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Thursday, January 03, 2013

I had a feeling it was going to happen and it did but it still sucks!
I was 159lbs before Christmas and am now 163.6lbs.
In stead of grumbling in private I had to this publicly in order to kick my butt back in gear. Worked too damn hard to lose 50lbs to let it sneak up on me.
So I'm altering my goals, I'd love to get down to 150lbs and I need to tone this year. Get rid of the flabby arms. I'm about to slap people in the face with them when I'm in zumba class lol.

Today, I'll be taking all the chocolate and candy that's sitting around in bowls in the kitchen (DAMN YOU CHRISTMAS GOODNESS!) and put it all out of sight. Wish I could throw it away or even better hand it out to the neighbors kids or something but my husband and son would throw a fit if I did that. They like their sweets.

But to remind myself of my original quote when I started Sparkpeople

"I can do this, I have to do this... "


Happy New Year and may 2013 be the year we reach more goals!!!!!


EDIT: I removed my 50lbs lost sparkpeople picture, because I only lost 47lbs right now. It hurt removing it and seeing 47lbs on my ticker. Let's earn it back!

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INSPIRED4CHANGE 1/11/2013 6:04PM

    I earned my 50lbs lost back!! at 51lbs down now WOOHOO

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3016DEBRA 1/3/2013 1:22PM

  I have no doubt you'll be back to your 50lb's lost & better than ever!
Happy New Year!!! emoticon emoticon

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INSPIRED4CHANGE 1/3/2013 12:03PM

    thank you Alicia!

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ALICIA214 1/3/2013 11:34AM

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Happy New Year............ emoticon

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

As of today I have officially made it to my 50lbs goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon
I am so happy!!!! emoticon
And as I head towards year 3 of me working out (and healthy lifestyle), the third year will be dedicated to TONING! emoticon

*happy dance* So happy right now!!!

the first year: Was dedicated to finding my workout routine. things I like and worked for me. Mainly Zumba! My food wasn't really on track yet so I flunked losing weight that year BUT my stamina went way up

the second year: Will go down in history as the weight loss year. I kept up my zumba and added weight training. I also discovered Sparkpeople the tool I so needed to track my food and figure it all out.

the third year: Toning! I can't wait to see what I will look like 1 year from now!

I want to add pictures but our hard drive died a few months ago and until we get the money to fix it I'm not able to retrieve any pictures from it :(. Anybody got a $1.000 anywhere?!
But here's a fairly recent picture of myself and my son (October)
I want my progress pictures back! poo emoticon

In the last 2 years:
*I have run a 5k,
*Lost the weight I desperately needed gone,
*I have become a fitness instructor (my love for zumba is now my job!)
*Am more confident than ever
*Gone from obese BMI to healthy BMI!
*Made new friends at the gym
*... there are so many things, little things but they all mean so much to me

I am hoping to try going off my anti depressant medication in the near future.
(wish me luck on the one emoticon )

Thank you for reading! Wishing you all Happy Holidays and an amazing and healthy 2013!!!!!!!!!!!


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NEELIXNKES 12/13/2012 11:48AM

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VK2Z10 12/7/2012 9:33AM

    that's fantastic. so happy for you.

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DARLY55 12/6/2012 7:29PM

    Amazing! Way to stick with it and succeed! emoticon

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LITTLE_MCTURTLE 12/6/2012 3:45PM

    emoticon emoticon
(Or in my own words, Wooooot!!!! Huzzah!!!!)
No wonder you're doing a happy dance. You must be so proud of yourself! Way to go!!!

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MISSB8604 12/6/2012 2:48PM

    LOVE that! Congrats!!!!! emoticon

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NATHELESS 12/6/2012 1:46PM

    Congratulations, Evi!

You're an inspiration, so dedicated to continuing to make progress - Fantastic!

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3016DEBRA 12/6/2012 1:29PM

  emoticon THAT'S SO COOL!!!! I'M STOKED FOR YOU! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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You are in the NORMAL weight range

Saturday, November 17, 2012

10 mins ago, getting close to my 50lbs goal I decided to calculate my BMI again.
In all honesty I need to lose a bit more than 50lbs but it was a surreal number to begin with. I was shocked when I read the following

"Your BMI is: 24.5
You are in the NORMAL weight range."

My heart skipped 3 beats and typing this now I can feel tears wanting to flow.
I made it to NORMAL!
Immediately I had to share it with a few people who have been inspiring in my journey. Lastly I emailed 3 of my favorite ZUMBA instructors. They fueled my love for this class in a way I am now a ZUMBA instructor myself

This is what I emailed them:

I wanted to share this with you ladies because you're such a big part of my inspiration in my fitness life.
Heather THANK YOU, for telling me about Sparkpeople. Those trackers were EXACTLY what I needed to figure out my path.
"Your BMI is: 24.5. You are in the NORMAL weight range."
YES! YES! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My BMI was 31 when I started my journey, now 49lbs down I made it to NORMAL!
So close to my 50lbs goal. I am so happy!!!!!
You girls are the best, thanks for making me sweat. I hated jumping jacks Stacey but now they're a breeze. When I started out I thought I was gonna keel over doing all the jumping you all make us do. Never thought they'd become easy. I've come such a long way and sharing all my little victories with all of you has kept me accountable and on track. I didn't wanna come in and tell ya I gained weight, so it for sure kept me where I needed to be
YES!!! I could cry right now.

Life has changed and will NEVER be the same as it was in the past. I've lost weight before but not like this. I'm dedicated to working out, I'm a fitness instructor for Pete's sake! ME!!!! And my journey is going well. I teach 2 classes per week and just yesterday I had a job interview to go teach in another place as well. And guess what! They approached me!

Life is beautiful and I'm going to live it to it's fullest!

Thank you for reading


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62NVON 11/21/2012 9:09AM

    This is so awesome! Way to go!!!

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BATCHICK 11/19/2012 1:10PM


YAY! Congrats on being normal! emoticon

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SKEPCHICK 11/18/2012 8:34PM

  Hooray for you!

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6BALLMAN 11/18/2012 12:05PM

    Congratulations on your success! This is very inspiring!!

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NATHELESS 11/17/2012 5:32PM

    Wonderful! Congratulations, this is a major milestone and all because you decided to start this journey! Kudos!

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BARBARASDIET 11/17/2012 5:05PM

    That's my dream!!

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BLITZEN40 11/17/2012 2:52PM

    49 pounds down- wow, way to go! Congrats on your success!

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MISSB8604 11/17/2012 1:16PM

    This blog is amazing!!

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GARDENCHRIS 11/17/2012 12:49PM

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MJ7DM33 11/17/2012 12:48PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon job! emoticon Thanks for sharing!!!

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ARUSHING2 11/17/2012 12:33PM

Thank you for sharing the great news with us.

Glad that you are now "normal" - maybe I have a chance of being rated as "normal" yet in this life - I'm also down 50, but have a ways to go.

Congratulations, and wishes for more of the best for you.

Great move in remebering and thanking your instructors too!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

My last blog entry was about my job application to become a zumba instructor.

UPDATE! I got hired!!!

And today I DID IT!!! I got to teach a song for the very first time. =D I'm going through a training period where I team teach for a certain amount of time. Start out small with one song, see how that goes and build from there.
I was so scared, the class was PACKED, wall to wall. I told the class I was scared lol, that got some of the anxiety out of the way. And it went well, i didn't forget my routine and everybody behind me was doing what i was doing =D
They applauded after i was done ^_^ got lots of pats on the back too.

Somewhere toward the end of October I should be good to go to teach class by myself.


Life is NOTHING like it used to be. I was always the big girl, I was shy and insecure and hated my body. Hated working out (partly because I was so self conscious). Now I'm in shape (not quite where I want to be yet though), growing stronger and leaner every day.
I LOVE working out and am at the gym twice a day most days.
To top it off I am now hired as a fitness instructor. emoticon. I can't even really believe it. I could cry I'm so happy

Nothing is impossible!


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INSPIRED4CHANGE 8/29/2012 10:54PM

    Thanks everybody! I'm so happy I got that first step behind me. Today I got to teach 2 songs in class. First song went ok, I messed up a little but don't think the class noticed. The second song went really well.


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GARBLEDEEGOOK 8/29/2012 12:11AM

  Congrats! emoticon

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PAMNANGEL 8/28/2012 11:50PM

    Congratulations! Zumba on!

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TIKATAKAWITHA 8/28/2012 10:18PM

    emoticon My husband says I should become a fitness instructor, but I'm not sure how to go about it.

It sounds like you had a great first class!!! emoticon

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SHINTON1618 8/28/2012 10:09PM

    Yay! That is awesome.

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This is pretty promising!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Exciting news, I'n getting certified to teach zumba on October 13th. Still a little ways a way. I've been training and working on routines for the last month and a half. (the norm is you start working on routines AFTER you get certified, I'm too impatient to wait emoticon )

Our gym has quite a bit of zumba instructors already so I wasn't getting my hopes up on getting hired there. Plus an instructor told me that most people seem to get certified and automatically assume they'll get to teach a class at our YMCA. Wrong!

Last week I asked the lady who is in charge of all the classes if I could sign up for a CPR certification class (you need it to teach). She said they were for employees only =\...
Shen she asked me if I had already filed an application or not. :-O !!
She then insisted I'd get started on that and gave me paperwork. This upcoming week I should get a call from her to go in for interview. This is NO guarantee I'll get a class but it felt amazing that she wanted to snatch me up 2 months before I even get certified! The studio I train and practice is right next to her office. I go in every chance when there is no class going on in there.

Long post but I wanted to share!!



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