VICKYMARIEC   51,574
SparkPoints
50,000-59,999 SparkPoints
 
 
VICKYMARIEC's Recent Blog Entries

June 12: Fat loss fairies & evil doers! 100 Day Challenge - Day 2

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

June Goals:
* My ultimate goal this month is to get that bridesmaid dress to zipper up all the way
* Complete 202 miles...completed 68.33

Other Goals:
* Yearly goal of 1500 miles...completed 616.95
* Yearly goal of dropping 100lbs...lost 44.4lbs
* Overall goal of dropping 169lbs...REACHED 26.27%



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)

emoticon 6/12 6 miles, ST (ACTUAL: 6.1 miles walking, 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



We all have those people in our lives that are negative. REGARDLESS of what you do, or they do or did, they are negative. "Hey look at these pretty flowers i bought!" They say, "hmmm...looks like they are dieing." Why can't they just say, wow that's great! and move on? Being that most of us on Spark are attempting to lose weight (some more then others), we have to hear these negative people on a daily basis. We have the people at work, "Are you really going to eat that? I thought you were dieting!" Or the family and friends at home, "I know you've been working hard, so let's celebrate with a pizza and beer!" Or the, "Come on! It's a special occasion!" I've heard my fair share of these statements - even more so over the last few months. This past weekend, i had a friend say something similar to me and my response was, "my entire life has been about special occasion eating. I won't do it this time." And as soon as i said it, i felt like fireworks were going off inside of me! I was proud of myself for standing up and saying NO!

But let's get real. WE, ourselves, are our worse enemy. We KNOW all too well what are weaknesses are when it comes to food. My weakness is Reese's peanut butter Cups and Pizza. If i have either in my place - i will EAT it ALL before nights end! And it's not like i just cram it into my mouth and call it done. I savor EVERY bite as if it were my last. The grease from the pizza on my fingertips...ahhh heaven! (Hey - Don't act like you don't know what i mean!) So why do we do it? Why do we self sabotage? I know when i'm grocery shopping which isles to ignore. The HARDEST part is that dang check out line - the Reese's are RIGHT THERE! And i catch myself stealing glances at it, as if i'm a cheating spouse stealing glances at someone new...i'm cheating on myself! Once i even bought some Reese's and threw them right in the freezer thinking that i'll eat them as a reward later on in the week...ya right! Those things are even BETTER frozen! Good grief!

We...I need to watch who i allow into my life. And if they aren't on board with what i'm doing and where i'm going, then it's time for a discussion. I've had to tell friends recently that they are just too negative. I've had to repeatedly tell them, "Yes i am eating this bag of cheetos flamin hot potato chips. This is my life - not just some diet for a few months. If i won't eat something now i won't eat it in the future. BUT if i know that it's something i want to keep in my life as a food or drink, then i'll eat it as long as i know i have the calories to count for it. It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle." So many people think that you have to DIET, thus giving up ALL foods that we've come to enjoy. That's why for so many people it doesn't work and they give up and fail. BUT for those of us that have realized this truth - its working and we are ENJOYING what we eat!

I've also had to tell co-workers that my weight loss is non of their business. And if they would like to continue this discussion we can with HR since it's harassment. Usually they shut up and walk away. I'm sure they are talking about me somewhere - BUT the point is I don't have to listen to it and feel bad or angry about it later on. It's time to stand up for ourselves and realize we don't have to be talked down to or scolded for what we are doing - especially if it's working!



That's all about other people. What about yourself? What's your own attitude towards this new lifestyle? I still find myself EVERYDAY talking myself out of going to the gym. I dread even putting on my sports bra. Why? Because i know WORK is just around the corner - and didn't i just work all day? But guess what? I still put on my sports bra...and i still get the heck out of my place and head on towards the gym. Why? Because i refuse to allow that evil voice in my head to win! It's reigned for way too long! So now i've recruited a new inner voice! The fat loss fairy! She beats down that nasty voice with things such as, "Vicky is strong!", "She will put on her shoes and walk out the door", "she's got this", and "she's no longer listening to you!" Sometimes we need to act a little crazy in order to get things done my friends!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KATHIES518 6/13/2012 4:35PM

    Wow - really hit home for me on a few of these statements - mostly the cutting negative people out of your life. You have an amazing attitude and I want one of those fat fighting fairies too!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WANNARUN22 6/13/2012 4:31PM

    You ARE AWESOME!!!! What I total mind/attitude shift. You can do this. You ARE doing this!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHICAT63 6/13/2012 4:03PM

    Love this - You GO GIRL !!!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JAMIELOGICAL 6/13/2012 2:00PM

    I love what you say about losing weight not meaning being on a "diet". I go out of my way to not use the word "diet" most of the time. I prefer to use the word "nutrition" when talking about the food I eat. I have Oreos and a Starbucks Frappuccino almost every single day. That may not seem like "diet" food to most people, but I work it into my nutrition ranges, so I feel no shame about it whatsoever.

Report Inappropriate Comment
VIOLETVICKIE 6/13/2012 12:33PM

    I LOVE your positive attitude and your honesty about how others talk about us or talk us into things and how we do it to ourselves. It is all true! Thank you very much for sharing your struggles and achievements. You're doing an emoticon job and I know you're going to continue to succeed!

Report Inappropriate Comment
IAMZBEE 6/13/2012 11:28AM

    "Sometimes we need to act a little crazy in order to get things done my friends!"

SOOOOO true!!!! Keep up the great work. It's your life, not theirs!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment


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!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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...

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RACHELBUGSMAMA 6/13/2012 10:39AM

    You are doing a great job staying on track!


Report Inappropriate Comment
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.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment


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!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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.

Report Inappropriate Comment


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:

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

YESCURLYCAN 6/12/2012 5:22AM

  Congrats! I love the picture of you in pink emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEWKATHYNOW 6/11/2012 9:41PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
IAMZBEE 6/11/2012 12:12PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
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

Report Inappropriate Comment
.DUSTY. 6/11/2012 10:51AM

    emoticon Vicky! LOVE your pink do!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JAMIELOGICAL 6/11/2012 9:31AM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment


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!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

IAMZBEE 6/11/2012 12:25PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEALTHYASHLEY 6/8/2012 6:32PM

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

Report Inappropriate Comment
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!

Report Inappropriate Comment
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."

Report Inappropriate Comment
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 =)

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Last Page