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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wow, it's hard to believe that I haven't blogged here in over a year! But for one, I had a very challenging year in 2012...yes, almost the entire year. I went through some depressed stages and I ate emotionally so I gained back almost all of the weight I had lost. emoticon

But starting in November of 2012, I was over being emotionally & spiritually down so I just had to push myself to take steps to do better in every area of my life.

I have lost and am maintaining a loss of about 20 pounds! I am determined to do it this time and I won't let anything stop me. I don't care how bad I feel or how circumstances try to discourage me...I'm about being healthy! I love being involved and I love running my own business...I operate much better when I'm healthy!

Have a wonderful day! Smoochez! ~ Erika aka Miss E Diva

  
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One Month n Eleven Days

Friday, December 30, 2011

One month and eleven days ago, I began my newest (and current) fitness challenge. The main part of this challenge is weight loss but it incorporates some other things as well.

One point of the challenge is choosing the healthiest food options possible. That means fresh is the best and basically fast food should be last resort, if at all. This morning I had a modest fast food breakfast to include a chicken biscuit and OJ. An hour later my body began to reject it and I found myself running down the hall at work to the restroom with a napkin to my mouth. This is bad and good. It's bad because when I'm running late, I have to figure out how to get a quick bite in the morning; plus I love the taste of the foods. emoticon It's good though because that means my body is responding like it should when I put something that's not healthy into it. emoticon

The other point of the challenge is to love myself/put myself first. I won't lie; I think this is the most difficult part for me personally. I'm used to doing everything for other people and if I don't have time for me, then so be it. Ever so often I take a "diva day" but it's not the same as consistently taking time for Erika. I understand what I'm SUPPOSED to do but to just transition into it is definitely a challenge. I still put the stuff that I'm doing for others before my personal tasks on my to do list. I have to continue to work on fitting my tasks into my days. That includes working out, getting more sleep and preparing my meals.

Last but not least, I am pressing forward and trying to keep it together (by smiling AND by not binge eating) during this time when I feel like crap emotionally. So I guess that whole "loving myself" thing is working a bit in this arena.

Have a happy new year (just in case I don't post again) and continue to move forward, climb higher and achieve more next year!

Deuces n Smooches ~ Diva
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Doing Well with the New Challenge

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wow, it's been almost a month since I've posted a blog entry! How time flies when you're having fun...and working...and sticking to the challenge! LOL!

I'm proud of myself for still being so amped about the Trinity's Corner challenge. At our 30-day weigh-in, I had lost 9lbs and a little off my waist and even a bit off the hips. I admit that I could have done better but I'm not beating myself up about what's in the past. I usually get myself a Christmas gift and this year, I took a "cheat week" from Tuesday before Christmas thru Christmas day (so it wasn't even a full week). I didn't go too wild except for on Christmas day...my family can cook! Anyway, the day after Christmas, I went for a 3 mile walk around Lake Orlando w/ my buddy Monica. Then came home and did 30 minutes of cardio. I'm determined to do at least a 10-minute workout each day.

I'm super extra proud of me (yaaay me) for not giving in and eating emotionally. The holidays hold some challenging memories for me but I'm channeling my mind to do some extra design work when I feel the blues. This is new for me so I'm praying to stick with it...because I know that it's easy to fall off the bandwagon.

Alright, it's 1:30 and I need to take my post-workout shower and get some rest for work tomorrow.

Until next time, focus on the blessing not the stressing!

~Deuces n Smooches~ Diva~
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Shout outs to...
- Trinity Phillips for having the heart to start Trinity's Corner and for taking the time to transform not only our bodies but our mentality as well
- Tiffany Rothe workouts for making me think I'm having fun even when my muscles are screaming:
www.youtube.com/user/TiffanyRotheWor
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www.trinityfitnessllc.com

  
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ADVENTURESEEKER 12/28/2011 2:07AM

    I enjoy bootcamps and whatnot through the gym, so I'm going to have to try some Tiffany Rothe workouts. Thanks for sharing the link!! I wouldn't have known otherwise.

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Thankful That I'm Sticking to It!

Monday, November 28, 2011

OK, so it's only been like a week and a half since I started my new fitness challenge but I am SO motivated! The 4-week protein-veggie-legume diet is the most challenging diet that I've done...ever. But I've learned so far that I have to be prepared. Since I have been taking the time to prepare, it's a lot easier to stick to it. The structured meetings that incorporate education and workout also helps me a lot...it's already put into my weekly schedule so I am less inclined to skip a day. The meetings are only a twice a week and, being real with myself, I've committed that I HAVE to work out at least one other day out of the week. Of course, I hope/will try to do more but I have to balance work. Being healthy without a place to live is not on my bucket list.

I totally thought that Thanksgiving emoticon would be my toughest day, but it wasn't! I did REALLY great and wasn't even tempted much. I ate my turkey, ham, green beans and collard greens while everyone else indulged. When I was done, I was satisified. Now, had my cousin made her red velvet cake...anyway, thank God she didn't make it!

These first 4 weeks include 6 strict days with 1 cheat day. My hardest day was day 6. I don't have anyone else that I'm responsible for feeding (hubby, kids, etc.) so I know that has been part of my success thus far. BUT on day 6, my 6-year-old niece was with me. She told me she didn't want anything I had to eat at my house; said she' was hungry but she just wasn't gonna eat. Now, I know she is a very, very picky eater but I was outdone! Of course, she wanted Mickey D's. I was good when we ordered her stuff b/c I had my good stuff. But when she began to smack and suck her fingers as she devoured the nuggets and fries...man oh man! I wasn't hungry but I sure wanted some of her food! I struggled to not just have one nugget and five fries, even to the point I thought I would cry. emoticon But I did it! I endured and I was SO proud of me!

Last but not least for this entry, I am in SO MUCH PAIN!!! At our Saturday meeting, we did an assessment. Well, our trainer called it an assessment. I call it making us open up a can of whoop ___ on yourself. Really! It's 2 days later and my muscles are still cursing me out! It was definitely a challenge to get some of the exercises done. We did all the ones I skip when I do my workouts at home because they make my body hurt in ways that I didn't know it could hurt, like squat thrusts and body planks. emoticon

So, for this entry, my biggest lesson learned/mindset challenge is that I have to view the hard work, sweat and tears as investments to my happy and healthy life. I have things to look forward to like:
- fitting into my motivation outfit (yep, already bought it, I'm a shop-aholic)
- being able to fasten my cute shoes w/o being winded (and I have LOTS of cute shoes)
- doing more than 2 squat thrusts without feeling like I'm gonna vomit
- looking in the mirror and really being proud of the Diva looking back at me

Until next time DEUCES n SMOOCHES! ~ Diva
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VEUVEGIRL 11/28/2011 12:51PM

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I'm Back! New Challenge, New Attitude

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wow, so my last blog entry was August 5th. Yeah, that totally sucks. Anyway, I am back yet again determined to reach my destination on my health/fit journey.

First things first...I gained back all of the weight that I lost on my challenge at the beginning of the year. Plus about 5 extra pounds. I had stopped exercising and was not making healthy eating choices. Ok, enough of that depressing stuff...

Fast forward to a few days ago...

I've signed up for 90-day Fitness Challenge with my church. My first weigh-in was last Wednesday (11/16/11). Yep, I topped off at the highest weight of my life! That translates to motivation to stick with the challenge.

My first official day of the challenge was on this past Sunday, November 20. For the first 30 days we are on a low-carb, high-protein eating plan. My biggest challenge: preparation! I love veggies and lean meats so the food is no problem. It's having/taking the time to prepare it. And I'm not copping out - I work an 8-5 job, have my own business which I'm working about 30 hours a week right now and I handle administrative duties at my church. So trying to fit a work out AND preparing food into that schedule...yeah, I guess that's part of the reason it's called A CHALLENGE!

Anyway, since I have this blog set up already and our PT, Trinity, encourages us to write about our journey, I'm going to do it here on SP!

What I've experienced/learned so far (only 2 days in)...
- Eating low-carb, high-protein doesn't mean I'll die of starvation
- I have to listen to my body. I have had times when my mind sings the Checkers song "ya gotta eat". But then I ask my tummy am I really hungry. If I am, I eat...if not, I don't. BIG lesson for me. The protein is helping a lot w/ not being hungry all the time.
- My energy level is SOOO much higher already. I woke up 45 minutes early today and worked out and feel great! So usually my alarm would sound at 6:15 and I'd snooze 'til maybe 6:45 b/c of being so tired. This morning, my body woke me at 5:30am. I cleaned up a bit, worked out, my alarm went off at 6:15 and I got to work on time; it's 11am now and I'm not a bit tired!
- I have to stay committed, not just for 30 days or 90 days...I have to stop putting myself last for the duration.

SHOUT OUT TO Trinity at TRINITY FITNESS LLC ( www.trinityfitnessllc.com ) for working with us on this challenge!

Deuces n Smooches! ~ Diva emoticon

  


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