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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Warm fuzzies & race support. Wanna come with me?

The 5K is Saturday.

I. am. excited.

I am also nervous. But we won't go there. We won't. 

Because, you guys--I am running! A 5K! Which to me? Is a lot! And I am so excited, proud, and just all around happy about it. I still dislike running. But? I'm doing it. I'm doing it.

Last night I was on Twitter, and chatting it up with some ladies about my running playlist, about running capris, about my love for Kesha and her catchy tunes. You know, the usual. When one of my sweet friends, Aly said, "2011 has so been your year!!!"

And I have to admit. 2011? Yep. I have totally, completely, and utterly kicked 2011 in the proverbial ass butt. I have! I mean, when I think about the fact that 2011 is coming to an end soon, I cannot.even.believe where I started. I can't.

In fact, it's making me a little teary eyed to even think about it. And that at the beginning of this year, on January 3rd, I made a conscious decision to change my life. I'm not trying to be dramatic, but ultimately, I changed my life. It was, indeed, a lifestyle change. And dang it, I am SO GLAD I DID.

I went from an overweight, unhappy-with-my-body, frumpy and unconfident person to now. And now? I'm....fit. I live an active lifestyle. I run. I'm 44lbs smaller. I'm confident. I can chase my toddler around. I can run up flights and flights of steps all.day.long in my 3-story townhouse and not get out of breath. I'm healthy. And most of all, I'm really, really happy. 

And here's the part where I get sappy. (You thought I was already sappy didn't you? Oh. Just. Wait.)



I heart you guys.

I don't give my blog readers enough credit. But, sometimes? Your encouragement was what pushed me on. Sometimes, when I was running and dreading it? I remembered your words. Or the email I got from you. Or when you use humbling words like inspiration and motivation when referring to little 'ole me. I remembered that. And it kept me going for longer. It kept me running. It kept me tracking points. It kept me watching what I put in my mouth. It spurred me on.

And seriously.

Seriously.

Hear me. Please.

Thank you.

I so mean that. With every ounce of my being.

So, I kind of want to take you all with me, you know, in my race on Saturday. And since that's physically impossible, I want to carry a piece of all of you who supported me along the way, somehow. And it may be cheesy as hell, but I mean it. 

If you've supported me, at all, along any of this journey---the weight loss, the running, whatever--please comment. 

I'm following the lead of my girl Aly when she did her Triathalon this past August--and she wrote down all the names of her supporters. Anyone who sent her encouraging tweets, blog comments, calls, texts---and it gave her a lot of motivation. I want to do the same. Except, I will fold that piece of paper up with all the names and stick it in my bra. It will go with me.

That's right. Your name will be tucked up there in a special place between my ladies. But that's neither here nor there. 

This is so important to me.

I honest-to-god KNOW that this will be motivating for me. No matter if I'm still feeling under the weather that day (please pray for me to get better, thanks ;)), or whether I'm fully recovered. Your support means the world.

I appreciate you all so, so, so very much.

So. Comment. If you want to, you know, come along in my bra for my big 5K.

And again, thank you. If I could reach through my screen and hug every one of you, I would. Support, love, emails, thoughts, prayers, encouraging words....all of those things have come from you, from this little blog. And I appreciate it more than words can say.

119 comments:

  1. Proud of you Katie!! And you CAN take me with you ;) See you there sister!

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  2. Congratulations on your big year! After beginning blogging, your blog was one of the first ones that immediately went into my reader. I identified with you because even though I haven't had a baby (yet) I saw you struggle with a lot of the same things I am still struggling with. It's been so inspiring to see you actually go through it and lose weight and get to where you are now. I want to be YOU in a year, as I'm trying on wedding dresses, and making myself a healthier and happier me. Not just for me, but for my future husband and my future kids. Maybe I will even start to love running! GOOD LUCK on your run -you will do fabulously and I'm happy to be in your bra!

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  3. You'll rock that 5k girl!
    Good luck love! :)

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  4. You know you have been a big inspiration to me. This year has rocked for me too and I owe a lot of that to you, believe it. I saw your success and I wanted it. I saw your determination and I got some of my own. So thank you for sharing, being honest, and inspiring others. I know you are going to rock this 5k!

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  5. I have never commented before, but I wanted to wish you luck. I too am in the process of the C25K program. Only on week 2 and kindof dreading it every night. I hope it gets better!!
    Good Luck and I can't wait to read how you did!

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  6. What a great year!!!!! Take all the strength, courage and bravery both physical and emotional that you used to go through this journey. Pour it into your 5k - visualize where it has brought you today - you will be full of emotion that will power you through this stage. Picture yourself crossing that finish line as the confident, strong, powerful, healthy, brave and AWESOME mom and wife that you are!!!!! Now go kick the 5K's butt - you will do great.

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  7. I started following your blog in early 2011 and I just find you so inspirational!!

    Good luck on Saturday!!!

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  8. lurker here! good luck and just have fun! i ran my first 5k two weeks ago and there was an amazing rush with people cheering and then finally crossing the finish line. soak it all in and know that you're there because you worked so hard!!

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  9. Cool idea. I did a 5K once. Spent most of the time terrified that I might come in last and it would show up in my local paper. Turns out, a lot of people walk, like, the WHOLE time so there's really no worry about it. You will do GREAT.

    Also, where'd you get that shawl in one of your header pics? Love.

    Good luck!

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  10. I think that is so awesome! And you have come very far this year and that is definitely something to be proud of. I am rooting for you this Saturday! You have my vote, and I will be thinking of & praying for you Saturday! And that you start to feel better of course!

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  11. I LOVE.LOVE.LOVE this!!! Have SO much fun on your first 5K! I can't wait to see pics:o)

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  12. It really has been your year, and that is great!! :)

    You will rock Saturday, we KNOW this!

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  13. Honest post. I love it :)

    I don't talk to talk. I really meant when I said that 2011 has been your year!! You have kicked it's ass, taken names and then some!!!

    It's so empowering to me that a community such as blogging can motivate and inspire ourselves and others along the way. That is so cool.

    The list gave me sooooo much support! I have a ton of faith in you and I will be thinking of you! Good luck! Gooooo Katie!

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  14. not that i'm leaving a comment so i can get in your bra...but!

    CONGRATS!! You're totally doing this and you will be amazing! No matter what happens or how long it takes you'll finish the 5k and know that you did it!

    I'm so happy for you, you are an inspiration!

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  15. You're absolutely right, this HAS been your year! It's been amazing reading it. Your before and after pictures are what encouraged me to start...and keep going...on my own weightloss journey. You're going to ROCK the race this weekend...and I'd love to go along for the ride =)

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  16. This is hilarious- I can't wait to be tucked away for the run. And really- you are going to rock it! Best of luck- I'm very excited for you! :)

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  17. Congratulations on your successes this year and good luck at the 5K! You'll do great! You're in inspiration to your readers.

    Definitely proud of you!

    ~Laura

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  18. You got this girl and I am so so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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  19. You're amazing! And such an inspiration to me! Yay for everything you've accomplished this year!

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  20. you inspire me daily, my dear!! so excited to ride the 5k in your bra - my phone is usually there. :)

    i'm excited to hear how it turns out. you will do fantastic!

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  21. katie you have been such an inspiration and you still are to me!

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  22. So proud of you, lady! Can't wait to hear how you totally kicked this 5k's @$$ :)

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  23. So true, 2011 has been amazing for you! Good luck on the 5K, can't wait to hear how well you do! :)

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  24. Your kick ass 2011 has definitely been an inspiration for me! Even though I'm totally starting less than 2 months before the year ends, I'm trying to cut back on the Cokes, take the stairs more, park further away, different things like that. You're an inspiration and I totally hope I look as hot as you do after having a kid. :)

    Rock it out on Saturday! Download some Britney Spears too, she will make for some awesome running tuneage!

    -Lauren

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  25. You are such an inspiration to so many people - and your weight loss, O-M-G A-freaking-mazing!! I wanted to Thank You for being so real, it is hard to find people like that these days - You are going to kick some major arse this weekend in your 5K. I am not going to wish you luck, because I already know you are going to do great!

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  26. What a great post, Katie! Aly is right! This has SO BEEN YOUR YEAR! You're an inspiration to all of us and you know we adore you. :)

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  27. 5k is very exciting...praying you will feel strong and rested to be able to give it your all!!!

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  28. i joined ww a week ago. every time i think i can't do it or its not worth it, i remember you.

    kick that 5k's tush!

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  29. You inspire me. I started weight watchers yesterday. I hope I can look half as good as you. Thank you!

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  30. Sending prayers and thoughts your way. Good luck lady!

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  31. Rock it girl and kick that 5k's butt!!

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  32. Oh Katie, you can't do that to a pregnant woman. You had me bawling lol. It's things like this that make everyone love you so much. These are the inspirational moments. You are going to do fabulous on your run and I would be truly honoured to join you. =)
    -Jo-Anne

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  33. A chance for me to be in your bra? You got it! You may want to laminate that bad boy and keep it for future motivation because I know you aren't done just yet. A 1/2 marathon you could totally do... Just remember not to get nervous about the race. If you tense up it is going to make running that much harder! Relax, get in the zone, and enjoy all of your accomplishments thus far.

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  34. Proud of you! 2011 IS your year! And I think it will only get better for you in 2012! Keep kickin' ass girl! And not only do I look up to you for running, but for your crafts, your blog and most of all your mommy skills. You're an inspiration! So glad I stumbled across your blog!

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  35. Congrats on you're a.m.a.z.i.n.g journey!! You look great! Your weight loss was such an inspiration and then you took up running...oh my, I'm really inspired now! You'll do great on your 5K!!!

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  36. Good luck! I'll be thinking about you this weekend!

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  37. I'm definitely supporting you & SO proud!! 2011 is your year for sure. I can''t believe what 2012 will bring!

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  38. You're going to do awesome girl! I can't wait to see that finish line picture! It's somthing to be very proud of! You HAVE accomplished A LOT in 2011!!! I'm glad I've been able follow along in your journey.

    RUN RUN RUN!

    XOXO

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  39. I know you will do great! You have accomplished so much already with your amazing weight loss. This will be the icing on the cake!

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  40. You are totally awesome Katie! I love reading about your journey, as I too have been going through some myself (weightloss), it's great to hear your accomplishments and dreams, and how they are coming true! I have no doubt that you will do GREAT this Saturday, congratulations on everything! Maybe one day I will run too... I have also always wanted to be "that" person who enjoys a leisurely run.. of course I have never been that person...but maybe one day because you have inspired me! But just like you I am taking things one step at a time! Continue with your journey, and I can't wait to see what you have to say after the big day!

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  41. You got this girl!! You have done big things in 2011 and this 5K is your cherry on top! And, just like you have 2011, you will kick this race in its preverbal ass! I can't wait to see pics of you crossing that finish line. It will definitely give me warm fuzzies!! :)

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  42. Okay, totally NOT hitting on you (again) but please put my name on your boobie page, k? ;P

    This is a great idea and I may 'steal' it for my half...

    xo

    hope you feel better for Saturday and you're totally gonna rock it!!

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  43. I just wanted to say I'll be thinking of you. You can do this-YAY!!

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  44. You have done so great with your running and I know you will do awesome on Saturday! Can't wait to hear about it!

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  45. I've never commented but been reading your blog for some time. Your story is amazing! I just ran my first 5K in Oct myself (and hate running as much as you do). It's a huge accomplishment! And your weight loss is an inspiration. Seriously. You rock.

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  46. You have been a true inspiration to me as Im just beginning the journey that you began at the beginning of the year. I know you can do it!

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  47. Because of you I joined Weight Watchers. I'm not overweight, but I'm not happy at this weight either. Your vlogs, tips, and before and after photos have made it all "real." I can't wait to hear that you signed up for a 10k or a half marathon, because these are all things you are capable of doing and you are WELL on your way there!

    PS - DRINK WATER NOW!!! (I follow you on Twitter, but you don't follow me...so I couldn't remind you there since you wouldn't see it lol!)

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  48. I am so proud of you too. My life was also changed by choosing to follow the weight watchers program... I shared a little of this with you in a previous comment a while ago. It truly is a life changing event. I was asked just recently how I keep my weight off and my answer is my changing my thinking. It was hard but I'm so glad I did it.
    I haven't embarked on a 5k run or any run as a competition for that matter. I am so happy to support you through a comment. You can so do this and you will rock because this is your next challenge and you are up for it!

    Janelle
    www.jackstwins.blogspot.com

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  49. You're going to do awesome! I can't wait to hear all about it!

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  50. YAY!!! So excited for you!!! Nothing beats the adreneline rush as a race starts and the waves of people all around you! If you love this one you will so have to do the Broad Street run sometime! Amazing! You will do awesome!

    (Which race are doing? I know I should know this!)

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  51. Love you, so proud of you, so inspired by you!

    (also: proud of myself for refraining from leaving an entirely inapprop comment).

    You are gonna ROCK it this weekend. xoxo

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  52. YOU lady are such a inspiration..IM so happy you kicked 2011's butt I sure didnt. Good luck sat, I will be thinking about you :)

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  53. How awesome! You inspire so many others to get up and get going. You should be very proud of yourself. And hey go kick that 5k in the butt.... Way to go.

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  54. You will rock that 5k! Good Luck!

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  55. You've inspired me to run a 5k :) I really want to do it. I have no sidewalks near my house so I'll have to learn to run on a treadmill or in a field - HA! You can do it!! :)
    -Cindy

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  56. Very proud of you and excited for you! You made a decision and kept up with it! The moment after the decision, to keep going is always the hardest, and I have enjoyed watching you go through what you have set your mind to! You are an awesome person and I am thankful everyday that I have found your blog!

    You can do it! Excited for your first 5k! Here's to many more! :)

    xoxo.

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  57. awww sissy this is such a great post! look at all these people you have inspired! you don't have to write my name down cause i'll be running beside you (if i can keep up, that is). haha!

    love you!

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  58. You're such an inspiration, truly. Good luck on Saturday. You can do this!!!

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  59. What a great post!! Good luck on Saturday! You're gonna be awesome, and you'll have so many people cheering you on in our hearts!! Thinking about you!! xoxo

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  60. this was such a sweet and heartfelt post. i might have gotten teary eyed while reading. i cant imagine the sense of accomplishment youll feel when you cross that finish line - i cant wait to read all about it. congratulations katie and you rock!!

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  61. You can do it! You'll have an awesome time--enjoy the success!!

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  62. I would be honored to go with you on your 5k! You are so inspirational. Rock that run girl!!!!

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  63. What a well written post :) You are a charming, down to earth, person most women can relate to or want to be! Hence all the support you've received, you deserve it!! You are going to kick this 5k's butt like you did 2011 :) All the best to you & look forward to reading all about it!
    Jodie

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  64. You've definitely inspired me. I've commented a few times, but I'll say it a thousand more, seeing you and Susan work the program and find success was such a motivation for me. It was the kick in the pants I needed to actually do something about my frustration with my appearance. The other day, I looked at a picture of myself-not even a great picture-and I was so happy with what I saw. That hasn't happened in a long time. Thank you!

    I ran my first (and only-for shame!) 5K a few months before I turned 30. I was never a runner and when I completed that first mile, I was so proud of myself, I was seriously that anti-running before. When I crossed the finish line. Holy cow! Amazing! And you're right-music helps so much. Those energetic tunes will keep you going. I'm about to embark on phase two of the get fit train and get my butt in gear. You definitely inspired that, too!

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  65. 2011 has been your year! You are awesome! You will do great! You can do it!

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  66. I've said it before and I'll say it again, without your help with WW, I'm sure I'd still be a fatty. So thanks for that ;) Kick ass in your fivek girl. you've so got this!

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  67. You are so amazing! You really are. You kicked 2011 in the ass and I let it pass me by. Time to step up! You really are an inspiration to ME!

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  68. I have truly loved following along on your whole journey! And what an amazing one it's been! While I wish I could say I have had the same success, I pray that one day I will be as determined and motivated as you!

    You go girl! Kick some 5K ass!

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  69. You are going to kick that 5k's ass! So proud of you!

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  70. Obviously as someone who is training for a 5k as well I can say that you ROCK! I think it's so great that you and your sister inspire each other but that you inspire others in the blog world too. It's great and I totally agree with you on support being a huge help. Knowing you years ago in high school I always thought you were one of those people who could do a lot by the time we had a reunion but this just topped the list! Way to go and congrats!

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  71. i am sure you are gonna kick this race in the proverbial .. ahem.. butt.
    as always, you inspire us to dream big and then get to work.

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  72. Take me with you, I'm sure you're gonna kick some butt! :) GOOD LUCK!

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  73. Seriously. You're in an inspiration. :) I know, everyone else has said the same, but I mean it, too. It's amazing how much things for you have changed this year -- and SOO much good. It's great. I really think you're doing a fabulous job, even with disliking running so much! You look fantastic and I'm sure you feel even better. Good luck at that 5K this weekend. :)

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  74. Really? You're going to take me to run a 5k? :) if you're still making you're playlist, you should throw Take It Off-Kesha on there.

    Go kick some butt!

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  75. look at all your supporters! :)
    You have become a different person this year!
    I credit you and your sister for getting me back on that ww wagon!
    Have a great run! Hope you keep running after too!

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  76. You and your amazing year are truly an inspiration! Good luck this weekend and most importantly, enjoy the feeling of accomplishment you will get once you cross that finish line:)

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  77. The first race is SO exciting!!! I was nervous for mine bc I am SO far from being a runner! But, I will tell you they are addicting!!! I hope it is a beautiful day for you & that you find such inspiration in all of the different kinds of runners that will surround you. :)

    Maybe put the piece of paper in a ziplock or have it laminated, huh? We will all get so sweaty in there!!! ;)

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  78. *aaaaahhhhhh*

    *wooooohooooo*

    Those are the sounds of cheering from me. Kick ass, Katie.

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  79. I am literally crying.. (wt... is going on with me.. it's the 7th time I am crying today) ...
    Anyway....nothing like being grateful, and honestly you're such a blessed girl Katie. Happy to hear this was your year.

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  80. Katie~ You ROCKED 2011! You should be so proud of yourself, good luck on your 5k! Your weight loss posts were part of my inspiration to get serious about my health, so far I'm down 20 lbs and am on week 5 of the Couch to 5k running plan. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey :)

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  81. I'm so excited for you--what an accomplishment! And my only advice:

    First of all, remember that no matter how slowly you run, you're lapping everyone on the couch. Seriously.

    Second, remember that even if you end up walking part of it, or not running as quickly as you would have liked...remember that you are STILL setting an amazing example for Eme. Regardless of how fast or how slow you go, she's seeing you out there, seeing you finish, and you're showing her that being active is important.

    And that? Is worth every step. Good luck girl--you'll do great.

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  82. Awesome post. Good luck on Saturday. You have been such an inspiration over the past several months that I have been following WW and have lost almost 25 lbs (with prob about 15-20 more to go)!!

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  83. Congratulations Katie, I am so excited for you!! I remember following you at first because of your amazing weight loss stories and now to see you a running a 5k it is awesome! I remember when I ran my first 5K and the my first 1/2 marathon and followed it up with my 1st marathon. It is an amazing accomplishment and you should be so proud. Soak it in, enjoy the adrenaline rush, don't start out too fast, find your rythem and you will be awesome! Congrats!

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  84. wow look at all the people who support you Katie. Good luck & kick some butt!!!

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  85. Kick butt and take names this weekend Katie!

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  86. You will rock that 5k!!!! I remember my first one and I was so scared! If I can do it, so can you!!! Make sure you have Without You by David Guetta and Usher
    and We Found Love by Rihanna on your iPod......those are some of my faves right now :-)

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  87. sweet! my first 5k! not exactly how i envisioned going on one... stuffed in someone's bra - but i'll take it. you'll do great! you are some fabulous inspiration - can't wait to read about it!

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  88. Awe thanks Katie :))) I am soo proud of you!! You are such an amazing person and have been a huge inspiration to me!!! So psyched for your first 5K, and I am sure many more to come :)) Love U!
    (hehe, the whole bra thing cracked me up..can't wait to be there, hehehehehehehe)

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  89. You've had one heck of a year! If I could be there to cheer you on I would! My brothers used to run cross country and I loved watching them run! You'll do great!

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  90. Bring me along!
    I've loved following your journey this year and found it so inspiring!

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  91. Good luck. I can only hope 2012 is my year to get fit and feel healthy like you!

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  92. you CAN do it! and when you are running change that mantra to "I AM doing it" good luck!

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  93. I've been following you for awhile, although I've never commented, I just wanted to say good luck and you are a better person than I am!! HA! I have a 5,3 & 2 year old, so they keep me busy enough as it is. You can do it and I'm proud of you!

    Jennifer

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  94. I wanna be in your shirt! I mean.....

    I have a special admiration for runners - my girlfriend Cori did a marathon and I bow to her. I bow to you too because I've met you and you're awesome and I'm super proud of all you've accomplished!

    You're big time, sister!

    Plus, being in your shirt is the closest I'll ever in life get to running so I'd sure appreciate getting to tag along!

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  95. I don't comment very often because as a college student I feel like I'm in a different season of life than the blogs I read who are married, having kids, etc. and as a result I don't have a lot to offer. But you are one of the first blogs I started reading and inspired me to start my own, and I have a lot of admiration for you!

    It certainly sounds like this has been your year- and the 5k is the icing on the cake! You go girl! You can do this run! :) I ran cross country in high school and have always enjoyed running even though I've never been stellar at it. Well this fall I ran a half marathon- that was an amazing experience, and really gave me confidence as a runner. No matter the distance each run is just as important because you're out there running! Can't wait to hear how it goes- I'll be thinking of you!

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  96. So I don't think I've actually said anything to you before about your running... but... today I started couch to 5k, and when I wanted to quit, when I thought I couldn't do anymore, I thought of you. How cheesy is that? Haha just kidding! But no, I really did. I was thinking about how you hate to run, but you kept pushing, so I kept pushing. (actually I was screaming in my head 'you can do it, you can do it, you can do it over and over like that was going to magically propel my feet forward) And I finished and it felt so good. So good luck on your race and thanks for the motivation..

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  97. I can't beleive how great you look now :) it gives everyone confidence that they can do it, yes it won't be easy but it is possible! I have loved seeing you transform into a yummy mummy (haha :D) and I am sure Eme is very proud of you (can I just say I want to steal her, cause she is the cutest thing!). All the best for the 5K you will do fabulous (fine is just a bit plain and boring)! I will be praying for you this weekend, and if I didn't live so far away (like in Australia!), I would come and support you! <3 xxx

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  98. What an awesome year you've had so far! You are going to rock this 5k. Keep going towards that finish line, because once you cross it you will feel amazing. YOU pushed yourself towards this goal and YOU are going to crush it. I know running isn't your favorite thing in the world but be ready to get addicted to races, they are a blast! Keep it up girl!

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  99. Good luck! You are such an inspiration for all who have been on a weight loss journey. You motivate me to be healthier and happier in my endeavors, much like you are. Congrats on reaching all of your goals and accomplishments!

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  100. Tried to comment from my phone yesterday, but of course, after writing a whole post, it said I wasn't signed it.

    But anywho.

    I can't even tell you how proud I am of you, sweet friend. You are incredible. And I know I've said it 1,000 times, but you are SUCH an inspiration to me, and have been, for quite a while now. Seeing your dedication and perseverance makes me want to be a better me. I am so happy that you are achieving your goals and becoming an even better version of yourself (if that's even possible.) Can't wait to hear your amazing success story after your 5K. You're gonna kick butt, and I can't wait to "cheer" you on from here! Congrats on everything you've accomplished...you're a rockstar.

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  101. A little behind the blogs this week, but congratulations on your wonderful year! You'll do great on Saturday! Cheers to you for all your successes this year!

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  102. Not so sure I wanna be in your bra but....I want to say congrats on reaching your goal! You are a total inspiration and I wish you nothing but the best for your upcoming 5K!! *Nichole*

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  103. good luck Katie - we're supporting you from CA and being inspired by you every step of the way!

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  104. You have my support Katie, all the way from Australia. You have really done an amazing job in 2011, it really has been your year. Well done. And well done on moving outside your comfort zone- i did it at the start of this year too with running. Set my goal, signed and paid up, and then crapped myself at whatthehellwasithinking? I was so proud of myself when i finished and it really spurred me on to the next run, it's kind of addictive. Although i went and got pregnant again so thats kind of put the brakes on that for the time being, but reading about you has made me excited to get back into it again when the time is right. Provided my pelvic floor doesn't just retire permanently. Good luck for the run, you will be GREAT!

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  105. So proud of you!!! You are such an inspiration and I applaud you for all of your hard work!! Go get 'em Saturday girl!!!

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  106. Katie -- I just started following you a few weeks ago and spent hours reading back on your journey. You are so inspiring! I have about 15 to 20 lbs left to lose after just having my second baby {I say JUST but he is 7 months old today... and I also have a two year old!}. We have a lot in common {I am a teacher, married to my high school sweetheart!}.

    I run a 5k every summer, and I can promise you that you will LOVE it. I walked it this summer because I was too out of shape....but even then the adrenaline gets going and I so wanted to run! You will do great! {and you should know... I am so not a runner. I hate every aspect of running except how I feel afterwards.}

    You have totally made me want to get going and lose those last 20 lbs. I totally mean it.

    Just after I eat one more pumpkin donut.

    Just kidding.

    Kinda.

    GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!

    Corinn

    {p.s. we totally follow each other on instagram, too!!!}

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  107. Katie girl, you are a true true inspiration to SO many people. Including me! You are an amazing momma, wife and friend. I will be thinking of you and praying for you on race day. You will do wonderfully! <3 Git it gurl! ;)

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  108. I get sidetracked and can't read everyday..but I most DEFINITELY support you :) your.awesome.

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  109. okay, how about you're. I can't think straight on flippin grammar either. ;)

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  110. So I haven't ever commented here before, but I've been following since before Emeline was born, and I just want to say how much of an inspiration you are to me. You have done such awesome things this year, and you're going to love your 5k! The first one I ran was in 36 minutes, and there is NO better feeling than the sense of accomplishment you get when you finally cross that finish line. Good luck, and have fun on Saturday!

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  111. Your gonna kick that 5K's butt! Good luck!! :)

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  113. Good luck Katie! I was a new runner as well but recently got sidelined from running due to a stress fracture and can't wait to get back. Cheering you on - you are my inspiration! GO GIRL!
    Carrie

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  114. You can definitely kick some butt on saturday!! I completely agree with you that encouraging words get us through the times when we don't believe in ourselves.

    One thing is for sure...You can do it!!

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  115. Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! You sooo got this Momma!!! I finally got a chance to comment (from my comp) and just want to tell you that YOU ROCK!!! :D

    Kick that 5K in the butt! :P Cannot wait to hear all about it! Give my support to Susan as well!

    So many words, so little time. Good luck. GOD BLESS!!! ((hugs)), kisses, and *healthy* cookies! Much <3 from Texas! xx

    -Ashlee Rae

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  116. KATIE!! The big day is almost here! I am SO proud of you for becoming a runner, losing your weight and just finding happiness with yourself. And yes, you are a runner! You're also such an inspiration for all of us mommas!! Glad you'll be taking us with you for your 5k. Good luck on Saturday, I'll be praying for ya :)

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  117. Hope I'm not too late to get in on this. Good luck!

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