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The ABCs of Me

Monday, January 09, 2012

A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition push you?

I'm not competitive against others so much as I am against myself. The one thing that really pushes me is one someone thinks I am not capable of something. It tends to make me want to prove them wrong.

B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)?

I guess I am a Goldie now. I've done 5 rounds, 4 of which have been as a Pixie. My 2nd round was with the Amber Amazons and then I came back to the Forest.

C is for have?

I have 2 daughters ages 7 and 9 (very soon to be 8 and 10). There names are Gabrielle(Gabby) and Rachael.

D is for DOWNFALL...what's you're biggest temptation?

Definately snacking. My meals are almost always healthy, but snacking gets the better of me, especially when I'm lacking sleep.

E is for EXCUSE...what is your most famous? How can we help you overcome it?

Lack of time is quite often my excuse, but I have been trying to overcome that by finding many different ways to fit in fitness.

F is for FURRY have?

I have a 3 year old German Shepherd named Xander and a couple of cats who are almost 2 years old named Appa and Mittens. I also have a couple of small frogs but they are not furry and do not have names.

G is for GROCERIES...what do you fill your cart with?

Things that you will always find in our grocery cart are bananas,
apples, strawberries, greek yogurt, nonfat milk, carrots, broccoli, and lean deli meats. Unfortunately my husband is also fond of putting chips in that cart as well.

H is for HOME...what state do you call home?

I was born, raised and still live in Massachusetts

I is for INSPIRE...who or what is your roll model/inspiration?

I have always been inspired by Gabrielle Reece. She proves that you can be strong and beautiful at the same time. My older daughter was named after her.

J is for JOB...What do you do for a living?

I am a supervisor at a state run resdential facility for developmentally disabled adults.
K is for KEEP IT SIMPLE...What's your focus when short on time?

To get as much movement into my day as possible, even if it is not formally exercise.

L is for LOG...Do you use the Nutrition and Fitness trackers?

Not as regularly as I should. I always do better when I am tracking.

M is for MOTIVATION...Which gives you more, Mirror or Scale?

I feel like the scale gives me a grade, but the mirror usually makes me smile.

N is for NAME...What's the meaning behind your sparkname?

That as a healthy human being the journey is never over, we are constantly a work in progress.

O is for OUNCES...How many ounces of water do you consume on a daily basis?

Usually 48 ounces, but have been known to get between 64 - 72.

P is for PRODUCE...How many fruits and veggies do you consume daily?

I usually get in 2 different fruits and 2 different veggies each day (serving sizes usually equal 5-7 total)
Q is for QUOTE...what's your favorite?

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can acheive.

R is for ROUTINE...Average number of days and minutes you exercise weekly?

I average 5-6 days a week. Lately my time average has been 20 - 30 minutes, but that time is slowly increasing.
S is for STATUS...Married, Single, Involved, Other?

I have been married for 11 years.

T is for TIME...What time zone are you in?

Easten time zone

U is for UNWIND...What is your favorite pass time or hobby?

Sadly right now that is Facebook, but I am trying to work in more reading time.

V is for VACATION...If you could travel anywhere, what destination would you choose?

I would really love to go to the new Disney resort in Hawaii.

W is for WEIGHT WORKOUT...Do you follow a consistent ST program?

When I am involved in BLC I do and the Jumpstart challenge on SP had really upped my ST.

X is for "X" MARKS THE SPOT...What do you want to see happen these 12 weeks, other than the scale move?

I want to see this way of life become as natural as breathing.

Y is for YESTERDAY...Do you allow choices to push you forward or dwell on them?

I tend to dwell on them a bit, but in the end I think they drive me forward.

Z is for one thing you couldn't live without?

My family - I can't imagine that there was a time that I wasn't a wife and mother.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BLOOIZEANGEL 1/14/2012 11:56AM

    I didn't realize our kids are the same age. My oldest will be 10 in Feb. and my son will be 8 in February. And, I've been married for 11 1/2 years.

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CALIGIRL33 1/11/2012 7:49AM

    I've always thought Gabrielle Reece rocked! ANd she is SO fit! Your daughters are 7 and 9. :-)

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    i love your quote, and agree with you 100% about proving people wrong. The easiest way for a person to get me to do something is for me to believe that they don't really believe that I can.

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RISENABOVE 1/9/2012 12:38PM

    I love your quote...can't say I've heard it before! And "X" is something I'd certainly LOVE to see as well!

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THE_TIME_IS_NOW 1/9/2012 12:31PM

    Ok now there is something
I love and somewhere I want to go. Disney and Hawii. I
Know I have said this before but your daughters are absolutely beautiful. Glad to have you on the same team for another round.

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WINKERDINK 1/9/2012 12:01PM

    We are going to get you upping your minutes this round darlin'! You WILL reach goal! emoticon
Disney in Hawaii? 2 wonderful worlds collide!

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Today's Success - 11/7/11

Monday, November 07, 2011

I have had a healthy breakfast and walked to the Post Office to mail my bills and get in Gabby's registation for winter soccer training before it fills up. The post office is about a 10 minute walk away, so it was about 20 minutes round trip and nice and sunny. I tried a new veggie today - European seedless cucumber. I also got to spend some alone time with each member of the family today.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 11/8/2011 11:05AM


Nancy, co-leader--10 Day Challenge(s) team

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LOPEYP 11/7/2011 12:55PM


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RUTHE_51 11/7/2011 11:46AM

    Good job! Keep it up!

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Mirror, Mirror - Reflections of Love

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

As one of our assignments in our BLC challenge, we have been asked to write a love letter to ourselves. I must admit that blogging is not my forte, but this is my best effort.

Dear Dulcinea,

I was looking in the mirror at you and I have to tell you how proud I am of your effort and commitment to be healthy and set a good example for your family. Your hard work has really started to show. I see curves, and arm muscles, and my goodness, where did your tushie go?

Then I looked a little closer, and started to see the things that have always been there, but that you have not always noticed - your wonderfully curly hair that has very few greys, your cat-shaped hazel eyes that change from blue to green depending on your wardrobe for the day, your beautfully long and slender fingers that your mother always called piano player fingers (even though you never played), your smile that should grace your face more often, for when it does it lights up your whole face.

Then finally I looked even deeper to the to see the you inside. I saw a loyal friend and loving mother. I saw a woman who likes order and trying to solve problems. I saw how much you love to sing, even though it scares you to do it in front of others. I saw a woman who is not afraid to let out her inner child once and awhile. I saw someone who is constantly trying to grow in all aspects of her life - physically, mentally and spiritually.

My dear Dulcinea, you are a wonderfully complex woman and I hope that you are learning to love every part of yourself!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BLOOIZEANGEL 10/13/2011 4:56PM

    Loving all are parts is hard to do but is the best thing to do. Thanks for sharing.

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MJK0430 10/13/2011 11:18AM

    Fantastic love letter. I loved the way you got deeper and deeper to your true glorious self!

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JCGALSHERE 10/13/2011 12:15AM

    Dulci...I absolutely loved your blog!! You truely are a beautiful person and am happy you see that emoticon

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RISENABOVE 10/12/2011 10:24PM

    emoticon Awesome blog! Love that you look inside and out! You have fabulous qualities!

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WINKERDINK 10/12/2011 8:11PM

    Amazing blog! emoticonYou DO love yourself!

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BLC17 challenge

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Challenge runs FRIDAY - SUNDAY

B: Bite it, write it...Track every calorie consumed 5 points
L: Lift it: Strength training (10 min/day) 5 points per 10 minutes, max 15 points/day
C: Cardio (20 minutes/day) 5 points per 20 minutes, max 15 points/day
1: Leave a comment on 1 fellow BLC'ers page 5 points per comment, max 10 points/day
7: 7 cups of water a day 5 points

Max points per day: 50

Fri: 5
Sat: 15


BLC16 is done, but I am not! (with pics)

Thursday, July 07, 2011

What a wonderful BLC round this has been! I have felt the strength and support of my team mates every step of the way. I hop I have been able to be strong and supportive to them as well.

The weeks seem to have flown by, and I enter the summer several pounds lighter (-4.8) and may inches trimmer (3 off waist, 3 off bust, and 1.5 off hips).

Here are my before pics:

and here are the afters:

But while BLC16 is officially over and we are on a break for the summer, my journey is not over. I am not done! I will not undo what I have already done and I will continue with the healthy habits that got me this far.

So here is my summer pledge!

I am not done;
- planning my meals and including lots of delicious freggies.

- exercising 5 or 6 days a week

- Including strength training on at least 2 of those days.

- drinking lots of water.

- connecting with my Spark friends on a regular basis.

- setting a healthy example for my family.

I plan on enter BLC17 lighter and fitter than I left BLC16! I have just one question.....Who's with me!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GRACIEC 7/9/2011 4:19PM

    Looking good! You're doing great! Miss you!

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PERFECTVELVET 7/8/2011 10:00AM

    Definitely can see the difference! Way to go!

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1TRULYBLESSED 7/8/2011 9:15AM

    Wow -- that tiny little bulge around your middle is gone! emoticon!!

emoticon Count me in!!

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LOPEYP 7/7/2011 8:02PM

    Dulci-Great job! You look great!!

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WINKERDINK 7/7/2011 7:53PM

    You look great Dulci! The inches gone definitely show!
I know without a doubt that the summer will be good to you because you are prepared! emoticon

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SEEMAINE 7/7/2011 6:38PM

    You look great! I'm with you too!!!!!

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A-STRONGER-ME 7/7/2011 6:26PM


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RISENABOVE 7/7/2011 6:09PM

    You can see those number in the pictures! Great Job this round!

emoticon Me!

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