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Fasten your seatbelt 2013 - I've got plans for you!

Friday, January 04, 2013

Hey fellow sparkers - was thinking how to challenge myself this year - have a few ideas - trying new classes at the gym - using some new equipment, and looking for new ways to utilize the free weights at the gym to work my muscles differently. Change is a good thing - especially for the muscles!
I'm going to challenge myself to figure out a few 'streaks' to keep my diet in check also - drinking 8 glasses of water daily; keeping within my calorie allotment at least 6 days a week (hey-a girl has GOT to allow for a sushi night LOL) - and also working out for at least an hour every day -even if it's just taking a long walk on my recovery day.....what ideas do you have? Please share - I'm looking for some inspiration.

2013 is going to be our year - let's do this together!! emoticon I found this on facebook and it says it all perfectly:

  
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GOODGETNBETR 1/28/2013 1:57AM

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Best of luck reaching your goals in 2013!

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KA_JUN 1/4/2013 9:43PM

    Ambitious goals! I'm currently looking for the 1 or 2 events I want to do to give me focus to train.

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BRENDAF761 1/4/2013 6:18PM

    I'm also going to workout daily. Trying to cook a new low calorie recipe at least once a week. I'm planning on getting the spark cookbook in paperback for some new ideas! I need to drink less diet coke and coffee. I've given up so many things that I just haven't been able to quit the diet coke. I'm a work in progress! Trying to get the courage to try a zumba class this year! Best wishes for great success in 2013! emoticon emoticon

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Never forget where you started....

Friday, October 26, 2012


That was the 'before' pic -jamming myself into that leather vest for a bike rally about 3 years ago- before starting this journey of fitness, before making better food choices, before pictures suck - however they are a great reminder of where we don't want to be ever again!

Small changes over the last 3 years have made a world of difference -to my attitude, my self confidence, my mood, my physical abilities...and luckily to my clothing size too - bye bye vest! :)

  
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ANGELWENDYMAMA 10/27/2012 2:24AM

    Wow, GO YOU!! :)

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BEFIT014 10/26/2012 10:58PM

    WOW! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/26/2012 5:57PM

    I *LOVE* before pics! Because then, you get to put on that old vest for a *NOW* pic AND stuff a kid or your dog in there with ya = ) You've done a great job!

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MANILUS 10/26/2012 5:47PM

    Great job and keep it up!

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Just a number....

Monday, June 18, 2012

I just turned 46 on June 17th and created this to post on my facebook account, I thought it was worthwhile to share with all my sparkfriends too - edited so you are able to read it, hope you like it:

46 is JUST A NUMBER … and it WILL BE my BEST YEAR... SO FAR

What I know for sure:

-you CAN do anything you set your mind to, it may not come to you as quickly as you’d like, but if you are consistent and persistent you WILL reach your goals emoticon

-it’s a waste of time to judge others, you have no idea what they’ve been through, dealt with, or are still working on - and you miss out on so many great relationships when you judge - relax and just enjoy what others have to offer

-stop hating on yourself…all that negative self-talk is a huge waste of time, so next time you catch yourself in the middle of a ‘I should have’, or ‘I wish I would have’ -stop yourself - you’ve recognized something in yourself that you want to change - great! Get busy and start changing it already :)

-every now and then listen to your heart…it knows what you need to be happy

-the best things in life, really are not THINGS at all - just sayin’

-what you focus on goes out into the universe and multiplies, so remember how awesome you are, be positive, fake it until you make it, and just be happy…..if you don’t like where you are now-you can start over at any time. We only get to take this particular journey once……make it a good one emoticon

  
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DMF2012 8/14/2012 10:33AM

    Great, and thanks for sharing. Happy belated!

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First race of 2012 - check!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

My first race of 2012 is complete - and a new personal best too - 5K in 34:38 - shaved 4-5 minutes of my best 2011 time despite a hip flexor injury!
This morning the temperature was -4 with a morning high of 1 predicted - it was a chilly run - but fantastic all the same as I haven't been able to do cardio training in almost 2 weeks - felt good to be running again! My husband also had a personal best today of 26:34 - a great running day for both of us - we rewarded ourselves pre-race with new lululemons for the run - worth running for I think! LOL emoticon


  
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GERMANIRISHGIRL 5/1/2012 11:29AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon& emoticon on your PB too!

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WONDERWOMAN 4/30/2012 11:11PM

    First off - you look GREAT! Congrats on a great race.

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 4/30/2012 3:26AM

    Wow, that is awesome work! Now I get what PB means - personal best! Nice :)

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DAPHNE_RUNS 4/29/2012 11:07PM

    Big congrats on your PB!!!!!! and congrats to your husband too. I love reading about a family getting fit together and supporting one another.

Keep on moving....I can't wait to read about your race season. My season is coming to an end. I have one more race in two weeks and then I am done for the summer.

Happy running.

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SUEAZZI 4/29/2012 9:27PM

    Terrific! emoticon

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KA_JUN 4/29/2012 8:47PM

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What 70 lbs GONE looks like...

Saturday, April 14, 2012

It took awhile to muster-up the courage to get a really bad fat-picture out for this before and after pose, I'll admit there were far to many 'bad fat pictures' to choose from (there were many much worse) and it was a pretty painful exercise, HOWEVER simply looking over all those photos really made me realize how far I have come over the last two years, and I know in my heart that I will NEVER go back 'there' again!



I don't have to wonder if all the hours in boot camp & the gym, and attempting to eat as clean as possible were worth it -because my happiness level tells me with no uncertainty that it was ABSOLUTELY worth all the hard work!!

The last 30 lbs will no doubt bring me challenges - but what gal doesn't like a good challenge?!?!? LOL

  
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JAWATKINS 1/29/2014 4:53PM

    So inspiring! Keep up the great work!!

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TORTISE110 1/29/2014 7:38AM

    You inspire!

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IMEMINE1 12/7/2013 9:29AM

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SBNORMAL 5/24/2012 4:36AM

  You go girl!! Those thirty pounds are scared of you. They will be gone in no time.

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TAMIPCHICAGO 4/30/2012 8:27AM

    Awesome. You look fantastic

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IMIN2GENES 4/30/2012 8:01AM

    emoticon With your enthusiasm I have no doubt those 30 pounds will be gone in no time!

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    Congrats on your progress!! emoticon emoticon

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ANEWBETHSTL 4/29/2012 8:13PM

    That's incredible! Congrats on your achievements!!!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 4/29/2012 8:01PM

    I'm sneaking up on my -70lbs and I LOVED this blog. I know this feeling and what those pictures feel like to look at and not wanting to return here.
CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS!!!
You'
ll no doubt knock away these last 30 with the skills and strength you gathered with the first 70.
You can do this!!!


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THEIS58 4/29/2012 7:54AM

    Wonderful!

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SKINNITA 4/28/2012 1:21AM

    Well done. I love your attitude - I bet it took more than 2 years to get in the 'before' shape, so if it takes another year to get to goal, that's fine!

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KLWALDON 4/27/2012 4:25PM

    You look fantastic! Congratulations on your success and good luck on your next challenge!

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TAKINBACKMYBODY 4/26/2012 8:33PM

    I am truly overwhelmed by all the positive vibes sent my way after posting this blog - thank you so much for your comments and encouragement - we can all do this together as Spark Friends! emoticon

I am looking forward to following each of you on this journey! emoticon

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ILUVTHE80S 4/26/2012 9:25AM

    Great job! You look fantastic and you can do it! emoticon

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SPARKEDLIFE 4/26/2012 4:06AM

    I love your enthusiasm to get to your goal. Awesome


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JNPRGR8T 4/25/2012 4:48PM

  wow, you look great... and happy!

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MANILUS 4/25/2012 10:53AM

    Congrats, while it is definitely painful to look at before pics, it is bittersweet to see the after pics! Keep up the great work! I am on the 3/4 mark to my goal with about 50.6 lbs to go and 102.4 gone! Keep up the great work!

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ARCHIMEDESII 4/24/2012 11:34AM

    That's fantastic ! Congratulations on losing the weight and gaining your health !

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EDWARDS1411 4/24/2012 10:14AM

    emoticon You look maaaaarvellous!! You ARE DOING IT!!!

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  Wow, great job! emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon emoticonI just wanted to see what difference 70 pounds made. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AMY-MIMI77 4/23/2012 2:19PM

    You look great and have a great attitude.
Keep up the Fabulous work.

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SUEAZZI 4/23/2012 2:10PM

    Fabulous! emoticon

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JEWITCH 4/23/2012 1:57PM

    emoticon Keep up the fantastic work.

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HHB4181 4/23/2012 1:19PM

    Amazing!!

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BHANDDT 4/23/2012 1:07PM

    CONGRATS!!!!! emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 4/23/2012 12:38PM

    Thanks for showing me that it is possible. You are dong awesome.

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KARENDEE4 4/23/2012 10:49AM

    Wow you look great!!

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KELLYPOLL 4/23/2012 10:43AM

  Congratulations! You will make it to your goal - look how far you have come...and your pictures are proof that you can do it!

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LAVAJEEP 4/23/2012 9:54AM

  Wow. Good job! :)


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JENN03275 4/23/2012 9:54AM

    Great job!

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UNCRITICAL 4/23/2012 9:02AM

  Truly inspiring for those of us who are still working at it, thank-you!

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BUDRFLY31 4/23/2012 8:51AM

    WAY TO GO!!!

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DJSHIP46 4/23/2012 8:26AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Beaming you lots of positive energy to help you meet and beat the next challenge:) Thanks for sharing emoticon

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GRAYGRANNY 4/23/2012 7:08AM

    CONGRATS TO YOU!!!! TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!

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PENOWOK 4/23/2012 6:41AM

    You look Marvelous!! I'm with you in ther battle!!

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 4/23/2012 5:32AM

    emoticonGood health radiates from your current picture! It IS all worth the effort! Thanks for sharing the good news and inspiring your fellow travelers!

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CAROLIAN 4/23/2012 3:24AM

    Well done xxxx

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STEPHE_44 4/23/2012 2:58AM

    Keep up the good work!!

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JOCEPINK 4/23/2012 12:27AM

    You look really good!

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