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Setting up 2014.... so not proud of this!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Hey Sparkers!
So it's probably been about a month or so since I"ve been on.... life has been crazy, and to be honest, I've just give myself excuse after excuse to not commit to anything - eating whatever crap I want, not exercising, all those horrible habits, they just spring themselves right back up into our lives and take over all the great abilities we've formed. It's no bueno.
I'm kinda at a point though, where I've had enough. With the whole Resolutions thing, I do think it's kinda a loaded gun, so I'm starting TODAY! I am so sick of it... and to be honest, life has been totally nuts with crazy event after crazy event to wrap up 2013.

The school for my husbands fitness training certification completely backfired on what they said was part of the program and we had to report them to get our money back.

On black friday my debit card got stolen and someone went buck wild.

Our duplex is slowly meeting it's demise. THe garage door broke, and the sewer pipes get backed up - thus making it so my neighbors feces are in our TUB! IT was nasty! My husband and I have known we've been wanting to move for a while, but this was kinda the nail in the coffin, so once we get enough funds to move, you can bet your bottom dollar that we will.

My husband got sick. And not just the 'well I kinda have a sniffle' - NO. This was a hacking, flemmy, green, cough, chest, nose, eyes, you name it, kinda cold virus. It's been about 2 weeks and he said he is back to about 70%... so we did a light trip out to the gym yesterday which was nice.

I mean, the last six weeks have been endless with stress! It totally made Christmas not as exciting as I'd hoped, but that's alright. For the Christmas holiday, I couldn't have asked for anything more. I had a five day weekend with family and got to do some fishing with my Dad (not catching though) and just get to not stress for a couple days. As far as gifts go, I couldn't have asked for anything more there either. I do feel truly blessed.

So, I'm thinking positively and I know I want to move forward... so time to have out with it.... I weighed myself today....


Bleck Bleck and more Bleck.

I know I can only blame myself for this. I mean, in March 2013 I was down to 156. So technically I am up almost 7 pounds. Time for a change.

So... I'm going to spend the next day or so setting up my goals for 2014. No more binge, no more eating whatever the crap I want, no more feeling lousy about myself! My body is my canvas and it's time to make some changes.

I'll post my goal on here, but I know that this should also be one of my goals - blogging.... when I blog I actually feel better about myself and this whole weight loss lifestyle since I don't usually have many people around me who support it. So... blogging is definitely going to be on my goals list.

Anyhoozer, time for breakfast and running errands today!

As for a workout, I'm going to stay home and do some body weight squats and maybe a yoga DVD to get back into the spirit of things!


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THELILEA 1/2/2014 6:22PM

    You know what, I think of all the blogs I'm reading lately, you and I are NOT alone! So many of us are in a facing things and getting back to where we want to be right now. WE CAN DO IT!! WOOO! Go us! :D

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HOLMGIRL4 12/31/2013 4:24PM

    Sorry to hear that the end of 2013 was so hard on you and your hubby! Here's to new beginnings in 2014! emoticon

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SHRINKING_SARA 12/30/2013 10:53AM

    Yikes! That's a lot. Was it a Target related problem or just a random, you guys suck debit card issue? My fiancé's sister had a Target related one and is still filling out the paperwork… oh well, at least you have new pajamas ;-)

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P90X, among other things

Monday, November 04, 2013

Happy Monday Sparkers and Sparkettes!

In a pure effort to stop watching so much doggone TV, I am actually sitting in my living room, post my first P90X chest and back workout, blogging. This is a big step for me because typically (well in the last three months) my routine has been, come home, eat dinner, then try to talk myself into the treadmill. I've been failing miserably which is why I've actually gained alittle bit of weight. But I'm working on it.

Actually, I feel pretty toast after my first P90X workout, but still feel good.... I guess I'll have to really see how I feel tomorrow when all the muscle soreness kicks in. I have to admit though that I was really annoyed that my husband (who already went to the gym today) was laying on the couch on his cell phone while I was working out. But whatever.

So - besides that, my goal for the next 3 weeks are to eat, sleep, workout, and breathe OPTICS. I have my ABO Certification on Nov 22 and I'm kinda freaking out. My last examination I got a 78% which technically is passing, but I cannot rely on 8% over the minimum. I have to do well. I have to get this certification.

I'm off to study then, but i really just wanted to check in. As far as eating goes, I did cheat a little today and ate some Mini Kit Kats as well as these brownie/chocolate chip cookie things my boss made. BUt life is short and if I want the cookie I'm gonna eat it. So I'm not going to grill myself about it.

Anyhoozer, Happy Monday Everyone!

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SLIMMINGSHAY 11/13/2013 8:37PM

    HEY! How did I miss this blog!?

How are you liking the P90X? My husband used to do it but stopped. Not sure why.

Don't fret that your hubby was sitting on the couch while you were working out. remember that he already did his! That's kind of the way it goes over here, except I'm usually the one sitting around since he works all day and I have time to workout... when I actually do anyways!

Glad to see you are doing alright! Hope to see more of you soon!

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IGSBETH 11/5/2013 6:43PM

    Keep up the hard work!

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Being awake at 6am on a Saturday morning should be illegal.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

So, here I am... awake. The chance I get to sleep in and really soak up the awesomeness that is my bed, in all it's glory... but no... my silly body is awake. Ready for action. I tried to stay in bed. And in fact, stayed laying there for about a half hour, before I had to get up, make breakfast, and blog.

For me, through this #fineby29 challenge, I definitely have to rekindle my outlets for self expression - i.e. blogging. I feel safe with you sparkers. No drama. No family issues. No judgement. Constant positivity and uplifting. It's weird to think I have been a member of a website for four years - I mean, who does that? But it's amazing to see new members, and still get comments and thoughts from oldies and goodies. It's like my own personal workout go-team-go. I'm very thankful for this.

So - just a few days of tracking calories (which I use myfitnesspal as alpine sallie if you want to see what goes into my belly) and I've already lost the glycogen (about a pound) and weighed in on November 1st at 156.8. Not too shabby for just a day or so of whipping my booty in gear.

As far as activity goes, I've been trying to really focus on stretching and using body weight to do things - leg lifts, bodyweight squats, lunges, and just stretching stretching stretching. I'm not flexible by any means of the word, except maybe the flex part, cause I've got the tickets to the gun show! hahaha!

My husband is also suggesting that I really utilize any workout DVDs I have. I have burnt copies of various workout DVDs - p90x, zumba, shape, yoga, 30 day shred, at least a dozen in total... just to keep it exciting... and for that, I think he is right - I need to mix it up so it doesn't get stale..... but don't tell him that! hahaha!

Anyhow, the thing I've noticed in the last couple days is my mood. Usually if i don't like someone, or am annoyed or something, I usually take the high road... I won't talk to them, won't think about them, won't waste my breath. Why would I? I mean, if they are bugging me, it's not worth the energy.

However, lately - I want to give people a piece of my mind!

Example 1 - Family Photos. 26 People. 9 Families. A perfect disaster. Every year, my sister (who's major hobby is photography) wants to do family photos, my job is to gather and organize people to said event. This year word got out about my sisters 'talent' and a booty load of people showed up. People she doesn't really like. So, she was a total jerk to them! Cold shoulder, unorganized, it was weird. And... I feel like just to get back at me for this, because someone it always comes back to me and my 'the more the merrier' standpoint on family, the pictures that were taken of myself and my husband, look like crap. Seriously. When I asked if there were anymore pictures, she snapped at me, but was bragging that there was over 450 pics!

I'm at a loss with this one. After thinking it through a couple days, I've decided it annoys me to no end. Because for family photos, if I don't send out one she took, she's going to think I'm a jerk, but if I do, they look terrible. I mean, I'm a floating head in most of the pictures.... and she made sure to cut off limbs and things. Grrrr. I honestly, feel like with her experience and passion for photography, this was done on purpose.

Anyway, just thinking about it annoys me.

Example 2 - working 40+ hours a week. I need a vacation. Bad. I was supposed to take Halloween week off, but because there was diddly squat doing on, I decided to work. Bad idea. I feel like I'm working way too much. And with the certification exam in three weeks, I feel like I'm going to fail. And fail hard. We took a practice exam, I got a 55%. You need a 70% to pass. So I feel overwhelmed and totally screwed. I can't not not work and not get paid since we are a one household income until my hubby gets his fitness trainer certification, so right now, I'm a little stressed.

Example 3 - just the fact that this blog sounds like I'm just complaining annoys me. I hate when I annoy myself. I get like this all the time. I know I need to change this too. I get bored easily, I need to find ways to entertain myself because I can't just stare into my fancy cell phone for hours like my husband does in silence. It annoys the bejesus out of me.

Okay... so maybe I am just PMSing. Hopefully any way.

As far as the agenda for this weekend and my #fineby29 challenge first weekend, I wanted to make a healthy breakfast (check), blog (almost check), go for a fall bike ride, go visit my little brother at the hospital (I'll blog about that later), have some ME time, and study.

My husband is getting over the stomach flu and I'm doing all I can to not get annoyed with his moans and groans, but I need ME time - bad. I'm thinking Starbucks or Barnes and Noble. THis is why I get annoyed when he gets sick - when I get sick, life has to go on... no complaining. He turns into a giant man baby. So I'm thinking SPACE today is what's best. Originally today is my brother in laws birthday so we were all going to go out to dinner, but because sissy pants and I are annoyed with each other, husband is sick, I don't think that's gonna happen.

So - Off I go my fabulous Sparkpeople. You are very special to me. And Please know that this is my sanctuary and feel free to comment and use it as yours. It's awesome to have a safe space to get it all out!


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SHRINKING_SARA 11/7/2013 11:32AM

    I too have a man who can look at his phone for HOURS. Seriously sometimes I just have to be passive aggressive and say "I just love it when we're together and youre staring at Reddit on your phone." Not the healthiest way to deal with it but it usually snaps him out of it for like 10 minutes *shakes head*

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IGSBETH 11/2/2013 3:33PM

    Take a vacation and feel better soon!

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MARION320 11/2/2013 11:43AM

    i will be rooting for u.

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Operation #fineby29 begins Friday!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

So - I've been thinking that I need to come up with another challenge. Last time I wrote out a cardio plan I wasn't really all too motivated to follow through with it. So this time (a good 6 weeks later) I'm ready. Today I weighed in at 157.6. 5 pounds up since my all time low (around springtime this year Aprilish.)

Honestly, my goal weight has always been around 145-150 pounds, and I feel like I want to get to 140. It's only 18 pounds and I know I can do it. Hubby and I have been having a great debate about the treadmill not being that good for me... he thinks it's pushing me along and doing the running for me, but I say, it's better then nothing and I still feel really self conscious running outside. I love riding my bike and doing other things outside, but for some reason, jogging, walking, running, all of that, I feel self conscious when I'm outdoors.... not to mention it's freaking cold as all heck here now.... it was like winter just decided to make an early entrance and now we're all freezing.

So - a friend of mine had a birthday this month and in the meantime did a #fineby29 challenge, which for her meant cutting out certain things and staying consistent.. and for me, it's going to mean about the same thing...

My birthday actually isn't until the end of March... so it's about a 5 month challenge for 18 pounds... I think that this is totally do able. My thoughts are that this Friday - Nov 1, I will begin a more strict eating - more like an 80/20 split. Meaning that 80% of the time I'm at my A game.... while 20% of the time I can still have some freedom (since we are talking about doing this through Thanksgiving and Christmas.) But not getting all cray cray... just tracking everything and not eating until I hate myself (not gonna lie, I've been doing this lately) and I just want to FEEL better. Also with the 80/20 split is that it is 80% what you eat and 20% getting your sweat on. I have to track every single calorie if I want this to work.

What type of challenges are you doing? How is it going? Any suggestions?

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ALPINESALLIE 11/2/2013 11:09AM

    thanks ladies! and congrats on the new baby! Exciting!

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ALICIALYNNE 10/30/2013 1:05PM

    I like your 80/20 concept for the challenge.

Your husband is technically right about the treadmill. However, so are you. A treadmill workout is still a workout, and far better than staying on the couch because it is too doggon cold outside to run. Also, if you put a bit of an incline on the treadmill, then the "pushing along" effect is cancelled out. So if you want, put some incline on that bad boy and crank it up!

No challenges for me right now. Only about 3.5 weeks until this baby's expected due date! Once the doctor clears me after that, though, I will be making up a challenge to help me get back into the grove of working out and proper nutrition.

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CANDIFL 10/30/2013 12:51PM

    Good luck on your new goal! It can be really hard to get motivated enough to start something new! I know you can do it!

Oh -- I think using any treadmill is better than doing nothing -- stick to your guns on that one! emoticon

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(not so much) Progress Photos

Sunday, October 27, 2013

So today was my family's annual (third year anyway) family photos - and golly was it crazy! Anyhow, before dishing out the family drama (cause let's face it - 26 people - there's bound to be something going on and some one talking crap about someone) I'm just glad I've been holding steady as neutral with my 'the more the merrier' mentality....

Anyhow - instead of dishing the dirt - I wanted to post come 'not so much' progress photos... because I feel like even though the scale hasn't really been changing, I can tell certain changing in different parts of me: flexibility and strength mostly.... but among other things - let's get this party started:

First Year of Family Pics - 2011 - I had lost about 50 pound prior to this photo and was a proud size 14/16 - about 185-190 lbs. This is me with my nephew who was about 6 months old at the time - little sqeaker that he is!

Second Year of Family Pics - 2012 - I had lost another 20 pounds and was sitting here around 165. I was about a size 12/14. Here, obviously my nephew is another year older....

Third Year of Family Pics - 2013 - Here's today! Weighing in at 157 (yes, I've put on about 5 pounds just being lazy and unmotivated) and I'm about a size 10 on a good day - 8 on a super good day - and about a size medium. I notice the biggest changes are in my arms and my overall strength... I really need to get my mojo back...

Anyhow, there you have it! I love posting progress photos, even if there isn't that much progress.... time to whip this lazy girl back in gear!

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FITFRANNIEK 10/28/2013 12:33PM

    awww you look great! and I love the progress photos including your lil nephew! he's precious and growing so quick!! happy fall!

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SKMINNY 10/28/2013 12:15PM

    wow Sally , I can see the progress! keep it up! i love your happiness with that little guy!keep on smiling!

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ALICIALYNNE 10/28/2013 10:54AM

    That is one adorable kid!

Those are some super cute pics.

Good luck getting your mojo back!

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YA_YAYA 10/27/2013 11:16PM

    Looking good. I am about the same weight and looking to get remotivated as well...Ultimate goal for me is to lose about 30lbs before I get married next summer!

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