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Old 05-15-2012, 03:22 PM   #271
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Great pics, are you a 4th of July baby? Being a cake decorator of course I noticed your red, white and blue cake.

I too am trying to let my hair grow out.
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:17 PM   #272
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Amber~ LOL, I wish it was that easy. It is so short, that it will be a long ride.... I haven't had it that long well since then. Oh yes, I know my body won't be like that again, just wishing it will look semi close to this. If I need skin removal surgery I definitely think my girls shoud have to pay for it.

Niki~ Yes I sure am. My birthday is July 3rd, but has always been thrown in with 4th of July.
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:35 PM   #273
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WOW, does twisting at your waist while working out really fire up the abs. In Zumba there is a lot of twisting anyways but I added in a little bit more baby and WOWZA!!!

Dilemma of day: Buy a new outfit for the weekend or not. I really need a new outfit, but I hate to buy an outfit just to be out of it in a month or less. My sister said, buy something, you need clothes to get you through. Well yes, but right now I am getting through with what I have and making it work at home. But for this weekend we will be at a baseball game and then going out dancing and I really don't have anything. I have a pair of black stretchy capris that I could wear but I feel like they might be too dressy for the baseball game. My sisters friend wears 18's and I asked her if I could raid her closet for an outfit to borrow. I hate to borrow things, but I am trying to be frugal. Money is tight just to be buying an outfit that I will be out of soon. So I am thinking I will go shopping for an outfit and take it with me just in case I can't find anything to wear in friends closet and then if I can, I will just take back my outfit.
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It is hard you need things and then they dont fit, I say beg and borrow or go buy something with the tag on the inside so you can wear and return, I have done that when needed, LOL I buy everything tight so it fits longer but black yoga pants are the key and yoga capris they fit forever!!!
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Hello ladies.

Amber Thanks for the tips.

209.2 this morning!!! WOO HOO!!!!
Going to run to target real quick today to see what I can find to wear this weekend as a possible back up.

Its a beautiful day today so we are going to get out and enjoy it. Talk to you all later.
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Yay! Come on girl, we are almost to Onederland!!

Have fun shopping and enjoying the nice weather.
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GET This!!!!! I was able to squeeze into a 16 Today!!!! I couldn't believe it. I automatically grabbed the size 18's and didn't even take 16's to the dressing room. Then after trying them on, I thought hmm, these fit a little big lets try the 16's and lo and behold I was able to fit into them. This way I can shrink into them.

So I think this is what I am going to wear on Saturday. Casual enough for a baseball game, but dressy enough for going out afterwards??? I wish I could have found a different shirt, but wasn't really impressed with the selection. I may try a few stores before the weekend. Or hopefully my friend will have something I can wear. After seeing these pics, I may just have to go to the mall and see what I can find. I am not all that pleased at how they look and why is it that I don't see the cellulite on my legs when I look in the mirror, but there it it is the picture. UGH!!! Opinions are welcome......



Ugh the bat wing....




The size 16 shorts.....


And the cellulite.... Yuck



So there you have it, the good, the bad and the ugh.
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:29 PM   #278
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Oh and as the "Jewelry lady" that I am, I will definitely be accessorizing this outfit, I just haven't figured it out yet.

Niki Yes we are!!! We will be there soon!!!
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Thought I would share...Last night I found a website when searching for what my ideal weight should be that talked about frame. I had always thought I was a large frame. My mom always told me that I was big boned. So I came across a website that said that you measure your wrist and depending on what it measures you are small, medium or large frame. I am medium frame. The healthy weight range for my height is 114 to 158. They say as a medium frame you should aim for the middle of that range. So I figure 135. I am going to see once I get to 150 and then go from there.

http://www.am-i-fat.com/body_frame_size.html

http://www.calculatorslive.com/Ideal...alculator.aspx

Great info here too.
http://www.halls.md/ideal-weight/body.htm

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Old 05-16-2012, 10:43 PM   #280
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I just found your journal! Subscribing!

I don't know if you are a dressy girl or not, but dresses can last and last through all sorts of body changes. Especially empire waist sundresses with a tie n the back. You can wear the same dress for like 40 pounds! Also, they are so flattering!

I love to live in sundresses all summer. They have some good ones at good prices sometimes at the Ross by my house. I love Ross!
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:03 PM   #281
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Thanks JC. I have not been a dress person in the past, but as the weight is coming off I am being drawn to more and more dresses. They never fit before and now I am finding that they aren't fitting so bad. I will have to look into getting some for this summer. The idea of them lasting for 40 lbs is awesome!!!
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I am a dress and skirt person more so than pants or shorts, my legs are so bad since the belly got fixed my legs look so much worse, but the doc says that the thigh lift is like the worst surgery and after this forget I will take the flopping skin, LOL I love mini skirts in winter so I can wear black tights that hides the skin and veins and summer I am thanking God for Maxi skirts and dresses, LOL

Ok I like you better in the tank and then maybe take a cardigan or something for evening for dressier? Or a shrug?
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You look great Melanie! My frame is large and am supposed to weigh between like 117-142 I think. I have never been in the 110's but probably when I was in Jr. High. In High School I always weighed 140-5 and thought I was big. Before marrying hubby I got down to 135 lbs and felt good but it didn't last long because I got pregnant with first son. I would like to just get down to the 140 range and take it from there. I like the shorts, you are brave for wearing them. I haven't worn shorts in public in soooo long but wear capri's instead. KUTGW it is showing nicely!

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Old 05-17-2012, 08:04 AM   #284
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Good morning ladies. 209 even this morning. Doing Zumba tonight.

Amber~ Thanks, thats what I was thinking. I'm going to look into getting some dresses this summer to get me through.

Maggie~ Well I figured this year is a year of new things. I haven't worn shorts in many, many years but figured that this year I was. I just hope I look good in them. After seeing that picture of my legs in the mirror I'm not so sure I like it.

As for weight. I was looking at old pictures and came across a picture of when I was in high school at the beach and my legs are so skinny and I had a t-shirt on over my suit. I was like, look how skinny I was and I thought I was fat!!!! Craziness. I haven't been 150 since high school.
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I think you look great! Wear the shorts and celebrate!



BTW- I have "bat wings" as well, along with other jiggly parts.

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Old 05-17-2012, 08:20 AM   #286
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Thanks hon!!! Ugh, so do I. But at the end of this journey it will all be minimized or gone!!!
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SUBSCRIBING MELANIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I need some inspiration to get me back on this horse!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CeeCee~ So glad to have you come along on my journey.

So we have a winner. I went shopping at JcPenneys today and found a top I love... Plus it was in the regular sizes, not Plus sizes!!! I was so excited!!! I am exhausted. Took the kids to bed and fell asleep with them and just woke up, should have went to bed but wanted to update here real quick. I went to ZUMBA tonight and it was a good class. Found out that the gym is going to have a boot camp class starting June 5 and is going to run until August 25th. I'm thinking about giving it a try. Came home and took the girls outside to play and burn off some energy. I surprised myself when I raced my oldest daughter. I took off and really ran fast and didn't get winded. I shocked myself. Then the girls wanted to jump on the trampoline and I just ran right over and got on before them. I got on so gracefully and easily as compared to before when I could barely get my fat butt on there. I am just so surprised at the fact that I am not only losing weight but getting in shape. WOW!!!

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A trampoline?!?!?!?!!!

Wow! That is so great. It is good to be reminded that you don't have to be at your goal weight to feel good and ind shape.

I must say though, you are looking GREAT! It must be all the muscle because you don't look 209 in the pics. Go muscle woman!
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Yep, I only jumped three times before I said nope too old for this, when I felt like I was going to pee my pants. This bladder isn't what it used to be after two kids.

It definitely is, I was so shocked that I could do that stuff tonight.

YAY!!! Always good to look better. I have been doing ZUMBA consistently since February, and doing some weight work glad to see its paying off!!!
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I agree with the other poster you are looking terrific! KUTGW it is really showing!



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Oh hun you look so pretty and you look so confident!! I like the shirt a lot!! Keep at it, I would so be going to boot camp with ya, I love those workouts although I am still compromised I cat wait til I get back in fighting mode!
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Morning!!! Cute shirt Melanie!! And I love JCP.

Yes on the bootcamp. And YAY on the running with the DD's!! You are looking good and feeling great!! KUTGW girl!
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Hello ladies!!! Took the girls to get their haircut this morning. Hacked about 6 inches off of Marah's hair and Alayna at almost 2 had her first haircut. She has such beautiful curls on the end that I didn't want to cut it, but finally just trimmed it up today. Curls are still there.

207.6 this morning!!!!! 53.4 down so far!!!

Just checking in on here and then thinking about going for a walk. My allergies are killing me today. Sneezing like crazy. Took a claritin and its working a little, but not real great. UGH.

Maggie~ Thanks. Can't wait to see your pics.

Amber~ Thank you. I feel pretty good. I don't want to get cocky, but I just can't believe how my body is transforming. I wish you lived closer so you could go with me to bootcamp too. I am going to give it a try and see what happens. I'm a little intimidated. The instructor said she wasn't going to be easy on us. YIKES!!! You will be there soon. You are definitely doing an awesome job!!!

Ceecee~Thanks. That I sure am. Its amazing how exericising and eating right can help so much. I feel Alive again!!!!!
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Hun it is not being cocky it is being amazed, like sometimes I look in the mirror or I see my shadow and I am like who is that? The only people that get it are people like us who have battled our weight especially those like me that have never been thin. It is so miraculous you want to tell the world, like I swear I want to wear stuff inside out, LOL Like I want to say do you know how fat I was and now what I am wearing? I remember just praying to get into 18's I was in 30/32's at Avenue the next stop was Omar the tent maker, I was out of plus size world, it was getting bad, so now wearing a 12, I am like holy crap! I am telling you it takes a long time for the brain to catch up to the change.
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That it sure does. I'm glad that its not being cocky. I am amazed, that is the right word!!! I still look at some of the old pics and think I still look like that. Then I see a different picture or the mirror and I'm like oh ya, thats right. My mind is starting to catch up.

Thats too funny about wanting to wear things inside out. You look so awesome and your hard work is definitely paying off!!!!
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I just wanted to take a quick second to tell you that I think you're doing an awesome job and you look absolutely TERRIFIC!

Hope you don't mind....I subscribed to your journal. You have a great attitude and your determination is contagious! Can't wait to read about the day you crossed into ONEDERLAND!!!
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This conversation reminds me of the phrase: "I wish I was as thin as when I thought I was fat".

When I was at my lowest I still thought I was HUMONGOUS! I knew I was looking better, but I had no idea how much better. In my mind I was still "the fat girl". I still walked into a room and "knew" that the first thing people saw was the weight. And now when I see people who were the size I was (180 ish) is don't see them as fat at all. I see them as average size people and I WISH I was that small! I should add in there that I was a very built 180 ish. I was doing lots of weight lifting and had lots of muscle. (I'm 5'5')
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Yep, I only jumped three times before I said nope too old for this, when I felt like I was going to pee my pants. This bladder isn't what it used to be after two kids.

It definitely is, I was so shocked that I could do that stuff tonight.

YAY!!! Always good to look better. I have been doing ZUMBA consistently since February, and doing some weight work glad to see its paying off!!!
Ah, the 3 B's of having babies that are never the same again:

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