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Thursday, July 24, 2014


I am not a light packer!

The world needs more pink money.

Obligatory Buddha.

  
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JUNEAU2010 7/27/2014 3:25PM

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SMILINGTREE 7/25/2014 9:13AM

    If that is basically your life packed up there, I'd say you ARE a light packer! Looks like your new home will be colorful.

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EFFIEANNIE 7/25/2014 8:19AM

    It is amazing that you can keep track of all the luggage. I agree pink money is a nice change. Many foreign countries have beautiful money~ours is kind of boring to be sure!

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STRONG_SARAH 7/25/2014 7:57AM

    Thanks for sharing, I really love to see travel photos, and you're right, we need more pink money.

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PATSYB7 7/25/2014 7:20AM

    LOL that is a lot of luggage! My DH and I went on an 8 day cruise with one medium suitcase for the two of us. And that included face masks and snorkels! Money from other countries is always so pretty. Happy travels!

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Super quick update

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I left Ghana, spent most of June and July in the States eating and drinking too much, somehow seem to have lost another size despite the copious amounts of food I ate, went to a nutritionist who said that my calorie goal is too low given the amount of exercise that I do (totally great experience--she hooked me up to electrodes, shot some currents through my body and was able to tell me what my body is made up of----mostly cheese and wine I think, but some muscle and water too. emoticon ) So I've upped my goal by about 400 calories a day. I lost my fitbit charger, so I have not been tracking anything really, but now the fun time is over and it's time to begin working on myself again in earnest.

Oh, and I just got to Sri Lanka two days ago, so I am jetlagged and loopy.

I hope everyone had a great summer and I look forward to catching up with my spark friends!

  
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GSEATON 7/25/2014 12:36PM

    You are such a globetrotter! Rock Star life! Love it. Thanks for the update!

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EFFIEANNIE 7/24/2014 7:56PM

    Can't wait to see pictures. Hope yopu like it there. Is it a safe place to be?

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SMILINGTREE 7/24/2014 9:19AM

    Have fun! I hope you get settled in smoothly and love your new location. Also, very cool about the nutritionist.

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ADARKARA 7/24/2014 8:12AM

    Oh my gosh I am so excited to see photos of your adventures in Sri Lanka!

Nice that you can raise your calories, and congrats on losing a pant size!

So glad you're back. =)

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PATSYB7 7/24/2014 7:19AM

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Keep up the good work!

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MUFFIY831 7/24/2014 6:49AM

    Awesome!

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PHEBESS 7/24/2014 3:21AM

    Hope you have a great time settling in to life in Sri Lanka!!!

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MCFITZ2 7/24/2014 1:11AM

    Be well, do good, and enjoy. emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 7/24/2014 12:46AM

    Keep having a nice time !
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Then and Now with pics

Friday, May 16, 2014



The week I started Spark.



Today.

  
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LISAREADS 7/21/2014 5:06PM

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Does anyone else find it funny that as our waistlines and hips and what have you get smaller, our eyes and our SMILES seem to get SO MUCH BIGGER?!!!

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 6/16/2014 2:03PM

    Great picture comparison! Look at those skinny arms and shoulders!! Beautiful updated picture too.

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EFFIEANNIE 5/25/2014 7:55AM

    Love the smile~ good for you.

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JUNEAU2010 5/16/2014 10:56PM

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ADARKARA 5/16/2014 5:13PM

    You, my dear, have made yourself look 10 years younger. Way to GO!

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STRONG_SARAH 5/16/2014 4:13PM

    looking good!

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SMILINGTREE 5/16/2014 12:42PM

    Yep, it's working :)

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NKING1982 5/16/2014 12:27PM

    Beautiful!

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PHEBESS 5/16/2014 11:48AM

    Great job!

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CAROLINAGIRL69 5/16/2014 11:18AM

    Yay you! :-)

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MTN_KITTEN 5/16/2014 11:12AM

    Looking good.

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EVIE4NOW 5/16/2014 10:57AM

  Wow what a difference. Lookin good!


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MUFFIY831 5/16/2014 10:52AM

    You're amazing!

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TRAVELGO 5/16/2014 10:51AM

  AWESOME!!

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SANDRA_E 5/16/2014 10:40AM

    You look great!

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ELRIDDICK 5/16/2014 10:39AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Big Mama

Thursday, May 15, 2014

So yesterday I was in the school locker room changing for the pool. There was a group of middle school girls in there, from another school, who were visiting for a soccer match with our team. I changed in one of the bathroom stalls, not out of modesty as much as out of self-preservation. Groups of middle school kids are loud and chaotic, and I was in no mood to be banged into or yelled over.

As I was leaving the locker room, in my swimsuit, I heard one of the girls say matter-of-factly, "Big Mama". Now, I need to explain first that I live in West Africa. Africans have a far different view of the female body than Americans and Europeans do. I am 5'9" and a solid size 20, and I have never heard anything less than complimentary about my body from someone here, male or female. The girl's "big mama" comment was in no way meant to be insulting, it was more of a general statement. (Ghanaians, particularly the women, have absolutely no filter when it comes to commenting on appearance.)

So, I wasn't insulted, but I was still frustrated. I've gone from a size 24 to a 20, I've got muscles in places that used to be flabby, and I think I am actually starting to look good. Being called "Big Mama" made me forget about all of that and just think about how I am clearly still identified by my size.

So I got in the pool and did my laps and sulked. I hate the fact that the off-hand comment of a 13-year-old can ruin my day, but we're all human.

Then, about half way through my swim, one of my colleagues got in the pool. She works on the other side of campus and I do not see her that often. When I stopped to catch my breath she leaned over and said, "I didn't realize that was you at first; you look so good!"

And suddenly my whole day was turned around.

I know I look better. I know I feel better. And I know that this is ultimately about me, and not anyone else, but it is so nice to have my hard work validated.

  
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PHEBESS 5/16/2014 11:51AM

    Oh my. I know exactly what you mean about both West Africa (where "fat" is a compliment) and middle school kids.

So listen to yourself, and your colleague, and figure the kid is just being a West African kid. (And she may have meant it as a compliment too.)

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SANDRA_E 5/16/2014 10:43AM

    Thank you! I have the same feeling too!

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GSEATON 5/15/2014 10:29AM

    GIRL!!!! GRRRRRR! Those dang middle school girls can be so HEARTLESS and I know cuz' I have one living in MY house! I just want to slap 'em for ya! I know exactly what you mean! The other day, I was drivng my car pool kids home from school and one of the boys in the back seat made reference to the fact that I remind him of his GRANDMOTHER who kind of "let herself go". Now, this kid is autistic but STILL!!! JEEZ, I've been trying my arss off for 3 years to get in shape and I get this? Maybe because I didn't have makeup on or did my hair or..........or, I'm still fat! Hugs to you. You are a ROCKSTAR! Keep being awesome!
Gina

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ADARKARA 5/15/2014 9:27AM

    The comments that children make should in no way be taken offense to. Kids at that age have no filter and they can be rude unintentionally. Glad your coworker's comment turned your mood around!

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SMILINGTREE 5/15/2014 9:23AM

    It's amazing what the comments of other people can do for your mood isn't it? You strike me (admittedly, we only know each other from blog posts here) as a pretty self possessed and confident person, so this whole story makes me feel...maybe *normal* is the right word. The fact that someone seems to be sure of herself can be affected by an off-hand comment is comforting :)

I'm so glad that your colleague made you feel better about the situation. You are working hard! Zumba, swimming, walking...you're doing well.

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MUFFIY831 5/15/2014 8:55AM

    Focus on the good, drown out the bad. That's all you can do, right?

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RIDLEYRIDER 5/15/2014 7:58AM

  Wow, it is all in the perception, isn't it? You are doing well, and we are NOT defined by others in the least. (even though their remarks do hurt!) Hard to get over those things, but you can be proud of your success for YOU! Keep up the great work!

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NSVs

Friday, May 02, 2014

So the scale has not been my friend these past couple of months. It hasn't really been my enemy, but I have been bouncing back and forth losing the same two pounds for quite a while. So I am trying to come up with some other ways to motivate myself.

1, I can swim a mile in about 50 minutes now. That's still pretty slow, but it's faster than the hour I was swimming a few weeks ago.

2, I lost an inch in my waist and an inch in my hips this month. Plus one and a half inches in my boobs, and a little bit in each thigh and my upper arms.

3, My rings are getting loose. I wear the same two rings on my right hand every day, and I have just had to move them from my middle finger and ring finger, to my index finger and ring finger. They look weird there to me, but at least they will not spin around like they were doing.

4, I pulled everything out of my closet and threw away a huge pile of clothes that were too big. I have some stuff I bought ages ago that has never fit, and some of it fits perfectly now!

  
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OLIVIANIGHT 5/4/2014 5:12AM

    Woo hoooooo! I love NSVs!

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SWEETRACHEL313 5/3/2014 12:11PM

    These all sound so much more exciting than just a number on a scale anyway. I'm so looking forward to throwing away clothes that are way too big, and my rings fitting my fingers!

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JAPITTARD 5/2/2014 11:15PM

    Sounds like although the scale isn't moving you are having HUGE wins!!! So just keep up what you are doing because it is making a difference! !

-Amy P
Also I host a fitness and accountability group on Facebook. Itís a private group where we check in, keep each other accountable and encourage one another on our journeys! Because it is private what you post in the group doesnít show up on your regular feed. I would love for you to join us. If you would like you can either message me your email address and I can add you that way (we donít have to be FB friends if I add you by emailÖ.. OR you can find me on Facebook and add me as a friend (facebook.com/amy.pittard). Once you add me as a friend I can add you directly to the group. I hope you join in!!


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LPRUNWALK 5/2/2014 9:22PM

    These are all highly significant NSV's! Nice.

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JUNEAU2010 5/2/2014 8:38PM

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KRISTA987 5/2/2014 8:13PM

    Awesome! Such a great feeling when you can see the changes happening! Keep up the great work!

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THINNYGINNY 5/2/2014 6:59PM

    Good for you - sounds like you have been trading in fat and getting muscle in return...and WEIGHT loss isn't a big deal... but FAT loss is!
It is so fun to pitch old clothes that are too big! I am so happy for you...every inch gone makes a difference, not just in how you feel about yourself, but in health gains...
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