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Another Year...Same old Resolution!!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year to all my fellow Sparkees!!! Today has been a really good start to the next chapter in my life. I swear sometimes it seems like I am turning the pages in the book, but they all say the same thing. Certain parts of my life are just at a stand still. I have another fresh start and 364 more days to continue on this journey to getting it right. A wise friend told me today is the first blank sheet of the 365-page book of life, a fresh start where the past is the past; this is now and no one knows what the future will hold.

First page of my story included two brisk miles with Leslie Sansone and 30 brutal minutes of Phase 1 Workout 1 of the Body Revolution series with Jillian Michaels. For anyone who has not watched the Biggest Loser or worked out with Jillian, the lady is crazy, but it will all be worth it when I am finally under 200lbs. That is my goal for the year and I will be ecstatic to confirm success in the final pages of this chapter.

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CHERBEAR7997 1/2/2013 11:17AM

    Good luck to you on your journey!!! I also started Day 1 of JMBR yesterday so we are on the same page!!!

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New Plan!!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I must be crazy these days because I have come up with a new idea. I saw an infomercial for Jillian Michaels' 90 body makeover and decided to try it. Now I KNOW this lady is intense because I bought another set of her DVDs previously looked at it once and never tried them again. That was over 2yrs ago and about 40lbs lighter.

The idea is to follow the workout and eat the foods that I want rather than go along with the meal plan. I just need to watch my calories. The series comes with 15 DVDs that make-up 3, 1-month phases. There is a lot of hype about this set being a great alternative to the P90X series that may be more difficult for beginners with a lot of extra weight. So we will see. So far I have been doing it for eight days and only missed one day of workouts. This week my sister (who is my torture buddy emoticon) and are have amped it up to include the cardio workout in addition to the assigned workout for the day in order to have an added bonus this week. Now I am not getting discouraged just yet even though I am not seeing any results. I plan to stick it out for the entire 90 days. If I can do this for 90 days, I can do anything...especially since there is only one rest day per week with this strenous muscle confusion she has planned out.

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SIGMA1208 4/11/2012 10:47AM

    Hey Gillian, I am also on the JMBR...make sure you are sticking to a healthy eating plan. I trained my body for 2 weeks just eating healthy...took out sugar, breads and flour out of my plan and with the JMBR(just on day 3) I am down 12 lbs. Don't get discouraged just stay in there and you will make. If you need a SKYPE buddy just let me know.... and great job on your sister working out with you. My daughters are working out with me. emoticon

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KRISHFAM 3/29/2012 5:30PM

    I also started working out after a long break from exercising. It does start to get a little easier the more you do it.

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Ready, Set, Goal!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012


So here it is many days into my goal, where I have still been unmotivated to get serious. I am so tired of being sick. I have been done for almost two weeks now...a week of which I couldn't do really anything including work. I think I would rather have had a cold or the flu rather than been in constant pain and barely about to move, but I am over that portion of it now. The problem is not completely gone and I am contemplating a trip to the doc's office. Anyway, I got up this morning and decided today was the day I would start this experimental attempt to raise my metabolism. I have been told the several small meals throughout the day will help do this so I am trying to incorporate this into my diet as well as replacing 1-2 meals with shakes and see what happens. I am going to do just this for a week or two and see what happens, then I will ease into a workout routine with the 6-7 small meals being continued. Wish me luck for this is day one and all my meals/snacks are already planned for the day. I will plan the rest of the week too because once I get into work mode if it is not already planned, it will not happen easily.

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HEALTHYOTTER 2/12/2012 5:41PM

    Hope the minimeals work for you! emoticon

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Facing Reality

Monday, December 26, 2011

So I took a look at things in my life and my health and had to force myself to do a reality check. I did not start on time and do what I was suppose to do in the timeframe I laid out but I have not given up. I plan to start and go hard, realistically, after the new year. It is not a resolution, it is a new lifestyle and a new me. I cannot plan to lose weight as drastically as I do without it being a lifelong thing. So please know that this is to be continued...and as an added incentive, I am not allowed to buy myself anything for Christmas 2012 or tax season 2013 if I am not under 200lbs.

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  you can do anything you put your mind to!

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Introduction...Day One

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Today is the official start of my Lifestyle Change. I thought the best way to really throw myself into this would be to start with a little background on me and then create a plan to aid me in my success as well as measure my achievements.

I am 27 years old as of 11/09/11. I weigh an estimated 274 pounds. Since I plan to use my Wii Fit Board as my scale to determine my success, I will know an exact figure by tonight when I do my fitness activity for the day. I have been struggling with my weight since around high school. I have been thicker than most people since around puberty, but it was not a problem for my because I was just thick in the thighs with hips, butt, and breasts. Later in my teens and early 20's, I began gaining weigh around my mid-section as well as more in the already thick areas. It was then I went from thick to fat.

About two years ago, I found out about a major contributing factor in my weight gain and inability to reproduce. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Now that I know what I am dealing with, it should be much easier to get my weight under control. I was doing great last year around this same time. I have gotten down from 270lbsto 253lbs in a 6 week period. It was all about portion control, changing some foods in my diet to incorporate healthier choices, and adding physical activity. Nothing was really drastic, but I lost the focus and motivation and after not losing anything for the next 2-3 weeks, I just stopped. Since then, I have spent more time concentrating on my kids and relationship than myself so weight loss has been pushed passed the backburner to all the way off the stove.

Now it is time to change that. I have realized that I need make time for me and make sure I am a happier me in order to take care of my family and other responsibilities. So here is what I proposed...

There are a lot of things that effect my sanity on a day to day basis, so I will blog. Instead of trying to kill myself by going hard exercising for an hour or more a day, I will start out slower with maybe at least 30 minutes/day and an hour 2-3 times a week. Tracking my food so I see how much I put in my body really helped as well so I plan to continue doing that so I can make sure I stay within my calorie range as well as make time to eat at least 3 small meals and 1-3 snacks.

So here we are at day one, and I did get up late today so three meals and three snacks is out, but I will get in my three meals and exercise. I already had cereal and toast for breakfast and today is my nieces birthday party so I will not indulge in the cake and ice cream, but I will have a hot dog or pizza or whatever is on the menu. So other than that, I will have a pretty good day today. I have set a reminder in my phone to alert me daily to post in my food/fitness journal and blog. So I am set up to be pretty successful. See you day two!!!

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GGMARKS 11/13/2011 9:41PM

    Ok, so things did not turn out exactly as planned, but all in all I would say today went pretty well. I did not work out on the Wii so I still do not know my current exact weight, but I will be sure to take care of that in the near future. I did however work out using my walk at home dvd. Day one is over and I am hoping for a great day two as well. A great start will be completing the first day of my "No snoozing goal", so I must get up when the alarm goes off without hitting the snooze or turning it off. More to come...

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