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Puerto Rico!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

So tomorrow morning I am leaving for Puerto Rico. Yesterday was not the best day. My bf left for PR on Monday, but since teachers are in school through today I couldn't leave until Thurs morning. I was feeling a little crumby. Kids weren't terrible, but they weren't a joy to be around either. I was also seeing wonderful pictures he and his friends were posting up of all the fun things they are doing in PR (without me lol).

I feel like I am missing all of the action and by the time I finally get there from Thurs-Sat there won't be anything left for me. It also kind of sucks being alone without being able to hear from him or sleep with him. He is texting me a lot, but I was still kind of feeling down. Monday I had my first training session at Gold's and it was great. I decided yesterday to go to the gym too. It takes me around an hour and a half to get there after school (when I leave around 4). If I were to leave earlier it probably wouldn't take that long, but around the Baltimore area at that time traffic is terrible. I got to the gym and did the treadmill for a while. I needed to do laundry and pack, so I wasn't planning on staying for hours... but I am proud that I went and did something. I was also impressed that EVERYTIME I have gone into the gym (this was my 3rd time) the staff addresses me by name. The woman who signed me up saw me when she was talking to someone in the locker room and said, "Hi, Sara." She didn't have a computer where my name popped up and I wasn't wearing a name tag... she just remembered. Later when I was finishing on the treadmill she stopped by the machine and asked how my training session had gone. I was impressed. Of course if you act like you care about your members they are more likely to stick around, but still I was happy to see that they are making an effort to make me feel like a person and like I matter. It is still interesting to see how many incredibly buff and beautiful people are at this gym, but I think it's great. Watching the Raven's Cheerleader work out with the personal trainer in front of me is great motivation.

I got home, put in my laundry, and started to pack. Correction-- I attempted to pack. I didn't realize that my size had changed so much from the very end of Aug when I was in PR last. All of my summer clothes were XL's and all of my shorts were size 13 juniors. Now I am a medium shirt and a size 9 juniors. I know that I've been on the right path and it's been around 16 lbs lost since school started, but I didn't know that it was that big of a physical change.

Luckily, last weekend I found a jean skirt and 2 jean shorts from Pac Sun on sale that were in my size (they were all $6 each!). It was also cool because I've NEVER bought anything from Pac Sun. After stripping my closet and digging through everything I could find I was able to put together a few summery outfits. I was getting quite frustrated for a while, but I had to keep it in perspective that althought it sucks not having any clothes it would suck even worse to be that big again. Here are some of the things I came up with..

I am also really excited that a lot of people I know have been joining SP (and may even be reading this right now!). Two of them are friends from college that I haven't seen in quite a few years. They both hit me up on FB after I had been posting things about working out and posting skinny pics. The others are coworkers.

Overall, I am very excited to leave for PR tomorrow morning. This will be a huge test, since I won't be tracking my food. I think I am well equipped to make healthy choices and to stay on track towards my goals. See everyone in a few days:)

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CLPURNELL 11/28/2012 6:56PM

    Glad you had a great time!

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SKINNY_MINNY120 11/23/2012 8:01PM

    Being away from your loved ones sucks! =[ I'm glad you finally got out there though. Your booty shorts look bootylicious. haha. Hope you enjoy yourself! emoticon

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KIMPY225 11/21/2012 12:29PM

    Have a lovely time! I am sure there will be plenty to do when you get there!
I am glad you have some new friends here on Spark!

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OPTIMIST1948 11/21/2012 11:55AM

    Grrl -have you looked at your @$$ lately?? You do not have to worry about missing anything because when you show up with that booty, the action will come to YOU!

PS. And its really nice that a gym remembers you. Makes it much more fun.although the 1.5 hour drive might not make me feel really joyful...

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/21/2012 9:54AM

    You look great! Very nice that you have those new shorts and skirt to wear on your trip. You've gone down a lot in size in this time and it's annoying to have to replace clothes but GREAT that you have accomplished so much

Great job on spreading the Spark! Getting your friends on fb to join and showing them you are the real deal! Love your enthusiasm!

Don't worry--there will still be more things to do when you get there! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Have a great time!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/21/2012 9:44AM

    So exciting!

Hope you have a great time! Enjoy your trip:)

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DMEYER4 11/21/2012 7:13AM

  congrats on your new body and good luck on your trip to pr

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First Training Session and HS clothes

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

So my first training session at Gold's Gym went great. The trainer was awesome. He was very young... my height. Not super muscular. I could tell that if I were to complain I could've very easily manipulated him into not making me work hard, but I avoided temptation lol. I told him my focus was to learn about free weights, so we did a lot of that. I was very proud of myself for doing free weights during a busy gym time in the middle of 20+ super buff muscle guys! This is something I would've NEVER done before. I couldn't tell if the trainer kid was staring at my butt and chest to see if I was doing the exercises correctly or if he was just leering lol, but either way it made me work harder. hahaha. I can't wait to do my next session. I learned a lot of new exercises and could feel soreness right after the session.

I was happy to discover yesterday that ALL of my clothes from high school fit. However, I was sad to discover that they are no longer age appropriate. HAHAHA.

This is a gown that I had bought from goodwill like 4 years ago for around $5 and it was my "maybe one day" dress. On the tag it says a size 7. I am guessing that is in juniors since women's sizes are even (correct??). Last time I was at a store trying things on I was a size 6 womens and a size 9 juniors, so who knows.

My school system makes teachers and students go to school through tomorrow and only gives us Thurs and Fri off :( I am hoping that tomorrow goes quickly. I am getting on a plane very early Thurs morning for Puerto Rico. My boyfriend left yesterday and is already there. It is my goal to go back to the gym tonight and do some kind of workout and then do laundry and try to pack for my trip.

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CLPURNELL 11/28/2012 6:58PM


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OPTIMIST1948 11/21/2012 11:57AM

    3 words: " muscles in legs" did you notice them? You are looking great!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/20/2012 4:28PM

    Hope you have a great trip!
Love the dress:) Must find a place for BF to take you to so you can wear it!

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TMCK-40 11/20/2012 3:50PM

  Have a great trip.

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LYNSEY723 11/20/2012 3:30PM

    Have a great trip! Happy Thanksgiving!

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/20/2012 2:36PM

    Have a great trip! My school normally only gives Thursday and Friday off, I think that's pretty normal. This week, however, was scheduled as a furlough week. Then, after the election, a proposition passed to fund schools. So we no longer need the furloughs. We still have the week off since it was already scheduled but the school year will end later. emoticon at least we don' t have to deal with the pay cuts from the furloughs, so that's a good thing. emoticon

Great job lifting weights in the middle of muscle guys!

And I am guessing the trainer was just checking your form, but you never can tell emoticon

Keep up the great work! You look great!

Yeah, age appropriateness does come into play...I guess I won't be pulling out my old drill team skirt--too short--even though it was cute! Haha. emoticon

Juniors is odd numbers, you're right! You look smoking in the dress! emoticon

Have a great holiday!!

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Wonderful weekend & 1st training

Monday, November 19, 2012

So I had one of the best weekends! My bf and I went out on Friday and I went out with a friend on Saturday. I had a BLAST! I was dancing at our table, so I am hoping that I can graduate to dancing on the dance floor eventually. We got A LOT of attention lol. It was entertaining. I am a spoken for woman, but it is nice to get attention from strangers sometimes. My bf and I went to a car show yesterday. It was at a mall, so I walked around for a little bit. I saw some boots that I LOVED, but the calves seemed a little loose so I didn't get them. My bf left this morning for puerto rico. I have to teach through Wednesday, so I will be joining him on Thursday. Wish I could go for longer, but it's better than nothing. I will certainly miss him the next few days :-/ Tonight I have my first training session at Gold's. I am pretty excited. I am looking forward to learning how to do the free weights.

Here's a picture of the boots I wore to the car show. I am really loving boots. I'm not sure what I'm going to do when it starts getting warm again. Hopefully by then my legs and ankles will be used to heels and I will be able to wear some regular heels:)

This is my picture that I took on Friday at the gym. This was my first time at the gym. I am LOVING how I look in this picture.

This is another picture from the other day when I took a million pictures of myself. This is the flatest I can get my stomach to look (without crapping my pants hahaha). I'm pretty happy with this. I am looking forward to taking my body even further!

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3RDBABYWEIGHT 11/20/2012 12:34AM

    You look great!


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RUNNERRACHEL 11/19/2012 7:22PM

    Looking great! Love boots too! I'm taking advantage of the cooler weather to wear them. I am not a high heel person either.

Glad you had a nice weekend. Keep up the great work working out and at the gym. DId you join or is this still the free trial?

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JJAQUES41 11/19/2012 5:44PM

    Keep up posted on the gym experience! The boots look awesome!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/19/2012 5:17PM

    AWESOME! Can't wait to read about your experience at the gym! You are going to love it!

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TWINZMOM7 11/19/2012 5:05PM

  You look great!!!!

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LYNSEY723 11/19/2012 4:51PM

    You look AMAZING!!!! WOOHOO!

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HDHAWK 11/19/2012 4:34PM

    You've made such great progress!

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Pre Gold's Gym pics

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

So far I am having a great week. I was able to use an english topic in my Algebra 1 class (ethos, logos, and pathos). We created a poster for an English teacher explaining how we used it in our class (in response to the letters we wrote her after she taped 300 mini golf pencils to every surface of my room as a joke because we disagree about whether or not teachers should give students pencils.) The kids were very excited and it was nice to branch out and include multidisciplinary content into my room.

As usual, it would not be a normal day without pictures of myself ;) Here are some more "muscle" pictures that I am going to use as my "pre Gold's gym" pictures. I am not upset with either one of them. Of course, I can find areas that need improving, but I am quite happy with how my body is progressing.

Here are pictures of my outfit today. It isn't anything ground breaking, but I like how my jeans are fitting and how my collar bones look.

I am also excited to be encouraging some students this morning (that always makes me feel good). I am in charge of one of our houses for AVID (similar to the houses in Harry Potter). My house is always in last place in terms of our house points (which students gain or lose based on grades, good/bad decisions they make, etc.) Well, I am happy to say that only 4 out of 46 kids in my house had negative points for first quarter grades. I am also excited to say that 10 kids had negative points at interims, but brought their grades up to the positive range by the end of the quarter!!!! I made those 10 kids healthy goodie bags along with an encouraging note telling them that I am proud of how hard they worked and I know that they will have a great second quarter. These kids are the ones who struggle to get satisfactory grades and seem to feel beat down all the time. I think they will really like the uplifting message (and of course the snacks! lol). I feel like all of us need happy messages some times... even if what we did wasn't winning a national award or breaking a world record. By celebrating small successes we can give people confidence to strive for bigger successes... especially for people or students who aren't the ones who get recognized for honor roll, scholarships, etc. Here is a picture of my goodie bags..

I included a caprisun, a pack of sugar free orbit gum, a nature valley granola bar, a special k strawberry crisp bar, a 100 calorie pack of fudge stripe cookies, and a 100 calorie pack of cheez-it trail mix. Personally, I wouldn't eat all of that at one time and maybe next time I can get wild and crazy and throw some fruit in there... but considering that these kids eat from vending machines for every meal (i.e. Big Texas pastries, chips, candy, and soda- Plus there is a McDonald's literally across the street)... I think this is as dangerous as I could get into the healthy territory. We'll see if there are any complains lol.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 11/14/2012 11:25PM

    You and your!

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LYNSEY723 11/14/2012 12:12PM

    Awesome! Way to affect those kids lives!! You are a great role model!!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/14/2012 7:22AM

Have a fab day!

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More weekend updates (pics)

Monday, November 12, 2012

This weekend was wonderful. I told you about what I did on Friday. I have another picture that goes with saturday. My dress was a hit. I got quite a bit of attention. I am not used to strangers interacting with me in public. I have always just felt invisible. No one has ever really spoken to me out and about (unless they accidentally bump into me). Now girls are complimenting my outfit in the bathroom and male friends are friendlier. lol, now I've also noticed that my female friends are not as friendly as they used to be. I guess that comes with increased male attention and honestly just tells me that I'm doing something right ;)

After our friend's party at the club we went across the street to another bar where our friend was djing. This bar is much different than the club we were at and I was definitely over dressed. When we first got there I think one girl was making fun of me and how I was dressed (most people in there were hipsters/hippies and were not dressed up). After being there for a little while two girls came up, grabbed my hand, and asked me to dance. I was surprised and, as usual, quickly declined. They tried talking me into dancing with them, but I said no. We had a friend who used to dance at a nearby strip club. My bf recognized the one girl who asked me to dance from the club and said she is a stripper. I was guessing that they probably wanted to make fun of me too and I never feel comfortable dancing. However, my bf noticed later that the girls were checking me out. He said "Sara, it's like I'm not even here. They don't want me. They want themselves a piece of you." haha. How flattering! I got hit on by a lesbian/bisexual stripper. Again, I guess that means I must be doing something right ;) lol. I am a little disappointed in how I acted when they asked me to dance. I kind of reverted back to old Sara. I need to loosen up and get used to dancing. Again, I'm not used to people talking to me, so when it happens I kind of freeze. My goal is to definitely work on this. I would've loved to dance with them and not shut down so quickly. This is going to be one of my goals that I want to work on.

The rest of the weekend was great. Sunday I went to a craft fair with my parents and then my bf and I went out to a Dominican restaurant with friends of ours. It was fantastic. I had a wonderful time.

Picture from when we went out to our friend's birthday. I love how my face is looking:)

Went to a craft fair with my parents. Got myself a necklace:)

Went to a dominican restaurant with friends. Quite tasty! I think I might try salsa lessons from an instructor who knows our one friend

I am very excited to share that I bought myself some art supplies. I was inspired after seeing an artist at the craft fair. He responded quickly to my email and I got the same supplies that he uses. I would really like to draw one of my pictures from puerto rico.

I will update you on how this goes. I can't wait to start playing around with everything.

I am also very excited that my friend from school joined SP. She's ready to adopt a healthy lifestyle and make some changes:) Make sure you friend her and show her some SP love!!! MARLO82390

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CLPURNELL 11/13/2012 9:41PM

    Glad you had a great weekend!

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RACINGSLUG 11/13/2012 1:00PM

    You look great! Give yourself time. Eventually you will realize you have a positive new approach to life and you won't feel so shy.

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TWINZMOM7 11/13/2012 7:33AM

  You look gorgeous!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/13/2012 6:07AM

You look so happy!
Love the necklace, the fact that you have a new goal and hobbie:)

Enjoy your week!

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JANTWO 11/13/2012 12:33AM

    You look beautiful!!!!

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