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I shaved my legs for this?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

If you read my blog yesterday you knew these were coming...Before pictures for the Step it Up Sizzlin' Summer Slimdown!

Now...they say a picture is worth a 1000 words, and I can think of a that many plus more about why these pictures should not be placed here! I'm resisting the tempations to utter negative thoughts and remember that the purpose of these is to "see" the difference 30 days makes! Therefore, I will save those 1000 words for all the fabulous things I hope to see in comparison 1 month from now!

Be warned...I did not get all "pretty" for the pictures, no cute hair, no makeup just me in all the bikini exposure!

Here goes...

Oh...I can't believe I'm doing this....do I have the guts to "post blog"? emoticon If you're seeing it then obviously I gathered the courage....Be kind my friends!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 5/23/2011 10:39PM

    You did it! WTG Dawn!!! You are going to be glad that you have the before pics, now, especially when you post the 'afters'! You can imagine how many Sparkers wish they had the befores!
Nothing to stop you now, huh!

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AUTUMNFIRE 5/23/2011 9:42AM

    I wish my before photo looked like that...you look great!!!

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FITAT50 5/23/2011 9:26AM

    These are BEFORE photos? Look at that waistline, you look great!

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KRISTA-GIRL 5/22/2011 11:06PM

    First - you look great already, you are going to ROCK in a month.
Second - emoticon I took the pics and refused to post them :-(
Have a great, SUCCESSFUL month!!

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JCGALSHERE 5/22/2011 10:25PM

    Dawn you silly girl...you honestly do look fantastic! I know you don't see it, but my dear you certainly should after looking through my eyes and everyone else who has posted :) I can't wait to see your after pics because everyone is right...you will be even more smokin hot! You are my hero for doing something you really didn't want to do but went for it :)

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DXTREME45 5/22/2011 9:31PM

    LOL. Stoppit it Girl! It is all in the name of looking great and you do.

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NEVADAPP 5/22/2011 5:44PM

    OMG!! You are so tiny! Those are great Pics! You should go see mine! Lol!

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DOOBRIE 5/22/2011 5:23PM

    I can't think why you were worried - you look great and I wish I had a waist like that. In fact I wish I had a waist!


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RONIJHAM 5/22/2011 4:19PM

    You look Awesome Dawn!!!! I'm not nearly as brave as you! I have a two piece but the top is more of a tankini :) You are gonna look so freaking smokin when the next 4 weeks are up!!! emoticon

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MEINPROGRESS 5/22/2011 2:49PM

    You look great Dawn and in 4 weeks you will look freakin FANTASTIC! Way braver than my BLC before pics!

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1TRULYBLESSED 5/22/2011 2:31PM

    Dawn, you look adorable!! And 4 weeks from now, you're gonna look downright SMOKIN'!!!

I'm feeling really, really thankful that I don't own a bikini right now...would hate to succumb to Pixie Peer Pressure and find myself posting pics of ME in one of those things!! Not YET, anyway...

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WINKERDINK 5/22/2011 1:02PM

    You look cute! emoticon Look at that tiny waist!
You are brave Dawnie!

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SEEMAINE 5/22/2011 12:50PM

    You look so cute! An hourglass figure too! You're going to do great and be so happy! I'm glad you posted these! emoticon

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-THINQ- 5/22/2011 12:41PM

    You are brave! AND beautiful! and you'll be GREAT! when you finish the challenge! Best of luck~!

I wish! I looked as you do right now; I'm working on it myself!

Lizzy =D

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Step it Up Sizzlin' Summer Slimdown!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Tomorrow marks exactly 31 days until the official start of Summer! Tanks...shorts and Bikini's...Oh my! emoticon

Coming off a 4 week eat clean streak, resulting in over 7 pounds and 5 inches shed, my momentum is still soaring high! I'm taking this opportunity to add another streak component to the eating pattern and really step it up for Summer! I've invited a few "winged" friends along for the "Step it up" part, but it's gonna take a little more work to have that "Sizzlin' Summer body...so I have a plan! Goes a little something like this!

"Step it Up" ~ daily step ups emoticon
Sunday~100, Monday~200, Tuesday~300, Wednesday~400, Thursday~500, Friday~600, Saturday~700...repeat week to week!

"Sizzlin' with ST" ~ daily ST emoticon
Sunday~Abs (obliques), Monday~Full body (combo), Tuesday~Abs (simple core), Wednesday~Upper (chest, back, shoulder), Thursday~Lower (work those large muslces :), Friday~Full body (easy, mainly floor), Saturday~Upper (Bicep/Tricep)...repeat week to week!

Friday, Sunday and Tuesday emoticon I'll be hitting the treadmill intervals in addition to the plan! The remainder of the days are yet to be determined for cardio...most likely ST will be done as a circuit of some sort! I have exercises, sets and reps all planned out, but those may need some tweaking depending on how the body reacts! I'm not gonna "freak" if days don't go exactly as planned...adapting is half the battle and something is better than nothing! I'm also not gonna fall into the "feeling failure mindset" if extra cardio doesn't happen, because this 31 days is all about building it up to burn it up! emoticon

I'll be taking measurements tomorrow and again at the end of the 31 days, as well as photos...but not just any photos...I'm really stepping out here...and taking bikini photos! emoticon Something I NEVER thought I'd have the courage to do, but stepping beyond the comfort builds confidence and self acceptance!

There is one other who's planning to "ST Sizzle" with me for this 31 days... emoticonPaulette! So if anyone else wants to Step up and Sizzle, create some ST goals that suit you and feel free to join in the fun emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

-THINQ- 5/22/2011 12:43PM

    Wow, I don't even Own! a bikini any more; but this plan looks Fabulous!

Lizzy =D

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DOOBRIE 5/22/2011 2:22AM

    emoticon Cookie - you're doing great!

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MEINPROGRESS 5/21/2011 12:22PM

    Awesome plan Dawn! Can't wait to see the Sizzlin results!

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RONIJHAM 5/21/2011 11:17AM

    You go girl!!! Sounds like an Awesome plan!!!!

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NEVADAPP 5/21/2011 10:08AM

    I am ready to Sizzle with you, my friend! This is an awesome plan you came up with! And one month is not a big sacrafice! We can do this! We are definately going to be making a difference in our boddies!
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WINKERDINK 5/21/2011 8:38AM

    emoticonYou go, Pixie! I know you can do this! You have great momentum going and a drive like no other! I love to see your plans in black and white! emoticon

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    Wow! Go, go, go! Love the positive energy :-) Pat

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Challenge 6...CICO your way!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Points for CICO will be awarded as follows:

emoticonCI (Calories In):
5 pts for each day you stay within your calorie range!

emoticonCO (Calories Out):
1 pt for burning between 100-499 calories
2 pts for burning between 500-999 calories
3 pts for burning between 1000-1499 calories
4 pts for burning 1500+ calories

You can earn 1 pt bonus each day simply by posting your CICO to your team thread:
Visibility=Accountability, so come share! Maximum 10 points possible per day!

Range 1395-1745
Friday ~ CI: 1396: ~5, CO: 523 ~ 2, S: 1325, B: ~ 1 = 8pts
Saturday ~ CI: 1464 ~5, CO: 566 ~ 2, S: 1324, B: ~ 1 = 8 pts
Sunday ~ CI: 1413 ~ 5, CO: 774 ~ 2, S: 1301, B: ~ 1 = 8 pts
Monday ~ CI: 1462~ 5, CO: ~ 714 ~ 2, S: 1150, B: ~ 1 = 8 pts
Tuesday ~ CI: 1474 ~5, CO: 503 ~ 2, S: 1022 ~, B: ~ 1 = 8 pts
Total CICO Points ~ 40 points

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Challenge 5...BULLSEYE!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

This weekend we're going to be letting arrows fly Pixies! Rather than allowing them to wander aimlessly, we'll be aiming at grouping them together, focusing on a target and hitting the BULLSEYE! emoticon

Challenge runs FRIDAY - TUESDAY! Points must be posted to the tracking thread no later than Midnight Wednesday, your time zone to count for participation! Please report total points and # of Bullseye's!

*White Ring - 5 freggies daily = 1 pt
*Blk Ring - 8 glasses water daily = 2 pts
*Blue Ring - 45 minutes Planned intentional Cardio daily = 3 pts
*Red Ring - Stay within nutrition range daily = 4 pts
(to earn red ring points you must log everything that passes your lips)

emoticon"BULLSEYE" Yellow Ring = Max points of all other rings(white-red) earn 10 pt bonus daily
Total Possible daily points 20! All or nothing for each ring, no partial points!

Friday: W~1, Blk~2, Bl~3, R~4, Y~10, Total~20
Saturday: W~1, Blk~2, Bl~3, R~4, Y~10, Total~20
Sunday: W~1, Blk~2, Bl~0, R~0, Y~0, Total~3
Monday: W~1, Blk~2, Bl~3, R~4, Y~10, Total~20
Tuesday: W~1, Blk~2, Bl~3, R~4, Y~10, Total~20

Total Challenge Points: 83


Challenge 4...WooHoo 100's!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Challenge runs FRIDAY - MONDAY!

Your challenge is to perform 5-100's of anything you want each day! All strength and planned fitness minutes count....you pick your pleasure every day. For every 100 completed each day you'll earn a emoticon, Complete 5-100's in one day and earn an emoticon!

Strive to incorporate 100 fitness minutes into at LEAST 2 of the 4 days! 100 Fitness Minutes is ALL planned intentional minutes you do in 1 day! These minutes can consist of cardio, yoga, stretching... and YES, even the minutes you spend on your 100 strength reps for the other daily WooHoo's count!

The reps of 100 must be the same exercise, but do NOT have to be performed at the same time...spreading them through the day in 5 sets of 20 or 10 sets of 10 is completely acceptable and will keep your metabolism fired up! Always remember to work different muscle groups daily to allow recovery to work its magic! If you are performing exercises that you generally use weights for consider dropping the weight either in increments per set, by 1/2 or all together to avoid overworking your muscles...always work within your level of fitness!

Friday One emoticon Day!
100 Fitness Minutes emoticon
100 Treadmill Side Shuffles (ea side) emoticon
500 Step Ups emoticon
100 Bridges emoticon
100 Lying Leg Curls with Medicine Ball emoticon

Saturday emoticon Day!
100 Tricep Dips emoticon
100 Modified Push Ups emoticon
100 Dumbbell Bicep Curls 8 lb emoticon
100 Dumbbell Pullovers 12 lb emoticon
110 Walk Ups emoticon emoticon

Sunday emoticon Day!
100 Dumbbell Side Bends 8 lb emoticon
100 Back Extensions emoticon
100 Bicycle Crunches emoticon
100 Dumbbell Crunches 12 lb emoticon
100 Step Ups emoticon

Monday emoticon Day!
100 Lying Adduction emoticon
100 Lying Abduction emoticon
100 Genie Sit emoticon
100 Lying Leg Curls emoticon
100 Calf Raises on Step emoticon

Total 20 emoticon 4 emoticon


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