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Thursday, October 06, 2011

Today is 1 year since the doctor released me to resume my life as normal after my hysterectomy. It is also 1 year since I got serious about my weight loss journey. So here is some of what I have learned about myself and this journey.

BS (before surgery)
There was pain daily, more monthly and certain activities were very painful
AS (after surgery)
You can live your life without pain those certain activities are very enjoyable

Monthly and Yearly weight gain was ok
You don't have to watch the scale go up and up. Actually it can go down.

Exercise is something to be avoided - an unnecessary thing people talk about
Exercise can be fun. It makes you feel good and feel good about yourself. There really was a reason everyone was talking about it.

After a long day putting your feet up is very necessary
After a long day putting your feet up is still very necessary

Feeling down unhappy and generally hating yourself is ok
You don't have to feel down unhappy or hate yourself. You have to love yourself first (OK still working on this one)

Being a royal *itch a few days out of the month is ok - even expected
Being a royal *itch is never ok and should never be expected

Emotional swings can be expected
Emotional swings still happen but recognize them and talk about them

Making time to workout - yeah right
Making time to workout - you gotta do it

Life has gone through some major changes this year. But I did not give up. I did not roll over and play dead. I found that through the grace of God, good friends and a loving family - it will all be ok. Just breathe take a step back and then take the next step forward and then the next and then the next. In time look back and you will be amazed how far you came.

So my question to you is this: How far have you come? What have you overcome in you journey and your life? Have you given yourself a pat on the back? If you haven't here is your pat on the back. We've come a long way baby!

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DGRAZIA 10/11/2011 7:02PM

    Thank you for you blog today. It is very inspiring, and certainly shows me how far you have come since last year. I am glad you no longer have pain, and also I am so pleased you have found a new found love for exercise. Thanks for giving us all an excellent spark today! hugs Diana emoticon

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JANLEH 10/8/2011 7:08PM

    You've come so far in one year!

Congratulations and ... you go girl!!!

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WKLYTTON 10/7/2011 6:16PM

    emoticon With a positive attitude like this, you are sure to come out on top ! HIGH FIVE !

You've come a long way and I am so proud of you ! Keep on going girl ! Don't ever stop !


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CIVIAV 10/7/2011 1:55PM

    We have come a long way and it always was a great line. I'll try to remember it now. Thanks.

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KRYANPRINCESS 10/7/2011 9:14AM

    You have come so far in the last year. With all the ups and downs that you have also had to face along the way, you have pushed through and have done a wonderful job! I'm so proud of you!! And I'm so grateful to call you my friend! emoticon

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FAITH2BWELL 10/6/2011 11:38PM

    Yes, I've pretty much been through all those things you have said, and I agree with them. It's great that you are moving forward as this is my plan also. Take care. emoticon

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Why is it so easy to???

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Why is it so easy to gain weight?
Why is it so easy to give up?
Why is it so easy to sit on my rear?
Why is it so easy to say "I just don't care?"
Why is it so easy to not really look in the mirror?
Why is it so easy to make excuses?
Why is it so easy to talk down to myself?
Why is it so easy to forget everything I have learned?
Why is it so easy to turn my back on what I was becoming?
Why is it so easy to say I am to tired?

Why is it so easy??????

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CIVIAV 8/23/2011 4:42PM

    The easier, softer way needs to be paid for...

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DGRAZIA 8/19/2011 10:31PM

    Oh boy, can I relate! Well we are in this together. Thank you for expressing what i am feeling lately. Man it was so hard to loose those few lbs, and now it is so easy to regain. I exercise like crazy, and know I am stronger and healthier; but I want it all! I want to look slimmer, and want to go down another size.
Let's just keep walking the walk. Like I said, we are in this together. Thank you for putting the words down, that helped wake me up again. hugs Diana

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JANLEH 8/16/2011 12:01PM

    Why is it so easy? I really love the way you've written this blog. I am sorry that you're struggling though. Please keep trying because you are SO special and you deserve to feel your absolute best! It isn't easy but try to turn your thoughts around and embrace the challenge. You are being pulled in so many directions as a mom, wife, daughter, at work, etc., I really understand that. I wish I could think of something wise and wonderful to say but ... I can't. Just keep trying. Any small step forward is a positive one. What if you just tried that for a little while? Every day, just try to make one really healthy decision. One great meal choice or one workout. Just one. Then pat yourself on the back and give yourself a "You did it!" After a week, try to boost that up to two healthy decisions ... And so on. If possible, make it a family affair. It's so much easier if everyone else is involved. (You don't even have to tell them that you're doing it!!!!!) lol. It might just work! Big hugs, my friend from Janet

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WKLYTTON 8/14/2011 12:27PM

    Ahhh Whit.. When you want something and have to work for something, there's always an easy out! You just gotta stay focused and push the easy way out away! Make a list of WHY you want to be healthy and continue down the healthy path. I am SURE your reason why you would want to will def outweigh the reasons to not to. It's difficult to find balance when you have a full time job and kids and a house and husband and shopping and the list goes on and on... BUT you have to make time for yourself. You are so worth it ! and I know that you know that when you continue down the healthy path and make time for yourself, you will feel SO MUCH BETTER ! So start small again. Regroup. Give yourself a pep talk and GO GET IT ! Here for you always ! Much love :)

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TKAYSMILES 8/12/2011 1:36PM

    Not sure...still trying to figure it all out! We can do this though together. The great thing is we are not alone and it does help!!!

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Scale dissapointment?!?!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Hi y'all. My last blog post was about trying to catch the wagon. I have caught up to it and am riding it down the road. We are not going as fast or as hard as we used to but we are going.

I went to the doctor yesterday for drugs to treat a lovely infection. When your kidneys start acting up it hurts. Hopefully the 3 prescriptions I got will get it taken care of. I realized that when they weighed me it would be my first "official" weigh in since October when my journey really started.

So the pressure was on. What would it say? Would it even be close to mine? Fingers crossed and prayers said. I was mad when I stepped on that scale. 5 pounds heavier than mine. I have been bouncing around in onederland for awhile. Their scale showed a big round 200. I was upset.

Then I thought about it.
There scale is 5 pounds heavier than mine.
That's 19 pounds gone in 10 months.
It was in the middle of the day and fully dressed & still had shoes on.
I have drank my weight in water over the last couple days.
At the family reunion last weekend I ate NO sweets. Nothing. No even one little cookie.
I also did not eat until I was so stuffed I could not move. I ate just enough.
I buy size large shirts and shorts are 2 to 3 sizes smaller than last summer.
I bought a new swimsuit and actually wore it in public.

So while their scale did not show what I wanted it to - that's ok.

Because look how far I have come!! Now that is something to be proud of!

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TKAYSMILES 8/12/2011 12:09PM

    Graet attitude too!! Good job Whitney!!!

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DGRAZIA 8/8/2011 5:35PM

    Don't forget, you are bloated from the meds and the infection. you are doing great!! I am so glad you are on good meds now. I could almost feel that kidney pain..gosh so many years ago..but is nasty. Glad you are feeling better. hugs diana

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CIVIAV 8/5/2011 7:30AM

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While I hate the scale at my doc's place too, her eyes when I returned for my yearly check up erased the extra lbs on their scale. Boy, it's amazing how our thinking changes with Sparking time, eh?


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JANLEH 8/4/2011 12:04PM

    I think it's wonderful that you've done so well! I also think that all doctors' scales are liars. My scale upstairs and the Wii Fit plus scale weigh me pretty close to the same thing ... the doctor's scale is +4 pounds. Nope, not going to accept that one!


I sure hope you are feeling better soon. That is such a nasty infection and so painful. Keep drinking lots of water, etc. I'm so glad you went to the doctor for antibiotics.

Hopefully, your husband won't have to shoot you. emoticon


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WKLYTTON 8/4/2011 11:49AM

    Right on chicka !!!! Hold your head high cause you have lots to be proud of ! Your new lifestyle is rewarding in so many different ways! I'm so proud of you !

Way to go on the 19 lbs gone !! I hope those meds work and get rid of that nasty infection!

Much love ! :)

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MNNICE 8/4/2011 9:37AM

    Always be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem, they are PROGRESS and to be celebrated! Feeling good about yourself is the greatest motivation! I have a family reunion coming up this weekend - and I already have visions of the yummy bars my sisters will bring, the traditional reunion cake, and the large amounts a food that will be available. Your blog has reminded me that I can enjoy the company without overindulging on the food!!

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Fell off - got a bruise - trying to catch the wagon again

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Hi all. Been forever since I was here it seems like. So much has happened. Husband's new job going really well. Found a house in new town. We finally got moved in April. My brother graduated from basic training and moved back to Texas for medic training. Got the kids started in their new schools. Got house unpacked and sorted. Only took me 1 week to get that all done. Sold old house in old town - had to go back and sign papers. Friends there had a final farewell lunch for us. It was very nice. I got a new job that I HATE HATE HATE. Kids got out of school. 2 out of 3 kids have 2 weeks of summer school. Offered a new job that I am really trilled about. Turned in notice at job that I hate. (That was a good day). Went to home town for cousin's graduation then my Great Uncle's funeral the next day. Got to see family I have not seen in forever. Laughed cried and laughed more. Starting last week at job I hate start new job Monday. Took drug test today - like my brother says - The only test I never have to study for and have no worries about passing.

So what is missing from the past 6 weeks you ask - exercise. The only good thing about the job I hate is that I am on my feet all day. Usually walking and moving. So I figure that's good for at least 2 hours of slow walking out of the 8 hour day. But other than that since I got the house all unpacked I have done very little exercise. I started walking with my sister in law but our schedules are hard to fit together between our jobs, 5 kids between both of us and then husbands and homes. So I unpacked my kettlebell. I knew where it was and think I left that box purposely in the garage. But it still just sat there collecting dust.

Needed some new shirts for work. While back home my mom and I hit the Memorial Day Sale at Bealls. I was standing in dressing room having a conversation with myself: This is a large - buy a bigger size. No I will not. It's a little tight - if it shrinks you wasted your money. I will wash it in cold. No buy a XL. No I am not a XL anymore. You are again. Buy a bigger size. You know you gave up. Now give in and buy the bigger size and forget about it. No I am not an XL. I will start kicking my butt again. You won't - I WILL!!

So today I did - I kicked my butt again. 61 minutes of Kettlebells. And you know what - it felt great!!! So I fell of the wagon and got the bruise to prove it. It might not be a physical bruise - but an emotional one. I gave up on myself. I allowed myself to make excuses to not get back after it after we moved and got settled. I will allow myself that time while packing, moving and unpacking. (besides that is great exercise) But afterwards I allowed myself to fail. I knew the scale was creeping back up but I really didn't even notice until I was standing in the dressing room debating a bigger size again. But NO I AM NO LONGER AN XL GIRL!! I will started kicking my own butt again. I will get back to where I was and keep going down down down! I have a goal to reach.

One day at a time - I WILL catch the wagon again.

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MJMONE 6/1/2011 5:27PM


I got 'dizzy' just reading your post, don't know if I would have done anything differently than you. But you are doing the best thing - getting back on track!!

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CIVIAV 6/1/2011 10:03AM

    As soon as I saw your comments on my activity I realized I haven't seen you around.
YES, she's back and chasing the wagon gets you exercise too!

Glad to see you are back. I've been away too but more for running. Other things have fallen by the wayside, blogging and Spark friend connections. I miss it but know life has it's side journeys too.

Get Sparking and you'll be back in the wagon and barreling down the main road with a snap of your fingers. Way to get everyone settled in too!

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WKLYTTON 6/1/2011 8:04AM

    Yesssssss ! Shouting from the rooftops YESSSSS !!!! I'm so glad to see you sparking and blogging and kicking a$$ again! I don't think you gave up at all or you failed. It's been a CRAZY last couple of months. Life happens.. the important thing is you are here NOW. In the moment! Ready and willing to step it back up cause you know you are worth it ! WHOOP!

Fired up !

Let's do this woman ! ! !

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    WOO HOO!!!! U have had a crazy emotional overwhelming time, and adjusting to a new situation and getting back on track is not easy. I don't see you as giving up, you didn't give up, you just gave yourself a break, then you woke up and said, ok, enough is enough, time to make this happen! And now you are taking the steps to make it happen again! YOU CAN DO IT WHITNEY!!! I'll be right here rooting you on!! WTG LADY! emoticon

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Hello Onederland!!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Happy dance! Happy Dance!! I have not blogged in a while because there was nothing new to report. I have been stuck. Stuck in a town I don't want to be in, stuck without my hubby here each day, stuck at 200 lbs. Stuck Stuck Stuck. But......
not anymore! Hello Onederland!!!! So happy to see you again. I have not been in the 100's since I got pregnant with my last child in 2001. Plus this also gets me to another goal - 10% of my body fat gone. I reached that goal in 6 months. Yahoooo hoooo!!! I am so happy and proud of myself.
Last weekend my hubby told me he could really tell a difference with the definition in my back, arms, legs and butt. :) Other than major brownie points for him for saying it - I finally really feel like I am making progress. I feel thinner, firmer, and can look at myself in the mirror and not immediately pointing out all the flaws. I can see the progress I am making. Yahooo!! Going to dance the day away :)

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DEEDEE1102 3/16/2011 9:35AM

    Sorry I missed this blog on Friday! But I read it today and want you to know that I am so proud of you! Even with the added stress of being a "single" parent, you have managed to stay on track and now you have reached One-derland! The train's not stopping here. It's picking up speed and going to take you all the way!!!! emoticon

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EMTFF376 3/13/2011 10:40AM


I'm so proud of you!!!


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Great big hugs! (and a high five!)

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KRYANPRINCESS 3/12/2011 1:34AM

    WHOOP WHOOP!!! ROCKSTAR!!! U are pushing through and making it happen!! WTG Whit!! LOVE IT!!! emoticon emoticon

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MORRIS1989 3/11/2011 11:37PM

    emoticon I am so excited for you!!! Keep up the good work!

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WKLYTTON 3/11/2011 11:30PM

    Victory !!! I love this blog Whit ! You conquered the plateau! I am so very excited for you! Score for your hubby pointing it out ! ;)

Enjoy your weekend with your hubby ! Hugs to you ! :)

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AJBOYER222 3/11/2011 7:50PM

    Woo Hoo!!!!! AWESOME! AMAZING! GOOD FOR YOU!! Never look back now, you know you can do it! Keep up the great work!

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JANLEH 3/11/2011 6:23PM

    emoticon Hooray for Onederland! emoticon

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You've worked so hard - I'm so happy for you! emoticon

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CIVIAV 3/11/2011 12:38PM

    Celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music!

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SHORTSGIRL 3/11/2011 11:26AM

And it looks like you are solidly in it...not at 199.999! emoticon

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