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Day 2 of 30 Day Extreme Push Challenge

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Goals for the 30 Day Challenge:

Nutrition - Stay in my calorie range on the weekends / drink atleast 10 cups of water on weekends
Fitness - Continue to run 3x a week for atleast 30 minutes
Motivation - Organize my room/clothes and get rid of the clothes I won't wear anymore / Chalene 30 Day Challenge with Sparkgirl32

UPDATES: None yet. So far so good on the running 3x per week! ;) And completed Chalene 30 Day Challenge Day 1 and 2

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Chalene Johnsonís 30 Day Challenge, Day 2 Description:
What are your top three priorities? What is your #1 priority (the thing you absolutely not would compromise)? What gives you pride and confidence? Assign specifics to these three priorities (for instance: to spend time actively engaging with family members).

My Answer:

1. My family - I love them, they are always there for me and I know I can count on them no matter what.

2. Staying healthy/active - Not only is it helping me lose weight, but I always feel healthy and more energized and I think that is crucial. I am practicing good habits to follow :)

3. Success/Money - Let's face it, it makes the world go round and we ALL love it. No one likes being broke! I am always trying to become more successful and make money so I can live a happy life in the future.


  
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SPARKGIRL32 5/26/2011 8:29PM

    woohoo! So happy to have you on the challenge :) You're doing so well!! Love your goals..and I'm happy you're doing Chalene's 30 Day Organization challenge with me too :)

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CANDOK1260 5/26/2011 3:02PM

    great blog even so money don;t mean that much to me, I think love make the world go around nut then I am a child of the sixty and seventy

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LOVELYW14 5/26/2011 9:59AM

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SMAYS2000 5/26/2011 9:44AM

    That sounds like a cool challenge! I'm going to look for that.

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HAPPYCUPCAKE 5/26/2011 9:13AM

    I can definitely agree with your values. Keep up the awesome work and making mini goals! You're doing so well! :) :) :)

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Day 1 of the 30 Day Extreme Push Challenge

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I have joined Sparkgirl32's Challenge and it requires me to blog the mini challenges every other day. So enjoy :)

My Goals for the 30 Day Challenge:

Nutrition - Stay in my calorie range on the weekends / drink atleast 10 cups of water on weekends
Fitness - Continue to run 3x a week for atleast 30 minutes
Motivation - Organize my room/clothes and get rid of the clothes I won't wear anymore / Chalene 30 Day Challenge with Sparkgirl32
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MINI-CHALLENGE #1, Part A Description:
Today's challenge is pretty simple. I am trying to get a lot more into goal visualization. Throughout this whole journey I keep hearing how important it is to visualize where you'll be when you reach your goals to keep you motivated. FINALLY, I tried to give it a shot (which was hard, because I always found it sort of cheesy)! I must say, it has really helped me. For this reason, I want to share a quick exercise with you!

Ideally, where you want to be in 10 years? Some questions to consider answering (you can pick and choose): How old will you be? How do you want to feel? What do you want to have accomplished? Where do you want to be living? Who do you want to be living with? What do you want your relationships to be like? What do you want to physically look like? What do you want to be doing for your career? What healthy habits do you want to be engaging in? What current habits that you participate in do you want to give up? You can go into as little or as much detail as you want. Of course, in my opinion, the more detail you go into..the more beneficial it will be

My Answer:
Hmmm in 10 years I will be 34. Yikes! (That scares me!) I want to feel accomplished and as motivated as I am today. I always had all these plans for myself when I was younger and for some reason chose 25 as this "magic age" that I would get married, buy a house, etc. Yeeeaaahhh NO! So Hopefully by 34 I will be married. No, I WILL be married. I want to have 2 children. Not sure where I will be living, maybe I will be down south (ideally, that is where I feel like I should be, CT is tooooo cold for me!) but either way it doesn't matter to me. I'm really good with money so I know it is possible. I should of went into finance :) I want to look like a MILF ;) haha, no really I do! I would like to look similar to the 24 year old me, and definitely keep up the exercise and eating healthy. I would ideally like to still be running/working out as religiously as I am now. I would like to be a elementary school teacher (not a substitute, interventionist, long term sub, etc.) And most importantly, I want my mom (my bff) to be healthy and as active as she is now.

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MINI-CHALLENGE #1, Part B Description: If nothing were to change from today/you didn't make the changes necessary to get to where you want to be in 10 years...where will you end up?

My Answer:
I'm not sure where I would end up. That is a tough question! I know I'm going in the right direction though, whatever it is I am doing ;)

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Chalene Johnsonís 30 Day Challenge, Day 1 Description:
What are your values? Whatís most important to you? What do you want people to know you for? What do you want people to remember you by? What are the guiding principles in your life? Family? Faith? Is it work? Success? Your passion? Your hobby? What are the things that really feel like a calling for you


My Answer: I value respect, trust, family and real friends. I am so blessed to have such a supportive family, a mother that would hand me the world if she could, and a bf to put up with my sh*% LOL! Success and working hard is important to me. My parents gave me a wonderful life because they worked hard and I would like to be able to do the same for my children one day. I have always been goal oriented and set attainable standards for myself. I don't stop until I get there. (I'm a stubborn LEO!) My passion is teaching. My job is so rewarding and knowing that I am making a difference in a child's life puts a smile on my face. I don't think there is any other job out there that I would be as happy doing.

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* 1 POSITIVE thing I did today: Went to the bank this morning and deposited money instead of procrastinating for weeks like I would normally do. I also ran 3 miles outside.


* 1 Thing I am GRATEFUL FOR: Such supportive coworkers and family. It means more to me than you think!

  
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SPARKGIRL32 5/26/2011 8:30PM

    haha- I totally relate to the bank thing. I suck at depositing money. And 3 MILES...WOW! You should be so proud, seriously!!!

HAHA-I love what you said about how you thought 25 would be the time you would be married, had a house, etc. HAHA..I'm the same way..I don't want to be married for AWHILE :)

Love it!!

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MISSYSTAR1980 5/25/2011 10:34PM

    Yay! I was waiting for this. Now I can go to sleep, LOL!

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Loving My Life - 4 month update*

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

So it's been a while since I have written a blog. I even received an encouraging message from a Spark friend telling me to. It is nice to know that SP has such motivating, caring people on it. =)

Anyhow, I am almost 4 months into SP, and down about 31ish pounds. I have come a loooong way since January (when I joined). I used to go to the gym and "hide" myself on the Elliptical machine for 45 minutes, not venture out into the ST equipment, maybe go tanning and leave. I was soo embarrassed about how I looked and didn't really want anyone to 'see me'.

Now I walk around like I own the place. LOL! Just kiddddding...

I have gained SO MUCH confidence in the last 4 months and minus 30ish pounds. I started the C25K Challenge 8 weeks ago (and for those of you looking to start running, I totally recommend this program!) and I am now able to run 2.5 miles (about a 10:20 min/mile) NONSTOP! And I am no snail either! HAAH! I love it! I try to now run 3x a week to build up my endurance so I can eventually build up my time. And I am honestly starting to love running! I love the way I sweat.feel.hurt the next day! =) I also stopped sabotaging myself on the weekends, well kind of, and I am trying to stay in my calorie range on the weekends (that is when it is a problem for me because I feel like I "earned" cheat meals..) and I also am trying to incorporate exercise in my weekend schedule too. Mon-Fri I am great! Weekends are a struggle for me but I am getting better!

Biggest Loser ends at my school in 5 weeks...EEEEK! I really want to win! I weigh in tomorrow so I will find out if I am still in the lead. (Keep your fingers crossed!) SHOW ME THE MONEY =)

So that is just a little update on me. :) Hope all of my Sparkies are doing well. Keep in touch! xoxo


  
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ASHWILLDOTHIS 5/23/2011 10:19PM

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SHELLYE_19 5/22/2011 11:00PM

    YEAH! I started my FINAL journey end of December/begining of January too! I have lost 20 lbs! I started at 179! I still have a ways to go but I feel awesome! I felt like I was reading one of my own blogs when I read yours because now I LOVE my gym and I am one of the big girls! haha I hope to stay in touch and be motivated by you!

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LOVELYW14 5/19/2011 10:53PM

    31 Pounds in 4 months that's awesome! Keep up the emoticon work! Also, as you get more and more into it, you will be able to see what works for you and what doesn't. At that point you will be able to control your weekends. I'm like you I want to give myself a break during the weekends. But, I realize that I let loose...and I mean too loose! So, now I give myself a break but with parameters. I only allow myself to hit the higher end of my calorie range. Hope that helps!

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KRITKRIT 5/19/2011 3:02PM

    haha - I just commented on your page before I read this! Im glad you like the c25k program too!!!! :-) I mean Im only on week 1 but Im still all about it!

Good luck on your weigh-in! Can't wait to hear how you did!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MEGSMILEY 5/19/2011 10:41AM

    Way to go!!! 31 pounds in 4 months is AMAZING! Keep up the good work!

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BSLANDK 5/18/2011 11:16PM

    So fantastic! I am getting into running as well. right now I am running 5 minutes straight. I'm gettin' up there :). I have heard that is a great program too! Congrats on new found confidence too! Very nice. I'm still "hiding" at the gym.

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/18/2011 10:58PM

    You are doing wonderful!!!!!!!! Wow!!!! Fingers crossed for you to win!!!!!!

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MISSYSTAR1980 5/18/2011 10:34PM

    Yay for running! It would be nice if we could get some runs in together. I think we are about the same speed. Anyway, who knows if I would be at this point if you hadn't joined sparkpeople and motivated me to get on the bandwagon! You rock!

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CORINA81 5/18/2011 10:19PM

    Good Luck with you weigh in tomorrow!!!

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Super Self-Conscious

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Today was like any other day at the gym. I left work around 3:45 and headed right to the gym. Except when I got there and I was changing I realized my poor decisions for a gym "top" this morning. It was either a super wrinkly, oversized white t-shirt (Nahhhhh. I mean I certainly don't dress up for the gym but wrinkly isn't so cute either.)

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a blank tank top, pretty loose-fitting actually. -- due to the lack of clean laundry. Obvi I need to kick it up a notch and follow through with m GTL.--

So I chose the tank top. Hmmm not sure if I liked this choice either.

Off I was, to the Elliptical to do my first half hour of cardio. BOYYYYYYY was I self-conscious. Like more than I've ever been! [It was probably in my head]but I felt like EVERYONE was looking at me. I mean I am there every day but usually in just a regular tee. Once I finished cardio I went to do Abs/Arms. I looked at myself in the mirror while during arms and I was sooooooo insecure about my arms for some reason. I definitely did not like what I saw in the mirror. I would really like them to be more defined and I feel like they are never getting there! URG! It really bothered me that I felt this way. I mean I don't normally obsess over them, and some of you are probably reading this rolling your eyes and thinking I am petty. But I thought about it for my WHOLE WORKOUT! Like, WTF?! Arms?! Really!!? When I was younger I wasn't this self conscious, so why am I soo much now? It irks me.

Lesson Learned: Do not wear tank tops to the gym, you are not ready for that step.


******Sparkies: Is there a certain body part that you are insecure about? Please share so I don't feel completely foolish.

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PS This is me after the gym today, just so you can visualize.



  
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MRS.CARLY 5/8/2011 6:29PM

    I am supppppper self conscious of my arms. I can remember being 10 years old and crying because my mom made me wear a tank top to school. I remember feeling "fat".

You, my dear, looked just fine, BUT if it makes you feel awkward, then don't wear the sleeveless til you are ready to bare those babies! It just affects the workout!

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MSBOBBI25 4/27/2011 8:52AM

    LOL Your funny! You look just fine! I am the same way though..I wont even go to the gym because I worry too much~ its so stupid! Ill get over it when I hit my goal ;) Looks like you've had a good loss so far so congrats on all your hard work!

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AOSHAN 4/20/2011 3:50PM

    I totally hear you about feeling self conscious! But it's all in our heads. I think once we feel better about ourselves, we'll realize that no one is looking at us and that everyone else is probably worrying about the same thing. lol

Keep up the great work! 1 hour of cardio is awesome!

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DCDAWG 4/18/2011 6:54AM

    Your legs are so skinny! And your arms are TOTALLY fine. Seriously.

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HAPPYCUPCAKE 4/17/2011 10:31AM

    Aw, don't worry I am the SAME way! There is nothing wrong with you. I must say I would love to look the way you do in a tank top! It's perfectly normal to feel like that when you are completely out of your comfort zone. One thing I have learned in my 23 years, is that most of the time, at the gym, everyone is in their own world and worried about THEMSELVES and how THEY look, and don't even think about you in a tank top! Granted, there might be some guys in there checking you out, but they are definitely not judging! You're doing great, and you'll be comfortable in tanks before you know it. Keep up the hard work!

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KARENHOEY 4/14/2011 10:19AM

    I think you look great.

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ASHWILLDOTHIS 4/13/2011 8:16PM

    I am always super self conscious when i go to a gym. idk why cause i know people arent staring at me even though I always think they are lol

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NATTIEMAE1 4/13/2011 1:23PM

    I know exactly what you mean. My most insecure area is my tummy. Lots of times my t-shirts feel like they are way tighter then they should be and then I am so insecure about it during my whole work out. I gain most of my weight in my stomach, so it always looks like I am pregnant. Maybe I wouldn't be so insecure about it if I haven't been asked a million times if I was pregnant, when I am not. I am always stuck in the middle of what to wear, because I hate working out in over sized t shirts but then my other t shirts feel like they are too tight and make my stomach look more round. UGH!!!!!

Keep working hard!

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HELLOKICIA 4/13/2011 9:54AM

    I definately don't feel comfortable working out in tank tops either! My mom is all about it but for some reason I just fell like I'm sweating everywhere and being gross and flabby. So I'm not there yet either.

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OJIBWEEQUAY 4/13/2011 8:36AM

    I am the same way!!!!!!! I loathe my upper arms! and thighs!!! But over time when the wash gets all crazy again you will wear that tank top and be like what the....I have muscles! I swear it seems to come outta the blue!!! Rock on girl! emoticon

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LULULUCY 4/12/2011 11:25PM

    I feel that way too whenever I end up wearing something to the gym I'm not used to. OR when I go to the gym looking very disgusting (aka unshowered/unmakeuped/etc) I feel like everyone's judging me -- but then I put on some sexy tunes and strut like I own the place. Then I feel like everyone's staring and thinking "Damn, that curvy girl is hot!"

all about tricking your brain haha

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SLD1014 4/12/2011 11:22PM

    omgoodness you look great! Dont sweat the small stuff... however i do know what you mean about being self-concious... I never used to be that way until late highschool and college and now i always feel like people are looking at how bad i look or picking me apart. Keep up the good work, you look great!
-sarah

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MISSYSTAR1980 4/12/2011 9:15PM

    You are looking great! I know what you mean, I have bad thought days too. I think my feature I dwell on the most is my hunka monka thighs. Especially looking at them when I sit down with naked legs. Yuck! They are monsterous! I by no means want stick legs, but I want to have toned hunka munka thighs. I'm working on that with 30 day shred! Get on that!

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2 month Sparkiversary

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Ok sooooo, it has been about 2 months (3/26) on the SPARK and I am still keeping up with it (that is a good thing). I am down 19 lbs since January and probably some inches (I never measured but can tell from the way my clothes fit). I track my food and fitness on a daily basis even between two jobs and going to the gym 4x a week and coming home dead tired! I have 'met' some of the most motivational people on here and I know that is what keeps me going....I love reading peoples' stories especially when they are around my size, it makes me feel like "ok I can definitely do this!" or "omg I cant wait to look like that". I have (for the most part) great will power when it comes to "cheating" because I know how bad I want this....for my clothes, the summer and my confidence. I love when people at work comment and say how great I am looking or that you can notice I have lost weight..(another motivation to keep going). My goal by mid-June is to lose another 20-30 lbs.

BUT...

(sorry I am going to be Negative Nancy right now...)

I have done this whole weight loss thing before, in fact more than once. One time just being on a gym kick and going thru a break up and the other time doing Weight Watchers. I have lost 30 pounds before, which to me is a significant amount of weight. But who is to say this is *the time* I will KEEP it off. I don't want to put gain it back...duhh who would right?! I feel like it always happens, no matter what. I either lose interest in the gym or dont have/make time for it or start eating what I want and not accounting for how much of what I am eating, and come winter I automatically get fatter..(hmm perhaps bc I dont have to show off skin?)

All I know is this is it. I am [almost] 25 years old. I am sick of not being able to take pictures in a bikini or feeling insecure in summer attire. It is now or never. I know I can do this, I just don't want to lose the motivation and once all the weight is lost, I DEFINITELY dont want to gain it back. Does anyone have any suggestions about this uneasy feeling I am having?! How am I sure that this is the last time I am going to lost weight and KEEP it off?

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JOIE501 4/3/2011 10:55AM

    Thank you, everyone, soo much for your kind comments! My spark friends are a huge part of this journey and I just want to say I appreciate you taking the time to read this and give feedback emoticon

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HAPPYCUPCAKE 4/2/2011 8:08PM

    YOU CAN DO IT! Keep plugging away. You have lost 19 lbs! That's a lot, girl! Awesome! Spark is the right way to do it. It may seem slow, but it's the best way. It's not a fad diet or something that if you go off of it for a little bit, you gain massive amounts of weight. It's a lifestyle change. I'm here if you ever need someone to talk to! I am 23 now, and I know exactly how you feel! You got this :)

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/2/2011 7:35PM

    Great blog! Huge congrats on losing 19 pounds - 19 is my favorite number :) You must have lost major inches if you've lost that much weight! I don't measure myself either, no need when clothes tell the truth. I have been using SP over 4 years and in this time I have lost and gained my weight over and over (from the high 160s/low 170s down to the 130s or 140s). Each time I tell myself THIS is the last time. Of course it hasn't stuck yet, but I definitely have learned from each cycle, and I am convinced that I will sooner or later have a plan that keeps me healthy and happy permanently. In fact, I kind of think I may already be there. There is NO rush to get it right - you say it's now or never, but if it takes you until you're 30 years old, or more, so what? In the meantime you can enjoy the progress you have already made, and look forward to more progress to come. I know you can do it.

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BEEBEA 4/2/2011 6:32PM

    I worry about this desperately all the time! I lost about 20 pounds a couple of years ago and gained it back the next year when I moved and got out of my routine. This time I've lost more, but I'm still scared. All I know is that you have to commit to making this a LIFESTYLE CHANGE. You have to accept the fact that you will eat like this for the rest of your life! That's why Spark always advises you not to make changes you can't live with. If you hate salads, don't make them a cornerstone of your eating now, don't use running as your main cardio if you hate it, etc. I think the more you shape your life around being healthy and doing healthy activities, the more likely you are to stick with it. I guess we'll see how this theory works out in about 10 more pounds for me, heh.

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LULULUCY 4/2/2011 6:22PM

    What was different for me this time is that I've made it not about losing weight alone but about the journey. I don't consider this a diet, I don't consider myself on a short-term kick -- I am thinking about FOREVER. I took the pressure off of myself to lose a certain amount by summer and when I did that I started seeing losses of double the amount I was tracking for. Think of this as finding the new, healthy (not skinny, HEALTHY) you who will keep going to the gym because she loves it.

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PVP1958 4/2/2011 6:17PM

    Yes, losing the weight is highly important. But also remembering that you've got a lot of stressful things going on and you're making good progress. And even if your scales don't change a bit, keep doing the things that ultimately lead to lasting change. The bottom line is changing lifestyle, not just weight. emoticon

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CAROLIAN 4/2/2011 5:55PM

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