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Lots of Compliments

Who doesn’t like compliments!?!

I know I do!!!  And, recently I have received LOTS of them!  =)

For example:

At the at the gym on Tuesday night after I finished the “shoulder press” machine and was heading to another I walked by trainer (a very nice older man who typically trains elderly women) and he told me that I looked really good and was doing a great job!!!

Then later after I finished my run on the treadmill and was leaving the gym he says out loud to a fellow new trainer that was standing by him “doesn’t she look good” with a big smirk on this face!  =)

Wasn’t that super nice of him to say!?!?! 

He has given me compliments in the past as well, like when he saw me doing a difficult move and commented on how well I was doing it or stated how a move I was doing was difficult telling me “good job” for being able to do it.

And, yesterday I got lot of the following statements from my fellow co-workers while attended a birthday lunch:

“Hey, Skinny!”

“Looking Good, Skinny!”

“You need to stop losing weight, Skinny!”

So I guess I am SKINNING, huh??? 

It is hard for me to look at myself as “skinny” after being overweight for so many years and especially since I still have a few more pounds to lose but I am trying to look at myself through their eyes more so I can truly see how far I have come and not always focus on the additional amount of weight I want to lose or on needing to tone this or that up more you know.

Do you have a hard time looking at yourself the way that others see you!?!?!

For example, while at the lunch yesterday a gentlemen that I have only met once before and who found out about my weight loss from my co-workers told me how “he just couldn’t believe that I had lost so much weight” and another girl I often bump into in the restroom at work said the same to me after she found out about my weight loss as well! 

I found it interesting how they never thought I was so overweight in the past and wondered why they would think that????

My answer came when both had said it was the way I “carry myself“!  What does that mean exactly, I thought?  I don’t try to carry myself a specific way. 

So I had to ponder that one a bit and then finally it came to me………I guess now that I have lost so much weight, work out regularly and eat healthier I am ultimately happier and that shows in the way I carry myself now!

I realized that I do in fact carry myself with more confidence now then I did in the past, now that may not surprise someone looking at me then and now but it surprised me because I am technically am still the same person on the inside so I did not see myself in a different way.

I am sure that many people that lose a lot of weight have felt the same way.  And, I guess even though you may not feel like a different person you are…….inside as well as outside.  As you now live your life differently then you did back then so it is not only your “exterior” that changes but your “interior” as well…..even if you don’t realize it.

For example:

  • I always heard that runners are typically more confident people, I just never looked at myself that way……BUT I do more now!
  • I am now much more educated on nutrition and exercise then in the past, which obviously shows when others ask me questions or for advice.
  • I walk taller now compared to before, which is a direct result of all the toning (weight lifting) I do every week.
  • I feel better about myself overall, which I believe is a direct effect of taking better care of yourself!  As my mom always said, “you have to take care of yourself 1st above everyone else (kids, spouses, bosses, etc.) to truly be happy in life“.  This is SO TRUE!

Ok, I hope you do not take all of the above as an “od to Laura” or something…………as it is not by any means, just putting my thoughts into words is all!  =)


Well I am once again I am few days behind so I am going to sum up my EATS for the past few days below for you.

 Tuesday, 5/11/10

Breakfast Late Morning Snack



 Wednesday, 5/12/10


I had a bbq chicken salad for lunch today at the co-worker’s birthday lunch I went to, sorry for lack of the picture but I totally forgot……however I remembered when the below dessert arrived!  =) 




And, let’s not forget my visit to the GYM on Tuesday, 5/11/10…….I did the following while there:

  • Sit Ups
    • Bicycles
      • 2 sets of 50 reps
    • flutter kicks
      • 2 sets of 25 reps
    • frog crunches
      • 2 sets of 25 reps
    • knees up crunches
      • 2 sets of 25 reps
    • oblique v-ups
      • 2 sets of 25 reps each side
  • Shoulder, Chest & Triceps 
    • Shoulder Press
      • 2 sets of 15 reps @ 55 pounds
    • Butterflies
      • 2 sets of 12 reps @ 65 pounds
    • Chest Press
      • 2 sets of 20 reps @ 60 pounds
    • Overhead Cable Triceps Extension
      • 2 sets of 20 reps @ 40 pounds
    • Tricep Cable Extensions
      • 2 sets of 20 reps @ 30 pounds
  • Treadmill 
    • 3 Mile Run
      • 31:10 minutes
        • Mile 1
          • 5 minute “warm up” @ 5.2mph to 5.6mph
          • 5 minutes @ 5.7mph
        • Miles 2
          • 5 minutes @ 5.7mph
          • 5 minutes @ 5.8mph
        • Miles  3
          • 4 minutes @ 5.8mph
          • 4 minutes @ 5.9mph
          • 3+ minutes @ 6mph – 8.5mph



8 Healthy Office Snacks






Mini Pitas with Hummus

Use mini pita pockets to scoop up creamy hummus. Whether you make your own hummus or choose a favorite brand at the grocery store, hummus is made from chickpeas, a great source of soluble fiber. This soluble fiber helps to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. Pair one serving of hummus, 2 tablespoons, with 3 mini pita rounds for a 150 calorie snack. If you want a protein boost, fill the mini pita pockets with an ounce of low-sodium deli ham or turkey. The fiber and protein combo gives the snack some staying power to keep you feeling full longer.






Snack Bars

If you’re having a sweet attack and are looking for a healthy “bar” that isn’t loaded with sugar, reach for one that is all natural. Brands like LaraBar and KIND are good sources of fiber, contain no added sugar, and are made from whole, natural ingredients like dates, almonds, cashews, and cranberries. These bars are rich in fiber, low in sodium, loaded with vitamins and minerals, and run around 200 calories per serving. Pack these convenient bars in a purse or pocket for an instantly sweet and filling snack.



  1. May 13, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Glad you are feeling more confident! I definitely became a more confident person when I started swimming and running!

    • May 13, 2010 at 6:43 pm

      Yeah, as I stated in the post it didn’t really occur to me until recently but once I thought about it I realized it was true………and liked the feeling! =)

  2. May 13, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    You do look great, I get that way about myself too. I’m still losing weight and ppl say why? Well I know I don’t see what they see.

  3. Jenny
    May 14, 2010 at 1:06 am

    All comments well deserved!! IT is amazing how much confidence you can gain when you reach a goal like weight loss!!

  4. May 14, 2010 at 11:48 am

    You deserve all the compliments…you’ve worked hard, you’re healthy, and it obviously shows! 😀 Keep it up! 😀

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