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BLC Break...Staying on track

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I am going to stay on track during the BLC summer break by continuing to follow my new goals I laid out for myself on July 12, 2012. I am also in the processing of the Summer 5% challenge and will continue that as well to keep myself on track. I also plan to participate in the weekend challenges that will be posted on the BLC forum.

Can't wait for the BLC 20!!! I am definitely coming back...See you in September Venuses!

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YIWEN39 7/19/2012 3:48AM

    Best of luck, Teddy Venus ;-)

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My new goals...I begin today

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Goals as of July 12, 2012

Personal Enrichment
• Reward myself for reaching my goals
• Stay Motivated
• Take some time for ME
• Take a bath, read a book, watch a movie
• PLAY with the kids/dog
• Learn to reduce stress
• Don’t beat myself up when I don’t reach a goal
• Weigh in each Wednesday
• Only Count the planned exercise that I use my heart monitor for (no more using cleaning!)
• Wednesdays will be a day off from exercise

Weight Loss
• Lose total of 5lbs by Aug 16, 2012 (my 29th bday)
• Lose total of 15lbs by Oct 25, 2012
• Lose the entire 30.4lbs by Feb 7, 2013
• This would bring me to my goal weight of 120
• Once goal weight has been reached, I plan to maintain healthy living by continuing my program to maintain my healthy weight of 115-120

To achieve these goals I plan to do the following:
Fitness Program

• Cardio 30-60 minutes a day 6 days per week
• Cardio includes:
 Swimming/water areboics (during summer)
 Biking riding
 Walking
 DVDs:
• JM 30 Day Shred 3x per week
• Kathy Smith’s Kettlebell Solution 2-3x per week
• DWTS Latin Cardio Dance
• 10 Minute Solution Cardio Kickbox Bootcamp
• SP Coach Nicole 28 Day Bootcamp
• SP Coach Nicole Fit, Firm, & Fired Up
• SP Coach Nicole Cardio Blast
 SP Online Videos
 Wii (Fit, Sports, My Fitness coach)
 Step Aerobics

• Strength Training 6x per week
• Different area each day
 Sunday—-----Upper Body
 Monday—----Core
 Tuesday—----Lower Body
 Wednesday—REST
 Thursday—---Upper Body
 Friday—-------Core
 Saturday—----Lower Body
• Equipment to be used
 Hand Weights
 Kettlebells
 Stability Ball
 Step (lower body)
 Resistance Bands

• Yoga 30-60 minute sessions at least 3 days per week

Nutrition Program
• Measure Portions every meal
• Track food daily
• Drink 8 glasses of water daily
• Eat at least 5 servings freggies per day

Reward myself at these weights
145………Fitness gear off my personal wish list
140……… couple pairs shorts/shirts
135……… mani/pedi
130……… New tattoo
125……… workout outfits
120………Whole New WARDROBE

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WHISPERINGPINE9 7/17/2012 8:47AM

    Great goals and action plan emoticon emoticon

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BBONET 7/15/2012 2:49PM

    I can see you really have your game plan ready to go!!! Good luck and stay focused! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALANTHA 7/12/2012 8:30PM

    Goals and an action plan! You're on your way!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/12/2012 7:09PM

    Great goals! Wonderful plan with a lot of thought!!! emoticon I allow my self to count my "cleaning" as cadio under these circumstances: I have to do a "real" workout first, I can only count 1/2 the cleaning min (so if I clean for an hour, I only count 30 min), and I can't count more cleaning than actual cardio min.

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NUTZ4HARRY 7/12/2012 2:26PM

    Awesome goals and rewards!!

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OUT-OF-ASHES 7/12/2012 11:52AM

    Looks great, very regimented. emoticon emoticon

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YIWEN39 7/12/2012 11:51AM

    Good luck with your goals :-) Cheering you on all the way! emoticon emoticon

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ROCKRUNNER404 7/12/2012 11:03AM

    I like your idea of rotating core/upper/lower exercises!

Cleaning/yard work minutes being eliminated worked well for me too--I like to think of that stuff as "bonus" now to just help the metabolism and stay active.

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BF20PERCENT 7/12/2012 10:52AM

    Sounds great! Good luck!

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2BEABETTERME 7/12/2012 10:47AM

    Great goals! emoticon

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Re-evalution Day

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hello everyone! It has been awhile! I apologize for not blogging sooner and consistently. I have been very busy. I hope everyone is doing well. I am not doing so great today...Please excuse me as a rant...

Up again this week...0.8 lbs. 3rd week in a row that the scale was up. Just after 4 weeks of losses. I just don't get it...WHAT AM I DOING WRONG??? Am I meant to be fat? Out of shape? Unhappy with myself??? What gives? I am tired of trying to look at the positive each week that I am disappointed! I work my butt off and this is what happens! I change things up, I stay in cal range, I don't know what else I am supposed to do. I am back to the 150's again and it makes me SICK! I tried for over a year to get out of the 150's and it only lasted a month/month and a half! C'mon scale work with me! I don't even want to take measurements or pictures, I can see my stomach is bloated out again. This is one of those days where I just want to give up. So today I am taking the day to reevalute my goals and my program...Lets see where this leads me...

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YIWEN39 7/12/2012 12:02PM

    Take a mini-break if you feel like it but do not quit! The scale will catch up, you know it will. Stay on track and go Teddy go!!!! Good luck!

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OUT-OF-ASHES 7/12/2012 8:33AM

    No worries, you are probably just adjusting. Give it more time and stick with your program and you'll get back to where you were. Have faith.

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LOREN009 7/11/2012 11:37PM

    Wow - that sounds a lot like where I'm at! I had one ok week out of the last 3-4, but I'm kind of stuck also. It is so tempting to give up, but I am trying to remind myself that I had been gaining weight, so it could be worse...

One thing you mentioned struck me -- the stomach bloating. I have a BIG problem with this and have been doing a lot of research, and I believe (for me) it's related to a food intolerance (best guess = dairy). Any particular foods that might be triggering your episodes? They say these things can become more apparent as we get older.

Thanks for posting! If nothing else, it's good to know we're not alone.


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ONUTHIN125 7/11/2012 8:59PM

    emoticonThis sounds just like me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 7/11/2012 2:13PM

    Know that you're not alone. One of my weight loss friends only lost one week out of a month of healthy living (very frustrating, but the results were well worth it in the long run). Continue eating and moving healthy.

You're good to keep changing it up. One thing I like to do is eat closer to my lower calorie range for 5-6 days, then splurge with about 2000 calories. Dr Oz recommended this healthy splurge and Weight Watchers does something similar with their 49 bonus points (use or not use at anytime during the week). This probably represents 500+ calories (depending on the healthy quality of the calories). This does two key things: 1) Prevents that denial mentality when we tell ourselves an absolute "no" to any one food we once loved and 2) improves the metabolism boost with the variation to your norm.

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 7/11/2012 1:22PM

    Sounds like me, only I've not been doing all that you have been. Don't give up girl...that will only get you back even further. Keep going... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LVMAMAW 7/11/2012 11:43AM

    Honestly, I was there a couple of weeks ago, I soooo understand. Most of my SparkFriends and my DH encouraged me to take a "mini-break". So, for 1 week I did not exercise, I logged my food, but did not feel pressured, allowed myself to not worry about it and just relax. I did not eat junk, you understand, but I laid back. Guess what? I lost the couple of lbs I had gained and been trying for months to lose!!

Take a mini-break, you will find yourself wanting to exercise again and gaining back your "MoJo" and before you know it.... you will be on top of things again!! Maybe your body just needs a break? Don't quit, just a mini-break and cut the pressure. It may just help. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYOTTER 7/11/2012 11:12AM

    Don't give up on being healthy, IMO! Re-evaluate, yes. No, you're not meant to be fat. You're meant to be healthy, to be able to move. You've made great strides getting to where you are right now. Take pride in what you've accomplished! We all feel your frustration, most of us have been or are currently there, I bet. Ride the wave of frustration (eventually it will recede), remember that feeling of triumph and confidence in yourself with every non-scale victory, maybe move the scale to the garage for a month or so? emoticon emoticon

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SHINAKO 7/11/2012 10:03AM

    i love how you're resolved to re-evaluate your goals!
Remember, it's not just the number on the scale that determines your self worth. You're exercising and eating the most healthful foods possible, right? You're making your body STRONGER in the long run, that means SO much more than the numbers on the scale do.

Remember, when you're evaluating your goals, to the time to go into the main SparkPage, click on "Change Goal" just under where it says "Pounds Lost" and make sure the information for "Set Your Weight Goal" is up to date. When I was stuck in a plateau from Feb-June, I completely forgot about that! When I went to check it, it was set for last year's weight loss goals... so my calorie range was a maintenance range! Once I updated it, and was able to adjust my eating accordingly, I DID begin to see results. Hopefully that will work for you, too.

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NUOVAELLE 7/11/2012 9:25AM

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I can understand your disappointment but try not to let the scale ruin all your hard work and all your success so far. Our bodies work in mysterious ways. Just a slight change in our everyday routines or anything that the body detects as an alarming factor can really stop our progress. Don't give up. Think about all your non-scale victories, they're so much more important than just a number. And you'll do well to take the day off thinking about it. Sometimes a break is all we need to get everything on the right track again.

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Happy Memorial Day...(with some pics of new pool)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Gonna be record heat today. Got that pool up yesterday though. Just filtering it and getting ready to shock. Should be ready to go early this afternoon.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day...And Thank you to All those that has and is now serving our country! emoticon

(Those bushes in the background is only part of what we are going to be getting rid of...lots more in the middle of the yard)

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MAMAOFTWINS 5/30/2012 11:22AM

    Love it!!!

We just got rid of our pool that looked like yours couple of weeks ago and I just built a squarefoot garden in its place on Monday. . Im soo going to miss it this summer. Especially when the heat really hits.

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JUSTME29 5/30/2012 11:09AM

    I have pool envy.

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OUT-OF-ASHES 5/29/2012 7:53AM

    Awesome! Looks like a lot of fun! Enjoy!!!!
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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 5/28/2012 11:31PM

    emoticon Let's Go emoticon! Jennifer, you should be able to do some water aerobics in that pool cuz it sure looks pretty big. Have fun & keep a close eye on those little ones. emoticon

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JULIETTECAKE 5/28/2012 6:10PM

    That looks like lots of fun!

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PMFISH 5/28/2012 4:50PM

    Great way to stay cool! Don't forget the suntan protection! Making great memories with the kids!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/28/2012 4:37PM

    Looks like your house will be the place to be this summer ! Enjoy!

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 5/28/2012 2:48PM

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RABBLERRABBIT 5/28/2012 11:50AM

    Funny: doing the same thing today myself. Enjoy!

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/28/2012 11:49AM

    Fun! Looks like you're ready for summer!

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MICHELELYNN777 5/28/2012 10:34AM

    You and your kids are going to have so much fun in that pool! Perfect timing for it! Have a great day!
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FLEURGARDEN 5/28/2012 8:48AM

    Ahh... that water is going to feel so nice to cool off in. I'm jealous! :-)

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LASKIE2 5/28/2012 8:35AM

    Hey, looks good! Just in time to beat the heat. I believe the temperature is going up to the 90's today! Enjoy.

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WELLNESSME09 5/28/2012 8:25AM

    emoticon great way to keep cool...today will be one of those days.

Have a happy and joyful day with family and friends! emoticon

emoticon on your new pool.

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2BEABETTERME 5/28/2012 8:24AM

    Looks fun! Our pool is too cold still, won't be ready for probably another week.

Have a great day, enjoy!

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    Love your pictures! Wishing you and your family a Happy and Safe Memorial Day.

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HOly Smokes Its been awhile!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Wow, never realized how busy I would be after my classes ended!

I laid in bed Wed morning thinking to myself that it was going to be a horrible weigh in, I had 2 losses in a row I know it won't be 3. I bet anything I gained...Well, I was right...No loss BUT no gain either. So I guess that is better than gaining but to get to my goal by my family reunion I really need to start lossing!!!

Wednesday got a bike ride and some yardwork done. Soon my MIL will be helping me as we really start pulling out all of the bigger bushes in the back. This is going to be a lot of work. Plus all the work we have inside...We started these project inside and now we have to complete them by the 18th for the rental inspection. So we are not going to go away this weekend...my FIL is coming over Saturday, pulling the plants he wants to keep, doing some work on our lower deck, and probably some stuff inside.

Can't wait til end of June...no more school, no more activities...just plain ol' fun!!!!
Haven't been on computer much lately. Took the kids clothes yestrday to resale shop and made $86 to go buy them so more clothes for the summer but ended up putting it towards the new pool we bought yesterday. It is very nice and BIG. 14ft by 48in. Over the kids head but we will have it for a few yrs so opted for the bigger and better one! Got life jackets, noodles, inflatable rocket blowup things that they sit on that has water guns on the top. But didn't get toys yets.

Took Bubbie to get his last teeth filled in the front Thurs morning. Hopefully we won't have any more issues before they fall out! Everything went really well with that!

I have been falling behind in my teams. Trying my hardest to keep up a lil. Going to be a busy weekend with all the renovations and pool set up. I hope to have the pool up and ready to swim no later than Monday. Having my parents come over Monday for a bbq and it woud be great to have them over for a swim too!

My workouts lately have been mostly cardio...a few bike rides, lots of cleaning and house work. Been really bad with my strength training. But lifting these heavy things has been giving my some ST ;-).

Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Weekend. Will be on each morning, but that maybe it. So probably won't blog again until next week. I will try for a quick one!


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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 5/27/2012 5:43PM

    Busy, Busy, Busy! Enjoy some time relaxing in that new pool sweetie.
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MISSY455 5/27/2012 1:04AM

    I hope you get the pool together for your bbq! Sounds like a very fun way to spend summer days :-)


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LOREN009 5/26/2012 11:36PM

    You do sounds busy! That pool will be a great workout once it's done. Good luck!


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EJOY-EVELYN 5/26/2012 10:52PM

    Keep your goals in sight and your priorities in place. You will continue to see successes as you incorporate good, healthy habits into your life. Keep up the good work!

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ANGELBETH76 5/26/2012 7:47PM

    Sounds wonderful! Have a Happy Memorial Day!

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JULIETTECAKE 5/26/2012 6:40PM

    We've been working in our front yard, digging a new garden, moving rock, etc. All of this does count as cardio on SP. Shoveling & moving rock is great for your abs. LOL!!! Have fun on Memorial Day! A BBQ and swim in your new pool sounds like fun.

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WIFEALF 5/26/2012 5:44PM

    new pool lucky,enjoy it..i know you will.have fun with all your yard work and etc hope it gets it all done..have fun in the pool after a long hard day of working at least you have something to look forward too a good relaxing pool to get you cool...Have fun...Post pictures of your flowers and bushes when you can.I cant wiat to see..


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2BEABETTERME 5/26/2012 11:40AM

    Unfortunately, we can't have losses every week; but, no gain is win!

Hopefully, you can enjoy some of the weekend! You deserve some fun after all that hard work you have been doing.

Keep up the great work!

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ROCKRUNNER404 5/26/2012 11:07AM

    A lot of that sounds similar to what I have been working on here...so much work to do inside and out!! It seems never ending but it's totally worth it. Have fun and good luck with everything emoticon

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JAZZEJR 5/26/2012 10:16AM

    Whew! With your busy life, you're doing wonderfully to get your cardio in. Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend!

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OUT-OF-ASHES 5/26/2012 9:06AM

    Some weeks you won't see a loss. That happens, it doesn't mean that your body isn't changing tho. I'm sure you will see a loss next week. Keep on truckin!

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