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End of May 2014 Check in

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Its been a good and hard month, I've had to fight myself when I feel lazy about working out, I have to fight myself and not think of Magnums new chocolate infinity ice cream, but I'm getting into a routine and improving everyday, and the numbers are improving. My muscle mass has increased to 20.3% and my body fat is down emoticon emoticon Weighed in last Wednesday at 312, and this afternoon a little higher for a mini BLC.
So far I have a set routine of going to the gym at least 4 times a week, I take walks on the weekend, jump on my trampoline, or go to Zumba. I'm working on having a set time each weekend when I say to myself "Girl go workout" and I just go.
The nutrition still needs a lot of work, I've been planning and packing meals, but there are meal times/days when I just want something else and I venture off the plan. My new goal will be to come up with ways of dealing with these situations. My mom says to focus and take 10 deep breath as if I'm in a Yoga class and if I still want to go off the plan then... Jamie (Spark Friend) does something similar, she holds off 10 minutes or so and if she still wants it, she has it in moderation, and 90% of the time the urge passes. Also, I've been drinking a big cup of water, to fight off the urges. What do you guys do? Need suggestions people!!!!
You know when you're on a challenge and you start running out of steam, well works been crazy, and the 12 week BLC just got me to rev my engines with the amazing race weekend challenge, love it emoticon. I have had some weird meals and soda this weekend, putting a stop to that one right now. I've been more active than I usually am on this weekend since I'm helping my neighbor move, not a good influence on my nutrition though.
I'm also doing a quick 4 week BL mini challenge, I bet 16 dollars on Dietbet, and Lord knows I want to cash in. Focus focus focus!!!!
Last but not least, my goal for the end of June is 301!!!!! I know for a fact that if I focus, and give it 100% I can surpass this. Eat healthy whole meals, track it all, and exercise, repeat!!!!!

  
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LISAN0415 6/8/2014 2:07AM

    Wow, you are doing great, and I never heard of Diet bet before, how cool is that- very motivating! I am going to check it out!

Keep up the great work, more results are coming!

Lisa

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-ADRIENNE- 6/2/2014 2:45PM

    I agree (and need to do the same) about not having trigger foods in the house. When we did Paleo for a week before hubby went to vegas for work we had no sweet stuff in the house and I was snacking on grated cheese, I ate way less of it and less calories than having biscuits in the house and lost weight because of it. I also keep a glass of water in the fridge and then I still get the "open the fridge and browse" feeling but I drink water then walk away. 301 what a great goal! I love the idea of diet bet, I was thinking about doing that but just with myself or hubby, like put $20 a fortnight away and if I havent lost 20kg by December then I don't get it back to spend at the Katy Perry concert... hmmm I thought about that as I typed it and that sounds great. Thanks for the idea creating.

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BKWERM 6/1/2014 5:49PM

    My only suggestion for fighting cravings is to not have your trigger foods in the house. If they're not there, there's less chance you'll actually go out to get what you're craving. Or at least, that's the way it is for me. I don't live never any stores and would actually have to drive to one if my craving was that intense and that's never happened in my experience.

Good luck.

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She's Back & BLC 25 fit test/Goals

Monday, May 05, 2014

It's been a while folks. I've struggled this past year, moved twice and almost flat out given up, but I've pushed little by little, and I'm finally back. The weight's back, but that's OK. I'm here to fight for my life and I'm going to learn how to crawl before I can walk again.
I'm starting things up by getting into a routine, and the BLC is the best at keeping me focused and in a set routine. I have a great group of gals in my team (Amber Amazon Warriors), who have just been extremely supportive.
My Goals
Improve my consistency by tracking my meals at least 5 days a week, eating 8 or more freggies a day, improve towards my goal of working out 5-6 days a week, drop a jean size (Currently a 22w for regular 32" inseam boot cut jeans by pure energy at Target), blog at least once a month and last but not least, I will be shooting for 30 lbs.
The first weeks weekend challenge was to complete a fit test, and I'm proud of where I am. I started working out more consistently as of last week and I can already see improvements from a fit test I did 6 weeks ago.
6 weeks ago Today
Modified push ups 17 29
Crunches 16 23
1 Mile walk 20:00 15:36 (used the elliptical, my back was done after body pump)
3 min Step N/A 135 (Used the stairs in front of my apartment)

I did my fit test as part of the Reach the Beach challenge at the Y, and some other variables were tracked:
Body Fat: 57.3%
Visceral 8
Muscle 19.3
Waist 46 3/4"
Modified Plank 1:09

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MYRTROSE 5/7/2014 1:12AM

    That's some good inspiration! I have a 4 month old daughter and need to get back on track too.

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EUEK098 5/6/2014 7:11PM

    Thanks guys

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JMOUSE99 5/6/2014 3:58PM

    emoticon You aren't a failure if you don't give up!

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A-STRONGER-ME 5/6/2014 3:51PM

    TRACK and emoticon

emoticon - I KNOW YOU CAN

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VANICIS 5/6/2014 2:16AM

    Good Luck With Your Goals!!

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LIZMORGAN 5/6/2014 2:08AM

    Awesome! That's some serious progress on your fitness test... keep it up girl! :)

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I looked back/Summary of 2012/Lessons Learned/January Goals

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I looked into the past at my official first attempt with Sparkpeople, October of 2011. I was new to the game and probably halfa**ed it, and that's why I quickly regained the weight I lost then, but I came out knowing that it was possible to achieve my goals.
After falling off the wagon sometime in November 2011, I hit reset in February 2012, I did everything from scratch, went back to the basics. I learnt that I had to drink at least 8 cups of water, but I also learnt why, I learnt that by fueling your body properly , you'd have more energy, and feel better. I followed the simple rules, and built a workout plan, and it all worked.
When Summer came around, I stuck to my workout plan, but was not as steadfast with Nutrition, I would be great on some weeks and let the next I wouldn't be. That led to a gain and lose cycle that I can only describe as shocking, but I refused to give up.
After my Summer vacation was over, I realized things had to change, for most of September and October I fought a battle of wills with myself, I would cave in during work weekends, after I'd put in so much work throughout the week.
Enough was Enough and I decided to place some checks at work that reminded me of all my hard work, I paid close attention to what I ate and worked, and the results quickly showed.
At the beginning of December, I started Insanity, it has improved my fitness level, but after the first week of losing weight and the next couple of weeks of nothing, I knew something was fishy, upon further investigation, I have come to realize that Insanity puts one through 5 days of HIIT workouts and 1 day of recovery and another day of rest, so eating 1300-1500 calories wouldn't cut it. Based on the Insanity calculations I should be eating 1900, and after updating my nutrition tracker appropriately, I am in the 1650 to 2000 calorie range.
I've been fighting it though, sometimes I hit my range and other times am way below, but I will strive to get to that range.

Looking back on the past 15 months, I see that I putting in all my effort helps me stay on track, getting involved in Challenges (BLC), especially keeps me motivated. Sticking to the basics: 8+ glasses of water (am at 20 on some days), 5+ freggie servings, staying within my caloric range and eating healthy whole foods, working out 3-6 days a week, and "Sticking to The Plan" at work and parties are the golden keys to achieving all my weight loss goals. I might be fighting it, but I know it's time to up those calories, like it or not. Paying the utmost attention to these characteristics, will place and keep me on the path to success.
Keeping all of them in mind, I have decided to set some goals for this month and year:
1. We try but the number on the scale still rules our minds most of the time, so in 2012 my weight goal is to go from 262 to 199.9, that's 62.1 lbs, approximately 5.2 lbs a month, it might not seem like much, but seeing the trends for the past 15 months, tell me this is what I should be aiming for. If more comes off then more comes off, but am aiming for 5.2 lbs every month.
2. With the weight release, there will also be some inch loss, I want to look a lot better in the dresses I uploaded on my last blog, but I also want to be wearing size 12/14 pants.
3. Track like my life depends on it, cause it does, portion control!!! and eat properly.
4. Exercise, no excuses, if I want my body to be at it's best, then I must exercise, Cardio and ST, ST 2 to 3 times a week.
5. Stay involved in the Spark community, give support, cause I know I would not be hear today if I didn't get any support from you all. emoticon emoticon.

Parting words: look back and learn.

  
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SABRINASARAH 1/7/2013 7:08PM

    What a great reflection on what you've done, learned, and plan to do. I wish you the best for 2013!!

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SHINING_ON 1/4/2013 12:50PM

    This is a really great reflection, and although they are simple lessons, ones that members new (and old?) can learn from. Thanks so much for sharing the wisdom you have acquired over the past 15 months, and congratulations on all of your small successes so far! Knowing what works for you makes those future successes even easier to attain. :) I know you can do it. emoticon

See you next BLC, I hope? emoticon

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MAVERICK59 1/1/2013 3:32PM

    You can get this done if you focus on just one day at a time.

Set daily goals and don't think about anything beyond that.

Have a plan for when you feel cravings;Go brush your teeth, read success stories, set a timer for 30 minutes and hold off until then...what ever works for you.
Meet the goals you set for yourself each day and the rest will just fall in place.

Good luck and Happy, Healthy New Year to you!

Belinda


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SARAHST0T 1/1/2013 2:44PM

    Wow it seems like you have learned quite a bit since joining SP back in Oct '11. Keep up the good work! I am impressed and motivated by all that you have accomplished! emoticon

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A year in the same dress w/Pics/New dress goal.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


This was taken on the 23rd of December 2011, had on the most incredible pair of Spanx, but I can't imagine how I let myself get this far, I used to think I was okay like this, and looking back I'm horrified.
Just look at that, I don't even have a neck, had to add an extra hole to the belt on the dress, so i could wear the belt.
A year later and am still working on myself and learning new things, but thankfully there has been progress:

No spanx here, just underwear, and you can't see the stomach I had to work hard to get into those spanx that unsuccessfully covered my bulge. This year, you can actually see the belt, it was too big this time around and I had to add another hole to make it tighter.

It took me hours to get ready in 2011, but in 2012, I just threw this dress on with my morning makeup on, and no extra meddling with the hair. My self image is definitely improving.
The next dress is a figure hugging XL from Forever 21. I decided to brave it without the Spanx, although it's not as forgiving of my Spanxless attitude, but that gives me a goal for next year, to look better in this dress (get rid of as much bulge as is humanly possible) and the gold one by my birthday.


Now to find out my starting point after the Birthday/Christmas weekend, for once am hoping the cold I had worked in my favor (but the spirits....)

  
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HDHAWK 1/12/2013 9:38AM

    Great progress and cute dresses!

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WRITINGBLUEHAWK 1/12/2013 9:25AM

    Yay! Good for you! emoticon

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VANICIS 1/11/2013 9:45PM

    I think I am going to steal this from you!

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FITBY07032015 1/5/2013 11:07AM

    Sexy momma! That dress is hanging in the midsection girl! This is great motivation :) Keep up the great work!!!

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SARAHST0T 1/1/2013 2:47PM

    I love both of those dresses! You look wonderful!

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LEVELPATHS 12/31/2012 3:05AM

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SKEEWEE2MEK 12/27/2012 5:22PM

    You look great! Congrats on your progress! emoticon emoticon

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CYNCERELY4ME 12/27/2012 3:13PM

    Girl U Look Fabulous!!!!!! Keep it up emoticon emoticon emoticon

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*MAMA*2*BOYS* 12/27/2012 2:56PM

    You look AMAZING!!! WOW! emoticon I can't wait to see the next pictures!!

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AMY-MIMI77 12/27/2012 2:42PM

    LOOKING GREAT!
You are doing such a great job; Keep pushing girl

(wish I had thought to do more pics of myself as a comparison, but I dreaded the camera and stayed behind the scenes)

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1HOTTIEBODY 12/27/2012 1:40PM

    YES! Sweetness work that damn dress.
CONFIDENCE is oozing!! You are well on your way. There is no turning back at all. YOU GOT THIS without a doubt.



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EUEK098 12/27/2012 1:34PM

    Thank you so much guys, it's things like this that keep me going, reflecting on the past years work, and actually seeing it reflected, and all the support. Thank you all.

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PINKBEANBOO 12/27/2012 12:53PM

    Hot! Hot! Hot! emoticon

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NIKKICOLE83 12/27/2012 12:49PM

    You just shut me up and that is hard to do!!! You look damn good girl! You are owning that silver dress WITHOUT Spanx on! I couldn't even tell you were wearing a belt in the first picture. I like the loose fit now in that dress. You have come so far and your legs are looking emoticon ! You have done a great job this year. Be proud!

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KTTAYLOR21 12/27/2012 10:40AM

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You really see how much your hard work has paid and you look FABULOUS!!!!

Happy Birthday (belated)!!!!

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PURPLE180 12/27/2012 10:06AM

    emoticon You look awesome and I love the dresses. The 1st one looks completely different. emoticon emoticon

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GLMOM2 12/27/2012 8:47AM

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DARKCHILD 12/27/2012 6:31AM

    Fantastic job! You look MarVeLous!! emoticon

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-ADRIENNE- 12/27/2012 3:41AM

    wow you look amazing and a fabulous reminder of how it's about the clothes and how we feel, not a magic number on the scale! What an acheivement, I'm going to do this with a jeans and top combo I own, put it on each month maybe!

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VALKYRIA- 12/26/2012 11:42PM

    Amazing progress! Congratulations!!

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IMSOOZEEQ 12/26/2012 10:54PM

    Very inspiring!! You look emoticon

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NEWKATHYNOW 12/26/2012 10:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You look fabulous!

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LADYGSC 12/26/2012 10:22PM

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STEVIEBEE569 12/26/2012 10:02PM

    Great job! Keep up your progress!

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DUMBBELLE84 12/26/2012 10:01PM

  Congratulations, you're doing amazing!

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SONIA260 12/26/2012 9:54PM

    awesome job hun!!!!

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CTURCOTTE 12/26/2012 8:40PM

    AWSOME! YOU GO GIRL! emoticon

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MKRETIRED 12/26/2012 8:17PM

  You are looking great. Keep up the good work.

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Kick in the Toosh, and Another week with INSANITY.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The week was great until Friday, packed my meals to work and was on track with everything. Then Friday rolls in the door, I did the usual, packed my meals and ate well at work, but I stayed up to the wee hours of the morning at a friends place and ended up eating 3 slices of pizza, because I was hungry and it was available, talk about excuses. Come Saturday morning, I pay the price of my early morning snacking, had to work out as a bloated ball, believe me, doing something like Insanity while bloated is not fun, but I did it. 2 weeks down and still going strong. I hit the reset button on Saturday, had tons of fruits and vegetables, and cereal, just had to have some Fiber One.
This experience really was an eye opener, I know these situations might occur, but I've always had a hard time dealing with them, but this time I gave myself the much needed pep talk, a kick in the behind and jumped back in the saddle. Before I'd have spent a whole week eating badly before hitting reset, but why waste a week and undo all my hard work? Working out while bloated was really a good eye opener, I never want to go through that again. I know I will stumble, but I will and must stand up immediately.
The workouts with Shaun T are going great, it is Insanity, and it's hard, but I'm developing a fondness for it. One of my 2013 goals will be to make sure I get to day 64, the final fit test.
Off to making this week better than the last, and trying to get as close to my goal as is humanly possible.
Have a great week everyone.

  
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1HOTTIEBODY 12/27/2012 1:43PM

    Minor hiccup! We all done this and just need to dust it off and keep trucking!! Shaun T will make you pay for it 10 fold in 1 workout LOL!!

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FITBY07032015 12/19/2012 9:40AM

    One of my goals is to get through the whole program too! This week and next week will be rough bc I'm going on vacation but will be taking the dvds with me! Here's to being back on track :)

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SHRINKING_SARA 12/18/2012 3:29PM

    Woo hoo! Sounds like you're doing great!

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XENATHOMAS 12/18/2012 12:29PM

    It is ok to slip up every now and then and I don't think that you were making excuses when you ate the pizza. I would have eaten it too. You are human, the good thing is that you picked yourself up, dusted yourself off and started again. emoticon emoticon

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NIKKICOLE83 12/17/2012 10:56PM

    One tiny, itsy, bitsy little slip up. That is all it was. You did wonderful to still get up and deal with Shaun T on a bloated tummy. That shows commitment. December is hard. We just need to buckle down and make it into the New Year.

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DARKCHILD 12/17/2012 6:27AM

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