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June 19th - Mini-Goals - 100 Day Challenge - Day 9

Wednesday, June 20, 2012



100 Day Challenge, Day 9
All i did for Day 9 was ST. I ended up going to the movies last night and by the time i got home i just wanted to relax and go to bed. At least i got something in for the day.

Rude People
There's this lady at work that is EXTREMELY rude! I don't talk to her and avoid her on purpose because she typically makes comments like this to me, "You would actually look pretty if you put makeup on, and did your nails and wore your hair differently." Yup, the biotch actually said that to me before. I blew up at her once because i was tired of her comments and she cried and walked away. She walked back to my cube 10 minutes later saying that i am the rude one and that i should check my attitude. My response, "don't talk to me unless it's work related. Otherwise, i have nothing to say to you." So this morning i come in and i'm trying to put my lunch in the fridge and she says, "How's the dieting going? Have you lost any more weight?" I know it's because of my past with this lady, but i swear i threw daggers with my eyes. All i said was, "It's going fine and yes." Then i walked away, but i saw that her facial expression was that of a pissed woman. I don't need to chit chat with her about my private business. On New Years i made it a resolution to be overly nice to her this year. Every morning i say hello and ask her how she's doing. I know for the first month she was looking at me like i was crazy. So maybe it's my own fault - being nice probably made her think i wanted to be friends with her - NOT. She's just rude. She once asked my boss (male) if he was dieting. It was such a rude question to ask a person of higher management. Some ppl need to learn boundaries and what is socially acceptable.

Motivational Wall
Just as Spark is a motivational tool, i have a wall at home that i hang motivational plaques and such. Here are a few of them...










  
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YESCURLYCAN 6/21/2012 6:31PM

  Great goals as usual Vicky :) I love your motivational plaques too.

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JAMIELOGICAL 6/20/2012 2:59PM

    I cannot believe your coworker would say such terrible things to you and then have the audacity to call YOU rude! Wow.

I like your new mini goals. Depending on how they go over the next few days, maybe you could work some of them into your July goals.

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ANNROSE126 6/20/2012 11:48AM

    Congrats on your weight loss and fitness work! i am in awe of you!

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GIGI0607 6/20/2012 9:52AM

    CONGRATS on the weight loss emoticon

"You know that old saying treat others as you would want to be treated" I would treat your co-worker the same way she treats you rude & ask personal questions. Maybe then she'll get the hint about what she's doing. but "kill em with kindness" works too emoticon

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SHRINK_U 6/20/2012 9:42AM

    Your co-worker sounds sooo rude! Congratulations on your weight loss so far :)

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June 18: 100 Day Challenge - Day 8

Tuesday, June 19, 2012



On Mondays i spend almost 2.5 hours at the gym, It's actually a night in which i walk at a leisurely pace while on the treadmill (between 2.7-2.8 mph). Why? Because i don't have cable at home, so i don't get any channels at all, and NOW on Mondays they have American Ninja on NBC. My exhusband and i use to watch it ALL the time on G4. I love it! So i have to get there a bit earlier to make sure i get a treadmill closer to the television that is set on NBC. Otherwise i'm craning my neck. I often imagine being that athletic and being able to do at least some of the things they can do. So fascinating!

I did my stretch training already for today. Why? Because i'm going to the movies tonight and i needed to make sure i got part of my daily workout in early. Tonight i'll do my miles. Here's some pics of me working out...i'm sure i looked a fool taking pics of myself, but whatever...

Doing my leg curls and leg extensions (85-115lbs)


Working the reverse row (70-85lbs)


Working the pec fly (45-55lbs)


Another shot of the pec fly


and one of my favorites the leg press (130-160lbs)



It's shining right now, but later on this morning we are expecting some more showers! So i took a picture right before i left the safety of my car to head on into the building to start my day...


  
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IAMZBEE 6/19/2012 11:04AM

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CLRWILLIAMS25 6/19/2012 10:28AM

    I love that you have a measurable plan and are acting on it every day! Definitely inspiring me to make a plan for a few weeks and stick to it! emoticon

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JAMIELOGICAL 6/19/2012 10:17AM

    It scares me that you can smile like that so early in the morning.

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June 14-17: The Little Engine that Could

Monday, June 18, 2012



I'm a little...ok a LOT proud of myself. Yesterday i had a goal to walk 3.74 miles and i decided to see i i could complete it within an hour. I didn't make the hour, but i did do it in 64.08 minutes! How did i do it? I walked for 3.5 minutes, jogged at a 4.3-4.6mph for 1.5 minutes the entire time. Actually the last 14 minutes i walked 3.5 minutes, jogged for 1.5 minutes, walked 3 minutes, jogged 1.5 minutes, walked 2.5 minutes, jogged 2 minutes. I burned 814 calories doing this! The entire time i kept telling myself...
* You've got this!
* Look how far you've come!
* You're amazing!
* You're doing great!
* You have far exceeded your own goals for yourself!
* Push it! and be proud!
* Prove it to yourself that you can do this!
* Just keep going!
* One foot in front of the other...that's all you've got to do!

The entire time...why? Because i was tired and refused to allow that other voice in my head a word. My goal for tonight is another 3.74 miles, but i'll walk this one a bit more. I've got to allow my legs a lighter night.

Here's the funny thing...on the treadmill right by mine, there was this lady on there, my guess is about 225 pounds. She would walk for a minute and then jog for a minute. She didn't last longer then 25 minutes - but i was proud of her for doing it regardless of her time. It's hard for us bigger girls to even go to the gym, let alone run on the treadmill while our jigglies are flapping about in front of everyone. Great for her!Anyways, my point is that from the corner of my eye i could tell she was trying to see how fast i was going and what i was doing. I was just trying to push and pace myself. But aren't we always in a "secret" competition with those on the machines around us? Or is that just me? HA!

So a few weeks ago someone asked about the gym i work out in. It's actually just my simple apartment gym. BUT when i have friend over and we go to my gym, they are a little amazed by it. So yesterday i took some pictures of my apartment gym...

Here's the weight room...


The other side of the weight room...


The cardio equipment...the first row didn't really make it in the shot but it's the stationary and recumbent bikes, the 2nd row is all treadmills, the 3rd row has steppers and ellipticals and then we have about 8 cycling bikes for a spinning class...


So you can see into a room - that's the open space classroom. We have tons of yoga mats, a punching bag(2), various balance boards, free weights (the girly ones) and stability balls. Our complex offers various classes...P90x, Insanity, yoga, spinning...Down the hall on the right side of the picture is the old fashion scale, a sauna and 3 tanning beds/rooms...


After my workout i spent some 15+ minutes relaxing in the sauna...


So i'm a little disappointed in the scale this morning....i'm back up to 275.6...BUT i'm pretty sure it's because of water gain (TOM is right around the corner). So i'm not stopping what i'm doing, i won't eat junk because the gain is bothering me, i'm casting all blame on water weight and i will continue on...


  
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2BEABETTERME 6/19/2012 11:05AM

    I challenged myself to a 100 day fitness streak too. I ended it with 105 days of cardio in a row on June 5th. It was so empowering and motivating! You CAN do it too! Just keep in mind everyday doesn't have to be over the top or hard core.

Keep up the great work! You CAN do it!
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FITMARY 6/19/2012 8:22AM

    Very nice job! You are doing great! The 100 Day challenge helped me SO MUCH and it looks like you are just ROCKIN' it!
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MESAMA 6/19/2012 12:52AM

    First off I must say, I too am impressed by your little apartment building gym... very nice!
Second, I am even more impressed by you! Amazing job on your 3.74 in 64.08 minutes! That is amazing! I am still on about a mile in half an hour mode. I hope to kick it up a little soon. Starting slow, you know? I never once even thought about mixing up the run/jog and walk. That is genius. I have been having a yearning to run lately so maybe I will give it a try.
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JAMIELOGICAL 6/18/2012 9:11PM

    Wow, sounds like you might be ready to tackle C25k soon, if that's something your interested in trying. The first week of the program has you alternate between walking 90 seconds and jogging 60 seconds. The "jog" portion doesn't have to be FAST or anything. C25k doesn't focus on speed, just endurance.

Also, your apartment gym looks amazing! Your friends are not wrong.

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GIGI0607 6/18/2012 12:15PM

    Great Job, I know that being BIG is keeping me out of the gym but I also know its the reason I should be there. I wish they had a gym where just the skinnys go :) I know Im being a hater right now but its discouraging to work out next to barbie. I know I keep saying this but you are truly and inspiration and you are doing an amazing job.

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NISHIYO 6/18/2012 11:19AM

    What a fantastic looking gym, wish I had one in my apartment block! You did so fantastically well with your millage and I know exactly how you feel being a bigger girl in a gym, although I can't do that sort of exercise at the moment. Keep being an inspiration , oh and check your spark mail I sent a note to you!


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June 13th: Progress Pictures: 100 Day Challenge Day 3

Thursday, June 14, 2012



I just realized that I failed to include my progress pics for June ...so here goes! BTW - the girl that takes these pictures is NOT the best photographer...i hate the angles and the shadows)















NOW...i want to compare some shots. I truly believe if you want to see the actual "results" of your hard work - you need to look at yourself with as little clothes on as possible. Since i print these pics for a weight loss scrapbook album, it's capri's and a sports bra.

April was when i started taking full body shots, so here goes:

BTW - can you tell that i've been at the pool much by my June pictures?

April 1st / June 1st


April 1st / June 1st


April 1st / June 1st


I think i can see a HUGE difference in my back fat. Especially the roll closer to my butt area.



My friend came over last night because she wanted to go to the gym with me. Fine, never a problem. Here's what i observed her doing: she jumped on the stationary bike and rode it s-l-o-w-l-y for 30 minutes. Then she moved to the weight room because that's where i was at. She proceeded to do ONLY 4 moves and took like 5 minute breaks in between them because she was texting. Then when i went to go to the treadmill she said she was going to work on core in the classroom. Cool...except she just walked around the gym for about 15 minutes looking at stuff and then just ended up going into the sauna for 15 minutes. She did come out to the treadmill and completed a mile. Am i too harsh in thinking that i'm wasting my time by waiting for her to go to the gym on wednesdays when she doesn't even stay the entire time i'm there? Or that i don't even ask her if she wants to join me in a walk at some new park? Or that i don't even talk to her about exercising and weight loss at all anymore? I feel like it goes in one ear and out the other. AND yes - this is the same friend that ran in the last part of saturdays 5k without me. I'm just frustrated with her. Stop telling me all of these things you want and or wish you could do and FREAKING do something about it already! I know it takes time for everyone to get on board - and it has to be when they are ready. But if your @ss is going to drag me down - it'll cut the damn ropes! I'm just frustrated and i'm not like this until i've had enough of someone taking advantage of me and/or my time.

On another note...

The scale read 273.8 this morning...i had to do a double take!



So remember some odd blogs ago how i said sometimes i get in the dumps about myself and what i wish i had in my life (this happens like once a month if you can guess when)? Well one of the things i said was that i've never been called beautiful and then someone did call me that like the next day - and NOT someone here on Spark (at least that i knew of). Well...someone else told me that again. I'm not going to lie - it feels nice!

Here's another wish - i wish that the pictures we take of ourselves looked half as good as we thought we looked while taking them. You know what i mean? Pictures are harsh because it shows the reality of the situation versus what we see in the mirrors. Often times in the mirror i think i look amazing and then i see a picture and wonder what the hell i was thinking...ever get those moments? That's why most of our "ah-ha!" moments are based off of a picture we see of ourselves. Cruelty is what it is...


I reference this picture a lot because it's true...at least for me! LOL

June Goals:
* My ultimate goal this month is to get that bridesmaid dress to zipper up all the way
* Complete 202 miles...completed 80.03

Other Goals:
* Yearly goal of 1500 miles...completed 628.65
* Yearly goal of dropping 100lbs...lost 45.2lbs
* Overall goal of dropping 169lbs...REACHED 26.75%



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)

emoticon 6/13 3 miles, 8 bike miles, ST (ACTUAL: 3.04 miles walk/jog, 8.66 miles on the bike, 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

  
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WILDBEANERZ 6/15/2012 7:47AM

    There is definitely a noticeable difference in your back in those pictures. Keep up the hard work!

Your friend doesn't sound like she is the completely supportive type. If you want to ask her to come along to the gym that is fine but don't base your time there on her. If she comes along, great, but if not...oh well. That is her loss. You are doing what you are doing for you, not her. If she decides to come along for the ride that is even better to have a partner in this journey.

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TRACYZABELLE 6/15/2012 6:51AM

    I need to take more pics! emoticon

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BRANDI.FEY 6/14/2012 4:15PM

    You are doing awesome! And, yes, there is definitely a difference in those photos! Good for you! emoticon

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WONDERJUL 6/14/2012 3:50PM

    You have some great goals and some great motivation!
Harsh or not harsh regarding your friend? I don't know but I would do what is BEST for YOU! Do not spend any time or energy worrying about her. You go the gym when you want to go and if she is ready and willing at that time great. if not, fine. We all need friends and their support but if she is not being supportive you need to do more of your own thing. but remain encouraging to her but not overbearing.
Good luck! You are doing great!

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JAMIELOGICAL 6/14/2012 3:50PM

    Definitely see the difference in your back and your arms. Did you see how you have like, some definition in your forearms in the shot where you are holding them straight out to your side?

This friend of yours just seems like bad news to me. Between her behavior in the 5k last week and her behavior at the gym yesterday, she just does not seem to be the type of person who is going to give you the kind of support you want/need on this journey.

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GIGI0607 6/14/2012 3:21PM

    Great Job & Keep up the good work.... You really make me want to go to the gym & do better myself. I keep pushing off the gym even thou I have had my work out clothes in the car since Monday. Thank you for blogging this story. emoticon emoticon

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JMEPAYNE 6/14/2012 2:57PM

    You can TOTALLY see a difference! way to go on your progress! you are rocking your goals and it is paying off. keep up the great work :)

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CLESSFAT 6/14/2012 2:56PM

    You are doing an AWESOME job! I see the difference!! CONGRATS on your progress!!!


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GIRLONFIRE1979 6/14/2012 2:42PM

    i loved your blog!!! you're a great writer! as for the exercise buddy...if it's not feeling right to you anymore then do what you need to in order to stay focused. she may not even realize how much her mannerisms are upsetting you.

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CASHE00 6/14/2012 2:39PM

    You are doing awesome! I like how you write down your exercise schedule. That's a great idea, and may be something I should do. Would give me something to be accountable to. I like your blog, and the pictures are great. I too, want that tattoo! ;-)

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KISSYOURFATE 6/14/2012 2:32PM

    I have to be honest, I'm going to get that tattoo. :-)

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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!

  
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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!

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WANNARUN22 6/13/2012 4:31PM

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

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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.

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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!

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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!!!

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