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Skiing at Snowshoe Mountain

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Welcome to Snowshoe Mountain West Virginia!
One of my "getting fitter" goals for this year was to get out and do things that I haven't done in a long time or have never done. (Long time: Skiing, SCUBA, rollerblading...Never: Climbing, Running at 5K, Snowshoeing). Prior to last month, I had not been skiing in 10 years. So after a warm-up weekend at Canaan, Ron and I headed down to Snowshoe Mountain this weekend to see if this girl was made to carve!

The first day was really hard. The rental place was out of my size boot and I ended up in a size too big. Made it down the mountain, but not with style...Turned in the boots for a smaller size last night and started out fresh today. Also decided last night that if I really want to go fast, a helmet was essential. Found a Smith helmet and goggle pair last night to take care of that. Whoo-hoo.

And today was...magical!
Fresh snow overnight was like a gift emoticon
Newly rented boots fit like a glove and high performance skis also helped this girl carve up the hillside. We skied for 3 1/2 hours, did so many runs I lost count, and skied until our quadriceps were jelly. And something happened that has never happened before: I felt confident, in control, and I did not fall down. Not once. Clumsy me stayed on skis all days, down every run. And I carved it up!

I think I may have found a new addiction!

Pics of me in my gear:

And this is what I look like tonight at the lodge
Happy, tired and ready to do it all again tomorrow!

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GETFITTER7 2/3/2010 3:23PM

    I have not been skiing since high school, and reading your blog sent nice memories. Congrats. I bet it was great to smell that fresh mountain air!!! emoticon You go girl!!

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READY2LIVE74 2/3/2010 9:00AM

    CONGRATULATIONS. you are such a source of inspiration. You are a very beautiful girl even before the weight loss. But kudos to being able to do things not previously done. I'm also training to do a 5K and I leave in 3 weeks for our annual Smugglers Notch trip to Vermont. How was the snow at Snowshoe? I live in Pennsylvania so West Va is only about 6-7 hrs away. Would love to know what kind of work out regimen and nutritional plan you followed over the past 7 months. You motivate me! KEEP IT UP!!!! Denise emoticon

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PLEASENT 2/2/2010 11:08PM

  So very happy for you!! It feels good to feel the difference and know that others to can see a difference. How much more are you wanting to lose? Hope it continues to go well. Great attitude and it should. :)

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    Getting back to skiing is a mini-goal of mine, too. It's been ten years for me. At first because of the kids, then because I'm out of shape. You look great!

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NICOLAJANE22 2/1/2010 1:19PM

    looks beautiful where you are, i love snow gives you a great feeling. Well done on getting out there and doing things you enjoy!!
thats a lovely picture of you at the end you look very happy emoticon
i really liked your blog glad your having a good time!!

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ZACKLE 2/1/2010 11:25AM

  reading your blogs ls almost like you are in my head girl. I have felt as hopeless and as unhappy as you when you started. when I read your blog about skiing I started to cry. I gave up on skiing years ago. My son would be delighted if I could ski with him, just once. I have more than 50 pounds to lose before I can even dream about skiing. My immediate goal is to lose 50 so I can have my shoulder fixed without cringing about my weight when I go for the preop physical . Keep up the good work and I hope to ski with you some day emoticon emoticon

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FITMARY 2/1/2010 11:02AM

    I just got back on skis myself so I know just how you feel. Powerful! Congratulations on doing it! emoticon

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ETVANWORM 2/1/2010 7:08AM

  Good for you! You should be very proud of your accomplishments.

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MARCYNA 2/1/2010 3:59AM

    Wow, It's so wonderful, when you get back into skiing after a while- and the new carving skis which you rented I think were just perfect for you!!!!!!!!
NO FEAR!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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FIDALGOCHIC 2/1/2010 12:52AM

    I miss WV! I was born and raised there and now live in WA. Looks like you had a great time!

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SMOKINGUN 1/31/2010 4:29PM

    You look great. Glad you had a good time. Makes me want to try it again but not with these knees, YEAH fo the two of you.

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THE_SILVER_OWL 1/31/2010 3:28PM

    I loved seeing your pictures and hearing about your great time at Snowshoe Mountain. I have not been on skis for many years, but after reading about all the fun you had, I may just have to get back out there again.


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ABBYLU 1/31/2010 2:06PM

    You look great! emoticon ~ you didn't fall down, that's awesome. My bff & her family ski at Snowshoe every year. I think they are leaving in a couple of weeks. Have fun!

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CHARLIECHARLIE2 1/31/2010 11:53AM

    Another goal of mine, to snow ski again. Thanks for sharing. I just read your blog about 68 lbs in 6 months. WOOOO-HOOOO!!!

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TIFFLE52 1/31/2010 8:12AM

    I am glad you have so much fun at something that is really good for you. I have never skied and am too scare to even try.

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HARMONYBLUE 1/30/2010 10:29PM

    I've never been skiing but its one of my goals. I admire you so much for being able to carve like that!

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JENNIFERKCM 1/30/2010 9:53PM

    Great Pics! Sounds like a blast! Haven't been in years. It's great you are trying things and getting out there. Keep it up. I bet you burned up those calories too!

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LEAVES1026 1/30/2010 8:09PM

    That's awesome and very inspirational! I hope to go for the first time one day myself! Way to go! emoticon

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FRENCHTOSD 1/30/2010 8:08PM


How fun! And it looks like that is perfect snow for you. What a great getaway.

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INKYWAG 1/30/2010 7:45PM

    You look great!
It looks like your having fun and it looks really nice there.
I have never gone skiing in my life but it looks fun.

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JANA2010 1/30/2010 7:36PM

    That's awesome...looks like a lot of fun.

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LOOZINITNOW 1/30/2010 7:31PM

    I can't even imagine how exciting it must be! Glad you are having a good time! emoticon emoticon

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DAWNCAN 1/30/2010 7:31PM

    What a great treat. I love the way you focus on the new opportunities your weight loss has brought you.

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JAN1031 1/30/2010 7:21PM

    Hollynn that looks like so much fun, and you look awesome.
So happy for you that you get to do the things you haven't been able to do in a long time. Stay safe and have fun for me too.
Blessings to you and Ron.

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6 months & 68 lbs on the Spark!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Whoo-hoo! I made it!
6 months ago I felt hopeless. I had been trying to lose weight for over a year, but couldn't seem to get going. I would exercise for a week and quit because the scale wasn't moving. I stopped letting people take pictures of me because I didn't want to see them and I stopped looking in the mirror. I was ashamed to fly because I needed a seatbelt extender (and I love to travel). I was getting winded walking to my car at work and it wasn't parked very far away. I got winded walking up a flight of stairs. I skipped out on my 20 year high school reunion because I didn't want to be seen. I really thought it was physically impossible for me to lose this weight. I had a lot of excuses...thyroid not working, not enough time, not enough energy, and I cried about it...a lot. For a person that has been successful in every other area of life, I felt like a failure

I saw some pictures of myself July 25, 2009. I didn't recognize the person I saw. In 3 years I had put on 110 lbs and turned from a chubby relatively cute girl to a obese relatively unhappy girl. 3 years. I spent the entire day journalling and trying to come up with a plan to change my future. This is part of what I wrote that day "I hate feeling this way. I am tired of the inner voice in my head telling me that I am pathetic. There I have said it. What I have been afraid to admit all of this time. I hope writing these thoughts will stop them from swirling in my head and give me the opportunity to focus on positive things I can do in my life."

That same day I made a list of what I COULD do:
1. Read information on weight loss (I started with the book Secrets of a Former Fat Girl by Lisa Delavey -which was funny and touching and really helped me get some things in perspective.

2. Try to accept what I can do, one day at a time...(the first time I got on a stair stepper I made it 3 minutes and 27 seconds and I felt like my lungs were on fire...today I stop at an hour because my feet start to fall asleep)

3. Focus daily on one physical characteristic that I like about myself (shiny hair, freckles, eyes) - this was hard but it helped

4. Journal about one thing I am proud of - in the beginning it was baby steps - I was proud of not eating M & Ms because I felt stressed, I was proud of tracking calories (which I hate doing, but I do it), proud of excersing everyday even though my hips, knees and back hurt...I took a lot of ibuprofen... then came the numbers on the scale, and eventually the changes in the mirror

5. Exercise daily and start an exercise log. This is the thing I am MOST proud of. In 187 days on the Spark I have never missed a day of cardio - some days were half-heartedly done, but they were done. It is part of what keeps me going.

6. Buy new walking shoes and a sports bra (New Balance for the shoes, Titleninesports.com for the bra).

7. Eat moderate portions, only when hungry (it sounds so easy)

8. Join the spark (took me two more days to do this because I was afraid I wouldn't stick with it and I was afraid to be out in "public" If I am truthful, I was afraid I would fail).

9. Focus on the positive every day. Be proud of myself for making small changes. I promised myself that every time I made a positive change it would change my path in life.

Then I took my measurements and got on the scale
Yup it was painful that first day...but it was a GOOD plan.

So here it is 6 months later, and I stuck to it.
Here is what is different:

1. 68 lbs...
2. I feel pretty
3. I burned the seatbelt extender...seriously
4. Inches (2.5 off my neck, 3 off each arm, 7.5 off my chest, 8 off my waist and 8 off my hips...)
5. Exercise tolerance - I can stay on almost any exercise machine for an hour, including the stepper. Still can't run well, but it is coming soon. Haven't made it through 30 day Shred yet, but I will. Plan to climb mountains by spring...
6. My outlook...I started fearful and now I feel fearless. I rediscovered the person I used to be - the hiker, the traveler, the girl who likes to laugh

I found myself again. That's a lot for 6 months...

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DREENAMT 2/23/2010 9:35PM

    That IS a lot for six months. You look absolutely radiant and you are so inspiring. Thanks for making a difference in my day!

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JULIANNAROSE 2/23/2010 9:10PM

    This is very inspirational. I am where you were 6 months ago roughly anyhow. And reading this helped motivate me. :) emoticon

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FTHGAL 2/12/2010 8:14PM

    You look gorgeous before and after! I just started SparkPeople a few days ago and I'm hoping that being on here will help motivate me to stick with my plan of become fit and healthier. . and to lose the 40 lbs I'm hoping to lose. Thank you for putting things into perspective. Congratulations on your weight loss!!! emoticon

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PATINOH 2/10/2010 10:18AM

  I need all the help & inspiration I can find.Thanks for sharing your feelings. Know it isn't easy.You've done great & look like a different person.What wonderful staying power !!

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STEPHAKNEE 2/9/2010 12:23AM

    wow this is beyond amazing that you stuck to that, I exercised for a whole week and I gave up because of the same reason, Nothing improved. Now I know, it isn't take that short of time. I am hoping to lose 20iish pounds by May

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BANANNA38 2/8/2010 10:58AM

    Love this Blog! I can relate to a lot of what you felt. Thanks for the list and for sharing how your change began!

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ILOVEROY 2/6/2010 7:48PM

  Thanks for sharing. Your blog really encouraged me. I just started last week and it's been hard, but with people like you sharing their success, it gives me hope I can do it too!

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TCIGIRL 2/6/2010 4:21PM

    How wonderful for you. Be very proud and keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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JILLLIIIAN 2/6/2010 2:21PM

  I find you to be very inspirational...thank you for the list...

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SPADIVAMOM 2/5/2010 12:02AM

    what an inspiring story!! THanks for sharing and helping keep all of us motivated. You are simply beautiful!

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4KHALL 2/4/2010 8:05PM

  You go,girl!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHAYLADU 2/4/2010 3:35PM

SHAY emoticon

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STRIPEDTIGER 2/4/2010 2:39PM

    What a beautiful lady! Inside and out. Thanks for the inspiration! =D

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MOORECENTURY 2/4/2010 2:27PM

    That is awesome! Keep up the good work!

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    You are truly an inspiration to everyone!

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MSTOOTSIE2 2/4/2010 11:00AM

  What a wonderful inspiration. You should be very proud of yourself.

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ASPIRER 2/4/2010 9:15AM

  You are wonderfull!! The weight loss you have achieved is amazing and the amount of hardwork u must have put is amazing.. emoticon

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JOSIEBENNETT 2/4/2010 9:04AM

    Wonderful job,You have inspired me.I too am struggling with weight loss.6 pounds gone so far and getting weighed tomorrow.Tired of dreading going to family gatherings,always being the biggest in pictures.....even though I may not be but just see me as biggest.I go to work and look around and say to myself "I`m the biggest person here".Thanks alot. emoticon emoticon

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LEXUSIASIS 2/4/2010 8:32AM

    There is not enough space here for me to say thank you for sharing. Your story is real, and honest, and wonderful. Extremely well thought out plan, and so do able for everyone. Thank you for the inspiration. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIAILY 2/3/2010 10:09PM

    Thank you so much for sharing! I am inspired to keep going. I am only day 4 and this is my third attempt at loosing weight! I am going to print out your list for encouragement.

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GETHERFIT 2/3/2010 10:08PM

    You are beautiful and thank you for sharing. I'm going to get on the bike now! You're excellent! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KERRYANN67 2/3/2010 6:34PM

    OMG YOU ARE AMAZING. What a helpful and insightful blog. I'm at 7 weeks now and sometimes it sucks that it's not going fast enough. It's people and stories like you that keep me going stronger.

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EVATHEKID 2/3/2010 5:57PM

    Thank you for the incredible inspiration!

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TRUE68 2/3/2010 5:43PM

  I'm feeling a bit hopeless myself. I will try this weekend to begin again. thanks! emoticon

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DAVEOZ 2/3/2010 5:33PM

    Excellent!!!!!!! Keep up the great work and share the secrets here on Spark! emoticon

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KATJAMN 2/3/2010 4:20PM

    This is really awesome, thank you for sharing it.

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  emoticon That is so wonderful and inspirational. I hope by joining SP that today is a new day and my past failures can be just that ... in the past! Keep up the great work.

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MCOGHLAN 2/3/2010 3:32PM

    Awesome story so inspirational. Thank you for sharing and for reminding me that with hard work and determination I'll be able to climb my weight loss mountain. emoticon

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    A truly wonderful story. Thank you for sharing with us

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  I am new to Sparkpeople and am so motivated by your story. Making a list of "What I Can Do" is an amazing way to get started. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 2/3/2010 12:37PM

    Thanks for sharing your story. What an inspiration! I love your list and am so gald to see you are happy. Keep up the great work! emoticon

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GLAMOURGIRL-9 2/3/2010 11:30AM

    So inspiring and amazing! You ROCK! emoticon

Thanks for reminding me i CAN do it!

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SKSHORTIE 2/3/2010 11:01AM

    Congrats! What a great way to keep going! I may "steal" some of your tips. emoticon

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RONIE11 2/3/2010 10:30AM

    I really liked your blog its just what I needed this morning. I'm feeling a bit hopless. But I have a drive that your words and the people here at spark fuel for me. I struggle to stay on the stationary bike for 10 mins I really hope to follow your example and stay on for a full hour some day soon.

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JACKSMOM10 2/3/2010 10:15AM

    I hope to be where you are in June, I know every time I tell some one I have 40 pounds to lose before they look at my unrealistically, but I have the endurance and the will to do anything, i hope to be a Spark success ( again!)

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ILOVEMYBRATS 2/3/2010 9:33AM

    Wow, now that's raising your personal standard! You are an inspiration and tangible proof that losing weight consistently can be done with hard work and dedication.


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JUANATERE 2/3/2010 9:24AM

    I loved your blog and your pictures are truly inspirational. Keep up the good work. Congrats on the amazing weightloss. emoticon

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YOBOGO 2/3/2010 1:47AM

    Amazing story...someday I will be in your shoes. Thanks for the inspiration!

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JGOARING 2/3/2010 1:41AM

    Super impressed and I love the list... what a great way to inspire others. Having been at this for 11 weeks and having only lost 12 pounds... I still don't feel like I have it all quite figured out. What I am most impressed with on your accomplishments is that you exercise EVERY day -- how do you manage? What are you doing? For how long each day?? Would love to hear more about it.

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BRAINBENT 2/3/2010 12:52AM

    Awesome. Please tell me how did you do it exactly!!! emoticon

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SPARKEE 2/2/2010 11:48PM

    Thanks for your blog! You're an inspiration and proof positive of what you can accomplish! Stay the course! You're beautiful!!! emoticon

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JULIEB45 2/2/2010 8:57PM

    What an inspiration you are! Congrats on your awesome weight loss. emoticon

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SUNSHINE667 2/2/2010 8:31PM

emoticonto you and keep up the emoticonjob!

You are truly an inspiration, YOU GO GIRL!!! emoticon

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BELLAROMA713 2/2/2010 7:55PM

    What an amazing story! This is the first blog I have read and you are so inspirational!

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GRADLY 2/2/2010 7:52PM

    I love this blog. :)

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    That's amazing! I'm just starting on my weight loss journey, and let me tell you, you are a real inspiration. Your "here's how I did it list" is really cool too! Thanks

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RUNNERSSHOE 2/2/2010 4:49PM

    Amazing, just wonderful. Blogs like yours is what keeps me going.

Congratulations!!!!R> emoticon

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BROWNIE223 2/2/2010 4:26PM

    Get job!

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QUANSHANDA 2/2/2010 4:04PM

    Thank you so much for posting this information. You are truely an inspiration!!!I have inspired me to keep moving and keep pushing and I will see good results. Consistency is KEY!! emoticon emoticon

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Week 26: 1 pound and on track

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

No pictures this week - had a crazy busy work at week, but I promise to make up for it next week. We are off to go skiing for 3 days later this week, so I should be able to relax, unwind and get some pictures. Happy to see a loss this week and excited about how long I have stayed consistent on this journey - tomorrow is my 6 month Sparkversary, so I plan to spend the day reflecting on the positive changes that I have made to my life.

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INKYWAG 1/27/2010 11:28AM

    Way to go spunkyducky,Im proud of you and your progress. Keep up the hard work your doing awesome.
Have fun skiing!!

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JANA2010 1/27/2010 10:53AM

    Great job! Next up the 100's. It will be so great to be there again. I'm cheering for ya!

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MOUSTER 1/27/2010 9:57AM

    WTG!!! have fun skiing..

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LOOZINITNOW 1/27/2010 7:44AM

    Have a great time skiing! Congratulations on losing another pound! I'm so proud of you! 6 months! That is awesome dedication to creating the best you that you can be! Well, I guess this means you will be leaving me and going to teen-ville. emoticon I hope to join you as soon as I can! Love ya! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FRENCHTOSD 1/27/2010 12:08AM

    Yay on the 219. How cool is that? I hope you have a great time skiing. You shouldn't have any trouble finding snow this year! Can't wait to see the pics!

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Week 25: 0 lbs & .75 inches - but fitting in a hot leather jacket!

Monday, January 18, 2010

I have been trying to decide what to write today. I refuse to be anything but positive about my lack of weight loss for the following reasons:
- I know that I stayed in my calorie range
- I know that I exercised over 1 hour every day, and tried new exercises
- I know that I did everything I could
***Most important: I know everyone has weeks like this

The scale is only one way in which I measure my progress on this journey!
So what did I notice this week?

I have been looking at my favorite black leather jacket in the closet all month. I hadn't tried it on and I thought - why not? It won't fit, but it gives me a sense of where I am. And guess what- it fit! Wearing that jacket for the first time in 3 years meant more to me than any single number on the scale could this week!

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MRLEEP23 2/1/2010 10:04PM

    Nice jacket! Fits you perfectly.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 1/25/2010 10:37PM

    Thanks to everyone for the positive comments. It really helps to have support of Spark Buddies :)

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DANCINGPENGUIN 1/25/2010 10:23PM

    Excellent non-scale victory!

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SMOKINGUN 1/25/2010 4:18PM

    I think your attitude and adventuresome spirit to make exercise fun instead of work is absolutely fantastic. You look great in the leather. emoticon emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 1/18/2010 9:47PM

    Great attitude! You look too hot in that jacket to obsess about a number on the scale! Congrats on getting back into it!!!

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LAWRALOO 1/18/2010 9:22PM

    I love your positive attitude this week. Way to go.

And congrats on fitting into the jacket! It looks great on you!!! :D emoticon

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HARMONYBLUE 1/18/2010 8:57PM

    Great look!!! And good call not letting the scale stress you out. If you didn't have weeks like this, I just might think you had super powers as strong and steady as your weight loss progress has been!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 1/18/2010 8:39PM

    That is awesome! What a great feeling. I did the happy dance - now you deserve to do one!

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NEWFLABULESS 1/18/2010 8:38PM

    Congratulations!!! You have done great with your journey. I'm sure that you will meet your goal very soon as you have the focus and dedication.

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PENGUITO 1/18/2010 8:11PM

    You look awesome in that leather!

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MOUSTER 1/18/2010 8:05PM

    WOOHOO!!! that jacket looks awesome on you! emoticon

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K25ROCK23 1/18/2010 8:00PM

    Way to go... You look great!!!! Keep up the great work!!!

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INKYWAG 1/18/2010 7:26PM

    You look awesome,dont worry it will move again. Just keep going strong and dont give up.

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JANA2010 1/18/2010 7:18PM

    Ohhh...I have a similar leather jacket. Sounds like a good goal for me to get to. :)

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FRENCHTOSD 1/18/2010 7:13PM

    Good for you! You look great and the jacket looks great. What more can you ask for? All your hard work is really paying off.

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Week 24: 3 lbs and -2.25 inches

Monday, January 11, 2010

I have definitely turned up the heat a little bit this week with the fitness activities! I hit the 65 lb marker this week which is so exciting and I am beginning to see the countdown to Onederland this winter! Hoping if I just keep trying new exercises and shaking it up I can continue on this downward streak. I tried the Biggest Loser Boot Camp DVD for the past two days and liked it. Interestingly, after doing the circuit training, I felt super energized and spent more time on the machines than usual! I have 2 things in March to use as goal points: I am speaking at a conference in early March in Orlando, and I am going to Exuma Island in the Bahamas - both great motivating factors for this journey. Continued thank yous to my Spark Buddies who keep me motivated on the good days and the bad.


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LOSINGITALL4ME 1/20/2010 1:04PM

    You are looking terrific! emoticon

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JE1074 1/12/2010 10:20AM

    You look fabulous. Keep up the great work!

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FEATHERSTITCH 1/12/2010 8:54AM

    Wow! Great work. Keep it up!

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K25ROCK23 1/12/2010 5:52AM

    emoticon Keep up the great work!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 1/11/2010 10:48PM

    Looking beautiful as usual! You are doing awesome!

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JANA2010 1/11/2010 10:47PM

    You are gorgeous...keep it up!

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