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My Tattoo Pictures

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

And a little comparison photo:

July 3 (the url is my tumblr blog, you can ignore that)

July 30

July has been a pretty good month. Ontario was a lot of fun, I finally got the half sleeve I've been waiting for since January! I loved the weather in ON, too bad it sucks out west, it's been so cold! But I'm off to BC in a week for a music festival (shambahla!) I'm still doing lots of strength training and just a bit of running. I've started to love strength training more than running if that's even possible! I just can't wait to see more changes, I need to post some full body progress photos soon! SOOOOON!

My lifting stats:

bicep curl: 8repX20lb
pull ups: 12rep using the 85lbs as help
tricep kickbacks: 12repX15lb
deadlift: 15repX60lb
shoulder press: 12repX15lb

lunges and squats are getting easier, right now I'm doing a minimum of 20reps per leg. I usually do 3 sets for all my strength exercises.


A Bicep and Good Vibes

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

A body part of mine that is toning up quite nicely are my arms! I can't wait to see those sexy cuts just around the shoulders! Certainly on my way there.

I went for a run at lunch today, only 30 minutes but it was a good run. My Color Me Rad run is on Saturday, I'm kind of nervous even though I've ran plenty of 5k's and 10k's before, but this one will be my first race after I took a year off running! So ya, I'm a little anxious about it. I'm not as fast as I once was but I know I'll be able to run without stopping (that's the goal anyway) so I'll aim for a time between 30 - 40 minutes. Totally reasonable!

I'm back home now after a month of house sitting. It's bitter sweet, I don't get to spend the night with my bf anymore but my groceries are paid for. I've really got nothing to complain about. I bought some Happy Planet soup (Moroccan Chickpea) so I might have that for dinner tonight with some tuna or couscous. I'm going to start drinking my protein shakes again and my casein at night. I need to start putting on some serious muscle! I leave for Ontario in a week with my cousin and we're going to try and motivate each other to workout even tho we're on vacation. We can finally gym together and maybe he can spot me and I'll be able to bench heavier weights. (Since I work out alone).

I'm mostly aiming for a flat stomach right now so I can feel confident in just a T-shirt, I always wear such baggy clothes to hide my little rolls and I'm working on the self esteem thing, but progress is not a steady incline. Some days I feel super hot and fit, and others I feel bloated, squishy and gross. My Bf is so wonderful though, he always tells me he's proud of me and that he loves every part of me. It's so refreshing and I hate to play the comparison game but my ex would always make me feel guilty for workout out and trying to improve my running or get slimmer. My ex thought I'd eventually leave him because I'd start getting new male attention or something and it just made me feel guilty about wanting to look hot. (That isn't why we broke up btw, that story is in another blog somewhere I think).

I've also met some new people this summer and most of these new friends are just so sweet and awesome! I'm going to gloat a little and paste what a message I got one morning on facebook. This girl I met at a friends baby shower sent me this and it honestly just made my day and made me feel so good! --->

"I just have to say, you are an awesome chick. I was trying to explain to Shantelle after the baby shower that I never got your name but you were sitting by me and you were super easy to talk to and your funny. Then I saw you at the bbq and it took me about 5 mins to realize who you were. By that time I was to embarrassed to tell you I was glad I had a chance to meet you again lol I didn't want to come off as in love with you but you are super easy to talk to and a really nice chick. You also have a good sense of humor. Any time you want to go to state and Maine (is that the new spruce restaurant??) I am down for sure. Have an awesome day !!"

Like REALLY? This girl knows how to give a compliment! It makes me want to spread the love and I think people don't compliment each other enough anymore. (Except for here on spark haha this site is FULL of inspiring people sharing good vibes!) So I passed on the good karma and hopefully made a few others feel the same way! So I plan to get together with this Alicia girl once she moves to my town. I also met a really nice girl at this bachelorette party I went to a few weekends ago! And It's a big deal because I didn't know ANYONE at this stag, except I had met the bride to be three times. (She's friends with my bf). So I got invited which was so nice and I was nervous about going because I didn't know who I'd get to talk to and this Sam girl and I ended up talking most of the night and she wants to go for coffee tomorrow. =) I love making new friends!!

So I'll end this blog entry with that and thanks to those who listened to my ramblings and such!! Happy Wednesday!! emoticon

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Comparison pics

Friday, June 28, 2013

There's progress in my back but not really any in the abs. I'm still sitting around the same weight of 151 - 153ish. I haven't stepped on a scale in awhile since I've been house sitting. I almost think my abs from last August were more defined, I dunno, Gotta keep pushing and keep working hard towards my goals!

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ELISELOVE1 6/29/2013 12:51AM


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MRS.CARLY 6/28/2013 2:04PM

    I think you are looking great! are you trying to add muscle? If so, hows your protein?

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NIKKICOLE83 6/28/2013 1:56PM

    You have an amazing body and all I want to do is smack your a$$!!!

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LOWFATFOODIE 6/28/2013 11:14AM

    Looks like progress to me. I'm needing to recommit 100% to making progress too. If Not, I start sliding. Yoga retreat and I still managed to gain 3 # because everyone drank every night. Back to the real grindstone...

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AEPSMITH 6/28/2013 7:22AM

    I can see some change! Back is AH-Mazing and as for abs - I can see the V getting going! Keep it up!

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YICHE12 6/28/2013 1:14AM

    You're looking great!

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PINKEUROGIRL 6/28/2013 12:39AM

    Looking good!!

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Trying not to get discouraged

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I know it's only been just over two weeks since I've been hitting the gym EVERY day and really focusing and putting in a really good effort, but it just feels like forever until I can look in the mirror and SEE a difference. I feel like there have been no changes at all =( It's so depressing and It's hard to keep my motivation. So I think I'll post some pics in a little bit when I get home and maybe I'll see more of a difference. I've also been telling myself that normally it takes 6 - 12 weeks to see a difference and sometimes even longer. I shouldn't give up. I just feel like everything I'm doing isn't enough, that I should do MORE. But I don't want to do too much and end up burnt out, or getting injured. I'm having a struggle with patience essentially.

My time house sitting downtown is coming to a close. It sucks, it's back to the outskirts of the city for me. And no more getting to spend the night with my bf =(
I'll be so happy when I'm done school and moved out on my own. It will be a glorious day.

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AEPSMITH 6/27/2013 8:45AM

    Keep going! Its frustrating to workout and see nothing, but when you eat you don't automatically see something either ( you don't eat pizza and magically see a pizza slice on your leg! emoticon ) You feel better after you workout and if you slow down you will feel worse about it in the end. If you feel like going harder that day then do it, but let it be on what your body feels like. Some days I can do a few extras, some days I cant. Don't worry! emoticon

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GLAZED-DONUT 6/26/2013 7:07PM

    Oh trust me - your body IS changing.. if you can see it or not, if the scale is moving or not, your body IS changing.
It will take TIME (Things. I. Must. Earn.) then it will take more time than that... it will take more time than you think it should, it will feel like its been more time than it has been..... BUT in that time, you will progress.
You dont have to do more, as a matter of fact thats the last thing you should do, you will end up burned out, truth but your body will try to hold on even MORE to what it has - its what our bodies do, we are built for survival.... right now its going into preservation mode, it will do it several times, also known as a plateau.
Just make sure your diet is clean and that you are eating enough to sustain the amount youre working out. Having negative caloric intake daily is NOT good and will eventually slow your metabolism and stall you completely - trust me.... that is NOT a fun or good road to go down. Just eat clean, work hard, be consistent and TRUST in the process.... you got this, one day, once choice at a time and you will be RAWK STAR status. xx

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ELISELOVE1 6/26/2013 5:54PM


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BLUEANGELLK 6/26/2013 5:45PM

    You can do this. Don't give up. You are just about ready to see the first changes. Just a little more and you will be there!!!

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NICKB1978 6/26/2013 5:37PM

    Im right where you are lady, just keep on putting in the work and the results will come!!! your doing great and should be proud of your self...i have been working out like crazy and i luv it but i also luv luv me wine some wine so i cut back to 2 glasses a week if i deciede to drink at all, lol.. we will get there girl i know it!!!

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IAMZBEE 6/26/2013 5:16PM

    Keep pushing through this!!! The first few weeks are the WORST because we're working so hard and not seeing the results (yet). Just keep pushing and you'll start seeing and feeling the results here soon!!!

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Lift Heavy

Friday, June 21, 2013

I've been really focusing on my strength training this time around! I still have running goals I want to accomplish, but I'm not only doing cardio this time! I know the value of strength training so I've been lifting weights 3-4X a week. Last leg day was KILLER! I could barely stand haha. Here are my stats right now for some of the basic exercises I do.

Bicep curl - 8X20lb
Triceps Kickback - 10X12lb
Deadlift - 12X60lb
Shoulder Press - 12X12lb
Hamstring curl - 10X40lb
Squat with 40lb barbell
Leg press - 12X180lb
lunges with 30lb barbell or 20lb kettle bells
Chest press - 12X15lb

I ran 5k on the treadmill yesterday in 35min. It's not as fast as I'd like, but I'm getting there. Also there are no hills on a treadmill so i might be even slower outside. I'm running stairs again tonight, I'll aim to do another 3 sets. Then tonight I'm going out to play some pool, maybe have a few drinks with a friend of mine =) I'm excited!

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ELISELOVE1 6/25/2013 3:02PM


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KCLARK89 6/22/2013 9:07AM

    Awesome! Sounds like a great plan :)

Can you vary the incline on your treadmill to mimic running hills?

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CHICA_BORICUA 6/21/2013 8:30PM

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