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JULY 2012 - DIE FAT DIE! ...day 1

Monday, July 02, 2012

July 2012 Goals
* Complete 325 miles (walking/running/cycling) ...completed 18.71
* Complete 4000 CORE reps
* Lift/Push/Pull 600,000lbs ...completed 26,150
* Lose 17.2lbs
Starting Weight: 269.8lbs



Other Goals:
* Yearly goal of 1500 miles...completed 797.16
* Yearly goal of dropping 100lbs...lost 49.2lbs
* Overall goal of dropping 169lbs...REACHED 29.11%



July 1st:
Biked 12.54 miles, 51 minutes, 741 calories
walk/Jog 6.17 miles, 120 minutes, 912 calories
Lift/Push/Pull 26,150lbs

I ended my 100 Day Challenge because my body needed to rest. I go hard and i needed my muscles to relax a bit before i jumped into July. I KNEW that for the month of July i was going to go EXTREMELY hard. The wedding i'm in is in August and this is the final month to push it. The dress finally fits, but now it's time to make myself proud. NOT that i'm not proud of how far i've come, but now it's time to start seeing what i'm really made of.



Measurements: January 1st - July 1st
Weight: 301.8...269.8...-32lbs
Stomach: 54.5...49.25...-5.25
Waist: 50...43.25...-6.75
Hips: 57...49.5...-7.5
Thigh: 28.5...24.5...-4.0
Arm: 14...13...-1.0
Calf: 18.5...17.75...-0.75
Bust: 52.5...47...-5.5
Under Bust: May 45...July 1st 42.25...-2.75
Total Inches Lost: 33.5

  
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LRBIRT 7/5/2012 8:55PM

    Great job!!! You are a machine! emoticon

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GIGI0607 7/5/2012 5:05PM

    Wow, you are doing great & you look great too. Make the best of july and make yourself proud...

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-POOKIE- 7/5/2012 4:29PM

    Doing great!

I started out at 323lbs, I never took inch measurements, I wish I had of done!

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CALLIKIA 7/5/2012 4:16PM

    You're doing amazing!! And you look absolutely gorgeous!

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AMYB1985 7/4/2012 4:27AM

    What an amazing change!!! Keep up the good work!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 7/3/2012 1:04AM

    Wow!!!!!!

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STLADEE 7/2/2012 10:45PM

    Love the title! AWEsome job on the cardio way to get it in! It will die in no time!
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JAMIELOGICAL 7/2/2012 1:39PM

    Holy cow! You did almost three hours of cardio yesterday?!?! That's commitment!

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June 2012 Recap & Fireworks

Monday, July 02, 2012

June Goals:
* My ultimate goal this month is to get that bridesmaid dress to zipper up all the way ...IT FREAKING FITS!!!!!
* Complete 202 miles...completed 223.13

Other Goals:
* Yearly goal of 1500 miles...completed 778.45
* Yearly goal of dropping 100lbs...lost 49.2lbs
* Overall goal of dropping 169lbs...REACHED 29.11%

I ended my 100 Day Challenge...on Saturday my body just needed a break. I don't know how to go anything but hard. So i was wore out! But it felt great to relax and i ended the night under the stars watching some fireworks...







My friend took those firework pictures with his camera...

  
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JAMIELOGICAL 7/2/2012 1:42PM

    My husband is all about taking fancy firework photos. We're not going to see fireworks until Saturday night though.

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June 28th: all about non-scale victories

Friday, June 29, 2012

I love the sauna...


Lately i've had a real hatred towards my scale. I haven't yet thrown it across the room or taken a hammer to it, but i have thought about it. Well, in my last few blogs i've expressed this discord and quite a few of my Sparkies reminded me to look for other clues that the hard work is paying off. Well, yesterday it was as though a shining light was show casing certain victories. Here are a few of them...

1) We all keep certain clothes that we want to fit back into. I have 2 pieces. One is this librarian looking dress from the Gap in a size 18. My sister hates it! But i just want to fit into it again...not actually wear it in public. It buttons all the way down the front and has a butterfly collar. It's from 1998ish...hahaha...well i'm not stupid - i'm not going to even attempt to put it on. BUT the other piece is a size 22 pair of shorts from 1998ish that i still LOVE! I tried them on about a month ago and i was able to close them but i was NOT able to breathe in them standing let alone trying to sit in them. So i tried them on...and they fit perfectly! AND i can breathe...

1999ish (I was about 230lbs here)


June 28 2012


2) My sister has lost just over 27lbs so she's about 220lbs right now. I've always been used to the idea that i was 100lbs heavier then she is, but yesterday while we were discussing our weight loss, it dawned on me that i'm ONLY 49lbs heavier then she is now! Not that i'm trying to beat her, but it was an internal victory that i'll soon closer to her weight.

100 Day Challenge
June 28th was day 18. I'm doing pretty well so far with not giving up and the "just keep going" attitude.

August Wedding
OK, so i've told you all that the bridesmaid dress finally zippered all the way up. After speaking to my sister last night i was talking to her about hair and make-up. I'm not really good with either. But she is always so beautiful so i asked if she could help. So my sister is doing my make-up (which means when i'm back in Chicago i'll be making an expensive make-up run) and my 13yr old niece will be doing my hair! How sad and funny all at the same time. But she's great with hair! I can't wait to see the transformation...

OH...and here's the finished product of my Chicken Tortilla Soup. EVEN with the sourcream, cheese and fried tortilla strips it was still pretty low in calories...but high in sodium...tasted sooooooo good!


June Goals:
* My ultimate goal this month is to get that bridesmaid dress to zipper up all the way ...IT FREAKING FITS!!!!!
* Complete 202 miles...completed 223.13

Other Goals:
* Yearly goal of 1500 miles...completed 778.45
* Yearly goal of dropping 100lbs...lost 49.2lbs
* Overall goal of dropping 169lbs...REACHED 29.11%



So what are my July goals?
* Complete 325 miles (walking/running/cycling)
* Complete 4000 CORE reps

  
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UCANGOME 7/3/2012 12:40PM

    I can hear the joy and excitement in your writing voice, good for you!!! Send some of that my way, would ya, haha!

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BRAVENEWGRL 7/3/2012 11:16AM

    Awesome job!!!!!

Have you tried using the low sodium chicken broth/stock? It takes a while for your taste buds to get used to the lower sodium taste but it certainly helps cut down on the daily total! OR better yet you could make your own chicken stock...

That soup looks delicious though....and if it weren't 1000000 degrees in Denver, I'd want some!

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RICHILA 6/30/2012 4:38PM

    Congratulations! NSV's are important.
Spark on! You Got This! emoticon

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LAINYC 6/29/2012 2:21PM

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NURSEWITT03 6/29/2012 1:00PM

    Great job! You are doing awesome! emoticon

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JAMIELOGICAL 6/29/2012 11:34AM

    Fitting back into old clothes is a huge victory. I have some clothes I was wearing pre-surgery that I can't wait to get back into. I was wearing size 14 jeans a year ago! I went all the way up to a 20 in March, but I'm in an 18 now. Tomorrow I am busting out the 16s to see if I can squeeze into them. That would give me a little shot of confidence since the scale hasn't budged at all lately. I happen to know for a fact that I weight 211 when I bought the 16s two years ago. This morning I was 212.6, so I think I *should* be able to just squeeze into them.

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CINCYCHIC27 6/29/2012 11:14AM

    Wow! Great Job!
Keep up the good work.

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June 27th...the day the scale almost died!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Deep breathes...

100 Day Challenge
I've made it for 17 days...wooo hooo! There were SOOOOO many days where i just wanted to lay on the couch, or lay by the complex pool, or just sleep. But i didn't. Why? Because i want a better & healthier life for myself. Truth be told, when i look at my past pictures i can recall how sad it was. How lonely i was. How i allowed my weight to hold me back from a lot of fun events. I don't want to hold back anymore. I want to have fun and not have to worry about breaking something or embarrassing myself.

I was at the gym and ready to do my Walk/Jog Your Way week 2 day 2. I was 15 minutes into it when i realized that as much as i WANTED to complete those 27 minutes of walk/jog intervals...my body needed a rest. So i walked the rest of it. And while i was walking i came to this conclusion: I can't go hard every day. My legs need a rest so they can repair and rebuild. So over the next two days (Thursday and Friday) my legs will get a breather. I'll focus my efforts on other things - core and upper body. BUT i will still jump on the stationary bike. You see, i don't have cable at home so i don't get any channels. And well...i don't want to miss the Olympic Trails! Phelps all the way baby! So instead of my usual 110-124 speed, i'll go at an easy 80-90. I mean, i can't just go to the gym and sit in front of the TV. I guess i could - but i don't want to get laughed at!

THE SCALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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So that blasted scale said 270.4 on Wednesday morning, on Tuesday it was somewhere in the 271ish area, Monday it was at 269.8...so yesterday i really watched my sodium intake. I was still over BUT not by much. So what happens when i step on the scale this morning? 269.4...My response that i said out loud: You've got to be freaking kidding me! This scale is gonna be the death of me!

So here's the thing. I used to just weigh in weekly. I hated it because i needed control over what i was doing and the number at least indicated if i was doing well with what i was consuming or not. I went to weighing in just 2x a month - andi ended up gaining weight to end the month. So then i went back to watching it daily. And here's what i now think...NO MATTER WHAT THE SCALE WILL AT SOME POINT DISAPPOINT YOU. So i think watchingmy sodium more closely i'll be ok. That doesn't mean taht i won't want to throw it across the room from time to time...but i do refrain from doing it!

So let' stalk about last night...
I made Chicken Tortilla Soup for the first time. It tasted GREAT! After i made it (it was for work so i had it for lunch today and shared it with the ladies here) i had left over tortillas. So i made cheese flauta's...so YUMMY! But not exactly good for me. But i had three of them with a diet coke at 10:30pm last night and i went to bed with a smile on my face. It reminded me of thedays my momma used to make them...i mean, hello, how else did i get this girlish figure?!







And the flauta...yumm....

  
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ANGELWENDYMAMA 6/29/2012 1:40AM

    The dress fits you now?!!! WOOOHOOOOOOOOOO

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YESCURLYCAN 6/28/2012 10:49PM

  Thinking about Shoes comment I just remembered that I read you retain water when it is hot because your body stores the water to cool down. Now how true that is, I don't know but lets just all believe it is :) My weight is doing the same even though I have been on point, like to the T. All I have to say is that you are doing an AWESOME job, and I know that we want that scale to sing our praises but have faith in your journey. I know you will get there. You are walking inspriation lady emoticon

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BESTLIFE79 6/28/2012 6:35PM

    Your are doing awesome! I weigh everyday too- its what works for me. I tried going weekly too and yep-- I gained big time.... Don't put much faith in that sucker-- it lies alot, I swear! haha

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SHOES17 6/28/2012 5:13PM

    I cant help but wonder if the heat has something to do with these wacky numbers. My numbers have been all over the board. I am a daily weigh-er, which I know is bad.

Even-though my numbers have been all over the place, my total trend is down. Those ups and down can be frustrating for those of us that are working so hard.

I just happen to get luck when I did my weekly weigh in. If it had been a day earlier I would have been up a pound. Sometimes we just have to keep the faith - look back at what we have done right and keep trucking! Hang in there!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 6/28/2012 5:11PM

    I weigh in daily and tomorrow is my "official" weigh in day. The scale is showin me no love this week, but oh well. Just keep on keepin' on! Soup looks great!

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JAMIELOGICAL 6/28/2012 4:43PM

    Hopefully I'll see similar results on my scale sometime in the coming days. It's being such a jerk to me right now! I was so depressed to have to post a gain to my Biggest Loser Team this morning. There is NO REASON for me to have gained 0.8 pounds since last Thursday. I've been working my butt off!

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NURSEWITT03 6/28/2012 3:36PM

    I been having that same war with the scale lately. You have done great and will continue to do great. Sooner or later the scale will reflect your efforts. Congrats on fitting into the bridesmaid dress and blowing away your mileage goal for the month!

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Disappointments

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My blogs lately have all been about what i've been achieving lately...and that won't change. But sometimes you just come to that moment when your chin drops to your chest, you squeeze your eyes shut, and you say to yourself, "Why?" That was me this morning.

If you have read my blogs, there is no doubt that you know i kick ass in the gym with my cardio, strength training and core workouts. My weight has been dropping. I've been in range or very close to range in regards to my calories. I'm on day 16 of the 100 Day Challenge, i've already walked, ran or biked my way through 758.03 miles this year. This month alone just over 207 miles. So many victories! So many things to be proud of...yet...

This past Monday morning i stepped on the scale and it read 269.8lbs...i was out of the freaking 270's! I jumped through my apartment (i live on the first floor) pumping my fists in the air i was excited...i even shed a few tears. So what caused my disappointment this morning after such a great victory? The scale said 270.6lbs...yesterday it read 271.4lbs...

I know i've been over on my sodium - but can i really BLAME the gain on the sodium? Or...as my head hung in disappointment this morning...was the 269.8lbs on Monday a fluke? I mis-read? I stepped on that dang scale 4x on Monday just to make sure it was right...same response every time...so what gives?

I'm my worst enemy. I can cut myself down quicker then any jerk ever can. I can have a butt load of triumphs, but give me one disappointment and it clouds everything i've overcome. Victories? What victories? This one thing can place a cloak of invisibility over everything else. Yes, i shed a tear this morning. I work so darn hard (not that you all don't, but this is about me) and i want to see my efforts pay off. I rarely get anyone to say anything about how they can tell i've lost weight...i mean it's still close to 50lbs. When i do tell someone i've lost 50lbs, they just look at me and don't really say anything else. I know i have a lot to lose still, but 50lbs is about a third of what i need to lose.

I have to ask myself why it is that i WANT the praise of others? My answer is simple...for me it's because i've never gotten praise. I've never been told i was beautiful (I HATE the "you've got a pretty face" - that's what people say to fat people not to be mean). I love Spark because so many of us understand this concept! We praise each other and sometimes it's those few kind words that let me know that someone understands me. I don't mean they just get it...they've lived it, are living it, have lived it - they truly understand the pain, hurt and disappointments.

I love myself, i really do.

So this morning, after i hung my head, whispered "why?" and shed a tear, i took a deep breathe and said, "Just keep going!"

I know i'll get there one day. I know my wish was that the one day was now, but it's not. So for now, i'll take it one day at a time...

  
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RICHILA 6/29/2012 5:49PM

    Sodium is evil! Hang in there! I am fighting the same few pounds trying to get to my 15% weight loss. I want to be not be morbidly obese. I know it will happen, but it always seems to take so long when I am close to a milestone.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 6/28/2012 2:15PM

    My scale has ranged between 208 and 204 for MONTHS despite me keeping to 1300-1700 calories and working out to beat the band. So I feel ya.

I just let it "hang" there for a while and am now getting up some momentum and seeing some lower numbers.

Be gentle with yourself during the hot months, especially while working out hard. Don't let the scale dictate your self worth (I know, that is a hard one and one I'm still working on!)

And keep posting. We will get it DONE together!

Good Friends Are Like Stars.....
You Don't Always See Them,
But You Know
They're Always There!


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BRAVENEWGRL 6/28/2012 11:53AM

    Yes, sodium really can do that to your body. I weighed in at 186 at my doctors yesterday afternoon and this morning I was 189. I had sushi for dinner with soy sauce (it was low sodium but it's still packed with sodium!). Did I gain 3 pound over night? No. According to my weight loss doc sodium is the ultimate evil because it likes to help us retain every ounce of the water we like to drink so much. So if your weight is bouncing around like that it's probably the sodium.

Deep breath. Realize it is what it is and keep moving forward. Your weight is probably always going to fluctuate on a daily basis - so what! Let it! Just know that's your cue and reminder to keep things in line. I can guarantee you that for me, after my sodium overload, the next few days will be unprocessed low sodium foods!

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AUNTIELES53 6/28/2012 11:23AM

    i totally get where you are coming from. i let the scale win me over all the time :(

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JAMIELOGICAL 6/28/2012 9:24AM

    I feel your pain. Monday the 18th I was thrilled to be down to 213, than I only managed to lose 0.2 pounds by this past Monday's weigh-in and this morning I was up to 213.8 for my Biggest Loser weigh-in. So I'm up a pound since Monday and I am religious about my sodium intake, so I don't even have that potential excuse. It really really really sucks to do EVERYTHING right and have the scale moving in the wrong direction.

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GOOGIE1262 6/28/2012 9:14AM

    I can totally relate to the struggle to remain positive in this journey. I am fighting to get there, as well all are. Don't give up. You have come so far:)

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ONLYONEPEA 6/28/2012 1:19AM

    awwww lovely, I think you and the scales need to part company.. just for a day or so.. You are working so well towards your goals, don't let it get the better of you!! I think we emphasise too much on the scale.. if we do the other things right, thats going to follow.. it just is..
So why not go to once a week weighing..? its not going to change how much you lose.. or when you lose it.. but it will stop the scale having the power to put you down.. its only a bit of machinery!!!

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TIDESONG 6/27/2012 2:52PM

    Oh, that darned scale. I feel your pain. But we fluctuate day-to-day, which is why I've had to go to weighing in only once a week, so I don't see that daily up and down that frustrates me so much. Of course, there are some weeks where the scale doesn't move down as quickly as I'd like, and that's another whole issue. So I try to focus on non-scale victories. My clothes are falling off. I did an extra 5 minutes on the elliptical. People are telling me I look fantastic, and that I've been an inspiration to them. But we live in a society that is so focused on that darned scale that it's hard to break away from that. You've done such an incredible job so far. Take a deep breath, and keep pushing forward. I bet the scale will drop back down soon, possibly for no discernible reason, just like it had gone back up. Hang in there, and keep going! We're all rooting for you!

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GIGI0607 6/27/2012 2:38PM

    I have had alot of people tell me lately that we fluncuate on the scale by a pound or two daily and to not get discouraged. You have been working extremely hard in the gym and in the long run it will all pay off. I weigh in only once a week & had a fit when the scale said I was up 1.5 pounds but I weighed in again today and it was gone.

Stay positive and keep on track, dont cry or get upset. You know how hard you are working towards your goals and you can see the differance in your pics. Stay strong and keep at it.

emoticon Im sending you some love and hope that scale in nicer to you in the future.

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BAM0827 6/27/2012 12:40PM

    Darn scale!!!

Hugs

I've been there many times (have gotten way better about it though) and after I've been bummed over the number for a bit I remember - 3500 calories equal a pound of fat. Need to overeat by that much to gain a pound - anything else is water weight. While we'll never know if the "low number" is loss of a lot of water weight - we do know the higher number is gaining it if we know we've only eaten 2000 calories the day before.

Love the "just keep going" attitude because in the end we have 2 choice ... looking forward or giving up. Successful people just keep going forward!

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