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Sexy boots and more outfits (pics)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

What does Sara do? Share pictures lol. Last night I went out with friends from school and had a great time! A few people asked me to dance and I got quite a few looks. Although I am not in the market and have no desire to be picked up at a bar, it was nice feeling desired by strangers lol. Plus, it is nice that I no longer feel the need to have my boobs out all the time to try to get attention. I was completely covered, yet people still found me attractive. Interesting concept. I've always been large chested. I used to think that was my "thing" and that's what I had going for me... but now I see I have a lot going for me.

This morning I decided to do my hair and went shopping with one of the friends from last night. I got some great stuff! Bf and I are going to a birthday party tonight, so I'm going to wear my red dress and new boots. Love it!!! I'm also excited to say that I am now a size 6 in jeans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have NEVER been this small. This just blows my mind. I mean there are only a few sizes left on the racks! 4, 2, and 0. What!?? My goal for next week is to join Gold's by next Saturday. If I have not PLEASE send me a message telling me to stop making excuses and to step up my game. lol THanks spark family!













  
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CLPURNELL 11/14/2012 4:30PM

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/12/2012 5:35AM

    Looking good:)

Enjoy your week!

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JANTWO 11/11/2012 12:34AM

    REALLY like the boots, but more than that you look AMAZING!!!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/10/2012 11:54PM

    Pretty, sexy and confident! That's how you look! Keep rocking those looks!

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HDHAWK 11/10/2012 10:21PM

    So cute! Congrats!

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 11/10/2012 10:18PM

    I'm so happy for you! Wooo hooo size six! Spectacular.

You go girl!!! You are my inspiration-- I wanna see a 6 in my closet.

Let's get this done.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 11/10/2012 7:29PM

    Sexy mama!!!
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Exercise Schedule Vision

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

So I live in north Baltimore County and work on the west side of Baltimore County. My house is about 14 miles from my work in Owings Mills. There is a Gold’s Gym in Owings Mills around 3 miles from my work. It is about a 12 mile drive to the Bel Air Gold’s Gym in Harford County and 14 miles to the Gold’s Gym in Shrewsbury, PA. My house is kind of in the middle of all 3 locations, but these are the closest to me.

I went on the class schedules for these 3 locations and have a master plan. Now OBVIOUSLY I will not attend ALL of these classes EVERY day of the week, but this is my ultimate master plan so that I have options for myself. When I was a member of a gym when I first started teaching I did some spinning class and that was it. I was afraid of Zumba, anything involving barbells or free weights, etc. I want a wide variety of classes and I want to branch out and try new things.

Monday 4-5 PM Zumba at my school (I arranged to have Zumba at our school on Mondays). 5:45-6:15 PM Upper Body Blast in Owings Mills. 6:30 – 7:30 PM Cycling in Owings Mills. Then I will go home.

Tuesday Sometimes I have grad classes from 4:30-7:30, but that is about to be over until February. My plan is to leave school and go towards my house. Then from 5:30 – 6:00 PM do Abs/toning class in Shrewsbury and then from 6:00 – 7:00 PM Cycling in Shrewsbury. Then home.

Wednesday Sometimes I have grad classes from 5-7:30. There won’t be TOO many classes left and then it will pick back up again in February. I stay after school with students until 3:30 PM. Then I will go from 5:45 – 6:15 PM to Lower Body Blast in Owings Mills and then 6:30 – 7:30 PM Cycling in Owings Mills. Then home.

Thursday 6:00 – 7:00 PM Ballet Booty in Owings Mills. I was really interested in this class, but it is a little later since I will be hanging around school until 6. The class description says it is 1 hour of great exercises for the legs and of course the booty to give you those strong dancer legs. I’ll have to think about this one, but this was one of the classes I was quite interested in. Then home.

Friday 6:00 – 7:00 PM Body Pump in Shrewsbury. This class uses barbells for a total body workout. I was really interested in this class as well. This class is near my house so I can go home after school, then class, then back home for whatever I want to do for the weekend.

Saturday I have two choices. My first choice is 9:00 – 10:00 AM Body Step, 10 – 11 AM Body Pump, and 11- noon Body Flow (which is like yoga). I really wanted to try the step aerobics, so this is why this option is my first choice. It is also in Bel Air, which is closer to my house. My second choice is in Owings Mills, which is a farther drive from home. However, they have Boot Camp from 7:30 – 8:30 AM, Cycle or Zumba from 8:30 – 9:30 AM, Body Pump from 9:30 – 10:30 AM, and RPM from 10:30 – 11:30 AM. I couldn’t handle all of those classes in one day, but I was also interested in Boot Camp. However, I know since it is a farther drive I am less likely to go on a Saturday.

Sunday 10-11 AM CSI (Cardio Strength Intervals- this class alternates between cycling and resistance training using resistance tubing) in Bel Air. This is good because it is closer to my house as well. I was interested in trying this class.

The classes I am really interested in is CSI, upper body blast, abs/toning, lower body blast, ballet booty, body pump, body step, and cycling. I might try boot camp and I might do the yoga class, but trying to get the other ones in are my first priorities. Especially Body Pump and Ballet Booty!

EDIT UPDATE: So I emailed my vision to my bf to get his thoughts. I feel like coming home at 7 to 8 every night might be too late. His response was "Go for it! I support you". I usually do not post mushy blogs, but this blew me away. I am so fortunate to have someone who supports me this deeply and is willing to sacrifice with me to make my goals a reality:)

EDIT UPDATE 2: So I went to see the Owings mills location and got bad news... the gyms are all privately owned so i can't use multiple locations with my membership. I would need a separate membership at each location! I felt quite deflated. However, i regrouped and have a new plan.

Mon. 330-430 zumba at my school. 530-630 body pump
Tues. 530-630 body step (rpm instead if i have class Wed)
Wed. 530-630 rpm (when i dont have class)
Thurs. 5-6 body step
Fri. Rest (no pm classes available)
Sat. 9-10 group cycle. 10-11 body pump. 11-12 body flow (yoga)
Sun. 10-11 cardio strength interval

This gives me 1 zumba a week, 2 body pumps, 1 to 2 body steps, 2 rpm/cycling, 1 body flow/yoga, and 1 cardio strength interval. Plus my classes are over at 630 at the latest vs 730. It will require me to drive an hr after school to classes, but i think i can do it. My goal is to start tomorrow. Ill keep u updated:)

  
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CLPURNELL 11/8/2012 2:32PM

    Awesome plan!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/7/2012 6:53PM

    I concur! Without the support of my hubby, I am not sure what I would do. I always joke that I could move in to the gym I belong to I am there so much.
I love certain instructors and certain classes. Always go for at least 1 hour after school:)

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TRAVELISMYGAME 11/7/2012 3:40PM

    It's great that you have so many choices, just don't do too much and get burned out! And that's so sweet that your BF supports you like that. I'm not so sure mine would!




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Part 2 of my journey (pics)

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Warning- if you are tired of my pictures then don't read this blog. If you read my blogs you should know me by now that I LOVE documenting my life through pictures.

So I have decided to give Gold's Gym a try. I can start my free week trial, but I don't want to start today because I have grad classes. I am thinking that maybe I will start tomorrow... that should give me the most number of days that I can go to the gym. I want to jump start my exercising routine and kick it into gear. I have never gone from focusing mostly on weight loss to focusing on strength/toning, so this is a new journey for me. I think Gold's might be the motivation and environment I need to get really serious about this. They said my body fat percentage was 25%, which I am not unhappy with. Here are some "before" pictures of my muscles so I have something to compare it to once I really start hitting the weights. Again, warning that you may not like these pictures, but these aren't for you... they are for me:) Of course I see areas that I can improve, which is why I love the pictures. I love seeing the changes my body is making and I love the fact that I am now comfortable enough sharing pictures at all. If you don't want to see it, then X out as quickly as you possibly can. I feel like if body builders, models, and magazines can share pictures then why can't I. Plus I feel like I've shared worse pictures than these so deal with it:)






I also use my Kohl's cash yesterday and bought some nice things. Here is a new dress I got. It is a size medium in the juniors department:) I think it is very nice. I love the material and for the first time I can wear an outfit without a bra! I also got a pair of jeans that are size 9 juniors, so this should be about a size 6 women. However, I was in a rush do I didn't try much on to compare... but I'll still take that excitement.





To keep things in perspective for myself, I will share with you a final picture. I found my teacher ID card from last school year. The picture was probably taken around this time. Although this was 2 months before my heaviest weight, I still think it is pretty eye opening.



This is why I LOVE pictures! It keeps me positive and keeps me in check. It allows me to see the little things when my brain starts to try to get me down. Of COURSE everyone can find things they aren't happy with, but we have done incredible things. Celebrate those things! Love yourself! And enjoy the journey:) Hope everyone has a wonderful day and thanks for reading.

P.S. Just so you don't think I dress like a hoochie all of the time, here is my outfit for today.



I am being interviewed by a tv crew for a professional development video the Office of Mathematics is making for the math teachers in the county. Plus I wanted to try out one of my new outfits:)

  
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SKINNY_MINNY120 11/23/2012 9:35PM

    Your blogs are hilarious!!!!! Even if you didn't lose any more weight . . . your hour glass figure is to die for! =]

I'm stuck with a short non-hour glass figure that Ive never liked. I'm sure if I worked hard at it though, I could sculpt it more than it is now on my homepage.

Keep on going ma'dam

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KIMPY225 11/7/2012 8:37PM

    You have done a fantastic job! Keep up the great work! Thanks for sharing your pictures too! The dress looks awesome

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/7/2012 7:25PM

    You look great! Congrats on your progress. Enjoy your week of working out at the gym. Let us know what you think!

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KAREN_NY 11/7/2012 2:57PM

    Evil legs - way to go!

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LYNSEY723 11/7/2012 11:47AM

    Congrats!!! Your butt looks great!!! emoticon I love that you post these pictures. I have some swim suit pics I took before vacation... like 6 weeks before, then the week before... some small differences - but I can't imagine posting those!! You are brave and you look great!!

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FITBIZZZ 11/7/2012 8:47AM

    How motivating. I can tell a difference even from a couple of months ago. Thanks for sharing.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 11/7/2012 8:33AM

    You crack me up...
We love your pics, Spark B!t*he$!!!
BaHaHaHaHa!!

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TWINZMOM7 11/7/2012 7:58AM

  You look amazing!

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SEESKO 11/7/2012 7:41AM

    I love you attitude. keep up the amazing work. I hope you enjoy the gym.

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BUSYGRANNY5 11/7/2012 7:09AM

    You look fantastic!!! Keep on keeping on!!!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/7/2012 7:06AM

    You look fanttastic, congratulations! Im' sure the gym will help you see more of the results you're looking for!

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Gold's Gym

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

I went to a Gold's Gym to get my body fat percentage tested and i was really impressed. No one talked to me like i was dumb. Even though it was kind of a busy time and there were a lot of meat head type guys there, i didnt feel like i didnt belong. It seems like they follow up with people better and help them work towards their goals better than the other gyms ive been involved with (i.e. planet fitness, brick bodies, and pulse fitness). I think i might join golds. Ive always had the mental picture of crazy athletes belonging there, but i think it might be what i need as i transition into the strength/toning phase of my weight loss journey. Anyone have any good or bad experiences with golds gym??

  
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MAGA99 12/26/2012 8:03PM

    I just joined a golds gym a cpl wks ago n I love it
its like family

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TRAVELISMYGAME 11/7/2012 10:05AM

    I belonged to a gym many years ago and loved it at first. Then I started going for just the treadmill - which was dumb because we had one in the basement. I got tired of going and seeing all the "pretty people" using the gym as a pick-up joint as opposed to using it to get healthy. I also didn't like the fact that if I wanted a trainer or someone to help me out it was extra $$. Just be sure that you know exactly what you get for your membership and how much the extra's cost!

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JIBBIE49 11/7/2012 12:34AM

    I know they had them when we lived in California, but don't know anything more. Any gym is what YOU make of it. Like Cory Everson said "I go in and do my workout and don't pay attention to anyone else." Good advice.

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/6/2012 9:49PM

    I haven't been to a Gold's Gym. Get a free 7 day pass and try it out before you commit.

First impressions are good but make sure you like working out there, parking is convenient, you have access to classes/machines, etc.

If you like it after a week, great! Go for it!

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LADYBUGLEX 11/6/2012 9:39PM

    I've been a member at my local Gold's Gym for almost 2 years come December and I love it. I'm not sure about other locations, but there are many different types of people who are members at mine - bodybuilders, young, old, people just looking to get and stay in shape. A lot of locations offer a variety of classes, including Zumba, spinning, body pump and body combat. You can always visit the location and ask for a tour. I think the level of customer service/cleanliness/etc. really differs from each location as it is franchise-based. I've never had a bad experience.

I haven't terminated my contract (and don't plan on doing so) but I've heard that it is quite the process, so you may want to look into that and discuss the terms of the contract with them before signing up. They seem to offer specials on membership costs every couple of months, but right now I pay $29/month.

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KIMPY225 11/6/2012 9:39PM

    I never had any experience with them - sorry. I am glad you had a nice time with them!

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SKIRNIR 11/6/2012 9:31PM

    Better than me. When I visited Gold's Gym as it was just being built and opening, I was not impressed. They basically seemed to say imagine what you will look like in a year if you don't join our gym. I really wanted a gym I could join in the winter for a few months and then let it expire in the months when I can exercise in Wisconsin and they wanted a 2 year commitment. (I think this has since changed.) But when they made the earlier comment it pissed me off. I have to say now that I have finished loosing my 50 pounds, I so wish I could go back in and tell them off. But I would have a different sales person, etc. Best of luck to you if you do decide to join Gold's Gym. If I did, it would not be the location I went to before.

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When you say to yourself...

Monday, November 05, 2012

When u say to yourself "ill never reach my goal! It's too far away"...

just posted this on a friend's page and felt that it needed to be shared with the world. Some of us get discouraged at the thought of ever reaching our goals. This was me a few years ago. I was able to get to the 150's from the 190's and then gave up. I ended up gaining back even more weight and before I knew it I was 215. Now I had even farther go to. Great! The progress is so slow and who can ever actually get to where they want to be!? That's only reserved for models and people in infomercials, right? Wrong!


This is what I shared with my friend. She has overcome physical difficulties with injuries and has a goal of losing a significant amount of weight. Although the details of her life might not be exactly the same as yours, I feel like all of us can relate to the journey in some way...

"Don't think about how far you have to go... think about how far you have come. You are a runner! You ran a freaking half marathon!

Let me hit you with some math.... in 2011 1.6 million people completed a half marathon. It is the most popular running event in the US. However, there are 314,712,000 people in the USA (as of Oct 1, 2012). That means that only 0.508% of the population has done what you have done.

LESS THAN ONE PERCENT of the people in the US have accomplished what you have accomplished.

However, you may be thinking- Sara, you are being dramatic. What about babies? Ok fine... about 20% of the population is between the ages of 0-14. So that means there are 251769600 people in the US that are 15 and older. That still means only 0.636% of people 15 and older have done a half marathon.

Still less than 1%.

Say you want to be really picky and exclude older people (even though we know a lot of older people run). We will be so picky to say that we are only going to include people 15-64 years old. 67% of the population is in this age group. That means that 210857040 people are between 15 and 64. That still means that only 0.759% of people in this group have done a half marathon.

STILL LESS THAN 1%.

You are incredible! Look back at your old pictures and see how far you have come. You are an athlete. You have accomplished goals. You are fierce. You are doing things you never thought possible and have overcome so many obstacles. Yes, you have farther that you want to go... but you are now part of the elite. No one can take that away from you!"

Even if you have not done a half marathon, you are doing things that thousands of people have not. When I decided to try to run a mile last year I felt like it wasn't that big of a deal. At these race events there are thousands of people. You hear about people doing triatholons and ironman events. What makes your little mile that exciting? EVERYTHING! There are people who will never accomplish what you have. Every decision you make, every healthy choice you follow through with, every step you make in the right direction, every little pound you lose is setting you apart from the rest.

Over 1/3rd of people in the US are obese (around 110,149,200 people). I was in that category, as many of us on SP are/were. However, every day that I followed through with tracking my food and everyday I decided to do some sort of exercise I was setting myself apart. I was doing something that MILLIONS of people were choosing not to... even though I may have still been considered part of that 1/3rd at the time. Even when you make bad food choices, but you verbalize that you made a mistake in a blog and make a decision to try better next time- you are doing something MILLIONS of people are not.

I found an article that said that a study in London found that 28% of young people started on a new diet each month and that 45% of them quit after a week and that 48.9% of all dieters give up after a month. If this was compared to the US and we were looking at people 15-64 that would be 59,039,971 people every month starting a diet and 28,870,546 people giving up after a month! The fact that you are still here after a month sets you above almost 29 THOUSAND PEOPLE!

The choices you make everyday are setting you apart and you are starting to rise to the top. It may take a long time to get to where you want to go, but think of the millions of people who never get there or who give up. That will not be you. Today is your day. Be incredible!

  
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JJAQUES41 11/5/2012 5:50PM

    I love the support backed up by numbers-what an affirmation!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/5/2012 5:43PM

    LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!

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