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Now I Know What a Kick to the Groin Feels Like...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Disclaimer -- I am copying this from my blogger blog (link on my page if you wanna check it out)-- but I had to share here as well!

When I started this blog months back – the one thing I wanted to document was my progress into a more positive way of thinking and living.
I have lived in the negative for too long and I refuse to reside there ANY longer.
Because of that -- I do not use this blog to trash others – ever.
I may put a silly rant or express disappointment in vague terms – but never ever will you hear my bash anyone I know or otherwise.
Just not my style.

I have to say this – the fella working the desk at my brandy-new gym, Planet Fitness, is a GOON!

I was SO psyched to get to the gym this morning. Brian and I asked my Mom to watch Skylar so we could both go – we packed a bag – had a plan of attack – etc. and so forth. Getting out of the house together – alone without kids – is a major feat in itself.

We go strolling into the gym, Brian is signing in as my guest, and the guy notices my keychain picture of Skylar with Santa taken at our local mall before the holidays and says to me, and I quote.

“Oh you must like Christmas a lot, is that your grandson?”

Come again?
My grandson?

Are you freakin’ serious????

A. Skylar is NOT a boy and no one has EVER mistaken her for one!
B. I am NOT a grandmother – not even close!

It is my worst nightmare realized – truly!
And I finally know what getting kicked in the groin must feel like...

I correct him and say that the picture is of my DAUGHTER to which he looked mortified and never said another word to me.

And ya know… if he was some young punk I might understand it – but this buffoon was at least my age if not older!!!

I admit freely that I stewed over this for the entire 45 minutes I was on the treadmill.
Heck – who am I kidding – I am still stewing – OBVIOUSLY!

I realize that most Mother’s with children as young as Skylar (20 months) are typically not about to turn 41 – but it isn’t exactly unheard of in this day and age.
And this whole experience just compounds some feelings I have about being an *older* Mom – I don’t always relate (no matter how dang hard I try) to other Moms of young children – and women my age are usually past all of this baby rearing and don’t want to talk about potty-training and playgroups.
So I fall through the cracks and get misjudged!

And let’s not even get started on the whole vanity issue.
Wait… let’s!
Do I look like someone’s Grandmother?!?!
Boo hoo

Yeah, yeah, yeah – woe is me, right?

So because I refuse to stew in this negativity any longer – I will use this to fuel me through my QUEST to get in shape and hit my goal weight.

Let him call me a grandma then.
Let anyone for that matter!


I do not want to trash a whole gym because of one person's faux par -- but you know for those of us on this weight loss journey it sometimes takes every ounce of GUTS we have to just take the plunge by joining -- let alone actually stepping foot IN the gym. And for this to happen my very first time going just irked me. Thankfully I am a strong type and I refuse to let this falter me -- but for somewhere that claims to be a *NO JUDGEMENT ZONE* type of gym -- they should think before they speak!
Just sayin'!

Peace, love, and skinny margaritas my friends!



Wednesday, February 23, 2011


So I am officially a member of the *NO JUDGEMENT ZONE* -- aka Planet Fitness Gym!

I am super stoked -- truly.

I feel like this is a tremendous step in the right direction and the defining factor in not only reaching but maintaining my goal weight and healthy lifestyle.

You know that song "My future's so bright I gotta wear shades..." ?

That should be my theme song for the day!



Happy To Be Here...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

I really had no intention to blog here – I have a previously established blog (that I ♥) on another site, link on my page if you are so inclined – but I do want to be a part of the Spark Community!

So I feel like I should share a bit and engage.

So here I am!

I am Cyn
Soon to be 41 (in a mere eleven weeks)
Mom of three (two teenage sons and a 20 month old daughter)
Soul mate to the love of my life
Photographer by trade and choice; it is my true personal passion
And a former yo-yo dieter extraordinaire!

Yeah, you know the story. I have tried a bevy of diets through the majority (okay ALL of) my adult life. Recently Weight Watchers which I am super proud to say that I lost 38lbs on. Only I have been struggling with the program since September and felt like I needed to shake things up a bit.
I will ALWAYS use the tools taught to me by Weight Watchers – portion control, making exercise a part of my regimen, tracking my food, accountability, and the importance of a good support system!

But change is good!

I tracked my food yesterday here on Spark and WOW!
I love the breakdown of calories, fat, protein, and carbs – and the charts that tell me where I landed (or didn’t land) in the healthy range.

Who knew that even though I was within my calories that I ate too much of them in fatty foods and not enough in protein?
Maybe this is why I have lost and regain the same 5lbs a BAJILLION times since September?!?!

My next venture is to join a gym.
There is a brandy-new Planet Fitness about a mile and half from where I live that I am 99% sure I will join this week.
My only issue with it is that they do not offer classes. I would love a good spin, Zumba or yoga/pilates class and it miffs me that I would have to attend a whole separate facility to do that.
But for $19.99 a month and the accessibility of being SO close – I am willing to suffer!

Any Planet Fitness folks out there?
Or former Planet Fitness folks?
I would love an honest assessment of the gym other than the online hubbub I have found!

Well enough rambling…
If rambling burnt calories I would be Supermodel thin!

So glad to be here!

Blessed Be…

*** I should mention that I have used Spark before -- about a year or two ago -- after the birth of my daughter.
Honestly, I wasn't ready to commit to any change at that juncture in my life.
I decided to start anew here on Spark -- and I am SUPER psyched to be back!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LORTHOM2001 2/12/2011 1:15PM

    kool post! welcome.

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CARLARCO 2/12/2011 6:57AM

  I love your photo. Good luck on your journey.

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KELLY_KLW 2/12/2011 6:49AM

  I love the the nutritional breakdown also, emoticon on your weight lose so far and good luck on your SP journey.

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