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Crazy Month!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Hello everyone! I don't know about you, but I'm really excited about the upcoming holidays! I just hope that they go by smoothly. October and November have been crazy, and mostly in a crappy way. In the beginning of October, I was sick for over a week. I refused to eat or drink anything, and I missed a lot of gym time. Right after that ended, I had a breast cancer scare, I found a lump October 8, got into the doctor on the 18th, then went for a mammogram on the 20th, where they told me that I was thankfully okay. I was terrified. It was like my life was on hold. After that was over with, I went on vacation for two weeks, where a lot of fast food was involved. I am proud to say that I worked out almost every day while I was out there, though! I only gained about 3 lbs and lost them right away! When we came home, I went back to work right away. Things were going well, I had taken off my vacation weight and was getting back into the swing of things. Then, I got the horrible news on November 11 that my friend and co-worker of 5 and a half years, died suddenly, just hours after I walked with her to her car after work. That same night, my mom went into the hospital with pneumonia. I was so heartbroken, and scared for my mom at the same time. I spent a few days crying nonstop and not sleeping. I missed the gym due to my lack of sleep, depression and visiting my mom. My mom got to come home a few days later. She is doing a lot better! I went to my friend's wake and funeral too last week. I just hope that disaster stays away now. I am once again back on track, my mood is a lot better and I'm now looking forward to my two favorite holidays; Thanksgiving and Christmas! I bought a new dress yesterday for my company Christmas party that's on December 3rd. To my surprise, I tried on a size 3X and it was too big! That made my day! I just need to keep going! By next year's Christmas party, I should already be down to my goal weight! I hope everyone is doing well! Im going to try to be on here a little more if I can. I miss everyone!!!! Happy Holidays!!!!

  
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BARBARA_BOO 12/8/2010 9:50PM

    I hope the bad stuff is over and that you have a wonderful holiday. You've done such a great job this year.

Thinking ahead to what we'll look like at next year's Christmas party is a nice image, isn't it? I'll do that, too.
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GARIHOOD 11/23/2010 9:12AM

    That's a really busy couple months. I hope all the bad stuff is over and the holiday season becomes one you will always remember for the good things that happen.

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DDOORN 11/22/2010 4:01PM

    Onward and DOWNWARD (the scale, that is...)!

Keep up the super efforts and have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!

Don

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WISCHZHD6 11/22/2010 3:56PM

    Thanks Carrie!!! Miss talking to you! I'm gonna try to be on here more!

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CARRIEMT 11/22/2010 3:53PM

    That is a crazy month! I'm glad that most of the scary stuff is over and that you're looking forward to the holidays!
I bet you were excited to try on the dresses, you're going to look stunning at your party :)

Best- C

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Plateaus Suck!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Hello, everyone! Are you enjoying Fall? I am!!! I love this cuddle weather! I hope everyone is doing well! I'm doing alright, just busy! Unfortunately, I have hit that dreaded "plateau" I've heard so much about. I'm extremely impatient with it, and I can't wait for things to start moving again. I'm still killing myself at the gym and trying to be careful with my eating. What stinks is when I exercise for a long period of time, I immediately come home wanting to gnaw my arm off! Any other time in my life, when I would lose 5 or 10 pounds here and there, I would get easily discouraged and fall off the wagon. Not this time. I have worked way too hard for this and I want to lose this weight more than I've ever wanted anything in my life! 52 pounds so far! I've been stuck now for about 3 weeks. By now, I should have lost about 62. Hopefully, things will pick up again very soon! People are really starting to take notice in my weight loss, and that makes me so proud. I honestly don't ever feel like I'm going to give up anytime soon!!!! Has anyone out there experienced this "plateau"? How long did it last for you? What do you suggest I do to get the wheels turning again? Any advice would be great! Thanks everyone for your ongoing support! Have a great weekend! :)

  
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DMURPH409 10/6/2010 7:42AM

    Hey Erin! I had one that was like the whole month of September. I only lost like 3 pounds for the whole month! I had to take a serious look at my goals and I ended up backing them up. Originally, I wanted to be at goal by June 2011, I moved it back to September 2011 and that changed the number of calories that I was allowed to eat in a day. I really think that when I was at only 1500 a day PLUS exercising and burning off another 350 or so that I was getting into the 'starvation zone' and my body put the brakes on.

Since I changed my goals, I lost 3 pounds the first week and another 1.8 this week. Give it a shot!

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DDOORN 10/2/2010 10:40PM

    Plateaus may suck but hey, GAINING is a WHOLE lot worse! :-)

Our bodies sometimes need to regroup...don't forget to pay attention to inches, as you may be shrinking in ways the scale can't measure...!

Don

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DEBBYLYNNS 10/2/2010 5:57PM

    I agree with Kozkaa. shake up your day. I never exercise as I have bad knees and worse muscles. So when I hit a plateau I try to drink more water. Then pray a lot. It's no fun to be stuck. But this too will pass. emoticon

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KOZKAA 10/2/2010 5:20PM

    I've sat on a plateau for 2.5 months :) The advice everyone gives is to change things up - do different exercise, and try to throw off your body by eating up to your max amount of calories one day, and close to min the other day. I myself ignored the advice, I kept doing the same thing, so was still losing inches. And then the scale started moving again :)

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The First 50 Gone...

Friday, September 03, 2010

Hello, everyone! TGIF!!!! I hope everyone is getting their holiday weekend off to a good start! I definitely am..... I am pleased to announce that I lost 50 pounds so far, since March 29! I am soooo happy and proud! I've never made it this far! I am down to 259 pounds now. I haven't been in the 250s since at least the year 2000!!!!! People are really starting to notice, and it is such an awesome feeling! It just makes me want to keep going!!!!!!
I can't believe this summer is ending. This year really flew by! It seems like it was just Christmas and I was dreading January, February and March (I HATE winter and snow once Christmas is over). This has been one incredible summer. I turned 30. I got out a lot more. I went swimming all the time with my BFFs younger sister, went to Wisconsin twice, (once for the state fair!), went to Six Flags, went to Shipshewana, and many birthday parties and get togethers. I won an award at work for being part of the team that saved a newborn baby girl's life, when her mom (still pregnant with her) was sent into our unit from her doctor's office with the baby in severe (cardiac) distress. From the time she arrived on the unit, got hooked up to a monitor, rushed to the OR and delivered the baby..... 12 minutes!!!! The baby was delivered in the nick of time, (with NO heart rate!), and was resuscitated immediately! The patient's doctor recognized me and my teammates for getting the baby delivered just seconds before it was too late! I was so proud of us that I cried! Being given an award was nothing compared to hearing that baby's cry!!!!!
Summer also came with some heartbreak; I had to end a close friendship with someone who didn't appreciate me, and I am also having a hard time maintaining a friendship with my ex-fiance, who has been one of my best friends for 7 years (we were together for 3 and broken up for the last 4). Part of me wants to give him the boot, but part of me isn't ready, but I have a feeling it will happen soon if he doesn't grow up. I am still having a lot of trouble in the dating scene, men (outside my family) treat me like crap. I must have "DOORMAT" and "LIE TO ME" tattooed on my forehead. One more bad thing that happened this summer (we had a happy ending though!), was the day my roommate called me at work to tell me that our beloved 5 year old cat, Zoe, was missing. After several horrifying hours of our life (that we will never get back), our second floor neighbors found her camping out on our first floor neighbor's patio! Phew!!!!!
So.... it's been an interesting summer for sure. I think I'm finally ready for fall. (Plus, our air conditioner broke, LOL.) I love cool weather, and I'm looking forward to visiting my family on the East Coast next month! Then after that, the Holidays will be coming!!!! :) I am going to continue to visit the gym 6-7 times a week and stay on track, so by next summer, I will look smokin' hottt!!!!!! Have a great Labor Day weekend, everyone! Hope all is well with you! Thank you all for your kind words and encouragement!!! We can do this!!!

  
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POOH_BEAR_69 9/5/2010 12:03AM

    emoticon on your progress... You are doing emoticon

You've had a very busy summer, but you are doing an emoticon job!!!

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DDOORN 9/4/2010 1:03AM

    Congrats on your first 50! As you re-invent yourself physically you're going to find yourself shedding those tattoos also, replacing them with "Don't bother with this gal unless you are sincere, genuine and willing to treat me as the valuable person I know I am!" :-)

Don

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DRASADAF 9/3/2010 4:35PM

    Congratulations on ur 50 lbs loss...

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CARRIEMT 9/3/2010 3:54PM

    Sounds like your summer has been going great- and you've been completely on track. I'm sure you look amazing (hint, hint- new pics wanted).
I hope your dating scene turns around and that your trip to visit your family will be awesome.


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ALYFITN 9/3/2010 3:41PM

    Congratulations on 50 gone for good. emoticon

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NOMADDAD 9/3/2010 3:19PM

    Congratulations! That's a great number - inspiring~

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REVELATIONGIRL 9/3/2010 3:12PM

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THAT IS AWESOME!!!!! GOOD FOR YOU!!!!

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Just checking in!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Hi, everyone! I hope you're all having a great summer! I want to thank everyone for the birthday and holiday wishes (a few weeks ago), and for all of your words of encouragement. I apologize for not always getting back to you. I am not on here very much, partially because I have a very difficult time with this site, the page is always slow loading or freezing, and the icons are always missing and there are always errors on the page. Trying to use it on my Blackberry is a lost cause as well. It is very time consuming and frustrating to deal with, so I don't bother unless I'm at home with nothing going on! Otherwise, I'm usually too busy to even be on the computer in the first place! It has been a very busy summer for me, nonetheless. I'm still getting up it the morning and hitting the gym everyday before going to work my evening shift at the hospital. I was just on vacation for 10 glorious days and I used the hotel's treadmill and swimming pool for the 3 days we were in Indiana. The remainder of my vacation was spent at home, swimming my butt off everyday in a friend's pool. Oh, and one of those days was spent walking around Six Flags Great America for 12 hours in temps in the upper 90s! I am having a great summer, though. I have been so active and social, always going to birthday parties, cookouts, you name it. I no longer like sitting at home doing nothing like I used to! My eating habits have been so/so. I have been eating bad things here and there, but am controlling my portions (I now get full very fast) and exercising like crazy, so I haven't gained any weight, but it's not exactly falling off either. My next small goal is to be 265 pounds or less by August 12, and to control my eating better. I am currently 271 and I have not been this weight in about 7 years!!!!! Once I hit the 260s I will be so excited! Well, I hope everyone is having a great summer! Stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay MOTIVATED!!!!!! (of course, it's not letting me post any emoticons, surprise, surprise!) :)

  
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DMURPH409 7/30/2010 7:32AM

    Keep on kicking sis!!!

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DRASADAF 7/23/2010 11:27AM

    thanks for the wondeful blog.good to hear that u r doing well.keep up the good work.maybe ur internet connection is slow therefore u r not able to open any pages properly.I wish u were hear blogging always ...anyways whatever suits u is f9 with us...

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CARRIEMT 7/23/2010 9:56AM

    Thanks for the update. I'm so happy for you. If you had a desk job, I would expect you on here more, but it's just great to know that you're on track, making changes and living life.
Thanks for the summer wishes! :) C

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TINYC887 7/23/2010 4:15AM

    you can go do

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DDOORN 7/23/2010 3:07AM

    Sounds like a whole lotta SPARKIN' going down!

Great vacation to be so active...woo hoo!

Don

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Small goals met!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I did it! When I first started trying to lose weight in late March, I set a few small goals for myself. So, I wanted to lose 30 lbs by June 25, my 30th birthday. I also wanted to be in the 270s, where I haven't been in about 6-7 years! I got on the scale today, and I weigh 279! I did it! 8 days before my birthday! Of course, I still have a long way to go, but I know I can do it! Also, I was digging through my closet this morning looking for a clean t-shirt to wear to the gym, and I came across one that hasn't fit me in a few years that used to be one of my favorites. I put it on and it fit!!! Wow!!! Next week I am buying myself a new outfit to wear on my birthday. I'm having dinner with a bunch of friends that day, and then cake at my house. I'm very excited! Hope everyone is having a great week! Keep up the good work everyone!!! I'm so glad I have you guys to keep me going!!! emoticon emoticon

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/19/2010 4:28AM

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Have a wonderful birthday next week!!!
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Keep up the great work!!!
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DDOORN 6/17/2010 11:08PM

    Slow & steady...woo HOO to YOU! :-)

Don

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DRASADAF 6/17/2010 3:07PM

    gr8 ...you have really acheived your goal step by step...keep going....Happy birthday in advance coz i dont know your birthdate....

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MICHNOE 6/17/2010 1:55PM

    Congratulations...and happy birthday (next week).

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