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July 23rd - nope...nothing

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I did absolutely nothing yesterday...in regards to a workout. I'm beginning to wonder if now that i actually fit into that bridesmaid dress, if i'm just done trying so hard? I DECIDED not to go to the gym. Instead i picked up an antenna for the TV, i no longer have cable, went to Half Priced Books and grabbed 3 great finds, then went to grab dinner at Wendy's. I'm going to confess as to what i ordered...

I ordered the combo meal spicy chicken sandwich...large with cheese on the sandwich and a Dr. Pepper as the drink. That's not all...2 orders of their 5 piece spicy chicken nuggets, AND a Jr. Cheeseburger deluxe...yup...i ate it all...what gives?

TODAY i've already eaten an almond snickers bar and 2 3muskateers bars. again...what gives?

Tonight i'm heading to the gym. Regardless of the crap i've placed into my body these last 24hrs, my butt needs the gym.

  
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CALLIKIA 7/25/2012 9:21AM

    It happens to all of us, but my advice? GET THEE TO THE GYM! I do better when I'm working out because it's a reminder every day or every other day that I'm working toward something. Maybe it's time to set new goals if the bridesmaid dress goal is already accomplished. What's next, girl? Give yourself something else to focus on.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/24/2012 5:54PM

    It happened, we all have those food moments. You got your butt to the gym right?!? RIGHT?!? You're doing great, just try to stay positive and stay focused. *HUGS*

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SKNYMOMWANNABE 7/24/2012 3:45PM

    So it sounds like you had a little derail this weekend and then lost your mind? You've lost close to 40 pounds already? My son was 5 and weighed that so let's celebrate THAT victory, shall we? Sometimes we freak out and eat, sometimes we think, "I can so cheat a little, look at me!"... and then we go to the drive through. You are doing the self sabotage thing, it's evil but here's the deal. Go to the gym tonight and work out, don't kill yourself, just enjoy it. Bop to your favorite tunes, mix it up, try something else. Be at peace about the food thing...Let it go. Make an eating plan for tomorrow and then start clean in the morning. Work out but again, don't kill yourself, it will spike your appetite and you're going to have those post binge cravings so why do the double whammy.?It takes me about 3 days to stop the post binge sugar cravings, so plan accordingly. By the way, your bucket list looks GREAT. Being older I've done a lot of those things, they are definitely worth your time! Having been BOTH TB and PI-the first only works if you can con a dude into wearing tights as PP, I won a bet, he wore tights. The 2nd is best if you're single, because you won't be on Halloween! I bedazzled our tutus-great fun! Sending you happy thoughts! sydney

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TORTILLAFLATS 7/24/2012 3:43PM

    Please start taking care of yourself and what you eat. It is no fun waiting until you get old and have health issues and then try to tackle it. My life is almost lifeless. All because I when I was young I thought........ That will never happen to me, we take life for granite, but when you can't go to a movie because you can't walk that far, or have to give up driving, it become just exesting. There is to many no mores in my life, I am working very hard at changing the things I can but YOU still have a lot of life left. Think of all the fun things you can do now and what your life would be like without them. Is food really that good?

Hugs Gail

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IAMZBEE 7/24/2012 3:35PM

    emoticon Are you stressed? Is there something that's bothering you? Sometimes, our bodies just need an OFF day. You're doing a great job. Don't beat yourself up over yesterday. It's a new day.

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July 20-22...Projects and the Grand Canyon!

Monday, July 23, 2012

This was a very relaxing weekend...and VERY not on plan...eating wise. I just wasn't into it this weekend. I still made myself go to the gym, but my heart just wanted to be else where.

Saturday...
On saturday i planned to complete my own marathon via the stationary bike. That 26.2 miles in case you didn't know. I completed 28.42 miles...WOOT! WOOT! I also did my ST.

I did all of that, plus clean my entire apartment and showered all by noon. So what did i do? I went shopping! I picked up my goodies for my next two projects.



Project #1: I'm making a pink and white tutu for my next 5k. Once i have all the tulle on, i'll add a decorative ribbon and bow and sequins for sparkle.

Here's the start of it...



Project #2: Part of my halloween costume. I'm either going as tinkerbell or Poison Ivy from batman. What i'll do is after this wedding i'll chop up my green dress to make the costume. BUT i'll add a green and white tutu to poof out the skirting.

Here's pictures of me in the bridesmaid dress!







Wouldn't this make a perfect tinkerbell or poison ivy costume?!

Sunday...
I went to the gym even though i just wanted to stay in bed. I only did 7.82 miles and some ST.

Then this is how i spent my time from noon until 5pm...



Then i spent the rest of the evening like this...



So i'm making BIG plans!

One of the items on my bucket list for 2013 is to hike the Grand canyon. Well, i started my planning and research phase. I'm actually going to do this as an event for my singles group that i'm in. I already have 3 others that want to join me. I'm super excited. So if amy of you have ANY suggestions, please share them with me. The plan is to fly into Phoenix, drive the almost 5 hours to the Canyon and stay at one of the hotels within 5 miles of the park. We'll hike to the bottom of the canyon to see the falls and stay the night in Phantom Ranch cabins. On the other days, they'll just be day hikes to see the sky walk, the north rim, and the indian ruins. My guess is the cost will be roughly $850 without meals. That's not too bad. The almost 10 mile hike down the canyon i'm not too concerned about...it's the 10 miles back up that has me a little worried. But i have 9 months to train!



July 2012 Goals
* Complete 325 miles (walking/running/cycling) ...completed 174.64 (should be at 230.65)
* Complete 4000 CORE reps ...completed 1560 (should be at 2452)
* Lift/Push/Pull 600,000lbs ...completed 430,650 (should be at 425,810)
* Lose 17.2lbs ...lost 2.4
Starting Weight: 269.8lbs...July 7th 267.4

Other Goals:
* Yearly goal of 1500 miles...completed 953.09 (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 20-22nd
Lift/Push/Pull 58,900
Bike Miles 36.24

  
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CALLIKIA 7/24/2012 9:04AM

    When I was out at the Grand Canyon they said that it always takes longer to hike back up because they have to take breaks as you get adjusted...not only to the climb but the changes in air pressure. I'm sure with the research you'll find the perfect way to train for this type of thing. It sounds wonderful to me and I hope to do it someday as well!

And congrats on your marathon!!! YAY!!!

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YESCURLYCAN 7/24/2012 2:58AM

  Love the dress! You are right about it being a great Tinkerbell costume. Also fantastic job on your very own bike marathon. You are impressive emoticon

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 7/23/2012 6:24PM

    Wow! Congrats on doing that bike marathon AND cleaning your apt.. and that huge walk the next day! You do amazing workouts!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 7/23/2012 6:22PM

    You look GREAT in that dress! OMG you had that goal to fit into it for a long time and yoU DID IT!!! CONGRATULATIONS!! WOOHOOOOO!!!

And yes, it will be super for Tinkerbell OR Poison Ivy! Great idea!

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IAMZBEE 7/23/2012 4:03PM

    I think that dress would make a SUPER cute tinkerbell costume!!

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July 19th - Secret shame...psoriasis

Friday, July 20, 2012

I cried from embarrassment last night. So much, that i contemplated skipping the gym. Why? I have psoriasis. I should have realized a few weeks ago that it was back but my mind has been on everything else that i did not pick up on the clue's. My psoriasis is on the back of my neck - actually my scalp just above my neck. I took a picture of it yesterday because i realized it had flared back up. When i saw the picture i was embarrassed and started crying. When i work out i tend to divide my hair down the middle and make two pony tails. Well...that meant EVERYONE that looked would have seen my scalp. I even wear my hair that way when i went to the baseball game two weekends ago...so all my friends may have noticed it...no one, at least that i know of, knows that i have it. I have Dr. prescribed ointment for it. It will never be cured, but it does go into remission.



I did go to the gym. I just brushed all of my hair into one low pony tail.

Here are my July progress pictures...



















Here are a few of the pictures from April...







Changes are happening...slowly, but they are happening.



July 2012 Goals
* Complete 325 miles (walking/running/cycling) ...completed 138.4 (should be at 199.19)
* Complete 4000 CORE reps ...completed 1560 (should be at 2452)
* Lift/Push/Pull 600,000lbs ...completed 371,750 (should be at 367,742)
* Lose 17.2lbs ...lost 2.4
Starting Weight: 269.8lbs...July 7th 267.4

Other Goals:
* Yearly goal of 1500 miles...completed 916.85 (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 19th
Core 325
Lift/Push/Pull 54,000
Bike Miles 21.1

  
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CALLIKIA 7/23/2012 8:24AM

    You are doing amazingly well! I'm sure nobody noticed your scalp. Had I seen it, I just would've thought you'd gotten a sunburn on your head or something because I have no experience with psoriasis. *hugs*

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FORBANDE 7/21/2012 8:56AM

    You are making great progress!! Way to go!

And don't be embarrassed by the psoriasis. I have it and get it across the back of my neck when it flares up. I go ahead and where my hair up when I want to. It's not contagious and is a part of me. No one seems to notice and if they do, I can't care. I'm living this life if for me, not them.

Congratulations on your success!!!

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JUST-DUCKY 7/20/2012 10:18PM

    Wow, I can totally see a difference. I need to start taking pics. You are doing amazing!!

Regarding the psoriasis. I bet no one even noticed. Looking at your pic, I would think 'sunburn'

I know you're sensitive to it, but people really don't pay attention to stuff like that as much as we think.

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JAMIELOGICAL 7/20/2012 4:11PM

    I'm sorry you felt so embarrassed. Probably no one even noticed. I mean, who is staring at the part in your hair, really?

I have eczema in my ears (I know it sucks) and sometimes the skin can be very flaky and itchy in there and it's pretty embarrassing. I usually just wear my hair down and it covers my ears most of the time. But when I work out, I obviously have to pull my hair up. I just try to convince myself that no one is going to be looking in my ears.

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THOMS1 7/20/2012 2:34PM

    emoticonyou are doing an awesome job. I can see the difference. emoticon

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BEAUTIFULBRIT50 7/20/2012 1:53PM

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/20/2012 1:15PM

    I can totally see a difference in your pics, great job! Don't worry about the psoriasis (easy to say I know) if people are that concerned, they don't matter anyhow. *HUGS*

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GUCCI9300 7/20/2012 11:57AM

    emoticon!!!!!!!!!

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TELFERS01 7/20/2012 11:50AM

  Ignite!

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July 18th: Making Up My Own 5k Challenge...Ideas?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Last night i did not go to the gym. AND i'm ok with that. My friend came over - the one that had the stroke/has bells palsy (sp?). We ended up just talking for about four hours. It was nice. I think she just needed someone to talk to about everything that was stressing her out lately. So we laughed, cried and just had a great time. Then we were tired. So what did we do? We went out for some icecream!



I'm not going to beat myself up over missing a workout. I know that i can still reach my monthly goals...probably not the weight loss one. Life happens. Sometimes other area's of your life demands your time. The point is, that i'm in the gym for 95% of the days in the month. Missing a day here and there is ok. My body probably really thanks me!

Tonight my goal is to complete 22 bike miles in preparation to complete my bike marathon this weekend - it's not real. It's just a marathon that i've made up for myself.

I'm thinking about conjuring up my own 5k for my friends. I would map the route to complete and there would be "obstacles" along the way. I'm thinking things like:

1) jump rope 25x
2) play hop scotch
3) do your best cartwheel
4) Eat a pie not using your hands
5) stuff 6 large marshmallows in your mouth and sing the pledge of allegiance

stuff like that!

Any idea's?



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 18th
Core 300

Today's Goal:
22 bike miles (gearing up for my own person bike marathon this weekend)
52,000 ST lbs
250-450 core reps

  
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JAMIELOGICAL 7/19/2012 2:12PM

    I really really love the cartoon at the end of today's blog! That is soooo me!

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NEWSGIRL2177 7/19/2012 12:50PM

    Your goals and tracking are on point! Perfect example of what I need to do.
Your 5k sounds awesome, too. I'm sure it'll be great!

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VICKYMARIEC 7/19/2012 12:20PM

    I like that idea - about the egg on a spoon!

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CALLIKIA 7/19/2012 12:04PM

    Don't forget that in our quest for a healthy life, we must also care for our mind and soul IN ADDITION TO our bodies. :) I bet that peaceful night connecting with a friend helped your mind and soul feel a little better as well.

How about having them run/walk a small portion of it with an egg on a spoon in their mouths?

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FITMARY 7/19/2012 11:46AM

    I had bell's palsy and it's no fun. But tell your friend that there is life on the other side of it! It took me about 2 years to get back so remind her that it can take quite a while. Those nerve endings grow back slowly!
BTW the Spark People entry for Bell's palsy was more informative and helpful than the sheet my doctor gave me.
Hang in there!!! And Good Luck with your goals!
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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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