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Pink Kettlebell on it's Way !!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The scale started moving again. Thank goodness to my note taking and recording in a journal I was able to figure out how to make it move. Its a history making discovery for me !!! To figure out why my weight loss had slowed down and how to make it move again. I am down 13.4 pounds, something that is shocking to me as weight doesn't come off easily for me.

The nutrition page has been an excellent tool to teach me portion size and calorie count. I never had a clue before that I was over eating. I though I was eating a healthy diet. It taught me to find lower calorie substitutions. I figured since I was a vegetarian that I was eating a healthy diet and didn't have to worry. Sigh. What a learning journey. Reading spark articles taught me that foods I though were healthy alternatives were not necessarily so. Last night I invested in some nutriton books to help me on my journey.

On 11-11-10 my workout was walking on the beautiful walking trail in town and a Leslie Sampson DVD using zumba shakers to work out my arms. My goal is to get them stronger to use my pink kettlebells for a longer period of time. My total Steps is 14,783. 144 moderate activity, 102 vigorous, 3219 calories burned.

Yesterday my husband and I went on a hike in the mountains enjoying the beautiful fall colors. We came across a hidden treasure off on a dirt road, deep in the Shasta Trinity forest. The place we discovered is an incredibly beautifly secluded place.

We took photos of our journey, awed by the beauty of the emerald colored moss growing on the rocks and trees. The sunlight was filtered through the tree branches making it look even lovier as it enhanced the colors of the moss. It looked like faeries came along and covered everything in this beautifully living moss. There were a few mushroom rings under the trees, the sound of a waterfall in the near distance, beautiful maidenhair ferns, the fall colors, birds singing. It looked so magical and peaceful. We spent time there taking photos and enjoying the beauty of nature. I walked to a waterfall and found some beautiful pools of water just perfect for dipping in had it been summer.

My total steps yesterday was 6705. I went to bed early due to severe pain and fatigue not controlled by medication. 2630 calories burned, 121 moderate activity, 8 vigorous.

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CHELSEAANNE8 11/15/2010 6:12PM

    I am EXTREMELY happy that you are feeling such much better! emoticonAND that you are enjoying the beautiful fall weather. emoticon emoticonDon't you love the wonderful cooler weather? I do! Have a wonderful rest of the week.
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/13/2010 8:12PM

    I so a agree that the food tracker and knowing what I'm burning each day are awesome tools for figuring out weight loss.

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NPDSLEUTH 11/13/2010 5:53PM

    GOOD for you! And I Love, Love, Love the KBs. Hope you do too! xx

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BKWHITE3 11/13/2010 5:47PM

    Sounds like you had a beautiful walk with your husband.

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BOLLINGER25 11/13/2010 5:14PM

    Sounds like a wonderful walk. I know you're relieved to have the scale move again. Mine sometimes gets "stuck" too. Have a great day!

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ZANNACHAN 11/13/2010 4:11PM

    Awesome! That sounds like a lovely walk.

And I'm glad that the scale started moving again for you. You are doing a great job!

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GREEKGIRL71 11/13/2010 4:07PM

    You are truly amazing! I'd love to see some of those photos from your walk!

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Rescued by my HERO !!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Yesterday was wonderful !!! I felt so good, especially after my nap. It was a pain free day, I had more energy, and clearer thoughts. The MS gave me a break for a bit.

My husband and I went on a walk by the creek listening to the gurgle of the water and enjoying the fall colors. My pace was brisk, my balance was better than normal, I felt so happy and free from Multiple sclerosis. At the end of our walk is a very steep slop that goes in to our backyard. I climbed it faster than I have in two years and did the happy dance with my cane in my hands with a great big grin on my face. Then once inside I sat down.

Nothing was the same after that. The small moment of JOY faded away as it hit again. I once again lost my strength and needed help to rise out of the recliner. In the shower I was so weak I had to sit on the shower chair. I couldn't get up without help from my husband. I never had to ask for help out of the shower before. Its so discouraging. Yet that brief fleeting moment when I could move my legs like a normal person was so fun, it felt like a weight had been lifted from my body to feel that good.

My total steps yesterday 13,257.
Calorie burn 3104.
155 moderate activity
38 vigorous.

I completed powerfit back, biceps, and thighs dvd. I couldn't get off the floor when I was done exercising, so my hero rescued me.

5 min. of kettlebell. I couldn't do anymore. I tried doing it first. The 4 lb. kettlebell is too heavy for me, so I will have to find something lighter to use.

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    I just read this blog, and I just wanted to throw a Hurray your way! You are doing fantastic in spite of set backs and hindrances! Thank you for the inspiration! I really appreciated it! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/12/2010 10:04PM

    Love your kitty pictures! Hooray for the great walk along the water!

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AZURELITE 11/12/2010 11:23AM

    You are tenacious and inspiring... I'm adding you as a friend too!

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ALISHAB3 11/12/2010 10:24AM

    I truly hope you get more of those moments when your body works for you! emoticon

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/12/2010 10:23AM

    This was so inspiring - that you reveled and enjoyed your time. You are so strong mentally. Kudos to your hero.

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PRPLMAMA 11/11/2010 8:02PM

    Thank you for the reminder to celebrate the small successes! May we all find such a hero!

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BOLLINGER25 11/11/2010 7:43PM

    I'm glad to hear you got to enjoy a walk outside! Really enjoy those moments and remember them for the times MS returns. Your kitty picture is cute. I have 3 of my own.

By the way, don't worry too much about the KB. When I first tried Kettlenetics, I was winded after 10 minutes. I like KBs though and even took one to show my parents some of the exercises. The KB I had was too heavy for my mom, but she was able to do some of the exercises (like halos) herself with a lightweight dumbbell. So, maybe that would help? Just a thought. Have a good night!

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NPDSLEUTH 11/11/2010 7:42PM

    Congratulations! I'm so glad for you!! Love the cat photo BTW xx


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RFTALLENT 11/11/2010 7:34PM

    You must've felt like Cindarella at the ball before the coach turned back into a pumpkin. How wonderful that you embrace those days, even if they are few and far between.

If the 4 lb kettlebell feels like too much for you right now, why don't you try the same exercises with a 2 lb dumbbell?

My best wishes to you and your "HERO".


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ZANNACHAN 11/11/2010 7:27PM

    It must be terrible to have to struggle for even normal things like showers. But I'm really glad that you got to go out and enjoy the beautiful weather we've been having with your husband.

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WALKEROFDOGS 11/11/2010 6:58PM

    More power to you and your Hero. Enjoy the good days and remember them. When the legs dont work,and you cant.You are a strong person or you wont be doing all that you are. MS SUCKS Have freind who husband has....I saw your blog and just had to add my 2 cents worth .Have a great what ever you can do... emoticon emoticon

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New Kittens !!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Aren't they cute ???

Yesterday I felt weak, tired, brain dead, having intense pain from the MS. I resorted to taking a prescription of Neurotin daily that I hate because it makes me feel loopy, tired, weaker, and sleepy. Its just the pain is so out of control that I tear up at unexpected instances from the pain. It sneaks up silently and burns so intensely that all I can do is not move frozen, grabbing my leg, with tears in my eyes.

The workout I completed was Powerfit and a few min. of leslie sampson. I continued to march in place off and on building up steps and my strength. Tomorrow I will report on a shocking surprise !!!

My total Steps 8038.
143 moderate activity.
15 vigorous.
2604 cal. burned.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/12/2010 5:21PM

    Way to go on continuing to work out in spite of the pain. You are very inspirational to me.

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BOLLINGER25 11/11/2010 4:21PM

    I'm sorry to hear you're in pain. I hope you get to feeling better soon! emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 11/11/2010 11:03AM

    I hope you feel better soon. *Hugs*

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/11/2010 9:12AM

    Hope you feel better today.

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Help I've fallen and Can't get Up !!!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

My workout yesterday was extra challenging. My energy has been going up and down as my body continues to battle the flare and heal. A nap was required so I could muster up the energy to workout. LOL. A nap needed before I workout??? Doesn't seem to make sense, but it worked.

I was extra weak yesterday making the workout harder. My husband still has to help me out of the chair. I struggle to lift a dinner plate full of food, even empty. I was able to lift my leg into the car by myself !!! A major accomplishment for me. The neuropathy is driving me crazy with fusteration, keeping me awake tonight when I desperately need sleep.

I did Powerfit by Stephanie Hucklebee Cardio DVD. Thank goodness there wasn't any floor work as I wouldn't of been able to get up without help. No I didn't fall, but any of you who have loved ones at home take a walkie talkie with you or cell phone if you workout in a room by yourself in case you can't get up. Since my husband came up with this plan he has always hears me when I need his help.

I managed to get 10,000 steps in by sparking off and on. My legs felt like lead, very heavy today and my balance was worse. When I worked out, I used the barre my husband mounted for balance. Thanks Honey !!!

I will update my totals later in the morning when I have access to my gowear fit watch. Its in the bedroom with my sleeping husband.

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NPDSLEUTH 11/10/2010 6:09PM

    You're doing great. And naps -- what's wrong with that? One of the women from the Biggest Loser does that sometimes she says (this is Ali, the first female BL). Rest is important too!

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PROPMAN1 11/10/2010 1:33PM

  One day at a time. Do what you can and don't worry about the rest 'cause every little thing is gonna be alright. Thank you for sharing your fight and courage! Take care. emoticon

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CAROLYNA10 11/9/2010 6:57PM

    Very proud of you. You are an inspiration to all of us. Great suggestion re the cell phone/walkie talktie/baby monitor. My husband insists I take the cell phone will me at all times. emoticon

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1970JENN 11/9/2010 11:13AM

  You are doing awesome. One day at time doing what you can and not letting MS defeat you. I'm so proud of you. Sending big emoticon and positive healing vibes your way.

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BKWHITE3 11/9/2010 11:05AM

    You are my Hero!

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 11/9/2010 10:33AM

    As always, reading how much you accomplish by pushing through and finding solutions to your situation is an inspiration to me. I've been down because of my limitations with my ankle, but then I remember all that you do with your MS, and it makes me think of ways to get around my own limitations. Thanks again for sharing your journey. It means so much to me. emoticon emoticon

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 11/9/2010 10:33AM

    As always, reading how much you accomplish by pushing through and finding solutions to your situation is an inspiration to me. I've been down because of my limitations with my ankle, but then I remember all that you do with your MS, and it makes me think of ways to get around my own limitations. Thanks again for sharing your journey. It means so much to me. emoticon emoticon

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 11/9/2010 10:33AM

    As always, reading how much you accomplish by pushing through and finding solutions to your situation is an inspiration to me. I've been down because of my limitations with my ankle, but then I remember all that you do with your MS, and it makes me think of ways to get around my own limitations. Thanks again for sharing your journey. It means so much to me. emoticon emoticon

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RFTALLENT 11/9/2010 10:02AM

    This might sound crazy, but I have a baby monitor that I've used in the room where I exercise. I bought it when my parents were ill, and never got rid of it. And if I or my roommate are sick, we move it into the "sick room". But, I make sure that I have a phone nearby if I'm exercising when I'm at home alone.

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ZANNACHAN 11/9/2010 9:19AM

    Once again, you've shown how much can be accomplished if you don't think of excuses, but work out ways to deal with problems. You are doing an incredible job.

Your husband sounds like a real gem, too.

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SAMI199 11/9/2010 8:29AM

    You are are courage. Sending every good thought your way-

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PLAYBLUES22 11/9/2010 8:17AM

    Sweetie, reading your blog has made me realize no matter what pain you are associated with, if you have determination you will make it

Thank you for the uplift I needed this morning,. good looking out emoticon

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PAMINHALF 11/9/2010 8:01AM

  Wow this just proves you can do it. Keep up the awesome work.

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MISSY0356 11/9/2010 6:43AM

    Despite your pain, you still managed to get in 10,000 steps WOW that is awesome. Keep up the positive attitude and determination and you will be fine. You are clearly on the right track!! emoticon

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CHRYS13 11/9/2010 6:01AM

    What a powerful and determined person you are!
My dh has polyneuropathy....I check on him constantly!
(Love the picture....I can identify!)
Wishing you a terrific Tuesday! emoticon

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BILLPHIL123 11/9/2010 5:39AM

    Keep going. I slack off and don't have the problems you do. If you can keep going...I can too! Thanks. Love the picture. Loks like me on occassion! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DHSPARK 11/9/2010 5:25AM

    Keep on, keeping on...

Deb :)

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DEDICATED2HIM 11/9/2010 5:23AM

    I've learned the hard way to always carry my cell phone...although lately I've slacked off a bit from that (getting too cocky I think) With the hip dislocation and sudden paralysis being possibilties for me at any time, I really think I needed your reminder....thanks!

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MGAYLE 11/9/2010 5:11AM

    Keep moving forward!

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Is It time to Stop ?

Monday, November 08, 2010

I felt hurt when others question my honesty and integrity in reporting my exercise. My tender heart is bruised easily and my feelings hurt. I never have been tough like others or developed a thick skin. There is no gain from me to write about my changes in weight loss, health issues, exercise completed. I don't care about the number of points I earn or the public acknowledgement. I debated last night if I should make my journal private - feeling sadness and pain that I was being questioned by others. There is a saying mean people suck. Yay they do, maybe one day they will know how there words impact others and think before saying mean things and behave in a mean fashion.

My logic for blogging is to keep me accountable and on track, focused and dedicated to doing what I have wanted to do for a long time but lacked in consistency. Personally it does me no good to make up any event or to write about things that I haven't done as implied.

I blog for me, for no one else. Its selfish I admit, but no one cares other than me what my outcomes are. Only I desire to loose weight, improve my health, regain lost strength, develop life-long healthful habits, and look good.

Yesterday the same health issues challenged me. I napped as needed and got up and kept on determined to get my exercise in.

So today I continue on writing another page in my blog. Yesterday's workout was Powerfit Legs and Shoulders and Gorgeous Core lean, long, and strong with classic abwork. I marched in place and walked to accumulate steps.

My total Steps is 17,295.

My weight has gone down from 188.6 on 9-9-10 to 177.0 as of today. Since my first measurement I have lost 9.5 inches. My weight was stuck at all last month, even gaining a bit of weight. This month I am down 3 pounds.

The difference has been in being able to read my notes as to what was working in the beginning and going back to those activities, tracking my food intake, and increasing the number of steps I take. The steps are achieved in mini-sparks. When I first started before spark I could barely walk. It still is hard to walk but I keep at it. I never know from day to day if I will be able to walk or get out of the chair myself. Today I needed help getting up. It doesn't stop me. I can still walk inside safely adding steps whether its watching tv or doing a leslie sampson dvd.

Yesterday my husband mounted up a ballet barre on the wall so I can do barre exercises.

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BEAUTIFLDZSTR 11/9/2010 11:19PM

    woo hoo you go girl, keep it up and to heck with the negative people

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1970JENN 11/9/2010 11:20AM

  Don't let others negativty drive you down. Ignore the mean people who try to discourage you. There will always be people who want to see others fail. Know that what you are doing is right for you and please keep blogging your determination and courage is an inspiration to many, with and without MS. I personally know when I come and read your blog and see all that you do that I have no excuses to not exercise. emoticon

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 11/9/2010 11:18AM

    I just looked at the comment in question, and I agree w/Cynthia47. I don't think he was meaning to question the numbers you post, I think he was in awe because that number would be impossible for him at this time. Everything else in his post was positive and encouraging. Please take another look with fresh eyes, and maybe have hubby take a look to see what he thinks. I really think the poster was complimenting you, but I know how it is when you put your heart and soul into something and it feels like someone is questioning your efforts and your integrity. I'm going to say it as nicely as possible...I think you might have misunderstood his intentions...please go back and look at the rest of his comment. It's ok if you misunderstood, I've definitely done that before.

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 11/9/2010 11:13AM

    It is beyond me why anyone on here would say anything disparaging or discouraging to someone else. After all, I thought the whole point of being on here was to be in a SAFE place where you could experience this journey with others.

Oh well...as many other people have said, try not to let it get you down. I know it would be hard for me to have a thick skin if I were in your shoes. And if people had the time you have during the day, they might be able to accomplish what you do. I'm at home all day with our daughter, and if I weren't doing other things in the house and taking care of her, I might be able to do what you do. Don't let haters detract from your sense of accomplishment. I for one am encouraged and inspired by all that you post on here. If you feel you need to make your journal private, then by all means, please do what is best for you and what you feel comfortable with. If the actual number of steps and workout accomplishments are in question, maybe you can track them on here privately and still blog about your experiences doing those things. You have to take care of yourself mentally and emotionally just like you are physically. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KJDOESLIFE 11/9/2010 9:43AM

    People stink sometimes. Even in a community as great as SP is, you get bad apples. You can always increase your exercise of the day by clicking the "delete" button next to snarky comments. ;) Keep doing what YOU want to do and don't worry about any cranky naysayers that just want to rain on someone's day!

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ZANNACHAN 11/9/2010 9:33AM

    I'm so sorry that you've had some negative comments. I know it's hard but try not to let them get to you--you know what you have accomplished. It says more about them than it does about you if they question that.


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BELLASMOM8 11/9/2010 8:48AM

    I am sorry that you had negative comments, I had them myself and decided to quit blogging here. I commend you for continuing with your blogging and wish I had the strength that you do. Know that you have has inspired me to think about once again blogging and putting my feelings out there for myself.

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BILLPHIL123 11/9/2010 5:43AM

    Keep going! Yes, people can be cruel and I think they are basically inseure so they attack others and not themselves. You are ok! emoticon Phyllis

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DEDICATED2HIM 11/9/2010 5:34AM

    It's obvious that this person isn't accomplishing half of what you are even despite your disability and they just can't believe that someone could be that successful. Actually, I just read the comment in question....and I believe that person, like myself, was in awe of your accomplishments. They would be impossible for me to attain, even on a good day! I don't think that he was suggesting that you are being dishonest, judging by the tone of the rest of the commentl.

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KATHYJO56 11/9/2010 2:27AM

    Try (I know this is the operative word) to not let others get you down. Maybe they are the ones who are dishonest. Because we both suffer from the same disease, I know how honest you are. I would believe you anyway, but this is what makes your blog that much closer to my heart. You are doing awesome and it is very hard to do it. I am proud of you, your accomplishments, and proud to call you my friend! emoticon

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RFTALLENT 11/9/2010 12:23AM

    Who has a right to question what you do? It's your blog, your life, and your exercise program. I've read some awfully mean-spirited things lately and, call me naive, but I never expected it on Spark People. This should be the one place that we can all come for encouragement and support. I'm very sorry that you've had this experience and I hope that you won't let it dampen your spirits. Chose your friends carefully and tell these nay-sayers to eat your dust.

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NPDSLEUTH 11/8/2010 11:38PM

    I am so sorry you went through that. As everyone else said, don't let them get you down, really. Just ignore them!

When I first joined here I had a few people write very mean things to me when I asked questions. They were quite disparaging about what I was eating and my goals. Well now that I'm down almost 40 pounds I look back and think thank GOD I didn't let them derail me!

If it makes any difference to you, I write all of my goals each week (updated daily) on the Kettlebells Team blog. I love doing it for the same reasons you do -- it keeps me motivated and accountable. I'd love to have others join me on that thread. It says "personal goals" --



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SHEDANCERJ 11/8/2010 11:10PM

    you have made some awesome strides and i congratulate you for it!!!

yes people can be mean but people only have as much power as you let them....don't let there questions matter...you know what you do and that's all that matters!!! if blogging it what keeps you motivated and honest then stick to it and don't let what other say bring you down

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VARGOK 11/8/2010 10:38PM

    People only have as much power over your feeling as you give them. Don't make it easy for them.

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KYMBERLEIGH_C 11/8/2010 10:14PM

    Stick with it! Anyone who's feeling so inferior that they need to insult someone else's work needn't be on Sparkpeople. Sparkpeople is for those who feel positive about their goals and themselves, and who are here to INSPIRE others, not drag them down! The hell with anyone who'd doubt your work!! I say keep on truckin' momma!!

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BARCLE 11/8/2010 10:09PM

    I am sorry and quite frankly really really really p*ssed off to read that you've negative comments from people - that's NOT what SparkPeople is about. To me, it's a positive and encouraging site.

There is nothing to gain by 'cheating' - the only person you'd be cheating is yourself so why would you bother? The answer is simple - like me (and the vast majority of Sparkers on site) you wouldn't.

Congrats on all your hard work - that's fantastic and keep up the super work.

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JOFOR15 11/8/2010 9:59PM

  It's easier to be negative. I noticed this on youtube when a cute video of a kitty was shown & there were people who had negative things to say. What the heck, it's a kitty. The same with a baby doing something funny on there. It's amazing that that's the way it is, but all you can do is ignore that stuff.

Look how some of the people in public life are talked about. I may not agree with some of them, but I don't hate them. How could I when I don't really know them?

You keep going for yourself & be proud of your results!

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TYEASLEY 11/8/2010 9:54PM

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TRESSAGRACE 11/8/2010 9:48PM

    I agree. Spark is here for you! For support, For motivation, for encouragement.

Keep up the good work!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 11/8/2010 9:43PM

    You are accountable only to yourself on this site and that is why it is so wonderful. I agree with others who said the negative people need to leave. I am here to get support and to give support. Support is always postitive. You have a wonderful husband to put up a barre for you. Keep marching and stepping in place if that is what you can do....I think the others are jealous and lying to themselves. emoticon

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HAPPYWRITER7 11/8/2010 9:34PM

    emoticon I completely understand about having the weak legs but resting up with determination to get the exercise in. My sister thinks Im crazy sometimes, but being determined is one of the only things I have that makes me feel...normal you know? I completely understand. Im surprised that someone would question you.
Shouldnt they be minding their own workouts and health plan?

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BARBARAA9 11/8/2010 9:31PM

    Don't let others take you from doing what you need to do to accomplish your goal. Keep working and you will achieve your goal. emoticon

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DARBOYMOM 11/8/2010 9:27PM

    You're right -- mean people do indeed suck! I find it incredible that there are people on Spark People who are making comments that make others feel badly about what they are doing (or not doing). You are not the first person I've read about that has had this problem.

If you happen to be one of those people who find it appropriate to make negative comments to other Spark People, and are reading this comment, I have one word for you: LEAVE. That's right, get the heck off this site. It was meant to inspire and encourage others. If you don't understand that, you don't belong here.

And, back to TIME2BLOOM4ME -- Please please please don't let a few rotten apples spoil your Spark People experience!!! There are plenty of people on this site who want to encourage others, and I hope you've far more positive experiences than negative ones. I really encourage you to brush off the negative comments to those "meanies" and keep on truckin!!!

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STEPHANIE0982 11/8/2010 9:25PM

    screw the losers who question why you blog!! I blog to stay accountable to myself and if that's what you need to stay accountable then do it! The ballet barre sounds awesome and what a loving husband to install it for you!

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