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A Change is upon Us

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

So I just posted my new plan...

And as of Friday, here is the new me...

After 33 years of curls that were crazy, I went and got rid of them. They are gone...and I'm loving it!!! Total confidence boost!!!

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LIVESTRONG2010 3/7/2012 8:06PM

    You look great without the curls!

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GHOSTBUSTERS1 3/7/2012 2:10PM

  looking good girl way to go feel good look good

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XFITSTRONG 3/7/2012 2:08PM

    You look great! What a confidence booster!

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What Would You Think?

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

What if I told you it wasn't about the weight loss? what would you say or think?
What if I told you that I'm really struggling and I can't figure out what it is?
Or that it's not as easy as what I remember it to be?
Or that it's really easy to stop by and grab something to go?
Not cook for the week?
Get a soda out of the vending machine?

What would you think? How would you answer me? What advice would you give me?

Now what if I told you that I'm dealing with other things at the same time, and don't know how to put those into words? Or that I've decided it IS NOT about the weight loss. Now what would you think?

Well here is what I'm dealing with. .....

We all want to strive to be different in some form or fashion. We try and excel at work, in school, as a wife, as a mother, or just as a human in general. But for someone who has been dealing with weight, it's usually always about that. But now, it's not about that anymore...I don't know if it ever will be again. I don't care if I weight 150lbs, 175lbs, or 250lbs, but what I do care about is, that I'm going to be healthy. You can be skinny and not be healthy. It's a proven fact. So for now, I'm going to concentrate on being healthy.

As of today, I've taken my weight. Put it in my book. And until April 7th. I will not step on the scale. I will not track my food on here. What I will do:
I will log in everyday
I will record my fitness minutes
I will write in my notebook, exactly what I ate, the good the bad and the ugly
And I will have a game plan established every Sunday before I go to bed.
I will start lifting weights. (Simple exercises with dumbbells and kettle bells)
I will commit to a running game plan (already printed out the plans, now to merge them to my calendar)

I will be healthy. I will be happy. I will not be content until my goals are reached.


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LIVESTRONG2010 3/7/2012 8:05PM

    Sounds like a doable plan!

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    Wow - you have set great goals and you will be successful. You are right to take the focus away from simply that number on the scales. Just take each day as it comes. Best wishes
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BELLALUCIA 3/7/2012 3:34PM

    Good luck!

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    Congrats to creating a game plan that will create a healthy new you!


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Feb 1, 2012

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

1 month in, and progess is evident!!! :) Loving my life again...

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LIVESTRONG2010 2/1/2012 8:46PM

    Sounds like you are on track! Enjoyed your blog and thanks for sharing.

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RABBITL 2/1/2012 6:18PM

  Wow. You took the words right out of my mouth. I too am very busy with life's expectations; I'm always running around for everyone else which makes me usually end up in a drive through too. I have finally come to realize that it is definitely time for ME!! I need a change and need to start caring for myself. I'm about to cross into the 300's and certainly don't want to. I thought Feb 1 was a good target date to start. I joined yesterday and went healthy food shopping last night. I'm feeling really motivated and have a good about mind set right now. I have done other programs in the past, but I don't have support which is why I think I always fail. I have faith that this time will be different! I'm glad I found your message. Keep up the great work and I promise I'll do the same!!

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CHARMING_GIRL 2/1/2012 4:00PM

    Good Vlog! I totally know what you mean. I'm a student, single parent, and I work. It's hard to fit anything extra in. This week seems like it's been the worst with school, work, and a lack of exercise. I have done only two days of exercise. I planned on last night but by the time I was done with everything it was 11pm. I wasn't going to exercise at 11am. I had to get up at 6am today so there wasn't going to be exercise. I am going to try to fit it today but I totally know what you mean. It's hard. I think the three days a week of exercise is great. Keep it up. I too have lost about 11 pounds since January. I feel more energy as well. Before I was so tired, always tired. I like having more energy.

Keep it up! You are doing great!

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MANILUS 2/1/2012 3:55PM

    Sounds like you are on track for a 2nd time like me! I went back to school, was working full time and my healthy lifestyle went down the chute. Best is to forgive yourself and get back on track! That is great that you have another Spark Person to motivate you and you also motivate her! All the best!

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Day 4 :) Loving life...

Friday, January 06, 2012

I'm trying to blog every day...or at least every other day. So today I thought I would do something different and do a photo food blog...Today was a great day, at the end it was stressful, I had my last final for the quarter, but got it done and am proud to have 1 year of nursing school under my belt :) And I even got in some good exercise. Wading in a 4ft pool for 50 minutes...doesn't seem like much, until to get out and have jello legs...enough of that...on with the eats......

Breakfast of Champions....
Egg whites with salsa
sauté spinach
grape tomatoes
and a grapefruit (only 1/2 pictured)

Lunch was a simple sandwich with BIG flavor
Goat Cheese
sliced pear
spinach leaves

Snack was just Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter & Co Chocolate Dream

Yes I was in my car on the way to school :)

Dinner was left overs
Polenta with my Turkey Sauce on it
Fresh Broccoli with Sabra Spinach & Artichoke Hummus (my favorite!!!)

And last but not last snack..but for some reason my phone didn't save the picture emoticon But it was cottage cheese with peach preserves...So yummy...

And that my friends is my day in pictures


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PALOMARES05 1/7/2012 7:28PM

    Hummus is ground up chickpeas mixed with tahinni paste (which is ground up sesame seeds). However....the hummus I was eating was Sabra's Spinach and Artichokes hummus and it only had...chickpeas, spinach, artichokes, garlic, onion, and lemon juice...

When i make it at home, i just use chickpeas, garlic, onion powder, s&p, lemon juice, and a dollop of greek plain yogurt :)

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CRYSTAL_WABBIT 1/7/2012 4:15PM

    Yummy!! I love my tuna on those buns! I eat all of my sandwiches on them! and what the heck is HUMMUS??? emoticon

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Just realized today is my 2 year Spark Anniversary...

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

This blog is not going to be all happy and uplifting, but it will not be a downer either. It is a mix of what real life can be like. I am a real person, I have flaws, but I now have determination again as well.....So here it is....

What happens in 2 years....

Year amazing!!! Here's the highlights...
*lose 91lbs
*run my first 5K
*run my 2, 3, 4+ 5k's
*run a 5 miler
*run my 1/2 half marathon
*run a 10miler
*go from a size 26w to a size 14
*return to cycling
*realize that I am AMAZING
*gain confidence

You get the was an amazing year...

Year 2 Begins, and this is hard to write, but it's real, and it's something that I hope none of you will face, but if you do...know that it can be a part of your journey. It doesn't HAVE to be, but if it is, know that you can recover, with a renewed here it is...

*still going strong on my 1yr anniversary, year 2 is going to rock
*1-31-11 start nursing school
*OMG my schedule is crazy, mom in the morning, employee during the day, nursing student at night
*Okay still holding my own...not much time for Spark, but I'm still eating okay, exercise is diminishing some....SO EXHAUSTED
*weigh in at end of Feb and still doing okay at 204.6
*exercise is still inconsistent
*register for a 1/2 marathon for motivation in April
*work on a quick training plan
*weigh in at end of March up to 215 (ugh...this isn't good emoticon)
*get sick with a URI (upper respiratory infection) training slows way down
*run my race, I'm happy with it, actually VERY happy with it. I just did a 1/2 marathon after poor training, gaining weight, not eating the greatest, and being a nursing student...
*time to really slack now
*clothes are starting to fit a little tighter, weigh in on 5-17, I'm up to 225
*i know what I need to do, but yeah it's just not working for me
*birthday in June, and I'm miserable
*weigh in on 7/7/11 and I'm at 238...yeah that's a grand number...NOT
*between July and August I try and get things together. Realizing that I can't do it all..that I will have to make sacrifices on my exercise time. blah blah blah
*9/5/11 weigh in 233.4
*somewhere in there I removed my weight tracker from my page...I WAS TOTALLY MORTIFIED and EMBARRASSED emoticon
*life just keeps steam rolling over me
*10/17/11 I knew things were getting worse, and the scale agrees, 245.6
*try and get something together, start walking more, register for the Rock and Roll 1/2 marathon, knowing that I will not be running it, but I can definitely walk it.
*11/11/11 weigh in at 240.2
*finish the R-n-R...what a miserable time I had. It was horrible, but I finished it, so that's a plus right there.
*And that's my official weigh in of 2011. I stepped on the scale here and there, but did not want to Spark it...
*Continued the fast food, the Starbucks everyday (sometimes 2 times a day), soda here, candybar there, fried food, cream sauces, no exercise.
*And all of the above, lead me to where I was when I stepped on the scale on 1/2/2012

So that's what my 2nd year looks like....Over my break from school in December, I took the time to reflect on what I was doing with my life. How I was going back to all the things that I had hated about myself. Not cool. I came up with a plan. And even though I do not like the "I'll do it tomorrow" phrase. I set the new date at Jan 2, 2012 for recommittment.

The weird part...I knew what I was about to do, my hubby did too. He was prepared too. But I didn't know that I had inspired a classmate along the way. I had told her about Spark. I swore by it. She dabbled with it, but it didn't take hold. Until the end of December. I got a message from her, and it solidified even more the need for me to Recommit to myself, to my husband, my daughter, my family, and friends. But even more to my Spark friend who had been there the entire 1st year, and that I had pushed aside the 2nd year. It made me internally promise to Crystal_Wabbit, that I would be there for her. (everyone go check out her page!!! She's beautiful!!! on the outside and on the inside!!! Love ya hunny!!!)

So what is this 3rd year going to bring me.
*me time, to accomplish my goals
*assurance that I will live a healthy life
*rekindle my love for my kitchen
*dedication to my friends, near and far
*being able to run again!!!
*looking in the mirror and feeling proud of what my body can do
*loving myself, every stretch mark, wrinkle of extra skin, and muscle pain
*proving to everyone who doubts it is possible to fall flat on your face and recover...IT IS, AND I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU!!!

To my old Spark Friends, I love you for accepting me who I was, what I became, and who I will become. Thank you for every comment of encourage, every pat on the back...everything...

To my new Spark Friends....this is all possible. It doesn't have to be a dream. It is my reality and I'm living it. Day by day, hour by hour. Every slip up, every stumble. I am getting back up, and succeeding.

Happy Anniversary to me!!!!


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CRYSTAL_WABBIT 1/4/2012 10:05PM

    Aww!!! My Carrie!! I had no idea you were going thru these issues!! I wish you would have come to me sooner!!! And i wish i coulda taken the SPARK more seriously!! But regardless we are SOOO DONE with 2011!!! And this is a new year for us and 2012 WILL BE OUR YEAR!! I love you more than ever!! And i hope your kitchen love will rub off on me...i am starting to fall in love with the kitchen!! I love making healthy meals for my family. I want to do some runs with you!! or should i saw walks...i am not quite ready to run WILL BE!! Thank you for my gift i was awesome and i am gonna look thru it tonight and get some recipes down for the next week! Since i already have spark recipes for this week! I love you HUNNY!!! and your 3rd year will be the BEST YEAR since you will have me in IT!! and My 1st year will be dedicated to you and ME!! We-eezzz like...Ivory and Ebony!!! Caramel and Vanilla!! emoticon xoxoxox Now to journal in my AWESOME NEW JOURNAL!! emoticon emoticon
****HAPPY 2 YEAR ANNIVERSAY TO YOU!!! emoticon****

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