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Try being in THEIR shoes before you judge!

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Today my sore throat is almost non-existent. emoticon Also, I only got nauseous and dizzy for 20 minutes today. emoticon Could I be getting better? emoticon I hope so! I wanna do ANY exercise and I have a tentative emoticon with Curt. It'd be fun to see him outside of the YMCA.

Putting that update aside, in the last two weeks, I have gained approximately five pounds. I know it's only five pounds but I don't want them to make friends either. I want them to run away scared and never come back. Right now, they are on a guest past, that is almost up.

I guess I am frustrated and kinda sad because at the beginning of summer my goal was to be under 160. I made it but in the last couple weeks due to sickness I am now back to 163. emoticon

If nothing else, it has taught me to not take my weight loss and new lifestyle for granted. I could easily see how people can lose x-amount of weight and gain it back with a few friends.. one of my biggest fears.

The rational part of me does know these 3# at the very least don't have a chance. I have a routine down for lifting and I have a class for my major that is group exercise. Yup, I work out twice a week for credit!

Now, I just have to get better!

On another note, a member was talking to me about people that are overweight. He said some comments that did not sit well with me. It's ironic how people talk to me. They see a young fit, healthy individual and don't realize I was once one of the people that they are talking about. This is why you shouldn't judge a book by the cover.. cuz you don't know THEIR story! I tend to get quite protective. More and more, I think I want to find a job helping people change their lifestyle, like I did... but how? Personal train? Perhaps. But there seems like there should be more than that.

Hope everyone is having a good Labor Day! emoticon

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FUNFROG79 9/6/2011 8:17AM

    Great blog, glad you are feeling better! You will be under 160 in no time!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/4/2011 4:03PM

  Hi Savannah.......
I am so glad to read that you are feeling better. Please continue to take care of yourself until you are "All the way" better so you don't relapse.

Those extra pounds will come off quickly once you are back in action.

I liked KASEYCOFF's reply re: counseling of others. Maybe the Y would even be interested in employing you for this position sometime in the future.

Take care and have a good Labor Day.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/4/2011 11:23AM

    You have your plan, and are working it! So, the rest will follow. It is discouraging to see those darn lbs. on the scale, but the MORE important issue is feeling better! Then the rest will follow as well.

I do not take kindly to insensitive remarks re: weight (or anything else for that matter). Like you say, you just can't judge a book by it's cover. It's not the whole story. I hope you told them a little of YOUR story!

Have a good Sunday, my dear.


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KASEYCOFF 9/4/2011 6:14AM

    Good to hear you are on the men, and yepper, I agree that the three pounds are a relatively minor step back.

Re helping others: here in the UK the NHS has counselors who teach 'healthy lifestyle.' I've attended a couple of the courses (10 or 12 weeks, depending on the topic - and all free). Some of them cover a little of everything, including diet (and not just WHAT to eat, but how to shop for it, how to prepare it - recipes - and how to order when dining out), exercise (why it's important, how to determine what shape you're in and where to start), and information about specific health issues (such as heart disease, diabetes, and preventive medicine).

You could reach a lot of people with that, and it would give them a more comprehensive background than 'just' fitness training.

Or, alternatively, what about working with the morbidly obese who really have to start from the beginning? People who can't really walk or do much in the way of strenuous exercise can really be motivated when someone shows them what they CAN do and how much they can benefit from things like chair exercises.

Coupla thoughts on a Sunday AM, lol...

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STITCHINGNAN 9/4/2011 2:12AM

    do soagree on judgments.
Dont judge yourseff too harshly either! We all have set backs but you will pick yourself up and get going I know. emoticon

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CRISSYCURRY 9/3/2011 9:28PM

    I hope you're feeling better really soon! Sorry about the weight gain but it's just temporary! You'll have those pounds off in no time!!

I had a similar situation to Lisa's while at the gym. A lady commented that I probably had no idea what it's like to have to work hard and lose weight and I had to put her in her place and tell her that I had recently lost 83 lbs. So yeah, been there done that!!

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MELIVA 9/3/2011 9:15PM

    Yay! Glad you're feeling better. If you are looking for something along the lines of a trainer, but not quite, you could consider a life coach type line of work. Our Y actually has a male and female LC.

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    Savannah, I think that once you're feeling better you'll have a LOT more energy and can tackle those pounds with ease! You can do this, as obviously, you've shown that! You go, girl! emoticon emoticon

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LISAINMS 9/3/2011 7:24PM

    Glad you are feeling better Savannah. Those pounds will take a hike as soon as you are back in the gym! You know... a lady stopped me at the gym yesterday and asked me about an exercise I was doing with a weighted ball. She wanted to know which muscles it worked and would it make her arms look like mine, haha. So we chatted a moment and then she made a reference to being envious of people like me that are so fit and not fat like her. I said "well keep coming and putting in the effort because I certainly didn't look like this a year ago. It takes work to lose a lot of weight. I weighed more than you." Her jaw dropped. She assumed I had always been like this. So yeah. You never know where someone has come from!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/3/2011 7:04PM

    So glad you're feeling better. Looking forward to our dinner . . . I'm eating light for the day so I can pig out as I so seldom get to dine Japanese style. It's great that you have the gift of compassion and teaching. We'll solve all the problems of the world when we chat! 8-))

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    I try not to judge by looks. I wish others would do the same. They don't know my story and I don't know theirs.

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No answers yet from the doc!

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Today, I went to the doctor for my dizziness, nauseous, and muscle soreness. Because I also had a sore throat while there, they tested me for strep. Negative. Waiting for the cultures to come back to double check. They are testing me for thyroids and anemia. I won't know the results until Tuesday. Until than, I am to take multivitamin and claratin. I took the multivitamin when I went to work and I felt better within the hour. But, now my wisdom teeth are killing me. And, my sore throat!

To say the very least, I am very miserable. With that said, I realize I am very blessed. I have been very crabby about work and being sick today. So, I complained alot. My friends on campus, at the Y, on here and beyond were all very kind to me. In fact, they asked me to keep in touch. So many, that I will probably post it on Facebook and here to keep everyone updated. I just thought it was nice.

The lesson?

Even when you are miserable, people care for you and want the best for you!

Okay! Now time for me to go to bed. I hope to sleep until 10ish. A girl can wish! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/4/2011 11:25AM

    Ok, hope you feel better, the doc finds the answer(s) and you can move on. You KNOW we care so much about you, so I'm glad that you wrote this blog.


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CIVIAV 9/3/2011 10:13AM


Sending chicken soup. I hope this is soup. Feel better hon!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/2/2011 6:37PM

  Hi Savannah........
It is now Friday, so I hope that you are feeling at least somewhat better. Get lots of rest and take care of yourself. You don't want to start the new school year under the weather.

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/2/2011 4:13PM

    Goodness . . . hoping answers can be found or healing takes place so your strength and great resolve can return. I'm so looking forward to our dinner date next week! Prayers and hug!

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MELIVA 9/2/2011 12:38PM

    Feel better... I hope the doc finds something only minor (vitamin deficiency or something), but does find something. The unknowing stuff really stinks.
Hope ya sleep well and long!

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BAILEYS7OF9 9/2/2011 10:08AM

    Feel better! Hopefully they have some answers!

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HEIDISO 9/2/2011 9:33AM

    Feel better soon.

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FUNFROG79 9/2/2011 8:21AM

    Fell better and keep us posted!

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STRIPEDTIGER 9/2/2011 7:07AM

    People care even when you aren't miserable. They just find our distress a good time to remind us they care.

Hope you feel PERFECT soon.


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    I sure hope they can figure out what's wrong so you can feel better! emoticon

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Summer Vacation Report :)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Who wants to hear about my vacation?! Well, good. You came to the right blog!


I got up emoticon and early and worked out with my work out buddy at 6:30 am! It was super fun. Than, I started to head south with stopping at my parents house and just taking my time with the 3 hour drive. I figured I had alot of thinking to do! emoticon After supper with my sister and her family, we went running on the track. That was nice!


My sister worked during the day and the little one was in daycare so that means the day was my oyster! So, I did what every one does on vacation and went hiking! emoticon

Here is a picture overlooking the bridge entering Red Wing, Minnesota!

Later that night, I went to Reba McEntire featuring Ronnie Dunn. Here are a few photos from that night!


Nicole and I went shopping at the Mall of America. Could someone explain to me how shopping all day exhausts me but a 6 mile run doesn't as much? After the long day of shopping, we stopped at the Lego store for my nephew, Trevor, who is 3 years old, since he was so patient and a good boy. He loved the store! You should have seen it when he found out my sister was going to buy him some legos.


I went to the Renaissance Festival at Shakopee, Minnesota.


This was a long, busy day. I went to church at the church I grew up at than I had my sister take a photo of me with dog food of the amount of weight I have lost.

I went to my Grandma's. That was nice to spend a few hours with her. I got to see my quilt with my old shirts from college and races! emoticon

Than, I went back to my other sisters to eat supper, pack up and drive the 3 hours back. I finally got back about 11 pm.

I got alot of time to reflect (6 hours in a car!) on my friendships and whatever else.

I am sad that his and I's friendship is ending.
I am disappointed that he couldn't be mature enough to talk to me about it.
I am hurt that our friendship didn't mean enough to fight for.

But, with that said..

I know I cannot do anything about it. I could confront him about it.. but, what will it do? It's not like the friendship will go back to how it was. The damage is done. For whatever reason, he is CHOOSING to not be a friend to me. His loss. Seriously.

On the flip side, I have some pretty great people coming in my lives. More assertive, at the very least! I really enjoyed running with him but one of my new friends want to start running, too. I think I will take advantage of that situation.

I cannot believe school starts next Tuesday!! emoticon Where did the time go? But, it will be a nice distraction from all this relationship stuff.

On another note, the scale says I gained like 4# on vacation! It lies!!! On Thursday, I weighed myself at my sister's... 157 and today 161.2. Okay, I know I ate ALOT but I did NOT eat 10,500 excess calories! I am thinking I have alot of sodium retention considering I did eat alot of foods that weren't so healthy for me!

I do feel refreshed with my friendships and my job. I am not sure if I am ready for classes to start but that hopefully I will get there in the next few days. I do hope to get Saturday off so I can go home for a long Labor Day weekend.

Okay, I have rambled on enough! My ipod was dead so it was charging while I was updating you all. Hopefully, it has enough charge for me to go on a run! emoticon

Hope everyone is surviving all the hurricanes, earthquakes and beyond! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/30/2011 2:39PM

    Ahh yes! Nothing like a good vacation to feel wonderfully refreshed. Love the great photos and am so glad you had a fun time. As for the Mall of America, I thought I was near death after walking all three floors of each anchor store as well as all three floors of the entire mall -- I think this may be a one-time feat! May the campus community keep you inspired to be your best!

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FUNFROG79 8/30/2011 10:03AM

    SOunds like a great vacation, I'm glad you had fun before the craziness of school starts!

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KASEYCOFF 8/30/2011 4:33AM

    When you eat more sodium than you are used to, it really can show up quickly in the scales - but fortunately, tends to leave almost as quickly when you cut back again on the salt, as most of it is 'water gain.' A few days of fresh 'n' healthy food should see you right, IMHO.

Re the dog food photo: what a great idea! I think I'll take a leaf from your book, lol...

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PATRICIAANN46 8/29/2011 11:29PM

  Hi Savannah.......
You got to see Reba!!!!! I am so jealous. I love her music. I also like Ronnie Dunn. I am not really a country music fanatic, but I have always liked Reba.
Your vacation sounded like it was good for you. It is always good to spend quality time with family and see your hometown. Lots of good reflection-time driving too. You are right........the loss of your friendship is HIS loss. You have so many new people coming into your life from all different directions.
I hope you get the classes you want and that you will have a great semester.
Take care.

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LEANJEAN6 8/29/2011 4:48PM

    Sounds like a great vacation! -=--You have done wel;l--lost a lot of weight--Good for you!--Lynda

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STRIPEDTIGER 8/29/2011 4:38PM

    Sounds like a great vaca!!

Love the pictures!!

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LISAINMS 8/29/2011 4:04PM

    Always feels so good to get your battery recharged. Classes will start and you'll be back in the groove!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/29/2011 2:57PM

    OMG, your pic of the bridge in RedWing brought back memories for me! My family and I did a houseboat trip on the Mississippi and saw that bridge!

Well, glad your battery was recharged for friendships, work & school.

You're right . . . the friendship lost is really HIS loss. For sure!

I gotta tell you, I LOVE the picture lof you and 100 lbs. of doggie kibble. Puts things in perspective, doesn't it! You look gorgeous!!!

Well, maybe you'll meet some new friends in your classes, too. Glad you have a running buddy.

MISSED YOU but glad you got to relax.


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    So glad you had a great time! You are really looking fantastic, you know! emoticon

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Maintained muscle mass while losing 15#! WooHoo!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

For those that do not know, I work at a YMCA. Part of my job is where I give orientations to new members on how to operate the weight training machines. I, also, provide fitness evaluations.

Eventually, another part of my job is to provide body fat analysis. Right now, the personal trainers and the director of the Wellness Center perform them. Back in February, the director performed one on me so I can promote it to the members.

Well, today a member asked if I could do it. I explained I was not trained on it. Than, my boss called to see how things are going. I am working alot of shifts while is on medical leave. I told her about this member and she told me play around with the machine and perform it on myself.

So, I did.

Here is the exciting news!

I compared the print outs and here is what I found:

- In February, I weighed 175 pounds and had 67 pounds of fat.

- Today I weighed 159 pounds and had 50.9 pounds of fat.

So, in essence, I maintained the same muscle mass (it tells you the pounds of muscle you have, too) while losing 15 pounds! emoticon

I am trying to focus more on strength training so now I can use this as another tool besides body measurements since it can measure my muscle pounds. How exciting!

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    That's fantastic! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 8/25/2011 2:58PM

  emoticon I am so proud of you.

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ERIKA05 8/24/2011 1:25PM

    Great job! Also, props for remembering/figuring out how to use the machine on your own. I can't even program the VCR...

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SNOWFILLY 8/24/2011 8:18AM

    You ROCK!!! I knew you were emoticon!!!!!

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STRIPEDTIGER 8/24/2011 6:58AM

    WooHoo!! I'm very proud of you SparkFriend!!

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LISAINMS 8/23/2011 10:49PM

    WTG Savannah! That's an incredible accomplishment!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/23/2011 9:53PM

    Great job and good news!

Keep at it!

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MEADSBAY 8/23/2011 9:03PM

    omg- you lost 15 pounds of FAT!
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HDHAWK 8/23/2011 8:05PM

    Congrats! That's the best way to lose!

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SUPER3800 8/23/2011 7:51PM

  Excellent job! Keep up the good work!

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Growing Pains - Grieving Friendships

Monday, August 22, 2011

With this journey, putting aside the physical changes, I have grew tremendously inside as a person in the last three years. As I grew as a person, I outgrew some of my closest friends. Each and every time, it is hard for me to let go even through I need to grieve the friendship.

Once again, I am at this intersection. Currently, I have noticed that I am outgrowing two of my closest guy friends. They are equally hard to let go. I know I need to grieve them but how does one do that? It seems simple to grieve a death but what about a person that is very much alive but the friendship is not? How does one accept that it is time to let go?

I dated Bobby for approximately 3 months and we have been close ever since for the last two years. We always said we'd be there for each other but the thing is, more and more, I find I struggle to relate and support him as I could in the past. I didn't mean to grow and leave him behind. This journey, honestly, wasn't even a conscious decision. I just wanted to lose 5 pounds - I didn't set out to change my entire life but I did.

As for my other friend, he is equally as hard because we got close even through I knew he was leaving. I guess sometimes the unknown is what makes situations like this hard. Recently, he has dropped our friendship. It hurts. But, I also know I need to let it go. I cannot hang onto the hurt. I have to let him go. If he does not want to nurture our friendship, it will simply die. I cannot continue to water it, without the soil it needs.

These are not the only friendships I am outgrowing, unfortunately. I have attended my college for the last four years. Yup, that is right. I am a senior and should be graduating soon. I have found that I am, also, outgrowing the campus as a whole. The maturity here is not exactly what I can find for lasting friendships.

On the upside, I am finding alot of friends at the YMCA I work at. They are mature and have similar lifestyles that I have. When I am on campus, I have fight for my lifestyle tooth and nail but while I am at work, these people understand because they choose it too.

In fact, my new work out buddy works there. In the past, when people have wanted to be their work out buddy, I steered away from it. It often felt like they wanted me to lose weight FOR them. I want to help but I cannot do it FOR them. Cassie seems like she sincerely wants my company. I may even get to act like a Personal Trainer and teach her some exercises. How fun! Our trial run is on Wednesday morning!

Besides that, Curt and I seem to have fun together. He suggested running together and even a beach run, something I have never done. I tend to run slow (11-13 min/pace) and he seemed fine with that. So, basically, I can have another running buddy. I cannot wait until I feel better so I can.

Than, there's John. Now, there is some romantic potential with this one. He goes to a nearby college and today when we both saw each other, we were both grins and like, "Where have you been hiding?" We chit chatted and I told him to add him on Facebook. Hopefully, he does. He seems fun.

Anyhow, what is my point? My point is more to myself than to anyone else. I need to let go of these old friendships and let new ones grow. I also need to accept these friendships came in my life for a reason and now it served it's purpose. Time to move on.

I know grieving has it's purpose. For me, I think it is accepting it has run it's course and to say good-bye.

Now, my question for you.. do you know how to move on or even grieve a friendship? What benefits do you feel serves grieving does for you?

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PATRICIAANN46 8/24/2011 11:20AM

  Hi Savannah.......
I am in total agreement with JOAN_HEO. I have learned from every friendship I have had. It is so natural to hang on to some friendships and to easily let go of others. YOU have changed, so it only makes sense that you will need different things from your friends than you did in the past. Now that you are changing and maturing, you will adjust your friendships accordingly. It is okay to grieve an old friendship, but I wouldn't carry it on for too long. Instead, put this energy into finding new, fulfilling friendships.
Take Care.

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ELFITZPA 8/23/2011 11:48AM

    I dealt with similar feelings after I finished up my UG degree. Most of my friends moved to Boston and I was well over 100 miles away. It was so much easier for them to see each other rather than making the effort to see me. But on the other hand, being together all the time really messed with their ability to grow up and change independently. My visits started being overwhelmed by someone pulling me aside to tell me that so-and-so hasn't changed a bit because of xyz, when someone else had probably told me the same about the tattler. It was really hard for me to be away from them but seeing their interactions eventually made it a lot easier. Sometimes when you're going through periods of extensive change, it's good to shed some negative influences (or at least to allow some distance). Best of luck.

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PSALM42 8/23/2011 8:14AM

    emoticon Sometimes I cried when I lost a friend (whether to a move or just not being friends anymore). Sometimes I felt it was for the best and then I didn't feel sad. Sometimes I was so angry that I couldn't feel anything else. I really only have 1 friend that I wish I could see all of the time, but they moved so there was nothing I could do. It is a natural part of life so most of the time it feels very natural and I don't have regrets about things. I hope you don't either. :)

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RHONDALYN10 8/23/2011 7:44AM

    I really loved this blog. I recently had a friend who just quit calling, texting, etc. And it wasn't just me that she did it to. No one knows why. And although we were close as family I had to accept that it was time. I miss hanging out with her but like you said you can't keep watering it...

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JOAN_HEO 8/22/2011 10:13PM

    Everyone you meet in this world will teach you something. You may not always like what they have to tell you, but you have the right to take the good stuff and leave the rest behind. Maybe "losing" friends just makes room for the new ones. (((HUGS)))

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