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Strength Challenge - Initial Test

Monday, August 30, 2010

OK! For the record I have NOOO idea why I joined this challenge! I just might DIE! If I didn't like so much Jodi Ann!!! *giggle*

Ok I am kidding (sort of). I do need to do more strength, I am a cardio girl and really tend to neglect my here it goes.
I am doing the Six Week hundred push-up, Squats and crunch challenge.

Push ups - 10 (I could have done more of the girly ones but I really wanted to do the good form ones)
Squats - 80
Crunches - 26

I will be doing it 3 days a week so wish me luck!

Thanks for reading

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    Great start! You can do it!!! Cheering you on:)

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SPARKNMOM 8/31/2010 11:40PM

    I'm sure you'll d0 fabulously!!

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WALKOFFWIN 8/31/2010 10:40PM

    I am now wishing you luck. But I LIKE the girly ones! Or at least I like watching them... ;o)

But seriously (and maybe for the first time tonight!) I hope you do really well with this, and I think you will, because...

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GHETTA 8/31/2010 4:54AM

    Cool challenge...does the 600 include everything or is it a separate 600 for each move? Keep at it and you will make goal! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOODGETNBETR 8/31/2010 1:15AM

    I knew I liked you for a reason. Look at you doing full on emoticon! WTG!! May have to check out the challenge as lately been focusing a little too much on cardio too. emoticon

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2nd year on Spark

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I have officially been apart of spark for 2 years now! WooHoo! It has truly been life changing in so many ways. I have learned a lot and am still learning! I have learned a lot about myself as well.
I do have to admit that I joined Spark in August 2008 but did little with it until Jan or Feb 2009. You know when you aren't ready you aren't going to do what needs to be done! Simple as that. No one can do it for you...
The first year on Spark was a lot of fitness an nutrition. I was totally focused on just that. Obsessive about it really. That is pretty much all I thought about, even when I was not on the website. I made it to my goal weight just under a month from my 1 year Sparversary. I had a couple of challenges starting in August last year starting with some real issues with my marriage, which caused a break in a very good friendship, an injured foot, then my husband got laid off in September. I am happy to say that my marriage is stronger today then it was a year ago at this time. The lay off was a real eye opener and made us focus on other things that really mattered. That is about the time I eased up with my exercise and nutrition. Starting in November I started to gain weight again. Not a lot, a pound here and pound there. I set a goal of staying within my range (7 lbs) by the end of the year. I did that and I now have a tattoo as a reward for my efforts. From November to April I put on a total of 10 pounds. That doesn't sound bad if you have lost 30 or more pounds but I lost 17! Well that is when I started the exercise again but not on a regular basis. I have taken great steps to get my sugar addiction back under control. From April til now I have lost 3 pounds....then I have gained 3 pounds and then lost...well you get the picture. I keep gaining a losing the same 3 pounds. Can I do better? Yes! Am I ready to? I don't think I am.

Over the last few months I have changed my participation here on Spark. I now read a lot of blogs trying to encouraging and supporting people. I have made more friends here. I do spend less time on team boards and more time on SparkPages trying to get to know a few. I have made some awesome friends this summer and I am grateful for each and everyone of you. I look at the scale now and say to the scale..."well one day when I want it bad enough you WILL go down!" What I am saying is that I am not worried about the number on the scale. I judge how I feel about myself. I am no longer winded after walking up one flight of stairs. I am not (as) moody with my friends and family, my clothes fit well...These are my determining factors.

For those of you who don't know me, please stop by my page and add me. I would love to be able to be an encouragement and support to you as well!

My goals for 2nd to 3rd year on Spark:
1. Continue the friendship I have made here.
2. Be as supportive and encouraging as I can to everyone
3. Keep my sugar addiction under control (even during the holidays!)
4. Continue working out 4-6 days a week
5. Make new friends on Spark

Thanks for reading!


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EGGENS 8/31/2010 5:34AM

    Loved the blog. I think it epitomizes SP. The goal is to make you a better person-looking inside and figuring out what makes you tick. You have had a great SP journey so far and I appreciate knowing you. You are right- the scale can't be the judge of your success, you have to feel it. emoticon

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LANETU 8/30/2010 7:22PM

    Congrats!!!! I always love your spirit and support

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GHETTA 8/28/2010 1:57AM

    What a great blog. Thanks for being open and always friendly.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 8/25/2010 5:36AM

    WOHOOO!!! I agree with many of the points have written about:) Every day is a chance to be the best we can be:)

Great goals for this year!!! You can do it!! Cheering you on:)

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PATTIJOR74 8/24/2010 8:11PM

    You have commented on my blogs, and you are always full of great support and advice. Thanks so much for that!

I wish you lots of luck and I am adding you as a friend right now!


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LMB-ESQ 8/24/2010 10:53AM

    I like this! It sounds a lot like what's happening to me. I've completely let stress take over my life and it shows in the 10 or 12 lb weight gain over the past few months. I need to regroup and set some new goals myself.

Can I borrow yours? LOL emoticon emoticon

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JENXU2007 8/24/2010 10:08AM

    Congrats on two years! Sounds like you have really accomplished a lot during that time. Thanks for sharing!

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DOTTIEJANE1 8/24/2010 9:30AM

    Congrats on a stronger marriage that takes work. Thanks for all your comments, glad that you are continuing with Sparks. You a a support to many of us. emoticon

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WALKOFFWIN 8/24/2010 9:16AM

    And thanks for writing! I'd add you right now, but I already have! Lol :o) If you really like someone, can you make them a "double add" because you like them twice as much?

I admire your dedication to your ongoing Spark journey, and the goals you have set for yourself. Especially the goal to reach out and be supportive and encouraging to others here. The people like you who do this, are what makes Spark such a positive and powerful aid to those who are struggling and really need some support to escape the prison of low self esteem and misery their lives have become hopelessly trapped in. I know, because I was one of those people when I first came here. It was the dedicated Sparkers who really believed in being supportive who helped me to rise above my own personal hell.

Wishing you the very best of success in reaching all your goals, as well as the peace and happiness I know that you deserve.


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NICARAGUACHIC 8/24/2010 8:59AM

    I like your focus! Congrats on having a stronger marriage!!! That takes a lot of work! I hope the next year teaches you even more good lessons and helps get your focus exactly where it need to be!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 8/24/2010 8:23AM

    Congrats!!! That is awesome!! You are a great support to many of us! I look forward to your comments :o)

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Words to one of my favorite hymns...not weight loss related.

Monday, August 23, 2010

This is a blog for me...I don't usually post anything in the religious/spiritual realm because I don't want to be viewed as forcing my beliefs on anyone else.

I believe "they will know we are Christians by our love" not by what we say.

After losing a good friend to cancer last week, I heard this song at church yesterday and it made me cry.
This has so much meaning to me, I can't even tell you.

Here I am Lord
Words and Music are by Daniel L. Schutte, copyright 1981

1. I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin,
My hand will save.

I, who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?

Here am I, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

2. I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them.
They turn away.

I will break their hearts of stone,
Give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my words to them.
Whom shall I send?

3. I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will send the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them.
My hand will save.

Finest bread I will provide,
'Til their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send?


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LITTLE-H 8/23/2010 9:28AM

    So sorry for the loss of your friend. MAy God comfort you in your pain and grief.

I cannot tell you how much I hate cancer and how it destroys. I've lost too many from the dreaded disease.

Thank you for sharing this song. I was urged to come back to this group this morning (I just started back to sparkpeople yesterday) and saw your post.

I was introduced to this song - many years ago. As a former worship leader - we sang it often during mission rally's.

It is a song of commitment -
Saying "God I am here - you have done all of these things for me, and now I want to commit myself to you, to be used in anyway you see fit"

It is so powerful.

I needed to sing these words again this morning
To be reminded that I am His and I have committed to serve Him in the way He sees fit for me.

Thank you for the reminder. I appreciate it, more than you can know.

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My weepy day

Thursday, August 19, 2010

First of all, thanks to all of you for your kind responses to my status. In the past I would have never put that as a status. I would have put something up know "put on a happy face" but I have come to realize in the last 2 or 3 months that I need to deal with my feelings. It is a trigger for over eating for me. So I am forcing myself to blog and deal with things.

I lost a dear friend yesterday. She has been battle cancer for 5+ years. She had had cancer almost all of her adult life but it had gone into remission for quite sometime. It was just before she got the last diagnosis when I met her. Debra was in her early 50's with two sons that are in college. Her husband is the Pastor of our church. Her cancer, over the last year just started to spread all over her body. Liver, colon, lung and then breast. She said she felt like it was just moving up her body and she fully expected that the next thing she would have would be brain cancer.
She had been on a sort of downward spiral for the last month or so and had been virtually bedfast for the last couple of weeks. Two weeks ago today, they brought Hospice in and the nurses had been coming every day to check on her. Yesterday morning, the nurse told the family that her blood pressure was slipping as well as her oxygen levels and it didn't look good. The family knew she could slip away at any time and she had been so uncomfortable for so long... Debra Louise Evans took her leave from this Earth at 4:30 yesterday afternoon.

I am greatful that I knew her. I will never forget what she taught me about grace and acceptance. Debra was a truly wise and gracious women. She wasn't perfect and she didn't try to be. She will be someone that I will think of fondly and often.

I found out about Debra shortly after 6:30 last night while at a church meeting. I held it together and didn't cry, just went about the task at hand. Just as the meeting came to a close my telephone went off and it was my BFF asking if I wanted to take a walk...Don't think for a MINUTE that I didn't want to say NO. What I really wanted to do is go home and eat. I just made a gorgeous peach crisps from fresh peaches that afternoon. I had vanilla ice cream in the freezer. I was set for a very nice evening of drinking and eating! I didn't though. I went for that walk. At one point she asked why I was so quite and I just couldn't bear to tell her (she didn't know Debra), I just swallowed the lump in my throat and told her it had been a long day. We walked and talked for a little over an hour and I was able to put it out of my mind for a little while. I am very greatful for that!

Oh! Don't think I was a saint and all I DID go home and have some crisp after my walk! But it was a normal serving with just two SMALL scoops of ice cream vs serving after serving I wanted to have!

Then in some cruel twist of fate my husband (who is a florist delivery driver) has to delivery flowers to their house this afternoon! SIGH!! I am so glad it is him and not me! He barely knew Debra so he is doing much better than I am...still hard nonetheless!

Actually...I am feeling better. I wrote this and only started to cry once...hmmm maybe this works better than I thought....

Thanks for reading

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WALKOFFWIN 8/22/2010 10:03PM

    Liz, I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend to such a cruel and miserable disease. And I'm impressed with the eloquence of what you've written here, about her passing.


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JODIANN421 8/19/2010 10:12PM

    I am glad you are able to talk about your feelings now. I am so very sorry for your loss and I have thought about you a lot today. It is hard, and only time makes it easier. I am here if you need anything. emoticon

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EGGENS 8/19/2010 3:28PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Knowing someone is going to die does not make it easier. I am proud of you for walking last night and for treating yourself gently. I will be thinking of you, your friend and her family.

Sending you hugs emoticon

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GHETTA 8/19/2010 2:21PM

    Lizzy, I am so sorry. I can see that you are in great pain and are being very brave despite it. I am here for you. Debra must have been a great friend to you. Those are hard to find. Hang in there. It must be hard to remember your commitment to your health in times like this, but you are doing GREAT! I lost my mother, who I was very close to, to liver cancer in 2008. It is a horrible disease. Thinking good thoughts about you-hugs. emoticon emoticon

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NANCY1BE 8/19/2010 1:43PM

    emoticonI'm sorry for your loss.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

I had such a great and relaxing day! This was kind of a "forced" vacation. I had 3 days left before my anniversary date (8/19) and if I didn't take them I would lose them. Well, ya do what ya gotta do right!?!
I went to bed around 11:30 last night. My hubs woke me up before 6:30 this morning. It was nice to see him before he went into work. Of course I was only awake for 45 minutes before I told him I was going back to bed! LOL Usually something I never do, once I am a up I'm up. He woke me up again just before he left for work to say good bye...then I feel back asleep for another hour! LOL I can't tell you the last time I got out of bed at 9:30 am!! Just unheard of anymore. One of the kids was up but bless her little heart she went done to the play room right away and didn't wake me up. I spent the next hour and a half eating breakfast checking SP, FB and email then I got on the treadmill. Now when I am on the treadmill I get bored. I am easily distracted and my mind starts wondering about all the stuff I need to do. Just listening to music just doesn't cut it. So I figured I would put a movie in. I need something action packed and not slow and I picked Transformers! It is a fun movie that defiantly has a lot of action! Well next thing I know I have been walking for an hour. So I thought well let's go for an hour and a half! At an hour and a half I still hand just over an hour left of the movie so I thought, why the hell not!? Well about 5 minutes later hubs calls and says he is coming home for lunch. SOO I got went into cool down so I could see him. I walked for a total of 98 minutes! I walked 5.5 miles at a 3.5 speed. I could have walked faster and I could have walked with an incline but I was mainly going for endurance and believe me I was sweating plenty!! LOL
I spent another half hour with hubs, an hour on the computer... you know checking sp, fb and email. Then I took a shower (finally! LOL)
I took the kids to the store to pick up a few last minute school supplies, stopped at my new favorite tea and coffee house then headed home. I called my Sista from another mother and talked to her until hubs came home from work. Then I went to my parents house for dinner. They are pretty excited about going to st louis tomorrow to see a cards vs cubs game!
It was a pretty ordinary day but I can't tell ya what a great mood I have been in all day. I feel so relaxed today! I don't have anywhere I needed to be or nothing I HAD to do... I sure hope tomorrow is the same. I am going to meet a couple other of my BFF's sometime in the afternoon but I plan on walking for at least another hour tomorrow (need to finish my movie!) Do some laundry and do a bit of picking up around the house...
I hope you all have a great weekend!

Thanks for reading!

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GODS_CHILDREN 8/16/2010 12:50PM

    You really did need that time to re-energize! Glad you took the time and didn't lose it! There is always something that needs to get done at work and home but Life is too short not to take time and enjoy it! Everyone needs a me day and you need more of them!

Live Life and create wonderful memories to cherish for eternity!


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KRISTINELIZ1220 8/14/2010 2:28PM

    I am so happy that you had an amazing day. I'm impressed that you walked that long! Congrats! It's great to get some well-earned relaxation time every now and then. Have a great weekend!

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BEMORESTUBBORN 8/13/2010 11:00PM

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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SPARKNMOM 8/13/2010 10:40PM

    Sounds like a great day :)

I rarely sleep in, but when I do, the kids are usually pretty good for me.

Awesome on your walk today!! And glad you'll get to finish the movie tomorrow LOL!! Enjoy :)

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