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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hi, my wonderful peeps!

Literally waiting for another school assignment to load as I am posting this!!! Kuh-razzzy undertaking going back to school during summer break with FIVE kids home!! It will be ALL worth it, but my gosh am I scrambling...all the time it feels.

Plan is great, losing steadily as the weeks go...not really weighing anymore...and that has been a HUGE weight lifted. Nice not having to worry constantly.

I have huge schoolwork lessons due tonight and tomorrow...hopefully tomorrow night I will finally be able to Spark properly! Missin chattin with my peeps!

Hope this finds you all well and on plan! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 7/20/2013 11:28AM

    You are my hero going back to school with five kids around.

You are a great example for your kids for sure. I hope you are having a great weekend!

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JULIEXOXO 7/18/2013 10:09PM

    Good luck on the lesson you have due. I know what you mean about weighing in I feel the same way. Cant wait to see you back at the spa.

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BRADMILL2922 7/18/2013 9:51PM

    Sounds like you have your hands full! Hang in there because like you said, it will be worth it in the end!

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LILLITH32 7/18/2013 8:42PM

    Yep, I feel ya, I am overloaded with school work too! emoticon emoticon

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DEULSENIA 7/18/2013 7:26PM

    What ever you do don't let this stop taking care of yourself. Your family needs you, so remember to breath deep and take an hour to yourself. We are pulled in so many directions and wear many hats it's hard to keep that commitment.

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STEFIGURL 7/18/2013 4:42PM

    You GO Girl!! You're doing a GREAT job and we'll see you when you get back!


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Short and Sweet...

Monday, July 15, 2013

Hi guys!! I have missed you all too! Your support, especially when I wasn't here to return it, was VERY appreciated and is much in part why I am here writing this. I am going to be quick tonight. I haven't felt very well these last 2 days, but I had to get on to log my weigh in. I am down another 5.2 lbs! This makes 33.6 lbs since May 20th. I have still been losing even with everything going on. This is the first time I have lost this much weight...the healthy way and I am so proud!!

AND??!!??? My doctor took me off my blood pressure medicine and one of my diabetes meds! HELLS YEAH!! :D

Can't wait to catch up with all of you, my beautiful peeps!!

More to sleep myself well...ZZZzzZZZzz

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LILLITH32 7/16/2013 1:53AM

    Oh wow! Congrats!

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TXPATRIOT 7/15/2013 11:12PM

That is so awesome!

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STEFIGURL 7/15/2013 8:54PM

    That is soooo AWESOME, Andrea!!! Good for you Girl! Way to work your program :-)

love you!

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BROOKE008 7/15/2013 8:49PM

    Congrats girlie, I'm so proud of you, you're doing GREAT! :D :D


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LORI2562 7/15/2013 7:56PM

    WOW congrats on your weight loss and on getting off the meds. That is a big positive. Hope you are feeling better soon!
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FITK34 7/15/2013 7:48PM

    Way to be taken off medications! What a wonderful feeling! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Ugh. That is all.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Man, I want to buy an island and put a dome over it. I would invite all my loved ones and positive people I know, and we would live in a world free of all the bs. The negativity. The drama llamas. ;) It would be a community of people working together and supporting each other.

The last few days have been spent dealing with drama that I got roped into. Long story short, (which is all I am going to say because I REFUSE to let their negativity poison me a moment longer...) I apparently had friends...that were not true friends. HAD. I am letting go of it, and moving on with my life, continuing the course to a healthy, happy, active me.

Good news is that in spite of the last couple days, my eating has been pretty darn good. If anything it was on the low side. We won't know for sure what that means weight wise until Monday. I have kept to my strict "No Weigh Until Weigh In" pledge. It's been really nice not to have to worry about that. I was an obsessive weigher, pretty much until this week, and not weighing at all has really took away the anxiety and pressure. I would weigh every time I went to the bathroom and be upset when the numbers would go up. It's gonna go up when you drink 200 oz of water a day! I knew this too! Still bothered me. Silly girl. Think I am going to keep this up a bit and see how it goes. Maybe only weigh once or twice a week. Not weighing before my WW Weigh In is kinda crazy, because I like to have an idea of where I am at least! I actually am feeling pretty good about this week.

I kept up my walking too. Instead of letting everything get to me I walked. I didn't turn to food. I turned to exercise. Huh??!!!?? :D I took out all of my stress on walking. I kick that walks ASS. I am going to refer to it as angry walking, I beat all my times, it was crazy, lol. I may not be able to control every aspect of my life, but I CAN control keeping to my plan, and for the FIRST time in my life I did. Very PROUD.


I approached a guy who owns a gym here. He is semi-just starting out, and I sent him an email explaining what changes I have made and all about how committed I am to seeing this through. I am saving to buy a house, so I REALLY can't justify a gym membership right now. I suggested that he take me on as a personal project, and in exchange I will give him a testimonial, and before and after pictures. And I go meet him tomorrow. He wanted me to come tonight, but I have a homework deadline, and there is just NO way I could.

This is a Crossfit(?) type program. Not a gym with treadmills and TV's. This is a marine who I offered to let "bootcamp" me and I told him that I would do anything he says. I hope I don't die, lmao. This is clearly the craziest thing I have ever done! Really really hoping I don't end up like one of those weight loss show contestants throwing up half way through first workout. Can't wait!! I am SOOO excit-ified!!! (New word...but it is PERFECT!!) Equal parts excited and TERRIFIED!!

I will post tomorrow after I get home from the meeting!

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BRADMILL2922 7/9/2013 12:27PM

    My neighbor is a marine and he does crossfit...BE READY! That crossfit is NO JOKE! Hopefully you enjoy it. That sucks about the friends thing and it is a shame when things like that happen with people. But other than that, it is good to see that you are doing well! Hope you had a good weigh-in yesterday! And 200 oz of water? Dang, that's a lot of water!

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BROOKE008 7/7/2013 5:53PM

    I am SO EXCITED to see you've been doing well! Life can really throw some curveballs, and its so easy to let those drama llamas chew you up and spit you out. Good for you for moving on, you deserve to be happy and stay positive!

BOOTCAMP! With a MARINE! I have a tough Sparkfriend haha. I can't wait to hear about your meeting with him, I'm sure it will be yet another amazing experience - and a GREAT challenge for yourself!

If I don't talk to you beforehand, good luck at your WW weigh in tomorrow! Proud of you!

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LORI2562 7/6/2013 2:47PM

    Excit-ified!! LOVES IT!!

Very exciting news about your meeting! I am not familiar with crossfit - sounds interesting.

Looking fwd to hearing how things went.

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LILLITH32 7/6/2013 6:29AM

    Wow, the new workouts sounds like such a great chance for both you and the gym owner! Hope you get amazing results!

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    That island sounds appealing lol. It's hard to make good friends sometimes but letting go of the bad ones is definitely a step in the right direction. :)

Great job with all the changes you are making! emoticon emoticon emoticon

It's good to challenge yourself sometimes. Good luck with everything! emoticon emoticon

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LUANN7 7/6/2013 2:19AM

    like God forgives our sins and puts them in the past-forgive your ex friends and put them in your past then you don't have to think about it anymore. That's so cool about your meeting I sure hope it works out and oh boy what a motivator!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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MOTHEPRO 7/5/2013 9:30PM

    Good luck with the new workout!

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SABLENESS 7/5/2013 9:06PM

    Good luck with the gym. That was a great idea! emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 7/5/2013 9:01PM

    I like your new word!!! I can't wait to hear how that goes.

Use those drama lamas to your advantage....constant reminders of the person you do not want to be.

That's a great rule, no weigh till weigh-in. You are doing so great!!


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JOHGLO2011 7/5/2013 8:39PM

    Can't wait to hear how it works out for you! Best wishes!

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NOWORNEVER1982 7/5/2013 8:06PM

    Wow! So excited for you about the meeting. That would be awesome if you were able to have that training and essentially, for free! I used to do crossfit (rehabbing from knee surgery so don't do it now) and I LOVED every minute of it. It kicks your butt and is frustrating but the strength you gain is crazy. I'm glad to see that you're taking charge and not letting the drama llamas (haha, love that) bring you down! emoticon

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I did this?!!? ME?? Hells. YES. WOOOT!!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Today reinforced what I have been discovering a little more each and EVERY day.

I am STRONG. There really is NOTHING I can't do when I commit and put my WHOLE self into it.

I power-cleaned the house this morning.

I OWNED a 2 mile, UPHILL walk and not only didn't feel like I was going to die, but felt great...and honestly think I could go out right now and do it again (!!??!) if I didn't have kids to get ready for bed.

I have burned just under 1100 calories today and am still going strong.

My food has been on the low side, but I have been so busy. I made a point to eat an apple earlier (I know it's not much) even though I had to make myself.

I've had black coffee and a sugar-free Rockstar for breakfast. Gotta make a plan for breakfast tomorrow. I have always struggled with eating breakfast. I can go ALL day and not eat, then when I do I am hungry all night. It's a terrible habit I am trying to break.

Lunch was a second sugar-free Rockstar. It's my one vice, but I have given up a 2 liter a day habit of Diet I am ok with wanting them once in a while. I have even cut back on those! Other than that I am strictly water or black coffee.

For dinner I made a point to do MUCH better. Diced boneless, skinless chicken breast...seasoned with Herbes de Provence, my FAV for pretty much anything. Raw broccoli with roasted red pepper hummus, and watermelon.

Figure if I get hungry later I will have carrots, or an apple.

I have decided not to weigh until my weigh in this week. I am working so hard I am not going to stress. I'm just going to let the number be a surprise. This in itself is a testament to the growth I am making. I used to be the girl that weighed every time she went into the bathroom...

Any thoughts or suggestions? Anyone see anywhere I could be doing something different or better?

How have you all done today? Anything good you did that surprised you?

Any new things you are noticing since you have been working to lose the weight or get fit/healthy. Physical or otherwise?


We can do this guys!! By working together there is NO way we can fail!

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BROOKE008 7/4/2013 8:59PM

    I'm so proud of you! YOU'RE DOING SO WELL! You go girl!! How about one of those green smoothies for breakfast with some protein powder? You can even prep the night before!


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LILLITH32 7/4/2013 6:19AM

    You are doing amazing! How about an egg for breakfast? Start your day off with some protein! If you don't like eggs, Greek yogurt is a solid choice. I used to love it with a bit of honey and seasonal berries, or a bit of sea salt and tomatoes. If that doesn't appeal, go for an easy smoothie. The big thing is to have protein, which keeps you fuller longer. Awesome work and good luck!

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BRADMILL2922 7/2/2013 10:40PM

    Hells yes is right! Good for you! I personally had my best workout today in a couple weeks and felt so good about it that I threw in a 10 minute ab video for fun! Here is to more days like this!

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    emoticon Keep it up!!

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OCD Tracker...

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

So I went to my WW meeting last night and we have this 3 month tracker book that gets past around. Everyone takes a turn and tracks really meticulously their food, activity, etc. I hadn't taken a turn yet, and although I lost 2 lbs., and met my 5% goal, I feel like I spent a lot of the last week holding on by my fingertips. I figured that since I would be tracking for a week and returning the book for all to see...that it will probably be good for me. A little extra accountability. A little extra input. An opportunity to really dissect what a true week actually looks like, without being sugar-coated.

I want to catch anything that maybe I should be doing differently, and fix it before it shows up in my progress.

I think I am going to post my dailies in the evening.

Any input to my plan and approach would be MUCH appreciated! This is a work in progress, and by now we are all pretty versed in the process. Maybe you will see something I don't or have a suggestion for something I could do differently.

Thanks peeps! TOGETHER WE CAN DO THIS!! emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 7/2/2013 10:44PM

    Tracking is the only way that I could have done what I have done. I tracked every day for over 7 months and it works! I don't track daily now but I do check back in on occasion to make sure I am on track! Tracking is something I would recommend to anyone!

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NOGOINGBACK5 7/2/2013 3:42PM

    I couldn't agree more, Stephi! I have been tracking on here, but I have found that a couple times I have left off the stuff later in the day...simply out of being tired, busy, blah blah blah. What ever the reason, it only takes a few minutes and I am going to make sure nothing is being left off. I have been keeping track at home. Since I am doing WW, it is points, so in that respect I have faithfully been tracking. Just need to make sure that it is all getting transferred to SP too!

Thank you. You comments are always so welcomed...and no worries...I am SOOO "killin" it. Just starting this week I am gonna be "KILLIN'" it to an all new level!!! emoticon

We've GOT this!! Hope you are having a killer beginning of a new week, my beautiful, inspiring Spark buddy!

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STEFIGURL 7/2/2013 10:18AM

    Tracking is such an EYE OPENER for me! I say if you're not tracking DAILY on your food tracker here on Spark, you could be missing something.
Other than that...YOU ARE KILLIN' IT GIRL!!! :-)

love you!

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