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Re-Cap of the BL Sizzling Summer Challenge

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The BLC Sizzling Summer Challenge is coming to an end tomorrow. This is the time that we reflect on our summer and look back at those goals to see how we did. I just posted a blog this morning on the summer time fun I have been having with my kids and family. It really has been a great summer full of memories. But we did have some sad events as well, like my grandpa passing away. But going through experiences like that really makes you think more about what you have. It also gives you time to reflect on your life and be grateful for the time you are given.

When I started looking back at the summer challenge I was focusing on the scale and how I did poorly in that department. But you know what,... I am learning every day and each day I am getting closer to my goal just by keeping at it. Yes, I may not have lost what I wanted to lose but I gained other things along the way. Here is what my goals were for the challenge and how I did:

Goal #1: Break through this plateau I have been on. I want to lose at least a minimum of 10 pounds for this challenge. That means work on my part. I need to make sure I am TRACKING, TRACKING, TRACKING....! When I track ALL my food and stay within my range, I lose weight. Well I have been slacking severely with this so if I want to lose at least 10 pounds, I am gonna have to track. They really go hand in hand.

How did I do over the summer......

emoticon I did really good with tracking. But I didn't lose the amount of weight I wanted off and I don't think I have busted through this plateau yet. BUT... I am not giving up. I just have to keep trucking along!

Goal #2: Continue to keep a good balance between cardio and strength training. Lately I have been leaning towards doing more cardio and there is nothing wrong with that but I need to make sure I am getting in my strength training as well. At least 2-3 sessions of strength per week.

How did I do over the summer......

emoticon I did really good with this goal getting a good amount of cardio and strength in each and every week. I changed things up to keep my body guessing and I feel like I am getting stronger every day.

Goal #3: Be consistent with getting in all my water. I usually do great during the work week but when I am at home I tend to forget to drink water. I am going to use the rubber band method. Start with 4 rubber bands on the bottom of my bottle and move them up when I finish drinking a full bottle of water. My water bottle is 20 ounces so that will give me a good 80 ounces of water. Once I get used to this I can add more rubber bands if needed. I will keep a bottle at home and at work using the same method.

How did I do over the summer.....

emoticon emoticon OK, I didn't use the rubber band method but I stayed consistent with my water intake. Even on the weekends which is a huge plus for me. I can always tell when I am down a little on water for the day because I start to get a headache. But I stayed so consistent this summer that I really didn't have those days.

Goal #4: Watch my alcohol intake. Summer is usually the time when I tend to drink a little more. It is nice to have a glass of wine sitting outside on the deck or to have a drink sitting by the bonfire. But I like the fruity drinks and they usually have a ton of sugar in them. I ALWAYS see a gain on the scale after drinking a few drinks. Now I am not giving it up completely but I am going to be more mindful about it.

How did I do over the summer....

emoticon I can't lie.... I did have a few but I didn't go crazy either. Not that I am some alcoholic but I did enjoy a few over the weekends and when we went on vacation.

Looking forward to the Fall BL Challenge with my Diamond Friends! Keep shining in everything that you do!

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2BEABETTERME 8/21/2014 7:21AM

    Great progress! Success shouldn't be measured by the scale only!

Keep up the great work!

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JADED_CHICK19 8/20/2014 11:45AM

    Good job! I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that even though you didn't reach all your goals entirely you learned other things and gained things throughout the challenge and that is just as important. Can't wait to see you in the next challenge!

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VALYNN26 8/20/2014 7:18AM

    Great job! I love what you said about learning every day and each day getting closer to your goal just by keeping at. That's an important thing for us to remember. Just because we don't meet a goal in a specific time, we don't quit. We keep at it. We learn & we get stronger. emoticon Looking forward to dazzling with & the other Diamonds this fall.

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ICECUB 8/19/2014 6:26PM

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APRIL_V_2 8/19/2014 3:49PM

    Nice recap! I love your comment about how you have gotten stronger. That is something I want to work on. Way to go! Looking forward to the Autumn challenge! emoticon

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Summer Time Fun

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sand... Sand... Everywhere!

It just seems like summer flew by this year. So these last few weeks before the kiddos go back to school I decided to take some time off of work to do some last minute summer fun. We have gone to the fair, the beach, had a few picnics, bike rides, etc...

All this fun is making a "splash" with the kids! LOL

I even was able to get my oldest son to smile!

He is a hard one to crack because he always tries to act so tough. I can't believe he will be starting high-school in the next couple of weeks. I now have a 9th grader... YIKES!


It has been fun though. He started up cross-country running last week. It is something that we have in common because I ran cross-country in high-school and also LOVE the sport now. I love that he talks to me everyday about his practice and how many miles he goes. He is a great runner too. (Already knew that though....) The team seems to think that he may make varsity this year. As a 9th grader, that is awesome!

We have also had lots of crazy days and lots of laughing...

But that is what I love most about my family. This summer has gone by fast but we sure have made a lot of memories!

Now... onto finishing up these last few weeks and making them GREAT before the kids head back to their normal schedules. And then we will be in school mode....

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VALYNN26 8/20/2014 7:23AM

    Looks like you've had a great summer! Tons of fun with the kiddos. Great pics & memories that will last a lifetime.

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JADED_CHICK19 8/19/2014 1:27PM

    Looks like you are having such a great time!! Congrats to your son! That is amazing that he could be varsity as a freshman! WOOHOO!

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COOP9002 8/19/2014 11:50AM

    Looks like you folks are having a great time! thanks for sharing some pics.

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APRIL_V_2 8/19/2014 11:41AM

    I love that you took time off just to have fun with your kids. What a great mom you are! Have fun with those kiddos. I love that you're doing so many active things!

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FORZACHANDMATT 8/19/2014 11:27AM

    That is so great - your kids will have such great memories

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WORTHEYMOM 8/19/2014 11:25AM

    ahhh - you are such a fun family!! Look like you all had a great time! Be careful because these high school years fly by! I'm so happy to be back on a normal routine! Enjoy the last few days of summer break!

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MPLSKEN 8/19/2014 11:00AM

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Re-Committing Myself

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

It is time to re-commit myself. I have been stuck in a rut and then getting the "I don't care" mode. Time to get my thinking back on track!

I get like this sometimes when the scale goes in plateau mode. I feel like I am giving it my all and not seeing results. But truthfully, if I was really truthful with myself I would know that I am not giving it my all. I have been eating what I want. Most of it is healthy and on track but then again some is not. Like the cheese cake I had the other night. I am still working out religiously and I am working on changing things up with that. I just need to keep my eating in check. Which is difficult.

So this is my statement... this is my commitment to myself. This is my owning up to the mistakes I have made. This is me recommitting myself to what I know works. Recommitting to the whole system and giving it my all 100% of the time, not just half the time.

Because if I want it bad enough... it will happen. It is as simple as that!

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ORCHIDLADY56 8/12/2014 8:27PM

    Go for it! I know you can do it!

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VALYNN26 8/7/2014 6:31AM

    You can do it! emoticon

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APRIL_V_2 8/6/2014 11:22PM

    Awesome! You go girl! You can do it! :-)

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ICECUB 8/6/2014 7:42PM

    emoticon JUST DON'T GIVE UP.

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2BEABETTERME 8/6/2014 5:40PM

    It will happen! Keep on pushing!

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VIADOLOROSA 8/6/2014 4:39PM

    Life is all about second chances! (and third, fourth....)

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LEEORAG 8/6/2014 4:16PM

    You are not alone. I have been there and am there right now. I joined in 2008 and walked away from what I knew would help and boy was that a dumb move. I know nutrition but I wouldn't hold myself accountable. So now I have to start again with baby steps
Don't be hard on yourself forgive the past and keep your eye on the future. We are not perfect beings if we were life would be much easier and boring. Keep your commitments t yourself but if you slip forgive yourself and jump back into the fray.

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Sucker Run

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I had a run planned with my coworker today and was bummed when he called in sick. I can run on my own but running for me is more enjoyable when I have company. Plus it helps with pacing when I have others with me.

So I went to the next plan, join in another running group. I sent the email and the time was confirmed. Perfect!

We were meeting at 11:30 so I got there a few minutes early to start up my watch. (My watch goes by satellite and sometimes it takes a while to fully set up.) I got my watch set, was all stretched out, and was waiting for the other runners. Minutes went by and no one showed. I had already been standing on this corner (which doesn't look good... LOL) for almost 10 minutes so I decided time to start.

I got it in my head that I could do this and I was off!

One thing about running on my own is that I go way too fast. Today was no different. I look down at my watch and see the 8:30 pace and go whoa... I better slow down. Try slowing down and it just was not working. Kept creeping back up to 9:00 minute pace, then 8:45 minute pace.... so I decided to stop watching my watch and just go with it.

It does feel kind of good to run on my own. When I run by myself I get really in tune with how I am feeling, how my stride is, etc.... I think I run in better form when I am by myself.

Hit the 2 mile turn around point and I started heading back. I did run into the two runners I was supposed to run with. Apparently they were late and we all apologized but it ended up being all good.

On my way back I see this scooter up ahead. It looked like the person was trying to hand something out but everyone was just walking on by. I felt bad so when he got close I slowed down to a walk. He drove right up to me and here this sweet little old man was passing out caramel apple suckers. I thanked him and said that I was running and he said, just go ahead and take one. So I did... and he smiled and then drove on.

What a sweet gesture!

He was just trying to bring joy to someone's day as he strolled along down the path by the river. Passing out suckers to who ever would take one. I am glad I did... his smile made my day!

I probably won't eat the sucker but I will keep it on my desk as a reminder of the sweet gesture from this little old man.

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CHELLEBELLE104 7/21/2014 12:54PM

    That sounds like it worked out nice! I like the self reflecting time too. Hugs

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SASSYLJB 7/19/2014 9:09AM

    How wonderful! And girl what a great pace wish I could run an 8:30, the best I can muster is a 9:00 and that is pushing it! Sometimes running by ourselves gives us time to reflect and that is not all bad!

Run on runner girl!


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VALYNN26 7/19/2014 7:49AM

    What a great story! Made me smile. Great job getting that run in, and awesome job on being able to "see" the life going on around you. I am sure your smile brightened the man's day as much as he did yours. emoticon

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WORTHEYMOM 7/17/2014 8:19AM

    i'm sorry no one showed up on time, but awesome pace! What a sweet old guy - I so would have taken the sucker too! I'm a sucker for nice old guys - I guess it reminds me of my grandpa! Hope you have a great day!

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2BEABETTERME 7/17/2014 12:21AM

    Those suckers are my favorites! Way to go it on your own and get your sweat on!

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BOILHAM 7/16/2014 7:05PM

    Cool story. When I'm doing long distance races people hand out treats pretty often. I take 'em and enjoy 'em. But I'm old and grew up less paranoid.

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JAYKAYSTRONG 7/16/2014 6:46PM

    Great story and April's comment about taking candy from strangers made me laugh out loud too. emoticon

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ICECUB 7/16/2014 5:57PM

    that was nice

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APRIL_V_2 7/16/2014 5:08PM

    Didn't anyone ever tell you to not take candy from strangers? ;-) lol I would be one of the people just passing by. Perhaps he should just try smiling and saying hello to people. Don't eat it! He could be a closet crazy person. Yes, I am paranoid. I grew up in NY. We don't trust strangers!

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MOJO0607 7/16/2014 4:25PM

    Isnt nice to have self-reflection time, as well as an opportunity to open our eyes and see what is going on in the world around us. Sounds like a lovely run!

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FOCUSD 7/16/2014 3:43PM

  That is so sweet!

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Power Up!

Friday, July 11, 2014

I am feeling like Wonder Woman today!

Getting back to normal this week and back at the gym was exactly what I needed. Tuesday I got back in the weight room for a good full body weight lifting session. That session left me very sore as I reworked and dusted off those muscles. I could tell that I missed almost 2 weeks of weight lifting. I also got in a great 13 mile bike ride with friends in the evening.

Wednesday was a 4 mile run. I ran with my coworker and he is a guy. Need I say more...? Guys tend to run a little faster. (At least what I have witnessed.) I was sore from the day before but was able to keep up the 9 mile pace for all 4 miles.

Thursday I went to cycling class with my friend. Since I injured myself on my bike (another story....) my rear was a little sore. I think I bruised my tail bone. So when I went to sit on the saddle... I couldn't without wincing in pain. What is a girl to do???.... Well she then stays out of the saddle then in third position for the whole 45 minute class. I did sit a little here and there to give my feet a break but I was mainly up. Which means... calf muscles are VERY sore today.

But I was focused and knew I wanted to fit in another weight lifting session so that is what I did!

I started the morning off right with a yummy and filling breakfast.

I made an egg white omlet with broccoli, spinach, and cheese. It got a little over cooked because I was running around getting ready for work at the same time. It was still really good though and I topped it off with salsa and also had a whole nectarine and my Spark drink. (I use Advocare products and Spark drink is a energy drink that I use sometimes instead of getting coffee.)

Before my workout I had another quick dose of my Spark drink and then a Luna Protein bar. (Chocolate chip cookie dough... yummo!) And here is what I did for my workout:

6 sets of Squats (loading it up to 135 pounds for my last set)
4 sets of deadlifts

6 sets of chest press on the bench (loading it up to 95 pounds for my last set)
3 sets of upward row
3 sets of incline push ups

CARDIO BLAST: Jump rope for 50 reps and 25 mountain climbers (I ran through this twice)

3 sets of bent over row (Max weight 25 pound dumb bell)
3 sets of tricep extensions (Max weight 25 pound bar)
3 sets of bicep curls (Max weight 25 pound bar)

Lunge around the track with a 25 pound weight. I did some normal lunges but then also did some with a twist.

3 sets of lat pull down (using the machine... max weight was 85 pounds)
3 sets of shoulder press (max out weight was 45 pounds)
3 sets of lateral raise (max out weight was 8 pounds... getting tired here!)

Then I did some ab work including leg raises, scissor kicks, and sit ups.

Last but not least... another CARDIO BLAST. This time I only did 50 jumps with the jump rope and 25 mountain climbers. I was pretty beat by this point and was already well over the hour for working out. But I wanted to get in one last cardio blast so I pushed through.

I ended the workout with some deep stretching.

Now I am ready for lunch. Drank a protein shake and heading down to Subway to pick up a 6 inch tuna sub on wheat bread.

How about you? What did you do for your workout today?

Side note:
To help with my sweet tooth lately I decided to make my own ice cream. I made banana and my daughter made blueberry. For mine, all I did was blend up a whole banana and then put it in the freezer. It was a pretty good treat and something I will probably make again. My daughter's was kind of bland. She blended up frozen blueberries and added milk. It didn't have much of a taste. Back to the drawing board for hers.

Picture of my banana ice cream.....

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2BEABETTERME 7/15/2014 12:26PM

    You are wonder woman! An active, healthy-eating inspiration!


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MOJO0607 7/14/2014 11:07AM

    Wow! What a great day...WonderWoman indeed!

Thanks for sharing the details of your workouts--while it will take a while to work up to level, it is nice to have a starting point to refer to. Have a great week!

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ORCHIDLADY56 7/12/2014 10:42AM

    Wow! You were indeed Wonderwoman! Way to go!

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JAYKAYSTRONG 7/11/2014 7:05PM

    Wonder woman, indeed! That sounds like a great workout. I love all your photos in your blogs :)

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ICECUB 7/11/2014 6:01PM

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ZANDASMOM1 7/11/2014 4:56PM

    Way to go!!! You are a superwoman!!!! emoticon

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APRIL_V_2 7/11/2014 2:19PM

    Sounds like a great week except for the sore bum ouch! Way to go on the workouts and the yummy eats! emoticon emoticon

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