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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

So my last entry was not quite 5 months ago--titled "Sidetracked" and BOY, did I ever get sidetracked.

One foot injury, a vacation to L.A., a break up with my boyfriend of 3 years and one move back to my parent's house later, and I would say SIDETRACKED is a good way to sum it all up. emoticon

I thought breaking up with a long-term relationship would be the best diet, but in fact, instead of starving out of sadness, the happiness of it all made me eat anything and everything (aaannnddd, maybe have a few too many drinks with the girls!) emoticon

So, I gained 11 lbs and a real affection for my old, unhealthy lifestyle.

Now, four months into my new, single and MUCH happier life, I had to take a step back and remember why I was putting in all that hard work in the first place. And trust, I was seriously in it to win it!

Now, as I excitedly await my 28th birthday next week which, may I add, I will be celebrating in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (first stamp on the passport! WOOT WOOT!), I seem to have found my *spark* again, albeit not quite as full force as the first time.

Still, I'm cutting down, cutting back and sweating more--and ya know, it feels pretty good to have that sense of control back again.

I'm happy to report I've lost 7 of the 11 lbs I gained back during my "low point" and and am well on my way to losing all that extra fluff by the time I hop on that plane with my best friend and a suitcase full of new fall clothes!

Granted, it probably helps that I have something to look forward to which lit the fire again, but hey, isn't that usually the case?

And I must say, being featured in the new SparkPeople book, The Spark (due out in bookstores in January) was also the catalyst for getting this butt back in action.

If I'm gonna talk the talk, I have to walk the walk.

emoticonAnd so here I am, lighting that spark again and feeling so great to have come out the other side.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LIMASTAR 10/6/2009 10:06PM

  Early "Happy Birthday". Sorry to hear about your foot injury, and your breakup, but it sounds like you're back on track and doing well.

Have a great Birthday!!

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TRENTDREAMER 10/6/2009 9:26PM

    Happy Birthday!!! Sorry to hear about the injury, break-up, etc. Congrats on the re-loss of the poundage. Enjoy your trip to BC!!

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ITS_TORII-LEE 10/6/2009 7:26PM

    Good for you for getting that spark back! Keep going, you can do it!!

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    Glad you are back at it! Enjoy life.

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THINNAT1 10/6/2009 7:20PM

    Congratulations on climbing back into the wagon! Have fun in Canada, .... aye.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

emoticon I've never considered myself an athlete...until today, the day I get sidelined with an injury due to my vigorous fitness routine. Eesh!

So my profoundly flat feet must not like the jumping and bouncing of my beloved Turbo Jam and that sucks....because now I've strained a ligament in my left foot and am now forced to wear a sexy boot. Soooo sexy. emoticon

In disbelief, I asked my podiatrist over and over and over again, "So you're saying I can't workout? Not even low impact? Not even walking?"

Sadly, he said no -- but recommended I swim or do the stationary bike. The problem with that is that I don't belong to a gym (nor do I even WANT to), so access to a pool and a bike will be tricky.

Luckily, my apartment complex is completing construction of a brand new gym only yards from my apartment which should be done soon (thank goodness!) And I live about a mile from a local recreation center which I can use for dirt cheap.

*sigh* I guess this attractive gray boot and only 2-3 weeks of little to no exercise is better than the MRI and/or possible surgery I may need if I ignore doctor's orders.


So, the only thing that makes me feel better is that I have a plan of action:

1. Lower calorie intake and be diligent about clean eating. I've heard you can still lose weight, even with no exercise, by eating clean and closely monitoring calories

2. Continue strength training, minus the cardio beforehand. I can do upper and lower body weights just fine without straining my foot, I'm sure!

3. Do my prescribed foot and ankle stretches, and the ice treatments as well.

4. Keep a positive outlook and find ways to be active even without exercise

5. Sign up at my local rec for a membership and begin doing bike and swimming. Who knows...I may even drop a few pounds with this change to my routine!

Appreciating my blessings still,

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SURLYGIRL 5/19/2009 7:37PM

    Erin - I feel your pain. I had surgery 3 weeks ago to repair an elbow injury I got from training too aggresively during my kickboxing sessions.

Youhave a great attitude and I love that you've written down a roadmap to wellness. Remember to read your blog often in the coming days an weeks. It will help you to keep on trucking.

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2nd Mini Goal - DONE!

Monday, May 04, 2009

Woo hoo!!

I hit my second mini goal of 35 lbs lost this morning and I've never been happier!

Adding icing to the cake, I learned I'm a size medium/small this weekend while shopping for clothes for my trip to L.A. this week!!! emoticon

Holy cow! I've never been a small IN MY LIFE!! EVER!!

35 lbs gone (forever), size 10/12, size S/M......does life get any better than this?

(sure...after I hit my third mini goal!! lol tee hee!)

Ultimate goal weight......HERE I COME!! emoticon

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MARYBR 5/16/2009 7:02PM

    Erin, congratulations on meeting your 2nd mini goal!! emoticon

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PBGWILLIAMS 5/6/2009 3:38PM

    Congratulations Erin! You are doing so awesome!!! How are you dropping the pounds? I can't seem to lose any..I'm stuck. Got any advice? What an inspiration you are! Great job!!! emoticon

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JANIRAN 5/4/2009 12:59PM

    emoticon emoticon on meeting that goal!! emoticon Keep up the great effort you are doing!

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

I'm at a loss for witty things to say tonight. Chalene has officially kicked my butt (albeit a little higher and rounder than it used to be) and I'm just zonked.

It's fantastic. emoticon

I always knew muscle burns fat. But until I really tested myself to push farther than I thought I could, I couldn't have guessed how really transforming it could be.

I have muscle tone! ME!!! Me...with muscle tone!! It just mind-boggles me... emoticon

(My boyfriend said it's beginning to look like I could beat him up if I wanted to! ha!) emoticon He'd better watch out cuz I might just get Turbo Jam on him! he he he!

Chalene Extreme delivers, that's for sure. I'm stronger and more toned after only two weeks. So uber excited about what the final weeks will hold for this soon-to-be-svelte body of mine!

I need to focus more on eating every two more attention to the times I eat. I will not allow myself to work this hard just to defeat my own efforts by starving my muscles. I tried to be more attentive of that today and it felt great. I think athletes may very well be on to something... emoticon

Fitting into sizes I never thought I'd see again,


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JESSRENEE621 4/13/2009 10:21AM

  I am SO proud of you!!!!! OMGosh, you're totally going to hit your goal weight in no time!

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MRSMEADE 4/10/2009 8:56AM

    emoticon emoticon

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BARB7983 4/10/2009 12:14AM

    Yeah, we gotta keep our men in line and let 'em know who's really the boss, huh?
Girls rule and boys DROOL!

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ChaLEAN Extreme Day 1 - CHECK!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Whoa. This program is going to be I.N.T.E.N.S.E... emoticon

Did all the pre-program prep last night and this morning including 10 variations of before photos (eesh...still not how I'd pictured my 28 lb weight loss to look like), took measurements, recorded body fat with a caliper, completed a fitness test and mentally pushed aside that tingle of intimidation in my gut. emoticon

So I just finished day 1 - Burn Circuit 1 and all I can say is no wonder those before and after shots in the infomercials and marketing materials are so dramatic! This program tests you physically and mentally and I have no doubt my body will transform into something I've never thought possible. emoticon

Interestingly, the Body Makeover Calendar has prescribed a rest day for tomorrow already, so I'll hit the ground running with strength again on Tuesday. Looking forward to it already and feeling more recharged than ever!

Ciao! emoticon

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JESSRENEE621 4/4/2009 11:49AM

  Ok, i'm definitely going to ask for this for my bday coming up!

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