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New Week, New Motivation, Non-Scale Victory - YEAH!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Yesterday at work at the cafe, I DEFINITELY felt like my dress pants were looser than they were a few weeks ago! YIPPY!!! I have decided to focus extra hard on my "Watch Me Shrink" challenge. Time to get busy. I am putting aside other things for a week or 2, and gonna ROCK THIS!

Here are some focal points for me:

1. DRINK more H2O!! I must admit, I have not been drinking enough. To the point where I really think I am on the verge of dehydration. I usually only drink water (and coffee), so kicking soda or other drinks isn't a problem, but I NEED to drink more water. Shootin' for 2-3 Liters a day.

2. TRACK THAT FOOD!! And be honest & accurate. Once I am into a routine tracking, it's no big deal, but I have totally dropped the ball the last few months. Time to get back on that.

3. Cut out the sweet treats. I have been pretty good, but I have delved into some things here and there, and it needs to stop... at least for now, until I really get on a roll with this SHRINKING thing. Then I might deserve a treat here or there.... =)

4. Make healthier food choices... Add more veggies back in. I have been kind of scrounging lately. Been so busy, I haven't been planning out my meals as much. Our meals haven't been quite as healthy as I usually cook, so I need to look out for that and try harder. More salads and veggies, please!!

So, those are my goals this week. I will put aside my sewing projects this week to really focus on getting back on track!! Plus I need to focus on some housework and pre-move organization.... YEAH! This is going to be a HUGE cleansing process!!!

Spark on, Friends!! Hope all my fellow Shrinkers are doing AWESOME!

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KNITTINGMOMOF3 11/21/2011 2:11PM

    emoticon Drinking more water made a huge difference for me this month.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/21/2011 1:19PM

    Lol love ur attitude shrink away can't wait to see resilts

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ROCKINMOM77 11/21/2011 10:29AM

    emoticon Great Goals!! I too some days have such a hard time drinking enough, I only drink water and coffee too. Some days are easy and then the next day I really have to make my self drink water? I don't know what that is!! emoticon

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PIXIEMOM13 11/21/2011 10:24AM

    There's something in the air! I posted about how I need to get more serious too.

We can soooo totally do this!

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ROOT4HOME 11/21/2011 10:19AM

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MICHSTATE 11/21/2011 9:35AM

    Those are great goals!!!! They should help with the shrinking!!!!!

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MAGGIE101857 11/21/2011 6:52AM

    Happy Monday! I could have written this blog - you must have been in my head! I spent the whole weekend trying to get my house in order - to say it was "chaos" would be an understatement. In doing so, I neglected myself - didn't get in my workout, ate on the run, didn't log my food, didn't drink my get the picture! I widh I could just get started on my sewing/holiday projects : (

Thanks for letting me know I am not alone!!! Today is a fresh day, and like you, I am going to try harder!!!!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/21/2011 5:51AM

    Sounds very doable! You will be do it! Shrink away!

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

So, I know I keep telling you all that I have been busy... I really have been. On top of being a mom of 4 (twins and a special needs child in that mix), I have decided to take a leap and try doing something I love... I will get to that.

First, I would like to update on DH's new job.

Ummmmm..... It's good, but not a long term thing. He likes the work, gets along with everyone great, has a great handle on the work itself already... But right off that bat, his first day in fact, his boss started saying how horrible the business was doing, and painting a dooms-day picture for everyone. Not exactly a great way to start out at a new job. We are not sure how true it all is, if the business is really doing as poorly as he says, but it just doesn't seem to be something we want to stay in forever..... He is super happy he is out of the family business though!! I cannot emphasize that enough!

But what this all means, is that we are back to plan A - moving back to the States ASAP. We had already started the immigration process for him, and we are ready for the final step (getting the paperwork together, and getting an interview with an Immigration Officer in Frankfurt). We will be putting our house up for sale again as soon as possible. We are certain this is the right decision. We thought a new job would change things, but it has only made us MORE certain that we need to leave. We are ready to come HOME!! (We will most likely be heading to Florida at this point.)

I am not allowed to say anything about this on Facebook, so I am going to be venting all my excitement, fears, trials, and whatever goes along with this crazy move on HERE!

So, my big secret project!!

I have discovered I love sewing!! And that I am quite good at it! So, I have invested in some really great fabrics, and have started making and selling handbags. I feel like I am crazy, like "who would wanna buy my stuff???" But I just gotta try. I can't help it, I am a DREAMER!! If you all would like to check out my Facebook page that I created, here it is:

So, here is what I have made so far!
Dresses for my girls:

Bags (In order in which I have made them):


So That is what I have been up to!! Please stop by and see me on Facebook, and add me as a friend if you would like!

Spark on, Friends!!

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TWINSMOMMY607 11/23/2011 12:17PM

    I LOVE THOSE BAGS!! You are really talented!!

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FOXY13445 11/21/2011 9:25PM

    omg woman!! all that stuff looks seriously emoticon emoticon I really like purse #3

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 11/21/2011 3:52PM

    WOO HOO!!! How exciting!!!

I love the drsses and the bags!!

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RUN2BEFREE 11/21/2011 3:41PM

    Delighted to hear that you will be coming home to the States. We'll finally get to meet you!

Love your bags! Good luck!

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MARATHON_MOM 11/21/2011 3:09PM

    How did I miss this blog??
I am beyond THRILLED that you are coming back to the States! And to FLORIDA! That's not too far at all! We'll be Georgia/Florida neighbors!

Where in Florida??

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WONDERWOMAN 11/20/2011 11:01PM

    Super cute stuff! You're gonna do great...with everything.

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KILTGUY 11/20/2011 4:41PM

    West Palm Beach baby!

You can sell your wonderful dresses, etc. on I have a friend up in Ocala who also sews and that's where she sells her things.

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DXTREME45 11/20/2011 11:07AM

    Florida!!!!!!!!!!! That's my neck of the woods. I'm in Western Palm Beach County. What part of Florida are you guys thinking of moving to?

Those dresses are adorable. Your daughters are adorable. They look like they are in a magazine with their new dresses.

Good luck with your new endeavor, there is nothing wrong with being a dreamer.

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PSALM42 11/20/2011 5:05AM

    Those are great! My mom sews and it's on my bucket list :)

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APIRLRAIN888 11/19/2011 11:37PM

    Love it

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/19/2011 7:11PM

    My mom used to make my sister and me clothes all the time:)
Your bags are super cute also!
Best of luck with all your changes!

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HOPEFULSWEIGH 11/19/2011 6:04PM

    Love it!!! The dresses are adorable.

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MUMMAMICHELLE 11/19/2011 4:14PM

    What a wonderful talent! Great job on the bags and dresses are beautiful...follow your dream mommma! At least after all of the changes you can now feel absolutely confident you are making the right decision, you gave it another shot and it didn't work. The future holds wonderful things for your family!

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TEACHEROF4TH 11/19/2011 3:28PM

    What a beautiful family! Love, love, love your bags!

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AMOHAME2 11/19/2011 1:45PM

    Your girls are adorable! And those bags are amazing, I love them!!!

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MICHSTATE 11/19/2011 1:02PM

    Very cute dresses, and purses, and girls!!!!!!:-)

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ROOT4HOME 11/19/2011 12:46PM

    Oh my gosh Darcy!!! That's amazing news! I am sorry however that your DH's new job doesn't seem more stable...hence, the move but I'm so thrilled you'll be in the states!! And I LOVE your bags! My mom used to sew when I was little too and I have a similiar pic of me and my older sis in dresses she made - your lovely DD's pic reminded me of it...they're adorable! Wishing you continuted sucesss!!

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Watch Me Shrink... or not so much.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Week 3 (Sorry I didn't post last week.)

Ok I am a little discouraged. Not seeing as much results as I would like, but I will post the pics anyway. Weight is stuck between 133 and 134 pounds still. But then again TOM was visiting me this week (still is), and that might be adding a little. However, I have not been tracking my food... at all. I have been so busy with other things, and I find it EXTREMELY difficult to focus on so many different things at the same time. But this week, I am determined to try harder at the tracking thing. It is so tough once you get out of the habit......

Here are my first week's pics:


So there you have it. Probably not a big change if any at all.

Good thing is that I have been ROCKING my workouts - running 3-4 days a week, and 2xs a week at BodyPump. Great start for me getting my groove back.

But that eating and tracking has got to get underway. I of all people should know this. Here's to the coming week! I can do this!! (I think!)

Go SHRINK IT, Spark People!!

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ECHAVEZ2 11/20/2011 12:35AM

    you are doing great! Can see some GREAT abs ready to show themselves. Shapeliness is there! Keep it going and be sure to watch the sweet treats; they can really get cha. Use fruits instead. You'll get the numbers this week. Rock it!

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APIRLRAIN888 11/19/2011 11:41PM

    It's TOM! take pica after :) was told any change during translate to huge changes

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MUMMAMICHELLE 11/19/2011 4:17PM

    Keep it up Darcy, you will see more obvious change after a couple weeks :)

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MICHSTATE 11/19/2011 11:28AM

    I think I some slimming!!!!! It has only been a week, you will get the results you want if you keep at it!!!!!:-)

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PSALM42 11/19/2011 11:21AM

    You look great- keep going! TOM always messes me up!

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Watch Me Shrink Challenge (Wk-1) - Some serious shrinking action needs to occur!!!

Friday, November 04, 2011

WARNING: This blog is only for the strong of stomach, as these photos are quite disgusting... Well maybe more to me than others, but you will definitely get to see my work that is cut out for me!!

I have been super, super busy lately, and although I have wanted to get on this challenge, I simply have had too many other things to do. October was so busy, it just seemed to vaporize. (If you're wondering what I have been up to, you can read my other blogs.)

But I am READY to get STARTED!!!

I know this full well. So no more staring and wishing and drooling, and thinking it will come easy. Time to get back on my game.

Last Christmas, I took this photo, which is also on my profile.

But now, I can barely fit into these same jeans. Taken today:

Shall we say..... MAD MUFFIN TOP!! It's so frustrating that I have let myself go so much....

But time to get down and dirty! Here is my program:

My goal is to lose 10-13 lbs, and get back down under 125 lbs.
Current weight: 134.2 (I weighed at the beginning of the week and was at 136, so it's already moving!!)

I know some people don't like the scale, but I am a big scale-user. I have found when I track accurately, eat right, and exercise (burn more than I eat), the weight comes down, and when the weight comes down, it shows in the photos. I hate measuring.... sorry.

*Eat a clean diet, as free from packaged and highly-processed foods as possible.
*Seldom eating out.
*Kick the white flour/white sugar, and eat the even healthier sweets on a bare minimum.

I already pretty much do these things, except the tracking at the moment. I have let that slide BIG TIME. And I have been allowing more sweets lately.

Run 4-5 days per week @ least 30 min/run
Strength Train 2-3 Xs per week (Usually in the form of BodyPump class, but also P90X here and there)

So, that is my plan! Come on, Shrinkers!!! WE CAN DO THIS!!

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AGIBSO10 11/21/2011 6:57AM

    I know how you feel. I have struggled with gaining some back too! It is 3 weeks and I am down 5lbs, so I am getting back on track. I think for me it was a combination of.. I began to run soooo much in marathon training that I started to eat more. It was o.k., until after the marathon and I kept eating so much without the massive amounts of running. Not to mention letting excuses get in the way etc... Good Luck to you!

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IDOLIKESUSHI 11/19/2011 5:40PM

    This is hard. We achieve such great results and then we sabotage ourselves. Some super-Freudian theory was stating it`s because we don`t feel worth of such success. I think it`s an unhealthy relationship with food ... Crazy life getting in the way. Plus our unconscious thought "I`ve lost those pounds before, I can do it anytime" - so here we are, eternally "losing weight".
But like they say "fall seven times get up eight times". You are focused and know what`s best for you. Keep it up!

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 11/19/2011 8:29AM

    I know the feeling... for me being on the road means the scale is up! You posted this 15 days ago so I am guessing that you are super busy but I hope you are doing well and that you are making the progress toward your goals! Look like you have a great plan to achieve it! Go Girl, you can do this!
(P.S.I am back home and back on track too - was up 5 lbs after my trip, back to starting point now... 5 to go before Jan!) The scale and tracking are keeping me accountable!

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HOPE541 11/17/2011 6:51PM

    Welcome to WMS and congrats on your blog. You can do this!

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ROOBEARZ 11/6/2011 9:35PM

    Welcome to WMS!! I enjoy Body Pump, too. Good luck to you!

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MARYMO22 11/6/2011 12:21PM

    welcome - I look forward to watching you shrink
you can do this. !

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SWEETNSKINNY 11/5/2011 12:35PM

    You can do it!!! I'm in the exact same boat, you definitely are not alone! Get it girl!

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DXTREME45 11/4/2011 4:50PM

    Welcome to WMS. You have come to the right place. What better to way to track progress then with pictures.

I'm looking forward to 'Watching You Shrink."

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RAINEMARIE214 11/4/2011 1:01PM

    I am in the exact same boat as you! You've got a great plan! You can do it!

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JENN26POINT2 11/4/2011 12:32PM

    I'm working on shrinking myself!! Best efforts to you!!

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AMOHAME2 11/4/2011 11:26AM

    I can see you shrinking already!!! You can do it!

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ZORAHGAIL 11/4/2011 11:03AM

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KKINNEA 11/4/2011 10:36AM

    Yay ShrinkingMami, you can do it!

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MOMONTHERUN1 11/4/2011 10:24AM

    I am with you on this as well. You have a plan and I believe that you can do it.


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ROOT4HOME 11/4/2011 10:21AM

    Love the energy!! Great motivation for me too...just what I needed!! emoticon

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KNITTINGMOMOF3 11/4/2011 10:15AM

    Sounds like a good plan. emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 11/4/2011 9:49AM

    I'm with you....Let's get this done!

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ROCKINMOM77 11/4/2011 9:39AM

    emoticon because you are emoticon!!

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OL1015 11/4/2011 9:22AM

  You can definitely do did it before. You're all ready on your way. You'll be able to take a similar picture this Christmas in the same jeans.

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JENS_MISSION 11/4/2011 8:42AM

    I can feel the energy from reading go, you can do it!!!!!

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    Awesome! You're going to do great at this! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 11/4/2011 6:49AM

    Same story!!!!!! Took me 8 wks!!!! Lets do this! My wms Jean still muffin toppy lol
Let's shrink!

So proud of u!!!!!! I think it's easier Shen we don't have a bef fit!!! Having a bef fit gives u more mental torture! But we know u Did it bef! Let's do it again

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AKATUJE 11/4/2011 6:19AM

    You have a great plan, and you can do this!!! Best wishes...

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KEK_KEISH 11/4/2011 6:01AM

    Your plan looks well implemented.. Iím sure youíll have no problem Ssshhrinking!! The scale is already moving--woohoo! Bye, bye muffin top!
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MICHSTATE 11/4/2011 5:50AM

    WooHoo!!!! You are going to have great results!!!!! Let's do this!!!!!:-)

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LAUROCHKA 11/4/2011 5:40AM

    Hey Darcy!
Great plan, I've pretty much experienced the same myself since May. After running my marathon and a little hospital procedure I pretty much stopped exercising and started losing track of what I was eating! All my good work undone and I put on about 5kg (11 lbs approx)so I'm with you on this plan!
This week has been a good start for me so I wish you all the best and I'll be excited to share motivation and progress!

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It's O.V.E.R!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

All I gotta say is, WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!

October was a complete blur, and for those of you who might be wondering where I have been hiding... here's the low-down.

I have been going to school for a year and a half here in Germany to study Home Economics. Sounds boring, I know. Never thought I would want to study that. LOL But here in Germany, it is much more in depth than what I remember from Home Ec class in school in the States. We learned everything from how to do every-day house work, to caring for appliances, to decorating and flower arrangements, to party planning and proper food prep (my REAL reason for taking that entire course.)

We took our written exam back in May. It was the most brutal exam I have ever faced - all long-answer, in German to top it off. An exam with 3 sections, spanning over about 5 hours. I felt like I was writing, and writing, and writing endlessly, and had no idea if it was even making sense, since German is NOT my first language... LOL

Well, I feared I had failed the exam. No seriously, really that I failed. I tried to count up my points for each segment to kind of get an idea as to where I might be, and that last section, I was sure I did NOT pass. But they made us wait until we finished our practical exams to tell us.... the practical exams being held during the second half of OCTOBER! That's right - that is what I have been "up to", and that is how long I have had to wait to see if I passed my exam in May!! 5 LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG months!!

So we had our practical exams during the past 2 weeks. My mom flew over here to Germany on October 7th, so she could watch my marathon, but also to take care of the kids for me during my exams. I knew I would be SUPER busy, and with hubby being new at his job, we did NOT want to ask for time off.

The practical exams consisted of 2 assignments, one of which we received and had to immediately plan out - recipes, time plan of the work, everything - then turn it in, and carry it out 2 days later in front of our exam judges (we were each assigned 2 judges). Then we received the second assignment, which we had a week to plan for, but was much more involved. My assignment was to be a party planner, and plan a Halloween Party for a 16-year-old girl and her 7 friends.... FUN!! But a TON OF WORK!! (BTW, that is the ONLY reason I even BOUGHT Halloween candy, because normally, I do not really do anything for Halloween.)

The first project was a complete flop. It was so bad, I cried uncontrollably at the end. And I NEVER CRY in public... LOL I picked some recipes that were new to me, and frankly, too much work. And the entire thing was just a fiasco.

But last Thursday was the big day for the second and last project. I carried out my exam project for my exam judges (complete strangers, btw), and I was BLESSED to have a couple of super nice ladies who went out of their way to make me feel comfortable, which was a huge help. I didn't do everything perfectly, and I didn't quite get everything dished up like I had planned (the dishing up part is VERY IMPORTANT to Germans!!), but I knew I had done pretty well.

But that written exam was still hanging over my head.... Did I pass or not? Quite honestly, I was expecting to have to retake it.

So at the end, we were all sitting in the room waiting for all of the judges to come in, when the lady who was head of the program came in and told us, unfortunately, 2 ladies out of our 8 would have to come with her, as they did NOT pass the exams. I was fully expecting her to say my name....

But she didn't.

Instead, I got a diploma that evening. I have NO IDEA how I passed everything, but those other 2 ladies (native Germans, btw) did not. I sat there completely stunned!!!

I really have no idea how I would have made it through with out my mother here. The past few weeks have been so extremely stressful, words cannot even describe. BUT I MADE IT!! And I PASSED!!!

I am now a "Hauswirtschafterin" here in Germany. emoticon

Now I need to catch a li'l Spark FEVAH, and work off the 10-13 lbs I have gained since last Christmas!!!! I am already getting back into a regular, though mileage-reduced running routine, and back into my BodyPump classes. I am ready to hit it HARDCORE, and get back into my skinny jeans!! Cheer me on, Spark Friends!! I will be posting a "Watch Me Shrink" blog very soon...... Stay tuned!!

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SWEETNSKINNY 11/5/2011 12:39PM

    I would have been a nervous wreck!!! GREAT job and a huge woohooo!!!!!!!

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SRVFREAK176 11/4/2011 11:03AM

    DARCY SO VERY PROUD OF YOU!! emoticon emoticon!!! MRS.AMAZING!! emoticon

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ROOT4HOME 11/4/2011 10:18AM

    Congratulations Darcy!!! So glad it all worked out and you passed the exams!!! Yay!!

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JSCOTT86 11/4/2011 8:17AM

  Congrats!!! Take time to enjoy those runs now!

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IMSMILEY88 11/4/2011 7:10AM

    Congratulations! That is wonderful!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/3/2011 7:27PM

    Great news!!! You will get back in those jeans in no time!
You can do it!

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NYC_NATIVE 11/3/2011 8:28AM

    Congratulations on your accomplishment!!! Yay!!!

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JOPAPGH 11/3/2011 7:59AM

    WooHoo on getting your diploma!!

I'm looking to drop 10 lbs to help my racing performance (and pants fitting).

We have missed you at Sparky Marathoners. Join us again for as much inspiration as you need.

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SEEHOLZ 11/3/2011 5:51AM

    I knew you would pass! You worked sooooo hard at it- I totally understand how stressful exams can be... especially ones that take hours. And I know how hard it is to find time to eat properly and work out and take care of house, hubbby and kid. (I don't have kids... but I do have a full time job and got to school part time)

Soak in that feeling of just being AMAZING! I am sooo glad you had your Mom to help you through this- she sure sounds like a life saver and I am so glad she was able to come and stay with you :-)

For real, soak it all in and be super proud of yourself!!!


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JUNEBUGABEE 11/2/2011 9:01AM

    Congrats! I have German grandparents, very old school, so I understand the pressure you must have felt.


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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 11/2/2011 6:03AM

    emoticon That is FANTASTIC! You must be so proud! This was a lot of effort and you made it! Enjoy this time to celebrate your accomplishments! emoticon

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MARGIE100%PURE 11/1/2011 4:08PM

    Good Goals need great action plans. Sounds like you are good at that. Well done!Make melting self fun. Laughter through tears is a fulfilling emotion! emoticon

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BARBRUN 11/1/2011 2:33PM

    Congratulations !! emoticon

What a relief you must feel. Take it easy now. emoticon

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ICKA_2 11/1/2011 1:39PM

    That's incredible!! You ROCK! emoticon

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KAREN_NY 11/1/2011 1:11PM

    **** WOW!!! **** Who knew home ec could be so brutal? I think the party for the teenagers would've blown me right away, lol.

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SMILESRME 11/1/2011 12:59PM

    You just keep on through it all Darcy! Congrats on your completion and PASSING your schooling! Happy Dance time! emoticon

What a great feeling for you to accomplish this...especially taking the exam in German! You conquered that; you conquered your marathon; now you will conquer that little Spark fevah' too!!

Your mom is a special treasure too!

Well done and we are cheering you on.
Julia : )

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 11/1/2011 12:53PM

    Congrats!!! That is wonderful!!

We have missed you :o)

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LAURIE5658 11/1/2011 12:50PM

    Oh wow!!! Congratulations and job well done!!! Now, throw yourself a big huge partay!!!!

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ROCKINMOM77 11/1/2011 12:11PM

    emoticon That is so emoticon!! You should be very proud!!
It shouldn't be that hard to catch the spark fever again, I understand many have it and it is pretty contagious!! lol Looking forward to seeing you more!! {{spark sneeze}} oops sorry, hopefully you catch it!!

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DLEDBETTER11 11/1/2011 12:05PM

    Way to go...that just sounds brutal! Congrats!!! emoticon

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AMOHAME2 11/1/2011 11:42AM

    Congrats on passing your exams! That program sounds so interesting and useful, but INTENSE!!! There was a program at my university called Hotel and Food Administration and we used to make fun of them because of how easy it sounded: "Beverage ManagementI and II" (ie wine and beer tasting), "Golf Green Care" and a few courses about tasting and preparing food were included in the program. But those students worked so many hours, it was ridiculous!! There was one full-year course where they had to plan and execute a restaurant, including being open to the public for a day with a complete menu and everything. Cool, yes, but way too intense for me!

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