in Vegas, I promised the whole family we would go.

Vegas tournament has always been first, usually towards the 21st-25th of the month. Then LA is usually the very last days of July. Well, for some reason, this year they switched dates. ARGHHH! We'd planned on going to Vegas then one car of the girls heading home for the TRI and a car of boys heading to LA.

So there are TWO things in our way for completing the TRI as our mom and daughter group.

I'm not letting it stop me. I'm not letting it get me down. We are still training, all four of us. Somehow we'll do a sprint tri. ( For this one it is 500m swim, 12 mile bike ride and then a 5k).

If gas prices get out of control there is the possibility the whole family can't go to Vegas. In that case my older daughter and I will do the Sprint Tri but we'll organize another one just for the four of us. (Actually one of the organizers said she'd give my younger girls permission to do it since she knows how hard we're working towards it but I don't think that would be fair to the other younger girls who had their hearts set on doing it.

Another possibility is while we are in Vegas to find a gym that will let us pay for a day use. Using their pools, spin bikes and treadmill. It wouldnt' be as fun but knowing our church family was doing it at the same time would be motivating.

So, my first 5k is done but the training continues. Now to continue the walking(slight jogging) but to add in the lap swims and cycling.

I am a bit sore from yesterday. The aches are letting me know I did push it. Need to add some stretching too

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PATTYS74 3/19/2012 11:58PM

    Good luck on what ever you decide for the July Tri...I hope you can work it out.

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    I think it's excellent that so many people are showing interest in your church's sprint tri (is it only for your church, or open to the public), but I definitely understand the disappointment with your daughters not being able to join you. I hope everything will somehow work out without anyone having to bend any rules. In the meantime, I hope you make many great memories while training with your girls!

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DEBLYNN323 3/19/2012 1:11PM

    Sounds like you finding ways to overcome your roadblocks! Good for you...your own at the Vegas gym sounds like fun!!

Good luck and keep working hard!

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KARENDEE4 3/19/2012 9:42AM

    So sorry for the roadblocks

There is a site I use to search for races. Maybe you can find other ones?


just choose your state, i think the link is for IL right now cause that is what I use

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FORBANDE 3/19/2012 7:33AM

    That really stinks!! I wish the timing was much better! The important thing is that you have a great plan for all obstacles which means you will accomplish your goal.

This is such an awesome example of how life happens and we need to adapt, not give up! You are tenacious and that will get you everything you want to be. :)

Great job on the sore muscles! So, so happy for you!!

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FRUITYFUL 3/19/2012 1:00AM

    You've got a lot of things to juggle and figure out, but whatever you decide, it sounds like you're in for a fun summer! Good job on finishing the 5k! I should look into one of those too.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 3/19/2012 12:27AM

    Bummer that they changed the age. Hope you figure something fun for a substitute.

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My FIRST 5K - Day 75

Saturday, March 17, 2012

WooHoo!!! I think I've caught the bug!

My dh woke up early with us and drove us the 30 minutes to the starting area. I was still a tad nervous, just for the newness of it all, but was very excited to just get out there and exercise! My goal was less than 54:00 minutes and NOT to be last. The fastest I have done a 5k on my treadmill was 53:38 but I know running on pavement is completely different than the cushioning of a treadmill.

The rain came down as we drove to the race town. It was freezing cold as well.
My daughters and I walked to the packet pickup area. I saw that the time chips were supposed to go on the shoe. Never having done this before I asked a group of the 10-milers. My girls were embarrassed that I'd approach complete strangers. Hey, I told them I was a newbie and had NO idea how this all worked. They were Awesome and willing to help!

My 12yo skinny minny was FREEZING! I had to keep her in the car most of the time until it started.

This is my 12yo, myself and my 13 yo. We had just pinned on our numbers and still had 30 minutes until the 5k started.

Never having experienced the "race"atmosphere we gathered at the starting line to watch how it was done with the 10-milers. Impressive group! With 15 minutes til our starting we hurried the the port-a-pottie lines and then rushed back to the start.

The held up signs for those who ran a 7mph/mile, 8, 9, and 10. Well, I for sure knew none of those times applied to me but there was no way I was going to the very back of the pack.

We lined up with the 10mph group and I stayed on the outside not to get in anyone's way. My 13 yo was going to run on her own and see how fast she could do it. I required my 12yo to stay with me. She wasn't too thrilled with that. I knew she wouldn't be as fast as her sister but she was probably faster than me.

The horn went off and so did I. What?! I actually jogged the beginning. The adrenaline was going and I was caught up in the emotion of it all. I've heard people warn about this so after jogging for a few minutes I told my dd we were going to walk, do a fast walk. We walked over the bridge but picked up a jog to come down it. I was very excited to see the 1mile mark and checked my cell phone app to see how fast I did it. 14:40 WooHoo, I was faster than I had planned.

As we approached the 1mile sign there were the faster 5k'ers coming back around (The two fastest were 14 and 13 and they did it in 19 something...CRAZY!)

As we saw more and more people passing us the opposite direction I knew we'd be seeing my other dd soon. I was so proud of her when we did, she was doing so great! She was on the opposite side of the road from us but I held up my arms and cheered her name and yelled! (Another embarrassing moment for my girls).

I guess I like to embarrass my kids because most of the volunteers I passed I said, "thanks so much for volunteering!" and I chatted several times with fellow racers. My 12yo said she's NEVER racing with me again! It's too embarrassing!

At one point I wished my legs would cooperate more. My lungs felt fine, like they could push it more, but my legs didn't have it in them. We jogged for about a minute several more times then I decided to not do more, I was going to save my energy to be able to jog across the finish line.

The rain that came down on us at the beginning part of the race started tapering off and finally quit with a bit of sun popping out. Beautiful! It was still cold and my legs felt it!

I called my dh on our final stretch to let him know we were coming in. He was standing there with our 13yo taking pictures/videos. Right before the finish line my 12yo took off and ended up finishing 6seconds ahead of me.

My time....

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I was/am THRILLED with my time! My age category was 40-44. I got 17th place out of 20. In 4 days I'll be 45, I think I should have put my age down as 45 then I would have been 12th in that age group.

What a wonderful event! They had water, oranges, bananas, cinammon rolls, pizza an cookies waiting at the end! I opted just for water and oranges to hold back the cravings and to stay on plan.

As we got in the car to come home my 13 yo (who got 35:15, 8th place out of 34 in her 11-14 yr old group) said, "So what race are we doing next month?"

I've been looking and have found a few but probably will wait until May. Don't know if my obese body and schedule can handle doing one a month.

emoticon I'm loving this Non-Scale Victory!


By the way...I did this weighing 282.6 (this morning's peek) And here is what I look like:

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PATTYS74 3/19/2012 11:46PM

    Krista you look awesome and that is a great photos of you and your girls...great job on the 5k

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SCOUTMOM715 3/19/2012 10:55PM

    emoticon for completing your first 5K! What an awesome feeling. Can't wait to hear about your next one? Great pics, thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 3/19/2012 2:07PM


And that's emoticon that your daughter wants to do another - sounds like more than one of you caught the 5k bug! It's just that contagious.


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JCDUBEA63 3/18/2012 11:37PM

    emoticonKrista u look awesome!!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 3/18/2012 10:58PM

    I just had to come back by your page to see how your first 5K went, and am thrilled to read about how wonderful it was! I know your daughters were embarrassed, but you have so much to be proud of -- You had a great race and were friendly to boot!! I'm going to add you as a friend so I can cheer you on and follow your progress. I bet your next 5K will be even faster.
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FORBANDE 3/18/2012 5:15PM

    Wow!! Wow!! Wow!! Absolutely fantastic!!!

I'm so, so happy for you! You did awesome! You killed your goal.

You look wonderful! So healthy and fit. :)

Keep it up - you have just inspired more than you will ever know. Thanks!!!

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MACMOM57 3/18/2012 3:42PM

    Good for you I think its awesome how hard you are working. Love you girls too. They will get better about being with and not mind so much when they get older. Good luck on the next 5k.

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MOM23ES 3/18/2012 12:17PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon What a super big accomplishment!!

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FEISTYOWL 3/18/2012 11:58AM

    you did a great job telling your story - it was like being with you! So glad you had a great time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARENDEE4 3/18/2012 10:10AM

    I love the race blog! Great job!!!

You do not look your weight at all! I also would guess you weigh much less.

Races are so much fun. Too bad we don't live near each other we could go together.

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MISSG180 3/18/2012 9:42AM

    You look great! I would have guessed your weight to be at least 50 pounds less!

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KOBER9999 3/18/2012 8:57AM

    Wow! You rock! Your first 5K! Awesome! One down, I hope more to go! You now know - YOU CAN DO IT!
What an inspiring blog! Thank you for sharing!
Love the pics too!

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JMRUDY24 3/18/2012 8:40AM

    Congrats Krista!! Wow, inspiring!! emoticon
I have just started to increase my walking to about 2.5 miles.
The biggest challenge is pain in my feet which I hope will get better as I release more weight.
Thanks for the inspiration!
Continued blessings on your journey!


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FITMARY 3/18/2012 8:12AM

    Great blog! Fabulous that you did this!!! And you have definitely inspired me to give it a try! Woo hoo!!!

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    fantastic! I am a similar weight and thought I would wait until I was closer to 200 to do a 5K...You're an inspiration to me!

Not to mention you don't even look CLOSE to 282lbs! You look like you're 235 AT MOST! You must have some serious muscle! :-)

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CHICAT63 3/18/2012 6:57AM

    emoticon emoticon Congratulations, your first 5K the first of many I am sure. I truly enjoyed your blog, ah, teenagers gotta love em how we embarrassed them. You are to be very proud of your family and YOU. Again Congrats, you are a 5K er !!!!! emoticon

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NANCYSINATRA 3/18/2012 1:27AM

    Greta Job!!!! Woo HOO!!! Let me know when and where for the one in May.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 3/17/2012 11:48PM

    Running is not easy with my arthritic ankle. Maybe if we've not met before then I'll come and cheer for you next time. I'm so impressed with you progress. Keep moving forward my awesome friend.

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MOMOFBOYS 3/17/2012 11:17PM

    Great job! You rocked it!

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LOOZINITNOW 3/17/2012 9:44PM

    Way to go Krista! I'm very proud of you! emoticon

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SIMPLE_IS_BEST 3/17/2012 9:26PM

    What a wonderful story! You did great! Your daughters may have acted embarrassed, but I bet they really were not for long, and will always remember getting to race with their mom. That's so great!

As for when you legs were getting tired but your lungs were not, I've read that it's normal. When you begin running your lungs/cardiovascular system will improve itself at a much faster rate than your muscles and bones will.

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