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SparkRally Los Angeles 6/27 w/SparkGuy

Sunday, June 28, 2009


AKIBERI and SparkPeople.com set up a great SparkRally for the Spread the Spark Weekend on Saturday, June 27th in Redondo Beach. I was lucky enough to be invited to it by GRANTM, SparkPeople's PR guy.


(Grant)


There was a huddle banner (much like the San Diego Convention) - that's always fun!

The day's agenda was a little thrown off because the TELEVISION people were there. LOL! Entertainment Tonight came out to film some of the events and to interview Chris SPARKGUY Downie, me, LORIELP and a couple of other people. They also stuck around for a few minutes afterward when we were all exercising along with AKIBERI and ROBERTBFIT.

We ran all over Veteran's Park doing cardio mixed with strength training, interspersed with some boogie shaking dance freakouts. LOL! Okay, maybe I went a little crazy on the dancing parts. SPARKGUY was a good sport and did the workout with everyone else, even though he'd already worked out for the day.


(ROBERTBFIT)

After a quick team huddle and 'SPARKPEOPLE WOOHOO!' scream, we all went over to some mats for a yoga stretch session that ROBERTBFIT lead.


(This was later, but you get the idea...)

Then SPARKGUY got up and talked a little about the latest developments with the book, and all kinds of stuff like that and we all got to spin the real life sparkpoints wheel (from the convention) and got prizes and stuff. I won a static cling I LOVE SPARKPEOPLE thing and a cardio blast DVD.

We broke for lunch (for those that packed them and for the fruit & veggie trays that were provided). It was pretty hot. I met a lot of local folks from the Torrance/Redondo Beach/South Bay area, as well as a few people from farther away like Pasadena & the valley and stuff. At the SparkRally we were able to trade GOODIE cards (like the convention) and I picked up one from CHEL1013, ROSIEPOSIEXYZ, CIRANOUSH, JUBABY, MARIPOSAGALAXIA, SANDRAHUGHES, LIZZIECA55, WMOOREICA and DAVEB. There were a number of teen Sparkers there. Luckily, JENIUS_PANDA came with me, I'd met the Leader of the team at the convention, and I met LORIELP online already. Those were the only people that I already knew though that actually showed up.

(With LORIELP, she's lost 146 pounds.)


(My new friend, asked for some advice,and she got it... We probably sent her spinning a little with all the info.)


There were extra shirts and fun things to give away, so we had an informal SparkTrivia Quiz and I got a couple of SparkPeople shirts (which is handy for me because the orange one I ordered was on backorder & isn't here in time for the Spread the Spark weekend). It still amazes me that I fit into an XL unisex shirt. I'm down to a size 18/20 top and 22/24 pants. Yay!

I was asking around for where a Subway was, because I couldn't pack a lunch since I came from the hotel. As it turns out, ROBERTBFIT ran out to get my (and a bunch of other people's) sandwich order, and as a surprise later, SPARKPEOPLE picked up the tab.


(Thanks Chris!)

(Look at how adorable JENIUS_PANDA looks!)

The parking was metered, but GRANTM brought a whole bunch of quarters, so SparkPeople also helped pay for our parking. THANKS AGAIN, GUYS! All in all, it was a pretty fun SparkRally. And I'm glad that I'll have a chance to keep in touch with the Los Angeles folks on SP. I kept hoping that my San Diego SparkAmerica team was having a lot of fun doing the beach cleanup. They were on my mind and I missed hanging out with them!

I really encourage everyone to meet up with some local Sparkers if you can. It's fun to share your experiences, whether you're starting out or sharing your success. After today I have a fistful of new SparkFriends ( I hope ) and an extremely sunburned face (should've used sunblock-maybe it'll go away quickly.)

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Okay, so only you die-hard / hard-core friends are probably going to get this far, LOL.. So, here's some behind the scenes stuff...

Last month or so Grant asked me to go up for the E.T. interview they were planning, but nothing was set in stone for a long time. When I found the SparkRally only 2 people had RSVP'd. Pretty much at the last minute (Thursday) I got confirmation and asked JENIUS_PANDA if she wanted to drive up there with me (now 75 people RSVP'd). I looked at the map and realized we'd be passing right through Long Beach so I IMMEDIATELY talked to Mary (LILHLFPNT) about possibly squeezing in dinner on the drive up.

We left around 4:45, spent I spent a ridiculous $4.50 on the 73 toll road and had the windows down (even on the freeways) 'cause it was hot and I can't turn on my A/C because my car intermittently decides it doesn't want to run if I do. (Jen) JENIUS_PANDA is a trooper. She barely knew any info and came along for the ride. We chatted during the 104 mile trip up to Los Angeles.

Timing was pretty great with LILHLFPNT and after a little car switcharoo/dropoff we settled on a strip of restaurants in Long Beach. We parked outside of Frosted and walked over to a Mediterranean food place. It was pretty good. I had Chicken Schwarma, a little too much hummus and some kind of garlic paste. I should've tried Jen's tabouleh salad because I LOVE tabouleh and she wasn't a fan. We were really full, but had a good time chatting. I got to sit across from Mary...



(Jen)

(We were full! Check out my Torrid size 4 shirt - LOL! Okay, I guess it's getting too big for me to wear.)


I tried one of Frosted's featured cupcakes. I'd like to say I shared it. Did I mention we were full after dinner?


It was really more of an excuse to delay dropping off Mary at home. We got to chat a little more. It sounded like she had a great SparkRally planned for Long Beach/California Dreamin' team and I was sad I couldn't go.

Soon after we were on our way, navigating the streets of Long Beach including a roundabout. Good thing Jen was there to help remember which street we were supposed to go down.

We stayed the night at the Doubletree in Torrance, which was pretty good, except they greeted our check-in with a Chocolate Chip Walnut Oat Cookie (each).

You know, just because someplace gives you something doesn't mean you have to eat it. I reminded myself of that after I ate it. :P THIS IS STARTING TO SOUND LIKE A CONFESSIONAL, but it's not. I just will have a different plan for next time I'm in these situations.


It was almost 10, and I was already beat because of the sugar induced comatose state... but my team called to me, and I went downstairs to the "Business Center" so that I could send out the Done Girls' birthday announcement for tomorrow. (This was one of the most frustrating experiences, by the way, because the hotel had a terrible internet browser, and I was tired, and ~ just add extra whining in here. LOL! I wouldn't miss it for the world though, I so love helping to celebrate our birthdays. I've only missed one day in the 13 months I've done it, so I wasn't going to let half-working hotel computers to stop me.)

Back in the room we were on the 8th floor overlooking a plaza with the pool, spa and FIREPITS below..


But glowing alarm clock (that I had to set for 6 am) stared at me and my head was pounding and my eyelids were droopy, so there would be no balcony revelry. I was so zonked out...



We weren't asleep until after 11. The next morning the plan was for me to take a shower first, but Jen assessed my groggy morning grumpiness and graciously allowed me a few more minutes while she showered. Before we left we took one great big morning breath in from the balcony...



(Me in my grey SparkPeople performance fabric workout shirt. This is what E.T. interviewed me in...)

(Jen)

Right now it's almost 4 am and I still haven't gone to bed, so I guess I should take care of that. SparkPeople will announce when the Entertainment Tonight segment is scheduled to air! According to the producer dude it will be after this week because of the other stories they're focusing on right now. I hope that I'm in it! I brought some of my size 32 clothing and photos for comparison (as requested), and I HOPE I didn't sound too... nutty ... in the interview. I was nervous and I think that some of my sentences didn't make sense, but maybe they'll edit them down to something logical! Hahahaha.

  
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SPARKLINGVIOLET 7/1/2009 7:31PM

    WOW! How fun!!! I wish I could've gone...but I'm always working :( Sounds like you guys had a BLAST though! Yay!

Oh and one more thing....You look GREAT! Each and every time I see new pictures I'm like "wow, she's sooo thin!" How are you doing it?!?!? I'm jealous!

:)

Violet

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MISSY_MAGOO 6/30/2009 2:07PM

    How fun! Looks like you had a great time :)
And how cool is it that you got interviewed by ET?!?!

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KIMPAINTS 6/30/2009 8:52AM

    emoticonWAY TO COOL!!

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LMSW55 6/30/2009 7:17AM

    Wow! I was so excited to read about your weekend and you documented it so beautifully!
I did meet up with some Phoenix Sparkers (about 10 or 11) for a tiny Spark Rally on Saturday. I was a little discouraged because most were at goal weight or close to it and were running marathons and climbing mountains. I am just trying to get up off the couch at this point.
I am glad to see you continuing your journey and surrounding yourself with abounding support. ET! You are sure to be famous!
Mary


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JESPAH 6/30/2009 6:17AM

    Ah, I know that post-interview "did I sound really weird?" feeling.

I'm sure you were fantastic. Let us know when it'll all air. We'll tape ya! :-D

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OLAHIWA 6/29/2009 11:38PM

    So awesome... I had a baby shower I was at otherwise I SO would have been there! You ladies look like you had a wonderful time!

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PAULA_COACH 6/29/2009 11:18PM

    Hey WolfKitty!!! That was awesome!! I am glad you got some pics of RobertBfit because my teen leaders mom got nothing but pics of her and I...check out my blog everyone... you'll get more info about the day!! Thanks for talking to our new gal, Ms. Judy...you don't know what that means...but you will!!! LOL

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~*~*LISA*~*~ 6/29/2009 10:41PM

    That was so incredible and I had wished I was there. I'm so excited for you and I love that you keep getting the opportunity to inspire new people that are looking for a new healthier lifestyle and may not have been exposed to SparkPeople :) Thank you for sharing your story and being so darn awesome! BTW, you look fabulous!

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Lisa :)

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TNLONGHORN 6/29/2009 7:53PM

    Simply Awesome.

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ZIRCADIA 6/29/2009 4:03PM

    WOW, that is really exciting that you got interviewed by ET and got to attend the super professional and SP funded Rally! :) I have to admit, I'm quite jealous. And you got to meet Grant, too? He's only ever been a sparkmail or voice on the phone for me. :) hehehe. That's awesome. And that Torrid shirt is WAYYYYYY too big for you!!!!!!!!!! :)

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MIZZMANDAMAC 6/29/2009 3:29PM

    I had wondered how the rally went.. I am glad you had a good time and posted about it. I didnt know you were going to do an ET interview! Now I really cant wait to see it. Please let us know as soon as you know when it will be on. Love the new shirts and how the torrid shirt is too big! Its so exciting to me to see big successes like that. Its physical proof that your new lifestyle is awesome!
Thanks for all the pics too!

Amanda

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TRACYZABELLE 6/29/2009 6:17AM

    You look like you had a blast as usual! I am sure yo would have fun anywhere you went now that you have so much energy!

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NATURALSTYLE 6/29/2009 12:07AM

    Sounds like you had a great time and I am so sorry I missed it, hope we have another one soon.

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NEWSTART127 6/28/2009 10:58PM

    How awesome!!! I will definitely be watching for the TV interview - if it's anything like the You Tube video you did, it will be great! You've got a great message to send and really are a "poster child" for what this site is all about! YOU ROCK! So glad that you went to the rally and had a great time! HUGS!

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.DUSTY. 6/28/2009 10:55PM

    I'm glad you had a great time and for posting about it for the rest of us! See you on ET!

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LECATES 6/28/2009 10:20PM

    WOW! Sounds like a really wonderful time---can't wait to see you on TV---of course you were nervous, who wouldn't----and everyone earns a little indulgence once in a while--LOL----check out my blogs for the past 2 weeks, I have been meeting up with Spark people from all over-----Baltimore, Vancouver, Canada; New Jersey, Pennsylvannia---and hope to meet up with a couple more this summer. My Spark Friend from Canada has been staying with me for 3 weeks and I have been taking her to see the sites on the East coast.

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SPRING4FAL 6/28/2009 8:01PM

    Awesome!!! That is such a great opportunity and I am sure you did great!! I am bummed you missed our outing but that one looked like the bomb diggity! LOL! We might have to up the ante here in SD!! They are makin us look bad! All I have to show for our outing is 18 stupid bug bites! LOL!!

Congrats again girl...you are bound to be a celebrity!
Leah

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OUTOFCONTROL 6/28/2009 4:05PM

    Thanks for the great report!

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LAFTERSFREE 6/28/2009 3:53PM

    great blog!! the pics are great, sounds like u had an awesome time, and thought u'd like to know, apparently im one of your "die hard/hard core friends" ;)
the E.T. thing sounds so cooL! keep us posted when u find out when it airs. BTW, u are looking skinnier and skinnier, I love your I LOVE SP shirt!!!!

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JANEYJAYE 6/28/2009 3:36PM

    Sorry I missed seeing you while you were in LA. I went to the Long Beach Rally. Can't wait to see you on E.T.! After hearing you speak at the Convention, I know you did just fine for the camera interview.

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MDRATH 6/28/2009 3:11PM

    Sounds like you and Jen had such a good time! I hope to eventually make something like this too, one day when I'm not feeling like crud!

Can't wait to see you on ET!!

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JILLYBEAN25 6/28/2009 2:33PM

    Holy Wow!!! Sounds/looks like you had a great time!!! I had to work all weekend, so I am bummed I missed out on the Spark Rallies happening all over. But, reading about yours is inspiring! And AWESOME on the ET interview!! What a neat opportunity! :-D

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MISSJCISRUNNING 6/28/2009 1:47PM

    Sounds like a great time Jocelyn!!! We missed you at our rally!!!! Maybe you'll be able to make the next one!!! Jackie!!!

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SWEETZMIX 6/28/2009 1:25PM

    hehe I can't wait to see you all on TV. Sounds like you had a fun time. I wouldn't be surprised if ET won't push it back due to everything that is going on with MJ's death.

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LILHLFPINT 6/28/2009 1:17PM

    (whoo hoo! i'm so glad you thought to contact me - it was SO good seeing you girls! i had such a good time at dinner and ::blushes:: the cupcakes were wonderful.

i'm glad you enjoyed yourself at the sparkrally. i can't wait to see the clips on entertainment tonight! i'm so proud of you, girl. ::hugs::)

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YOGATICHA 6/28/2009 12:48PM

    WOW and WOW! Looking forward to the segment. Looks like you had loads of fun. I already had made a date with my BFF in the whole wide world to go the LA County Arboretum. We had a good day, but if I had not had that planned, I would have been there with everyone else as I need a kick in the pants lately!
(I live in Redondo Beach--feels dumb that I travellled to San Diego, but could not be at the one right in my backyard)

Anyway, you look AWESOME!!!!!!!

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1TOBFIT 6/28/2009 12:11PM

    Wooohooo ! Looks like you had a great time and I CANT WAIT to see the E.T. segment !
You look AMAZING J and I cant think of a better woman to be a Spark ambassador !
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Jackie

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LORRAANN77 6/28/2009 12:08PM

    Looks like it was a GREAT time! Thanks for sharing and the pictures put it all together!
How fun!

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SPATULASARA 6/28/2009 11:59AM

    How awesome! Grant had sent me a message about it a while back, but I had a wedding to attend the same day. I wish I had been able to go, because it looked like a lot of fun!!! I can't wait to see you on ET!!!!!

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DDOORN 6/28/2009 11:47AM

    What an AWESOME SPARK RALLY! Going to share this with my SparkTeam for some inspiration!

And an ET interview to BOOT! You must be on CLOUD NINE...!

Don

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LORIELP 6/28/2009 10:21AM

    Thanks for the great post. We are so lucky that we were able to attend such a fun event. I hope that there are lots more in the future. I am sure that Grant will be on the phone bugging us to participate when there are. It was nice to meet you in person this time. Until then let's just keek plugging along. Your Friend Lorraine emoticon

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CBSPECIAL 6/28/2009 9:51AM

    Glad your rally went well! Thanks for sharing!

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TELERIE 6/28/2009 9:24AM

    Sounds like a great event, thanks for letting me experience it through your excellent report!

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KLEE46 6/28/2009 9:18AM

    TY for this excellent report and being a SP ambassador on ET. With Farrah and MJ there will be wall to wall coverage for a while. I think most people are already through mourning Ed McMahon.

Best wishes to you for achieving all your goals and continued well being.

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KARBIE18 6/28/2009 9:18AM

    How wonderful that you were able to attend! I would have loved to have gone, but I live in Illinois, and it's not exactly in the budget. Thanks for the update - it sounds like great fun!

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$9 Confession, 7, & Other Numbers...

Monday, June 22, 2009



I have to confess something... I went to Target today to pick up some (ahem) necessary monthly items that I needed since yesterday, and walked past this shirt on sale for $9.99. When I was larger I stayed away from t-shirts because they never fit me in a flattering way. I tried this on, and although the size 2 (whatever Target's new plus sizing weirdness means) shirt is a little snug, it was a centimeter better than size 1. LOL! "I've always wanted a Woodstock shirt" a little voice inside my head pleaded. Much to my red lipstick loving husband's chagrin, I've got a hippie girl heart. Kinda greedy too, 'cause I just received a couple of tops from GEE-KNEE (thanks again).

So, let me cut to the chase - When ringing me up the clerk couldn't find the tag (clearly attached, might have been hiding in the sleeve) and so I let him know it was $9.99. After a mishap where he had to "sign in" with his employee number again, he entered in $0.99 for the price. ACK! I paused.. In the mere seconds that went by I felt glowing stabs of guilt for not immediately correcting him. I could feel my eyebrows turning up and my eyes getting a sad guilty puppy look. I desperately glanced at the woman in line behind me (she was close enough to smell my perfume and witnessed the entire scene). She shrugged with her face telling me to just go with it. Guiltily I plead aloud to her, "I am so unemployed..." as if to justify it.

I didn't correct him.

My total was $30.91, I had $30 cash... That 99 cents reminding me again... I paid with my debit card and left the store.

While walking to my car I ran over all my excuses, all the reasons that I'm a good person. I honestly told him the sale price for the shirt. I was helpful and courteous. Whenever I find stray wallets I return them with all contents (cash, whatever) intact. I don't thieve or deceive... I haven't ruined anything personally for this clerk guy. I still feel guilty.

My $9.00 bonus leaves me with twinges of worry that the t-shirt may somehow bring bad luck, a karmicaly-driven curse. And it'd be a financial curse at that, which is somewhat something I'm already living. Eek. Oog. :S

My husband has no dilemma, no doubt and no worry about the $9.00 we "saved". He jokes that any curse will be gone after the 1st wash. I'm not so sure... It's not too late to explain and go back to pay them. That might get clerkguy in trouble though.. See! I'm still trying to justify it. :S



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The rest of the numbers:
I was sick Saturday but kept hydrated, ate regularly Sunday and this morning with plenty of water. As I dropped by the gym for a quick Monday weigh-in it showed I lost 7 pounds. What the heck? The lowest I weighed during this up and down during June was 256 (highest was 263 and most recent was 260). today was 253. I'll take it! ;D Maybe I'll get to 249 on my birthday after all! (It's June 30th. Even if not by next week, maybe it'll be right after that.) My cycle started yesterday, and always seems to make me weigh in LESS - opposite of most ladies, but I'm going to just keep on track and hope for that new boost toward ONEderland. Hehee.


What do you think?
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UPDATE: I appreciate all of the support from you guys! LOL! You're the best! I went back and paid the additional money to clear my conscience. They did not offer to let me keep it as it was. :)

  
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CKING3177 7/1/2009 7:48PM

    You're a cute girl and you've got yourself a cute shirt!
I like what your husband said about the bad Karma being washed away... emoticon

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SHE7885 7/1/2009 11:51AM

    You are the best. You should write a book.LOL Sheila From
Texas

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PEACHYCYN 6/29/2009 1:49PM

    Good for you, I'm happy you went back, otherwise I bet you could never wear the shirt knowing that you only paid .99 for it. Shirt is cute, looks good on you.

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MISSY_MAGOO 6/28/2009 2:56AM

    Good for you going back and clearing your conscience- I'd hate to think that every time you put that shirt on you'd feel guilty about it- cuz the shirt is too cute!

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SPATTERS3 6/25/2009 1:25PM

    I think you made God smile :-) Good job !

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FORESTLITTLE 6/25/2009 11:37AM

    Hello Pretty Gal...you are so AWESOME!!! I love what one of your SparkPeople friends said about now having a soft pillow, it really is true!!! Plus I believe, a good deed never goes un-noticed, even if it does not happen immediately! You got my highest respect, if I was an employer, I would hire you on the spot!!! Oh, by the way, that t-shirt looks wonderful on you!!! Congrats!!! :-)
FORESTLITTLE
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GLORYTOGLORY 6/24/2009 9:36AM

  Good for you for going back and paying that $9.00. Being able to sleep at night with peace knowing you feel good about you and your choices is priceless!!! You look good in t-shirts now enjoy!

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CWRISTON1 6/24/2009 9:02AM

    You TOTALLY get an ATTA GIRL! for going back! So proud of you for makin' it right! I know, I know $9 isn't much for a big chain, but in other ways it is ~ and the clear conscience....PRICELESS ~ hee hee!

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LFLFLPLP 6/24/2009 8:46AM

    This was too cute!! I was cracking up reading the description of you standing there at the time. Sounds like what I would be feeling....I'm sure I would have given it all away with my red face. I can't believe you ended up going back, how sweet is that??? But I really can't believe they didn't just say forget about it.

BTW, you look super cute in the t-shirt!!!

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CGEM61 6/23/2009 6:08PM

    Jocelyn, I think you have got to be the most adorable person I know!

I read a saying once, " A clear conscience makes for a soft pillow"

Have a great day and congrats on how well your doing! Love and blessings,Carol

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WOLFKITTY 6/23/2009 3:21PM

    UPDATE: I appreciate all of the support from you guys! LOL! You're the best! I went back and paid the additional money to clear my conscience. They did not offer to let me keep it as it was. :)

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NCONSTANT 6/23/2009 10:57AM

    Congrats on the loss! Love the shirt! I have to go by Target this week; I may pick up a hippie chick T for a beach party I have to go to next week at work.
Have a great day! Glad you are feeling better!
Nikki


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SPATULASARA 6/23/2009 9:27AM

    The shirt looks ADORABLE, Joce! And meh, whatev. I say it's their mistake and they should have caught it. You initially told them the correct price, so it's not your problem. The more you worry about it, the more you MAKE it cursed :-P

Embrace that it looks AWESOME on you, and be excited!! I'm sure it only cost like 25 cents to make anyway :-P

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TRACYZABELLE 6/23/2009 6:03AM

    After all the clothes that did not last long you deserve a break!

YOu look adorable in the shirt! Wear it in good health!

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DISNEYSMOM 6/23/2009 3:30AM

    As someone who has worked in the retail industry for many, many years, don't sweat the error, they happen all the time!! Truly it was the cashier's mistake, not yours even though you did notice it. That being said, I'm like you and feel guilty if a mistake is made in my favor, but I've also been overcharged and haven't gone back to have it corrected, so I figure it all evens out in the end...

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REDSODA 6/23/2009 12:58AM

    you look fantastic! ...and you deserved that shirt for sure. It was his loss not paying attention to what you where saying... hmm...

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NEWSTART127 6/23/2009 12:42AM

    I wouldn't worry too much about the $9 - Target's got a lot of money... and you tried! Pay that $9 forward and do something nice for somebody who needs the help. Congrats on the 7 pound loss! Glad you're feeling better!

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FHAMWEY 6/22/2009 11:56PM

    OMG - your pictures are sooo adorable! emoticon on the weight loss. A big emoticon!! As for the $, I know how you feel but it is done now. If it continues to bother you maybe you can do something with that $9 for good Karma! Just a thought! The shirt is too cute!
Felicia

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ZIRCADIA 6/22/2009 10:50PM

    I GOT UNSUBSCRIBED FROM YOUR BLOGS!!!!!!!!!!!! NOOOOO!!! I was wondering why you were so quiet lately... *doh* Anyway. That shirt is adorable. Don't stress the clerk error. You told him the right price. YAY FOR the new low weight! :D WOOHOO! :D (dang at Sheila! I don't think if you take it back they'll charge you anyway... although it might clear your conscience... if you're still feeling bad?)

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PRNCSSJSCLYN 6/22/2009 10:38PM

    Congrats on the weight loss and the new shirt. I love it. About Target guy....you did your job consider it a gift from him for doing so well on your program.
you look fab.

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GEE-KNEE 6/22/2009 10:37PM

    You worked so hard this week on the keeping to the plan. Good for you and your 7 pounds!!!! As for the shirt, if Karma happens, it will probably happen in the form of being over charged for something..., or perhaps you have already been overcharged at some time, and this was your reimbursement. An $9 error will not cause you catastrophic luck. It's all fine.

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DDOORN 6/22/2009 10:13PM

    Jeez, I'm from the flower power generation and say "go for it!"

You look MARVELOUS! :-)

Wish more of the peace-loving, idealism of that time could infuse our country these days...!

Don

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SWEETZMIX 6/22/2009 9:17PM

    Cute shirt!! Joce, I think that those things kind of happen. I wouldn't think too much into you not paying the full price. You told him and he still rung you up wrong, be happy with your 99cent shirt! heheeeeee I would!! I too this past weekend got a shirt but I paid the $9.99 sale price, wish I got it for 99cents though. lol

emoticon on the loss!! Very proud and if I was you, I would take that weigh in and wrap a bow on it!!!

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SPATTERS3 6/22/2009 8:49PM

    I love you. Now, listen up - you feel guilty because stealing is wrong. Do the right thing, take the price tag and your receipt back to Target and pay them for the shirt. You may make someone's day and isn't that worth $9 ?

-Sheila

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VICKIH76TOGO 6/22/2009 8:23PM

  color looks great on you!
I would have suffered the same guilt and same reasonings as you. Been there,done that and you will feel that guilt every time you put your t on, but it was a "steal" of a buy! Love Target!
Congrats on the seven!
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RUSSELLORAMA 6/22/2009 8:15PM

    Karma is tricky, but what cannot be denied is that you look effing ADORABLE in that shirt! :)

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YOGATICHA 6/22/2009 7:54PM

    YOU look MAH-VELOUS in your new shirt!!

I agree with Jespah. The thing should have been priced at $1.99 anyway. They are still making $$.

Ego te absolvo. Now give me 10 push-ups; 10 squats and 5 lunges and your penance will be done!




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LAFTERSFREE 6/22/2009 7:53PM

    that's 99 cents WELL spent, u look SOO cute!!!

and ehm, did u ever stop to think that maybe this IS KARMA.... paying YOU back for the many GOOD and GREAT things you have done in the lives of others?!?!?! everything happens for a reason... i think this should be your new GOOD LUCK shirt emoticon

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DREAMS2COMPLETE 6/22/2009 7:36PM

  Don't worry about it. You look totally great in that shirt. = )

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MUZIKFRK75 6/22/2009 6:41PM

    Congrats on the 7 pounds! And yeah, don't worry about the shirt, Target will get over it. lol

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 6/22/2009 6:38PM

    Ok so here goes....

I used to work at Target for 5 years....my sister worked there for 2. My brother-in-law for one year, my step dad for about 5 and my mom has worked for Target for the past 19 years...sooooo....needless to say we are a DIE HARD Target family! We love Target...like, love, love, love, LOVE it! Whenever I'm feeling sad, or whatever, I got to Target. My sister and I have even driven 2 hours JUST TO GO check otu the newest Target in Los Angeles! Yes, we are weird.

That being said, please don't think those very insignifican $9 are a curse! Target is a HUGE billion $ company! (I should know, our $'s are in their stock!) Just think of it as Target giving back to the community :) YOU'RE the community!

Enjoy your new shirt! It's super cute! I saw it there a few days ago and wanted it! :)

Violet

p.s. As for the cashier, nothing is going to happen to him...they probably wont even catch the mistake until tomorrow (when it comes up on the Price Reports), but still...they may just cousel him--nothing major!



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JESPAH 6/22/2009 6:36PM

    Yanno, in Indonesia or wherever it was assembled, it probably cost the company all of 14 cents.

So dontcha be worryin' 'bout nuffin.

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I Am Sick, but not from lack of exercise

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Oog. My husband and I woke up this morning feeling sick to our stomach and with potty problems. Without going into too much detail, I've been ill a couple of times already today and made countless trips to the bathroom. My SIL and nephews just got a "24 Hour" flu, so I'm hoping that it passes pretty quickly and isn't something more serious. I'm warming some chicken noodle right now and hoping that I'll be able to have some. I've eaten dangerously little today because I just couldn't (and I was doing some extra sleeping). Oh good, the soup is done heating. I tested out my ladle and found out it scoops up a little more than .25 of a cup at a time. I thought it gathered far more than that, so I'm glad I measured it. I'm just going to start sipping some broth 'cause this soup does not smell appealing right now.

ANYWAY, I'm happy to report that my recent attempts have been working! I don't know if it'll affect the scale, but I definitely have been on track measuring foods, and had 5 out of 7 days within nutritional ranges and exceeded my planned fitness minutes and calories almost every day last week.


Thumbs up!

Goal - 40 mins / 390 cal each day:

Monday: Cybex Arc Trainer (25 mins/355 cal)

*Had to cut it short to pick up my husband, but I was glad I didn't do my normal 900 cal burn since it'd be more than twice what I needed.

Tuesday: Yoga in the am (60 mins/?? 200-300 cal)
................Cybex Arc Trainer in the pm (41 mins/572 cal)

*ST and cardio. :) I attempted to do the push ups in the yoga class and during the 2nd set rested my belly on the floor but focused on flexed my arms and pushed up the top of my torso with good form. This time *I* took myself off of the Cybex that night since I burned well past my calories for the day and didn't want to be able to justify overeating because of it.

Wed: Zumba! My 1st attempt (60 mins/ 796 cals)

*I used the "Dancing fast" exercise on the tracker and that's the # it gave me. Trust me, I pushed myself like mad and in between songs when everyone just stopped I kept my feet moving. It was fun to do the Cumbia, Salsa and other steps. If I burned as much as that says I did, I accidentally did twice the cal burn that I needed - OOPS. Also went over my food cals by 300, within ranges for everything else. There were so many arm movements involved that I felt like I also did more strength training.

Thurs: Cybex Arc Trainer (43 mins/625 cals)
...........10 crunches upstairs, 10 crunches in another machine

*Since I'd been exercising every day I went up to the highest setting I'm (slighly un-)comfortable with, 7, on this machine. It was a treat to go to that gym again since my husband wasn't working (and this is the only one that has this machine, and I usually only go when he's working out there because I drive him.) He went to the insane and mean Aqua Aerobics class (by himself!) while I did something I liked too. **Since I had some extra time I tried doing crunches with a laying down bench and then downstairs on the circuit training sitting machine. Let me just tell you that I can't do crunches. So instead of making excuses to not try it, I just waited 10-30 seconds in between each one. After completing my cardio, I did full stretching, but then I TOTALLY FORGOT TO STRETCH after the crunches. :P

Friday: Walk outside w/a friend (60 mins/ 381 cals)

*I invited a friend to walk in the morning with me on a local trail. It was good, and a slower pace from the rest of the cardio this week. I awoke at 7 am, and didn't go to bed until after going out with my husband and friends until 3:30 am. Lots of extra calories this day.

Saturday: Today - I'm sick. My muscles are killing me. My abs started hurting last night, but weirdly hurt on the right side and then across the top of my stomach. I just thought that they were tired from the crunches I attempted on Thursday (with the no stretching), but since I we woke up sick I don't know anymore. I've still just been trying to gently stretch my torso to relieve some of the tightness.

So, in summary, the 3 big things I've DONE are:
1. I added more strength training to my routine. I picked up some fitness magazines at the library for 25 cents a piece and will continue to find a ST set that I can try on a regular basis. I want to do 1 day that I made up and 1 of the Spark recommended calisthenics routines.
2. I'm trying to not OVERDO my cardio too much on one day and then skip the next day - which was the pattern in May that made my exercising a little too sporadic and (OBVIOUSLY) not as effective.
3. More reasonable nutrition.

My main goal today is to feel better. I'm so happy that it's been mostly cloudy and cool today. After writing this long blog I've barely been able to get through .25 cup of my soup. I might try to go back to bed again or wake up my husband to eat something.

Sundays I usually walk at the Lake with some SparkiFriends in the morning, but since I'm so miserable today I'll have to cancel with them. If I feel better tomorrow, I might drag my husband out onto the parking lot at night here at the apartment complex.

  
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TRACYZABELLE 6/22/2009 6:27AM

    Oh I hope that bug is gone! nobody wants to feel icky!! Just remember plenty of fluids.. BRATT diet works best-- Bananas, RIce, Apples, Tea, TOast

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150-HERE-I-COME 6/21/2009 10:59PM

    Hope you feel better soon!!! Good job on last week's EVERYTHING!!!! You rock!

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TRECECOOKS 6/21/2009 3:24PM

    Dear Joce - so sorry to hear you're ill, but thrilled to read about your exercise. Hope you're better soon, and back to whuppin' the arc trainer.

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GLORYTOGLORY 6/21/2009 2:14PM

  emoticon emoticon Sorry you do not feel well sweetie but pray it passes soon! I am so proud of you for the st you go girl. But I got to say did you miss say you can't do crunches? There is nothing you cannot do and you did them just at your own pace! We only compete against ourself. I started doing like 5 crunches then I about died the most I have done now is 250. you start with what you can do and you get stronger little by little you can do it heck you did it this week and awesome might i add!!!! You should be so proud of yourself! Since we both started out in a 32 pants at our largest size i thought you would appreciate I am wearing a 18 top and 20 bottom. One of my shorts said xl and they were not tight at all. It was like i didn't believe it i thought when i washed the clothes they would be to small and they still fit! Check out my shirt comparison pic on my page I was stunned by how big that original shirt was! Sometimes I forget how far I have come then I look at things like that and realize wow this is adding years to my life not to mention quality. Look foward to reading your next weeks blog and see all the st your inspiring me to want to kick things up a notch thanx joce!!!!! hope you are geting some much needed rest emoticon emoticon

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CGEM61 6/21/2009 12:17PM

    Hope your feeling better shortly, do you have a fever? If your still sick tomorrow you may have to visit the doctor, resting is a very good thing if you can do it between bathroom runs. I am so sorry your sick. I can run to the store for you if you need something, it does not sound like you or hubby could do it. I'll watch for a post from you, I do not know where to put my# so it is private. Cgem61

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JESPAH 6/21/2009 11:05AM

    Sleep, sugah, sleep.

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DDOORN 6/21/2009 12:14AM

    Wow wow WOW! What a week for you!

I actually sorta enjoy catching those occasional gastrointestinal bugs...I just shut down all foods, flush with water for a day or so until it passes and feel so much better!

Curious to know more @ zumba...what kind of music is used? Anything that's latin? Just salsa? Samba?

Finished our SparkRally today...just blogged about it if you want to catch up w/ details.

Super to hear of your SPARKING! :-)

Don

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LAFTERSFREE 6/20/2009 10:43PM

    ugh, sorry to hear ur sick, it sounds pretty bad! stay hydrated and eat what you can hold down. great job on all the exercise this week, u have a great variety in your routine! and way to go on staying within cal range. ur doing great :)

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LORRAANN77 6/20/2009 10:29PM

    I agree hope you feel better real soon and like Gee-Knee stated, keep hydrated!
Kudos on your other efforts and success, keep up the great work!


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GEE-KNEE 6/20/2009 9:34PM

    Oh, i hope you feel better soon. That sounds no bueno. Just keep hydrated.

Your fitness this week sounds great. I hope you get good results from it.

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DIFROMWYOMING 6/20/2009 8:53PM

    Hope you feel better soon!
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Driving: Auto-Pilot & Pilot Light

Sunday, June 14, 2009


I like driving at night with the windows down and the music turned up.

While driving (sensibly, of course) and singing with the music there's often so many scents that it seems like there's something new after each block. It's a treat for all of the senses and so different from the normal, everyday driving that's like being on auto-pilot. You know when you're just going to work and thinking about the things you need to do? Or running errands and lists in your head while driving? Bleckh. Lately (hello 2009!) I've been managing my nutrition more on auto pilot. And I've noticed in the past few weeks that my old habits and "cravings" and junk has been creeping in. It's like, since it's on auto pilot those old tendencies are sneaking up on me and trying to get a foothold.

While talking to my good friend that's gone up and down but has a net loss of 4 pounds this year I pointed out she's been maintaining. I think that's just as important as losing weight. Maintenance is a stage we will all need to get used to at some point.

I've recently been getting a number of SparkMails asking for advice for new SparkPeople member's success, based on my own. And in thinking about my responses, I've grown to realize that I'm not doing the same thing that I did a year ago. In fact (and I think because of that) it's really no surprise that I, myself, have been essentially "maintaining" since the beginning of April.

my goal is to lose 75 lbs (hit 199) in 2009:
FEB 2009--271/267 (actual 269 2/2/09)
MAR 2009--267/259 (actual 264 3/5/09)
APR 2009--263/251 (actual 261 4/13/09)
MAY 2009--259/243 (actual 257 5/5/09)
JUN 2009--255/235 (actual 258 6/1/09) *Last week I weighed 256 one day, and 261 two days later when I stepped on the scale...*
JUL 2009--251/227

I'm not getting down on myself, I'm just trying to think about what I'm doing differently now as compared to last year when I was about to turn 30 and had lost 50 pounds. This is not a plateau, in my mind. I know that I'm often eating at the top or above my nutritional ranges and that my exercise had become a little more sporadic.

I want to re-energize some of those healthy habits that I might have kind of "forgotten" about and put them to use again. I'm going to go from auto-pilot to firing up the pilot light! So I am using my measuring cups and tablespoons. I am designing a regular sleep/work schedule to get into a routine that includes a morning walk break and stretching in the morning & afternoon. I'm going to reread some of the great SparkPeople articles that I keep recommending to newbies. ;) (Oops.. make that, I AM rereading some of the great SparkPeople articles that I recommend. I had changed all of the "I'm going to" sentences to "I am" but missed this one.)

There's a difference between thinking of and doing. But I'm in the driver's seat. All I've gotta do is roll down the windows and pump up the music.

  
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SHE7885 6/20/2009 4:43PM

    THANKS FOR THHIS BLOG!!!!!!!!11sHEILA IN tEXAS emoticon

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GLORYTOGLORY 6/19/2009 8:33PM

  Good blog I have been preoccupied a bit lately need that fresh zeal for my goals you can do it!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/19/2009 3:57AM

    I have faith in you! Even if we don't reach our goals in terms of numbers on the scale, at least we know we tried (or we know what went wrong) I really wanted to be at 475 by my birthday-- that is 25 pounds which is not gonna happen in 2 weeks now! OH well! I will keep on striving to lose and never quit!

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NCONSTANT 6/15/2009 1:56PM

    Joce,
You are so right. When I stop tracking my nutrition, it gets out of control. When I read or type each bite, it seems I can get back on track or readjust if I get off course. I like the driving analogy.
You are doing this... you're just getting your wheels back in alignment.
Have a great week!
Nikki
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TRECECOOKS 6/15/2009 12:45PM

    As you and so many others have said, I, too have realized that only going "back to basics" is going to help. As another commenter said, I am trying to juggle too many balls, and therefore am dropping some.
So I hauled out my South Beach Supercharged this morning, we bought a lot of freggies yesterday, and I told myself, "We're gonna take a walk. That's all, just a little 30 minute walk. When that's done, you can stop".
I hope this will turn the tide, because yesterday morning I weighed 10 pounds less than when I started Sparks.

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MULTIMOM 6/15/2009 12:02PM

    You are truly a winner! Each day, think about an exotic car you hope to drive...will it be a hot, fast, car, or will it be a Driving Miss Daisey car?
Regardless of what car you choose, turn that music on and get moving! I am so happy that you took the time, to stop and think about your own journey! You have motivated so many others to join you in Spark. You took the TIME needed to fuel and oil the wheels.....so keep them turning! Planning your food and exercise daily will keep you running! Great blog! Thanks for posting....Terri
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SWEETZMIX 6/15/2009 10:54AM

    SOOOOOOOOO true. We must get off this auto-pilot crap b/c at the end of the day it is not going to get us anywhere if we still want to continue to lose weight. I agree that we often give out great advice but are not following it ourselves. We must get back to what we used to do when we first started spark and saw HUGE changes.

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DDOORN 6/15/2009 10:07AM

    There's nothing like good cruisin' music and driving along down the road...YES!

I have plateaued over the past YEAR holding within 5# of 230# and FINALLY blew through this by cutting out a food that I knew I had been "overdoing": peanut butter. Lost 3# last week...woo hoo!

Weight loss gets to be trickier as we get closer to our goal weight.

And YES, we always have to be vigilant for the bad-old-habits which can creep back in...!

Don

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LAFTERSFREE 6/15/2009 9:22AM

    ha, im sooo feeling this blog right now, this morning when i came into work, I was thinking of how i haven't lost in over a month. just been maintaining, and that's not quite my goal. SO, I sat down and wrote down some of my new goals to focus on this month (and ironically these are just like the fast break goals!) like you, i need to refocus, and start doing things more purposefully. Thanks for blogging about this, im about to share my list of goals in a blog in a few minutes. we did it before, and we can do it again! emoticon

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DISNEYSMOM 6/15/2009 1:24AM

    Good for you, realizing that you have been slipping into nutritional auto-pilot. While I have not been on this journey that long, I am seeing that my choices are starting to resemble my old habits as well and I need to shake things up a bit and get back to the more natural way of eating that I was doing in April and get away from the processed foods that are creeping back into my cupboards. You continue to inspire me as I take this journey and I am so happy to call you friend...
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CAROL_ 6/15/2009 12:57AM

    BTW we have similar goals - I too want to have a 199 party in 2009 - you are 20+ lbs ahead of me.

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CAROL_ 6/15/2009 12:52AM

    I recently realized I haven't lost any real net-loss weight since Feb; I never thought of it as "maintaining" before! Of course since I'm still unhealthy weight, it's NOT true maintaining. Anyway that was a nice take on the situation.

When I tried to add another Lifestyle Change, and am having trouble juggling the old balls and started dropping a few due to the addition of this new ball, I realized sort of like your "auto-pilot" that my changes weren't as deeply ingrained habits as I thought they were.

So I'm going back to the beginning, being intentional, deliberate, and pre-meditated about incorporating Lifestyle Changes into my Daily Routines. That will help me get there.

BTW I like to drive at night too!

Thanks for the great blog, I voted "I liked this".

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TERSIEFROG 6/14/2009 10:59PM

    I'm glad you're not getting down on yourself and are ready to move forward. I agree, I think we all need a taste of "maintain" along the way, especially if we have a long distance to travel toward reaching our goals. My problem is that when I run out of steam, so to speak, instead of maintaining I bounce right back up to where I started. Each and every time.

So I say kudos to you and I look forward to your continued success now that you're switching off that auto-pilot!!

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GEE-KNEE 6/14/2009 10:59PM

    You seem very on top of things. It's nice to be able to identify areas that could be better. I am sure you will be moving forward again very soon.

Isn't it a bit scary when you drive on autopilot, and you get home and wonder how you even got there.

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 6/14/2009 6:35PM

    Jocelyn-

It's funny cause every time I read one of your blogs it seems as if you and I have the exact same situations going on at the exact same times! :) Anyway...your blog sums up exactly what I'm going through and in some odd way...it's very, very comforting!!

Violet

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TUESDAYS 6/14/2009 5:46PM

    I can relate to the "slow down"....but I think there's a lesson in it too. It's time for a "tune-up," Jocelyn. But we're still driving down the same road.....and I'm waving!
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SHERRY666 6/14/2009 5:35PM

    What a great blog................ I use to love driving............ but after my disability.......... I no longer can drive............ I do intend to get back at it........... and re do my licence............ and get out there and just drive........... like you....... with the music blaring................ It is such a wonderful time........... Never realized how much I miss it................. You keep on driving with your windows down............. emoticonI think your doing a great.......

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What Motivates Me & Done Cover Up

Friday, June 12, 2009

I found out last night that I am not a "boot camp" aerobics person. The woman that was running our aqua aerobics was yelling at the class to do more, try harder... I had already started out full steam ahead, and try as I might, I couldn't help but take the comments personally. She yelled at us that we couldn't leave (as I was feeling light headed). Look, I'm no wimp, I pump up the intensity of my workouts to the highest they can go. The entire time, I wanted to do the opposite of what she said. I let her comments affect me, and afterward when she asked me personally "Did you have fun?" I admitted I didn't. I ended up crying in the shower - NOT my kind of motivation.

1. I am active because I love my body, not because I hate it. I will continually strive to be stronger, healthier, faster, and to take care of myself.
2. I am working out because it feels good, not because "Don't you just hate it? Hate the workout, but it burns calories" (Yeah she was yelling that.)
3. I am not a "big loser", EVER. I know people find inspiration from that show, but I am never a loser. I can't disconnect that word from the negative connotation. (Yeah she called us that too.)

I'm about to go hop on the elliptical at the gym, but before I go, I have to post 2 cool things!

A. A neighbor that I don't know stopped me on the sidewalk and asked if I lived in the apartment on the end. :D After I said yes, she said, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING? You look so great!" and later said that my husband and I look so wonderful and to keep it up. **A COMPLETE STRANGER complimented me. That was pretty cool.

B. I gave away my BIG clothes for the first time. :) LOL! I worked for a company about 6 years ago and we were required to wear a standard polo shirt with the logo embroidered on it. I picked up one of the 4X Men's shirts that I had from then and since my husband fits into size 3X now, told him it'd probably fit AND IT DOES! That's great because now he has a few extra shirts to knock around in. This'll help him keep his regular work clothes nice since we can't afford to buy new stuff. I still have plans to donate my other stuff to a local women's shelter (just down the street). I need to get some time to get it all together.

And, thanks to RONICA892, I was introduced to Picnik.com today, where I made this:



I recently went to karaoke and was sleeveless for the first time in my adult life (in public)! It was amazing, and part of my plan to become more comfortable with my body. I will not wait until I'm a size 10 to get adjusted, I will try to do a little at a time so that when I am a size 10 I'm not struggling to catch up!



Done covering up!

  
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40ANDTHIN 6/30/2009 8:30AM

    You went to the wrong bootcamp! We have 3 instructors at our gym, and the one is awesome. She pushes me but in such a good way. To the point that when I'm working out independently, I try to think about what she would be getting me to do. Another one sounds like the one that you described- I never ever go to her classes, and the 3rd one is good, but I don't find she motivates me as much. I love my bootcamp class.

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NEWSTART127 6/23/2009 12:34AM

    I think I would have ended up in tears in the shower, too! That's not positive motivation... give feedback - if you can! It's constructive... and tell your story! If the instructor can see the other side of the coin, it might help! And I'll bet that you weren't the only one in class with some issues with her.

I don't have the same feeling about being a loser, though! I love being a loser! A weight-loser! That's a good thing - and you've done amazing in this area! Be proud of all the hard work you've done to drop those pounds! And congrats on getting a great compliement from a stranger! That's wonderful!

Pretty dress!!! I'm glad that you're taking pride in your hard work and your body! emoticon emoticon

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PEGETSMALLER 6/22/2009 11:54AM

    One thing I love about my trainer is she never never never utters a negative word. That is so sad about the instructor -maybe she thinks people watch Jillian on BL because they like her- yeah just like they "like" Simon Cowell on American Idol. My trainer is always the smile when I need it . That is what you need from a fitness trainer- she pushes me by believing in me-not putting me down.

Also wanted to say I wore a spaghetti strap shirt to grad parties this Sunday straight off of your inspiration!!! Thanks.

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ISLEY2009 6/14/2009 1:23AM

    I could have never kept my composer with that instructor, I probabllky would have dunked her!!!! Kudos for your big clothes going to the trash, I'm wating for that day my self. Keeep it up emoticon

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NCAZULL 6/13/2009 11:26AM

    Hey hon, You know there are several things I'd do in regards to that instructor.
1st of all you DO NOT call people who are working out Loser! secondly I would have just gotten out of that room in a heartbeat not bat an eyelash and reported her. I do not tolarate any bad mouthing no matter if she thinks it helps the students thats not the way to do it.
You do look fantastic hon I am so proud of you I totally can't wait to see you again some time... /hugs

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NATURALSOAPGIRL 6/13/2009 8:57AM

    You look amazing, Joce! Great job - and that's awesome about the neighbor too! I have been thinking kind of the same way as you - not about clothes, but about how I feel about myself in general. I can't think like a fat girl forever. I used to hike all my jeans way up over my whole stomach (yep, like a granny) thinking that it helped to hold in my stomach. But do I want to wear my pants like that forever? Nope. So I told myself that I have to wear them on my hips - where they should be - and stop hiking them up. It was a habit that was hard to break - but I did it. Yes, I have a muffin top if the pants are a bit tight, but that will soon be gone. Another thing I started doing was sitting up, standing up and walking straight! no more slumping shoulders. I always thought that if I slumped then my stomach wouldn't be as noticeable. Well, no more. Thin girls have confidence (at least they do if they like themselves) and I want to have confidence. So, now I am training myself to keep my shoulders straight and stand proud. We are all in this learning process - and accepting who we were, who we are, and who we will be is all a very important part of that process. Keep on going chica! BTW - I wouldn't like a drill sergeant for a teacher either.

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HOTHULATAUMAIA 6/13/2009 5:55AM

    Hey sis!! Just wanted to sprinkle some CHEERS your way! Uh, yeah that instructor "IS SO FIRED ~ AS IF!! LOL" OMG! But anywhoo, great job for sticking in there and getting through it. It must have been tough. Wow. It only makes us stronger :) That's great to know that strangers can see the transformation. I love it when I get that too. It's amazing how we think others don't notice . . BUT THEY DO! I love your flics in your dress.. Okay, Gett'em DIVA! That's right rock it out Mamas. . you don't need to wait to be a size 10. The time is NOW! Sis you have a fabulous weekend and keep makin' each day count!! Gett'em BOO :)

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MRSNANABOAT 6/13/2009 1:01AM

    emoticon You look great! So nice to get compliments from strangers. I would have felt the same way in the water class, I don't do well in that kind of environment. I enjoy exercise that makes me feel good and want to come back, not crazy boot camp drill SGT people. emoticon

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 6/12/2009 10:35PM

    First of all, you LOOK GREAT w/out a coverup! Definitely NO NEED for one. As for the bootcamp class...I want to kick that lady. I wonder how many calories THAT burns???

Violet

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DDOORN 6/12/2009 9:51PM

    Good for YOU to know what *WORKS* and what *DOESN'T WORK*...! I'm so pleased for you to "vote with your feet" and leave that boot camp drill Sgt. in the DUST!

YES, this journey is all about "loving our bodies," not despising and beating them up! Yeesh, did this boot camp person have the WRONG approach for just about EVERYBODY!!

To promote change in ourselves or anyone else, I always say "you get more flies with honey than vinegar"....praise, positive recognition, enthusiasm, zest and zing for life...THAT'S what we need to make changes for the better...!

And you embody ALL of those qualities!

WTG and give your husband a high five from me also! :-)

Don

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LAFTERSFREE 6/12/2009 9:46PM

    cute shirt, im glad u went for it, about the instructor, that SUCKS, im kind of surprised water aerobics is like that especially since a lot of people do water aerobics b/c they have restrictions from doing more intense exercise. I'm glad that you know that that's not how it's supposed to be. im sorry that it upset you so much, but i would have felt the same way. emoticon

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LILHLFPINT 6/12/2009 7:57PM

    (i LOVED this post. so full of life and positivity.

i'm glad you are learning what does and does not work for you and not trying to force yourself to 'like' something if it's not for you. that's a lesson i could definitely learn myself.

and girl, you are looking awesome!)

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CAROL_ 6/12/2009 7:17PM

    You're doing great, congrats on giving away the big clothes!

I was yelled at too much as a kid, no way would I go through that in a class. How rude! Yep I'm with you; it's not for me. Don't blame you a bit.

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GEE-KNEE 6/12/2009 7:14PM

    I wouldn't enjoy a class like that either. I think that the determination that it takes to lose 100+ pounds has to come from self love, not from self hate. Finding fitness that makes me feel good, or have fun, is what keeps me moving forward. I witnessed a trainer being snappy once at the gym with a client, and I remember thinking how angry I would be to be spoken to like that by someone I was paying. I am sorry you had that awful experience.
On another note..., you are still looking great. I bet far more people notice than you realize. I just started wearing things that show my arms too, so I get what a big deal that is. Good for you..., keep it up.
I still need to get rid of the multiple sizes of clothing that I have been hanging on to too. I printed up a garage sale permit application this morning (my city requires a permit). Giving it away sounds nicer, but I hoping to get some money to help me buy the new wardrobe in the next size.

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JESPAH 6/12/2009 6:54PM

    Good on ya!

And you're right -- I guess that negative screaming motivates some people but I find it repulsive, too. At my gym, the classes are held in a large open room that opens onto where the weights, etc. are so you can see and hear everything (it's not a very big place). I love listening to the Pilates gal. She's very calm and sweet. But the Boot Camp gal is like fingernails on a blackboard. BC gal was sick for a few weeks back in April and there was a sub (a guy). He was better. It's certainly possible to motivate people without screaming at 'em.

And yeah I'm with you on The Biggest Loser. When people comment on my changes, inevitably someone tells me they LOVE that show. And then they look at me as if I'm going to launch into something from it. "Uh, what?" is usually my response. Plus a dumb look. :)

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TRECECOOKS 6/12/2009 6:53PM

    Aw, Joce - you look lovely!! And a total stranger noticed!!! As for the water class, see if there are other classes. I won't take class with the Water Nazi when she teaches; I go with one that I have enjoyed. Remember, YOU are the consumer - it is YOUR dollars!! Love, me

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KIYOSHI04 6/12/2009 6:53PM

    you are just always beautiful, inside and out. im glad you're working on getting to love and cherish what is your body now, instead of doing it "later." cos you will probably find that later never comes.
yay for a nice compliment!! that had to make your day.

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CATIEBELLE 6/12/2009 6:49PM

    The dress is so pretty and you look so good in it. I could not take boot camp tactics either. You are doing great.

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FHAMWEY 6/12/2009 6:26PM

    OUCH! I hope you told that instructor that she didn't motivate you! You amaze me at how much strength power and self confidence you have!! Unfortunately, someone else not quite as strong as you may never exercise again because of that! I do not believe that exercise has to be miserable. Look how much fun we had at the Iron Girl and we all pushed ourselves hard. Why do people think that it has to be miserable? I love your sleeveless picture! Gotta give you a big emoticon for that! I think one of the most important things about this process is to love yourself and your body no matter what. I love the quote on Nancy's page, "No weight is ever PERFECT enough to do the enormous job of CREATING happiness!" From The Don't Diet, Live-it Workbook. That just seemed to hit home with me. Great blog! Hope to see you soon!

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NCONSTANT 6/12/2009 6:20PM

    Hey, forget about bootcamp - give it the boot!!! Do what you enjoy.
It is good you replace the negative with some postive.
You look awesome! I love that dress!
Have a great weekend!
Nikki
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ANDILU 6/12/2009 6:15PM

    Gorgeous dress, you look fantastic in it! :)

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DIANEGETSFIT 6/12/2009 6:11PM

    emoticon Awesome that you're not waiting anymore! I've done that far too much myself. I'm inspired by your post.
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TUESDAYS 6/12/2009 5:44PM

    Ooooooo...that kind of "motivation" leaves me cold as well. Do we wonder why most kids hate gym class? One good thing about being an adult is CHOICE.
emoticon"Take THAT, bullies!"
I'm applauding your visible (to the neighbors) success and your decision to go sleeveless. I'm not confident enough for that yet...but you're blazing the trail for me, Girlie!
emoticon~Glenda

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PINKYPOOS 6/12/2009 5:32PM

    Aerobics instructors eh?!?! My usual one is lovely - just the right mix of working you hard with encouragement, BUT we have replacement instructors: ones too easy, ones completely mad and not in a too good way and one is soooo hard - Sergeant Major Sally we call her!! The thing is all classes are different and so are all the instructors, don't let a bad one put you off, just find one that works for you
AND....yeah for the naked arms - I've been in a quite short dress today, never thought I would, but I'm not hiding them legs just because they're not size 10!!
Pink, xx

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SWEETZMIX 6/12/2009 5:27PM

    A complete stranger came up to you and complemented you. That is pretty awesome!!!!!!!!!!You look great in your pic and I am glad that you are more comfy in your own skin!! Keep up all the hard work and don't let anyone break you Joce. It's hard but that instructor did nothing but teach their class. You can do it!!

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RUSSELLORAMA 6/12/2009 5:15PM

    I love picnik! That's what I used to make my version of RONICA's done photo! It's so much fun and free! You look fab in that dress by the way. I don't know about where you live, but it's too darn hot in the Midwest to be covered up from head to toe, and why should we worry about what other people think of us anyway!

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ANGIE121 6/12/2009 5:10PM

    U look beautiful! and U motivated me........Dont be upset at not liking ur aerobic instructor...everyones different just stick to what works for u!!!! (she sounded like a monster!) Keep up the good work......Good luck! emoticon

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