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I'm Feeling It

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Well, I finally decided to blog. Thought about it like everyday for the last 3 wks but I just hate sitting down to type. Anyway, I have lots to say, lots to be thankful for, lots to update on. But I'm going to make this short I think.

Anywhoo, I've been back active and tracking some food and all fitness since April 1st. I joined another challenge that isn't on sparkpeople, but there are 69 other women in the challenge. I have to say that I have a love/hate relationship with this challenge so far, but more loving it. I AM FINALLY MAKING PROGRESS!! It feels really good even though is small changes. I think I am going to hit my 1st goal this time or at least get somewhere near it. Today I finally got back outside and decided to go walking with a little bit of jogging at each light poll. But it felt AWESOME!!! I have been making sure that I exercise no less than 4 days each wk 30 min or more. Now when I'm on it, I'm on it and 30 minutes doesn't seem like much to me and I push myself to to wayyy more. But this time around, I am taking what I get & when I feel that need to really push...I do!! I was reading a blog of a very good sparkfriend of mine LYNN-LOVES-LIFE and she said something like she started seeing the results she wanted when she stopped stressing over her weightloss. I am trying to do the same thing.

I have a small goal & I still see the big picture. But I'm not totally obsessing about if I'm eating right, exercising, you know...all the things we tend to let cloud our vision and take the fun out of changing our lives. I know so much about weightloss and how to do it that, I hinder my ownself!!! I mean who does that!!! This time around, I just want to stay consistent, use my sparkfamily and my new friends as motivation to keep moving everyday. Because we/I am bound to slip up, have stressful days, binge, you name it. However, I am going to let it go and move on to the next day just like it's my best fitness day whether eating or exercising. No more stressing. Just get up & do!!!

So far since April 1st, I have only lost 2lbs but I know I have lost almost two inches from my waist and Im not sure about my hips. I can just visually tell they are smaller. And my face lol...I use the forming of my double chin to check whether or not my face is getting bigger. This time around, I can't even make a double chin!!! YAYYY for me!!

For some reason this time around, I really feel like I'm going to make it. I feel like even if I stumble, Im going to be able to dust myself off and keep it moving. I am praying for strength along this road as we should pray always without ceasing. For the good and the bad, for triumphs and road blocks. I'm positive right now & I don't want to lose my momentum. I think I REFUSE to!!! I'm committed to doing what is right for me and my health. I am committed to being and active, supportive, member of my teams and this new challenge. It really doesn't matter if I don't make goal or win the prize. What is going to make my heart content as it is helping to do now is if I don't quit. I have made a 'deal' with another wonderful, inspiring sparksister MS 1PEACEBUNNY to at least update my status daily and try to get in at least 100 minutes of activity weekly and I have done that! Thank you to everyone who offers their encouraging words, motivation, updates, pictures. You all don't know how reading your statuses sometimes take me out of a funk and puts me in a place I need to be to keep it moving!!

Ms NIKKICOLE83, I'm back trying to reach the top and following you everyday. Keep on pushing, you always inspire me to even when you think I'm hiding LOL & MSPROVERBS31 I finally blogged. Glad we are in this challenge together. And WE CAN DO THIS!!! Moving on & focusing on being the BEST me I can be. Thanks for being there friends and keep encouraging and supporting me. You don't know how much it means to me ALL the time!!!

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NIKKICOLE83 5/5/2013 7:08PM

    Well, well, well, Today I decided to take a chance and check your page and what do I find? A blog! I am so happy you are staying positive and keeping at it. You are an inspiration yourself and I cannot wait to see you succeed. You deserve to be completely and utterly happy. I am here whenever you need me.

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MSPROVERBS31 4/30/2013 9:06PM

    You DID blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1<
BR>And I finally read it! LOL, and so loved it and am inspired just in time for May! Oh yeah! LOL

So I hope you keep up with the blogging because I'm encouraged!
And it's true, it's like I know I'm not going to win the prize, 'cause home girl is so far ahead of us that I know she's gettin' it emoticon But the friends we've made and the support is so worth being a part of the challenge.

Oh and I've gained this last week. But that's okay, like I said, I'm encouraged and your blog reading came right on time to keep me going! emoticon

Okay, get ready for that full body shot girl emoticon We Are Doin' This!!! emoticon

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LILSHINE 4/26/2013 1:06PM

    Great blog and glad you're back at it. Don't take the 2#s loss lightly, I've really struggled for months and 2#s would be welcome here. I wish you nothing but the best in the challenge you're in and look forward to reading great things.

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B-LYNN1ST 4/25/2013 10:19PM

    Iím so glad I read your blog today. What a blessing to see my spark friend living life to its full potential.
We wake up each day and we do the same things. We sit on the edge of our beds and we think. Oh lord thank you for blessing me with one more day, we use the bathroom, wash our face and brush our teeth, check on our kids, get them ready for their day Ėthank God for allowing us to share another morning with them, and then we start our day. Now! The start of your day has meaning and a purpose, donít lose that meaning Ėdonít lose your purpose. This is your year of change, and things are changing for you right before your eyes. Your face is changing, your waist is changing, your energy is changing Ėyour outlook on life is changing and thatís the best reward we have as Godís Children. Change!

Change is the best reward Ėonce we notice that change; we keep on embracing it!
Hug it as it grows.

Love Lynn

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LINWASH23 4/24/2013 11:55AM

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FUZZIEBEAR3 4/24/2013 10:08AM

    Great attitude! emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 4/23/2013 10:16PM

    emoticon Sounds like you have a super attitude and a great plan in place to reach your goals. I think taking the stress out of it is huge for making it work. emoticon emoticon

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TJSELLERS 4/23/2013 7:15PM

    Congratulations on your progress! Losing 2 inches is much better than losing 2 pounds. I think you are doing great. You should blog more often. I enjoy hearing from you!!! Keep up the great work!!!

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JETTA4BETTA 4/23/2013 6:04PM

  Keep it up! Great job :)

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Back injury advice

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Ok so I'm having trouble with my lower back & I don't know why. It started around Wed night after I had finished doing my son's hair. I figured it was just the way I was sitting and my body being tired. So it hurt all the next day whenever I would move, but it didn't keep me from doing things. So as the week went on, the dull pain subsided and I started to feel better and forgot about it. So I haven't exactly been in my BLC groove this past week and half & I said yesterday that I was going to get back at it because slacking ISN'T a good look for me!!

Even though it was 40 degrees and the wind was blowing, I put on my better half's long john shirt, his hat with ear flaps, a pair of yoga capris I made from one of his t-shirts and I decided I was going for a 5k. I was feeling good, had my praise music going just walking about 2.8-3.4 mph and singing and praising!! I always try to beat my time so that when I actually do run a race, Im good..ya know. Well anywhoo, I was feeling like I needed to be jogging and that's what I did. I was still feeling great, endurance and stamina are progressing so much that I could run a little longer than usual-which is about a minute to minute and half. Well as I'm coming up on 2.8 or 2.9 miles after a quick jog at about 4.8-5 mph and my lower back starts to hurt!! BUT this isn't the soreness I was having from a few nights before. This was so bad that it hurt when I walked. I had to hold my breath a little when I was slowing down walking. So I realized that I was putting alot of pressure on my right hamstring because it was starting to tense up. So I stopped to stretch my hamstring before it started cramping. Then I continued to walk because I had to finish my 3.1 miles. I ended up doing 3.3 in a hour and 3 minutes, but I had to pull myself up into my truck with the roof handle I was in so much pain with my back.

Ok so I weathered thru it when I got home because I had to cook for my family and I finally laid down. It only hurts badly when I try to sit up straight. I can walk fine or even bend, but getting up or in an upright position was a task. So I took some pain reliever and slept it off. This morning it was feeling alot better. I went to church & we prayed over it in Sunday school & I feel ok now and I am going to continue to speak and pray healing over my body!!

My question for you all is: have you ever had any type of injury like this and what kind of exercises can I do without straining. OR should I even try anything?? I am going to see if walking for an extended amount of time will help, but what else can I do. I am used to jogging, dancing, weights, boot camp, kickboxing, all of that good stuff. And since I have been slacking, I need to step it up!! emoticon So any advice from you ladies would be greatly appreciated. Thanks ladies, help me out please with some advice and ideas

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NIKKICOLE83 10/30/2012 3:21PM

    I agree with ZIGGY122 that going to the chiropractor once, maybe twice just to get yourself back in allignment will help. The epsom salt baths afterwards help. I was alos told by a massage therapist that if your hamstrings are tight, they will pull on your glutes which will pull on your back. Somthing that will relieve some of the pressure is to lay on the floor and put your legs up on the couch with your knees bent. Lay there for fifteen minutes at the beginning of your day (before you workout) and at the end of your day. You won't believe how relaxing this is for the back.

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MY_TIME_2_SHINE 10/30/2012 2:18PM

    Thanks so much for the advice. Lynn the stretches are helping and also taking the pain reliever is really helping me out throughout out the day. I am still kind of scared to do any exercise other than walking, but I'm about to give some dancing or Wii fit exercises a chance and see how that goes. I will keep you posted. And once again, thanks for the support! emoticon

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TEXNYQUEEN 10/29/2012 12:02PM

    I battle back issues and had back surgery in 2006. I know when my weight creeps up, it really hurts so I focus on core stabilizing exercises like planks and reverse bridges. Try working yourself up to holding a plank for 1-3 mins at a time followed by swimmers and then reverse bridges. A strong core will help ease some of the back issues, if it's just muscle soreness/aches/pains. Also, tight hams, glutes and quads will pull on your lower back so remember to really stretch following your workouts - or do some yoga post your walks/runs.

Hope you feel better soon.

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B-LYNN1ST 10/28/2012 9:42PM

    Hi Love,

Back injuries are very hard to deal with, and if you was doing your sonís hair while he was sitting on the floor, then I believe you put a successor on your lower back; pretty much and might have some arthritis going on in your lower back. What I do to help with arthritis is Advil or Alive ĖAlive is much better I think, but I take Advil 30 minutes before I even head out for a walk to head off some of the pain. Alive is better, but doctors always suggest Advil. Get some Epsom salt and add 2 cups to a hot nice bath and put on some icy hot. You know the one Shaq puts on his back, or that patch he wear; you can do that when you go to bed at night. Iíve done that a time or two, and it helps out a great deal. Also, another thing that helps with Arthritis is light yoga.

Check out some exercises for lower back pain online, and start doing those in the morning; like stretches when you first wake up in the morning. Torso Twist smooth rotations left and right do 6 sets of these, and then do a few toe touches. Do 6 sets of those too, donít bend at the knees, but bend down as far as you can and give your back a good stretch do these before bed and after waking up in the morning, and when you feel tightness in your lower back repeat those moves or do a back bend. Bend back and come back forward, donít push yourself past the pain, now if you feel pain hit. Then that means you have a pinch nerve, and I strongly believe that you might have a pinched nerve, but if the pain doesnít show. Then you know Arthritis is your issue, but if it donít go away within 3 to 4 days; then I strongly suggest you go see your family doctor. So you can get some meds for inflammation.

I know about back pain all too well, and Iíve been advised that my weight was the cause of my back issues in the past. And my high butt. So work on some stretching exercises for the next few days, with everything else and if the pain is still there Ėgo and see your family doctor.

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ZIGGY122 10/28/2012 6:21PM

    emoticon Usually, when I can walk and stand ...but have trouble getting up from my bed or a chair means I am out of alignment and I need to make a trip to my chiropractor.

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Committed 3-6-5 Biggest Loser Challenge Starting Pictures, Weight, & Measurements

Monday, October 01, 2012

Hey peeps, I took these pictures on September 17, 2012 when I 1st learned of the challenge. Now I warn you the aren't pretty, HOWEVER they are a motivation to me and maybe someone else who has farther along in their journey to go than I do. I have looked back on my past pictures and the recent ones & they always change. My weight is constantly up & down. But seems like no matter how many times I have fallen, I have tried just as hard to get up, dust myself off , & keep it moving!! . I mean what more could I ask for from myself but to emoticon. I understand that this change is forever especially after watching the video on YouTube that Lynn asked us to watch by beautiful brown babydoll. So here are my starting photos for my 1st official Biggest List Challenge.

My Starting Stats:
Arm R-18
Arm L-18 3/4
Thigh R-30 1/2
Thigh L-30 1/4

My fitness goals for this challenge are to workout no less than 5-6 days a week, no less than 420 minutes per week. I will do several different things such as Wii fit plus, cardio shape boxing, walking/jogging no less than a 5k three days out of the week. Tuesdays, Thurs, & Sat. I will strength train. I will also do Just Dance 2 as well as other fitness dvds I have. I am striving to be under 200 by the end of this challenge or to at least have lost 20lbs.

Nutrition is the most difficult part in trying to change my lifestyle. So my nutritional goals are to eventually cut out all meat except for fish, get in at least 6 servings of fruits & vegetables, watch my carb intake, and continue with my smoothies.

As far as my weigh ins & measurements are concerned, I will do them every other SUNDAY. So here is what I'm working with.


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    You have a great plan in place. So glad we are team mates on 3-6-5 emoticon

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SWEETLIPS 10/1/2012 1:42PM

    WOOHOO \O/ \O/ \O/ Go girl - I am grateful that you have joined this challenge!! Your attiude is stellar - because you don't give up or in, you keep it moving. I head the red team, but we are all together in this.

Let me know what type of food you like and I will provide you some stuff to eat!! You can do this and Together Each Achieves More - TEAM!!

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Time to Let it Out

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I have had a couple of stressful situation come against me in the past few weeks, but yet I stayed positive. I was doing so well, I wasn't stressing or overthinking. I got sick & that went all the way into Mother's day, but I still tried to stay focused. Now I will say, that threw me off. However; I was still THINKING about exercising & being productive. I dragged myself to my babies school for their reading presentation to me-still super sick, but that's what mom's are supposed to do. Well I got over that & the next obstacle comes along. It wasn't too challenging, but it was one I that was somewhat the root of my problems. I didn't dwell on it or freak out, I dealt with it & tried to move on. Notice I said TRIED. Well I was still watching what I was eating but I wasn't exercising everyday like I had been or when I did it wasn't for 60 min. Now I know any movement is better than none so I would at least do my strength training on my scheduled days. But I was feeling like I wasn't being myself.

Better half comes home from work & is home for a few days & he encourages me to get my workouts in. I do & I felt soo much better. I even posted a status update about it. I am so much more productive when he is home for several reasons, but when he leaves sometimes I tend to fall apart. Lately though I haven't been & me not letting my fears or worries get in my way have gotten me to this: and this:

My confidence in myself is coming back around & it shows. Sunday morning I didn't feel like dealing with the car so my family & got dressed & walked to church. Its only about 7-10 minutes away. But I was feeling blessed & ready to start my week off right. Renew my spirit, don't sweat the small stuff such as the car, & keep it moving!! Monday comes along & there was a phone call I had to make that I knew may not turn out well. This is an issue that I had been dealing with for over a month now & it was starting to cause me grief because the results of it would affect my family. I prayed about it, talked it out, called my fiance' & he gave me encouraging words. Then comes the phone call. I got the results that I needed, but the conversation didn't go so well. I tried to shake back from it, but that wasn't working out too well for me. Now its like all the things I have been trying to push aside & or jump over are coming back to throw me off. My fiance' works 70 miles away. He has two jobs & they are both demanding at times. For the past year this is how it has been. He has to live at his jobs most of the time & comes home for maybe a day or two or sometimes none. I often think of him as being deployed. He is only 70mi away but that turns into days & at times weeks. He doesn't like it & I absolutely despise it. It all to provide for our family & still not have enough at times. We are putting our heads together to come up with a better solution, but sometimes other things just get in the way. We both get discouraged & feel like we are doing things alone. We have to constantly remind each other that we are not in this by ourselves. But if one of us isn't on board than that effects both of us. Whether he knows it or not, I feed off his motivation & I know he does mine. When I start slacking, it shows & I feel like Im letting us both down. So I had noticed that last week I only put in work twice with some weights on a few days & so far this week I haven't worked out any. I also noticed that I was just eating anything, but I was aware of what I was eating & I would follow it with healthier choices or slack off. My point is, I was still aware of what I was doing.

I'm blogging right now because I feel myself regressing. I don't see any negative results with my progress yet, but I know if I don't get back on the good foot & get out of this slump-the madness will begin. What I have realized in this time too is that when I am feeling lonely or stressed, I turn to the foolish ways. I am feeling super lonely this week because I won't be seeing my love for about 7 days. I still have to deal with this car & my babies are all out of school so I will have to find ways to keep them occupied other than video games, tv, & reading all day. I know it may not seem like much to some. Other have deeper problems. But these are my insecurities & things that cause my anxieties to come out & also cause me to overreact to them. I'm trying to stop the cycle now. I won't go back, but I guess know that I'm heading down the wrong path is a start. It gives me a way to rethink some things & figure out how to get back moving in the positive direction before it is too late. I can do this, things were going so well!!! I've got to get back there ASAP. I guess Im just missing this right now

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BLUE_KARMA 5/24/2012 9:43AM

    It sounds as if you are doing the things you need to do to take care of yourself. You are so smart to pray, to come work things out on your blog and to communicate with your fiance.

I hope your health is fully returned and your stressors are minimized.

BTW - you look so lovely in the pictures!

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LILSHINE 5/23/2012 7:34PM

    Its a great thing to blog/journal to vent and share your feelings. One bit of positive motivation that I will give you is that you're trying to handle all of your problems or life's issues on your own or you and your fiance. You go to church and that I hope means you trust in God for everything. One mistake we often make is that we pray about things and ask God for help but we also take them back when we finish praying. To pray means you trust Him to handle your problems and you don't worry about them anymore. You just begin to thank Him for answering your prayers and meeting your needs. Read your word and stay positive daily. Don't speak negative thoughts even though it may be hard work on staying and saying positive. You will begin to see things change in your life when you turn it over to the Lord. Rest in Him and know He will also give you and your fiance the answer to which direction to go to come together as a couple and find the jobs and income that will keep you both together regularly. The separation may be a reason why you're feeling the way you do. Hopefully I'm not being to forward but I know that I have been in situations where I've felt this way and through totally giving it to God I am able to rise above situations. Be blessed my sista thing will get better for you both.

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1PEACEBUNNY 5/23/2012 10:08AM

    Never apologize for putting your self out there, this is YOUR blog, your venting session, celebrating session or just being you session. You are using it the right way and this will help you lessen your stress. Your situation is also unique to you being that its yours...sure some people problems may differ from yours but that doesn't lessen your stress or the severity of your problems.

You guys will be ok, you just have to pray and put a plan into action about how you can be with him and do everything else. This plan will not come overnight or right away so let go of the stress and work it into a plan. Find cheap affordable or free ideas for the kids to do while they're off. Look into community events and programs and walk with them to burn stress and weight for you and energy for them. I'm sure you will be ok, you just need to PRAY, Refocus, and redirect. You are loved and he is with you....the Lord and your man. You got this. Now get to it! Praying for you on my end! emoticon emoticon

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