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June 11: 100 Day Challenge - Day 1

Tuesday, June 12, 2012



June Goals:
* My ultimate goal this month is to get that bridesmaid dress to zipper up all the way
* Complete 202 miles...completed 62.23

Other Goals:
* Yearly goal of 1500 miles...completed 610.85
* Yearly goal of dropping 100lbs...lost 43.2lbs

I've now LOST 25% of the weight i am looking to lose!!!!!!
AND
I'm almost at the half way mark for what i want to lose by the end of this year!

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Here are my goals over the next 19 days:
emoticon 6/11 6.74 miles, Core (ACTUAL: 6.82 miles walk/jog, 8.71 miles on the bike, Core, and a little ST)

6/12 6 miles, ST
6/13 3 miles, 8 bike miles, ST
6/14 3.74 miles, Core
6/15 3.74 miles, Core
6/16 6 miles, 8 bike miles, ST
6/17 6.74 miles, ST
6/18 3.74 miles, Core
6/19 6 miles, ST
6/20 3 miles, 8 bike miles, ST
6/21 3.74 miles, Core
6/22 3.74 miles, Core
6/23 6 miles, 8 bike miles, ST
6/24 6.74 miles, ST
6/25 3.74 miles, Core
6/26 6 miles, ST
6/27 3 miles, 8 bike miles, ST
6/28 3.74 miles, Core
6/29 3.74 miles, Core
6/30 6 miles, 8 bike miles, ST



Because it was like 104 degrees here yesterday, it's just too hot for me to walk outside. So the gym has been my best friend over the last two or so weeks. And last night i noticed something strange. Tell me if you've witnessed this yourself. For my 5k's i've always been under 55 minutes, this last one was 53 minutes. BUT when i'm on the treadmill it takes me longer to complete the 3.1 miles. Why is that? I'm walking at a speed of about 3.1-3.3 and then i jog at a 3.9-4.1 for about 8 minutes total. But i tend to finish the 3.1 miles closer to the 57 minute mark. Oh well...

I always forget how great i sleep after a tough workout. I mean i can knock out like a baby! BUT to wake up in the morning is soooooo difficult! I wanted to get up this morning at 5am to get a quick 3-4 mile walk in, but i just couldn't pry myself out of bed. My goal is to do the majority of my workout in the morning so that i have more free time in the evenings. I'll set my alarm for 5am tomorrow and REALLY push myself to get out of bed and do a quick walk. Any suggestions?



So my friend that is getting married in 59 days called me yesterday. She's stopped working out for the last 3 weeks and has gained back almost 8lbs! If you recall, she cannot currently fit into her size 10 wedding dress. She's currently a 12...well 14/12 now. She still has 59 days to shape up otherwise, she'll do a last minute off the rack purchase. I won't try my bridesmaid dress back on until this Saturday morning to see where i'm at with it zipping up all the way. I'm hoping i'm getting closer. I know we can't really "spot" train, but any suggestions on moves that target the back - since i need to lose some back fat for this dress to fit? I'm doing various ab moves to improve the front side (reverse crunch, regular crunches, crunches with your legs in the air, crunches on the stability ball, and oblique crunches).

OH, i almost forgot! I bought what i'm wearing to the dress rehearsal for the wedding! PLEASE excuse the mess on the floor - it was laundry time!


Warriors in Pink uploaded the picture I took with them! I'm still waiting on the ones from the actual race itself...

  
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ASTRONGNEWME 6/13/2012 11:03AM

    As for morning workouts, I have found the best way to get out of bed is to just get up as soon as the alarm goes off and just get started. Give yourself too much time to think, and you may talk yourself out of it! Also, being consistent with the time you go to bed and the time you get up, so your body becomes conditioned to wake up that early.

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RACHELBUGSMAMA 6/13/2012 10:39AM

    You are doing a great job staying on track!


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WONDERJUL 6/13/2012 10:27AM

    Sounds like you are making great progress!!
How wonderful you will feel at the wedding and beyond.
Good luck on your 100 day challenge. I need to start again. I have done it a couple of times and always feel so empowered.
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JAMIELOGICAL 6/12/2012 2:46PM

    I've found that I always run faster outside than on the treadmill. However, that means I end up wearing myself out and having to walk a lot more.

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June 11th: The start of a New Day

Monday, June 11, 2012



June Goals:
* My ultimate goal this month is to get that bridesmaid dress to zipper up all the way
* Complete 202 miles...completed 49.70

Other Goals:
* Yearly goal of 1500 miles...completed 598.32
* Yearly goal of dropping 100lbs...lost 42lbs



Last week i joined a team - 100 Day Challenge - in which you workout for 100 days straight. I loved the idea, and still love the idea. So i needed to be fair to it and to myself, so i took a MUCH needed breather yesterday and i did not beat myself up over it. I simply needed a day to decompress and look ahead and plan out where i wanted to go and where i wanted to end up for this last half of 2012. So today starts my Day 1 of the 100 Day Challenge.

Here are my goals over the next 19 days:
6/11 6.74 miles, Core
6/12 6 miles, ST
6/13 3 miles, 8 bike miles, ST
6/14 3.74 miles, Core
6/15 3.74 miles, Core
6/16 6 miles, 8 bike miles, ST
6/17 6.74 miles, ST
6/18 3.74 miles, Core
6/19 6 miles, ST
6/20 3 miles, 8 bike miles, ST
6/21 3.74 miles, Core
6/22 3.74 miles, Core
6/23 6 miles, 8 bike miles, ST
6/24 6.74 miles, ST
6/25 3.74 miles, Core
6/26 6 miles, ST
6/27 3 miles, 8 bike miles, ST
6/28 3.74 miles, Core
6/29 3.74 miles, Core
6/30 6 miles, 8 bike miles, ST



Compliments are weird. It's especially weird if you aren't used to receiving them. I was coming home yesterday with some friends after our volunteer work at a local homeless shelter and one of the guys reference that all of the girls (there were just two of us) in the car were beautiful. My initial thought was that he just included me so that i wouldn't feel bad. But then i quickly told myself to stop thinking that way and accept his compliment for what it was - a compliment that just a few blogs ago i said i wanted! It was nice to hear someone reference me as beautiful.



Now let's talk about this 5k i completed this past weekend. A friend of mine decided that she wanted to join me so we got there at 6am so that she could register for the event. That left us with almost 2 hours before the 5k started. So we just walked around the various booths - many of them were still just setting up. Now, i had just completed another 5k back in April and during that 5k i NEVER had my pictures taken by the volunteers. And we saw them everywhere we went! But this time, most likely because i had the wig and glasses on, i was a little more "special" so every time i turned around a volunteer was snapping my picture or other walkers came up to me and asked if they could have their picture taken with me. It was so COOL! I'm waiting for them to upload their pictures so that i can tag myself and share them with you all. I can't wait to see them!

So this course was very different then the previous course just simply because the route had barely any shaded areas. I was out in the full sun the entire time - HOT! It was in the mid 90's and i was sweating! I did manage to walk/jog it but not very much. My friend did not train - ok so maybe over the course of the last 6 weeks my friend walked about 18 miles. She was able to keep up with me so i was very proud of her. BUT at the very last leg of it - i'm talking about that last 0.10 miles she decided to give it one last push and jog it in and by that time i was walking with a sharp pain my side. I was just a little bit mad that she would just take off like that at the end where as i stayed and walked slower for her for the entire first 3 miles. Truth be told i should have just ran it in at the end with her - but i was a bit mad so i wanted a few seconds away from her. She beat my time by 40 seconds. I kept quiet the rest of the time we were there. For my September 5k i don't want her there with me. I want to complete the 5k without having to be held up by her just so that in the end she can take off to beat my time. What kind if person does that?

My goal for the September 5k is to complete it under 50 minutes. I plan on going alone so that i can just go at my own pace and do my own thing. I already have plans for what i'd like to wear. I'll start creating it in the next week or two so i'll post pictures! I love creating mew things! It's exciting.

So here's what i wore...


Let the 100 Day Challenge begin!

  
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JAMIELOGICAL 6/12/2012 9:30AM

    I never really liked the idea of running a 5k "with" someone. Last summer, when I was doing a bunch of 5k races with my brother-in-law, I wouldn't have dreamed of sticking with him the whole time or vice versa. The entire appeal of a 5k for me is the personal challenge and trying to push myself to do my absolute best that day. I wouldn't want to hinder someone else and I wouldn't want someone else to hinder me. I think it was pretty crappy of your friend to expect you to stay with her the whole race then she just took off at the very end. Not cool!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 6/11/2012 9:40PM

    Ugh! Sorry to hear your 'friend' did that to you at the end of the race!!
You rocked it, though! OMG! And please tell me, I'm just curious - but why did you wear a silly wig and glasses? HEY, congrats on finishing another 5K!!!

Your last picture of you on here is FABULOUS!! Your face is really changing and your weight loss is OBVIOUS! Congrats on all your hard work and achievements!!!

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ASTRONGNEWME 6/11/2012 4:08PM

    I love the Wonder Woman picture you used at the top of this blog post. :) It is awesome!

It was kind of tacky for your friend to take off like that especially if you slowed down for her. Have you told her that upset you? Maybe she just got caught up in excitement and didn't think about what she was doing. Doesn't make it right, but sometimes people just don't think.

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June 9: Race for the Cure Plano

Monday, June 11, 2012

I finished the 5k in 53:01 minutes. What that means is that i shaved off 1:54 minutes off of my time from April's Race for the Cure 5k. Here were the differences:

1) It was about 20 degrees hotter thi stime
2) there was basically no shaded route (April's was pretty much shaded the entire time)
3) the route was flat (I like hills as it gives me momentum)

I'm proud that i was able to shave off a bit of time. My next 5k is in September so i', looking to be under 50 minutes for that 5k.

PICTURE TIME!

The night before testing out my attire (I'm a little excited. Can you tell?):


At home getting ready for the day:


Met up with my friend at the event:


I took off the wig and glasses right before we started the 5k:


We're DONE!


It was HOT! Now i'm trying to watch the awards ceremony...


Now i'm at home relaxing...al cleaned up and refreshed:

  
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YESCURLYCAN 6/12/2012 5:22AM

  Congrats! I love the picture of you in pink emoticon

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NEWKATHYNOW 6/11/2012 9:41PM

    You're looking happy even after the run and that's a great thing! Way to go!

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IAMZBEE 6/11/2012 12:12PM

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MAGGIEX3UK 6/11/2012 11:45AM

    Congrats on the race and way to go on the new time!!
I have no doubt that you'll be under 50 minutes come your next race =)
p.s i think you're so aodorable in all of your pictures

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.DUSTY. 6/11/2012 10:51AM

    emoticon Vicky! LOVE your pink do!

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JAMIELOGICAL 6/11/2012 9:31AM

    Yay for setting a new personal record. Looks like you had fun too!

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SRIDGWAY38 6/11/2012 8:48AM

    Congratulations - great job. I'm looking forward to being able to run a 5K at some point. Be proud of yourself, that's awesome!!!

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Progress Photos

Friday, June 08, 2012

So over the course of the last 5.5 months is when i've lost the 42lbs and i started to wonder if I...not everyone else...but if i could see a difference. So i started looking through some photos...

Last April (I think)




Last August




New Years Eve


And here are recent pictures...






I must admit i see a HUGE difference in my face! I KNEW that chin was disappearing!

  
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IAMZBEE 6/11/2012 12:25PM

    Great job on the progress! Looking great. Keep up the great work!!!

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RUNMELLY 6/9/2012 1:22AM

    I see it in your face as well, especially that smile! Congrats and best of luck as you continue on your journey!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/8/2012 6:32PM

    I really see it in your face as well! You look fantastic. Way to go!

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THESHELBSTER 6/8/2012 6:15PM

    You are just glowing. I am so proud of you. I see the difference as well inm a mlajor way. Keep up the great work!

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VICKYMARIEC 6/8/2012 5:00PM

    Thanks! I made those pom-poms...actually i made 18 sets. It was for a womens confernce at my church in which the theme was "pep Rally."

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MAGGIEX3UK 6/8/2012 4:58PM

    Wow! Huge differnce; great job!! And congrats on being 42 lbs down.
p.s you look so adorable with the pink pom poms =)

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June 7th: Where to start...Where to start...

Friday, June 08, 2012

This Wonder Woman has a WHOLE lot on her mind...



June Goals:
* My ultimate goal this month is to get that bridesmaid dress to zipper up all the way
* Complete 202 miles...completed 46.60

Other Goals:
* Yearly goal of 1500 miles...completed 595.22

Todays Goals: Cardio, CORE

Saturday: 5k, cardio, ST

Sunday: Cardio, ST

Let's start with the easy stuff...yesterday i joined a new Spark Team...The 100 Day Challenge. Basically you commit to working out for 100 consecutive days (unless you get extremely sick or injured or something crazy like that). I kinda fell in love with this idea. I actually took most of the afternoon reading ALL the blogs by Spunkyducky.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id
=SPUNKYDUCKY

You've got to check her out! She real about her struggles, and i love that. So i could have easily counted backwards and said i'm on day 15, but i won't cheat myself!

So June 7th was Day 1 and can i tell you that i just did NOT want to exercise. I went home and just read and watched Friends and had dinner...........and layed on the couch! So here i am, joining this new team that is all about exercising for 100 consecutive days and i did not want to get past day 1! What is my problem?! So i debated and debated...and at 8:30pm i put on my workout clothes and headed to the gym for a 90 minute beat down! So Day 1 was a SUCCESS!!!! Thanks Spunkyducky...it was your freaking voice in my head telling me to get my lazy @ss up!



Tomorrow is my next 5k...another Race for the Cure in Plano, TX. I'm a little more excited this time around for two reasons. 1) I REALLY want to beat my time of 54.33 minutes. And 2) because Sunny, from Biggest Loser season 12 will be out there - and HOPEFULLY other past contestants! I'm not going to even lie - i will be star struck! I'm hoping to come back on Monday with plenty of pictures! Wish me luck Sparkies!



So a few nights ago, i had one of those nights where i just started thinking about my past and my future. I reflected on my hurts and short coming of the past (terrible relationship with the parents, failed marriage, moving away from everyone i knew to work in Texas, bad relationship decisions after the divorce) and then i started thinking about what i wanted in my future. I want to be with family - this does not mean blood family, but includes friends that have become my sisters or brothers - or even parents to me (my parents repeated told me how much they didn't care for me and at this point they have both passed away). I miss just going to my sisters house and playing with the girls (4 girls). I miss bbqing at my brothers house and just sitting around the patio table talking and laughing about things we did when we were kids. I miss laughing and hanging out with my kid brother and his wife. Sure, i have some pretty cool friends here in Texas...but it' snot the same. And to be fair, i'm not sure if after living here for 3 years i've given it much time. BUT i have decided that come Thanksgiving 2013 I want to move back to Chicago to be closer to my family! I cannot even tell you how much that warms my heart and makes my eyes misty. I've asked so many ladies in my life to start praying about it - you see, i won't move unless God opens that door for me. I just won't. I moved to Texas because everything was pointing for me to leave Chicago and it was truly a God thing. So if you pray, I will ask that you say a prayer for me. This girl wants to move back home!



So while i was reflecting on my past and thinking about my future, i also thought about what it is that i want now. And a few things, and they are typically always the same things for me, are that i want to be thought about, i want to be special to someone, I want to be important enough to care about (BTW, this is usually my thought process once a month - can you figure out why?LOL). So isn't it funny how sometimes God says, "you need to just shut up and open your ears and your eyes and see what is going on around you." My own words obviously...but since then an old friend, he and my kid brother were best friends since kindergarten and late on he and i became close. He married about 2 or so years ago to a beautiful woman, well he's been calling me - for whatever reason we keep playing phone tag. He lives in California and my guess is he calls when he gets off from work which is usually when i'm at the gym. We haven't been able to actually connect yet, but it's nice to know that he's reaching out and thinking about me. See how God works.

THEN just a little while ago i was catching up on my Spark blog reading and i came across a new blog by NISHIYO.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id
=NISHIYO

In her blog she mentions me...me! She saw my motivational weight loss jars and wanted to make one of her own. Due to a spinal injury she can no longer feel or use her hands very well - from some of the things i read about her, she used to craft a great deal - but that blog of mine inspired her. So she set out to make her own weight loss jars. It took her about 2 hours but she did it! TO me that was a great NSV for her! And i was so touched that my little blog inspired her to even think about trying to get crafty and here she went and made a beautiful jar for herself! It touched me and brought tears to my eyes...why? Because for a split second, i became a motivation for someone else!



Tomorrow is my weigh in day...i am so close to my 25% loss (of the total that i want to lose). So wish me luck! Not only for the weight loss but for beating my 5k time!

  
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JAMIELOGICAL 6/8/2012 7:37PM

    Good luck in your 5k. I'm super jealous you might get to see/meet Sunny from TBL. She and her Dad were two of my favorite contestants ever!

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HEALTHYOTTER 6/8/2012 7:06PM

    From my perspective, committing to 100 straight days of exercise would be intimidating. I'm so impressed you kicked butt, esp at 8:30 at night. Took strength to come to Texas, and will be strength to head back to family. Great, great, great to share the NSV's and inspire the rest of us. Stay strong, stay thoughtful, stay positive. Believe you are worth it. If the weigh in isn't YET at 25%, keep going and it will be!

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ASTRONGNEWME 6/8/2012 2:52PM

    Thanks for mentioning the 100 Day Challenge, because I am trying to hunt down a simple but motivating challenge to get me going again.

When I have had someone tell me I motivated them to do something, I feel just blown away. I look at all of my failures and can't imagine anyone being inspired by me, but it is still an amazing, beautiful feeling to be the helping hand for someone. Great job!

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