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Thursday, December 15, 2011

This song captures everything I feel and need for motivating myself in life - to do just about anything! I hope you will all enjoy it.

Week 2 of my re-committment has been great. I'm not doing as much as I thought I HAD to and I'm seeing results for the first time in a long time with definition in my muscles. I hate resistance training. It overwhelmed me - so I didn't do it. I got a great program from a personal trainer who sets up generic programs for those with certain goals. It is simple, and easy, and about half what I thought I HAD to do.

So here is my point, I don't know about those reading this, but it seems to me that there is just so much advice and opinion out there on what we should be doing physically. Most of what I've read and heard is overwhelming. When I'm overwhelmed - I give up, or talk myself out of doing things. (that's why my house is always a horrible mess). I think the focus should be on encouraging people to just start - set a real goal, on real paper or on Spark People and take the "baby steps" to get there. To me that is what Spark people has been all about - a Spark becoming a flame. That is exactly how it has happened for me.

It makes me think of this song by Lenny Kravitz

Lryics to "Once You Dig In"

Its time to face it
Come on in and
Join the party emoticon
Life has been waiting
For you to care
Don't try to fake it
Jump on in and
Get it started emoticon
There's so much lovin
For you to share
There is nowhere to run emoticon
There is no way to hide emoticon
Don't let it beat you
Say nice to meet you
And bye emoticon

Once you dig in
You'll find it coming
Out the other side emoticon
And once you dig in
You'll find
You'll have yourself
A good time emoticon

Wake up and shake it
You didn't make
Your contribution emoticon
There ain't no time
For you to spare
If you ain't part
Of the game
Then how can you
Find a solution? emoticon
Nobody said that
It would be fair emoticon

When the mountain is high emoticon
Just look up to the sky
Ask God to teach you
Then persevere with a smile emoticon

Yeah, yeah, yeah

Once you dig in
You'll find it coming
Out the other side
And once you dig in
You'll find
You'll have yourself
A good time

Once you dig in emoticon
You'll find it coming
Out the other side emoticon
And once you dig in emoticon
You'll find
You'll have yourself
A good time

emoticon To all my fellow Sparkers!

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SPARKLEKERRY 12/19/2011 10:55AM

    It's a great song, too bad it's Lenny, who seriously annoys me. :-)

Welcome back to your focus!!! You're an inspiration and I know you can do it!

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CARRAND 12/16/2011 8:26PM

    Great advice. Getting started is the hard part, but small steps add up.

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Re-Committing myself

Monday, November 28, 2011

Ok, so I'm starting a new journey this time. I've been floating between the 155 and 160's since I first got down to 155. If I'm being honest with myself...the 155 and 150's didn't last more than a month. I'm ashamed to say that I didn't have much faith in myself that they would, and I did sorta just give up.

Thankfully I've been able to stay within 10lbs of my goal weight. However, I think I want to change my goal weight. I liked myself at 155 but I really think a few more pounds would be a good idea for me. My problem is I'm large chested - which means no matter what I do, I'll probably always look a little bigger than I truely am. Don't get me wrong - I am NOT complaining. I enjoy the curves, but wouldn't mind a bit more muscle and toneing.

I am quitting my gym membership at my beloved Aspen Athletics club. Not because they do anything wrong - in fact I think they are top of the line as far as gyms go in Des Moines. It's just really expensive and I'm not into athletics like a lot of those memebers are. I'm not looking to be a body builder, or be a better sports player. I simply enjoy the treadmill and a bit of weight training. I don't need a fluffy gym for all that I do. So, I'm signing up with Planet Fitness tomorrow. It's definately more my style. I like to glance at TV's on the mill, but get sick when i have one on the mill and I'm watching it while I jog. Planet Fitness just has them up on a wall rather than on each treadmill. A step down for some people, but just perfect for me. They have a 30 minute circuit training section, free personal training, tanning, red light room, with membership. What I will miss most about Aspen is the free childcare. PF doesn't have any childcare at all, yet they are open 24 hours a day. My littlest goes to pre-school half the day and I work a lot, so I should be spending my morning hours with her rather than the gym anyway. So like I said, it's a perfect fit for me. It's got me boosted again with regard to my fitness too. I'm busy trying to use my Aspen membership to the full this last week, and I'm excited to try out PF! It's a win-win all the way around. I'm one of those weirdo's who loves gyms. I always have, so new one is always exciting!

Through quitting Aspen though, I had a great representative tell me how a good personal trainer would benefit me. Their program comes with a Body Bugg online food monitoring system. I could purchase the Body Bugg arm band seperately. I'd love one, but with my cheap skate ways - I realized that with the exception of the actual arm band - Spark People does most of what the Body Bugg website would do with regard to food and exercise tracking. So I'm excited to save myself some money by doing my own program through Spark People. Over and over again, I'm always realizing what a valuable site this truely is!

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HJFOGARTY 11/28/2011 10:04PM

    good for you - you will reach your goal and feel good about your achievements! what a great inspiration

ps. I had the body bug that I got through my nutritionist as a pilot program so it my ins paid for it - it didn't work as well as any of us thought it would and because you had to wear it all day and it could only be off for 1 hour a day - it quickly developed problems and they wouldn't replace it unless you upgraded for a large fee. so not worth it in my eyes. so you aren't missing anything with out it. sparkpeople is so much better!! good luck!

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CARRAND 11/28/2011 9:40PM

    Sounds like a good plan to me.

I met my goal of 150 almost a year ago, and my weight is now at 154. I'm starting to get nervous that the weight is creeping back, so I'm starting to track my food again. I've kept up the exercise pretty well, but I'm lax about the food.

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My Summer at a Healthy Weight

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ok, so maybe I don't LOOK buff and fit - but I am at a healthy weight, I am extremely active, and I look better than I ever did in my 20s. Of course, I did spend my 20's having children, so I'm sure that has something to do with it.

It has been so nice putting on a bathing suit and feeling pretty good. There are pieces of me that I'd like to change, but I know that after having children - it's probably just not going to happen without plastic surgery or starving myself completely. I'm turning a few head again, even of younger guys. That is weird, but it's kind of fun too. I got invited to go on a party bus by a bunch of young people the other day, while leaving a grocery store. I guess they couldn't tell how old I was, or didn't care. Of course, did not go, but that was definately a first!

Ok, so this is all sounding really superfacial. Looks aren't everything, but it is nice to feel like this. I can't help it, it's just nice. My friends are being super complimentary of me too. They say that they don't even recognize me. Other than a tan and lighter hair from sunshine, I haven't changed THAT much. I think it's how I feel inside that is showing through. I can't help but be happy and excited about being healthy.

I think what makes this all so great is that I spent the last 3 years visualizing this version of myself. The me I was afraid wasn't going to happen. I visualized this summer, these feelings - and they are here! Now losing a few more pounds is more exciting.

I'm looking forward to the fall, and being a better Sparker with more time on my hands. This website has been such an amazing life changer! I never would have thought about breaking free from so many self imposed limits without KEEP ON SPARKING EVERYONE!

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CARRAND 7/26/2011 10:31PM

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LOJOLARSEN 7/26/2011 2:04AM

    Not superficial at all to enjoy the attention of others! When you look good, you feel good and others notice! Congrats!

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I made it!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

As of this week, I'm officially at my goal weight! It's seems strange. I have been following all my SP program ideas, just haven't had the time to log on with summer and all. I am so excited to start a maintenance journey. As I suspected, I would still like to lose more weight - however, I am genuinely satisfied with my weight now. It's like I've been holding my breath for 3 years.

It took 3 years to really change myself. The self confidence and healthy lifestyle changes I've made have really paid off. I'm not perfect in my eating habits. I still over eat occasionally, but now I know that doesn't mean I should give up. I no longer have a negative attitude towards the mistakes that I make with regard to eating. Strangely, changing my views on this area of my life has affected aspects of my everyday life as well.

If you are reading this, and just starting your journey - don't be discouraged at the time it took me to get to my goal weight. You might very well be much faster at it than me. Spark People has helped me realize that the time to love myself is now, and not when I'm at a certain weight. I've enjoyed my journey. I've REALLY changed many bad habits. It feels like SP has held my hand along the way. So for me, the 3 years flew by. Taking up running is also a major key to that content feeling. I changed the entire shape of my body with running and pushed myself beyond all the limits I ever dreamed of.

Log your food - if you can't do it online - do it at home. Everything is calories in vs. calories out. There is no magic pill or diet that can change that. If you want that candy bar - eat it, but make sure you eat less at lunch, dinner, etc to compensate for it.

Exercise - even if it's a little bit each day...DO IT! If your busy, take 5 minutes whenever you can to get your heart rate up. Set a goal for 15-20 minutes a day. Don't listen to the stereotypes...if it makes you sweat, and your heart beat faster, it's good. Start small and work your way up. Find that activity that you love. I recommend running, biking, and walking because there are so many races out there to sign up for with these. Having a race goal in mind is a terrific motivator! You don't have to be good - you just have to show up, and try your best to finish.

My number one piece of advice is DON'T GIVE UP!!! NO MATTER WHAT, DO NOT STOP TRYING!

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AUBURN112 6/23/2011 2:55PM

    Way to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARRAND 6/20/2011 8:26PM

    Congratulations! I love your attitude and your tips for success.

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    Congratulations on meeting your goal!!!

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JCORYCMA 6/19/2011 11:04PM

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Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom with us! So motivating and inspiring. Maintenance can be work but you can do it! Keep sparking!

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KMWESLEY 6/19/2011 8:31PM

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Congrats on reaching your goal weight!! You are a true inspiration. Thank you for the tips and words of encouragement.

Take a bow! You deserve it, and you've earned it!!


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My 3rd 20K!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

My 3rd 20k went great! I beat my preveious personal record (PR) by 5 minutes. I averaged a 10 minute 17 second mile. So my total time was 2:07.45 minutes.

It was incredibly hot this time, and I'm always slower in the intense heat. So to still beat my previous record was such a great feeling.

I got to run it with my brother and brother in law. They kicked my butt, but I kept up with them for about 2 miles! I started out strong with 8:48 minute miles, and then gradually slowed down. I was on pace to finish 8-10 minutes better than last year's time, but I stopped to use the bathroom once. After stopping like that, it was really hard to get my groove back.

I treated this run the same way as my marathon run - I slowed down and drank something at every water station. Thank goodness for the PowerAid stations. I swear, that stuff makes or breaks me. If they didn't have it, I would have done so much worse. All that sweating requires electrolyte replenishment! I used my 5hr energy drink around mile 3, which was way too soon. I took some Ibuprophen right before the race as well, to keep my knee from all the pain.

Overall, I felt great at the finish. I had the same finisher feeling I always get when I hear and see those AMAZING Isissorette dancers and drummers. I booked it across the finish line (at least I FELT like I did, lol. Video would probably reveal I was slow!)

I also saw quite a few regulars from the gym that I go to. I took the spring/summer off, but when you see someone almost every day for 6 months, you don't forget their faces. I'm pretty sure I saw a personal trainer there too. I also saw some other friends/aquaintances. I recognized a Spark member of our Des Moines team there too. I just love it because it reminds me of what is so great about Iowa - it's such a small town feeling, even though it's a city. Des Moines, is the best of both worlds, we get a great city life, and a great country life all mixed into one. You just can't beat it!

DAM TO DAM is amazing everyone! If you don't want to or can't train for a full marathon - then I HIGHLY recommend this race. It has all the elements of a marathon, and the before and after parties can NOT be beat. They never run out of food, water, PowerAid, Smirnoff, or Beer. The price is also amazing! Looking forward to seeing you there in 2012!!!

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SCHOOL2110 6/8/2011 7:16AM

    Good job on your PR - especially impressive in the heat & humidity! I ran the d2d 20k for the first time this year and found it to be an inspiring and fun event. All ages, all sizes, all abilities -- one long, hot race! I'll be back next year!

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MARAHAB 6/5/2011 8:45PM

    Way to go! You are making amazing progress!

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