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Day #2 of 21 day challenge

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Day #1 results:

Had one big smoothie as my snack yesterday. I ate a mini breakfast (eggs2) at 7 am. Had my smoothie at 10 and a tuna wrap for lunch at 1pm. Then dinner at 7pm. Too much time without eating. I did not do so well with the smoothie challenge yesterday. I'm keeping it honest and real. I realized that I was really unprepared with my snacks. I made two boiled eggs for breakfast which I'm allowing myself more protein. By lunch I realized I didn't have any snack to go with lunch :(. So I had the tuna wrap, the best I've ever had. My coworker picked it up from a new restaurant. Has very healthy food choices. The tuna didn't have a lot of mayo or whatever they blended it with. It was almost dry but delicious.

I went to the gym and slow walked (1.7) the treadmill for 45 minutes. Back to reading while I walked and let's just say the book is good and I just kept walking. I initially was planning 30 minutes. Lifted weights for shoulders and back. I was tired after this so I chilled and iced my knee for the rest of the night.

This morning I feel pretty good. I'm not sore or stiff so hopefully that's a good sign. Today I am better prepared with all kinds of snack options so I have better options. Although I'm following the 10 day smoothie recipes today I brought in my bottle of boathouse green machine. Don't want it to go to waste. So I'm going to drink that today. I just realized how much sugar it contains so I won't be drinking these often, only in an emergency and coming to work as early as I do now I can't stop at the store so that makes me discipline in being prepared. Yesterday showed me what being unprepared can do to a challenge.

So as of today my niece and my brother have joined me. My niece is all in she's starting today. My brother is in on the workouts when he doesn't work late. My daughter and her roommate are leaving for vacay so they'll join up later. My honey is in with his support...he hasn't jumped on either smoothies or exercising. He works hard during the day so he feels that's his workout but he wants some abs...instead of gut lol! Hard to get him to understand that's mainly

Well on to day #2...


21 day challenge day #1...join me if you wish

Monday, July 28, 2014

Good morning. Last few days of July already. Summer is about over and it's almost time for the kids to head back to school.

My weekend was boring as usual but that need to change and quickly. Time to get back to life. Sad part is since I stopped shopping I'm like what else is there to do?! So sad...but I'm not shopping until I lose so much weight I have no choice. I have waaaayyyy too many clothes and have no room for more. It's really ridiculous. I have to admit that. I guess I was feeding that part of me and thank God I've been delivered. Now time to get my financial house back in order. I want to travel and take spur of the moment vacations and I will do that.

Now on to my 21 day challenge. This is a challenge I'm placing myself on to get back on track and make some progress. The challenge consist of:

1. Smoothies twice a day ...breakfast and lunch (I'm using the 10 day smoothie cleanse book by j.j. Smith). She has a lot of recipes in the book for various ailments/symptoms. The first 10 days I'm doing the detox recipes. Her book is set up for 10 days of smoothies only or you can do it like I'm doing. This is my second time doing the smoothies. Last time I did 10 days and I think I lost about 10#s and felt amazing.
2. I'll have snacks of fruit and veggies only during the day and a dinner of meat and veggies only.
3. I'm allowing myself one cup of coffee a day without sugar, gallon of water daily and green tea
4. 21 straight days of exercising. Which will be cardio, weights and stretching
5. No sweets

My goals or what I hope to achieve:
1. Lose 10-15 pounds
2. Detox from my sweet tooth binges
3. Build more muscle and strengthen my knee and leg
4. Jump,start my weight loss journey again

I know that this journey gets rough at times and I stumble and fall often. I've done some praying this weekend about this challenge and this journey. I know God is faithful and He is going to do his part. Now I have to do mine. So to help me stay on track and to be held accountable I have as of this morning texted my village, my family.

I sent a text to my family asking them to hold me accountable on this journey to finish this challenge. I told them what I'm doing, what my goals are and asked them to help me stay on track. I also invited them to take up the challenge with me. Then I sent a text to my honey and asked him the same. Now he's with me more than anyone and I know he'll hold me accountable. I even gave him permission to get on me when I act crazy as he calls it (when I'm snappy with him) lol!

As with any journey the first few days are easy (for me). Because you're excited about it. It's the weekend and the following days that I need the most support and encouragement. I'm also sharing this here so my spark friends can hold me accountable as well. I'm also doing this with a friend girl that lives in another state, we're both after our surprises and promises from our boos...well she is.

Sorry this is so long but I had to get it down... So I'm off to make day#1 successful

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SUGAR0814 7/28/2014 11:11PM

    emoticon Just don't over do it! You don't want to cause more harm to your knee! You got this!

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MSFAVRED 7/28/2014 1:14PM

    Girl you can do it! It's great to have a plan and it looks like you have a good one going on. I have that same book and it has some really good recipes and tips for the 10 day journey and beyond. I will be rooting for you! emoticon

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HMBROWN1 7/28/2014 9:00AM

    GOOD LUCK! I am just on Day 1 of the Whole 30, so I feel your excitement! Those shakes sound like a great idea! I must make a note of the book and read up on it. I am always interested in learning something new.

Best wishes! - Heather

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I can't think of a title .....

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sippin on my dunkin donuts coffee as I type this. Yet my mind is blank when it comes to this blog. My eyes are still in sleep mode but I've made one week on my new shift. Getting up at 5am is a big change. Funny thing...I kept trying to get up that early to do a morning workout and that never happened. I am doing it to get to work by 7!


I didn't workout yesterday. I went home and relaxed, took a nap and iced my knee. It wasn't so much my knee but sciatica/butt/hip muscle and calf muscles. It's not the knee surgery but it's like when you do your first few workouts or you start doing more reps, etc. and your muscles are sore. I know that's what it is. I feel better today after rubbing down with some mineral ice this morning. I plan to go to the gym today and do what I can. I don't want to get in trouble because one of my spark friends gave me that uuuuummm hmmm....which means I was doing too much lol....

Well that's it for me time to go do some work. Have a great weekend and keep up the great work.

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SUGAR0814 7/25/2014 11:53PM

    Keep it slow & steady my friend! Don't rush it!! emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 7/25/2014 7:59AM

  Be careful...but I know you will be!

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EVIE4NOW 7/25/2014 7:33AM

  Gym sounds good, just don't over do. You will be suffering even more if you do.

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Thanks for your response on tennis shoe suggestion

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I will be visiting a running shoe store quite soon. Thank you very much.

Today I'm down resting. My knee/leg is letting me know it needs a break. I did the elliptical and treadmill yesterday for a total of 45 minutes. Did my stretching rehab exercises as well. So I'm resting and icing today and probably tomorrow.

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SUGAR0814 7/24/2014 11:41PM

    Ummm hmmm! Trying to do to much too fast!! emoticon

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LINDA7668 7/24/2014 7:57PM

    I hope you find some shoes that work for you. Good luck!

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Gaining ...I need recommendations on good tennis shoes

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Strength not weight! Made it to the gym yesterday. Managed to workout for 40 minutes. Did 20 minutes on both the treadmill and elliptical. Knee felt great. Did my knee/leg strengthening exercises when I got home along with a few bar bell lifts.

Almost finished my gallon yesterday. Had about 1/4 left in the jug. I changed my hours at work to 7-3:30 so I need to figure out my eating schedule and water drinking schedule. I'm now trying to focus on staying awake. I love the new hours as far as traffic and there's hardly anyone in the office at that time so I get a lot of reading and quiet time.

As far as the tennis shoes. I have 3 pair of shoes right now I'm dealing with. I brought the black new balance and they have my feet aching after my workouts. I mainly brought these for walking. I don't know why my feet ache/hurt after I wear them especially if I wear them a few days in a row. It's awful to walk after I've worn them without shoes and with shoes on.

Then there's the Asics which the last pair I had I loved. This pair is okay but I don't get a lot of support and it's the same style as the previous one. I feel like my right foot is awkward in the shoe. It's like someone else wore them and the shoe conformed to their walking pattern before I got to break them in. I don't know!

Then there's another pair of new balance that also makes my foot achy but these are running shoes since I had started to run before the knee injury.

Before I invest in another pair of shoes I want to know what works best for you. What brand of shoe. I mostly walk, elliptical and that's it for the next 3-4 months while my knee heals. I'm at 269#s so I need something that can support my weight as well.

I've tried nike in the past but it always seem like their shoes hurt my toes. Like each shoe style changes your shoe size :(:(:(.


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SUGAR0814 7/24/2014 12:56AM

    I have maybe four pair of shoes that I have in rotation (Asics, New Balance, & 2 pair of Saucony). But I went to running store & had them figure out what shoe was best for my feet. I tried on maybe ten pair before I found the ones I liked. I bought the Saucony shoes at that time & when they had a end of year sale, I purchased the other 3 shoes that supported my foot/arch pattern. I paid $125 for the Saucony shoes. Then at the sale, I found the same pair for half & the other two pair of shoes were on sale for maybe $40 each. emoticon emoticon

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2BEABETTERME 7/23/2014 8:34AM

    I would suggest going to a running store or small, independent shoe store and getting their recommendations. I drive 45 minutes and invest in a moderate priced ($100-ish) pair of shoes for my running and walking. The wrong shoe, or an ill fitting shoe can cause injury and pain--it is an investment toward good health. Also, those type of stores, most often, let you wear them at home for a specific number of days and still allow you to return them. If that is not in your budget at this time (I know that is a lot of money for a pair of shoes), I would still go and talk to the professionals at these stores and get their recommendations and see if you cannot find the same shoes online for less. They can look at your feet in many styles of shoes and determine the best type of shoes for the way you walk, if you pronate your ankles how much support you need, etc. They might also have ideas on shoes to help while your knee heels (dont know your history).

Personally, I did not have great experience with New Balance. Unfortunately, I bought those without professional help and now have a $100 pair of shoes I hate. The ones that work best for me are Nike and Saucony. But, really it is what supports your foot and feels best to you.

Best of luck finding the right shoe!

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LINDA7668 7/23/2014 8:20AM

    I normally buy New Balance, but the last pair put me in a lot of pain. Since then, I've been wearing Skechers. I don't like them as well but they've helped with the pain. My suggestion is go to a high end shoe store at the end of your day, discuss your problems with them and make sure you're getting the correct size. As I said, it's best to go at the end of the day because our feet tend to swell as the day progresses.

Best of luck!

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HMBROWN1 7/23/2014 8:18AM

    I love the New Balance also. They came recommended from a running store. I hope you find a pair you like, it makes all the difference.

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