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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!

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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

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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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Done Girl 10 lb Challenge

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

I am not a challenge person. I get defensive, but I've decided to join the 10 pound DONE in June challenge with my team. I was planning on losing 10 pounds this month anyway! :D

Me too! Me too! DONE with these 10!

Starting Weight (SW) 259
Goal Weight (GW) 249

6/1/09- 259


- 10 or more glasses of water/day
- Walk 20 minutes (1 or more miles) 3x week - GOYAAM!
- Strength train 2x week - GOYAAM!
- Clean 1 mini area in the house every other day

(The walking is in addition to my other cardio.)

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GLORYTOGLORY 6/5/2009 9:35PM

  go you!!! You can do anything you put your mind too!!!

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NCONSTANT 6/4/2009 1:57PM

    Yeah! I am so glad you joined the challenge!!! We can do this... we are doing this. You can follow me 'cause I've been checking in on you daily. We are DONE with these next 10#.

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TROOPS79 6/4/2009 12:35PM

    Good luck!

I need to try that clean a mini part of my house thing... I really need to clean.

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    I don't join weight loss challenges because it's triggering. I have an eating disorder and those kinds of challenges make me defensive and then cause me to go back to old habits such as playing with my food to make it look eaten when I'm really just disposing of it. Additionally, there's no guarantee of weight loss for me even under perfect conditions because of my broken metabolism. I wouldn't want to bring a team down with that.

Good luck to you!

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LILHLFPINT 6/4/2009 1:09AM

    (whoo hoo!)

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_RAMONA 6/3/2009 10:59PM

    YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!! :)

...and I hear you on the concept of challenges... I had big issues (defensiveness, competitiveness, perfectionism) that really got in the way, and totally sabotaged my enthusiasm, and that in turn would affect my motivation. Then what I figured out about the whole 'challenge' concept was that while the challenge gave me a general construct, the specifics were up to me... even if it was different than what anyone else was doing.

I wrote this over a year ago:
"Challenges are miracles waiting to happen.... I decided to view challenges not as tests to my conviction and character, but as tools to facilitate my journey of self-discovery, with no absolutes, but with a range of 'successful' worked in. I began to use them as a means to better define the road... as a compass for the journey. I'm learning to exercise ownership and responsibility over/for my habits (challenges), rather than allowing them to control and own me. Through my efforts at 'challenge' I began to learn how to daily honour the unique creation I am, and to appreciate the structure within which I am invited to live my full potential."

If you want to read the rest you can find it here:

and here, 'One Foot In Front of the Other'

Make it all your own within the structure, and you will succeed with flying colours! "Miracles happen within the rules." GOD, in Joan of Arcadia

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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ROUXZQ 6/3/2009 8:47PM

    Woo Hoo, good luck!

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NCAZULL 6/3/2009 7:08PM

    You go girl... wooot!!
My goal is to TUN!! I've been at it for about 2.5 wks now and I love it Im slow still, Im doing Wk 2 still cause I dont think Im ready for Wk 3 yet. but I love the run I feel so energized after I get my breath back, it makes me long winded still once I feel I can breath normally and I feel comfortable doing wk 2 with ease I'll switch to wk 3... Im pacing myself..
Good luck with your goals hon...

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DDOORN 6/3/2009 6:05PM

    Great to see you SPARKING AWAY!


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SWEETZMIX 6/3/2009 5:07PM

    emoticon Joce!! You can drop those 10lbs and even if you don't, I bet you will come pretty darn close. Good Luck!!!!!

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BLKBEAUTY34 6/3/2009 4:38PM

    Let's do this, were "Done Girls" ! WooooHooooo!!! emoticon

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    Good luck on your goals! I think I'm gonna do something similar to what you're doing too! From what it seems like, LOTS of people are doing challenges this month. I feel like THIS month is going to be the best month for me. I'm focused and committed and ready to lose the weight!


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Yoga Stretch

Thursday, May 28, 2009

I miss yoga! LOL! I am definitely feeling it. :) Oh well! I've convinced my husband to go to an aqua aerobics class with me, so I'm looking forward to that tomorrow.

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SWEETZMIX 6/1/2009 1:01PM

    How was the class Joce?!?

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LILHLFPINT 5/30/2009 10:11PM

    (that's so awesome your husband joined you!)

Comment edited on: 5/30/2009 10:11:36 PM

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TRECECOOKS 5/30/2009 10:40AM

    Working out in the water is the best!! I am so pleased to see over 300 cals burned when I do my back to back classes!! The new pic is certifiably GORGEOUS!!!

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MISSY_MAGOO 5/30/2009 2:39AM

    So can you share your secret on getting the hubby to do water aerobics? I have a hard enough time getting mine to walk the dogs with me (a much manlier activity) haha
Oh- and I love love love the new profile photo :) You look gorgeous!

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IESHADOVER 5/29/2009 3:33PM

    I'm confused if you miss yoga why are you no longer doing ?

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TRACYZABELLE 5/29/2009 4:44AM

    My daughter does yoga and loves it.. I am the water aerobic girl! It is easier to exercise in the water and I feel better after I am done.

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ROUXZQ 5/28/2009 8:08PM

    Wow, getting a guy to do water aerobics? He must love you AND be an awesome guy!!
Whooot whooot for DH!

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ZIRCADIA 5/28/2009 3:59PM

    OOOH Aqua Aerobics and WITH THE HUBBY??? :D HOW COOL! Have fun!

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~*~*LISA*~*~ 5/28/2009 2:12PM

    I hope you and your hubby have fun at your water aerobics class! :)

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NCONSTANT 5/28/2009 2:10PM

    Love Yoga! It is great the hubby is going with you! Sounds like fun!

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RUSSELLORAMA 5/28/2009 12:25PM

    Have fun!That's so cool that you guys work out together. I'm trying to find some folks to do water aerobics with me here. It's such a good way of working out and it's easy on the joints!


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JESPAH 5/28/2009 12:25PM

    Aqua aerobics? Do tell ....

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LAFTERSFREE 5/28/2009 9:31AM

    have u been to water aerobics before?? i started about a year ago, and i LOVE it. it burns a pretty good amount of calories, but ur not all sweaty when you're done, it's great!!! i hope u both enjoy it :)

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LI_OZ1 5/28/2009 8:50AM

    Sounds like fun! Love your sassy new pic!

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GEE-KNEE 5/28/2009 8:29AM

    That's cool that your husband will work out with you. My husband will go for bike rides and hikes, but I doubt I could ever talk him into water aerobics.
Hope you guys have lots of fun.

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GLORYTOGLORY 5/28/2009 8:25AM

  Hey cool I hope hey starts excercising with you often.!!!!!

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