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Day 12 of 30 Day Extreme Push Challenge

Saturday, June 04, 2011

I'm in a better mood this afternoon then before when my internet did not work properly and totally lost my DAY 11 blog. But after my run I am feeling much much better!

As you know, I am doing Lauren's 30 Day Extreme Push Challenge

*MY GOALS *
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*

Nutrition - so far in my calorie range...ate a late breakfast so I didn't have lunch yet and it's dinner time ha. Ooops!
Fitness - Ran 3.47 miles and still need to do push ups, crunches and jumping jacks (feeling great!)
Motivation - keeping up with Chalene Challenge YAY!
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Chalene Johnsonís 30 Day Challenge, Day 12 Description: I want you to listen to yourself and list all the negative things you say about yourself in your head. It may be, "I'm broke." Or, "I'm fat, stupid, lazy, ugly, clumsyÖ" The possibilities are endless. And because you spend all of your time with yourself your mind is repeating these crazy comments again and again! This must end.

Write down five negative things you say to yourself.

Is that something you would say to anyone else? Is it something you would say to a child you wanted to nurture? Is that something you would say to an employee? A friend? Of course not!

Cross them out!

Re-write the five statements as positive first-person present tense affirmations and I want you to put them everywhere you go. Make them your screen saver. Cover your desk, your mirror, and your refrigerator with post-it notes. Say them over and over. It takes a thousand positives to outweigh a negative comment. So repeat, repeat, repeat until your subconscious accepts this new (and accurate) truth.

Chalene Johnsonís 30 Day Challenge, Day 12 Answer: DONE =)

* One POSITIVE thing I did today: I pushed myself to run more than the usual 3 miles I have been doing and it felt great!

* One thing I am GRATEFUL for: having long legs :)

  
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SANDRAAAR 6/5/2011 8:10PM

    wayyy to go! :D

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SPARKGIRL32 6/5/2011 7:21PM

    Girl, you are a machine!!!! Doing so great..you make me so proud! hehe :)

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APLEWA2 6/5/2011 4:15AM

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Keep up the work!! it will pay off!!!

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DIZZYDOC 6/4/2011 7:16PM

    Good job of staying on track. emoticon

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Day 11 of 30 Day Extreme Push Challenge

Friday, June 03, 2011

SO PISSED!!! After I typed the whole thing it didn't show up but had an error message! AHHHH! This one will be the abbreviated version!!! I hate the internet!



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*

Nutrition - Stayed in my calorie range today (1606) and drank 10 cups of water
Fitness - Friday = OFF
Motivation - keeping up with Chalene Challenge - although no cleaning yet-

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MINI-CHALLENGE #6 Description: I know I said this was going to be an "accept yourself" challenge on my vlog, but I ultimately decided to save that. This blog is going to be about taking hardships or negatives that have happened in your life and looking on the bright side. I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and this exercise really helps me when something bad happens to me. It also helps when I'm coaching people, because they can take something negative that has happened to them and turn it into something that makes them feel empowered. Even the most negative things can be turned into a positive by helping other people who are going through the same problems/making them feel like they are not alone.

These negative things could be anything. Did you get passed up for a job? Fired from one? Get bullied as a kid? Went through depression? Gain weight? Get seriously injured? Even though all these things are painful, we can look on the bright side of everything. At the very least, we can help other people get through similar problems. It's so crazy how we can help change people's lives in ways we never thought possible! There is strength in numbers. You may understand this a little bit better once you read my example.

MINI-CHALLENGE #6 Answer: My hardship would be being an overweight child. It started as a 'cute chubby' but my eating habits didn't change until about middle school. Therefore all through elementary I was a big kid (tallest in the class, too). I was always embarrassed about the number on the scale and wouldn't even let my own mother see what it was! But I still always had a lot of friends in school and was never really teased. I was also also really shy but nice to everyone. I started swimming in 7th grade and the weight practically melted off. 2.5 hr practices every day - it was fun and a hobby to me, I didn't even realize it would make me thin. As for high school/college, I was pretty average. Not skinny but not fat. So all in all, I do not regret/feel bad for being overweight as a kid because it has taught me many things. I am also able to empathize with overweight kids in school because I was there once. It makes me that much stronger to become a healthy, fit adult!
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Chalene Johnsonís 30 Day Challenge, Day 11 Description: Today's challenge is all about skill mastery. What do you need to know to accomplish your goals? People who are constant learners who are expanding their brain and curious are the most successful types of people. Make yourself more valuable from learning. The people who get hired first, fired last, and the last to be laid off are those who are so valuable because they have knowledge and are ahead of the game. They quest to know more and have more skills. I guarantee no matter what your push goal is, there's a skill you need to master that would make your goal easier/faster to obtain. No matter what knowledge you need to acquire, it's there and it's most likely FREE!

Google search some skills that would be necessary to complete your skills. Also, say what you are going to do to obtain the skills necessary to reach your push goal.

Chalene Johnsonís 30 Day Challenge, Day 11 Answer: In order to succeed at living a healthy, fit lifestyle I will have to master portion size, count calories, and make exercise habitual. I know I can do this! I have already been on this streak for 6 months and feel awesome! My energy, my clothes, my self esteem....I can go on! Therefore, I include these positive, crucial things to my every day to-do list to make sure I am getting it in each and every day.
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One positive thing I did today: Supported my students in their talent show! It was fun and they were so excited! Too cute!

One thing thing I'm grateful for: Nurse Kathy. She has really encouraged me so much through this whole 6 months ( weighs us for Biggest Loser) and is always willing to talk health and fitness with me and gives me awesome running tips!

  
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SANDRAAAR 6/4/2011 9:21PM

    Way to go! :D

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Day 10 or 30 Day Extreme Push Challenge - 1/3 Done!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

This challenge is 1/3 of the way done! But I love it! It has taught me soo much about myself, my journey and what I need to do to pursue my goals!

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*

Nutrition - Stayed in my calorie range today (although not a weekend) and drank my water
Fitness - Abs class/gym although it's not the weekend :P (My goal is only per the weekend)
Motivation - keeping up with Chalene Challenge
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Chalene Johnsonís 30 Day Challenge, Day 10 Description: Remember your triggers you have created to make sure you create/check your to-do list and evaluate where you are going with your goals. Today, we are going to take the to-do list to the next level. Now, we are going to make sure you hit all five of the critical elements of making a CCMD to-do list. Glance and see if what you're doing right now is productive...at least seven days a day. Then rewrite your goals!

Here's a reminder as to what the 5 major things of the CCDM are:
The Carefully Crafted and Diligently Maintained To-Do List
Here are the five essential steps to building the Carefully Crafted and Diligently Maintained To-do List. If you follow these steps your life will change. I promise. But you have to do them all and you have to commit to making it a habit. Ready?

1. Make your to-do list at the same time every day.
2. Make your to-do list in the same place every day.
3. Keep your list with you at all times
4. Add two or three small steps that will move you forward on your list every day
5. Think about what you want to achieve in life.
6. Review and revisit the list.

Chalene Johnsonís 30 Day Challenge, Day 10 Answer: I will add to my list tonight and I like to do it the night before so I am ready to go in the morning =) I'm going to keep this list thing up! I want it to become a habit to keep me in line!
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*One positive thing I did today: Used my to do list. (although alot of it I cant check off until later in the evening, I still checked it to make sure I was on track throughout the day)

*One thing I am grateful for: My Spark friends :) They are soo motivating and inspiring. I am so happy to have found this site!

  
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SPARKGIRL32 6/2/2011 10:40PM

    Great!!! You are doing so well!

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Day 9 of 30 Day Extreme Push Challenge

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

iI have joined Sparkgirl32's Challenge and it requires me to blog the mini challenges every other day/ keep you guys updated on my progress. 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

*UPDATES*

Nutrition - Stayed in my calorie range today (although not a weekend) and drank my water
Fitness - Killed it at the gym although it's not the weekend :P (My goal is only per the weekend)
Motivation - keeping up with Chalene Challenge

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MINI-CHALLENGE #5, Part 1 Description: Read this article I wrote to get you thinking and prepare you for part 2 of todayís mini-challenge. Although I had written the article to help people who were trying to lose weight, it can pretty much apply to anything :).

Things Everyone Should Consider Prior To Trying To Lose Weight: Stop Comparing Yourself to Barbie, Your Sister, Sister-In-Law, Mom, Grandma, Britney Spears, Adriana Lima, OR WHOEVER

I am going to point out the obvious because many people do not get this one. YOU are NOT your sister, sister-in-law, mom, grandma, Britney Spears, Adriana Lima, or Barbie. Everyoneís body types are different so you can (and have to) stop comparing yourself to these people right now. Focus on YOUR body type and what is ideal for YOU. Remember, this journey is ALL about YOU. The sooner you realize this, the sooner you make your journey A LOT easier on yourself (and much more likely to be successful).

Iím going to get into celebrities lateróthatís a whole other bag of issues that society started. But, If I had a dollar for every time I heard one of the people I know compare themselves to their skinny sister or sister-in-law or how their mom/grandma used to be when she was youngerÖÖ.Iíd have close to a million dollars Iím pretty sure.

Here's the deal, if you haven't noticed...you are NOT anyone besides YOU (which is a good thing because YOU ROCK :). So quit comparing yourself to other people, you are only sabotaging yourself and forcing yourself to feel sorry about your "predisposition." Take my "predisposition" for example--I have a medium frame and I'm 5' 3''. Like I have said before, I have always (even as a little girl) had thick thighs (where tons of muscle hang out) and a huge chest (those developed later-haha). My sisters on the other hand? Welp, one of them is 5' 7'' and 130 pounds with an extremely small frame (no boobs, butt, or thighs) who never has to watch what she eats or workout and the other is 5' 3'' and 120 pounds with a petite frame (but does have to watch what she eats). So yep, I'm the fat sister. Does it bother me? Not at all. haha. And I'm being honest.

Here's why...even though my sisters may have what society deems to be "better" bodiesóIím sure there are a lot of other qualities that they are jealous of that I possess. That's just how it is. No one is 100% happy with who they are and that is the #1 reason why I created this blog. I want people to be as happy as possible as they are with themselves. So while you are thinking someone has it all...don't...no one does. And let's pretend that they do..who cares? You feel like you are missing something--so let's work on that...not waste time thinking about how someone else is SO lucky to not have to worry about what you do. Who cares? If you do...let's cry about it and move on (pause here to cry). The sooner you do that, the sooner you'll be successful on your journey to happiness (and weight loss).

Secondly, as far as celebritiesÖjust STOP. If your goal is to look like a celebrity, you crazy girlfrand. No seriously, those biotches are like 0% body fat. Plus, my guess is you arenít going to ever have a personal trainer or a personal chef that makes sure you are eating healthy (or a cracker-whichever) and working out EVERY single day for 2-10 hours (slight joke there). In most regular peopleís lives, this just isnít feasible. Ever notice that tons of these celebs eventually end up with eating disorders? Ahhh...yea, we want to avoid that. I personally would rather eat and have a body fat percentage of 20-24% than starve myself everyday to weigh 108 with a body fat percentage of like 10% (SICK).

Not only this, I know youíve heard it before, but the average model is 5' 11'' and 117 pounds. That's a 16.3 BMI (UNDERWEIGHT PEOPLE). They are probably eating a cracker a day so they can be that thin (or they are freaks of nature, but highly doubtful). Either way, this height and weight only represents 2% of the population. So youíre not a part of that 2%, big deal..neither am I or 98% of American women. They are the freaksónot you! Shame on the entertainment industry for making us think otherwise. Donít buy into itóuse your brain! A BMI of 16.3 is NOT healthy according to any standards. So why is it so many people want ridiculously low body weights like these?

Even if you aren't talking models...take a look at this: Celebrity Heights and Weights: www.pro-thinspo.c
om/celebritystats.html ...look at how many of the celebs are UNDER weight (or super close to it). WHY on Earth would anyone want this to be their motivation???

Bottom line, don't buy into it...be realistic with your weight loss goals so you don't set yourself up for failure. These celebrities have to watch every morsel of food they stick in their mouths and work out for hours each day...even after they reach goal weights. Their bodies aren't supposed to drop that low in weight most of the time, so they can very easily gain weight (as we see all the time). I don't think it would ever be worth it....

MINI-CHALLENGE #5, Part 2 Description: Todayís challenge is going to be a reflection challenge about competitiveness. In my life, I have seen people with a competitive side that range from VERY extreme (they either are the #1 BEST at everything they do or they are miserable) to VERY little (they donít really care at all or back off when they sense competition). Sometimes people get SO caught up in competition that they donít stop and take note of how well they are doingÖare you one of those people?

For example: do you have a sister, friend, relative, etc. that you compete with (regardless of whether or not you guys verbally say youíre in a competition)? It is common for twins to compete with one another, siblings that are close to age, or friends who have a lot of things in common (height weight, interests, hobbies, etc.). Really think long and hard about this because it will REALLY help you!

While competition can be a great way to move forward, sometimes it can be harmful. Now, ask yourself this: does the competition in your life do more harm than good? Do you ultimately end up feeling bad about yourself after you compete with a specific person? Do you feel like youíre not good enough because you arenít as good as someone? Would your life be easier and less stressful if you werenít so competitive? If competition is a problem for you, what are you going to do to make sure it interferes with your life less?

If you donít have anyone like that in your life, do you find yourself comparing yourself to celebrities or using celebrities that are unrealistically skinny for your motivation? This can be just as harmful!! Do all the skinny celebrities contribute to a bad body image? Are you consciously aware of what these celebrities have to do to stay at super low weights? Do you remind yourself of this when you start comparing yourself to them?


MINI-CHALLENGE #5 Answer

Well, usually I am an extremely competitive person. Whether it is sports, losing weight or even a race! At work we are doing 'The Biggest Loser' so of course I am in competition with about 10 other women to lose weight (this contest actually started my journey) and we all want the money!! (about $500) However, I am not soo competitive that I get mad or envy people bc they lose some weeks that I don't or bc they lose more than me. We all try to help eachother out and share tips or what works for us so in that sense we work together. So I guess it is good that I don't let my competitiveness consume me. I have lost 33 pounds so I'll walk away from this contest with that as a 'prize' alone! HAHA!
As for comparing myself with celebs, I know it isn't realistic so I don't stress over looking as good as Beyonce, cause let's face it it won't happen :P


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Chalene Johnsonís 30 Day Challenge, Day 9 Description: What do successful people have in common? Itís not your parents, itís not your intelligence, itís not the school you went to, itís YOUR HABITS. Letís figure out how to make this a habit that is just as intrinsic as brushing your teeth! Schedule your to-do list. Your healthiest and most successful habits happen at a certain, specific time of day. SO SCHEDULE!! Schedule the time at which you are going to create your to-do list and donít let ANYONE interfere with the time. Create triggers that tell you itís time to create your to-do list. Associate this habit with immediate rewards! Rewire your brain! Example: Reward yourself for exercising so it becomes a GOOD thing. Emulate your role model. Emulate the people you know are most successful (i.e. Chalene with her lists, Brian Tracy [who she got the list idea from]).
List what triggers youíre going to use to remind you to check on your to-do list. Also, choose exactly when you are going to do your to-do.

Chalene Johnsonís 30 Day Challenge, Day 9 Answer: I am going to check my to-do list when I use my SP app on my phone to track food/exercise and also at transition periods/breaks throughout the day. (Lunch time, when I get out of school, after the gym, etc) I also like to do my to do list at night when I am ready to prepare for the next day and am able to relax ;)

*One positive thing I did today: At field day, ran in a relay race with a less athletic boy that didn't have a partner and hauled ass so he could get a head start and he wouldn't come in last ;)

One thing I am grateful for: Squats. I love the way they make my legs strong and solid. :) I could do them everyday!

  
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SHEFFIELD09 6/2/2011 4:08PM

    I love squats too! emoticon Congrats on your weight loss!

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MISSYSTAR1980 6/2/2011 8:08AM

    That was so nice of you to run with Johnny! He was so excited, he acted like he had placed even when he hadn't. Cute!

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SPARKGIRL32 6/1/2011 11:48PM

    Congrats on those 33 pounds!! That's huge, girlfrand!! Awesome job!!

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Day 8 of 30 Day Extreme Push Challenge

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I have joined Sparkgirl32's Challenge and it requires me to blog the mini challenges every other day/ keep you guys updated on my progress. 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

*UPDATES*

Nutrition - Stayed in my calorie range today (although not a weekend) and drank my water
Motivation - Ran by the river again, another 3 and some change miles. Thursday I am going to shoot for 4!

Cleaning - Doing laundry as I type this :) and of course making my to-do list for the Chalene Challenge ;)
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Chalene Johnsonís 30 Day Challenge, Day 8 Description: You have made it through the tough stuff! You made it through the hardest part where we weed out the people who are QUITTERS...and you are still with it! You're in this to win it! Momentum has begun and you are pushing yourself. Today is an easy assignment.

Part 1: Make your to-do list!
Part 2: List in the comments below this video (you can comment here if you haven't). Share your success with the challenge so far!

Chalene Johnsonís 30 Day Challenge, Day 4 Answer: I love this challenge! It is keeping me goal oriented and focused on my push goal! Thanks again Lauren =)
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PUSH GOAL : Live a healthy lifestyle and exercise regularly!

One positive thing I did today: Went grocery shopping and saved $56 dollars! I know, I need a new hobby but all this talk about 'extreme couponing' at work is catchy!

One thing thing I'm grateful for: Fruit =) I love this time of year!! I had to load up


  
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LAURALOU882 5/31/2011 11:17PM

  $56?! That is crazy! I'm lucky to save like $5 ahah. Glad your push challenge is going well!

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