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ABC's Extreme Home Makeover

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

ABC Extreme Home Makeover is in Virginia Beach this week, it's actually right around the corner from my office (less than 1/2 mile), going to go by there today at lunchtime to check out the progress and take some pics. I thought to myself, how nice to have our community featured on national tv and how wonderful that a local deserving family was getting what they needed.

My daughter told me that one of the girl's in the family that is getting the new house goes to her high school. Then......

Hubby came home from work on Friday and said his company was helping with the plumbing work at the homemakeover house. I was so excited. My DH worked at the house last night all night installating water lines, this was after he had already worked a full 8 hours during the day - he put in 7 more hours after that for the home makeover house. So happy he had the opportunity to participate in something so wonderful. He's such a sweet man and always gives to others. My hero. Good job hubby for putting your personal touch on a wonderful cause, no contribution is too small. You make us proud, as always.

So since he worked there last night, he's invited to the "move that bus" ceremony on Saturday - WOW, how excited I am for him. He was thinking of me last night while he was working and brought me a tee-shirt home, always thinking of others instead of himself, again... My hero !!!!

I would have never thought that having the TV show in our area would personally touch our lives, how cool is that? Be sure to watch it on tv, I think it airs Feb. 13th, but not totally sure of that date.

  
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SLROGERS1214 2/5/2011 10:47AM

    That's awesome!! I live in Hampton and have to work today but please post pictures and tell us how great it was!! It's raining on this side of the tunnel.. hopefully it isn't over there! :(

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SUNNY332 2/4/2011 8:06AM

    How nice of this to happen in your city and to be a part of the process.

Congrats on the article in First and the new Extreme Home Makeover shirt. Your DH - he is a keeper.

Sunny

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MCJULIEO 2/3/2011 10:12AM

    Isn't it great to be part of something bigger than ourselves!

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FLGIRL1234 2/3/2011 9:46AM

    That is really cool!!!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 2/3/2011 9:12AM

    That is awesome. I always thought it would be neat to be involved in that show in some way. I bet your husband feels really good about himself for being a part of helping them.

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MZSLYDE01 2/3/2011 8:31AM

    That is pretty surreal. WOW - Have fun - That IS exciting.

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2HAMSDIET 2/2/2011 4:27PM

    How wonderful that your family gets to be a part of such a good thing. Wear your new t-shirt with pride. emoticon

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PARKERB2 2/2/2011 3:41PM

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HEALTHY_45 2/2/2011 11:41AM

    That's so exciting!!


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JLITT62 2/2/2011 10:21AM

    I don't watch the show, but that's really cool & REALLY of your husband.

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NATPLUMMER 2/2/2011 10:11AM

    Very cool!!! You do have a great husband!!

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SWELL10 2/2/2011 9:33AM

    Too Cool!!! Way to go hubby!

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DGIBSON02 2/2/2011 9:00AM

    i bet he is draggin his b-hind on the ground today, lol. Our friends down the street were nominated for the new build and I was hoping that they would get it. They could use a new house and deserve it as well. not taking away from the people that won, sounds like they deserve it as well. Glad to see some national recognition going on in this area.

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LOSEING4ME1 2/2/2011 8:50AM

    Thats awsome. They did a house about an hour from my house a little over a year ago. My uncle worked for the Home Builders in charge. I got to go over a few times and view the house. It was over the summer and about 90 out and I felt so sorry for all the workers. We got invited to the "move the bus" to and it was awsome. Good for your hubby and helping out a family.

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A Gold Star and Haters

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Today, my sis and I will earn our 20th gold star. We've been putting a star on the calendar for every day we work out, when we reach 20 it is time for a reward. So after tonight's Plyo workout, we will have 20, yeah. Now for the treat - we get to go to hot yoga, woo hoo. Never thought I would be saving up stars from workouts to go to another workout. I'm happiest when I've just done a great workout.

I guess today I need to vent. Something has really upset me and I just need to spill it. I'm very disappointed with a few people and I really just don't understand why. So I have to say....

I've come so far on this journey and so proud of what I've accomplished it would only seem right for others to be happy for me. I don't rub it in anyone's face, I didn't lose weight and become fit to try to be better than anyone else. I did it for ME, and I think I've done a pretty good job thus far. Seems there are some haters out in this world. They wanna hate me for losing weight, they want to call me a diet freak and an extreme exerciser. Could it be that people really just don't understand? Have they ever been there and done that as I have? Could it be that others are jealous of another's accomplishments? You should never be jealous over someone else's hard work and someone else's happienss, unless of course, you are the one that is truly unhappy. You should compliment others and congratulate them, not try to tear them down. People that act like this should be ashamed of themselves. I would never put someone down or make them feel bad for being successful.

Has anyone out there encountered "HATERS"? How do you handle them? This has really upset me, I've tried not to let it bother me, but seriously, what is wrong with people?

  
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ELAINEROSE5 2/4/2011 9:12AM

    Haters... I would have to agree with the post that said mean girls grow up into being mean women. I tell my daughter that all the time to try and help her realize that some people are just like that and not to worry about them, just focus on her goals and dreams for her life and try and surround herself with people that are supportive.

I've had my kids and husband poke fun at me about being so healthy and spouting out the knowledge I have gained from Spark. I am proud that I am like that and hope it is a sign that I am making lifelong changes! I am sure you are proud of your accomplishments too! It sounds as if you've figured it out. Keep your chin up! You have plenty of fans here!!!!! emoticon

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PAMINHALF 2/4/2011 8:24AM

  Haters will always be there - as there isn't a magic pill that makes everyone look and feel how they want. It takes hard work and you've proven it. I say if you have a hater in your life, smile and encourage them to join you in the gym.

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FINGERSCROSSEDC 2/4/2011 4:29AM

    GREAT idea the stars!!!!
Haters?!??! THAT is my greatest obstacle!!!! You've had SUCH great answers, i need to try to memorize them :)
In the past, fealing people's discomfort, made ME uncomfortable, and.. i'd gain the weight back (eating BEYOND discomfort in order to achieve this: hello?!?!?!? - duh!!! - how can i describe that reaction (which i have had more than once - but i'm here to learn differently)

Other people's reaction is about THEM. Their non-happiness with their body's... and seeing change around them reminds them of that - and they don't like it. But that is not yours, it's theirs.

That is for real life.

Sparks?! - i could hardly believe that exists on Spark... It CAN be discouraging at 1st, because it seems like a mountain to achieve, and we would all like a magic easy snap of the fingers resulting in a fit lean body. But it takes time, consistency, changes, effort.
In time, ANYONE has the potential for BOTH success and be INSPIRATIONAL (there was a wonderful blog on that by Amohame2)

If it's on Spark... and the comments are non-constructive, hurtful or make you feel yuk?! one word: DELETE :) - Spark has put a 'delete' button with all emails and comments.. perhaps just for that (OR resend them to sender.. - to see how it feels to receive...)

LOVED your blog! ADMIRE your results and attitude!!! INSPIRING!!! (i've saved you as friend, hope you don,t mind)

2 thumbs up!!!!

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PEWSEY 2/4/2011 3:27AM

    People can be so uncomfortable with change - and incredibly immature about people who are perceived as 'better' than themselves. Your actions provide a guilty reminder to the haters - throwing it in their face really - that perhaps they should be doing the same.

Think about the busy successful woman - in high profile jobs - who constantly get negative remarks. From men if she isn't gorgeous she'll be called unattractive . If she's beautiful and successful - maybe she'll just be called a witch. Think about the intelligent kids at school - they'll constantly be told that they might be book smart, but they are not street smart, or are bad at sports, or have no friends, or if you are a girl, ugly.

When I see a great athlete my instinct has always been to say - awseome! When I see a super business woman - I think WOW!
When I meet intelligent people - I think I have to get to know this person.

When I see a successful dieter - I am inspired!

To those who hate the 'haters' just make sure that you aren't one of them in any aspect of your life. :)

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HAPPYCUPCAKE 2/3/2011 10:26PM

    Don't worry you are not alone. Be PROUD of your accomplishments and try to block out those haters. They are jealous of your hard work. It's really too bad, because it's just plain out mean to say things like that. It's none of their business! And I am guessing you are smaller than them, which probably really bothers them, because they feel inadequate and jealous that they don't have the energy and drive to be healthy like you. You are amazing and have accomplished so much, so they can just suck it!

Good luck with these haters, you can handle them maturely and tactfully. And if I someday come across jealous, energy sucking, blackhole haters, I may come ask you for advice :)

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APIRLRAIN888 2/3/2011 5:35PM

    Oh man! Thank you! I got one popular blog that landed me in fb feature! I was s Not ready! In retrospect it wasn't bad. It about the authenticity of my results.
Just one! And I am bent out of shape!
Thank you for this post and congratulations on your gold stars

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JUST-AMY 2/3/2011 5:04PM

    Way to go, girl! I'm sorry mean girls have got you down....that is just awful!

Those who want to attack others to build their broken selves up will always find a reason.

I give you a GOLD STAR for calling them out here...I don't know who they are, but THEY do!

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FIT-WHIT 2/3/2011 4:52PM

    Oh my goodness, I am so PROUD of you and happy for you for the stars!! How exciting!! And hot yoga sounds like a blast- I'd like to try it, too!

And about the haters... Oooohhh maaannn... Yep. Got 'em. It's gotten a LOT worse lately since I got several pop. blog posts in a row, and that always draws a lot of attention to my page. I've had people critiquing my pictures before, telling me that I'm "too skinny" or "looked better before" and have people send me MESSAGES saying things about how I shouldn't be posting pictures of foods because it "might be a stumbling block" for others who still "have food issues" and that I should be writing only to help people lose weight. Ummm... Not so much. I've encountered COUNTLESS kind, generous, warm, supportive people here, but for all the wonderful ones, there are always the haters that surface when you're very successful.

It's jealousy. It's icky, it's corrupt, but it's very much alive, even in this community of support. Just remember that you ARE fabulous, you ARE strong, and ONLY YOU know your own life and situations and if you're doing what's healthy and best for you. Let's stay strong and keep the success SPARKING, despite those who are obviously unhappy with themselves, and feel the need to drag us happy people down.

Know that you are NOT alone-- I get the haters more than I expected, actually. But those who love and honor you far outnumber those few unhappy jealous folk! SPARK ON, beautiful lady!!

-Whitney

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 2/3/2011 1:15PM

    My middle son seems a little jealous of my loss. He needs to lose over 200 lbs. himself, and it not making very good progress, altho he says he is trying. I am only 20 lbs. from my goal, after losing 148 in the last 18 months, and he constantly asks me if I can continue consuming the low amount of calories I currently take in, for the rest of my life. I said I HAVE TO, to maintain this loss. I have accepted this, but he thinks I am being unrealistic. I think it is hard for him to accept the fact that he should no longer eat in the manner he has become accustomed to. Change IS hard. I think it is the hardest thing I have ever done. And that is evidenced by the number of people (including myself) who lose weight but then regain it. Long-term change is really really hard. I also think my son feels guilty when he sees how much better I look and feel, because he has done little towards losing weight himself. I know I went through the same thing with my parents. When they were just past 60, back in the mid 1980's, they both lost substantial amounts of weight, and I, who needed to lose weight more than either of them, did nothing. I was 35 years old, and FAT, and I felt guilty around them, and maybe a little jealous, because I knew they had done something that I needed to do. But I hope I was never hateful or showed that jealousy in anything but admiration for what they had accomplished. My son is never mean to me, or shows his jealousy is any other manner other than questioning the reality of cutting my calorie intake for the long haul. I tell him it HAS to be realistic, because I want to LIVE a good long time yet!

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OWNEDBYDOGS 2/3/2011 3:00AM

    I have been overweight since the age of 20. So, for the last 18 years I have been envious of those around me that were able to maintain a proportionate weight. I have never considered myself a hater, but...you're blog made me realize that I am in a way. I find that weight-loss is an insurmountable struggle for me, so much so that I may celebrate the weight-loss of others, I also find myself tuning out while they share specifics...not because of them but because of me. While I'm "tuning out", my mind wanders to my failures and I can't seem to truly see their triumphs from that dark place inside of me. This makes me a silent hater. Not something I am proud of, but thanks to your post, something I am now aware of. I am a fan of quotes, and the one that comes to mind at this moment is this: "When we know better, we do better."

Thank you for shining a light into that dark place because now I know better and can do better.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 2/2/2011 2:05PM

    In OA there was a guy that started coming who was from another city, and had lost all his excess weight and was doing maintenance. When he would leave the room there would be hateful comments said about him, like "Yeah, I bet he never was fat. He is just such a show-off." (He wasn't at all) "He just has to make us all look bad." And, when I started really succeeding in losing my weight I got the mean commentary too. And, I plainly lost mine right in front of their eyes.

Needless to say I got sick of the venom in the room and left. It was not conductive to a happy state of mind or weight loss.

Also, at church there are a few people who will really undermine me if I am eating healthy, yet when I am eating sweets and gaining weight they will make nasty little comments about how fat I am. One even stood up at a multi-church dinner of about 100 people and loudly made a scene about it - a verbal battering. The woman is 94 years old and it is common for her to be mean. Brags about being ‘outspoken’ her whole life, ‘telling it like it is’ (no matter how mean and hateful, or how much she hurts another human being). When 2HAMSDIET here said “What I have learned is mean girls don't grow up they just get older”, it is so true. Well, sometimes people ‘get’ there lessons late in life. It reached a point where now nobody will have anything to do with that lady. Still, I don’t think she so much ‘learned her lesson’, but just now feels sorry for herself that people are staying away from her.

Needless to say I got sick of the toxidity at that church and left. There was more than just that one nasty lady. (There was also a lot other very unpleasant things going on there.)

Even though the hateful comments say more about the person saying them than anything, it is still difficult to be around it. Words do hurt. Words are as much a weapon of injury as a physical injury. So, if someone is being hateful I find it best to stay away from them as much as possible.

Amber

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REDSHOES2011 2/2/2011 12:08AM

    Yeah alot of haters out there, I get steers at the gym because I am a women 40+ and I have large muscles besides saggy skin.. I am suddenly aware people are whispering and making motions pointing at my bat wings and excess skin to each other..
The stigma of being ex- huge, follows me- I try to turn up the volume on my mp3 and block them out.. A good day is when I avoid the food police in my local supermarket..

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HALFFAST 2/1/2011 5:25PM

    There are definitely A LOT of haters out there! I have no good suggestions on what to say/do about them because I (still don't have much self-esteem) usually just mumble to myself and then go "trucker mouth" on my husband about it later. What I can say though, is that you have done (and still ARE doing) an amazing job, and NOBODY can take that away from you! Now go snag some more of your daughters skinny jeans and rock on with yer hot self!
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TJBLEEKER 2/1/2011 4:55PM

    You keep being proud and forget those jealous, insecure people.

I had a similar situation when I was in Weight Watchers and reached maintenance stage. I got such hateful looks from people like "what is she doing here?" They of all people should have realized that I had been on the same journey as them and was trying to stay the course.

I have no time for small people (minded that is) :) Keep up your great work - you're almost in the 100 club!

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BET212 2/1/2011 4:47PM

    I agree with what others have said...people who have low self-esteem and feel bad about themselves will try to bring you down to their level. It's like crabs in a bucket...when one is climbing out, the others try and pull him/her back in. "If I'm in the muck, I want you to be, too"

I always feel sorry for people like that...but not sorry enough to let them keep doing it without some response. I can remember feeling bad about myself when I was overweight....though I never tried to make my friends feel bad about their weight loss or healthy journeys. I just wished I could lose weight, too but didn't know how until I found SP.

Depending on how you want to handle it and what relationship you have to the person who is trying to put you down you could just smile when they say that cr@p and tell 'em you feel great or healthier than you have in years (or something to that effect). That might shut them up.

Or call them on it...ask them why they feel the need to make negative, demeaning comments about you that aren't true. Usually they just mumble something and slink off. One time, I asked a woman why she was making such hateful untrue statements to everyone about our Supervisor. She started to defend herself then turned into a puddle of tears. It wasn't fun but we got through it to a more healthy work environment....eventually.

Good luck whatever you decide and don't let those crabs pull you down! You're amazing!

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THETURTLEBEAR 2/1/2011 4:10PM

    Some people with low self-esteem can't feel good about themselves unless they try to demean someone else - only demeaning themselves in the process. Others feel guilty because they aren't taking care of themselves, so they criticize those who do. And then there's the green-eyed monster. It's all sad, but it rolls off the teflon backs of SparkPeople, right? And that's the best defense - if the "haters" can't get a reaction out of you, it takes all the wind out of their sails. Just smile - you deserve to...and it will drive them crazy!
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HEALTHY_45 2/1/2011 1:17PM

    HOT YOGA for 2 HOT MAMMAS!! You and your sister ROCK!!!!
It is very sad that people who are so unhappy with themselves take it out on those around them that have chosen to make such positive changes. As many of the other posters have already said, just remember that you are on this wonderful journey for you and weed out as many of the negative people as you possibly can.
I am jealous too, but I absolutely admire and respect you for all of your accomplishments.
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JLITT62 2/1/2011 1:16PM

    Some people just need to tear down others to make themselves feel big. Or they're so ashamed of their own poor habits that they need to belittle you to make themselves feel better.

You are the sweetest, kindest person. What you have done is soo inspiring -- I looked for your magazine in the grocery store yesterday, btw, despite the total zoo, but they didn't have it.

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Shake it off. I think it's so cool that you're rewarding yourself with hot yoga!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 2/1/2011 10:56AM

    Why can't everybody play nice? I'm so sorry. Keep doing what you do for YOU and don't worry about it. They'll get over it.

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NATPLUMMER 2/1/2011 10:51AM

    It is pretty funny to be saving stars for working out so you can do another workout ;-)
There are haters in this world. So sad. I think they are very unhappy. I do my best to ignore it, but it's hard.
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GR8CGRM 2/1/2011 10:47AM

    Great words sis. I know what you mean. Just be proud of yourself and know that no matter what haters are out there, you know what you have accomplished and they can't take that from you. Stay on the path and don't let distractions keep you from your goal. Woo Hoo!! looking forward to yoga. Never thought I would say that.. emoticon

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MZSLYDE01 2/1/2011 10:27AM

    Yep there are alot of haters out there - It's like you said - their unhappiness projecting onto others. It's not very attractive is it? But that is on them. You are a champion and deserve to be uplifted not tore down - you did that to yourself long enough don't need anyone else doing it to you, but we can't control others only ourself and our choices. Pray for them.
Congrats - I AM JEALOUS ;) Hot yoga - You go get em girl.
Have fun

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VBPARROTHEAD 2/1/2011 10:00AM

  I have a friend who tells people that I have a full time job, working out at the gym! I know that she is a bit jealous and isn't ready to give up her couple of drinks everyday and cooking high fat, high calorie foods; so, I just twll myself that she just hasn't reached the point to do something about her problems. It is like being an alcoholic, until the person is ready to change no one can make them or do it for them.

Congratulations on another 20 stars! My reward for walking on the treadmill is power water aerobics! emoticon

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JESSIELOVE78 2/1/2011 9:59AM

    Fitlering bad people out of your life has awesome affect. Remember that you are emoticon no matter what!

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2HAMSDIET 2/1/2011 9:43AM

    Yes I had this happen to me when I was a junior in high school I lost 55 pounds. The boys loved it and the girls hated it. I got death threats I went to a small school that a girl was murder a few years before. It brought out mean adult too. The principal told me to drop out before something bad happened to me and it would make him look bad. I was in the top 10% of my class. I didn't date, in the band student council had a part time job in another town. My father spent was ill and in the hospital multiple time during this timeand keep and eye on my brother and 85 year old grandfather. Life was so crazy that when I tried to tell people what was going on they thought I was crazy. So I stopped talking about it very early on. Made it through with the smiles and little kind words that people gave to me. In the end I lost all of my close girl friends by the time I graduated and didn't want to go to graduation. Went but then wouldn't go to my college graduation.
What I have learned is mean girls don't grow up they just get older. Not talking about it is not good. That you have to stand up and follow your dreams no matter what.
Change is hard not just on you. ( My son said we really need to get the book Switch by Health as it is about change.) We are here for you and you have to grown a thick skin until people get over the change. emoticon emoticon

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SAMI199 2/1/2011 9:15AM

    My mother always said "Consider the Source." I would be upset,too. As a matter of fact, I am upset about you.I will never understand why people want to be mean & hateful.If you can I would eliminatate these toxic people from your life as much as possible. Then,just refuse to buy into their nonense! You are amazing & I have never picked up on even a hint of ego or boasting in your blogs. You should be proud of yourself &you are an inspiration to me-I can't tell you how many times I have thought,if she did it-so can I. Thank-You!!

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SPARTANPHOTOG 2/1/2011 9:09AM

    (((HUGS))) I think that's a great idea about the stars! I'm going to have to borrow that idea. As for the haters...they do exist and more so than you may think.

For some reason, some people think that your success takes away from theirs - and they only understand win/lose situations. But it's usually not personal - they act this way with everyone. It's better just to distance yourself (if you can) and either smile and nod or ask them if they intended to be so rude. The latter is much funnier.

You have done an amazing job and continue to do so!! Don't give that other person any power over you or your amazing accomplishments. Congrats on your workouts!!!! You rock!

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Free Fitness Class

Monday, January 31, 2011

What a great weekend. Sis and I did a 6.5 mile Friday night, we ran to IHOP to meet hubby for dinner. We told our waitress that we just ran 6.5 miles for pancakes, I don't think she believed us, lol. Enjoyed a great meal after a long run.

Saturday morning we attended a FREE, yep FREE, fitness class at the Downtown Gym, we did Turbo Jam with Chalean, WOW, we had a great time and we will definitely do it again, especially for FREE. They had us take a group photo of everyone that showed up, would been nice if they would have taken it before getting all super sweaty, but anyhow, it was fantastic. I'm in the middle in the back next to the tall chick with the blue tank. I survived.


As a special treat, I stopped by Dillard's after our fitness class, hubby said I deserved a treat to celebrate the magazine coming out last week, so I bought the purple jacket that I wore in the photo shoot. I really wanted that jacket, I have been back to Dillard's twice since then to keep checking if they had lowered the price, and it hasn't been low enough to fit my budget, but lo and hehold, Saturday when I went, it was marked down with an extra 30% off, so the jacket is proudly MINE. Thanks hubby.

Monday is off to a great start, got up at o'dark thirty (0410) for our first, round two of P90X, only 89 more days to go. And after tomorrow's workout I am happy to say that I've earned twenty gold stars so I can now schedule a treat for myself.... a trip to hot yoga.

Hope everyone is off to a great start for the week.

  
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SAMI199 1/31/2011 11:31PM

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2HAMSDIET 1/31/2011 7:08PM

    You looked great in that jacket in the magazine it is your color!! emoticon

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GRACIELA_ELENA 1/31/2011 12:04PM

    I love turbo jam and in fact do it each morning. Have to say I amazed my niece when I told her that since she got one for christmas and said she cant make it through yet, and she's in great shape. Admitted I wasnt able to follow along either but loved the music and Chaleen's commentary to inspire me while doing the PT exercises I had been given for my back. Glad you got your jacket...keep up the great work!

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NATPLUMMER 1/31/2011 10:21AM

    Wow!!! That was a great weekend. After a 6.5 mile run, you definitely earned your pancakes.
That is cool that you got to do TurboJam with Chalean.
YAY for the purple jacket!!!
Good job with P90X this morning. You are starting out the week right!
Have a great one!!

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MZSLYDE01 1/31/2011 9:15AM

    Yeah for the jacket. That is awesome you got it on sale.
Your class pic is awesome. Glad you had fun. I heard Turbo Jam is fun anyway and to be able to go to a class and have that - especially for FREE. Woop Woop.
Have a wonderful day
Great job on getting up at the crack of dawn and working out - GOTTA LOVE IT....

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JLITT62 1/31/2011 8:24AM

    How exciting that the jacket was on sale! You definitely deserve it!

I decided on a veggie omlette after my group run on Sunday. We didn't run that far. Maybe I'll go with pancakes next time! Altho I hate fake sryup. Or maybe I'll get a waffle & bring my own PB . . . There's an idea!

Would love to have a free TJ class -- so cool!

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ANYTHING is possible

Friday, January 28, 2011

Anything is possible.... just a further testimony to SPARK and eating healthy and staying fit. I did what I thought was the IMPOSSIBLE. I am wearing my 17 yr old daughters jeans to work today - a size 7 in juniors. Woo Hoo, and... wearing a medium Aeropostle sweater. I figured I might as well go all out and wear her boots too, lol. A whole new wardrobe has opened up for me.... my daughter's closet.

emoticonI can't tell you how happy it makes me and how wonderful it feels to look in the mirror and see PROGRESS - still a ways to go. I NEVER in a million years thought when I was wearing a women's size 24 that I would be wearing a juniors 7 today. So if you don't believe it's possible, think again... Believe in yourself and stick with the SPARK...anything is possible.

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SHERLYN-WILL 2/3/2011 4:36PM

    OH what a great blog! YOU got a fantastic new wardrobe... (if the daughter is ok with it (wink)!

I am inspired by you!

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DAVIDPRESCOTT 1/29/2011 1:11AM

    WOO HOO! How GOOD does it feel to be swapping clothes with your 17 year old daughter - awesome!

You must feel SO good!

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PURSUITOFJOY 1/28/2011 8:00PM

    Woo hoo! Good stuff! I remember when MY mother lost weight and started wearing my clothes when I was 12! I was so jealous :)

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GR8CGRM 1/28/2011 4:50PM

    You should be very proud of yourself. You have worked hard and deserve every minute. It goes back to the old saying "you don't appreciate things as much if you don't have to work hard to get them". Stick with it sis. You are doing GREAT!!!!

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JLITT62 1/28/2011 2:07PM

    You are SOOOOO amazing!

Of course we want photos, tho.

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HEALTHY_45 1/28/2011 11:09AM

    That's emoticon!!
You continue to surprise and inspire us all.
I love reading your blogs and following your progress, your accommplishments are such an encouragement to me to continue working at this healthy lifestyle.
emoticon for your daily encouragement to all your SP friends, we appreciate it!

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NATPLUMMER 1/28/2011 11:03AM

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I'm sure you are totally rockin' that outfit today!!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 1/28/2011 10:37AM

    WOW!!! That is awesome! I have an assortment of Size 6, 8 and 10 in my closet. No juniors EVER in there and I doubt there will be, but then again, I have a 19 1/2 year old son so no closet for me to raid. LUCKY YOU!!! I bet that feels terrific and you are glowing something beautiful today and you should be!!!

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HAPPYCUPCAKE 1/28/2011 9:46AM

    Wow that is amazing! Congratulations! Gosh I haven't been a size 7 since I was like 14!

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KIMBERLYLUDWIG 1/28/2011 9:25AM

    Congratulations on your success!

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Magazine is OUT !!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Well the blahs of earlier have totally disappeared. My magazine article hit the newstands this morning. Hope everyone will get a copy. I even gave a shout out to SPARKPEOPLE. Soo excited, it makes me so happy to have almost reached my goal of 100 pounds, and so excited that my life is finally the way I want it to be.... healthy and fit. Hoping that in some small way I can influence others to be healthy and be as happy as I am. Thanks again for all your support. Here's the cover pic.... just a tease I know, get your copy and see page 40. Wishing everyone great success in their endeavors. Anything is possible if you believe and perservere, I'm proof. Love you all.

  
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MSCINNAMONIE79 2/10/2011 9:19PM

    Got the copy!!!! Awesome article!!!! Congrats!!!! :)

Cinnamonie :)

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DONNA0256 2/3/2011 7:14PM

    Congratulations! Will definitely look for the magazine!

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SHERLYN-WILL 2/3/2011 4:36PM

    I WILL DEF. GET A COPY!!!! I am proud of you!

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MOMONTHERUN1 1/28/2011 11:56AM

    CONGRATS!!!

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RUNDARCYRUN 1/28/2011 10:22AM

    That's so awesome!!

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SEEAMANDARUN 1/28/2011 9:34AM

    I will be getting a copy right after work! Congratulations!!!!!

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2HAMSDIET 1/27/2011 11:29PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I was looking for it now I know. First thing in the morning I will go looking for it. You are my inspiration.

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EGR2BEME 1/27/2011 9:16PM

    Wow! Congrats. Can't wait to get the magazine.

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DGIBSON02 1/27/2011 7:43PM

    guess i'll have to pic it up to check out my mother in law

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YOU ARE MY HERO-CONGRATULATIONS & BEST WISHES FOR THE FUTURE
YOU HAVE DREAMED OF & WORKED SO HARD TO MAKE COME TRUE!!!!!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 1/27/2011 1:52PM

    So Freakin' Proud of YOU!!!!! I'm going out to get it after work so I can show you off to all I know! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHY_45 1/27/2011 1:27PM

    Getting my copy this week end!!
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JLITT62 1/27/2011 1:00PM

    Darn, just got back from the bookstore!

You are SUCH an inspiration!

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NATPLUMMER 1/27/2011 11:45AM

    Congratulations!!! I'll pick up a copy this weekend.
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