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Monday, January 02, 2012

Hi all,

Just posted some of my goals on my website:
. I hope everyone is looking forward to a brighter, happier 2012.

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    You are amazing and I love those goals. You can do it! Thank you for sharing it! emoticon

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APMAC_D 1/4/2012 9:49AM

    THose are great goals and a wonderful outlook. I need to set up a savings plan for myself as well. I know you will feel amazing once those debts are off your plate. It's gonna be a good year!

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Taking a New Direction for 2012

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Well 2012 is almost here and I am looking forward to a fresh, brand new year to lay some successes out on. If you follow my website
you know that I promote creating goals rather than making new years resolutions. Resolution are just glorified wishes that need sculpting and defining to really change your life.

"Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we would have if we didn't spend half our time wishing." ~ Alexander Woollcott

I have decided, after reviewing my past year, that I really need a change on the fitness front. I don't have weight loss goal as I'm where I want to be weight wise, but I am looking for challenge. It's time to change it up and focus on a new training method. After much research I have settled on Crossfit. I love the look that traditional bodybuilding gives me, but I want my form to follow function. I want to have true strength, so that any obstacle can be overcome.

One of the most beautiful women on the figure stage today is Erin Stern. And her physique was not found in a gym. She is an excellent track athlete in her own right. In fact she announced not to long after the Olympia that she was going to try out for the Olympic track team. So, it's time to stop focusing on traditional bodybuilding and really build the beautiful and functional body I dream of.

Along with this change I am also going to shift my diet, yet again, to a more paleo approach. I am going to still uphold my sustainable choice to only eat eggs, and sustainably caught seafood for animal protein, but I am going to remove almost all grains out of my diet. I have always believed that the equation to fitness is 80% diet, 10% workouts and 10% genetics and if I really want to define true fitness my diet needs attention.

My other goal is to have my family's next debt milestone, Great Lakes student loan, paid off by September 30th, 2012. I know we can do it! I was lucky enough to get tickets to Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover live event when it's here in FL for Christmas. I am so excited and I know it will only make our resolve to pay off our debt stronger.

Well, I'm sure I can think of a dozen other goals for 2012, but this post would turn into a book. What are some of your goals for the coming year? How did you do looking back on 2012? I know the future is bright and we can all be successful as long as we keep forging ahead.

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TOTALREDO2013 4/24/2012 5:13PM

    Sounds like a great plan!!!
You weren't doing bodybuilding, right? Figure or bikini..

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Let's get this show on the road!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hi all,

I have been mia the past few days because I was fighting a seriously annoying upper respitory infection that just will not take the hint and go away! My doctor actually called me to make sure I'm resting because she knows how much it's killing me to not be working out.

I haven't been worrying too much about tracking my food, because I really haven't had an appatite. I still make myself eat every three hours, but my meals are very small and clean. I figure it's ok to be on the low end of my calories since I'm not working out. My hope is to be over this in a couple of days and be back in the gym kicking ass and taking names.

I did want to share and idea my friend Benny over at . Benny does an annual review every year so he can see what he did right, and what needs improving. He even offers a free worksheet on his site to help you through the process. That way you can make constructive concrete goals for 2012 and not just the same old vague New Year's resolutions. I am going to do one and I would love to see others try it out as well.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week and are staying relaxed in these last few days before Christmas ;)



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AKAFIT 12/25/2011 9:35PM


Thank you for the link. I have saved this on my computer to fill out at a later date.

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Weekly Wednesday Recap :)

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Hi all!

It's Wednesday and that means a recap to my progress from last week. Monday I began to focus on getting over 110 grams of protein a day. I have been averaging 118 grams so far.

I found that if I don't track what I am eating, I end up very low on protein and calories. I have to plan out my day or I just don't hit the numbers. Getting enough calories and protein are crucial to reaching my goals as I need the fuel not only to maintain the muscle I have but to also build more.

I did not workout this last weekend the way I had planned because life got in the way, as it sometimes does. I know missing a couple of workouts here or there won't kill me, but I can't let it become a habit.

I posted the eleventh installment in my nutrition series on my blog
and this week is looking at the amazing powerhouse, the egg. I added a great recipe for a vegetable frittata, so if you have the time, check it out.

I am very excited for Friday as it's my work annual Holiday party. I love hanging with my friends and family and dancing the night away :) Hopefully I will burn enough calories dancing to cover all the great food they serve... I have a gorgeous red dress I'm going to wear and I will post pics of the night so you can see an updated photo of me.

Well that's my week in a nutshell. I hope you are all having a wonderful season and are not stressing too much. Remember, if you stumble, it's doesn't mean failure as long as you get back up :)



Wow! SP Motivator of the Day!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

I am extremely honored to be chosen as SP Motivator of the Day. For those of you who are just meeting me for the first time today, thank you for your support and kindness. Feel free to add me as a friend and I will add you right back :). I love to help and encourage others on their personal journey.

I started my weight loss journey several years ago when I realized I was overweight. I know that sounds strange, but I didn't think of myself as overweight. It took a doctor and extreme amounts of pain for me to finally recognize I needed to change if I wanted to enjoy my life rather than just exist.

This is me before I began my journey. I didn't let people take my photo very often, because I did not feel attractive. I was introverted and spent most of my time on the couch. It took many small changes and a new outlook on life to get me where I am today.

I am not special, anyone can make their dreams come true. It just takes setting goals and the ability to get back up when you fall down. To continue even if you make a mistake. I hope you find my story inspiring and it helps you realize it is possible to change your life.

If you ever need help or encouragement, please leave a comment on my page or drop me a Sparkmail. I will help any way I can.


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DIANEBMAI 12/7/2011 7:37AM

    Tammy, Congratulations on earning motivator of the day. After reading your profile and blogs, I can understand why! You are an inspiration and I can use the motivation! Keep up the good work. I can take some tips emoticon

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CANDOK1260 12/6/2011 11:19AM

    nice to meet you and yes I could use some encouragement if you stop by my blog once in awhile.

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MEGSMILEY 12/5/2011 12:15PM

    congratulations! Well-deserved. :)

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JRDIAMOND4 12/5/2011 8:13AM

    Tammy, you are deserving!!

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STILLFLYIN 12/4/2011 11:55AM

    You are special, just not alone in working through your weight challenges.

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LMSAWYER 12/4/2011 11:00AM

    You are an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your journey.

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LATTELEE 12/4/2011 7:39AM

  Nice to meet you!

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