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July 17th - Compliments & Insults

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Yesterday i received five compliments from five different people. It made me feel great! Just a few kind words lifted my mood up for the entire day. People need to be more complimentary towards others more often. Here's me yesterday at work...



I had a great workout at the gym last night. I did my ST and then i jumped on the bike for 21.19 miles. Maybe this weekend i'll aim for 26.2 miles on the bike...hmmmm...

Here's my pose after the gym:


Then it was time for some Core work. Not too much, just 135 reps. I still love the fact that when i lay down my belly button is right there! It's amazing to me...



This morning i received a call from my friend (the bride to be). She is now putting plastic wrap around her self when she jogs so that she can fit into her wedding dress. She then goes on to ask me, "so last week you were at 52lbs lost. Are you close to 60 now?" WHAT?! I simply told her no. That there's no way someone can lose that much in a week and be healthy. She didn't say anything for a while. Then she asked how my gym time was going and i told her it was great. That last night i was in the gym for almost 2hrs. She then chirped in that her trainer said you shouldn't put in more than 60 minutes of hard workout. I QUICKLY responded - every trainer will tell you something different. She just said...oh, i guess you're right.

Here's what frustrated me about this conversation...i'm eating right, i'm working out hard. WHY the heck talk to me as though i'm an idiot and know nothing about health? This coming from a woman that crash diets, is wrapping herself in plastic wrap to shed some weight. I get that she is probably trying to be helpful, but really all that's happening is that it causes me not to want to discuss it with her any longer.

THEN someone on FB sent me a message on my page saying something along the lines that the reason i'm not losing the weight is because...blah, blah, blah. I quickly deleted it. This girl BARELY knows me. Hello! I've just lost 52lbs - i think i'm on the right track.

SO...the moral of the story - if you can't say something nice then don't say it! Don't give out advice if it's not asked of you. Some people just enjoy being rude!



July 2012 Goals
* Complete 325 miles (walking/running/cycling) ...completed 117.3 (should be at 178.23)
* Complete 4000 CORE reps ...completed 1235 (should be at 2194)
* Lift/Push/Pull 600,000lbs ...completed 317,750 (should be at 329,032)
* Lose 17.2lbs ...lost 2.4
Starting Weight: 269.8lbs...July 7th 267.4

Other Goals:
* Yearly goal of 1500 miles...completed 895.75 (at the end of July the goal is 875)
* Yearly goal of dropping 100lbs...lost 51.6lbs
* Overall goal of dropping 169lbs...REACHED 30.53%



July 17th
Biked 21.19 miles
Lift/Push/Pull 28,150lbs
Core 135

Tonight's Goal:
Bike 18 miles
ST 27,000lbs
Core reps 400

  
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AMSPARKER 7/19/2012 3:50AM

    isn't it funny how a few casual remarks can hurt so deeply? let it go and celebrate yourself!!! You are awesome and 52 lbs is incredible! Keep on keeping on!

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RISA87 7/18/2012 1:53PM

    You are doing great! Don't listen to silly people!

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JAMIELOGICAL 7/18/2012 1:45PM

    You've lost 52 pounds and someone had the audacity to say "the reason you're not losing the weight..." on FaceBook? What the heck? People are weird.

And, yeah, I definitely wouldn't take fitness advice from someone who is wrapping herself in plastic wrap while she runs....

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IRONBLOSSOM 7/18/2012 12:36PM

    Wow, you're doing awesome! Don't let "know nothing yet talk much" type people get into your head. You know what works for you!

I used to get really irritated with people who assume I don't know what I'm doing with exercise or in the gym just because I'm now fat. I was a serious athlete for 13 years, dagnabit! But I realized, people don't know, and they think they're helping. I like the idea of saying "I need your support more than your advice right now."

You're doing great! Keep on keeping on!

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IAMZBEE 7/18/2012 12:20PM

    AMEN to the "f you can't say something nice then don't say it."

You are doing an amazing job!!

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JAYNELAYNE 7/18/2012 11:32AM

    You're awesome and its good you aren't feeding into other peoples mumbo jumbo. You found what works for you and you're sticking with it. Looooove it! I love putting in miles on the bike, something about it is just rad. Maybe its the fact I can bike way more miles than I can run? ha! emoticon

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REESYK 7/18/2012 11:31AM

    Keep doing what your doing! The hard work will pay off and the weight will stay off! Keep trying!!

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RJSAMS 7/18/2012 11:30AM

    It looks to me like you are doing great! Keep up the good work.

I suspect your friend was actually looking for "hope" that she could lose what she needs to lose before her wedding--sort of a "if you can do it, I can do it" kind of affirmation. But you are right; crash diets and plastic wrap are not permanent solutions. You are on the right track!

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CALLIKIA 7/18/2012 11:07AM

    Do what works for you and keep everyone else guessing. ;) Good luck with your possible marathon biking attempt! ;)

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NYGHTWISH 7/18/2012 11:07AM

    You are awesome! What incredible resolve to make such great strides in your progress towards good health.

I know what you mean about unsolicited advice. As someone who is overweight and has been attempting weight loss for YEARS, I probably am way more informed than most of my friends, even the skinny ones. I do NOT need their advice and it is insulting to get it! But keep your chin up and your eyes on the prize, regardless of anyone else.

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AWESOMEKATY 7/18/2012 10:58AM

    Some people just don't know how to talk to someone trying to get healthy for a lifestyle change. It's sad that people get jealous and feel the need to bring you down. I'm glad you recognize it's their own bad attitude and nothing you're doing because 52 pounds lost is absolutely amazing and going to the gym for 2 hours shows outstanding commitment!

Keep up the good work and don't let any negative nellies get you down!

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MIAMI_LILLY 7/18/2012 10:41AM

    People are just filled with unwanted, useless advice. Be like a duck...just let them roll off. You know you're doing great, and so do your Spark friends! Keep up the great work, and Congrats on all the weight you've lost so far! emoticon

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DIANE7786 7/18/2012 10:33AM

    emoticon You are doing great! Don't let anyone's silly talk make you feel badly. You have a great attitude. Losing 52 lbs is a great accomplishment. Few people can bike as far as you. Continue your eating and exercise program. Enjoy the process and the many successes. Listen to the compliments and don't give criticisms a second thought. You will look great at the wedding--even if you're 8 lbs over the bride's recommendation!

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STLADEE 7/18/2012 10:32AM

    Let it flow! That is through one ear and out the other when it comes to the negativity! Don't let it get to you! You know what you are doing, HEY you have lost over 50lbs so far!

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NURSEWITT03 7/18/2012 10:20AM

    I just tell people that I really need their support more then I need the advice and thank them for their concern. Don't let it bother you, you are doing great and you know it. No one's journey is ever the same.

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July 16th - Compliments - Gotta love them!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I get to go home to Chicago for 9 days starting in 17 days...i am beyond excited! I get to see my sister and my brother - whom i LOVE! and i get to see my nieces. Since it's been 1.5yrs since i've been home, one of the girls i haven't seen since she was about 4 months old. That scares me a little bit...all the other girls love me but that's because they know me. My youngest niece doesn't remember me...so while i just want to scoop her up and squeeze and love on her, she may be a little scared. So i know with the other girls loving me and wanting my attention, i'm sure she'll follow suit. I cannot wait!

Here's the other part that i love about this trip. My brother and sister-in-law are super fanatics about health and working out. So whatever i eat with them it'll be great for me. She's the one that introduced me to spaghetti squash...yum! And my sister started working out 3 months ago and has already lost almost 30lbs. And her husband has lost almost 35lbs. So my workouts are sure to be great! I was worried about trying to get them in, but after just talking to them, i think i'm going to work out MORE than i'm used to! I can't wait!

So for the last week or so i've only been wearing dresses to work. And today i've already gotten two compliments. I love it! Not that i need the compliments, but it sure makes a woman feel good!



I haven't taken any July progress pictures yet. I'll need to get one of my friends to do it for me. But since some of the pictures are of me in just my sports bra and capri's, it'll have to be someone i'm extremely comfortable with...



July 2012 Goals
* Complete 325 miles (walking/running/cycling) ...completed 96.11
* Complete 4000 CORE reps ...completed 1100
* Lift/Push/Pull 600,000lbs ...completed 289,600
* Lose 17.2lbs ...lost 2.4
Starting Weight: 269.8lbs...July 7th 267.4

Other Goals:
* Yearly goal of 1500 miles...completed 874.56
* Yearly goal of dropping 100lbs...lost 51.6lbs
* Overall goal of dropping 169lbs...REACHED 30.53%



July 16th
Biked 12.57 miles in 46 minutes, burning 528 calories
walked 3.03 miles in 62 minutes, burning 611 calories
Lift/Push/Pull 15,000lbs
Core 375

Tonight's Goal:
Walk 3 miles
Bike 17 miles
ST 27,000lbs
Core reps 200

  
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JAMIELOGICAL 7/17/2012 2:08PM

    It really sounds like your family is going to be super supportive when you go home for vacation. My parents are really supportive of my efforts and go out of their way to accommodate my food restrictions and such and it is so nice to not have that additional stress while trying to vacation.

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EBIELOU 7/17/2012 10:19AM

    Compliments are awesome and make you feel great. You're doing such a great job!

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NURSEWITT03 7/17/2012 10:15AM

    It is always great to receive compliments. It is just nice to get some recognition for all of your hard work. You are doing great! I hope you have a fabulous time in Chicago with your family.

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July 12th-15th: What a Weekend!

Monday, July 16, 2012

This weekend was jam packed with activities! On Friday night i had that birthday dinner for seven friends. It was such a fun night! Here are a few pictures from that night...


The picture is a bit blurry, but here's why i just LOVE this picture...no double chin!!!!


This man is a brother to me!

At Church we are doing a series called Throwback...so a few people dressed up like we did in the 80's...





So i have another NSV. The picture looks like it may be nudity but it's NOT! When i first took it i thought to myself, "It looks like a butt!" But here's what it actually is...i was doing some core work on the floor last night and i was rubbing my belly and i realized that i could feel my belly button! It used to be that i had to move my fat roll to fell it...but now it's just there! YAY! So this is a picture of my belly...i have this dark ring around my mid section...i've always had it...



Here's some of my workout pics from the weekend as well...





And this is my usual pose at home after a long workout...



July 2012 Goals
* Complete 325 miles (walking/running/cycling) ...completed 80.51
* Complete 4000 CORE reps ...completed 725
* Lift/Push/Pull 600,000lbs ...completed 274,600
* Lose 17.2lbs ...lost 2.4
Starting Weight: 269.8lbs...July 7th 267.4

Other Goals:
* Yearly goal of 1500 miles...completed 858.96
* Yearly goal of dropping 100lbs...lost 51.6lbs
* Overall goal of dropping 169lbs...REACHED 30.53%

July 12-15th
Biked 21.56 miles in 77 minutes, burning 811 calories
Lift/Push/Pull 136,950lbs

Tonight's Goal:
Walk 3 miles
Bike 15 miles
Lift/Push/Pull 16,000lbs
Core 375

  
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JAMIELOGICAL 7/16/2012 11:50AM

    Looks like you had a ton of fun at the party. I love the 80's clothes! Keep rockin' those workouts!

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Gift Baskets

Friday, July 13, 2012

So here is what i made last night...









I saw something similar on Pinterest so i decided to do it! I have 6 friend that are celebrating their Summer birthdays tonight at dinner. The ages range from 33-46. But we no longer celebrate our true age...we celebrate the anniversary of our 29th birthdays! Therefore...29 sucks!

Supplies needed:
Container
Initial (first name of person)
tissue paper or green floral material block
various lollipops
I added a toy for each - a pez dispenser with extra pellets
Their favorite candy
card stock
adhesive letters
adhesive
lollipop sticks or cake pop sticks

So i glue gunned their initial to the front of their container.

Next i took various card stock and letters to create each card for each container. Use whatever color and or design you want.

Then i stuffed two sheets of tissue paper inside of the container. I added the Pez toy and then the various lollipops. I used a few fun lollipops (Dora, Tinkerbell, Cars, a fruit shaped one and a lollipop swirl stick), blow pops, charms, tootsie roll lollipops. After i arranged those i added the actual "29 Sucks!" sign. Then i filled in any gaps with dumdums since they are so small. I'll admit, there are WAY more than 29 lollipops in each container.

I asked each birthday person what their favorite two candies are. So i bought them and glue gunned them to the back of each container.

It was sooooo easy!

  
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CALLIKIA 7/16/2012 9:51AM

    Soo cute! I bet they loved them!

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STLADEE 7/15/2012 8:52PM

    Too cute! I hope they enjoyed it! Although I would be sharing my candy!

I always celebrate the anniversary of my 25th! Just celebrated the 13th anniversary of my 25th this year!

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JAMIELOGICAL 7/13/2012 2:55PM

    Don't make one of those for my birthday! That much candy would not fit into my calorie ranges!

But they are so cute!

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CSDAYS 7/13/2012 12:19PM

    Looks good!

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DIBANANA 7/13/2012 12:18PM

  Very cute

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Know the Source of the Hurtful Words

Thursday, July 12, 2012

On Sunday morning i went to Church with a "friend." I wore a dress and i KNEW i looked good in it. So as we were walking into the sanctuary she said to me, "You look really good in that dress. It makes you look like you lost a lot more weight then you really have." I was stunned at the rude comment, and just looked forward so i could find us two seats. She then says, "so how much have you lost?" I said, still not looking at her as i'm sure my eyes would have struck her dead, "almost 52lbs." Her response, "Oh..."

Here's the thing. I didn't say anything to her. I didn't snap at her rude @ss when she made the comment. And here's why? She and i have not spoken much over the last 4 months because she is a very negative person. She's always negative about herself. She weights about 145lbs and thinks that she is enormous. She points out her flabby arms and pouchy tummy. I've talked to her before about her being so negative about herself and she said she didn't realize she was that way. So when she made that comment, i just chose not to reply because there's no point. It's how she is and who she is. I know my body has changed. I can see the difference. To me her comment was just a reflection of her own negativity towards herself.

So when i get those scarce negative comments from people, i try to first think why they would have said what they said. And in this particular case, it's because she is so negative about herself she cannot see or realize that she is negative towards others. I think she sees others in the same way she sees herself. It's sad.

I've has strangers eye ball me and i can tell by their facial expressions that they are having some rude comments about me in their mind. My own mind thoughts on that is that i wonder what issue's they have in their life, that they feel they can judge someone else? Again...sad.

I don't always have this, "let me think about why you are so negative" reaction. Sometimes i flip them off. Sometimes i verbally call them a female dog or a donkey...you know what i'm really sayin! But i try to remember that they don't always have the right frame of mind and i don't want to stoop to their level.

BTW...the friend that said that to me was also wearing a dress, and a woman asked her when she was expecting...she's not pregnant...I felt bad for her for a split second and them thought..."karma is a ....

  
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STEPH-KNEE 7/13/2012 12:08AM

    That is karma for sure, you didn't go off on her (which was awesome btw for keeping yourself in check when she really deserved to have her you know what handed to her) ;) But then karma took over where you left off, love it lol.

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RICHILA 7/12/2012 5:19PM

    My grandmother, M'Dear, always said "If you can't say something nice, keep your mouth shut. But, some people need a damn muzzle."
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JAMIELOGICAL 7/12/2012 4:57PM

    Is it wrong how happy that bit of karma at the end made me feel? I know I should feel bad for her, because she clearly already has self-esteem/body image issues, but seriously, she kind of deserved that.

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LADYGSC 7/12/2012 3:48PM

    Words hurt and sometimes people should just keep their mouth shut! We never know what's on another person's mind when they say hurtful things. You handled the situation well and you are doing a wonderful job loosing weight. Congratulations on your weight loss - keep on sparking!!

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MIDORI_SPARK 7/12/2012 3:13PM

    I think it is great that you can recognize the deeper reasons for this negativity, and are able to ignore it (at least on the surface). That shows a lot of strength. Sounds like you're doing a great job :)

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 7/12/2012 2:30PM

   
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You are awesome and you have your SP Friend to let you know that we have all had THOSE people in our lives.

The important thing is that she has not derailed you!!

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SPIRIT42013 7/12/2012 2:20PM

    OOo, that's a tough situation! Relax, and try not to mind read. You never know, they might not to thinking rude thoughts at all! They may be enjoying your company! And they might not be facile with words.

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