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Helllllllllloooooooo Size 11 :)

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

I am SO EXCITED. I just got home from clothes shopping and was pleasantly surprised to discover I need a size 11. emoticon

We have an event coming up tomorrow and I knew that everything I had was baggy to the point of looking sloppy. My husband sent me shopping emoticon I grabbed a pair of jeans in a 13 off the shelf, hoping they'd fit. I was shocked to discover they were too big, too! The 11s are wonderful. They fit well and make me *feel* tiny emoticon It has been a LONG TIME since I've been this small...it feels WONDERFUL!

  
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ROOT4HOME 4/9/2010 12:10AM

    emoticonon your size 11's!!! So happy to hear weight loss stories especially when I know it's well deserved b/c you work so hard!! emoticon emoticon

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OBXFIREGUY 4/8/2010 3:54PM

    Hard work is paying off! Great job!

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ROWDYRILEY 4/7/2010 8:39PM

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I have a second title for you and I hope it doesn't offend because I mean it in a loving way......Your first title was "Runner" because you are now a runner. Your second title is "Skinny Bitch" because you're skinny girl! That's totally awesome! I'm still waiting to earn my Skinny Bitch title emoticon

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MOMM4LIFE 4/7/2010 7:27PM

    Nicely done! emoticon emoticon

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CKAYT56 4/7/2010 7:23PM

    What a wonderful reward for all of your hard work....a smaller size!!! Start getting rid of the bigger clothes now. Congrats!

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BONJI40 4/7/2010 6:02PM

    Oh ya! Oh ya! Oh ya! I'm doing the happy dance for you!!! Congratulations!!!
~Carrie
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DANCENTHERAIN 4/7/2010 5:29PM

    emoticon Congrats on the smaller size. :) emoticon

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GOLDBERG73 4/7/2010 5:00PM

    emoticonCONGRATS - You deserve it!
~Jason

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DELIBEAR1 4/7/2010 4:47PM

  I know what a great feeling that is! Great job :)

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FOOFIT1 4/7/2010 4:25PM

    Oh man... I am just waiting for the day I can say the same thing! Congratulations! That. is. AWESOME!!!!!

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RACINGSLUG 4/7/2010 4:03PM

    This is absolutely wonderful! Nothing feels like dropping a pants size. Great job!

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HEIDE69 4/7/2010 4:00PM

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CHUBBYSISTER1 4/7/2010 3:54PM

    Congrats!! I totally understand the feeling. I recently rid my closet of all my 12's & 14's! Great job!!!

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ROSE-100 4/7/2010 3:48PM

    emoticon You have done so well. Good for You.

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THENEWCINDY 4/7/2010 3:45PM

    congrats!!!!

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ANDI_3K 4/7/2010 3:37PM

    congrats!

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LILWHA1104 4/7/2010 3:36PM

  emoticon Great job.

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Recapping Easter

Monday, April 05, 2010

I went back and forth about whether or not to track my food yesterday. In the end, I tracked my breakfast and that was it. We were going to be gone ALL DAY and trying to remember everything was starting to stress me out. My philosophy was just to have reasonable portion sizes, skip the things that I KNEW were not healthy, and just enjoy the day.

In the end yes, I probably ate more than I should have, but you know what? I kept the portions SMALL. I chose healthy options--lots of veggies and salad options. We had ham for dinner, and I know I kept it to 3 ounces MAX. I skipped the cheesy potatoes. I had a VERY SMALL banana bar in the afternoon. Overall I think it was a successful day. I was in control--not the food!

Today I got right back on track with the nutrition tracker. I got a 3 mile run in PLUS a 1.75 mile walk with my kiddos. I feel no guilt about what I ate Sunday. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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FOOFIT1 4/7/2010 1:07PM

    I sometimes find that when I mentally track I don't eat ENOUGH! So you may surprise yourself on those days. Of course, whenever I go OUT to eat, I always eat plenty of calories... Can't really be helped at restaurants I suppose! WAY TO GO keeping up with small portions and eating the healthy stuff. That is AWESOME when temptation is just in reach!

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ROWDYRILEY 4/7/2010 7:16AM

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LULUTHELEO 4/6/2010 9:13AM

    Great job! I didn't track either, but felt like I ate sensibly and spent all my free time outside playing on the playground with my son (away from the food!)

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DANCENTHERAIN 4/5/2010 8:53PM

    Sounds like you did a good job. :)

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PJGABRIEL 4/5/2010 8:35PM

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If you think about this is what this whole program is about, making good choices and being in control, definitely goal met. It sounds like you had a good day, and enjoyed time with family, and succeeded to making goals of knowledge and control. Way to GO.


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DUSTIER58 4/5/2010 8:33PM

    That's great! It's all about choices and being honest with yourself. Great job!
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New Day, New Attitude

Saturday, April 03, 2010



I wanted to share my vision collage. I took a long, hard look at this to try to refocus after the "funk" I was in yesterday. There are some quotes that I especially like--

"Different kinds of confidence every woman needs"
"The Think-Positive Plan"
"You have to work with what you've got"
"Good Taste is KNOWING how to eat right"
And my absolute FAVORITE:
"Redefining Humanly Possible"

emoticonWhen I put together my collage I didn't want to focus on body parts that I found in magazines because I KNOW that they are airbrushed and retouched--instead I focused on images of STRONG women. Women running, strength training, ENJOYING life. It really helps me to peek at this when I'm having a bad day.

emoticonToday was MUCH better. Before noon I got a 3.2 mile run in and finished in 33 minutes. The first mile was tough; I just wanted to turn around and go back, but once I got in my groove it was MUCH MUCH BETTER!

emoticonOne of the benefits of working at a radio station is that I have access to music as soon as singles are released. Let me tell you, Christina Aguilera's new single "Not Myself Tonight" has become my favorite song to run to. I have it on my iPod and I hit repeat a couple of times. LOVE IT! I also added Avril Lavigne's song "Girlfriend" and that one is great for getting me to pick up my pace! I'm still working on finding that ultimate mix that keeps me moving. It seems like I'm adding and deleting at least one song after each run. Hopefully I'll have that perfected before I hit that first 5K in a little under 2 weeks.

  
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ROWDYRILEY 4/4/2010 8:31AM

    Love your collage!

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HIGHDESERTDONNA 4/4/2010 8:12AM

    Thanks for sharing your collage, I didn't even know what one was until I saw yours (it's been 40 years since I was in school!) but the minute I saw it, I remembered what a "collage" was. I will do mine today.
Again, you are my inspiration!!!!!!!! I am SO PROUD of you, skinny girl!
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IWILLTRANSFORM 4/3/2010 9:07PM

    I haven't done my collage. I have to find the time, but I want to do it when I can enjoy it and not be rushed. Hmmmmmm and that time will be when my kids are married and out of the house. Just kidding. I will have to make time for it. I really like the Think Positive Plan. I need to find that plan. I tend to be very negative on myself. I know life would be so much easier if I started each day more positive. I have to work on that.
Anyway, I was in a total funk as well yesterday and the day before. I happened to get my period today so that was a huge reason. I was super tempted to make brownies just to eat them tonight until I said I have to do spark and realized that I wasn't over my calories even with the Easter dinner I made. I made a light chocolate mousse pie with only 210cal., 5g fat, and 35 carbs.per slice and I only ate a half ofa peice. So, I didn't want to blow it. I have not beeen good the past 2 days, so I need to get back on track. I wrote down those 2 songs you suggested, because I am trying to get together a good bunch of songs for when I do that half-marathon walk. I need something to put a pep in my step. If you find some other great ones send them my way.!!! Hey, I will send you a sample week of the workout I put together. Sorry it's been taking forever. It's been busy.
Look forward to hearing of your successes this week. You are doing so wonderful.
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ANNSTOECKL 4/3/2010 8:49PM

    You've convinced me to get started on my collage -- I'd been putting it off. Blessings, Ann

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GERIKRAGH 4/3/2010 8:14PM

    I need to revisit my collage and get new encouragement and maybe update it. Thanks for the reminder.

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DANCENTHERAIN 4/3/2010 6:07PM

    emoticon great job!

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LULUTHELEO 4/3/2010 5:39PM

    I really love your collage and the quotes you found. Everybody has off days - but not everyone gets right back to it the next day! Great job and keep up the good work! I can't wait to hear how your 5k goes!!!!
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Feeling BLAH today, so I took a day off from exercise.

Friday, April 02, 2010

I don't know what my deal is today. I'm a positive, happy-go-lucky person 99% of the time. Today fell into that 1%.

emoticon I think my first mistake was stepping on the scale this morning (I typically weigh in on Sunday). I could not believe that it hasn't budged AT ALL. I've really stepped up the running in the last 2 weeks and I guess I thought I would see instant results on the scale. *sigh* It was really frustrating to me because last weeks weigh in the scale HARDLY moved. I know in my head that I need to expect that there are going to be plateaus and times when it feels like nothing's changing, but I KNOW things are changing. My clothes are loose, my cardio is probably the best it has ever been in my WHOLE LIFE. There are so many positives and I just need to focus on that.

emoticon emoticon I think another factor for my "mood" today was the weather. The last 2 days it's been well over 70 degrees. The kids and I spent a ton of time outside enjoying the sunshine. It was so nice to NOT be cooped up in the house. Today it was around 50, cold, windy, and cloudy. I thought for sure we were going to get rain. It was just tough to take after all the gorgeous weather we've had.

emoticon My body needed a break, so I decided to take the day off from exercise. I've put in at least 30 minutes (most days it's more like 60-75) every day this week. I'm achy. I am not feeling motivated. Everyday tasks were taking a lot of energy today, so I think my body was just telling me to slow down.

emoticonTomorrow is a NEW DAY! When I get up I'm going to NOT EVEN LOOK AT THE SCALE. I'm going to have a healthy breakfast, and then I'm going to go out for an easy 2-3 mile run. I'm hoping my day off is just what I needed.

Thanks sparkfriends for letting me get this out! Happy Easter!
~Jess

  
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HIGHDESERTDONNA 4/3/2010 10:16AM

    Boy, do I know that feeling! I have such a hard time losing because even being fat, my job requires 6 (up to) 9 hours of heavy lifting, brisk walking, up and down many many many flights of stairs carrying heavy boxes, and I have been doing this for 12 years. So doing MORE exercise is my biggest nightmare. I hate that my body is used to that amount of exercise and WILL NOT LOSE WEIGHT without more exercise. But, Jess, you and Katie are the 2 SparkFriends that have kept me motivated all this time!
I hope you are not coming down with something, because that would explain the "blahs".
You, my friend, are the most encouraging and motivating person and you have worked so hard and are completely successful with your weight loss.
These stinkin' plateaus are SO discouraging, but it is true, I am sure, that it is just the body's way of saying, "give me a little break!" So, of course, you are doing the perfect thing by just carrying on!
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ROWDYRILEY 4/3/2010 8:59AM

    Listen to your body always! Your body is telling you and showing you the changes that are occurring even if the scale saying something different. You're doing GREAT! Such an inspiration!

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4.3 Miles--DONE!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I ran the same loop that I did last Thursday. Low and Behold, I was able to run THE WHOLE THING, AGAIN!!! WOO HOO!!! emoticon

I made a minor mistake though...I thought that since the wind wasn't a factor this evening, that I could kick up my pace a little bit. Ooops! emoticon

About 1.5 miles in I was feeling a little gassed! I backed off on the pace and just tried to keep it somewhere between 10-11 minute miles. All in all it went well though, I finished 4.3 miles in 48 minutes 51 seconds...about 20 seconds faster than last time.

Dare I say it?

I AM A RUNNER!

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RAVEN2FEATHERS 4/2/2010 1:33PM

    That is soooooooo wonderful !! Congratulations !

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IWILLTRANSFORM 4/1/2010 8:45PM

    Good for you. Awesome job.

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ROWDYRILEY 4/1/2010 6:33AM

    YES YOU ARE!!!! emoticon

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ROOT4HOME 4/1/2010 12:56AM

    Sounds to me like you are a RUNNER!! emoticon emoticon

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OBXFIREGUY 3/31/2010 11:22PM

    Once you run it in the rain sleet and snow you will think wth am i doing! Congrats!

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LBTHOMASJR 3/31/2010 10:34PM

    Welcome to the brother/sisterhood of runners. Prepare to become addicted!

Way to rock your run. You're doing super. Can't wait to be reading race reports from you!

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FOOFIT1 3/31/2010 9:58PM

    You are absolutely a runner! Most people will never run that far in their lives! Soon you'll be doing marathons... :sigh: You're so inspiring!

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HIGHDESERTDONNA 3/31/2010 9:40PM

    Woooooo Hooooooooooo! Can you hear me cheering! Yay you!!!!
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