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Years later.. a noticeable difference in my self esteem!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A couple years before I started my journey, my best friend and I went out drinking. We always had fun.. but part of me hated the get dressed up part. Nothing looked good on me and I never felt "sexy". In fact, I felt like I was the "ugly" and "fat" one.

Well, today I went shopping for a "party" dress. I tried on a zillion dresses. They fit but they didn't do a thing for me. The beauty? I didn't tear myself down every time the dress wasn't the one. Because, it wasn't the one. I moved on.. finding the one. I found a darling one today! And, it was a medium. The ladies even suggested a belt. I'm guessing a belt to accent my hip, something I try to hide! Hehe!

Anyhow, it is nice knowing I look beautiful and felt good in my dress.. well, as long as I don't bend over!

Here is an alright picture of the dress.

Off to drink too many drinks and maybe meet a nice boy! Ha!

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FUNFROG79 9/12/2011 8:30AM

    Whoo hoo! Have fun!

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TAMTAMM 9/11/2011 8:11PM

    You look so beautiful in your new amazing dress emoticon
I hope you had a great time and maybe found that special man!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/11/2011 3:45PM

  Hi Savannah.......
The dress looks wonderful and YOU look even better. Hope you had a great time.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/10/2011 11:38PM

    You look fabulous!!!!!!! Hope you have a geat time. Hmmm...stay out of trouble! LOL



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LISAINMS 9/10/2011 8:50PM

    Have a great time... you look beautiful!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/10/2011 8:29PM

    Very nice. Have fun on the dance floor! Boogie, Boogie!

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    You look lovely in that dress!

I legit just wrote a blog about the same thing! I feel the same way all the time. I hope that I can reach the point that you have and be able to try dresses on!

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Last Health Update (I hope!)

Friday, September 09, 2011

Okay, I hope this is my final health update about what has been going on for me in the last few weeks.

Basically, the doctors say there is nothing wrong with me. The tests came back normal. On Wednesday and Thursday, I had no symptoms (nausea/dizziness/muscle weakness). I was supposed to have a "real" doctor's appointment on Thursday but I cancelled it. I am better. As long as I keep up with the multivitamins, I will be fine.

Today I went for a 2 mile run. It was tough but I think it was because my quads and calves were sore. I did some lunges on Wednesday. My quads and my glutes should be sore, but my glutes are not. I am thinking I did them wrong. I looked at SP's demonstration of them and it is the same form. Lunges and I might be breaking up. I can use other exercises to work those muscles.

On the positive side, I lifted with a friend and we did some free weight stuff. I made her sore, tehehe! She wants to do it again ASAP! We already had a standing lifting date for every Wednesday but now I think it will be Monday and Wednesday, hehe! I think I made a lifting addict, lol! WIN!

I am super anxious today. I tend to work off my stress but with not being able to actually work out until Wednesday, I haven't really been able to do that. I can feel the stress hormones coursing through me. Maybe I will work out hard by myself tomorrow. I haven't worked out hard because I wanted to see if I am truly better. I think I am.

It is not only the stress hormones, but I am feeling pretty bummed out that I don't think my friend and I are gonna go bowling. She forgot she promised her parents that'd she help them. In addition to that, I guess I am feeling lonely. The friends I have on campus are not exactly high quality, I hate to say. Maybe that is why I am looking forward to working at the Y tonight... and on a Friday night, lol! Sometimes when I am gone for a while, it is like Cheers when you come back!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/9/2011 10:34PM

  Hi Savannah........
Great news re: your health. Please take care and don't over-do until you know you are peak.
When you think back to last year at this time, can you believe how well you have done and how far you have come?
I am proud of you.

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PINKBEANBOO 9/9/2011 3:05PM

    I didn't know about the deal with vitamin C. I should start tracking mine to make sure I'm getting what I need. Thanks for the tip!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/9/2011 2:46PM

    It's good that you listen to your body carefully. You're definitely in the right field of study for this.

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FUNFROG79 9/9/2011 1:40PM

    So happy you are doing well! emoticon

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    emoticon emoticonI'm so glad you're better! emoticon

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Rising up from the ashes... I even got a tattoo to remind me!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Once I said I wanted to lose 100 pounds.. it seemed like a done deal. Eventually, I got there, chipping away the pounds. It took three years but I did it. For me, I know I made that change that I am not ever, EVER, going back on. This is worth too much to me. In fact, I have struggled with accepting that my future husband (yet to be found) will have to accept and support my lifestyle before and after. I am all meshed into one.

Because I do not want to forget ever who I was three years ago and who I am today... I got a tattoo! Over the last year, I have been searching for the right design. I knew I wanted a phoenix to represent a rising of the ashes.

This is what I have so far. It still needs to be colored, in like two weeks!

Now for the rest of my life....

My test results came back. The strep culture was negative. TSH test was normal. Hemogram was normal. This is all good news.. but.. this means I still don't know. I have another doctor's appointment on Thursday. I am wondering if I should just forget it and act like I feel "normal".

I am still taking multivitamins. I have been getting better a little bit more everyday. In fact, I did 30 minutes on the arc trainer, 15 minutes rowing, and lifted lightly. I felt no weakness in my muscles but I did get nauseous. It's weird because if I eat I feel better for about 1-2 hours. Maybe I am not eating enough protein or overall calories..

Besides my health...
Today was a good first day of classes. I actually had fun in soccer which was a surprise, considering I felt inadequate and physically I felt nauseous. Also, my boss wants to give more hours beside someone is quitting so I will probably do that. I needed more hours anyhow!

Okay, that's all I have for now!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/7/2011 4:43PM

  HI Savannah......

I emoticon your Tat!!!!!

Let me know what you find out on Thursday.


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FUNFROG79 9/7/2011 1:13PM

    Wow! What a tat! Congrats on your success!

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CIVIAV 9/7/2011 10:58AM

    Awesome tat!

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TALLGUY42 9/7/2011 1:24AM

    Congrats on your tremendous weight loss!

Your tattoo is simply amazing. I love your choice of the phoenix. I actually had a phoenix theme on my SP page for a period of months.


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EJOY-EVELYN 9/7/2011 1:00AM

    Wow . . . that's a most impressive tattoo! It's lso a beautiful work of art. Now I don't have to wait until Thursday to see it. 8-))

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HDHAWK 9/6/2011 10:06PM

    Cool tattoo! I hope you continue to feel better!

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CALIFGOLFER 9/6/2011 9:52PM

    Awesome tatoo! Good for you!

Hope you are feeling 100% really soon!

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TAMTAMM 9/6/2011 9:46PM

    Way to go on the 100 lbs loss and what a great reminder! Your the best and you deserve the best!
Tami emoticon

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LISAINMS 9/6/2011 9:20PM

    Wow Savannah that's no small reminder... you went all the way with that tat! Beautiful design for a beautiful young woman. Congratulations on your major achievement! Hope you are feeling better soon.

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STRIPEDTIGER 9/6/2011 8:28PM

    Love the tat!! Beautiful!!

Keep searching for the answer. If you don't you'll be wondering and stressing in the back of your mind.

Congrats again!!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/6/2011 8:22PM

    Gotta agree w/PSALM42. It's a good idea for you to try eating every 3 hrs. pairing a protein w/a complex carb. That's how I eat.

Anyway, your tat is FABULOUS! I can imagine how wonderful it will look when it's colored in. Cool!


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PSALM42 9/6/2011 8:17PM

    Might be a blood sugar problem. I know I've talked with you about it before. Try to eat every 3 hours and always have protein with a complex carb (string cheese, apple; etc.)- if you keep the meals small you can stay in your calorie range and level out your blood sugar. Have you asked the doctor about this?

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My FIRST gym bag!

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Do you know what this is?!

My very FIRST gym bag packed and ready!!! emoticon

It is crazy to think that I have lost 100# without one. But, I live close to campus (ie: gym) so I didn't really need one. Besides I have a bunch of small bags that I could throw my clothes in.

Than, I got to thinking when I will be working out this semester...
..with my work out buddy at 5 am. my classes, soccer and group fitness, at 10 am Monday through Thursday. the afternoon on Wednesdays with my lifting buddy.

Without all this activity, a gym bag makes more sense than a locker.

So, I am a proud owner of pretty pink gym bag and it only cost $8.28 + tax! WIN!

Now, I just gotta figure out what's wrong with these darn legs and why are sore/weak along with the dizziness/nausea so I can work out! I know this isn't what everyone wants.. but I want them to find something because than it is something. If it's not something, than I don't know what it is or how to fix it and that scares me more!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/6/2011 3:16PM

  Hi Savannah........
I LOVE your new gym bag.
I am also praying that your tests come back today with results that you can control and make better. Please let me know what you find out.


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FUNFROG79 9/6/2011 8:25AM

    So cute!

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JUSTBIRDY 9/5/2011 4:11PM

    emoticona girly bag!

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    Hey, that's a pretty snazzy gym bag! I liked the shoes, too! Rock on, sister! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 9/5/2011 2:18PM

    LOVE the gym bag!!!

Re the weakness / dizziness: as you say, if it IS something, then they should be able to diagnose it and find what you need to fix it. If it's not something physically wrong, but that you need to change or adjust (amount or type of exercise, the way you do your fitness, whatever) so the problem doesn't recur, then they should be able to work with you on it so you can resolve it. I agree with EHAGFELD - you should find help at the school's infirmary.

Thinks me!

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STITCHINGNAN 9/5/2011 3:48AM

    A positeve sign having a gym bag But you must consider your health needs too, Best of Luck emoticon

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AGENTQ 9/4/2011 7:05PM

    Cute bag!

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DELERIOUS64 9/4/2011 7:05PM

    I hope you find out soon why you've been feeling crappy Not knowing AND not working out has to be driving you crazy!

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    I have the same bag! I love mine and glad you have one too. Hope you find the answers you are looking for.

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/4/2011 5:43PM

    Glad to see you're ready for the new school year. Love the new bag! I'm a little worried about placing book(s) in the bag, as it may put too much of a strain on however you carry it. Don't hesitate to visit the school medical expert if your symptoms continue.

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PINKBEANBOO 9/4/2011 5:37PM

    I know what you mean about wanting their to be something wrong because it means there is a solution. I've felt that way before about myself & my kids. Whatever it is I hope it goes away - fast!

$8 for a gym bag? Lucky! Your shoes look great in it. Of course, I'm sure they look even better on your feet during a workout.

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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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