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In sickness and in health...

Friday, March 19, 2010



So I was digging through my jewelry drawer recently and I came across my wedding rings. I haven't worn them in the past 3 years because I was too ashamed to get them upsized. So there they are...hidden at the back of the drawer relatively forgotten. Maybe they will fit? I was not hopeful, but I thought I might as well try. Amazingly they slipped on my fingers pretty easily. It is such a wonderful feeling to be able to wear them again and imagine my husband's surprise when he saw them. Just one more "real-world" measurement that my journey has been successful. I think moments like this are so much more important than any number on the scale. So today, I wear it in HEALTH!

  
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BAMBAM87 4/8/2010 6:44AM

    oh gee i didnt think about that.. mine just fits now.. he bought it too big

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SGTMOM911 3/22/2010 10:39PM

    Or maybe as a BRACELET, Dennis! emoticon

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COACHDNUKE 3/22/2010 6:26PM

    I know how that feels, I get to wear mine on my middle finger, because its too loose on my ring finger. I have gone from NOT being able to wear it to wearing it on my ring finger, to it falling off and needing to wear it on my middle finger. Next stop maybe I can wear it on my THUMB. LOL

Dennis

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CAMSMOM918 3/21/2010 11:28PM

    Good for you!! . . . I can fit back into my wedding band, but not the engagement ring . . . stay tuned - LOL.

Keep up the good work!! You're gonna do this . . .

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LYNZEKM 3/21/2010 1:07PM

    that is so awesome!!!!!!! congrats!! emoticon emoticon

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13-1GIRL 3/21/2010 12:15PM

    Awesome! you are an INSPIRATION!! YOU GO GIRL!!

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SGTMOM911 3/21/2010 9:28AM

    So in addition to losing a pants or dress size, you lost a RING size!

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BCHERRY36344 3/20/2010 9:59AM

    That is absolutely wonderful. I am so happy for you. You are a very beautiful woman. You have a great smile. Congratulations! I bet your husband was shocked. It is a wonderful feeling when the wedding band actually fits again. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FAITH0405 3/20/2010 8:28AM

    awwww....I am so excited for you!! CONGRATS!! The smile on your face says it all!

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BRENDY_28 3/20/2010 3:17AM

    aww... congrats! :D

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KITTYKITTEMMING 3/19/2010 11:32PM

    emoticon Congratulations.

I never thought about seeing weight gain/loss in the hands. I have had the same size fingers since high school, 75-100 pounds ago.

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TADTURC 3/19/2010 4:31PM

    Awe, how sweet. Congrats!

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GRANDMAMAOF3 3/19/2010 4:11PM

    That's so great! I remember when I was able to ut mine on again! (Now, I'm hoping that soon they'll be too big, but here's hoping..right?

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SWEETNEENI 3/19/2010 4:00PM

    That's wonderful!

I know how you feel, I blogged about getting my HS ring on yesterday.

Were your ears ringing today because I was bragging about your transformation to a friend and fellow Sparkie.



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IPATRICIA 3/19/2010 3:15PM

    emoticonwhat a magic moment! but what's even more awesome is the fact that you caught it and appreciated it.

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JERICAJJ 3/19/2010 1:26PM

    What a wonderful celebration!!!
WooHoo!! Thanks for sharing it with us.
:) Jerica

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LEOLO_1 3/19/2010 12:41PM

    OH YEAH!! This is fantastic! Great reward for your efforts!
BTW you are beautiful!!! love your smile!



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-FEMALE- 3/19/2010 12:31PM

    Awesome! So happy for you! emoticon

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FITNFABMAMA 3/19/2010 12:18PM

    What a great blog!! I am SOOOO happy for you!!

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SBHPATRICK 3/19/2010 12:13PM

    Yay! So awesome!

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BARBARAROCKSIT 3/19/2010 12:05PM

    how exciting!

Love the smile!

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LOOZINITNOW 3/19/2010 12:04PM

    What an awesome feeling that must be! emoticon emoticon

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FRENCHTOSD 3/19/2010 12:03PM

    Well, first of all those crocuses just about make me want to cry. That is my favorite sign of spring. The is no such flower in San Diego.

Second - what an awesome surprise. That is such a great sign of your progress and accomplishments. I'm so happy for you and your husband to see this part of you come back.

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HARMONYBLUE 3/19/2010 12:03PM

    My wedding rings have also been a big part of this journey (from having to get them cut off my finger when I was at my heaviest...to putting them back in the jewelry box when they started to fall off and needed to be sized down...to discovering just two weeks ago that my pinky ring which holds my original engagement diamond - replaced by a ruby on our 5 year anniversary - now fits on my ring finger! ) So a HUGE congratulations. What a major accomplishment . I agree, much more meaningful than just a number on a scale!

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USARUNNERGIRL 3/19/2010 11:58AM

    Awwwww. That is so awesome. emoticon

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INKYWAG 3/19/2010 11:57AM

    Thats so awesome!
I couldnt wear mine for a long time either,but now there two big on me and I have to make them smaller.
Im so proud of you,keep up the hard work!

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NICKEL1331 3/19/2010 11:56AM

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That is AWESOME! You go girl! You look fabulous!

I am so happy for you!

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ANNE7X7 3/19/2010 11:55AM

    That's awesome!!! I am so happy for you! It seems like such a small thing to be excited about, but I know how important it is!! One of the reasons that really pushed me to lose weight was that my wedding bands were getting so very tight, to the point where I was getting rashes because my sensitive skin couldn't breathe. I refused to take them off (I have never taken off my wedding band since our wedding in Jan 09) so I couldn't get them sized up. That left me with one option!!

So enjoy wearing that gorgeous set!! You deserve it!!

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PRAYING4THIN 3/19/2010 11:54AM

    Fantastic! I can't wear mine either, I thought about having them upsized but felt like I would be giving up on ever losing the weight, so I can't wait till I can wear mine again as well. Go you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JINXEDJULES 3/19/2010 11:47AM

    That is wonderful news! I haven't worn mine either, it's simply too tight. I look forward to the day I can slip mine back on my finger (and I'm sure my husband does too!). Keep up the good work!

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"Winterized Candy-A** hits the rail trail" - Spring is HERE!!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


This is me on the Decker's Creek Trail...lots of uphill !

Today is the day...
It is the day that begins my rededication to the beautiful world outside! I did pretty well this winter with some hiking, snow-shoeing and lots of skiing but over the past few weeks like many of you I have been absolutely yearning for spring. Spring in West Virginia is glorious! Hikes take you to lush waterfalls, rollerblading feels like flying, kayaking opens a whole new world of possibilities. Today I dusted the cobwebs off my bike and hit the rail trail. So exhilerating! I was ridingso much faster and easier than last fall. Whoo-hoo! Ok, yes, I am going to be an itsy-bitsy bit sore tomorrow, but I have to start breaking in this winterized candy butt now! Tonight ibuprofen - Tomorrow rollerblading !
Join me!



  
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MSRENLAU 3/19/2010 7:00PM

    love this post! i had my own "ring" moment last year ;)

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NICKEL1331 3/19/2010 2:41AM

    That is WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 3/18/2010 9:45PM

    How fun to be biking again. Unfortunately, our roads are still too muddy for riding yet but I'm looking forward to starting soon. Keep it up!

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SGTMOM911 3/18/2010 9:39AM

    Spring is motivation enough to get out and ride! Everything is starting to bud out and bloom... the cool weather makes exercising outdoors tolerable...

I live right in the middle of one of Oregon's most popular State Parks, with TONS of trails! I keep SAYING I need to get out and ride! I just CRINGE at the thought of how MY "candy butt" is gonna feel - and it's been a LOT longer than a few months!

I need to start with short rides with my daughter (to break in my butt! Not to mention setting a good example!) and increase to longer rides - maybe even with a couple of fat dogs!

Guess it's time to dig it out of the garage, fill up the tires and hit the trail!

Happy trails!!


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HARMONYBLUE 3/17/2010 9:19PM

    OOOH that picture makes me want to go biking SOOO bad. Checking the weather after I finish my sparking to see if the hubby and I can drop the "kid" off at doggie daycare this weekend and take the bikes to the lake!

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COACHDNUKE 3/17/2010 4:04PM

    HOT shower + EXTRA stretching = minimized soreness

ENJOY THE RIDE
Dennis

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FRENCHTOSD 3/17/2010 1:33PM

    You are looking great! I'm so jealous of you to be in WV this time of year. Just don't eat those yucky ramps!



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GETURSHINEON 3/17/2010 9:58AM

    Spring is AMAZING isn't it!!! Great job on getting out there and taking advantage of it!

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JERICAJJ 3/17/2010 9:34AM

    WooHoo! I love all the spring energy I'm seeing!
Let's do it!
Still lots of time before summer hits!
Let's do it (double)!
:) Jerica
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ANNE7X7 3/16/2010 11:24PM

    I love your enthusiasm! I am so happy that Spring is here (although I am sure we'll still have a little taste of Winter before it's official... gotta love Canada) and it seems that everyone is coming out of hibernation. There are runners and cyclists everywhere and everyone is happy! I love it!

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LOOZINITNOW 3/16/2010 11:12PM

    I love the excitement I sense! It sounds like you have such a beautiful area to take advantage of the outdoors. I got excited for Spring and then our temps dropped again! They are even talking about the possibility of snow this weekend! emoticon

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Only 15 minutes, but a lifetime of accomplishment...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I did it
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I ran...for 15 minutes...without stopping

For those of you "natural runners" out there, I can't explain what a HUGE accomplishment this is for me. I have always believed that I couldn't do this. Until I joined the Spark, and realized that there is very little that we can't do. The human body is incredibly adaptable and it WANTS TO HELP US SUCCEED.

I started Couch to 5K a few weeks ago after lurking on the team for some time. I started to feel like I needed a new challenge, but I admit, I wasn't certain I could do it, but I knew I could try. I knew I had to try because I don't want to live with limitations anymore. I refuse to be limited. So I started: 90 seconds of running, 3 minutes, then 5 minutes. I got to week 5 this week and noticed a big jump and had a little tiny freak out (what if I can't do it??) So tonight I got on the treadmill, covered the time with a towel and started running. I peaked under the towel: 12 minutes? Really. Wow, maybe I can do a little more. Yes, I can do more. Next up is 20 minutes, and you know what - that isn't too far short of a 5K.

Whatever it is you THINK you can't do. You CAN. Surprise yourself!

  
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FELICE73 3/22/2010 9:38AM

    Reading your post has inspired me! I am also following the C25K and I keep wondering if I can make it this week! Week five culminates in 20 mins of jogging no stopping. Can I do it? My mind keeps saying no but I am going to try so hard to get my body to say yes! Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated since you have already been there!!

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ANGEL_GRAVER 3/19/2010 8:22AM

   

Congrats!

That is something that I hope to be able to do someday. The weather is finally getting nice, so I plan to start walking again on Monday. I have to start small and slow so that I don't aggrevate my shin splints. Once I have that back on track, then I can start the C25K program!



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ANG76H 3/18/2010 10:43PM

  Way to go! I'm a week behind you on C25K. ;)

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ANG76H 3/18/2010 10:42PM

  Way to go! I'm a week behind you on C25K. ;)

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ANG76H 3/18/2010 10:40PM

  Way to go! I'm a week behind you on C25K. ;)

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WEN@TBAY 3/15/2010 2:32PM

    Dang Girl! I just read several of your blogs and I am just blown away by you!!!
You are apparently, in a word, UNSTOPPABLE!! Thanks for the Inspiration!!
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: ) Wendie

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PROJECTPEGGY 3/14/2010 1:55PM

  Way to go. I always enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the great work.
ProjectPeggy

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CAT5599 3/13/2010 5:20PM

    I just ran 4 miles on Friday. I NEVER thought I would be able to do that. But I kept telling myself that speed doesn't matter right now and that I could do it. Amazing thing, putting your mind to something and how the body follows! Good work to all of you!

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TEENY_BIKINI 3/12/2010 10:55PM

    Rock it warrior! That. is. awesome.

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NICKEL1331 3/12/2010 9:56PM

    emoticon You go girl!!!!!!!

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LUVIN2BEME 3/11/2010 6:59PM

    AWESOME!

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LAROSEBAUGH 3/11/2010 10:03AM

    WOO HOO! I am not a natural runner either, and I am happy to get to 4 minutes on the C25K plan now, lol. I totally understand!

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SGTMOM911 3/11/2010 10:03AM

    Yay! Another C25k-er! Each accomplishment really is exhilarating isn't it?

I am chomping at the bit to get out there and finish W2, but Mother Nature is conspiring against me with high winds and rain! I may have to get that crabby old dinosaur of a treadmill out and go that route. I really hate that thing! It's old, narrow, LOUD.

So CONGRATS on your accomplishment and NOT limiting yourself!!



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BDMCLAUGHLIN 3/11/2010 9:49AM

    That is so cool!! You must be so proud of yourself!!

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LOSINGAMBER 3/11/2010 9:07AM

    I'm the same way with running, it never was easy for me. I hope to start soon since this weather is breaking. I just have to wait until someone can watch my kid while I go out. I know I can do it too, it is just going to take a little work!

WTG. I'm proud of you!!!

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MIGHTYMUSSO 3/11/2010 7:41AM

  Great Job!

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BRENDY_28 3/11/2010 1:13AM

    congrats!

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FRENCHTOSD 3/11/2010 12:07AM

    Awesome! It's just amazing how far you've come. I know you will be doing the 5K in no time!

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COACHDNUKE 3/10/2010 11:09PM

    It feels so good,huh???
I bet you feel like "jumping up and down and screaming like a little girl, RIGHT??? HAHAHAHA

CONGRATS
You are awesome
Dennis

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LBCHILTON 3/10/2010 10:51PM

    AWESOME!!

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BRILLIANTAQUA 3/10/2010 10:49PM

    Amazing!! I hope to be there in a few more weeks myself!! emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 3/10/2010 10:16PM

    How wonderful.....keep it up girl. Woohoo.

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HARMONYBLUE 3/10/2010 9:52PM

    I am not only impressed that you ran for 15 minutes but that you did it on a treadmill. I find running on the road tons easier just because the natural scenery takes my mind off the fatigue and gives me immediate goals on which to focus (just get to the next mailbox, the next tree, bend in the road, etc.). That is totally awesome. A huge congratulations. Enjoy your runner's high!

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CHANDTE 3/10/2010 9:36PM

    Awesomeness!! Seriously!! Believe me...I'm not one of those natural runners either!! You did it!! Wow! I am so proud of you!! Keep pushing...you have the physical and mental strength to go as far as you want to go!! I'm getting ready to join Couch to 5k in April...so...I'll see you then!! Wahoo!!

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LOOZINITNOW 3/10/2010 9:31PM

    emoticon! That is absolutely awesome! You are such a go getter! You will be doing a 5K soon! emoticon

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Wearing a Suit...

Monday, March 08, 2010



One of the things I love about my job is SCRUBS!
I never have to decide what to wear, I am usually happy to just find some nice jewelry to match. However, every once in a while, I have to wear a suit. Usually it is for a conference of some type. This past week I was an invited speaker on Team Building and on Annual Assessment of Medical Education Efficacy. Sounds fun right? LOL, but it is a free trip to Orlando and a chance to wear a suit. I realized that the last suit I wore was exactly one year ago when I was speaking at the same conference....and it was a size 22, a size I am happy to say does not even pretend to fit me anymore. I went for my first shopping expedition to a "normal" store. I was surprised to find a nice, plain black suit in size 16. Imagine my surprise when the size 16 was TOO BIG! (so sad, tragic really). Alas, there was one 14 remaining, so I left the store giddy. Above are pics of me in my suit this weekend at the conference compared to a larger suit last year. It is wonderful to finally like how I look in professional clothes.

Next up is the bathing suit challenge as my trip to Exuma, Bahamas is only 3 weeks away...wish me luck!

  
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NICKEL1331 3/9/2010 12:03AM

    WOW!!!!!!!!!

You look INCREDIBLE!!!!

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SB1398 3/8/2010 10:34PM

    emoticon You look amazing!!

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LOSINGAMBER 3/8/2010 7:38PM

    WTG. You look amazing!

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LOOZINITNOW 3/8/2010 6:13PM

    Beautiful as always!

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GEINAHG0757 3/8/2010 1:52PM

    I found your blog in my SP "wandering" today...and had to comment. You look WONDERFUL. The radiance beams from you as surely as the bright light does from the sun! Your photo exudes confidence and positiveness. Thanks for sharing!



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JAG0409 3/8/2010 12:32PM

    Congrats-side by side shows it all-good for you!!!

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MAWMAWTAMERA 3/8/2010 12:02PM

    I second IPatricia! You were a beautiful woman before, but now you just look fabulous - with the weight loss and your self worth just shines across your face now.



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SUNSHINE667 3/8/2010 12:01PM

    YOU LOOK FANTASTIC!!!!
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TEENY_BIKINI 3/8/2010 11:47AM

    Fantastic. You look beautiful. Just beautiful.
Congrats!!

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USARUNNERGIRL 3/8/2010 11:30AM

    The difference is outstanding. Looking good Hollynn.

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ANNE7X7 3/8/2010 8:18AM

    You look amazing girl!! Keep up your great work! You rock!

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MIGHTYMUSSO 3/8/2010 7:08AM

  WooHoo! Size 16!! Congrats. emoticon

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    Wow, those pics really do say it all ! And what amazing progress and dedication ! You are on your way to goal, and nothing will stop you. So happy for you. emoticon
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BDMCLAUGHLIN 3/8/2010 6:48AM

    You look amazing!! Congrats on all the hard work - you can see where it is paying off! :)

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SWEETNEENI 3/8/2010 6:36AM

    Look at you! emoticon

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TADTURC 3/8/2010 6:05AM

    You look great!

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IPATRICIA 3/8/2010 4:53AM

    If you wore the Big Suit last year, and all the audience saw you in it, I bet they didn't hear a word of what you were saying, they must have been so shocked at seeing you at your new weight and looking so beautiful. I can only imagine how you felt. emoticon

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STRONG-FIT-GIRL 3/8/2010 4:53AM

    You go girl!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 3/8/2010 4:30AM

    You look amazingly beautiful! emoticon on reaching that size 14!

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TARADIVYA 3/8/2010 3:13AM

    Yeah, u look great & there's so much difference!!! emoticon

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JOKNOWS 3/8/2010 3:12AM

    Congratulations on the "sad, tragic" weight loss. Your blog was very inspiring. I wanna tragically go from a size 22 to a 16 myself. You look very nice and lots of luck to you at the presentation. emoticon

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COACHDNUKE 3/8/2010 2:32AM

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I just had the same experience clothes shopping when I was a 48-50 size waist I bought a pair of "dream" shorts that were 44s. yesterday I bout some 42s as thats my size now and my "dream" pair is a 40 that I will be in before my 43rd birthday in mid-April.

Congrats
Denni
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PENGUITO 3/8/2010 1:55AM

    You look great!
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Reflections on 7 months & 76 lbs

Saturday, February 27, 2010



Today is my 7 month Sparkversary and it is an appropriate time to reflect on my journey so far. Below is my starting measurements next to my current ones (as you can see from the picture above, I've come a long way!):

7/27/09 2/27/10 Difference (in inches)
Neck 15.25 --> 13.0 = - 2.25 inches
Top of Arm 18.0 --> 13.75 = - 4.25 inches
Chest 50.0 --> 41.0 = - 9.0 inches
Waist 43.5 --> 32.0 = - 11.5 inches
Hips 56.0 --> 46.75 = - 9.25 inches
Thigh 35.0 --> 28.0 = - 7.0 inches
Calf 19.5 --> 17.25 = - 2.25 inches

Weight 286 lbs --> 210 lbs = 76 lbs

Last week I reached my halfway point to my goal. I started at 286 and dream of being 140, so halfway was -73 lbs at 213 (I am 5 foot 5 inches, medium size frame). I remember how overwhelming that goal was at the beginning (I know most of you recognize this feeling), and I have to admit I still feel overwhelmed when I think about having another 70 lbs to lose to reach my goal. I quickly learned that short term goals are more important than the long term ones. If I can suggest anything to those of you who still have a long way to go it is: "don't think about it!' Come up with a goal for the month. I mark time with events (graduations, weddings, anniversarys, birthdays, vacations) and choose reasonable goals. For example I am leaving on vacation March 26th, and I would like to be down to 202 by then (ok if I am honest I would like to be 199...the infamous ONEDERLAND, but I would be happy to be close). Achieving short term goals leads to feelings of accomplishment and yes, even some pride. Sometimes I hit my goals, sometimes I fall a bit short, but it gives me something to shoot for!

Final word of advice: CONSISTENCY
Many Sparkies have emailed me asking how to keep motivation alive. My answer: you can't. Motivation is fleeting. For the first 2 months I had TONS of motivation, I felt almost invincible. Then suddenly, it wasn't there everyday. Despite great progress, I discovered that some days I just didn't want to do it...didn't want to eat healthy, didn't want to exercise etc. My journalling helped because I could look at my goals and my progress. Spark buddies helped as well, cheering me on during days that I just wanted to curl up with a bag of M&Ms...Then like lightning, I realized something: I can't depend on motivation. No matter how much I want it, some days are flat. But I can control my consistency. So when the motivation wave is present, I ride it as hard as I can, but when it is hiding I depend on my consistency. Not eating right? - NOT an option. Not exercising? NOT an option. Don't want to do it today? - Too bad, get over it and get it done.

In conclusion, I want to thank my Spark friends. You have made this journey so different from other ones in the past. Every day I look forward to your blogs, your updates and cheering you on! Thank you for being there for me during the past 7 months. Spark people ROCKS!

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February 27, 2010 ~ 210 lbs

  
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BANANNA38 4/28/2010 11:43PM

    Wow, 76 pounds in 7 months!!!! That is amazing progress! Congratulations on your success! Your picture change is fantastic. I love the idea of not relying on motivation -- because you are right, there will come a time when you "just don't feel like doing it." But consistency, on the other hand, is something that can keep you plugging away at your goals no matter what! Thanks for the great insight! I'm looking forward to seeing you at your goal! Anna

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ADELE66 4/15/2010 3:53AM

    Thank you for a really fantastic blog... and congratulations on your success. You really are an amazing inspiration.

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DAISYMAY61 4/9/2010 3:39PM

    Awesome job!! Love the concept of motivation vs consistency. I struggle with staying motivated and this has helped me see that as long as I do what I have to do I will reach my goal. Thanks for the inspiration.

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-ICANDOIT- 4/9/2010 2:16PM

    One of the BEST blogs I've read! I never thought about motivation vs. consistency! THANK YOU! And congrats!!

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MEGMENZY 4/8/2010 11:11PM

    You look amazing! Way to go on your goals!

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JEANNETTE59 4/8/2010 9:28PM

  Absolutly awesome, emoticon

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SUPERFITGIRL 4/8/2010 7:41PM

    You look amazing - you are an inspiration!

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LINDAGAIL51 4/8/2010 3:01PM

  You are my roll model. I to am 282 lbs. Way to go. emoticon emoticon

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MAYANA 4/8/2010 10:19AM

    u look great....you are my inspiration

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MAYANA 4/8/2010 9:36AM

    girl you look great ..keep it up

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AWAXUMA 4/7/2010 11:38PM

  Yes! You look beautiful on the inside and out!

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KRISTIEE1 4/7/2010 10:04PM

    CONGRATS!!!!!! you look great! hopefully i will be able to accomplish at least part the weight loss you have. your story is an inspiration to me . emoticon

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BRANAUBREY 4/7/2010 7:27PM

    You look fantastic!

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    Thanks for sharing your progress. You're inspirational. emoticon

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ERINTHEROCKSTAR 4/7/2010 2:05PM

    You look awesome!!!! Congratulations - all your hard work is showing through!!!! emoticon

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MZLEADBEE 4/7/2010 1:05PM

    congratulations!!!! i cant wait to get to onedurlad as well lol im proud of u even though i dont know you :-) i feel like i do we had the same issues and ur just encouragement for me to keep pushing :-)

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VANESSAM123 4/7/2010 9:23AM

    Wonderful... congratulations on reaching your half way mark... you look like a totally different person... Keep up the good work!

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OCEANS241 4/6/2010 2:36PM

  wow! you look amazing! keep up the great work...

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PDEHART 4/6/2010 11:47AM

    Wow! You are fantastic!!!

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CHELAGETSFIT 4/5/2010 2:03PM

    You are soooo awesome!!!

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SHANTRA 4/5/2010 12:53PM

    GREAT job! I hope we get to know more about each other through blogs.

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PRAYING4THIN 3/19/2010 11:57AM

    You are looking fantastic! Congrats on the weightloss so far and being that much closer to your goal. You are truly a inspiration to me!

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KATHRYN1955 3/13/2010 7:07AM

    I came across your blog today and it was just what I needed. I loved your bit on consistency so much that I have copied it out to read on those days (or hours) when my motivation is running low. Congratulations on your progress. Your thoughts on how to deal with the low motivation days are motivating!!!

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DONNA2238 3/2/2010 5:25PM

    AWWW! That was such a sweet post it nearly made me weepy! Onederland seems impossible for me, but then again, getting re-started again seemed SO impossible but here I am 2 months into the year and I have not given up---but have had those days where I did not WANT to care and tried to justify to myself with things like:
Who cares?
My Hubby loves so that's all that matters?
I like being fat-it's who I am (IMAGINE! I AM NUTS SOMETIMES!!!).
I have a glandular issue---um? no.
On the list goes.
THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for being such a great example! YOU can do this---just think, by Christmas you could be at your goal weight! WAY TO GO!


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INKYWAG 3/1/2010 11:25AM

    congrats you look awesome,keep up the work!
Im glad that you are a spark friend also,you have helped out in some tough times too.
I cant wait for you to hit wonderland you really deserve it,you have worked so hard and it shows.

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STRONG-FIT-GIRL 3/1/2010 9:44AM

    Consistency when you don't feel motivated. It's brilliant. I'm proud to be part of your continuing journey.

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IPATRICIA 3/1/2010 5:32AM

    emoticon Well done, Great blog especially the bit about motivation and constancy, I needed to read that. emoticon

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COACHDNUKE 3/1/2010 12:40AM

    You are so awesome, and for your hard work and willingness to help others you deserve every bit of success you have.

How about that ride so far, HUH????

Dennis

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LOSINGAMBER 2/28/2010 8:47PM

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You are such a beautiful person inside and out! Congrats on your losses!

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MAGNORK517 2/28/2010 1:58PM

    Congratulations ! You are succeedin at your goals, and getting healthy in the meantime! Your before and after pic is incredible, I can't even imagine what you might look like after losing another 70 pds! Enjoy your accomplishment, you deserve it!

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RABIDHAMSTER87 2/28/2010 12:06PM

    What a good idea! :)

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CRISPINI 2/28/2010 8:58AM

    Amazing post! You are so beautiful! And thank you for the bit about motivation vs. consistency. It just goes to show that you can't always feel like doing things, but sometimes you just have to do them. Great results! Very inspiring blog! emoticon

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GOINGWYLDE 2/28/2010 4:06AM

    Congratz spunky! I think i need to track my own sucesss a little better for those "low days" too. Very good idea. emoticon

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DRAGONFLY_AUM 2/28/2010 2:17AM

    emoticon on your Sparkversary and your emoticon progress!! You are very inspirational!!

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LBCHILTON 2/28/2010 1:30AM

    OMG, you look so wonderful. That comparison pic at the top says it all. Congrats:) and thanks for the words of wisdom, small goals!

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NICKEL1331 2/28/2010 1:01AM

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That is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats to you sweetie!

You are TRULY an INSPIRATION!!!!!!!

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2BIT2BFAT 2/28/2010 12:38AM

    Wow! You look amazing!! Great job!

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REBECCA-LICIOUS 2/28/2010 12:11AM

  Look at you! You look gorgeous!

Today was my first weigh-in, and reading your thoughts on NOT thinking about how far I have to go really makes sense. I'm going to celebrate all the victories all the way and NOT wait until the very end.

Congratulations on hitting your halfway point!

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FLYSOHIGH 2/27/2010 11:12PM

    It was such a joy to read it! I'm so happy for you:-) Also - such an inspiration you are! Thank you so much for that!

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SBHPATRICK 2/27/2010 11:02PM

    Woo hoo! Congratulations on your success!

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CHANDTE 2/27/2010 10:44PM

    Awwww....Spunky...you're the best!! This is so great!! You are so great! You have worked so hard and deserve all of your successes!! I loved, loved, loved this blog!! You totally know what you're doing...and you have an awesome attitude about everything! Never really thought about the motivation/consistency thing before, but that is very helpful!! Thanks for sharing and Happy Sparkversary!!
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So...there was no 7 month Sparkversary...but there was a 6 and a 1...so I did the math!! Haha!!

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PENGUITO 2/27/2010 10:35PM

    Your determination is AMAZING! Congratulations on your progress, you look fantastic!
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13-1GIRL 2/27/2010 10:10PM

    Congrats on your success!! YOU ARE AWESOME! Thankfs for the advice on CONSISTENCY!! I just told my husband "this lady lost 76 lbs in 7 months, I wish I could do that". I can't WISH, I'm going to be CONSISTENT, if that is your advice I am all ears!! There is no doubt you will reach your March goal!! emoticon

So happy and proud for you. Here to cheer you on Sparkfriend!!

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-FEMALE- 2/27/2010 10:08PM

    You look amazing! You're such an inspiration!



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LYNELLE150 2/27/2010 9:59PM

    Wow, you are amazing and you look it, too! Thank you for your positive energy and inspiration. I continue to struggle with my journey and look to others like yourself for motivation. emoticon emoticon

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GLORYLIGHT57 2/27/2010 9:45PM

    You look absolutely marvelous, darling. You are truly what spreading the spark is all about. There will always be obstacles along this journey; but together we can do this.

Blessings, Gloria
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TEENY_BIKINI 2/27/2010 9:40PM

    You rock. Consistency is great advice.

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You are beautiful. Cheers.

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LOOZINITNOW 2/27/2010 9:12PM

    The first thing out of my mouth when I saw your before and after pictures, was holy crap! You look amazing! I am so jealous! I don't think I look no where near that hot! Your blog also mad me cry after the way I treated myself today. How could I let my guard down like that? Why? You are so awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/27/2010 9:12PM

    Consistency (with the occassional bout of motivation) has brought you very far. Way to Go!

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