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Capable of More Than I Realized....

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

What have I accomplished over this last year? That's the question I need to answer in today's blog for the "in between" BLC challenges team challenge. One of our team members set up a challenge for any of us Mocharitas who wanted to participate while we await the start of the next round in September.

So what have I accomplished over the last year? It's not easy to answer that question because I am now in my third year here at Spark and one year runs into another so what exactly I accomplished this year isn't easy to identify. Besides some of what I accomplished this year was built on from the previous year.

What have I accomplished then? This past year I have kept off 55 of the 75 lbs I had lost. Now how is that an accomplishment you might ask. If you do the math that translates into a 20 lb gain. Yes, that it does. I know exactly when I picked up the twenty pounds back in December. No, I haven't given up on working towards my goal weight but I'm okay with the fact that I am where I am. That's a big accomplishment because you see in the past I would have long ago thrown in the towel. I would have not just gained the 20 lbs but I would have eaten myself back to my former weight and then some. You know the drill... I have shown myself that I can maintain, get myself back on track, and know I'll arrive at my goal weight.

I may be a bit heavier than last year this time but I know I am stronger. Fitness is part of my lifestyle. I know with confidence that I will get my workout in whether it be morning, noon or evening. I'll even get my fitness in when I'm away from home. Now that's an accomplishment. It's just second nature to ensure I've packed my swim wear, walking shoes, and exercise clothes when I head out of town. I've even been known to hunt down the local pool schedule to find out when their fitness classes are. I know I'm stronger because I walk, run, and swim faster and lift more weights than ever before. I am fit and that counts for a lot more than the number on the scale.

Though when packing my suitcase is heavier from the fitness gear I can pack lighter when it comes to medications. I no longer take my blood pressure medications or my cholesterol medications. If that isn't proof that I am fitter then I don't know what is.

Finally, I have learned what 10 lbs looks like on me. That might sound like an odd accomplishment but it truly is. Before I only ever saw myself as heavy, heavier, or heavier. So when I lost weight I was always just heavy yet anyways and what's 10 lbs or 20 lbs then? No big deal because I didn't see the difference in the mirror. It's all just heavy. Now I get what 10 lbs and yes, even, 20 lbs looks like on me. Like I said perhaps an odd accomplishment but it helps me stay motivated.

Focussing on what you've accomplished makes you realize how much you are capable of. If I'm honest, I'd say it makes me realize that I am so much more capable than what I ever expected I could be. I am surprised by what I've accomplished these last 2 1/2 years. I do wonder what more I am capable of. Admittedly, last night I checked a 10 km training schedule. Mmmm...not sure what to make of that yet.

Look at your accomplishments; however big or small. Celebrate them. Overcome your biggest obstacle. Believe in yourself because you are capable of much more than you realize.

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CINDYAST 8/6/2014 10:16PM

    You're doing great Maria!! You should be proud of yourself!
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DONNA0256 8/6/2014 6:33PM

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JINLYNN 8/6/2014 4:32PM

    emoticon You have come a long way Maria! I love how you have chosen to focus on the positive and all that you have accomplished! Well done!

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FANCYSIMAGES 8/6/2014 2:33PM

    emoticon Such great accomplishments! Strength is definitely a big part of it!

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PATTISTAMPS 8/6/2014 10:19AM

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for this blog! Yes! I had a regain a couple of years ago - lost 40, quit Spark and regained 20. I have been working on that 20 - and then need another 50, but however slowly it is coming off. I am only 7 pounds away from where I was when I quit. And fit??? Yes, I am so much more fit! Although I was going to the gym then, and used a personal trainer, I was strong, but I didn't do enough cardio. Now I am doing 30 or more minutes 5 or more times a week - and it really does show! 57 pounds overweight is not a small amount. I realize this. But every single pound lost is a victory and puts me closer to goal. And I am grateful!

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JMOUSE99 8/6/2014 10:07AM

    Wonderful! Your blog made me feel much better about the 10+ lbs I gained back (and I'm in the process of losing again). emoticon

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NASFKAB 8/6/2014 9:16AM

  awesome attitude inspiring blog thanks

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MIRAGE727 8/6/2014 8:32AM

    You're definitely in a healthy lifestyle mind! I know from experience. I also know the joy of realizing what's within! Stay strong and keep embracing those challenges. There's a lot more greatness out there! Rock on!

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NILLAPEPSI 8/6/2014 8:29AM

    You've come a long way, Baby! Keep it going!! emoticon

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BECCA315 8/6/2014 8:27AM

    Great blog!

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BIGPAWSUP 8/6/2014 7:43AM

    Great attitude!

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MARYDSAN 8/6/2014 6:55AM

    What a positive attitude, and so true!

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Progress? Me? Making Progress? What Progress?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

When it comes to the scale I have been stuck in a slump for some time now. So when I first read that I was being asked to write a blog about some progress I had experienced during the BLC25 I felt like I'd smacked right into a wall. I feel like I haven't any right to claim progress when I look at the scale.

But wait! The first week of this challenge we were asked to complete a fitness test and we were now redoing the test as part of the final Weekend Challenge. So tonight I went off to the gym to do my fitness test. Admittedly, it was rather half heartedly because I just didn't feel very positive about it.

Once there I decided I was going to give it my best despite my attitude when I left home because I am slightly competitive and had some numbers to improve. I had no idea anymore what those numbers were. So I set to getting my one mile walk/run, 1 minute of crunches, 1 minute of push ups, and 3 minutes of step ups on a 12 inch step completed. When done I did feel rather accomplished just having completed the test.

The biggest surprise was yet to come when I got home to enter my stats for the test and discovered I had improved considerably. Here are the results:
Test/ First Results/ Today's results
1 mile walk/run/ 15 minutes/ 11 minutes 55 sec.
1 minute crunches/ 34/ 47
1 minutes push ups/ 16/ 31
Step up Heart Rate/ 128/ 118
I am stronger! I am fitter! I have made progress! I will continue to make progress!

Progress isn't always measured by the scale. Have you experienced progress this last week, this last month, these last few months? Recognize it, celebrate it, and share it. I'd love to hear your story about how you are progressing.

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EGRABAL 7/27/2014 8:17AM


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CINDYAST 7/23/2014 11:28PM

    Oh yeah! You're improving and getting fitter every day! Whoo hooo!!!!!!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/22/2014 9:41PM

    That is wonderful!!! I'm so proud of you.

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JINLYNN 7/22/2014 6:39PM

    emoticon Progress!!

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BABYSTEPS123 7/22/2014 2:16PM

    Amazing results Maria!! So glad you did the tests and saw the results. Pretty motivating, I'd say! emoticon

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MARYDSAN 7/22/2014 12:50PM

    Those are awesome results! Keep up the good work.

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PATTISTAMPS 7/22/2014 10:50AM

    Congratulations! You are doing GREAT!!! Yes, the scale only reflects one piece on information, and not necessarily the most important one! WOO HOOO!! emoticon

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JSPIN74 7/22/2014 10:44AM

    there it is...progress! go you!

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FITMARY 7/22/2014 10:15AM

    Yee haw! Great blog, great progress!

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NASFKAB 7/22/2014 9:19AM

  N S V are just as important as losing pounds

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NILLAPEPSI 7/22/2014 7:39AM

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Way.To.Go!!! emoticon

Even if you don't see the scale moving, there is still a lot of stuff going on "behind the scenes" that you can't see.

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ROXYZMOM 7/22/2014 7:21AM

    I knew you could do it!

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MLH148 7/22/2014 6:58AM

    Wow! See, the scale is a small part. emoticon

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CHERIONE 7/22/2014 6:03AM

    Progress! Yay you!

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Seven Sisters Hike Second Time Around....

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lots of blogging for the BLC25 round for our last Weekend Challenge of this round.

We've been asked to write about an NSV for the twelve weeks of the challenge. I have experienced so many NSVs and shared many with my team throughout the 12 weeks, however, one NSV in particular stands out which I would like to share here.

Two summers ago, July 2012, I hiked the Seven Sisters Trail from our Campground for the first time ever. I had been invited to hike up the year before but declined because I didn't want to hold up my DBrother and family who were much fitter than I was. Truth be told I was afraid I would have to turn back hiking the forested mountain trail to see the seven sisters (seven old growth cedar trees). That would have been rather embarrassing. Honestly, if I had pushed myself up the trail who knows what kind of shape I would have been in the rest of the weekend.

So in July 2012 when I was asked to hike the trail I was eager to give it a try. I had started living a healthier lifestyle which included fitness, healthy nutrition, and weight loss. At the time I celebrated the NSV with pride. I kept up with the group easily. My much younger, always been fit brother, my younger nieces and nephew, and my much much younger sis-in-law were all on the hike with me.

This year while at this same campground I wanted to revisit the Seven Sisters Trail. My nieces were eager to do the trail with me and so we set out with my sis-in-law coming along as well. My brother wanted to know how long we'd be gone for. I told him likely 45-50 minutes up from what I could remember. Maybe even an hour. We'd be gone for an hour and a half plus in my mind. I could only go on my memory of the last time. It had been a "steep" steady climb at times. I distinctly remember having to stop to catch my breath several times along the way.

I'm not sure what happened to the trail these past two years. We were up the trail in about 20-25 minutes. I was sure it was much longer than that. I remember it feeling like a long arduous hike. In that 20-25 minutes I didn't have to stop to catch my breath once. But it had been such a steep steady climb up in my memory.

Of course, I knew, it wasn't what happened to that trail. It was me! Though I had felt so fit climbing the Seven Sisters 2 summers ago because it was such a victory to just be able to complete the trail, I was much stronger and fitter now. What had truly been a mountain two years ago, was now so much easier.

Climbing a second time to the Seven Sisters allowed me to celebrate my second NSV on that trail. Who would have thought? I certainly didn't expect it. But I was thankful I did return for that second hike because it was a great way for me to measure my progress.

Including a few photos from the trail which I found online.

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JINLYNN 7/22/2014 6:37PM

    emoticon What a wonderful NSV!! Well done Maria!

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PATTISTAMPS 7/22/2014 12:55PM

    That is a FABULOUS NSV! Congratulations! You have totally changed your life!

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ROXYZMOM 7/22/2014 7:25AM

You have worked real hard with your fitness, I am not surprised.

Great job!

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BA5454 7/22/2014 7:14AM

    Lovely pics! Congratulations on the well-deserved great hike!

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MLH148 7/22/2014 6:59AM

    Sounds like a great afternoon. Congrats

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What's the Plan?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BLC25 challenge ends this Wednesday. As part of our final Weekend Challenge we are being asked to set some goals and make a plan to reach those goals for the period between challenges. The next challenge starts mid September so that's about a 6 week break for which my plan accounts for.

During the challenge I have continued to do well with my fitness program. As a matter of fact the fitness test results for today show considerably increased strength from the test I completed the first week of the challenge.

I have celebrated numerous NSVs throughout the challenge but the scale has been a challenge. Let me rephrase that. Staying on my healthy nutrition plan the last six weeks of the twelve has been a challenge. I'll end the challenge with a small loss but not what I had planned for.

Keeping all that in mind I have set some goals for the break until BLC 26 starts in September. I am tired of yo yoing around within a seven pound range and need to start a loosing streak again. No, not just start a loosing streak again, but maintain a loosing streak between rounds.

My focus and goals go a bit beyond the break as I have planned a vacation to San Diego with my DSis in mid October.

GOAL - Continue with regular daily exercise by completing at least 400 minutes a week.
1. Attend 45 minute aqua spinning class at least 3xs per week.
2. Run 1 mile once a week.
3. Attend 1 - 60 minutes strength class once a week.
4. Walk 3xs a week for 45 minutes

GOAL - Improve sticking with the nutrition plan during the "lazy days of summer" because having a plan is worthless when you digress from it repeatedly throughout the week.
1. Plan my menu at minimum the night before but better yet for a week at a time.
2. Plan ahead for meals out or times away from home eating so I won't get side tracked. (I have some more camping trips with friends and family planned and a trip to Dsis on the island)
3. Stay within recommended calorie range.
4. Measure, measure, measure.
5. Track everything I eat.
6. Read labels of tempting junk foods before I buy them and/or open the bags.
7. Enjoy some fun "summer" foods but exercise portion control, track it, and ensure I stay within the daily calories.

GOAL - To loose 15 pounds by October 21, 2014
1. Weigh in each Wednesday with a loss no matter how small.
2. Return to "Onederland".
3. Send myself a Spark goodie each Wednesday I record a loss. (I'm not big on reward systems but do like visuals to remind myself of the progress. See if this works.)

GOAL - Update my Spark Page to motivate me with my goals.
1. Find a San Diego pic to use as my background to remind me of my deadline.
2. Brighten up the page with new colours and motivational posters.

I have already signed up for the BLC26 with hopes of returning to the Hot Mocha Maniacs team once more. In the mean time going to give it my all to make some progress on these goals.

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JINLYNN 7/22/2014 6:34PM

    emoticon goals!

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BABYSTEPS123 7/22/2014 3:31PM

    Great goals! You will get there!

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ROXYZMOM 7/22/2014 7:28AM

    Looks like a nice plan that you can follow through on.

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Focus of BLC25 Week 5 -

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wow, one month down and 8 weeks to go. Participating in the Spark BLC25 challenge with my fellow Maniacs on the Hot Mocha Maniac Team is proving to be a needed challenge for me while being so inspired and encouraged by my teammates.

So here's what I hope to focus on this coming week while participating in the challenge. I didn't see a loss on the scale this past week because admittedly I lost some of my focus when it came to food choices. Room for improvement this coming week.

1. Plan my menu for the coming week
2. Shop for groceries for the menu
3. Eat 7 freggies a day
4. Track absolutely everything I eat this week -
5. When tempted to choose a salty or sweet snack I will stop and choose a veggie or fruit instead -
6. Have a veggie tray prepared in the fridge and a basket of fruit ready on the counter so it's easier to choose the freggie option noted in #5 -
7. Drink 8 glasses water a day -
8. Measure absolutely everything I eat for accurate tracking -
9. Try one new healthy recipe -
10. Plan breakfast and lunch meals for 3 day road trip and pack necessary foods into the cooler -
11. Choose healthy foods when out for dinner on 3 day road trip and exercise portion control -

1. Attend 2 aqua spinning classes -
2. Complete a minimum of 375 intentional fitness minutes
3. Complete the entire Amazing Race Challenge for BLC25 this week -
4. Walk 3 - 30 minute walks
5. Check one outdoor activity to with nieces/nephew off the list on Sunday
6. Use the fitness center at the hotel once
7. Use the pool at the hotel twice for 45 minute period twice during hotel stay.


1. Get 7 hours rest per night -
2. Relax 1 hour in the afternoon each day -


1. Blog about my renewed vision for Part 2 of my journey to a healthy
weight - Watch out for my blog, "That's me next!"
2. Post photo from June 2013 when I was 20 pounds lighter on my bedroom
closet mirror for inspiration.
3. Post photo of my sister who is 10 pounds lighter than my goal weight on
my bedroom closet mirror for inspiration.


1. Start a loosing streak again -
2. Loose 2 lbs -

“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”
― Paulo Coelho

Keeping my eyes open and concentrating this week. How about you?

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PATTISTAMPS 5/30/2014 10:02AM

    You CAN do it! I think you need those gold star stickers so you can see how very much you accomplish!!!

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KALISDAD 5/29/2014 10:56PM

    You have a plan laid out that shows you know the way. Now just go out and DO IT. Way to go!!

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CINDYAST 5/29/2014 10:08PM

    Sounds like a great plan and yes, I'll join you on the "keeping my eyes open and concentrating" this week!
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STEPBYSTEP1955 5/29/2014 9:53PM

    emoticon plan! You can do it!

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RONI122 5/29/2014 9:39PM

    Maria you bring such a inspiration to our team. I'm so glad to be on this journey with you my Hot Mocha Manaic Friend! Thanks for sharing your goals.

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BUBBALOOGA123 5/29/2014 8:50PM

    Wow, what a great plan! I'm also tracking my nutrition like a hawk this week which is something I haven't been doing and need to do. Wishing you lots of success! :)

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ROXYZMOM 5/29/2014 8:34PM

    You will do it!!

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PRINCESS1959 5/29/2014 6:58PM

    What is BCL25?

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BIGPAWSUP 5/29/2014 6:39PM

    Sounds fantastic. You can do this.

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