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Sunday, November 27, 2011

You are all going to hate me...I never got a full body shot from the reunion!! I hate to even admit this, but I barely took a dozen pictures! as soon as we entered the room, I was everywhere and chatting it up...and if not that, I was on the dance floor with my old gang.

Thank heavens my friend got a few shots!

You can see that I paired the little black dress with a silver belt (um, it was really a necklace - LoL call it creative accessorizing!) and a dangly set of silver circle earrings.

As you can also see....the silly grin that did not leave my face the entire night!!!

We really had a great really was neat seeing familiar faces from the past, reconnecting, and seeing & talking with actual people that I chat with all the time on FB.

My feet are still recovering from dancing the night knee-high black heeled boots paired with a textured stocking finished my look perfectly but boy, the poor feet were hurting by the end of the night!

I felt great going into this, thanks to getting healthy over the past 3 years... really glad I decided to change up my lifestyle way before this event. Feeling and looking good were the icing on top of the cake for me!!

Part of me is sad that the reunion has now come and was one of my mini-goals to go into it feeling & looking I need another mini-goal to focus on. I already have the 5% winter challenge coming up and I think after that is a 5K in June. What I have learned from doing this for so long is that we always need something in the distance to focus on - to strive for.

So now it's on to another chapter in this journey!

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DWEXCEL 11/28/2011 7:01AM

    Love it! emoticon

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IAMLION 11/27/2011 7:38PM

    Way to go my friend!! emoticon

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OAKBORN 11/27/2011 3:27PM

    I am so glad you had such a great time! And yes lady you looked FAB! I bet you blew them away!

Keep your goals in mind! I think that is hardest part of maintenance is keeping goals in mind... and they definitely DO help!

I love your challenge for the winter! Keep it moving baby!

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    Now do it for YOU - you sound/look like you had a great time and you should be proud of how beautiful you look. Make everyday a "reunion" and/or "reconnect" with yourself (and be sure to take full body shots). Have a great day, pat

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5% Winter Challenge Goals

Friday, November 25, 2011

How do I start this one.

Well, I don't want to lose any more weight (please don't hate me)...but to continue to maintain what I have going on. I will be useless to my team when it comes to weighin points if this is anything like the Biggest Loser! sorry guys.

So instead I will be focusing on my weakness - get ready for it, cue horn section: da da exercise! (no surprise there to those who know me! LOL)

Here we go...the goals:
1) Actually DO the strength training that I have set up on my fitness tracker for 3 days a week!
2) I would love to say "go outside and walk if weather permits" but really, it's winter, so I have to change that about: Go on the treadmill and RUN at least one straight mile (or more) per session at least 2 times a week. (trust me, this is more than what I would do even if I were exercising like a fiend.)
3) Interact with my Team! My goodness, I am SO out of practice when it comes to teams...this one, watch out people, you will be sick of me by the end of this thing...when I start cheering you on, it ain't gonna stop!
4) I'd say "me time" but really, that is when I would exercise so instead I am going to put "me time with my friends!" I really have to get out and see my friends once a week, I am going to try and see my friends, even if it is for an hour for coffee! I have to stop being a reclusive stay at home mom facebooking sparking shut-in. LoL

OK - I'm tapped out. Can't think of another thing. If I do, I will just come back and add it to the list.

Eww...I can't even determine a 5% change to calculate with this list! Weight-wise it would be a 6.5 pound loss...which would make me 124-ish. Like I said, I don't know if I want to go that way. I am all about 'maintainability' when it comes to weight...that is a bit low for me in my head. Oh 'bout I just do this challenge and see where it take me. That is the plan.

OK Sparkers! See you on the boards!!!

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TWNOMWE 11/25/2011 9:28AM

    I would love to be in your shoes.
Cheer us on.
Your goals are great and doable. emoticon

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First 5K - done!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

And hubby and I ran across the finish line together! Hand in hand too!!

We made it across in better time than we hand thought - I was figuring 45 minutes, but it turns out that we made it across the line in 34 minutes + a couple of seconds!

34 minutes!!!!!!!!!!!

I am in shock!!!!!

Goes to show that doing a bit (no matter how cyclical one is with exercise over the year) - it does add up!

I cannot tell you how awesome it feels to finally say that I have done a 5K!!! Never thought I'd do that in my life!!

I have to thank my awesome friend Steph for wanting to do this, she is one of my inspirations!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

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OAKBORN 11/24/2011 2:43PM

    So proud of you superwoman! And you did it with your hubby! We need to run one together sometime... perhaps Cleveland? emoticon

emoticonHave a great Thanksgiving! emoticon

emoticonI know I'm thankful for your friendship! You are part of the reason I am Army Strong! emoticon

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VON_1962 11/24/2011 1:34PM

    Congratulations on accomplishing your first 5K! How exciting that your hubby was by your side. Way to go on the time, that is awesome. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Giving thanks..tis the season right?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

So many things to list that I am thankful for, so here I go:
emoticonSpark - I think if you read my page, you know why.
emoticon My sister & her friend for pointing me in this direction in 2008.
emoticon My hubby & family for supporting me over the years & getting healthy along the way too!
emoticonMy family's health.
emoticonMY health.
emoticonSparkfriends - you guys pick me up when I need it, root me on to keep going, and never judge.
emoticonMy friends who I don't get to see except for once or twice a year...but when we get together it is always awesome!
emoticonMy kids - they really are wonderful people...and they make my job easy 75% of the time.
emoticon iTunes
emoticonMy body that moves to iTunes 75% of the time I am exercising!
emoticonTo acceptance & understanding for things that I cannot change.
emoticonTo willpower & perseverance that get me to see the bigger picture when I start to feel down and out.

There are more things, I am sure...but this is it in a nutshell for now while I wait for the pies to finish baking.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
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NIKKIG125 11/24/2011 3:17AM

    Great list! I love that Itunes is one of the things you're thankful for!! I feel the exact same way!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Yay! I made it through!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

AS an answer to my "Poison" blog from yesterday.

I made it through the 48 hours...and just got home from today's events a half hour ago....Pretty unscathed and pretty much what I had predicted in yesterday's blog. Like I said, I know my kids and their routine.

What I didn't expect was to have my youngest constantly complain that he was STAAAARRRRVVVING!!! at the birthday party a half hour into the thing....for another hour I had to give him some soda sips, some ice and then, when pizza finally came - it was one tiny measly slice that my oldest almost verbalized before I gave him the evil stare of "beggars can't be choosers" and "you get what you get and you don't get upset" look. yeah, after the pizza was inhaled, I had to deal with another set of "i want more's" in a more private off to the side conversation (ahem...meltdown/zone of shame)....but we made it though and left....and went to buy our own pizza at the pizzeria! LoL Meh, it happens. Can't control a party or a ravenous bunch of 5 year olds, now can we? emoticon

So now...I am here...still no wine in hand, although I WAS tempted to go and get some....but I see a bigger picture in sight: no bloat for Friday!! I like that....I am sticking to it. Not gonna happen if it ain't in the house. Honestly, the weekly cup here and there did leave a bigger bloat than I had thought now that I am 2 weeks without and seeing the difference. Wish I had figured this one out before my sister's wedding last May! LoL Hey, we live and we learn. emoticon

So that is that. Kids are happy now that they have been fed. The Hunter has yet to get anything....or see anything for that matter. My kids are totally awesome little people who are getting the fact that mommy gets stressed and they can help out in their own ways to make things better - they are good kids....they make me proud. emoticon

And now I am off to put on some pjs and do my strength training in a few.
Thanks for listening on that last blog...goes to show that "this too shall pass"

and why haven't I tattoo'd that on my body yet??? emoticon

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SUZYWM 12/12/2011 12:43AM

    Yay!!! Great job Mamasan! emoticon

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SASSYSACY 11/22/2011 10:15AM

    Way to go Annie!

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OAKSHAVEN 11/20/2011 11:30AM

    PJs and relaxation sound like a good thing. Glad you are feeling more like yourself.

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VENISEW1 11/19/2011 7:55PM

    Love it, pj &ST emoticon

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OAKBORN 11/19/2011 6:09PM

    You are my hero today! Go Mama!

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