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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! :-)


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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

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!

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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...!


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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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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!!


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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.......

Sherry.. emoticon

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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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    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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    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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    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???


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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! :-)


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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!

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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!

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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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Arm Pudding: A How To NOT do it right...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

~ Here's the recipe ~

Sunday: 5k with a tote bag slung over the shoulder; other hours of activity with a backpack

Monday: Unplanned out dumbell weight lifting, heavy on the arms & shoulders. Trying out the basketball/crunch game near the weights for the first time. Dribbling and playing basketball with friends... Well, okay, shooting hoops (each with our own basketball).

Tuesday: Ultra challenging 24 Hr Fitness YOGA Stretch class with EUGENE, body builder trainer dude that likes to hold the poses for an IMPOSSIBLY long time. **THEN** Bounce and hold your friend's 9 month old heavy baby... for like, 90 minutes. Oh yeah, and ignore all the pain and haul around a few loads of laundry and stuff.

Okay, my arms are SORE. My arms haven't been this sore in a long time... and it's not really in a good way. Yesterday while at the gym I noticed that there's FINALLY a Zumba class here. I wanted to do that at 8 a.m., but around 10 last night I realized that would be STUPID.... talk about overload! All of those dance/cardio moves have the accompanying arm grooves. It's so hard to not burn out my arms. I'm trying to rest them today because I know that we're planning on doing another Aqua Aerobics class tomorrow night. The only thing I lifted today was a load of laundry, then later 6 bags of groceries.

The good news is that I'm getting lots of activity in. I just want to prevent disability... After all, I need to be able to type! ;D

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GLORYTOGLORY 6/12/2009 8:18AM

  yes its wise to not overdo so proud of tou you have been working hard girl congrats!

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TRECECOOKS 6/11/2009 5:12PM

    Trust me - you are gonna want to take good care of your arms. Ask me how I know. . .

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JESPAH 6/11/2009 6:23AM

    Well, I s'pose it's a bit better than back stiffness. Not that that's saying too much of course.

Aleve (or any other OTC Naproxen) is helpful, I find. And, of course, treating yourself gently. Soon, you'll be doing all of these things completely sans pain. Soon!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/11/2009 4:57AM

    WOW! I was gonna say.. spahgetti or rubber band arms is more like it! YOu need a rest, wrap them around your hunny and squeeze-- that is all the workout you need, lol!

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WOLFKITTY 6/11/2009 12:51AM

Good point!! I totally forget to stretch when I'm doing stuff with other people. I will DEFINITELY do that next time. Good call.

Thanks for the reminder!!

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DDOORN 6/10/2009 10:33PM

    Wow Wolfie...pedal to the metal time...! Way to SPARK!

But I guess there IS a limit...no? :-)


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SWEETZMIX 6/10/2009 9:33PM

    Take care of your arms, but what a workout they have gotten!! So even if they don't feel good right now, it's good you are working those muscles one way or another!!

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NCONSTANT 6/10/2009 8:37PM

    My arms are sore after reading all this! I need to get active. I was motivated earlier in the week and got a sinus infection. Tomorrow is another day...
Have a great night!!!

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KSGROTHE 6/10/2009 8:33PM

    emoticon on being so active!

Would stretching (after a short warm-up, of course) help your sore arms?

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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LAFTERSFREE 6/10/2009 7:29PM

    funny how all those daily activities can really add up. the positive is that you are becoming more and more active!!! sometimes muscle soreness feels a little good, the times i hate it are when im so sore that i cant fall asleep.. try to take it a lil easy on ur arms, and work ur lower body a little more instead for a bit.

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From 5 minutes to 5k! My very first...

Sunday, June 07, 2009

WOOHOOOooo! :)

I did my first 5k today. I walked the Del Mar Iron Girl event. And I was lucky enough to share my first 5k with LOTS of local SparkiFriends!!! Honestly, I can't imagine what it'd be like without them. Support from FHAMWEY, SPRING4FAL, KATHYK24, SOCALGIRL, WHITEDUC, DISNEYSMOM, BGAIL1, JENIUS_PANDA, AMISETTE (wait! crud, now I can't remember if I have her username right)... and anyone I might have missed... Anyhow, it was amazing sharing this with these women. The experience even convinced my friend Donna that she might want to join SparkPeople. She said, "Everyone was so nice!" and she even ended up walking with 2 of my SparkFriends instead of me. LOL!

Anyway, I also got to run into a few other Sparkers like CGEM61! There was a team of 3 ladies in Orange SP shirts with some kind of sign on them that I tried to talk to, but they needed to pick up their registration packet. Since I didn't have a SparkPeople shirt, I carried my I HEART SP bag from the SparkPeople '09 Convention. That group of 3 orange ladies saw it from across the street when we were all walking and we were all hollering "WOOHOOooo!"

I don't think I could've asked for a better 5k experience. And the rest of today I've really been thinking about everything that brought me here. (I'm trying not to cry right now because we're supposed to leave and meet my husband's friend from high school for coffee.) I used to not be able to walk 5 minutes without my legs and feet hurting. I couldn't walk less than a quarter of a mile when I started on SparkPeople. I went from walking 5 minutes to walking a 5k. And the enormity of this milestone hasn't escaped me.

THANK YOU so much to everyone that has helped me along the way, or encouraged me. Having that encouragement in person today meant SO MUCH to me. I can't even adequately express it here. I love my SparkFriends and I love SparkPeople.

We got a free shirt and a free AFLAC duck along with some samples.

I'm an Iron Girl for life. I want to do 2010.


My friend Sarah & me

...More pictures later.

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LINDOKAS 6/17/2009 6:21PM

    good for you! have you started jogging yet?

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RUSSELLORAMA 6/14/2009 4:55PM

    As you know, your event sparked mine! Thanks for the inspiration. I'm so glad that you were able to connect with your local Sparkers. That kind of support is priceless!


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PUMPKINFACE73 6/14/2009 8:11AM

    YOU Rock Girl...so proud of you :-)

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LISADOUBLEVEE 6/13/2009 9:47AM

    Yay!! I'm about to start my first 5k as well this year. I hope I do nearly as well as you did.

I wish there'd be an Iron Girl in the Boston area! When I was looking for a 5k to run, I happened to catch a video about past events and it was so inspirational.

Awesome job!

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    I love you in that white tee! You look great!

Congrats on finishing hon! You've come so far!

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FORESTLITTLE 6/10/2009 8:08PM

    emoticonTotally AMAZING you are!!! You "little one" are so motivational and inspiring!!! Looks like you had an AWESOME day!!! Oh, you look absolutely wonderful in the picture with your t-shirt and metal!!! ;-) You have a bright future ahead of you which just keep getting brighter and brighter!!! I am so happy for you! Have a great day...you have made mine better just by watching you moving ahead and getting closer to your goal line!!! Warm hugs sent your way!!!

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TELERIE 6/9/2009 9:56AM

    Woohoo, Joce! What a great achievement! And a diploma to cherish! You are beautiful and strong - an Iron Girl is right!
I'm running my first 5K this Friday - eek! :)

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TUESDAYS 6/9/2009 7:54AM

    Thumbs up, Jocelyn! It's a milestone for you --- and it's fun to share it with you in this way. You're a great SPARK-xample to so many. I'm cheering you on...and on...and on!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/9/2009 5:50AM

    Congrats you hot sexy mama! I bet if we touched you we would sizzle ! You look awesome!

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COONHOUND1 6/8/2009 9:20PM

    Wow, congratulations!!! What an accomplishment!!!! BTW.... you look awesome!!!!!!! You are so inspiring!!!

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GLORYTOGLORY 6/8/2009 7:25PM

  and yeah by the way you are shrinking in every new pic you post and so beautiful! I already mentioned it but I will again i am so proud of you catching another dream of yours!

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GLORYTOGLORY 6/8/2009 7:23PM

  so happy for you Joce!!!! emoticon

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AMISETTE 6/8/2009 4:02PM


You ROCK!!!!

It was so great to meet you yesterday!!


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ZIRCADIA 6/8/2009 3:00PM

    WOW the shirt, the medal, the certificate - SO CUTE!!! Way to pick a GREAT first 5K!!! :D WOW! And I am sooooooooo sooooooo soooooo proud and happy for you and the journey you have accomplished in getting to this point that you were able to complete this race and reach one of your many goals. :) YOU ROCK JOCE! I MISS YOU!!! I wish I could have done this race with ya'll -- I just need to convince my DH that we need to move to SD. ;) hhahaha. I hope to be doing a 5K this weekend but I don't know if we can afford to register me yet or not -- either way I will be there. My friend LAFTERSFREE who joined SP through me will be doing HER first 5K! :D So I GOTTA be there to support REGARDLESS!!! :D Anyway -- again, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! :D

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KAREN_01 6/8/2009 1:12PM

    I almost cried so happy am I for you!! You've come such a long way, congratulations!

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AMAZINGAMY14 6/8/2009 12:02PM

    Yah u! Way to go! You look great! You should be so proud of yourself!

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MDRATH 6/8/2009 10:47AM

    I'm so happy for you! You are such an inspiring, amazing lady! I really hope to join you all next year for the 2010 Iron Girl! emoticon

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RSCOZZAFAVA 6/8/2009 10:46AM

    the smile on your face of accomplishment is a sheer delight to see. I am so very proud of my inspirational spark friend. You are setting such an amazing example for all of us coming up behind you! Thanks for always putting it out there for us!

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SWEETZMIX 6/8/2009 10:01AM

    OMG JOCE!! I am at my desk trying to control my big smiles, lol, sO I don't look crazy. I am sOOOOOOO happy for you & you got to meet tons of sparkers, who are now new friends. I hope you all are able to do more together. I am sO jealous b/c I live sO darn far away. And you look great in that shirt by yourself. SO SLIM, even if the scale is not going down..you can see it. You look sO pretty and I am very proud of you. Before you know it, you will be jogging!!

Love You Joce and I am happy you had such a good time!! You are inspiring me my friend to sign up for something!!

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SHAVONPR 6/8/2009 10:01AM

    Looking good girl! I can see a difference with you being 256lbs! Share some of that motivation over here!

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LAFTERSFREE 6/8/2009 9:31AM

you look so cute in your pic!

i am also doing my first 5K this Saturday! I'm really excited about it, it benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alabama.. I have never done anything like this, I will also be walking, it's very exciting...

im glad you took this challenge emoticon

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JESPAH 6/8/2009 6:15AM

    How amazing. Right behind you -- Corporate Challenge here, later this month. :)

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SINDLICIOUS 6/8/2009 4:40AM

    CONGRATULATIONS on completing your first 5k! How awesome! Way to go darlin'!

Thanks for sharing your amazing day and the awesome pictures!

Cindy emoticon

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    You seriously KEEP SHIRNKING!!! You look fantastic in your pictures! I want to see more picutres!!!!! :)


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GEE-KNEE 6/7/2009 11:58PM

    That sounds like such a great experience. Good for you. You are looking so cute in your new pictures. I so get how cool it is to do a 5k considering the where you started. I am so proud of you.


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DISNEYSMOM 6/7/2009 11:56PM

    Today was such a great day and I am so happy that I was able to share it with you and so many other of my Spark friends. I also enjoyed making new friends with Donna (I hope she joins us here). I will definitely be with you again in 2010 and am looking for other events around San Diego. SOCALGIRL and I were talking about maybe walking the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon next year, I'll have to put in some serious training before I'm ready for that! But I think I've been bitten by the race bug!

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CGEM61 6/7/2009 11:41PM

    Hey there! I was so excited to see you! And it is always ok for hugs, sweaty or not. I have no idea what went wrong for me. I wore shoes that have always worked for me but I had a blister on my toe and a sore on the other, I could not wait to sit somewhere. I had a great time too and could tell you were happy also. You look amazingly cute with your Iron girl shirt and medal. We did it! Our first event, and wow it was fun. Where did you hang your medal? I have not decided yet, I want it somewhere I will see it. Have a great week!

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LILHLFPINT 6/7/2009 11:27PM

    (wow, that is an awesome time! i don't know if i could walk a 5k in under an hour - good for you.

i'm so proud of you. ::hugs:: you've worked very hard to get to where you are.)

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 6/7/2009 11:22PM

    Jocelyn, it was nice to see you again. Iron girl was so fun! Your post is very touching and as always you are very inspiring. I love your pics and your new background :)

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DIFROMWYOMING 6/7/2009 11:12PM

    This is my BIG dream some day...to do a 5K walk.
CONGRATS to you for finishing this!
That is awesome.

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FHAMWEY 6/7/2009 10:42PM

    You are glowing in those pictures girl!!! I am glad it was such a wonderful experience for you.

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MARATHONMOM26.2 6/7/2009 10:42PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Yay Jocelyn!!!! You are amazing, and I'm so proud of your accomplishment! I actually started to tear up when I read the part about you not being able to walk 5 minutes and now finishing a 5k... what a shining star you are emoticon

Can I also say that your shirt and medal look so cool!!!! I want one...
Congratulations, I wish I could have been there to cheer you on in person emoticon

emoticon emoticonTammy

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TRECECOOKS 6/7/2009 9:05PM

    Pear Sis, you KNOW I'm proud of you!! This is a tremendous accomplishment. And my DD21 will just flip when she hears that you got an AFLAC duck!! Do post pix!!

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SPRING4FAL 6/7/2009 9:03PM

    Hey chica!!!!

YOU DID AN AWESOME JOB TODAY!!! I AM SOOOO PROUD OF YOU!! You have come a long way baby!! =) I am happy I could share in your success today and be there to support you. I am glad that you chose this event to be your first one and I hope to be by your side in 2010!! By the way, I saw those orange shirted spark girls today and wanted to hunt them down but I was waiting for the crew to meet up so I couldn't leave. How do they not know about Spark San Diego??? heheh!!! They need to join in on the fun!

You rock my dear spark friend!

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HEALTHYGAL01 6/7/2009 8:37PM

    emoticonThat is a fantastic accomplishment - WTG. I'm inspired to add walking to my repetoire.

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ROUXZQ 6/7/2009 8:32PM

    OMG! I'm so PROUD of you! You are looking great! Id love to see what the cool metal looks like. WTG

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    emoticon Keep workin it, girl!

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    Congrats!!! Looks like you had a blast!!!

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ALOT2GO1 6/7/2009 6:53PM

    WTG!! That is so awesome!

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KIYOSHI04 6/7/2009 6:51PM

    awesome job you. im glad you had a great time. you all look awesome.

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DDOORN 6/7/2009 6:49PM

    How WONDERFUL it must have been for you and so many other members to be SPREADING the SPARK at this event!

Triple WOO HOOS going out to ALL of YOU! :-)


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