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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?
Jolene


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
LOL!

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?
Blue

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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Patti

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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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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 8/11/2011 4:09PM

    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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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/9/2011 1:01PM

    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?

2009

Starting weight: 260

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

2011

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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JUSTBIRDY 8/8/2011 1:16PM

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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.

HUGS!
Barb

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TAMTAMM 8/8/2011 8:33AM

    Amazing work!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Tami

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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

    FANTASTIC.
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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Strength Training -- How do you set that goal?

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Thank you everyone for the input on my last blog, "Now what?" Many suggested that I make some goals for strength training. Now this is a great idea.

But, how?

When my focus was on my weight. It was easy. I just had to pick a number. I focused on each pound, at 10 pounds at a time. I didn't focus on the big picture of losing 100 pounds even through it was in the back of my mind. That would be just too overwhelming. In fact, I didn't even focus on a pant size. I just wanted to be smaller.

In the past, when strength training was a goal, the goal was to just DO it because I despise with such a passion.

I think I need a more specific goal when it comes to strength training. But, I don't know how to create a more specific goal.

Like, how does one measure it?

Pictures?
It does help but how often and who will take these photos? I want to see the toning and you can't do that with clothes on. Getting the drift?

Measuring tape?
Taking measurements doesn't always show that I am toned. For example, my legs have became more toned since running but they have stayed the same size.

Picking a pant size?
This won't work for me because pant size vary from store to store. In other words, I do not feel like it would be a consistent way to measure. Even brands that I love, I have found are inconsistent.

Aiming to increase the weight I can lift?
Now that might work. I could focus on lifting for the next dumbbell and the next and the next... until I am emoticon. This might work because I can focus on a concrete number and it is in my control.

Okay, now that we have figured out how I am going to measure... now I decide how I am going to lift.

Mhmmm...

In the beginning, I used weight machines. They were fine but now I am incredibly bored by them. I have been trying to learn more about free weights. That seems to be working. I feel like I have been just dipping my toe into it. It's time I get a little more wet with them.

So, I think I am going to make some concrete plans that separate my lifting between muscle group. In other words, it is time to get serious about free weight training.

Also, I seem to like to do things where I can throw things, like medicine balls and kettlebells. So, time to get friendly with google to find new ways to work out with a medicine ball and save my pennies for an unlimited month of kettlebell classes.

One last thing...
I have been doing my strength training after my cardio. Should I keep it there or do it in between my cardio or before cardio? I find if I do it after, I have less motivation. If I do it in between, I tend to lose motivation/time for cardio. If I do it before cardio, I get inpatient for my endorphin high. (And, yes, I am a cardio junkie!)

Okay! I think we got it all figured out... thanks for listening and helping me!

  
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PATRICIAANN46 8/7/2011 4:32PM

  Hi Savannah.........
When I started ST, I started with my core because of back problems. I worked with a physical therapist, who showed me the correct way to train and how to measure success. Do you still work? Is there a person there who is an expert on ST? You could consult with him/her and set up a program for yourself based on your personal needs. Anyone I have ever talked to re: ST stressed the importance of a strong core and then going on to other parts of your body after you have strengthened your core. We are all different in what areas of our body we want to work on. I would get professional input and go on from there.
As dedicated as you are, I am sure that you will be successful with ST too.
Patti

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1CRAZYDOG 8/7/2011 9:33AM

    Great blog! Yes, for me with ST, I increase the # of reps as it becomes less challenging, change up the exercises I do (check out the list of ST exercises here on SP if you haven't already), and when the # of reps gets easy, time to increase the weights.

As for vardio or ST first . . . I find that I have to do cardio first. If I don't I run into the exact problem as you . . . I'm not motivated to do the cardio.

Good luck, and you can do this!!!

HUGS!

Barb

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 8/6/2011 9:37PM

    You bring up a good point. I've been strength training on and off for the better part of 20 years. Sometimes when I don't feel like doing cardio I can get by with half an hour of strength training and I feel like I did something good for my body.

I've never really set a goal so your blog made that little Ah Ha go off in my head. It never occured to me to set a goal with this phase of working out. I've always looked at it as a more preventive measure - I don't want my butt to fall, I don't want my underarm flap to wave when I wave my hand, I want to see the definition in my legs when I wear shorts or a skirt.

You'll find what works for you in all of this. Just the fact that you reached that goal in your weight loss tells me that you've got this one in the bag.

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HDHAWK 8/6/2011 9:33PM

    Either do weights first, or put 4 hrs. between cardio and weights. You can measure and from those measurements you can figure out your bodyfat %. That's a great way to tell whether you're losing fat and gaining muscle. You can find calculators on line. The Navy formula is a popular one. It usually comes out higher than when you get measured with calipers, but as long as it's moving down, it doesn't really matter. You could take pics with your phone in shorts/sports bra or 2 pc. bathing suit. Lots of people take them in a mirror. Good luck!

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FRENCHTOSD 8/6/2011 8:46PM

    I set up the ST from Spark People on "my Fitness". Then I try to do so many different exercises per day.

I also focus on lots of reps with low weight. Instead of trying to increase the weight, I increase the reps or sets. I'm hoping that will let me get stronger without bulking up.

Good Luck with your plan.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 8/6/2011 8:33PM

    Gee, I was going to say to set a goal of increasing the number of reps you could do for each exercise. Seems like you know what you are doing. Go for it.

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