Friday, August 22, 2008
...269 for my Spark Friends and One for Me!!!
For the past two weeks I have really been analyzing both my nutrition and fitness plan. No question my Cardio is on track, but the areas that needed some serious change was strength training and nutrition.
Hence the title of this blog. All 269 of my Spark Friends know how serious I am about getting to my goal weight and of course getting the RED DRESS. The page comments, SP Mails, emails, text messages and phone calls that I REGULARLY receive are really really really appreciated. So with the changes that I've made to my plans along with the encouragement that I have received from my SP Friends, this week I was able to do the happy dance when I had an 8.5 lbs. weight loss.
Out of my 269 Spark Friends, there are a few that I just have to put on blast because they've really been here for me this past week. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! You guys are all of that plus tax with change leftover!!!
In no particular order...here it goes:
NEWBEIN for talking me into signing up for the Boot Camp at our gym. Even though I argued with her about how I'm not a morning nor an outdoor person, I now look forward to Tuesday and Thursday mornings just to get to Boot Camp!!!
DDROSE (my Mama) for encouraging me to change up my page and post a different picture of me when I was over 400 lbs. and to take a look at it anytime I felt discouraged.
TJOI214 for dragging me out of the house last Saturday to do a walk/run outdoors!
LOVABLELULU for being a cheerleader and checking on me each day to see how my plan went for the day!
CLEWIS018 for taking time out of her busy work schedule to meet me at my office for a healthy lunch break!
MONTANAGAL (a/k/a Ms. Skinnified) for all of the awesome support and helpful tips on taking my strength training routine to the next level!!!
JANEYJAYE and NOEILAND for inspiring me to be a runner (or at least a jogger...LOL)!
M3NOMOFAT, LYNNAMIN, DO2HEAL, GOTTHATFIRE, MSQUAN and AUDIE40220 for their constant prayers!
2008LYNN, COOKIES3201, CHARMAINE45, GIRLINMOTION, MSDIAMOND600,QUEENT5000, KAYEREADER, JAZZID and ISCOTT for their super timely comments and SP Mails
Last but certainly not least LASVEGASLES...THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! For being my MCP and reminding me of the importance of having a balanced diet...and that's all I gotta say about that!
Yes indeed-y, sweety...If I could I would get a RED DRESS for all of my 269 SP Friends (and at least RED SUITS for my SP Male Friends...LOL!) Unfortunately, I don't have it like Ms. O!!!
"As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend." Proverbs 27:17 NLT
FYI: Pictured above are my other FRIENDS...even more water, lean meat, fresh fruit and veggies!!!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Okay, this has been one of the best Mondays ever.
* Today is the one year anniversary for my favorite team on SP...CARDIO CONNOISSEURS!!!
* A good friend just emailed me a link to the Core Rhythms success stories and my portion of the infomercial can be viewed online...here's the link:
* I just received a glimmer of hope regarding my RED DRESS
More details on Miracle Monday will be forthcoming....TRUST ME!!!
Friday, July 18, 2008
I have always believed that visual motivators are important, but my goodness...I am literally eating, sleeping, drinking, walking, running and of course dancing with this RED DRESS!
The icing on the fat-free/sugar-free cake (wow, does such a thing exist???) was earlier this week when I found myself in the gym THREE times.
I used part of my lunch break to go to gym #2. I just did a quick 30 minute workout, but while I was on the treadmill I imagined that I was Rippin' the Runway in my RED DRESS.
After work I went back to gym #2 to do a 60 minute endurance spinning class. I selected a bike on the front row next to Lance Armstrong's long lost brother. Well, with me being the competitive person that I am....I pretended that I was racing him to the store to buy my RED DRESS. At the end of the class I looked like a wet rat (LOL)!
So when I went to get in the car, there was my picture of the RED DRESS greeting me (yes, I have pictures of this dress posted in my car, my pantry, on my refrigerator and in my office)....before I knew it I found myself pulling into the parking lot of gym #1...well after all, I did have to pass it on my way home. I just went in to do a little upper body strength training...gotta make sure I'll have sexy shoulders in the RED DRESS.
Have mercy, I don't know when I have been this focused. Yes, I am obsessed with the dress but the reality is that the reward that I'm after is bigger than this dress.
What is this RED DRESS doing to me? It's making me realize how bad I want IT and that I CAN and WILL do IT!
I can drink 8+ glasses of water a day!
I can cook more and not rely on the frozen section of the grocery!
I can eat 5+ fruits and vegetables a day!
I can eat 35 grams of Fiber a day!
I can reduce my sodium intake!
I can stay within my nutrition intake limits!
I can control my sweet tooth!
I can make time for 90+ mins. of Cardio a day!
I can be healthy!
I can be fit!
AND YES I can be under 200 pounds...in my RED DRESS!!!
"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [IT] until the day of Jesus Christ..." Philippians 1:6 KJV
Thursday, July 03, 2008
...and it is ME in this RED DRESS at my goal weight!!!
I am so thankful that I am regaining my motivation, thanks to SPARK. I decided to go back and seriously study the Spark Diet Lifestyle Stages and I am pumped!!! Although I have had some minor setbacks, I am still in the race...and not only that I AM IN IT TO WIN IT!!!
It may be slow (that's why I changed my ticker icon to a turtle--), but I know that I will be victorious and hit my final weight goal in 20 Weeks (which is the week before Thanksgiving). And when that great day in November comes, my reward to myself will be this RED DRESS!
So when I am tempted to not work out the way I should or go on an eating frenzy or not drink my water, I will VISUALIZE this RED DRESS and fight towards VICTORY!!!
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal [my RED DRESS]."
~Quote from the SP "Weekend Essentials" Checklist
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