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Choose to love yourself!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

When I was at camp, I was surrounded by a handful of beautiful girls that all hated themselves. It soon became apparent that I had the highest self esteem which was ironic since I was the biggest size (not so big these days..hehe). With the personal growth and physical changes in the last year or so, I guess my self-esteem grew. I find it sad that these great women basically hated themselves.

These girls aren't alone. It seems like it is typical.

But why do they? I know it is media but who is the media? Aren't we the media? We work for the media, don't we? It is not robots.

Did you know that as our obesity rate grows, the smaller the model is expected to be?

Even more than that, it seems like models are not even real but really airbrushed!!/video/vi

Talking about people in the media eye, did you know that Marilyn Monroe's size sometimes range between a 12 and 16?

So, next time you think about how not perfect you are.. please think of Marilyn Monroe. She was no size 2 but she is considered the 50's sex goddess. I am sure there were things she did not like about herself too but I think it is important to embrace what we love about ourselves.

Can you name 5 things you love about yourself? I can!

5. I love my calfs!
4. I love my natural curves!
3. I love my short, dark brunette hair making me unique!
2. I love my heart to help people!
1. I love my funky, crazy personality!

Yup, I am choosing to love me!

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    terrific blog!! i absolutely love using marilyn monroe as a motivator!
i think ill add that pic to my photos as thinspiration!

1. i love my hair
2. i love my curves
3. i love my italian skin!
4. i love my eyes
5. i love my fashion sense

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NAMSMOMMY 8/19/2010 7:25PM

    I love this post!! I try every day to find something I love about me, and tell myself so. Its important to love yourself no matter your size :-)

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SHERYLDS 8/19/2010 4:54PM

    You forgot to mention your charisma, your spirit, your patience, your understanding, and your generous friendship.
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The 'beautiful people' are consumed by their focus on external looks, because they forgot to develop their inner beauty

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ROGUE_RUNNER 8/19/2010 4:25PM

    1. I love my hair
2. I love my skin
3. I love my eyes
4. I love my sense of humor
5. I love my life!

It's good to remember what is beautiful. Thanks :o)

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Why fix something that isn't broken...?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Even as a little girl, I didn't take to people telling me what to do. It is no wonder I don't take to a well known personal trainer giving me a basic program.

Initially, I tried Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shed. It was alright - it did what I guess it is supposed to do. It made me sweat and I could feel it working my muscles. After a few days, I got bored. I need variety in life.. and that program gave me none. The same workout for TEN days! Hats off to the ones that can complete it and even love it.

Than, came the Couch to 5K. Even before losing weight, I have wanted to run a 5K and complete this program. I really want to say I have completed it but even more so, I want to be able to run 3 miles. How awesome would that be. I guess for me.. when it is planned, it turns into a chore. In the last week or so, I have not done the C25K. I have found I do better if I randomly decide to start running and see how far I can go. Also, I know once I get into running, I want to it like everyday... which is a huge no-no. *sigh*

Than, I was thinking maybe I just need to key it down a bit. I could do the 200 crunch program like BAILEYS7OF9. It is simple.. but yet on the other hand, it seems like if it is too simple, I am not excited about it.

Most recently, my friend's bother did the Power 90. I was looking at it and it really piqued my interest. It looks like it would be challenging but could I keep up with it for 90 days.. 3 months? It is a video and in my past experience, I have learned I do not like doing videos. Sooner or later, it gets to be a hassle, a chore and tedious.

With all this thought, I was thinking maybe I would be better off with keeping with what I have been doing. Why change something that isn't broken, right?

So far I have been doing the elliptical, walking from time to time (I still have a LONG walk to keep training for), and run sporadically. I saw today that the campus pool is open again during the noon hour so I am thinking of trying to take advantage of that in the next week and half a few times. Once school starts, I am going to enroll in Zumba at a local technical college and try to treat it as a college class. It might, in the end, transfer back to my degree. That's a plus!

So, what are your thoughts? Should I try to do a program? Or keep with what I have? Do a mix of both?

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THECRAZYMANGO 8/16/2010 9:21PM

    I think I need to work on my communication skills as I confused pretty much everyone that read my blog. I really am not bored with my routine. I guess my point was maybe I should do what some of you guys are doing as you are doing great things like running a 10K in 91! emoticon I am still getting results.. so I guess I am fine as how I am! emoticon

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SOUTHIE2010 8/16/2010 9:12PM

    Mix it up! You are going to get bored of anything if you are doing it everyday. . .

One thing I have started to do is to plan out my week ahead of time. So I know exactly what I am going to be doing each day. That way I make sure I am mixing it up and not overdoing anything.

I haven't been planning more than a week, well except for my 10k training but I keep it exciting on my non-running days. I have tried cardio kick boxing and I am hoping to try spinning or yoga this week . . .

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LOSE8EPOUNDS 8/13/2010 5:40PM

  I get bored also. i don't like to exercise. I found out in my job I could walk between schools and signed up for hall patrol 3 days a week. I used my pedometer and was logging nearly 20,000 miles per day. Then I began with knee problems so I started riding a bike. I find I like that more than walking and that has helped some. i would rather garden or something that seems to accomplish something, but we don't always get to do what we like

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ANGIEJL3 8/13/2010 1:32PM

    I also get bored with the same workout all of the time and I do not do the same thing everyday for that reason. I think that if you know that you will get bored make sure that you change it up right away. If you find something that you really like try doing it two to three times a week so that you don't get bored right away with it. Good Luck!

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CRISSYCURRY 8/12/2010 10:51PM

    My advice is to find something you love and do that! :) If you get bored with it, move on to something else. I personally love my aerobics classes and running, so that's what I stick with. I do classes 3 days per week, run 3 days per week, and strength train 3 days per week. I'm not crazy about strength training but I know that it's necessary to build more muscle and to get stronger.

Sounds like you like what you are currently doing so there's no need to change unless you aren't seeing results. Good luck!!

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CLUNEYTUNES 8/12/2010 10:03PM

  I have to mix it up. I too get bored doing the same thing. Instead of buying videos that I'll do for a while and then not touch again, I've been doing the ones that are 'on demand' through my cable provider. There's plenty to choose from, so I don't have to choose the same one again, unless I want to. And they change them up every so often. But that's always my back-up plan, when I can't do the things that I think are fun.

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But Mom everyone else was doing it!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A - Available or married? Neither? I'm single but not really dating.
B - Book? The average romantic smut!
C - Cake or Pie? Chocolate moist cake.. yum!
D - Drink of Choice? Water
E - Essential Item? Chapstick
F - Favorite Color? Pink
G - Game to play or watch? Texas Hold Em Poker
H - Hometown? Ellsworth, WI
I - Indulgence? Shoes, clothes or eating out
J - Job? Student?
K - Kids? Um, no. I have enough on my plate, but thanks!
L - Life is incomplete without? Family and friends!
M - Music group or singer? Anything country
N - Number of siblings? Two sisters
O - Oranges or apples? Oranges - my gums cannot handle the apples
P - Phobias/Fears? Any situation where I can fall and get hurt, disappointing God, and not preparing my future children for the world
Q - Favorite Quote? So many... "People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within."
R - Reason to Smile? I am alive and have a fairly good life.
S - Season? Summer
T - Tattoos? 3 - one flower, dragonfly, and butterfly. They represent rebellion and personal growth. When I have lost all the weight I want and kept it off for one year, I am getting a phoenix!
U - Unknown fact about me? Um, if I tell you, it's not exactly unknown anymore, is it?
V - Vegetables you love? So many.. I don't know.. spinach? Cucumbers? Carrots?
W - Worst habit? Being sarcastic?
X - X-Rays you've had? I have never broken a bone.. so teeth are the only x-rays I have had.
Y - Your favorite food? Fruit.. like strawberries, bing cherries, and mango. I know, shocker!
Z - Zodiac? Aries - are we compatiable?

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MSJULES01 8/12/2010 9:24AM

    I loved this. It was great way to get to know you a little bit more.
I clicked on it because of the cute title.
Have a great day.

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PATRICIAANN46 8/11/2010 11:47AM

  That was a great way to get to know you better. Take this time that you have off before school starts again in the Fall, and do whatever makes you happy. You deserve it. emoticon

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SHERYLDS 8/11/2010 4:16AM

    I love your favorite quote.
And as for your reason to smile...You should change it to, I'm getting more and more gorgeous every day. emoticon emoticon

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SOUNDANDVISION 8/11/2010 12:56AM


apples are hard for me to eat too!! i love em but the peel is hard on my gums! and chocolate cake sounds amazing right now! hehe

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We're not in Kansas anymore...

Monday, August 09, 2010

Okay, this is a blog all about beeping my own horn!

Holy moly! I want to know when I got so small.. emoticon For the past year, I have been putting my nose to grind and just focusing on one pound at a time. Doing what I have to..

During camp someone I already knew told me that I have really slimmed down and than someone else I knew told me the same thing today. Quite honestly I thought it was the fact they haven't seen me all summer.

Feeling lucky I went to Maurices and tried on a new pair of Hydraulics pants. I love Hydraulics... I love their fit! They fit with a little bit of muffin top going on and they were a bit too long. The fact is ... I could have brought home a size 13/14! EEEK! I have no idea the last time I could have fit into that size. It was really nice. I still was kinda in denial.. than I saw a photo of me and the co-leader.

Take a peek!

I gotta say when I saw this.. I was like "Woah!" Seriously, I look skinny. I know I am wearing a sweatshirt and all but still! I can honestly say I do not think I am 196 anymore especially in this photo! emoticon

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SOUTHIE2010 8/10/2010 11:07PM

    That is great!!! Makes it so much easier to stick with it when you can see the results!

You look great!

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SNOWFILLY 8/10/2010 8:35AM

    Savannah you look AWESOME!!!! You ROCK!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Welcome back.

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HEIDISO 8/9/2010 9:10PM

    Looking great girlie!

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SHERYLDS 8/9/2010 8:02PM

    Oh Savannah.... You Look FABULOUS.....Way to Go my friend.
Keep up the good work. At this rate, you are going to see the next size in no time.

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JUSTBIRDY 8/9/2010 7:54PM

    Hey skinny girl! Lookin' good!

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My.. um.. interesting week!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Last week I went on a seminar, as a team leader, for Leadership in Sustainability. I am not going to lie. There were definitely low and high points.

Low points
- On Monday, one of the girls in my cabin blew up at me. She was upset because she couldn't leave camp and it was highly encouraged not to use our cell phones. Later I found out that I went sheet white.

- On Tuesday or Wednesday, it was found out that one of the guys was being very inappropriate and was acting like a peeping tom. Without going into all the details, I am not sure how else to explain it. It was eventually decided he had to be sent home. This was very hard for me. I feel like I met two different people.. one that I liked and one I didn't. It seriously broke my heart and I am still not okay. I really wonder if we may have misperceived some of it. I hope to talk to my counselor about it so I can find peace with it.

- On Thursday, I think it was, three girls started a rumor that another girl and the other team leader which is a guy were doing inappropriate things like sex and stuff. I can honestly say I never care to see those girls again. They don't get how they were mean and why it was like High School.

- Than on Friday, two girls went canoeing and didn't bring a watch. They thought we'd come and get them. *shakes her head* They are adults and can deal. The 38-year-old woman walked in, saw her partner presenting, said something and walked out. In essence, it was not the mature thing to do. Because she did not stay and watch the other presentations, she failed. She has a fit, much like a 5 year old but with expletives. Later on she and one of the instructors screamed at each other in the middle of camp.

-In addition to all that drama, I endured LOTS of complaining about mosquitoes, showers, or anything else they thought they could complain about. The two instructors told me that I earned my Noble Peace award.. hehe.

High points

- I formed lasting friendships with three other people. One of the people I am quite surprised we were able to because we did not like each other when we met each other prior to the seminar.

- I have learned that I can be strong and calm when the situation called for it.

- It is nice to be friends with people that care about me rather than want to use me.

Earlier this morning, I was majorly stressed out! I woke up and had no electricity which means no shower, no breakfast, no internet. In fact, I am at the library chilling. I did run into a friend of mine and he told me that I am really slimming down and this is the second time in like a week I have been told this. I am really wondering if I could be under 190. *Cross her fingers* Time will tell, I guess!

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SNOWFILLY 8/10/2010 8:29AM

    You have some majorly awesome high points!!! emoticon Don't forget that you are emoticon!!!

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JUSTBIRDY 8/9/2010 7:57PM

    Wow, it does sound like high school! Glad you are back and recovering. emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 8/9/2010 4:57PM

    strange for sure!

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SHERYLDS 8/9/2010 4:35PM

    get a bunch of people together for ANY reason, and you are bound to encounter some disgruntled participants. You my friend, handled it like a pro. And you are looking better and better all the time. Enjoy the compliments. emoticon

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    I usually love it.. but this one sure had some interesting twists!

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NAMSMOMMY 8/9/2010 2:38PM

    Camp is one of those things that you love it but hate it all at once. My sister just returned from working at our church's summer camp.

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