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Body for Life ~ Day 30 (4/15) Doing it MY Way!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Overall, I still like the Body for Life Challenge. I finally have my strength training routines down to a science. I have been struggling a little bit with my nutrition and it showed on the scale earlier this week. I got up to 241 lbs. and as of this morning, I'm at 234.6 (Still refuse to change my ticker).

So the question is how did I lose so much weight in a short period of time. First of all, I stopped taking an iron supplement (which was causing some issues that are just simply TMI). Then I've increased my cardio.

Hello my name is Deondra and I am a CARDIO-A-HOLIC!

I don't know what it is about me and my system, but this body must have a minimum of 45 mins. of Cardio a day. So, starting this week, I'm doing BFL MY Way. No more of those 20 min. cardio workouts 3 times a week. I will continue to listen to my body and not push myself (Dr. Samuels and Dr. Mom will make sure of that), but for right now I will give this body what it craves and that's MO' CARDIO! MO' CARDIO! MO' CARDIO!

Yay Me!

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FOXYLOSE30 4/17/2008 10:49AM

    Work it cardio Diva..

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    I am a Cardioaholic too........so I am feelin you all that way on the 45 mins....

Welcome back --- you CC lover!!


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GIRLINMOTION 4/16/2008 9:11PM

    I Think you need a new scale or maybe new glasses. Are you reading the scale correctly? Look at you? You are looking more and more incredible each time you post a new up to date picture of yourself. You are doing something right. Way to go!

Hugs, Sonia

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NOEILAND 4/16/2008 6:22PM

    Looking great! I agree with you - 20 min. of cardio is not enough for me neither...my body will just laugh at me! Haha! Anyway, so glad to see you again.

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2008LYNN 4/16/2008 2:22PM

  We are all different and modifications must be made for any program. Go girl!

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M3NOMOFAT 4/16/2008 1:55PM

    Do your thing Girl!

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JANEYJAYE 4/16/2008 1:34PM

    I was wondering how you'd manage to stop yourself at 20 mins. I know I couldn't do it. I think it's great that you are doing it your way! I don't think there's any one right way to get the body you want. There really is only your way in this case!

You go, D!

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BLESSED3061 4/16/2008 1:20PM

    looking good girl, I wish I could get into exercising like you, but I'm starting, I brought my tennis shoes today to go walking after work! Yea me!

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CBRANCH76 4/16/2008 12:42PM

    Go head D! All I can say is FIERCE as always!


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KAYEREADER 4/16/2008 11:24AM

    You look good! The limited cardio is one of the reasons I've not tried BFL. I too am a cardio addict and I'm not looking for a recovery program!

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PATBRI 4/16/2008 11:19AM

  You go Deandra-20 minutes of cardio is only for the lay person who wants to keep healthy. We are different and want to surpass that- we need more cardio to get our metabolism really revved up-Don't get me wrong- 20 minutes a day is great but for our purposes- 45 is better-just remember-lots of water!!!

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Body for Life ~ Day 24 (4/9) NEWBEIN on Blast!!!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Things in life have been hectic, but I'm still "in it to win it" with this Body for Life Challenge.

I feel so good and my energy level is getting back up there. I absolutely love love love the strength training, but me being the cardio-a-holic that I am, I periodically cheat and do 15 mins. of cardio on my strength training days.

One thing that I'm trying to get accustomed to is the fact that I'm gaining weight. I'm up to 234, but I REFUSE to change my ticker! emoticon. Oddly, enough I'm NOT stressing out, because I can see the change in my clothes...and today I'm sporting a form fitting denim blouse that I was unable to wear even when I was at my lowest weight of 221 lbs. YAY ME!

But I have to say one of the biggest highlights of this challenge is the days that I get to lift with my niece NEWBEIN. That girl is a BADSHUTYOMOUF!!!! She can lift, press and squat with the best of the guys at the gym, yet she does it with elegance and grace...the girl doesn't sweat...she glistens. And she is such a huge motivator for me and the other women at the gym.

Last night I had to do an early workout, so I missed seeing her, but I thought about how she pushes herself to the limit so I did the same. Now mind you, I can't press the weight that she does, but where I could I added 5 or 10 lbs. in my workout and what a difference it made (as a matter of fact my arms, shoulders and chest are still tingling today...LOL).

Anyway, if you have yet to visit NEWBEIN's spark page, drop by and see what I'm talking about she is a true motivator!!!

And I absolutely can't wait until day 84 to see how different NEWBEIN and the other DIVAs who are "in it to win it" with this challenge will look!!!

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CIERAPOET 4/16/2008 12:17AM

    Why does God always lead me over here for answers? He is so wise and knows what I need when I need it. I feel guilty some times because I have been doing more strength training than cardio and like you clothes fit. I lose a pound then I gain one. I will not change my ticker either.

Just like on the Biggest Loser tonight, some did not lose as much as others, but they looked fit and firm. That's where I want to be. You are beautiful Deondra. Keep up all the good work you are doing. I will check out your nieces page. She sounds like a great motivator and I am a motivator--holic.
Love ya
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LEWIS018 4/13/2008 5:39PM

    Haven't seen you guys in so long! Stay focused! As long as those clothes are fiting, you know the results are there. Stick with it.

See you guys soon.

Diva C emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 4/11/2008 9:27AM

    With the scale going up I would be scared (this is just me), even knowing that muscle weighs more than fat. But if you are feeling okay about it, this must be good. So you must be tightening and shaping up to be fitting in a blouse that wouldn't fit when you were even at your lowest, this is definitely good news. Way to go!

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    That is awesome....Make it happen DIVAs.


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JANEYJAYE 4/10/2008 3:21PM

    Congrats on the inches lost. Must be all muscle weight from all the strength training you've been doing.

Keep with it as it's working for you!

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Body for Life ~ Day 9 (3/25) Stuff vs. SPIRIT

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

So, I've been debating about whether or not to blog about an experience that I had Monday night at my new gym, then after my workout at my old gym last night, I decided to share my experience.

First of all, I'm absolutely loving this BFL Challenge. I'm eating well and do not feel hungry and I absolutely love how I feel during my strength training workouts.

Well as I mentioned in an earlier blog, I joined a second gym. As the new HR manager at my company, one of the first things that my team and I did for our employees was to set up a corporate membership. Now mind you, I have folks of various fitness levels at this company and I am constantly being approached with questions and heart-touching stories regarding their fitness concerns and goals. So it was important for me to find a gym that would not only have an awesome selection of equipment (STUFF), but to also have the right atmosphere (SPIRIT). During the contract negotiations and meetings with the managers, I always wore my regular clothes. They always greeted me with a big ole smile and the staff was super friendly. I clearly expressed my expectation of the environment that I was seeking for my employees and the Facilities Manager assured me that my employees would be well taken care of at this gym and he went on and on about the level of attention and care that they show to all of their members. He even provided some cute little charts and graphs showing their retention rates....

Anyway, let me get to the point. So Monday was a lower body strength training day so I headed to the NEW gym, I had already changed clothes at work. So I arrive and one of the managers who I had just met with LAST week was at the front desk, he looked at me and turned his head...no hello, good afternoon, Merry Christmas...Nothing. The person that checked my temporary pass barely made eye contact with me. Then as I headed off to the locker room to drop off my jacket, I passed by the Facility Manager, I smiled and waved at him, he looked at me turned his head and kept talking to the folks in his circle...okay, so maybe I had some type of cloaking device on...I don't know.

So I start my workout and I am the most full-figured person in all three of the weight lifting areas. The people were so cold. I would notice that they were looking at me, but if I smiled they would turn their head instead of smiling back. I tried to not read too much into anything and continue with my workout...thankfully I was working out to gospel music so I was able to keep my composure.

I guess what did it for me was later when I was on the squat machine, the Facility manager passed directly in front of me 8 times (Hey, who was counting? Ok, I was!!!). Not once did he make eye contact with me, then he had the audacity to start picking up the extra weights that were laying around the area and throwing them onto the weight rack of my machine (Can we say rude boys and girls?!).

Then the icing on the cake was what happened as I was leaving. As I said earlier the layout of this gym is awesome and they have the state of the art equipment. While walking down the super-wide hallway two really buff guys walked toward me. One was in my direct path. He paused briefly from his conversation and looked up at me then turned to continue talking, and kept walking directly toward me. He expected me to move out of his pathway. Well, it didn't happen. Just as I thought we were going to collide, he did a move which looked like what football players do to avoid getting tackled and barely missed hitting me. I walked by the front desk, no goodbye, hope you had a nice workout, Happy New Year's nothing.

So I asked myself was I reading too much into things? Was I being overly sensitive. Then after a very tearful conversation that I had with Diva Lu, I knew that I wasn't imagining things. She works at Curves and as it turns out her and the owner had just had a conversation that night about my new gym and a few others. The crux of their conversation was the difference between STUFF and SPIRIT (Thank God for Diva Lu and her words of encouragement and sense of humor that night).

Then last night I returned to my old gym. Yes, treadmill #6 will shutdown if your speed exceeds 4.0 mph. Yes, elliptical #3 makes squeaking noises and clicks while you're on it. Yes, the weight room is not big enough to whoop a cat in (not an animal hater, this is one of Mama's expressions of speech). Yes, they lack on STUFF but they have so much SPIRIT. And the folks at the old gym are not just nice to me, but they're friendly to everyone regardless of your size and whether or not you have a designer label on your workout clothes.

So I said all that to say that support groups are important to every aspect of this lifestyle change and fitness journey. I'm not giving up on my new gym (esp. because I locked into a 2-year contract). As a matter of fact, I'm planning to make a visit in the immediate future in one of my most classic business suits. And I plan to have a "Come to JESUS" meeting with the manager and remind him of the promises that he made prior to me signing the corporate contract.

I am privileged in that I have the opportunity to have a membership at two gyms. Not all of my employees have that luxury. STUFF is nice, but they deserve some SPIRIT as well.

Okay, I'm through venting and I feel better.

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LAUNDRYCHICK 3/31/2008 5:18PM

    This experience reminds me to be grateful for my gym. The people there greet me by name (I'm a full figured gal, too) and the trainers (at least some of them) look like normal people. I did have a really buffed out gal work with me several times when I first started to get me set up on a weight program that would work for me, but she was so respectful even though my weights were tiny. I used to have a preconceived notion about how "people at the gym" would be, but I was so pleasantly surprised to find out differently. I'm sorry you had this experience. It reminds me to be thankful and to treat other people like human beings no matter their size or shape. Have a great day!

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OLEASE 3/29/2008 3:14PM

    It was good reading your blog. The gym you speak about it reminds me so much of the gym that i went to last year. I always wondered why it was so difficult for me to get in there, then I realize that going there made me uncomfortable because of the way I was treated. I too am full figured. Before I moved to this island I had no problems getting up 5 days a week to work out at 6 am and sometimes I would get a session in during the evenings as well. Now I am looking for a new gym, with more spirit. Thanks so much for sharing.

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BLESSED3061 3/26/2008 8:38PM

    What gym was that, so I dont go there. People do anything to get your money,but the what's in the dark always comes to light eventually

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GIRLINMOTION 3/26/2008 8:13PM

    I think that you should suggest to the management that they and all employees at the new gym need to take a course on hospitality and customer service. They are not going to last long if they do not provide better customer service. Too bad you didn't get a "learners" permit first before you signed up. But I am sure you will find a tactful way to put them in their place.


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    Girl I am so sorry you had to experience that, but it's REAL. It happens in fitness clubs, retail shops, etc., on a daily basis. You walk in an establishment, Monday dressed one way, and you get one type of treatment, come back dressed another and you a completely different response. We experienced the same thing in a Home Depot.

We're going to pray for them. We're praising God for your victory by not responding in the flesh. We're also going to belive that they will be convicted and that their behavior will change without this matter being escalated to their corporate level.

Hang tough girlfriend!!! This battle is definitely the LORDs.

Peace and Blessings


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LASVEGASLES 3/26/2008 4:04PM

    Living in the "land of hospitality" (Vegas) it's hard to imagine this happening at any type of establishment, but especially a gym that is supposed to be there for YOU and YOUR COMPANY. I mean, you've obviously paid good money to join their gym...YOU and the employees deserve good service, good spirit....ALL OF THAT (stuff)!!

Keep us informed on the outcome of this!! I wouldn't have been able to hold my tongue for one second!! You're most def better than me in that area, girl!!

Love YOU! Les~

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JANEYJAYE 3/26/2008 1:29PM

    You are a strong woman and I am so proud of you. They definitely need a wake up call. Every member should be greeted with at least a smile.

I belong to two gyms and I made sure that they both had SPIRIT before joining. It's REALLY important. I joined Curves because the environment is open and friendly at the one in my neighborhood and they make me feel welcomed every time I walk in the door. At the Big Name gym, I'm always greeted with a smile and sometimes I get free smoothies after spin class.

That manager needs to learn a thing or two about customer service. I can imagine your style and poise when you go back to talk to him!

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INTRIGUEDKI 3/26/2008 12:05PM

    WOW. That is crazy. I'm glad you kept it together but I agree you should go in there and talk to them their attitudes are unacceptable.

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CBRANCH76 3/26/2008 10:37AM


I am so proud of you for not stooping to their level. I want to be like you when I grow up. But please let me know how your Come to Jesus meeting turns out and take a picture in that power suit.


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Body for Life ~ Day 7 (3/23)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Okay, I'm sold!!!

My starting weight for the BFL challenge was 232.7 lbs. After completing the first week, yesterday I weighed in at 226.3 lbs. Yes, a 6.4 lb. loss!!!

I feel soooo good and am starting to have more energy. My Friday strength workout at my new gym was incredible and my Saturday Cardio workout at my old gym was awesome (I'm back to running short sprints on the treadmill).

Plus, two of the DIVAs who have joined in on the challenge had a loss last week as well! YAY!!!

Then last night while talking to Mama on the phone, she told me that she's planning to go to the library to check out the book, she wants to give the challenge a try. She has been influenced by 2008LYNN's positive Can-Do attitude (I constantly talk about my SP Friends to my family and friends). Then she said that I looked great yesterday (a couple of folks at church were calling me Sister Beyonce--LOL!) and that she was looking through my BFL binder, and she believes that this is something that she can do! YAY MAMA!

[Picture above is of Mama and I one Sunday after church in Sept. '07]

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CIERAPOET 3/26/2008 2:06AM

    Such a beautiful picture of you and your mother. You are blessed that your mom is still here with you to see the results of your work. Keep up the good work and stay encouraged and keep going down. Deborah

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LAUNDRYCHICK 3/25/2008 3:42PM

    Sister Beyonce - kinda has a nice ring to it! I am so happy for you. Keep up the GREAT work and keep smiling!

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MZPERSEVERANCE 3/25/2008 12:51PM

    Okay---You are about to make a believer out of me, because I am sick and tired of being stuck....I am going to read my book last night. Shame on me....I only checked it out the library last week.

Love ya girl


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GODZDESIGN95 3/24/2008 11:04PM

    You are doing great. God is so good. I know you will make it. I know that you will be a big help to your mom too. Be blessed on your journey. Thanks for dropping in on my page.

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GIRLINMOTION 3/24/2008 8:32PM

    WOW that is incredible. I can't wait to see a new picture of you and your mother after the challenge. It is so good that you are inspiring so many people to get healthy, way to go!

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COLBYSMAMA 3/24/2008 3:32PM

    Congrats! That is an amazing loss for 1 week.

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JANEYJAYE 3/24/2008 1:26PM

    You have me interested! Congrats on your success so far. And you do look so amazing, D. You have accomplished so much and you have inspired so many people along the way... me included! Hugs!

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NEWBUTTERFLY76 3/24/2008 12:11PM

    Congrats on the weight loss!!! I checked out the website and am very curious. Maybe I might give it a try!
Keep it up!!

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2008LYNN 3/24/2008 12:10PM

  Oooh D, I am about to jump up and down! Your mother was influenced by me? And they are calling you Beyonce? Girl, I'm excited!!! I have done a lot of research and established my program which is slightly modified from the book - we are going to be some hot, hot mamas. You are already! Check out the Iron Maidens team, the threads are loaded with info.

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Body for Life ~ Day 3 (3/19)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Day 3 was a struggle...my workday ended on a bad note and I ALLOWED that to carry over into my workout.

I hung in there and stumbled through my lower body workout and was thankful to have TJOI214 there to listen to me vent about my day.

Anyway, I now better understand why I am a cardio-a-holic. Although I have always enjoyed my work, regardless of the position, I usually have high stress jobs. The old Deondra would eat to alleviate stress, the new Deondra would jump on an elliptical machine, stairmaster or treadmill, get in a zone and not get off until I had de-stressed (which would be 45-90 minutes later). Plus, cardio is easy to learn, to an extent you just hop on the machines and go. Well for the next few weeks, I have to learn to get in that same zone while I'm strength training and work on improving my form and technique.

Then the layout at my primary gym is not conducive for a *NEWBIE* who is training with free weights, so until I get into the swing of things, I will be doing my upper and lower body workouts at the new gym I just joined a few weeks ago (it is very high tech and you don't have to wait to use the equipment).

Anyway, I'm still in it to win it and am determined to stay with the program all 12 weeks.

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ATR1983 3/23/2008 10:43PM

    I feel you on using the cardio to destress. Hang in there. Victory will be yours!

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LASVEGASLES 3/22/2008 5:12PM

    I hear ya on the cardio for de-stressing!! There are days lately that if you could power a vehicle with my "stress" it would go a looooooooooooooong loooooooooooooooooooooong ways!! (sigh)...

YOU will get to YOUR goal friendgirl...that's just the way YOU do it!

Love YOU! Les~

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SWIMMERYOGINI 3/21/2008 7:02PM

  You can meet this challenge!
Remember you only have to make it through TODAY right now.
Face tomorrow when it comes and don't anticipate the worst,
but dream for the best.
As a cardio junkie, making that transition to BFL's weight and alternating
day workouts is quite a challenge in itself so be proud of yourself for doing the work to make yourself healthy!

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    Hang in there girl....

Victory is around the corner!!!


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JANEYJAYE 3/20/2008 4:12PM

    I hear ya on using Cardio to destress. Keep with the great attitude!

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