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I miss the "old" Sparkpeople community!

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Recently, I wrote a blog. Big surprise, right? In the blog, I got a comment that accused me of being judgmental. IF it was by a friend that reads my blogs regularly, and actually knew ME and not assumed things about me, maybe I could have taken it more to heart. But, it wasn't.

This wasn't the only time this has happened with my blogs. I know I am not alone, either, unfortunately!

With these comments, I have considered each time making my page not public. Ironically, this most recent time a different member from the other one left me a comment about how I inspire them. If I privatized my page, how would I be able to inspire others? For me, I like that I can inspire others to succeed just because I was in their shoes once.

In addition to limiting my ability to inspire others, I have thought about not blogging anymore and/or leaving the site, honestly. emoticon But, than, I knew I would miss my friends too much.

There is no easy solution. I know this. I just miss the "old" Sparkpeople I met 3 years ago where every comment was supportive and I never worried about being judged here. I guess that is what I liked about Sparkpeople the most... no judgements, just acceptance!

Now years ago, it seems I am no longer accepted here just because I have succeeded and live a healthy lifestyle. In fact, I feel like just because I am fit and healthy now that I am more under a magnifying glass, instead of a spot light, like before. It is almost assumed that I could not understand how if feels to be judged on just my appearance.

Really, now?! Can't I?

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JENN03275 10/15/2011 4:06PM

    Ignore those who are judgemental or rude. It is their own insecurities that make them act this week. I am not a member who will be highlighted for making miraculous weight loss. I lost it before I got here. Also, me being thin doesn't mean I was healthy before either! We are all unique here and that what makes us all special. You support others on their journey everyday whether you know it or not!


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LILLI56 10/15/2011 2:47PM

    I am so sorry that someone would be negative to someone who has shared thoughts and feelings. SP is a great community, and it has inspired me greatly. I have only lost 30 lbs on my weight loss journey of 100 lbs it has taken over my facebook account almost totally. Facebook is my family and friends yet I find so much more acceptance and concern here on SP! I hope you will continue to inspire new beginners here. Thanks to all who still blog and inspire us. emoticon

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W8WHITTILER 10/15/2011 9:53AM

    Wow, I am sorry you had to experience this type of comment!
It is unbelievable that on a site you look to for support and a way to escape the everyday scrutinizing that you had to get it here.

I read that Blog, and you have no reason to feel guilty and the person that left the response needs to go back and reread the blog.
It sounds to me like you are still friends with these said "you sometimes find yourself eating bad with them"
Don't let someone who misread your blog get you down..the read only what they wanted to read and misinterpeted it..and as for your ex, he had not right to try to make you feel guilty, you are not guilty, you are someone who wanted to get healthy so that you can live a longer proud of that.
Your family and friends are simply jealous, and I pray you keep moving forward and don't let this cause a downward spiral, they will follow you in time..they are just hoping you come back to them first.
Stay strong!

But don't quit the site, you have done amazing and you do encourage is members like you that reach that point of making your goal that keeps people like me moving forward.

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INGMARIE 10/11/2011 5:15PM

    FLAGRL1234 is right, keep going, forget the mean, nasty and unfriendly comments.
The ones that count are the other ones, it is great to se people who
has succeeded in their journey. emoticon

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FLGIRL1234 10/11/2011 4:43PM

    The people that have gotten to goal are my BIGGEST inspiration on here! It would be a real loss to lose you. Delete the one comment and then move on...after all.. we are fighters and survivors on SP!

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DEESFIT4LIFE 10/11/2011 4:38PM

    I'm not on your friends list but we have mutual friends. I myself have had the same problem you are talking about and I did leave spark for several months. I was once so verbally attacked on my page, blogs and pictures that I was very upset. Spark did nothing. They removed my blog and told me to be more positive. The offender leaving nasty remarks had nothing done to them. Fair? I think not. I have had to make my page private and am now very selective about who I accept as a friend. Terrible I know but I have to protect myself on my journey. I do not want any nay sayers on my blog putting me down for my own opinions. Most of us are adults and you would think we could behave but some of us have no self control. I am terribly sorry that happened to you and I hope you find the right solution for you. I agree though, the old community was so supportive. emoticon Keep doing what you need to for you, for all those negative people- there's a few positive ones! emoticon emoticon

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CREATINGAMANDA 10/11/2011 4:29PM

    I have recently made my page private, even though it pained me to do so. I'm sure there will come a time when I make it public again but for now, I need to be allowed a little privacy and a little pity party time. For me it wasn't the negative comments that got to me but the (well meaning) positive ones - after what I've been through I'm not just going to be able to flip a switch and get on with life, you know?

Anyway, I'm sorry you received a negative comment. I, too, miss the positive community vibes we used to have. Even if I very rarely get a negative comment (I'm sure plenty of people think them though!) I see them on my friends' pages and it still gets to me.

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SPARKCHANTAL 10/10/2011 5:56PM

    oh how often have i judged and mis-judged, only to realize it was all different anyway. now it's hard for me to take anything that seriously. and even THAT'S easy to say!
because if it's important, i do take it seriously, even if i don't want to!
(going around in circles, eh?)

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CHANCELUND 10/10/2011 4:14PM

    Please do not leave. What you write is just what I need to hear. I need to know that success is possible, not just to get weight off, but to keep it off and have a healthy lifestyle. I don't always comment, even when I read the blogs. I am sorry that a negative person felt the need to comment like that. Keep up the good work and keep on blogging! emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 10/10/2011 2:15PM

    ah, you can always delete nasty comments. And also reply back thanking them for their insightful comment and thanking them for finding the delete key!

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JOAN_HEO 10/10/2011 11:52AM

    Say what? You're thinking of leaving??? I think NOT!!! You are not allowed! You leave and I will hunt you down, text you in the middle of the night, in the wee small hours, during spin classes when you're running your next race, and when you're in the shower!!!

That "leaving" plan of yours is not acceptable. We all need you and your story here. *I* need you here to inspire and support me! You do that EVERY day!

Love you to bits!


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SHARJOPAUL 10/10/2011 10:36AM

    As the Spark community grows, we are bound to get more people who do not understand the basis of this community. What you described is the results of that growth. Those of us who have been here a while (over 3 years for me), understand the need to be supportive and nonjudgemental and in part it is up to us to educate those who do NOT understand. I hope you continue with SP and help keep this the kind of community where we can help each other succeed.

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CIVIAV 10/10/2011 8:54AM

    Old AA expression - it works if you work it...
And you Savannah are working it. It makes a difference for all of us who are working it too!

Keep doing it woman!

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    Please don't go private. I'm one of those people that read but don't comment but need the inspiration. Keep blogging for the quiet ones out here.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/9/2011 9:46PM

    You know, most of the time these people who make nasty comments are not happy with themselves (low self esteem) and are clueless -- so they may not even be aware of how hurtful their comment could be. So, I guess I have really found in my own life that I have to really realize that **I** need to be most concerned with what **I** feel. And go on from there.

I for one would really miss you if you left! I would hope you don't do that.'


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PATRICIAANN46 10/9/2011 6:52PM

  Hi Savannah.......
Most people who feel that they have to make negative comments are people who can't look in the mirror because they don't even like themselves. Often they have very low self-esteem.
YOU know how much you have accomplished since beginning your journey. YOU are an inspiration to so many. YOU are REAL and SENSITIVE and CARING. YOU hang in there and ignore the people who are really their own worst enemies. They don't count!!!

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CALIFGOLFER 10/9/2011 1:52PM

    I think you're awesome! I always try to be supportive of everyone I encounter at SP -- God knows I struggle sometimes and need support......
It's unfortunate that your experience has been negative on occasion,

Just consider the source, and "hang out" with the people that support you.

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MYLADY4 10/9/2011 12:17PM

    I agree. There are some on this site that have no filter and think that their view is the only one that matters. I just ignore these "haters".

You ARE in inspiration. You can't please everyone just make sure that you keep yourself happy.


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MAESTRACH 10/9/2011 12:11PM

    Wow. I can't imagine someone saying such things. I'm sure those are the types of people who aren't going to be here very long. I'm so excited that you're one of our success stories! WAY TO GO! Keep up the great work. I'm sorry that someone missed the whole point of this being a positive supportive community.

Hope things get better for you. Keep up the great work. You are an inspiration. Once I reach my goals, I'll be back to ask lots of advice for maintenance.

Spark Blessings


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LISAINMS 10/9/2011 11:49AM

    I've had negative comments, stupid comments, WTF comments and a massive amount of supportive comments. Screw the haters, Savannah. There's one in every crowd. Don't let someone that doesn't know you make you re-think anything about yourself, your journey or SP for that matter. You're rockin' it. Carry on!

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    Put up your protective shield and be a warrior. Remember that some people are miserable (and envious most likely) and like to make others feel that way as well. I may not comment on your blogs, but I read them....and am often inspired. For every negative comment, I'm sure you have 50 more positive ones who aren't even posting!

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ELLEYKAT 10/9/2011 8:24AM

    Oh no! I'm sorry that's happening to you. I haven't yet gotten any nasty or negative comments on my page, but I know if I did I would feel just TERRIBLE (and ANGRY!) Their mommas need to teach them "If you can't say somethin' nice, don't say anything at all." Is there a way to block specific users? Let's find out and block these mean people!!

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BAM0827 10/9/2011 8:03AM

    You're allowing someone who is judging you by saying you're judgemental ruin things for you? Think about it!

Spark has changed somewhat but there's still more wonderful people than not on here. I bet for every one icky post you get 7-10 good ones! That's kind of like life. We take the good with the bad.

Don't let others have so much impact on your happiness - you control that - no one else does (especially a stanger on Spark)

Hope today is a better day for you!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/9/2011 1:54AM

    I wonder if the offender even realizes how inconsiderate they have been. That's so unfortunate.

There will likely always be some form of discrimination just around the corner -- whether we are still overweight or obese or if we've reached our goal. It's unfortunate that someone felt they need to verbalize their thoughts without proper consideration to how they will be perceived. I know I've said my thoughts poorly, have regretted them, apologized, forgiven myself, and moved on. Unfortunately, it's impossible to take back our words (they remain in cyberspace and often remain in our hearts longer than they should). While it may hurt, I think it only hurts as long as we allow it to hurt us. (Easier said than done.) We have choices to make and I pray that we make the choice that matches our values with the way we want to live our lives.

I hope that all the good that results from healthy living is not negated by the affect only a few others may have influenced us to the contrary. Your journey has been both incredible and inspirational.

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VPOPPY01 10/9/2011 12:11AM

    Aw, I'm sorry! emoticon My take on it is that there's always going to be those people out there and sometimes I just have to take a deep breath and move on. Kermit the Frog put it best "Always be happy. When people are in a bad mood, the last thing they want to do is hang around with happy people"

Hang in there! It'll get better!

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HDHAWK 10/8/2011 11:33PM

    I'm sorry you got some unkind comments on your blog. There are a few people around here who get those. If people don't like something I don't see why they have to comment.

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ANDI_3K 10/8/2011 10:41PM

    I am sorry you feel you are not included or accepted here. That is definitely not the way it should be. you are most definitely welcome here. Hang in it will get better.

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Guilty?! Yep, that is how I feel!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Last night, my ex helped me realize I feel guilty. I feel guilty about getting healthier, mentally and physically, because it means I left my friends and family behind.

But, did I? Not really. I made a choice to change, to better me. They could have made the same choice. Some members of my family are deciding to get healthy.. and I am very proud of them.

But, yet I feel guilty for the ones I left behind. I think this is why I sometimes let myself eat "bad" with them.

Anyone know how to get over this guilt?

Besides that, I found a new love! Spinning! Love it! It sure does make me sore. Yesterday, I was crabby and took it out on the spin bike. Boy, my legs are sore today! I might go for a swim later to give them a break. Lately, it seems like all I do is spin and run, lol. It has been just so nice out!

This, also, means I am slacking in my October goal of doing 60 miles on that pink emoticon. Do you know what this means? Time for me to readjust the goal. I am going to change it to using it at least once a week... to get me started.. readjust from there!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/7/2011 10:48PM

    You are a role model. Never, ever feel guilty about that! Sounds like you "spun" your little heart out yesterday. Good for you!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/7/2011 5:26PM

    It's not just your family . . . this country we live in has a major obesity problem. So if we ever decide to "go with the flow" we are destined to fail. We have to remain strong to the healthy living we have come to believe is the example we have to share with the world. Let us not be an example of sloppy living! Pray that this leaves us even more charged to stay the course, having made the wonderful journey we've made with such great diligence to good and healthy principles. Continue to be that great role model you've begun . . . as your body will ultimately say "thank you" many time over. Smile, smile!

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CIVIAV 10/7/2011 2:07PM

    All the activity is mileage in a way and sounds so much more enjoyable...

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HDHAWK 10/6/2011 7:18PM

    You're doing this for better health. It's their choice to come along or not. If they don't, it doesn't mean you can't be friends with them if they want to.

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BNSUHAS 10/6/2011 5:47PM

    A healthier lifestyle does change the dynamic.. when our loved ones get used to us being a certain way and we change, there are growing pains to say the least. I think the guilt is normal. Just give it some time... these things have a way of stabilizing. The ones that matter will not make you feel guilty but will be supportive.

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VPOPPY01 10/6/2011 5:16PM

    Yay! I'm so glad you're getting into spinning! I am too! Next week I can't get to my afternoon classes so I'm just going to switch it up and go to some early morning spinning classes.

It's hard when it seems your changing and everyone else is staying the same. That's pretty much how my life is at home right now. But what I've found to be helpful is just gradually switch from eating not-so-healthy foods with them to eating more healthy foods when you're around them. Point and case. My fam loves grill outs, Brats Hamburgers, the works. Eventually what I did to not feel so left out was I just asked my dad to grill up some chicken that I had marinating and then when it was done I chopped it up and put it on a salad. I still ate with them, I still had something on the grill, but it wasn't packed with carbs and fat like a brat would. Hope that helps!

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JENN26POINT2 10/6/2011 3:33PM

    I feel that same exact way when I think about doing this and not having my husband on board. It's like I'm leaving him in "poor-health-ville" because he chose not to come with me to "health-ville". It's sad but I'm hoping that, like with your family, he'll start down the road behind me and try to catch up. :)

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ARCHIMEDESII 10/6/2011 3:15PM

    Why did you leave some of your friends and family behind ?

a friend is a friend through thick or thin. Pardon the pun. Just because you made a change does it mean you had to give up your friends who didn't make a change. Put yourself in their shoes. because quite honestly, you were in their shoes not that long ago. How many times were we told we needed to do something about our health before we decided it was time to change.

Just because they haven't made that leap of faith yet does it mean they are any less your friend. I appreciate that the "studies" say that our friends influence our choices, but think of what a good influence you'd be on them. They see you becoming healthier and they might not be so frightened about making the change too.

If you want to get over the guilt, go back and restart those friendships. You can socialize with friends and family without eating junk. And even if they want to eat the treats does it mean you have to eat them too. You could eat them in moderation or you could politely say,"no, thank you". No guilt necessary.

Good friends (and family) are precious.


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VISUALLYRICS 10/6/2011 3:07PM

    What a brilliant choice - to run to fitness and work out that stress....or crabby feeling! emoticon I learned to do that too - it Works! emoticon
I can relate to your relatives dilemma - there are still some who look for me to eat an entire piece of Everything they make!! I'd be sick if I did...esp around the holidays. Now I might enjoy a lick of something my mom is cooking - knowing a serving wouldn't be in my best interest. She has come to respect my lifestyle and she has gone so for as to ask for advice.... she LOVES sweets!

Keep being True to yourself - that is Peace ~ Laura

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GETFIT2LIVE 10/6/2011 3:02PM

    It's tough sometimes to ditch the guilt, but it's really a matter of choosing to love yourself enough to do what's good for you, whether any of the people in your life do or not. Hopefully they will all decide to do the same, but as long as you aren't judging them for their choices, there's no reason to feel guilty. Glad you found another love in spinning! I've yet to give it a real chance (I love running so much!), but I'm sure I'll do it eventually.

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RUNNER12COM 10/6/2011 2:36PM

    The only thing guilt does is bring you down. If there was something you had done wrong, you could apologize and make amends. But there isn't anything you did wrong. You are doing the right things.

Let the other people follow you to a better healthy journey of their own or not. It's their choice.

And you just keep right on doing your thing!

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MSJULES01 10/6/2011 2:32PM

    I think that the ones that should feel guilty are the ones that bring the bad foods to you.

The best thing that you can do is to be proud of how far that you have come. Before you know it the others will open up their eyes to the new and improved YOU.

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DEBJAE 10/6/2011 1:44PM

    Hi! I think you solved your own problem! They choose not to get healthy...and you choose to better your life. You cannot control anyone but yourself...only they can make the decision to change their lives for the better. Do they give you a hard time about doing so well? A good friend is supportive, not negative towards your accomplishments. Unfortunately, sometimes we have to cut loose those friends that are dead weight and that's never an easy decision to make.

Just stay focused on your goals!

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WADINGMOOSE 10/6/2011 1:37PM

    I don't know how to lose the guilt. But I do know that you have to make the best decisions for you - and that's living healthy. Sure, it doesn't hurt to treat yourself once in awhile, but it sucks that we feel guilty for doing good things for ourselves.

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Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Last year, I have a New Year's resolution (goal) to run 11 races in 2011. Recently, I changed it to 6 races in 2011. Of course, being me, I announced it to the Sparkpeople community.

In doing so, a generous Spark Friend, EHAGFELD, offered to sponsor me for one of my races. She understood that as a college student, the expense of race registrations may prevent me from completing my goal. Now, that is support!

One of the races I choose was the Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K Run. I choose this because another Spark Friend, VPOPPY01, has lupus. Right now, as far as I know, there is no cure. The money raised goes toward research for lupus!

I just find it amazing that God blessed with me such a great Spark Friends!

It really was a fun day!

Valerie (VPOPPY01) and I actually went to the Y and did a spin class BEFORE the 5K! Yes, we were that crazy! Than, later met up with Evelyn (EHAGFELD).

I looked up our "official" times of the race and they are the following.. drum roll, please!

VPOPPY01: 33:09

With these times, we all PRed! How awesome is that!

Both EHAGFELD and VPOPPY01 wrote blogs about the 5K as well! I find them both inspiring to read! Check them out!

EHAGFELD's blog, "Blessed by Fellow Sparkers! . . . and a 5K Lupis Walk/Run for Hope!"

VPOPPY01's blog, "Day Trip to Duluth and Lupus 5K!"

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LUCYLU22 10/8/2011 11:27PM

    Congrats to all 3 of you!! Awesome cause, awesome women!! You all truly inspire!! Thanks so much for sharing your stories.


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SHERYLDS 10/4/2011 1:48PM

    congrats to one my favorite awesome spark friends

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CALIFGOLFER 10/3/2011 9:53PM

    I think all three of you are awesome! Such a good cause too. Congrats!

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FUNFROG79 10/3/2011 10:29AM

    Wow! emoticon

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CIVIAV 10/2/2011 7:13PM

    I can't keep up with you! How awesome to keep improving your times. I'm watching...

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VPOPPY01 10/2/2011 6:06PM

    I am so crazily impressed by my time for this race! I'm a little in shock/super inspired to go out and run more. Especially this week since I have no gym lol.

Omg, I can't say enough how much fun I had up there with you! I think I'll have to come back up later this year to hang out some more!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/2/2011 2:38PM

    I'm impressed that you and Valerie were both able to RUN the entire race. I see that the officials recorded a better time than I had had anticipated for my walk. Whether it's a 14.5 or 13.9 minute mile for me, they're both fabulous numbers. Happy to provide some much needed funds to a great cause. There was also an Alzheimer's walk elsewhere in the city. You're well on your way to meeting your goal for total 5Ks this year. WooHoo! This was truly the re-energizer I needed.

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VISUALLYRICS 10/2/2011 1:39PM

    I am too Blessed by you - my Fellow Sparkers!
What an Outstanding 5K run, Ladies!! I admire you, your journey and your testimony!!
emoticon on such a rewarding Run!! ~ Laura

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

My weight loss journey started during the summer of 2009. I lost 30 pounds that summer with tons of walking. At the end of that summer, I decided to walk a 5K. I choose a local one and gathered my friends for the CASDA 5K. Many bailed but Jared did not.

The next fall, 2010, Jared and I ran the 5K together in 37:38. Here is the photo from last year!

We were planning on doing it together again this year but he had a game for curling. So, I asked my running friend, Stephanie to do it with me.

I consider her experienced. She can easily do a 10 minute pace while that is "fast" for me. Also, she has done many halfs and a few full marathons. It was alot of fun!

Our time was 32:43! emoticon

My goal was 32:00. Not bad considering I was "ill" for three weeks and detrained alot. Also, I only ran once this week. In July, I did the 5K with my sister for the 4th of July in 33:45. This means I shaved a minute off my time! WIN!

I have three *hopefully* races coming up.
-Lupus Walk for Hope and 5K
-Black Cat 5K
-Harvest Run (My sister's first 5K!)

I still cannot believe that I CAN run a 32:43 5K! WIN! emoticon

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JOAN_HEO 9/29/2011 4:21PM

    You are the bestest!!!! You look so adorable! Or as a teacher friend says...adora-bell!

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LIFESGREAT2DAY 9/28/2011 10:19PM

    That's wonderful! Such a difference in photos in one year too! Keep up the amazing job you are doing!

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PATRICIAANN46 9/24/2011 9:23PM

  YOU are emoticon!!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/24/2011 7:58PM

    You are a lean, mean running machine! you can do whatever you put your mind to.

Ditch the scale! At least for awhile. You're right . . . if you need to, there is one @ the gym. It's not worth gettin frustrated about. DO remember that you were not able to do your usual routine when you weren't feeling well. That takes it's toll, but it's not irreversable1 Just look @ where you were @ the beginning of this journey! You are back in the saddle again and you'll be fine.



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STRIPEDTIGER 9/24/2011 3:37PM

    I can certainly believe it!! You've become a stud (or the girl equivalent) !!

I'm so happy for you! Keep up the fantastic work!! Keep being proud of EVERY accomplishment!!


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LISAINMS 9/24/2011 3:32PM

    Awesome improvement! Keep on keepin' on, Savannah. You're doing terrific!

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    Wow! That's fantastic! You really did a great job! I knew you would! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/24/2011 12:38PM

    Great run! And you look so much healthier this year. WooHoo!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/24/2011 11:55AM

    Way to go, that is wonderful--and love the pictures! I hope I can eventually get my times down that much for a 5K. Awesome job, especially considering being sick and not training much during that time!


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CIVIAV 9/24/2011 11:33AM

    You CAN And DID! Woohoo!

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Fall Goals

Friday, September 23, 2011

As some of you know, I have been struggling with goals.

After a chat with a campus leader, I decided to make a goal with miles on a treadmill. You see my campus is getting a pink treadmill for Breast Cancer Awareness. For the month of October, for every mile that is ran/walked, 10 cents is donated to research. My goal? Complete 60 miles on that emoticon! I am really excited about this goal!

I got to thinking about my running and such. I came to the conclusion that races do keep me focused. So, I decided I want to do 100 races by the time I turn 30, April 2016. This sounds like a huge number, doesn't it? But, so did 100 pounds and I did that! I can do this, too!

In 2009, I did two races.
In 2010, I did four races.
In 2011, I hope to complete six races.

See the pattern?! As long as I increase by four races each year, I will be able to reach my goal!

Another goal I have is more traditional. In other words... bor-ing! Haha!

They are to lose ONE pound each week. This means by I would be 153 by November 18th! Also, every other week I would be taking measurements and photos.

Lastly (but not least), I am going to keep lifting MWF with free weeks. At the end of the 8 weeks, I am going to reward myself with something. Not sure with what yet, though.

So, instead of working on homework, I worked on a revamping my motivational board which has my goals on it. Now, I feel focused.

What are your goals for the fall? For October? emoticon

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ERIKA05 9/26/2011 11:15AM

    Good for you! I'm travelling for all of October, so my goals are more amorphous - something along the lines of: don't overeat, easy on the wine, do something ambitious and physical every second day (like climbing the Eiffel Tower), be awesome, have fun! It's weird because I'm normally very goal oriented, so the idea of "free-lancing" kind of bothers me. I'm bringing my HRM though, so hopefully that will help me to keep on track and be realistic about how many calories climibing the Eiffel Tower actually burns.
I love the idea of 100 races by your 30th birthday! I wonder what a reasonable number would be for *someone* turning 29 in like a week...

I can;t wait to check in and see how it all went when I'm back. Good luck with your awesome October goals!

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MYLADY4 9/24/2011 9:47PM

    Good goals!! If you need some races to run next year and don't mind a 2 hour drive, have some nice races down by me.

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/23/2011 9:21PM

    I like this new spark that has you on fire. Give if your best because that's what you deserve.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/23/2011 6:11PM

    Good job!!

My goals:

1. Maintain my weight by continuing to track my nutrition and portion control -- meaning continuing to weigh/measure. Keeps me honest!

2. I want to have at least one meatless meal/week.

Ok -- boring goals, I admit!

Keep on sparking!

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CRISSYCURRY 9/23/2011 4:16PM

    Sounds like good goals!

Hmm, I haven't given it much thought but I guess my goals are to maintain my weight and run my first full marathon on December 3. I would like to get more toned but that will come with time and more STing.

Good luck with your goals!

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    You can do this you know! You will, too! emoticon

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HEIDISO 9/23/2011 1:38PM

    How many races have you complete so far this year?

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