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Better than Crossing the Finish Line: Friendship at a 5K!

Monday, August 09, 2010



I had a delightful surprise at my 5K yesterday: meeting a Sparkie and her supportive hubby. I had been following Esther (Callikia's) blogs for some time and was cheering her on toward her first 5K walk. Imagine my surprise when I read on her page the day of the race that she was also driving from several hours away to compete in the same race as me. I was so excited!

It was perfect Kismet! As soon as we arrived we ran into her and hubby Shane. We spent the entire 90 minutes prior to the race hanging out and getting to know each other better. This was her first race and I was so excited for her. She was exactly the positive, enthusiastic, friendly person I had expected after reading her page for several months.



This was a relatively large race with about 1250 runners and walkers, which was truly invigorating. It was nice to be somewhere in the middle of the pack finally. Not sure how much time I lost getting through the pack to cross the start line, but I am sure this was the fastest I have run (whoo-hoo)...Live bands and music along the course was a great addition and helped me keep the pace up. After we crossed the finish line we ran back abit to find Esther so we could cheer her on. It made it so much more special to share the experience with another Sparkie. Prior to this all of you have existed only on the digital page, meeting her in person was incredible.

As all were near the finish line, Ron got a picture of the gorgeous sunset over the river



Afterward the 4 of us sat on the stone bleachers along the river bank, relaxing and eating some of the goodies that Ron packed up: turkey wraps and strawberries beat the overfried, overoiled free things being offered.




So what did I learn from this race:
1. Music and large crowds definitely make running easier and more festive for me
2. Crossing the finish line continues to make me glow from within
3. Sharing the experience with friends enriches the experience to a completely new level. I am grateful to Esther for sharing her first race experience with us. It put tears in my eyes to watch her cross the finish line ahead of her estimated time, smiling and fulfilled. Plus she and Shane were great to hang out with before and after the race.

Check out her blog about this race for great perspective
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3515290

Next up: Race for Homelessness in 2 weeks
Only 20 days left until the triathlon

I can do this!

Hug a Sparkie,
Hollynn

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DAISYDIVA74 9/11/2010 9:38AM

    That is amazing!! I am getting ready to do my first 5K walk next weekend! I am very excited!! I put it together myself hope it all goes well. And someday soon I hope to be running them like you. I absolutely love Sp for it gives me the chance to find people like you!!

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BAYBELIEVER 8/13/2010 11:29PM

    I had been following Esther so figured I would check out your page. You have done amazing things! Congrats! And now you are gearing up for a triathlon in just days! Good luck! I hope to read more here!

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LIVESTRONG2010 8/13/2010 1:27PM

    It's great when you get to meet other Sparkers! emoticon

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JSTCHLIN 8/10/2010 11:17PM

    Sounds like an awesome experience. Congrats to you both. Great pics, especially the one of the sunset!

Take care and stay healthy

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DENI_ZEN 8/10/2010 10:40PM

    What fun, Hollynn! I'm glad both you and Esther have found such a deeply gratifying sport together...and that sunset is FANTASTIC!!! - Sandi emoticon

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WONDERJUL 8/10/2010 1:02AM

    Love what you said-"Crossing the finish line continues to make me glow from within". Soooo well put. I love that feeling! Congrats on a great race and how awesome to share the race with a fellow Sparker! Good luck on your upcoming events!

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 8/9/2010 11:04PM

    Sound like you had a great time!

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MUSTANGMISSY 8/9/2010 10:22PM

    Sounds like so much fun!

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NEWME0519 8/9/2010 8:46PM

    Awesome!

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LINIS_THIN 8/9/2010 7:12PM

    I cannot WAIT to meet a sparkfriend in person!
That is so awesome!!!

This sounds (and looks) like the perfect day!!!

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ELISADEL 8/9/2010 5:01PM

    Sounds like a great race. Thanks for sharing!

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SHERYLDS 8/9/2010 4:55PM

    You always have such uplifting inspiring blogs. Happy for your achievements. And you look better and better all the time

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THEWEIGHTSOVER 8/9/2010 4:24PM

    how cool was that!

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JEANNETTE59 8/9/2010 4:22PM

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LEAG0628 8/9/2010 3:00PM

    That's so exciting!

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MERAINA 8/9/2010 2:48PM

    Always great to meet up with other Sparkies! Love it! I think it is amazing that with so many ppl crowed there that you guys actually met found each other!
Love it! It was meant to be!


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JRIMM4 8/9/2010 2:02PM

    Exciting in so many ways, new friends and new accomplishments!

Awesome!>
JR

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ATROTTIER 8/9/2010 1:46PM

    I love it!!! You guys are great! =)

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DLEE27 8/9/2010 1:18PM

    You two both rock!

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BARBARAROCKSIT 8/9/2010 12:40PM

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You ARE rockin' triathlon training! WooHoo!

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MARLIMOO 8/9/2010 12:38PM

    So sweet to read BOTH of your entries. I think it's cool to meet the supporting people on Sparks. Kudos to all of you on the race. Good luck on future endeavors!

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HARMONYBLUE 8/9/2010 12:26PM

    I thought when I read her pre race blog that she was doing the same one you were doing. So cool that you got to meet and hang out. That sounds like a really cool race!

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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 8/9/2010 12:21PM

    That is so cool. It would be really nice meeting other Sparkies and getting to know them better and what better place to do that than at a 5K, or any other fitness activity.

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RAVENSONG37 8/9/2010 12:20PM

    AWESOME!

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KITHKINCAID 8/9/2010 12:14PM

    So awesome! I'm looking forward to meeting some fellow Sparkies too! I feel like I know people already and we've only just met online.

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MLW0421 8/9/2010 12:12PM

    love the pics and glad you got to meet a fellow sparkie!

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CALLIKIA 8/9/2010 12:12PM

    I only wish I could have been there to watch you and Ron cross the finish line! ;) What a great experience and a great cause to support! I know you guys will do great in the triathlon too! You are amazing people...just as I expected. :)

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CUATROMOMMY 8/9/2010 12:06PM

    You guys are awesome!!!

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BURKEBRIZ 8/9/2010 11:56AM

    Very cool!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/9/2010 10:19AM

    that's so great that you got to meet her and her husband. I'm sure it made the race that much more fun! Congrats to you on running and beating your time!

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BOGUSANNIE 8/9/2010 10:11AM

    Awesome job on both counts...doing the 5K and being there for another!
Wonderful!


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BR>RUN RUN RUN!!

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GENKI_WARRIOR 8/9/2010 9:34AM

    What a great experience! Hooray for the spark bringing people together!
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GENKI_WARRIOR 8/9/2010 9:34AM

    What a great experience! Hooray for the spark bringing people together!
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TGALDA 8/9/2010 6:42AM

    That is awesome - completing another 5K run, getting to meet Esther and her completing her first 5K walk! yay all around!

Keep up the great work!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 8/9/2010 6:07AM

    I love the in person Spark Friend meetings! How wonderful for you to share in her first experience and to share in the afterglow after the finish! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/9/2010 2:41AM

    You both are positively glowing in those pictures! What a wonderful surprise to get to meet a fellow Sparkie in person like that; makes a great event like that even better. Way to go!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 8/9/2010 2:37AM

    Thanks Sharon, it was a lot of fun and there were actually as many walkers as runners. This was also our first evening race which seemed to have a more relaxed feel. I feel like being signed up for the races, gives me something to be excited about...

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FRENCHTOSD 8/9/2010 2:34AM

    Your race reports make me want to try another walk. I'll have to look at the San Diego events and maybe do one in the fall. Not up a bridge though!

It looks like you all had a great day. Congrats on the excellent finish!

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Living on a Plateau

Wednesday, August 04, 2010



So despite some cool things in my recent blogs (reaching my Sparkversary and accomplishing several fitness goals) one thing I have NOT blogged about recently is my weight. That is because despite making huge life accomplishments, the scale has been ignoring me

Not for a week, not for a month....65 days of PLATEAU
Between May 30th and today the scale has gone up and down from 191-195
After 10 months of steady weight loss, my scale started to ignore me
I broke one of my cardinal rules and started weighing myself more frequently -surely today there would be a change?

I promised myself that I would not let this plateau ruin my mood and drive me back into old habits. You know what? Living on a plateau is HARD. It makes you question everything you are doing.

So here is how I outlasted/outwitted and survived my plateau:

1. I put the scale away. I had my husband hide it again. Seriously. He brought it out once a week. Otherwise I was torturing myself

2. I returned to basics: 8 glasses of water every day (not just most days), calorie logging (which I hate, but need to keep me honest) and I worked to increase my exercise intensity.

3. I focused on the positive. There is always something positive. Most weeks I focused on the fact that I was NOT gaining and that I was at least maintaining. I focused on how fit I felt. I bought a lot of new clothes (something I have not done often, because of rapid size changes) and I had FUN doing it. I looked at pictures of myself and admired my form. Example pic from bowling last week above. Instead of focusing on my classic thunder thighs and ample derriere, I focused on my waist. There is always a positive...you just have to find it.

Final advice: Don't live for the number on the scale. My scale said 190 today and it is one measure that I am making good choices. But it is not the only measure. It doesn't reflect all of the good choices I made over the past 65 days of plateau. It is not a measure of my worth and quite frankly, it is not all that important

Every positive change you make changes your path (and sometimes the scale takes awhile to catch up)

Keep the faith,
Hollynn aka SpunkyDucky

  
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CHANGESINME 9/5/2010 9:00PM

    there should b a group 4 people on plataous. lol. i sure would b a memember. i am stuck between 225 - 227. since bout june ( i think )

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MOTIVATIONFOUND 9/3/2010 7:38PM

    Thank you so much for writing this. I'm glad I stumbled across it. I have been stuck for a couple of months losing about 1 lb (or less) every two weeks and it's been driving me crazy! For the first seven months of this journey, I only modified my diet - I barely did any exercise at all - and the weight was coming off very consistently.

For the last month, I have been faithful to my nutrition (actually even eating more cleanly than ever before in my life) and I have also been exercising religiously as well. No cheating anywhere YET my scale is ignoring me too.

You're right, though - the scale does not measure my worth and the number on it is not terribly important. Of course I would like it to show me some different numbers than 157 and 158, but at least my clothes are fitting differently. Maybe my scale is broken! hahaha

Have a wonderful weekend! You really do look great!

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JILBERE07 8/21/2010 8:53PM

    I am also trying to break through a plateau. Thanks for the reminder that it's about all of the healthy choices and how we feel....not some number on the scale!

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CABINDOG 8/16/2010 7:31PM

    your blog spoke to me...thanks. Kay

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SLIMMAR 8/13/2010 10:29AM

    Thanks for this. I too have been on a plateau since May and even got a little "comfortable" with my new size. I still want another 10 pounds gone, but my body is doing just like yours, flexing up to 4 pounds. Great advice on the scale. I have recently made a small change to my eating and we'll see if this is what it takes to shake things up.
The very best to you!
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ERINWD 8/12/2010 12:16PM

    Thank you SO much for this. I often need a reminder that the scale isn't the end all and be all of my journey. It's about my health and making good choices.
Oh, and you look awesome!

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BAHAMIANJENNI 8/12/2010 11:55AM

    THANK YOU!!! I'm presently at a plateau with my weight, and I needed this blog - I will take your advice and follow the four points you outlined.

Thanks again and happy sparking.

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PORCELINA 8/11/2010 10:43AM

    This blog needs publicising! Its so helpful to everyone facing the plateau! Spark, bump this up! Quick!

Great blog, good luck on your journey!

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MYLUCKCHARM 8/11/2010 3:19AM

    I've thought all of this myself and glad I'm not the olny one having the same issue. Totally agree with you been stuck since June the same weight. I'm truely looking at the future of better healthly body. The power of positivity can make a big impact on your lives.

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BAMBAM87 8/11/2010 2:39AM

    oh gosh i know how you feel except my scales arent stuck it just throws random numbers anywhere from 82-86 back and forth even after getting off and getting back on ill change a coupke of kilos lol im not looking at i anymore cause its stupid! lol

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ASHAMAZING 8/11/2010 12:48AM

    I love this and am so glad that I read it! Thank you for writing it :)

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ASHAMAZING 8/11/2010 12:46AM

    I love this and am so glad that I read it! Thank you for writing it :)

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ASHAMAZING 8/11/2010 12:46AM

    I love this and am so glad that I read it! Thank you for writing it :)

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SWEETNEENI 8/11/2010 12:20AM

    Cool pic - you are built like Jessica Rabbit! Sex-ay curves! And congrats on breaking your plateau!

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CANCAN78 8/10/2010 7:53PM

    great blog

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KDSOSMITH 8/10/2010 7:07PM

    Great blog, & you have the waist of a wasp!

Keep positive, it's how you feel that matters! You'll beat the scale sooner than you think.

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TTSMARTIN 8/10/2010 4:33PM

    I'm living on a plateau too! 4 months and going strong! At one point I decided to give up everything because nothing was working, but now I am focused on my running, and the goals I have with that. Still being diligent with my food tracking and choices, but it is really hard. I like running because you can always improve, or go farther!

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TTSMARTIN 8/10/2010 4:31PM

    I'm living on a plateau too! 4 months and going strong! At one point I decided to give up everything because nothing was working, but now I am focused on my running, and the goals I have with that. Still being diligent with my food tracking and choices, but it is really hard. I like running because you can always improve, or go farther!

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ETORRES88 8/10/2010 3:15PM

    Thank you. I've been on plateau for a year and a half!

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GREENSCRAPCAT 8/10/2010 1:04PM

    OMG I am so glad I stopped by today. I so needed this. I have waivering for two months as well.

I am going to go back to having my daughter hide the scale as well!

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ABETTERCHERYL 8/10/2010 12:44PM

    I have seriously been on a plateau since January even though I've been doing everything that I'm supposed to be doing. It's hard. I see changes in my muscle definition, that my clothes are fitting better, I'm improving on my running in both distance covered and speed... but still, the weight remains locked between 147 and 150.

I guess it's my happy weight and I'm certainly happier with that than where I started but it's still frustrating to be only a few pounds within your goal but unable to reach it. I know if I just keep doing the right things eventually something is going to have to give.

Good luck and keep on pushing, and know there are a lot of us here that feel your pain too.

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ANIETS 8/10/2010 12:03PM

    very good blog, thank you.

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MISSKELSEYW 8/10/2010 11:20AM

    Thank you for sharing... I have been stuck on a plateau for about a month.... I have been fluctuating from 159 to 161 for what feels like FOREVER! It is so depressing! I am going to try to have my husband hide the scale because I weigh myself every morning. I guess I just need to focus on other things... more important things.

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EVERTONIAN1 8/10/2010 10:26AM

    I have been stuck between 168-169 for two months and it is driving me insane! glad to know that i am not the only one....

i am going to increase my caloric intake (from 1200-1300 to about 1400) and see if that helps, along with my 1/2 marathon training.

good luck!

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VTSKIER805 8/10/2010 10:11AM

    I am also on a plateau in the 190's! Maybe if we can all power past this number things will run smoothly again?

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MIRWYN 8/10/2010 8:56AM

    I admit I have been weighing myself too often also so I have been really over-thinking the fluctuations I am seeing. I love the idea of having my hubby hide the scale so I stop torturing myself. Thanks for the good ideas too, time to focus on the positive!

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FORNEYFRAU 8/9/2010 10:44PM

    I've been stuck at 195-197 too. It's so tough.

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WDBROWN 8/9/2010 10:15PM

  Ok, so I'm a little new at this. I have been trying to get pregnant, and it has not happened for 5 months now. I have noticed my weight has been about the same for that long, and I have heard that if you loose a little weight (or change your body) then it might happen (not sure if this is true or not).

All I ever drink is water, but it is never 8 - 8oz glasses. I also do not exercise much, but I do walk a lot at work. Does drinking that much water really help?

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JBMT08 8/9/2010 1:00PM

    Thanks for bringing it back to reality!!!!!

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MCMPOOH43 8/9/2010 12:55PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm stuck right now also and needed to read this! :)

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MEOWROWRIE 8/9/2010 11:29AM

    I agree that plateaus make you question everything you're doing and eating - it makes me desparate for the weight to keep coming off and willing to examine (examine, not do) pretty drastic measures to see come change again. It's hard to remember that you've already lost and are keeping it off, but that's the high point that's keeping me going!

Thanks for the blog.

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DAISYBELL6 8/9/2010 7:25AM

    Thanks for the encouragement. I have been on the same 192-196 plateau for a month and it is good to know I am not alone.

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NYARAMULA 8/9/2010 3:50AM

    Thanks for sharing. I have also been in a a plateau since May. I decided that instead of getting my knickers in a knot over it, I would focus on non-weight goals, like exercising x times a week, walking x miles a day, aiming to burn x calories a day etc. And you know what, it's working out just fine for me. When the scale decides to move, that will be ok with me, but meanwhile, I will not sit around waiting for that to happen.

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LADY_JOSIELOT 8/9/2010 12:49AM

    Thanks for the reminder of the right mindset. I've been on a plateau for about a year, to be completely honest.

- Josie

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SPARKANN 8/9/2010 12:11AM

    Plateaus are such a challenge! I love that you've stayed so positive and focused on the terrific choices you've made! emoticon

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MATEYMATE1 8/8/2010 11:49PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this blog. I also have been on a plateau for some months now. Within a couple of kilo's of my goal weight and just cannot get there. I read this twice and will certainly take on board your suggestions as I can see how they will work.
Keep up the good work and did you know "you rock girl"
hugs Sylvia

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KLS777 8/8/2010 10:31PM

    Some days I'd love to toss that scale out too, but then I look at what I've been doing and generally have to straighten up a few things and get back to being strict.

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ARTCHICK1957 8/8/2010 9:44PM

    Don't get discouraged, you are doing a great job. After being on a plateau for a long time, I discovered something. They have a purpose. As long as you continue to eat right, exercise and just keep recommitting and trying harder, you will find that even if the scale doesn't move for a long time, your body is changing. I actually dropped several sizes with almost no change in weight. Two things I did differently was to follow some advice, that was given to me on this site. "keep trying to do little things differently, like keep your body guessing by being at the high end of your calorie range one day and dropping to the low end the next. keep alternating it." and be sure to drink enough water. I don't know if that is what did it, but suddenly the scales have started moving again. Good luck!

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NCOX25 8/8/2010 8:36PM

    I know how you feel I battle the scale often. So I measure my weight lose more on how I feel and how my clothes fit. Good luck!

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SMOKINGUN 8/8/2010 7:52PM

    As always you know what to say and we appreciate the value of your blogs!

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RUSNELL4 8/8/2010 7:46PM

    Great picture! such a tiny waist there :)

Plateaus stink. I think your advice is great. After losing just 7 lbs I hit a plateau for 3-4 weeks. I just pushed harder and constantly reminded myself I am 7 lbs LIGHTER and I'm not gaining. The scale starts moving again, eventually.

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ANNTORR53 8/8/2010 6:10PM

    I am at the same place. I have been stuck for over a month. I also have to look and examine the fact that I am eating right and moving around, which I didn't do much of before. I also must continually remind myself that I have made progress. That is what I try to concentrate on. The scale is my worst enemy.

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TINKLOVESBEAR 8/8/2010 5:13PM

    Yep, I hate the plateaus too! It never ceases to amaze me that the second I put some french fries or a candybar in my mouth, I gain 5 pounds...boom! Just like that! But I can do everything I should be doing, tracking my food, exercising long and hard and drinking my water, and I dont lose an ounce...for weeks and weeks! I've come to look at plateaus as irritating tests of my resolve and reminders to look at what I'm doing! I still hate 'em though!! emoticon
And BTW...thats a great pic! You look great! emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 8/8/2010 2:35PM

  emoticon you are so right, there is always something positive. Sometimes it is just a game of "Hide and Seek". Plateaus are the speed bumps in this journey to better health, they are not dead-ends emoticon

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JLEMUS1 8/8/2010 2:19PM

    Ahhh the scale evil some days ..friend the next... but that is a great choice you made telling your husband to hide it.. way to go..keep up the great work!!

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PAMBWS 8/8/2010 9:44AM

    Way to go...plateaus are my bane in life...I reach them regularly...most often they only last a couple weeks...

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BRINAGU3 8/8/2010 9:04AM

    Stuck there on that plateau with you. I have not yet pitched the scale, but it is not my friends right now. Focusing on the positive is good advice.

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WEMINICH 8/8/2010 7:01AM

  Nice reminder!

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FRENCHTOSD 8/8/2010 12:26AM

    I would kill for that photo :)

You are very inspiring as usual!

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ELISADEL 8/7/2010 11:49PM

    Great reminder to keep things sane!

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365 days of Consecutive Exercise: the Official Report : )

Monday, August 02, 2010



Last week I completed my 365th day of consecutive exercise.
Yes, I felt like a superhero, but that is not how it started.

At the beginning, I just wanted something (anything) to keep me linked to this journey. I had a history of several years of "full court press" diets, but it never lasted because my motivation would wane. The key to my success this year was to leave motivation behind. Yup, motivation is important (and I get mine from all of you when I need my Spark battery recharge)...but it is UNRELIABLE!!! Motivation is fleeting. One moment you feel invincible, you KNOW you can do it. The next day you struggle to hang on and remember why you started in the first place. Motivation is wonderful, but it was not the source of my success. My secret weapon was CONSISTENCY.

Hence the exercise. I made an a bargain with myself: exercise at least 30 minutes a day for a month. That was something I had never done before. Each night before bed, I would think about when I was going to exercise the next. Consistency + Prioritization was even better than consistency alone.

The 30th day came and I was so overjoyed. Keeping my goal felt better than anything I had seen on the scale. It became my link to my journey. So I set the next goal- could I really keep this up for 100 days?

100 days came and I was 40 lbs lighter! I wrote a blog about my success and several Spark members told me they wanted to try it as well. Me? Inspiring others? Who are these people and how can I help them! I decided to start the 100 day challenge team and I am happy to say, several other people have completed this personal challenge. See below for link if you are interested in joining

So I journeyed forward. 200 days passed, then 300. That was when I knew I was going to make it to a year. Nothing could stop me! Along the way I hit several barriers as you will see in my old blogs: migraine headaches (they actually get a little better with exercise for me), 18 hour work days (3-4 ten minute sessions instead of one long session), a month in Ghana (lots of water and lots of walking) and finally in May the removal of my gallbladder (elliptical before surgery, then walking for a week with gradual return to normal levels of core intensity 2 weeks out). Was it easy to exercise every day for a year? Nope, it was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Will I do it again, probably not, but I will exercise consistently and use it as a way to keep connected to my healthy, fit and athletic lifestyle.

So here is what I did for 365 days:

Stationary bike: 107 hours
Treadmill: 68 hours
Stairmaster: 14 hours
Elliptical: 51 hours
Hiking: 33 hours
Cycling: 32 hours
Walking outside: 112 hours
Running outside 15 hours
Rollerblading: 2 hours
Exercise DVDs: 15 hours
Yoga: 8 hours
Snowshoeing: 6 hours
Cross Country Skiing: 8 hours
Downhill Skiing: 28 hours
Swimming: 8 hours
SCUBA: 7 hours
Kayaking: 6 hours

Total number of hours spent in exercise: 520 hours
Average min per day over 1 year: 85 min/day
(for the record, most days were only 45 min-1 hour, the average is thrown off by the days I spent all day skiing, hiking or kayaking)

So there it is: my biggest secret on the Spark
Find what makes you consistent, prioritize it and follow through
It really is that simple

Oh, and for the record, I took the day off on July 27th
It is important to know when to stop and take a breath.



Spark on!
Hollynn aka SpunkyDucky


Below are links that may be of interest to anyone who is inspired by this blog:

Link to the 100 Day Challenge Team - you can do it!!!
http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group
s_individual.asp?gid=37460

Link to my blog from the 1st 100 days:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2525622

Link to my blog from day 200:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2876144

Link to my blog from day 300:
http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public
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MOTIVATIONFOUND 9/3/2010 7:44PM

    You are awesome! What else can I say? I completed day 19 of the 30 Day Shred today. I committed to doing it every day for 30 days. Reading your blogs have made me re-think the whole thing. I know it's only been 19 days, but I really have actually enjoyed this. Maybe I will try and go longer than 30 days. If I can do 30, what's 30 more...and 30 more...and 30 more?

You are definitely inspiring! :)

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LIVESTRONG2010 8/13/2010 1:19PM

    WOW that's amazing to see how it all came together.

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KWRIGHT26 8/12/2010 7:30PM

    Brilliant!

That sounds like such a great idea, I'm going to have to try it.

You're awesome!

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EXCUSELESS 8/12/2010 1:14AM

    Love this blog! I completely agree... it's all about consistency for me as well.

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NESSY759 8/11/2010 5:50PM

    Wow that truly is amazing .well done

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-LORI-B 8/10/2010 10:23PM

    Congrats!! Im now re-inspired. Thanks!

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RAINBOWMF 8/10/2010 5:37PM

    So neat!
What a challenge for you,congratulations. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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QUEENANNE1953 8/10/2010 2:31PM

    emoticon emoticonCongratulations .. consistency is indeed key to better health and fitness emoticon

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RUBYSNANA 8/9/2010 1:13PM

    Awesome! emoticon

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JBMT08 8/9/2010 1:02PM

    you are awesome!!!

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DAVEINSEOUL 8/9/2010 12:47AM

    You are an inspiration!

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JUST_TRI_IT 8/7/2010 10:19AM

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SARAHJ19 8/7/2010 10:18AM

    fantastic blog! thanks for the inspiration girl! you rock!

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LIBBYL1 8/6/2010 11:10PM

  wonderful to read about someone who has set a goal and exceeded it!

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DREAMER_75 8/6/2010 10:40PM

    WOW!!!! emoticon

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REDSONYA742000 8/6/2010 9:48PM

    Wow! You are motivational! Awsome job!

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AGRLNKY 8/6/2010 9:42PM

    That is the coolest thing I have ever heard! I love it and am going to try something similar. Thank you so much for sharing!

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FOUNDREALLOVE7 8/6/2010 8:16PM

    that is awesome!!! emoticon

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SIERRATHEGREAT 8/6/2010 8:15PM

    What a great idea. I think im going to get started on this challenge today.

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JAYSRUNNER 8/6/2010 6:52PM

    Amazing!!!!! You are such an inspiration!!!!

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PRETTIESTGEEK 8/6/2010 4:53PM

    incredible!

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LOOKY-LOU 8/6/2010 4:24PM

    All I have to say is WOW! emoticon

Amazing WITHOUT the gall badder surgery!!

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MICKIDEE44 8/6/2010 3:48PM

    Great job! It is so inspiring to read stories such as this. Thanks for the inspiration, and you did it emoticon

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IMPERIODEE 8/6/2010 3:37PM

  you are amazing! i wish i could do the same. thank you for the inspiration.

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LMCQUINN 8/6/2010 3:15PM

    I love the part that you made a covenant with yourself...that just might work for me. I love what you have done...just everyday keep at it.
With my poor health I'm so slow getting to my goal...but I know eventually I will get there!

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FURGIEDANDME 8/6/2010 1:09PM

    Wow!

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SAVANNAHBRIDE 8/6/2010 10:48AM

    You are definitely an inspiration to everyone on here. emoticon emoticon

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KDSOSMITH 8/6/2010 10:30AM

    Thank you for the inspiration I needed! I will definitely check out the link! I am going to put your "biggest secret on the Spark" under my motivational quotes as a reminder, if that is ok with you.

When you were getting started, did you find that it was easier to be consistent if you worked out first thing in the am, for example? I think that is what I am going to need to do. I have two kiddos & get so wrapped up in their activities, then the day has zipped by!

Thanks again, your blog was just what I needed to make it happen! emoticon

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NEVERNAKED 8/6/2010 7:50AM

    wow..i'm blown away that you worked out the day after gallbladder surgery! you are a machine..and a true inspiration.

congratulations on an amazing feat!

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CABO01 8/6/2010 6:47AM

  This reminds us to take one day at a time,and just DO SOMETHING! Very good advice my dear! emoticon

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BRANDIINGERMANY 8/6/2010 4:28AM

  wow!! You are such an inspiration!!! Thank you for sharing your story!!

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JUBEESH 8/6/2010 2:06AM

    that is so awesome!

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MAKANAS2 8/6/2010 1:11AM

  Congratulations!! Even I have my off days emoticon

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PATTISWIMMER 8/6/2010 12:35AM

    Wow good for you .... I am exercising 2 hours a day or at least 90 minutes but losing very slowly.. emoticon emoticon

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FERGSGIRL2 8/5/2010 11:56PM

    That is awesome! And very motivating! congrats to you!

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EVETROY 8/5/2010 11:54PM

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ALESHABEE 8/5/2010 11:16PM

    This is absolutely awesome and proves that you can do anything you put your mind to CONGRATS!!

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RUSTBUCKET1 8/5/2010 11:10PM

    Unbelievably awesome!

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 8/5/2010 11:04PM

    That is amazing!

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KATHYPETERSON62 8/5/2010 10:09PM

    WOW how awesome - I am impressed and yes you are somewhat a superhero!! Way to go!!

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2WHEELER 8/5/2010 9:49PM

    How Cool!! And congratulations!

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NATKITA 8/5/2010 9:37PM

    Good for you! Great blog! emoticon emoticon

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JULIEBEANNN 8/5/2010 7:51PM

    wow. that is so amazing!! congratulations!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 8/5/2010 7:16PM

    Wow that is motivating! Great job. I am on day 37 and feel so proud, can't wait to add 330 days to that. Thanks for all the links, will have to check them out.

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MGREER84 8/5/2010 6:57PM

  Great job. I might just have to try this!

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29ANDHOLDINGON 8/5/2010 5:12PM

    Thanks for all of your strength. It is so true about consistency and making your health a priority and even with everything you experienced this year. Thanks for sharing!

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WILMA42 8/5/2010 4:17PM

    I am with you ...consitency + proority is a powerful winning combination...just remember to find your "balance" though :)

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WEMINICH 8/5/2010 4:13PM

  Way-to-go!!!

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FINOMENAL1 8/5/2010 3:38PM

    Very motivational. I realized after joining Sparkpeople that I too thrive more on consistency than motivation alone. I will join the 100 day challenge.

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1 Year Sparkversary: Pictures Worth A Thousand Words

Tuesday, July 27, 2010



Pictures not enough?
Here are some numbers:

July 27, 2009 --> July 27, 2010

Weight 286 lbs --> 191 lbs *** -95 lbs

Neck 15.25 in --> 13.0 in *** -2.25 inches
Arms 18.0 in --> 12.5 in *** -5.5 inches
Chest 50.0 in --> 38.0 in *** -12.0 inches
Waist 43.5 in --> 29.0 in *** -14.5 inches
Hips 56.0 in --> 43.75 in *** -12.25 inches
Thigh 35.0 in --> 25.75 in *** - 9.25 inches
BMI 47.6 --> 31.8

Numbers not enough??
Here are some words:

When I began this journey on July 27, 2009 I had just seen the picture above which had been taken 2 days earlier on my way out bowling. I didn't recognize myself anymore and no matter how much I used photoshop to "thinify" the photo, it didn't look right. I had just ordered my first set of XXXL scrubs for work. My pants were a size 24 and I was wearing XXL tops. Bras were difficult to find in size 44DDD. I felt ashamed on airplanes to ask for a seatbelt extender and I got short of breath walking up a single flight of stairs in my house. I broke a plastic chair that I sat in on vacation and was constantly aware of "fragile" furniture. I wanted to go kayaking but was afraid of how I would fit in the boat and my rollerblades no longer fit on my thick calves. I was tired of crying about how I looked, avoiding mirrors and worrying about what people might be saying.

July 27th, 2009 I joined the Spark
I had started exercising 2 days earlier and I continued every day for the entire year. I bought new walking shoes and got on the treadmill. 2.8-3.0 was about my limit that first week and lets not even talk about the stairmaster. I bought a journal and started short terms goals, rewards and recorded my thoughts. I realized that every positive change I made would change my path.

July 27th, 2010 I am celebrating my One Year Sparkversary
My scrubs are size L on bottom, M on top. Pants are size 14, shirt size M. It is easier to find a 36DD! My husband can pick me up. I wear cycling shorts and jersey happily (bikini next year)! I have an extra 5 inches of room on a regular airline seatbelt and I sit in any chair I want. I have run three 5K races and my first triathlon is a month from tomorrow. I biked 150 miles in a weekend last week. I kayak, ski, rollerblade and hike regularly. I am far from perfect, but I am happy...so happy

Thank you to everyone on the Spark who inspired me to continue on, to find consistency and to believe I could do it. Thank you to everyone who told me that I inspired them, you made my day with every comment. This journey would not have been the same without all of you.

With love,
Hollynn aka SpunkyDucky

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ANDYLIN90 11/11/2010 10:21PM

    A very inspiring blog. Congratulations are your success!

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BDRFLI-TREKS 8/29/2010 8:59AM

    OMG, inspiration for me!!!!! Way to go! You look amazing!!!

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LORRAANN77 8/28/2010 1:37PM

    Yay! You're right both your pics and your numbers are worth a thousand or more words!
You look great and I love reading how much better you feel about yourself the things you will wear and do now with your "new" body. Congratulations and keep up the great work, it will be awesome to see your pics next year.

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LIZZYLIZARD03 8/27/2010 12:18PM

    Congratulations! Where is your triathalon this weekend?

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 8/27/2010 6:51AM

    Great blog, thank you so much for sharing those pix.

Extremely inspirational, thank you!

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CRISTINA954 8/15/2010 2:10AM

  You have done a great job. I am sure that it was not easy but now you can see the rewards, you look happy. Very inspirational.

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GIRLLOVESGOLF 8/14/2010 9:41AM

  Wow, you are an inspiration. I have 50 lbs to lose. The pictures are the wake-up calls aren't they????!!!

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LIVESTRONG2010 8/13/2010 1:21PM

    You can see it all in your smile!

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HOTTIE41465 8/13/2010 11:32AM

    Its amazing to see how much weight you have lost and not in a very long time. Congrats

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CRZYMOM04 8/12/2010 7:09PM

    that is so wonderful I never thought keeping track of everything as you go and how you feel, I am still so new to this. Congrats on all your hard work though.


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EXCUSELESS 8/12/2010 1:06AM

    WOW... I'm super proud of you. You have came so far and it's very inspiring.

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MEOUGHKAT3 8/9/2010 4:17PM

    For someone like me this is a true inspiration because I am now almost exactly what you were when you started. 287 pounds, size 24, 42 F bra, XXL shirts.

My goodness the similarities and it just goes to show that a women exactly like me could do it, so I can do it too. Thank you so much for posting this.

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SHUTTERMOMX3 8/8/2010 9:30PM

    congratulations! You are doing so great and have come so far. I hope to have been as successful as you when I reach my 1 year!

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CAROLDEDOO 8/6/2010 10:17PM

    emoticonYou are a true inspiration! I'll be checking in over the next year to see you reach your goals.

Keep on Sparking! Carol

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TINYASTRONAUT 8/6/2010 6:04PM

  emoticon Absolutely spectacular! Good for you!

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KDSOSMITH 8/6/2010 10:43AM

    You look so happy, you should be so proud of your amazing progress! I just read your recent blog & your consistency is very apparent! Beginning today, I will strive for that same constistency & prioritization... it obviously works! :)



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CABO01 8/6/2010 6:50AM

  WOW...you are my hero! You look great.This is nice to see for someone new like me.
I am taking time for ME now! emoticon

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JKNZ03 8/6/2010 1:06AM

  You look great!!!! Congratulations!

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100LBLIGHTER 8/5/2010 2:44PM

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223DAISY 8/5/2010 11:20AM

    emoticon You have inspired me!

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TECHGIRL22 8/5/2010 10:43AM

    You look great! I want to feel that way again. emoticon emoticon

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HYPNOTIQ116 8/4/2010 11:25PM

    You look amazing! Keep up the hard work!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 8/4/2010 9:57PM

    You are just beautiful! And the smile tells the story on it's own!

Dutchie

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DORSKI 8/4/2010 10:54AM

    emoticonYou have made remarkable progress in just one year. emoticon

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ENOUGHALREADY10 8/4/2010 10:06AM

    amazing!!! you made me tear up!!
CONGRATS

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WHITEANGEL4 8/4/2010 9:05AM

    You are doing great.....Keep up the great work emoticon

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AMERINDO0627 8/4/2010 1:28AM

    Congratulatins! emoticon emoticon

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SOLUCKY12 8/3/2010 11:55PM

    Love your numbers and your side by side before and after pictures in the same top, but not the same size top! Congratulations on this popular blog! emoticon

Happy Anniversary!

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CBARRETT10 8/3/2010 10:44PM

  WOW you're a Rock Star!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TLB1630 8/3/2010 10:13PM

    WOW What a difference a Year makes. Keep up keeping up you're looking fabulous!!!

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JEREMY723 8/3/2010 9:26PM

    Way to stick with it and have such a positive attitude!

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BLAIRBAILEY 8/3/2010 9:23PM

    Congrats on your successful! You look incredible! emoticon

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GRAMMAELLEN 8/3/2010 9:16PM

    Wonderful! You inspire me. Thank you so much for sharing your success. emoticon

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RENIDAY1 8/3/2010 9:13PM

    You are lookin good!! emoticon on your emoticon weightloss success! emoticon

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STUNDERZAK 8/3/2010 8:27PM

    Congratulations- this is so inspiring :) you look beautiful and the change is REMARKABLE! Keep up the good work!

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MNHARGROVE 8/3/2010 8:16PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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FAT_LESS 8/3/2010 7:16PM

    WOW!!! you look amazing! congratulations. emoticon

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DONGR8NCHARNC 8/3/2010 6:39PM

    Inspirational! Congratulations! Best wishes on your journey.

Denise
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BEACH_BUMM 8/3/2010 5:23PM

    AMAZING! and here I sit and whine about 10 or 15 pounds. You ROCK!!!

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PSYSAM 8/3/2010 5:09PM

  You go girl, AWESOME!

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SAM910 8/3/2010 4:53PM

    Wow, you look awesome. emoticon

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HAPPYNSMILING 8/3/2010 4:47PM

    Wow...look at you!! You look great!! You sound like you have made some really big changes, and that is awesome. Keep it up to keep a healthier you.
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PIEREIGHTEEN 8/3/2010 4:31PM

    Strong work, girl!

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LUVBETTY64 8/3/2010 4:21PM

  I cannot even remember when I joined but I really didn't go to the site because sometimes it felt so overwhelming and that's how life is for me. But today, I think I'd like to start and really start! I was totally inspired about your story to do this. My reservations however are about my health issues and how they sometimes limit me from just a basic walk around the track and housework is unacceptable, I have fibromyalgia as just one of my medical issues and I sometimes buy into it too much and own the disorders or diseases! But I'll write more about that in my blog. But you are the one who brought me back, just for today!

Thank you!
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BRILIND 8/3/2010 3:56PM

  Congrats!!! You look really great. You mention the bras, one of my biggest goals is to be able to purchase a bra in a store, rather than online!!!

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ME-FOR-ME 8/3/2010 3:55PM

    FANTASTIC!

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GETNFITMAMA 8/3/2010 3:44PM

    Amazing!!! Thank you so much for posting this!! Inspiring!

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Reflecting: One year of cycling

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Me this weekend biking 150 miles of the Great Allegheny Passage

I bought my bike 4 years ago. I had just returned from a trip to Cozumel where I rented a bike and remembered how much I used to like it when I was young. Then it sat in the garage for 3 years...

Last summer, feeling energized by healthy eating and weight loss, I looked at it sitting there in my garage. I worried that I was "too big" to bike. I saw HarmonyBlue's blog on biking and her pictures. I was inspired by the fun she was having and wanted to expand my exercise beyond the baseline stationary bike.

August 25th was my first day on the bike

I wore my new exercise clothes and we rode 15 miles. I was so excited about being outside and I felt like I had really accomplished something! You can tell in this picture how fun the ride was. Although I will admit that my bottomside was sore for the next week!

November 11th was a monumental day for me.

This was one of those days when I felt so athletic. My husband and I did a 30 mile ride - the farthest I had ever been on a bicycle. By then I had lost about 40 lbs and was starting to really feel the difference in my body

July 16-18th, 2010
The Great Allegheny Passage!

This leads me to this weekend. Our long weekend plans were cancelled in Southern WV due to rain, so I was looking for something to do around home. My husband and I had just been up to Ohiopyle State Park earlier in the week and I picked up a brochure on the 150 mile Great Allegheny Passage running from Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD. My husband and I thought biking a portion of it this weekend would be fun. 27 miles later, I wondered if we could do the whole thing. I had never done more than 30 miles in a day. Despite the fact that I am very fit, I still hesitate to think of myself as an athlete because I am not thin yet. I tentatively set up ride arrangements for today and yesterday, at 63 miles and 60 miles respectively. And then we set out.

Here is what I learned this weekend:
1. I am an athlete. Anyone who bikes 150 miles in 3 days is fit. Period.
2. I am strong. The first 38 miles of the 2nd day are all uphill, the grade is small, but after the first 15-20 miles I could feel it
3. I am committed to this journey and to my own health.

I am no different than you. My inner whiner tells me it is "too hot" (it was 90 degrees and sunny for 60 miles of biking today). I get tired and my knees hurt. The insecure part of my brain tells me I can't do things. Don't go ride 150 miles tomorrow (because you will be really sore!) but do something that puts you a step closer toward your goals. Believe that you can be fit. Believe that you can do it. Our bodies WANT us to succeed.

  
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BLITS55 8/7/2010 8:40PM

    WOW - that is an accomplishment to be very proud of!

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LINDAKETCHIE 8/6/2010 9:21PM

    You are awesome!! I have one question. How do you ride for 60 miles without your butt going numb? I did the Virginia Creeper trail which is a slow downhill grade for about 25 miles. By the end, I was standing on my pedals, because my backside was so sore! Do you have a special seat??

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BRINAGU3 8/6/2010 10:32AM

    I love cycling and just got my old road bike out and dusted off and tuned up and started riding again - I always feel like a kid on a bike.

that ride you and your husband did sounds awesome - congrats on such an accomplishment.

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LIZZY2380 8/6/2010 12:37AM

    So cool. My husband and I are planning a big backpacking trip next summer and it's what motivates me through all my workouts. You rock woman!

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LIZZY2380 8/6/2010 12:36AM

    So cool. My husband and I are planning a big backpacking trip next summer and it's what motivates me through all my workouts. You rock woman!

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RUSTBUCKET1 8/5/2010 11:14PM

    Fantastic blog and what an accomplishment. Whether you ride 15 or 150 miles, you still have to take it one mile at a time. Fantastic that you accomplished. You look fit and strong. Good cyclists come in all shapes and sizes so remember that you are an athlete even if you don't think you fit the stereotype. emoticon

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DBFBILLY 8/5/2010 9:45AM

    LOVE IT!!!!! I have gotten back into biking this summer..love the way it makes me feel..and I really enjoyed your article..so glad you and your hubby enjoying riding together..the farthest i've went is 26 miles at the cancer ride in Cincy earlier this year..it is such a great stress reliever for me...congratulations on such an accomplishment and you look awesome!! emoticon

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FANGLE 8/4/2010 5:50PM

    gotta love a good bike ride. More of a road biker myself but to each his/her own.

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KAYELEM 8/4/2010 2:47PM

    Great story...I love bicycling also! We did the GAP trail last year and it is really a super nice trail, I am wanting to go back and do it again (except the part where we go lost in McKeesport at the end... :) ). You can actually keep going all the way to DC by way of a Maryland trail and the C&O. But the C&O is REALLY bumpy. I am so happy to hear of another trail happy Sparker! Ride On!!!!!

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LADYTSUNADE 8/3/2010 10:02PM

    Thanks for posting this..you are so right, we just sometimes have to get it done and ignore the thoughts that give us excuses not too. Congratulatinos!!

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ERINWD 8/3/2010 9:23PM

    Thanks for sharing this. I struggle with not feeling like an athlete because I'm still carrying extra weight, but you're right! I AM fit and I should be proud.

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REBECCAW84 8/3/2010 4:22PM

    I cant believe it 150 miles! You are incredible. Keep up the great work!

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DESERTCATS 8/3/2010 4:18PM

    Congratulations! You are awesome!!!

I love riding (mountain bike) too. It's so fun to be burning calories outside with the wind blowing through your helmet. emoticon

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FROGGY80916 8/3/2010 12:41PM

    Thank you for sharing your journey, and congratulations. Time for me to dust off my bike, and go for a ride!!

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LIZETH87 8/3/2010 3:19AM

    this is so motivating!! makes me want to get on my bike right now! Thanks so much for sharing :D

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LIBBYL1 8/2/2010 11:23PM

  And you look wonderful! Fit healthy and happy

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TGALDA 8/2/2010 8:05PM

    I LOOOOOVE my bike and want to enter in some bike events but I'm so afraid I wont do well. But this as helped me commit - I will do it! I need to stop making excuses and just put all my chips in.

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BURKEBRIZ 8/2/2010 11:31AM

    Yea, you! What a fantastic accomplishment!

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GRADLY 8/2/2010 8:57AM

    It's like a battle cry to become your best self

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PBLOVER 8/1/2010 5:57PM

    I recently picked up biking again this past week. My husband and I biked 5 miles last Wednesday, and it felt great! You've inspired me to keep on riding!
Keep up the good work!

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NACHOSMAMA 8/1/2010 10:28AM

    Congratulations! That's spectacular! You are a road warrior.
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DOINFINE 7/31/2010 7:24PM

    WOW and CONGRATULATIONS! You have come so far, no pun intended. I can't wait to hear what's next for you! You are a true inspiration to me! My bike has cobwebs on it but after reading your blog and seeing how happy you are, I better blow the dust off and get out and RIDE!!! Thanks for the push! emoticon emoticon

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DENI_ZEN 7/31/2010 4:42PM

    You are an AMAZING athlete...and your transformation is as stellar and wonderful as the sparkling page background behind your SparkPage! CONGRATULATIONS on your truly inspiring achievement!! - Sandi emoticon

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POLLY22 7/31/2010 11:10AM

    I loved your blog on biking. I started biking about four years ago after I finished with breast cancer treatment. I decided I wanted to find a "sport" that I loved and it has turned out that biking is it. I bike about six days a week. Yesterday I biked 23 miles with a friend, the furthest I have biked is 37 miles in a Cancer ride this year. Reading your blog makes me realize I could bike even further!! Congradulations on your weight loss and finding out that you are an athlete!!! emoticon

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DAVEINSEOUL 7/31/2010 4:43AM

    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome.

I have just put the first 1000 miles on my bike, and don't look as good as you do - but you have given me SOOO much inspiration to continue.

BIKE ON!!!

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CINDY4466 7/30/2010 11:35PM

    You are such an inspiration. I bought a really nice bike a few years ago and rarely ride. We live right by the bike path and my ten year old son loves to ride. I am going to start getting on my bike - it really doesn't matter what I look like as long as I start. Great inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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2WHEELER 7/30/2010 8:55PM

    Congratulations. The Great Allegheny Passage is a treasure. I've biked it twice--the first time from McKeesport to Cumberland, MD. and the following year from Boston, PA to Washington, DC. Last weekend I was camping at Rivers Edge Campground at Connellsville which is right on the path. Lots of cyclists were stopping for ice cream at the camp store. It brought back such great memories. There are so many great trails to ride--I have a bucket list of trails and roads to ride. The ultimate is biking cross country in a few years.

Happy riding!

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JAMESGIRLLL 7/30/2010 6:10PM

    wow.....150 miles in three days...great!

You are not just like me though....I let my inner whiner win. However, I am starting to get inspired and motivated again.....and that lets me know that I can do it this time!

hugs,
jamesgirl

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DAISYBELL6 7/30/2010 7:36AM

    What an inspiration!

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2JENMARIE 7/29/2010 7:28PM

    I loved your list of things you learned about yourself through this adventure. Wow. I am feeling so much more optimistic than I did just ten minutes ago. Can't wait to read about--and be inspired by--your upcoming athletic events!

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RUSSELLORAMA 7/29/2010 10:39AM

    What I like the most about this post is that you have the same happy smile on your face in all of the photos. We could all do well to remember to tackle new adventures with your kind of enthusiasm!

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-PAULA 7/28/2010 6:29AM

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LAWRALOO 7/25/2010 11:10PM

    YOU are so made of awesome! You look great! You look happy!
You have accomplished soooooo much and I am soooo proud of you!
Keep up the amazing work! You rock!

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SMOKINGUN 7/22/2010 11:50PM

    You know how proud i am of all the things you are doing. You and Ron are such an inspiration to others. It makes me proud to read these blogs and know you are sharing yourself with others letting them know all is possible by just being so honest about how you feelgetting started, allong the way, and finishing a goal no matter what it is.

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KARLYNCANDOIT 7/22/2010 8:51PM

    Beautiful blog!! Thank you for sharing. I would say you are thin!!! You did great!!

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Thanks for sharing!

You are definitely an athlete!

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CALLIKIA 7/20/2010 5:37PM

    That's a beautiful story! Thank you! You look amazing and, I have to say, from the very first picture I thought, "Man! She looks so athletic and fit!!" You ARE an athlete. Never doubt it.

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LAGREBE 7/20/2010 4:17PM

    Congratulations! That is just sooooo cool, and inspiring!

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SOOTHINGGLOW 7/20/2010 8:30AM

    Congrats! I too thought I was too big to ride my bike, but I do almost everyday now! I LOVE IT!

I have the same water bottle!

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HIPPICHICK1 7/19/2010 11:15PM

    Wow! emoticon
You look great, full of life and vitality!! And yes, our bodies DO want us to succeed, perform, excel, and more.

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JSTCHLIN 7/19/2010 10:34PM

    OH so true. You are an athlete! So awesome and so motivational. I need to get on my bike again and ride like I used to. Congrats to you once again.

Take care and stay healthy
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SNAPPY_MOM 7/19/2010 9:50PM

    WOW!!! Reading this was just so inspiring! You are an athlete. What an amazing accomplishment!!!!!


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GETFIT2LIVE 7/19/2010 8:23PM

    WOW! Love the fact that you did not wait until you were at goal weight to tackle something like that. You ARE an athlete already and a real inspiration, and you are so right--there's a part of our brains that still says 'you can't do that, what are you thinking?!' when our bodies are much more capable than we give them credit for, especially once we become more active. Way to go--you look AWESOME!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 7/19/2010 8:21PM

    LOL! Thanks Patricia
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IPATRICIA 7/19/2010 7:52PM

    I just know that they are going to make a movie about you. emoticon

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SHERYLDS 7/19/2010 12:39PM

    UNBELIEVEABLE! You are doing fantastic! Good For You.

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KITHKINCAID 7/19/2010 12:27PM

    Love the souvenir shirts! You definitely deserve those! Wow. 150 miles. That's seriously amazing.

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ATROTTIER 7/19/2010 12:15PM

    What an inspirational blog - thank you SOOOO much for sharing this journey with us! It is difficult at times to push what we assume are our limits but it's true WE can do ANYTHING and nothing should ever stop us!!! =)

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