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July 24th - Tutu Project Completed!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

So on Monday i completely binged...and i admitted it to you all. So yesterday was a "pick yourself back up VICKY!" kinda day. I knew that the moment i got home from work i needed to just throw on my workout clothes and head to the gym. So, what did i do? I did just that. And the gym was so stinking empty...i loved it!

I did 18.93 miles on the bike, 125 crunches, and ST lifting/pushing/pulling 28,050lbs. I felt great! Then i went home to relax and work on my project.

So before i work on my project some more, i needed to get comfortable. I turned the TV on and popped in my Season 1 DVD of Mike&Molly (I love that show). And it wouldn't play. My DVD player of 14 years finally died on me. So i put my shoes back on and headed to Walmart to buy a new one.

NOW i'm able to work on my tutu...

I bought all of my supplies on Saturday...


I started making the tutu this way: using elastic...


But i quickly realized that i did NOT like it. So i changed to using ribbon and i simply love it!













And on me...it's sooooooooo poofy!




Supplies Needed:
Scissors
Tulle - i used about 15 yards of white and 8 yards of pink
Ribbon
Lighter

1) I started off my measuring my ribbon. Basically i wrapped the ribbon around me until two ends met. Then i added 4ft of extra ribbon. take your lighter and melt both ends of the ribbon. This will keep it from fraying.
2) Tie a knot 2 feet from each end of the ribbon. You will be adding your tulle between the two knots. The 2ft on each end you will use to tie it closed around you and to form the bow.
3) Measure and cut the tulle. I did not want a long tutu. So the tulle itself was about 6 or 8 feet long. When you buy it, typically it's already folded in half. So i took it (folded) and starting cutting the tulle into 2-3 inch strips. Then i cut each strip in half. Now you have tulle strips that are 3-4 ft long by 2-3 inches wide.
3) I used the slip know technique. I took the tulle strip in my hand and folded it evenly in my hand so that one end was the cut port and the other is the folded end. Take the folded end of the tulle under your ribbon and pull the loose ends through the loop over top of the ribbon.
4) if you want a FULL and POOFY tutu like mine you will pull it tight. If you want it more relaxed, you don't pull it as tightly.
5)Once you completely wrapped the ribbon in tulle (from knot to knot) you are basically done. Just tie the ribbon in a nice bow.
6) If you want, you can now add embellishments. I will more than likely ass sequins to my tutu as i want it to sparkle.

July 2012 Goals
* Complete 325 miles (walking/running/cycling) ...completed 193.57 (should be at 251.62)
* Complete 4000 CORE reps ...completed 1685 (should be at 3097)
* Lift/Push/Pull 600,000lbs ...completed 458,700 (should be at 464,517)
* Lose 17.2lbs ...lost 2.4
Starting Weight: 269.8lbs...July 7th 267.4...July 24 269.8

Other Goals:
* Yearly goal of 1500 miles...completed 972.02 (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 24th
Lift/Push/Pull 28,050
Bike Miles 18.93
Core 125

Tonight's Goals:
Core 400
Lift/Push/Pull 27,000
Bike Miles 18

  
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GIRLONFIRE1979 7/27/2012 11:07PM

    love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a great job!

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RICHILA 7/27/2012 2:59PM

    Love the tutu-It is even better that you will wear it for your 5K.

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TRACYZABELLE 7/26/2012 4:29AM

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NURSEWITT03 7/25/2012 1:12PM

    Love it!!

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CALLIKIA 7/25/2012 12:28PM

    So cute! Congrats on getting back into the gym!

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CARBJUNKIE83 7/25/2012 12:04PM

    Super cute girly! Keep up your hard work. You are doing emoticon

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ALLISONAZ 7/25/2012 11:59AM

    Wow I love it! The colors and ribbon you chose are so fun! I wanna make one! Thanks for the tutorial!

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IAMZBEE 7/25/2012 11:43AM

    SUPER cute! Thanks for the how-to as well.

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KARENDEE4 7/25/2012 11:36AM

    So cute!!!

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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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