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B2W Mission 1 After Action Report

Monday, February 21, 2011

This weekend, MAKE ME BOLDER.


3'05" modified plank (hands and knees)
40 minutes Wii Fit
tons of walking at the mall

48 minute brisk walk
Days 6 and 7 of boot camp strength training
30 minutes of stretching

40 minutes Wii Fit
Day 2 of boot camp strength training
30 minutes of stretching

emoticon 1. DH took pictures of me and Friday night I posted them as my baseline for this challenge.

emoticon 2. I added fiber, sodium, and iron to my nutrition tracker.

emoticon 3. I held a modified plank (knees and hands) for 3 minutes and 5 seconds.

emoticon 4. I already have two abbreviated full body workouts that I don't use: a video for at home and a weight machine workout for the gym. So I'm going to stick with those. I haven't been using them because I've been doing the 7 day bootcamp videos instead.

emoticon 5. I did 60 minutes of flexibility training, using SP's daily and advanced stretching routine.

emoticon 6. Okay, so I went off the reservation for motivational maintenance. But it totally worked. Friday I went clothes shopping and bought a bunch of spring and summer clothes, mostly in 12s and mediums. That's down from a 16 and large at the beginning of this year, 7 short weeks ago. The rest of the weekend I washed all my clothes, including the stuff I brought up from the basement this week, and made room for them in my drawers by removing things that are now too big for me. This is the gift of motivation that will keep on giving: I'll feel great about myself and motivated to work hard every time I put on one of these items.

So where does the boldness come in?

emoticon I pushed myself with flexibility, doing things I didn't think I could do.

emoticon I chose some new recipes when planning meals for the week.

emoticon Oooh, clothes shopping. The pink leopard print skirt I bought for work and the pink front-zip dress I bought to wear to my grandpa's 80th birthday party are definitely bold. Particularly the pink dress: it shows off my cleavage nicely, and I plan to wear it with a teal cardi and brown sexy boots. Maybe even white fishnets, if I'm still feeling this bold in a couple of weeks. But that may be a bridge too far for rural Wisconsin. emoticon

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LIMENADE2011 2/22/2011 9:20AM

    What a great weekend!!! So happy for you! Yeah for pink leopard skirts!!

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ELLYFINT 2/21/2011 4:03PM

    Modified plank for over three minutes! A-ma-zing. emoticon

Have fun with the dress-up; those colors sound good together.

Go for it, embolden rural WI :-)

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DITZYCHICK 2/21/2011 3:06PM

    Great to see you feeling good about yourself and so nice that you took yourself shopping. New "smaller" clothes are so encouraging and motivating!!! Enjoy all of your're doing great!

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OFFDREA 2/21/2011 2:31PM

    new clothes are the best!!! Those sound like some fun peices!

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KATHIERAE 2/21/2011 1:26PM

    NEW CLOTHES!!! Yay You!!! And I never thought to try the modified plank, might do that...later. LOL You are doing great, keep it up! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 2/21/2011 1:04PM

    Ah man - I need clothing so bad! Luckily, my friend is hosting a clothing swap party on March 12th. Just have to hold out til then and I get to shop FOR FREE from my friends' closets!

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LOTUSFLOWER 2/21/2011 1:00PM

    Awesome!!! Size 12s? You rock!!

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B2W Entry Card

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

~*~ B2W Entry Template ~*~

MAKE ME fit and strong.

Current Weight: 177

Current Measurements:
1. Chest - 40.25"
2. Hips - 43"
3. Waist - 34.75
4. Thigh - 21.75
5. Upper arm - 12.5

Amount of time you can reasonably dedicate to exercise EACH DAY (oh yeah I went there): 45 minutes

Number of Rest Days needed per week (maximum): three

Is your goal for this challenge...

A) Lose weight
B) Maintain
C) Lose inches
D) Prepare for a race
E) Surprise yourself
F) Get stronger
G) Start exercising
H) Exercise regularly
I) Break a plateau
J) Combination of these options: A, C, F

Do you have the balls to take a new before pic or use one you already have? (If using one you already have- please note the weight on the pic) Oh yeah! I will do this tonight and post it on my SparkPage.

Do you have any physical restrictions due to injuries, babies, vampirism, living dead syndrome, severe laziness, etc?

Which muscle group do you want to start with? (I will definitely be paying attention to these- so be honest)

A) Upper Body (back/arms/shoulders/chest)
B) Core (abs/back)
C) Lower Body (legs/ass)
D) **** Total Body (all of above) ****

Which of these things are you excelling in the LEAST and which do you think is your BEST area?

A) Cardio
B) **** Strength Training/Toning/Scuplting **** best
C) Weight Training (heavy weights)
D) **** Flexibility Training (stretching) **** worst
E) Agility Training
F) Speed Training

Do you have a goal outfit or an upcoming even that is motivating for you? Box of old Size 10s

Which kind of Motivation has seemed to work best for you in the past?

A) Visual
B) **** Verbal/Written ****
C) **** Your own progress ****
D) Combining with other activities (such as gardening, volunteering, babysitting, etc)
E) Other _____________

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DITZYCHICK 2/19/2011 2:15PM

    Looks like you're gearing up for something good! A little challenge is always fun and can be so motivating. You'll do great!!!

And BTW...You're lookin' good skinny girl!!!

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YOOVIE 2/16/2011 4:47PM

    LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KATHIERAE 2/15/2011 11:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I am doing this challenge too, so we can check in with each other if you want!

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LIMENADE2011 2/15/2011 5:25PM

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ADYLEIGH 2/15/2011 1:57PM

    Good Luck! emoticon

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Suddenly Realized That I'm No Longer The Fat Girl

Monday, February 14, 2011

No, this doesn't mean that I've gotten to my goal size. Or that my BMI is in the so-called "healthy" range. What it means is that I suddenly realized that I am the size of the "average American woman."

Saturday DH and I ran errands and made weekly purchases. At Costco I saw a coat that I really liked. Because I no longer have a spring coat that fits, I grabbed one and tried it on. The coat was too big. Slightly confused, I reached for a medium. Two ladies standing nearby spontaneously commented that the medium fit me much better. So I bought it. It's a sassy red trench coat and makes me feel like a million bucks.

While we continued shopping, etc., I looked around at the other women and realized that I'm pretty much dead median for size. And I realized that even at my heaviest I was not nearly as big as some of the women we saw. Body image distortion has been an issue for me since, oh, middle school, so being able to put things into proper perspective is hard for me.

Sunday afternoon I dragged two boxes of smaller clothes upstairs and tried them all one. 75% of them fit - including some 12s and even a size 10 blouse. My size 16 pants have all been retired, although a couple of sheath dresses that size remain. I continue to insist that they run small, lol. Gotta love the inconsistency of women's clothes... Anyway, my clothes are now mostly a mix of 14s and 12s, instead of 16s and 14s. The "average" American woman is 5'5" and a size 12. That's me! I'm now officially "average size!"

This is an absolute revelation. I'm used to thinking of myself as "big," "fat," "plus sized," etc. Learning to think of myself as "fit," "normal," or even - dare I say it? - "hot" is a giant adjustment. But one I will happily make! emoticon

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HAMMLIN 2/17/2011 4:30PM

    Way to go girl!
Such a good feeling when you can shop at "normal" stores because your body is finally "normal".
You tell all that hard work you did who's boss!!!

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MADDIE_82 2/16/2011 10:58AM

    Good for you in coming to these realizations! I bet that sassy, red trench coat looks amazing on you!

You should see my bedroom closet - there are several boxes in there...labelled 11&12, 9&10, 7&8, and 6 and below....I can't wait to give away the size 14's that I am currently wearing and open up the long lost 11&12 box of clothes! Just a few more weeks, I think!

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 2/15/2011 5:23PM

    Awesome! I'm so happy for you! emoticon

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DITZYCHICK 2/15/2011 12:04AM

    Aw...I'm so happy for you! You're such a wonderful person, it really saddens me that you felt so bad about your body image. We're always our worst critics and can be so hard on ourselves. I'm very happy for you that you're finding the happiness that you so deserve. And I'm happy for you that you found that "hot" red jacket to spark you to drag out that box of "smaller" clothes...THAT FIT YOU NOW!!!

You need to take a moment with yourself in front of the mirror in your favorite new found "smaller" clothes, and say out loud..."I DID THAT"! Take credit for how good you look and feel on the inside and outside!!! You deserve this happiness!

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LIMENADE2011 2/14/2011 9:53PM

    woohoo!!! Rock that red coat!! so exciting to see some awesome results - youre hard work is paying off!

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    Yay, way to go! That's exciting news!!

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ELLYFINT 2/14/2011 4:44PM

    way to go, spark friend!!! emoticon

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THINKINBOUTME 2/14/2011 4:28PM

    Nice blog, I can't wait until I get to this point. emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 2/14/2011 3:58PM

    Woo Hoo for average! I'm sure I'm not the only one who would love to see a picture of you in that sassy red trench.

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KITHKINCAID 2/14/2011 3:57PM

    WAHOO!!! I love this blog. I was recently having a similar realization in that I now fit into regular sized clothing as well. Every time I get on the bus I automatically "make more room" for myself because that's what I've always done. And when I pass Lane Bryant I look at it like it's the only store I can shop in. But then I realize that's not true anymore - and even though I still wear Size L & XL, so do A LOT of women. I then look around that bus and realize that I'm not so huge any more. Pretty awesome/weird/wonderful feeling!

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My Bucket List

Sunday, February 13, 2011

One of my 2011 goals is to cross something off my bucket list. So I thought I'd share it. emoticon I wrote it out last October while stuck in a boring meeting but didn't type it up until now. Here we go:

Visit every country in Latin America

* Dominican Republic (January 2011)
* Guatemala
* El Salvador
* Venezuela
* Brazil
* Paraguay
* Uruguay
* Argentina
* Chile

Macchu Picchu/Lake Titicaca
Visit all 7 continents:

* Africa (safari)
* Europe (mainland)
* Australia
* Asia
* Antarctica

Mediterranean cruise
visit Dan in London
Alaska Cruise
Grand Canyon

Life in General:
Go camping
Have kids
Be a stay-at-home mom
Be married to Pat for 60 years
Finish remodeling
Build/remodel a retirement/vacation home on a lot of land
Get Kindle list to one page
Teach a college class
Work at my current job for 10 years
Grow a successful garden

Health and Fitness:
Finish the C25K program
Run a 5K
Get to 145 pounds and maintain that weight
Live a healthy, active lifestyle

Get qualified as a master knitter
Use up my yarn stash
Learn to sew well
Learn to machine quilt

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LIMENADE2011 2/14/2011 8:42AM

    Love it!! What a great list! Take lots of pics along the way!

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 2/14/2011 1:13AM

    Awesome list! I especially love all the travel you're planning to do.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 2/13/2011 10:23PM

    Great list!

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DITZYCHICK 2/13/2011 8:00PM

    Wow girl...looks like you're going to be busy, busy, busy! LOVE IT, and wish you safe travels!

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KITHKINCAID 2/13/2011 1:21PM

    Haha - my travel list looks like yours. Looks like we're both going to be spending some serious dough on vacation time in the next few years!

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Commitment Versus Motivation

Monday, February 07, 2011

Yesterday I read a blog here on SP about commitment versus motivation that really got me thinking. The nugget that I took with me, and have been pondering for two days, is that commitment is more durable than motivation; commitment is motivation's bedrock.

To me that means that motivation ebbs and flows but commitment is here to stay. Some days I just don't wanna. We've all been there. The couch is way cozier than the gym. Why should I eat a grilled chicken sandwich with a side salad when everybody else is digging into a burger and fries? You know the moments when emoticon beats poor little emoticon into submission.

That's motivation on the fritz. Commitment says the couch will be even cozier after a run. You love chicken and salad, so don't even try to pretend you don't. And you know why you're going to get up and exercise and then stick to your meal plan? Because you promised to take better care of yourself. Your goals are worth the effort. And YOU'RE worth the effort.

My new mantra is "Are you committed or not?" Yesterday it got my butt off the couch and out for a walk. I changed into my workout clothes and dashed outside to help DH for a minute. I had planned to do an exercise video, but upon discovering that it was sunny and almost 50 degrees outside I decided to walk. I wanted to go home after 7 minutes. But I asked myself if I was committed or not, and decided to do at least 30 minutes. I went home after 45 minutes instead.

I planned to have one beer and one cupcake at last night's Super Bowl party. Other than that, strictly healthy. Luckily for me, the party's host is a super healthy eater and I knew that would be pretty easy. But jeez, a second beer and another cupcake were sooo tempting. But I remembered that I weigh in on Mondays and asked myself whether I was committed to making that number go down or not. I decided that I was and stuck to the plan. The result of this stubbornness was a 3 pound loss today. emoticon

Obviously I can't credit the entire loss to sticking to my guns yesterday. Getting over strep throat and serious effort all week did the lion's share. But refusing to binge or be lazy yesterday let me keep the gains of my effort. And that's absolutely worth it.

And it's what commitment is all about: sticking to it even when you don't want to or it would be easier to cop out. And, paradoxically, the progress I make this way leads to motivation. Kinda cool, huh? emoticon

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BONJI40 2/8/2011 4:56PM

    This blog is AWESOME!!!! You are so wise. I really like what you wrote here, and will keep that in mind! It totally makes sense to me. Thanks so much for sharing!!

Commitment Commitment Commitment! Yes!


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LIMENADE2011 2/7/2011 10:43PM

    Congrats on the 3 lbs!!! that rocks! And I love that question - are you committed or not...I`ll be thinking of your commitment, strength and success because of it the next time my motivation is on the fritz! emoticon

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KATHIERAE 2/7/2011 10:11PM

    emoticon and emoticon emoticon Thanks for making this very important distinction so clear!! I blame my "lack of motivation" often, but what it is, is my lack of committment!! I am so DONE!

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MADDIE_82 2/7/2011 9:03PM

    Great post! Congrats on the 3 pound loss...but, more importantly, congrats on reminding yourself that you are worth the effort it takes to live a healthy lifestyle and pushing forward! emoticon

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DITZYCHICK 2/7/2011 7:38PM

    I'm so proud of you for your weekend did really good, especially with temptations right in front of you! I really love your blog and it was so what I needed to read today. You're so right about motivation having it's ups and downs. It's obvious that your mindset is in a really good place right now and that you are committed...and you have another 3 pounds gone to show for it!!!
THANK YOU for being such a great friend always...just had to nominate you as motivator because you're always there for me and you always have such a positive attitude as this blog reflects.

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JESSIEJUICE 2/7/2011 7:00PM

    Congrats on your loss!! I definitely need to adapt your mantra :).

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