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PART 2 Establish a goal... and the SMASH IT! ... then just cry from sheer happiness

Saturday, July 20, 2013

4 months and 21 days ago on February 25th, I established a goal to lose enough weight to meet the weight limit requirement for the Zipline that I wanted to do on my trip to Africa... The timeline was easy to establish because the Trip to Africa was the deadline. The goal was a 6 month goal which seemed reasonable.. because from the weight I was at then it would be around 60lbs.. (You can read the blog where I established the goal here

I have been diligently working towards that goal for the last 145 days with laser sharp focus. On March 2nd (just days after declaring the goal on February 25th) I found CrossFit and Paleo and my Coach. I have completed 61 CrossFit workouts as of last night.. and have established many many personal records. That triad - CrossFit - Paleo - and my Coach was the right combination for me... I wasn't hungry (a miracle since for the first time in my life the "dark gnawing hunger" went away).. I was motivated and challenged by the workouts.. My coach was knowledgeable and literally stuck to my side that first month... and he pulled no punches.. could it be done? yes, absolutely but only if I put the work in.. and MOST of the work would happen at home in my kitchen not the gym.

I about never got to sleep last night because I was so pumped about my Back Squat PR!! I was positively over the moon.. I finally get to sleep and wake up this morning to my normal routine.. stretch.. go to the bathroom.. weigh. (yes, I weight everyday)

I about fainted when I saw the number on the scale.. had to hop off.. hop back on again. Run for my camera. Hop on three more times to make sure there was no mistake.. cuz the numbers read



AND I also have lost 71lbs since I started!! and was sent this little pretty in the mail!

I sat down and cried.

Cried out of joy.

Cried out of disbelief (and maybe a bit of relief - grin).

Cried for the woman who didn't really think she could reach the goal when she set it.

Cried for the woman I am today who is 100% believes that I will reach my goal weight.. my healthy weight (whatever that is)...

Cried because I was gonna ride that dern Zip Line in Africa!!!!!

but Cried mostly because I AM NOT BROKEN ANYMORE!!

A HUGE thank you to y'all who have literally followed me via this blog since February.. watching the countdown.. believing in me.. cheering me on.. commenting.. y'all have meant the world to me..

27 days til Africa
ZERO ZIP NADA pounds to go to meet my ZipLine Goal!!!!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FLAMENM 7/23/2013 11:28PM

    Here is to being SMASHING!!!!

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LOOKINGTOBEFIT 7/23/2013 12:41PM

    So awesome Annie!! Can't wait to see pictures of you zip-lining emoticon emoticon

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LJCANNON 7/21/2013 11:16PM

    emoticon AWESOME!! Did you know you can cry and do the Happy Dance at the same time? How exciting!!

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TATYPREZ 7/21/2013 10:18PM


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BEECHNUT13 7/21/2013 8:56PM

    Fantastic! Have fun!

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SNOW_LEOPARD_74 7/21/2013 12:55PM

    Way to Go!! Look out Africa, here she comes!! emoticon on busting through that goal and earlier than planned. This means you will be even smaller by the time you step foot in Africa and will have an even better time!

Your motivation is inspiring, I am glad I stumbled upon your blog!! Thank you.

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FUNLOVEN 7/21/2013 12:04PM


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MOMMA-MOOSE 7/21/2013 10:13AM

    Love your determination! Such an awesome accomplishment.


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    I am soooo proud of you!! I *KNEW* you could do it! And you are right- it's all about finding the combination that works right for you. I can't wait to hear about your next goal!

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ZEECHA 7/21/2013 7:55AM

    oh wow!! I am proud of you! Your determination has been beautiful. I'll say you've had lazer-sharp focus. Understatement!

You'll weigh even less by the time you go on your trip...and be even stronger!

I'm so happy that you've never given up on YOU! A+++!

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HAPPYTOBEME01 7/21/2013 2:05AM

    Good for you!!! Your determination to succeed has paid off and I know that it will only continue to pay off in the future.

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TIGER_LILY_613 7/21/2013 1:05AM

  You didn't just smash your goal, you OBLITERATED it ! Amazing !
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FIT4MEIN2013 7/21/2013 12:47AM

    Congrats, dear friend! Been there, done that and know all the emotions that go along with it. So proud for you!

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MARMAERT 7/20/2013 11:42PM

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And you did it BEFORE your trip - why, there's a good chance you will be UNDER your zipline goal!!
very very proud of you and all the work you have done to get to this point!

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JUNEAU2010 7/20/2013 11:07PM

    Crying for and with you!

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MT-MOONCHASER 7/20/2013 9:40PM


Great going!!


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STEPH-KNEE 7/20/2013 9:22PM

    You are amazing! There was never a doubt that you were going to meet your goal, but to meet it so early and have a huge cushion has to feel like a million bucks! You are literally working your rear off and it shows! emoticon I am so proud of you, and riding that zip line is going to be the biggest reward... and it is going to be an experience that you remember for the rest of your life! I can't wait to hear all about it when you get back. Okay, I know it's still a ways away but I can wait patiently. emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 7/20/2013 8:52PM

    Smash it, crush it, kill it, destroy it...whatever you call it, you did it, you own it, you deserve all the credit!

Lots to be proud of buckaroo!!! Bet it'll be the best damn zipline ride in the world!!

Hmmmm, what'll be the next goal? Scale Everest, space shuttle ride, Gator wrestling....whatever you set, I bet you'll make it!

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SIMABON31 7/20/2013 8:08PM

    I am so happy for you! I've just recently heard about Cross Fit and Paleo and have incorporated some of the Paleo ideas into my everyday lifestyle. Wish I knew more about Cross Fit. It looks very fun and VERY challenging! Proud of you!

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PONYFARMER 7/20/2013 7:21PM

    You are a true ROCK STAR my friend. I look up to you and want to be you when I grow up. Someday, I will be able to write this blog, saying that I was at my goal weight. I have 65 more pounds to go, but bc of you, I believe that I can do this. Thank you for that!!!!

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WOUBBIE 7/20/2013 6:08PM

    Sweetie, I am not much of a cryer, but I'm sitting here with big salty tears running down my cheeks.


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AMARILYNH 7/20/2013 5:34PM

    Your blog literally gave me goosebumps - that is SO awesome!! I can just FEEL the thrill you'll get ziplining in Africa - what MEMORIES you'll be making!! TOO TOO AWESOME!! You TOTALLY ROCK!! emoticon

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JUST-ELIZ 7/20/2013 5:26PM

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Wonderful news!! emoticon

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STRONG_SARAH 7/20/2013 4:15PM

    OMG that's fantastic! You worked hard and it paid off and now you'll be ZIPLINING IN AFRICA!!
It's just so cool.

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_BACK2BASICS_ 7/20/2013 3:05PM

    emoticon YOU DID IT!!! So happy and proud for you! Keep it up and you will continue to inspire others to reach their goals as well! emoticon

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MAMACHAMBS 7/20/2013 2:07PM

    You are my true hero and inspiration, my dear! I'm so glad you found your way to the Sheriffs! You have given me new hope and with your inspiration I WILL reach MY goal !!!!

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DANATTA 7/20/2013 1:46PM

    emoticon emoticon I am soooooo Happy for you! You Are Awesome!

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KNYAGENYA 7/20/2013 12:27PM

    emoticon That is great. I hope the trip goes well.

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SAWYERPATTI 7/20/2013 12:24PM

    FANTASTIC!!! Congratulations! Have an amazing time on your trip. emoticon

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COOP9002 7/20/2013 12:15PM

    Awesome job on meeting your goal. You should be pumped about it and so proud of yourself.

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SUGAR0814 7/20/2013 12:01PM

    Congratulations Annie! Your motivation & determination paid off! You're an inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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