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Reflection of BL Winter Challenge AND 2012, Thus Far

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

51 days ago I made the first steps towards healthy living. I've taken the first steps many, many MANY times. This time I was ready, determined. This time I was doing it for ME. Doing it to get healthy. Each year I've seen my body, my health, deteriorate. The longer I waited to do what I knew needed to be done, the worse my health would be.

When I came back to SP I was welcomed by old dear friends and teams. My BL White Tigers sent me a message, welcoming me back and inviting me to be an honorary member of their team.

My weight, cardio and ST didn't count towards their numbers but they knew I needed the support. And, Thankfully, they are an amazingly supportive team!

51 days ago I started. At that time I wasn't drinking ANY water. I wasn't doing ANY physical exercising. And I wasn't eating healthy (mostly junk, fat and sugary food).

I've done almost a complete 180. Now I drink at least 72oz of water, exercise a minimum of 45 min 6 days a week and eat yummy nutritious meals.

When I started I walked in place in front of the TV for 10min. I'd try to do it two or three times a day. When I started on the treadmill I couldn't go faster than 2.8 mph. When I started back at the gym, 3 weeks later, I couldn't do more than 10 minutes on the elliptical at a level 1.

Now I can go on the treadmill for 60min at an incline of 4 and a speed of 3.3 and bursts of jogs at 3.6. On the elliptical I've upped the level to 2 and can go for 30min!

51 days ago I weighed 317, today I weigh 288.6 (down 28.4)
51 days ago I wore a 26/28, today I'm in a 24 jean
51 days ago I had NO engergy, wanted naps. Today I wake up at 4:35 (most mornings) and have so much energy people actually comment on it.
51 days ago I couldn't look at myself in the mirror, Today I'm thrilled to stare at myself, proud of what I've accomplished and the little small changes I can see.

I'm excited to start the Spring Challenge, the full 10 weeks! I can't wait to see what new changes will take place during that time.

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Krista

  
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RICHILA 2/27/2012 9:08AM

    Spark On! You Got This! emoticon

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FORBANDE 2/25/2012 8:29AM

    WAY TO GO!!! You are doing amazing!! You are such an inspiration!! I love reading your blogs!

Keep ROCKING it!!

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FEISTYOWL 2/23/2012 10:17AM

    emoticon You are working hard and it shows - in your attitude as well as your waist line!! emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 2/23/2012 1:32AM

    Keep being great my friend.

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MISSG180 2/22/2012 10:38PM

    Outstanding! So impressive. You are an inspiration!

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LOOZINITNOW 2/22/2012 10:08PM

    I'm so happy for you! Those are some amazing changes! Way to go on the commitment! emoticon

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/22/2012 9:12PM

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Congratulations on the amazing changes in 51 Day! I'm so impressed and inspired by you to keep on going! Keep up the great job!

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JERZGURL_NAN 2/22/2012 8:42PM

    Krista - that is AWESOME!!! So excited for you - I too have been in the BLWinter Challenge and have done really well. I only began SP mid November so was totally commited to the Challenge. It really is exciting to think where we will be at the end of this next one. We're on!!! Let's Rock it!!

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KARENDEE4 2/22/2012 8:13PM

    Great job!!!
Very inspiring too!

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Visualizing My Goals

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A week or so ago I changed the background on my Spark page from a plain royal blue to a picture collage of my goals:



I printed off 3 of them. One is hanging on my fridge, one on my bathroom mirror (along with the dry erase messages to myself) and one is next to my bed.

There are many goals, small and large, that will help me with my journey. To stay successful this time around I HAVE TO take this one minute, one hour, one day at a time. But before any journey can truly be taken you have to know where you're going before you take that first step.

On my collage I have my daily reminders, water, fruits, veggies, cardio and ST. Included in my daily is weiging in. This might not help everyone but for me the numbers are motivating. If they're going down they inspire me to keep doing what I'm doing. If the numbers are going up it's a reminder to stay focused on my plans and my goals.

I have a virtual before and after ME. This isn't as vital for me because there are SO MANY before and after success stories here on SP, I use those photos as inspiration!

I have some goals for along the way. A big one is the Sprint Tri in July. Another is the word 5K. My goal is to sign up for several this year, maybe trying an 8K or 10 k by the end of the year. Stay tuned for info when I actually sign up! (Now it's out there I have to do it)

And at the bottom of my vision collage are my weight goals. I felt I was conservative with them, with doable possibilities. Doable ONLY if I stick with my plan. What is exciting to me is my first goal weight of 285 before my trip at the end of March. Today, February 21st, I am already at 289.2.

Staying focused will get me that goal plus the ability to surpass it, putting me further on this journey than planned.

I'm thrilled with my accomplishments. Very proud of my determination! And VERY BLESSED to have so many SPARK friends leading the way. There have been many times I feel the pull from in front, someone grabbing my hand saying come on you can do this, let me show you the way. And many more times I feel the push from behind, people cheering me on and telling me to get myself going again.

Thank you!
Krista



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JDELEON81 2/25/2012 1:52PM

    love the collage, love the blog and love your determination. I am a mom of 4 + 1 stepdaughter so we are a pretty big family over here too and I know how hard it is to not only have time to focus on yourself, but to actually want to get up off the couch and use it. Most days I'm too exhausted to remember my name so getting a workout in is a big accomplishment. I congratulate you on your successes so far. I have added you as a spark friend and I'm looking forward to following your progress =)

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LNZMANSFIELD 2/22/2012 10:23AM

    I love the collage! I, too, am still working on mine. I think that will be my goal when I get back from our vacation. :o) I do so much when I have visual goals! Great job...you're almost to your first goal! Woohoo!

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FEISTYOWL 2/22/2012 12:21AM

    cool collage - visualization is key. I have my collage's on my fridge and bathroom mirror too!! :D I love the dry erase messages idea - I'll have to try that one of these days.

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JCDUBEA63 2/22/2012 12:00AM

    emoticon emoticonu are doing this Krista!! I know u will reach all ur goals in the spring challenge!! Good Luck!!

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LOOZINITNOW 2/21/2012 10:12PM

    Love the collage!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 2/21/2012 9:58PM

    Great job on the goals and your continued progress.

Thanks for the motivation you give me.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/21/2012 9:18PM

    I love your collage and I think creating one is an awesome and motivating step that everyone should do!

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INKYCAT 2/21/2012 6:54PM

    This looks great! Is there a program that does this or did you just cut and paste onto a Word Document and save it as a graphic? It's very inspiring. I have written goals, but I think I would like to make one of these for visual goals.

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FITMARY 2/21/2012 6:39PM

    Meeting your March goal in February? PRICELESS!
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ROSIESNOW 2/21/2012 5:59PM

    Great collage - great attitude!

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RICHILA 2/21/2012 4:30PM

    Spark On! You Got This! emoticon

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WORLDSERIES11 2/21/2012 4:26PM

    Nice job! Love the collage...I'm still working on mine.
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SRBULLARD1 2/21/2012 3:21PM

    Your blog makes me happy. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Keep sparking.

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BLACKJACK - A Plateau Buster!

Monday, February 20, 2012

One of my spark teams is doing a Blackjack challenge, first person to walk 21 miles wins!

This challenge came at the right time because I was out of my groove. For 11 days I had lost and gained the exact same pounds. Thursday morning, the beginning of this challenge, I was determined to get some miles in. Without that challenge I don't think I would have gotten a workout in that day.

I kicked it! I found every spare moment to workout, throwing in a mile here and a mile there. With bigger blocks of time I went to the gym and during my daughter's lacrosse practice I strapped on my pedometer, raincoat and hat (it was sprinkling) and walked throughout the unknown neighborhood.

Sunday is my rest day. No workouts means no miles added. That's fine because my body LOVES a rest day!

This morning, being President's day, my kids have no school. I only had 3.25 miles left to blackjack. I was determined to crank that out in one hour. I woke up early to get it done before my kiddos woke up. For my workout today I did intervals. It was HARD!

I was excited when I saw my 5k time get beaten! Old time, 3 weeks ago, was 56:59. Time today 55:38. Cut it by 1:21 minutes! I'm hoping by TRI time in July that I can be jogging the whole thing!

In 60 minutes I was able to get in 3.36 miles! BLACKJACK

The best part of it is I broke my plateau and have lost 4.8 lbs since Thursday morning!

Now I'll be back to my normal workout routine but it's great to know when a plateau strikes again I need to CRANK UP the cardio for a few days!

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Krista

  
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FORTHEBETTERME 2/24/2012 7:31AM

    Awesome! Nothing feels better than that! Busting through plateaus and beating your time all wrapped up into one...awesome!

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INKYCAT 2/22/2012 11:02AM

    How awesome for you to break your plateau! I love this incentive! I need to visit my sparkteams and see if any of my teams are doing this! Thanks!

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RICHILA 2/21/2012 4:39PM

    That sounds like fun! Do whatwver works! Spark On!

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NOTGIVINGUP49 2/20/2012 8:09PM

    emoticon emoticon Thanks for the inspiration! You are doing AWESOME!

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FITMARY 2/20/2012 7:58PM

    WOW! That's awesome! You deserve a big payout!!!

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BLUE42DOWN 2/20/2012 12:36PM

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Sounds like a very fun challenge!

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KARENDEE4 2/20/2012 11:47AM

    That is great!!

Good job!

I love those fun exercise challenges. It is great to focus on a fitness goal and not the scale too!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/20/2012 11:47AM

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Congratulations for getting the weight loss moving again!

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NANCYSINATRA 2/20/2012 11:42AM

    CONGRATS!!! Stories like this help to get me back on track, so thanks for sharing!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 2/20/2012 11:38AM

    Good for you. That is so great.

Great for committing to the tri. I was invited. But, with my ankle I think I will pass. Part of me wants to do it thought. Keep up the awesome work. You are doing it.

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Can I TRI? I'm Going to Try!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

We have an amazing women's group at church which is very organized at various levels. The president of our women's group which incorporates hundreds of women in part of my town and surrounding area has been inspired to motivate us women to get healthy.

They have announced that they will be holding a Sprint Tri-athalon on July 28th for all women who want to participate. Girls as young as 12 can do it too as long as they have a mom participating with them. With a wide variety of ages, healthy and physical capabilities women can choose to do one part, two or all 3. It's not a race or competition with any other woman but a race with ourself!

I'm taking on the challenge! I've also asked my 19yo daughter, 13 yo daughter and 11 yo daughter (she'll be 12 by then) to do this with me! They've all agreed! I'm so excited to do this with them!

So the Tri is 18 laps (36 lengths) swimming, 12 mile bike ride and a 5K (3.1miles) walk/run. I haven't been on a bike for over 30 yrs so I think that will be my hardest challenge. Need to get one first off but in the meantime I'll keep using the bike at the gym. Got to get my behind used to sitting on a bike seat for the 12miles.

I'm excited for this extra motivation to keep me going towards my goal of healthy living!

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Krista

  
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DEBLYNN323 2/20/2012 9:51AM

    emoticon...what a cool experience, and an amazing memory to share with your daughters!

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KARENDEE4 2/20/2012 9:40AM

    You can do it!!

I thought biking would be hard too. However, I love it and it is just as easy as I remembered. (As I lose weight it gets easier though)

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SHIRLEYDILLARD 2/20/2012 5:26AM

    Sounds like a great challenge - very inspiring!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/20/2012 12:45AM

    Very exciting! You totally can do this. And the sooner you get on the seat the easier it gets. I can't wait to hear about your training and then cheer you and your girls when you are done!

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35ANGELS 2/19/2012 10:43PM

    You can totally do this. emoticon

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LNZMANSFIELD 2/19/2012 8:35PM

    How awesome is that! You can do it!

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BETHYSMAMA 2/19/2012 8:10PM

    That you are planning to do this is just fantastic! What a great way to bond with your kids as well

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FORBANDE 2/19/2012 7:26PM

    You CAN and WILL do it!! I have no doubt in my mind!

You are AMAZING!!

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Day 47...Back in the Groove! And it feels GREAT!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Today is day 47 and I'm officially down 25lbs! I think kicking the cardio yesterday helped me drop the pounds that wouldn't leave for over the past week. Plus eating CLEAN!

NSV for today...I am STRONGER!!! I did my Walk Away the Pounds DVD and could do everything, arm motions and all, without doing any modifications! I also upped the elliptical to a level 2 and mainained the strides in the high 150s - 160s!

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Krista

  
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URMYLF 2/19/2012 10:46PM

    I'm so glad you got your groove back! That little kick in the proverbial pants is all it takes, sometimes. Go, you!!

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MISSG180 2/19/2012 5:52PM

    Excellent! Go you!!!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 2/19/2012 12:52AM

    I've missed commenting on your last couple of blogs. Sorry I have not been on the computer much.

Sounds like you are moving again. Just keep trying and you will figure it out. Success adds more success.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/18/2012 7:47PM

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That is amazing!

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SRBULLARD1 2/18/2012 5:13PM

    Way to go! You totally Rock! I am so glad you got your groove back! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHICAT63 2/18/2012 4:52PM

    Woohoo, 25 pounds gone !!!! emoticon

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