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Day 21, Month 01 (I Lost 2 lbs! In spite of TOM!)

Friday, September 12, 2008


Picture Above: Dedicated to all of my Black Panther Team mates!

Hi Everyone!

Ok, so I don't think I am going to be able to blog every day! It is amazing how quickly I am learning that I can't participate in all of the SP daily activities I want to. I am having a hard enough time finding enough time to compete the items in my sparkpoints daily list, keep up with the 3 sparkteams I am currently participating in (I'm still keeping the other sparkteams...I just can't participate with all of them right now) and log my daily meals and exercise. Wow!

But it sure is worth it! I am so glad that I joined SP and I am so glad that I am losing weight! I thought for sure that I was going to show on the scale as gaining weight for this week because I usually put on about 5 lbs around my TOM. I was so pleasantly surprised to show a loss of 2 lbs. Next weeks weigh in should be real interesting! I am looking forward to it.

Everything is going great at home. My oldest son, Cody and my youngest son, Brian are both playing football. It gets a bit nerve racking sometimes (not wanting them to get hurt), but they both love it. My middle son, Darius continues to keep his head stuck in books (I can't believe he use to be the one I had to force to read to me when he was in elementary school). My daughter, Faith is going to turn 3 yrs old on 9/21. She is so excited!

I received my packet of info from ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) today. I have decided that I am going to become a certified personal trainer! I just have to figure out the details including when I want to start the program. It makes so much since for me because once I achieve my goals I want to make sure to maintain my success and be able to share it with others. God willing, perhaps I can help others to achiever their goals as well. I have always been athletic. I use to teach dance (tap, jazz and ballet). I also use to do Tae Kwon Do. And of course want to go back and complete my black belt. It just makes perfect since for me to have a career in the fitness world! This is going to be quite a ride!

Well, it is getting late so I better go for now! Thank you for reading my blog and sharing my journey with me!

Leah

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CHUNKSTER63 9/12/2008 3:36PM

    You are a winner and keep on going your doing awesome and you have truly inspired me.


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LIFES*2*SHORT 9/12/2008 2:18PM

  Sounds like life is just going great for you! That is awesome to hear! I love reading such positive blogs like this!

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Day 12, Month 1 (I did it!!! Lost 7 lbs - 8/29/08)

Saturday, August 30, 2008


Hi Everyone!

Today was a great day! I lost 7 lbs! I can't believe it! I am definitely on my way! I was so excited I ran out and got my 1st reward - Eyebrow waxing. However, the 1st reward wasn't suppose to happen until I lost 10 lbs (Oops!). Oh well, I deserved it anyway!

I can wait until next week and all of the weeks to follow! I am a bit sore from the ab workout, but not too much. Good thing Abs recover quickly!

Well, it is getting late and I do have a workout to do tomorrow, so I better get to bed! Good Night everyone! Talk to you tomorrow!

Leah

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FISEFTON 9/5/2008 4:52AM

    7lbs! That's fantastic. I always treat each 7lbs as a great milestone because for us Brits its 1/2 a stone! At least your treat was a treat for you and will not hamper your weightloss anyway. In fact, it may help as you will feel better in yourself if you look good.

Take care
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ALZADAGRACE 8/30/2008 11:38PM

    7 pounds!! That is grreat, you are right you did deserved a treat. I'm glad you gave it to yourself!

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MINORCANLDY 8/30/2008 7:43AM

    Yeah! We are all cheering with you Leah! It's a milestone being in control. Nothing is impossible now!

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CHUNKSTER63 8/30/2008 7:19AM

    great job on the 7 lbs look at you go girl that is awesome. emoticon emoticon

Good For You.

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WOTABOUTTHIS 8/30/2008 5:37AM

    Congratulations, you have really done well!! emoticon

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Day 11, Month 01 (Didn't make the Wake up Call!)

Friday, August 29, 2008


Hi Everyone!

Ok, I didn't make the 5:00am wake up call for my 5:30am exercises. In fact everyone woke up late this morning! My husband, Darrin and I woke up at 7:00am. Darrin always gets up early so this was unusual for him. My oldest boy, Cody, had two friends spend the night and they were all suppose to be at football practice by 6:00am. They all slept in late and missed the morning practice. They didn't go until the 3:00pm practice. It must have been something in the air!

The good news is I did exercise some after my daycare kids left around 5:30pm - 6:00pm (Slim & Limber - Stretches and Slim & 6 pack - Abs). Tomorrow I'm going to try to get up early again so I can fit 30 min's of cardio in too! Just taking baby steps!

I have been doing really good on tracking my meals and staying within my 1200 - 1550 calorie range!

I am going to try to go to my Sparkpoints page every day and follow the categories for earning points because sometimes it is real hard to remember everything. I usually get caught up in reading people's Sparkpages or Blogs the whole time. There are so many interesting people on SP.

Goodnight for now. Talk to you all tomorrow!

Leah

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LIFES*2*SHORT 8/29/2008 9:12AM

  Way to go Leah... that's awesome!

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CHUNKSTER63 8/29/2008 7:33AM

    ok well you got your exercise in and that is good now are you on a different time zone cause you seem to be already into the 29th pm and it is 7:30 am here now.

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Day 10, Month 01 (First Blog - Here I Go!)

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Well, here I go! I said that I would write my 1st Blog today....and here I am.

Today is the 10th day since I started SP on 8/18/08. I have been working real hard to try to set everything up (Sparkpage, various trackers, etc.) so that I can be successful! Tomorrow I will start my exercises (5:00am wake up call for 5:30am exercises) yeah! And I am NOT a morning person!

Most of my life I have been about 10-15 lbs heavier than I should have been, except for a couple of years when I was taking Tae Kwon Do (Ages 29 - 30). When I was taking Tae Kwon Do I weighed about 130 - 135 lbs. I was in the best shape in my life. I had 2 children (Ages 2 & 4). Unfortunately, I got a divorce and couldn't afford to go anymore.

It is amazing how quickly the weight came on. I ate a lot of calories because I was exercising so much and lifting weights. Then all of a sudden, I wasn't doing Tae Kwon Do and wasn't going to the gym to lift weights or workout.

In 1999 I met my current husband, Darrin. I had gained about 15 - 20 lbs and weighed 150 lbs when we got married in 2000. Life took it's course and I continued to gain weight throughout the years.

I had a child with my husband in 2005 (Faith - Now 2 1/2 yrs) and lost a baby when I was 6 months pregnant in February 2008.

Everything said and done, I now find myself weighing the most I have ever weighed in my life - 215 lbs! Wow! I can't even believe it!!! I need to lose 70 - 80 lbs to get to 145 - 135 lbs.

I have never really dieted! I have always believed in eating healthy and exercising. I just haven't had the motivation to do it! Part of the problem, I have to admit is because it is so important to my husband and I have had a real problem with that issue. But now, I feel like I have to lose this weight before it seriously effects my health. It has already affected my quality of life!

Ok, now that I got all of that out, my plan is to start exercising tomorrow! Please pray for me and thanks for everyone's support!!!

Leah

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHUNKSTER63 8/28/2008 8:37PM

    Well you did it you got that out into the open and I am so happy to see that your taking a stand on your weight loss and it is so true as you get older it does get harder so along with your new exercise routine, like Naomi said don't eat to few calories cause that will just turn off your weight loss you wanna make sure that you monitor how many calories your taking in and how many calories your burnig off. I am both happy and proud of you for standing up and getting ready to take the plunge. If you need to talk I am around if not me then one of the co-captains or members. So here you go off to a new you. I know you can do this and you are so worth it.

God Bless and Good Luck.

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LIFES*2*SHORT 8/28/2008 12:10PM

  You defintely did a good thing by blogging! Many mistakes people make when joining spark is eating too little calories. Don't go below 1200! If you need any help... I am just a sparkmail away.

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