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Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure - My First 5K!!

Saturday, June 04, 2011



Today I walked in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This was my first 5K, but I can¡¦t even reduce my discussion of the event to 5K gibberish.

This was more than a 5K. This was truly an EXPERIENCE. Seeing all those survivors and families and friends who walked in support and celebration of them¡K and also seeing those who walked in memory of loved ones who lost their battle with breast cancer, but who walk in hopes of finding a cure¡K It was truly overwhelming and inspirational.

During the opening ceremonies, the Survivors (who all wore dark pink shirts) marched in waving their flags to one of the American Idol contestants (I forget who) singing a song he wrote especially for this event. I got a little teary-eyed and choked up. I really did feel emotional about it. Not because I have been personally affected by it--though I have an aunt who is a survivor--but just because of the stories that had to be behind these women being there... stories of OVERCOMING. I loved it! I just took that moment to praise the God who gives all life for preserving theirs. So many reasons to make us truly thankful!



(Sorry about whatever that green line is...something with my cameraphone no doubt.)

It was clear at the starting line that this wasn't going to be a race wherein we could go for a certain time. Amongst the walkers, I don't think there really were folks going for their "best time." There were just too many people. It took quite some time for us just to clear the mob. There were thousands of participants--more than 40,000 estimated. Some people were still *starting* as we were looping around at mile 2 headed for the finish. Soooooo many people. But, they walked TOGETHER, and we walked with them... a show of true solidarity for the cause. It was awesome just being amongst them!



Along the way, we had entertainment and walkers stopped and stood around them to appreciate it and to take pictures. I snapped a few.



Overall, like I said earlier, it was just AN EXPERIENCE. My sister and her friend and I finished in 1:27:16...





clearly not our "best time" but that's okay, we enjoyed ourselves tremendously AND we burned some calories too!
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PINKBEANBOO 6/6/2011 1:35PM

    That is so cool! I love your pictures. Looks like a great event.

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HEALTHYAMS 6/6/2011 9:18AM

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KISSYTINA 6/5/2011 7:58PM

    That is so awesome! What an inspiring experience! I am so happy for you! A 5K, even just walking, is a big accomplishment. And, being able to support a cause as tremendous as this is truly awesome.

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CALIGIRLDIANA 6/5/2011 3:20PM

    That looks awesome seems like you had a lot of fun!!! You did great girlie!!!


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THEMIGHTYLILLIE 6/5/2011 2:08AM

    See? All that nervousness over nothin! 5ks are super awesome and fun.... especially for a great cause!! Sooooooooo... when is your next one?

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ABETTERSOUL 6/4/2011 10:38PM

    My first 5K was the race for the cure, last month. It definitely was more than a race, like you...an experience!

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JOYSONG50 6/4/2011 8:43PM

    When I do a 5K for the same cause it would definately be in memory of my aunt (passed away) and for my sister (survivor). So glad you finished your first race and you had a great time.
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HALLELUL 6/4/2011 8:41PM

    Makes me feel emotional just reading your post. Praise God!

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POOKASLUAGH 6/4/2011 3:51PM

    Yeah I see big events like these less as time-based and more for the community aspect. I'm glad you had a great time!

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Every dress is a size 10!! (PICS included)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spring always gets me in the mood to shop!
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But, I don't usually buy anything because I'm always of the mindset that I'm "losing weight" so why waste money on new clothes that I'll have to replace. I've always been like that. Consequently, I usually don't know that I am down to the next size until I'm PASSED it!

I used to wear a size 14 in a suit, while my skirts remained a 10 and my tops teetered between a medium and a large. In my extra storage closet I have about four (4) suits that are a size 10; one that is a size 8, and two that are size 6! I've been up and down with my weight for quite some time. But, the funny thing is, I don't have ANY size 12 anythings in my closet. But, in my suits, I cannot wear a size 10 yet if the skirt is straight (these hips don't lie...and ain't trying to squeeze into a 10 bottom...yet...LOL)

So, for the last couple of days I've been window shopping. I've been picking up all kinds of dresses (I don't usually buy dresses...I buy skirts and tops...) and just trying them on. A couple at my church is paying for my husband and I to go to the Pastor's anniversary banquet so I need something to wear. I'm trying to figure out what size I might actually be in right now.

I can't say that I've figured it out yet because it varies depending on the type of apparel I'm trying on. BUT, I will say this.... every dress that fit was a 10!! The 12's were toooo big! That prompted me to go down into the basement and pull out one of my size 10 suits and just *see* if I could wear it. Well, I can *get into* them but not decently. LOL There is a little too much junk in my trunk. LOL So, I guess I have to be a size 8 in order to fit into my size 10 suits the way I like. (I don't like tight clothes!) But, I do fit a size 10 dress! Whooppeeee!!!

So, guess what..... I bought one! I bought a dress! And it WASN'T a size 10.......... it was an 8!!!!

Now I know that I don't actually wear a size 8, but this particular dress was very stretchy and it seemed a little too loose in a 10. Also, the banquet isn't until the last weekend in April, so with even a conservative 5 lb weight loss, it could be a little too loose by then. So, I tried it on in an 8 and it fit perfectly.....still stretchy with room to spare.

When I got home, I showed hubby the dress and I told him the story of the 10 vs. 8. I showed him the picture of me in the dress when I was in the dressing room and he said..with eyebrow raised and a smile on his face... "That's nice." LOL (Those of you with husbands and significant others, know the tone of those simple words. LOL) Anyway....I think he wanted to make sure I was going to be decent and that the dress wasn't tight (because it is form-flattering), so he requested that I actually put the dress on for him. I knew it wasn't tight...it is sooo comfortable. But for hubby's peace of mind, I tried it on.

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SARAH_HOPE 3/19/2011 10:17AM

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That dress is beautiful! It looks great on you! Congrats on the size 10 (and 8!)

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LESLIES537 3/19/2011 9:56AM

    You look bangin' girl!! HOLLA!!! emoticon emoticon

Every dress a size 10?!!!! That's so exciting! *HAPPY DANCE* emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TGEVING1 3/14/2011 1:09PM

    your gorgeous! keep up the great work.

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RETURNOFSARAH 3/14/2011 9:18AM

    Wow, thats a beautiful dress and you look great in it x

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BET212 3/14/2011 12:19AM

    I love it and you look great in it!

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KISSYTINA 3/13/2011 11:47PM

    OOOHHH Pretty! You are going to rock that dress!


You are doing so fantastic! WooHoo!!

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HEALTHYAMS 3/13/2011 10:46PM

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CELLO23 3/13/2011 5:37PM

    You look lovely - beautiful figure! Beautiful dress! emoticon emoticon

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CHINCHIN 3/13/2011 12:46PM

    Beautiful dress, beautiful you and terrific story to boot!

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CHIQUITA72979 3/12/2011 8:23PM

    that is so awesome!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 3/12/2011 5:00PM

    You look amazing! Congratulations!

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MOMMYNURSE 3/12/2011 3:52PM

    I agree the dress looks very nice on ya! Yea to hubby for recognizing that you look great! I have been married for 15 years and know exactly what you mean girl!

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HALLELUL 3/12/2011 3:45PM

    emoticon and emoticon emoticon up!

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SOCKS117 3/12/2011 3:18PM

  Way to go! You're rockin' that dress!

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BRATTY_ME27 3/12/2011 2:52PM

    Beautiful!

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KANSASROSE67 3/12/2011 2:49PM

    That dress looks way better on you than on the hanger! You look great!

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BEE_FIT 3/12/2011 2:48PM

    You look great!Woo Hoo for Spring emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 3/12/2011 2:43PM

    No wonder he said "that's nice" & wanted to see you in it for himself. You look great!!

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LIZZY63 3/12/2011 1:11PM

    You look Great!

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ELEXEY 3/12/2011 1:10PM

    Yes, I definetely "know that tone" how two words can say so very much to us women!!! Congrats!!! You look beautiful!!!!

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Mid-point Reflections: 30 lbs Lost!!! (Pics included)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

What can I say? I am sooo happy to finally be at the elusive mid-point of my weight loss journey!!! It's very exciting!!!!

I have been trying/not trying/half trying to lose weight for sooo long. It's funny that I would reach this point at a time when I'm not "trying" at all. These last 10 lbs dropped as a result of a spiritual fast that I'm on, so I feel that I can't really take any credit for getting to this point. It was through no effort on my part, except my commitment to God as far as completing the fast. Soooo, I can't really toot my own horn for reaching this milestone. Nonetheless, I'm happy....soooooo happy!!!

Wow....it's taken me some time though....

This is me around January 2009. I have no idea how much I weighed because I stopped weighing myself. But you can see how plump my face is.


At the close of that same year (November 2009) I weighed in at 191.6.


I'm in the 170's in these pictures:



And here I am today weighing 161.2 lbs!!! 30 lbs lost!!! Whooppeeeeee!!!!!!




  
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KTTAYLOR21 1/28/2011 10:40AM

    Look how cute you are!!! Girl you have done a GREAT job on your journey. Your so inspiring. It's time I kick it up a notch. Hey are you going to the gym during your EPIC Challenge. I remember your not much of a gym person but your sister made you go and you liked it!!

I can't wait to be where you are.

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COOKI56 1/23/2011 6:37PM

    Wonderful! Thanks for chronicling your weight loss in this manner! God bless! emoticon emoticon
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CELLO23 1/18/2011 1:00PM

    You look gorgeous! Especially in that green cardie and slim skirt combo! Congratulations on your 30 pounds! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYAMS 1/17/2011 12:54PM

    You betta show off that waist by putting your hands on those hips, lol. Get it! emoticon emoticon

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MEIORI 1/16/2011 2:52PM

    You look great! I love how happy you look in all your pictures, it really uplifted me this morning. Contratulations!!

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HEPHZIBAHBEULAH 1/16/2011 11:28AM

  Well done!!! I hope you don't mind but I'm going to add you as a friend, it's so inspiring to have people like you as buddies! :) You are indeed an inspiration! :)

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CHIQUITA72979 1/15/2011 2:34PM

    girl, you look good! i'm inspired!

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BET212 1/13/2011 11:05PM

    I think you look beautiful in all the pictures but I know you feel your best with less weight. emoticon on 30lbs gone for good!!! emoticon emoticon

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BETSEY_T 1/13/2011 10:34PM

    Congrats on all your hard work! You look great! Very inspiring.

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 1/13/2011 9:58PM

    You look great! Congratulations on the 30lbs gone forever. Best wishes on rocking the next 30 off!

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KRYANPRINCESS 1/13/2011 8:20PM

    Nice Job Lady!! You are ROCKIN'!!! emoticon emoticon

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HALLELUL 1/13/2011 8:03PM

    Oh my stars and stripes. I see you. I see you! Had to tease you but I can understand not wanting to post pictures. It took me a while too, but I have to add:

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Keep up the good work, youngie!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 1/13/2011 6:54PM

    Look at beautiful YOU! I love it when folks share their journey in pictures, it speaks VOLUMES to the hard work and success you have made. Congratulations and thank you for sharing this! emoticon

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THEMIGHTYLILLIE 1/13/2011 4:25PM

    Woooohooo!! LOOKIN' awesome!

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SAMGERBINE 1/13/2011 4:14PM

    Wow! You've made such progress!

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LESLIES537 1/13/2011 3:58PM

    WOW!! You look A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!! I just love your smile...you look SO happy! Good for you! Congratulations!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGPROOF006 1/13/2011 3:54PM

    That is amazing!!! Awesome job!!! You look fantastic!

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BIGBOOTYBETTY 1/13/2011 3:29PM

    i mean REALLY...you look FANTASTIC! you are always a joy to have as a Sparkfriend and I am so glad to see that your health is getting in order! WONDERFUL JOB! You've worked so hard to get to this point! Keep it up! HUGS!

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IMREADY77 1/13/2011 3:25PM

    Congrats!!!! keep up the good work!!!

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The BL Complex: Stop Complaining about Losing *only* ____ lbs.!!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

If you've ever watched an episode of The Biggest Loser you've probably noticed the same thing with a majority of the contestants... they are VERY disappointed when they've lost only 1-5 lbs. Some are even disappointed to lose incredible numbers like 6-9 lbs. Everyone is seeking the double-digits...every WEEK..not month!! It's crazy!!

But, I realized that WE (gen-pop) do the same thing...at least I know that I do. (Tell the truth and shame the devil). If I don't see pounds lost that seem (in my opinion) to match the effort I've put in, I'm disappointed. You all know how it is... You hit the gym and stayed within your calorie range every day the previous week. You worked your butt off. Then you go to weigh-in and the scale says you lost 1 lb...ONE pound!!! Huh?? You're disappointed. You wonder what's the point. That's the Biggest Loser Complex and THAT'S crazy!!

I have that complex big time!...probably from years of fad dieting and seeing tremendous numbers (7 lbs in a week) drop off the scale. I'd get disappointed with healthy weight loss of 1-2 lbs a week. But no more!! emoticon

I took a look down memory lane of when I actually started this weight-loss journey almost a year ago come Nov. 30th. I saw my STEADY weight-loss of 1-2 lbs a week. It wasn't much but it was STEADY and it was DROPPING and I was happy and satisfied and excited. So, I've determined to go back to that time!

I'm not going to say I'm disappointed with ANY amount of weight-loss. I'm not going to complain about not having any weight loss at all. I'm going to find SOMETHING (some ACCOMPLISHMENT) to celebrate every single week. emoticon I'm going to live such that I have some accomplishment to celebrate every single week. emoticon

This week's accomplishments: I lost 3 lbs!! emoticon and I took my measurements!! emoticon

Celebrate with me as I celebrate with you!! We are doing it! emoticon emoticon

  
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NEWATTITUDE2010 11/6/2010 6:24PM

  After reading your blog, the scripture that comes to mind is "In everything, give thanks"...So lets be thankful for even the small amounts of progress.

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JOYSONG50 11/6/2010 4:56PM

    So true. Give thanks for losing any amount of weight even if it's only 1 lb. It's a 1 lb closer to your weight loss goal. Congrats on your 3 lbs loss. Keep Doing it!!
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STARGLADE 11/1/2010 11:09AM

    Well said. Losing that 1-2 lbs a week is part of the secret to those lbs STAYING LOST! "Slow and steady," as all the tortoises know. emoticon



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LESLIES537 11/1/2010 10:34AM

    Awesome blog! I'm happy for you!! Congrats on your loss! WOOT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELLO23 11/1/2010 5:32AM

    I think this is really important, Trueness - 3lbs in a week sounds like LOADS to me emoticon - I'm happy if I can shift 1lb! Biggest Loser are doing something really extreme and unnatural, and probably pretty dangerous without medical supervision. Their bodies will be going into emergency shutdown mode. Crazy indeed! Please don't be disappointed with your healthy weight loss! It sounds like you're doing absolutely the right things! emoticon emoticon And it's right to celebrate that! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYSTERY4EVER 10/31/2010 7:47PM

    I blogged about how I will never be The Biggest Loser because it is unrealistic to be spending that much time working out. I still watch the show, but I've lost the envy of the "big" loss. The reality is that many of the contestants have gained the weight back because they didn't change their lifestyle. The ranch is an artificial environment and when they went home they didn't have the tools to live normally. Slow and steady does it. You can do this.

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CHIQUITA72979 10/31/2010 2:33PM

    that is so true!!!!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 10/31/2010 9:26AM

    Great attitude and what a way to put things in perspective. This journey is a life long journey and if we want it to be sustainable, we have to lose weight at a reasonable rate. It took me a while to accept this. I still am hard on myself sometimes and think I should've lost more, but I'm doing what works for me. I'm glad you found something that works for you. Celebrate every major victor, scale and non-scale!

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KTTAYLOR21 10/31/2010 9:20AM

    They always say, the smaller lbs lost per week is better in the long run.

Congrats. 3 lbs is great!!!!

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FRANKLYAMUSED 10/31/2010 8:32AM

    You are right, we need to celebrate our accomplishments every week and not focus solely on the number the scale provides.

We are doing it!!

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To Boldly Go Where True-Ness has Never Gone Before...the Gym!!! :-)

Monday, October 18, 2010

As many of you already know...I'm the treadmill queen. emoticon I have a treadmill in my basement and I get every penny's worth out of it. It's my exercise machine of choice. I don't go to the gym. I don't like to exercise around people...and I'm un-motivated to drive to a gym and workout. BUT today I went where I've NEVER gone before.....

I WENT TO THE GYM!!! emoticon LOL

My sister (HEALTHYAMS) is a gym member and she goes faithfully pretty much every day. She's been inviting me to go with her one day when I'm working in her area. So today, since I was working in her area, I took her up on her offer!

I'd been wanting to try out this infamous elliptical that everyone talks about. Honestly, from the stories I've heard, I was pretty intimidated by the machine..not to mention the gym environment itself. But guess what?...

It wasn't so scary afterall (the gym or the elliptical). Most people at the gym are minding their own business and concentrating on their own workouts. It's a pretty inspiring place to be actually. Those folks be workin it!! You hear me? WORKIN it! And the elliptical.... not that bad either. I actually enjoyed it.

Just like my sister said, it's soooo much easier on the joints. It took me a while to get used to the motion of it and to get into a flow, but it came together.

I had planned to do only 30 minutes, but my sister had planned to do an hour. I was fine with that. I was just going to go to the treadmill after I was done on the elliptical. But after my 30 minutes were up, I just reset the elliptical and got right back to it. I even challenged myself with one of those hilly programs. It was on an incline of 15 and resistance of 6!! ...seriously worked my bum!! emoticon

So altogether I worked out for 55 minutes on the elliptical and burned a ton of calories (which I haven't even logged yet)! The time went by so quickly.

It was nice to have the motivation of my sister there with me. I don't know how long I would have continued without her there. Thanks HEALTHYAMS!! I look forward to our next workout together! emoticon

  
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HARRINGTON5 10/27/2010 5:25PM

    Fantastic job! You really were hot that day!

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KRYANPRINCESS 10/19/2010 12:32PM

    WOO HOO!!! That's great! I was intimated with the Elliptical at first too, and had some trouble with the movement feeling comfortable, but now It's my favorite machine, and it burns burns burns calories! Good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone! That's emoticon

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LESLIES537 10/19/2010 10:21AM

    You're such a ROCK STAR! The gym intimidates me too but after hearing how smoothly it went for you I may just give it a try! Thanks for inspiring me! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYSTERY4EVER 10/19/2010 9:39AM

    Wow! That is great on the elliptical. I never go that long, although I do other things too. My view is do whatever it takes. How fun t do it with your sister.

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CELLO23 10/19/2010 5:36AM

    Hey! Fantastic! That's a whole lot of ellipting for a first time! I also found the motion quite strange to start with - it felt a bit like using a treadle sewing machine! Also, the self-conscious thing - everyone is so busy concentrating on their own workout that they aren't bothered about anyone else, and there's a sense of cameraderie too. You'll be v fit anyway because of the treadmill - you're a natural! The first time I went I was puffing and suffering after a couple of minutes - soooo unfit. Better now emoticon You go! emoticon

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BIGBOOTYBETTY 10/18/2010 10:09PM

    Wow! You have taken a HUGE step in the right direction. Congrats on stepping foot into the gym and even more for kicking butt while there!

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JOYSONG50 10/18/2010 7:46PM

    Well alright! So glad your sister convinced to go with her. The elliptical is my favorite because like your sister said, it's much easier on your joints.
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KTTAYLOR21 10/18/2010 7:34PM

    15 incline and 6 resistance is emoticon emoticon emoticon You went to gym and kicked some behind while you were there!!! Going to the gym can be inspiring because people be in there working it out and it is ssooo motivating!! emoticon I'm sure your glad you went!!1

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HEALTHYAMS 10/18/2010 7:31PM

    emoticon I love it! We'll definitely do this again. I was so proud of you. Any time you want, I'm totally in.
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