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I will NOT quit pledge

Saturday, October 06, 2012

I came across this today on someones blog. This week is my one year anniversary on Spark, and with things going on in my life, I have felt like giving up, so this was perfect timing.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"Today, I promise I will not quit.

I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.

I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.

I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.

I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.

I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

signed: Leisa (Sunflowergal40)

Signed: Chris (chriskenandkids)

Signed: Linda (scoutmom715)

Signed: Nancy (tedybear2838)

(from Linda S. Jayne (Geminisue)

Signed: Vicki aka VICKI-B--56

Signed; Pixie (Pixie-Licious)

Signed: Gloria (GloriaB73)

signed Fran

Signed Sarah (Millie 5522)

Signed Shelby (theshelbster)

Signed Beckie (BIRKIE528)

Signed Debaune (Doobie893)

Signed by Wallahalla on Friday, June 29, 2012

Signed by Karen (MAMAWALMART) on June 29,2012

Signed by Sibille (musolf6) Friday June 29,2012

Signed Shirley (Lookingup2012) Friday, June 29, 2012 who needs to do this because she quit SP three times in 3 years.

Signed Susan (catladyx8) Friday June 29, 2012

Signed John (Johntj1) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed Deb (jewelle217) Saturday, June 30, 2012

Signed Kathy (Kalantha) Saturday, June 30, 2012

Signed elizabeth (MEADSBAY) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed Caz (NEW-CAZ) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed Julie (Shawfan) Saturday, June 30, 2012

Signed Michele (BeFit012) Saturday June 30, 2012

Signed Cheryl (Clavinova) Saturday, June 30,2012

Signed Sarah (NOTGIVINGUP49) Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Signed Bobbi (SLIMMER_197) Saturday, July 28, 2012

Signed Cherie (BIGSKYCHERIE) Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Signed Janet (EATVEGAN) Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Signed (IMAVISION) Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Signed Darlene (NANCYSINATRA) Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Signed Judi (JSELLINGTON) Saturday, October 6, 2012

Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge, today/soon?
Let's spread it through Sparks, so all can have the choice to commit!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JLDACQ 10/9/2012 3:40PM

    I saw this too, and I posted it as one of my blogs a little while back. I had forgotten it, and today has been a rough day, especially after a long weekend, and I wanted to just stop trying. I knew I wouldn't, but the feeling of defeat is still there.

Then I read this blog, and remembered why I'm doing this.

Thanks, J, for posting this on your blog, which sent out an email that you had a new blog, which brought me here today.

Thank you for reminding me I have hope. :-D

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SARAKHAACK 10/7/2012 1:36PM

    That is such a great pledge to make!! emoticon on pledging to never give up on yourself and to treat yourself like your bestfriend, that's an amazing attitude to have emoticon emoticon

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LHLADY517 10/6/2012 10:07PM

    So to whom will you be accountable?

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October Goals 2012

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Here it is October.  I have been doing well in the area of inches lost and not so bad in the area of weight lost.  I have lost enough inches to SEE a significant change.  I have been wearing clothes that I have not been able to wear in the past 3 years at least.  I have on a skirt today that was snug when I purchased it (5 years ago) and now there is room in the waist band.   I am able to wear shoes (I have been wearing sandals) and my feet are not hurting.  I have people complimenting me on a daily basis.  I have come so far and I have a long way to go  but I am on the right track. 

My goals for October are simple.  I am planning to continue to do what I am doing.  I think I will change up my cardio and do the tough routine in Turbo Jam, Punch Kick and Jam. I did that one once and ouch!! Well 5 years later, I am going for it again. I will make it this time and watch out.  I have a goal to reach to make sure that I don't give up!! I can get smaller and I will.  I am seeing a change in the way my feet feel and that means I have to keep going. 

My routine for October will be Sunday is Rev Abs, and then Monday Turbo Jam(Cardio Party or PKJ) and 7 min Abs(DVD), then when I get home, Belly Dance(40 min), Tuesday is Turbo Sculpt, 30 Incline push ups. Wednesday (easy day) Turbo Jam's PKJ and 7 min Abs. Thursday is a sculpt, just not sure which one, probably Turbo Sculpt and 30 modified pushups(I can't do the reg pushups, my left foot cramps when I am in the plank too long.) Friday is cardio, Hot Hula Fitness in the morning and belly dancing at night. 7 min abs.

I have one more major goal: I want to work on being positive and feeling good about myself.  I have to get out of my dark hole and start being a happier person.  I have to stop faking it and be real!!

I am worth it!! God did not make a mistake in allowing me to be born and I have to live up to HIS expectations as best as I can!!
I'M POSSIBLE!!! emoticon

10/3/12-I really want to do the positive thing and this is going to be tuff. I am going to talk to a counselor that I know at church tonite and hopefully she can help me. I will let you know what she has to say if she is there tonight.

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NANCYSINATRA 10/3/2012 11:17AM

    I love the aggressive fitness goals you set. You have a plan, and that is great. Very detailed, UNTIL you get to feeling good about yourself. Do you have a detailed plan on "HOW TO" for that one? The main reason I'm asking is I struggle in the same area, hence the 3X5 cards all over my house, so I am always looking for a new idea to help me be positive about myself.
You beat me in fitness minutes again. How about a daily challenge between the two of us in fitness minutes. We post them daily? Not until I get back from vacation though. :)

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BETHYSMAMA 10/2/2012 7:26PM

    I like the Positive goal too. Your attitude on life can make the difference.
Way to go on the plan to get in activity too.

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FITWITHIN 10/2/2012 5:53PM

    Love your goals! emoticon

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COWGIRLUPINOK 10/2/2012 5:02PM

    I think working on being positive about yourself is a huge goal and one that we all deserve to accomplish. I would be interested in hearing how you go about that.


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What is Your Motivation...Just why in the world are you doing this?!

Friday, September 28, 2012

What are my reasons for getting all the sweating and attempts at eating right?
I have pain in:
Knees, right hip, left foot. The ankle on the left leg swells more often then not. When I get up in the morning I have to stretch my foot before I can stand on it. Yada yada yada!

Ok, that sounds good and logical, but is that my real motivation? Well is it? Alright, NO IT IS NOT!! Ok are you happy now?! I look in the mirror and I hate what I see. I see a FAT OLD WOMAN!! Yes, at age 53 I am old, but I don't have to be FAT!! emoticon

My husband could care less and told me that he is happy w/me the way I am or was. Well I am not doing this for him! I am doing this for me!! I want to have CUT ARMS and SHOULDERS!! emoticon I want to put on a size 14 and it fit comfortably! I want to tuck my shirts into my pants, emoticon instead of hiding beneath big shirts. I am so tired of looking like this. I want to sit down and not have my stomach sit down too. I want to have a six pack to show off.

Once I get to that desired weight and size, I want to be able to shop at the "regular sized" stores. No more Avenue, no more Plus sized clothing depts. I want to feel good about myself again! It has been so long that I am not sure what it feels like to be happy w/myself.

Something that I remember and this has always been in the back of my memory. I had gone to the post office and when I showed my ID the mailman at the counter said, that I had gained weight since that picture was taken. I was hurt emoticon that he felt he had to say that. I was REALLY young at that time. If it was now I might have commented that he was rude and that was not a nice thing to say in front of all the people in there.

But saying that, now he would say the opposite. My license picture was just taken in March and I have lost a bunch of inches and pounds. emoticon

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NANCYSINATRA 10/2/2012 11:43AM

    Exactly!!! I HATE working out, BUT I LOVE the way it is changing my body!! I actually have a 3X5 card taped to my mirror that says "life is too short to spend it hating your body". It's a reminder to help keep me focused everyday. Keep up the great work!!!

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BUTTERFLYMOMMA2 9/28/2012 1:08PM

    You put my thoughts into words. It's good to find others who are doing this change for themselves. I am the same. I don't like what I see in the mirror and it drives my crazy. It would be great to feel sex in the clothes I put on without trying to hide the stomach and hips.

Keep up the motivation. I always tell myself: just keep going and you WILL see results eventually. Hopefully sooner than later.

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If Scales Didn't Exist!!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Ahh if scales didn't exist, I would be able to measure how well I am doing by the way my clothes fit. That is what I am using now since the scale ain't moving. I am wearing size 18 pants OMG!!! I was wearing 22 for the last 2 winters. I bought jeans from the Avenue last year, size 20 and they didn't zip. emoticon Well I recently put them on and emoticon they not only fit, they are loose! This is how I can tell that all this sweating and stuff is working. emoticon

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BETHYSMAMA 9/24/2012 5:25PM

    Um you both cream me in fitness minutes. But it is a wonderful feeling to have clothes that you don't wear because they are too big on you. I love using inches as a measure of success.

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NANCYSINATRA 9/24/2012 4:15PM

    Woo Hoo!!! I am right there with you. I am doing pretty good about staying off the scale except for me weekly weigh ins right now. It can make me feel so frustrated, so I have been focusing on the effort, those things I AM in control of that will eventually get me to where I need to be, like calories burned, calorie deficit, So as long as I hit that goal, I don't really care what the scale says. It will catch up. So great job not focusing on the scale, and down to an 18!!!! WOO HOO!!!
BTW, you beat me in fitness minutes again!!!

Comment edited on: 9/24/2012 4:16:06 PM

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PENNYSAVER2 9/24/2012 3:54PM


Hopefully, I'll be able to have the same success that you are having in a few months. I will be so glad to fit back into my smaller sized clothes.


Comment edited on: 9/24/2012 3:55:13 PM

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LACED-IN-LOVE 9/24/2012 2:30AM

    Good on ya! You should be so proud!

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SARAKHAACK 9/24/2012 1:24AM

    emoticon That's awesome!! emoticon I, personally, would go crazy if I didn't weigh myself once a week lol, but I know that that doesn't work for everybody. That's great that you found a way to measure your success in a way that works for you and obviously, you're scale is a big meanie if it wasn't moving and yet you still went down a few sizes. Congratulations on that accomplishment emoticon

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SMOOCHIESMOMMY2 9/22/2012 9:53PM

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REEGETSFIT 9/22/2012 8:47PM

  Congratulations and keep up the good work!

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LJOYCE55 9/22/2012 8:29PM

  Sounds like you need to go shopping - great job.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 9/22/2012 8:15PM

    Good for you!! So many people have tried pressing me to measure with a measuring tape but I feel it's better to know how the clothes are fitting.

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JLPEASE 9/22/2012 8:08PM

    That's so great! Sometimes the scale lies anyway. Your clothes are a much better way to tell how you're doing... and you're doing awesome!!!
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MJ7DM33 9/22/2012 8:06PM

  You are doing emoticon Keep up the good work!

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Since adopting healthier habits or should I say "TRYING to" adopt healthier habits...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Have I greatly improved?

Well since being a member of Spark Coach, my last task is to blog about any kind of improvements since being more conscious of doing the healthy thing. Well in my daily visualization I have made a note of what I see that is better.

First let me tell you about the bad and then I can make the comparison to the improvements.

My food cravings are not the same. I had always loved salt, on apples, lemons(well that probably is still the same) and so on and so forth. I could eat a full plate and want more.

There are clothes that I bought in a size 20 that I was currently wearing and could NOT fasten them or zip them! I was mad at myself and pushed those things to the back of one of my closets( I have 3) and continued on w/my life as it was.

I kept telling myself to start exercising and eating better( diet is a 4 letter word that I will not use). This went on from Mid 2009 until finally late January 2012. DANG!!! Are you slow or what woman!! (I said it for you) I was miserable and in my eyes looked bad. I am in the choir at church and when we have performances I am on the front row (SCREAM!!!) and SOOOOOOOOOOOOO FAT it is so disgusting. Well the last performance was Easter and we are about to start rehearsing for Christmas… I will not be that FAT old woman on the front row.

When I put on my make up, I hide so many flaws and my neck is so big and my wrists are so big. I have a bad back and my left leg is a nightmare!!! It swells at the ankle to a balloon scary size. I have Plantar fasciitis and my knee was hurt in a fitness test and well that still hurts like all get out and probably always will.

When I eat now salt is not that important and really doesn't taste that good. I have much smaller portions and I am more conscious of what I am eating.

Just going with all that I put on a pair of pants that are like leggings and these are dress pants so "dreggings" ( you know jean leggings are "jeggings") anyway, THEY FIT and were a little loose in the waist. (BOOTY SHAKE) This skirt that is not stretchy material FIT perfectly!! When I put on my moisturizer, it is like some of me is missing! I love it!! I have smaller wrists again. The area under the arm well that was all flabby and hung over any bra I would wear. NOW it is does not hang as much and that is AWESOME!!! I can wear a tank top and not be embarrassed.

My knee is still sore but the pain eases a little quicker now after getting up. The ankle (just looked at it) is swollen but not monster truck style anymore. The foot is still hurting but not as bad, like the knee , the pain dissipates quicker.

The exercising thing:
To start I did adopt the 10 min to start and then increased. I tried different things to keep me interested and there was a challenge that I did for a month, 100 crunches per day. I did on the average 900 per week (more than a 100 p/d) I think that was in March and since then I have been on fire!! I have been doing push ups, I have to do a modified or incline since that stupid left foot cramps when I am in the plank position.
I had increased my workouts w/the fact that I was now seeing and feeling results (sore abs- duh 900 crunches!!) I was up to 20 min cardio dancing and then went to 30 min and then 45min WOW!! Now I have a routine of S-T-Th=Strength training(Turbo Sculpt-check YouTube) and have increased the weight so it is not the same routine. I do my pushups after that since I am in muscle mode!! And then on M-W-F= CARDIO and no telling what cardio. Today I did Hot hula Fitness (booty shake) and then did this DVD that I found called 7 min abs and it ain't easy! For Friday I probably will do Turbo jam(45 min) and the 7 min abs. Then for Saturday I will only walk my dogs. One of my dogs(Gracie) is not able to walk far, so I go just so far and come back home then George and I go for the long walk. She is totally ok w/that! Oh yeah and sometimes on Fridays, I will do another exercise video, belly dancing, Hot Hula, Winsor Pilates(just started that one even though I had it for ever!) Oh and I was home "sick" one day and did 2 hours of exercise videos. I was so sore the next day but it felt good.

I have greatly improved!

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NANCYSINATRA 9/12/2012 7:58PM

    TOTALLY love this blog!! It is so amazing to see how far you have come. I'm sure you are very proud of yourself. :) I know I am. Tomorrow I am planning on doing a blog of my one year anniversary here on SP, and how far I have come. Hope it is as inspirational as yours. :)

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MISSKELEBEK 9/12/2012 5:08PM

    What an inspiration!!!!!!!!! You should be so proud of what you have accomplished!!!!!!

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JLDACQ 9/12/2012 2:55PM

    I love this success story!! You have done a lot of good for your body since joining Spark, and this blog reflects that.

Dreggings.... I might have to look into buying some of those, they sound comfy.

I also love how you really enjoy DVD workouts. Me too, though it doesn't help to get this chunky butt outside for some fresh air every day. That's a whole other issue. :-D

And you are adopting healthier habits, even if you still hate to cook. :-D How's that coming along? *chuckle*

Spark on!

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