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75 pounds lost!! Progress pics!!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Yay! Finally made it. It is just one stop on a longer journey, but these milestones feel so great. It has taken me 16.5 months to get here, and every thing I did was worth how healthy I feel right now.

**I should note, these new pics do not represent my decent photography skills!! But you'll get the gist...





As compared to me around my highest weight in the fall/winter of 2008:



I have way too many pictures of myself at this weight. It is funny, I never thought I looked that big when I was that size. Now I look at pictures like this and I ask, who was that person?

And as compared to me at an early point in my journey, having lost 25 pounds by March of 2009:





I have additional progress pics in my picture section on my spark page, please feel free to browse! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the positivity and support.

  
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ALYFITN 5/26/2010 7:04AM

    Wow!! Keep going--you look great! And good luck with your marathon relay. emoticon

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KGEBERT 5/19/2010 1:24PM

    u are looking fantastic! keep up the good work! you are my motivation!

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BUDRFLY31 5/17/2010 8:31PM

    Wow! What a transformation inside and out! Congratulations!

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KASRN1 5/16/2010 11:29PM

    You are truly amazing and inspiring!!

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IONA72 5/16/2010 8:35AM

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Amazing, hope you continue so successfully and keep posting the results. Well done!

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PIR8CHIK 5/15/2010 8:25PM

    Wow! You look amazing!
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Shout it to the world!!!
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You have shown us all what perserverence can do! I'm so happy for you and proud that you have stuck with it and are reaping the rewards!
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You are an inspiration!

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SUZEIPOV 5/15/2010 7:02PM

    wow! what a journey you've been on! amazing results! emoticon

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MEAGHAN1916 5/15/2010 5:50PM

    You look awesome! Very inspirational.

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KELLEY106 5/15/2010 5:19PM

    You look wonderful.
Nothing tastes as good as slimmer feels

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JODANGEROUSLY 5/15/2010 5:07PM

    You are AMAZING! Wonderful job!

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HOLISTICDETOXER 5/15/2010 5:02PM

    Amazing! How are you going to reward yourself?

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BTVMADS 5/15/2010 4:15PM

    So when I looked at those new pictures, I thought to myself, "She looks totally normal in those," because I didn't really see the extra weight.

And when I saw the old picture after, I thought, "WOW, she looks totally thinner in the new shots!" That is such a HUGE difference -- you look amazing, and I know from reading your blogs that you FEEL amazing too.

So, in other words, you're awesome. You have so much to be proud of!!!!!!!

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ONEWAYALI 5/15/2010 2:55PM

    Congrats Patti!! What a great milestone!

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STRONGERLEANER 5/15/2010 2:46PM

    Great photos! It always feels good to be able to see the difference.

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EVILKLOWN 5/15/2010 2:43PM

    Wow - nice work. You look great!

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VELVETCATT 5/15/2010 2:33PM

    You look fabulous!

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I'm in the 180's!!! By a hair...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

...but still, I'm there!

189.6 this morning, which is also thiiiiissssssss close to my 75 pounds lost mark! Tomorrow might even do it - I can't wait to take my new set of comparison photos!!

Feeling really, really good about this. Especially after quite a bit of eating out with my new male acquaintance. I made some good choices though, so I think that my conscientiousness about my eating paid off.

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In other news... I have hung out with my new friend everyday since Sunday. Getting to know each other has been very nice. Definitely, definitely, definitely enjoying this early start to summer.

Also: Got an A in my independent study for the semester. No other grades in just yet, but I'll keep y'all posted. I imagine that I got Bs in my other two classes, which is fine by me, given all that I went through this past couple of months. It is the experience and the learning, versus the grade, that is important to me.

  
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AIKZILLA 5/15/2010 8:54AM

    Congrats, it has been so cool reading your blogs. You are an inspiration.

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_DASH_ 5/14/2010 4:15PM

    WOOO HOOO! Let's celebrate your life somehow this weekend or next week. :D I'm free Sunday this weekend for a change. Marathon is so close too!!

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JODANGEROUSLY 5/14/2010 6:24AM

    That's excellent! In no time at all you'll be sharing your 170's successes with us.
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HOPERISING 5/13/2010 4:20PM

    You are doing awesome! keep it up woman!

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IONA72 5/12/2010 5:28PM

    So pleased all is going well, here comes summer!

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VEMAN1 5/12/2010 4:37PM

    Magnificence is an aura. I think you are glowing!
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KGEBERT 5/12/2010 3:12PM

    summer lovin....yes i am actually singing the song as i write this!!! how fun and exciting. Grades are just grades you get the diploma even with b's so great job done!!!!

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TBRETT73 5/12/2010 3:01PM

    Awesome!!! I am so happy for you!

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MELODIEO 5/12/2010 2:50PM

    Oh HOW AWESOME!!!! SO PROUD!!

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PIR8CHIK 5/12/2010 2:30PM

    Way to go! You are flying high! Keep up the good work!
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MRSMAPLEVT 5/12/2010 2:22PM

    Congrats...and here's to 75 any moment now!
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JODY22002 5/12/2010 2:09PM

    You rock!!!! Good job. Can't wait to see the pics.

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STRIDERGIRL 5/12/2010 2:09PM

  emoticon Nice job--happy summer!!

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I had a very, very, very nice date. :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

We went to eat dinner at a local restaurant, and then saw the movie 'Kick-Ass' (which was good but so much more violent than I would have guessed - I thought it was a kid's movie!? Oops!!) Anyway, he (Hal) was very sweet and funny and cuddly, and just all around cute in my book. We seem to have quite a bit in common (including goals to live healthier lives, which is definitely awesome).

We confirmed our mutual interest in each other in a pleasantly nerdy way, so there will be more dates.

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Including this AM - he is picking me up for brunch in like... 20 minutes. Kind of have some butterflies. They are nice though.

Good stuff. The only drawback! We hung out until 12:30 last night, and then I couldn't fall asleep AT ALL because of just feeling excited and thinking about the whole evening. I got up at 5AM and crossed a few things off the old to-do list. Work tonight should be... interesting...!

  
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KGEBERT 5/12/2010 3:09PM

    congrats!!!!

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KASRN1 5/10/2010 11:55PM

    Things are coming along nicely for you! I am so glad.
You are already a smiley person, so now you are going to be ridiculously smiley! emoticon emoticon

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BTVMADS 5/10/2010 3:24PM

    What a great thing to lose sleep over though! That's SO EXCITING!!!!!!!! Yay yay yay!

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TBRETT73 5/10/2010 1:56PM

    That is great to hear!!! Life is good!!!!!

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VEMAN1 5/10/2010 1:34PM

    Lucky guy if you let him be. Glad to hear such a positive report on the male of the species, for a change. Not many of us left!
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ONEWAYALI 5/10/2010 1:28PM

    Patti that's awesome!!!! Yayyyy! Also, I saw Kick-Ass and I was disturbed by all the violence! I thought it was supposed to be funny, but I didn't like it!

And also also, my foot is better so maybe we could at least go on a walk (I haven't run in a long time!) if that works into your schedule!

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PIR8CHIK 5/10/2010 11:51AM

    That's awesome! So glad you guys have hit it off! How wonderful!
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THEGORGESBLONDE 5/10/2010 11:02AM

    emoticon glad you had a great time, and the possibility for more!

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CASTERINASPELL 5/10/2010 11:00AM

    SQUEEEEE!! I'm so happy for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon. I haven't felt this giddy (vicariously) since I met my future husband in person for the first time.

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_DASH_ 5/10/2010 10:03AM

    PATTII!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!

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Yes!! Yes, yes, yes. I has M.S.W., can I has summer now pleez?

Friday, May 07, 2010

For all intents and purposes, I have my M.S.W.!!
I finished my field hours today, and, and, and, only a few odds and ends to wrap up (like my research assistantship, which doesn't impact my impending graduation).

Very excited! Also nervous, but feeling positive and thankful for the opportunity and the chance to grow as a person that this program afforded me.

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Anyway! Anyway, anyway, anyway... I wanted to take a few minutes to think about my fitness plans for the rest of the month, which ultimately culminates in my 5.8 leg of the Key Bank Vermont City Marathon. Here it goes...

GOALS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY!!!!!!
1. Continue to strength train 2x per week (I have been sticking with this, remarkably!)
2. Run 4x per week - this is definitely kicking my training up a notch, but I am feeling fresh and ready for the challenge. I will definitely make sure to give myself a few recovery days before the race, so I have 3 weeks to really push myself to a new place with my running! I can do it!
3. Try TWO different fitness activities, for fun. I am thinking of trying a Forza class this week on Friday AM (after reading about BTVMADS love of this workout, I can't help but be intrigued!), and I will keep my eyes out for other opportunities.
4. Reach the 180's. My busy schedule (and the eating habits that formed around it, especially these last two weeks) has kept me at the same weight for two months now. I am READY!

I'll post these goals on my main sparkpage and update with an 'X' each time I accomplish one of these activities. Wish me luck!

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KASRN1 5/10/2010 11:52PM

    What an accomplishment!

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KGEBERT 5/8/2010 12:37PM

    good for you! may all your new adventures be full of life enriching activites.....

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CASTERINASPELL 5/7/2010 11:46PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Way to go Patti - you did it! If you're looking for a workout that's really different, try a Zumba class. It's latin dancy-kinda that you don't need to learn fancy steps for. Just keep moving and you will sweat, burn lots of calories and use muscles in an entirely new way!! And have fun! Check out the Zumba Burlington site http://zumbaburlingtonvt.com for class schedules - they're on Shelburne Rd.

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BUDRFLY31 5/7/2010 9:50PM

    You did it, Patti. When I read your blog, you sound so happy that you made me smile. Thanks!
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BTVMADS 5/7/2010 9:26PM

    Oh and uh duh emoticon emoticon for finishing your MSW!!!! You ROCK!!!!!

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BTVMADS 5/7/2010 9:26PM

    oooh, I hope you try Forza and love it! If you ever do an evening class, let me know -- I'd love to do a mini Spark Meetup workout!!

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ONEWAYALI 5/7/2010 8:48PM

    Congrats, Patti! That's an awesome accomplishment. And you did it while juggling a ton of other things AND while losing weight! That is an even bigger accomplishment!!!

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ONECOOKIETWO 5/7/2010 6:31PM

    Congratulations from an old MSW to a new one!
And best of luck on the training program!

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Tallying inches lost... drum roll please!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

I finally got around to buying a new tape measure so that I could start taking measurements again! It has been since January or so, and I have been looking forward to this...

So, without further ado! The first number in the subtraction equation represents an initial measurement from 1/1/09 for my hips and waist or ~3/1/09 for my arms and thighs, and the second number represents my current measurement as of yesterday AM.

Waist: 53 - 40.5 = 12.5 inches lost
Hips: 55.25 - 44 = 11.25 inches lost
Arms: 14.5 - 11.75 = 2.75 inches lost on each upper arm
Thighs: 31 - 26 = 5 inches lost per upper thigh
(And I haven't been measuring my chest, but that has also decreased noticeably)

Total inches lost from these areas: 39.25! I have lost 73.6 pounds, so that is 1.875 pounds per inch lost!

That is pretty cool!

The average waist measurement for a woman in the U.S. is 37 inches, according to the CDC ( www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/bodymeas.ht
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According to this site ( www.dietbites.com/size-average-woman
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White women ages 18-25: 38-32-41
(Not sure what happened to 26 to 35 year old women, which is the category that I fall in!)
White women ages 36-45: 41-34-43
Black women on average: 43-37-46
Hispanic women on average: 42.5-36-44
Other women in America (mostly Asian): 41-35-43

So, I'm getting to average, slowly but surely. I'd like to be better than average, sure, someday, but average is a good goal for now!

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Okay, time for lunch!

  
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BUDRFLY31 5/6/2010 8:43PM

    Wow, Patti! You should take a tape measure and a piece of chalk and measure out 39.25 inches on the sidewalk! Then decorate it. Then you should find something like a pumpkin or several pumpkins (something that you can smash outside that is biodegradable) that weighs close to 74 pounds and smash them against a tree. That is what I am going to do when I hit goal, which should be in the next few weeks. Just a thought.


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PIR8CHIK 5/6/2010 8:26PM

    You are amazing! Look at what you have done! Wow! I am so impressed! That is a LOT of inches AND pounds gone!
Keep up the good work! You are on FIRE!!!!!
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CASTERINASPELL 5/6/2010 4:15PM

    Wow! Your progress is a total inspiration! You should be positively reeking of self-confidence now. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
P.S. How are things going with coffee-boy? (wink wink nudge nudge)

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TEDYBEAR2838 5/6/2010 4:00PM

    Patti, you are doing SUPER FINE!

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BTVMADS 5/6/2010 3:28PM

    WOW!!!! That's so amazing and awesome!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TBRETT73 5/6/2010 2:32PM

    Congratulations!!! That is amazing to see what you have accomplished so far!!! Although you want your measurements to be average, remember you are far from average...YOU ARE A WINNER!!!!!!

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MYREALANA 5/6/2010 12:05PM

    Congratulations on your continued success!
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GINETTEK 5/6/2010 11:52AM

    That was awesome. Congrats!!! This blog really made me not want to kick myself when I saw averages. First keep up the great work and progress. Second thanks so much for sharing the averages that was the most beneficial thing I've read in days..and enlightening.

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NIKISCH 5/6/2010 11:52AM

    Great job on your progress. Its wonderful to have such great numbers. Congratulations emoticon

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