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Mother's Day Was a MILESTONE for me.

Monday, May 10, 2010

It was exactly 1 year ago on Mother's Day that I made the decision that I needed to change. I had been talking to my husband about how unhappy I was with my weight. Since they hadn't gotten a gift for me for Mother's Day, we decided as a family to go to the store to find me some clothes suitable for getting fit. I completely skipped the women's department since I knew nothing would fit me. I was wearing size 20 capris and a 2XL top. After finding some track pants and a t-shirt in the men's department we headed home. That afternoon I went for my very first run. I managed to plug along for 2 blocks. There were tears, but I also felt a sense of accomplishment. At 225 pounds I was out there and trying to run.

As the summer progressed I did lose some weight, but I know now that I still wasn't eating the right foods in the right amounts. Eventually I was able to run a mile straight, but it was a struggle.

Fast Forward a year.

Mother's Day this year--I started my day with a 5 mile run--NO WALK BREAKS! I've been on sparkpeople for 4 months and I feel like I've got a pretty good handle on nutrition (although I'm still learning every day). My size 11 jeans are baggy. I'm more fit than I've ever been. I'm about to run in my second 5K on Friday night, and I have made the decision to upgrade to a 10-Mile, YES 10 MILE RACE in October. I feel like I hardly know that woman from a year ago. I was full of emotion yesterday as I processed all of that info.

As for my gifts from my family...a new pair of running shoes which I definitely needed:


They are WONDERFUL! They are a support shoe so they keep me from over-pronating which has been an issue for me! I'm already noticing that my shin splints are better.

I also got a couple of Nike sweat bands, some Nike Headbands, AND a jogger's can of pepper spray--it's on an elastic band so it's ready if I ever need to defend myself.

We're going to keep looking for a Buff for a bit...I kind of want to see them in person instead of just ordering one online.

To sum this up, I'm a whole new me! And I couldn't be happier.

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LIFE-FAITH 5/21/2010 12:23PM

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You keep on going girl~ You are doing great!
Congrats on where you are today!
I am so very proud of you!
jeanla

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IWILLTRANSFORM 5/16/2010 6:35PM

    I want to cry as I read this. I am so proud of you. Gosh i have known you for what 2 months now and I feel like I have been going through the process with you. I have seen great changes in the little bit of time I have known yuo and you are spreading such success around you. You are the reason I got motivated enough to do my first 5K. You were with me that day. Thanks Jess for being such an inspiration. I wish I could run 5 miles along with you some day. xoxo Molly

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MJCLARENDON 5/14/2010 9:14AM

    Really cool story, congratulations, that's great!

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RUNTRILAUGH 5/14/2010 9:08AM

    awesome job! you have inspired me today!!!!
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NICOLE12-01 5/14/2010 9:06AM

    You have come so far and should be so proud of yourself and your accomplishments! It took a lot for you to decide to get healthy Mother's Day 2009 and it took strength to not give up when that 2 block run was tough! I love that you celebrated this Mother's Day by celebrating your fitness and your health! You're definitely an inspiration and are doing AMAZING things! Keep up the great work! You're going to do FANTASTIC at the race tonight AND in that 10 miler! Can't wait to hear how tonight's race goes!
P.S.....LOVE THE SHOES! I'm a HUGE fan of Saucony! :)

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AMYSUE20 5/11/2010 3:48PM

    You are such an inspiration! Awesome job and thanks for the great blog! emoticon

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SHIPESTA 5/10/2010 11:07PM

    you are what I want to be when I hit my 1 year anniversary - amazing! Thank you so much for the motivation.

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LULUTHELEO 5/10/2010 11:04PM

    Yay Jess!!! I loved your blog today. I am late, but Happy Mother's Day from one runner to another!!!

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KDONOVAN70 5/10/2010 8:01PM

    Best of luck to you on your 5k on Friday. Way to go to signing up for the 10 miler. You have come a long way in a year. I am so happy for you.

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MOMM4LIFE 5/10/2010 5:51PM

    I am so extremely excited for you!!!! You have done marvelous work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROOT4HOME 5/10/2010 5:31PM

    Jess - I about teared up reading your blog!! Mother's Day is very special for us moms but for you to have the added significance of beginning your wt loss journey on that day too - and having accomplished so much more than just wt loss is INSPIRATIONAL!! So proud & happy for you!! emoticon

You're so going to be ready for the 10miler in Oct!! emoticon

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Recipe from the TOH Cooking School :)

Saturday, May 08, 2010

I mentioned that I attended the Taste of Home cooking school last weekend, and was actually part of the stage help. Here is one of the recipes that we prepared that was actually quite healthy! I haven't made it for my family yet, but I did get to taste it at the show. I really liked it and it didn't taste like "healthy" or "diet" food! I'll also include the nutrition info at the end...ENJOY!

Down-Home Pork Chops
prep/ total time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

4 Boneless pork loin chops (4 oz. each)
1 Tbsp Canola Oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup Beef Broth
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
2 tsp. corn starch
2 Tbsp. cold water

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown pork chops on both sides in the oil; remove and set aside. Add garlic to the pan; saute for 1 minute. Stir in the broth, brown sugar, soy sauce, and pepper flakes. Return chops to the pan; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.

Remove chops and keep warm. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into the broth mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minutes or until thickened. Serve with the chops.

Nutrition facts for 1 chop with 2 Tbsp of sauce:
calories: 219
fat: 10 g (3g Saturated)
cholesterol: 55 mg
sodium: 376
carbs: 8 g
fiber: trace amount
protein: 23 g
Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat, 1/2 starch

Enjoy!

  
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HEALTH4LYFE 5/9/2010 2:07PM

    The recipe looks yummy. Will you post it on SP recipes? So that when it is made, people can search and add it to their menu for the day? emoticon

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BONJI40 5/9/2010 12:57PM

    Thank you for sharing the recipe! Sounds like a good one!
~Carrie
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WANT2BEFIT10 5/9/2010 8:59AM

    I would think swapping chicken broth for the beef broth would work just fine emoticon

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CBEVNOW 5/9/2010 4:16AM

    Thanks, i love Taste of home. This sounds good. When i bake chops i bake them in chicken broth, low sodium, could you use this if yu didnt have beef broth? i would think so? Caroline

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DANCENTHERAIN 5/8/2010 6:37PM

    Thanks for sharing! It looks good! emoticon

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A Tankini in public...

Friday, May 07, 2010

Today was a milestone day for me. I wore a tankini in public...and I didn't feel embarrassed! Now I'm not saying I have a rockin' bod by any means, but I was not embarrased to put on my bathing suit and get into the wading pool at our YMCA with my kids. I honestly wasn't even thinking about if other people were looking. I felt completely comfortable in my own skin. I had a great time with my kids splashing and playing. WOW. I never thought I'd be here. emoticon

  
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NICOLE12-01 5/8/2010 1:41PM

    AWESOME! What a great feeling!!! I'm so happy for you!
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LIFE-FAITH 5/8/2010 11:02AM

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Great job on your success!
jeanla

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ROOT4HOME 5/7/2010 11:54PM

    emoticonSo happy for you, Jess, to feel comfortable in your own skin!!! It's what so many of us just want and you're there!! emoticon emoticon

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MOMM4LIFE 5/7/2010 5:52PM

    That is awesome! I so happy for you!!! emoticon

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ARAMAR80 5/7/2010 5:46PM

    Congratulations! I cant wait until I get to that moment...Up to now, I wear shorts and a tank top and even that makes me feel uncomforatable. But I know when I get there, all this work I am doing will have been worth it!

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PICKIE98 5/7/2010 5:22PM

    How cool is that? Besides, your kids could care less who saw you or how you looked , and ask yourself how important that time will matter in ten years? To you, your kids, or the people that saw you!! Spark on!!

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ABC's of Me

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Took this from a fellow Sparker! Thanks ROOT4HOME!!! It's fun! Now you try it. Just copy, paste (erase my answers) and tell us a little about you!

A - Age: 30

B - Bed size: King

C - Chore you hate: cleaning the kitchen

D - Dog's name: Don't have a dog

E - Essential start your day item: Yoplait fat free yogurt and coffee

F - Favorite color: green

G - Gold or Silver: gold

H - Height: 5'5"

I - Instruments you play: piano

J - Job title: Stay at home Mom/ Morning radio show host

K - Kid(s): 2 (boy & girl)

L - Living arrangements: DH, me, DS & DD

M - Mom's name: Crystal

N Nickname(s): Jess, Babe

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: none

P - Pet Peeve: hypocrites

Q - Quote from a movie: “You go, WE GO!!!" Backdraft

R - Right or left handed: right

S - Siblings: it's complicated--1 sister and 2 brothers, 1 step-sister, 4 step-brothers, 1 half-brother

T - Time you wake up: 4AM

U- First word that comes to your mind for "U": Up

V - Vegetable you dislike: brussel sprouts

W - Ways you run late: getting children & myself ready

X - X-rays you've had: chest, arm

Y - Yummy food you make: enchiladas

Z - Zoo favorite: giraffe

  
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NICOLE12-01 5/8/2010 1:44PM

    Thanks for sharing! I play the piano too!!! I have since I was 5! And I LOVE giraffes! I always thought it would be a super cool job to be a radio show host...do you love your job?

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IWILLTRANSFORM 5/6/2010 10:41PM

    Cute. do you still play the piano? I haven't played for a while. I miss it.

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ROOT4HOME 5/6/2010 10:01PM

    Yay!! Love reading a little more about my friends!! Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

PS: I fogot to ask, what kind of show do you host in the morning? How interesting!!

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DANCENTHERAIN 5/6/2010 8:51PM

    Thanks for sharing. My sibling list goes wild too! :)

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40 Pounds and 5 MILES!!!

Monday, May 03, 2010

I had an AWESOME WEEKEND! I hit another goal--40 pounds GONE! As a reward, a new performance shirt for running:

The color is called "Wicked Purple" and I love it...for some unknown reason I'm drawn to purple for my running gear; this is my second purple performance shirt, and my iPod is purple, too! I don't know how I ever ran in regular tshirts...I love that these stay dry and wick the moisture away.

Saturday I attended the Taste of Home Cooking School; my employer puts it on, so I was enjoying/ working at it. I got lots of new ideas and can't wait to modify some of the recipes to fit into my family's new healthy diet. It was a really fun day!

Sunday was just unreal. My legs were feeling pretty good so I casually mentioned to my husband that I *might* try to tack on some mileage. Sunday was my long run day which has always meant 4 miles. He explained a little bit different route that would add almost a full mile. Before I headed out the door I told him it was all going to depend on how my legs felt--I had no idea whether or not I'd go further. As I got into my groove and started to warm up I felt pretty good. The first 2 miles went relatively quickly. I always seem to hit my energy lull around the 3rd mile. As I was coming up to the stoplight where I could either turn left to head home and do 4 miles, or go straight and shoot for 5, I really didn't know what to do. I was feeling some fatigue, but my breathing wasn't labored or anything. I ALMOST turned to go home and then thought, "if I go straight it doesn't mean that I can't walk if I get tired...I kinda want to see what I can do"....so I barreled on ahead. I RAN THE WHOLE ROUTE and got back into our neighborhood and realized I was going to come up about 2 tenths of a mile short of 5 miles. DANG IT I WANT 5! So I zigzagged within our development until I hit 5! I couldn't believe it!

Pretty sure I had perma-grin again.

I'm starting to think about upgrading my race in October. I signed up for the 5K, but they also have a 10 Mile run that day. I haven't decided yet what I'm going to do. I'm starting to think though, that 10 Miles by October is totally possible.

  
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IWILLTRANSFORM 5/6/2010 10:32PM

    Oh my goodness, yes. You can totally do 10 miles. So, i guess we both have a goal to hit in October. you a 10 miler, me a 10K. I am battling what to do, because the next 4 weeks really wont' allow me to get running time like 3 or 4 miles in. Aft er I am done with these 4 weeks, I am planning on doing P90x. So, if I am tyring to get ready for a 10K how am I going to do it. Originally I thought I will build up my 3miles to 4 for May, then up to 5 for June then 6 for July and get comfortable until October at 6. So, I really dont' know what to do. I suppose if I am the one that put the 4 week workout plan together I can be the one that changes it too. I may change my Saturdays to a run day, but still that's not enough to build to 6 miles. It unfortunately all on the treadmill. Any thoughts.

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CHUBBYSISTER1 5/6/2010 10:10PM

    Awesome job on the 5 miles!!! You totally can do 10 miles by October. Go For it!!!

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THENEWCINDY 5/6/2010 8:51AM

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LIFE-FAITH 5/5/2010 10:26AM

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You are such an inspiration! Great job! Keep up the great work!
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ROOT4HOME 5/3/2010 10:01PM

    emoticonon your 5mi run...and especially for GOING FOR IT!! Truly AWESOME!! Let us know if you do the 10miler - it's totally doable for you by Oct!! emoticon

PS: LOVE the new tee!! Especially the color!!

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LULUTHELEO 5/3/2010 9:22PM

    OH migosh. You need to sign up for the 10 miler. DO IT!!

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CKAYT56 5/3/2010 8:37PM

    10 miles--piece of cake! not to eat though! You can do it! Congrats on the 40 pounds that are gone for life!



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ROWDYRILEY 5/3/2010 7:29PM

    10 miles is TOTALLY doable by October! Congrats on reaching another goal and thank you so much for being such an inspiration and motivator emoticon

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MOMM4LIFE 5/3/2010 4:28PM

    emoticon emoticon You are doing a fantastic job!!!! 40lbs and 5 miles... whoo whee!!!! Go and get 'em!!!! emoticon

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KDONOVAN70 5/3/2010 3:17PM

    Great job on your weight lost and being able to run 5 miles. I am sure you can run 10 miles by Oct. You are doing great.

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SUGIRL06 5/3/2010 2:12PM

    I trained for a 10 mile run in 2 months (starting off able to run 3-4) so if you are doing 5 already, 10 by October is going to be nothing! Great job on the long run!!!
~Ang
PS. Let me know if you need a training plan. The one I was using was actually 10 or 12 weeks long I think but I got a late start.

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FOOFIT1 5/3/2010 2:06PM

    I can't believe how far you've come just since I started reading your blog. You are ROCKIN' IT! Very inspirational!

Congrats on the 40 lbs. gone. That is fantastic! Keep up the great work!

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WINDSURFNERD 5/3/2010 1:17PM

    congratulations on rocking the 5miles, sounds like you ate it up!! I *LOVE* purple too--the shirt and the name..."wicked purple" is awesome, what a great reward for yourself, I bet it looks good on you! good luck w/your program, sounds like 10miles is totally within your reach! -naomi

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