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the spark dims without Yoovie

Friday, May 13, 2011

Yoovie had popular blog posts daily. I was one of the thousands on spark that loved her. I am sad. I am upset. I am surprised by how much this drama from one internet site/community has gotten to me. I guess that speaks to how much sparkpeople means to me.

I've been on and off since Feb 08. This past Feb I found her through the Daily Spark. It happened to be the day before she started B2W. I joined. I did the challenges. It changed my life. seriously. Because of Yoovie, I feel in love with spark. Reading her blogs everyday at lunch was always a highlight of my day. the pics, the attitude, the not your average complaining boring story. She makes you want to work harder and have more fun doing it. Pretty good motivator, I'd say. Because of her and the other friends I made on the challenge, I joined other teams and challenges. (Go Warriors!) Yoovie has been a major part of my spark journey.

I know that she chose to close her page. I get it. Spark should not think they did not have a part in this. She was bullied into leaving. The constant reprimands for petty complaints would drive anyone away. It saddens me to know that the few whiners won. She made it very clear: if you don't approve of her lifestyle, stop reading her blog! that simple.

So I know this wasn't all about the ab pic. That was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. But, I'm going to talk about the underboob anyway. There was no nipple showing. so what's the big deal? How is it different than any bikini shot? Provocative? yes. Inappropriate? No. There's a difference. And that was Yoovie. She was provocative and many of us loved her for it.

This is the internet people!!! What do they expect? Watch a commercial, a music video, pop culture shows like Glee and American Idol.

Here's to the positive. Yoovie is truly something special and I hope her star rises. Some publisher needs to take her on. now. I hope she's reading all of this. I hope she sees how many people have come together. I have already made new spark friends.

Remember, "ain't nobody gonna hold me down. oh no! I got to keep on moving." I am gonna get out there and push it today. I'm gonna do something right for all the wrong reasons.

  
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DONNYBELLE 5/13/2011 10:42PM

    ROAR!!! awesomeness emoticon

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STIMPYKINS 5/13/2011 4:25PM

    I am so with you- if Yoovie's posts were offensive, don't read them. I personally looked forward to reading them and found them inspirational- how can you slack on exercise after reading her blog?!?

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PRETTYLILHEFFER 5/13/2011 10:01AM

    Yoovie was a thinker, who wouldn't follow the beat of everyone else's drums. Kinda sad one person get kicked off for half naked skinny girls, but I see status all day long for prayer requests.. make you wonder if being on SP is really worth it. Thanks for the good blog.

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THEMIS27 5/13/2011 9:45AM

    For the Yoovie fans, she's here now:

http://verblife.tumblr.
com/

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LEMASTED 5/13/2011 9:40AM

    I just started reading her blogs a couple days ago and they were so motivating and inspirational. I loved her attitude! I wish I had found her blogs sooner :( And you are right, some publisher in New York needs to take her on and publish her blogs! So many people, who are not on sparkpeople, could relate and find inspiration in them like all of us did!

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KLPEFFERS 5/13/2011 9:31AM

    I thought the "underboob pic" was increadibly sexy and motivating to me. Cuz I wanna look like that! How is it any different than all of the bodybuilders with barely covered body parts by straps of fabric? HMMMMM funny how that works.

Sparkguy's a schmuck for not owning up to it and saying, "you know what, she was bullied... many people found her motivating, and the community is saddened to see her go." IF he owned up and said that rather than doing a stupid tapdance around the fact that its about conservativism and money. I'm not saying he has to say that SP were wrong, but just acknowledge so many peoples' feeling. That would be a good start.

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SARAHSMC22 5/13/2011 9:27AM

    So sad. I haven't actually kept up with Yooves lately. She was a bright and shining star! Does anybody have her personal email or contact info?

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-DYET- 5/13/2011 9:22AM

    She was awesome!!! I am upset that she was bullied into leaving!! What a loss of inspiration! I have seen many nude picts on this site. UGH! SP needs to rethink this one!!!

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SHELLEY81 5/13/2011 9:21AM

    I just read that blog yesterday and didn't find anything offensive about her "under boob" pic. People seriiously need to take a chill pill. I didn't even know any other drama had happened.....

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DOWNTOWN02 5/13/2011 9:15AM

    I know of yoovie...but who was she? I am confused on all this. what happened?

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KRISTEN_SAYS 5/13/2011 9:12AM

    I guess I must have missed this recent drama. But I loved Yoovie's blogs too and it saddens me that I won't be able to read them anymore!

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6 months postpartum bragging

Thursday, May 05, 2011

My favorite little boy is 6 months today. Insert every cliche about how fast time goes here.

I went back and read my 3 month pp blog. Here's the info:

"As for me... pre-pregnancy weight was 165-168. At 39 weeks I was 206 and I was so horrified that I didn't look at the scale again. DS was born 40 weeks and 5 days. Who knows what my highest weight actually was. ahhh!!! After the first month, I was suck at 188 so that is why I choose that number for my weight loss ticker thingy.

I'm 171 today, which is good. I've worked really hard and lost lots of pounds and inches. I still have a long way to go, but I want to stay positive. I never got back to my pre-pregnancy weight (155-158) after DD. "

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This morning I was 156.6 woot! woot! So, not only am I at pre-preggo weight within 6 months. I'm also at pre-1st-preggo weight!! Did ya follow that?!? The last time I saw 156 on the scale was in March 2008. My original goal was 155, but I changed it to 150. Now, I think I may go further. I am accomplishing my goal of becoming a runner. It is freeing and incredible and I am so proud and feel great and yadda yadda yadda more! My dad is a marathon runner and I have always had that dream tucked way back in the cobwebs of my head. For the first time, I feel like it is a real possibility. A new long term goal, if you will. I called him last night to tell him about my run and I felt like a little kid showing a parent a good grade. I was proud. He was proud. It makes me choke up a little.

emoticonCheers to another happy and healthy 6 months!

  
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BEACHGRLFL12 5/12/2011 8:38AM

    You are such an inspiration and motivator. I am so proud of you and I'm betting your dad is too. It is a such a wonderful feeling to reach a goal like this. I started out at 206 last April and my original goal was 155 now my new goal is 145 and to complete a 1/2 marathon this year. With you as an inspiration I know I can do it.

You are wonderful!

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AARONSGIRL420 5/10/2011 10:39PM

    Way to go! I made my pre-1st-preggo-weight too! I am on kid #3 though, so I know the feeling of pure victory there.

Way to go on the running accomplishments as well.

You are doing fan-friggin-tastic!

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WENDY27 5/6/2011 8:05AM

    emoticon job!!!! You are an inspiration to moms everywhere!!!

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JOANNEW29 5/6/2011 7:55AM

    Wowwww! You go girl! That is so inspiring for me because my story is so similar except for the happy ending, BUT I'm hoping to join you in a victory dance sometime soon! emoticon So happy for you, what an accomplishment and so special to share that with your dad! emoticon

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LEASIM1231 5/6/2011 7:26AM

    What an inspiring blog! I know you can run that marathon! My mom recently lost 40 pounds and now she is into running and it is very motivating!

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--MAY-- 5/5/2011 8:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon and that's all I have to say! ;o)

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PSALM42 5/5/2011 7:51PM

    Fantastic! I felt like it was harder getting weight off after the 2nd, especially because there was less time on my hands (and I thought I was busy with one! lol). So cute about telling your dad.

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HLTHYRNRMOM 5/5/2011 6:38PM

    WOOHOOO! Great Job!

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DENAMARIE1 5/5/2011 6:24PM

    emoticon You should be very proud of yourself!!!!

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RASMUSSEN5 5/5/2011 6:08PM

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A-STRONGER-ME 5/5/2011 5:49PM

    TREMENDOUS ACCOMPLISHMENT!!! emoticon

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KITTEN0908 5/5/2011 4:08PM

    Awesome! Great Job! You'll be running that marathon for sure.
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MERRYCAKES 5/5/2011 3:42PM

    Woohoo! That is awesome and inspiring!

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MICHSTATE 5/5/2011 3:31PM

    Good job!!!!!
I had almost the same pre-pregnancy weight as you, but I gave been bouncing around 170 recently. I actually had the opposite thing for my two pregnancies!!! I was 175 before I got pregnant with my son who was born in Nov 2008 and lost all the baby weight in 3 months. I was able to get down to 165 before the recent pregnancy and my son is 7 months old now. I don't know why it has been so much harder this time!!!
You should totally go for the marathon!!! My first one is less than 4 weeks away and I am getting excited!!!:-)
~Laura

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KARENMOMOF2 5/5/2011 2:44PM

    emoticon emoticon Keep up the fantastic work!!

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MELPHILLIPS741 5/5/2011 2:38PM

    WOOT WOOT!!! I LOVE your post-partum bragging, you go girl!!
and btw you can totally run a Marathon. I FAILED gym class as a teenager, and I now have two Half-Marathons under my belt! Loving to run is half the battle. The other half is training! Trust me, if you give yourself time to train you can do it :)
Thanks for the awesome blog, you have come such a long way in a short period of time and you should be VERY proud of yourself!!!!

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ERICACEAE 5/5/2011 2:25PM

    Congratulations! You have made excellent use of these six months! :) Best wishes for your marathon dreams!

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JOYCERN12 5/5/2011 1:35PM

    AWESOME PROGRESS!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK! HERE MY DAUGHTER IS 16 AND I AM STILL WORKING ON GETTING TO PREBABY WEIGHT! JOYCE

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FITFORMYFAMILY 5/5/2011 1:24PM

    emoticon Cheers!

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May's Proving Ground

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Every Day - 1 Challenge... ready? Yes I am! I made big goals for April, but didn't change my routine until the last week. Time to actually DO more. Can't keep thinking about it. Nike was right.

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4. Do something that makes you feel strong: Ran 4.5 miles today. PR!!!!
5. Do something that makes you feel free: used 5 lb on ST instead of 3s strong=free?
6. Do something that makes you smell really bad: Bodystep at 6am. I was drenched by the end
7. Do something that makes you think hard about your goals: I ran today without my husband. He usually pushes the double stroller. not an easy task! I made a mental list of all the reasons I am pushing myself as I pushed that beast around the neighborhood. Keeping my goals in the front of my mind and heart.
8. Do more than you think you can handle: 4 mile run with the family. Perfect way to celebrate Mother's Day. AND I went to Bodystep.
9. Do something to release excess tension/stress/anger: Family bike ride on my rest day. This will be followed by guilt free red wine. And I scheduled a Thai massage, nice Mother's Day gift! Just thinking about it releases some stress
10. Do something you can brag about later: I ran 2 miles in 88 degree HUMID heat. People out on little walks were stopping and staring. no joke. I felt like a badas$. And then when I got home I ran up and down the big hill around the corner. 3 times. Because I told a sparkbuddy I would. Oh, and then i went and did 100 push-ups, 100 tricep dips, 100 second planks, bicycle crunches.
11. Do something right for all the wrong reasons. I bought some uber sexy stuff to wear and used that as motivation today during the workout. but is that really for the wrong reasons??!
12. Workout at a different time than usual: I had a meeting after work and got home way later than I'd like. I still did a 30 min ST dvd. woo-ha!
13. Do something that makes you feel like a gladiator:agreed to Bodystep training in fall. crazzel!!!
14. Work on your core. OK. done. side planks with twists
15. Surprise yourself. I signed up for a Warrior Dash with gym friends. I don't think other people in my life would expect me to do that. I love that my gym rats know I can!
16. REST
17. Break a personal record. 6 mile run! hoo-rah!!!
18. Workout first thing in the morning. fail. I go the gym at 6am twice a week. too bad the 18th didn't land on one of those days. I did go for a run after work and did lots of 100s. just not at sunrise.
19. Add 15 minutes: I was going to take a rest day today. I wanted to plop on the couch and drink wine. That would not be very Proving grounds-ish of me so I went for a walk and came home and spent about 20 min doing some of my own ST stuff. It wasn't the most intense workout or anything, but it was 15 minutes + some more than 0.
20. Workout your lower body: lunges, lunges and then some more lunges
21. Do something that makes you feel sexy or beautiful: I ran in the rain this morning before we left for an out of town wedding. I saw no one. No other people out. It was incredibly peaceful and beautiful. Then I work a size 6 dress to the wedding and monster heels. Sexy!
22. GO HARD OR GO HOME. After a long night out and a longer drive home, I ran again. I'm an addict.
23. REST: Thank you
24. Break a personal record: Plank on hands: 2 min 21 seconds. booya!!
25. STRETCH longer than normal.
26. Mid-Week super killer cardio day!
27. Practice your balance.
28. Pushups.
29. Obliterate your brick wall.
30. Enjoy the holiday.
31. Make a JUNE plan

  


B2W Finale!! (blog in progress...)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

BALLS TO THE WALL CHALLENGE FINALE!

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Take an after pic! Preferably in the same clothing/room where you took your before picture!
pics tonight...
Has your diet in general changed in the last 10 weeks? How?
emoticonI cut out all processed food before the challenge started. I've stuck with that. I also quit counting calories (gasp!) and it has worked wonders for me. Tracking was stressing me out and making me think about food all the time. I have made the change to mindful eating. It's a work in progress for sure. It's not for everybody, but it works for me. I've been challenged by a few people on spark about this. Here's my bottom line: a small 100 calorie apple is not the same as a Nabisco 100 calorie cookie snack pack.

Has your workout consistency improved? Are you working out more or less? What has changed about your exercise habits in the last 10 weeks?
emoticon I have added in way more exercise thanks to this challenge. I wanted to meet the goals. Some days I would just get in a 10 or 20 minute core DVD. Now that's a habit. I laugh at "3 days of rest"!!! I thought I was too busy because of my young children. Then I read on a fitspo picture, "Someone busier than you is running right now." That made me get off my butt and find a way to make time for exercise. Now I have 1 rest day and I make sure to talk a walk that day. Getting in more ST continues to be a goal. I'm working on it!!!

Of the different parts of your body that we worked on- which was your favorite, which caused the most struggle and which did you improve the most? (upper body/lower body/core)
emoticon I'd answer CORE for all questions for different reasons. I used to have the attitude: why bother with core? There's too many fat layers on top. (I know, not good.) Now I know it needs to be my strength.
Have you set or broken any personal records for yourself?

Have you learned anything about what keeps you motivated?
emoticon Spark does! I was just starting to get more involved when I joined this challenge on a whim the day it started. The other B2W blogs have been a huge source of inspiration and motivation for me. I joined another long challenge (BLC 16) to help me stay challenged and committed.

FIND your original Entry card for this challenge:
This is part of it from 2/17:
MAKE ME CONFIDENT.

Current Weight:
169.6
Current Measurements:
1. waist- 33.5
2. hips- 42.5
3. thigh- 25
4. chest- 40
5. arm- 12

Amount of time you can reasonably dedicate to exercise EACH DAY (oh yeah I went there): 60

Number of Rest Days needed per week (maximum): 3

1. Weight Lost: 12 pounds!!!!! 157.6 this morning
2. Retake the 5 measurements that you started with on your entry card, and show the results, you can say how many inches were lost on each measurement, or add it all up for a grand total! When I get home...
3. How much time do you think you spent exercising each week? 400-500 minutes
4. Do you reach any goals that you set for yourself during this challenge? Absolutely! The pounds lost is awesome. The increase in ST is also good stuff.
5. What did you learn about YOURSELF and the what you want from your body?
I want to be strong and healthy and a positive person. I want to trust myself and listen to my body. I want to learn from others. I want to run.
6. What was your proudest moment?
I have started running. for real. I've tried before and always given up. In the past few weeks I have made such a breakthrough. On Tuesday I did a little independent 5K. It was amazing. It was raining a little and I didn't let that stop me. I channeled my inner Yoovie and ran to be free. I heard all of your words. Thank you. I loved this challenge!

*still need to update this...

  


B2W 18

Thursday, April 21, 2011

^!^ B2W MISSION 18! ^!^
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1. TELL ME WHAT BIG THINGS YOU ACHIEVED THIS PAST WEEKEND!
running! running! running! Each time I am shocked at how much easier it feels, how much better I feel, how I am actually beginning to enjoy it.

2. THIS WEEK- It's all about staying organized! Sometimes when we really get going with our fitness efforts, some of the important things along the way get shifted aside. So this week- it't time to catch up on all those things that, if left ignored, will come back to bite your heiney!

Play catch up this week with things like:
laundry
chores
work correspondence
grocery shopping
homework
etc
ummmmm, I did lots of this on Sunday. I've been cleaning all week because family will be in town this weekend. I feel behind at work and I blame it on Sparking! I spend too many of my breaks on here instead of getting some serious shiz done.

3. TAKE A REST DAY if your weekend made you sore. Seriously. All you can do on a rest day is go for a walk and/or stretch- dont hit the gym if you ran a half marathon last night.
Wednesday was a much needed rest day. Stretched in the morning and went on a short walk since it wasn't flippin snowing like it had been. I know I know, it's April. Enough with the snow already MN!

4. Give me at least two days this week where you thought you were going to be too busy to workout- but found a way to squeeze in 20 minutes.. somehow.
Tues was going to be a rest day but I ran for 30 min and then did 20 min ST and I am going to try to repeat that today after work. I'll update...

This week flew by. I am ready for a weekend. I will not eat too much chocolate. I will not eat too much chocolate.I will not eat too much chocolate.I will not eat too much chocolate.I will not eat too much chocolate.

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WENDY27 4/22/2011 8:48PM

    Sounds like you've got lots accomplished this week and have lots of things you plan on accomplishing. emoticon

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