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Day 117: Week Updates

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Day 139 smoke-free! Woot!

So I know I haven't written in awhile. I'm kinda burnt out on the whole losing weight thing to be honest. I've been spending a lot of time outside and doing summer things, which is good. I also am maintaining my weight..which is awesome, because I figured I wouldn't if I wasn't working out and eating completely I'm happy! I know when a lot of people stop using Sparks as much they kinda get off the wagon..but I'm still doing well maintaining.

I think this is happening because I'm comfortable where I'm at weight wise...I mean, it's still an unhealthy weight...but I wouldn't mind if I started losing less from now on. As long as I am enjoying life, right?

As far as food this weekend, I haven't been too bad...I haven't been tracking my calories, but I am pretty sure I'm staying within my ranges. This is huge for me considering how big of an overeating problem I used to have before Sparks. Crazy how much this site has changed my habits.

Working out could definitely be better..but I am walking a lot and swimming that's good!!

I hope everyone has a great 4th of July!! woohoo!

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COLLEGEGAL28 7/8/2010 5:19PM

    I'm glad you're happy. I say keep pushing yourself. You'll be so happy when you reach your goal.

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OCFERNAN 7/7/2010 12:23AM

    keep it up - and keep your expectations reasonable and realistic. part of your burnout may be not seeing the high numbers you once saw the first few months, but not realizing that you're still making progress.

i'd hate to see your "spark" go out. you're among my favorites!

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ALIMESSA 7/6/2010 11:51PM

    Keep up the great work...maintaining is AWESOME, too!!

I will miss you when I am away...I will be MIA for about 2 weeks and will not be reading any blogs, please try and keep me updated on your progress by Sparkmailing me or leaving me a comment on my SparkPage!

Wishing you a great couple weeks!!

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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BLUELOUISE29 7/6/2010 11:12PM

    Thanks for the honesty! I've been slacking the past few weeks. I've only lost 10 lbs so far, but I got in place where I just am not motivated to keep it going on a daily basis. I have maintained for weeks, but I really need to step it up. I am glad to know that I am not the only one who struggles with this. And you should be sooo proud of how far you have come! And not smoking!! You go!! I used to smoke and it is sooo hard to kick the habit, but you feel so much better when you do. I used to keep body spray in the car to coverup the smell! So nice not to have to do that anymore!
Anyways, thanks for sharing and keep doing what you are doing! As long as you are happy that is all that matters!

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CRUISE2011 7/6/2010 10:53AM

    Given the weight loss you've had so quickly, I can completely understand the burnout! It's great that you are maintaining....

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CALLIKIA 7/6/2010 10:48AM

    Maybe you've found your current "happy weight." Maybe that will change at some point down the road, but maintaining your happy weight for now is a really good thing! Plus, you'll learn how to maintain and what all that entails - so if and when you decide to drop a few more pounds, you'll know what maintaining looks like.

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KEAMOM1510 7/5/2010 7:24PM

    Why not just maintain? If you feel like losing weight later, you can always change your mind. I'm glad to hear your happy though! That's awesome!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 7/3/2010 11:30PM

    I think as long as you are happy and able to do the things you want to do that is the primary thing. Nothing in life is a race and learning to maintain is also important.

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LETMEBME 7/3/2010 10:57PM

    I feel you. I got off the wagon for a while. I'm back thou. Gotta work on it. Besides, I hav not lost as much as you have.

Happy 4th of July!

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HDHAWK 7/3/2010 10:45PM

    You're doing great! Enjoy the 4th and congrats on continuing being smoke free! emoticon

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KNITTABLES 7/3/2010 6:33PM

    Happy 4th and emoticon

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ANVIBEXTOR 7/3/2010 6:13PM

    It's good that you are being critical and analyzing your actions. That way you'll know when things are not working anymore. :)

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DERTREFFER 7/3/2010 6:12PM

    As long as you are still working on you, then it's great to take some time off! Getting burnt out would be the pits because it could start a whole self-destructive spiral (I know that it does for me). Just relax, take it easy and allow life to come at you at it's own pace. As long as you continue to do the right things, the wight will come off eventually!


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SHERRY257 7/3/2010 5:52PM

    Congrats on being smoke free! Have a great $th! emoticon

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SUNSHINE667 7/3/2010 5:05PM

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T_LEE24 7/3/2010 4:57PM

    great job and i saw that you are ten lbs from your goal!! im trying not to get burnt out either..they gym gets boring so ive been walking outside hang in there..

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DUSTEDTWIN 7/3/2010 4:56PM

    Congrats on being smoke free! THAT'S A BIG DEAL!!!!
If you are happy with it, keep doing what makes you happy. Stop in once in a while. When you feel like you want to do more, pop in for a few weeks/months and do more. You HAVE to go at your own pace, not the pace set for you. That way you will be happier and more motivated to keep going until you get your body EXACTLY as you want it. Keep in mind that this environment helps support people in all parts of their journey - even those that are happy where they are :)

Good luck! Happy Independence Day!

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Day 112: The Weekend & Stuff

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sooo...I did take Saturday and Sunday off of working out--technically...but I did a TON of walking so I guess that may have worked out. I did work out on Friday even though I went out Thursday that's an improvement!

This weekend is 4th of July weekend!!! Woohoo!!!! I'm excited for it, but I have to start putting in an action plan now. I ate probably 10,000% of what my salt intake was supposed to be this weekend! My best friend's grad party happened and she just had WAY too much good food..I almost ate 3,000 calories that day :/. Yesterday I probably ate around 2,000...but it just is a calorie booster :). I'll see where I'm at tomorrow after this water weight disappears-probably between 164-165...if I don't get my booty in gear, I'm not going to have a decent loss for June. My next weigh-in (Wednesday) and that is also the last day in June. I'm going to have two really great days of working out!

In other exciting news..I have a date planned sometime soon. My friend set it technically it's a blind date..but we chatted on Facebook for a couple of hours. haha, funny how technology changes things. He seems pretty normal, my friend thought we would have a lot in common so here goes nothing. I guess we're just meeting at a restaurant casually for a drink to see if we like each we'll see how it goes. I've never gone on a date with someone I have never met this should be interesting.

I'll write soon..gotta go get my very long workout in to make up for the lazy sodium-filled weekend!

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ALIMESSA 7/2/2010 9:52PM

    Hope all is going well and you had a good end of June weigh in! Good luck on your blind date, and have a SUPER 4th of July weekend!

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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AGIGS22 7/2/2010 11:48AM

    i love how positive you are!! even though consumed 3,000 you know that you're still on track and you don't let it get you down! really wish I could have such a mindset!

i want to hear deets about your date...!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 6/29/2010 11:01PM

    You can do this!!! Way to start early for the weekend!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLAIRJ1 6/28/2010 8:44PM

    Ughhhh sodium. I have trouble with this too! I can't wait to hear all about your date :)

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CHRISTINA623 6/28/2010 4:26PM

    i have such a problem with sodium too.. it really sucks to be bloated after the weekend

good luck on your blind date!!!! keep us posted!

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ANDIE00845 6/28/2010 2:59PM

    I had a bad weekend too food your not alone, it's so hard to stay on track during the weekends. Good luck and have fun on your date, you never know this may be the "one" hah! emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 6/28/2010 2:36PM

    Have a fun date!!

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4KIDS_4ME 6/28/2010 2:14PM

    Have fun on your date. I'm sure you'll get your sodium content back to where it should be soon

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KISSYTINA 6/28/2010 1:56PM

    Have fun on your date! I am sure you will have a great time!

I am super excited for the 4th also! Keeping track of my food is going to be pretty tricky though. But, I have found that I am slightly more inclined to pick healthier foods now, even without thinking too hard. I am sure you will do great also!

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MAMMA_MIA1 6/28/2010 1:16PM

    Have fun on your date!! Hope you have a great workout!

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SILVERCHICK 6/28/2010 1:01PM

    Oh la la, have fun on your date! Can't wait to hear how it went!

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KNITTABLES 6/28/2010 12:45PM

    Have a good time and keep us posted on your blind date.

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TEAM-SARAH 6/28/2010 12:32PM

    Ooh have fun on your date! Have an awesome week!

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ZANNACHAN 6/28/2010 12:22PM

    Have fun on your blind date!

Walking is great exercise, so it definitely counts as a workout. *Grin* Sounds like you had a fun weekend--now you just have to work hard to make up the extra calories!

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APATRICIAO521 6/28/2010 12:12PM

    Have fun on the blind date... they are always an adventure... I do know many people who have had successful relationships as a result tho!!!

You have the 100% correct mindet... oh well you had a bad weekend! Now bust your butt and have an awesome weigh-in on Wednesday regardless!!! That is what I have to do since I bombed this weekend too!!!

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Day 108: The Weekend Starts..

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hey all.. I'm not around much on the weekends..but I thought I would write a quick blog and let everyone know I'll try to be around more this one. :)

Hope everyone has a good one!!!

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SEEAMANDARUN 6/25/2010 9:04AM

    Thanks, you too!

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SUZANNE0606 6/25/2010 12:54AM

    Hope to see you around this weekend!

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ZANNACHAN 6/25/2010 12:26AM

    Have a great (and healthy!) weekend!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 6/24/2010 11:32PM

    Have a great weekend!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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BELLJOANN 6/24/2010 10:36PM

    Have a great weekend./

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GOLDBERG73 6/24/2010 8:53PM

    You have a great weekend as well!!!


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KNITTABLES 6/24/2010 8:26PM

    Spark when you can,, we know how busy you are. Take care.

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Day 107: I Think This Is Totally Going To Work!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

WOW-I blew my 10 minute minimum out of the water and worked out for 153 minutes yesterday! I went to the gym bright and early and got done my 30 minutes on the cross-trainer..then I started thinking about how I wanted to start the C25K program and did the whole first day of that too! Then I did level 3 of the shred, followed by level 1. Then I was sitting watching Losing It and afterward I was I went back to the gym and watched another TV show and a half for another 40 minutes! woohoo!!

Not only this, but when I did the C25K program..I was AMAZED at how much easier it was than the last time that I tried. Yayyy for getting in better shape!! I really think this focusing on fitness thing is going to help. After all, you may have calories in and calories out and create a deficit and not lose weight..but with working out you can always feel like you are getting better! With anyone having problems with the scale, I strongly recommend this approach!!!

129 days smoke-free!!!!!

[X] Exercise for a minimum of 10 minutes -- 153
[X] 30 minutes on the cross trainer
[X] 30 Day Shred
[X] Exercise when I first get up so I can't make excuses later
[X] Drink my water
[X] Eat healthy/stay in my ranges
[X] Track my food before I eat
[X] Motivate myself in some way -- measured and realized I have lost 10 inches since starting the shred!
[X] Get maximum SparkPoints for the day

Five things I did right
1. I worked out as planned
2. I stayed within my ranges, even though I ate out
3. When I was bored..I worked out (instead of watching more TV or eating)
4. I didn't beat myself up
5. I finally got my oil changed

Two things I could work on
1. Finishing my cleaning projects
2. Getting my brakes fixed!

Track three things that stress me out for the stress buster challenge
1. How much money I need to put into my car
2. Getting another job
3. Bills

Track two things I am thankful for
1. Being able to have down time
2. Realizing I needed to change my old habits that would have eventually killed me (smoking, bingeing, never working out)

Reflection: WOOHOO..yesterday was a great day!! I exercised more in one day than I ever had before!! Yayyy!

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OCFERNAN 7/3/2010 10:16AM

    great for you! congrats! looks like you continue to bring about great results.

Biggest Loser finished for me. I did pretty good overall, but haven't had time to report it yet on this blog...and right now I don't have the papers since I am out of state on vacation. But i'll be doing that when i return.

happy 4th to you too!

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ALIMESSA 6/25/2010 8:04PM

    You soooo ROCKED your goals...WTG!! Keep up the great work!

As always,
Stay Strong!

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ZANNACHAN 6/25/2010 12:25AM

    Wow, that's fantastic! You rock!

Yeah, I definitely agree that focusing on fitness has helped me a lot--at the very least it helps me stay positive when the scale isn't moving--I can see all kinds of improvement--things are easier, I'm not getting as tired, I can lift more weights, workout at higher intensities, etc. I figure the weight loss will come eventually (I am watching what I eat etc. as well!) but in the meantime I know I'm getting healthier even though the scale isn't moving.

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ME_HERE_NOW 6/24/2010 9:07PM

    so awesome, you are crazy amazing, and such an amazing spirit about you! :D

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ANDREWS_MOM 6/24/2010 4:04PM

    emoticon on all the exercise!
Definateley agree w/ focusing on the fitness when scale's not been budging- and mine hasn't moved in months despite all the extra working out/ but i feel & look much stronger and have lost 2 clothing sizes. :)
Plus- i was told yesterday by my doctor the reason my scale isn't moving anymore is that i'm not eating enough & that he thinks i really need to seriously up my calories to keep up w/ the exercising & activity. (i was eating about 1000-1200 calories a day / and being soooo hot here that was even a struggle!)
Fitness is definately the answer- plus it makes you make better choices about your food intake because you don't want to ruin all the progress you just sweated off!
Kepp going, you're doing emoticon!

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SPARKYJEANIE1 6/24/2010 2:27PM

    DAMN GIRL!!!! Someone's on fire!! OUCH!! Dang..TOTALLY rocked that 10 min challenge and did a whopping 153 minutes?!!!!???? Holy shi*burger!!!! YEAH BUDDYYY!!!

BOOM, BOOM, POW! emoticon

Super fantastical job doing level 1 after completing level 3! GIRL I AM SCUUUURED OF YOUUU!! Don't think I could do it...not now anyways...great idea!

Keep that momentum going! Take care of you!! SO proud!!! And super work keeping those nasty cigs out of your life!

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2SPARKS 6/24/2010 1:14PM

    Wow! You never cease to amaze me! You're doing such an awesome job. I'm proud of you for getting some fitness in when you got bored. You are doing such a great job - keep it going. You see, this is what I spoke about in my blog earlier - it's people like you who got me out of my rut

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QUEENYEESH 6/24/2010 10:29AM

    WOW! Good job! That is awesome you are doing so well with your exercise. It is amazing what you can do hey? Last spring I worked our soooo much and totally amazed myself because I am one of those people who never works out. Spark changes lives! Have a wonderful weekend! emoticon

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HAPPYCUPCAKE 6/24/2010 7:59AM

    Good Job!! It's amazing how much you don't even realize what you have in you! Best feeling in world.

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BLAIRJ1 6/23/2010 9:51PM

    I really need to take after you! I can't wait to join the gym here and start back up with my DVDs. Keep it up girl!

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SILVERCHICK 6/23/2010 8:26PM

    One thing that really motivates me for the C25K IS a podcast by Robert Ullrey. He has each week set to music and he tells you when to start running and went to stop. It's much easier to just focus on your runs than to watch your clock! If you do a search on the itunes store, you can find it by searching his name or C25K and it's free! Great work!!!

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MAGIC10FINGERS 6/23/2010 8:11PM

    U have the exercise high! When I 1st read your "C25K" I thot "She's shooting for a 25K?!?! LOL! That's "Couch to 5K" LOL! That's awesome how it seemed to be easier this time.

I'm glad U mentioned what size weights U are using in the 30 DS, b/c now I wonder if I'm trying to use too heavy of weights. Maybe I'm building TOO MUCH muscle & that's part of my weight loss, or lack of it, problem could be. They DO get too heavy, don't give me too much credit, that's why I have to go to lighter weights in the 2nd set. There are some, tho, that the 5# are too light. I see the trainer 2nite, a friend of mine that owns & runs the gym here in town. I will talk with her about it.

U are still my inspiration!

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MARILYNJB1 6/23/2010 6:21PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Outstanding work girl.

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ANGELICASASSY 6/23/2010 5:44PM

  153 minutes, wow! That's amazing!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/23/2010 4:33PM

    emoticon keep up the good work. Take it a day at a time.

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EXCUSELESS 6/23/2010 4:07PM

    You go girl.

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CHANGE_4_ME 6/23/2010 1:16PM


I need to fix my brakes too. :)

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SUZYQBELIEVES 6/23/2010 12:56PM

    Awesome!! Keep up the great work!

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JEWELZ010 6/23/2010 12:50PM

    Great job, you will be at your goal before you know it!!!

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MONIQUE138 6/23/2010 12:42PM

    Way to go. emoticon

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LISALIVING1980 6/23/2010 12:37PM

    Congrats on quitting smoking!! you are doing great!!!! 153 minutes is very impressive!! great job!! bet u burned a TON of calories!! :)

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REESIEANDME 6/23/2010 12:32PM

    WOW!!! Way to go!!! 153 minutes and two trips to the gym!! You are definitely motivated!!! Good for you lady!!! emoticon

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TEAM-SARAH 6/23/2010 12:29PM

    Awesome awesome job! I think you've caught the workout bug like me. It makes it so much easier to manage weight. The more I work out... the more I can eat and still lose weight! And you're right... fitness gives you another way to measure goals and progress and feel strong. You don't just lose pounds... you see your body tone up and inches come away. Nobody wants to be just a less fat version of themselves... they wanna be strong and healthy looking! Way to go on the smoke free streak too! That has got to take some SERIOUS willpower. You're exercising a lot of that these days!

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WREN67 6/23/2010 12:28PM

    Wow! This is fantastic!

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KEEPGOING87 6/23/2010 12:19PM

    um you are AMAZING dang woman! YOU ARE BRININGING IT!

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CALLIKIA 6/23/2010 12:16PM

    SO happy to see you SOO happy! Good for you! You're setting yourself up for major success here!

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30 Day Slim Down

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

So the Shred is taking me a little bit longer than I'd like to complete (I have 4 days after today left), but there are a bunch of people starting the 30 Day Slim Down today..since it is just level 1 of the 30 day shred for 3 of those 5 days, I think I'm going to overlap the last 5 days of the's the slim down schedule:

DAY 1 - 30 DAY SHRED: LEVEL 1 emoticon
DAY 7 - OFF!

DAY 14 - OFF!
DAY 18 - 30 DAY SHRED: LEVEL 1 & 2

DAY 21 - OFF!
DAY 22 - 30 DAY SHRED: LEVEL 2 & 1
DAY 26 - OFF!

Beginning stats:
Weight: 164.8
Chest (underneath my breasts): 35.5
Bust (across the nipple): 40.5
Waist: 34
Stomach (an inch below my belly button): 40
Arm (middle of my upper arm): 12.5
Thigh (upper): 25

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ZANNACHAN 6/24/2010 8:53PM


sounds like a great plan! And doing it with others gives an added boost to help you stay focused.

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BLAIRJ1 6/23/2010 9:58PM

    P.S. What is the difference between No More Trouble Zones and Quick Trouble Zones? Is it a shorter version of the same video? Because if so, that's the only one I need!

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BLAIRJ1 6/23/2010 9:54PM

    I love this plan. I definitely definitely want to do the 30 Day Slim Down, I had no idea what it was. I'll have to invest in some more videos though because I don't have all of those. But I love that it keeps it different every day. Perfect plan for me!

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MAGIC10FINGERS 6/23/2010 11:50AM

    I was shocked last night how well I did with the 30 DS with Level 2. I was sucking big wind, but felt good I could do the whole thing, even if I DID have to do a little modifying the 2nd set. Like the skater move, I jumped during the 1st set, but the 2nd set I more walked it. Or doing something with the dumbbells, I would do the 8# weights to start off with, but the 2nd set I would do it with 5# weights. I have until the end of our challenge with the 30 DS. I wasn't totally consistent with it, but I'm OK with that. I'm hoping next wk I can do level 3. We will see. As long as I lose some inches since I can't seem to lose pounds, I'll be happy.

U are doing so great. I enjoy seeing your progress!

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EPIPHANYANGEL 6/22/2010 6:59PM

    All the best with your workout emoticon

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2SPARKS 6/22/2010 3:56PM

    Wow! I'm exhausted just thinking about your schedule!! Your plan sounds like you're really going to kick some fat off of your body:) Really great! I've stopped my shred - now you're giving me some motivation to start again! emoticon

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LDAWSON61 6/22/2010 3:54PM

  Looks like you've got a solid plan - best of luck on successful completion. Those numbers should move signicantly with all that hard work

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DALMOMOF3 6/22/2010 2:43PM

    Way to go sparkgirl. Im starting the thirty day slimdown today too, i wanted to start it so that i didnt have to do any dvds on the day i do my spinning, which is monday. Good luck!!

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ME_HERE_NOW 6/22/2010 2:21PM

    woohoo! your motivation is contagious :) thanks for dropping by my page, it is a great week so far, i know the same can be said on your end, keep up the good fight girlie :D

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SANDERSON1964 6/22/2010 1:50PM

I just joined here....what is the shred?

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KNITTABLES 6/22/2010 1:26PM


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KISSYTINA 6/22/2010 1:18PM

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SUNSHINEART 6/22/2010 12:54PM

    wow - great job

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ANDREWS_MOM 6/22/2010 11:16AM

Can't wait to hear your results! :)
I have 8 more days of the shred (doing for 40 some days- want to finish june out with it) and hoping for great results too!
Have a great day!

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CAROL3SAN 6/22/2010 11:10AM

    Keep doing your thing everyday girlfriend. You've got it under control. emoticon

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CREATINGAMANDA 6/22/2010 11:08AM

    Wow - that's some hard core iron pumping! Nice!

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