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Remember to be Proud of yourself

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Yesterday I went to cycle class. I had not been to cycle class since Dec. The class was completely full and people were turned away. I was thankful I got there when I did. The lady next to me and I exchanged hellos. And I had made a comment about how after dropping 55 pounds my butt could feel every part of the seat! And she said with excitement
"You have lost 55 pounds?" She said "you must be so proud of yourself?"

And ya know I could not really answer that. I mean yes I am proud of myself but it's a very odd feeling because I have now been living this kind of lifestyle for a year now. It is just what I do. I work out everyday, I make healthy food choices everyday and my average weight does keep going down everyday.

All through class I was thinking about when I reached goal one other time in my life and when I reached goal then I did not think it was any big deal. Until after I started putting weight on again, then all I could think of was 'wow what I had done was something major'!
I can tell that was where my mind was again. Thinking that this was something ordinary. I believe the reason for that is because my mind is so in the zone that at times it seems effortless. I have struggled for the last 6 yrs to find that effortless feeling in my mind. That was not easy to get back, that much I do recognize. I do not want to take what I have accomplished lightly because I don't want to ever think that "heck I can just do it again".

I thanked that lady when she left for reminding me to be proud of my accomplishments. I think as important as it is to be focused on where we are going it is just as important to remember to be proud of how far we have come. No matter how big or small our accomplishments are we MUST be proud of what we are doing.

Make everyday, every choice count today, tomorrow, this week, this month!

  
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 1/31/2013 8:45PM

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DREAM_IT1 2/18/2010 9:52PM

    I have just about 50 pounds to lose and sometimes it feels soooo slow, but it's motivating to hear it took a year, this way I can slow down and realize it will work if i perservere. Thanks! emoticon

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ANEWDEBBIE 2/14/2009 7:42AM

    You have done an amazing job! I've been so blessed to pick your brain on SP! emoticon

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MONKEY222 2/3/2009 10:13AM

  U GO SISTA! :) SO proud of you!

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SHAWNATONY 2/1/2009 7:01PM

    I have the smartest BFF in the world! emoticon
and WHOO HOO and prolly the hottest too!!
LOVE the new pics! The jean skirt is soooooo cute!!

Man Im jelous of that warm weather!! Skirt weather..
Njoy and BE proud!

Thanks for the great reminder. I know I need that. everyday.
Love ya!
mE

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LADYROSE 2/1/2009 11:11AM

    I think you totally nailed it for me! It bugs me when ever anyone asks about how much I've lost, or comments on how I look, but couldn't quite figure it out... but you spelled it out perfectly: "I have now been living this kind of lifestyle for a year now. It is just what I do. I work out everyday, I make healthy food choices everyday and my average weight does keep going down everyday"

It's just what we're doing.

but yes, You are doing awesome and doing what other people aren't! So be PROUD!!!

Thanks for the reminder!!!

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An entire year of progress

Monday, December 29, 2008


This picture is the visual progress chart I started the 1st week of Jan.

My goal on the 1st of this year was to change my behavior once and for all. I wanted to get off the rollarcoaster ride of gaining-losing-gaining-losing that I have been doing my entire life.

I cut all the squares out and wanted it to look like a pyramid. Each week represented a week of doing my workouts and eating smart. I hit a speed bump about the 4th and 5th week. I had been eating 2 low of calories and my body was wanting more food so I had some issues with binging. After that I found the calorie cycling team and I increased my calories and after that it became all about making smarter choices every week.

I started doing body for life challenges in Feb because I realized I was already living that lifestyle. After 8 blocks accross the bottom I knew I could do 8 more.

The progress was slow at times. But I kept after it. It was all about getting one more block on the board. I had goals and time lines. All of which came and went by, but I tried to remember that it wasn't about that, it is about changing our life style.

The worst thing I have ever been told actually turned out to be the best. In 2006 I had been losing weight and I had gone from 210 down to 187. At the time I had gone to see a plastic surgeon to see about getting lypo in my lower stomach area.

I had mentioned that I was going to continue losing weight and he totally would not do the Lypo. He said that the lifestyle I was living is what made me fat and lypo was not going to change that lifestyle. He also said i would end up fat again just in another area. Basically in a nut shell I felt like he was telling me I was too fat to even get lypo. I went into a spiral of bad eating after that and sure enough gained all that weight back and then 20 more in 07. But last Dec I wanted to look like my lifestyle and knew I had to change. I have never forgotten what that Dr told me.
When I reach goal I will not need Lypo but I would love to go thank him for what he said to me.


The best advice I could give a person is to take care of themselves day in and day out. Do not look at foods as good or bad. There are smart food choices and not so smart. We all know which ones will help us achieve our goals. Strive to reach fitness goals every time you workout. Try to push just a wee bit harder every time. Every day becomes a week. and so on. Do Not put the pressure of time lines on yourself. They are good to a certain point but if you are giving it 110% then our bodies can only do what they can do.

I will reach goal in 2009. I have always dreamed about reaching goal. Today I noticed my workout pants that I just bought a couple months ago are getting baggy. Thats good and bad. Good because I am getting smaller and bad because they are not cheap. I realized I will eventually be at a goal size and never have to keep buying different size pants. I also realized that I have never lived my dream.

In 2009 I will LIVE MY DREAM!

  
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TRECECOOKS 1/11/2009 10:47AM

    OMG!! I went back and read your blogs from the beginning; what a powerful motivation to me! I followed the links, too; lots of info there, too. Thanks so much.
I, too, am totally stealing the pyramid idea. What a powerful motivator!!
Keep Moving Forward! Victory is THINE in 2009!!
Trece

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LISASJOURNEY2 1/3/2009 12:08PM

    This is an awesome blog Debi! I soooo love your pyramid. I bought some post-it notes to fill out and post right on my computer desk- i'm just going to cut them in half so they are more rectangular. You've been such an inspiration! I also have found my burning desire out of something maybe not so good but its driving me thats all I can say.
I haven't though much of realizing my dream. It feels much closer now:) YOU are doing it and going to reach your goal and I've kind of watched it happen from the time you were 199.8! I'm in awe!!! ((((hugs)))~Lisa

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LADYROSE 12/30/2008 11:28AM

    That is fantastic! I've been trying to figure out a visual for my progress and this is awesome!

Excellent job and you are quite an inspiration!

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SHAWNATONY 12/30/2008 8:41AM

    I vow that today I will start my pyramid. I have the stuff to make one.
Im going to cut out 12 of them and get them ready.
U rock girl! totally!!
SO honored to know ya!
Kick ass on your dream too! how cool IS that!

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KAROLAB 12/30/2008 3:17AM

    My stars. what a fabulous idea that is.. you really give hope to us all,, I too would have loved to have some lypo done, never went to ask about it.. but then I realized that I am the one that has to change the eating and excercise part of my life,, just hope I can do as well as you have,
God Bless and Have a Happy and successfull New Year.
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50 pounds GONE one year later!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

As of this morning I am 50 pounds down. Last week I found a picture of me last Dec. 24. I thought I had made my husband delete that photo because when I saw it I was so disgusted by it! The only thing I could see when I looked at that picture was someone trapped. I was lost and cried inside wishing I could just get my act together and find that determination I once had.
I also saw my Mother when I saw that picture. She is very unhealthy and is at risk for so many illnesses because of her extreme weight. I just did not want that for myself.


One year later...
In this picture I see myself...who is a very HAPPY person. Determination found!
In this journey I have made lots of little changes with how I look at things.

Early on the best thing I ever did was let go of time lines. "It takes what it takes!"
If I am doing all that I know how to do at the time then my body can only lose fat so fast.
"After all what would I be doing anyway". Just because I am not losing fat as fast as I want am I going to be doing anything differently...NO!!

I do things in 12 wk BFL challenges but I never tracked the weeks when I first started. I did not want to look at it like I just had 12 wks to do this. I have a lifetime to do this and I will not change how I take care of myself. This is how something becomes a lifestyle.
I am not dieting, my way of eating is just how I take care of myself now, there is no LIFE STRESSES that can make me eat something that "I just do not eat anymore".

I think about maintenance, what will change? Well not much except that I will need to add calories.

I am now on my 4th 12 wk BFL Challenge. I look at them as 12 wk cycles now. I have changed my workout this time because I was ready for more. And that's what I see in my future...getting the most out of my workouts, improving my strength and always challenging myself.

I truly believe that every person can find their way. The first step is wanting more for yourself and then choose to make it through 1 day, then 1 week, 1 month, 1 year, 1 lifetime!

  
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FLORENCEOSI 12/29/2008 5:49PM

    YOU HAVE DONE AN AWESOME JOB!!!!

You are BEAUTIFUL!

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MERRY.PINK 12/27/2008 12:58AM

    You look so much much younger!
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PRETTYBLKGYRL 12/21/2008 9:22PM

    emoticon you look phenomenal - you are truly an inspiration. I'm looking forward to starting my first 12 week challenge.

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_BECA_ 12/21/2008 4:31PM

    Debi,

I look at your before picture and I see myself in the beginning of this journey.
I can so relate to your sentiments, FIFTY pounds WOW!!! the feeling is priceless it is all about being healthy and looking good is just one of many perks of weight loss. I KNOW that 2009 will bring continual success and I so look forward to sharing it with as your spark friend. A BIG congrats! to you, your transformation is remarkable.

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KAROLAB 12/21/2008 11:54AM

    wow,, congratulations on your success.. you are an inspiration to us all,, I have tried to do whole wheat pasta with my hubby and he throws a fit.. am trying other things also,, and of course with the new year a whole new cycle of working out. keep up the good work.
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Tuesday WT-Chest/Shoulders

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Warm-up- 5-10 min. Today I did 5

Incline Barbell Press-4s, 1st is the warm-up set
45#/12r---55/12---65/10---75/8

Flat db Hammer Strength Press, these are done with palms facing each other.
3s--I did 4 today because the first set felt too light.
20/12---25/12---30/10---35/8

Pec Dec (butterfly)-3s
50/12---60/10---55/8 (starting weight too heavy today)

Dumbbell Shoulder Press-3s
20/12---25/10---30/8

Upright Cable Rows (today I did Forward Raises) 3s
10#/12r---12#/10r---15#/8r

Dumbbell Lateral raise-3s
10#/12r---12#/10r---15#/8r

cool-down 5-10 min...today I did 10

This was also another fun workout. Loved the fast pace and the variety.
I burned 388 calories during this workout.

Rock on and Have fun with your workouts!
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SHAWNATONY 12/17/2008 6:33AM

    Love that your posting these! neat to see!
LIFT-On!

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RENA1965 12/16/2008 11:00PM

    Great workout! the assisted pull machine is also a great piece of equipment too..
If you can do pullups this give great exercise for chest and shoulders too.. It is the real show of strength to be able to pull your whole body weight up unassisted.. I do my pull up and tricep dips as a superset..

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Monday WT-Legs

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It was time for me to really change things up with my Weight Training workout. I wanted the variety of adding more things for each body part. There are so many fun exercises that I felt I was missing out on as well. This workout I found in my Natural Bodybuilding magazine and it is geared for the figure competitor. I do not have the desire to compete but I sure want to look like I could!

Warm-up 5-10 min

the article recommends resting 2 min between the different exercises. It usually takes that long to move onto the next one anyway.

Squat Press, plate loaded 1st set is a warm up set.
90#/12r---180#/10r---270#/8r---360#/6r

Lunges, I enjoy lateral lunges-3s
20#/12r---25#/10r---30#/8r

Leg Extentions-4s
50/12---60/10---70/8---90/6

Dead Lifts, I use the straight bars-3s
20/12---40/10---60/8

Lying leg curls-3s
50/12---60/10---70/8

Calf raises-4s
45/12---90/10---90/8---135/6

5-10 min cool-down as well

I burned 347 calories during this workout. It was an awesome change of pace and just what I was craving.

I love Weight Lifting


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