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3 year Sparkiversary - today's ironic pic

Monday, February 07, 2011

3 years ago today I looked like this

I weighed 187 pounds because that is what the scale said that day....and I cut off all of my curly hair that I was hiding behind and I had the hairdresser blow it out straight. This is my first official before pic in regard to my Spark journey. It was a day of rebirth. A day of taking control and not looking back at who I was before, but who I WAS going to be.

Today is my 3 year Sparkiversary.

Ironically...I blew out my hair myself yesterday, just for a change to see it's new cut & color from the week before...and I realized that 3 years ago I had the "same" hair! So in homage to the day - I took this picture in the same exact spot I took my first official Spark before picture. I weigh 131 pounds today.

I don't know why, but this Sparkiversary is hitting me like a ton of bricks. Not only did I hit my original goal of 150 and maintained that and other weights along the way, but I am almost 20 pounds LESS than that original goal weight. Did I ever think that I would be "thin" like this?? No way. The numbers I see on the scale today are quite surreal at times...because it is still a daily battle to forget the number 187 and the image in my mind that I mentally connect with my self-image. Slowly, I bring that number down to 167...then 150...then 137 which I maintained for a long time....the current body self-image has been the hardest part to grasp for me. I think it always will be there in the back of my mind, but maybe that is what keeps me going forward to keep it off in the way that I am doing it.

In honor of today, I treated myself to a really great workout. I got some great tunes on my iPod and off I went. I played some that I started out with 3 years ago...some made me cry just thinking about how hard it was to do 3.5 mph on the treadmill. Today, with a new song - I ran 5.5 for 5 minutes straight with a huge smile on my face the whole time. Feeling my heart pound with that energy running through my body was exhilarating!!! It was SO good to run and remember where I was and how far I had come.

As for the future...I'm hoping I keep up my exercise that I have going on. I don't have any great plans to run a marathon or this point in time getting outside for a walk or a bike ride with my kids now that they are older would be something to strive for in my world. I plan on eating and tracking the same as I have been doing the last 3 keeps me on point and accountable. I don't plan on hitting the 120s, but if I do, I will embrace those like all of those other unexpected numbers in my life. I plan on continuing my education so maybe, one day, I will be a registered THAT is my might take years, but I will do it.

In the's time to get back to my reality of being a happy, healthy active mom...a mom who can run, dance, sing, laugh and love without thinking...because while I look back at the past and get a bit sad and teary...the present makes me so very happy...and the future is full of wonderful possibilities.

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SUZYWM 2/14/2011 10:51PM

    What a beautiful post! I love that you are so successful - not just on SP and with weightloss, but with your attitude! Thanks for sharing this - and congratulations!


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DWEXCEL 2/14/2011 6:42AM

    Love your story, and I Love You too! You truly are amazing and the Best! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Donna

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ANITA_NM 2/13/2011 2:09PM

    That's amazing! :) You are an inspiration!
BTW, I love the hair!

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FULLOFFAITH 2/12/2011 1:57PM

    Look at my SP Buddy. emoticon.That is a incredible accomplishment!!! I hope you never get tired of hearing it YOU LOOK emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Did I say emoticon emoticon


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SUCHAHOOT 2/11/2011 8:36PM

    Jiminey Cricket, Girlfriend! 131?? You look mahvelous!! Love the 3 yr update of the pic, same place, etc.

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AMJSATURN 2/9/2011 7:01PM

    YOU LOOK AWESOME emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I just love reading youR BLOGS Annie. I can't believe it has been 3 years. I think I have know you that long.
I am looking positively at this milestone as another one for me.

Thanks for keeping me encouraged yet again !!!!!

Love Peace and Chicken grease
nope not really chicken grease)

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JJENZSLIM 2/9/2011 2:25PM

    Great blog...cograts on 3 yrs!

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SASSYSACY 2/8/2011 11:05AM

    You are amazing.

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OAKBORN 2/7/2011 2:08PM

    You are always so thoughtul! Inspiring reflections!

And I like looking at Maintenanceville as my marathon, great inisights as always.

Embrace the future, you changed it and your past!

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SWEETNEENI 2/7/2011 2:03PM

    LOVE the positivity! HAPPY emoticon!!!

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    You might have the same hair, but that's definitely not the same YOU. You look fantastic. What an inspirational, amazing story you have. And the fact that you are maintaining BELOW your original goal weight, WAY below, is completely amazing to me. I can't even imagine getting to my goal, since I never have before. And to stay there for a long time---WOW---just incredible!

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YAMINOKODOMO 2/7/2011 12:23PM

    HAPPY 3 YEAR SPARKVERSARY! Wow it seems like a lot of peoples sparkversary's are around this time! Its so great to think back on how far you've come and you have definitely come a long way.

You look beautiful! You looked beautiful 3 years ago and you look beautiful today! I am so happy to have you as one of my spark friends! You such a great and fun person!

Cheers to another year of sparking, joking, and sticking to this journey of ours emoticon

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LUCKY89071 2/7/2011 12:00PM

    what an inspiring and beautiful post :) i almost cried :O I am so glad that you are enjoying life! keep on encouraging others! thank you!

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MICHELE0008 2/7/2011 11:35AM

    Wow! You look wonderful! Congratulations on your success--losing and maintaining! emoticon

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Tip: Check the expiration date

Saturday, February 05, 2011

I just made a lovely flu-filled husband watched as I chopped and diced....and I was nice, I LET him make the new Four Seasons dressing.

He was waiting patiently for me to join him at the table. He has his appetite back - which is good.

Each time I got ready to eat, of course, someone needed something else....and then another one doesn't like the healthy Thomas' whole wheat mini pizzas we MADE together (I try every trick in the book sometimes to get them to eat healthy) so of course he is patiently waiting to be served something else...BUT I digress.

I FINALLY sit down and do not feel like Good Seasons. He jokes that I don't want that one because he made it...but that was not true...I felt like a I go to the fridge, there is a full bottle of Raspbery Hazelnut Dressing that I just bought during the holidays (I opened it once to use) and I figured I'd have a nice sweet dressing instead.


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Another bite.... emoticon


Something is just not right.

So I go to the fridge...and I check the bottle

It's EXPIRED!!!!!! In August of 2010 no less!!!!!!!

and the kicker is - I JUST BOUGHT IT a month ago!!!!

HELLLOOO! Mr. Grocery store shelf checker guy....YOU MISSED ONE!!!!

Lesson learned on this one...on the rare occassion I DO buy a bottled dressing, I will be sure as heck to check the dates NOW!

In the meantime.....I'll be keeping with my Good Seasons and checking everything else bottled in my fridge.

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FULLOFFAITH 2/7/2011 1:02AM

    I noticed that dressing do go quick.
I found a good Yogurt Dressing (Bolthouse Farms). Taste super yummy 2 Tbsp for 70 calories. I purchased it on Saturday 2/5 and it expires on 2/23



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AMJSATURN 2/5/2011 9:34PM

    I can relate, sorry the salad was yuck HUH?


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OAKBORN 2/5/2011 8:13PM

    LOLZ! Reminds me of one of my favorite stories... my brother Mark was a fan of Wheaties, so one morning he was eating out of a new box... and according to my mother he said, "Boy these Wheaties sure taste funny, good though!" and kept on chowing down.

Mom picked up the box and saw that the mail-in offer was 2-3 years old. So she marched down to the store (where she was known) and the manager saw her and said, "Oh you got a box of those too!" She got another box and all was well... and it became one of our infamous family stories to boot!


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I just can't

Thursday, February 03, 2011

I'm one of those bleeding heart people who wants to fix everything and make everyone's world better for them.

But......I just can't.

I read things on Spark that people write and I see things going on in the world that I would love to fix.

But.... I just can't.

I would LOVE to do SO many things...but maybe, right now, where I am in my life...Well, I just can't.....but that doesn't mean I won't in the future...

On the silly side, I would LOVE to eat icecream again...
But.... I just can't (long story there...but I digress)

But I DO know of things that I CAN do, right here and now:

- I CAN touch one life by a word left in kindness.

- I CAN raise a spirit by a smile and a wave.

- I CAN make better choices because I have the last word when it really matters most.

- I CAN be an example just by doing the right thing and I can hope that it is good enough for others watching.

- I CAN be encouraging to others who need help.

- I CAN be there to listen when someone needs to be heard.

There is also this part of me that is dying to scream out that once you can, there is no reason to drop back into the "I can't" because, you know what?? You already you already KNOW that you can...and with a WILL you can do ANYTHING your heart desires.

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SUCHAHOOT 2/11/2011 8:31PM

    Yes, you can! And you are always inspiring others with your insight.

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AMJSATURN 2/5/2011 9:36PM


You have always been a good listener here. And I thank you.
I enjoy reading all of your blogs even going back and reading some of them older ones. so positive keep the coming,

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OAKBORN 2/5/2011 8:15PM

    Meant to comment the other day... but what you said is so so true and one of those things that we (especially women) have to remind ourselves of nearly every day!


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FULLOFFAITH 2/4/2011 2:43PM

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DIANE2110 2/3/2011 8:11PM

    I like this. Thanks for posting!

Diane : ) ** Make it Happen in 2011 **

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YAMINOKODOMO 2/3/2011 1:34PM

    Well said!

Here is a good quote that basically measn everything you just said!

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do."
-Helen Keller

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LISSAGIBSON 2/3/2011 1:31PM

  Thank you for posting this, I feel like I want to help others and feel bad when I can't. It is a nice reminder that even when there are things we may not be able to do there are small things we can do to start with.

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Buffalo - the meat, not the city

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Every so often...I get an hankerin' for something. Sometimes it is reaaaaaly reaaaallly hard not to have_______________________ (insert item here) but most of the time, if I wait it out, and drink my water, and get busy with something or other....the hankerin' will go away...and then I know that it was probably more a moment of weakness because of stress, emotion or whathaveyou.

Now CRAVINGS...well those...well those, I usually just have to get it out of the way if it keeps occurring day after day after day. For example: a cheeseburger...just. a. cheeseburger. Keep your fries, give me the cheeseburger kind of craving. OMG, the last 2 weeks it was all I could think of, especially at night....very very strange. But then, really, it went away just as fast as it came....Today, however, I was in a diner with my friend, and I figured "better get it now or it's probably not going to happen until spring!" Our other friend - opened her mouth and just said, "How about the buffalo cheeseburger instead. They are really good here. Lower cholesterol, lower fat...I like them, you won't know the difference." REEEAALLY?? seriously, really? Well, I figured I'd give it a shot, even if we were in the local yolkal town diner. ( PS...I don't really like eating tons of beef just b/c of the calories/fat per size ratio...I eat it, but not that much anymore.)

I fell in love. emoticon

Dang but it was good!!!! I don't think I will ever get a beef hamburger again if the other is offered...especially after I put it into the Nutrition Tracker! It was insane the difference between the two! Go ahead, plug will squeal with delight!!

It's nice to try something new and be pleasantly pleased with the outcome. This was one of them.

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YAMINOKODOMO 2/2/2011 10:11AM

    I have tried a buffalo burger and yea they are really not bad! I liked it a lot!

I totally get you tho! I am good most of the time but when I get those cravings its torture! lol

Glad you enjoyed the burger!

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HEALTH4LYFE 2/1/2011 10:17PM

    All this talk about burgers and cheeseburgers has got me salivating for something. emoticon

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LUCKY89071 2/1/2011 9:16PM

    I LOVE buffalo burgers!!!! My family used to eat them when we had to have hamburgers. I completely forgot about them , thanks for reminding me!

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The Surprise Party

Friday, January 28, 2011

I owe SUCHAHOOT the low-down on a surprise here it goes!!! LoL

Last Saturday was the 22nd...which happened to be the date of a rescheduled holiday party for my husband's co-workers so they could see our house (finally) after oh, 3 or 4 years of living here! LoL It ALSO happens to be one month exactly before my husband's 4oth birthday.

Well, he had been hemming & hawwing about doing something for his 40th for MONTHS now, because I had told him that when I turn 40, I want to do something with my girlfriends, in turn to be fair, he could go have fun with his friends....which would be something like golfing. Well, after his last comment of "I guess I won't do anything." I decided that that was IT!

and then I noticed the dates of the party...and I thought....HECK, why not! I called in the ranks: got emails from his coworker, got the cake ordered to his sister, got the emails for his bowling buds and Monday night football dudes....and WHALLAH - itstant Surprise party!!

The only glitch was that it was going to be at my house...with him there entertaining his coworkers...and I had to keep the non-workers at bay (with emails) until they were all gathered outside my front door in freezing cold weather. I had faith in those coordinating emails and the people involved......and you know what??? IT WORKED!!


He opened the front door and a huge "SURPRISE" was screamed by everyone and then the uber-party began!

A flurry of people rushed in, coats were everywhere, food was brought in, balloons, audio speakers, 4 extra cases of beer, cake, laughter and smiling faces all were there for my hubby!

So awesome!!

Yup, I will admit I was a hot mess worried wreck about if there would be enough food & drink...but family pulls together and it all worked out. My tummy was in a turmoil though for a good hour....until I had a good stiff drink instead of the sour junk I was sipping. Amazing what a shot does for ones nerves when they are 'fried'!! After that I finally relaxed and had a darned good time.

The best surprise was one of our really good friends happened to be in town from NC for that weekend and they came to the party too!!! It was just SO good to hang out with her...especially in the same place where we spent so many Friday and Saturday nights during high school!

I couldn't have pulled it off without everyone's help...that is for sure!!

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SUCHAHOOT 2/11/2011 8:27PM

    Ahh, you guys are soo cute! YOu did a wonderful job and it sounds like you all had a GREAT time! What a sweet thing to do for your honey. You rock, Miss Anne!!

(sry I was forever getting over here to see you. I've been missing out.)

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FULLOFFAITH 1/31/2011 12:13PM

    Oh Glad it turned out. I beat the look on his face was priceless emoticon.

Your picture is adorable you make a really cute couple.


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YAMINOKODOMO 1/28/2011 7:06PM

    Aww you are such an awesome wife! I bet your husband loves you to death for doing this for him!

I am glad it all went as planned and you guys had such a great time!

You won Best Wife of the Year award! emoticon

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HEALTH4LYFE 1/28/2011 6:00PM

    What a great story! And both you and DH look very engaged and happy in the photo. Glad everything worked out. emoticon

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OAKBORN 1/28/2011 4:03PM

    So glad your party came off without a hitch! Sounds like it was an ab-fab blast too for all involved!


He's lucky to have you! And your love for him shows through!

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