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The BEST Motivation!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ok, so for anyone that has read my recently updated SparkPage you already know that I have recently given birth to my beautiful little girl, Lylianah Elysse.

She was born April 27th @ 3:12am, weighing in at 6 lbs 11 1/4 oz and 20 1/2" long. I was only in labor for 2 hours and 12 minutes (tops) and her delivery was actually pretty easy when I look back at it. I did however prove to all the doctors in the hospital and my OB/GYN that when I tell you what's happening with MY body, you should probably listen because I can tell you with almost 99.9% accuracy how things are going to go.

When I brought Lyli home, she only weighed 6 lbs 6 oz. So she dropped 4.9% of her weight in the hospital, which I was told is average.

But enough about my little angel!

The true reason behind this blog is that she is my best motivation to get back to taking care of me so that I can be around to take care of her.

I did decide while pregnant that once Lyli arrived I was going to do my darnedest to get down to a healthy weight so that I can be around for her, and as an added bonus, so I can be a MILF...hahaha! OK, so the bonus is that every man that has ever rejected me because of my weight will eat their words/decision when I get done! But as I said, that is not my true motivation. Lyli is!

I do not want my daughter to have to grow up taking care of her mommy because she couldn't do it herself. There are too many health concerns that run in my family and I am going to do my best to avoid them so that I can watch my daughter grow into a beautiful woman and hopefully live to see grandchildren and possibly great grandchildren in the VERY distant future.

So, while I was supposed to start this past Monday o 6/14, I have a reason for the delay and that delay is no longer needed.

So....time to take care of me!

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MARINAK3 6/19/2010 9:38AM

    You will find the best reasons for staying healthy in the eyes of that baby girl!

Best of wishes to both of you!

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HEIDE69 6/17/2010 3:40PM

    Congrats on your new baby girl!!!! Enjoy they grow so fast! emoticon Children are great motivator- I have 3 that make me want to stay healthy and fit!

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It's get back to ME!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Ok, it has been quite a while since I last updated this blog. Quite obviously. I have been away from SP for some time, without really meaning to, but sometimes life just gets in the way I guess.
Well, that is the purpose of this blog, while life was busy getting in the way and I was allowing it to deter me from the things that I should have been doing, and wanted to be doing, I was still losing weight. Not a whole lot by many people's standards, but as of today I have lost a total of 70 lbs.
Again, it may not seem like a whole lot by many people's standards, especially when you take into account that I started this journey on January 1, 2008. But for me its a huge accomplishment. I have done it the right way this time, no crash diets, no starvation, I was exercising regularly, which I am re-committing myself to doing. I was eating healthy, watching what I ate and when. Heck I even did really well on Thanksgiving, my usual BINGE holiday, well, that and Christmas. But I am committed to losing the weight even when it seems like I don't want to.
Eating better has basically stuck in my head above all other things. I do it without really trying now. Its just a pattern. Small portions and savoring what it is I am eating. It has made a huge difference.
Generally over the holidays everyone gains weight because they eat like wildfire. Not me, I knew my limits and I stuck to eating healthier than I normally would. Did I pass on the cheesecake, nope, I had a small piece to satisfy the craving. Did I binge on turkey and all the fixings, nope, I had a small amount of everything I wanted, which again, satisfied the craving.
For Christmas, I promised to make breakfast for everyone in my house, and I will. I am making my favorite Christmas breakfast of Overnight Caramel French Toast, Brown Sugar Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Home Fries, and if I have the money and time homemade Corned Beef Hash. All the foods that mean Christmas to me. All the things most people would cringe at knowing that it means they are going to binge and gain weight. But, I know the key is moderation. Small amounts of everything and tracking are my friends!
But enough about the food and the holidays.
I have had a few big things happen in recent months that I am finally coming to terms with. In June, I left my boyfriend of 8 years. It was hard, but I did it for me, and because I knew that it was never going to get beyond the boyfriend/girlfriend stage, and at the ripe old age of 31 I knew I deserved and wanted more. We lived together for about a month after I left him, and in July I ended up moving in with a friend from work and her son. It was great, we were living the high life, both recently single, so we were partying like rockstars.
In August, someone I had been talking to and had a huge falling out with, decided to start talking to me again. Huge thing. We were sort of dating in June, fought big time in July, and didn't talk at all for just over a month. I had moved on, and was happy with where my life was headed, until he decided to come back into my life. Then I realized that I really did care about him, and things were finally starting to look up.
We stayed in that apartment until October. On October 1st our house was robbed of everything that had any monetary value, and some things that had more sentimental value than monetary value. By October 8th we were in our new and current apartment, on the third floor. Its beautiful...3 bedrooms, double parlor, kitchen, and pantry, with plenty of closets and storage space. A bonus is I knew the landlord previously because of my "brother", who lives right downstairs by the way.
Then I thought the poo hit the fan. Two Saturdays ago, just before Thanksgiving, my roommate decided to tell me at 9:30 in the morning as I was cleaning, that she and her son were moving out. She was uncertain of when, but she was definitely moving. At first I was really upset thinking that she was screwing me over, and then I talked to my friend and realized that I can do this, or I am going to die trying to succeed at something I am putting my heart and soul into.
So now, here I am. Currently alone in the house, enjoying the piece and quiet. And renewing my vows to get healthy and take care of ME!
Starting January 1, I am quitting smoking, yet again. I am going to start taking voice lessons, I can sing, but I want to be better at it, I am going to join the local Y to have a NICE gym to go to, I am going to rebuild me from the ground up. I am revamping my wardrobe, I am going to enjoy my life. I am hoping that my love life, or lack there of, will get better in the process, but if it doesn't, I am ok with that, because I will get what I want out of this life no matter what.
Patience is a virtue, and as such I must be the most virtuous person I know!

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BONMACK 12/6/2008 5:55PM

    Wow....I think your accomplishments are awesome. Kudos to you for reprioritizing and rebuilding yourself and your life. It's a hard thing to do but sure looks like you're doing it the best way possible. Best of luck in reaching all of your goals and getting to where you want to be!

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MONICA_W 12/5/2008 1:30PM

    Phew! There's the "catch-up" that I was looking for! What a lot to digest. You weren't kidding when you said you'd been busy! However, it sounds like through it all, you've been positive, self-loving, strong, and 100% on track! WOW!!! And good grief - by whose standards is 70 pounds NOT a HUGE SUCCESS!!!! In less than a year... that is amazing. You ARE a rock star, Keri! So glad to have you back on Spark and with the PDP. It'll be good to see you around! Take care!

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And now, for something completely different.....

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Ok, its been a little while since my last real update. Figured I would make a quick one before I I have been dead tired by 11pm for 3 days in a row now...heheheh!

Anyway, exciting news, I finally have another job. I start at 2pm tomorrow, and the office is local. Like 2 miles from home. YAY! Way better than taking 4 buses every day to get to and from work. No more, I can actually walk to/from work if I wanted to. Maybe I will finally get the bike I have been wanting and bike to and from work each day. If I can keep up the pace that I am able to sustain the pace I am able to do at the gym on the stationary bike, I should get to work in 7 minutes or less. That would feel great. Granted, its just another notch in exercise belt.

Oh, I dyed my hair again too. Trying to get back to as close to one color as I will take pictures tomorrow and share.

So, I think that about covers what is going on right now, I will update you all tomorrow after work and let you know how it was.

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MONICA_W 3/1/2008 2:04AM

    Being able to walk or bike to work is the BEST!!! I hate taking buses, and I hate transferring and taking a long awkward route just because the bus runs that way... GOOD LUCK in your new job! And good for you for getting back on a "normal" sleep schedule. Keep it up! Looking forward to new hair photos.

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MISS*KRISS 2/29/2008 2:42PM

    awesome-- I make a point to walk as many places as possible. Its very empowering. I wish I lived in new york.

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A Lot on the Proverbial Plate

Monday, February 25, 2008

So, there is a lot going on in my little corner of the world.

There are a few things that I haven't updated about that I should have.

On Wednesday, February 13, we had our body fat measured by our trainer. I didn't really want to know because I know I am a "big" person. But I did it because I had noticed a little difference in the way I looked.

So I was at 48% body fat with a BMI of 48.1 or 48.8 (can't remember which). Now, I know that number is high, but if you take into account that I weighed 302 at the time...and had been fairly sedentary until starting the gym in early January, I say its not too bad. Not only that, but it leaves plenty of room for improvement.

We will end up taking another measurement in 2 weeks to see how much we are improving. Our trainer, Saul, said he does wish he had thought to get a measurement before we started. But alas, over all I am happy. The last time I had done a body fat measurement was on my scale (with built in BF% whositwhatsy) and it said I was at 53%...but then I don't know how reliable that is either.

Either way, room for improvement is always a good thing...

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MONICA_W 2/26/2008 10:45PM

    Awesome! Oh it's going to be so exciting when you get measured next... because pounds are nice, but bodyfat's the real deal. I really want to get mine tested - I'll have to ask when I go in on Thurs (for Latin Funk, yeaaaah!) I'm glad you aren't disheartened by the numbers you see now. You're right - they're just starting points, and they're going to make you so freakin' proud as they change!! Fill me in next time you're tested. I'll let you know if/when I ever get mine done! (Wish I had friends working at my gym... I've a feeling there's going to be a fee for it!) Keep up the great work, my soon-to-be-half-butted friend...

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SPECIALMG 2/26/2008 8:12PM

    you've been working out really hard and building muscle, and you've lost weight, so you KNOW it's going to be an improvement. Can't wait to hear the new numbers. And yes, measurements are also a really good thing to keep track of. They can be incredibly encouraging even when the scale gets stuck (which it's bound to do eventually when you build muscle, since muscle weighs so much more than fat!) Keep up the awesome work!

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PENICKS 2/26/2008 12:05PM

    I think it's great that you're getting your body fat measured as opposed to just relying on the scale. It's such a better gauge of your body composition! I'm sure you're going to do great, room for improvement is always something to strive for!!

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Another Awesome Day....

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Ok, so we have been working with the trainer every single day that we hit the gym since my last update.

Monday we did all the upper body pull (biceps, traps, & lats) muscles, Tuesday was the upper body push (shoulders, triceps, & chest) muscles, Wednesday was lower body (quads, glutes, & calves) and a little bit of arms, and today was the rest of lower body (hamstrings, adductors, & abductors).

Needless to say I am sore as all get out. My legs feel like they weigh about 20 pounds each, my pecs are sore as heck, and my triceps are a bit shaky. But oddly enough I feel great.

We have also done cardio for a minimum of 40 minutes every day as well. If you are a member of the PDP you will know about my now former hatred of the elliptical trainer. I despised it, but decided to give it another go because a lot of people love it. So, I went at it. The gym had just recently gotten new ellipticals, and I had tried all 3 of the other brands they had and hated them. So this was my last hope. I tried it initially on Monday to give it another shot...I set my sights on 10 minutes. Even when I got on it, I didn't think I would make it the 10 minutes. I got to 2 minutes, still miserable....pushed for 5, ok, this isn't so bad....7, hey only got 3 more. I made it to 10 and made myself laugh because I pushed as fast as I could go and it made me laugh.

Ok, so it wasn't my favorite machine, but if I can consistantly use that particular brand, it wouldn't be so bad.

I also did 25 minutes on the bike (something like 7 miles) and 25 on the treadmill. Got mild shin splints on the treadmill, so i had to keep backing down the speed.

Tuesday, did 10 more minutes on the elliptical, and 25 on the bike...we got called out of the gym because my gym partners son had pooped his diaper in day care. So When I came home, I did 25 minutes on my cross trainer. 60 minutes total, just in cardio for Monday and Tuesday.

Wednesday, aka yesterday, did 28 on the treadmill and 12 on the elliptical. But the amazing thing was that I could walk faster on the treadmill and elliptical without shin splints and without whining. OOOOh, I was impressed. Some bad things happened while at the gym that caused us to leave, but that was fine, because I was tired anyway.

Welcome Thursday, my gym partner is an hour late..ok, I think, I will just skip my workout today as I am sore as heck and tired anyway. Nope, she shows up 2 minutes before I was going to take off my shoes. We get to the gym an hour to an hour and a half later than usual. Surprisingly, everything is available....BONUS!!!

We were given a quick strength training workout by our trainer and then told to hit the cardio. I brought my mp3 player with me today as I have weird hearing and got tired of straining for motivation to push harder (music is my motivator). So we hit the treadmill first, I pushed for 30 minutes, at a faster pace than normal and I was fine, got my heart rate up to cardio levels according to the heart rate monitor on the machine, was thrilled. After my half hour, my gym partner and our trainer were gabbing away a mile a minute while she was on the treadmill, so I decided to get my workout in regardless and hit the elliptical with a new goal in mind...15 minutes!

I did it too, without pain, and I felt great. Unbeknownst to me, day care was closing for the night, and my gym partner had to go grab her son, but she didn't want to disturb my she let me keep going. I felt AWESOME.

I still feel AWESOME and am starting to really love the elliptical. It is quickly becoming one of my favorite things at the gym. I can zone out and I get a great, full body workout, while pushing myself harder than I normally would.

I also realized I love having my mp3 player and blocking everyone out as I am able to concentrate and do more than if I chat away.

So, all in all, I had a great day...I am sore as heck, but still feel great. Tomorrow is my day of rest, and it is much needed. Saturday we will be spar boxing with our trainer and then I assume we will do cardio. Then we are going out dancing at night too, so I will get plenty of exercise in on Saturday. I am excited!

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***LISA*** 2/15/2008 7:39PM

    You are doing great!! I wish I had a MP3 player or something. All I have is the old style portable cd player. I even had a guy laugh about it last week in a fun way, but it is old school. I hope to update soon.

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