Monday, July 19, 2010
I am soooo loving this challenge!!! We have two weeks in and two weeks to go and I'm loving the progress that I've already witnessed ON and OFF the scale.
First of all, I feel a gazillion times better. My energy levels are increasing, I'm in less pain and overall, I just feel good.
My CARDIO and WATER intake has been on point thanks to the PUSHES and PULLS from my accountability partners. My NUTRITION and STRENGTH-TRAINING is "better", but they are still not at they're best. But, am I stressing??? NO SIR-EEEEEE BOB! I'm pleased with the improvements that I've made, I'm re-learning to appreciate this lifestyle change and I keep reminding myself to keep it moving ON TO THE NEXT ONE!
Regarding my ON the scale and OFF the scale results to date, I am tickled PINK and GREEN. DAILY I am celebrating GOD's goodness for giving me health and strength and appreciating the fact that I AM fearfully and wonderfully made...AMEN (Psalms 139:14 KJV)! So far, I've lost 5.5 lbs. I'm sure I've lost some inches as well, because I'm down one dress size, but I've decided not to take my measurements until the conclusion of the challenge. Also, I'm super comfortable to be in the skin that I'm in...the rolls, handles, stretch marks and all...because I know that my latter will be greater than my former (Haggai 2:9 NLT)!
Oh, and I'm absolutely loving my new workout friendly hair and last Friday, I got it cut even shorter. Here's a picture of yours truly that was taken at my cousin's birthday party on 7/17:
Any-who, for the remainder of the challenge, I've decided to kick things up a notch.
Last week FOXYLOSE30 and I made a promise to strength train on a particular day. Although I was unable to make it to the gym to get my "muscle on", because I had made her a promise I lifted weights with COACH NICOLE on one of the SPARK videos...and still had an awesome workout. So, I've decided to post my "Plan A" and "Plan B" workouts for the rest of the week to hold myself accountable and to hopefully SPARK all of my accountability buddies! :)
Plan A = Aqua Aerobics (Class was cancelled due to weather, so I went w/ Plan B)
Plan B = 45 mins. Core Rhythms Salsa Blast
Plan A = 3.3 mile walk w/ one of my HS Classmates/FB Accountability Partner
Plan B = iPod Dancing
Plan A = Lower Body Strength Training w/ my SP & FB Accountability Buddies & Zumba w/ JENGER2DAY
Plan B = Core Rhythms & Lower Body Strength Training with COACH NICOLE
Plan A = Upper Body Strength Training w/ my SP & FB Accountability Buddies & Zumba w/ JENGER2DAY
Plan B = Home Elliptical workout & Upper Body Strength Training either with COACH NICOLE or Exercise TV
REST DAY...Kinda Sorta...LOL!
I have plans to go to an 80's Flashback Party Friday night...where one of my two favorite DJ's on the planet will be rocking the 1's and 2's!!!
Plan A = Full Body Strength Training and 120 minutes Aqua Aerobics with my #1 SPARK & FB accountability partner.... Mama a/k/a DDROSE a/k/a DeLo
Plan B = Full Body Strength Training and Zumba with JENGER2DAY
Oh yes, I have a plan and I'm working it...I'm ON TO THE NEXT ONE!!!
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
P.S. Thank you to all of my SPARK family for your Goodies and your Page Comments. I haven't had the opportunity to finish making my rounds to thank you and check in on your progress, but know that I love you to pieces, pray for you constantly and think of you often!
Friday, July 02, 2010
HAPPY MID-YEAR SPARK FAMILY & FB FRIENDS
It's hard to believe that July is already here, but it is!
We're six months into 2010 with six months remaining and it's time to evaluate where we are in relation to achieving our New Year's Goals.
My Goal for the New Year was/is to become a COMPLETE and PERFECT 10. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
Well, part of becoming that COMPLETE and PERFECT 10 will be included in our INDEPENDENCE Challenge.
During this challenge, the goal will be to get back to basics from 7/6/10 - 8/6/10. Which includes:
* Drink a MINIMUM of 64 ounces of water EVERY DAY
* Eat a MINIMUM of Five (5) fruits and vegetables EVERY DAY
* Exercise at LEAST 30 mins a day Four (4) times a week EVERY WEEK
* Spin the SPARK Wheel EVERY DAY! I've noticed that sometimes just logging on to spin the Spark Wheel gives me the little push that I need to stay on track with my healthy lifestyle.
* Before you go to sleep on Monday 7/5/10, determine at LEAST one goal that you would like to accomplish by the end of the challenge. My goal will be to be down one dress size and comfortably rock my new animal print dress that matches my hair (You know how I am about MY dresses...LOL!). Then on Tuesday, 7/6/10 record your STARTING INFORMATION...It's up to you what you want to monitor or track. Yours truly will take a before picture. record my starting dress size, weight and measurements (neck, chest, upper arms, waistS, hips, thighs and calves). Feel free to capture this starting information in a private journal, SPARK Community Journal or via a SPARK Blog.
* At the conclusion of the challenge on Friday 8/6/10 record your FINAL RESULTS and compare them to your STARTING INFORMATION. Again, feel free to capture this information in a private journal, SPARK Community Journal or via a SPARK Blog.
Now here's the most critical piece of the challenge...DECLARING our INDEPENDENCE.
We all have an area in our new lifestyles, in which we either need to BUILD a habit or BREAK a habit. This challenge will give us 30+-days to do just that!!!
Identify at least one habit that you would like to build and maintain then find a SPARK Buddy to help hold you accountable. Your BUILDER could be anything from reading a scripture once a day to doing 10 wall push-ups a day.
For example, I need to resume my Strength Training routine. During this Challenge, NOEILAND, FOXYLOSE30 and GININARUBA (a/k/a Gin, one of my workout buddies and long-time friend...she's not a SPARKER just yet) have agreed to be my Strength Training Accountability Partners. I also need to "consistently" hit my pure water drinking goal everyday. So SLIMLADYP, JENGER2DAY, MOMSLOSINIT4_2 have agreed to be my H20 Accountability Partners. Receiving theirupdates during the day encourages me to take another sip and keep moving ON TO THE NEXT ONE!
Identify at least one habit that you would like to break and then find a SPARK Buddy to help hold you support you on finding an INDEPENDENT alternative. Your BREAKER could be anything from you want to stop eating fast food everyday to you want to stop texting while you're driving.
For example, during this challenge my goal is to gain control of my emotional eating. TJOI214 and LOVABLELULU have agreed to be my accountability partners. Regularly we will discuss our meal plans (even if we don't get a chance to update our SP Nutrition Trackers) and we have agreed to call/text or email each other if we are tempted to stray away from the meal plan for the day,
In closing, as with all challenges please know that the goal is to have fun and be stress-free.
I have decided NOT to link this challenge to a specific SPARK Team or require any additional tracking, I encourage you to find your accountability partner(s) among your current list of SPARK Friends or among your teammates on your SPARK Team where you are most active. If you're not active with a SPARK Team, consider this your invitation to join the CARDIO CONNOISSEURS! www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
For this challenge, what's most important is that you have a PLAN, get a PARTNER (whether they're on SPARK or NOT) and work your PLAN. Does that make sense?
So who is ready to DECLARE their INDEPENDENCE, and move with me ON TO THE NEXT ONE?
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of [AWESOME SPARK FRIENDS] to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the [BAD AND COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE HABITS] that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. " Hebrews 12:1 NLT
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