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Happy New Year 2014 and a quick Update :-)

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Hey guys! It’s been way too long since my last update. Wow, I accomplished so much in 2013, where do I start? Well first off I only lost about 27 pounds last year and guess what I am more than happy with that. I started this journey at 288 pounds (much larger at one point in life I am sure) and dreamed of being 180 pounds (hence the name Purple180, lol) but as I approached 180 I knew I could do much more so I set my eyes on 150 (ya know that magic number). Well today I sit here at approx 162 pounds and I couldn’t be happier.

I learned something in 2013; I learned that it is more than the number on the scale it is about how I feel, look and all that I can accomplish. I can honestly say that I am in the best shape of my life (cliché I know but TRUE). I ran my first official 5K race in 2013 and I look forward to running my first half marathon in 2014. There was a time when I could not even walk a half mile without being winded and to accomplish this is amazing within itself. I have also taken up weight lifting (no ladies you will NOT get all bulky and scary looking) and although my weight stayed the same (165 pounds) from June until early December I lost 2 pants sizes going from a size 10 to a 6. I credit lifting heavy weights, plus it (weight lifting) really shapes the body (in my opinion).

I just wanted to touch basis with you guys as I know many of you are wondering what the heck is going on with Purple180. I still log on almost daily to log my workouts but I track my food and workouts on MyfitnessPal as well so I spend a great deal of time over there (love you guys to pieces). I am so proud of you all, many of you are trucking right along even with life obstacles that are set in your path. Midnighter1, I am so proud of you, no matter what you are always there for not only me but everyone else even if it’s just a note of encouragement you always reach out. Thank you and I am so happy to have you as a SparkFriend. Wishing you ALL the very best in 2014 and may your goals and dreams come true. Remember if you can dream it you can achieve it and FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION.

  
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GGJUNEBUG 1/21/2014 11:27PM

    Congrats!! Awesome job!!!

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Here's to 2014 !

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LOVE, PEACE and BLESSINGS !



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MIDNIGHTER1 1/11/2014 6:28PM

    You are a warrior chick. I am so very proud of you. You inspire me and I don't get as discouraged because of a kind word from you or knowing you are getting it done,keeps me striving. emoticon
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CHRISKENANDKIDS 1/5/2014 7:51PM

    Great year for you! I agree - it's all about how you feel. Keep up the great work!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/5/2014 6:12PM

    You are doing great!!

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    So ppy to see this from you. You have had an amazing journey and an emoticon year! Can't wait to read your updates as we get further along in 2014. emoticon

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TAICHIDANCER 1/4/2014 10:54PM

    Wow. Congrats on all the accomplishments.

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VERONICAVW_140 1/4/2014 10:37PM

    Way to go Chick-a-dee!!! You look fabulous. I'm so glad you feel it too. I hope you have a great 2014. Thanks for the update.

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KTTAYLOR21 1/4/2014 6:51PM

    When you lift are you doing the circuits or lifting free weights?

I have to figure out how to stabilize my knee. It's really bothering me everytime I start lifting and doing squats and lunges. I have to do something though because 2014 is my year of getting it DONE!!

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Made goal weight and lost over 108 pounds and counting…..

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sorry Sparkers I have been SUPER busy the past few weeks and have not been able to update you on my progress. Well on February 7, 2013 I officially hit my goal weight (actually about 2 pounds less than goal), I was and still am ecstatic about this accomplishment, I mean wow I have lost over 100 pounds! So my original goal weight was 180 pounds (hence Purple180) but as I sit here at 177.4 pounds I think that I want to get down to 160 pounds. I know 160 still seems like a big number for some but for me I think that it will work. The BMI charts say I should be around 150 (for my height, age, etc.) but for me I think 160 will work.
I have learned so much on this journey.
1. I can do anything I put my mind to.
2. Running will NOT kill me.
3. I don’t need to feel like I am busting at the seems to be full.
4. Veggies and fruits are my friends.
5. I CAN live without soda (I so love water now and drink well over the 8 glasses per day).
6. I can and DO motivate others.
7. Working out actually gives you more energy (who knew, right!?!?).
8. SparkPeople and my SparkFriends are AWESOME!

I truly and sincerely thank each of you for all of your support, encouragement and words of wisdom. I am cheering each of you on, If I CAN DO IT anyone can.


  
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MY9STONEJOURNEY 4/9/2013 11:35AM

    Girl you ROCK!!! See this is why I am coming back to SP fulltime...MFP is cool for tracking BUT this is the kind of motivation I need!! Congrats and Thankssss for being my rock even at times you may not even know it...

Did I forget to mention you are smoking HOT!!!!

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BOSS61 3/31/2013 7:10AM

    Whoa just now circling back and getting caught up here. Many congrats! That really is great!

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BEATRIZ269 3/14/2013 3:02PM

    Congratulations on your wonderful accomplishment. You have been very inspiring and motivational for me. I appreciate all your support since I joined spark and am very happy you reached your goal. You have worked very hard for it.

I am also confident that you will reach whatever goal you set for yourself. This journey is teaching me a lot about myself which I believe will help me for my future and I am sure you have also learned yourself through this journey.

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TONYTHETSANGEL 3/4/2013 9:50PM

    Congrats! This is so wonderful! I know you are pleased and happy with yourself!
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IMSOOZEEQ 3/1/2013 6:53PM

    emoticon emoticon You are looking awesome! I am so pround of you for reaching your goal. What an inspiration you are! I lost my footing but I have a new attitude and a fresh focus and I am ready for March!

Congratulations on your success!!!

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I am so proud of you! That is a HUGE accomplishment. I am sure you are healthy as a horse at your current weight and I bet once you start this maintenance phase, the pounds will continue to come off.

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    Never too late to congrat! emoticon emoticon emoticon . thanks for always supporting a sista.

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KIBAISREADY 2/25/2013 5:44AM

    I'm so proud of you girl! You are simply AMAZING! You had a little detour (baby girl), but still got back at it now that's what I call determination. Cheers to you girl and I know for a fact you will reach 160 and of course I'll be here cheering you on girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Congratulations! Very proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 2/22/2013 8:07PM

    Yippeeee!
I LOVE growth! You've really come long way, girlie!
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AMYC2013 2/22/2013 7:04PM

    Absolutely AMAZING! Congratulations! I hope for your kind of success! You look fantastic.

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ISAVEDME80 2/22/2013 7:01PM

    congrats on the loss girlfriend

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DEBPRE16 2/22/2013 12:47PM

    That is just awesome!

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PRESBESS 2/22/2013 12:23PM

    Wow! I'm happy for your success! I love your list of things you learned throughout your journey.

Keep up the awesome work! You look gorg!
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Awesome Work!! Congratulations!!!!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 2/22/2013 12:00PM

    I originally set my goal weight at 175 pounds, but once I got there in Feb. 2011, I wanted more. I just kept doing what I was doing and the pounds kept coming off....slower....but off! I set a new goal weight at 160 pounds, and made that on April 15, 2011. I got lower than that in the next six months, but still consider 160 lbs. my GOAL weight and do my darnedest to stay below it. I like your list! We ARE capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for, aren't we?

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon That is amazing! Very inspiring!

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TUBLADY 2/22/2013 11:06AM

    WHOO-HOO, Congratulations.
I am so happy for you. Coming from one who knows what it's like to be obese, the difference in living at a normal weigh is fantastic.
All that you have endured and accomplished will be with you and motivate you to keep on track and never go back.
have a fun life and if you are comfortable at the weight you are, it's your body, embrace it.
I weigh a little more than what charts call for, but for me it's just right.
Take care,
Be strong, stay positive.
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DYNAMICDELICIA 2/22/2013 8:30AM

    Congratulations!!!!! I'm so happy for you, thanks for being a grea emoticon t motivation

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are such an inspiration and you do motivate me!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 2/22/2013 8:12AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon WOW!!!! You surpased your goal you look great. Blogs like yours are what keep us motivated to keep trying thank you.

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PURPLELVR7 2/22/2013 6:43AM

    congrats on reaching your goal weight
I am sure you can reach 160 if you want to

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SPRINKLECHEZ 2/22/2013 6:09AM

    Congratulations on making and surpassing your goal. Make sure you take the time to thank yourself today. I am so proud of you and know that God has a plan for you. SPATTERS3 commented (directed at me) on my recent blog:

"Be as decent to yourself as you are to others and stop sabotaging your wonderful progress"

When I read that I was so moved - I thanked her and then blogged about how one sentence from a SparkFriend could be exactly what I need to hear to reboot my mood and resume progress in my journey.

We are all in this together. The more honest and open we are about our challenges and triumphs not only gives us the chance to develop an understanding of our self, it also helps our SparkFriends by inspiring and letting each other know that they are not alone. SparkPeople gives us a rare opportunity to regain a healthy mental and physical state at the speed of light. Equally as important is that the SparkFriends we surround ourselves with provide us with nearly instant affirmation that your life, my life, and their lives matter to all of us - and a whole world of people that we will never know.

If there was no pain we wouldn't understand how wonderful joy is - can't have the rainbows without the rain....as they say. Learning to appreciate and thank ourselves while it's "raining" will bring self understanding and an inner peace that in my opinion let's out the bad and allows our true selves and purpose to come to the surface. I am a better person for having been Sparked - and for having so many SparkFriends including you, bless my life with their experience, support, inspiration and unselfish love.

What you are capable of accomplishing is going to astound you beyond your wildest expectations. I am so proud of what you have accomplished - and am a better person having you in my life.

Have a great weekend - Your friend, "Sprink"

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SKINNYYENNY 2/22/2013 12:09AM

    Congratulations on all that you have achieved!!!

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MARIANNE9855 2/21/2013 11:15PM

    congratulations- what a great accomplishment!

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WILLEYDEBORAH 2/21/2013 11:11PM

    You look fabulous! Great job on your success.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 2/21/2013 9:22PM

    Congratulations! You look great!

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    AMAZING!! Congrats on hitting your goal-- and I know you'll be at your *new* goal in no time! Keep up the VERY inspirational work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BRAVELUTE 2/21/2013 8:21PM

    Congratulations on the hard work!!

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KTTAYLOR21 2/21/2013 7:47PM

    You are definetly a motivation to ME without a doubt!!

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LANEYTHEGIRL 2/21/2013 7:32PM

    Congratulations my Spark friend. You are such an inspiration.

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You are such an inspiration. I agree with all the things you have listed. You pay it forward by doing.I mentally tell myself what my healthy weight is. If you feel you want to lose more,then do so.But I think if 160 makes you happy,then maintain that.

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HDHAWK 2/21/2013 6:47PM

    Pick a weight that feels right to you and that you can maintain. What an inspiration you are! emoticon

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100 pounds lost and 2 year Spark Anniversary

Friday, January 04, 2013

So…I wasn’t going to blog today but then I realized that today is my 2 year Spark Anniversary and what better way to celebrate than to also be 100 pounds down! Yes, so I peeped at the scale this morning and I am 187.4 ( a little over 100 pounds down, I will change my ticker on Thursday).

To begin, for all who don’t know my story here is a quick “Get to know me.” I started SparkPeople on January 4, 2011; I was standing in the checkout line of the supermarket and I saw a magazine cover that had a lady on it that lost a lot of weight the caption read, “I lost weight with SparkPeople”. The cover struck me and as soon as I returned home I googled SparkPeople and came across this site. I thank God for that moment as it truly changed my life. I signed up but at first I was hesitant, I didn’t post any pictures of myself due to being uncomfortable with the way I looked and also leery of posting pictures on the Internet. Anyway I started Spark that day; I read articles, searched pages and made friends. I started slow, no soda, no eating after 8 pm, no fried foods, etc. Then I started doing the Spark People videos, at 288 pounds boy were they a challenge but I did what I could and gave it my all. I remember my heart pounding and sweating profusely while trying to do the 6 minute Butt Blasting video (which is so easy to me now by the way). Then I started walking, with dreams of jogging…I would go to JMERLAU, ABSOLUTEZERO and SANDIEGO JOHNS pages and see how much they have accomplished and I aspired to be a runner like them (still a work in progress). Well late Jan. 2011 I started jogging slowly and not far but I was moving on May 7, 2011 I ran my 1st .25 mile non-stop (a big accomplishment for me at the time). After I realized that I wouldn’t die from running/jogging I decided to push for 1 mile (boy did that sound far) after getting advice from my running SparkBuddies I set out gradually jogging to increase my distance to a mile and on June 1, 2011 I ran 1 mile non-stop and my time was 9:59 at this time I had also lost well over 70 pounds in 6 months (dedication).

Fast forward about 2 weeks, now I am totally hooked on running and shedding fat and pounds like crazy. One day after running the bleachers at a local high school with my husband and son I come home and felt faint. I immediately knew something was wrong, I sent my husband out to get a pregnancy test and low and behold it was POSITIVE! This was such a wonderful blessing as the doctor had just told me in Dec. 2010 that I would not be able to conceive a baby without fertility meds (which I tried in Dec. but the hormones made me way too sick). I continued to try to work out at first but pregnancy makes me very ill so after getting down to about 216 pounds I had to stop working out, due to sickness my eating habits were not on par either. I drifted away from Spark while pregnant; I tried to check in every few weeks and was always happy to read messages from my SparkFriends while I was away.

June 2012, 1 year after my break from Spark I am ready to come back, I had my wonderful daughter Feb. 5, 2012 and it took be a few months to get my butt back in gear. After I had her I was 250 pounds but by June I had ballooned back up to 270 (OH MY). On June 7, 2012 I started over just like before, full force and with my goal in mind. Now here I am 7 months later 100 pounds down (from my heaviest Spark Weight) and over 80 pounds lost in 7 months. 2 years into my journey and I feel younger and healthier than I have in ages.

I credit my SparkFamily for giving me the guidance and the PUSH that I needed to succeed and for always being there for me. KIBAISREADY always stop by my page when I was inactive to check on me and to cheer me on, this meant so much to me and gave me the motivation that I needed to come back. I have met so many wonderful people on this journey; I cherish every friendship that I have made. I am so excited and blessed to be at this point and so near my goal. For any newbie that may read this blog please know that YOU CAN DO IT! Trust me if I can, YOU CAN. Get up, get active and know that YOU ARE WORTH IT.

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TOSHIKO120 4/24/2013 1:15PM

    emoticon this blog! Wish I'd seen it earlier! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for sharing and continuing to inspire! I've received a little more motivation ammunition reading about your success! emoticon

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 2/28/2013 10:23AM

    Wooooo! Great job and thanks for the inspiration

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CUPCAKE_PIRATE 2/27/2013 8:30PM

    Wow, your story is AMAZING!! I'm so happy for you!! You've given me hope! :)

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JCHRELLE_04 2/18/2013 5:53PM

    Very inspiring. I hope that I can hold fast to the spark myself and continue to succeed.
Congrats on your triumphs and best wishes on any goals you seek to accomplish.

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NEW-N-FIT-ME 2/16/2013 11:15PM

    Thank you for your post... It makes me feel inspired.

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SKINNYYENNY 2/13/2013 8:56PM

    Wow! What an awesome story! Congratulations on your huge accomplishment and thank you for being an inspiration!!!!!

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GODZDESIGN95 2/8/2013 8:20AM

    wow you got support. Here is one more. Congrats, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon thanks for supporting me on my fitness minutes.

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TUBLADY 2/1/2013 11:56AM

    OH my gosh I almost missed this blog. I am so glad I didn't.
You are a roll model for sure. To have a baby, gain and then get back to losing and getting yourself fit, it's a story that more need to know.
Congratulations.
You know it was a Spark story in a magazine that got me into Spark too. , I signed up that very day. I too took a while to get pictures and fully into Spark. But I know now it's one of the best things I ever did.
I am so glad to know you and have you as a friend.
I wish nothing but the best of success for you.
Be strong, stay positive.
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KRISTEN_SAYS 2/1/2013 10:22AM

    Congrats!!

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QTEALADY20031 2/1/2013 10:21AM

    WOW! emoticon You are a perfect example of never give up and quite an inspiration. You look great! I finally got serious about two months ago. It seems like you play around with this until you realize, I have to do something. Its slow but the weight is coming off. I am looking forward right now to Onderland! Have a great week-end! emoticon emoticon emoticon June

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PRINCESS_PIA 1/30/2013 5:27PM

    wow what an inspiration!!!! Your almost at your goal weight!!!!

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FRENCHTOSD 1/25/2013 8:36PM

    I'm so thrilled to see your success today. Somewhere along my journey you left a comment that gave me hope in a bad moment. Coming over here that day to read your blog was such a blessing. Your positive attitude shone though your writing and I KNEW I found someone else who was going to make it. That had to be two years ago because I don't think you were pregnant when I was here before.

Thanks for proving me right and just keep on doing what you're doing. It took me four years to go from 275 to 150 and I am still here today - 18 months later - eating healthy and exercising all the time - just like you.

It's all because I was lucky enough to find this site too. Lucky, lucky us.

Sharon

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KANOE10 1/25/2013 7:27AM

    That is a wonderful accomplishment. You are very inspiring. I know you will continue to do well with your Spark family. I found Spark the same way. I read a magazine article that mentioned Spark as a key to success.

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MRSSCHENCK 1/21/2013 7:40AM

    What an awesome story. I'm so glad I came across your page. I started two years ago, too. I wish I would have found you then. I'm sure you would have kept me motivated and I'd be where you are now. emoticon

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4EVER21B 1/15/2013 4:16PM

    You are now the Spark! Thanks for sharing your wonderful story.

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WANT2BHEALTHY11 1/14/2013 8:51PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss!!!!!!!! You are such an inspiration to the rest of us:) Thanks for sharing this blog emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NOMOEXCUSES13 1/14/2013 4:43PM

    Sooooooo motivational! Wow! I'm so proud of you! You look great and I loved this blog! I am pumped up and ready to become a success story just like you! God Bless!

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RESTORED_ME 1/13/2013 11:51PM

    Incredible testimony!

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KIYOSHI04 1/13/2013 10:11PM

    you are so awesome!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 1/13/2013 9:17PM

    wow way to go! Congrats to you!!

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MSILVER94 1/12/2013 5:44PM

    Wow! Great blog and SO motivating!! I am back up now but reading how you blasting right back to were you were and then some is SO motivating! I am VERY glad you posted. Congratulations!!!

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Congratulations...what an incredible two years you've had!! I hope 2013 ends up being the best year yet!!

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Have a Terrific Tuesday !

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LOVE and BLESSINGS !

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MY9STONEJOURNEY 1/7/2013 2:26PM

    I am soooooooooo freaking proud of you!!! You ROCK mama!!!

#chillBumps #Motiviation #Encouragement #Inspiration

You are all that and MORE!!!!

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BREW99 1/7/2013 2:07PM

    Congrats and thanks for the motivation!

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BEATRIZ269 1/6/2013 11:53PM

    Lady you are extremely remarkable! What you have accomplished with unwavering committment is extremely remarkable. With all your daily responsibilities you took charge of this aspect of your life and you made the positive changes needed and here are the results. Thank you for sharing your journey with me. I am very inspired and motivated with your accomplishment and look forward to naming you when I get to my goal as one of my supports as you have named those who motivated and inspired you.

Congratulations to you and I wish you the best in life with your family and your on-going journey.

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MZPERSEVERANCE 1/6/2013 4:34PM

    Beautiful Testimony! Congrats on your baby and your weight loss! What an achievement. Keep Pressing!!!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/5/2013 6:44PM

    Congratulations! That is a real accomplishment.
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CRISSA1669 1/5/2013 4:07PM

    Congratulations I am thrilled for you and I can totally relate. Keep on going, keep striving you're doing wonderful!!

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SPRINKLECHEZ 1/5/2013 11:43AM

    I could not be more proud of what you have accomplished. I am blessed to have you in my life. Keep Sparking It Forward! Your friend - 'Sprink"

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NIKKICOLE83 1/5/2013 10:57AM

    You are so awesome! And to think you came back and accomplished so much after having a baby is amazing. You have always inspired me and I am so happy for you!

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JACKIE542 1/5/2013 10:19AM

    Congratulations!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUVGOODMUZIK 1/4/2013 11:24PM

    Very inspiring and you look great!! Congrats!

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MIDNIGHTER1 1/4/2013 11:19PM

    emoticon and emoticon You are a fierce warrior. Your uplifting comments always motivate me to work harder and your work ethic is amazing. You should be proud. As you like to say,"FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION" emoticon

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KTTAYLOR21 1/4/2013 11:08PM

    I have been on Spark coming up on 3 years and you have ran circles around me with your dedication and accomplishments. You have been such a motivation!! I am so thankful to you have as a emoticon !!! I do remember your running accomplishments. You have done an emoticon job!!

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PURPLE180 1/4/2013 8:31PM

    emoticon , Everyone. emoticon

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RDGISME 1/4/2013 8:14PM

    emoticon motivator, girl!! I really neded to hear those very words today, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart! You have not just motivated me, you have INSPIRED me!

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LANEYTHEGIRL 1/4/2013 7:52PM

    how wonderful and inspiring. you rock.

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HDHAWK 1/4/2013 7:10PM

    The fact that you stuck with those videos and then started running despite how tough it was will inspire many. I lost a bunch of weight with spark and have gained it all back plus more. I've just started over in the last week and it's tough but since I've been through it before I know it will get easier. Congrats on all you've accomplished and on your new baby!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 1/4/2013 7:02PM

    How exciting!!! YOU ARE AMAZING.

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DDLM13 1/4/2013 7:00PM

    emoticon That's great!!

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SILLEEINSD 1/4/2013 6:54PM

    You are truly inspiring!!!

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SWAZY33 1/4/2013 6:12PM

    So proud of you!


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YESCURLYCAN 1/4/2013 5:50PM

  emoticon I am so happy for you!! I knew that you would make it happen and sooner than I thought. emoticon emoticon

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November 2012 Fitness Goals

Thursday, November 01, 2012

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November 2012 Goals:

Complete at least 700 Fitness Minutes ( not met. 582 minutes)

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Jump rope (4000 jumps) emoticon

Strength training 8 times (Upper, lower and core) (Not Met)

Major Cardio workout (video, sprinting, high impact) 12 times emoticon

350 crunches every night/day (Met but not on a daily basis had to double up a few days.

2 mile non-stop jog by month end (Not met, but will KEEP PUSHING) :-)

Lose 10 pounds emoticon (9.6 pounds but close enough for me) :-)

So I did not meet all of my goals in October but overall I am very satisfied with the outcome. I am increasing some of my goals for the month.

Once again not a true blog just a note to myself to keep me accountable. Let's KICK SOME WEIGHT LOSS BUTT!

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WIFEALF 12/4/2012 4:42PM

    good goals.

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CARRIEMT 11/19/2012 2:54PM

    Sweet, how is it going this month? Those are some crazy lofty goals- you're one dedicated woman :)

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/14/2012 8:13AM

    emoticon again. Just checking in on ya .... Woo Hoo!!

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YESCURLYCAN 11/8/2012 4:23AM

  Sorry for my lateness in reading this but way to go! I hope you are able to acheive your November goals. Spark on! emoticon

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BREW99 11/6/2012 4:02PM

    Go November! emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/4/2012 8:50AM

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VALYNN26 11/2/2012 8:46PM

    emoticon emoticon Great goals. You got this girl.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/2/2012 7:19PM

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MARTY728 11/2/2012 11:55AM

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KIBAISREADY 11/2/2012 12:25AM

    Way to step it up girl! Let's do this! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 11/1/2012 10:49PM

    Go for it!! emoticon

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October 2012 Fitness Goals

Sunday, September 30, 2012

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October 2012 Goals:

Complete at least 500 Fitness Minutes emoticon

Jog at least 15 miles -not met only 7.8 miles

Jump rope (at least 4000 jumps)- not met/no attempt

Strength training at least 8 x’s -not met apprx. 3 times

Major Cardio workout (video, sprinting, high impact) 8 x’ emoticon

Drop 10 pounds - not met lost 7 pounds (but dropped a pant size)

These are just goals that I have posted for myself, not a true blog but I need to put them here as a REMINDER. September was not a bad month but did not go as I had planned. I logged less than 300 fitness minutes (largely due to the fact I was sick the last week or so during the month). Above are the bare minimum goals that I wish to accomplish during October, as always I will PUSH myself to do much more. I think that by posting this here it may help keep me accountable.

  
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SONYALATRECE 11/2/2012 12:11AM

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GETSLIM121 10/22/2012 3:04PM

    I completely agree with you post it and you are accountable emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/20/2012 12:27PM

    And there's still 10 whole days to rock it!!!! I bet that feels good.

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MAMASPRIDE7711 10/15/2012 7:06PM

    Those are great goals, I need to set some and write them where I can really see them! That would more than likely work better for me! emoticon

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TOTALFOCUS 10/10/2012 5:44PM

    You can do it! emoticon

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UTMIZ_2000 10/7/2012 10:16PM

    Great job at setting goals. It helps when you know where you want to end up!!

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LADYGSC 10/3/2012 10:40PM

    emoticon goals!! You go girl!!

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YESCURLYCAN 10/1/2012 2:27AM

  These are great, sensible and attainable goals. emoticon emoticon

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KIBAISREADY 10/1/2012 12:08AM

    emoticon GOALS GIRL ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/30/2012 8:40PM

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