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Friday, May 21, 2010

Cye had been out of town allll week and last week too, so I was pretty excited that he was on his way home from the airport yesterday. I just got home and I was checking on my Chicken dinner (cooking in the Crock Pot, like I said on my last blog) and I had just finished making some light Parmesan wheat noodles to go with the chicken (it was delish by the way!) and he pulled up. Deoggie(our dog) and I welcomed him home and I got our plates ready so we could enjoy dinner at the table (trying to break the "in front of the tv" habit) and Cye said "I have to wash my hands"... I thought "Why is he going all the way to the bathroom when he could just go to the sink?", but I shrugged it off and tested out my latest dinner concoction, lol .... then, a few minutes later he walked up and said "I can't wait any longer" followed by getting down on one knee and a lot of talking, which I don't remember much of b/c I was so shocked... lol... long story short, I said YES and we're getting married!!!! Now I can really focus on my Mission: Bikini Body Wedding that I originally started bloggin about, lol. YAY!!!! We are VERY happy... we've been together for almost 5 years and are ready for a lifetime together!! =o]

Here's some Pics, enjoy!!!

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ELLAREE57 5/28/2010 4:00PM

    I am so happy I cant wait....let the plans begin! love mom

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EGR2BEME 5/22/2010 7:31PM

    Beth, congrats to you and Cye. Your ring is beautiful. You look SO, SO happy. Much joy and happiness and achieving your goals to include - bikini body wedding!! ELLEN

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EGR2BEME 5/22/2010 7:29PM

    Beth, congrats to you and Cye. Your ring is beautiful. You look SO, SO happy. Much joy and happiness and achieving your goals to include - bikini body wedding!! ELLEN

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EGR2BEME 5/22/2010 7:28PM

    Beth, congrats to you and Cye. Your ring is beautiful. You look SO, SO happy. Much joy and happiness and achieving your goals to include - bikini body wedding!! ELLEN

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SHAPELY75 5/22/2010 12:52PM

    Congrats on the engagement! emoticon

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ITISSPARKTIME 5/21/2010 12:24PM

    Congratualtions!!! emoticon

You look so happy and the ring is gorgeous!!

I was the exact same way when my husband proposed. He was on one knee and said a few things which I don't remember...I just remember telling myself to breathe and wait for him to stop talking before I said yes. LOL It was on Labor Day with a few friends over.

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POPPINPENGUIN 5/21/2010 11:23AM

    Congrats! The ring is beautiful and you look so happy. I hope you get blessed with everything you want. May God bless you and your marriage.

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BOOKLVER81 5/21/2010 10:37AM

    Fantastic ring! Congrats!!! You look so happy :)

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ALICIA214 5/21/2010 10:31AM


The sparkle in your eyes matches the one on your finger.

emoticon Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness.

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TERRI77 5/21/2010 10:19AM

    Congratulations! You make a beautiful couple. Your ring is gorgeous!

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10 Pounds

Thursday, May 20, 2010

So, I finally lost 10 pounds! I feel like I have been waiting forever!! lol. It's been 8 weeks since I got serious on SP... I feel like 10 lbs isn't much, but I have worked VERY hard to get off those 10 pounds. Believe me, it's very discouraging to see the people around me dropping pounds SO much easier and I literally have to work my butt off every single day and battle food temptations all day long and IT IS HARD. I get really down on myself some days and then other days I don't have much of an issue with temptations at all. I am thankful that working out is becoming second nature to me and it doesn't take me much convincing to go in the basement every morning for my workout. Though, some days, when I haven't given my body the rest it wants, I tend to oversleep and then can only fit on 10 minutes before having to get ready for work. Luckily that's only happened a handful of times. But it makes me realize how important getting all of my sleep in is.

BTW - As I type this, my slow cooker is cooking my dinner for me!! It's Chicken with a tomato and spice mixture and I plan on cooking some veggies to go with when I get home and maybe some mashed Cauliflower - MMMmmmmm, I LOVE that dish.

Also, Cye has been out of town this week, and was last week as well... So I feel like I haven't gotten to see him much at all!! The few days he was home on the weekend went by so fast! I want to make mention of just how supportive Cye is. I literally get so down on myself and I call him and just cry. And he lets me cry and get it all out and he encourages me and.... he's just so... supportive. He supports me in ALL aspects of my life... He is my biggest fan. I love him so much even though we are sooooooo opposite. He drives me nuts, but I hate spending time away from him. Anyways, he comes home TODAY - YAY! Can't wait. =o]

Also, and I apologize for the running around on subjects here, but I was reading in the spark book about how when you improve one aspect of your life, you naturally improve other areas... and I am seeing how true this is. Since I have been working out, I am feeling so much... happier... and it makes me want to keep my house picked up and the laundry done and the bed made... and I love the feeling of a picked up house.

Also, though at first I wasn't thrilled, Cye's Dad and Step mom Pam came over to help us plant some bushes in our yard. We didn't know they were coming and I had already made plans, but I didn't want to just leave while they and Cye did the work, so I stayed... they were originally only supposed to be there for an hour but we ended up working in the yard from 9 - 4! We planted bushes and plants in our plant box, laid down Preen and Mulch and talked about putting a small tree in the front. It looked so good out there!! Pam knows SOO much about plants and suggested some flowers for me to plant in the yard and such. (She even gave me some the next day from her yard when we went to visit) Cye and I also originally went to look for a small tree for the front yard the next day (Sunday) just to scan prices and get a feel for how much it was going to cost. We went to Randazzo and it was $100.00 for the tree I wanted (Cherry Blossom) we then went to Wiegands where is was $120.00.. thennnn we happened to stop by Lowe's where we bought it b/c we ended up paying only $45.00!!!!!! (It was a smidge smaller tree, but also we got 25% off, b/c they were having a sale) We were so excited we bought it right then and took it home in my car! LMAO... I should have taken I picture, we had to strategically stick it half in the car half out of the window, lol.... Luckily, I only live 4 minutes away from Lowe's... haha, we sure did get some looks though. lol. We planted it right away. It looks so nice in our front yard now! I love it. I have been watering our tree and bushes daily and I don't even mind. It makes me so proud!! haha.

Anyhow, so those are some examples of how things have naturally improved, which, though I get SOO down on myself sometimes, when I think about all of those good things that are happening, it makes me feel so much better. =o]

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SNORFSNORKEL 5/20/2010 2:07PM

    Congratulations! on seeing the scale move! Remember that muscle weighs more than fat, so maybe your workouts are developing more muscle - congratulations on keeping your motivation up.

Ditto on body measurements being more accurate - when tight fitting clothes feel looser, SOMETHING is happening.

Thanks for the inspirational writing - I've been in a slump lately, and was looking all morning for some motivation to get moving - got it now - logging off now and getting in motion! emoticon

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KATRINAWINDHAM 5/20/2010 10:53AM

    CONGRATULATIONS on your first milestone! I've heard it said that body measurements and just overall how you feel is a much better measure than how many pounds you've lost. It sounds like you're doing a great job staying motivated...keep up the hard work, and it will payoff! :)

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MMP526 5/20/2010 10:08AM

    GREAT job!!!

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....Why is it so hard?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Why is it so hard for me to stay on track? I find it really annoying. I do fine with working out I guess, I always manage to get in at least a mile 6 times a week @ 3mph, but..... the food is what drives me crazy. I try to plan but I always feel like I am on such a tight schedule that I want to rush to find something to eat when I get home. I feel hungry a lot. I just don't know what to do anymore short of not eating at all, lol, and that's not gonna happen. I just love food. Alll food, even healthy food. I guess I just need to have more patience. Perhaps I should always be bringing some type of snack with me for my drive home, so that by the time I get home I am not completely famished. This is my goal. I need to make a weekly food plan and stick with it, it's the only way I can do this. I cannot just be free to roam on my own b/c I have a problem with food and left alone I will get out of control. So that is what I am going to try to do. Look up some healthy recipes.. Ahhh, and the word "recipes" freaks me out. It sounds so.... time consuming, and every time I try a recipe, I fail - I am a lot of things, but a Cook is not one of them. I hate cooking... almost as much as dusting. lol. I should perhaps get more familiar with my Crock Pot... I do love coming home to food thats already done... yum.... Yeah, okay, so my goal for the next month is this:

To make a weekly food plan and stick to it.

Use Crock Pot as much as possible with healthy meals.

Get in at least 8 hours of sleep.

Get back up to 2 miles a day/ 6 days a week. (Add .25 miles each week) to reach 2 by fourth week.

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ELLAREE57 5/12/2010 10:34PM

    Its a great plan, I love the crock pot. Have an emergency kit(small lunch box) in your purse or car that has healthy things you can eat. Things with protein will satisfy you and keep your hunger in check. love mom

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ITISSPARKTIME 5/12/2010 4:43PM

    Sounds like a good plan!

I too have to eat a snack before I go home. If I don't, then either before or during making dinner I reach for chips or unhealthy snacks. So, it helps me to have an afternoon snack around 4:30.

I agree with the other commenter cooking on the weekends helps. Even if you don't cook, just cuttign some fruits and veggies to have readily available helps. If I cook chicken breasts during the week, I make 1 or 2 extra for a quick wrap or salad later in the week or for lunch.

Good luck with your goals!

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RAINEMARIE214 5/12/2010 10:33AM

    I keep a rather busy schedule with two workouts a day and usually don't get home until around 7pm. One thing I've found that really helps is cooking food on the weekends and freezing it for the week. A crockpot especially helps with this because usually crock pot meals make 4-6 servings. Yeah, you're eating the same thing on a daily basis, but you know it's healthy and when you get home all you have to do is pop it in the microwave. I try to cook one crock pot meal and one other type of meal on Sundays and then I can alternate my lunches and dinners - and if I get sick of it, I will stop and get a healthy sandwich or sometimes pick up a lean cuisine (the ones with not a lot of sodium of course). That seems to help me stay on track with food at least. :)

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Rough, Rough, ROUGH week.

Friday, May 07, 2010

It has been one heck of a rough week, to be honest. I just feel so tired, that could be because I start my period next week and I am usually tired the week before.... but geeez, it's really putting a dent in my efforts. I have worked out every day, 2 days a full mile, one day a teensy amount over a mile, and 2 days where I only did 10 minutes (or about 1/2 mile)... and weight training was only done once this week. I just feel so... drained... and also like I want any kind of chocolate I can get my hands on, UGH. I need to be stronger than this. I need to refocus. I need to make my motivation poster board and hang it where I will see it daily. I need to make my small goals and WRITE THEM DOWN. I just have a hard time with them... b/c I don't know what to use at a reward... something that will motivate me.... it's so hard to come up with things... I guess the silver lining is that at least I did work out every day, if even only 10 minutes.... As far as my calories go, I need to reallly get this part down.... This is the hardest part for me. I need a better plan. I am not going to go down this easy. I have a major goal here, and I am determined that I WILL be healthy once again. I will.

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DAKATSOM 5/7/2010 10:19AM

    Congratulations on getting some daily exercise in. My favorite part of Spark is the nutrition calculator. I love being able to create my own nutrition goals and record what I've eaten. I won't record food on paper but for some reason it's more fun on the computer. I love how I can enter the number of proteins, carbs, and fats and Spark creates a meal plan for me. I don't use the meal plan, right now I just eat what I'm used to and enter it. Try it, it takes a little time to figure it all out but it's so worth it!

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Day 31 of Mission: Bikini Body Wedding!! REALIZATION!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I can't believe it's been a month!! I have lost just over 8 pounds since I started my mission, which I have mixed feelings about. In the past, in less than a month on a "diet" with exercise or even without exercise, I have lost wayy closer to 15 pounds... so to lose 8 pounds while I am doing everything right is a bit discouraging, I am not gonna lie. But I have realized something. The difference in those other times and this time is just that - I was on a diet, for less than a month, hardly working out, feeling starved and would lose the weight but quit because I HATED it.... but THIS time, I am not on a diet, I am simply entering a healthier lifestyle. I don't feel starved because I am focusing on limiting calories to what is in my plan and eating normal portions and I work out 6 days a week. I am starting to crave working out. I love how it makes me feel, it becomes addicting. In the past I would say "Only 3 more days of working out then I get the weekend off! yay!!" Now my thinking is more like "Yessss! Another day I worked out I can cross off the calendar!!" (Which, PS - I LOVE having a big ol' calendar that I draw x's through when I work out - it is very motivating to me! I highly recommend it!! ) I feel like now I don't even mind working out as much, even though I will admit during working out, I feel like I am dying, lol. I am complaining less, making excuses less and just doing it... because that's what I need to do to reach my goal... and darn it, I am going to reach my goal!!! I still have issues with food choices, due to the fact that I don't really like to plan... but it is something I am working on. So, anyhow, I am overall in a much better mood. Also, I have recently been able to vent and let go on some of the issues from my previous blog. I have a friend I was able to talk to and I am feeling much better! That's my update for now!! Stay tuned!!

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MABELL1WFTX 4/30/2010 11:07PM

    Beth, I totally understand the "curse". Runs in the family. However, that does not mean we have to live with it forever. Your post is so inspiring. Want to read all of them when time permits, but only read the latest so far. Wishing you strength and determination during this challenge of BLC13. Looking forward to seeing which team you are on.

Alice - Captain - TEAL TROOPERS
emoticon TROOPERS in Training

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GERRY_BEAVERS 4/28/2010 11:16AM

    Awesome job! When I started reading this I thought I would have to get you motivated but it sounds like you are. You are right, this isn't a diet, it's a new, healthy lifestyle. Good luck and keep us posted.

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