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Friday, June 07, 2013

It has been a good minute since I wrote a blog or participated in Spark in general. The past two weeks have been crazy busy for me and I found that at the end of the day, I just didn't have the energy to log on and engage the way I would like to. In the two weeks since my last blog, I have managed my weight within a 2-3 lb swing. My eating can always stand to improve and that hasn't changed since February. But nonetheless, exercise and activity in general is a part of my life so I haven't had the repurcussions of a semi-bad diet.

I have had a couple of "Aha Moments" in the past couple of weeks, for different reasons. While I was on my business trip to Wichita, I noticed that the jeans that I decided to wear, the designer size 16 jeans which were originally my goal jeans, would not stay on my a$$. I didn't bring a belt because a.) I don't like dealing with them with airport security and b.) I felt it was unecessary because these jeans have always been a pretty snug fit. Seeing myself in those jeans in addition to me comfortably wearing my NY & Co size 14 slacks, assures me that I have dropped a dress size, officially. Of course, you will always have those rogue items that will not fit but I am claiming myself as a 14.

While on that same trip to Wichita, I went down to the hotel fitness center. While running on the treadmill, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. That, along with a picture taken of me at my family reunion the next week, confirmed to me that my journey is far from over. I have gotten much too comfortable with my progress and I could still EASILY lose 30 pounds.

Yesterday I was hosting a Networking Event for our company and one of our corporate attorneys who I have not seen since I began my journey, came up to me after the event, gave me a hug and whispered in my ear, "You look fantastic. You have really worked hard and lost a lot of weight and I am proud of you." It made me feel so good. It reminded me that I have what it takes to change and my change is noticeable even when I get down on myself about my progress.

Another "Aha Moment" I had came when I was visiting my family in Rockford, IL. Derrell and I went on a trek to find a 24 HR Fitness. My GPS told me there was one 30 minutes away. We got up early in the morning to drive there, nearly to Chicago, just to find that this 24 Hr Fitness: The Edge was a knock of version that was in no way affiliated with 24 HR Fitness and we couldn't get in. Once we get back to my aunt's home, which is slightly rural. I ask Derrell if he wants to go on a run with me. My two little cousins say they want to go to. They are 11 and 13. I am in better shape than both the kids, and it appeared, my fiance too! They would run real hard and get ahead of me and then stop, panting and bent over, and I would just run comfortably at my own pace and pass them. We did a mile and made it back to the house. It was very hot and humid so I took a drink break. I asked who was ready for round 2 and Derrell and Mya dropped out. So me and Mikkal went a little further on our second run. I wore him out! It only took us about 25 minutes for the whole thing but it was a nice workout. The day before yesterday Derrell and I went on a 5 mile walk/run and 95% of the time, I was in front. At one point our neighbor seen us and screamed, "Man, YOU are supposed to be leading the way. She's passing you!" It was funny.

Well, I only have 3 months as of today until my wedding. I was stressing out about the guest list but I have just let it go; it's not worth it. I got my hair breaded so that I can concentrate on working out without worrying about how much time it will take to tame my natural hair. I am loving having braids! Now I have NO excuses not to work out and drop some pounds!

Tomorrow morning I am registered for a 5k at 8 am and then scheduled to work my PT job at 9:30! I also registered for a virtual 10k to be run in two weeks. Wish me luck!
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    You're a superwoman. Fo' realz.

    And your braids are super-cute.
    1825 days ago
  • LEMON2012
    You are doing great and looking great! Keep it up....sounds like you aren't "dieting" but seriously a lifestyle. Keep trucking lady! emoticon
    1833 days ago
    love the braids! YOU LOOK SO FAB!!!
    1837 days ago
    The braids look really good on you. It's great that you got other people to go on your run. It's nice sometimes to have someone running with you, even if your not side by side. Go you for sticking with it.
    1839 days ago
  • KNH771
    Cute braids, and congrats on the complements. It's always nice when people notice how hard that you've been working!
    1840 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Good luck!
    1841 days ago
    Good to hear from you! You are looking emoticon I love the braids. I wish I could do something similar. I hate washing and flat ironing everyday. Oh well, it's well worth it!

    Keep at it! You are in the home stretch! Three months is totally doable. Then, it will be time for maintenance! emoticon

    1841 days ago
  • JENNY160
    Diggin the hair, and do not see where 30 lbs would come from. You look fantastic! And don't ya just LOVE it when someone hasn't seen you in awhile so they get the full picture of what you've accomplished? It was nice of that person to say something, too, in this day and age of don't-make-any-personal-comments-as
    -they-might-be-misconstrued society we have become.

    Embrace your awesomeness, Chickie. Banish the hater on your shoulder who finds fault. That little bas tard has GOT to GO.
    1842 days ago
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    1842 days ago
    You got this Queen!!! Congratulations because victory is already yours!! emoticon
    1842 days ago
    Things are going your way, keep up the great motivation!
    1842 days ago
    Hello! Nice to read your news! Missed you!
    Yep, these rogue clothes... I call them ill-manufactured emoticon .
    If I fit in 2-3 pairs of pants of the same size and one pair refuses, it's not my weight; it's the way it is made!

    Good luck in your 5k!!!

    PS. Your hair looks great and so are you!!!
    1842 days ago
    I love " there's always those rogue items, but I'm claiming size 14". I agree. You got it!! You're so cute. I'm happy you are still on track. emoticon emoticon
    1843 days ago
    emoticon back! I was worrying about you . But I should have known that a woman as strong as you was really busy with life but staying steady to your goal. I'm cheering for you
    on the runs your have planned. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Jeanne emoticon
    1843 days ago
    Luck!!?? You know you've got this in the bag with braids to boot!
    emoticon That'll be me cheering you on in the background. WooHoo!

    You go girl!
    1843 days ago
    I feel you on still wanting to lose 30lbs although you do look emoticon RIGHT NOW!!!

    I say for it and do what you must so that you are comfortable yet healthy. I knew you would not be away from Spark that long...we are here girl!

    1843 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    Love your braids! I took mine out two weeks ago & I'm ready to get more. They are great for workouts!! emoticon
    1843 days ago
    Sorry to hear that you've been busy - but, only 3 months until the big day! Good luck with your 5k and (virtual) 10k. You're a busy girl so don't kick yourself too hard with what you see as bad things because the good things are there, too!
    1843 days ago
    You are a rock start! I love your aha moments!
    1843 days ago
    emoticon the braids! Perfect for the weather emoticon
    1843 days ago
    excuseeee me!! Might I remind you of this little gem of yours that you wrote not too long ago???


    And I quote, "And might I just toot my own horn for a minute and say that I look really lean! I actually am not embarrassed by my thighs or gut in this pic. YAAAYYY!!! "

    Stop with the, "i still have 30 pounds I can spare to lose" and remember feeling AMAZING a few weeks ago!! You got this, my dear! YOu look AMAZING. You don't even look overweight in my eyes, so I hope that you start seeing your amazingness again in the mirror real soon!

    Cute hair too!

    1843 days ago
    Your hair looks cute!
    1843 days ago
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