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Revelations

Saturday, April 24, 2010

I looked at myself in the mirror this morning and got to thinking about where I was and how far I've come. I have been so blessed on this journey. I certainly haven't worked harder or eaten healthier than any of my friends that are on a similar journey. I don't run the fastest, I can barely ride a bike; but the weight (most of it anyway) seemed to come off really easily. The C25K program has been awesome! I'm heading into week 7 able to maintain a 6+mph for 25+ minutes. I have become a motivation to my friends and family and I've come farther than I ever thought possible.

I started to wonder, Why Is This? That's when I realized something...

THIS is who I'm meant to be!!

I AM a strong, healthy woman, wife and mother.
I was never meant to be a sitter-I have too many goals to meet.
I was never meant to overeat-it makes me feel terrible.
My body wants to be able to play tag with my daughter without getting winded (which I can).
My body wants to wear size 6 (or smaller) pants and size small tops (and look awesome in them!)
I was meant to eat healthy foods and exercise everyday, to play with my daughter, to inspire others to become who they are meant to be.
I was meant to be a runner.

I woke up one morning in October 2009 and I realized that I wasn't me. I am slowly becoming that person and I've never been happier.

  
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DDOORN 4/25/2010 8:46PM

    Congratulations! You've learned not to block your own potential! I've been having some thoughts along those lines also which I shared on a coupla message boards and thought I'd weave them into my LONG blog (from which I'm taking a breather...lol....will wrap up SOON!).

We truly are capable of SO much more than we ever thought possible!

Don

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FRECKS96 4/25/2010 10:27AM

    Thank you for the wonderful comments everyone. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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MILMOM2000NEW 4/25/2010 7:25AM

    You ARE all those things and believe me, SO much more! You are a blessing to others (even if you hadn't set up to be so!). Your journey inspires me to try harder and be a better person! I'm alot like you in the respect that it isn't about the number or size honestly. It is about the other stuff. I want to be able to be with my kids and not have to sit on the bench because I can't do something. I want to be that fabulous wife who can love her husband the way they want! I want to be that friend that would LOVE to go out for lunch and still be able to eat using better choices and healthier choices than before!

Julie, we ARE those things! YOu look fabulous! YOu are a fabulous buddy! I'm so blad your my buddy!

Looking forward to weigh in tomorrow!

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CS4JWS 4/24/2010 11:44PM

  LOVED this entry!

Congratulations!

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JUST_JENNA 4/24/2010 10:00PM

    Congratulations!

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VIOLET1019 4/24/2010 9:56PM

    emoticon You are such an inspiration and you are doing an amazing job of becoming the you you've always wanted to be.

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HDHAWK 4/24/2010 8:26PM

    What a great blog! Thank you!

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KANSASROSE67 4/24/2010 7:21PM

    Totally agree with your blog. That's why I named my Sparkpage "Becoming Me." I want to be the person I was meant to be and get the most out of the one life God has given me. Great post!

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CK2SUMMERS 4/24/2010 6:15PM

    I would say you are not slowly becoming the person you want to be - you are QUICKLY becoming the person you were meant to be and inspiring others to do the same.

I voted for you to become a motivator.

That is my ultimate goal as well. But I'll need more weight loss and changes to come before that can happen.

Watch out 5k's, you gotta a fierce competitor coming your way!

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LADYGWEN25 4/24/2010 5:35PM

    Julie you don't know how inspiring you are.. With as many mornings i've woken up WONDERING why i am DOING THIS to myself... ANd your support and comments everyday remind me why i am... Because when i looked in the mirror.. It just wasn't me... and i wondered where they heck i had gone.. Seeing you make it to that same revelation helps remind me.. I can get myself there.. back to being the person i have always meant to be on the outside.. to reflect the person i am on the inside.. thanks for sharing your revelation.. It's definately gonna help me push through tough workout days. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RIVEKKAH 4/24/2010 5:19PM

    Yippeeee! C25K is an excellent program. I'm glad you've had such success with it!

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SKFEREBEE 4/24/2010 11:42AM

    You are very inspiring! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TONYA_DIMPLES 4/24/2010 11:35AM

    emoticon job !!!!!!

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SATYAGRAHA 4/24/2010 11:32AM

    Yes, yes, yes, and YES! You are all of those things! emoticon I'm so proud of you and you are a wonderful inspiration. Keep up the emoticon work!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 4/24/2010 10:57AM

    I am so glad that you realized who you were meant to be and are doing everything possible to become that person. You are an inspiration!!

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HOLLY_ROSE3 4/24/2010 10:56AM

    AWESOME job!! emoticon

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Week 6-DONE! C25K Update

Friday, April 23, 2010

I'm slowly learning to love running-yes, even at 6am. Today was a 25 minute run and I covered about 2.6 miles with some hills. This puts me at just about a 10 min mile, which is my goal for my first 5K. It felt pretty good and I was lucky to be able to run in the road for the majority of it. I did pop 2 advil when I got home just as a precaution since my knees have been achy.

At this point I am 2/3 done with the program (18 runs done, 9 to go). Next week all 3 days are a repeat of today. I'm going to try adding in some sprints at the end of my runs on the advice of a runner friend.

I ate really well today, got in all of my water and I'll get in my yoga before bed. I WILL meet all of my goals today. I'm excited to have one of my great friends coming to visit for a night tomorrow. She's a SparkPerson too, so we're going to get in some great workouts and yummy food!

Goals for tomorrow:
80+ oz water
Workout (cardio and maybe some ST)
PM Yoga
In bed by 12

  
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DEECANDOITAGAIN 2/16/2011 10:56PM

    I get the feeling this was so much easier for you than it is for me. Maybe it's because I have at least 25 lbs. to lose. Today, wk6, dy2 was hard. Yet, it felt good at the same time...nervous about Friday's 25 minute jog.

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MILMOM2000NEW 4/24/2010 6:38AM

    You are rocking! And yes, looking great too! Keep up the good work! Hope you are enjoying your weekend thus far!

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DDOORN 4/23/2010 10:44PM

    Nothing like SPARKING with your buddies...!

ENJOY and have a SUPER time! :-)

Don

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TRYINGINMY20S 4/23/2010 10:36PM

    Wow! I just started w1 and this is definitely inspiring. Good luck and keep up the hard work!

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SRSAMSON 4/23/2010 10:28PM

    I also just finish week 6 a little bit ago. I can't remember the last time I ran 25 minutes without stopping. I agree it is a little addicting. Granted I barely covered 2 miles, but working for time now and distance later. Keep up the good work!

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MOTHERSHIP 4/23/2010 10:00PM

    I need to ST tomorrow too! It will be a great day, and I am very pumped. I can't wait to look as good as you do and to be able to run with you!

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Trying to get to bed early (ish)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Today was good. I took Alexis to our skating rink to ride her bike and ended up walking 3 miles around the track. I was playing tag and having a blast! After that I ran some errands, got some stuff done and came home to a quick 10 minute cardio and a snack. Got a tooth filled, came home and did a 10 minute standing abs workout. Had a great dinner (Acorn Squash and Mango Soup-add some curry powder and ginger powder-so yummy!!!), watched Survivor and am now getting ready to do my yoga and head to bed.

Tomorrow I'm scheduled to run for 25 minutes. I'm planning on running at 5:30am (work tomorrow), but if that doesn't work out, I will run at 4pm. Both times have their advantages-I'd be running in different places-the 4pm is an easier route. We'll have to see what the morning brings.

Goals for tomorrow:
80+ oz water
C25K-W6D3
PM Yoga Stretch
In bed by 11

  
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LADYGWEN25 4/23/2010 8:23AM

    Go Julie! How did you like the standing Ab workout.. I saw it on EOD...Was it the Jillian one????

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MILMOM2000NEW 4/23/2010 6:42AM

    You always have such a fabulous plan! I really truly believe that your plans are what give you so fabulous success! I SO wish I could get on the ball with planning too!

Good luck on your run this morning! Hope your weather is good there!

Blessings to day and this weekend!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 4/22/2010 10:49PM

    Sounds like a great plan! Hoping your morning goes smoothly so you get your run in before work and then the 4pm time slot is "found" time...lol

Have a good night!
Rhonda

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Quick catch-up

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I had a pretty good day yesterday, I woke up feeling much better and ready to take on the day. I met half of my daily goals (no snooze-I simply slept through my alarm and got up when my body told me it was time-only about 10 min after my alarm, 80+ oz of water and my C25K run). I ate pretty well and then had a small gathering at my house for a good friend's birthday. It was supposed to go from 8-11, but people didn't leave until after 12:30, oh well, it was fun.

My run went pretty well, but I need to stop thinking so much about what I'm doing and just enjoy it. I realized this morning that I am now done with intervals. All of my runs for the rest of the program (there are only 10 left!!) are straight runs of varying lengths. I think I'm really going to enjoy trying to improve my time/distance. Yesterday I mapped out a new route to give myself an extra .25 mi to run. I think I'm going to need to keep adding on to it, but it should work for tomorrow. I'm bummed to have missed my ab work and yoga yesterday, but I will make it up.

I was really glad I ate well yesterday since one of my friends brought a brownie cheesecake to celebrate. I enjoyed one very small sliver and moved on. I did hear something that kind of worried me though. The friend that brought the cake has recently (in the last year) lost ~80#s, and after a comment last night, I suspect that she did it by not eating most of the day. I know I can't do anything about it, but I worry. I'm so happy to have found SP and am able to reach my goals in a healthy, sustainable way.

Goals for today:
80+ oz water
Cardio and Abs
PM yoga
In bed by 10 (I suspect I will work tomorrow)

  
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LADYGWEN25 4/22/2010 9:26AM

    Great job on the run! and i like how you're setting small challenges for yourself by adding on.. Maybe varying WHERE you run...ex: instead of 2 miles on a flat route.. how about 2 miles with some small hills??

As for the food issue.. IDK why it's still possible for people to feel the need to starve themselves.. Food modification alone is never a sustainable way to lose weight let alone it's just not healthy..I'd rather eat consistently through out the day and have a little extra weight on me be HEALTHY than starve...It's just not worth it.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 4/22/2010 9:20AM

    emoticon Great job on the runs and showing great restraint around that brownie cheesecake! You are doing an amazing job of meeting your goals in a healthy way. I know it is worrisome to hear of people resorting to unhealthy ways to lose weight and your right it makes us all the more grateful for finding SP!

Make it a great day!
Rhonda

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DMARIE1181 4/22/2010 9:04AM

    Sounds like you are doing AWESOME!!And way to go on your running!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VIOLET1019 4/22/2010 8:59AM

    Nice job on the run! It must be very exciting to be past the intervals and into straight running! emoticon Awesome job with the cheesecake! Hope you have a great day! emoticon

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No catchy title...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

just me tonight. I had a really good day today. Work went well-I wore the size 6 dress and even had a couple of students (7th grade!) comment on it. What a nice feeling! I ate really well, got my 80+ oz of water in and got in a good workout this morning. I wasn't as long as I had hoped for, but I was feeling a little sore and wanted to make sure I felt good for my run tomorrow.

While I was at work today, I received a $20 gift card to Kohl's from my Aunt that had to be used today. Thanks Aunt Betsy! So after work I ventured off to try and find a sweater or jacket to wear over the one sleeveless dress I picked up last week (I don't like to go sleeveless at work). I was successful and found a sweater for just $20, it must have been meant to be. While I was there, I decided to try on a few other things as well, just to help fill out my rapidly shrinking wardrobe. At my mother's urging, I tried on a pair of size 6 jeans (that are kinda stretchy) and some small shirts...lo and behold, they fit!! I just stood in the dressing room holding the jeans by the waist and saying "but they're so small". Anyway, I picked up the jeans, 2 sweaters and a dressy short sleeve top (maybe I should stop taking mom shopping!). There is a pic on my page if you want to check out the one outfit. I'm really excited and having trouble believing it.

Anyway, after I got home, I needed to make dinner and get a few things done. It was at this point that I had my first run-in with a not so nice Sparkperson. See, I critiqued the recipe I made tonight and rated it kindof low because some of the values were wonky. When I went back to check something, I saw that the poster had replied to me saying I should check the nutritional info before I make comments (in a rather rude tone). Well, I did. And it had been corrected. I'm not trying to be petty, it just kindof bums me out that someone would be so rude about me trying to get accurate info.

I also found out tonight that I don't have my running partner for awhile. It's for a good reason, but still a bummer. I guess the evening was just kinda blah. I'm going to sign-off and get some rest. Week 6 Day 2 tomorrow. It'll be great and should turn things back around. Hopefully tomorrow I'll return to my normally perky (did I just call myself perky??) self.

Goals for Tomorrow:
Get up without hitting snooze
80+ oz water
7am W6D2
Ab work
PM yoga
In bed by 10:30

  
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HDHAWK 4/21/2010 8:19PM

    Relish in the shopping trip, new, smaller clothes, and great comments by 7th graders no less! I left a team because of one spark member who criticized team members when they didn't follow her rules exactly. I couldn't deal with it so I just left the team. This is such a great site it bugs me too when people act that way. Where else can you find something this good for free?
I got some cardio in today and am tired tonight. I'll be turning in early too. Must be the day. Congrats again on your big accomplishments!

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USARUNNERGIRL 4/21/2010 11:29AM

    I know it is easier said than done, but try not to concern yourself with snippy little people. It isn't work it. I have come across a couple people with personalities like that here and I just ignore them. If they leave a nasty comment on my page I hit delete and go about my day.

Just try to take in the beauty of size 6 jeans. WOOT! I am gonna scoot over and see the pictures. Bet you are looking marvellous.



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CHUPAL01 4/21/2010 10:49AM

    Keep it going girl!!! You look awesome!

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TIGGERIFFIC123 4/21/2010 9:38AM

    Julie,

What a great shopping trip! I can only imagine how wonderful it feels to be able to fit into those jeans that you see as so small! You have done an amazing job. Sorry to hear the rest of your day was not as positive but being a positive person I know that you will be refreshed after a good nights sleep and make today a great day!

Rhonda

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LADYGWEN25 4/21/2010 8:59AM

    Eh ignore the person... we all make mistakes.. Heck i've had to correct my recipes once or twice... No biggy... So if the person is being oversensitive that is there own issues they need to resolve and they need to quit displacing them onto you...

BTW...you look AMAZING! what does Al think of the ever improving you??

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LTLREDDRESS 4/21/2010 7:47AM

    Julie,
That was so cool that you were able to get new jeans. There is nothing like holding them up and being shocked. But you have worked hard and deserve it! You look amazing! Keep it up and tomorrow WILL be better! You go girl!

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MILMOM2000NEW 4/21/2010 6:56AM

    There is NOOOOOOOOOOOOO way you could be rude or mean to anyone! I just don't see it! Don't worry about people like that! There are ALWAYS those few who seem to make life crazy and nuts! You have EVERY right to say something if you weren't sure about the nutrional values. That is why we are here right? We are here to be true to ourselves and others, especially if the nutrition is why we are here! Don't you worry yourself about it! You are such a sweetheart and nothing anyone would say would change my mind otherwise!

As for your 6's ............. WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm SOOOOO proud of you and happy for you! You do look fabulous in them too! What a difference I can even see in the pictures since we started working on our challenges together! You look Great Julie! Keep up the good work!

Hope you have a blessed Wednesday!

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