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Runs for Cookies

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hi everyone! Yes, I'm still around :) Lately, I've gotten a lot of messages and comments asking where I've been and why I'm not blogging... and they are surprised to find out that I actually DO blog just about every day. I apologize if you've already seen this, but I figured I'd post a link here in case you're one of the super nice people that asks about me.

My blog can be found at www.runsforcookies.com .

It's nothing super interesting--just the day to day of trying my best to keep this weight off! I do still check my Spark page and Spark mail, and I read all of your nice comments. THANK YOU for being so supportive and motivating to me!!

Katie

  
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YORKIE_GIRL 10/11/2012 12:33AM

    OMG ... wow do you look sensational! You really did it! Great for you! You inspire!

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TINAJANE76 8/23/2012 8:24AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss and maintenance success! Your story is wonderful and it's so generous of you to share it with so many people. I'm sure you have a lot going on, but I see that you're a member of the 'At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance' team here on SparkPeople. We'd love to have another long-term maintainer around to help out our newbies and others who may be backsliding in maintenance and, of course, offer you that support should you ever need it. I'm relatively new to maintenance (almost six months-woo hoo!) and a new team leader there but I don't remember seeing you around since I joined up. If you have the time and are interested, please come check us out again and consider lending your voice there. We maintainers need all the support we can get!
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LADYBUG1107 8/22/2012 5:14AM

    Great job on your weight loss and maintenance.

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NANHBH 8/17/2012 11:32PM

    You look amazing! Keep up the good work. Thank you for being such an inspiration for us.
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MAMATHROWSDOWN 8/12/2012 11:27PM

  You are just the inspiration that I was looking for. emoticon

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CINDY_LYNNE 6/11/2012 7:53AM

    It's been exactly a year since you posted this, and I'm glad I found it. :)

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SLENDERELLA61 5/23/2012 9:20AM

    WOW!! I'm sure glad you posted this. Your before and after pictures and story are as motivating as any I've seen. You are AWESOME!! So glad you are still blogging and sparking. Take care. -Marsha

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AROHRBACH 5/22/2012 11:08PM

    I also am using weight watchers! I do points plus and ive lost about 30 lbs so far. I watched your video and you are so inspiring! Thank you for that.

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AMCGUINNESS1 4/11/2012 8:20AM

  well done katie emoticon

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LITTLE-LASS 3/30/2012 3:08PM

    Hi SlimKate,

you are my inspiration, I went on spark people with a few friends and while I lost weight and was a very happy camper, i fell off the wagon so to speak after my surgery, and have been struggling ever since. I decided to come back to Spark again to read your blogs because even though I was no longer dedicated to my page I always thought of you and your courage on my toughest days.....thank you for continuing to check on us, you are honest and talk about real issues, which a lot of us deal with everyday alone....... i am getting back on track I have a 1/2 marathon under my belt and working towards # 2 in May but the weight struggle never ends.

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FITBY40-2015 12/18/2011 9:48PM

    you are looking fabulous. not sure how to make a comment on the other site. i will be back again.MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! and all the best to you and your family in the New Year! emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 11/11/2011 11:42PM

    great blog!

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PROJECTFIT4LIFE 11/8/2011 12:13AM

    thanks for posting this. can't wait to read more about your journey!

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BELLALUCIA 11/7/2011 5:45PM

    Keep striving Katie!

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JIBBIE49 10/29/2011 11:33PM

    I saw someone comment that you are having a "lower body lift" and wanted to wish you well. MAMACLOK on YouTube, who has released over 70# and kept it off for 3 years now, just had a tummy tuck, and a breast lift(I believe) and she's done great. She was going to post about her six week check up.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 9/27/2011 7:59PM

    Very cool blog - Runs For Cookies! Hadn't seen your blog link before, so I got lost there a few hours this afternoon. Was very curious about the "cookie" design in the Garmin display - does it let you upload graphics? or was that you fiddling around in Photo Shop? Very clever, in any case. I probably need to find my one sin to run for - prolly ice cream. I'm picky about cookies - they need to be crispy, not chewy!! (my husband is opposite, so between the two of us, the cookies can disappear. But if I buy a new to me brand and I find it is chewy, I usually let him take them to work - computer engineers are world class junk food eaters!!).


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MRS_BARTLETT 8/26/2011 2:23PM

    Hey, I am change-n-me from OD I have been following you for a long time. I have yet to actually comment on your blog though because my computer is accient and my phone wont let me. But keep up the good work.

You are capable of doing anything you set your mind too. I'm alittle lost if you actually want to get to 126 or if you want to get to 132 or what ever. Your one of those people of have "true grit" And thats what makes you special.

Hope your appointment goes good today... cant wait to read the outcome.

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TOMCHIK 8/11/2011 1:46AM

  Hi Katie! Just have to say that your blog is fantastic, you look AMAZING, and you've inspired me to work just a little harder to reach my fitness goals. Wishing you the best, thanks for keeping all of us posted! It really helps to know that with a lot of hard work and motivation, this can be done!

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SHELLB7 8/4/2011 3:35AM

    Good to know you're still at it! Keep it up!! You are an inspiration!

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MRDPOLING 7/2/2011 10:37PM

    I just figured you were over there by the wall looking all sorts of marvelous!

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PATTILYNN224 6/20/2011 8:56AM

  Glad to know you are still around. I was missing you. Will be checking out your other site.


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HU4TO2SC 6/17/2011 12:44PM

    Thanks for letting me know how else to hear from you. I hope that all of us that
like to read your blogs are not making you feel more pressured. Sometimes it is
so nice to read about someone else's success. You have shown many people that
it can be done without surgery. You have bounced back many times. When I had
lost 40 lbs, I put undue pressure on myself. I felt everyone was watching me to
see if I kept it off. So after only a year, I put it all back on and more. I have never
been able to keep it off since, and that was about 15 years ago. Do what makes
you happy! I am trying to find a way to love myself again. I want to be able to
enjoy the things I use to do when I had more energy. Hang in there, but do it
for you!


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BAREFOOT-LISA 6/15/2011 10:01AM

    Thanks for the link, now I can continue to cyber lurk!

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HOTRODSANDY 6/11/2011 10:13PM

    Thank you for the link! Such an inspiration.

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DUXGRL1 6/11/2011 9:35PM

    I love your blog, and think that it is great not just that you lost all that weight but that that you do not give up when you have setbacks, and keep finding ways to challenge yourself. That's what it's all about. AND....love your recipes, and THANK YOU for introducing me to PB2...just got my first jar yesterday just to try and I am probably going to have to start ordering large amounts like you do!

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VANILLAMAMA 6/11/2011 8:13PM

  You are amazing Katie. You have showed me so much. I follow you here and there. You are proof that this can be done and it isnt a miracle and then poof you are done. If you fall down you have to keep on getting back up. No matter what your weigh goal is. emoticon

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500 Festival Mini-Marathon 2011

Sunday, May 08, 2011

I just got home from my fourth annual trip to Indianapolis for the half-marathon. I've walked it the past three years, and this year was my first year RUNNING it. It was fantastic!! Hopefully I can remember all the details (there was a lot of drinking, haha).

Friday-
Eli had a Mother's Day tea party at school, so I wanted to make sure I could go to that before we left for Indy. I went to the tea party and Eli was adorable. He was so excited and proud of the things he'd made for me. My mom picked him up at 11:30, and I left with Jerry (my husband), Renee, and Jessica (my friends) for Indy. The drive was about 4 1/2 hours, and we stopped a couple of times along the way for snacks. At one gas station, they were selling Cadbury Creme Eggs for 6 cents each!! I was tempted to buy all of them, but I only bought two.

We arrived at the hotel and my brother Brian, my sister Jeanie, and her two friends Cathy and Jen were already there. Everyone had a drink in our hotel room while we waited to head to dinner. We had reservations at Buca di Beppo to load up on pasta for the race. Reservations were at 5, and we were seated right away. We had cheese bread, lasagna, fettuccine alfredo, ravioli, stuffed shells, manicotti... OH, it was SO good. Then we headed over to the Expo to pick up our packets.


I was kind of bummed to see that I had requested a medium shirt, when I really need a small, but I registered for this race almost a year ago, and I was a medium at the time. We walked around the Expo, and I bought a sticker for my car that says "13.1 miles 'cause I'm only half crazy". I noticed someone walking around in a Biggest Loser t-shirt and I recognized it to be Allen from season 8! I said hello, and asked if he was doing the race, etc. I told him about my weight loss and asked if I could get a picture with him. He was SUPER friendly.



After the Expo, we went back to the hotel. I was kind of wired and wanted to play some games or something, but everyone else just wanted to lie around and go to bed early. I sat in my sister's room and talked to her and her friends for a little while, then went to bed at around 11.

Saturday-
The alarm went off at 5:00 AM. I went down and ate breakfast (oatmeal with raisins, canteloupe, muffin). Then I got dressed and tried to calm my nerves. I get nervous every year, even though I already know what to expect. We took some pictures, then everyone headed down to the start area, which was directly in front of our hotel. I was in the Q corral (by myself--no one else from our group was starting there, and I planned to run alone). Jerry wasn't running, so he had all our stuff in a bag and he was going to go wait at the finish line.


I made small talk with a couple of people, turned on my Garmin, and waited for the start. Once the race started (at 7:33), it took me about 20 minutes to get to the actual starting line. This is the largest half-marathon in the country, with 35,000 racers--and being in Q, I was pretty far back there. It's organized by estimated finish time, and when I registered, I had estimated my finish to be 2:30.

Once the race started, I started running at a pretty slow pace. There were so many people that I had to dodge people constantly for the first mile or so. Right after the starting line, there was a girl in front of me that I was going to pass, because I saw her trying to TEXT AND RUN at the same freaking time. She wasn't watching where she was going, and then she fell--RIGHT in front of me, which almost caused me to go flying to the pavement as well. I was so mad that I wanted to kick her, but I dodged her and kept going. At the first mile marker is the zoo, and I saw an elephant watching us run by :)

I kept focusing on maintaining a steady pace, and I didn't want to worry too much about how slow I was going. I wanted to stay comfortable, so I just found a happy pace and went with it. At mile 6, we went onto the Indy 500 race track. The track looks so small on TV, but it is actually 2 1/2 miles around. It's the most boring part of the race, in my opinion. I saw a man wearing a Martian Marathon t-shirt and I told him I did the Martian 10k in March. He is from Windsor, and went to Indy for the race like I did.

There were tons of pit stops along the race (probably about every mile) but I hadn't stopped for water or Gatorade at all. At around mile 8, I had some water--I didn't realize it would be so hard to run and drink at the same time, and I wound up getting water all over my shirt right before I saw the photographers. So I'm interested to see how I look in the pics!

After mile 9, the rest of the miles went by kind of fast. I had water at mile 10, and then Gatorade at mile 11. Most people eat some sort of fuel, but I always feel fine without food or water up until about 10 miles, and after that, I just need a little water and I'm good to go. My legs started hurting about halfway through mile 12, but I still felt pretty strong. When I finally hit mile 13, I saw the finish line and there were TONS of people cheering us on. I heard Renee yell my name, so I smiled and waved at her. I didn't see Jerry at all, and I actually slowed down a little to try and see him, but no luck. I think I was half smiling, half crying when I crossed the finish line. I felt emotional for a minute and was about to go into the ugly cry, and then I was over it. My finish time was 2:10:40. I got pic taken with my medal, then went to find Renee (who finished in 1:46) and Jerry.


Finish time
I'm not thrilled with my time, but it's decent. An average 9:59/mile pace. I'm definitely going to have to do some speedwork. My splits were as follows:
Mile 1- 10:31
Mile 2- 10:10
Mile 3- 10:06
Mile 4- 9:56
Mile 5- 9:54
Mile 6- 10:00
Mile 7- 9:47
Mile 8- 9:47
Mile 9- 9:59
Mile 10- 9:47
Mile 11- 9:37
Mile 12- 9:41
Mile 13- 9:23
Mile 0.1- 8:55

For the most part, I had negative splits, so I'm happy with that. My best mile was actually the 13th mile, which surprised me.

Renee found me and she said she had no clue where Jerry was. We went back to the finish line to watch everyone else finish. I saw Brian and Jen cross, which surprised me, because I thought for sure they would have finished before me. Their time was 2:19. We watched for Jessica, but didn't see her. We saw Jeanie and Cathy cross. Then someone found Jerry, who admitted he completely missed my crossing the finish line!

We went back to the hotel and met up with Jessica. I took a shower and had lunch at the food court in the mall next door. Then I drank almost a whole bottle of Kendall-Jackson Merlot (my favorite wine!) and relaxed. After that, we went down to the hotel bar and had some drinks and snacks. Renee and Jessica ended up going out to a club to dance, which I wasn't interested in doing, so I stayed with everyone else. We went to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner--that's where you end up if you don't make reservations on time--and then finally went back to the hotel. I went to bed at around 10:30.


I couldn't sleep at all, and at 3:30 AM, Jessica and Renee finally came back to the hotel. They were being pretty loud, so I went in the other room to sleep. I could tell I was getting sick because my throat felt like I was swallowing razor blades.

Sunday-
I woke up at 8 this morning and packed up our stuff. My throat hurt so badly. Surprisingly, I wasn't sore from the run at all. My hips felt a little stiff, but that's it. We left the hotel at 10:30, and I got home at about 3 pm. I looked up my results online. My kids asked if I won, and I explained that I came in 11,890th place... hahaha.

Overall, it was a great weekend. I'm so excited to be a part of the cool kids club now that I've RUN a half-marathon! I'm super psyched for next year--I'm going to run it sub-2:00! ;)

I'll post the official race pictures when I get them.
5/15/11- Official race photos are in!


  
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SYCAMOREROSE1 4/29/2012 6:41PM

    I did the 500 mini in '08 and I hope to get back in shape so that I can do it again in the next couple years. You are truly an inspiration!! Thank you for your story.

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MASHALAZ 8/18/2011 10:14AM

  Kind of off-topic, but I have an Eli, too!!! He's 7 now. Elis rock!

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DGULLEY1 8/4/2011 6:47PM

  I am so excited for you. I am sharing your story with my co-workers. I am so inspired and look forward to my 1st mini in Danville, In. in Oct. 2011. I am inspired also that you are an Indy girl. I live in Indy and know that there are a lot of people in this state that can be inspired by your example. Keep it up. You and your family should be so proud. You not only got your life back, but you have added years to your children having a healthy mom that will be around for them. That was a great and unselfish move on your part.

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NINNY165 8/3/2011 9:00AM

    Congrats on your race!! I was there too..the first time for running too. You have inspired me to continue to work on my goals...running and weight loss... Great picture with Allenfrom the BL. emoticon emoticon

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MOM2HANDH 7/6/2011 12:50AM

    Congrats! I ran it too! And if you register with that time, you'll be starting in K or so :)

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MISSLISA1973 7/5/2011 11:10PM

    emoticon I was there, walking the 5K. One day, a half marathon! emoticon

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WEIGHTWATCHER67 7/5/2011 10:50PM

    You are an awesome inspiration! You look amazing!!!!!!!!!

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GETBACK2GOOD 6/8/2011 3:28PM

    Great job Katie!!! You crack me up! I was glad to see an updated blog! I love to read them!!! Can't wait to see what you do next year!!

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BBORDEN86 5/31/2011 12:01PM

    Woohoo! Great job.

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CFWELLS 5/25/2011 12:56PM

    What an encouragement you are! Congratulations on all you have accomplished! emoticon

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PURPLE_ROSE_3 5/22/2011 3:47AM

    What a great blog! Thanks for the inspiration to keep working towards my running goals!

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LISATIPPIE 5/19/2011 10:01AM

    This is really wonderful! Your pictures are great...what an amazing event. I think it's inspiring that you are making time for your health and self even while being a mom. You inspire me. :-)

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BROOKDOESLIFE 5/18/2011 3:40PM

    This is great. I'm so happy for you!!! Amazing!!

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GOANOTHERMILE 5/17/2011 10:26AM

    i am sooooo happy for you! what a feeling that must be, i hope the excitement/accomplishment feeling lasts forever!!! way 2 go, and super dooper thanks for sharing you big day!!! by the way i love the bling! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KNITTINGMOMOF3 5/17/2011 9:09AM

    Great blog and pictures! emoticon emoticon

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CMILLER1227 5/16/2011 5:00PM

    You are an inspiration!!!!

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GRSMITH80 5/16/2011 2:44PM

    emoticon You're amazing!

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EMPTRS 5/16/2011 2:28PM

    You are AWESOME!!! Congratulations!!!

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Great job!!! Thanks for sharing!!! You go Girl!!!!

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FLYGIRL557 5/16/2011 10:40AM

    Great Job!! Keep running Katie. emoticon

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DWILCZKO 5/16/2011 12:11AM

  awesome!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/15/2011 4:27PM

    Love the bumper sticker! Congrats on running the 1/2 marathon, what an accomplishment! DH and I are walking one Memorial day. Thanks for the inspiration!

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CDNCASS 5/15/2011 3:40PM

    My favourite part - "about to go into the ugly cry". Lol
GREAT JOB!!! You're an inspiration.

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IZADORA 5/15/2011 10:26AM

    Way to go! emoticon

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ERIN4771 5/15/2011 8:18AM

    way to go!! awesome running times, you should be proud!! and i also wanted to kick the texting girl you were talking about, how rude!!

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THEIS58 5/15/2011 7:23AM

    Wow! Great job! emoticon emoticon

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SALSA_DIVA_44 5/14/2011 5:26PM

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LIZZI619 5/14/2011 9:32AM

    emoticon You are an inspiration!

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SWEET-CHEEKS 5/13/2011 2:42PM

    Terrific Job, Katie! I cannot wait until I can do this too! Thank you for sharing this inspiring blog! emoticon Loved it!

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SP_COACH_NANCY 5/13/2011 8:36AM

  Loved, loved, loved reading your amazing blog!!! CONGRATS on a job well done!!!

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MRDPOLING 5/12/2011 8:17PM

    Way to Go!!!!!!

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TERRYT55 5/12/2011 3:24PM

    I loved reading your blog! I am run/walking my first 1/2 in June. You inspire me in SO many ways!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/12/2011 1:58PM

    What a great time! Woohoo!!!!!

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DORAL33178 5/12/2011 12:20PM

    First, I want to say CONGRATS to running your 1st half marathon. I hope to run the ING here in Miami in January. I like how you took things slowly and walked it for 3 years.

Your time was AMAZING in my eyes. I have a huge (Chester the Cheetos cat) smile on my face and a little teary reading you blog.

Thank you for sharing!!!!!

Daphne in Doral(Miami)

P.S. Next year I will be reading about your sub-2:00. Notice I did not say hope because you will do it.

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DWILCZKO 5/12/2011 12:38AM

  great job!

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BURTON79B 5/11/2011 8:13PM

    Amazing! Love the place u told ur kids u took! And love the bumper sticker! Great job...I hope to make it to run a half marathon maybe next year!

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ALICIAT32 5/11/2011 4:35PM

    That's awesome! U did great!

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JENN26POINT2 5/11/2011 2:42PM

    Holy moly! That's a fast half! Great job! I don't know how you had the energy to do all that other stuff after finishing your half! All I want to do when I get done is sleep! Congrats!

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-H0LY-Y0GA- 5/11/2011 12:22PM

    Congrats on the Half - and all that you have accomplished. I was just looking at your past blogs. You are an inspiration in so many ways! I am so impressed with your coming back from surgery as well as your weight loss. Way to go - and thanks for the inspiration!!!

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JEMMA40 5/11/2011 11:52AM

  Congrats on running the half-marathon. I used to do triathlon and remember the first time I ran the whole run leg of the race without walking breaks. It's a good feeling to experience the progress.
More importantly, it sounds like you had FUN doing it!

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/11/2011 11:30AM

    WOW... emoticon Very inspirational! Congrats on all your hard work and success!

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SHELLEY81 5/11/2011 8:38AM

    Awesome job! I can't wait to run my 1st half in August and this was very motivating!

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FITBY40-2015 5/11/2011 8:07AM

    awesome job! you should be so proud of what you did emoticon

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RITAROSE 5/11/2011 7:52AM

  You give me hope that one day I can run distance! Loved your blog and pics! Thanks for posting!

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Journey of 125 pounds

Monday, January 31, 2011


I've been wanting to make a video like this since before I even lost the weight! I hope to inspire at least one person with this :)


ETA: I've been getting swamped with e-mails and Spark messages from people asking questions about my weight loss. I'm happy to answer new questions, but please check out the FAQ's on my blog before asking. Thanks! http://www.runsforcookies.com/p/faqs.html

  
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JRTITTLE 11/25/2013 10:26AM

  You are a true inspiration! Congratulations on your success!

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BEUGEL 8/4/2013 12:32AM

    Inspiring! Thanks for taking the time to share this with the world. :)

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LRSILVER 1/27/2013 3:48PM

    You are fabulous. I love this.

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MCFITZ2 11/13/2012 5:15PM

    Wow. I am so psyched. Thank you

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ZEST4LIFE55 8/28/2012 2:13AM

  Today is my first day!!! I hope to have a similar journey with great confidence when I have met my goals and free from this weight I'm carrying!

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JULESANA8818 8/22/2012 4:18PM

    You brought tears to my eyes you inspire me so much!!!! emoticon

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JOANNANOW 8/21/2012 10:35AM

    Wow! very impressive! You are an amazing women. Congratulations! emoticon

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NANCYSINATRA 8/17/2012 11:07AM

    Second time I've watched this during my journey now, and once again, tears in the eyes. I am feeling inspired again. Thank you

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CARIOLA 8/13/2012 4:53PM

    What an awesome and inspiring vlog! Thanks for sharing it with those of us who need some motivation.

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INSANITY77 8/9/2012 9:02PM

  Your story is so inspiring!

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TROMIE 8/8/2012 2:23PM

    What an amazing transformation! So inspiring!

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FIRREWHISPER 8/7/2012 2:51PM

    Your a great inspiration

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MWALTERS10 7/25/2012 1:00PM

  You did a wonderful job, Congrats!!!! emoticon

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MELT2BEAUTIFUL 7/19/2012 11:36AM

    Thanks for sharing! You certainly inspired me! emoticon

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TALLGIRLX3 7/16/2012 1:21PM

    AMAZING! Trust me, girl, you've inspired way more than just one person!

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DANNILYNN1 7/15/2012 10:19PM

    Love the video! I have been looking for inspiration since I started gaining weight back and found none. Your video has changed that. It made me remember documenting my weight loss with pictures and being so happy and proud. I have to get back to that!

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SNOWYOGA 7/9/2012 6:20PM

    Oh my you did great! And yes I would have alot of questions, but I will check the others first. Thank you for sharing emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESSOFPMCD 7/7/2012 6:01PM

    What I liked best.... the smaller you became the larger your smile was!

Congrats on acheiving our goals - job well done!

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ANNROSE126 7/7/2012 4:36PM

    CONGRATULATIONS BOTH FOR THE WEIGHT LOSS AND THE GREAT VIDEO!


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SWITCHBLADE 7/7/2012 4:08PM

  Definitely inspiring! Thanks for sharing this video with us - it makes me feel like I might be able to do it too! emoticon

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OLLYTHEDOLLY 7/6/2012 6:35PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this incredible video! emoticon

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JANSUE57 6/30/2012 8:28AM

    Amazing!!!!

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1BUBBIE20 6/28/2012 2:46PM

    I'm inspired by you. I hope you stay thin. It's harder to keep it off than to lose it. I've been down that path a few times.

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OTEN36 6/23/2012 5:21PM

    Wow...........
Great Video and a Wonderful story.
Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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CAMILLEJ7 6/22/2012 10:27PM

  Hi, this is my 2nd day after a friend of mine suggested I join Sparkpeople and I'm so glad I did. Your video really has inspired me and just watching you enjoy life spoke volumes to me!! Keep up the good work, pretty soon you may see my video next!!!

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TERRYFIELD1 6/22/2012 7:38PM

    Incredible!

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BOYSBOYSBOYS 6/21/2012 8:43AM

    Your video is just awesome!!! Losing the weight has taken years off you. It's evident that you look and feel amazing and it is just so inspiring to those of us who are on our journey or just starting our journey. Thank you for inspiring me!! Congratulations on your success! Hard work and perseverance do pay off! Way to go! We move along!! emoticon

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BARBTWIN1 6/18/2012 11:17PM

  Fantastic,,was it hard to do??

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LISAMCK79 6/17/2012 10:06PM

  i keep doubting myself i know i can do it i have already lost almost 10kg i know i can keep going, your an inspiration thanks for sharing

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K8CAL917 6/14/2012 9:33AM

    wow, this is incredible! you are such an inspiration, i love it! thank you for posting!

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LEAHHK 6/13/2012 5:14PM

    congrats! you look amazing! you insired me so much!! thank you.
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AKALIBBY1 6/13/2012 1:48PM

  I feel very inspired after watching this, so much so that I had to send it to my mother who also struggles with her weight. I know it motivated me, I am hoping it does the same for her.

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SGSTALEY 6/9/2012 3:48PM

    I really liked the end of the vid where you have (I assume) your son on your back & with your hubby and other son. You look SO happy!

Thank you for the awesome video! emoticon

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KOMTRIA 6/8/2012 1:02PM

  Thank you for the video. You are Awesome!!

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WWRIGHT707395 6/2/2012 3:47PM

    OMG... you brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your story with me. It is very inspiring. emoticon

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SHANTI66 5/26/2012 10:01PM

    You are so beautiful and all those other adjectives you listed. I want to lose the same amount of weight in the same amount of time, also using 10 lbs. markers. What an inspiration you are. Yeah, I'd say you motivated at least one person! emoticon
Keep up the amazing work! And we're here to support U2. :-) You're only human after all. Super human, but only human. emoticon

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PJDARCAX2 5/24/2012 5:30PM

    Amazing video! Congrats on making it to your goal~ What an isnpiation!

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STARLITEGIRL44 5/23/2012 8:28PM

  I loved your video blog it's so wonderful to see. You remind me a lot of myself through my journey as well. I too met Dr. Oz and he is so sweet.
I too did the same picture of me on the swings doing the same thing after my weight loss as well !! It's such a good feeling , the freedom.
Just like you said with your words in the video . You hit it dead on !!
GREAT JOB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!! Celebrate each day with full life and smile..
You did it and you look so cute and happy. Congrats to your victories

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HONEYKISSES1313 5/22/2012 8:35AM

    omg your video made me wanna cry. i wanna lose about 80 pounds. what did you do to lose. you look WONDERFUL. congrats

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JNAGLE2 5/20/2012 5:08PM

  There is only one word to use for you "Amazing" You are going to be my inspiration. I also want to lose 130 lbs. I just started this week if you can give some tips/pointers that can help me I would appreciate it. I know it will be hard but now I know it can be done. Not that I am near there but what did you do regarding loose skin. If you don't mind me asking. If this is something you don't wish to answer I understand. I have been reading a lot on line regarding diets. Maybe reading to much. Hope to hear from you, again you look terrific. Hope to follow in your footsteps. Thank you for your blog.
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VANCARN 5/18/2012 8:19PM

    Thank you for posting your journey. I know body types are all different but I have to ask did you loose the weight w/o drugs. Many of my friends are going on b-12 shots. I am about the only one loosing weight the lod fashion way.......so please tell me that it is possible to loose 125 lbs with out drugs. emoticon

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RISSKOEHN 5/18/2012 11:46AM

  THAT WAS AWESOME!!!! MAYBE I CAN LOOSE MY 30 POUNDS AFTER ALL.

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FLOWERSFORIRIS 5/17/2012 4:00AM

    I am so inspired! My goodness...you look about 20 years younger!!! That's insane! You look fantastic. Keep up the great work!

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LOVERLYBUBBLES 5/7/2012 1:23AM

  I started tearing up :') Omg. Patience is a virtue!! I just have to keep telling myself that day by day by day :) emoticon

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LOVERLYBUBBLES 5/7/2012 1:22AM

  I started tearing up :') Omg. Patience is a virtue!! I just have to keep telling myself that day by day by day :) emoticon

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GOT2BFIT 5/6/2012 4:09PM

    OMG!!! I'm totally inspired!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  Awesome and very inspiring you gave me hope with my weightloss journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CALAMITYJANE53 5/1/2012 4:03PM

    Fantastic! You are so beautiful! Congratulations and thanks for inspiring me.

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

I'm so sorry it's been so long since I've written a blog on here. I write in my Open Diary a few times a week, but I usually save my blogs on Spark for more meaningful entries. So for those of you that have been asking about me, I'm doing pretty well (thanks for asking!)

Just before Christmas, I reached a low weight of 128--just 2 pounds from my goal! I should have known it wasn't going to last, because my mouth was still wired shut from my broken jaw. On Jan 4th, I got all the wires removed and with the exception of some pain in my joints (just under my ears), I'm feeling pretty good. I'm able to eat solid foods again and the week after Christmas I gained 8 pounds!! However, I've been working really hard not to get into old habits, and I've maintained my weight between 134 and 139 for the entire month of January. That's where my weight was in November, before I fell and broke my jaw. So even though my weight is up from Christmastime, I still feel like I'm doing really well with all things considered.

DIET: I did get re-addicted (for lack of a better word) to sugar--which I had forgotten how hard was to overcome! After 16 months of losing weight and eating a pretty balanced diet, I started eating too much sugar around the holidays and it is SO HARD to cut back on it. I think if I could kick the sugar habit, I'd get my weight down to goal pretty easily--but I'm having a hard time getting through the first 4 days of sugar withdrawl.

As I type this, I am on Day 3 of counting WW Points again... which I REALLY hate to do. I was doing really well through December with intuitive eating, but that is what led to the sugar cravings again, so I know now that I MUST count calories or points or something in order to stay on track. I chose to count points because WW's came out with their re-vamped program and I thought it might be fun to do something "new" and learn a new program (in other words, I might actually enjoy it! haha)

WEIGHT: I was 137 today, so I'm 11 pounds from goal. I *should* be happy about it (it's in the "normal" range for my height and my size 4's all still fit), but knowing that I was 128 before the wires came off is messing with my head and makes me feel like I should be in the 120's. However, my jeans were starting to feel tight and a little uncomfortable, so I made the decision to start counting points again. Hopefully I'll get the last 11 pounds off soon--if it becomes TOO hard and I am miserable doing it, I might revise my goal weight to be around 132 (where I feel good, my clothes feel good and it's easier to maintain). I chose 126 simply because it'd be half of my starting weight, which is a stupid reason to choose a goal, but when I started losing I had no idea I'd actually make it this far! So I'm giving it a month to see how I feel and then I might revise my goal.

EXERCISE: I've still been running consistently. The roads have been icy and I'm terrified of falling and hurting my jaw, so I've been doing my runs on the dreadmill. Normally I like to run for distance rather than speed, but I cannot endure more than 3 miles at a time on the treadmill, so I've been running 5k every other day and working on increasing speed. Today I set a new PR of 25:50! I was THRILLED to get under 26 minutes. Maybe by fall I'll get under 25 minutes.

OTHER STUFF: I'm thinking about getting a tummy tuck in May. I spoke with the insurance company about it and it sounds like they might cover it--and if they do, I definitely want to get it done! Cosmetically, my stomach looks terrible! But it causes me non-cosmetic problems as well (particularly when I run) and I would love to get it out of the way.

I wasn't going to say anything about this until I knew anything for sure, but I was contacted by the producer of The Rachael Ray Show to possibly appear on a segment about weight loss in an upcoming show. That was last week and I haven't heard anything since, so I'm guessing that nothing will come of it. It was still exciting to be recognized for my hard work, though :)

So there you have it, in a nutshell. For more specifics, you can check out my entries on Open Diary. Here is the link for that:
www.opendiary.com/entrylist.asp?auth
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SALSA_DIVA_44 5/4/2011 10:54PM

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CATHRINE2010 3/3/2011 10:52AM

    So nice to hear from you. Don't worry about the weight gain you will take it off again. SLOWLY is the key here. There is no quick fix. Have found by sucking on dried fruit it will reduce the sugar cravings. I make my own and it is very low in calories. Cantaloupe is the best! Good luck on your running! emoticon

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HUGS2013 2/20/2011 2:49PM

    Good to see you back and that your jaw has healed! I hope that you make it to the Rachel Ray show! Fingers crossed for you!~Deanie
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BELLALUCIA 2/8/2011 5:12PM

    Here's good luck to you dear!

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MICHARM 2/8/2011 4:24PM

    You are doing so well!!! I highly recommend a tummy tuck I had one a year ago and love the results!!!

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1BEACHWALKER 2/8/2011 3:39PM

    You will get back there-your body is just responding to the trauma. It happens everytime I get sick- I gain for now reason at all, other than that. Sugar is the worst addiction. Once you start it is hard to stop. Hang in there! Glad your jaw is doing so well! Let us know if you do get to appear on RR-that is awesome just to be contacted- wow! emoticon

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CSODEN 2/7/2011 9:01PM

  so I am new here, and was just wondering...did you lose all that weight from doing weight watchers and exercising?

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SASSYMURF 2/6/2011 9:22PM

    I wouldn't worry about those few little pounds though I know how scary it can be that you will get out of control. Size 4 jeans? I wish, that is my goal again I miss those size 4's has been over 2 years since I saw mine. I too am a sugar addict and have been off it for one whole month. It is such a struggle to get off it but falling off the wagon and starting all over again can be a bit frustrating. I have been there many many times. Sugar will always be something I need to monitor very closely...........You keep up the good work you look great!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 2/6/2011 2:33PM

    Great post

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STARLIGHT615 2/4/2011 8:00AM

    Glad that you are getting better each day! and dont worry about those last 11 lbs you will get them off in now time!! I look forward to your blogs and updates!! Hope you hear something back from Rachel Ray! that would be totally awesome!

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NELLBELLA26 2/3/2011 11:12PM

    Thank you for being so open and honest in your blogs. I am seriously addicted to sugar! I've been pretty good about getting the exercise but my biggest struggle still remains with food, particularly sweets.
I have kept up with your story and find you incredibly inspirational. I hope that something does pan out with the Rachael Ray show because you would be able to reach even more people.

Stay positive and stay the course! You'll be back to 128 in no time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REDLACED 2/3/2011 10:02PM

    Great effort, fingers crossed you may still get on Rachael Ray!

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DWILCZKO 2/3/2011 1:40PM

  stay positive!

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TEXZAN 2/3/2011 12:53PM

    Katie it sounds like you are doing awesome . Please dont make yourself Crazy over that number on the scale. I know exactly how you feel . While tri training last summer I finally dropped the 5-9 extra pounds I had been trying to lose to meet my personal goal ( I was also a WW member at one time ). As soon as the training was over and the TRI was done,, right back to where I was. And even while training for a 1/2 Marathon,, I never took off that 5-9 pounds. I just figure my body is happy at this weight,, I maintain it pretty well through diet and exercise,, I also am in a size 4 Jeans,,, and you know what,, I am Happy with myself . I am gonna just keep plugging along I guess.. TRI Training starts again the end of March ,, this time I am training for a half Iron,, I am excited,, and scared . Good luck to you my friend,, let us know when that Rachelle segment is so we can tune in. Dont be shy about it,, that is Fabulous,, Congrats to you and good luck .

Tammy
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JAMIE601 2/3/2011 12:01PM

    Just out of curiosity, how tall are you? I am around the same weight as you are right now (up from 127 lbs a few months ago.) We have pretty similar goal weights. Mine was 120 lbs but I am thinking about bumping it up to 125. I am 5' 2"

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ANNROBERTS54 2/3/2011 8:56AM

    I have never been real good about the intuitive eating thing. But I also dislike the weighing, measuring and counting points. But it is one or the other and i choose to use what helps me keep my weight where it belongs. WW always ends up winning out

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JETERSGAL729 2/3/2011 2:02AM

    OMG!! I don't even like Rachel Ray but I'd have to record it that day just to see you!! :)

Congrats girly! You totally rock!!! :) You are doing awesome!!

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BUSYFLUTTERBY 2/2/2011 11:56PM

    i loved all your pics, i am going to steal some of your ideas. i will watch your blog over again i'm sure. thank you for sharing with me!!!

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AGILLASPIE60 2/2/2011 1:49PM

    We all cross so many challenges in life. It's what we do with those challenges that give us character. You have chosen to face those challenges and take them on. Again, we all have setbacks but we can choose to recognize them for what they are and then move on again! You have bravely chosen to move on and adjust! Good for you! Thank you for sharing your challenges so others can be encouraged. We are NOT on this planet alone in our pain, we can share so that others can see that fact! It is our job to make sure that we uplift and support each other in this life that was given to us! You are holding up on your quest through this life very well! Thanks :)

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FABAT402009 2/1/2011 9:27PM

    Not sure how I missed your last few blogs. So happy you are doing much better and I love how information and inspiring all of your blogs are. I wish you all the happiness in the world, you've come a long way and deserve every bit if it!

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PIERCE65 2/1/2011 4:21PM

    I think I will probably have to write down and keep track of all I eat from now until forever. It seems to be the only thing that really keeps me in check. Any time in the past that I have stopped writing down my food intake, I end up falling off the wagon and putting back on the weight. It may seem like we shouldn't have to do it, but if it keeps the weight off I think it is worth it.

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G293537 2/1/2011 4:07PM

    Everything you posted is something most of us have gone thru, up and down, lost alot and gained a few back. Its sounds like you have it back on track. Sugar, carbs, so addicting and the holidays are the worst so congrats on getting it back in line.

Keep at it and good luck with the Rachel Ray show, hope it happens!

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WVDEB717 2/1/2011 1:37PM

    Stick with it ! You have worked so hard. I spent a lifetime going up and down , mostly up I wish I would have known that when you work hard to lose the weight you are never cured and it comes back on even easier. Keep up the good work!

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EGRIER99 2/1/2011 1:30PM

    Wow your doing amazing and especially to be open about your journey. I admire your dedication and you should be proud of who you are and what you have accomplished. emoticon

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JUST_DEBORAH 2/1/2011 11:45AM

    You have worked so hard. Look forward to following your journal.

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SACGIRL 2/1/2011 10:20AM

    Wow, I have been reading your blogs after being moved by the video blog. You have come so very far and its amazing all that you have been through. What an inspiring strong person you are.

I wish you much luck on the RR show, just like others, I absolutely love that show. Keep us all posted on that.

I also quite interested in your tummy tuck. I too have lost a lot of weight and have thought about a tummy tuck or body lift, but have been so afraid of insurance rejection that I haven't even gone in for a consult. I just figured they would brush me off, but I too have problems from extra skin and wonder if that would be enough to have insurance cover it. I too am a runner and would love to get some of this extra flesh off so I could run not only faster but more comfortably.

Anyways, I really enjoyed your blogs!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 2/1/2011 10:02AM

    WOO HOO!! Rachel Ray! I love her--I watch it every Friday on my day off! Be sure to keep us posted if you get to be featured on her show. You could inspire that Christina, the teenager they are currently featuring on the show. She is trying to lose 70 lbs. by prom. I don't think she has lost much weight at all, and they have been working with her for months. It's frustrating, cause they give her the world, and here you and I are--having to do this on all our own, nobody giving us trainers or gym memberships or cooking pan sets like they did for Christina!

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TURBOTIF 2/1/2011 7:48AM

    Glad you are doing well.. checking out your daily diary right now :)

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CAROLZ1967 2/1/2011 7:14AM

    Try not to get discouraged. I lost 65 lbs. and after 6 months or so it slowly went up some. My low was 134 & I wanted to stay btwn 134-140 (as I weigh daily to stay on top of it). And slowly but surely that "5" lb flex went up to 10 & then 15! :-( I had to stop it and forced myself to log all i eat again & cut back on the little cheats I was doing. I'm now back w/in 5 lbs....139! So stick with it and you will get there. But you are smart to adjust goal a bit if 128 is too hard to get too & you know you look & feel great at 132! Be realistic...you don't want to make yourself miserable over a few lbs that aren't important to your health!

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ALMOSTRETIREDRN 2/1/2011 1:51AM

    So glad to see you back on the Spark! Breaking off the pain meds when you did was a great decision. Loved the pics of your tongue. I was an ENT OR nurse for over 20 years, so can picture your wire removal very well. Not fun!! Glad things are getting back on track for you. If you feel comfortable at 133, I say go for it. emoticon

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GOGOMAMA 1/31/2011 9:39PM

    You are amazing and have been through a lot! Don't let some struggles take away from all your great accomplishments!! Best wishes to you in your endeavors! I would love to hear about the tummy tuck. I would love to get one someday and also for my arms! Any tips for getting insurance coverage would be appreciated! Keep being your fabulous self! Blessings!

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DREAMDIVA1 1/31/2011 6:20PM

    So glad you are feeling better. Put the bat away and stop beating yourself up! You have been through a really rough road and you came through a hero. You WILL get back on track 110% in no time at all!

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BUSYB72 1/31/2011 3:57PM

  So good to hear that you are doing well. Super cool that you got a call from the Rachel Ray Show! Woohoo! Congrats on your 5k time. Thanks for keeping us posted - we have missed you around here!
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POLSKARENIA 1/31/2011 3:47PM

    You're doing fabulously, especially after having been wired up!!
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VLEASE84 1/31/2011 3:38PM

    that is awesome, even if they don't have you on the rachel ray show, you are doing amazing. You are such and inspiration! And I think it is so awesome that you can run under an 8 minute mile. That gives me something to work for. I have a long way to, but I don't like running, though I hope that I will learn to love it, but either way I want to run in some marathons. The boston and new york marathons, being my goals! And a triathlon. Thanks for being you!!

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ALILYNNE 1/31/2011 1:19PM

    Glad you're doing well! Even if nothing comes of it, it definitely is awesome to be recognized by the Rachel Ray show! Also, you look great! I understand wanting to be at half of your starting weight and why you chose that particular goal, and I also think it's great that you are secure enough to be able to say you might change that to make it more manageable! emoticon

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STASKER 1/31/2011 11:08AM

  Great to see that you're doing better! C'mon warm weather! Those last 11 will fly off!!!!

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FRENCHPRINCESSE 1/31/2011 10:54AM

    You're doing great. Everyone has setbacks once in a while and sugar is hard to stay away from.
You have kicked the habit before and can do it. Get rid of the extra sugar and see where your weight feels comfortable. You want to give yourself a range. Like 30-35 pounds since women's weight fluctuates with hormones, etc...

I consider you to be half the size you were. A few pounds doesn't matter so much in the big picture!!! Wow! Such a journey.

I do hope you get the tummy tuck covered. It would be great for you; both aesthetically and practically. And good luck - I do hope you get a call back from the Rachel Ray show!!!!!

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    Glad to see you back and doing better. emoticon

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TERRY631 1/31/2011 9:18AM

    So happy to hear that you're doing well and the running sounds fantastic! My neighbor's daughter is a segment coordinator for the Rachel Ray show, so how cool is it that they contacted you! Please let me know if you will be on the show :)

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TEDDYBABE 1/31/2011 7:39AM

    You have been through such an ordeal. You are doing great. Take your time. You are closer to the end than the beginning of your weight goal and your lifestyle change is truly changed. You are doing awesome!!

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KTMAE2006 1/31/2011 12:39AM

    You should be exactly where you are right now. I am so glad that you are having a fairly smooth recovery! And, if you hit 128 once, you can do it again! don't be discouraged, you can do it!!!!

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AWOOD1973 1/30/2011 10:51PM

    So glad you are doing well! You are going to be fine! You will get the weight back off! I am so happy that you don't have to deal with the wires on your jaw anymore! That has to be a great feeling. Don't be so hard on yourself! You have come sooooo far in your journey, and will continue to do so! Hope that you are on the show, I watch that thing everyday, it's like my addiction! :) Keep doing what you are doing! emoticon

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PEDNURSEMOM 1/30/2011 8:06PM

    That's so exciting about the tummy tuck and show! I think it should be covered by insurance, You worked so hard to get where your at you deserve it anyways!

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ILOVEPOTATOES 1/30/2011 6:40PM

    Exciting news about the tummy tuck AND Rachael Ray show. Keep going!

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TURBID 1/30/2011 5:27PM

    glad you're doing well :) I hope you hear from the Rachael Ray show!!

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LORIAPO 1/30/2011 4:47PM

    So happy to hear you are doing well. emoticon

I hear you on the sugar addiction. I allowed myself to eat too much of it during Christmas and had to go through the whole process of weaning myself from it afterwards. While I am not usually totally sugar free, I feel much better when I get back to the point where it's pretty minimal.

That is awesome to be recognized for your weight loss, even if you don't get on TV; but I sure hope you do! I catch the Rachel Ray shows during my 'lunch break workouts' most days, but I never get to watch the whole show because I have to get back to work.

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LUCYLIN101 1/30/2011 4:16PM

    We will be waiting and cheering you on whether you make it to RR or not. They will def be making a big mistake if they don't choose you though! Don't beat yourself, you are an awesome, incredible inspiration to so many!!
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JAMJOJAM 1/30/2011 3:50PM

    I have been thinking about you and wondering how you are doing after your painful jaw injury. So glad to hear that you are on the mend and getting back onto your program. I am in the same boat about not knowing what my goal weight should be, for now it is 125 lbs. I guess we will know by the way we feel and also about being able to maintain the goal weight without constantly obsessing about exercise. How exciting to get recognition from the Rachel Ray show. You should be on the show to tell your story of your amazing transition; you would be an inspiration to so many women. You have motivated and inspired me. emoticon emoticon

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SUSANISTHIN34 1/30/2011 3:46PM

    I am so glad to hear you are doing well!!! I think about you often when I am here on Spark because your story is so inspirational! Thank you for keeping us all posted and keep up the great work with your running:)

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One Month

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I can't believe it's been a month since I passed out, fell, and severely broke my jaw. Thank you all so much for the well-wishes and concern! I'm recovering pretty well, and the doctor said that my jaw is healing very well.

I still don't have any answers as to WHY I passed out. I saw a neurologist on Friday and had an EEG. The neuro exam was completely normal, and I should get my EEG results in a couple of days. The neurologist said that he highly doubts it was a seizure, and he's pretty sure that my EEG will be normal as well. That is a good thing :)

I have another follow-up appointment tomorrow with the ENT surgeon who performed both of my surgeries. I'm not sure what he's going to do, because I know my jaw will still be wired for a couple more weeks. It takes 6 weeks for a bone to heal, and it's only been 4 weeks.

I also have an appointment on Friday with a cardiologist, hopefully to rule out any heart problems that could have caused the syncope (fainting). I doubt they will find anything. Something in my gut tells me that it had something to do with the ice cream I had eaten--as ridiculous as that sounds.

My friend Renee and I had made plans to have wine a couple of nights ago (Friday). I asked my surgeon about it, and he said it was okay as long as I stop taking my pain medication (oxycodone) for 24 hours before I have wine and for 24 hours after I had wine. So my last dose was on Thursday afternoon. By Friday morning, I was feeling a little sick. Friday night I was so sick that I called Renee to cancel. I was sick yesterday too--I've had chills, sweating, nausea, stomach cramps, and trembling. From what I read online, you can become physically dependent on oxycodone in about 4 weeks, which is how long I was taking it. I think that I am having withdrawl symptoms, which is really scary. When I first got the script in the hospital, I told them no--I was scared to take it, because I've heard that it's really addictive. They kind of pushed me into it, and told me that I would only get addicted if I didn't take it as prescribed. I was very careful to take it as prescribed. So anyway, I had planned on resuming the meds 24 hours after having the wine with Renee, but after all this, I've decided not to take it again. Today, I'm still feeling sick, but much better than Friday night. Hopefully I'll be back to normal within a couple of days. The jaw pain is still there, but it's not unbearable. I just constantly feel a tingling in my chin where my nerve was severed, and it drives me crazy.

ANYWAYS, the liquid diet isn't so bad. I usually have a fruit smoothie (made with Boost or Ensure) for breakfast and sometimes lunch, pureed soup for dinner, and pudding for my daily dessert. The pudding was really hard to eat at first, but now that I can open my teeth a little, it's much easier. (A couple of weeks ago, the wires that were holding my jaws completely shut were replaced with rubber bands. I still have metal things and wires running along my gums on top and bottom, but I can open my mouth a little now). I haven't been counting calories at all since I went into the hospital, and I've been doing really well with "intuitive" eating. I eat whenever I'm hungry and I eat a "normal" amount of food, stopping before I'm stuffed. I thought this would be good practice for when I get the wires off--hopefully I can continue eating this way even when I have a huge variety of foods to eat.

I've been running, but not very much. I still try to run every other day, but the most I've run in the last month has only been 3 miles. I'm scared to run outside (fear of passing out again), and the treadmill is SO BORING that I can't stand it. However, I've been toying with the idea of possibly running a full marathon in October 2011. It would give me a good reason to run once I get back in the groove of things.

Again, thank you so much for thinking of me. I hope you all have a great holiday!

  
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PROVERBS31JULIA 2/28/2011 12:24AM

    weird. I tried to send post and Sparkpeople went off on this white page, no confirmation it had actually been sent, and whining about removing the "profanity" or "html" (which I didn't have either). - which I never could figure that out. I was trying to use right pointy brackets to emphasize a word and apparently that's a no-no and so anyway, now I need to figure out how to delete 3 of these duplicates (from where I kept trying to "fix" the problems)?

so apparently right pointy brackets and left pointy brackets are "profanity." who knew?

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PROVERBS31JULIA 2/28/2011 12:17AM

    Wow, double wow and oh wow... You are Amazing!!

I only now just read this blog and the one you wrote in November, when the accident happened... sounds like you are on the right track weaning yourself off the Oxycontin. Might speak to the doctor about that anyway - maybe they can give you a much smaller dose. It's my understanding that most medications are dosed on the average of 150 pound person, so by this time you've lost enough weight you're not 150 pounds. They really need to recalculate on the basis of current weight. They also calculate "more" because most people are already used to having other meds in their system. But if you hadn't been taking anything ever (other then the occasional overdose of ice cream - which I hear ya, I'm totally guilty of doing exactly the same thing, and most of those containers now are 3 quarts now - used to be a full gallon.), then the "usual" prescription for the Oxycontin would also be too much. And thirdly, some people are just more sensitive than others to ANY medications.

About the closest experience to yours I've had on the dental front was having a hole drilled in my upper jaw for the DENTAL implant (I have to say "Dental" before the word "implant" - otherwise, the guys listening all start staring at my boobs!!), and so for the healing afterwards, seems like they gave me Tylenol with codeine (they also gave me that after I kept refusing morphine after my caesarian section when my son was born.) and that works pretty well too. Don't think I've taken Oxycontin so I can't tell you if it is better or worse.

Running should give you better pain relief, and maybe you need to run-walk outdoors with the kids, get one of those jogger stroller things for the two little guys, just for the sanity break from boring yourself running on the dreadmill ! Just keep the phone handy and teach the older one how to dial Grandma or 911 if you do fall again. As long as you're not eating any more ice cream megadoses you should be okay. I don't think you'll be doing that. What a painful lesson. I should print your story out and paste it to my freezer door so as to remember to NOT buy Ice cream from the Schwan Guy and that way I don't have 3 quarts of pure lustful ice cream there tempting me. I just can't leave it alone.

Hugs!

Julia>

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MARCYNA 2/1/2011 11:17AM

    WoW...You're so strong, and in recovery.Maybe the ice-cream stopped your digestive process, causing a congestion. Thanks for sharing emoticon

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GODZYFAN 1/20/2011 4:33PM

    Hey there! I hope you continue to heal and are able to get "back in the saddle" or the sidewalk I guess when you can. I am just coming back to running after having PF and then a pulled quad before that so the treadmill is actually exciting to me! Best of luck and hang in there! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATSPARK06 1/18/2011 8:39PM

    you're in my thoughts.

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ELLENT124 1/14/2011 7:56PM

    So Katie, how are you doing? Pretty scary, but glad to hear you are recovering...but that was a month ago! Much better now?

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MARLIMOO 1/14/2011 12:49PM

    Wow scary. I am glad you are doing better. That must frightening. I think people have to give the treadmill another chance. It's tough when you first start, but if you get in the zone as you are running, have the music, and the goals in your mindset- the treadmill really isn't that bad. I love it for speed work. Also love it to stay warm. TOO Cold in New England. We had a blizzard Wed!

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COMPUCATHY 1/12/2011 7:57PM

    Glad to read you are progressing and doing well. Sounds like a good thing you got off the medication when you did. Hope your holidays were wonderful and you're in the final healing stages now. Spark on! emoticon

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OUTDOORMAMA3 1/9/2011 6:11AM

    mercy it sounds like you had a rough time of it...it's awesome that you are so close to your goal :) and even hurt you still manage to keep on track :) now thats inspiration & determination. Hope you have a wonderful new year :)

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FELLE442 1/8/2011 1:41PM

    Whew!

Glad to hear you're feeling much better and healing nicely.
Take care.....

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GIRL_WALKING 1/5/2011 5:15PM

    I'm so glad you're doing better! You're still in my prayers. Bestseller's idea is great! Call the Dr.Oz show. You have an AWESOME story, and now adding in that you're still going strong even with a wired jaw, and the before pics, you'd be a great guest! I said the same thing about that Ice cream, it's not ridiculous, and Emilypia may be right about the circulation! Tell the docs you're concerned about your (low)blood pressure and blood sugar levels! There has to be a way to recreate the situation in the Dr.'s office and monitor you- maybe with proper positioning and a glucose drink(like the one they test for gestational diabetes with)? See what more extensive test they can run for those 2 conditions- Tell them you would like to monitor them at home for a few months -even if they don't think it's "necessary", be persistent, get the info/equipment you need to track and log and monitor, that may give you some security back for running outside again. Just some ideas for you, I know it's great to get clean labs but not know can sometimes be worse! Stay strong and advocate for you health!

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ALMOSTRETIREDRN 1/3/2011 6:45PM

    I tend to agree with Emilypia about a possible cause. Good for you on the Oxy...Your doc should be able to prescribe something less addictive if you still need something.

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JUSTBIRDY 12/31/2010 5:20PM

    Glad to see you are getting back to normal.

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EMILYPIA 12/17/2010 9:55PM

    Okay, so here's my two sense for what it's worth. I'm no doctor but I have some serious intuition. When I first read about your accident I typed what my intuition was telling me but erased it because I thought it sounded too much like I was a know it all. I don't claim to know any of this for sure, but from what I feel, this is what I think happened. I'll condense this to make it quick. Okay, you ate an entire box of ice cream and hadn't binged like that in a long time, esp. on that much sugar. So, your body is full of sugar. Then, your son falls asleep on your lap thereby reducing the flow of blood from your heart to your legs. Then, you heave this child into bed (maybe an upper bunk bed ???) so arms up over the head or maybe down low into a low bed, so you leaned down. I've heard you say you have fairly low blood pressure, so sometimes leaning over especially combined with having that weight cut off the circulation in your legs and then carrying a child to bed all can cause some serious dizziness. Then, you said you put in a dvd for your son to watch, probably leaned over again??? Then, you passed out and only recall waking in laughter in a pool of blood. Sometimes when the body begins to process excess sugar it causes an extreme high, which would cause unexplained laughter. So, although I don't think the ice cream per se caused you to break your jaw, I think it was a combination of factors and the sugar in the ice cream contributed to it. This would also reason that your test results were all normal. It's just my feeling that this is what happened. Also, with the oxy thing, I struggled with addiction to opiates in my 20's and tell you one thing for sure, from the feeling you describe, you were on your way to being addicted to oxycodone and were experiencing withdrawals symptoms. Props for recognizing it and taking control. The meds are over prescribed because they do so well at stopping pain but should never be taken every day for that long of time. So glad you are feeling better and congrats on the 120's!!!!!!! That is so awesome!

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APMAC_D 12/17/2010 4:12PM

    I am glad nothing was found in the tests- nothing serious I mean. I am glad you way better than before as far as healing and recovery, I was so worried for you.

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GOINGFOR20 12/15/2010 12:59PM

    Wow, I'm surprised your doctor recommended taking oxy for that long. Normally it's just taken for the shortest time possible- perhaps a week or 2, until the worst pain is passed and you can wean to something like tylenol or advil. I'm glad you've decided to stop taking it now.

So glad you are doing well with your eating and still running- good for you!


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JETERSGAL729 12/14/2010 5:23PM

    Crazy to be addicted to those meds so fast!! But glad you're off them now! Can't wait till you're fully healed, too bad it won't be before the holidays. But just think of all the "bad" foods you'll have to avoid due to the wires! You're kind of lucky in that regard. lol

So proud of you for running still - you'll be back into it in no time!! :)

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KITHKINCAID 12/14/2010 4:28PM

    I agree - quitting pain meds cold turkey is hard core. I would have just backed off of the doses a bit at a time. Are you still taking Advil at least or something?

Congrats on still running too. That's an accomplishment even if it is only a couple of miles. Good stuff girl.

Glad to hear all your tests are coming back negative. I think it was the ice cream too. After coming back from a vacation where I literally made myself physically ill because of ingesting too much food at times, I seriously believe that the body gets into a state where it's incapable of dealing with what we used to do to it. It's a good thing, but bad for bingers because we still get the mental impulses to do it and then have to pay for it severely when we do.

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BESTSELLERS 12/14/2010 11:46AM

  Wow! That's nuts. Way to quit pain medicine cold turkey. Good thing you noticed your body acquiring a "need" for it.

PLEASE be on an episode of HOUSE, M.D. emoticon He would TOTALLY figure this out and take the rest of your pain medication. Problems solved! Hahahahaha.

On a totally unrelated note, have you thought about contacting Dr. OZ and going on his show? Since you have a before picture with him I'm sure he'd love to get you on a show and have you tell your story! Then you can ask him (backstage of course) about the random fainting. He might know. He knows a lot. I'm a fan.

Glad you are feeling better (slowly) and reaching your goals simultaneously. Hoping you find the answers to your medical mysteries.

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TREASURINGLIFE 12/14/2010 10:09AM

    I'm very happy to hear that you're progressing well. I hope they get to the bottom of what happened and make it so it doesn't ever happen again. That's some scary stuff. My aunt is going through the same stuff right now. She passed out and then had a seizure the day before Thanksgiving at the grocery store. Thank God it didn't happen on her drive to or from...or while she was home alone!

Anyway, you're in my prayers. Be safe and keep on keeping on! You are a major inspiration for many of us!!!

- Michelle

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STASKER 12/14/2010 7:58AM

  So glad to hear that you are making progress!! Hang in there. You will back to your normal self in no time!!

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HAPPYPATTY1 12/13/2010 8:02PM

    Eeeewwww.... I know JUST the feeling. I had surgery several years ago and got addicted to Oxy in FOUR DAYS!!!! I went back on, tapered, switched to percocet, vicodin, etc. (Still got addicted to the vicodin... but that was not as painful to kick). I'm so glad you are feeling better!

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SPUNKYCHRISTINE 12/13/2010 6:46PM

    Holy cow!! You poor thing! I am so glad you're ok. Your attitude through all this is so inspiring. I know you probably feel like you've been a scardy cat, but your feelings come through in your posts and you truly capture your courage. Thanks for being such a good example of grace through adversity.

Love ya, girl! Get all better soon!

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BADASSBLONDIE 12/13/2010 4:10PM

    I'm not sure the ice cream reasoning is so ridiculous - couldn't extreme emotion play some role, whether in elevating your heart rate, or dropping blood pressure or what have you?

That doctor is a f*cking tool for saying that you can only get addicted to oxycodone if you "don't take it as prescribed." I really wanna punch him in the face. I agree with him that you needed to be on pain killers, but LYING to you wasn't the way to go about it. *hugs* When you go off it slowly, the withdrawal symptoms are less severe, but I totally understand why you don't want to take it any more.

I'm glad to see you're feeling a bit better, and I hope you get the wires off soon!

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DRAFTLOVER 12/13/2010 3:37PM

    I think about you often and I wish you a speedy recovery. Heck its already been over a month :)

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JENN26POINT2 12/13/2010 12:56PM

    Hi Kate! I'm so glad to hear you're doing better! Whether you had taken the medicaton for 2 weeks or 4 weeks, you'd still have withdrawal symptoms. It's a nature of the beast. I took percocet (same thing you're taking) when I had my c-sections, but only for a couple of weeks and had the effects you mentioned. I called it my wonder drug and near the end of my prescription, I actually started backing off of taking them so they wouldn't run out so quickly b/c they were very good for the intense pain! If I didn't have intense pain, I just took ibuprofen.

I hope they take the wires off this week.

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 12/13/2010 12:25PM

    So happy to hear you're improving. I know that oxy can be addictive, so glad you're getting off of it, but I bet it sure helped during that first month of extreme pain! You are an inspiration to all of us who are trying hard to hit a normal weight. You have achieved that and look great. Keep up the good work, hope the intuitive eating plan continues to work when the jaw is back to normal.

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KUEENKAREN 12/13/2010 11:21AM

    Glad to hear you're doing well with the exception of the withdrawal symptoms. I hope the next 2 weeks fly by and you get your wires off in no time! Will you have them off by Christmas? I bet that would be the best Christmas present! Wish you well, take care!
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ASHLEEWEBART 12/13/2010 10:31AM

    I am glad for your progress. Hoping you will be feeling much better in a few days.

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MRSPOLLO 12/13/2010 10:17AM

    Hi Katie -- thanks for posting! I've been wondering how your recovery has been going, glad to hear you're on the mend and feeling good enough to run (wow)! Committing to that marathon in October will definitely be good motivation to stick with your program, good luck.

Merry Christmas to you and your family! ~ Janet
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HEATHHILL 12/13/2010 10:07AM

    Wow. You are doing amazingly well. I hope you continue your progress and they rule out any kind of underlying issue for the fainting. Sometimes people faint, right? Too much blood in your stomach digesting and not enough to your head??

Take care of yourself.

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KDSOSMITH 12/12/2010 11:55PM

    Wow Katie, you are doing amazing. You are one determined girl, running! You're almost there. Keep up the good recovery & take good care of yourself.

Blessings! Dawn

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AMBERHENLEY 12/12/2010 10:02PM

    I'm glad you're doing good and off the pain medication. That stuff is quite addicting. I can't believe they had you on that for 4 weeks. Good luck to you in the rest of your recovery.

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COLD_GOLD 12/12/2010 9:48PM

    good job! hope you get only good news from all the docts!

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MRSSARAHPHALEN 12/12/2010 5:26PM

    Best wishes on you making a full recovey and I do hope they figure out how that happened. Scary stuff.

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MBG976 12/12/2010 4:41PM

    Glad you are feeling better! Just be careful with the exercise. Only because you are not sure why you passed out. Better to be safe than sorry!

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PORTIA31982 12/12/2010 4:27PM

    Hang in there - you're definitely describing withdrawal symptoms from the oxy - my patients who quit cold turkey have the same flu like symptoms - usually go away in a day or two. :-) Good for you for running too!

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VANILLAMAMA 12/12/2010 3:53PM

  Keep up your road to recovery. You are doing amazing. Go with your gut u know yourself more than anyone else.
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THIRDXACHARM 12/12/2010 3:52PM

    You are amazing! Still running; even with a broken jaw. You have been through so much in the last month. Very, very scary about the addictive meds. I hope you're on your way to recovery.

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FLORENCEMCDONAL 12/12/2010 3:38PM

    Glad that you are improving , yes get of the med.
Hope that each day gets a little better for you.
Merry Christmas.
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HDHAWK 12/12/2010 2:48PM

    Congratulations on your continued recovery. Hopefully you have a flu bug instead of it being from the meds. I'm glad you don't need to take it any more.

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LORIAPO 12/12/2010 2:27PM

    Wow, I can't believe you have been running... even if it's not as much as your normal!
As always, you are quite an inspiration!
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I'm glad to hear you where able to kick your pain medicine to the curb!
It sure is scary how your body had already become dependent on it; thus causing the withdrawal symptoms.
I hope the tingling in your chin goes away for you.
The marathon in October of 2011 sounds like a great thing to focus on; if that's what you decide.
I will be thinking of you. Keep doing well with your healing!!
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JEREMY723 12/12/2010 1:11PM

    Best of luck in your continued recovery!

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TAMLKING 12/12/2010 12:53PM

    Glad to hear you're recovering well! Hope the pinpoint the cause of the passing out soon and that all is well!

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JANESSMI 12/12/2010 12:50PM

    Kate, Your stories are very engaging. Look forward to hearing more about your journey. You have done a great job on the weight loss. The way you have dealt with this injury is inspiring. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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ANGELCOWBOY1 12/12/2010 12:30PM

    Keeping you in my prayers.

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RIGBY31 12/12/2010 12:29PM

    Great recovery! Cannot believe you're running, but then again I cannot wrap my brain around running quite yet. And the oxy... glad you kicked it to the curb. It's helpful for pain (which you needed!), but it can wreck you in other ways. You're so strong!!!

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HOPE2011 12/12/2010 12:23PM

    I missed it too and went back to read what happened - poor Katie! I'm glad that you are doing better and are on the road to recovery.



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FRUITYCHERRY 12/12/2010 12:14PM

    Glad you got off the pain meds! It is scary to think about becoming addicted to something that the doctors prescribed!!

I've been thinking about you and hoping you're doing well.

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ONEWAYALI 12/12/2010 12:12PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. It sounds like you are making really great healthy choices in a difficult situation! And I hear you on the tingling... after I had my wisdom teeth out I felt tingling on my cheek and it felt like something was on my face or my face was wet. It finally went away after about a year!

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