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How the BLC has TransFORMed Me

Friday, January 27, 2012

When I came to SparkPeople, I arrived ready to start my journey



But some days, along the way, I've started my day (or allowed a situation or a person), to do this to me



The difference in me, the transformation, is how I handle it (whatever it is). I'm accountable...to my team...to our success...to my goals. Time to shake off these



And put on these



And just get out there



For my Desperados, and my Outlaws...the newbies and the veterans...we are in this together! Never forget:



  
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GOBLYN 1/31/2012 6:46PM

    Love your blog posts :) emoticon

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MELINA05 1/31/2012 5:08PM

    Way to go!!! Keep up the good work, you're inspiring so many others along the way. Thank you!!!

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MELISSAD0721 1/30/2012 11:05PM

    I believe :) Loved this blog

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    I emoticon it!!!

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LILYGAL 1/30/2012 7:07PM

    emoticon blog and wonderfully said!!

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LRSILVER 1/29/2012 12:14PM

    Great blog.

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CIVIAV 1/28/2012 11:52AM

    ...where's the big girl panty picture? hehe...

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SEEHOLZ 1/28/2012 8:30AM

    Awesome!

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SYNCHRODAD 1/28/2012 7:42AM

    You've got the photo editor knack. One picture being worth a thousand words, you've written a ton! I want to get out, and get done! Thanks,

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MSWEEZER 1/28/2012 7:40AM

    Well said. Thanks!

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LAURIE5658 1/28/2012 7:15AM

    I love this! So simple but gets straight to the point. Go you, Julie!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/28/2012 6:40AM

    You are so creative.

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ANITAGOODBODY 1/27/2012 11:39PM

    Perfect Blog!!! YOU will be successful - no question!

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UMBILICAL 1/27/2012 9:55PM

  Neat!

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Heartfelt Thanks!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I am overwhelmed at all of the time everyone has taken to read my 3 year Sparkversary Blog. I recorded a thank you just for you

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MELINA05 1/31/2012 5:05PM

    You're one very sweet beautiful lady. You're very welcome!!!

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INGRIDSLIM 1/27/2012 2:38PM

    We have to thank you! You teaches us that being smart and persistent pays really off.

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JIBBIE49 1/27/2012 11:57AM

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CIVIAV 1/26/2012 7:14AM

    Here's to 4!

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RUNNER12COM 1/25/2012 6:59PM

    A Popular Blog Post? Yep, I totally saw that coming. It's to be expected when the content is so spot on, so helpful, so powerful.

Congrats!

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SHARON-MARIE 1/25/2012 3:36PM

  Wow! That was sweet of you!
Thanks for doing that.

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SWEETLIPS 1/25/2012 3:28PM

    Thank you for you. Blessings to you!

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3 Year Sparkversary!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Well, today is the day...3 years ago...that I joined SparkPeople. How have I spent this anniversary? Tracking my food, running 2.6 miles, doing lower body ST, drinking my water, and interacting with my BLC 18 Outlaws!

Three years ago, I looked like this:

(Me on the left!)

When I reached my goal weight, 50 lbs later (and still maintaining!), I look like this:


What has changed about me in these 3 years? Because let's be honest:


When I first thought about food, I pictured Jillian showing up and auditing my pantry and fridge. It's challenging, because my four kids still have to eat...and they don't eat the same as me. And that is okay...for now. I keep their choices lean and light, because that is what I need to do as their Mom. I let them splurge, and I splurge too. But it is all in moderation. When I first started planning, things like this made it easier for me:


And that was okay, until I saw the:


As a result, I got more on the path of eating clean. Planning meals, cooking, and portioning choices that did not come from a box or a can or something fast. My nutrition has been even further refined to a way of eating that is high in veggies, fruit, and grain (some with gluten, some not). I am eating more vegetables than I have ever had, and I feel great!



One of the biggest lessons I have learned on this journey, is the importance of strength. Strength of all kinds. Inner strength (the mental), being strong (in the presence of bad food that messes with your goal!), and physical strength (muscle building). Every day we wake up, and we can feel different each day. Life happens, right? So how do we deal with it?

Instead of 'I'm really stressed out and the best thing to fix the way I feel is:


Try this:


When you are sweating and panting, don't say:


Instead, coach yourself and say:


As for physical strength, I can attest that there is more to being fit than cardio. And when you are trying to lose those last 10 stubborn pounds, strength training will help get you there. And if you keep getting that same nagging sore knee (like me), you have to wonder...what needs to change?



I don't know what this year will bring, but every day I have choices. They can be good, or bad. I can move, or I can sit. Every day it is up to me to




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EMILYBBB 2/2/2012 10:19AM

    Love your upbeat attitude. Thanks!

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 1/29/2012 6:51PM

    You look amazing...and you are inspiring! Thanks for a great blog!

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CHANGE4THEBEST 1/29/2012 1:09PM

    Hi

Thank you for sharing your blog - you look amazing - keep up the good work


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IJBUGS 1/29/2012 8:58AM

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ADELCASALE 1/28/2012 9:03PM

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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RMNA2607 1/28/2012 8:17PM

  Best blog ive read since i started here.
Push me to keep on going and really focus on doing this.

Thnxs a lot!!!

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JODIWHITE19 1/28/2012 4:57PM

    You look great!! Very inspirational blog!! Thanks for sharing!
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THINMDM 1/28/2012 2:04PM

  congrats!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 1/28/2012 11:49AM

    Thanks for the pep talk...I'd needed that! Just like on this season of Biggest Loser - No Excuses, right?!!! Terrific blog.

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MARGARITTM 1/28/2012 8:06AM

    Inspirong! and great visuals!

Happy Anniversary - many many more!

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IRISHLASS117 1/27/2012 11:43PM

    Thanks for the inspiring blog, just what I needed to hear.

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LITTLEWIND53 1/27/2012 10:37PM

    What a great blog and wonderful attitude!

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KEISHARENEE 1/27/2012 9:15PM

    great blog!

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MADDIEMOM27 1/27/2012 8:16PM

    Congrats!!!! Great story!!!!

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BRIGHTPENNY 1/27/2012 8:02PM

    Great blog! i'm trying for the last 10 pounds and there is definetly resistance. i am STing but probably need to switch it up! Thanks for your inspiration! Jan

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YOGAANDBIKE 1/27/2012 6:45PM

    Cute pics to illustrate your journey. Congratulations!

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    I love this!!! emoticon emoticon

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JEANAAR 1/27/2012 4:28PM

    I needed to read this today! Congrats on all you have done! emoticon
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MAGICKCAT 1/27/2012 2:53PM

    WOW!!!! Congrats!!! THAT is an AWESOME accomplishment. and what an inspirational blog entry. A Girlfriend sent it to me, to spur me on and I am so glad she did. I'm so happy for you....so glad you found your path to health and are kind enough to share it with others. That just Rocks! You look simply FAB! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TAURUSGIRL3 1/27/2012 12:35PM

  Thanks for the inspirational and motivational blog! Congrats to you for making the changes necessary. You look awesome!

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IMJUSTFLUFFY 1/27/2012 12:26PM

    Good for you! What strong resolve & focus!
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COTTESMORE 1/27/2012 12:05PM

    what an inspiration!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 1/27/2012 10:00AM

    Congratulations! GREAT Blog! Thank you for sharing such terrific words of wisdom with us!
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DAREDEVILME 1/27/2012 9:38AM

    You did a great job.....what a wonderful inspiration you are. Good for you.
Keep on Sparking!

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REEBADABEEBOOS 1/27/2012 8:58AM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing and congrats on all you've achieved!

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LIFECHANGE2012 1/27/2012 7:41AM

    Thank you for the words of encouragement. Congrats on your anniversary and weight loss. You look amazing!


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NAMMYOFTHREE 1/27/2012 7:30AM

 
Bravo! Congratulations on you SparkAversary and your successes! And, thanks for the inspiration,,,,,,you look amaziong....you're glowing now!

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Happy anniversary - I am just starting out - and wondering what my story will be in 3 years - you look fabulous - well done! Your advice to take each day as it comes and make choices only for that day is so true.

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MINANCY 1/27/2012 5:10AM

    Congratulations on your 3 year Spark-versary! You have worked the program and it shows. You look fabulous! Thanks for sharing your jouney!
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FREETHEGODDESS 1/27/2012 2:03AM

    Great blog! You have it right...it's about realizing we have the power to make the right choices. We just have to get past the negative self-talk and practice loving and encouraging ourselves to make those healthy changes. I feel so much better when I am taking care of myself physically and emotionally.

Best wishes to you for continued success and happiness!

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MANILUS 1/27/2012 12:48AM

    Congrats on your success, very good frame of mind and you look great!!!

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SCENIC_ROUTE 1/27/2012 12:24AM

    Congratulations on your 3 year anniversary, maintenance and for being an inspiration!


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RUNMICHARUN 1/26/2012 11:22PM

    Great job, I hope I can do as well as you. I will.

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STORMIWEATHER 1/26/2012 10:34PM

    Congratulations you look great

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    Happy Anniversary! Congratulation on your success, your hard work shows emoticon

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GOSSAMERONE 1/26/2012 8:33PM

  Thank You, for sharing. Your thoughts on your journey are very inspirational.

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K_RENEE 1/26/2012 7:19PM

    excellent!!

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TWUJEW 1/26/2012 7:14PM

    Yay! Congrats on your 3 years!

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TRACEY_WILSON 1/26/2012 5:31PM

    Great blog, you are rockin your way through this..what an inspiration!

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    That was very inspirational. Thank you for sharing.

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MELISSA5824 1/26/2012 3:06PM

    congrats! you are so inspiring and motivating! have a fantastic day!

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    Great blog. Congratulations on your success! Happy Sparkaversary!

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2012 is a canvas

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Yep, that's the way I see it. In the first month of this year, I will achieve 3 years on SparkPeople. I love SP. I love my Spark friends. I love what I have learned, and the tools that are available to me on this site. The accountability, the friendships, and the list goes on!

I see 2012 as a 'let's keep the knees healthy' year. I will continue to increase my running minutes by 1 minute each week. This could drive the everyday person crazy, but every day, every run, that I don't have sore knees...it's like gold, baby. GOLD.

I will continue my regimen of knee taping (or brace wearing) on run days, followed by lower body ST to keep my knees (and their supporting muscles) in tip top shape. When I hit 5k, then I'll add that to the schedule. When I hit 10k, then I'll look for an event. I don't think I'll hit a half or full until 2013, but I am okay with this!

On the days I don't run, I'll walk briskly and do upper body ST.

I appreciated the SAC 2 challenge! I gained less than a pound over the holidays, and that is tremendous! So glad to have the accountability during a time of gluttony!

I am happy with what I have achieved, and where I am today. I think the biggest accomplishment of the year will be a sub-30 5k, and I have had my eyes on that one since last year.

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LILYGAL 1/6/2012 7:54AM

    Julie, your goals are doable! Congrats on 3 years! You are an inspirations to us all!!! emoticon

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    Julie, emoticon on 3 years !! That's fantastic !!

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My To Do List for SAC 2

Friday, December 16, 2011

Create a to-do list for the weekend by no later than noon on Friday. Include goals that you want to accomplish (fitness, nutrition, etc.) or simply things that need to get done. The list should have at least 20 items on it (5 for each day). At the end of the weekend, post the number of goals that you accomplished. Note: Each goal must take more than 15 minutes to complete for it to count in this challenge.

Friday, December 16th:

GOAL #1 Run for 20 minutes
GOAL #2 Complete lower body ST
GOAL #3 Stretch and foam roll
GOAL #4 64 ounces of H20
GOAL #5 5 Fruit and Veggie Servings

Saturday, December 17th:

GOAL #6 Walk 2 miles
GOAL #7 Complete Upper Body ST
GOAL #8 Get gift and card for son's birthday party
GOAL #9 64 ounces of H20
GOAL #10 5 Fruit and Veggie Servings

Sunday, December 18th:

GOAL #11 Walk 2 miles
GOAL #12 Complete Upper Body ST
GOAL #13 Make Cookie doughs for family treats
GOAL #14 64 ounces of H20
GOAL #15 5 Fruit and Veggie Servings

Monday, December 19th:

GOAL #16 Run for 21 minutes
GOAL #17 Complete lower body ST
GOAL #18 Stretch and foam roll
GOAL #19 64 ounces of H20
GOAL #20 5 Fruit and Veggie Servings

I have other things to do here and there, but I need to make sure I am meeting my fitness and nutrition goals. I can do this!!!!





  


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