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Challenges and Teams are like Bras...

Monday, June 02, 2014

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I've been a member of Spark since 2009 and from 2009-2011 I lost about 70 pounds with the help of SparkPeople, SparkFriends and SparkChallenges. During that time I would sign up for multiple challenge teams lead by some great leaders. It helped keep me motivated and losing.

In summer of 2011 I got a little fed up with the Spark "Superstars/Motivatiors" at the time (who either led or were a part of the same challenges I was). I honestly believe it was the beginning of my downfall and the start of gaining back 45 pounds between June 2011 and March 2014.

Many of these "superstars/motivators" ALWAYS had a loss, NEVER seemed to have a tough week and their bodies looked pretty amazing. Everyone loved them and worshiped them... for me it started looking a little like a cult. And, most of the time they were not really very motivating. Some, were even a little mean. What started out to be a good thing for me, began to become very discouraging for me. I felt like I could never measure up to these folks, never lose all the weight and never have an amazing body. All the negative talk I thought I had banished slowly began to creep back in. Of course most of these are problems I have had since childhood and not the fault of the leaders/motivators. They didn't force me to feel that way - the environment I had put myself into was not a good fit for me.

I was working out all the time, tracking tons of fitness minutes and running. While I had lost weight, my body shape was seeming to stay the same - just a smaller version. I was tired and still felt like the fat girl. At some point I quit all the challenges. Then I quit tracking my food. Then I quit tracking my exercise. Then the exercise got less and less. While the exercise didn't stop all together it was much less than I was doing to lose or maintain. Then I just stopped logging on to Spark at all. I was DONE and not in a good way.

Flash forward to March 2014. I was DONE of gaining the weight. DONE with feeling like a failure at this one thing in my life I just can't seem to get right. So, with head down and tail between my legs I came back to Spark. The first thing I did was delete all the teams I was on except for one... the RV Enthusiasts (Hubby and I full time RV so like-minds...). This was the ONLY team where I felt totally encouraged and supported. It was hard writing the "hey, I screwed up but I'm back" post on the team board but everyone was so welcoming and kind. They made it really easy to come back.

They were at the end of a challenge when I came back so I jumped into the next one that lasted 8 weeks - this is our last week. This blog was actually one of our challenges!

Our awesome leader, Sharon, comes up with something different every week to push us and motivate us. It's been interesting each week to see one challenge being easy for some team members and difficult for others. It all really depends on where we are in our journey and what we are working on. It helps us realize that sometimes, baby steps are what works best. The folks on the team are encouraging and supportive whether you've had a great week or a not so great week. It's really a TEAM and I appreciate that SO much. During this challenge I have averaged losing a pound a week and that is exactly where I need to be right now. I'm not in a race with anyone but myself and I am learning (with the help of challenges) to be fierce when I can and not to beat myself up when I'm not.

The best advice I have about challenges is they work for me. They will probably work for most anyone IF you find the one(s) that are right for you. There are plenty to be found here on Spark. Check them out, read the various chat boards on the teams to see if it might be a good fit for you and what you are trying to do - lose weight, work out more, maintain your weight, etc. Look through some of the past challenges for that team and see if it's something you think you can incorporate into your life or is it too much to handle right now.

Only you will know what is right for you and it may take going through a few challenges before you find the perfect fit!
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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 11/15/2014 6:36PM

    Very good blog. Thank you!

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    emoticon blog, Roxxy! I love your title, and agree that the right fit can be tough to find. This is such a supportive and encouraging group!
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SHARONSPARKLE 6/3/2014 9:05AM

    I am so proud that you kept our team when you came back! We do have a bunch of wonderful supportive people that I enjoy being around. Many of us have joined SP, lost a bunch of weight and gained much of it back! We know we have a life long battle with food but together we help each other. Here's hoping we continue to motivate you until you reach your goal!

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RUTHANN05 6/2/2014 6:00PM

    Your story is wonderful. So many times I just want to quit but Sharon seems to come though and darn here we go again. Welcome to the greatest site on SP. I am glad I am getting to know everyone. Every time I turn around there is some one new popping in. I love it.
Keep on chugging. I do and I am nearer the 200 range but when I started I was near the 300 range. So it is working for me slow and steady as they say.
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GRLTAZ 6/2/2014 1:33PM

    Roxxy, well said ! I loved seeing your story and I so totally agree with you and finding the "right team" for you. There are so many and some talk some do not, some have challenges, some do not. I am glad this is working for you again and I hope you find maintenance some day soon.

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What Does 8 Weeks Back on Spark Look Like?

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

I have been back at this healthy journey for 8 weeks (wow that flew by!) and I am pretty pleased with my progress and the results.

Here's what my first 8 weeks looks like:
Weight Lost: 13 pounds
Fitness minutes: 2803 mins/46+hours (what???)
Miles walked: 187 (whoa!)
Calories toched: 15,328!

I think I have finally found a good balance of eating healthier, moving more and not feeling deprived. Fingers Crossed!

I have set a goal of being 170-175 lbs by the time I do the 60 mile charity walk in November. That was the lowest I got here on Spark - I NEED to get there again.
But first stop will be Onderland - only 8 pounds to go!

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MEOWMAMA3 5/19/2014 10:45PM

    AND..........SHE'S..............OFF
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GRLTAZ 5/6/2014 8:53PM

    Whoo hoo ! Cannot hardly wait. so excited for you !!! Great job !

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GAELENEC 5/6/2014 8:14PM

    You are AMAZING!!! Way to go girl!

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JAPITTARD 5/6/2014 6:39PM

    WOW!!! Great job. That is a great first 8 weeks. WAY TO GO!!!

-Amy P
Also I host a fitness and accountability group on Facebook. Itís a private group where we check in, keep each other accountable and encourage one another on our journeys! Because it is private what you post in the group doesnít show up on your regular feed. I would love for you to join us. If you would like you can either message me your email address and I can add you that way (we donít have to be FB friends if I add you by emailÖ.. OR you can find me on Facebook and add me as a friend (facebook.com/amy.pittard). Once you add me as a friend I can add you directly to the group. I hope you join in!!


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I'm starting back as well.

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Let's Keep Trying!

Monday, April 14, 2014

I know, some days it is difficult to make the right food choices, to force yourself to go the extra steps, the extra mile, the extra minutes.
Reaching any goal is hard but it is worth it in the end, right? So, let's keep trying!

  
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GRLTAZ 4/14/2014 2:49PM

    You are so right. I am struggling today to get moving. I did do 20 min ST but still need cardio and it is snowing outside. Thinking maybe leslie sansone & I need to do some walking in place.

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Do you lie about your age...

Monday, March 24, 2014



I do! This weekend I celebrated my 57th birthday... apparently for the second time.

I realized about a month ago that for the last year I had been lying about my age. But not in the direction that most people who lie about their age do... I had my self a year older than I actually was! So, now I get to be 57 for yet another year!

56 was a pretty good year - I was able to spend a lot of time with my first grandson Ethan. We spent most of my 56h year parked at a beautiful lake for free! (we volunteered with the Army Corps of Engineers), our second grandson was born and the hubby took me on my dream trip to Alaksa and the Iditarod start. So, I'm not sure how, when or why I thought I was already 57... I've never been great at math so maybe that was the problem, maybe it was a senior moment and it just stuck -- whatever the reason I'm still 57.

56...57, they are only numbers and, most days, in no way indicate how I feel! Today I read about a woman who is 76 years of age (she makes it a point NOT to say 76 years OLD) who wakes up at 3:30 am, runs 10 miles a day and is a body builder! Talk about INSPIRATION!

My second year of being 57 is looking bright and wonderful - Bring it on!
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GRLTAZ 3/25/2014 6:21PM

    Senior moment at 56. Gawd, I am in trouble. LOL !! Glad to have you back in the program. BTW, I have never lied about my age. No need, no one to impress. LOL !

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CHALLENGER15 3/25/2014 12:55PM

    emoticon I thought my DH was a year older than he was most of last year...then I did the math; I still haven't told him. LOL!

I had to use my driver's license for an ID this past month, and the person checking remarked about my hair being a different color...it is, I have been having it highlighted for a few years now, and it has been a few years more since my last picture on the driver's license. Then I got to looking at my license; it will need to be renewed prior to the end of the year, but here is the good news! I won't be lying about my weight! I actually will get to give a lower number and it won't be a lie! LOL! Cracked me up!

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GEMINICHIK 3/24/2014 6:14PM

    I do not lie about my age.....I am 56yo & happy to be!

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JUNETTA2002 3/24/2014 6:09PM

    I am or will be 60 in one month and I don't lie about it. I feel great since I have lost my weight. Age is just a number.

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MOODYKEYS 3/24/2014 6:06PM

    I am 64 and I know I am old but don't want to feel that way. that's why I am venturing on this new healthy life and paying attention to me for a change. not everyone else. I work out with my gazelle right now for 60 minutes . I sometimes walk to the mailbox about 15 minute walk when I shed more weight I will venture into more exercise moves. I have 95 pounds to lose altogether. keep up your good work.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/24/2014 5:45PM

    I may forget how old I am but not intentionally lie about it. I always have to calculate it....to old to remember the number. But then it'd only a number...whose counting? As long as I don't have to count. ...the candles for a cake, I figure who cares! If you feel younger, take that number....I hated yo count after age 45! Lol susana

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Life is to short...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014



I am tired of being at war with myself. I have spent way too many years that way.
This week I am working at being on peace with who I am right now.
I am working toward change and that IS the best I can do.

Are you at war or at peace with yourself?

  
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SHARONSPARKLE 3/15/2014 9:32PM

    I think you have taken a big step forward. Stop beating yourself up over would have, should have or could haves. You're here now and working on changes. You will reach your goals.

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GRLTAZ 3/14/2014 6:04PM

    Glad to see you coming to terms with what you can change and what you can not. You are progressing well. TC

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CHALLENGER15 3/13/2014 7:23AM

    I would have to say that has been my biggest battle, even bigger than my fitness journey. I spent too many years with "I should have..." thoughts in regards to others' life journey. I am much better about it now, and while I have become more peaceful in this regard, I am not "cured" of the tendency. LOL!

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GINNABOOTS 3/12/2014 9:48PM

    emoticon , I am at peace with myself and have been for a long time now.

Sounds like you are on your way there too!

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