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Wants vs. Effort

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

There are a lot of things that i want in life...
1. a great career
2. a loving husband
3. a healthy life

And whenever we talk about what we want out of life, we MUST also discuss our strategies on how to obtain those things that we want. In this case, i'm going to discuss how i'm going to obtain a healthier lifestyle.

I WANT to...
1. Lose weight
1.1 25lbs...reached on January 23, 2012
1.2 50lbs...reached on January 17, 2013
1.3 75lbs
1.4 100lbs
1.5 125lbs
1.6 150lbs

2. Stay within calorie range
2.1 Currently it is set at 1300-1800 cals

3. Burn 7500cals a week (this should give me a 2lb loss each week)

4. Reach my monthly goals (Currently March)
4.1 Complete 125 miles walking/running...completed 71.21 miles
4.2 Complete 2600 crunches...completed 2430
4.3 Complete 3100 Squats...completed 1705

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I started January 5th 2011 at 320lbs
On January 3, 2012 i weighed in at 301.8lbs
Today i weighed in at 267lbs
That's a total loss of 53lbs...IN TWO YEARS!

I work my @ss off everyday! But i turn around and eat those calories i just burned. I self sabotage myself all the time. I put in all of this effort to get in shape and i mess it up by stuffing my face with things that won't help me progress along.

So i guess i'm starting I've tracked my meals for the day and i end up right under 1500 calories. PERFECT! And if i do get hungry, i still have 300 calories for a light snack. I'm working out tonight and should end up burning right around 1000 calories.

I LOVE that i can wear smaller clothing. I went from a tight 26 to 18/20's tops. I went from a 26 to a size 20 jeans. I love that! But now i want the size 18 jeans and size 16 tops.

I will get there, i just need to make sure that my efforts out weigh my wants.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

POSITIVEFLOW 4/6/2013 2:41PM

    Wow, your progress is amazing!! Total inspiration. Way to go!! I love reading your blog and can't wait to read more. Seeing your dedication to running is a great motivator for me! Let's do this!! emoticon

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CHICAT63 3/20/2013 5:07AM

    emoticon You can do it, you are not alone ! Don't look at the numbers, focus on how you're feeling......have a great day !

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MARIANNE9855 3/19/2013 5:38PM

    you are doing great- appreciate all the hard work you did and congratulate yourself. I have seen some people say it helps to visualize how much weight so you realize what a success you are. Maybe pile up enough objects to equal the weight you lost and try to pick them all up- then realized that your body had to carry all that around and how happy it is not doing it now.
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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/19/2013 4:55PM

    vickie donīt be too hard on yourself love you are doing have not only lost 53 lbs but you have kept it off. you have started the long journey to get yourself healthy and you havenīt given up that is are alot healthier than you were .you have built up muscle to replace alot of your fat(i sure you would be surprize how much % body muscle you actually have so even though the lbs lost might sem much to you remember muscle is denser than fat so think of all the inches you have have also had lots of fun,done loads of races and are in the middle of raising alot of money for a good cause.all this you might not have done before starting this journey.along with building up your fitness and strength,getting healthier you have also gone a long way in your self confidence and self i not right?stop seeing all you havenīt achieved and instead start seeing all you have achieved so far and no the rest is only a matter of time.have faith in you like i have faith in you.i think you are one awesome and amaseing person and it is about time you see it you plan and goals for the month they are good and solid and very doable though you have to step up your squats a bit.i like you are more for crunches i absolutely love them but squats are a nessacary evil,lol. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 3/19/2013 2:39PM

    Solid plan!

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 3/19/2013 2:12PM

    You keep pushing yourself, you're making progress!! Keep shrinking!!! emoticon

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JESSAAMI 3/19/2013 2:04PM

    You're making awesome progress! emoticon

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STHOMAS1009 3/19/2013 1:50PM

    You're doing great! Keep up the good work.

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AMIEE376 3/19/2013 1:47PM

    don't worry you can get there, you're doing great so far! emoticon emoticon

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LRB444 3/19/2013 1:46PM

    I believe in you. You are dong great!

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Dash Down Greenville 5k

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The St. Patty's 5k was a lot of fun! There was a hill to climb in mile 2 that killed me...from the sounds of it, no one really liked the hill. We did NOT walk it for time as we knew we'd be on our feet for a few hours (like 8) and we had our long training walk to do the following day.

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BEATRIZ269 3/28/2013 8:44PM

    Very inspiring. Keep up the great work!

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MARIANNE9855 3/28/2013 12:59AM

    Love how you embraced the theme- you made it look so fun especially for us race-challenged people! emoticon

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FITMARY 3/20/2013 8:07PM

    I know you're a princess, but are you really Irish? Just kidding!
I especially love the tutu!!

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    Too cute! Way to go! Looked like you had a great time!! Greenville SC or NC? I live about an hour from the NC one :)

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MICHIGANLORI 3/19/2013 5:44PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Love the tutu!

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MIRAGE727 3/19/2013 2:41PM

    Yes! That's what I'm talking about! Embracing the intrinsic values of the run!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 3/19/2013 2:09PM

    emoticon pictures and emoticon

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NIKKICOLE83 3/19/2013 1:37PM

    These pictures are so fun. I always love going to races and seeing people dress up but I am usually one of the boring ones who just has on workout gear. I have signed up for some pretty fun races this season and I am hoping to branch out and be dangerous in a costume or two. You have inspired me!

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FITWITHIN 3/19/2013 1:29PM

    Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing and congratulation on your event. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/19/2013 1:20PM

    love the green tutu love or should i say my irish princess,lol.way to go love i think the amount of races you do a year makes you one awesome and powerful woman.keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KROLES55 3/19/2013 1:16PM

    You are doing fabulous and you are inspiring to start looking up 5k walks in my area... emoticon

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Sometimes you need a good kick in the hiney!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sometimes you convince yourself that you are doing everything right. You think your fitness is on track. You think your eating habits are in check. And then BAM! Out of nowhere you realize that it's been two months and a week and you are in the same spot...

So what gives?

It's reality check time. No my eating is not on track. How did i ever think that when i wasn't tracking? Yes, my fitness is great...but is it the right kind and amount of fitness to help the pounds drop off? Maybe...

So yesterday was the day!

Yesterday was the day that i said i'm no longer going to waste 2013. I workout ALL the freaking time, so stop eating all the crap garbage...even if it tastes oh so good...and eat to fuel your body.

I don't want this body anymore!

So what did i do?

I tracked my eating...

And i made sure i busted my ass and sweated yesterday.

I remember the days when i sweated so much and always took pictures. I know it's kinda sick, but i love to see myself sweat. It means i'm doing a good least in my book it does.

Yesterday i ate 2300 calories and burned 600 calories.

Today i will have eaten 1639 calories and i should end up burning about 800 calories.

This shirt is PROBABLY a size too small for me, but i only wear it under a jacket. This picture was taken right after completing my 10 miles for my half marathon training this past Saturday.

These were taken in December, the last full body shots i have...

Face shots...

December 2012

February 2013

March 2013

I definitely like my pictures better when i'm not sweating and cleaned up versus my hair in a ponytail and sweating. But you get the point.

March Goals:
Complete 125 miles walking/running...completed 43.61 miles
Complete 2600 crunches...completed 1380
Complete 3100 Squats...completed 1100

Today's goals:
4 miles for 1/2 marathon training
180 crunches
100 squats
ST (other then crunches and squats)

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/13/2013 4:48PM

    LOVE YOUR GOALS LOVE: emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHALLENGEME4 3/13/2013 12:14AM

    You go girl!!!!

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TRUNKJUNK 3/12/2013 5:35PM

    Great plan you can do it Vicky

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WALKINGSHOES 3/12/2013 4:37PM

    Congrats! on getting back to sweating : )

You can do hard things!

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SUZHOO 3/12/2013 4:27PM

  Great job on getting back on track. Keep up the good work and you will be dropping pounds like crazy. Also remember that you feel so much better when you eat healthy foods.

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Cowtown 10K - My First Competitive 10k

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

So Saturday morning was the Cowtown 10k. It was only about 29 degrees when we started out the day. There were four of us girls doing it together and we met up at 4am. Even at 4am we are a loud bunch of women.

Two of the girls are runners and the other two of us are the walkers. We just agree to meet up at the end.

My walking buddy and i have always walked 6 miles as our base line so this was no big deal. BUT when you add the competitiveness to the mix it kind of changes things up a bit. Our normal time is right around 1hr and 50 minutes. Our goal was to complete this race in under 1hr and 45 mins

Before the 4am

Trying to stay warm before the about 6:30am

Woo hoo! We are in the pack getting ready for the start!

So before hand we were told that the course os pretty flat. Flat, i guess, is determined by each individual. emoticon The first 3 miles were a piece of cake. OH...side note: By 6am i had already drank 6 glasses of water. I had gone drinking the night before and wanted to make sure i was hydrated.

ok, so by mile 4 i could feel my bladder. By mile 5 i had to stop and use the port-o-potty. We timed it at about 3 minutes. WHEW! So what was my finishing time...1hr 48mins and 43 secs. HAD I NOT STOPPED TO PEE WE WOULD HAVE MADE OUR GOAL TIME!!!!!

Proudly wearing our medals:

My after picture:

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CHICAT63 2/27/2013 4:59AM

    Awesome you rock !!!!! And with the support of friends to boot, you gals are Fabulous..... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATI5668 2/26/2013 10:00PM

    kool...looks like ya'al had a great time!!


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LAURA1970 2/26/2013 9:42PM

    Way to go!!! I live in Dallas and seriously considered doing this 10K. You rock!!

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NEWLEAF16 2/26/2013 5:06PM

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Looks like you had so much fun - and did great! Congrats, what an accomplishment!

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 2/26/2013 4:23PM

    emoticon job!!

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LILLYBY50 2/26/2013 3:24PM

    SUPERJOB. darn that portopotty.....

I did a 5K in November and was awful glad to see a portopotty!!! It was a bonus and I never thought about it until after I started after two bottles of water!!!

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KROLES55 2/26/2013 2:07PM

    Good Job!

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    congrats! Sounds awesome! The cowtown 10k is one of my longterm goals!

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JESSAAMI 2/26/2013 1:48PM

    Nice job on your race! emoticon And pics are great too - I can tell you are continuing to lose weight

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KJELLYBEAN15 2/26/2013 1:48PM

    How awesome. Congrats. I have learned to tolerate and sometimes even like walking but a 10k? You go girl!

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TKLBRIDGET 2/26/2013 1:44PM

    Wonderful blog! Looks like you had a great time with your friends.
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Weight Loss & Fitness Contract!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Yesterday i decided to take a step back and re-evaluate my goals. I'm been training for my half marathon and hitting the pavement six to seven times a week, yet the scale is barely budging. It's not as if i don't know why this is happening. I tend to eat my calories that i've burned. NO MORE! So i re-evaluated and decided to make a contract with myself...

I, Vickymariec, hereby promise to lose weight. I'm making this commitment to myself and my Spark Family to make the rest of 2013 the year that i continue to lose weight and keep it off!

Every pound i lose will:
- Improve my energy
- Reduce my bloodpressure
- Improve my sleep
- Decrease my risk of a heart attack
- Decrease my risk of a stroke
- Help prevent Type 2 Diabetes
- Increase life expectancy

I recognize the benefits to my health and commit to:
Burning 5,000 calories a week for a safe weight loss of 1-2.5 pounds per week.

Cardiovascular exercise (walking, running, dancing, boxing) 60-120 minutes, five to seven times a week.

Making better food choices - increasing my intake of fruits and vegetables and reducing my intake of processed foods.

Signing this contract and making the commitment to lose weight means that i will live a healthier life and be provided the chance to spend more time with my family and friends.

I, vickymariec, hereby agree and commit to take the following steps to improve my accountability to myself and increase my chances for weight loss success:

1. I will not let one small slip-up convince me that I'm stupid, worthless, or a lost cause. I will respect myself by refusing to engage in verbal self-abuse, and I will find positive ways to comfort and support myself when I’m having a hard time. Specifically, I will:
a) Look back through old pictures and SEE just how far i've come.
b) Go for a 30 minutes walk.

2. I will not sacrifice my own needs to make other people happy, or do for them what they can and should be doing for themselves. When there is a conflict between my exercise and eating plans and what other people want me to do, I will negotiate to find a reasonable solution that allows me to do what I need to do for myself.

3. I choose to be in charge of my own decisions and behavior. I will not talk, think, or act as if my partner, child, spouse, cravings, or subconscious made me do it. I will ask myself what’s most important to me at that moment and make my decision. If I don’t like the consequences, I will try something different the next time.


Sometimes it's just easier to see my progress in picture form...

At my heaviest (320lbs and heavier)

And now at around 266-260lbs

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/22/2013 12:01PM

    like it now all you have to do is D O I T:and i know vickie you have it in you to do just that emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 2/21/2013 10:35PM

    Great contract for accountability! Now rock it!

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    I like this idea! You are doing emoticon

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35ANGELS 2/21/2013 5:05PM

    What a great idea! emoticon

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CAMETHYSTE 2/21/2013 2:58PM

    Awesome contract! You've inspired me to think about making one of my own. And you have made great progress already. I know you will continue to do so! emoticon emoticon

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PRINCESSAMY 2/21/2013 2:00PM

    Hello Beautiful!!! Great blog.

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4BOYZ4ME 2/21/2013 1:54PM

    What an awesome idea to write it all down like that and make a contract with yourself!!! You have come so far and are doing great! I know you can do this!

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NEWLEAF16 2/21/2013 1:49PM

    I love everything about this contract! It is a great idea and your items on it are well thought out, specific, and doable. I like the last part of being in charge of your own decisions and behavior so much I will be thinking of it as I continue on my W.L. journey. Good for you in making this, and thank you so much for sharing it!
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BMELT2013 2/21/2013 12:04PM

    emoticon Keep up the good work!

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KJELLYBEAN15 2/21/2013 11:28AM

    So awesome. Your face is so much thinner. And you now have defined cheeks. Love the idea of a contract. You are going to do well.

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