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Sweaty and Loving It!! Goddess Challenge.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

I didn't do the mini-challenge last week, but I decided to so it this week! I've come out of the gate pretty strong by deweeding,digging, and planting in my flower garden (not counting Yoga). I am looking to add a nice 3 mile walk as well. I had to take a break after pulling up two hedges by the root ( I kicked them out LOL)!

You can see how red and sweaty I am!

What are you most proud of in your fitness/health journey?
That would be my progress. I've maintained a 65 lb weight loss, and I have finally started to learn moderation in eating. I can also keep up with my hubby walking around. I walked about 12 miles and climbed some very step uneven steps up to a castle (crossing the Atlantic Ocean at low tide).

This was a huge feat for me!

Walking from Marizon to St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall,England.

Climbing up to the top of the mount (this is nothing compared to the 500 steps at Warwick Castle)

A view from the top (we walked that long line across the ocean plus 6 miles just to get there!- I could NEVER have done this before losing the weight!

Oh and buying mountain bikes to share our healthy lifestyle!

Do you have any inspirational or encouraging photos to share with us?
You better believe it, first off an updated before and after :)

My husband is a huge inspiration for me!

Inspirational Photos

I also inspire myself, photo's of me sweating and loving it!

The way I see it, if I can do it once, I can do it again!

Want to tell us about victories (especially non-scale ones) on your journey so far?

The things above just being able to physically ride a bike 3 miles (including uphill), climb those 500 stairs, cross the Atlantic Ocean at low tide. To wrap a towel around my whole body, have my husband put his arms all the way around me! Do Yoga without falling over because of lack of balance. But perhaps the biggest thing for me, is feeling confident wearing shorts in public .I had surgery on my legs a few years ago because of painful varicose veins. I have had these veins since I was 13 yrs old, and I have always been extremely self conscious of them. I only wore shorts with panty hose I would burn up in the summer because I would not expose my legs. Although I could not get all the veins removed, the pain stopped and my legs look so much better. I can now wear summer dresses and shorts and feel confident!

Leg comparison pics



Now I feel confident to wear summer dresses!

Are there goals you have set out for your body or things you want to be able to do at some point?
Oh yes, one biggy is to fit into this dress for a high school reunion (I should also graduate college by then!!!)

I also want to learn sword fighting- I love the female warrior!

A girl can dream- not my body YET but soon!

Ok this chick is awesome!!!!

I've always loved Red Sonja!

This would not be complete without Xena

Is there someone you look up to in the fitness world that inspires you?
This one is harder but Jennifer Hudson has been a huge inspiration- She is amazing for so many reasons!

The Yoga Zone folks- creator Alan Finger,and Lisa and Charles- I do their video's daily :)

They look so happy and healthy!

And I know that she is not a real person but She-Ra has always been my hero since I was a little girl- and that hasn't changed :)

What about in normal life?
I am my biggest motivator but my hubby is a HUGE source of inspiration as well as my support system! I also have a dear friend Julie,who is a huge inspiration, she has lost over 150 lbs and continues to keep it off! As always God is always my biggest inspiration because I want to be exactly who he wants me to be!

My favorite verse that has helped me get through so much in my life.

Pics of me and my inspiration :)
These are older.

Newer pics

Are there pics you have seen online of things that make you say "Dang! I want to think that way!" or "Yes, that's exactly what I mean!

I will NEVER give up, no matter how many times I fall!

This is a biggy for me, I want to go slow so that the weight stays off for life!

I know this is corny, but it's so true!

This may be my favorite because it applies not just to weight loss but to my overall goals of being getting my BA in Commercial Music.

I just wanted to say that I have been going through a major transformation (overhaul if your will) for the past two years, of mind, body,and spirit. I have found myself in so many ways ,and I will do whatever it takes to achieve my goals when it comes to pushing myself. Needless to say, this girl is DONE!

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CULAINA 6/20/2012 7:55AM

    Lovely post with lots of questions that I might have to come back to. Glad you are doing well - you look amazing!

I'm most proud of climbing to the top of Dover castle last week and not getting out of breath once. I also walked the tour around the entire grounds, up and down the hills with my much younger friend - who was huffing and puffing - and I just had to think about my breathing rather than stop and have a lie/sit down like I normally would. It felt good to be active again, despite my poorly knee.

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WILDFLOWER521 6/9/2012 11:53PM

    I agree with MZSASSY!

I was happy the entire time I was reading your blog. You've come a long way so far and are doing awesome!!

You guys just look so happy, it's seeping out of you!!

WooHoo for you and everything you've done and will do.

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XPHOENIX 6/8/2012 1:57AM

    You beautiful, amazing, inspiring, awesome woman!! I love you! This blog was ridiculously wicked and SO fab, I can't even put it in words! SO proud of you! WOW, what a change! You and your hubby look so happy together and LOVE it that you are sweating and loving it!! Great job on this blog... I happen to ADORE it! Keep this fire! You are worth every second you spend on yourself... believe me! Doesn't it feel amazing to be DONE!?! YAY!!!!! You freakin' GO GIRL!! XOXOXOXO

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MZSASSY 6/7/2012 12:33PM

    This blog almost made me cry.. So inspirational!

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Birthday whoo hoo's and woes...

Friday, June 01, 2012

Another year down in the books, and I'm a year older and wiser ( yeah right). So my birthday was really nice, I had a great overnight visit from my Mom. We went out to eat for two days. I have NOT been good at all. I maintained some self control for the first day, but yesterday my darling husband bought me chocolate. Normally, it's not that big of a deal to be around chocolate, but since my "friend" came to visit, I have been craving chocolate. Needless to say, I tore through a bag of dark chocolate Ghirardelli squares, and Lindt truffles in two days time. I still have the Almond Joy candy bar that I have not yet touched, but it's looking appetizing. Oh, did I also mention that I made him chocolate chip cookies? Yeah, I've been bad, but I'm climbing back on that horse! Not counting chocolate, I ate a grinder at a Pizza place, Chinese buffet, ihop ( steak and eggs), and this weekend Macaroni Grill for my birthday dinner with the husband ( storms preventing us going out last night.) The combination of bad celebratory eating along with my "friend" visiting has taken a toll on my healthy eating this week, so I'm forgiving myself and moving on! Let's do this thing!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALOHAEV1 6/1/2012 10:17PM

    Happy Happy Birthday!!! Here's to many many more healthy and happy years.

Oh and what Lilshine said...

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    Happy birthday!

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TIDESONG 6/1/2012 1:59PM

    Happy birthday to you!

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LILSHINE 6/1/2012 1:54PM

    Happy Birthday to ya!!! Celebrate, celebrate celebrate and as you say get back on the wagon and move forward. However, be prepared should you gain since you know what you've been doing. Down that water, put in some extra exercise and keep it moving. I'll take that Almond Joy if you dont' want it :) I actually had one myself last nite.

Keep at it... as long as you dont' quit you're in the game.

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I ran a Mile ( sorta...)

Friday, September 02, 2011

Well yesterday I woke up, got dressed and headed to my first class (the dreaded Health/Wellness) class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. When we get to class, the instructor comes in brining a SCALE and he has this sheet of paper with several different activities. The first activity is Mile Run with a blank.. Oh BOY! I think that I have stressed that I don't care much for running with the exception for running in rain. I'm a power walker but running is really NOT my thing! So here I am in this class with all the althletes and one other girl who is the close to my age -but she ran track in school. Yeah..... I only ran if someone or something was chasing me! I pretty much just don't run at all. So here we are in front of the soccer field and we have to run around this thing 4 times to equal a mile. So off I go, I started out pretty strong just me and my friend but i Only ran like half of the first lap before I started walking and did not run again till I was on my forth lap seeing the finish line. I wasn't really gaping for air or anything but it did hurt my legs and my nasty right ankle. Good news is, I MADE it although it was 13.2 minutes and YES I was the last of the group but that is OK because I DID IT! After that, we did situps and pushups for one minute and that went pretty well along with this sit and reach thing that I can remember from elementary school.

Some of you may remember these things...

I am still very proud of myself though I pretty much stayed hot the rest of the day! I am VERY sore today but I'll just rest :) I don't know what he will have us do next but (reluctantly) I say BRING IT!!

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    You finished and at 13 minutes! I usually run a 14 to 15 minute mile. So you did great!

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You can do it!!!

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CULAINA 9/2/2011 4:20PM

    That sounds like a nightmare! I'd have panicked in that situation. I am SO proud of you! Go girl!

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AMYSRUN4LIFE 9/2/2011 1:58PM


You finished it, you didn't give up! That is awesome!! You should be proud!

I agree though, running will grown on you. I use to hate it too, then one day I decided to try it, now I run a 5k in 30-35 minutes, depending on my speed. I've found that I compete against myself also, either to run a further distance or for a longer period of time at a steady pace.

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    LOL, I love your description of the experience. A 13 min mile is nothing to sneeze at especially if you only ran part of it. You must have been hoofing it! I hate running too, but I find that I would really like to try it again maybe in another 30 lbs. I applaud you for sucking it up and giving it a go! It's the warrior in you. emoticon

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REBYTR 9/2/2011 1:02PM

    Great job and don't give up, running is one of those things that can grow on you!!!

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I feel like I'm in a Time Machine! (First Day as a Freshman in College at 35)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Well, I've been a bit quiet laely due to my starting college. For those of you who may not know, I made the decision this year to go to College. I have started as a Traditional Undergrad at a Christian University(where hubby works). I have been pretty nervous about the experience but I truly believe that may hard work pay off and I also know that it is where God wants me to be.

I have never REALLY been out of my comfort zone before BUT this time I am totally out of my comfort zone!!! Just to kind of give you an idea, here is a explanation of my first day...

Well I'm sure that many of us have fears and things that happened to us back when we were in high school; one of those fears might me those little tiny wrap around desk/chairs right? Well.. my thought is, SURELY by now they won't have those. Oh yeah, and I'm so glad we don't have PE right?

Ok, to get this started it's 8:00 A.M. and my first class of the semister is Health/Wellness. I get to class early only to find GUESS WHAT?? Wrap around desk chairs OMG! Let me tell you, I am SO glad that I have lost 67 lbs otherwise, those things would totally freak me out ( they kinda did anyway)!! BUT I fit in that desk just fine THANK YOU JESUS! Now, we have out introductions and the Instructor decides that lectures for Health and Wellness do not make any sense SOOO he says that we will be doing some physical activity!! Queue the wavy lines and 80's music. Getting picked last and sports for the fat kid (hmmm)- OMG REALLY !!!! YES, we are actually going to be doing sports activities like Vollyball etc.. Oh and I'm also in the class with several athletes as well-Welcome to College Becky!!
Ok.. on a POSTIVE note the exercise will be very good for me and I'll be able to say active at least 2 days a week! I am still VERY nervous about this but VERY thankful that I have already started a healthy lifestyle.

On to next class, English- Had to write an Esssay, WOW I didn't expect that at all!Hopefully I did ok on that :)

Algebra was last and guess what.. we had to take a test and I'm VERY week at Math.

So to sum it all up, I felt like I was in a haze walking around in a dream all day. it was weird....

This is a postive thing though and I should say that Chapel was AWESOME and pumped me up bigtime! I'm ready to DO THIS!!

Oh, and my eating is working our great with breaks throughout the day too YAY!! WARRIOR ON!!!


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DIANEMAR 9/1/2011 6:08PM

    Wow, really brings back memories, ha!! You will do fine, cause you have a greatest councelor of all, Jesus!!! He will get you through this and victorious at that!!!

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MAPLECANDY3 8/31/2011 11:46AM

    Congrats on going back to school!! In a couple of weeks you will feel totally comfortable and wont even notice the discomfort you are feeling. And its easy to eat healthy at university - the nad food costs waaay too much to buy! lol

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MYLIFEMADELITE 8/31/2011 11:12AM

    emoticonI have faith in you. :) Sounds like you took everything in stride. Go you! emoticon

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CULAINA 8/31/2011 10:58AM

    as hard as it might be, i really admire you for putting yourself out there and making yourself a better you. go girl!

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BLC Challenge Success .. What's Next???(Pasting from my FB Note)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Biggest Loser Challenge. Go Blazing Blues!!!

by Becky Peach Davis on Friday, August 19, 2011 at 12:17pm

So I have been doing this 10 week Biggest Loser Challenge.

The way it works is that you weigh in weekly posting your weight and all through the week we have mini challenges to ensure healthy habits and make sure we get activity. I manged to do all the challenges except Water activities because well.... I don't have access to water and I can't swim anyway!!! I pretty much blew the challenges out of the water! We also have Healthy points which is drinking 64 oz of water a day, making positive blog posts, or posts to other team members pages ect, and every day of exercising for 10 minutes is an additional point. I killed that too! :)

We also had to do drills and these are my week 1 scores followed my my week 10 scores!!!


This week's challenge is all about testing yourself and setting our goals for this challenge.

You can do any of the drills on any day, in any order. You only need to do each drill once.

Completing each drill and posting your personal results will earn you 10 points per drill.

Drill 1 - Do as many crunches as you can in 2 minutes. Post your total to earn your points.

Drill 2 - Do as many push-ups (regular, modified or wall) as you can in 2 minutes. Post your total to earn your points.

Drill 3 - Hold a wall squat as long as you can. Post your hold time to earn your points.

Drill 4 - Hold your arms out to your sides (at shoulder height) as long as you can. Post your hold time to earn your points.

Drill 5 - Do 150 step-ups (non-stop) using a 6 or 8 inch step. Post your time to earn your points.

Drill 6 - Hold a plank (on toes or knees) as long as you can. Post your hold time to earn your points.

Drill 7 - Hold a bridge as long as you can. Post your hold time to earn your points.

Drill 8 - Do as many jumping jacks, mountain climbers, high-knees, of jump-rope skips as you can in 2 minutes (pick an exercise that is challenging but SAFE for you to do). Post your total to earn your points.

My Post WEEK 1

10 Points per Drill Completed

Drill 1 - Count of Crunches = 65

Drill 2 - Count of Push-ups = 37

Drill 3 - Wall-Squat Hold Time = 2.06

Drill 4 - Arm Hold Time = 1.45

Drill 5 - 150 Step-ups Time = 4.35

Drill 6 - Plank Hold Time = 1.56

Drill 7 - Bridge Hold Time = 1.31

Drill 8 - Count of Cardio Exercise = 32 jumping jacks

My goal for the challenge is to lose 10 lbs and increase exercise to 180 mins weekly. If I reach this goal I will buy some new summer shorts


My Post Week 10

10 Points per Drill Completed

Drill 1 - Count of Crunches = 133 that is 68 more than week doubling week 1!!!

Drill 2 - Count of Push-ups = 65 -That's 28 more than week 1!!

Drill 3 - Wall-Squat Hold Time = 5:00!!!! That is 3 minutes longer than week 1!! Whoo hoo (my lower body is so much stronger!!)

Drill 4 - Arm Hold Time = 2.30- Thats a minute longer than week 1!! I actually felt my fingers start going numb LOL!!

Drill 5 - 150 Step-ups Time = 4.26- Not much better but something!

Drill 6 - Plank Hold Time = 2:16- Omg that still hurts! But still 25 seconds longer than week 1!

Drill 7 - Bridge Hold Time = 1.45- 14 seconds longer than week 1

Drill 8 - Count of Cardio Exercise = 70 Jumping Jacks (with ankle brace on :D ) Thats 38 more and doubling week 1

Earn 5 points for answering each question of reflection:

1) Did you reach the personal goal you set for yourself? -Yes!! I wanted to lose 10 lbs and I actually lost one extra pound putting me 11 pounds lost for the challenge!!! I also wanted to exercise for 180 minutes per week and I've gone well over that by exercising at least 45 minutes 5 days a week and sometimes even more!! I have been averaging about 225-300 minutes a week!! WHOO HOO!!!

2) What are you most proud of yourself for accomplishing during this challenge? Learning Consistency was the hardest part, though I did have some set backs I managed to push through them.I have also tried so many new things like Belly Dancing, Bollywood, Kickboxing, and Pilates which makes exercising so much Fun- not to mention buying bikes with my hubby and learning to ride again which has been a HUGE challenge but a blast!!!

3) What did you struggle with the most during this challenge? Consistency exercising. I would have a few really good weeks then after I went to my in laws to visit I stopped exercising for nearly 2 weeks and then had to start really slow with only 10 minutes a day and now I'm doing at least 45 minutes 5-6 days a week!!!

4) Did you learn anything during this challenge that will help you on your weight loss journey?Yes, even if I have bad days or even weeks I must reflect back and go down to small goals in order to build back up again. Once I am consistent in small goals, I can move on to BIGGER goals and build on what I've learned!!!


Since My Weight Goal was to lose 10 lbs in 10 weeks I actually lost 13!!!! Whoo hoo!

I also managed to lose 2.5 inches on my chest, 2.5 on my waist, and 2 on HIPS!! WHOO HOO! That's 7 inches WHOO HOO!!


I am also doing a Challenge called Firecracker Sexy Beast which runs from July 4th(Firecracker) to Sexy Beast (Halloween) We have incremental goals set and I made the first goal late and the second one( New Moon) is next week. I need to lose 3 lbs to make that goal and may not make it but that is ok.

Update I made New Moon after my MAD Bike ridding this weekend!!!!! YAY-YA!

In order to make the Sexy Beast Challenge I need to lose 20 lbs by Halloween! Whew!! That's gonna be tough!! I'll keep ya posted!
Go Sexy Beast Done Girls!!

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    Congrats on your BLC challenge and may you have great success on the Sexy Beast Challenge you're in now. Sounds like wonderful ways to stay motivated.

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APLUSGURL 8/23/2011 11:22PM

    Totally meant to post this days ago and I think it's everywhere but got here last for some weird reason :) but it's up now :)

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