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Here I come, 2011!! One day at a time...

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

I hate New Year's resolutions. Seriously. It's like people get on this big kick to do something they should have been doing all year long... (NO OFFENSE TO THOSE WHO MADE THEM!) But the saddest part is that most of the time, with most people, the resolve to change doesn't even last until the end of January. At best, they might push through until the end of March. Why wait until the new year to start a new life, or start working toward a new goal?

I read a great quote recently:
"I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's."
– Henry Moore, 1898-1986

That's the way we ALL should think, I believe. Each day is a new day, a new beginning. We should resolve EACH DAY to do our best, to work toward our goals, to be a better person. EACH DAY, not just at the beginning of a new year. I am always, all year round, setting goals, and dreaming up new ideas, trying harder to better myself in some way. And besides, setting a goal for A DAY seems mentally and spiritually much more feasible and reachable than setting resolutions for a WHOLE YEAR!! (Doesn't that tire you out just thinking about doing something for a whole year?) If we take one day at a time, soon it WILL be a year.

So what do you resolve to do TODAY?

With that said, I do have some goals, some things i am looking forward to, some challenges of 2011, that I would like to share.

Daily or constant goals:
1. Draw closer to God. Spend more time each day cultivating my spiritual walk. Most important, therefore it's No. 1.
2. Draw closer to my family. I spend a lot of time being impatient with my kids and husband. Using harsh words. Being too wrapped up in what I am trying to get done. And I want to share more time with them, quality time, time when Mommy (or wifey) is not so impatient. I LOVE THEM!! THEY ARE MY WORLD! I need to show them more.
3. Cultivate my relationships with others more - get good friends, and take time to spend with them more. Listen more. Be a friend. (I already have a few in mind!)

Longterm goals:
1. Races: I am a runner. So, my planned races this year include:
** Kiel Marathon on February 26th, my first marathon... YAY!
** Krakower Mittsommernachtslauf 30K, June 18th
** Hamburg Run 10K, July 9th (My birthday!!)
** Volks- und Straßenlauf Kl. Meckelsen 10K, July 16th
** Harz Gebirgslauf ("Mountain Run") Marathon, October 8th - This race will be a HUGE challenge, as you basically climb a mountain. It will NOT be for a PR, but simply for the experience, and the accomplishment aspect. I ran the HM in 2009, and totally LOVED IT!
** Christmas Run to Tree 10K, Dec. 2011
So far, that's what I plan for races.

2. Study for ACE Fitness Personal Trainer cert, and take exam in July/August.

3. Finish my studies at my German trade school to become a Hauswirtschafterin (home economics specialist), to keep working toward my dream of having a whole-foods cafe or catering/party-planning business. My written exam will be in May, and practical exam/project in the fall sometime.

4. GARDENING!!! I had wanted to really get on my garden last year, but didn't get as much planted and accomplished as I wanted to... However my zucchini was a GREAT success!! Though not much else was. So, I want to spend time over the next few months planning out exactly WHAT to plant, and WHERE. And I want to be prepared as soon as possible to get out there and work.

Here's my tentative list on what to plant:
Spinach (had great success with that too, until it got too hot)
Bell Peppers
Tomatoes (maybe! I have heard they are tender... they probably wouldn't make it with me around!!)

I am not a natural gardener. I do not have a green thumb. I kill most plants I buy, sadly. But I really am trying to do better and to learn more along the way. So, here's to trying!!

So, 2011, are you ready for me? I am going to make EACH DAY you give me count toward something good! emoticon

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T-DOTMUM 1/5/2011 7:12AM

    Love your post! Came to your blog via another SP friend's site. Hope you don't mind me dropping in. I love your approach to goal-setting. It seems like it's actually easier to set a goal for a year--almost like you're brushing off your goal--as opposed to thinking about it each day. *That* requires commitment, focus, determination, all those great qualities that actually help us reach our goals. Thanks for putting this down. It really inspires me.

As for the tomatoes, don't worry! They come in so many new, hardy varieties. The only trouble I have with them is that our local squirrels like to eat them before they're ripe! Good luck with your goals!

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    Great goals! Writing them down and then reflecting on the often will keep them fresh in your mind. Sounds like an exciting year ahead for you!

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LZY0108 1/4/2011 11:30AM

    I totally agree with you about the making goals all year, and taking each day one at a time! I actually started my spark journey on 11-29-10. I was sitting there thinking about how I wanted to start doing something soon. It had been on my mind a long time. I was thinking about how the new year was around the corner. Then it hit me! Im gonna start right now! Why am I going to wait? Today is a day, I shouldnt have to wait, I can do something today! So I did some exercises and logged onto spark and set up all my goals then and there. Its so freeing to just do it! Do it right when your thinking about it, that day... why stay miserable any longer?? That's my thinking each day.

You have some great goals! I hope you acheive all of them this year.
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ABETTERBECKY 1/4/2011 10:40AM

    You can handle tomatoes. Just don't overwater them. Find local heirloom varieties that thrive in your location. I can almost not east tomatoes the rest of the year because home grown are so much better and everything else tastes bland!

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REFOCUS92711 1/4/2011 9:51AM

    Wow! You go girl! I need to write mine down. It seems so much more attainable when you have a plan!
Good luck with the garden.. I'm like you, most things I buy, I kill... If I grow something from seeds, it seems to do better than if I buy a full grown plant.
Tomatoes aren't that difficult to grow. Though, it depends on your climate I am sure.

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SEEHOLZ 1/4/2011 9:46AM

    I am doing something totally similar- focusing on the day. Funny, as I wrote a blog about that as my 2011 motto.

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ASIAMORA 1/4/2011 9:32AM

    Great goals!!! Can't wait to hear you check them off!

Don't be afraid with tomatoes. I would get starter plants with those, I wouldn't try to start them from seed at all. Spinach and Lettuce are cold weather crops. You can have a batch in the spring and then again in the fall. Don't expect them to do well in the summer, they won't. You will also get more from the crop if you make sure they don't go to flower, snip or pinch the flower stalks off.

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Got Soup? (Recipe-n-pics)

Monday, January 03, 2011

I LOVE SOUP!! Especially this time of year.

Do any of you know what parsley root is? I had never even heard of that as a vegetable until a couple of weeks ago, when we made this soup as an appetizer for my cooking class. Well, it is a ROOT vegetable (GO FIGURE!) that looks very much like a carrot, only tan skin on the outside and a very light cream or white color on the inside.

So, we made this soup a few weeks ago at my cooking class, and it was ABSOLUTELY delicious!! And I have made it about 3 times since then, also calculating out the calories from SP recipe calculator.... YAY! This soup, according to my calculations, packs just under 50 calories per 100 grams!! In a measuring cup I weighed, approx. 275 g is in one cup of this soup = 137.5 calories in one cup!! Plus, its super delicious, and very filling, so I thought I'd share.

Parsley Root Soup

1 tbsp Butter
750 grams Parsley Root
2 medium Scallions
900 ml Home-prepared Chicken Stock/Broth
100 grams Heavy Cream
Bunch of Parsley leaves (optional)

Skin parsley root with potato peeler, and slice into pieces. Dice up scallions. Sautee them together in a pan with the 1 tbsp butter. (I use the same pot that I would for the soup itself to save dishes.) Once the vegetables are tenderized, add chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let it simmer for about 30 min. Then puree the soup with a small hand mixer, add the cream, and VOILA!! Done!

If you want to get fancy, and want it to look like it does in the picture I took here, then take a portion of the soup, and a bunch of parsley leaves, and puree them together. Use enough parsley leaves to get the desired green color. After you carefully pour the regular soup into the bowls, gently pour the green portion into a side (to achieve and half green/half white bowl), or as I did, directly into the middle making a green circle, and dress the bowl in the center with a parsley leaf.

Happy Sparking, everyone!

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ELISAMLW 1/3/2011 6:05PM

    I had parsnip in a stew that I made... yum. And it has slightly more flavor but about the same texture as potato.

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SEEHOLZ 1/3/2011 4:13PM

    very scrumptious!

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CAROLYN1213 1/3/2011 11:29AM

    mmmmmm . . . sounds delicious! I have a yummy recipe for a curried carrot soup that is similar. Thanks for sharing!

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SYDNEY_DE 1/3/2011 8:55AM

    That looks and sounds delicious!

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LAUROCHKA 1/3/2011 8:50AM

    Sounds delicious - I was thinking it was Parsnip too - now I'm curious!
Thanks for sharing.

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RUNDARCYRUN 1/3/2011 8:17AM

    It is not parsnip, but does look very very similar! (Parsnip in German is "Pastinake", and parsley root in German is "Peterseliewurzel" - I definitely used Peterseliewurzel in this recipe.) emoticon

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JAKENSAMSMOM 1/3/2011 8:07AM

    Is that different than a parsnip?

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Marathon Training Wk 11/18

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Gonna make this short and sweet! Had a great week. Long run wasn't so energetic on Friday, but I'm not worried. Next week is a taper week, less mileage, easier running, then I will pick it back up. Only 4 more weeks of hard training, and then TAPERVILLE HERE I COME! Wow. I can't believe how fast it's going.

Plan for Week 10 and actual:
Sunday: Rest (YEP!)
Monday: 9 mile run, BodyPump and Combat classes
**Actual: Ran 9 miles, did BodyPump, but skipped Combat. Totally didn't feel like doing Combat on Monday.
Tuesday: Rest (Yep!)
Wed: 7 mile run, BodyPump
**Actual: Exactly that - 7 miles, and BP
Thurs: Rest (Yep!)
Friday: Long run: 17 mile run
**Due to time constraint, just did 16 miles
Saturday: EZ 4 miles
**Actual: Did an AWESOME 5 mile run!! FELT SO GREAT!

Plan for Week 11:
Sunday: Rest
Monday: 6-8 miles running, BodyPump
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: run 4 miles
Thursday: Run 5 miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Run 10 miles

This week will be a "whatever" week for me - I'll do it by feel, and take it easy.

So, that's it for now!! HAPPY 2011, EVERYONE!!! Happy running!

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ELISAMLW 1/2/2011 3:54PM

    Seems like you have a little bit less strenuous of a week ahead of you. How do you effectively run and do all that ST? Every time I do BodyPump, I'm dead afterwards and I don't even use that heavy of weights. I haven't been in so long.... whoops. :/

I know I need to do ST, otherwise running is pretty much pointless without a good core.

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Bye-Bye, 2010! (Plus, my RMC photo update)

Friday, December 31, 2010

WARNING: LONG BLOG!! But worth it. Going out with a bang - 2010!!!

Monday, I posted some goals of things I'd like to accomplish in the last few days of 2010. I'm happy to say, I accomplished each one... and its only the afternoon of New Year's Eve!!

The first few goals had to do with my diet... Yeah, Christmas time did some damage. I was not seeing it so much in the scale, as I was feeling it in my body. So, I didn' want to waste time floundering around for a few more weeks (or even until after NY's) to get my butt in gear, and stop the madness!! So, between Monday and now, I have REALLY made a turn around - tracking, eating the right things, no alcohol, though I did eat some sweets on Monday... Not perfect, but a HUGE improvement. And the last 2 days or so have been AWESOME!

I also wanted to take new pics for my Rachel Mac Challenge, even though I know there is no real improvement... YET. First off, my eating has NOT been clean, or good, and secondly, I haven't started any new workouts to work toward my goals. Just being upfront and honest to begin with. So here goes:
Photos taken Dec. 4th:

Photos taken today, Dec. 31st:

Ok, so probably not an improvement, but I still haven't gotten my new workout DVDs (Jillian Micheals Yoga Meltdown, 6-week Abs, and Shred-it with Weights, and Jackie's Xtreme timesaver workout), which I want to add into my week IN ADDITION to the 2 ST sessions I do at the gym each week. They are not to take the place of what I already do, but to add to my routine.

Also, I took this Rachel Mac Challenge one step further, and spent some time looking at my diet. I read the recommendations from Flexchef to find out where my protein intake should be according to him, and what I could do to improve. I already eat a "clean diet," though my diet philosophy may differ greatly from the next person. So I calculated it all out, and figured I will shoot for at least 120 g of protein per day (1g per pound of bodyweight). So, yesterday, I was on a mission to see how much protein I could pack in. (Let me note - I am not a fan of supplements, and aim to get my nutrients from real food, and not altered food products, like protein bars and shakes or powders, so getting an enormous amount of protein might take some thought at first.) It AMAZED me yesterday, that not only did I reach just over 120 g of protein on my home-cooked food, but I also felt SOOOOOOOOO satiated and full at the end of the day!! And I totally didn't even feel TEMPTED to touch the sweets!!

I came to this conclusion: much of our struggles with diet are mental. And it is AMAZING how EASY eating right and living a healthy lifestyle can become when we change our focus. (This is something I have noticed in the past.) When we change our focus from what we CAN'T eat, from what we might be depriving ourselves of, and start focusing on what we CAN eat (how much protein I can get it), then the appeal of the things we should probably stay away from lessens GREATLY. If we are always focused on the deprivation, we will FEEL deprived. But when we focus on how GREAT and HEALTHY we can make EACH DAY, then it is a positive thing. Anyway, just a few thoughts....

NOW MY SKINNY JEANS!!!! I NEVER thought I would buy skinny jeans... I mean, EVER! NEVER, EVER! But I have a couple of pairs of boots that I can't fit my jeans INTO, and they look stupid UNDER my jeans. So, I ventured out and tried some on..... Then I BOUGHT 2 pairs! Here are photos of my favorite pair:

These jeans are SUPER tight, and I don't even have MUFFIN TOP!! WOOOHOOO!

Last goal, but NOT least: My long run. I got in 16 MILES this morning!! WOOOHOOOO! I had to plan very carefully, because my hubby had to leave for work at 8:30. 16 miles is no 30-min run. So, I planned ahead, and slept, YES, SLEPT in my running clothes! Set my alarm for 4:40 am, and tried to get out at 5. Well, I got out the door I think at 5:10, but close enough, and got back just a little after 8. Total time: 2:54 and change. So, now that is out of the way, and I can PaRtY with my family tonight with NO WORRIES about trying to fit in my long run tomorrow.... PURE AWESOMENESS!

Happy New Year's Eve to all!! Hope you all have WONDERFUL celebrations with your families, friends, and loved-ones. Happy running!

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ABETTERBECKY 1/3/2011 3:47PM

    WOW! You are looking AMAZING - I'd love to see what foods you ate to get to 120 g protein, as I keep having to take protein powders to get there.

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EVWINGS 1/3/2011 12:02PM

    Wow!! I try to imagine, but haven't gotten there quite yet. WOW!! you look so terrific and have such a positive outlook!!
What an inspiration!!


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REFOCUS92711 1/3/2011 10:19AM

    WOW! YOu have some wicked definition! I can't WAIT to get there! Way to go girl!

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PIP103 1/2/2011 12:52PM

    So many things that need exclamation marks in this blog! Rocking the skinny jeans!!! 16 mile run!!! and you definitely looking leaner all over!!! Amazing! You are a machine!!

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LZY0108 1/2/2011 12:04PM

    Very inspirational! You look amazing! I was just talking to my husband about starting to wake up really early to go out and jog before he goes to work each morning... its one of my goals Ive been wanting to start this new year. I dont want to go anywhere near as far as 16 miles, maybe just 2-3 miles. This gives me the motivation to really try! I will try the sleeping in my work out clothes trick too. Thats a good idea.... emoticon emoticon

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PUPSALOT 1/2/2011 11:43AM

    Love the jeans! And can I have your calves??

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FIT-WHIT 1/2/2011 10:30AM

    Wow, you look incredible!! I can definitely see changes in your abs from the first pics to now! Great work, despite the holiday slip-ups. I've been doing not so great with my eating these past few weeks... looking forward to not having all the temptations around soon so I can refocus (not that I CAN'T refocus with temptations around, I have just been unsuccessful thus far).

And holy MOLY 16 mile run!!!! I'm so impressed! I hope I can get there someday-- I signed up for my first half marathon for the spring so I'll be working up my distance to run that in May. Currently at a "long run" of 6.2 miles... not super, but it's a lot further than I ever thought I could do last year!! :)

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    Excuse me...........could I borrow your calves please! WOWSA. What kind of leg work do you do? Serious. You look amazing ALL OVER and love the skinny jeans!


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    Woo Hoo!

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CHUBBYSISTER1 1/1/2011 5:22PM

    You are truly an inspiration. You really are.

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SHAYGETSFIT 1/1/2011 1:42PM

    you look awesome

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REBUILDFIT 1/1/2011 11:15AM

    Amazing progress!! You look fantastic! So lean!

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ROOT4HOME 12/31/2010 4:13PM

    You look amazing!! Great transformation!! emoticon

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ELISAMLW 12/31/2010 2:25PM

    I love your motivation for fitting in those long runs.. what an inspiration! Party it up, girl! :D

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/31/2010 12:32PM

    Jillian Michaels called, she wants her killer calves back! emoticon emoticon

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AMADEUS620 12/31/2010 12:26PM

    huge progress!!! you are so lean! great work girl! and nice job on the run!!!

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REDDIRTRUNNER 12/31/2010 12:14PM

    I agree with everyone else- I see a huge difference in the photos! Great job getting that run in! The jeans look awesome- don't ever worry about not being able to pull any type of clothes off- you look fabulous! Happy New Year to you!

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REDDIRTRUNNER 12/31/2010 12:14PM

    I agree with everyone else- I see a huge difference in the photos! Great job getting that run in! The jeans look awesome- don't ever worry about not being able to pull any type of clothes off- you look fabulous! Happy New Year to you!

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LOREENYK 12/31/2010 11:14AM

    Those pics have progress written all over them!!! Put your glasses back on (because you couldn't have been wearing them the first time) and take another look. Pretend it isn't you and really look at each and every body part - you are so much tighter and more defined EVERYWHERE!!!
Cheers, Loreen

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MOTIVATEDMB 12/31/2010 10:17AM

    Oh my goodness yOU ARE BLIND! Girl, it looks like you just put in about 3 months of an intense program and that is only 27 days of work! KEEP DOIN WHAT YOU ARE DOING. YOu look AMAZING. I so want your body and are my new goal body! HOw about that for motivation you motivate me!

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FLEXCHEF 12/31/2010 10:15AM

    No progress, are you blind girl, where did your hips go? Check out those obliques and serratus coming in. Much flatter tummy and definition all over. You look amazing. Most changes from the tummy down. Great jeans but its whats in the jeans that make the jeans.

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TESS6166 12/31/2010 9:35AM

    Check out your hammies! You look great!

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 12/31/2010 9:31AM

    You are amazing! Way to get the run in so early -- now you can truly enjoy the rest of the day!

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My REAL start photos: 50+ lbs GONE (Obviously, a photo blog)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I joined the Rachel Mac Challenge recently, and enjoyed going through and looking at some of the other people's start photos. I also noticed that many of these participants seemed extremely shy and embarrassed about their photos. I mean, with my clothes on, I am not THAT confident, and take the clothes off?? And then take pictures?? I was totally empathizing with the others. I took my pictures and posted them.... and I got an OVERWHELMING POSITIVE response... I mean wow! Huge compliments.

Well, that is not so fair. See, those aren't my REAL start photos. So, I got to thinking - it's about time I post my REAL photos, start to finish, of my weightloss. These aren't pretty. They are quite embarassing for me. Many of them I have never before posted online because I was too embarassed. But then again, it shows how far I have come, right? On top of that, I will be celebrating 2 years of when I started out on my journey, so it seems very fitting.

Start: December 31st, 2008, 3 months post-partum from the birth of my twins.
Weight: 175 lbs (Height: 5'5'')
Status: 28 yrs old at start, married, mother of 4 children
I was playing Guitar Hero and being silly.... =) New Year's Eve, ya know. But uggh. These are just painful to see.

A few months later, after I had lost 10-15 lbs....

This one was taken in June 2009, I believe, after I got under 150 lbs

This one, taken in July 2009, I was just under 140 lbs and these are my goals pants... Don't worry, I was NOT wearing those out with that muffin top!! This was just for picture purposes!!

SAME JEANS, taken in August 2009, around 130 lbs.

And this one, again SAME JEANS, taken in October 2009, after reaching my goal weight of 122 lbs.
Those jeans are actually a bit too baggy now, even with a belt, they just seem to fit funny.... How cool is that???

And this photo, which was taken just a few days ago for the Rachel Mac Challenge, is where I am now. Still in the lower 120s more than a year later.

And a sassy pic in my new skinny jeans, that are a size 27 with NO MUFFIN TOP!! WOOOHOO!!

Has my weight fluctuated over that? You bet! I have let myself slide, gained a few pounds here and there, had to work them back off. We all have our battles and weaknesses, bad eating habits, and other thins that try to creep back in. But I keep at it, and that is what matters. And I feel GREAT where I am. Is it always easy? NO! But it's so worth it.

So for all of you who were embarassed or bashful about your photos, this one is for you.

Happy Sparking to all!! Keep working toward those healthy goals!!

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MELISSAISAFOX 2/25/2011 9:09AM

    ROCK ON! You look amazing and so brave. Thanks for posting!

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SWIMSTAR347 2/24/2011 6:53PM

    You look great! Thank you for sharing your progress.


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CHEF4RENT 2/11/2011 10:08PM

    Wow very amazing transformation!!

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    Wow-I can't believe you had twins! You look great, and where did that muffin top go? I'm trying to get rid of one, but I don't think I get down to 122 lbs. to do it, so I guess I'm stuck with covering it up with sweaters and blouses that I won't tuck into my pants. That's okay, cause even with the muffin top, I look better at 180, than I did 18 months ago at 328!!! Keep up the great work, like to hear you are maintaining, that is my dream, once I get to my goal (160). That's where the hard work starts, right? At least that's what I've heard. And you're achieving it--I keep looking for those few success stories, the people who have lost the weight, then KEPT it off. That's what really inspired me!

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1FABULOUSMOM1 2/1/2011 5:53PM

  Great Job lady.

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BYTEGURL 1/28/2011 1:36PM

  This has to be the most inspiring photo blog I've seen! Seems like I have the same body type and to see someone that has come this far!! FANTASTIC!!

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GATORLADY02347 1/27/2011 3:36PM

    You look amazing!

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TASH310 1/26/2011 10:25PM

    Wow! You look great. Congrats to you

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BLONDIESUE11 1/26/2011 9:30PM

    Thank you for posting! I have been stalking the Rachel_Mac challenge for a few weeks and wanted to join, but was afraid to post my "real" pictures up. This is so inspiring and you have done an amazing job!!

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AMBERMARIEE 1/26/2011 11:45AM

    Thank you so much for posting the pictures. You have inspired me to continue working hard at losing weight. MELPHILLIPS741 is right on when she says "this is reassurance that with hard work it can be done." I couldn't have said it better!! emoticon

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LYDILOS 1/26/2011 9:31AM

    Rachel Mac Challenge, eh? I'm always looking for a new motivator. Maybe after I finish the Boot camp. One thing at a time.

You do look fabulous! emoticon
One thing I see is confidence.

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MUSHROOMSTEW 1/26/2011 9:09AM

    Wow you look gorgeous!!

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CBACH71 1/25/2011 4:08PM

    Love your photo blog! Congratulations.

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RENEGADE13 1/24/2011 5:59PM

    What a remarkable transformation! Congratulations!

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RHERONEMUS 1/24/2011 1:43PM

  Amazing!! what inspiration!

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IONA72 1/24/2011 10:25AM

    A fantastic achievement, well done! emoticon

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NELLBELLA26 1/23/2011 9:08PM

    You look amazing!

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LACHELY 1/23/2011 3:19PM

    YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MELPHILLIPS741 1/23/2011 3:11PM

    What an AWESOME blog!! Good for you :) - Thank-you for sharing, we are the same height and have the same goal weight - I am just 4 lbs shy of 122 lbs and am getting very nervous about the maintenence phase, and I have not been that size in many, many years. This is reasurrance that with hard work it can be done!!

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FIREFLYBRIDE 1/23/2011 2:37PM

    emoticon So happy for you! You look great!!

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KRISTEN_SAYS 1/23/2011 1:55PM

    That's awesome, you look fantastic!

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LORRAANN77 1/22/2011 11:08PM

    Great job! You look marvelous!

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KYMBERLEIGH_C 1/22/2011 1:51PM

    WOW!! You look GREAT!! Look at those muscles!!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/21/2011 7:42PM

    woohooo you are awesome! you did great!!!!
I wish to follow your footsteps!!! we are almost same height!
you give me hope!!! to see 120 lol, I am happy at 150, when I get there

opps did I already comment here before, lol. still inspiring

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CUPCAKE2CARROTS 1/21/2011 7:29PM

    Thank you so much for the post. I am headed into the other room to start my Bob Harper's Kettlebell DVD. This post was just what I need to get me moving :) emoticon

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KO0000 1/21/2011 6:46PM

  Wow! You look amaaaaazing! emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 1/21/2011 6:45PM

    Congratulations on your amazing journey and being brave enough to post your Before pics! You look fantastic and so happy!

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FIT-WHIT 1/21/2011 6:26PM

    Wow, woman... WHAT AN INSPIRATION!! You look fabulous! Congrats on your success so far! I can't even believe those "starting" pictures are the same PERSON!! You are a whole new YOU!

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PAXAPUNCH 1/21/2011 4:54PM

    YOU ROCK !!!

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MARIE_S 1/21/2011 4:21PM

    Great job!!


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FRANKIEMOMMY 1/21/2011 4:08PM

    That is amazing! Thank you for posting...such an awesome transformation!

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LAURATYRRELLS 1/21/2011 3:27PM

    You look great! Who knew that beautiful skinny woman was in there the whole time?! Congratulations! your awesome picture progression has inspired me to suck it up and take my starting picture! Thank you!

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TRIMNFIT 1/21/2011 3:20PM

    Wow! inspiring, I too have been embarrased to take photos but you have inspired me to be real!

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CICOCICO 1/21/2011 3:04PM

    wow! what a journey! great job!

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MEGSMILEY 1/21/2011 12:04PM

    Awesome work! Very inspiring.

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LUBAML 1/21/2011 11:32AM

    Great job girl! Congratulation! You look amazing! Enjoy ! emoticonLuba

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JELLEN726 1/21/2011 11:21AM

    You are beautiful! thank you for posting the pics and being an inspiration!

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BELLAMIA2823 1/21/2011 7:01AM

    You have seriously rocked it out, girl! Kudos for posting embarassing pics and showing where you came from. It's inspiring to see the changes. And the time it took to get there. Sometimes, it feels like nothing is happening no matter how hard you're trying--this reminds me to keep going regardless of the fact that I'm not instantly looking hot.

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 1/20/2011 10:34AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm living in muffin top h&ll right now so I really loved the pics from 140 to 122.

Amazing AND inspirational. Thanks!!!

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DAZZLINDANCER 1/13/2011 11:32PM

    Awesome job at reaching your goal. I never thought of taking progress pictures of myself. Thank you for having your progress photos posted on your blog. You inspired me, and I know that you will probably be inspiring others to do the same.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 1/12/2011 12:28PM

    WOW!!! Good for you! You look smokin'!!! Congrats on all your success!!!

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JUSTHEATHER2011 1/7/2011 2:10PM

    Your success is amazing and you must be soooo proud! I must say that I followed another SP friend to your blog and perused your page. You rock girl!!! I am so impressed with your activity much so that you have inspired me to increase mine instead of complaining about how "hard" it is to meet my calorie burn goal after my own 50Lb weight loss. I need to bring it! And YOU motivated me to do it! Thanks a bunch! emoticon

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CARLA-216 1/7/2011 10:37AM

    Wowza! Congrats on your incredible success!

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JERIBERI1 1/7/2011 8:33AM

    Fantastic!!!! It's so strange to look at the before pics and the after pics. It's like totally different people.

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