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1st Attempt at doing 100 Consecutive Push Ups!

Friday, September 17, 2010


After four weeks of going through the 100 Push Up program, today was the day to attempt 100 consecutive push ups. I didn't quite make it, but I gave it my best. Will re-attempt next week to complete and have better form.

  
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DRS510 12/1/2010 6:05PM

    You are amazing - just amazing!

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PLAINJANE11 10/29/2010 8:33AM

    That was amazing! Thanks for posting and sharing!

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NLMARSHALLJX 10/26/2010 8:27PM

    Awesome Job! Definitely a huge motivator. Keep it up and stay mentally motivated.

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KICKBUTTGIRL 10/23/2010 2:56PM

  Awesome, U will do it, key keep doing.........

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GIULIACLIFFORD 10/14/2010 7:04PM

    well done!!! You've done 67 (that's what I counted) in one go, you're my God :-) I would never be able to do even not half of that... that's amazing!

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VEE150 9/28/2010 12:20AM

    GOOD JOB!!! emoticon

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EMILYD1952 9/26/2010 7:46PM

    Congrats Tia !! You did great.

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STEELE15 9/24/2010 4:27PM

    Go Tia!!! You rock chick!

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KAJANA 9/22/2010 2:09PM

    Keep it going.. I will like to do 100 pushups as well. Great motivation.. GOOD JOB

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MICKIDEE44 9/20/2010 11:05PM

    Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!

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NEWME0519 9/20/2010 6:00PM

    Awesome!

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LDY_ALI_79 9/20/2010 4:34PM

    emoticon that's good!

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SCHATZI4MO 9/20/2010 1:54AM

    you are so motivated! and motivating ... emoticon emoticon ... keep us posted emoticon because emoticon

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ANDREA0301 9/19/2010 9:52PM

    Absolutely INCREDIBLE! 100 pushups in NO JOKE! You're doing AWESOME!

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MCCOURTT 9/18/2010 8:53PM

    WoW that was amazing!! Keep going !!! It will happen!!

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MSCOCOPUFFS01 9/18/2010 1:56PM

    THAT was awesome... Can't wait to see your next attempt!!

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MARAYAPEARSON 9/18/2010 11:35AM

    WOW!! This was awesome !! Pushups are definitely an area I need to work on. This was so motivating!
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LYNNDE65 9/18/2010 9:38AM

    Awesome attempt! Way to go emoticon

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MVIRGO28 9/18/2010 8:27AM

    "Do your best and forget the rest"!! Good job!

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SAX_88 9/18/2010 8:10AM

    EXCELLENT efforts,,,you WILL achieve your ultimate goal of a 100, but look at how GREAT you look! And you HAVE to be proud of your progress.....WE certainly are.......Cheers!

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CTTRIED 9/18/2010 6:36AM

    I'm very proud of you!

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NEW-CAZ 9/18/2010 3:54AM

    emoticon you have amazing strength Tia and I have no doubt you'll do a 100 next week.

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KJOHNSON011 9/18/2010 2:34AM

    Gr8 job! emoticon

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BNSPIRD 9/18/2010 12:15AM

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I have started back into the challenge again on week 4... got side tracked with a bunch of other challenges, particularly crossfit, which already have lots of them in it... but I'm determined to finish it!
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STANNE03 9/18/2010 12:01AM

  Awesome! I just started the Strength Training with the Wii, and I could only do 2 sets of 10, with 2 rest breaks. You've inspired me. I'm gonna try it again too. Keep it up!

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LUNDIEP 9/17/2010 11:28PM

    Impressive. You WILL get there, no doubt!!!

I'm only up to Week 3 Day 2 of the challenge, and modified at that -- you've inspired me to 1) keep going and 2) get a mat to do them on. I keep sliding on my carpet!!! :)

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FELLE442 9/17/2010 10:34PM

    Awesome job...you did 100 more than I can do! One day...I hope!!!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 9/17/2010 10:28PM

    I'm impressed. Good job Tia!

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CBARRETT10 9/17/2010 10:28PM

  Powerful! What strength you have in that body! Great job!
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JUSTFOXXY 9/17/2010 9:29PM

    Wow girl! I can't wait until I build enough strength to do full body pushups. Great job!!!

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MAMAMARY8 9/17/2010 8:17PM

  Wow! I know you will do it next time, but this time rocked! Much better than I can do for sure!
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DIXIECHIC60 9/17/2010 7:48PM

    Oh that hurt just watching. You did fantastic!! I can only do a few at a time, I have to break up into sets and reps. My hubby said I should be going down further almost touching mny chest to the floor. I guess I'm doing better than I thought.
You are a WINNER!!!

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NANCYANNE55 9/17/2010 7:34PM

    Good job, girl! Pretty darned impressive, if you ask me! You'll get it the next time!

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Enjoying Running Again and having fun!

Monday, August 23, 2010

I can't believe it's been almost a month since I last blogged. The time sure flew!

I've started running again and have really been enjoying it. I'm still lifting as I love weight training as well. I know have a regular running partner which I've never had before. We're close to the same pace and her schedule is as flexible as mine so it works.

Also, a local running store started doing a free 5k run each Thursday that's open to anyone. So it's been a great way to work on my speed since we're in a group.

After the Figure Competition, I gained 8 lbs within 2 days. Evidently this is pretty normal, adding normal sodium and water back in. You're basically in a dehydrated state for the competition as your water is extremely limited the last few days.

So while it was a little overwhelming getting on the scale two days later and seeing the 8lb difference, I understood. Ruben (my Coach and Nutritionist- Sparkname: FLEXCHEF) had to remind me though! But since then, my weight has remained the same so I'm very happy. I'm a comfortable size 2 and plan to stay that way. emoticon

Ruben's now given me my maintenance meal plans and I love it! So much food, so much variety! All clean eating!

Did my first 5k since April 3rd. My friend Toni (Sparkname: NYCOLA44) celebrated her 29th birthday this month and decided to do it by running a 5k with friends! What a great idea! It ended up being a lot of uphill running which wasn't expected but it was a great course! My goal was to place in my age group. I finished at 25:12, which is almost a minute better than my previous best at 26:04. I didn't place though. Evidently my age group (40-44) is super competition. If I was in the 35-39 or 45-49 I would have placed! :-) That's okay though, just makes me want to get better! But I never thought I even be this fast! Ruben told me I would because I'm much leaner! I love it!

I'm also coaching a group of 7 people toward doing their first 5k, which will be on Oct. 9th. This has been fun. We train weekly and it's simply a volunteer opportunity for me that I'm loving!

I'll be running a Half Marathon on 11/21, then the Disney Full Marathon on 1/9/2011 so will start my training for those next week! So excited about doing both and some other races in between!

My friend Grace and I decided to start and complete the 100 Push Up Challenge so I figured, why not put it on Facebook to see if anyone else wants to! Well we have 131 people doing this 6 week challenge and it's been so fun as well!

A friend who calls me her "Fitness Mentor" completed her first Duathlon (run and bike) this past Saturday and I was so proud! I met Cametra when she did the 90 day weight loss challenge last May 2009 and she has continued to eat healthy and exercise. The group did a 5k together last August and she has continued to do 5k's and this Duathlon was a really big deal for her! She placed 10th in her age group! I'm so happy to be able inspire others and I say this because if you're reading this, remember, YOU will also be the inspiration to others and you won't even realize it, so stick with your healthy lifestyle! The more people we all can help to get and stay on track the better! Feel free to stop by her page to congratuate her! Sparkname: CEDWARDS4.

I had the privilege of being interviewed at Black Girls Run and Promoting Real Women and the links are below as well as recently pictures (you know me, gotta add pictures). Love the pic with my 4 year old nephew doing pushups with me!

I hope everyone is enjoying their journey and whether you have the ups or downs of the scale, time and consistency are the key! Set a new goal and have fun! Wishing everyone a great week! - Tia

Interview from Black Girls Run:
www.blackgirlsrun.com/2010/08/sole-s
tories-tia-pettygrue/


Interview from Promoting Real Women:
promotingwomen.blogspot.com/2010/08/
tia-pettygrue-interview.html








  
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KICKBUTTGIRL 10/23/2010 3:06PM

  I love the pictures they add so much to the story, a spark. Thank you for sharing.

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ALESHABEE 9/14/2010 9:41AM

    Love it!!

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CRZYRUNRGRL 9/1/2010 9:22AM

    What half are you running in November? I am also running the Disney marathon, and the half (goofy challenge)
You will do great!


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ABSOLUTZER0 8/30/2010 1:28AM

    I know it feels good to be back running, eh?! You are back and bringing others into the fold. I know it must feel great to help others achieve their goals. Stay positive, stay motivated, and stay focused! Happy Running!

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FELLE442 8/26/2010 10:58AM

    Tia..yes you are and continue to be an inspiration to so many of us! Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us!!!

You are a beautiful person...both inside and out!!!

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LASHAY74 8/26/2010 9:09AM

    Thanks for the blog! Awesome post! Luv the pics. So I see that you are now focusing on your running! Are you doing more endurance strength training or are you still keeping it somewhat heavy?

Hope your week is well!

Continue to rock that size 2!

I have just enlisted the help of Rueben myself (no fitness comp in my future just yet) but needing to lose, tone, and learn the right way to eat. I have the fitness part, but nutrition was lacking...how do i know? because weighloss wasn't happening!

Anyhow! take care

Tamara

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SHEMA01 8/25/2010 9:30PM

    As always...inspiring. emoticon

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SCHATZI4MO 8/25/2010 12:57AM

    emoticon on the interviews ... you deserve every word of praise. you've worked hard and inspired many ... like meeeeee emoticon

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CBARRETT10 8/24/2010 11:29PM

  MY SHERO! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MVIRGO28 8/23/2010 6:32PM

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MOMMANURSE34 8/23/2010 2:13PM

    Great Job!!!!! and I will definitely read the interview. Keep up the great work.

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STRONGERLEANER 8/23/2010 2:01PM

    You look great in your recently posted pictures. I can't even imagine what the diet is like during those last few days before competition. It definitely takes dedication.

I'm glad you're posting. Others see what you have done, that you are still committed and they too become motivated and hopeful!

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ANDREA0301 8/23/2010 1:18PM

    B - E - A - U - tiful!!

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JUSTFOXXY 8/23/2010 12:42PM

    emoticon on the interviews. Who knew your little Aha! moment would become the catalyst for motivating hundreds and thousands of people.



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TEXZAN 8/23/2010 11:33AM

    Great Blog,, I love it,, you are a true inpspiration!

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NEW-CAZ 8/23/2010 11:15AM

    emoticon Tia you are one amazing woman and such an inspiration.


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LISAT1773 8/23/2010 11:09AM

    Well, you have definitely inspired me on this rainy Monday morning! Good luck in all your endeavors!
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LISAT1773 8/23/2010 11:09AM

    Well, you have definitely inspired me on this rainy Monday morning! Good luck in all your endeavors!
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LISAT1773 8/23/2010 11:09AM

    Well, you have definitely inspired me on this rainy Monday morning! Good luck in all your endeavors!
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MAMAMARY8 8/23/2010 11:08AM

  So inspiring! I am no where near as fast as you are, but I have noticed an increased speed as I have lost weight. Good news that I may get faster as I lose more! Congrats on the interviews and the recognition that you have received for being the motivator that you are!
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JUNEPA 8/23/2010 11:04AM

    Nothing succeeds like success, you did an awesome run, and running itself brings its own high, great to hear the enthusiasm and success.

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SABRINA365 8/23/2010 9:52AM

    Great inspiration!


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Change of Goals but still setting them!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Well I've decided I'm not going to do another Figure Competition, but will return to running, my first love. I'm looking forward to doing the St. Pete Women's Half Marathon on Nov. 21st. This was the first Half I did last year with a time of 2:19, so the plan is to break the 2 hour mark.

Then, I plan to run the Walt Disney World Marathon on Jan. 9th in Orlando. My husband did this back in 1997, and it's just one of those races that I've heard you just have to do! So I'll have a goal to beat my first marathon time as well, which was 4:46.

I ran yesterday for the first time since doing a 15k in April and I just loved it. I did Sprint Intervals and am so sore today!

So I'm printing my marathon training schedule and putting it on the refrigerator and will follow it and have fun with the training!

They say your muscles only a 72 hour memory, and I truly believe that, because It had been two weeks since I lifted heavy, so yesterday I felt SO weak! So I am excited to start really lifting again on a regular basis! You know me, I love posting pics, so here are a few pics of me with my awesome Personal Trainer Stefanie.

I hope you're enjoying all your fitness goals, it makes losing weight or staying in shape so much more fun!


  
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IMSMILEY88 10/20/2011 10:25PM

    Love your photos! Wish I had more, but my gym has a 'no photo' policy. I should ask my pilates reformer trainer to take some pics though!

Enjoy your running!

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SCHATZI4MO 8/25/2010 12:54AM

    emoticon on the interviews ... you deserve every word of praise. you have worked hard and inspired many ... like meeeee emoticon

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IAMFIRMIN 7/31/2010 5:39AM

    I AM IN ORLANDO TOOO!!!!

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FAB4EYED 7/30/2010 10:45AM

    Oh wow! You do look great and those arms are there lady! I love it.. What an inspiration. I look forward to your ongoing success! emoticon

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CRYSBROWN1 7/29/2010 8:34PM

    WOW, you look mighty diesel! Loving the muscle definition! Being a runner I think that that is an excellent goal. Someday I would LOVE to do the Disney World one, I've heard it's amazing, good luck on your goals!

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ALESHABEE 7/29/2010 7:35PM

    emoticon on your new goals sista. You will be saying emoticon in no time!

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LASHAY74 7/29/2010 2:32PM

    YOU go girl! Again you look great! Yep, luv to run too. After a run it just feels like you can conquer all! emoticon

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APRILBLESS 7/29/2010 12:56PM

    You look so amazing! Back in muscle training grind again... go get'em... emoticon emoticon

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 7/28/2010 11:02PM

    Girl, look at those guns!!!! lol You look fabulous and good luck on your new goal, I'm sure you'll do awesome!! emoticon

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SCHATZI4MO 7/28/2010 1:52AM

    good goals ... i believe in you ... the 2-hr mark is just a number ... blow it away! emoticon hugs ~ april

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LORENVER 7/27/2010 8:45PM

    Yeah, a fellow runner! I think you would rock another competition (I am come on your got 3rd in your first EVER!) but following your love can be so sweet. I am new to running and miss it when I don't do it. Keep with the weight training and you can accomplish anything!

Loren

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ABSOLUTZER0 7/27/2010 6:25PM

    Welcome back to your first love! I am a new runner, so I am still in the honeymoon stage. I am loving it! I know you will stick to your training! LET'S GO!!!

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MBSHAZZER 7/27/2010 6:13PM

    OK! Disregard my last post! I still think you would rock the competition, but now I KNOW you will break that 2 hour mark in the half marathon!

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MVIRGO28 7/27/2010 5:53PM

    Running is also my 1st love! Wish you well.

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MAMAMARY8 7/27/2010 4:41PM

  Congrats and good luck on the new goals! Inspirational to a novice runner like myself (just finished couch to 5k). Just 72 hours, huh? I guess that's motivation to be consistent. Thanks for the info and the pictures. Just what I needed to motivate me today!

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MINIUM 7/27/2010 4:37PM

    Excellent! We see to like the same things - lifting and running. I ran my first marathon in 4:44 and the second one in 4:26 - emoticon Having goals makes it so much fun!

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NEW-CAZ 7/27/2010 4:09PM

    emoticon emoticon love the pics- Tia you rock girl!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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ANDREA0301 7/27/2010 3:31PM

    Lookin' good!!

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FITCHICK421 7/27/2010 3:02PM

  Great photos!

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NUBODY4ME 7/27/2010 2:58PM

    Look at that back and those arms! Work it out girl!! emoticon

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A Week after the Figure Competition and embarking on the next goal...

Sunday, July 25, 2010

If you've followed my blogs for a while, you'll see I go from goal to goal. Up until now, the goals have been different. But I do that because while I was wanting to lose weight, having other specific goals kept me focused instead of just focusing on losing the weight, checking the scale, getting discouraged, etc. When you set a goal, AND tell everyone about it (i.e., friends, family, post on Sparkpeople, Facebook, etc.), it makes it hard to back out and you get people cheering you on so you stay motivated. I just wanted to share this because so many people ask how I stay motivated. It's all about setting realistic goals and keeping the process fun.

So the 18 weeks of training for the Figure Competition were very challenging. My personal trainer, Stefanie, evidently told me just enough so I agreed to do it. Honestly, had she told me EVERYTHING, I know I wouldn't have done it. So I'm grateful to her. It was by far the most challenging goal I'd ever done. I didn't want to socialize at all if it involved food or drink since I couldn't indulge. I felt like I lived in the gym the last 6 weeks. I got a little cranky from the low carbs and calories the last 4 weeks. But I say all this to say, IT WAS WORTH IT. I felt so good to know I could have that kind of discipline and get my body in that kind of shape.

For that I have to give all the credit to my Coach, Ruben Sandoval (aka Sparkname FLEXCHEF). Honestly, it made life so much easier to have meal plans customized for me. I never had to think about what I was going to eat. And I learned so much. One thing I learned was that to get your body in the shape you really want it, it's definitely 80% diet. I see people at my gym working out like crazy every day but their bodies never change...because of their eating. So I truly see the benefit of having a coach instead of going it alone. Ruben lives 3,000 miles from me so I've never met him in person, but his attention to detail is just incredible...you can see from the pictures of my transformation. If you'd like to see the transformation pics over the 18 weeks, feel free to befriend me on Facebook. My name is Tia Pettygrue and just put a message that you're a Spark friend with your Sparkname, as I'm really particular as to who I accept as friends. It's pretty remarkable and I'm not saying that because it's me, it just is. Also, if you're on Facebook, I'd highly encourage you to "Like" the FB Page Fit To Be In Your Kitchen. Great tips on food there from my coach!

So the next goal...I love running and my husband is wanting to qualify for the Boston Marathon so we planned to do the Detroit Marathon (him) and 1/2 Marathon (me) in October. He's from there so it would be great to have family support and it just looked like a cool race, running to Canada, then back through an underwater tunnel. But a couple days ago, my husband was looking at his running time and not thinking he'll be ready for Boston this next go round so doesn't want to take the time and expense to travel for a race. So I didn't have a race to get excited about.

Meanwhile, I've made so many friends who do Figure Competitions, and a couple friends at my gym are doing a Comp in Oct, and my coach may be in town for the show...so I'M DOING ANOTHER FIGURE COMPETITION ON OCTOBER 2ND! For this last one, my only goal was to be able to be ready to get on stage. Now that I know I can do it, I WANT TO WIN!!! So my focus will be to win the Overall this time. I know that's a lofty goal, but I gotta make it more fun and challenging, so I'll be spending much more time practicing my posing, which is huge. It's such a skill to do the posing properly. You kind of feel like a contortionist they way you have to move and hold your body. So I'm super excited about it. This time it should be easier, mentally and physically, since I know what to expect and I'm starting in better shape. I'm ready to work harder and still have fun in the process!

I want to thank you all that read and comment on my blogs, and I truly apologize if I'm not able to answer everyone, I really do try. I read all the comments and try to answer any questions. If you have any specific questions, feel free to send me Sparkmail. Like many of you, I'm still learning and by no means claim to be any kind of expert. But I have learned a lot that I can share and am happy to do so. I've learned so much just from Sparkfriends like you and the awesome teams I'm a part of.

I've been spreading the Spark like never before!

So I've chilled out this past week, didn't work out much to let my body recover from the intense workouts I had been doing. But tomorrow, I'm ready to hit the gym hard and start lifting heavy and doing some HIIT cardio!

I hope you've had an awesome weekend and I wish you much success in your goals as well!





  
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STARPEACE 9/22/2010 1:30PM

    ALL THE WAY INSPIRIRING!

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MAKELE 9/1/2010 12:24PM

    Wow Tia, you are truely amazing!

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-PAULA 8/3/2010 11:54AM

    You are truly inspiring. Love following your blogs! I think I'll "copy" you and set some goals myself! Thanks!


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KINKYCURLY 7/30/2010 7:27AM

    You truly inspire me! If you can do this, I can do SOMEthing! Sent you a facebook friend request too.

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LASHAY74 7/29/2010 2:29PM

    All i can say is thank you for the blog...yep and on my way to facebook :)!

Who is the cute little fellow with ya in the pic? Too cute!

This makes so much since regarding setting a goal, but keeping the process fun as possible!

The photos are wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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KACUS67 7/28/2010 9:25PM

  I am speechless looking at those fotos! I am about to turn 43. I am inspired!

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CAMANDMAYASMOM 7/28/2010 1:47PM

    Awesome blog! And love the pic of you and the little man at the bottom. Just adorable! :-)

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MBSHAZZER 7/27/2010 6:12PM

    First off, yes, it's definitely 80% diet.

Secondly... I have NO DOUBT that you will rock out on October 2nd!

Finally... there is a group of Sparkers running the ING Miami Marathon and Half on January 20, 2010, which will give you and your hubby plenty of time to train!

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MICKIDEE44 7/27/2010 10:23AM

    Wow, this is GREAT! Really inspiring and I look forward to reading more about the upcoming competition.

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CPESCE1 7/27/2010 6:25AM

    You are amazing! I hope I can learn from you and some day get the strength to accomplish half as much as you!

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JUNEPA 7/27/2010 3:59AM

    Setting goals and keeping the process fun, finding the discipline to get your body in the shape you want it to be, having a competition to participate in, sharing goals on sparkpeople to keep from backing out and keeping motivated by the spark friends, all such important points !!!
All so helpful in the fitness and health journey, really in any self-improvement endeavour.

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CBARRETT10 7/26/2010 11:58PM

  What inspiration, determination, motivation!
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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/26/2010 8:31PM

    Awesome!

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MVIRGO28 7/26/2010 7:36PM

    You are truly an inspiration! I sent you a friend request on FB!

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SWEETLIPS 7/26/2010 4:44PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon, Said it - and I am going to facebook right now. I want to do this.

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MINIUM 7/26/2010 1:07PM

    Tia, you simply are my role-model! emoticon

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ANDREA0301 7/26/2010 12:04PM

    Absolutely AMAZING!! Can't wait to follow your progress (and SUCCESS) during this next challenge!

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NEWME0519 7/26/2010 10:57AM

    Fabulous!

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TAKEASTAND2 7/26/2010 10:14AM

    Very, very, very, inspiring and so helpful. Congratulations once again!!! I feel a VICTORY coming for you in your next competition. You are very motivated and driven. You have done a fantastic job!! I am so glad I stumbled upon your story here. I am ready to take my fitness to the next level now!!! God bless you!!!

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EAZYE2302 7/26/2010 9:47AM

    Gorgeous

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FINEBABY72 7/26/2010 8:40AM

  You are gorgeous! Congratulations on your overall endurance and will, it's very encouraging. I will friend you on FB and check out your coaches page also. Good luck on the competition in October, I hope you win! emoticon emoticon

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LDY_ALI_79 7/26/2010 8:25AM

    emoticon you look amazing!

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NEW-CAZ 7/26/2010 5:05AM

    Tia, I've said it b4 and I'll say it again YOU ARE emoticonsuch an inspiration and you have so much to be proud of.
I wish you luck with your new goals and all you want to achieve.
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SCHATZI4MO 7/26/2010 1:40AM

    tia! ... you are so emoticon ... ok, "we" are on to our next goal. ... keep on posting, because i'm following with my bet on your success. i know emoticon. hugs ~ april

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NEWLIFESTYLE101 7/25/2010 11:52PM

    I am grinning from ear to ear. You would think it's me in those pictures. lol I just showed your pictures on your page to my daughter. She was very impressed. :)

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CGTAYLOR 7/25/2010 10:38PM

    Woo Hoo!!! Go Tia! :)

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DIANEWR1 7/25/2010 9:31PM

    I love it!! I'm soo proud of you and you reaching your goal! You have motivated so many people!! Keep up the great work and I'll look at your pics on Facebook!! I've got my eye on you!!! emoticon

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MAMAMARY8 7/25/2010 9:17PM

  I like that you focus on goals other than your weight. I also do this and haven't even weighed myself this summer. There are so many other ways to know that I am being successful. I wish you the best of luck in your next competition and I look forward to following along and cheering you on.
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BESUSAN 7/25/2010 8:59PM

    A trainer recently posted on a site I read, "You can't out exercise a bad diet." I wonder why that truth eludes so many of us. In my 20s I competed in bodybuilding and trophy body is based on diet. You can build the muscle but it's the diet that defines the cuts and shape. Congratulations, again.

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CAROLX914 7/25/2010 8:47PM

    You are such an encouraging inspiration and although I might never look like you (Im just not built like that lol) when Im doing my 5 mile walk I constantly have images of my successful sparkers in my mind to keep to the finish line.. thank you

btw Im on facebook so I will sending you a request shortly..

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IKIRSTEN 7/25/2010 8:46PM

    You are a very inspiring young lady ! I like the fact that you are focusing on other things besides the scale which is what I just realize is one of my biggest downfalls for losing weight. Just last week, I decided to pay more attention to my physique as oppose to the scale. Good luck with your goals because you have already shown you have the motivation to achieve. God bless!

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BEGONIAC 7/25/2010 8:44PM

    Wonderwoman!!! That's all I can say! You're one amazing lady. Thanks for sharing and inspiring! emoticon

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Took 3rd Place in Over 40 Figure!!! More than I expected!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

It's 2am and I'm so tired, so I'll be quick, but I promise, full details by Monday!

Had an awesome day today. Finals were tonight! Event was at the local Performing Arts Theater and I'm guessing there were about 800-1000 people there. So in addition to being on such a big stage, was also on the Big Screen!

My division was the second to be called. So when they announced the Top 3 and I was one of them I couldn't believe it! Now of course I would have loved to have won, but for this to be my first and to know where I've come from and how unbelievable it was for me just to be on that stage, taking 3rd place was JUST LIKE WINNING THE OVERALL!

So, on that note, I'm going to bed, but can't wait to share more!

Thanks so much to all of you for sharing this with me, it's been so much fun!



  
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JOONASPRYTE 2/23/2012 10:19AM

  OMG you look sooo great!!!!!!!!!
I am 45 and want to start body building, but dont really know where to start.
I work with weights but want to take it further.

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MOMMA_K 6/21/2011 2:26AM

  I have lost weight and trying to keep inspired. I read this and am filled with admiration for you and renewed ambition.

Will be hitting the gym this morning with this page as my new inspiratin.

Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Your amazing.

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KICKBUTTGIRL 10/23/2010 2:59PM

  Chk out that ctr pose yall, girl u look awesome. I am so thrill for u. U GO GIRL! emoticon

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SLIMNSIX1 9/1/2010 10:51PM

    Amazing! You're an inspiration.

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GYMROYALTY 9/1/2010 10:00AM

  Absolutely WONDERFUL!! Keep up the fantastic work Tia!

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VEE150 8/4/2010 10:50PM

    emoticon emoticonYou look wonderful!



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MARYDSAN 8/2/2010 6:44AM

    That is absolutely awesome. PTL!

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LORENVER 7/27/2010 8:38PM

    Oh My GOSH! You are amazing! I am so glad others have realized this too, and even gave you an award to prove it!

Loren

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SHANTISHANTI 7/27/2010 2:34PM

    WOW, what else can I say. Congratulations, all your hard work sure did pay off. I totally agree with your philosophy of setting goals. It's the only way for me to even accomplish anything. My goal this summer was to hit the gym every day (or do an outdoor workout), yes, every day, and weight train three days a week. I don't work during the summer, so I decided it shouldn't be a problem for me. And it hasn't been, so far I'm 40/40. I would never have done this had I not set a goal and put it out there on Spark people. I post everyday what I have accomplished and if no one else looks at my Spark page that day, that's okay too....I know that I have reclaimed THE POWER. Thanks again for the inspiration.

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LINIS_THIN 7/26/2010 7:12PM

    CONGRATS!!!!
You DID come from far and YOU CERTAINLY WON!!!!

CONGRATS!!

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EAZYE2302 7/26/2010 9:43AM

    BIG CONGRATS Girlfriend x

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DIXIECHIC60 7/26/2010 8:39AM

    Way to go!! I was on vacation and trying to get back into the loop. Congratulations, so proud of you and your hard work!!

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NEWLIFESTYLE101 7/25/2010 11:56PM

    Totally awe inspiring. I am speechless. And that takes a lot. Wow!!!



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SUZE68 7/24/2010 8:55PM

    Way to go!!! You look fantastic! emoticon

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    Way to go, Job well done !!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REDDOGMOM 7/23/2010 12:24PM

    Wow, what an inspiration you are! Congratulations!

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JUNEPA 7/23/2010 3:54AM

    Way to go, way to work toward and achieve your goal !! Placing is the icing on the cake

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SPARKGIRL32 7/22/2010 7:36PM

    Totally deserved it ! :)

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/22/2010 7:34PM

    You are a winner by any standard.

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MAKELE 7/22/2010 5:37AM

    You are amazing girl!

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KJS_MOM 7/21/2010 2:29PM

    emoticonThat is so awesome! I'm getting teary-eyed here. You are such an inspiration!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 7/20/2010 11:16PM

    See Tia, I told you you'd be bringing home a trophy! Awesome work lady. Such an inspiration. I'm thrilled for you!

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MBSHAZZER 7/20/2010 12:28PM

    Fantastic, Tia!!! You did great! You should be so proud of yourself!

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PELESJEWEL 7/20/2010 12:22PM

    emoticon You look fantastic! What a monumental accomplishment! YOU GO GIRL!

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GRACIE4ONE 7/20/2010 9:30AM

    Tia, no one is prouder than I am. Everytime I spark a new friend, i bring them to your page. You are such inspiration. Keep it up!!!! (But on another note, were you a couch potato before all this?)

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WE_PA_FIT 7/20/2010 8:28AM

    AMAZING!!!! LOOOVE the teal suit and the trophy! you are a true example for us all! emoticon emoticon

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TURBOGINGA 7/20/2010 7:50AM

    OMG! I am so happy for you I'm in tears!!!! I have always, even when I was younger, wanted to do this but always felt I didn't have the knowledge and the tools! Now, at 45, I actually believe this could be an achievable goal for me!

Thanks for your inspiration!!

Congrats!...3r
d Place at your first time out! You go girl!!!!

Lisa

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SWEETLIPS 7/19/2010 11:56PM

    This is so wonderful and I know you feel awesome for what you have accomplished. I am so inspired by you. WOW - keep smiling, keep shouting, keep working - you got it going on!

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MISSMEL10 7/19/2010 12:23PM

    THAT IS PHENOMENAL!!!! It's amazing that I can feel so proud of someone that I've never even met. You are amazing!! :)

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ANDREA0301 7/19/2010 11:32AM

    OMGoodness!! I can't tell you how absolutely proud I am of you! Can't WAIT to hear more!!!

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YOHLI07 7/19/2010 10:33AM

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TAKEASTAND2 7/19/2010 9:37AM

    Outstanding!!! Congratulations!!! I had a feeling you would do well. WAY TO GO!!!

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KAJANA 7/19/2010 9:25AM

    You Look Amazing.. You are so inspiring.. Hopefully, one day I would follow in your foot steps as well.. congrats.. 3rd Place. Just as great as the first place..

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LASHAY74 7/19/2010 9:04AM

    Congrats! YOU have worked soooo hard and you deserve it! More, more more! CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE DETAILS TODAY!

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CRAVETOBFIT 7/19/2010 12:45AM

    I knew you'd place! What an incredible accomplishment, I'm happy for you!

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MABELPIE 7/18/2010 10:50PM

    so, so inspiring! Congrats!

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BESUSAN 7/18/2010 9:15PM

    Amazing! Congratulations.

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon thank you so much for sharing this journey ... you look amazing!

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SHEMA01 7/18/2010 8:57PM

    Congratulations, I know you are so excited. 3rd place is GREAT. I am so happy for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

THank you for sharing your journey..such an inspiration.

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CWYNN01 7/18/2010 8:51PM

    emoticon emoticon on placing 3rd place!!! That's a great job for your 1st competition. You have come sooooo far Tia & glad that you have continued to perfect your body physically. Keep up the great work Diva!

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