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123# lost.. Arm Skin Removal Surgery and in general an update

Sunday, February 16, 2014

I'm bouncing between 202 and 205.. and have been for a while now.. s'ok.. my body continues to change thanks to lifting heavy weights.. I need a shirt that says "Body Remodeling Under Way" LOL I am solidly in a size 10 WOOT WOOT.. but when last I blogged I was going to have brachioplasty (arm lift) surgery and promised updates..

I had surgery December 16th... everything went well.. here's the immediate post op pic compared to the pre-op before picture

There were both staples and internal stitches and my doctor did the Posterior approach which is what I requested.. I wanted the hangy down lump of skin over my elbows gone and to do that required the posterior approach.. this is post op day 1.. staples intact.. all the lines are the marks the surgeon made..

The staples came out on day 4.. the pictures below are two weeks post-op.. still swollen but already the scars are looking good.. and I like how you can't see them when I show off my guns LOL

Do I like them??? I LOVE THEM!! The swelling is completely gone now.. when to the doctor the other day and she didn't have to use the big cuff!! I no longer have to limit myself to stretchy shirts that will fit my arms, I can wear NON-stretchy blouses! I can wear t-shirts!! and when summer gets here I'm going to rock tank tops!.. but the best part is I no longer make unpleasant sounds when working out.. it was always so embarrassing.. The scars are looking fabulous and I'm amazed at how good they look.. in a year they will practically be invisible.. from behind you can only see the scars over the elbows so it kinda looks like I had elbow surgery.. LOL.. regardless, I am over the moon happy with the outcome.

I continue to do CrossFit 3-4 times a week and I lift heavy weights.. however, remember when I had to wear the boot for three months for my achilles in the fall? Well, it caused me to change my gait which shifted my pelvis and caused me to have bursitis in my hip and flared up a herniated disc I've had for a long long time causing shooting pains down my left leg cuz the disc was compressing my femoral nerve.. anyhoo, I used my surgery recovery time to go to physical therapy to get everything the boot caused to get out of whack back in line.. my orthopedic doc says it will take another six months to get everything back where it belongs.. I said "so let me get this straight? I wore the boot for 3 months and it caused another 9 months of issues??" his response? "yes." LOL whatever.. thanks to my heavy weight lifting I am stronger than ever so what in the past would have put me flat on my back in bed is now only a nuisance.. THANK YOU STRONG CORE!.. I laid off of back squats for two months and finally started back doing them again this week.. YEAH!! in the meantime, I've been working on my olympic lifting like snatches and clean and jerks... SO. MUCH. FUN.

I continue to eat Paleo and feel fantastic.. frustrated a bit by the plateau but after 123# loss am i really going to bitch about it?? Nah.. plus, my original goal was to get to a size 12.. and I've surpassed that because I am firmly in a size 10 at 5'11" 204lbs... crazy but I like it!

My mind has really shifted to focus on being FIT and STRONG rather than weight loss.. March 2nd will be my 1 year anniversary of starting CrossFit and Paleo.. I thought I wanted to be in ONEderland but really?? I am very happy where I am but know that I could stand to lose another 15lbs or so.. we'll see.. really enjoying living my new life.. and am so so thankful!

So, I'll leave you with this pic of me from a party I attended last Friday..

Lift Heavy, Lift Often!

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COLUMBINE2 4/29/2014 11:13PM did I miss this blog in Feb? You look magnificent...truly, truly. Beautiful is an understatement. I think you are the most dedicated sparker I've ever known. I'm so in awe of your dedication and hard, hard, hard work.

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    You look gorgeous Annie!! Thanks so much for updating us. A size 10 is marvelous!!

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LIVESTRONG2010 2/24/2014 8:10AM

    Wow Annie you look awesome! I want that surgery so bad. I haven't check into it yet because I'm pretty sure insurance won't cover it and I don't have that kind of money. Thanks for sharing and so happy for you!

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    Your arms look amazing and you look beautiful and your attitude rocks. Just stumbled upon your page and I'm glad I did.
Never did much heavy weight lifting but am thinking more and more about it. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

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MEH50BEWELL 2/21/2014 3:04PM

    Absolutely Marvelous! Thanks for sharing the surgery pics. emoticon

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FLAMENM 2/17/2014 8:58PM

    Absolutely fabulous!

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JUNEAU2010 2/17/2014 5:52PM

    You look fabulous! I am so inspired by your story! Thank you for sharing!

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CHAKARA1 2/17/2014 2:44PM

    Congratulations on all you have accomplished. It is great to see hard work paying off. Very inspiring.

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KERRYG155 2/17/2014 11:15AM

    That looks really familiar. I loved mine when I had them done and for several months after but my skin didn't have enough or any elasticity and it didn't last. I'm sure yours will!

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CHICAT63 2/17/2014 9:38AM

    WOW, wow again. Looking at the picture of your surgery gave me some real good insights as that is one area I am thinking about doing myself - thank you for sharing. You are rocking it Sista, be proud, real proud ! emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 2/17/2014 9:24AM

    Thanks for the update, Annie. You are looking soooo good and your happiness just bubbles through my computer from your blog. Don't be a stranger here on SP. I think of you often. emoticon

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ELSAT137 2/17/2014 9:13AM

    Wow! Like many have said - AMAZING. It is so neat to see how much you and your life have changed in a year! So inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

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MAESTROSHASHA 2/17/2014 9:12AM

    Thanks for posting this! Love that the scar doesn't detract from the gun show! Keep up the good work and thanks for the inspiration!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/17/2014 8:31AM

    Very awesome kiddo! You look great (and now have the scars to prove it!)

Hope the bursitis heals up soon....looking forward to more updates and your most awesome new summer 2014 look!

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STEPH-KNEE 2/17/2014 7:23AM

    You are amazing, you look amazing, your guns are amazing, and I am just over the moon for you!! emoticon emoticon

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SUGAR0814 2/17/2014 12:12AM

    You look fantastic! emoticon

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EDDYMEESE 2/16/2014 11:56PM

    WOW WOW WOW!!!


Thank you for such a positive, uplifting blog and you look fabulous!

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PONYFARMER 2/16/2014 9:55PM

    Wow, you look amazing. I am so happy for your success. I do have to say that I need that same flabby arm surgery after I lose the rest of my weight but honestly it looks very painful and I am scared to death to do it.

So Paleo and lots of weight lifting is the trick. I will have to look into the Paleo, I have heard it mentioned but just not sure what the heck it really is. All I can say is that you found what works and you have worked it and now you look fantastic. Keep up the great work.

I also have changed my tune about the whole weight thing, because who knew a healthy 203 could even be in a size 10. Just cannot go by weight or what others say or think. Proof is in the pictures!!!

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 2/16/2014 8:03PM

    What a great post! Congrats on the fantastic weight loss, and good luck with a speedy recovery from your surgery!

Can I ask how heavy you were when you started crossfit? I'm thinking about it myself, but at 245 pounds, assumed I am too heavy.

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EXOTEC 2/16/2014 7:55PM

    What a great picture of a beautiful lady! I'm so impressed by you!

I wonder if you might be willing to discuss how the surgery felt in terms of pain or physical restrictions... what sort of post-op therapies... how long the recovery took? I ask, because I've lost *so* much weight that my expected surgery (when I finally get to goal) is going to encompass a whole/total "body lift". One doctor says he thinks the tissue reduction may come to 30-50 pounds. Yikes.

I was just wondering what I'm in for; I do better hearing and preparing for even bad news if I can get it firmly in my mind, and develop some kind of mental strategy. I already expect to be in a bed and fitted out with drains... but I'm not sure how much discomfort to prepare myself for. I guess everyone varies there... and I'm not to that point yet!

But seeing how beautifully your arm surgery went encourages me!
You look *GREAT*

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MT-MOONCHASER 2/16/2014 7:07PM

    You are doing great!!


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awesome job

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ZEECHA 2/16/2014 4:52PM

    You look terrific!
I was wondering about you & your surgery, so thanks for updating. :)
Keep lifting! wow.

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SUEAZZI 2/16/2014 3:44PM

    emoticon on your achievements! Love your pic, you look amazing... focusing on being fit and strong is a great inspiration to me. emoticon

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    I really love how you posted pics of your arm surgery. I will probably want to talk to you more about this in the future. I have lost about 75, and I am already having problems with arm skin hanging. And I have to buy bigger sizes of shirts to accommodate my arms, too :(

You look fabulous and it is very encouraging to see someone be so successful! Congratulations!

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    You look amazing!

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NELLJONES 2/16/2014 12:03PM

    I had the same thing done, only the scars were more minimal. I love it, too!! When trying on jackets, they always talk about bust and shoulder measurements, and length of hem and sleeve, but never the circumference of the sleeve. Now they will all fit!! Well worth the discomfort and every penny it took!

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AMARILYNH 2/16/2014 11:49AM

    You are just AMAZING! I've been waiting for this blog because I KNEW you were looking fantastic, but as usual you surpassed my expectations!! You truly are my hero!!

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VKKESU 2/16/2014 10:34AM

    Congrats !! You look great ! When we can get the mind to thinking fit and strong then you can achieve anything !!!

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EABHA70 2/16/2014 10:34AM

    Hello, Annie! I'm also Annie, and this post is fascinating. I have often wondered about the process of getting excess skin removed, the healing, etc. Thanks so much for sharing!

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LADYG2U 2/16/2014 10:33AM

    Congratulations you look fantastic I know I will need to remove excess skin in the future is this something that insurance covers? When did you decide it was time to do the surgery when you have reached your goal weight? emoticon

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STRONG_SARAH 2/16/2014 10:29AM

    Annie, it's so nice to hear from you! Congratulations on everything you've achieved. I know it must be so exciting for you to wear a size ten, wear tank tops, and most happy in your skin. Thanks for blogging, all the best, Sarah

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JENRAQTAY87 2/16/2014 10:27AM

    Ouch that looks really intense! I am glad you got the results you wanted and are showing them off :)

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Lose !00# and try Heaving Snatch Balances

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Excuse the gum chewing... but I found that I get a EEWWWW taste in my mouth when I exercise and gum helps.. a lot.. but this is me doing a Heaving Snatch Balances at my CrossFit gym - CrossFit Exile.. at the time this video was taken I'd lost 109# (weighed 217#).. Lifting heavy weights has been another key to my weight loss and to my toned legs and strong core... I love the heaving snatch balance because it's technical.. lots of things going on at once.. but most of all, I feel strong.. and have found I LOVE TO FEEL STRONG!

I encourage you to LIFT HEAVY! And if you don't know how, then invest in a coach to help you learn.. you've heard for years how your metabolism decreases as you age.. do you know why? because your muscle mass drops.. but doesn't have to be inevitable.. do what you need to do to KEEP your muscle or, gasp, GAIN MUSCLE.. and your metabolism doesn't have to drop! It's your choice.. your decision.. and doing nothing IS a decision..

I have found one of the best payoff of lifting heavy is how much stronger I feel MENTALLY... another great side effect..

Lift heavy, Lift often

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WOUBBIE 12/30/2013 8:36PM

    How in the heck did I miss these two blogs?!?!?! Meh, I'll blame work - I blame it for everything else...

I just watched this about 4 times - I'm in awe. I think I'll be ready for CrossFit by summer. I want to do that!

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HAPPYJUNEBUG 12/12/2013 10:50AM

    Cool! Very inspirational.

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ZUMBAMAMASARA 12/11/2013 11:27AM

    LOVE IT! Very inspirational!

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STEPH-KNEE 12/11/2013 4:16AM

    You are amazing! emoticon

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EFKLUTZ 12/10/2013 11:06AM

    Excellent! Stay strong! You are amazing!

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SUEAZZI 12/10/2013 10:08AM

    I'll think of you as I lift tonight, thanks for the encouragement!

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MRSP90X 12/9/2013 3:16PM

    You got it!! Lift heavy and lift often!!
My goal is to snatch double 16kg Kettlebells!
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CHICAT63 12/9/2013 8:20AM

    Woohoo, those are hard aren't they? I find front squats and back squats as well when you do them in sequence. Rock on Sista !!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 12/9/2013 12:36AM

    Awesome. I have so far to go. I'm lifting very light, comparatively. I'm not sure how to get past my bad knees to do more. You, though, are doing just great!

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WEEPINGANGEL74 12/8/2013 8:55PM

    Lifting HEavy rocks!! I can't wait to get back to it so I can make some progress.

Congrats, you are doing awesome!

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MAMACHAMBS 12/8/2013 6:44PM

    So that's what heavy snatch lifts are! I haven't done this one yet. It looks really challenging! Awesome job!

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AMARILYNH 12/8/2013 6:32PM

    Wow - this is totally amazing!! I can hear the Sparkers all across the country calling their gyms LOL!! emoticon emoticon

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SCOOTER4263 12/8/2013 6:19PM

    There's nothing like lifting heavy. I SO miss having a decent gym (or any gym, come to that) nearby. I've got dummies, but that's about it - and all there's room for. I read up on CrossFit, and that is some program! Man I wish I had one near me!

And you, my dear friend, look absolutely awesome. Your form is great.

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Lost 113# from 3/13 through 11/13... No longer Obese!! not done yet..

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Haven't checked in since I posted my 100# lost blog... Life is full and good! Finding time to blog hasn't been as high priority as living my new life... but here's what's going on..

After finally reaching my 100# loss milestone.. I felt ELATED.. followed by a bit of a let down.. just had trouble finding traction.. probably for several reasons.. one being the weight loss and dramatic changes had slowed and I was just tired, ya know? tired of being obsessed with tracking every morsel of food (and I'm talking down to the gram cuz I weighed everything) and tired of wearing my fitbit everyday and tracking every minute of exercise.. I spent a lot of time and mental energy doing those things.. don't get me wrong, they were absolutely a couple of my keys to losing the weight.. the data was fun to track and it kept me accountable.. but I have said all along that I just want to be "normal" and my "normal" fit healthy friends don't weigh food and they exercise because of how it makes them feel not because of the number of minutes/steps they're able to log (again, these are my thoughts NOW, after nine months of laser sharp focus not at the beginning when I was struggling to establish new habits and learn a completely new way of living.)

I talked about how I was feeling with my coach and he agreed "why not stop the tracking"? So, for the month of November I didn't track a morsel nor did I wear my fitbit or log my fitness minutes. I did not change HOW I ate and I did not change HOW much or how long I exercised - I simply "lived it". So How'd I do? Here's a recap

- Lost 9 lbs during the month which is in line with other months
- Celebrated 105# lost and 110# lost milestones
- FINALLY moved my BMI to 29 and am officially no longer obese in anyone's dang book (and yes, I called my doctor to let her know and ask her to please update my medical record!!) LOL
- Moved into a SIZE 12 for the first time in DECADES!!! DECADES!! (I started this journey in March wearing a 22/24)... I have now bought 2 skirts and 3 pairs of pants in a size 12.. so it feels pretty solid.. and I'm loving it!
- Lost 7 inches (as the move to a size 12 would indicate.. well that and my baggy clothes)

Here's a reminder of where I came from ... 326#

Here's me at 218# in my first size 12 skirt.. and my first size 12 pants at 214#

One of the things I love about my new life is all the new things I'm trying... like target shooting! This last weekend I shot my first rifle too.. this is me at last weekends International Practical Shooting Confederation where you just don't stand and shoot.. you run around obstacles and all sorts of fun stuff.. it's a mix of accuracy, speed and power.. I'm still working on the accuracy part!

The big physical thing I worked on in November was "heaving snatch balances" at my gym CrossFit Exile.. I love them.. they are very technical and require both strength and speed (both of which I'm working on).. I will post the video as soon as I publish this... excuse the chomping of the gum.. I get a gross taste in my mouth when I workout and chewing gum helps with that (coach says it's ketones.. whatever it is, it sucks LOL)...

So, I did it! I was "normal" during November.. no logging anything, just continued living the way I have for the last nine months... went on a trip to Las Vegas where I ate off plan and Thanksgiving where I ate off plan.. and still had a month full of successes!! I am proud of myself..

What's in store for December? No trips.. lots of holiday parties.. and the biggest thing is that I'm having brachioplasty (skin cut off my arms) on the 19th... It doesn't look like I will be hitting my 1/1/14 goal of ONEderland (especially with the surgery) but this is just a goal delayed not denied.. I will hit ONEderland in the month of January, I know I will.

I've had a bunch of emails asking basically the same question: What is the one thing that led to me losing 100# in 7 months and 12 days (okay, I put in the 7 months and 12 days part LOL)? So, the answer is that I started eating only real food (also called Paleo for weight loss) and after 5 days was completely craving free.. I feel more nourished than I ever have in my life.. my skin is clear, my hair is shiny, my nails are strong and white (well, the tips). I've had ZERO hypoglycemic events - zip, zero, nada. I have been healed by eating real food. I do not eat any processed foods at all but I do eat a ton of vegetables (and met some new ones along the way like turnips, kale, parsnips, etc.).. for now, I don't eat dairy except butter, I don't eat grains even whole grains (that means bread, pasta, etc.), I don't eat legumes/beans (including peanuts) and I don't eat sugar.. Most people hear this and focus on all I don't eat but never hear me when I say I don't miss it 95% of the time.. I do think when I reach goal I will see how my body responds to dairy.. but if my body doesn't like it or the cravings return then I will be fine with cutting dairy out..

After I say all this about my way of eating being 80-90% of my success, the next question is "how often did you cheat?".. first, I never cheat myself, ever.. I plan (which means I made a decision in advance!) to eat "off plan".. and in my journey to 100# I made that decision twice, once on a trip to Chicago and once for my trip to Africa... That's it.. I was very very consistent.. I strung those days together.. and I'm not saying you should or shouldn't eat off plan more or less.. all I know is that for me, I wanted faster not slower weight loss so that focus helped me make those decisions.. Other than that I stuck to my plan with relative ease.. because you see, I have such a clear picture of my goals that the momentary yumminess of a treat would NEVER be more valuable to me than my goal.. ever.. eating nourishing real food ALLOWED me to be able to make the choice.. my mind was free for me to make healthy decisions because I'd broken the hold the chemist had on my brain through their processing voodoo and sugar.. yeah, I'm highly opinionated about this point.. my coach always says if you say you really have a particular goal and then you're unwilling to give up something specific that stands in between you and your goal.. well, you may need to take a closer look at that "something" because if you're willing to sacrifice meaningful goals because you won't give it up? mmmmm sounds like it could be an addiction... in my case, he was right.. I WAS addicted to processed carbs..

I'll post the vid of the heaving snatch balances now... and I'll be back to document the brachioplasty at the very least.. and then the December update.. and soon my ONEderland post.. YEAH!


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FLAMENM 12/17/2013 11:12PM

    Here is to living. Beyond the tracking.

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PELESJEWEL 12/16/2013 12:19AM

    emoticon Amazing!!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 12/12/2013 6:40PM

    Great job kiddo! You look fantastic.....must be a reflection of how you feel!

Hope the surgery goes well.....and that your aim improves!

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HAPPYJUNEBUG 12/12/2013 10:32AM

    You look GREAT! I love the new outfits you wore, in style and color. Very chic!

Excellent! So proud of your accomplishments!

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STEPH-KNEE 12/11/2013 4:15AM

    In all my rambling I forgot the most obvious comment... YOU LOOK FABULOUS!!! emoticon

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STEPH-KNEE 12/11/2013 4:14AM

    First off, I miss you! Now that that is out of the way, I LOVED that you called your doctor to update your medical record!! I also love that "you got this!" Okay, so I've always known that you got this.... but see... I only "got this" when I track my food and weigh everything and count my fitness minutes (for now)... I have not gotten to that happy place where I can just walk the walk. Just LIVE and do the right thing and still lose 9 pounds in a month! You have this down to a science, and this is life. This is eating "off plan" when you want and being "on plan" most of the time. Exercising because you enjoy it and because you are darn good at it, you are a fit healthy NORMAL person. You aren't a fit healthy person that is having to crunch numbers and live and breathe weight loss. You've proven that in November and I am just so proud and so happy for you! :D

That is so exciting about your surgery... I know that you were ready to get those arms taken care of and you worked hard to show off those muscles! I wish you a speedy recovery and you will be in my thoughts on surgery day. emoticon

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LOSTLIME 12/9/2013 7:16PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing your blog! Simply amazing!

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MRSP90X 12/9/2013 3:22PM

    Love your coach and thanks for sharing! Diet really is the key and of course heavy lifting! You found the key to fast weight loss: Paleo and Heavy weights and rocked it!!

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PHATFIT2 12/9/2013 3:18PM

    You ROCK! As someone with about 140#'s to lose, you are an inspiration to me. Congratulations that is a HUGE accomplishment

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COLUMBINE2 12/9/2013 10:45AM

    Annie....well....everyone's already used up the best adjectives to describe you!

"Amazing" just keeps showing up in the comments. So I looked up "amazing" which means "astound greatly, astonish and flabbergast. Yep..that's YOU and your commitment to live the life you are determined to live.

And folks, don't get in her way...'cause she's NOT stopping until she gets there & stays there. That's why you are our fearless leader and when we "losing it"..we go to your page to see how a champion lives.
Congrats and keep up the great work. I am very interested in your surgery & hope you'll share your insight. Keep blazin' that trail, girl! emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 12/9/2013 8:17AM

    YEAH, Annie, is right! I am so glad to hear from you again. The span between blogs is a good sign that you are living life just as you always wanted. Soon you will have to change your Spark name because you will no longer just be "Skinny In Your Head" - you will actually be living it!

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CHICAT63 12/9/2013 8:15AM

    You are AWESOME !!!!! Rock on Sista and congratulations. emoticon

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 12/9/2013 3:07AM

    You have done an amazing job. I am so happy and proud of you.
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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 12/8/2013 9:59PM

    I love you Annie

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WEEPINGANGEL74 12/8/2013 8:59PM

    You may hit Onederland with the surgery. Getting excess skin cut off will be cutting off weight/pounds. I don't know how much you have to cut off but between that and your amazing eating/workout program you just might do it.

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LADYOLIVER 12/8/2013 8:36PM

    emoticon emoticon Amazing focus!!!!!

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CYCLINGSANDY 12/8/2013 8:01PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon On your focus, motivation and efforts, but mostly on your success!

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MT-MOONCHASER 12/8/2013 7:57PM

    Great going!!


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ZEECHA 12/8/2013 7:27PM

    You look fantastic!
Thanks for sharing with your SP readers what is working for you.

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TXGRANDMA 12/8/2013 7:16PM

    Wow! What an inspiration you are to so many people! You have completely changed your life, and that is a tough thing to do, right at first! I have no doubts at all that you will get exactly where you want to go, on this long journey....... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SCOOTER4263 12/8/2013 6:55PM

    You know you're my hero, right?

Until that recent-but-now-past 5 month lapse of sanity, I was eating Raw/Clean, which is very close to Paleo except it allows beans (and nuts - not sure about Paleo on that one.) Clean is essentially Raw, except you can cook it, which is nice for winter. When you've been working outside in the snow, somehow coming in to a nice glass of...cold juice...just doesn't do it.

I can happily digest any damned thing, so I do toss the occasional handful of Parmesan on a salad, but Ive discovered that nutritional yeast tastes much the same and is really good baked onto kale chips. While I don't live near a gym, I do live in the midst of a county full of dairy farmers, so to be totally anti-dairy is akin to being, I dunno, a chupacabra or something.

I recommend a book called SuperFoods Kitchen - great recipes, although they use a bunch of stuff I'd never heard of and had to buy from Amazon. Still, when I was eating from that cookbook, I felt fantastic. And of course anything by David Wolfe, who is not only clever but darling. emoticon

I'm so darned proud of you! You solid rock, woman!

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MAMACHAMBS 12/8/2013 6:41PM

    Annie ~ You have been my inspiration! I love what your coach says about addiction. So very true!! Figuring that out is what helped me complete my journey. Now I can have an occasional treat or an occasional day off and get right back on plan and leave the addiction behind easily. Thank you for sharing your journey with me and for supporting me in mine. And CONGRATS!! You will hit Onederland in january. I have no doubt!

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AMARILYNH 12/8/2013 6:28PM

    You are so amazing!! Thanks for the info on WHAT you've been eating - cause its OBVIOUSLY working for you and working WELL!! I can't wait to see that onederland post - I'm expecting it soon!! LOVED what you said about addiction - SOOOO on target!! emoticon emoticon

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PONYFARMER 12/8/2013 6:26PM

    Friend, all I can say is WOW! You look amazing, sound amazing and well darn it you are amazing. I have been not on here a ton, due to getting two new knees. That set me back a bit, as I gained 20 pounds, laying around feeling sorry for myself and how much pain and yada, yada. Could kick myself now, because I have to struggle to get back to where I was which was 200, on the cusp of Onederland. I will see it again.

You so inspire me to do better, work harder and keep going with eating clean. I can do this. You go on with your bad self and keep it up Skinnyinyourhead.


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SHERYLP461 12/8/2013 6:15PM

    This is amazing! Congratulations

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I'm not special.. but I did drop100lbs!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

This is my journey in pictures of losing 100lbs and finding my strength (both physical and mental)... I'll write a blog with more specifics at another time... You can find most of my story via my blogs.. and my story?? involves A LOT of failure.. I mean it.. a lot of "passionate", "I'm ready" failure.. I'm not done yet.. and I'm not even sure "where" or "what number" will be "done"... but I'll know it when I get there..

One thing I want y'all who are struggling to know is that I am *not* special.. I'm not.. no fairy dust was sprinkled on me.. I didn't do anything that you can't do! One of the things people say to me that irritates me is "isn't it amazing what you can do when things 'click'" or "you must have been ready this time"? (or something to that effect)... and the truth is that I was no more "ready" this time than the other times... I was no more passionate this time than the other times.. listen to me closely.. THERE WAS NO CLICK... That's right... NO CLICK.. there wasn't a day I woke up and went "I"ve got it! I've got THE CLICK" LOL... In a nutshell, I found an eating plan that agreed with my body in an epic way (Paleo) and I stuck with it (and am sticking with it), I found a workout that kept my interest and challenged me in ways nothing else ever has (CrossFit) and I found a COACH (not a trainer, a COACH), an expert to help me through the hardest part about losing 100lbs - THE MENTAL CHALLENGE.

A special thanks to the peeps who have followed my blogs.. and encouraged me throughout this journey... I would name names but y'all know who you are... and I cannot say enough how much your comments, goodies and status comments meant to me... I have read them hundreds of times by now.. they helped me when I had "low" moments... so THANK YOU... and I hope I do you all proud by paying it forward...

Below are my 2010 and 2011 previous attempts... where I was completely 100% motivated but ultimately not successful... Sparkpeople and my blogs are a chronicle of past attempts...

January 1, 2011
Losing 100lbs in a year... this year.. LOG.MOVE.LIFT.SWEAT.REPEAT:
wk 20 5-22-11 now i know - wish I didn't
wk 19 5-15-11 don't know didn't weigh
wk 18 5-8-11 don't know didn't weigh
wk 17 5-1-11 don't know didn't weigh
wk 16 4-24-11 289 lbs -0 lbs - 14 YTD 40.3 BMI
wk 15 4-17-11 289 lbs -1 lbs -14 YTD 40.3 BMI
wk 14 4-10-11 290 lbs -0 lbs -13 YTD 40.4. BMI
wk 13 4-3-11 - 290 lbs -3 lbs - 13 YTD 40.4 BMI
wk 12 3-27-11 -293 lbs -0 lbs -10 YTD 40.9 BMI
wk 11 3-20-11 - 293 lbs -0 lbs -10 YTD 40.9 BMI
wk 10 3-13-11 - 293 lbs -0 lbs -10 YTD 40.9 BMI
wk 10 body fat 39% that's down 6% of body fat!!!!
wk 9 3-6-11 - 293 lbs -2 lbs -10 YTD 40.9 BMI
wk 8 2-27-11 - 295 lbs -0 lbs -8 YTD 41.1 BMI
wk 7 2-20-11 - 295 lbs -0 lbs -8 YTD 41.1 BMI
wk 6 2-13-11 - 295 lbs -0 lbs -8 YTD 41.1 BMI
wk 5 2-6-11 - 295 lbs -0 lbs -8 YTD 41.1 BMI
wk 5 body fat % 45% - started with personal trainer for ST
wk 4 1-30-11 - 295 lbs -0 lbs -8 YTD 41.1 BMI
wk 3 1-23-11 - 295 lbs -3 lbs -8 YTD 41.1 BMI
wk 2 1-16-11 - 298 lbs -2 lbs -5 YTD 41.6 BMI
wk 1 1-9-11 - 300 lbs -3 lbs -3 YTD 41.8 BMI
wk 0 1-1-11 - 303 lbs 42.3 BMI

January 17th, 2010
I've been having this feeling (you might want to put on the Black eye'd Peas "I gotta feeling" as a bit of mood music)...
I've had it for a couple of weeks..
it's hard to define but it's a positive feeling..
it's an expectation..
it's an assurance...
and it is effecting all my senses...
my focus is laser sharp..
my outlook is expectant...
I feel this "thing" deep deep inside..
I can't exactly describe it..
but when I look for words..
unstoppable and relentless come to mind..
closely followed by DONE..

I feel DONE..

not just done..
it's like a switch has been flipped..

no longer am I intimidated by the extra 100lbs I carry
no longer am I discouraged by the length of time it will take me to lose it
I'm FOCUSED on one day, one week, one month at a time!
no longer am I defeated by what I can't do,
I'm DOING what I can do
no longer do I feel like each attempt to move forward is like pulling a ton of bricks
I'm PROPELLED towards my goal
no longer am I feeling like I can't do anything right and everything is hopeless -
I can do ANYTHING and the hope is HERE and NOW not in the future somewhere..

This time is different. I'm different.



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PONYFARMER 2/16/2014 10:04PM

    I have missed a ton of your posts. Been super busy and a bit unfocused. Reading your blogs has refocused me. So thank you. Will have to come back often and reread your blogs for more information.

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 2/16/2014 5:41PM

    Wowzer! I haven't been on Sparkpeople that much over the last year and didn't know how successful you've been. Congrats! You look amazing and I know you must feel amazing too!

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ITSMAYHEM 12/9/2013 9:31AM

    I want to know how you found your coach, and how you started exercising at 300+.. and I hope you don't mind sharing? :D

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TIGER_LILY_613 11/20/2013 8:00PM

    This is WONDERFUL ! Congratulations ! emoticon emoticon

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STEPH-KNEE 10/29/2013 12:10AM

    What a beautiful vlog from a beautiful person (inside and out)! I am so proud of you and am just amazed by your amazing strength (both mentally and physically)! I know, I have known you are amazing for a long time now, but you continue to knock my socks off and inspire me daily! So proud of you gorgeous!! :D emoticon

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MINANCY 10/28/2013 5:47AM

    Congratulations. I read "uncomfortable is where the magic happens" and had a profound moment. Thank you for sharing.

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TREV1964 10/28/2013 5:20AM

    This is fantastic Annie,

What you have done is truly inspiring and you are winning. I personally am coming up close to 100lbs lost and I still have 80 to do.

I would not have fount this blog and vlog if it wasn't for the previous poster who very kindly emailed me a link to it so thanks to Muscle up as well as admiration for the attitude you have shown so far.



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MUSCLE-UP 10/27/2013 2:27PM

    Dang! You have chains tied to those big old weights. You looks so good! Congrats on being 100 lbs. down. It does take a special person like you to not turn back and to keep plugging away. It called being a Winner by all rights!

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HAPPYJUNEBUG 10/26/2013 7:09PM

    Awesome video! Just loved it. Yes, I've read up on paleo and saw many people doing those squat lifts that you do in your video.


nks for sharing this video.

:hug!: So proud of you!

Have a good weekend!

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BARKLESSWAGMORE 10/23/2013 10:23PM

    I totally know what you *meant* when you said you are not Special. You want all of us to know that you are like every one of us and that we can be successful too. But.......ummmmmmmm.......Annie? You are so very very special to me. My personal journey both here on SPark and in my everyday life has changed and you are one of the reasons that I now feel the specialness in me shining through. You know what you do for me besides inspire and motivate me? You CRACK ME UP and, most importantly, you make me think, research and learn. Thank you my friend!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 10/23/2013 8:45PM

    OMG I cried when i watched this.. I've been there.. and I've still got a ways to go too - but thank you for sharing the honesty - even though I logically knew I wasn't the only one, you just cemented it for me with your video (Guess I'm a visual learner).



ps - found you through getstrongrrr - and have added you as a friend. I hope you will do the same. Be well.

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LOOKINGTOBEFIT 10/23/2013 5:50PM

    Loved this Annie!! You are a true inspiration emoticon emoticon

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LOLABLACK69 10/23/2013 8:44AM

    Thank you for sharing and for teaching me a lesson or two about hard work... emoticon

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IXCHEL23 10/22/2013 9:33PM

    Totally.... emoticon emoticon emoticon
I almost cried at the end. emoticon emoticon
I wish I had the inner strength you have!

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MINDYSUE65 10/22/2013 1:28PM

    WOW! I beg to differ, YOU ARE SPECIAL!! Thank you for sharing, you are such an inspiration, you make me want to try cross fit!

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KAJERO 10/22/2013 12:46PM

    I beg to differ. You are amazingly special. Below is a an incomplete list of things that make you special! How many people can say the things in the list below?

- Sticking to it to lose weight.
- Mentally and physically challenging yourself.
- Creating an incredible video.
- Sharing all that you accomplished and inspiring us to incorporate those things in our weight loss journey.

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You have truly inspired me today. I think maybe it is time for me to put more effort into my weight loss journey.

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DETERMINEDDE 10/22/2013 7:49AM

    You are amazing! Way to do it and inspire others. Thank you for sharing your journey!

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CRUZ4U 10/21/2013 4:59PM

    That was a fantastic video!!! So awesome to see your journey so far!

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JECKIE 10/21/2013 4:38PM

    Annie, you made me cry. I am SO proud of you! Seeing where you came from, and knowing the woman you are now... it's just amazing!

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TEKRU1 10/21/2013 12:37PM

    emoticon Great job! Keep up the good work - you are an inspiration!

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TRIXIETEXAS 10/21/2013 10:05AM

    Love your video! You are amazing, wonderful, inspiring! I'm proud of you, but I know that the most important thing is that you are proud of yourself.


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DEBSZOO74 10/20/2013 9:05PM

    Annie, you are amazing!!! emoticon

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STRONGDJ 10/20/2013 8:02PM

I love this so much. You just keep going and growing in so many ways.

Love the song too--her struggles to get back to singing were resonate with me just as your struggle is resonate with me. The changes you have made are amazing...just like you!

So much love and admiration for you!

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MAMACHAMBS 10/20/2013 7:55PM

    OMG Annie!! You are a beast! Thank you for inspiring me to be the best ME I can be! My first burpees last Friday weren't much better than your first. Three weeks ago I couldn't do 10 real push ups, Last Friday I did 30!! Real ones!! Remembering that helps me believe my burpees will get prettier too. Your transformation, both physically mentally and emotionally, is astounding! Your story tells us all that we CAN do this, no matter how many pounds we need to lose or how weak we may be to begin with. Thank you for helping me find my inner strength!

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JUNEAU2010 10/20/2013 3:03PM

    Wow! Thanks for sharing. I have not felt that "click" and I have NOT been doing anything to move forward. Feeling down, wondering what is broken inside of me. Perhaps the answer is one I don't want to hear: just do it!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 10/20/2013 2:19PM

    Have I mentioned how proud I am of you? Or how much I am in awe, complete awe, of you? You are amazing and I am honored to be your friend. emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 10/20/2013 9:42AM

    What a great video, Annie! Congrats on the reaching the 100 mark. You may not think your special, but I am glad you are my SP friend and I can't begin to tell you how happy and proud I am of you emoticon I can tell in your writing that you really are a new person now.

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NANCYTUNBERG64 10/20/2013 9:05AM

    Such a great and inspiring video. Thank you soooo much

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ZEECHA 10/20/2013 8:17AM

    I think you're special, Annie--you didn't give up. Yes, you have fallen down, but you've gotten back up! Not everybody does that.

That's so cool that you made this video. And may I just say that your butt looks GREAT! Dang! You go girl!

Thanks for sharing!

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AMARILYNH 10/20/2013 7:35AM

    Not special????? I BEG to differ!! You are amazing and wonderful. But I hear what you are saying - we ALL have it in us to be special!! And I also agree with something else I inferred - that our BODIES are different and what works for one won't be the 'click' for everyone!!

But SOMETHING will work for everyone - its just a matter of keeping on with trying different things (and not just for a week - giving them a REAL try) until we find the right one. And it WILL NOT be a pill, or a supplement or an easy fix - it has to be a way of life we can live for the rest of our lives!!

I'm so happy you have found yours - you totally ROCK!!!

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STRONG_SARAH 10/20/2013 3:58AM

    Who says you're not special?! You did something fantastic for yourself and will inspire many people. Sounds special to me! emoticon

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AVAMARIE62 10/20/2013 2:38AM

    Annie, You inspire me! Next time I am uncomfortable at the gym I 'll will remember that then is when magic happens! emoticon
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    emoticon Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ETTEZEUS 10/20/2013 1:09AM

    AWESOME!! You rock in my book!
You are amazing!
And now, you are unstoppable!
keep at it girl!
Just keep going!!

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STR458 10/20/2013 12:42AM

    you are a star emoticon emoticon

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SUGAR0814 10/19/2013 11:42PM

    emoticon Your story is so inspirational! Thank you for sharing!

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KAT130 10/19/2013 11:32PM

    Good luck on your journey. I have lost and gained a few times, this time, I'm hoping for a permanent weight loss. I'm wishing you success, and that you never have to start over again.

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KATI5668 10/19/2013 11:23PM

    Great ..thank you for sharing. Indeed dedication has paid off for you..tis a wonderful story. & congrats to your coach for pushing you when you needed it & for being there thru all ..& for continuing to be at your side!

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GETSTRONGRRR 10/19/2013 10:24PM

    Holy Moly Sister, that was awesome! Not only can you squat heavy weights, push big trucks, and zip across the African savannah, but you can make and edit pretty cool videos too!

That was great to see and you've literally worked your a$$ off for this success! Big Congrats Beast-Girl!

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CATLOVER110 10/19/2013 10:20PM

    Very inspirational! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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WOUBBIE 10/19/2013 10:19PM

    Ya made me cry again! I remember all those milestones like they were my own. Tell your Coach I said "Thanks" too!

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MARMAERT 10/19/2013 10:18PM

    Yeah, Annie! You have done an awesome job and deserve all the joy that getting rid of 100 # brings to you! I am so proud of your accomplishments and wish you more enjoyable uncomfortable moments (even if you are a Sassy shamrock Sheriff!) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Health Update and BLC #23 Fitness and Flexibility Test

Monday, September 30, 2013

I had the MRI completed of the tennis ball size "growth" in my left thigh and found out it is a lipoma (benign fatty thingee).. nothing to worry about and probably is only is noticeable to me since I've lost weight and grown muscle! YEAH ME!... I'm in week two of wearing "the boot" to treat a small tear in my right achilles and achilles tendonOSIS.. I also had my colonoscopy and am clear for another 5 years.. pap smear clear.. just have my mammogram left and I'm DONE!

A pic of me rowing with my boot! Cuz this is not going to stop me.. yeah, it'd be a convenient excuse.. but I don't need no dern excuses! It's just an obstacle that challenges my creativity!

I'm participating in my 2nd Biggest Loser Challenge #23... one of the things our brilliant cappy has us do is a fitness and flexibility test at the beginning.. then again at 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 12 weeks (I think LOL)... I did modify a couple of the requirement which we are allowed to do..

- Crunches (# in 60 seconds) - modified to CrossFit style full situps and did 28
- Squats (# in 60 seconds) - squatted to parallel and did 35
- Push ups (# in 60 seconds) - modified to knee with legs crossed and did 15
- Plank (count in seconds) - modified to hollow rock and did 45 sec
- Wall Sit (count in seconds) - omitted until the boot is off
- Exercise of your choice - add any strength exercises that you want to track! (# in 60 seconds)- I chose 35# KB swings (# in 60 seconds) and completed 30

We are also supposed to run or walk a mile but that's not happening either.. so i modified to a mile row on the erg... that's 1600 meters and it took me 9 minutes 30 seconds with one leg only (due to the boot)...

I, unfortunately, will have to add my flexibility pic a bit later.. it turned out too dark and I'll need to retake.

93 days and 34lbs to ONEderland

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ZEECHA 10/2/2013 8:40AM

You are on fire!!
Really proud of you for figuring out your exercise routine despite the boot. That is a lot of determination! Way to go!!

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JUNEAU2010 10/1/2013 2:59PM

    I had a much smaller fatty deposit in an odd area. So odd, I went to the doc and was mortified when he told me it was fat. Of course, I was glad to learn the lump was not something worse, but the indignity of being told that whilst in a hospital gown...!

I'm over it, long since, but it's now mildly funny.

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FUNLOVEN 10/1/2013 10:20AM

    I have been wondering how your "general" health issues were progressing so thanks for the update. I am glad you got a clean bill of health and that your heel is getting taken care of finally.

Also, thanks for the encouraging blog, Annie. I have been very discouraged because my P.T. put a stop to my walking for cardio. Just when I got a plan in place! So I have been moping around here for a week now. Time to get my bike out of the garage as someone suggested.

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STEPH-KNEE 10/1/2013 7:17AM

    I heart you and you are amazing! I have a boot that matches yours but on the left from when I broke my leg, together we would make a pair! emoticon

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BETHIEBOOPS 10/1/2013 7:17AM

    Heck yeah! You are such a badass! :)

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SUGAR0814 10/1/2013 12:45AM

    You're still working towards your goal even with the boot! That's determination! emoticon

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TRIXIETEXAS 10/1/2013 12:23AM

    I am glad to hear all your health stuff is looking good!

You are so inspiring for continuing to work so hard despite the boot. Yay!!!

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