Monday, February 11, 2013
When I look down at the scale and instead of thinking "it's never going to happen"; Iím thinking "holy cow, itís right there in front of me". And truth be told, I never in a million years expected to be looking down at the scale and be seeing a 50 pound loss.
I hit my 50 pounds and still canít believe it. I was happy when I hit 20, elated when I hit 30, shocked when I hit 40 and thrilled when I hit 45. Now Iím just doing the happy dance ~ gangnam style.
I didn't lose 50 pounds over night; it has taken me 19 months of hard work. During this time I've hit some major setbacks but I never gave up. I have to admit there were days I didn't want to weigh in, didn't want to exercise, didn't want to weigh and measure, didn't want to participate in challenges, but I just kept going. If I gave up I would never be where Iím at today.
So here are 15 reasons why I love my Spark Journey:
BEFORE SP: High cholesterol
TODAY: Cholesterol is at a normal level (without medication)
BEFORE SP: Blood pressure was elevated
TODAY: Blood pressure is normal
BEFORE SP: Visited chiropractor at least twice a month
TODAY: Visit once a quarter for a routine tune-up
BEFORE SP: Could not walk a mile without feet or hip pain
TODAY: Iím training to walk my first half-marathon in April
BEFORE SP: I would just say NO to lunges, squats, military push-ups and chair dips
TODAY: I say bring them onÖthe more the better
BEFORE SP: Was only comfortable doing gentle yoga
TODAY: Loving my power yoga!!
BEFORE SP: Would only run if being chased by a bear
TODAY: Working on interval running
BEFORE SP: Lost my inner athlete
TODAY: My inner athlete is back and stronger than ever
BEFORE SP: Size 14 pair of jeans
TODAY: Comfortably wearing size 8 and Iím gunning for size 6
BEFORE SP: Would avoid all mirrors
TODAY: I stop and check out my booty and legs in the mirror (just like my daughters do)
BEFORE SP: Didn't know what kale looked like
TODAY: Kale is a staple in my refrigerator
BEFORE SP: Low energy
TODAY: There are days I feel like the energizer bunny
BEFORE SP: Liked staying in my comfort zone
TODAY: Doing whatever I can to step out of it
BEFORE SP: 3 person support system (husband and 2 daughters)
TODAY: Over 300+ spark buddies! I could not ask for a better support system
BEFORE SP: Dreaded turning 50
TODAY: I embrace being 50!!!!!
So was 19 months of hard work worth itÖ.ABSOLUTELY. Sure there are things I still need to work on and challenges ahead, however I have the tools and support I need to continue on my wonderful Spark Journey.
If I can do this. You can too!
Monday, January 07, 2013
I love the saying: ďSTOP talking about it and just DO IT!Ē I give this advice to others all the time. Now itís time for me to stop talkingÖ.
Last year I kept mentioning to my DD that I wanted to walk a half-marathon. Iíve cheered her on running her half-marathons and Iím ready get off the sideline.
I just registered for my first half-marathon!!!!!
Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon Ė October 20, 2013
This marathon you traverse both downtown Detroit and Window, Ontario, crossing the border at both the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. I plan to walk most of it but will be running like crazy through the Windsor Tunnel. I hate tunnels.
My only goal is to stay ahead of the 4 hour pacer.
Training begins NOW!
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