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The difference 85lbs can make

Monday, May 26, 2014

I've got quite a few before/during pictures. And while I am not at the "after" stage, I'm proud of how far I've come, check it out:

That's 85lbs. The left side is me from around June/July last year at 286, and the right is me today (before my workout) at 201.6 this morning.

Same as above, just from a front view.

Here is a progression of the first 60lbs:

And finally, a close-up face pic of the difference. I don't see it as much in my face as I do in my clothes/body, but I can definitely see it in my smile. :-)

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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 8/10/2014 5:20PM

  How's your summer going? Great I hope. emoticon

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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 5/27/2014 7:23PM

  OMG!!! You look freaking fantastic!!! I am so proud of you!!!
Keep up the good work!!!


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JAPITTARD 5/27/2014 1:17AM

    Great job!!!!! You are amazing, keep up the hard work!!

-Amy P
Also I host a fitness and accountability group. We keep each other accountable and encourage one another on our journeys! I would love for you to join us. You can message me for details. I hope you join in!!

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JENNILYNNJOHN 5/26/2014 10:22PM

    You are doing an amazing job! You should be proud of yourself!

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MIDORI_SPARK 5/26/2014 10:01PM

    Amazing! Great job :)

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BROBBINS8 5/26/2014 8:18PM

    emoticon you r an inspiration!!!!!

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SUEFROMRI 5/26/2014 7:55PM

    You may not see a difference in your face, but I see much more definition in the chin and cheekbones. Plus a more confident natural smile and glow.

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Still Alive and Kickin'

Monday, May 26, 2014

Hey all!

So, it has been waaaaaay too long since I've posted. I apologize for that. It's not that I'm not around, and trust me when I say I am logging my food on SP daily still! It's just that I use tumblr now for most of my motivation. There is a whole following on there of fitblr/fitblogs full of motivational stories, pictures, workout ideas, etc. So I am on there a lot more than I am on SP now.

But I still LOVE SP, so don't worry!

I am also still making lots of progress. I guess when I did my last video blog I was about 218, now I am 202/201. Which is pretty exciting. I am just a couple pounds away from One-derland. I am ready to be there though. Also, my progress was stilted some this last 5-6 weeks, because I have been sick on and off. After 4 doctor's appts, we've finally figured it is most likely mono. Even though my mono test was negative, that is the best guess. So, I've really had to take it easy because I've felt awful, and then I didn't want to cause the issue to flare up again.

I am excited to say though, that I ran my last 5k in 36:58, which is very cool, seeing as how I was feeling only about 80% (and then two days later I had the mono symptoms hardcore again). I've gone through three sessions of the symptoms dying down, and then they flare up because we didn't realize it was mono, and I did something to exacerbate it, like run a 5k, or have friends in town and party for an entire weekend (my birthday weekend).

I am also in the Class 1 obestiy category now, which is pretty freaking cool, because I'm only like 25lbs away from overweight. Haha, to some that may not seem like much, but to me it is great. Especially knowing this time last year, my doctor put in my chart during my physical "severe obesity." I have my physical July 10th this year, so I am looking forward to seeing what all has improved. I know my blood pressure has tremendously.

I'm also now in size 14 clothes. Sure they are kind of tight, but they will fit great in no time. And then, I am 1 size away from AVERAGE! So, good things are happening.

Some days I feel great about my progress, other days I feel like I still have so far to go. Some days I feel sexy and confident, other days I feel like a whale and I hate it. But I am working on loving my body, treating it right, and feeding it well. The rest will take care of itself. I just have to accept the good days with that bad days, and never forget how far I have come.

I've updated some progress pictures in my gallery, so be sure to check them out!! :-)

I guess that is all for now. More later.

Spark on,


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MSNICHOLS39 6/9/2014 4:07PM

    I'm excited to hear if you are in ONE-derland yet. I wish! Keep up the good work!

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March Update

Saturday, March 15, 2014


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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 5/17/2014 7:58PM

  Hi Sarah, how are you doing? It's been awhile. Hope all is well.

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JENNILYNNJOHN 3/16/2014 9:19AM

    You're doing great. Just hang in there and you will beat the plateau.

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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 3/15/2014 8:52PM

  So glad to hear from you! Happy 66 lbs!!! I'm not really sure what to say about the challenge. I guess if you feel as if the $35 is enough to motivate you along with the competition then go for it. As far as the supplements go, I think you only need to do them if your lacking some sort of nutrient, otherwise you should be getting all you need from your food. I suggest you check with your doctor first. Sometimes having too much of a good thing can be just as harmful as not having enough. Please keep us updated on your decisions. Thanks!

Yay Sarah!!!

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Still around, just less time to blog

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Hey guys! So I'm still here, I'm still working hard, but I just haven't been finding as much time to blog lately.

I haven't been doing the mini-goals lately. I just didn't find them as effective the last couple weeks. I am in a plateau-ish period, so I'm trying to break through that and not get discourage.

I posted some new photos, all but two pairs of pants (one is actually shorts) I have fit now! So excited! I posted a comparison shot, of me in smaller jean size and with no muffin top, which is pretty exciting!

I also got a tumblr, because there is tons of motivation on there too, so if you are curious and want to follow me, I'm at:

Last, I'm thinking about giving Insanity a try. But before I shell out a bunch of money on a DVD set, anyone have any experience with it? Was it worth it? Did you like it? Can you do it over again? I'd hate to buy the set, do it once, and then it is useless. Anyways, any information on this purchase would be appreciated.

All the best! Stay strong!


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    Insanity is basically a super intense body weight dvd. Side to side lunges, planking, pushups, etc. You can find infographics on it on Pinterest.. the point of insanity is HIIT. If you want those kinds of results, you can just do body weight excercises at a super hard and fast pace, without shelling out that kind of money.

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  You look great!!! Keep up the good work!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Yay Sarah!

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    Love the photos. You look great!! emoticon

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MNABOY 2/23/2014 6:53PM

    It is called Insanity for a reason.

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Week 6 and update

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Alright, so last week was ok. I haven't seen much progress on the scale, but that is okay, because I know what I am doing is the right thing. My pants are fitting better, soon I'll be able to button my 18s, I just know it.

I wasn't feeling well today, my stomach was hurting, so I've decided not to go to the gym. This is fine, because I normally go 6 days, so going 5 is still good. Although, I do have some guilt. I know, logically, that my body needs rest, so rest days are just as important. However, I can't help but feel guilty, that every day I don't go to the gym I am wasting it away and not working towards weight loss. I just have to keep reminding myself that I am working towards something sustainable, and that thinking (the "all or nothing") just won't cut it. I have to be realistic, I won't be able to live the rest of my life going 6 days a week to the gym, and I don't want to. I also don't want to live the rest of my life making myself feel guilty when I don't. Anyways, I'm a work in progress. :-) Hope every had a great weekend! Below are next week's goals.

Week 6 goals:
1/26 - don't go over sodium limit
1/27 - go to morning spin class
1/28 - drink 60+oz water
1/29 - take a rest day
1/30 - stay within sodium limit
1/31 - stay within sodium limit
2/1 - stay within sodium limit

Week 5 goals:
1/19 - didn't set a goal! -n/a
1/20 - do ab workout -DONE
1/21 - go to spinning -DONE
1/22 - don't eat out - not done
1/23 - drink 60+oz water -DONE
1/24 - drink 60+oz water -DONE
1/25 - drink 60+oz water -DONE

Week 4 goals:
1/12 - do leg strength training - DONE
1/13 - do ab workout - not done
1/14 - don't eat out - not done
1/15 - take a rest day and enjoy happy hour with my friends - DONE
1/16 - go to pump (strength training) - DONE
1/17 - drink 60 + oz water - not done
1/18 - go to pump - DONE

Week 3:
1/5 - workout even with the snow - DONE
1/6 - do strength training (even though workout class was cancelled) - DONE
1/7 - don't eat out - not done
1/8 - do strength training - not done
1/9 - no chocolate - DONE
1/10 - stay within calories range - not done
1/11 - drink 60+oz of water - DONE

Week 2
12/29 - don't eat after 8pm -DONE
12/30 - don't eat out (no fast food) - DONE
12/31 - wake up early to go to total tone (a strength class at my gym) - nope
1/1 - drink 60oz of water - nope
1/2 - keep sodium intake below 2300 - DONE
1/3 - fruit and veggie with every meal - nope
1/4 - strength train - DONE

First week:
Today (12/22) - don't eat after 8pm (I am super bad at snacking until 10-11pm) DONE
12/23 - do strength training DONE
12/24 - workout even though the gym is closed (nope)
12/25 - drink 60+ oz of water (and don't worry about eating right, it's Christmas!) (tried but didn't track it)
12/26 - don't weigh yourself, and eat fruits/veggies with every meal DONE
12/27 - do strength training (nope, did 28th)

Total earned towards shoes: $40

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KITRONA 1/27/2014 12:39AM

    Awesome job! emoticon I like the idea of setting a goal each day!

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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 1/26/2014 7:59PM

  You got this!

Yay Sarah!

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EVIE4NOW 1/26/2014 4:17PM

  I like the idea of setting and doing one goal each day. Thanks for the idea.

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STUDLEEJOE 1/26/2014 4:04PM

    emoticon great coals

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