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99 Bottles - My Sparkpeople Version

Friday, February 11, 2011

This has been bouncing through my head whenever I think about losing a pound... just wanted to share my version of 99 Bottles.

"Ten pounds of fat on my body, Ten pounds of fat.
Take one off, leave it in the past, nine pounds of fat to go."

Well, this is how I treat my weight loss. Focusing on one pound than the next and the next. I guess it works. 87 pounds later. I didn't think you guys wanted me to write that lyric 87 times. I know I didn't want to, lol.

By the way, according to the BMI Calculator, I am officially no longer obese but overweight. Pretty excited about that! emoticon I never thought I'd be excited about being overweight, lol. But, I went from a BMI of 44.7 to 29.8. It felt like something I would never achieve... but I did, I did!

Furthermore, if you look at the BMI Guidelines for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) compared to the BMI Guidelines from American Dietetics Association, I am officially "Acceptable". emoticon ACE!

Here is the link comparing the two:

In a few weeks, I will be learning how to use the skin fold calibers, I am kinda scared/nervous. I know they are the most accurate so they are the "true" test for me to see where my BMI is at.

Have a wonderful Friday night!

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MSJULES01 2/14/2011 3:32PM

    Love the song. It will probably stick in my head for a while.
Congrats on your success so far.

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PATRICIAANN46 2/13/2011 4:51PM

  Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay Savannah!!!!!!! You are MORE THAN ACCEPTABLE!!! You are downright GREAT!!!

I am so proud of you............ emoticon

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JOAN_HEO 2/13/2011 3:42PM

    Now THERE'S some mighty fine news!! Fantastic!!! I've been looking forward to that "overweight" thing too!

You rock! Congratulations!!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/13/2011 4:51AM

    GIRL, you would have laughed if you just saw me sing that out loud. I freakin' loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!



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SHERYLDS 2/12/2011 3:33PM

    you're doing so great. I'm so happy for you !

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CIVIAV 2/12/2011 8:50AM

    The movement of BMI is a big motivator for me too! Congrats! Keep up the good work. I was thinking of you yesterday as I did sit ups and planks. No push ups as yet...

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Come Monday.. it's on like Donkey Kong!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Because I work this weekend - both Saturday (7-1) and Sunday (9-5), I decided to take it kinda easy today after being sick pretty much all week. I can already tell I am getting antsy. But, I need to save that energy for work this weekend. At work, I am on my feet the whole time running all over the place with little time to sit down.

But, come Monday, my body better watch out. It's on like Donkey Kong! I am so close to being out of the 170s that I really think I could make it happen by the end of February. emoticon

Here is next week's plan. I am going to start out slow, well, kinda.

Monday - Arc trainer (30 minutes)
Tuesday - RUN! / 100 Push-up Challenge
Wednesday - (2) Intramural Soccer games
Thursday - RUN! / 100 Push-up Challenge
Friday - Arc Trainer (30 minutes)
Saturday - Rest
Sunday - RUN! / 100 Push-up Challenge

Watch out next week!

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PATRICIAANN46 2/11/2011 3:52PM

  WOW!!!!!!! Are you sure you don't need one more day of rest in that mix? I don't want you to over-do.
I hope you are feeling better. Don't work too hard this weekend!

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BAILEYS7OF9 2/11/2011 12:27PM

    sounds like a great plan!

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REVJVH 2/11/2011 11:55AM

    Woohoo!!!! You go, girl!!! On like Donkey Kong, indeed. I have no idea what that means, but it sounds powerful. And it rhymes!

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Feels good to laugh again!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

In the last few weeks, I feel like I have been in a stress tornado that I cannot get away from. It started with the semester beginning again. Than, I am sure my boyfriend and I breaking up before the second week of school didn't help among other stuff.

Anyhow, today I took a day for ME. My body was demanding it. I woke up pale, exhausted and later in the day, my temperature was 100.4. If I have not learned anything else in the last few years with my depression, if you body suggests you to slow down, YOU DO IT! If you choose not to listen, there will be bigger repercussions.

So, I didn't go to class or work. In fact, I showered, took my online test (got an A), watched a movie, caught up with a friend texting, took a nap, and went to my counseling appointment. Okay, that sounds like alot but it really wasn't. After my appointment, I checked my temp and it was back to normal. I have an intense quiz tomorrow so I was like.. well, I gotta study. But, didn't feel like it. But my friend is also in the class. So, I thought it'd be fun to study together.

Boy, I sure do not regret that decision. We watched Biggest Loser while studying for the Motor Learning quiz. I laughed alot. Later as I was going to bed, happy for the first time in a couple weeks, I realized I haven't laughed like I have tonight for a coupe weeks. What a shame!

Than, I got to thinking that I need to more choosy in my friends and only hang out with people that I feel are sincerely good people and reflect who and what I stand for. Honestly, there are a few people in my life right now that is not like that.

Anyhow, all I was wanted to share how was good it feels to laugh again! emoticon

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HALFFAST 2/11/2011 9:30AM

    Yay! I'm so happy you're feeling better!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/10/2011 9:30PM

    Good for you!!! I am very glad to hear you say how good it feels to laugh! You did the right things. And congrats on that "A". Fantastic.

Yeah, sometimes it's difficult but we really do have to listen to our heads and hearts aobut those in our life . . . if they're "toxic" to us, time to give it a 2nd thought.

Have a great day!!

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HANNAHV 2/10/2011 8:53AM

    emoticonglad you got your groove back! emoticon

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    There is no doubt, from my experience:

Laughter = The Best emoticon !!!

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CIVIAV 2/9/2011 7:37AM


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LOUANN22 2/9/2011 7:07AM

    I know how you feel. I wish I could just laugh more than I do now. We just gotta remember sometimes its best to take time for ourselves and catch up relax and slow down. I feel 120% after I have a great day of just being me and relaxing with no obligations :)

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STITCHINGNAN 2/9/2011 4:29AM

    We all need good friends, also need ME time and must accept that. You are doing great. Ree

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/9/2011 1:58AM

    You are SO wise in listening to your body! I'm glad you listened to your heart, too, about studying with a friend; it sounds like that was exactly what you needed. We need to laugh, and often; good luck on the quiz tomorrow!

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LCORTEZ7 2/9/2011 12:41AM

    I am so glad you posted this. I have been feeling really under the weather lately and I can't quit put my finger on it. I haven't exercised for a week and didn't go to work yesterday. I just didn't feel like myself but today by this afternoon I starting feeling like myself. Tomorrow it's back to grind but I'm glad I listened to my body. Cheers emoticon to those kind of friends count yourself blessed for having one they are hard to find. emoticon

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Need: Sounding Board

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Lately I have been feeling super lonely since the break up. Basically, I went from having a text to saying "Hi." to nothing.. crickets. Honestly, my friends don't text me or anything.. unless they want something. It was like.. Oh that's right.. my friends ever remember I exist. I have to iniate everything. *sigh*

Well, after being in my room all day and being super lonely to almost the point of crying, I decided to be a more proactive. I still had wine from Friday's supper but no wine glasses. So, I decided to get some wine glasses and some movies. Off to Walmart I go! While there, I ran into a friend who we seem to run into all the time. Somehow, he always sees me in a bad mood. Poor guy! Anyhow, we chatted for a while and he cheered me up some and in the end, I didn't feel as lonely. Afterwards, I went home, watched movies and drank wine. It helped me relax enough to give me a break from being lonely... and it was almost nice.

Than, this morning I was talking to my friend. I wanted to talk. You know those moments where you need to talk. Well, the short story is that it didn't happen. She talked about the guy issue that we have talked about for the last two weeks like everyday. I got super lonely again. I really needed some support and nada. *sigh*

Off to lunch with Nick. Yup, the ex boyfriend/friend. He asked how I was and I was honest. I said I was crabby, lonely and kinda down. Because I am. Why hide it. We really had an indepth conversation. We touched on trusting people with our emotions and how I test my friends.

One way I test my friends is by letting my body language speak. For example, I will say I am fine when I am not. This is a test. In my mind, if they truly care, they will say something. Fair? Probably not. Nick was telling me that when I would test him, it would make him mad. He said if I do it in the future he will walk out of my room. So.. basically... if I am really upset and I say I am fine. He is going to walk out on me. I am not sure if I can NOT test him, or any of my friends. Will I am able to be friends with him? If I test him and he walks out.. I think it will hurt the friendship alot.

Why do I test my friends? I test them to see if they are worthy friends. Fair? Again, probably not. But, that's what I do. Also, I realized I test them because it is easier to do than to say: Friend, I need you to listen to me. Ironically, either way, it can leave me disappointed. Disappointed that they won't reach my expectations. Maybe I just don't want anyone to reach my expectations so I set them TOO high.

Anyhow, after this intense lunch, I went home and promptly cried my eyes out. I cried for being lonely. For not having a supportive girlfriend. For not knowing if I will be able to be friends with Nick for he is asking me to not test him but trust him with my emotions.

Now I am emotionally drained, I do not feel like doing much of anything.. well, besides writing this blog. I should work out but not feeling like it. I should do homework, but bhah. All I want to do is sleep it off and hide from the world. Does anyone recognize this? I think I do. I think I might be going into a depressive episode but not sure yet. *sigh*

I do know one thing. I need to figure something out. I feel like I haven't been working out as I should be. I work out when I go to my group fitness/aerobics class. Lately, that is all I have had time to do. Yes, I asked my boss to give me less hours but I don't know how soon she will do that. I might have to try to get up at 6 am and work out everyday. Kinda give me my mornings.

Oh by the way, I deactivated my Facebook. I feel like anyone that needs/wants to talk to me has my phone number or any other way to get ahold of me. I find Facebook brings me down when I see everyone is doing something.. and like I am doing.. like nothing.

Okay, anyways, I just needed a sounding board, if nothing else. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 2/8/2011 9:09AM

    Sweetie . . . gotta agree with Monica_W. You need to ask for what you need/want. I have this issue with DH all the time . . . he expects me to know something by osmosis and life just doesn't work that way! So, just ask. It works!

And I think you've identified the fact that you may be heading into a depressive episode. Do what you need to so you nip it in the bud! You love yourself, and that's part of it! Not easy, not fair, but it's life.

This time of the year is very difficult as it's cold, wintry gray and just all round not cheery! I understand how difficult that is!

Hugs, sweetie. You can get over this hump.

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PATRICIAANN46 2/7/2011 9:07PM

  MONICA_W has some excellent advice. When we play games, we aren't guaranteed the results we want. You have to be totally honest with your friends so that they KNOW what you need. Then, if they don't come through, you can move on to someone who will.
Also, if you are depressed, you need to find out what is causing it. If you are exhausted from a schedule that is too tight, you need to drop something and get more rest. If that isn't the case, maybe you need something in your life that makes you feel better about yourself. When I was in college, I volunteered for a few hours/week at the local hospital in the pediatric oncology unit. If that experience doesn't make you realize how much you have to be thankful for, I don't know what would.
Only YOU know what it is that you need. Have you had a good physical recently? Are you eating a balanced diet? Many things can affect how we feel both mentally and physically and it is worth it to find out what may need adjustment.
Take care my DD. YOU are worth it!!! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/6/2011 11:44PM

    Hope you're able to get out of your funk soon. If a love lost is recent, there is an appropriate time to mourn. When you have available time between your studies, research, eating, and fitness, find something fun to go see, listen to, or participate in. The calendar of events on campus must offer a wealth of great opportunities to expand your horizons or simply have fun. If a friend cannot join you, be your own best friend and enjoy this time yourself . . . your positivity attracts others to you wonderfully. While you can't divorce your family, your friends are normally based on interests you have in common. If you simply feel used by the ones you have now, then it's time to say "no thank you" to them (kindly) and move on to meet new people. Know where your goals take you and focus on meeting those goals. Your weight loss is such a great accomplishment, so I already know you have a great determination to be the healthiest person you can be. May 2011 exceed your expectation in healthy living.

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MONICA_W 2/6/2011 10:31PM

    Hey - since when do people need to be mind readers to be good friends? If you want to talk, then TELL THEM SO. You can't expect people to bend over backwards to guess that you might need something from them, when you've already told them you don't. If you're not fine, then don't say so!

If people aren't giving you what you need from them (support, a hug, a sounding board, whatever) why not ask them for it straight up? The worst they can do is say no. Right now, you're not communicating clearly. How can you expect anyone else to communicate with you, as you so desperately want, when you aren't being straight with them? Communication takes two... you've got to do your part too! Even you realize that your little "tests" aren't fair. Drop the charade and be honest with your friends, and you may get a better response from them. I know you're in a rough patch right now, but if you need a hug or an ear, get out there and demand it!

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ON2VICTORY 2/6/2011 8:02PM

    boy i can relate. you have no idea how that closely mirrors my own behavior. I have been that way because I have been stabbed in the back so many times I am a little wary. I never had alot of friends growing up so I basically always looked for signs of friendship etc... as for the phone calls.... dont go there. the only time my phone would ring would be if their computer was acting up. that goodness for computers or I would never get invited over for dinner. lol.... I guess thats why I totally get into SP because I have tones of friends here...weird... Im not a bad guy...but I also realize people are busy too. I work some crazy hours etc...

I guess im just sayin I can relate big time...

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HALFFAST 2/6/2011 4:23PM

    emoticon I can totally relate to a lot of what you said. And honestly, I have no "real" friends around here (besides my husband). I have my friends here (online/SP) but it's not the same as having someone to do stuff with. I guess because we move kind of often and I'm not very trusting of people to begin with, it's hard to make friends. Anyways, if you ever need someone to talk to, I'm here. Email me anytime (

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Three Lessons (related to Strength Training)

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Lesson: Strength training is essential in losing weight.

In the last few months, I have trying to weight train but the machines bore me. The new machines at work are a little less boring. Even the weight machines are alright. But, still.

Lesson: Be consistent.

I have been all over the place with strength training. For a couple reasons. I have little time nowadays but maybe that is just an excuse. With so little time, how can I be excited to whittle my precious time that is SO boring?

Lesson: Find a way to enjoy it.

I did this with the aerobic exercise. I do it like clockwork. Strength training? Not so much. But, I gotta do it.

Because I know I need to reassess what I am doing here. I am going to simplify it a bit, well, kinda.

I have decided on focusing on these:
-Completing a 60 second plank
-100 push up program
-200 squat program

Hope to do them on running days - Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday!

My hopes for the new plan that:
-it will be enough strength training for weight loss
-it will help me be consistent
-I will enjoy it to keep with it

Some emotions I am experiencing:
-Nervous that I will fail
-Scared that I won't fail
-Excited to be trying something new

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CIVIAV 2/6/2011 11:50PM

    Arrrggghhh! Ok so you do 100 push ups every day?!

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CIVIAV 2/6/2011 8:52AM

    Woman, You express what is happening for me too. I love the minimalist but critical approach to the solution and will do the same!

Rock On!

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/6/2011 2:06AM

    OMG I swear I didn't see your blog before I wrote mine, but we are in the same place!!!!!!! I am starting the 100 Push up program right now we can do it together!!! When are u doing ur initial test??

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