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Life isn't always puppies and rainbows...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012



One of my favorite thing to say when things are going just beyond great is "puppies and rainbows"... unicorns and glitter is pretty awesome too, but my go to phrase is puppies and rainbows.

I don't know if there is something in the air, because I have had a few Spark Friends who were also not feeling like themselves and just not feeling puppies and rainbows when it comes to this whole journey right now. For me, there is nothing truly wrong...I just feel a little off. I know a large part of it is contributed to my work week this week and not getting enough sleep. I will finally get to sleep in tomorrow because I go into work at a later time and I really think that will help me out a lot.

I just want everyone who is feeling less than super dooper right now to remember to hang in there, and that our actions when we feel like we DON'T want to do this are the most important actions of all. When we are feeling great, and WANTING to eat right and exercise that is the easy part. But with the easy always comes the hard, and doing the right thing even when we don't feel like it is what is going to separate the winners from the losers. emoticon





  
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CHRISKENANDKIDS 9/18/2012 9:40PM

    Great blog, and so true! Thanks for sharing!

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SHRINK_U 9/18/2012 9:19PM

    You are so right.. it does seem that many of us Sparkers are feeling down lately. I agree with you completely.. Nice blog!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/18/2012 5:38PM

    Thank you for the slogans and the rumination. For me it would be kittens and kisses! Especially fish-flavored kisses from kittens.
Yes, ma'am, it is so important to remember not to quit even when the puppies and kittens are not around to console us! emoticon

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LIBELULITA 9/18/2012 5:02PM

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GEMINIGEM6 9/18/2012 4:17PM

    This is so true! Thanks for posting this. I needed to hear that. :)

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ADARKARA 9/18/2012 2:05PM

    You know, it DOES seem to me like a lot of people are struggling right now. Maybe it's the change in seasons.

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EMMAEKAY 9/18/2012 1:23PM

    Awesome reminder! Thanks for the cute post. :)

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PUNKY100 9/18/2012 12:41PM

    Puppies and rainbows!!! Rainbow puppies?!?! That sounds awesome too! :-D

I'm definitely feeling much more rainbow puppies today than this last weekend, and I love reading blogs like this to get my mood back up again. I am determined to be a winner this time around, and no matter how many slip ups I have, I'm going to get there. Just like you will. :-D

I have noticed that lately too, it seems like when I'm having a rough time, other people are too. It's strange and comforting at the same time to know I'm not alone, but at the same time I am very grateful to have friends who are NOT having a hard time to pick me back up. You rock! :-D

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BETHIEBOOPS 9/18/2012 11:44AM

    You are 100% right! When it's tough- that's when it counts!

I have figured out where my emotions are coming from, but need some time before I "come out" about it. :) Until then, I'm trying to be kind to myself and appreciate what I have been given :) Thanks for the reminder dear one!

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STARSUB99 9/18/2012 10:17AM

    I am feeling a bit off too...... thanks for the words of encouragement - we gotta keep going in the right direction - one good decision at a time!
You are doing great!
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MAHGRET 9/18/2012 9:40AM

    Great attitude, thanks for sharing. I have to avoid letting the plan slide because things in other parts of my life are not going great, that will start a downward spiral.

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BLUEFAIRYTALE 9/18/2012 9:32AM

  Thank you for this wonderful message. It boosted my spirits. emoticon emoticon

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JECKIE 9/18/2012 7:29AM

    You are so right! It's those challenging times that really test our commitment to ourselves!

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/18/2012 5:29AM

    Thanks for sharing : )

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TWEETYKC00 9/18/2012 5:16AM

    I hope everything can be puppies and rainbows for you today!

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HEATHERFREE 9/18/2012 2:32AM

    Thanks!

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IMSOOZEEQ 9/18/2012 1:18AM

    You got it right my friend! You always seem to hit the nail on the head! There are definitely no puppies or rainbows here but I am hanging on and pushing! Okay don't ask how I can hang and push at the same time! lol I got skills okaaaay!

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STUFFNEARTABOR 9/18/2012 1:16AM

    We all have 'off' days - just know that the 'on' days are coming too.

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CHIBIKARATE 9/18/2012 1:15AM

    You can do it good luck emoticon

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BLC 20 - 12 Week Goals

Friday, September 14, 2012

First off, I know I am BLC this, and BLC that. But this one if for points and I gotta do it and represent the Sassy emoticon Sheriff's. emoticon

I'm going to cross enemy lines to give a thank you and a shout out to my girl Susan from the Mighty Mocha Hunters. Her blog of goals blew me away. She taught me that goals need to be specific and something I can measure to show that I did or did not measure up. I can't simply say I'm going to eat LESS or exercise more, I need numbers, so thanks Susan for showing me how it's done! emoticon

Goals for 12 week BLC 20:
*Lose 18 pounds. That is fine and good, but how am I going to get there?

*By eating no more than 1550 calories each day. If weight loss stalls like it has in the past, I may try calorie cycling, but I am going to hope that it doesn't come to that. I have been in range eating 1650ish, and that has gradually been slipping to 1700. That is not okay. 1550, end of story.

*The Sheriff's roll with 360 fitness minutes a week. That threw me for a loop for a second, but it can VERY easily be done. So my goal is 360 minutes per week, no excuses.

Ideal breakdown of exercise minutes:
Sat, Sun, Mon = workdays. 45 minutes walking = 2 miles.
Mon,Wed,Fri = TNT - 20 minutes.
Tue = 30 minutes of cardio.
Wed, Th, Fri = 45 minutes cardio.

*Water! Water! Water! emoticon emoticon
This was a habit, a great habit that was like second nature to me for the last 4 months at least. I don't know what is up all of a sudden, but it's not happening as easily. So you know what that means, time to TRACK/MEASURE the water again. Yep, a little annoying but gotta do what I gotta do.

Over these 12 weeks, I want to, scratch that, I WILL push myself to the limits, for myself and for my team. I WILL get back to doing the things that got me to where I am, but with an extra KICK to it. This challenge is just what I needed, and I am happy to be a part of it. This challenge may very well be the tool that gets me SUPER close to Onederland, and that is something I am so excited about!

  
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AEROBISAURUS 9/16/2012 5:02PM

    Awesome game plan! Make sure you make at least one day out of the week as a rest day. If your body doesn't get a rest it doesn't get a chance to repair and get stronger. I always say that ST training is very important for weight lose. Building more muscle means burning more fat which will get you faster results you can feel and see! Plus you will start to burn more calories throughout your day from all that new muscle. Got to love it! emoticon

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HEATHERFREE 9/15/2012 11:51PM

    Awesome dude! I'm so proud of you for being so precise with this challenge and making these goals!

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LIBELULITA 9/15/2012 3:28AM

    Great attitude....cheering you along the whole way emoticon

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_MOBII_ 9/14/2012 9:55PM

    Fantastic list!
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BETHIEBOOPS 9/14/2012 8:45PM

    Love it! what smart goals! GO FOR IT!

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LRSILVER 9/14/2012 3:09PM

    Great goals!!
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SHRINK_U 9/14/2012 2:12PM

    Great goals! Best wishes for the challenge :)

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PRINCESSAMY 9/14/2012 2:08PM

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LAHUDSONCHEF 9/14/2012 10:21AM

    I'm not doing this challenge, but I'm rooting for ya'll that are! Destination, determination, deliberation...you know where you're going with it, you're determined to get there, and you deliberately set yourselves on course. Sweet! Can't wait to hear the reports as the challenge moves forward!

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RASMUSSEN5 9/14/2012 9:03AM

    Awesome goals! You will do great this round! emoticon

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IMSOOZEEQ 9/14/2012 7:10AM

    Well Well Well, gettin' all emoticon sheriff like and all! You go girl! I love the goals. I am glad you made them specific. I think you will find that making them specific will help you work harder toward them because it is a more specific destination. It would be like planning a vacation to Florida, knowing that you want to get to Disney but not planning any further than getting to Florida. Now that the plans have been made, time for the attack! We are on an all out hunt! emoticon

I detected with my keen listening( umm reading) skills of a Mocha Hunter, that you had a bit of 'tude in your blog! I like that! Let's put the smack down on this challenge! NO EXCUSES just results! We got this!

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Progress Pics/Start of BLC 20 Pics...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

So this isn't like a huge milestone progress pic blog. I wanted to take some super honest starting pics for BLC. But since I had to do that, it's always fun to compare them to where I have been before. :)
SW for BLC: 227
GW for BLC: 209

Start of BLC 20. 227 lbs:



A blast from the past, 260ish:


272ish:


  
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GEMINIGEM6 9/15/2012 1:19AM

    Look how far you've come! You're doing great! :)

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CARLA393 9/13/2012 9:06PM

    Amazing difference. You rock!

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PUNKY100 9/13/2012 11:23AM

    Sorry this comment is so late, I've had this page up for ages meaning to comment and haven't had the freakin time!!!

You are looking awesome and I can't wait to see the pics after the BLC!!! :-D

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THESHELBSTER 9/12/2012 7:44PM

    You are making such amazing progres.s I am so excited for you. Your before and after is amazing. You are relaly rocking this baby girl!

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PRINCESSAMY 9/12/2012 1:56PM

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LRSILVER 9/12/2012 12:38PM

    You are making great progress. If it was easy we wouldn't need to work so hard. You have lost 40 lbs (which is a whole small person). Good luck with BLC20, I know we will be successful.

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JECKIE 9/12/2012 8:48AM

    Doing great! Keep it up - I can't wait to see what the next 12 weeks brings for you!

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BETHIEBOOPS 9/12/2012 7:51AM

    Look at your progress so far! I'm totally impressed :) AND I can't wait to see how much you will change in 8 weeks! You're doing just great!

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AELI2468 9/12/2012 7:31AM

    Way to go on rocking your journey so far! BLC20 will only help you! So glad you are a Sheriff!

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LIBELULITA 9/12/2012 2:08AM

    Big difference.Good luck on the challenge and look forwards to seeing the update photos of an even healthier you emoticon emoticon

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HEATHERFREE 9/12/2012 12:58AM

    woohoo! Huge difference already. Your gonna kick butt on this!!! I'm gonna take some pics this week, maybe 2mrw!

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KATI5668 9/11/2012 11:25PM

    each step you take is a victory!

this is gonna be a great challenge~~let's give it our all

Do our best ~~ thas all anyone can ask...& OMG the changes we will see & feel.

Looking good is important~~feeling healthy is the ultimate!!

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DUMBBELLE84 9/11/2012 11:21PM

  You're looking awesome! Good luck with your BLC challenge - I know you'll do great!

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JUDYAMK 9/11/2012 11:00PM

    Good for you emoticon .Like my husband & I both talked about the other day it was easy putting it on but oh so hard taking it off. Keep us updated I am going to be making a whole big change starting Thursday .Watch for my blog I have had it with all this cheating myself of a healthier life style all because of the portion size I eat.
Take care
Judy

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JACOBSBELOVED 9/11/2012 10:55PM

    Yay! I love progress pics!!!

I'm really excited to see what you will accomplish during your BLC!

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RAFF73 9/11/2012 10:47PM

    emoticon on losing about 40 pounds! You can really tell a difference! Keep up the great work. Look forward to seeing more updated pictures. All the hard work is going to pay off big time in the end!

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Ready For BLC 20 - Shamrock Sheriff's! :D

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I am super excited to be a part of BLC 20. I am also super dooper nervous, because I've never participated in one before, so I am the total newbie! The Sheriff's have a no nonsense approach, and I am really excited to be a part of the team! They have also been very welcoming to the newbies like myself, and have made it clear that if I have any questions there are more than enough people to provide me with an answer. I look forward to 12 awesome weeks of sweating, eating right, and dropping some pounds!

I thought long and hard about my goals for the challenge, and it is so easy to just shoot for 2lbs a week and say I'm going to lose 24 pounds in 12 weeks. But I also don't want to shoot myself in the foot. My weight loss is at a point where I really have to fight tooth and nail for every ounce that comes off of my body. I decided 18 pounds in 12 weeks was the perfect goal for me. 1.5 pounds per week. It isn't taking the short cut of 1 pound per week, but it isn't setting myself up for total disappointment shooting for 2 lbs a week. I think it is the perfect balance that will cause me to push myself without getting disappointed by an unreasonable goal.

Starting Weight For BLC 20: 227
Goal Weight For BLC 20: 209

I'm looking very forward to Wednesday to get this ball rolling! emoticon

  
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THESHELBSTER 9/12/2012 7:42PM

    You are gonna so rock this. I have no doubt whatsoever you will meet your goal and then some.

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PRINCESSAMY 9/12/2012 2:00PM

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DUMBBELLE84 9/11/2012 8:46PM

  I'm rooting for you! You can totally do it... by the time your BLC is done, you'll be SOO close to onderland!!

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HEATHERFREE 9/11/2012 8:17PM

    Awesome! You can do this!

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LRSILVER 9/11/2012 9:42AM

    Great goals. I think planning for slower weight loss is a better idea, because then you are happy when you meet them. My weight loss is never straight, I lose, plateau and then lose. I hope you achieve your goals. I know you will do great.

I am a newbie also, and hope that I can meet the challenge.
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AELI2468 9/11/2012 7:33AM

    Great goals!! You will have to push and challenge yourself to get there, but I KNOW you can do it! emoticon

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IMSOOZEEQ 9/11/2012 6:19AM

    emoticon You can do it!! I can tell that you put some thought into it to come up with your goal for the challenge. That is awesome! You will rock it! No doubt!!! I love how you work it all out in your mind and that you don't just go with the obvious. Way to be smart and know your body and not set yourself up to fail but still setting yourself up to do some work!

Well Sheriff Steph, this Mocha Hunter is ready to get the party started!! We can do it!!!

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LIBELULITA 9/11/2012 5:17AM

    Well done for taking up the challenge...I've never joined anything like this because I feel too shy I think.I don't know why i haven't,but you are braver than me and you can totally do this. emoticon emoticon

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Shoutout To My Peeps! I heart ya'll.

Thursday, September 06, 2012


My ghetto attempt to give a quick shoutout to my peeps, I have no webcam, so this was the best I could do. I have this urge to redo it but if I do it'll be 100 times then I won't post it LOL. emoticon

I really do heart ya'll, and I know it didn't say much but I think you are all awesome!! :D

  
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KASTASTROPHY 9/29/2012 4:05PM

    I could have sworn I commented on this!!!!! You are so hot!!!! I'm so proud of you!!!! yay yay yay yay yay!!!!

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GEMINIGEM6 9/10/2012 5:46PM

    Oh man....why am I the only one who can't see this? It's just blank where the vid should be and not even nothing to click on. :(

But judging from everyone else's comments seems like it was a cute vid! :)

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TEMPESTKITTEN 9/10/2012 9:15AM

  You're beautiful and its great to see your still at it!

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WEIGHTING4BABY 9/9/2012 10:18AM

    yay!!! after what, two..three years? I finally get to see/hear you!! lol

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SHRINK_U 9/7/2012 2:58PM

    Way to step out of your comfort zone :) I haven't been able to get my spark on in over a week! So happy to come back and see you in a vlog. Nice job.

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PRINCESSAMY 9/7/2012 8:35AM

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GRACEMCC45 9/7/2012 3:31AM

    You are so frickin adorable!!! Technology (ghetto or not, lol!) certainly makes the world a lot smaller!

Thanks for this, we love you too!!!!

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LAHUDSONCHEF 9/7/2012 3:07AM

    I was lamenting not having a webcam...maybe I can do the same thing you did. Hmmm...

Good idea!
Laura

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DUMBBELLE84 9/7/2012 1:30AM

  Looking great!! The audio on your camera turned out to be pretty good!

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BETHIEBOOPS 9/7/2012 12:28AM

    Look at how cute you are!!

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IMSOOZEEQ 9/6/2012 11:27PM

    YOU ROCK!!!! You look awesome girlfriend! I am so glad that you stepped out of your comfort zone to shout out to me and the others. I heart you too! The vlog was great. I bet you will do it again some time down the road. I didn't think I would do it after the first one and look...I kept going.

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Much love!



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JACOBSBELOVED 9/6/2012 11:25PM

    I got all giddy when I heard my name :D I feel all special now!!!

It's actually really nice now to put a voice to your face! It's kind of funny how much we all communicate but I don't think I've heard what anyone sounds like.

I'm so happy to have you as a part of my support group and I'm glad you feel the same way as well. Your progress is inspiring and I can't wait to see how much you accomplish!



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HEATHERFREE 9/6/2012 11:22PM

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EEEKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!! I AM SOOOOOOO FLIPPING EXCITED ABOUT THIS! I want you to do it alll the time!!!!!! This was great!!!!!! So glad to hear your voice and see you moving instead of just loving your words and seeing your pics!!! BTW you def look waaay smaller!!!!!

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