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Journey To The Shorts & BLC Fit Test Week 8!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I am taking a page out of my girl Susan's (IMSOOZEEQ) book... and I took a photo of the size 16 shorts I don't fit into yet. I started off as a size 24, and am currently in size 18's. Now more then ever, I carry the majority of my weight in my stomach... and I wear my pants at my belly button... so while my size 18's are a little big, I am not quite ready for the 16's. I will try them on periodically and see how much closer I am getting until they finally fit! Then I will move onto the 14's! Sometimes the scale doesn't always show the whole story, so I'm hoping to find motivation from the shorts! :D


I will say this, I have not worn shorts since high school, bet that was pretty apparent from my pale skin. emoticon So this would be a big deal not only to fit into them, but to feel comfortable and confident enough in myself to wear them in public! emoticon

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We are now in week 8 of BLC! The time is just flying and before we know it we will be doing our week 12 final update. I will be the first to admit I haven't been working on all of these things as much as I should... but I am doing a lot more than I have been! My 30 day dumbbell challenge is also still in full swing. As far as weight loss, official weigh in is tomorrow, but I'm still around the same weight I was last week. My goal for the challenge was to lose 16.6 pounds and get to 195, and I believe I will hit that by the end of the challenge.

Fit Test Results (Week 1/Week 4/Week 8):
Crunches: 50/75/100 emoticon
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(Modified) Squats: 15/25/30 emoticon
(Wall) Push Ups: 25/40/50 emoticon
Walk 1 Mile: 19:37/18:50/18:06 emoticon
Hula Hoops: 3/3/14 (minutes) emoticon

I will say that my squats are getting farther down, so I wasn't that disappointed in the minimal increase. Everything else I was pleased with. I will say the hula hoop is just for fun and just something I like to improve on for me. That is hit and miss though, sometimes I do good and sometimes not so much. I also had a personal record walking with Sparky, and it's actually faster than I walk by myself! 17:20 for a mile! emoticon That little booger really pushes me to walk faster... or maybe he PULLS me to walk faster, either way. emoticon emoticon

And without further ado, the stretching photos... and can I just say despite the unflattering angle, and the fact that there are still visible rolls on my body... I actually looked at the positives! Like how tiny my arms and legs look and the fact that I see some muscle (or something) on my outer thighs! Amazing!

  
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HEATHERFREE 8/1/2013 10:33PM

    you are doing great all around! on the scale and off!

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MERRY_XMAS 8/1/2013 11:10AM

    Amazing progress!!! Well done!!!

PS. I love the Grinch t-shirt!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 8/1/2013 8:24AM

    You just blow me away!!! You are doing awesome... and I love that your pup, Sparky, is part of your success.. very fun!.. now, time to move those push-ups to your knees sis! Once I hit 50 reps on my overhead press, I doubled the weight to challenge myself.. so I think you should "take it to your knee"!!

You are going to blow your goal away!
Annie

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MAMACHAMBS 8/1/2013 7:21AM

    That's MY girl! Look at all the progress you are making this round! I'm SO proud of you!

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POUTINGPEGGY 8/1/2013 4:04AM

    Pictorial evidence! You are doing great. emoticon

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DEWADDICTNOMORE 7/31/2013 8:15PM

    You are making such wonderful progress!! emoticon What a great idea with the jeans pic!!! I am so blessed to have met you this round of BLC and look forward to seeing your continued progress emoticon emoticon

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MINDYSUE65 7/31/2013 12:57PM

    emoticon What awesome progress!!

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JESSYJAINES 7/31/2013 11:55AM

    You're looking good! You are putting in the effort and making realistic goals. Keep pushing and I believe you will reach and surpass all your goals. emoticon

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MEGYSU 7/31/2013 8:42AM

    Good for you...and I have to say, you look amazing!

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BASEBALLMOM21 7/31/2013 7:44AM

    you rock!!! emoticon

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DAWNSJOURNEY 7/31/2013 7:36AM

    LOOK at all the progress you are making.. and not just weight wise but health wise.. you WOO HOO for you my friend.. you are doing Awesome !! emoticon

hugs ,
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AMARILYNH 7/31/2013 6:51AM

    I'm sitting here at my computer grinning like a fool - LOOK at that flexibility progress! AND look at those legs - my suggestion is to get at least one pair of shorts that fit now!! Because its TIME to wear them with pride NOW!

I love the idea of a too small pair though - and my advice is try them on every week because the week you lose the LEAST on the scales may very well be the week they fit perfectly!! At least that's how it was with me as I was losing.

CONGRATULATIONS on the AWESOME success you are having - you ROCK!! TOTALLY ROCK!! emoticon emoticon

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AELI2468 7/31/2013 6:44AM

    You looking fantastic! And your stretching has *really* improved over the 8 weeks! emoticon

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JACKSGRAN 7/31/2013 4:11AM

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Wow, the pictures show it all. YOU ARE DOING SO WELL!

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Keep it up. You'll soon be into those shorts.

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DEBSZOO74 7/31/2013 12:25AM

    You are doing so good, Stephanie!!! You have muscles! emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 7/30/2013 10:30PM

    Wonderful!

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    You can do this! emoticon

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ADARKARA 7/30/2013 10:22PM

    Woot! Love your Grinch tee! Keep up the flame, sistah!

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SHEENADEE 7/30/2013 9:46PM

    You are making amazing progress!

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The Party's Over But The Journey Isn't...

Saturday, July 27, 2013


First off, a million billion emoticon's to everyone who made my Onederland Party a fantastic experience! emoticon That is something I am going to remember for years and years to come! emoticon I have never been one of those people with a "Featured Blog Post", and I was always lucky and felt excited if I got 20 comments... so that was quite the experience for me! I felt super happy and honored to share that milestone with all of you! emoticon

But I will say there was a moment, where I got so caught up In the partying, I almost forgot the journey wasn't over! emoticon That's right, Onederland is amazing, it's got quite the view... but Onederland isn't a free place to live. I can't walk around eating like I did when I was 272 pounds and think I'm going to get to stay in Onederland. This community is a great one, but it takes hard work and persistence to make sure you don't have to move out of here!

I had a girls night out on Thursday, and I ate exactly how I expected to... over my calories for the day but a maintenance type range as to not flush everything down the toilet. But then Friday came, and I found myself wanting to overeat yet again! emoticon Um, wait a minute... you are not at your goal weight, you are NOT done losing weight... and even if you were at your goal weight, it is NEVER okay to go back to overeating! DUH! I know that is common sense, but that evil voice that used to tell me "You can't do it! You'll always be fat! You will never get to Onederland!" ended up losing, because I've lost weight and I got to Onederland. I thought that voice had been defeated but that voice actually came at me with a whole new motive!! Instead of the mean, nastiness it usually brings... it came to me and said "Look at you, you have worked so hard, done so well, you got to Onederland like you said, so why don't you take a break? Why not lighten up a little and have some fun... have an extra scoop of ice cream, eat when you aren't hungry, it's not a big deal, don't worry about it, you worked so hard that it's okay to ease up!" emoticon I had never had it come at me like that... so I was really taken back... I almost gave in, and I almost went back for more ice cream, but then I realized the sabotage and had to rearrange my thoughts and my actions to make sure my eyes were still on the prize! emoticon

Journey Still In Progress! Upcoming Goals:
192 - 80 Pounds Lost
182 - 90 Pounds Lost
172 - 100 Pounds Lost
170 - Goal Weight (Really going to be an evaluation if I want to consider 160ville or not).

Lots to look forward to, and lot's to WORK towards! emoticon

  
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MYOWNHERO 8/1/2013 10:14AM

    You are a wise woman!

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LYNNWANNABE 7/30/2013 1:44AM

    Very well done! emoticon

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MRSP90X 7/29/2013 11:18AM

    emoticon emoticon That is really awesome!! You have come a long way, you will get to where ever you want to go!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 7/29/2013 10:22AM

    I know EXACTLY what you are talking about!

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HEATHERFREE 7/28/2013 9:19PM

    good job on defeating that voice!

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GEMINIGEM6 7/28/2013 3:01PM

    I know EXACTLY what you mean b/c when I reached Onederland back in 2011 it was thoughts like that that made me end up regaining my weight and then some! Good for you for seeing it for what it was and taking control! It's so tempting to 'relax' once we lose a good amount of weight and especially for those of us who are/were over 200lbs, when we get to Onederland we really feel like we are there girl! Lol! And most of us are not at our goal weight as soon as we slip into Onederland, so I totally get it! I'm glad you got it under control and are staying on track to the finish line! :)

I'm still right behind you! I will be moving to Onederland I'd say in the next few weeks! See you there! I think it's going to be our final residence! Lol.

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MERRY_XMAS 7/28/2013 1:03PM

    Reaching milestones can be a "make it or break it" point during your journey... But you are doing an amazing job!!! Well done!!!

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MTN_KITTEN 7/28/2013 11:19AM

    You have the bestest attitude ... you are an inspiration. Keep doing what you have been doing and you will succeed.
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JACKSGRAN 7/28/2013 4:17AM

    Well done for keeping that goal in sight

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COCK-ROBIN 7/28/2013 12:19AM

    Wonderful!

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SIMONEKP 7/27/2013 11:01PM

    back slap that voice the next time it rears its head

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    Loved this blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRIXIETEXAS 7/27/2013 10:31PM

    Whoo Hoo! You are doing great...keep going! I hope to have my very own Onederland party soon.
You ROCK!

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MOTHEPRO 7/27/2013 10:26PM

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IMSOOZEEQ 7/27/2013 10:09PM

    Umm What can I say here? I thought I was going to have to slip into FRANK mode and pour out some special mega strength can of whoop a$$ on ya but I see that you handled your business quite well! You are a rock star as I have said before! Look at all you have learned and accomplished on this journey. You have much to be proud of and so much information and knowledge to draw from to continue on to your goal (whatever that goal ends up being).

You got this my friend! Don't you ever doubt that!! emoticon

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Goodbye Twoterville, Hello Onederland!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013



That's right, this is not a drill, Onederland is officially upon us!! As of this morning I'm 199.6! I originally had a bunch of stuff I wanted to say about how this was a long hard journey, but that after 9 years out of Onederland I am so excited to be back and move back in! I even made it into a cute little story about how 16 months ago, I decided I wanted to pack up my bags, move out of Twoterville and move right into Onederland.... but that story was more serious, and right now I am feeling like a party animal! emoticon The emotions inside me are just nothing but emoticon's and emoticon's! It just feels like a huge party and you are all invited!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

On a serious note... I will tell you that I have had bumps in the road and fallen into the pit of despair MANY MANY times, but the important thing is that you always get back up and you keep pushing! I have gotten here through the support of Spark People and all my amazing Spark Friends! I heart you all and I am so excited that you have been with me throughout this journey and reminding me to keep my eye on the prize! emoticon I heart all my Spark Friends, but special shout out to Susan (IMSOOZEEQ) and Shelby (TheShelbster) who have been with me on this journey for what seems like ever!! emoticon

The journey of course is not over, my goal weight is going to be 170ville, and that is where I am headed to, but for right now let's celebrate! emoticon 199.6, just over 72 pounds lost! emoticon emoticon

  
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GEMINIS_25 8/6/2013 12:23PM

    Congratulations!! Thanks for sharing. Sometimes one gets to thinking that the people that succeed just have more willpower, self-discipline, or motivation, even when it's more logical to know that most will trip up and even fall while on the path toward a fitness goal. It's always inspiring to see people overcome these lifestyle obstacles and refocus and see a clear path to success again! And it's also inspiring knowing that so long as you keep moving forward, you'll end up at,or at least loser to, your destination.

Continued success!!!

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JENNHAS118 8/5/2013 7:44PM

    congrats & be proud of all the work you have done!

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JENNHAS118 8/5/2013 7:44PM

    congrats & be proud of all the work you have done!

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CATHIMOMMY 8/5/2013 9:25AM

    Happy Dance....I trying to get below 170....so let's do this!

Cathimommy!

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KEYTOSLIM 8/1/2013 12:57AM

    You look great! I hope to be there someday!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 7/30/2013 3:42PM

    I just arrived in Onderland myself! Feels awesome! Congratulations! Onward and downward!

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RIDELIKEAGIRL1 7/30/2013 10:08AM

    AWESOME!!! I'm sure you are an inspiration to many more than you realize too ;-)

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    Way to Go!! You're an inspiration!! emoticon

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LIMITEDGRACE 7/29/2013 6:14PM

    PS - What worked the best in getting here?

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LIMITEDGRACE 7/29/2013 6:14PM

    NICE! Congratulations!!! I don't know at what point of my life I last saw Onederland, but I WILL get there & can't wait to meet the welcome wagon once I do! (Can someone say NEIGHBORHOOD DANCE PARTY?!?!?)

I have to tell you, my absolute favorite thing about your post, is the picture of your scale and how you have the "This means nothing" on it! SUCH a great idea...I might have to convince my husband that we're putting big sparkly sticky letters on ours too.

Keep rockin' it girl!! emoticon

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KALEI-CAN 7/29/2013 11:49AM

    Save a lot for me!! I'm building a big ole house when I get there because I plan to stay awhile!!! emoticon

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SUNNIE00 7/29/2013 11:40AM

    WOOP WOOP!!!!! That's awesome can't wat til I can move in .

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JANMARKUE 7/28/2013 8:28PM

    YEAH!!!
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Hoping to get there myself by next week.

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FEMISLIM 7/28/2013 2:57PM

    Woo Hoo!!!

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SNOOPYLINKOS 7/28/2013 11:26AM

    emoticon Keep going!

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MAPLECANDY3 7/28/2013 10:05AM

    Always the most exciting NSV! You ROCK!!

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SANDICANE 7/28/2013 7:52AM

    Congratulations on your hard work and welcome to Onederland!!

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1DRWOMAN 7/26/2013 8:38PM

    YEA!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

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MARTHAFOCUSED2 7/26/2013 8:33PM

    CONGRATS!!!! I myself am working towards reaching that goal as well... currently 273... can't wait to see 199. VERY HAPPY FOR YOUUUUU! emoticon

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MARTHAFOCUSED2 7/26/2013 8:06PM

    CONGRATS!!!! I myself am working towards reaching that goal as well... currently 273... can't wait to see 199. VERY HAPPY FOR YOUUUUU! emoticon

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HEALTHYMLB 7/26/2013 6:19PM

    Welcome to the neighborhood, I finally moved in on July 7th! Isn't it great!!!!!

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    emoticon emoticon You are doing great!!!!! emoticon

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JOGSWITHDOGS 7/26/2013 3:21PM

    Fabulous job! Keep up the good work.

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URGETTINTHIN 7/26/2013 3:05PM

    Congrats!
That's phenomenal!
In no time you'll be in the 180's--I'm sure of it.

KEEP SPARKIN! emoticon

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JENNIFER0807 7/26/2013 2:41PM

    That's just great! emoticon

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LOLAHH 7/26/2013 1:11PM

    Woohoo! Way to go!! Can't wait till I'm your neighbour in onederland!! lol
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CLAIRESGG 7/26/2013 12:43PM

    Great job! Wow!

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CRISSA1669 7/26/2013 12:12PM

    Whoo hooo, you know I am doing the happy dance for you and with you!!! I know what a huge big deal this is.... 170ville is where I'm headed too so let's keep these rear ends in gear, we'll get there!!!! Congratulations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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FIRECOM 7/26/2013 11:56AM

    Top notch blog, thanks for the message.

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    GREAT!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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MARGARITTM 7/26/2013 11:10AM

    Fabulous!

Keep up the great work!

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SUSIEMT 7/26/2013 10:17AM

    Congratulations!!!!! I know how it feels and I did my happy dance!!!

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SUNFLOWERVAL 7/26/2013 9:39AM

    I love that you put a note on your scale!!!
GREAT JOB! what a wonderful success!!!!!!

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SMILES_CAN_DO 7/26/2013 9:12AM

  Nice!! Congratulations!! Pat yourself on the back!!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I am partying with you for I too make my goal to the wonderful world of onederland! I hit one of my emoticon on Wed. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    You go girl! emoticon

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    congrats

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The Difference Between Weight Loss Success And Failure...

Monday, July 22, 2013

Knowing when to ask for help and support! emoticon emoticon


I firmly believe that the successful people on here who have lost great amounts of weight have done so because they know when to ask for help! There might be some exceptions to the rule that have done this solely on their own with 0 support system, but most of us have learned when to speak up and reach out.

When I lost 40 pounds on Spark people years ago, the second I hit a bump in the road I went running for the hills, and hiding in the cleverest of spots so that NO ONE could find me. You could Spark Mail me, you could post comments on my page, but nothing could bring me back to Spark People. I was too ashamed, and embarrassed that things were going downhill fast, and I didn't want to face the music. emoticon

Years later, I am here to tell you that is the wrong way to handle things. The reason that Spark People works is because it is the biggest, strongest support system anyone could ask for. At all hours of the day or night there are other Sparkers online, and I guarantee you they'd be more than happy to offer you some encouragement... but they can't help you if you don't ask for it!

I have 2 close Spark BFF's that I can turn to for help, I can talk to my mom or Grandma, I can talk to my Sassy Shamrock Gals emoticon (My BLC team on Spark)... or I can just post a status or a blog and get support from Spark Friends or maybe people that I never even interacted with before. Spark is a great source of positivity if you let it be! But just like any other tool, you have to put in what you get out of it. There are more people on here that care about you and want you to succeed than you might even realize, so never be afraid to ask for help!

That is what I learned through my years on and off Spark, and while I love celebrating my successes and victories on here, I also talk about my struggles... and I don't think showing our struggles makes us look weak, I think it makes us human. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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NIKKICOLE83 7/24/2013 11:20PM

    That cat pic is so funny. You are right about most folks running for the hills when things get tough. I did the same thing when I lost 47 lbs with Spark the first time. As I slowly put the weight back on, I just disappeared. I was so ashamed. This time around, even if I don't post a blog or say much, I log on to Spark nearly every day. That is why we will be successful this time around.

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WEBEZE 7/24/2013 2:10AM

    Great Blog. You are so right. The support is here as long as we ask for it.
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BIKINIBLONDE17 7/23/2013 10:59AM

    I completely agree!!! It's funny cause as I was reading your blog, I thought about the days where I'm strong and I give to others that are struggling, that comes back two-fold if I need some help down the road. Very wise, thank you for putting this out there for us to share!

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MERRY_XMAS 7/23/2013 3:46AM

    You are absolutely right! When there is radio silence from me, I usually take my time to overeat... Yesterday it was a bad day for me foodwise. So I didn't track anything... But here I am again! Being here makes you accountable to all your friends and to yourself.

Sparkpeople is a great community!

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JACKSGRAN 7/23/2013 2:22AM

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I can see that that is what Spark is all about. I've only been here for 6 or so weeks, but I'm amazed and thrilled at the help I have had so far. Thanks for being honest

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 7/23/2013 2:11AM

    What a great blog! I agree 100% with you about the Spark Community and their never-ending support! I had also left and came back, and so glad I did!
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DAISY6871 7/23/2013 12:13AM

    SO very true Stephanie! Thanks for your post!!!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 7/22/2013 10:10PM

    Amen!!!!

Such great advice... very well said...

Annie

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CORTNEY-LEE 7/22/2013 9:32PM

    a good support system is essential to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.

You are doing wonderful!

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GEMINIGEM6 7/22/2013 8:47PM

    Girl this is SO true! I would be lost w/o Spark! I love my Spark friends and the support from the different teams I'm on. It makes all the difference in the world! :) You're one of em'!

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JIACOLO 7/22/2013 8:29PM

    Great insight. Thanks for sharing.

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30 Day Dumbbell Challenge & Inching Closer To Onederland!

Thursday, July 18, 2013


So I have seen tons of people who have been posting and talking about a 30 day squat challenge. I thought that was a super neat idea, the only problem is I am not a squatter. I have arthritis in my knees, and I am always worried about possible flare ups. I have been doing wall squats with a emoticon in between myself and the wall, but that is about as good as it gets.

I have been on this journey 16 months, and have cardio emoticon, eating/tracking calories emoticon, drinking water emoticon, and sleep emoticon down to a science... but the strength training always gets left out. emoticon Before you tell me how important strength training is, I totally and completely understand. My brother is always good about reminding me that I don't want to see big losses on the scale because I'm losing both fat AND muscle, and I know what I should be doing. I don't know why I don't do it regularly, I don't really enjoy doing it, but it's really not awful, so I don't know why I resist.

So I decided to search for a 30 Day Dumbbell Challenge emoticon , and this is what I found...
wholelifestylenutrition.com/category
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The only thing that worried me a little bit was the squat/lunge type things, but I will work on it. I am excited about this, and completed emoticon tonight. I am doing it just on the beginner level and with a 5lb weight, but everyone has to start somewhere, right? I mainly want to do this to prove to myself that I can stick with consistent strength training for 30 days and complete a structured program. If I can do that, I will do it again at the intermediate level and see about adding more weight... and not to mention maybe I will see some toning in my arms. emoticon

In other news, I weighed in at 201 today, and am right on the edge, peering into Onederland! I got to celebrate my 70 lbs down and receive my emoticon! I have no idea why a virtual trophy excites me so much, but it does. I really feel like Part 1 of my journey is ending, and Part 2 is just beginning. When I was 272 pounds, not thinking I could do this, I would tell myself just get to 199. That was never my goal weight, but it sounded slightly less daunting then losing 100 pounds to get to 170. Now that I am finally there (well, nearly), I feel like Part 2 of my journey is starting and I feel excited and upbeat about weight loss again. I'm ready to push forward, I'm ready to take fitness more seriously (that's where the challenge comes in), and I am just ready to push on to goal and then maintenance. After many struggles during my 16 month journey, and a life long struggle with weight, I finally feel like I am in a good place, with emoticon's and emoticon's and I am really feeling in control of this journey! emoticon

  
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EILEEN828 7/20/2013 4:31AM

    emoticon emoticon Love the kitty photo!

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SIMONEKP 7/20/2013 12:48AM

    let us know how it goes

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MERRY_XMAS 7/19/2013 1:53PM

    I'm sure you can do it!!! You seem more determined than ever!!!
Well done!!!

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MEGYSU 7/19/2013 9:09AM

    You are doing so awesome! Keep up the good work!

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KMCASSADA0515 7/19/2013 8:16AM

    Congratulations on your 70 pounds! I am excited to see your progress with this challenge! Best of luck! emoticon

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 7/19/2013 2:52AM

    This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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DEBADEAU 7/18/2013 11:24PM

    I also need to get better about strength training. I'm gonna try every other day with 30 Day Shred. So sore today!

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PIZZAHOLIC33 7/18/2013 4:44PM

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DWSCHUYLER 7/18/2013 4:06PM

    This seems to be a great resource. I have been doing strength training, but scrambling around to find resources. You are to be congratulated! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOTHEPRO 7/18/2013 11:37AM

    Great plan!
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ADARKARA 7/18/2013 11:10AM

    You are doing so great and I'm super proud of you! emoticon

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SARIANEC 7/18/2013 9:36AM

    Sounds great. I'm going to give it a try with you! I'll have to do Day1 & 2 tonight because of TNT and I'd like my light day to be on Wednesday.

Great job on the reaching your goals.



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NANNABLACK 7/18/2013 7:34AM

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MARYBETH4884 7/18/2013 7:29AM

    Congrats on the 70 pounds lost! I achieved Onederland myself yesterday! It's still a long way to my goal but at one time I never thought I'd get here either. I know what you mean about ST it holds no fascination for me. I do what different challenges require but unlike cardio which for me is daily and a must, I an easily blow off ST and say tomorrow. Good luck on your 30 day dumbbell challenge, I hope it sparks a need for STin you. I'm headed over to look at it now.

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COOKIE_AT_51 7/18/2013 7:28AM

    emoticon How exciting!!

emoticon and we will have to celebrate your arrival into Onderland!! emoticon



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CANADIANFROG09 7/18/2013 7:11AM

    Thanks so much for sharing! emoticon

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JACKSGRAN 7/18/2013 6:46AM

    This really spoke to me as I'm conscious I should be doing more. Thanks for the links. One day we will both be sylphlike! Let's move one step closer today by doing what we should

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