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Week 1 Fighting for Fitness

Monday, May 05, 2014

Regular (30 points) - Do at least 15 minutes or cardio at least 3 times a week for the regular points
The plan is hiking Monday, Friday and Saturday for 30 minutes to an hour (listening to my bod)

Bonus (20 points): Blog or write about one thing you think keeps you from reaching your goal at this point. This may stay the same or may change over time so what is happening right at the time of this writing. What are you going to do to overcome it.

FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love food...and after being pregnant, I have a tendency to not have the strongest willpower. Food will be my biggest struggle...and not getting frustrated with how slow getting back into running and working out will be. The medical issues, rough pregnancy and c-section have me worried...I am back at my highest weight. My plan of attack? Accountability buddies! Diane thank you thank you thank you. Tracking on my phone for exercise and eating. And stickign to my workout plan and calorie range. The trick is figuring out how much I need to eat to breastfeed whle still losing weight...they say not to try to lose weight while breastfeeding.....I can do this!

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LOTUSFLOWER 5/28/2014 10:28PM

    Sorry I'm reading this late...sigh...I love food can do it!!

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    Nice Blog!
LOVE Hiking and best of luck with breastfeeding! (it is so rewarding and many benefits for baby! Way to Go Mom!)

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SGTSUNNY 5/5/2014 6:06PM

    I have total faith in you! Your food cravings will get less as you add heathly foods to your diet and you will feel less hungry. Hugs, hope the breastfeeding goes well!

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BONNIEMARGAY 5/5/2014 2:57PM

    Yes, it is hard to get enough nutrition for two when you are breastfeeding!

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Baby has arrived....plan of attack to get back in shape

Friday, May 02, 2014

So, I got up to 265 during my pregnancy and I'm hovering around 245 now. That's a gain of 75 pounds during the pregnancy!! I'm at my heaviest again...time to get back to my lowest at 171. So here's my plan!

While breastfeeding and not working out I'm going to eat 1800-2000 cals per day. Once I start wroking out I'm going to eat about 2000-2400 depending on what I need. I can't work out for another 4 weeks but here's my plan!

Cycle or hiking for an hour (hiking is better because I can take my girls)

Run, arms and core

Yoga and more core work

Run, arms and core

Hiking with kids and bf

a few options...most likely will be doing Turbo Kickboxing and Yoga at the gym that is closer (Josh said he'd do turbo with me) - this requires getting a sitter for the baby and once Azali starts swim class again it'll be on Saturdays so I'll need to adjust the plans here to Bodypump and/or aqua

Cycle and yoga class at the gym closest to us or bodycombat and bodypump at the gym further away

I have to play with my cals because I'm trying to breast feed and I'm not sure how many I need to keep up with the little milk I am able to produce

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NOTGVGUP83 6/20/2014 10:30AM

    congrats on your baby girl! You'll start slimming down in no time!! Just remember you have a plan but it's not set in stone. It's hard with a new baby and more so when you already have other children so do not be so hard on yourself. Give it time and do the best you can and be proud of that!! Good luck!!! You can do this =)

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LOTUSFLOWER 5/28/2014 10:30PM

    You can do this, I like what Nancy said about balance, too. Love you.

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OLIVIANIGHT 5/4/2014 5:10AM

    Good luck : )

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SGTSUNNY 5/3/2014 7:01PM

    Great plan! You sound ready, but give your body time to heal and adjust.

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SWDESERTLOVER 5/3/2014 11:00AM

    Sounds like you have the plan and the determination to do it. You'll get there!

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FIREFLY4407 5/3/2014 7:01AM

    I'm sure you are looking forward to getting back into your active lifestyle - looks like you have a solid but flexible plan. You'll be getting back into shape in no time!

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MNCYCLIST 5/3/2014 6:18AM

    Huge congrats! And you can do this, be patient, take it one day at a time, and in due time you'll be back to where you were!

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NANCYPAT1 5/2/2014 9:40PM

    Your plan seems wisely thought out and you can really do what you set your mind to.

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BONNIEMARGAY 5/2/2014 3:36PM

    Good luck and please feed yourself enough of everything while you are breastfeeding. Your body has to give it away whether or not you replenish it.

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UNICORN212 5/2/2014 3:29PM

    I remember the days of trying to juggle it all. Give yourself time to get the details ironed out and allow adjustment time and wiggle room in your plans. Once you settle into it, the weight and inches will come off again!

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MTN_KITTEN 5/2/2014 2:48PM

    Make sure to get in tons of water while breastfeeding. You both need it.

Great plan.

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mindful eating

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I scored 2.4 on the mindful eating assessment..out of 4. I think had I taken this a month ago I would have been somewhere in the high 3s but I've been going through some stuff this month that has led me to being somewhat out of touch with myself. Back to it!!!!!!!

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JESSALOU 6/29/2013 12:02PM

    we all have our ups and downs, and im sure for every one at different seasons in their life me for sure it would be a different number. We are all here for you my dear! thing smight have you down in a way right now but we are all here to lift you up with our love!! and our support!

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BONNIEMARGAY 6/26/2013 4:52AM

    Good to check in!

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MYAKAYAH 6/26/2013 12:06AM

    I scored 3.5 on the mindful eating quiz, I am glad I have my eating in hand. A lot of times when I am down or in a mood I have no desire to eat so I have to watch out for that part!

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DESERTJULZ 6/25/2013 3:48PM

    Interesting quiz. I scored 3.4. Food choices were never my big downfall. Lack of exercise and complete inactivity were my issues! :D

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STARLIGHT615 6/25/2013 3:22PM

    Going to take it now !! since I am on lunch!! Got a 2.15 figured it wouldnt be good LOL

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-ICANDOIT- 6/25/2013 2:36PM

    I got a two!! emoticon But I made my answers more reflective of how I usually am...not how I have been latley. It is like everything, when you have time and are motivated, somethings are easier to do than when life is crazier than usual!!
I think this was a great challenge for the week- gave so much to think about!! Thanks for sharing it!

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SIRENSONGS 6/25/2013 12:44PM

    Thanks for posting this link. I've been going through a rough time too and it shows: I scored a 2.1. This has really given me a lot to think about. Sometimes I just need to slow down! I hope you can get back in touch with yourself soon!

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honest musings - lost somewhere in the marathon journey (week

Thursday, June 20, 2013

It is week 9 in my marathon "training" and I haven't been blogging like I said I would. My beautiful friend Kathy has been blogging about her marathon journey and journey is more internal.....while this may not appear to be directly a blog about marathon training, it is incredibly relevant to me. I was in fierce beast mode. I feel that the energy has transitioned for the time being.....I am still a fierce beast but I feel that right now it is more about being vulnerable and trusting.......

Feeling incredibly reflective and introspective today. I think somehow I've slowly been losing some of that confidence in myself....the awareness of just how incredible every OTHER person is never leaves my consciousness but I have felt a shift in my acknowledgement of my own self worth. Relationships can make one feel terribly exposed and vulnerable; this is a feeling which I have not handled well historically because of my background. Trust in myself and others seems elusive. I am aware that this is a lesson that I need to learn rather than shrinking away like I have in the past. My sister was right in saying that we can not seek outwardly for that sense of worthiness. It seems so much easier when the world is quiet and you're alone.....not risking, not putting yourself in situations that could break your heart. I am thankful to Mother Earth and Father Sun for these conscious thoughts today. Always remember to let yourself be expansive and feel all that there is to feel. I need to learn to love myself, even when rumors are spreading like wildfire. Learn to love myself and others regardless of whether or not that love is returned. Learn worry less.....risk more. I am strong and I try to consciously live my life making ethical choices for myself and being true to my authentic self. Why do I feel this rock in my stomach today? Anxious and afraid that the world will fall out from under my feet. Worst yet, comparing myself to others. Focusing far too much on the past.....letting current situations drag up all of these things that I've pushed away for so long....letting my head go places it should not be. It is like a struggle between allowing myself to be exposed and vulnerable to those I love and to the world so I can continue this beautiful journey of transformation and growth and walling myself up so that I can never be hurt again. What is life if you don't allow yourself to be open and willing to love and be loved? I'm a firm believer in living out loud.....making your mark on the world. I think a wise woman is right...I'm giving my power away by allowing all of these words to impact me the way it has. So how do you move on from the past and the current negativity and allow yourself to remain open?

There are a few things which I was afraid would happen...and I let them happen. It is time to change that. I kind of feel like I've lost that piece of myself (I could even say PEACE of myself)...the piece of myself that felt strong and worthy. All of a sudden I feel in a way I never have been before. I'm used to negativity from parents and significant others. I am not used to negativity from strangers, family, "friends"....all of it at once and all of it based in lies.

I'm returning to my therapist...I'm returning to myself. My love of running has always been based on the love it opens up for myself....the connection I feel with the Earth.....with all things. I feel whole and complete when I run, even when I am torn and broken down by the challenges me. It makes me realize just how strong I am. It makes me CONFIDENT in who I am and what I have to offer this world and everyone in it. I feel like breaking letting it all spew out of me in whatever way it needs to. Marathon training is so much about being vulnerable and giving in to the journey and the obstacles that come with it. It truly is a metaphor for life. After the half marathon I was injured and I allowed myself some time off. Problem is, I never returned to the beast mode. Here it is 2.5 weeks later and I am feeling weak, fluffy, and anxious....anxious isn't the right word actually. Prior to the half marathon I had this confidence.....this belief that I was truly worthy of anything that came my way and while parts of me still feel that I am capable of anything I have lost some of that feeling of self-worth. So today I make a promise to myself....a promise to do the work. A promise to love myself. A promise to allow myself to be happy without letting the fear take over.

The plan of attack:
Today- RUN! It is actually a spin day, but I'm not sure I want to spin. I feel that I need to return to running today.....

Friday: PT
Saturday: 11 mile run and swim lessons
Sunday: walk

Next week- full week return!!!!
Monday- rest day, but want to hike
Tuesday: 4 mile speed work and swim practice
Wednesday: 5 mile hill work and strength training
Thursday: spin class
Friday-Sunday: camping....oh sweet solitude in nature how I have missed thee!!!!!! 3 days off the grid....immersing myself in Mother Nature, soaking up the love of father Sun......communing with their children.

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BUTEAFULL 6/28/2013 1:55AM

    run and get those endorphins flowing

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MYAKAYAH 6/24/2013 5:52AM

    Thanks for the reminder not to let others negativity and self loathing transfer onto me, I struggle with this sometimes from a certain family member! Hope you had a lovely run and a chance to center yourself. I know its hard to move on from the past but letting go benefits yourself, forgive yet, not forget has always served me well~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 6/21/2013 3:27AM

    Yes, yes, and yes. All of this discomfort IS healing. You just keep moving and you will get there, gorgeous!

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FIREFLY4407 6/20/2013 11:15PM

    Great blog Blaize - and a good reminder on self reflection. You truly bring so much to the lives of everyone you touch - don't underestimate that. Also, when things aren't right, the fact that you are addressing them head on, looking to figure out what's wrong and why, making plans to address - this speaks so much to who you are...

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UNICORN212 6/20/2013 10:42PM

    I agree - back to the therapist! You will learn that when you make decisions, you make the best decision you can with the tools and information you have at that moment. Yes, you sometimes later regret that decision, but only when you get new information! If we all had a crystal ball to see the future, decision making would be easy! So let go of past decisions and look for the future.

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LINDAKAY228 6/20/2013 8:03PM

    Great blog and lots of opening up and being vulnerable. Through that you grow. You are an amazing woman and I know you can do this and come out stronger than you even imagined you could be internally and externally!

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LOTUSFLOWER 6/20/2013 7:07PM

    honey I am so proud of you. I wish you could see yourself through my eyes. you are amazing. your record half marathon wasn't even three weeks ago. I think sometimes we need time after these things ( says the woman who took 2 months off, nit mere weeks lol). I love your reasons behind running, and I love you. have a wonderful run, you deserve it. and your time of the grid sounds wonderful.

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  You are worth it...just keep on loving yourself and going for the gold. You can and will do it all. emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon mmmmm

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STARLIGHT615 6/20/2013 6:20PM

    Great Blog Blaize You are AMAZING!!!! Love ya

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ROBYNROSE26 6/20/2013 6:10PM

    Very cool blog Blaize!

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True Beauty by Daily OM

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Overcoming “Not Good Enough”
From Overcoming “Not Good Enough” On-line Course
by Pam Thomas, M.S., PMC, PCC

The following is an excerpt from the "Overcoming 'Not Good Enough'" on-line course. If you would like to enroll in the course, click here.

Have you ever known someone who was absolutely stunning on the outside, but the minute they opened their mouth they became the most unattractive person ever?

There’s a reason for that.

And while I am not a psychologist, I’d be willing to bet you dollars to donuts, that regardless of their outward appearance, jealousy and insecurities, the need for constant validation, etc. where most likely running rampant internally. Sadly, those qualities and characteristics often lead to not-so beautiful outward behavior, i.e. cattiness, gossip, “It’s all about me” tendencies, negativity, as well as neediness ... hence the diminishing attractiveness.

My friends, here’s the straight skinny... True beauty radiates from the inside outward. It is not defined by having flawless skin, wearing size 2 jeans, sporting cellulite free legs or a toned butt.

True Beauty ...

.. is the person who shares a smile with a perfect stranger, lends a helping hand to someone in need, listens open-heartedly to a friend in pain, gives love unconditionally, or finds the joy in the small things. And it is my hope that you begin to recognize your true beauty which comes from your heart.

While I have given some examples of what true beauty is, I think it's also very important to mention, that beauty is subjective. It's not about comparisons, but rather recognizing and creating our own true definition of beauty.

So, how do we define beauty within ourselves?

The first step is taking responsibility for ourselves. What does that mean? Well, that means knowing that what you think about you, how you feel about you, what you say about you (and even about others), and how you show up each day is down to you. You are in the driver’s seat. You have choices and options, but in order to see those choices and options you have to create some awareness. As I mentioned in this week's audio message awareness is critical to creating change and to not only radiating beauty from the inside out, but attracting good things to you. There is beauty in taking responsibility for ourselves.

Next, it's being committed to being our most authentic selves. It is all too easy to try and conform, conform to societal expectations or other people's opinions. This only serves to diminish and overshadow our true beauty and it sends a message not only to the world, but to ourselves that who we are just isn't beautiful enough and NOTHING could be farther from the truth. When we can be who we are and know that it is enough, that's when we begin to share our inner beauty.

It's also about realizing that there is no such thing as perfect so it's time to release the pressure and stop striving for perfection. I once had a student share a quote with me that really hit home; “Perfection is just a form of self abuse.” Hearing that completely rocked my world, especially since I will admit that I am a recovered perfectionista of the highest order. Striving for perfection really equates to (yet again) telling yourself that you aren’t good enough as you are. That’s not only degrading, but it’s deprecating, and it truly stifles your own inner beauty.

And lastly, it's being willing to be vulnerable. What does it mean to be vulnerable?

First and foremost, it means accepting that you are amazing, imperfections and all.

It means knowing that you are more than enough now and that you always have been. It means being open to sharing with your whole heart regardless of what others say, do, think or feel.

While it may be scary and while vulnerability gets a bad rap, it’s actually a beautiful place to come from. As difficult as it may be, when we are vulnerable we are able to reach out to others for support and assistance without feeling guilty, and most importantly, we come from our hearts rather than our heads where ego lives.

Please know something, being vulnerable does not mean becoming a doormat or being perceived as weak. As a matter of fact, to be vulnerable requires strength and the internal fortitude to stand strong in your own beliefs and in who you are.


• How do you define beauty?

• Based on your definition, list all the ways in which you are beautiful.

• Lastly, jot down all the things that stand in your way of fully sharing your beauty with the world.

Once you have created awareness, notice the options and the choices that become available to you. Remember, you are responsible and that’s a beautiful thing!

“True beauty is in the eye of the beholder, which means that how beautiful you are to other people is always going to be subjective to who is looking at you at that time, and since you will always be looking at yourself first, you should find your own beauty and feel good about who you are.” - BeNeca Ward

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MYAKAYAH 6/24/2013 6:51AM

    This is what I needed to hear today! I never thought of perfection as self abuse because I used to be a perfectionist but its true. You can never be right cause its not enough to a perfectionist so I gave that up! It creeps in from time to time so I have to be on alert for self harming behaviours~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JACKIE542 6/16/2013 9:05AM

    Loved your blog, thank you. emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 6/16/2013 8:07AM

    This s beautiful. I love how it says that perfection is a form of self abuse. Let it go, freedom awaits..I'm trying t do this with my writing. Love you honey!!

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UNICORN212 6/16/2013 1:10AM

    “Perfection is just a form of self abuse.”

Very eye-opening!

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