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Running - who knew?

Friday, February 19, 2010

One of my arch-enemies in life has always been running.
In high school I played varsity volleyball and basketball, and running laps around the court was something I literally dreaded. I have been married for almost 15 years and my husband is a "natural" runner. In college we used to run around the NYC reservoir (let's be honest, I only did it to spend time with him, ie we were still dating and I was trying to impress him)...Since then, not too much running.

When I started this journey nearly 7 months ago, just walking on the treadmill was hard. I tried various "weight loss" pre-set programs on my treadmill and found out I couldn't do them yet. So I set it to 3.0 and plugged away. Eventually I got up to bursts of 4.0 and even 1-2 minutes of joggging here and there. Then about 2 months ago my treadmill broke (arrrgghhh!) and finding the right spare part took forever to replace. So I just kept working out on other equipment until it was fixed this week.

Today, I got up early to get in my exercise before work (for those of you who don't know me -"early" is anytime before 9am. I didn't have to work until noon). LOL! Anyway I got on the treadmill and found myself wondering if I could run for 2 minutes still. I got engrossed in the movie we were watching and then looked down...What? 5.5 minutes? Seriously??? So I finished out that minute and walked for a few minutes. Then I did it again - harder to get to the 6 minute marker the second time, and even more so the third. But I DID it! I didn't do it fast, or with any particular grace, but today was the first time I believed that I could run since I was in college.

To anyone out there who thinks they CAN'T do it - just keep working at what you CAN do. The human body will sometimes surprise you, even when you don't expect it.

Get out there and get it done!

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BELINDA128 2/27/2010 6:28PM

    You are doing awesome! You will be breaking that 200 mark before you know it. The TV definitely helps take your mind off what you are doing. Way to go!

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JERICAJJ 2/22/2010 10:48PM

    WooHoo! Bask in your success, I'm going to grab onto your tailfeathers and hitch a ride myself.

:) Jerica

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SPUNKYDUCKY 2/22/2010 9:29PM

    Ok everyone - I've joined C25K team - I agree with the last comment completely - I don't like the idea of something I can't do-so I am going to run. I hope I like it, but if not, I still have skiing and hiking :)

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SUCCESSIFITRY 2/22/2010 9:18PM

    Way to go-my plan is to train for a 5K run at the end of May. I'm not sure that running will be my thing but it is a big psychological barrier for me-"other people run, I'm fat so I don't"
Going to give it a shot.

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ANNE7X7 2/22/2010 4:14PM

    Way to go! You rock!! As other posters said, you should check out the C25K! I was never a runner myself, but because it is slowly taking me through short intervals and gradually increasing, I am not hating it as much as I though I would. I never thought I would say this, but I am starting to look forward to my runs!

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MSNIKE 2/21/2010 12:45AM

    The first line of your blog says it all! I'd have to agree 100%

Nice work girl! That is awesome....keep at it!

(Just a side note...I hate running because it's not easy or fun when you're fat! If someone is chasing me with a weapon then yea, I'll run like H E Double L! LOL )

Congratulations for beating your arch enemy!!! emoticon


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DRAGONFLY_AUM 2/20/2010 6:00PM

    emoticon Congrats on running for such long spans. I hope to be doing this in the future!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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RABIDHAMSTER87 2/20/2010 3:09PM

    Congratulations! I wish I could run for 6 mins haha I've been doing the C25K program and I'm lucky to run the 1 minute the first week calls for. Way to go!

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LOSINGAMBER 2/20/2010 12:36PM

    I'm the same way you are about running. Never was my big thing in school but I hope to give it a good shot this spring when the roads are a little better around here. Way to go!! You did great! emoticon

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GLORIA68 2/20/2010 12:26PM

    Its true that once you got started, if you stay with it, you can improve, improve, improve

and the more you improve, the more fun it is.

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-FEMALE- 2/20/2010 11:16AM

    emoticon That's awesome!

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URSULAVAN 2/20/2010 11:11AM

    Those ARE some long intervals for your first time. When I first started (I was NEVER an athlete or a "runner" or a "jogger" or anything even close) I had to do intervals of about 45 seconds, so I wouldn't feel like I would die. That was over a year ago, and I still can't do much more than 20 minutes at a time. (No treadmill, and I'm a baby about running out in the cold) You might want to check out the Couch to 5K program. It's a 9 week program laid out with intervals that slowly build up to 30 continuous minutes, or 5K. It was great for me, since I had NO IDEA what I was doing. Kudos on your progress!!!!

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13-1GIRL 2/20/2010 9:47AM

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LOOZINITNOW 2/20/2010 9:36AM

    emoticon There's no doubt in my mind that you could do it! You always amaze me with your exercise ability. I am walking faster and faster so the running is next for me! Still have to order that sports bra! Debating which one for extra large breasts! emoticon emoticon

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JANA2010 2/20/2010 1:00AM

    Hmmmmm...that sounds familiar. I also played basketball in high school and I didn't mind doing sprints but I hated endurance (i.e. 1+ miles at a time). I would like to run some day. This gives me a little hope. :)

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FRENCHTOSD 2/20/2010 12:35AM

    That's wonderful! Those were some long intervals for your first time.


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PENGUITO 2/20/2010 12:10AM

    Way to go! You'll be signing up for a 5K before you know it!
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JACEYLYNN9 2/20/2010 12:08AM

    Congratulations! I was a soccer and softball player in high school, softball in college and I remember wanting to cry while doing laps. Two miles sucked. I want to be where you are!!! So far I am still walking but I want to run!!! Thanks for the motivation!

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JENETE01 2/20/2010 12:05AM

    Congratulations! That is encouraging to hear! emoticon

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Celebrating 200 days of consecutive exercise!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

When I began this journey 200 days ago, exercise was a way of reminding myself every day that I could do something positive for myself. It was my way of proving I could "stick with it." I logged every day's cardio in my journal and as the weeks passed I had a growing sense of accomplishment. Even when I had been thin before, I had never exercised every day. 30 days passed, then 60 and suddenly when I hit one hundred days, I was overcome with happiness. And other people were inspired, leading to a feeling of hope for helping others. I started the 100 Day Challenge team, which now has over 80 members trying to prioritize exercise in their lives. Everyone has different goals but it has been truly amazing to watch others reach the same goal: staying true to themselves.

So what did I accomplish in the second 100 days of my journey?
Days 101-200:
Stationary bike: 32.7 hours
Treadmill: 2.8 hours (it broke and took nearly 2 months to get fixed!)
Stair stepper: 6 hours
Cycling: 4.5 hours
Walking outside: 30.5 hours
Elliptical 29.6 hours
Circuit training: 7.7 hours
Yoga 3.8 hours
Snow shovelling: 3.3 hours
Snowshoeing 5.6 hours
Cross country ski: 8 hours
Downhill ski: 11 hours

TOTAL: 156 hours

More important:
My resting heart rate is 60
I can do the things I want to do: ski, dance, yoga
I feel fit...I don't feel thin yet, but wow, feeling fit is an amazing feeling

So now I am onto my 3rd 100 days. Can't wait to see what days 201-300 will bring!
Can I make it for a year? I think so...I really do

Below are some pics along the way...
Anyone wishing to see my blog on days 1-100, here is the link to paste in your browser:

This is me July 25, 2009 ~286 lbs

Picture of me November 1, 2009 after 100 days of exercise ~ 246 lbs

This is me Feb 9, 2010 after 200 days of exercise ~214 lbs

I like that you can see the seasons in these photos: Summer, Fall, Winter...
Can't wait to see Spring!

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JLYNNVARNER 2/23/2010 8:47PM

    What a wonderful way to see and share your journey. The pics are wonderful, you are very lovely and your smile just sparkles!! I too am motivated to charge through the days with exercise. I'm convinced there's no other way to really make the scales move down. Thanks again for your inspiration.

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HARMONYBLUE 2/19/2010 10:52PM

    Wow what a difference! I love, love, love the seasonal photos. Wish I had though of that. And I always look forward to seeing what necklace you will be wearing when you post your pics emoticon

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DAMARIS135 2/19/2010 10:17AM

    Woe, you determination is incredible. I wish to one day be able to overcome some of my injuries and have the internal strength to push myself the same way. You are awesome.

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NZGODDESS 2/17/2010 11:11PM

    That is an inspirational blog and the fantastic photos are a bonus! Great work! I might try to do 100 consecutive days of exercise....

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CHAINEDFAYE 2/17/2010 4:52PM

    That's such an accomplishment! Congrats! I'm only on day 17, your story is an inspiration!

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TNDARLINGTON1 2/16/2010 12:55PM

    That is amazing. You have inspired me to get more active and I need that to keep going to get to where I want to be in life. 200 days is so wonderful.

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LOTUSFLOWER 2/16/2010 11:41AM

    YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!!!!! I'm on Day 5 of my first 100 days. You are SUCH an inspiration!!!

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BINDALIN 2/14/2010 7:55PM

    Wow...Way to go Girlie! Very very inspiring reading your blog...

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MAWMAWTAMERA 2/14/2010 5:47PM

  Thanks for sharing! The pictures speak volumes, don't they?? Might I add, that yours seem to say I am a healthier and happier person and nothing will hold me back.

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NJAHAN01 2/14/2010 2:53PM

    You look amazing, and I can't wait to see your next 100 days as well! I hope on of these days you feel how you look!

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INKYWAG 2/14/2010 1:29PM

    You look awesome!
You should be so proud of what you have accomplished so far,keep up all that exercising and youll reach your goal soon.
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TIFFLE52 2/14/2010 9:43AM

    That is amazing. It does prove the power of a streak. I am so glad you shared.

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THE_SILVER_OWL 2/13/2010 11:46PM

    Very inspiring!

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GLORIA68 2/13/2010 11:22PM

    Wonderful, simply wonderful!


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JERICAJJ 2/13/2010 10:46PM

    Way to go!!! I love the seasons in your picture, too. You've accomplished so much, and on top of it, you manage to make it artistic, too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FRENCHTOSD 2/13/2010 1:25PM

    Amazing! I think I will try taking your idea of tracking the specific exercises like that.

Thanks to the 100 Day Challenge, I haven't missed a workout on months. Even if a very few of them are only 10 minutes - I do something everyday. most of the time I get up past 30 minutes now and I've reset my Spark America goal twice to account for the longer workouts - and it's only February!

I recently "Spread the Spark" to a friend who used to be a co-worker. Last night she came over so I could show her some of the features of the site. She specifically mentioned you and how inspiring your page is. She found you because you are one of my Spark Buddies. I know she will join the 100 Day Challenge team soon!

We are all lucky to have you here! I can't wait to see the next 100 days!

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TWOCANS 2/13/2010 11:05AM

    You're doing emoticon, and you've got the pictures to prove it!
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LESLIES537 2/13/2010 9:32AM

    That is one AWESOME accomplishment!! Keep up all the hard work, it definately shows in the pics! You look great!!

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LOOZINITNOW 2/13/2010 7:13AM

    You amaze and inspire me! Someday I hope to at least complete the 100! emoticon

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DRAGONFLY_AUM 2/13/2010 2:13AM

    Absolutely inspiring!! You are gonna look more amazing in Spring! Sounds like a great challenge for motivation!

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CELESTIAL1981 2/13/2010 1:44AM

    Wow! How inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

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FIT2BME2010 2/13/2010 1:30AM

    wow, that is amazing!! emoticon

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JENNY_Y 2/13/2010 1:28AM

  Very awesome! What a great idea! Keep it up; you look great!

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LBCHILTON 2/13/2010 1:16AM

    Wow! Amazing job, and the pictures really do say 1,000 words. You look great!

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COACHDNUKE 2/13/2010 1:06AM

    WOW I just took my measurements for the first time ever, and I took some pictures for the before look on the 100 day challenge, and even for when I start P90X in about 4 weeks. I cant wait to see the differences.

Thanks for the Inspiration.

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TADTURC 2/13/2010 12:55AM

    Good for you, keep up the good work.

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JAG0409 2/13/2010 12:52AM

    Awesome and inspirational. Keep it up. Thanks for inspiring and challenging the rest of us.

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Week 28: 3lbs & 3 feet of snow!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Here is what WV looks like this week: beautiful & quiet
What you can't see is that much of us have had no electricity or water for the past 96 hours or so. When you get 2-3 feet of snow in less than 24 hours, things just sort of break in this state. After 24 hours of freezing in our home with the gas fireplace running 24/7 we decided to move in with my mother-in-law for a few days. So what does on do for exercise in a state emergency?
1. Shovel snow (the Spark says I burned 2000 calories the first day-.it felt like it
2. Do circuits around mother-in-laws apartment complex. Felt like a mouse on a wheel, but the pedometer says 4.5 miles so I will take it
3. Exercise DVDs - BLC cardiomax is a great indoor butt kickin'
4. When in doubt, shovel more....

So tonight the power company put the lights back on and we are back home (YAY!) Scale says 3 more lbs in the rearview mirror, so you know what I say to Frosty the Snowman? Bring it on, baby...bring it on...6-8 inches expected tomorrow. I think the shovel and I have another date.

Let it snow!

Below are some pics of me and Ron getting ready to go out with friends

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JOOLIE3 2/13/2010 10:01PM

    What amazing dedication you've had. I've hit my first 3 day patch without officially working out in a few months, "wondering if you can count pushing a toddler around a store at rapid speeds in a stroller to pacify her) but this will send me to the basement elliptical right now.

Have a wonderful, wonderful V-day weekend and what an amazing gift you have given yourself and others.

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ANNIEV 2/10/2010 8:46PM

    You are Amazing! Some people would have just sat around instead of finding a way to get that exercise in! Great job!

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DRAGONFLY_AUM 2/10/2010 7:40PM

    emoticon Fantastic outlook on snow!! We got some here in Indy, but nothing debilitating!

You are looking amazing and continue to be a great motivator for me!!

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RABIDHAMSTER87 2/10/2010 5:17PM

    Way too go!! You must have shoveled a LOT of snow!! And to think I'm proud just burning 300 calories haha You guys are adorable though and he looks so happy to be with you!

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NICKEL1331 2/10/2010 1:53AM

    U LOOK emoticon! U R emoticon! Truly an inspiration!

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GLORIA68 2/9/2010 11:24PM

    Very beautiful picture.

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MLW0421 2/9/2010 11:24AM

    I like the date with the shovel. I am actually excited about more snow just to shovel and burn those extra calories!!

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    yay!! Congrats!!

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INKYWAG 2/9/2010 10:27AM

    Congrats on the 3 lbs. thats awesome.
Bet your glad to be back home.
Where getting 14 inches today thru tomorrow.It sucks.

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RENEE_CK 2/9/2010 9:47AM

    Here it's rain, rain, and just when it clears up, another front moves in with more rain. We prayed for rain 3 years ago when we had a drought- you do get what you ask for!

Your husband is hunky! He almost deserves you! (He does deserve you but don't tell him that- make him work for it! ;))

Yeah Frosty! Take that! Rock on girl!

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HARMONYBLUE 2/9/2010 9:44AM

    That's a great color on you! You are doing great:)

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JOOLIE3 2/9/2010 9:40AM

    First of all, YOU LOOK FABULOUS! Secondly...we're due for a good 10 inches today in Chicago and I am wondering how many calories I can burn if I go sledding on the hill in my backyard! Glad to hear the power is back on, and as usual, you've inspired me today. :)


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ATCHARLES 2/9/2010 9:22AM

    Congrats on your weight loss and your 200th day of exercise! That is amazing...Keep it Up!!

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LAWRALOO 2/9/2010 9:12AM

    I loveeee hearing about the scale going down!
You look so incredibly happy in the new pictures.
I'm so proud of you! Keep up the amazing work!!!!

You are made of awesome :)))

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    Please do not lose 5 lbs on your next weigh in LOL!! My arms are sore and I have to move snow in order to accommodate the snow we are supposed to get today. Bring on the calorie burn though. And you keep up the great work!

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FROSTIERACES 2/9/2010 9:02AM

    You do have SO much snow...tonz more than anywhere!! The photo does look so pretty and peaceful. Cute couple too! I love your humor about getting exercise even in a snowstorm. Great job! and thanks for stopping by my blog :) Stay warm!

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    We've been shoveling snow all week too! We got 2 feet in the same storm that dumped on you.

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LOOZINITNOW 2/9/2010 7:13AM

    I am so happy for you! Unfortunately snow shoveling is not in my future. We hardly ever get snow and when we do, it's like 1-2 inches! You did a fabulous job of substituting your workouts and it obviously paid off!
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DAWNCAN 2/9/2010 2:58AM

    Please send the snow our way. We need it desperately. I would love to shovel snow right now!

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FRENCHTOSD 2/9/2010 1:23AM

    You guys look great and so happy. I love that necklace.

WV looks gorgeous. I miss it so much. I'm not leaving the beach though!


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COACHDNUKE 2/9/2010 1:23AM

    Where there is a will there is a way :)


Great Job

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Better than ABCs...Everything you ever wanted to know about me and more!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

I really got a kick out of the "ABCs of Me" messages last week but never got around to posting mine - then I saw this today and decided to do this one. Hope you enjoy getting to know me better!

If you are reading this, you have the honor of copying all these goofy questions and writing your own responses! paste these instructions in the body of your blog.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 10:30 - worked until 1am last night in the Emergency Department so enjoyed sleeping in a bit

2. How do you like your steak? on someone else's plate (but on the rare occasion that I eat one, rare).

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? The Lovely Bones, which unlike the critics, I actually liked, because visually it was stunning.

4. What is your favorite TV show? All time favorite is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I am somewhat of a fanatic. Now watch Supernatural, Biggest Loser, Lost and Grey's Anatomy

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I love it where I am actually...West Virginia is a hidden heaven.

6. What did you have for breakfast? Oatmeal with blueberries and a small apple

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Indian

8. What foods do you dislike? Brussel sprouts, cliched but true. Not a fan of red meat. I like veggies much more than fruit. Don't like fast food

9. Favorite Place to Eat? Love asian fusion foods. Never eat fast food. Love indiam, ethiopian and Thai

10. Favorite dressing? Vinigrette, just a little

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? Silver Z4 roadster...love it. Of course, it is stuck in my garage until the snow is gone...

12. What are your favorite clothes? For comfort, blue jeans and a turtle neck. Love necklaces, scarves and comfy shoes.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? I have been to most states and >40 countries, but I have never been to Hawaii or Australia (how wrong is that?) Planning to go to Hawaii for our 15th anniversary in September.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Full. I am generally very happy with life.

15. Where would you want to retire? Somewhere quiet with great hiking

16. Favorite time of day?Love late nights...wish I was a morning person, but never have been

17. Where were you born? LaCrosse Wisconsin

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Anything live...not a huge fan of tv sports, except the Olympics which I love.

19. How many siblings? One sister who is 3 1/2 years younger

20. Favorite pastime/hobby: Photography, hiking

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? Spark buddies that I am still getting to know.

22. Bird watcher? Sometimes, we have a big bird feeder behind the house which is always busy. Also have turkeys who roost in the trees behind my house so I see them a lot

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Night

24. Do you have any pets? A doberman, a deaf boxer, a tuxedo cat and a bunch of tropical fish

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? I am speaking at an teaching conference in March in Orlando, which I am very excited about.

26. What did you want to be when you were little? a rock star, then an actress, then a skater, then a doctor...

27. What is your best childhood memory? Making angels in the snow with my mom

28. Are you a cat or dog person? both. My cat acts like a dog though, so maybe more dog than cat.

29. Are you married? Almost 15 years, to my best friend

30. Always wear your seat belt? Always...please wear your belt people, Cleaning people up after they go through the windshield at 65 mph is not fun...

31. Been in a car accident? Yes, 55 mph when I was 17. I can still hear the glass breaking

32. Any pet peeves? People who don't have a strong work ethic or who don't advocate for their patients

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Extra sauce, tomatos and onions

34. Favorite Flower? Bird of paradise

35. Favorite ice cream? Phish food, then rocky road

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Panera - yummy sandwiches & soup

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? Once...car stalled in the front parking lot so I had to come back the next day

38. From whom did you get your last email? Spark!

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble - I read a lot!

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? Signed up for a SCUBA class with hubby, why can't I find a nice CHEAP hobby? LOL

41. Like your job? LOVE my job. Feel incredibly lucky to care for people and teach medical students and residents (I am an Emergency Physician, flight doc and I run a residency program).

42. Broccoli? Yes!

43. What was your favorite vacation? Tie between travelling around China seeing the beauties of the past (and the pandas) and being on Safari in Kenya - both were fantastic!

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? My students and coworkers to celebrate something from work

45. What are you listening to right now? The superbowl...although I really just enjoy the commercials

46. What is your favorite color? Purple

47. How many tattoos do you have? LOL, none, but I really want one...I suspect that will be a reward for me at some point...maybe this summer?

48. How many people will fill this out? no idea...I'm hoping a few do!

49. What time did you finish this quiz? 2nd quarter of the superbowl

50. Coffee Drinker? Never...love hot tea though...Especially apple cinnamon spice

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COACHDNUKE 2/12/2010 12:07AM

    I have never done one of these until tonight. It was fun thinking about things that I hadnt thought about for a long time. Thanks for posting it, it was nice learning about you, I feel like we have been friends for... almost... a week. LOL

Keep INSPIRING and people will follow your LEAD.


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HARMONYBLUE 2/9/2010 10:04AM

    This *was* even better than ABCs. I didn't know you were such a fan of vampire novels. Me too! Just started reading the new Laurell K Hamilton book this morning.

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    hey, excellent survey you got there :)

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MAWMAWTAMERA 2/8/2010 3:15PM

  What a creative way to share more about ourselves to our online, don't really know personally, SparkFriends. I plan to copy and post a blog with this, as you suggested. Thanks for sharing and for the idea! BTW - sounds like you have an exciting life with your best friend, and that makes your friends very happy for you both. emoticon

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DASANI4ME 2/8/2010 3:27AM

    Love your blogs! Keep up the good work; you are very inspiring, and I can relate to alot of what you say!


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SPUNKYDUCKY 2/7/2010 11:43PM

    I think we are going to go to Kauai - lots of hiking and outdoor activities

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JENETE01 2/7/2010 10:57PM

    Great to get to know you better. My husband and I are going to Oahu in September for our 15th Anniversary. Which island are you going to? I've already been to Maui 3 times and The Big Island once. It's easier for us to get there since we live on the West Coast.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 2/7/2010 10:25PM

    No, I didn't make them up. I copied them off another post

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GLORIA68 2/7/2010 10:22PM

    50 questions?
did you make them up yourself?

It is great getting to know you better.

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JAN1031 2/7/2010 9:12PM

    Love getting to know you better Hollynn, really cool knowing you love to care for people, I really like this kind of thing because you learn alot about people.Your an awesome kind of gal.
You are doing a great job on losing ur weight and getting healthier, and Ron has also done good tell him congrats
on reaching his goal.
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SPUNKYDUCKY 2/7/2010 8:48PM

My sister is 3 1/2 years younger, typo, but fixed now!
Rare steak is actually very tasty I am just somewhat opposed to meat in general...I was a vegetarian for 10 years
I have read all of the Twilight books but I like her other novel " The Host" better. Love all vampire things
Tru Blood - Sookie Stackhouse books
Laura K Hamilton vampire executioner series
Classic Ann Rice...

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LOOZINITNOW 2/7/2010 8:36PM

    Love getting to know my Spark friends better! emoticon

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CHANDTE 2/7/2010 7:50PM

    It was super cool reading this blog post and getting to know a little more about Spunkyducky!! You are one cool chick and seem very self-aware and well traveled!! Awesome!! The first thing I found interesting was that you like your steak rare even though you are not a big red meat eater. I would think you would like it well done! The other thing I found odd is that you are not sure how much younger your sister is?? 3-5 years younger??? Hahaha!! Have you read the Twilight Series? I am sure you have since you like Vampire shows and reading! I have read the first two and am excited to read the rest of the series...it just seems like during the school year, between my master's class and my teaching job...it's hard to find time to read for pleasure. I enjoy it though. I hope you can make it to Hawaii soon...I would love to go there at some point as well. My favorite color is purple too. I also think it is awesome how positive you are and how happy you are in life with your hubby and career! So anyways...thanks for sharing!

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111LIFETIME 2/7/2010 7:41PM

    Very interesting! Indian food is my favorite too, and I am a huge Buffy fan... I have relatives who live in W. Virginia, and Virginia, and have a family member who is a doctor.

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Week 27: 3 lbs & 2.5 inches

Monday, February 01, 2010

Apparently I should ski every day for the rest of winter!
LOL! I had a few slow weeks and I was hoping to shake things up this week, but got more than I expected. After 3 days of butt-kicking downhill skiing, I was already feeling good (there really is an endorphin high and I spent all weekend on it). Got home yesterday and the scale said 217 - I thought 3 lbs was a great loss for last week, and it is what I am putting in my official log. But tonight had another surprise. I dropped a lot of water weight today and felt thin (is this what thin feels like?), so I did something I usually don't do. I got on the scale this evening - 215.5...Seriously? I started yollering (yelling & hollering for those of you who don't live in WV) and my husband came running downstairs to see what was wrong. I wish you could picture me, literally jumping up and down in my bathroom, so excited I could barely speak. I need to remember that when I have slow weeks, that I also have weeks like this. Weeks that give completely unexpected results.
All I can say is WHOO-HOO!

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FLOOSIEMAGOO 2/7/2010 5:09PM

    Yoller On Cutie Pie...


Spark Baby!!

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JOOLIE3 2/6/2010 9:59PM

    OMG your excitement is infectious! I am hoping and praying for that kind of week one of these days! Way to go - be very, very proud and I am officially adding "Yoller" to my vocab.


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HARMONYBLUE 2/4/2010 10:03PM

    Congrats! I would have been yollering too! Maybe I should try skiing. I could use a good shaking up:) And you are looking really, really great. Look at your tiny waist!

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    I'm so happy for you! Not only did you have an amazing time, at a gorgeous place, but your body also benefitted! You are glowing in your new picture. Congratulations!

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JE1074 2/3/2010 2:02PM

    emoticon emoticon looks like i'll be taking up a new hobby...lol

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    emoticon emoticon on your awesome results! Doesn't it feel good to feel good?!

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GLORIA68 2/2/2010 9:34PM

    Good for you!


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LUVIN2BEME 2/2/2010 7:32PM

    awesome! I love that woo hoo moments!

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MAWMAWTAMERA 2/2/2010 4:16PM

  You go right ahead and YOLLER, you deserve to! What an awesome weekend and a wonderful loss this week. emoticon

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BESTLIFE79 2/2/2010 3:21PM

    Whoo-hoo is right!! Way to go, girl.
And that is a good reminder about those "slow" times-- eventually they lead to those ecstatic times! lol

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JENNIFER0807 2/2/2010 12:06PM

    this blog makes me want to go skiing ASAP! emoticon

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INKYWAG 2/2/2010 11:31AM

    WTG keep it up! Im lonely on the other side.LOL
Im so happy for you, you have done a great job so far. emoticon

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DIRTNLEAVES 2/2/2010 8:50AM

  Good for you!!! emoticon That must be an awesome feeling. You worked hard for it. :)

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MOUSTER 2/2/2010 7:54AM

    emoticon emoticon

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DAWNCAN 2/2/2010 2:16AM

    Simply Amazing! Time to invest in your own skis.

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LOSINGAMBER 2/1/2010 11:04PM

    WTG!!! emoticon emoticon

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13-1GIRL 2/1/2010 10:42PM

    Lady, you are a machine!! Woohoo!! YOU ROCK! Thanks for keeping me insipred!!

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GREENEARTH36 2/1/2010 10:32PM

  well deserved :)

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LOOZINITNOW 2/1/2010 10:02PM

    WooHoo is right! That is amazing! You are doing so great, you will no doubt make it to onderland very soon!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 2/1/2010 10:01PM

    emoticon Gotta love when you get those unexpected surprises! Always good to shake things up a little. Congrats on your success!

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