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Bummed - No More MS Trip!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Today, when my alarm when off at 5:30 am, I thought about quitting my job. But, I managed to roll out of bed and get going. I was rewarded with this view on the way to work.

I was starting to get in a better mood. If I had to be at work, I might as well put on a happy face. emoticon Talking with member do that to me.

About 1 pm, the youth group that meets in the gym finished and I suddenly had kid after kid in the Wellness Center, where I am in charge of. No kids under age 16 are allowed in the WC without a signed form by a physician. This was stressful. Telling kids with attitude that they need to leave. emoticon

Three boys could stay because they had the form signed previously. They were a headache. Didn't want to use a spotter for doing the bench press. Kept banging the weights. emoticon

Finally, the Y was closing so it meant my day was over. As I was talking to the Staff on Duty before leaving for the day, she said that members came down and complained. *sigh* There isn't much I could do. They weren't really breaking any major rules. They just found a new rule to break like every five minutes... and driving me crazy.

Talking of members complaining, a regular complained that the clock was 5 minutes late. I was going to pass it onto the manager but decided to take care of it myself. As I was asking a taller member to help me, she whispered to another member. You know how you can tell they are talking about you. Than, she mocked me. Are you for real?! Are you seriously 5 years old? Because you sure look like your 40s!

I don't get paid enough to deal with whiney members! In fact, I get paid $7.40.

That brings me to my other matter. I did some figuring and I will be making $400 during the semester. That is without taxes taken out. In other words, it's gonna be TIGHT.

I was really hoping to go to Jackson, Mississippi to run a Half Marathon on January 8th... but I don't think it's possible.

I was looking at my refund from my semester. I could go on the trip and pay about half of my credit card. But... I really wanted to pay my credit card off. So.... I think I am going to not go on the trip emoticon and pay off my bills so I no longer have to payments on it which seem to suck all my monthly income.


Okay, time to put my big girl pants on.

I am trying to keep it positive. Even through I would meet some amazing friends for the first time, it will be good to have my bills paid off, have some money to fall back on and it will allow me to get my tattoo, the one I've thought for more than a year, without worries. Maybe one day I can get down there and do the half marathon.

In the meantime, I am considering of doing a half marathon during Spring Break. I should be able to afford it more as my reoccurring bills will be paid off and I'll already have money saved up.

Nonetheless, I am totally bummed.

When I told my mom about all this, she didn't seem all that sad about it. Rather relieved. It's not like she understands my need to travel alone or even run. She didn't even go to my first half marathon. *sigh*

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MSJULES01 8/18/2011 3:46PM

    Hang in there. I hope that you find the right one to run during spring break.

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FUNFROG79 8/15/2011 9:37AM

    Sorry to hear that you are bummed, hang in there though! We are here for you!

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PATRICIAANN46 8/14/2011 6:58PM

  Hi Savannah........
Oh, how you bring back memories of being in college. I was broke ALL THE TIME!!!!! I think that you are wise to pay off your bills first. There may be other chances to run that will come up........and maybe they will be closer to you.
Keep smiling..........

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DELERIOUS64 8/14/2011 5:22PM

    A non runner will never understand our desire to run a race or our disappointment over not being able to. I understand how upset you must be but you will feel so much better about yourself if you get your finances in order first. Hang in there!

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LEAHOBI 8/14/2011 10:23AM

    Just a suggestion, but maybe you could run your marathon for some kind of cause? I would be willing to send money to support you. And I am sure that others would too. emoticon emoticon

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    WOW. I wish you could find a job that paid more than that! That's tough! I think you've made the right decision. Having financial peace means a lot. emoticon

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Stolen from ASHBASH24

Friday, August 12, 2011

Put your music player on shuffle.
Press forward for each question.
Use the song title as the answer to the question.
No cheating!

How am I feeling today?
Ain't Nothing 'Bout You

Will I get far in life?

How do my friends see me?
Cool to be a Fool by Blake Shelton

Where will I get married?
Did I Shave My Leg's For This by Deanna Carter

What is my best friend's theme song?
King of the Road

What is the story of my life?
You Can't Take the Country Out of Me

What is/was high school like?
Sober by P!nk
(Seem pretty appropriate for me!)

How can I get ahead in life?
All Star by Shrek Soundtrack

What is the best thing about me?
No Air - Glee Cast

How is today going to be?
Perfect World by Simple Plan

What is in store for this weekend?
Imma Be by Black Eyed Peas

How is my life going?
Thank You by Simple Plan
(Ironically this is happening with a friend right now!)

What song will they play at my funeral?
Ol' Red by Blake Shelton

How does the world see me?
Raise Your Glass by P!nk

Will I have a happy life?
Murder on Music Row by George Straight

What do my friends really think of me?
Don't Tell Me by Avril Lavigne

Do people secretly lust after me?
Don't Think I Won't by Mark Wills

How can I make myself happy?
Keep on Keepin' On by JoJo

What should I do with my life?
Long Time Gone

Will I ever have children?

What is some good advice for me?
Take Me Away by Avril Lavigne
(I have been saying I need a vacation, lol.)

How will I be remembered?
The Kiss by Chad Brock

What is my signature dancing song?
Only Girl (In the World) by Rihanna

What do I think my current theme song is?
Gone by Kelly Clarkson

What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
Ticks by Brad Paisley

What type of men/women do you like?
I Like to Move It from Madagascar
(SHERYLDS are you reading this!?!!)

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FUNFROG79 8/12/2011 3:22PM

    Fun! Thanks, just did mine!

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God is funny.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Yesterday, I had $0.83 in my bank account.

Today, I sold some summer textbooks back and got $45.00.
I put $20.00 of gas in the tank and brought $1.00 scratch off.
I won $18.00. emoticon
I brought Subway for $3.15 and there was already $0.14 there. I just kinda looked at it, like, are you for real?!

Than, this doesn't seem like a big deal for some but for me it was. Yesterday I didn't know if I was going to run out of gas on the way to work. It was worrying me. Now, I don't have.

In addition to that, a friend of mine at the Y mentioned he wanted to go to a certain movie but none of his friends would go. I got the feeling he wanted me to go but I couldn't barely tell him I'd go if he pays for me, lol.

I told my friend just last night if I had money, I would go to the Y when he does, and tell him I'd go. Now, I have the money to go, I don't want to go to the Y just to track him down.. life would be so much easier if I had his number. It was just so ironic. I used the textbook sellback money for gas and food. But, I feel like God is saying I can have fun, too. And, even gave me the funds to do so.

I feel very blessed to have gas in my car, food in the refrigerator, and surrounded by friends and family. Things can be always be worse.

Now, I gotta decide. I was going to run today but it's all emoticon which usually is great but not when I want to emoticon. My choices is to go to the Y and workout OR wait until 7:00 pm tonight and hopefully, I won't lose the motivation to run. I am supposed to have a long run today so I ate pasta yesterday in preparation but now that darn emoticon is out, lol.

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PATRICIAANN46 8/12/2011 12:35PM

  Good things happen to good people Savannah, and you are good people.
Have a great weekend.

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FUNFROG79 8/12/2011 8:58AM

    Great positive blog!

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HANNAHV 8/12/2011 4:34AM

    You are truly blessed emoticon

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    It's so nice to see people like you who can see the happy side of things and be so grateful! I needed to see this! What a good example! emoticon emoticon

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HAPPY92003 8/11/2011 3:47PM

    I LOVE it when that happens...miracles really do happen around us everyday....but not everyone stops to notice:)

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/11/2011 3:15PM

    Yes, you CAN have fun, too--how cool to get enough emoticon from selling some emoticon for that? Hurray for those little extra blessings!

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I need to live!

Monday, August 08, 2011

All my life I have been "good". From counseling, I know I am trying to be perfect. For my parent's to love and adore me. They will if I am perfect, right? Um, not exactly...

When growing up my mom expected me to not fight with my sisters. I never drank or any illegal drugs. I tried to be the best.

Even with my weight loss, I tried to be perfect. I couldn't go over calories, not even 5. I couldn't take a day of rest. Nope. I had to be perfect.

In the last few days, something happened. I no longer have to be perfect.

Or, maybe I don't want to be perfect. emoticon

My most recent ex-boyfriend is going to be moving into the halls, FOUR doors from me. We have been chatting and it sounds like he wants to be kinda like friends with benefits. I am seeing no real good coming out of this but the other side of me? Well, they are saying.. do it. Have fun and live, Savannah.

Because you know what? I haven't lived.

I have been hiding behind 100 pounds of extra weight and have held myself back. I haven't dated much, haven't really gone anywhere until I was 23, and really haven't done anything that I wasn't supposed to.

I need to live.

In January, I am going to be getting on an airplane all by myself for the very FIRST time to do a half marathon in Mississippi! Honestly, this is scary for me. To get on a plane alone. To go to a brand new city. To depend on only ME. To meet three Spark Friends.

But, I need to live!

After some thought, I realized I need to explore and see this world with myself or with friends before I can settle down. Part of me wants to date, but the other part, wants to have fun, be adventurous, and LIVE.

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/10/2011 2:13PM

    Choose you and what you need to do for yourself; be smart about your choices, but also do not let fear rule your life. So excited for you to do the 1/2 in MS, that is going to be an amazing experience!

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MSJULES01 8/9/2011 7:06PM

    You go Girl...Good luck on the 1/2 marathon.

You have to keep us posted.

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BOJO70 8/9/2011 3:14PM

  LIVE! I didn't start until late too, but when I did I made up for it! I had fun and cried and laughed and enjoyed just living by my own barometer.

One word of caution: I did the FWB thing with a very good friend. We survived it after it ended only because I was too stubborn to give up on the friendship. He thought I would hate him when he found a stable relationship with someone and just thought he would walk away. I wasn't mad. I was happy for him. I wasn't jealous, I knew going in I didn't want to be with him in a long-term capacity. Keep it in perspective and set ground rules for yourself, mentally and emotionally.

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PATRICIAANN46 8/9/2011 2:20PM

  Hi Savannah.........
One of my biggest regrets is that I didn't take the time to do the following 3 things BEFORE I got married.
1. I didn't travel.
2. I didn't live by myself for at least one year.
3. I didn't have my OWN money and spend it the way I wanted to.

I love my husband, but I married him one week after I graduated from college. You are only YOUNG once and never as free. Do what YOU want to and do it FOR YOU, for no one else. Just be very aware of who you do it with so that you don't have regrets that you may have to live with the rest of your life. Well..........I did it again. The last sentence turned me into your mother and you already have one.....sorry.
Have fun!!!

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    Whatever you decide to do, as long as you are happy, then it will be fine! Have a blast in Mississippi!

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STRIPEDTIGER 8/9/2011 11:21AM

    Whatever you do, do it for you. Do it because you want to, it's your choice, it's your benefit to reap or your price to pay.

Answer to yourself. If it isn't worth it to you, don't.

You are beholding to no one and you can't make anyone feel how you want them to about your decisions.

I learned this lesson the hard way.

Live to your own standards. emoticon emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 8/9/2011 10:26AM

    cool! The MS 1/2 sounds fun! I used to drive to MN all the time by myself for dog shows. emoticon

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ADVENTURE361 8/8/2011 10:46PM

    Travel is its own teacher and you will learn things you never imagined. Your 20s is the right time to do it also. This is the time to travel, learn about yourself and find out who you are. Trust me I traveled to Europe and across the US all thru my 20s and now in my 40s Im glad I did it.
Dont be afraid just be aware of your surroundings and always have a good head on your shoulder. Good luck!

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Wow - I've lost 37.5 inches!

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Okay, I created a strength training program yesterday for myself to get me motivated for strength training, something in which I'd rather hit my head against a brick wall than do.

Than, today I made myself a challenge.

In the challenge document, it has pictures of me in my near nakedness (something you folks won't ever see), but also my measurements for 2009, 2010 and than a spot for where I put the current stats. I did it this way because I get down when I do not lose any inches and I wanted to put a positive spin on it.

Let's look at the stats for the past 3 years, shall we?


Starting weight: 260

Waist: 50.75
Hips: 55.75
Thighs: 23.0
Calf: 17.5
Arms: 14.0


Current weight: 160.2

Waist: 37.75
Hips: 41.5
Thighs: 19.0
Calf: 14.5
Arms: 11.0

Lost weight: 100 pounds

Waist: -13.0
Hips: -14.25
Thighs: -4.0
Calf: -3.0
Arms: -3.0

Total of inches lost: -37.25"

Basically, that is what my waist is currently!

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GREENMAMA 8/8/2011 1:51PM

    Wow, that's pretty exciting. Congrats on your progress.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/8/2011 9:21AM

    You are a strong person! Keep movin' and groovin' my dear!!! You're beautiful inside and out.


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TAMTAMM 8/8/2011 8:33AM

    Amazing work!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HANNAHV 8/8/2011 8:30AM

    emoticonWOW! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STITCHINGNAN 8/8/2011 7:38AM

I had to smile as at the side of your blog was an ad for CORSETS. It mut have been picked up that you were talking of your measuraments. YOu are half the person you were in size but probabley twice as healthy and active Well done Irene emoticon

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LEAHOBI 8/8/2011 5:22AM

    emoticon emoticon You lost over a yard! Personally, so happy to see that it is possible to shrink thighs. haha

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EGRAMMY 8/7/2011 9:26PM

    emoticon Great luck on your challenge.

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CMHARRISON12 8/7/2011 9:17PM

    Great job! The numbers show how successful you are and will continue to be! emoticon

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DELERIOUS64 8/7/2011 8:22PM

    You lost a small person!! Don't dread strength training, it can make a huge difference. I was doing lengthy high rep workouts and there was that definite dread factor to them because they were so long. I recently started doing Chalean Extreme which is lifting heavy and slowly but the workouts are right around 30 mts and I love it. And I can definitely tell a difference in my body and my strength

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BEGAINANEW 8/7/2011 7:15PM

    Wow you are doing great. congrats on the weight lost. You are a inspiration. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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