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Day 245: New Turbo Fire Journey Blog

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Hey Sparkies..I know I've been MIA as far as blogging for the past week. Like I kinda burnt out and just wanted to relax. Ordered Turbo Fire though and I'm looking forward to getting started with it. I'm going to start the Five Day Inferno plan on Sunday. Let me know if anyone wants to jump in.

If anyone is interested, I'm keeping a blog (separate from Sparks) with my progress. I will update you guys on here as well..but just not as in depth (don't want to bore ya-haha).

Went on vacation this weekend..gained some weight, I'm sure of it...I have decided I am only going to step on the scale for weigh-in days though so I don't know how much. I think if I stay off the scale, it will make me want to behave more..haha. So we'll see.

Anyone else in for the TurboFire 5 Day Inferno?

Find my blog here:

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STARLIGHT615 11/10/2010 8:58AM

    Woohoo on the Turbo Fire! I want to look into that!! You are doing fantastic!

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SPARKYJEANIE1 11/9/2010 6:06PM

    Welcome back and total coolness you have a new adventure to embark on! I'll miss ya on my re-shred - but I know how important it is to mix things up and change the routine around!!

Good luck and enjoy! =) Hope vaca was GREAT!

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ZANNACHAN 11/9/2010 1:01PM

    I hope you had a relaxing break and are really fired up for the new challenge! Enjoy!

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KITKA82 11/9/2010 11:07AM

    I'll def be following your blog! I am on Day 2 of the Inferno Plan. Good luck! :)

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MG3KDZ 11/9/2010 9:29AM

    good luck.....

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PLAYBLUES22 11/9/2010 8:22AM

    Sweetie, really like your style, I would like to stay in touch

Ronnie emoticon

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YAMINOKODOMO 11/9/2010 7:58AM

    awesome hope you enjoy the inferno!

I do the same, I just weigh myself on weigh in days and if I miss my weigh in day i just wait until the next one, it works for me better that way!


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VICIOUS421 11/9/2010 3:17AM

    emoticon You are doing great!!!!!!!

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Day 239: Turbo Fire and Chalean Extreme...advice?

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Hey guys-I just bought Turbo Fire and Chalean Extreme for pretty cheap--has anyone used this programs before? I think I'm going to get started on the Turbo Fire Inferno 5 Day Plan and move into the hybrid version of the program. Does anyone have any experience with this? Do I need to buy anything else to get started?

I purchased them late last night. I did this because I need something to change up my workouts. The cardio at the gym isn't cutting it anymore, I'm burning like half as many calories because my body is getting so used to it. I figure these programs are a good way to condition me.

It's a 12-20 week program depending on which track you follow. I'm excited to get started! I think this is just what I need to motivate myself. I'm trying to get some of my friends around here involved so I have people to force me to work out, especially because the program is 6 days out of the 7 in the week.

Let me know if you want to do it with me or have done it before!! :)

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KITKA82 11/8/2010 3:04PM

    I'm on Day 1 of the Inferno plan. I'm going to do the regular 12-week program. *excited* Can't wait to hear about your results!

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QUE-SERA-SERA 11/8/2010 2:11PM

    i'm just as curious as everyone else... where did you find them for cheap?!

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FITANDHAPPY1 11/6/2010 3:57PM

    Where did you get themcheap? I was looking to purchase Chalean extreme. good luck on your journey with it, let meknow what you think!

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LDY_ALI_79 11/6/2010 2:50PM

    I know of alot of people who have done Chalean Extreme, it's a total knock out! You'll have great success with the program.

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DMBMYLIE 11/5/2010 5:58PM

  Forgot to mention, if you go on you can also print out chLEAN Extreme workout sheets to record how many reps you could finish and the weight you used. It's nice to keep track.

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DMBMYLIE 11/5/2010 5:44PM

  I do have both of these programs. Started with Turbo Fire first, and just recently got Extreme. I do love them both. I wear my heart rate monitor when i work out, and was surprised how many calories I burned with the HIIT workouts. The only thing hard for me is I only have three sets of weights for EXtreme, and you will see what she uses is interchangeable which would be handy, but expensive. Overall great workouts in my opinion, Good luck Hope you like them.

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LOVEFIT30 11/4/2010 3:24PM

    Yup, gotta tell! We are on a need to know basis! haha

Turbo Fire is my goal reward for 175!

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LIFES_A_DANCE 11/4/2010 8:45AM

    agree w/ LA princess, where did you get them for cheap??

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MOMOFBOYS 11/4/2010 8:37AM

    I've done Chalene Extreme and love it. I lost inches. I love that it packs in a good workout in a smaller amount of time. I need to get back at it! Let me know how you like turbo fire.

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SPARKLE_SHINE66 11/3/2010 7:56PM

    Just wanted to let you know that 2010Bridetobe is doing Chalean Extreme. She looks great. You might want to see what she has to say.
Have a great day!

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L.A.PRINCESS 11/3/2010 11:10AM

    That's great! I want them both. Where did you get them "cheap"?

Comment edited on: 11/3/2010 11:10:53 AM

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ECREANEY77 11/3/2010 10:49AM

    I have done Chalean Extreme and LOVED it, i lost lots of inches but no weight! I just purchased turbo fire and started on Monday. I love it so far, i'm not liking that you only get 1 rest day but hey if it works. I'm going to do 12 weeks of Turbo Fire then move on to the hybrid of Chalean Extreme/Turbo fire. Good luck and enjoy!

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KJDOESLIFE 11/3/2010 10:41AM

    I've heard good things about both but haven't tried either! I think they are supposed to be challenging, but not so challenging you want to give up or anything. Good luck and have fun!

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ZANNACHAN 11/3/2010 12:32AM

    I'm afraid I'm not familiar with the program, but it does make sense to mix things up by trying something different. I plateaued badly last winter because I went from a very mixed activity level (walking, the gym, tennis, etc.) to only the gym--too much of the same thing. So turned to dvds and they worked well for me.

You could always watch the dvds through once to get a feel for the level of intensity, or just give them a try. If they are too intense, you can quit early (just make sure to cool down) or make changes that lower the intensity (like avoiding jumping or stop using weights or something; without being familiar with the dvds I can't make any specific suggestions, I'm afraid).

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Day 238: More Psychological Stuff

Monday, November 01, 2010

Soooo...I'm thinking more since I have been writing about my plans and stuff. I am realizing..while creating structure is how I work best, I think my problem is that I'm obsessing about my lifestyle. Maybe I'm pushing something too hard and it's causing me to subconsciously rebel.

I need to sit back and realize how far I have come since March. I need to give myself credit for the 10,000+ fitness minutes I have earned in that time, the 55+ pounds/30% of my starting body weight that I have lost, the thousands of cigarettes I haven't smoked, and all the work I have done psychologically to further figure out who I am and how I got there. I shouldn't spend so much time worrying about doing everything perfect every single day so I can make sure I lose my last 15 pounds faster. If I'm being healthy, it will continue to come off...even if I'm just losing a quarter pound a week and maintaining others. haha.

Doing all these things are important, but should I be putting so much stress on it? I don't think so. And I think it could be backfiring on me..I keep eating crap no matter how much I plan. This wasn't an issue before and I think it's because I'm starting to obsess since I'm not really losing much anymore.

Me when I weighed 197 would slap me if I saw how extensively I was planning so I could lose my last 15 pounds. It's FIFTEEN pounds. I had to lose over 70 when I first started out to get to where I was before I started gaining weight. You can literally read my beginning blogs about how overwhelmed I felt and how I felt like it was going to take forever. Does it really matter how long it takes me to lose these 15 pounds? I need to remind myself I have the rest of my life to lose weight and be at my goal weight..what's the sense of making myself plan the smallest details like if I'm following my diet exactly or reaching a deficit of 800 calories a day between working out and cutting calories from my maintaining ranges? Being healthy is what is important.

I can remember getting down to 165 and feeling so proud of myself. I wasn't embarrassed to see people I hadn't in awhile (I was before) and I was so proud of losing my first 30 pounds. I felt like I looked good in whatever I put on and it didn't take me long to pick out something to wear. Quite honestly, I felt like I looked better than I actually did. haha. Which is actually something I'm really happy about. Now I find myself taking longer to get ready, trying on a ton of different things, etc. I don't know if it's for sure, but I think a big portion may just be being home again for a long period of time. I learned in college looks weren't that I'm back home with the same influencers, maybe some of that is rubbing off on me again. I need to make a conscious effort NOT to let it effect how I feel about myself. That's what got me where I was in the first place. AND IT NEEDS TO STOP.

So where am I right now? I don't know. Making healthy decisions. Focusing on more important things. Not beating myself up. I'm going to spend some time reading my old blogs to remind myself how far I've come. I'll write again when I figure out more of what's going on with me. haha.

Can you keep up? haha..I know I change what I'm doing every day. ;)

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LILABE11 11/8/2010 8:10PM

    I also had the experience of feeling better before I got this close to my goal weight. Where before I always felt great about how things were fitting and how far I'd come, now I find myself being overly critical or realizing "no matter how much I lose, I'll never be X." I'm working really hard not to dwell on that kind of thinking and to realize that it's more about attitude at this point than weight loss. Staying on Spark really helps me. I see a lot of blogs about people who drop out of the community and then gain back the weight, so I think continuing to blog (like you are doing and I hope to do) is definitely the answer.

Thank you for sharing your experience and best of luck!

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BELLALUCIA 11/8/2010 3:11PM

    Congratulations honey on losing 55lbs! You look great btw!

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HDHAWK 11/3/2010 9:10PM

    It's a journey and it changes (so do we) as we go along. You have come a very long way. The last 15 will come off eventually. Enjoy the process instead of making yourself crazy over it!

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FOSTERSWIFE0711 11/3/2010 11:45AM

    sounds like your doing great! Thats wonderful you realized your a human being and we'll NEVER be perfect lol. Have a wonderful day!!

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ZANNACHAN 11/1/2010 6:04PM

    For me I know one of the things I'm working on is the balancing act--trying to make healthy decisions at least most of the time (my goal is the 80/20 rule) but still being able to live my life--be able to do the things that are important to me. If I feel like I'm not living because I'm spending all my time working out and shopping for food and cooking etc., that's a problem because it's not sustainable. And it adds to my stress levels, something I really don't need help with!

I haven't figured it out all out yet, but one of the things I've had to accept is that I need to be flexible. I don't work out every day-- I aim to work out 30 minutes Tuesday and Thursday and 90 minutes Monday, Wednesday and Friday (not that I've actually been able to meet this schedule in months because of everything else going on in my life!). But if I'm out of town, I'm not going to stress out that I didn't make it to the gym. If I can go for a 20 minute walk, it's better than nothing. If I fence on Sunday but then don't make it to the gym for two days because life is crazy, I'll just deal. Yes it's not perfect but it's better to except imperfections and honestly do the best I can than to give up because perfection isn't possible. Back up plans are my other saving grace. So I don't want to go to the gym; I really, really really don't want to go to the gym. But I have a relatively new Tai Bo dvd that I'm not sick of;I can talk myself into that. Or like today a friend came over and I didn't have time to go the gym but I talked her into going for a walk with me. It wasn't a long walk, but it was something.

For what it's worth, I just took a look through your pictures, from your starting weight to your lowest weight, and you are beautiful. You are beautiful at 145 lbs; you are beautiful at 165 lbs. You are looking fit and healthy and like you are enjoying life, and that's really what is most important. Yeah, you want to lose those last 15 lbs, and I'm sure you'll be able to get back on track. But you look good now and don't let anyone tell you differently.

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SPARKSFLY715 11/1/2010 3:07PM

    Love reading your and I both started out our weight loss journey around the same weight and now still want to lose those same pesky 15 lbs. I can relate to you and your thoughts so much! We are both going to have a happy and healthy Nov. regardless of what the scale says!

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AGIGS22 11/1/2010 3:03PM

    i think you have a really valid point and i agree with you. it's good to have goals as guidelines, but trying to have everything structured down to the last calorie or minute can be just too stressful. you have the knowledge and willpower to lose weight. trust yourself and don't obsess over it. it will make you WANT to do it.

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STRI23 11/1/2010 2:21PM

    You've come so far, I think you deserve to enjoy your weight loss and not go crazy trying to lose the last 15. You'll get there emoticon

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LANAIDAMERON2 11/1/2010 2:14PM

    You have to stay positive. You have done so amazing, and you STILL ARE. You're HUMAN, there's going to be days when you don't make every healthy choice. And you know what? That is perfectly ok. You will lose the last 15 pounds, and it won't take forever, and it doesn't need to be by a certain date. But I have a feeling that you will lose it fast. Once you accept your awesomeness, and stop doubting yourself, and every move you make. :)

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ANABANANA135 11/1/2010 1:34PM

    I always love reading your blogs, go ahead, keep changing it up, whatever works for you! We all get obsessive about this after awhile. I've been struggling with weight since I was a kid, and now that I'm FINALLY losing it, I can't help but obsess about it! We've worked so hard we want to see it pay off, not just to "be smaller than before," but to BE HOT! Keep up the awesome work chica!

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JESYCZKA 11/1/2010 1:22PM

    Keep your head up! You have done an amazing job and have lost over 50 pounds! I'm here if you need me :)

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MUSIC2HISEARS 11/1/2010 12:46PM

    I'm like Toga, did you just get into my head? Reading this just hit me so hard that it took my breath away. I've been trying to be structured, but I keep doing everything I shouldn't. I'm too obsessive! So, thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this blog! I'm sure there are a lot more that feel the same way!

You are doing great! 55 is a great accomplishment in itself! You look great in your photos!

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MELSY82 11/1/2010 12:41PM

    Did you just go into my head and see what I was thinking?!? We give way too much time to obsessive thought patterns over our last pounds to lose, and you are right- we DO stress and stress and completely forget that we have come SO FAR and made GREAT strides towards a new lifestyle. I feel worse about myself now (in certain aspects) than I did after I lost my first 20 pounds. That is ridiculous!!! Keep the sanity woman, and I will continue to try my hardest at it as well!

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Day 238: November Plans and Goals

Monday, November 01, 2010

For those of you that are unfamiliar, I am the team leader for the "Lose 8 Pounds in November" team. We are located here:
if you want to join us!

*What are your fitness goals? Work an accelerated version of C25K so I can be ready for the Santa Run in Vegas at the SP Mini Convention!
*What is your weight goal? None...focusing on making healthy decisions and not stressing about the scale.
*What are your rewards? My BCTNY outlines next one is an hour long massage!
*What is your fitness plan? I am going to try to get a fresh new rotation in. I loveee Jillian's workouts because they deliver..but I want to try something different. She's coming out with a 6 weeks to a 6 pack DVD at the end of November (the 30th-for anyone who is curious). I want to lose some belly fat so you can actually see all my hard work over the past few months! I want to start on that video when I get it and do the 6 weeks with it.
*What is your diet going to be like? Hilton Head Metabolism Diet
*What are you going to do if you get off track? Talk to my Sparkies!! :) Go back to square one, blog, etc.
*Optional: What worked for you in past months while you were on the team? When I participated! haha..sometimes I just don't spend much time on here :(..I have been trying to change that though!
*Optional: What are you going to do different this month/what do you want to avoid? Lately I have gotten back into the habit of when I am bored, I's seems inevitable. Especially late at night. I need to recognize I am doing this and plan my schedule so I am NOT doing this so much. I think this will help me stay on track!

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BLAIRJ1 11/13/2010 11:55PM

    Can't wait for the 6 Weeks to a 6 Pack video. I'll have to order Yoga Meltdown too. You are looking fabulous as always. The cruise sounds wonderful...enjoy yourself! There is always tons to do and tons to EAT...just make sure you drink your water ;)

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COLE060783 11/9/2010 12:47PM

    good goals.. I have the late night eating problem as well.. thats when I say TIME FOR BED... lol

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SPARKLE_SHINE66 11/1/2010 9:56PM

    Great goals!

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SDERCOLE 11/1/2010 5:50PM

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ZANNACHAN 11/1/2010 5:49PM

    You can do it!

One of the things that helps me with the boredom eat (besides being too busy to be bored, LOL) is to keep my hands busy doing something--especially something that I don't want to get my hands dirty, like knitting. It's relaxing, but also prevents that habitual reaching out to the chips bag.

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ANABANANA135 11/1/2010 3:54PM

    Oh my gosh, amen to that! I do the same thing... eating out of boredom once dark hits! It's ridiculous! I'm going to plan how NOT to do that too. Good luck!

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EXCUSELESS 11/1/2010 3:51PM

    Good plan... especially not obsessing about the scale. We often do that way too much.

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FITGIRL_2012 11/1/2010 2:46PM

    Great plan. i also write my November goals. You can read it here:

Have an awesome week!!

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SINGER73 11/1/2010 2:36PM

    I've also done the late night eating. I find that planning a snack helps out a lot. Now I've conquered it. Oh yeah, going to bed helps out a lot.

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MELSY82 11/1/2010 12:42PM

    I am done with late night eating. It is grazing, and it is because of boredom.

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SPARKICA1 11/1/2010 11:58AM

    *What are your fitness goals? To lose 8 pounds this month
*What is your weight goal? 112 (6-8 pound loss)
*What are your rewards? New sneakers
*What is your fitness plan? To get on the treadmill and interval run
*What is your diet going to be like? less sugar and carb snacks
*What are you going to do if you get off track? Talk to my Sparkies!! :) Go back to square one, blog, etc.

*Optional: What are you going to do different this month/what do you want to avoid? Lately I have gotten back into the habit of when I am bored, I's seems inevitable. Especially late at night. I need to recognize I am doing this and plan my schedule so I am NOT doing this so much. I think this will help me stay on track!
(Same here...gonna ask for help when needed) Going to plan snacks better. emoticon

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MOTIVATEDMB 11/1/2010 11:55AM

    Great plan. I think I need to write out some goals for the month as well!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/1/2010 11:53AM

    What is the SP mini-convention?

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MOMOF2BOYS0609 11/1/2010 11:49AM

  sounds like you are on the road to success keep it up

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Day 236: Dealing With Pressure/More Motivation/Day 4 of 28 of MBCTT

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Ahhh..I have seriously gotten like 10 calls/texts/Facebook chats from friends about going out tonight. I thought that my whole problem would be saying no to them when they asked. Turns out, my plan of asking myself questions to psychologically make myself WANT to stay in worked..but it didn't prepare me for what is actually happening..being annoyed. haha.

All of these people are giving me so much grief about not going out..I haven't heard so many different variations of the word "lame" so much in my life before. I knew it was going to be the worst the first weekend because people aren't used to me not going out and it's Halloween..but JEEEEEEZE. Sometimes when I explained why I wasn't going out (I have a lot to get done, wasting too much money, wanting to get my last 15 pounds off before work gets crazy, I'm kinda over doing the same thing every night, etc.), they respected it. Other times it was "BUT it's HALLOWEEN..are you serious!? That's so lame!!" yada yada yada..makes it so awkward. I just want to be like, "you're wasting your time..I'm not going out so you can stop b*tching already."

I might ask a close friend if they are sure they don't want to go out ONCE when they say they don't really feel like it..and usually I don't even do that. If someone says they don't want to go out and explains why, why continue to nag them to?? Soooo annoying.

The same goes for drinking or eating during dinner..why do people INSIST you have a drink? terrible as it may sound, I don't drink if I'm going to just have one drink. Maybe I will once I stop dieting..but I TRY (hasn't been working lately, haha) to limit myself to like 1300-1500 calories a can bet that 100 of them aren't going to be spent one alcoholic beverage when I can use them towards eating something that will fill me up and give me nutrients. haha.

Quite honestly...there's a part of me that hates drinking holidays like Halloween. I loveee socializing with people, it's actually my favorite thing to do, but when places are packed (as they usually are during drinking holidays)..I HATE IT. And I love going to bars's just when they are packed, they are the last place I want to be. Same with when the music is really loud and you can't hear anyone talk. What's the point of going to a bar just to listen to really loud music? haha..obviously dance clubs are completely out of the picture for me. Just the idea of "grinding" on some potential creepo is too much for me to think about. Guys are so weird (no offense fellas)...and get even creepier in the dark with the music on while drunk. haha.

I wish my mom wasn't going out tonight though so we could hang's going to get boring later I bet. But whatev, I can always go to bed early and wake up to work out and then get things done. I watched my nephew all day today so I didn't really do much. But I'm so so so happy I got to spend time with him.

Still recovering from all that chocolate...haha.

Off to do some Jillian tapes...make up for what I have been missing on the 30 Day Slim Down due to my laziness.

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OCFERNAN 11/5/2010 12:21AM

    glad 2 see you've been keeping it up the past month :)

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ZANNACHAN 11/1/2010 1:37AM

    Boy, I can sympathize with that situation, too! I am just not a partier--I drink but I don't like to drink heavily or even every time I go out, and I don't like crowds or really loud music (I like being able to hear myself think, at least). But I have had people nag and nag and nag because I don't want to go to a bar or a club or big party or whatever, like I really want to go but I'm just saying I don't for some reason.


I hope you had a good Halloween in the end.

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HDHAWK 10/31/2010 10:22PM

    I hate it when people continually push food/drink when I'm out. If I said I had diabetes they'd drop it, but they sure don't when you're trying to lose weight. I've gotten to where I can go out and just drink water/diet soda and people are getting used to it. I've heard plenty of "well, I want to lose weight, but I'm not giving up my beer", "you're thin enough already", and on and on. If you stick to your guns they'll get tired of it eventually and leave you alone. Sometimes they're jealous of your success!

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FOXY13445 10/31/2010 10:07PM

    Last night I went to a halloween party... and was so much of a lame-o myself we we're home BEFORE midnight annndd I went straight to bed!

Hey, the weight won't come off on it's own. I'm working my A$$ off... literally!

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AMANDA45 10/31/2010 9:38PM

    all good with me. went trick or treating with kiddos and did not touch none of their candies, woo hooo

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DEBBIE19580 10/30/2010 11:25PM

    good for you girl!!!! im right there with you. i dont know why this weekend is so tough, but it has been for me too, im counting the minutes till i go to bed and this nite will be over!!!! yipeee soon. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 10/30/2010 7:53PM

    Sometimes it is nice to just have "you" time. It sounds like you need it with your busy schedule. emoticon

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