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It Is Finally Real!!!

Monday, October 03, 2011

I had to go to the doctor on Friday for an ear infection. For the first time ever, I was excited to get on the scale. I got to tell the nurse that I was on the front scale. I not only was on the front scale; I weighed 20 pounds less on the doctor's scale than the last time I was there!!!!!!! (fully clothed with shoes on and at the end of a long schoolday)

This morning I had dropped to 277.3 on my scale.!!!!
It was over 18 years ago that I was this weight as a living weight. I checked with my doctor and I need less than 20 pounds to not be morbidly obese. I am in the 270's!!! It feels so good. I am going to take another picture when I get to 270. I am almost to the first of my visualization pictures. I need to dig out a swimsuit to start taking my pictures in, so I can compare them to the visualization shots.
I have size 16 red and white polka-dot tankini that I can't wait to fit into. emoticon

Spark On! We Got This!

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KRISZTA11 10/4/2011 4:14PM

You made an amazing progress! I'm so happy for you!

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DIVA-TO-BE 10/3/2011 7:59PM

    YOU GO GIRL!!! you have done an amazing job! Spark on girl! You got this! emoticon

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SUSAN134 10/3/2011 3:36PM

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So happy for you!!! I bet you felt like you were floating out of the office!


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THISISIT-PA 10/3/2011 1:21PM

    emoticon Way to go! Don't you love not being afraid of the doctor's scale? I used to only let them weigh me at my physicals, not I insist on being weighed. lol

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    way to go thats so cool your doing it...were doing it!!

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SHAYLA24S 10/3/2011 12:06PM

    CONGRATS!!! You are doing awesome and it shows!!


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Go Read Turtle Bear's Blog

Friday, September 23, 2011

If you haven't read Living Weight versus Diet Weight go read it now!!!

This is my favorite quote from her blog:

"I've changed the norm. I don't have to worry about how to become a daily exerciser once I've hit my goal weight, and whether or not I'll accomplish this...because that has become my fitness norm already." TheTurtlebear

She opened my eyes to something I had never realized. I love SP!!! I learn new things everyday !

Spark On! We Got This!

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JULIETEXAS 9/26/2011 9:18PM

    emoticon for sharing the link! Wonderful!


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SUNSET24 9/26/2011 7:34AM

    YEP we got this! emoticon

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MAMAFARINA 9/25/2011 8:54PM

It is wonderful how we are really learning a life style.
Yes, We Got This!

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DIVA-TO-BE 9/25/2011 1:12AM

    Me too girl! Don't forget the battle cry! Spark on-we got this!!!

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Twenty Pounds Released! Joy Found!

Monday, September 19, 2011

But more than that, I feel so good! My skin is clear and I look years younger than I did in July. In fact, I look like my profile picture again. lol

Today is "Talk Like A Pirate Day" and we are celebrating it at my school. Only a few students dressed for it, but the teachers are having a blast. I bought a Victorian dress in 2008 -size 2X and could barely squezze into it and had to wear a jacket over it to look decent for a Steampunk event I attended. I was exhausted when I got home and didn't hang it up. My husband washed it with everything else-and it shrunk to a half size smaller. Today, I am wearing it for the first time and it is loose in the waist. I am wearing my boots for the first time since 2007. They fit and I am having such a good time stomping around that I have ordered another pair-this time black knee-highs that lace up the back. They are going to look so awesome with my black leggings.

One of the side benefits of this lifestyle change is the change in my self-care. Last school year, the only thing I did for myself was buy some simple T-shirt dresses in all the colors of the rainbow. I woke up one day last April and realized that everything in my closet was years old and black. So, I added color-lots of color. I bought 3 orange dresses, 2 red, and 4 green-along with yellow, purple, brown and blue. They brightened up my look-but didn't give me what I now have-The Radiance of Joy.

I actually spend time each morning at my vanity, look at myself in the mirror and smile. I wear makeup everyday for the first time in years. My hair is cut in a style instead of trimmed because it is too long. I got a manicure and pedicure Saturday for our evening dinner date. My "little black dress" I bought in May for my anniversary-and barely fit into is loose all over. My legs are amazing-I really need mini-skirts to come back in style. lol

Life is fun! I laugh and dance my way through my days. My students never know what to expect. Somedays I put on great music and tell everyone to chair dance. It is amazing how much that little burst of movement and joy revives my students. It is so cool to have jaded teenagers rush to get to my class so they won't miss anything. Today's music is The Chieftains and the dance of the day is a jig. lol

Life is wonderful and God is so good. I am going to have an amazing week this week.

Edit-I was just interviewed for the District Newsletter. Earlier today, my principal agreed that this could be the First Annual Talk Like a Pirate Day for our school. Woo Hoo! I never would have spearheaded trhis without Sparkpeople. Last year, I could barely drag myself to work each day. There was no way I could have planned anything extra.

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EXXETER 9/24/2011 11:46AM

    Way to go! I cant wait until I am able to fit into some of my old clothes again.

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KRISZTA11 9/20/2011 5:46PM

    Congratulations, you are fantastic!
Fitting into old favorites is a spectacular milestone : )
You described the inner joy of living in a health body beautifully.

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    Dear V,

Wonderful amazing story! 20 pounds sure has made a difference and what a fabulous feeling it must have been to fit into that little outfit?! You are really moving forward and God is holding your hand girlfriend, there is nothing you can't do!

Luv ya tons,

Kristin emoticon

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MAMAFARINA 9/19/2011 12:55PM

    Yea Valerie,
I'm so happy for you. I feel the same way. Joy.
And it's just the begining.
love ya,

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SUSAN134 9/19/2011 11:33AM

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What a happy, inspiring post!! Love it!! Also, love this: "The Radiance of Joy".....what an awesome quote!

Keep up the fabulous effort, you are doing great!!


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SCHENPOSSIBLE 9/19/2011 10:12AM

    Way to go! emoticon

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ZARAMUNI 9/19/2011 10:08AM

    Congratulations! You joy is infective! Doing chair dance right now!

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THREADS3 9/19/2011 10:02AM

    CONGRATULATIONS on your joy and YOUR LIFE! L'Chaim!! :)

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HUNGRY4CHANGE 9/19/2011 10:00AM

  Your blog is inspiring me today! I can't wait to be in your shoes. Congratulations on your success. Enjoy every second of it. You've earned it!

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THOMS1 9/19/2011 9:57AM

    emoticonYou sound so joyful! I wish you continued success on your journey. emoticon

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Taken Out to a Chef Owned Restaurant

Saturday, September 17, 2011

I went over my calories for the day-but less than the amount of extra Cardio calories I had burned this week. SPark On! We Got This!

This Spark article made all the difference. It was a French based cuisine-so I knew what to look out for when reading ingredients. My only indulgence was dessert. We had fried greenbeans for an appetizer. I had 5 greenbeans and ate them slowly. I had an arugula salad-needed more veggies for the day- and picked baked salmon for my entree. It was served on a bed of whipped parsnips and topped by a wilted salad of baby spinach.

My dessert was the most wonderful banana pudding I have ever had-made with fresh baked vanilla wafers.

The food was amazing and worth every yummy calorie. We plan on going back for anniversaries and birthdays. It is our favorite restaurant.

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 9/18/2011 9:11PM

    Looks yummy. I absolutely LOVE French cuisine. Hope you had a fabulous time!

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ROBERT4242 9/18/2011 1:53PM

    But Valerie, you should have shown them the tomato salad that I had. It was eating healthy AND great tasting!

Love you,

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RICHILA 9/18/2011 1:37PM

    The chef is Tracy Miller. I think everything tasted even better because our tastebuds were clear after eating clean for over a month.

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LADYIRISH317 9/18/2011 12:35AM

    WOW! That looks fantastic. Who was the chef?

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    Oh my gosh! This is oh my, my, my yummy looking! I am so glad you went out and enjoyed yourself and that you are still sparking and staying within your plan. Good job! emoticon

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(Virtual) Rocky Mountain Trek Week 2

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I meant to write about the trek last week. I had it all planned days full of sunshine and fresh air. Evenings giggling and singing around the campfire. What I didn't plan on was being sick that first week. I am better this week, but last week it was all I could do to keep putting one foot in front of another. I got my tent buddy, sonia not to say anything so I wouldn't have to go home. All I did was march through my days half dead and fall exhausted into my sleeping bag each night. If Sonia hadn't kept after me to eat, I probably would have skipped more meals than I ate. I couldn't smell the fresh air and didn't notice the scenery. But this week will be different, I am determined not to miss anymore of this wonderful adventure.

This is one of the reasons that I was so excited about this trek. I want to collect as many pictures of butterlies as I can. There are 139 confirmed species in the park and I want to photograph as many as possible. I have an 8 GB SD card in my camera-so I can take thousands of pictures.

I love the fact that there is an online species list with pictures so that I can label my collection when I return home.

To Be Continued.....


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