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Monday, December 03, 2012


in case anyone wants to read MORE about me (haha) I have a blog. I don't write their often, but I'm trying to work on it more... so, http://lovelylynee.blogspot.com

If not... AT least I got some points for blogging today on Spark!

Ttyl Sparkies!

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KAYATLANTA2010 12/4/2012 8:03AM

    I really like your blog and will continue reading it whenever you post! You've got something to say and I appreciate that you're sharing... Keep up the excellent work!

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SONYALATRECE 12/3/2012 9:22PM

    Thanks for sharing! Will have to do later...can't figure it out on the IPad.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/3/2012 9:16PM

    Will check out your blog. Glad you are still Sparkin'. Spark On!!

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HOLLYM48 12/3/2012 6:48PM


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123ELAINE456 12/3/2012 6:27PM

  God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Yes You got 3 Spark Points for Today. Enjoy Today. Take Care.

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Week 6: Planning/goals + SO HORMONAL!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Hey everyone,

We are now in the final weeks of the year and I am making some goals and plans on how I would like to finish off this year.

I am making several non-weight goals so that I can have something (that I can control) to aim for just in case the scale decides not to participate in my plans :-D So basically, these will be the things that I would be satisfied with EVEN IF I never reached my ultimate weight goal of 120.

My Happy/Acceptable weight goal is 130
My satisfied weight goal is to maintain my weight no higher than 140 pounds. (Depending on how good I look in a bikini at this weight AND I will have little room for gain. So I'll be happy here, but I will have to stay diligent to maintain it)

Also I am preparing to make a shopping list for the week so I can make sure I pack my lunch and eat meals from home. I think this will help control my calories and I want to reach my goals in the next 6 weeks.

Non-Scale Goals:
ULTIMATE goal = To wear a size 6/8 in pants. 8/10 in skirts.
To be comfortable wearing a bikini on the beach with no cover and not feel self-conscious
Goal Measurements: 34-27-38 [This is subject to change... I have big hips and don't know what a feasible goal would be] These were my old measurements once upon a time. I'm not going to be too strict with this. I want to feel comfortable in my body and feel healthy... I'm not super attached to the measurements

To be able to run 5 miles in less than 50 mins (again- When I ran my last marathon I was able to run pretty fast)
To complete the insanity series
To feel sculpted.. Not rock solid but not too mushy and NO (excess) back fat.

Oh and here is some follow up:

I do infact have a hormonal issue that is making it difficult for me to lose weight! Aha! I told you guys I was actually working out hard LOL I'm following up with my endocrinologist on Thursday soooooo hopefully I can do whatever needs to be done so I can get back to a healthy weight. In the meanwhile, I will be tightening up my diet... My body can't store excess calories if I don't provide them but it will be nice to get back to a hormonal balance so my HARD WORK pays off!

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SUN_N_SEA 11/29/2012 10:13PM

    Great goals! It's important to take a break from focusing on the numbers (i.e. the scale!) all the time.. and measure your progress by other means. We share some similar goals... I want to ultimately get down to 115lbs, but I'm hoping to reach 120 before this NYE! I'm in the middle of Insanity right now, DAY 20 tomorrow! Man, it is tough, but SO worth it.. I'm surprised by all the definition happening in my arms and legs, considering all the strength-training involved uses only your own body weight, no equipment necessary! Love it! Good luck, you can do it!!

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FATHINSN 11/27/2012 8:00PM

    Few weeks left for 2012 and I feel going downhill fast! So my goals to end this year withbig bang boom are to climb up from hills of frustrations and to lose at least 1 kg!

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BABY_GIRL69 11/26/2012 6:34PM

    I too am sizing up my 2013 goals.. I have so many things happening I will doubly relying on Spark & probably WW too...just get myself motivated for life.

God bless,


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NELLIEC 11/26/2012 2:46PM

    Those hormones can be tricky! I have low thyroid, so even though I take the pills to correct it, I know the doctor medicate so I get to the low end of normal, so I will probably never be completely average. I have gotten used to it. I have lost weight and am now maintaining. I didn't lose all the way to the weight for average people, but the last time I got to that weight and entered a hospital, the dietitian was desperately trying to get me to gain weight. So I figure I am good where I am!

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123ELAINE456 11/26/2012 2:44PM

  Good Goals and plan you have for yourself. Keep Tracking and Pushing Forward. You Can Do It. God Bless you and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care. Good Luck at the Doctors too.

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End of the Year Challenge: The Beautiful Bombshell is BACK! Week 1 - pics

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hey guys... I hope you are all doing well :)

This has been an amazing weekend for me. I worked a 24 hour shift on Friday, so I didn't get off until 9 am on Saturday. I slept 3.5 hours and got up and started to get ready... Unlike the other weekends, I actually had PLANS this weekend and I wanted to have some fun. So I went to a football game, some tailgates, and later a party. We all looked great! I didn't get home until SIX AM the next day!

I'm the second from the left... (I'm standing in the middle kind of and wearing black) but you guys SHOULD know what I look like by now! lol
So anyway, Can you say NO SLEEP!?

Then I slept for 4 hours and had to get up and get ready for the fair that I went to today. I am exhausted yall, but every other weekend I'm home wishing I had something to do. So, I sucked it up and decided that it was worth a little sleepiness.

I am ready to make the rest of the year count and I REALLY want to see some progress before I see the year 2013.

A Few pictures from the fair... On the TILT-O-WHIRL screaming my head off.

My goals for this week =
1. Sleep 7 hours or MORE a night
2. Pick a WAKE UP time and stick to it this entire week. ( I am bad at snoozing for some reason lately. I think it is due to the 80 hour work weeks and typical exhaustion.)
3. Workout 20-30 mins a day at Moderate/HIGH intensity for the next week
4. Drink at least 64 ounces a day.
5. Write down everything I eat ( Don't have to change the foods I eat... I just have to write it)

Upcoming goals= Plan meals and stick to the plan
Aim to stay within the calorie limits
Make a plan for my workout routines and change it every 6-8 weeks (for example. M/W/F =run. Tues= dance, Sat = strength. Or whatever!)

Ultimate goal of this year- Enter 2012 in the low 150s.

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GRACIE4ONE 11/19/2012 12:21AM

    Get some rest, that's bad for you! (spanking your hand).

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SQUIRRELLYONE 10/23/2012 9:08AM

    Sometimes a weekend is for recovering from the week, and sometimes it's just about MOAR FUNS!

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DRTAMM 10/23/2012 6:58AM

    Great plan! Glad u had fun and you do look great! Keep up the great work!

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SAMANTHAJEAN86 10/22/2012 7:05PM

    You look amazing!

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SAMANTHAJEAN86 10/22/2012 7:04PM

    You look amazing!

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SAMANTHAJEAN86 10/22/2012 7:01PM

    You look amazing!

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GONABFIT 10/22/2012 6:41PM

    Thanks everyone! It was all in one weekend because it was homecoming. And I usually work on the weekends. so i choose to have fun when I can. :)

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NEWANDHEALTHY13 10/22/2012 5:55PM

  looking like you had a great weekend with friends.
Wish you luck with achieving your goals

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FITGIRL15 10/22/2012 8:07AM

    Awesome weekend!!! But why does all the fun have to happen at once, hey? lol

Get some sleep! It's amazing how much better you function with sleep :)
I need to take my own advice :)

PS... WOW WOW WOW, you look great in that black dress!!!

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COLUMBIANQUEEN 10/22/2012 7:45AM

    Sounds like fun! I'm glad you enjoyed your weekend. You looked great.

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123ELAINE456 10/22/2012 3:23AM

  You look great. You Can Do It. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. You had a fun weekend too. Good for You. Keep It Up.

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SUSANBEAMON 10/22/2012 1:26AM

  I remember living with little sleep and moving for a couple of days. Couldn't do that today. But it used to be so much fun. enjoy it while you can.

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CIERAPOET 10/22/2012 1:15AM

    Hello! emoticon

Looks Like You All Had A Great Time. Love The Smiles! Being With Friends And Enjoying Yourself Is Priceless! Great Goals For The Week. You Can Do It. You Are Looking Beautiful! Enjoy A Peaceful Week. Get Some Good Rest Too! emoticon
Many Blessings!
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MJ7DM33 10/21/2012 11:03PM

  emoticon You all are lookin good!

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Double... digits?

Monday, October 08, 2012

So I will warn you, this is more of a release of thoughts than an informative weight loss post.

I just got back from Miami and I had an AMAZING time! I caught up with some college friends. We had a really good time. But....I did notice something quite peculiar. I am the biggest of my college friends, wearing a size 10, i.e. DOUBLE digits... The other wears maybe a 4 and an 8.

[ETA: In college I wore an 8. Now I wear a 10... so it's not that big of a change but significant enough because I'm a short-y ;) ]

Miami is all about looks and while I am somewhat satisfied with my over all appearance (I have a curvy shape, I am fit, I am capable of running 5+ miles at the drop of a dime), I do realize that I have weight to lose. And again, I am working hard daily to get the pounds off. So, I decided to make the best of my current size 10 and try to enjoy this vacation to the best of my ability.

So, the peculiar thing I noticed was that I was darn near INVISIBLE in Miami. My size 2/4 friend got double takes, my size 8 friend who is married got a few looks, and I... well.... let's just say I'm glad I don't completely compose my self-worth on my perceived desirability by others! Maaaaaaybe a few looks but basically I (felt I) was non-existant. I'm not saying this from a jealousy stand point... I am more curious as to when did a size 10 make me undesirable?

I do hope to be back in the single digits soon. I'm ONE size away... but I have really got to start getting the weight moving because more than anything I want to be comfortable in my skin. I don't want to feel like fresh meat at the meat market BUT I do want to feel at least that men find me some what attractive.

Has anyone else had this experience? I'm still focused on my journey because I do realize that eventually the weight will come off... but geeeeez I just wanted to hope that LOOKS (or size) alone were not the only thing that attract men. But men are visual creatures... so maybe they want to Visualize a smaller woman! LOL

OH, I did go on an amazing beach side run in Miami... Running in the sand is HAAAARRD!

Ok, I just wanted to vent.

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VERONICAVW_140 10/23/2012 6:09PM

    Yes, I've totally been there! I've been big, small and everything in between. Unfortunately society focus so much on outward appearance. I know when I was about a size 7 that I got way more attention and treated differently than at bigger size. I'm glad that you don't base yourself worth on comparisons. I've done that before and its killer. You can make yourself so miserable trying to live up to others' expectations. Yes, getting healthy and feeling comfortable in your own skin sound like great goals. :)

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ACCT1908 10/23/2012 2:44PM

    Thus my fear of visiting beaches and such. I'm from the midwest and sitting here at at 12...I'm like Beyonce. LOL

It's amazing how location makes a difference on what is considered beautiful/hot.

Well I think you look amazing and I could only wish my body looked like yours in a bikini.

Keep being great!


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RASLALIQUE 10/14/2012 11:33PM

    I can relate so much to this post! Some localities do place a premium on women being as skinny as possible to be considered beautiful. Where I live I am considered attractive (for the most part) but where I work is another story. I'm practically invisible there. I'm glad to see that you are not letting it get to to you. Just love yourself because in the end that is all that really matters.

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COLUMBIANQUEEN 10/10/2012 7:21AM

    I've felt the same way before. But the funny thing is that I might go one place and my friends get the attention, but then we go somewhere else and all eyes are on me. You win some and you lose some. Try not to let the times that don't go your way get you down. Just keep working on your goals and before you know it you'll start winning way more than you lose.

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SPARKLE1908 10/9/2012 1:06PM

    If you were "invisible" and a size 10, then I KNOW I would have been "see through" because I wear a bigger size than that...LOL...some men like thick, some men like then...but all men love confidence!!!! I know you are very confident and will us it as extra motivation...you never stop...LOL!

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123ELAINE456 10/9/2012 11:33AM

  Stay on Track, Exercise and You will Reach Your Goal. You are doing Great. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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WE_PA_FIT 10/9/2012 7:52AM

    i dunno.....maybe it could have been the place u were hanging out...... I KNOW men like junk in the trunk and curves!!!
embrace your beauty and flaunt what u got! you'll get there!

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KAMILLAVIRAG1 10/9/2012 5:50AM

    Ok, so you're not hot in Miami, but what about where you live? I'm pretty sure heads are turning :D And that's what counts.

It's all down to what people are used to... Shapes and sizes en mass modify the perception on the whole. Where the bikini season is forever, lots of shiny shapley bodies hammer the image into the heads of the inhabitants. People tune out those who don't have it. (But individuals still have their own preference. emoticon ) At other areas bootilicious is the norm and pancake flat arsed girls would be dismissed. The fashion world likes skeletal, your average Joe likes his meat.

In Europe I'd be considered as small, sort of an average size 38. In France, a size 40 ehm, a "double digit" lady. In Italy, I'd have to buy clothes size 44. See how meaningless this size thing?

Numbers should mean nothing, they shouldn't imprint and carry importance in people's heads. You know how much you need to lose. That's not necessarily a US size 2 or 4 or 6. Reach the weight and shape that makes you go "hm, I like it" in the mirror and then confidentaly step outside. Heads will turn.

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FITGIRL15 10/9/2012 12:18AM

    Girlie... I think you were wearing your insecurities on your sleeve and the guys could sense it! Guy's have told me confidence is sexy... are you confident in your size 10 body? I agree, you need to be thankful for what you are (young, fit and beautiful) not being resentful and sad about what you are not ( a single digit size)

Often times as we gain weight we also gain insecurities... and sometimes we need to learn how to drop these walls before we can move forward and get back to the person we really want to be!

Love yourself at any size, Chica!!! You are amazing, don't forget that!!! emoticon

And yes, men are SHALLOW! Most of them, anyways... eventually you will meet one who loves you and your body just the way it is!!!

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NEWANDHEALTHY13 10/8/2012 11:34PM

  Keep working hard and soon enough you will be a single digit toooo :-)

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LHLADY517 10/8/2012 11:09PM

    Isn't it strange how a "number" so defines us? Be thankful you are healthy and fit.

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Check-in + health maintenance

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

My goals for this week are: [Copied from yesterday's blog]
1. To eat between 1300-1650 Calories per day [If I eat more, I have to workout more to make sure I have a deficit for the day]
2. To exercise 30 mins per day until Thursday and take my jump rope with me to Miami... I leave on Thursday :)
3. Eat most meals from home and watch SODIUM intake.
4. Skip bread and unnecessary starches after 5/6 pm

1. Ate 1700 calories. Burned ~200 in a morning wokrout.
2. Worked out in the morning :)
3. Watched my sodium intake and was VERY close to my goal and WAAAAAY lower than a usual day for me. 2600 mg Sodium [Goal was 2500 according to diet program]
4. No unnecessary bread or starches since 5:45 :-D

WOOOOOHOOOOOO I'm SO proud of me. I really hope my hard work pays off and I ACTUALLY START LOSING WEIGHT!

I just finished my night snack: Turkey (2 oz) + cheese (80 cals) roll-up. + 1 cup of grapes.
grapes are counted as fruit (but I know they have sugar in them) But I'm still proud!

Health Maintenance= Went to the doctor today and am going to get my hormones checked. I've had some issues with getting the weight off and just want to make sure I'm not having hormonal issues. PCOS runs in my family and I want to be proactive. I'm working hard and I want results.

Focusing on my diet to see BIG results! :-D

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NELLIEC 10/3/2012 3:37PM

    Very good idea that you got checked over by a doctor.

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FATHINSN 10/2/2012 9:35PM

    Good luck with your goals and plan!

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