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Time to Share The News

Thursday, October 30, 2014

So I've been waiting for the 'right time' to post a blog entry. Or a time where I have lots spare to sit and think about what I'm typing etc...
But that 'right time' never comes if you keep hanging on for it, does it?

Gawsh. I haven't blogged here for *SO* long. It's been over 2 years. I've forgotten how to blog here - haha.

Although not blogging, I have however been constantly active on the Sparkpeople... it's part of my life now. Anyone who knows me and knows how far I have come in my journey, will know how important this healthy lifestyle and exercise really is to me. It's become my passion in life.

I could go on and on with what's been happening in my no blogging time... but that will be too long of a (boring) read. Things are good. That's the short version. ;)

And the news I have to share? Well. That's the interesting part, ha.

Well... I'm pregnant!

My husband and I are about to have an extra little person in our little family/world. I am half way through now, turning 18 weeks this past Monday. We do not want to find out what we're having - we would just like a healthy, happy baby.

It's taken a lot of getting used to. This was not a planned pregnancy, BUT we have been happily married for over 4 years now and ... when *is* the right time? The right time will never come along if you wait for it - so... there's no time like the present! :)

I'm keeping up with the workouts I have been doing before getting pregnant - just modifying where is needed. Struggling with my eating slightly as I want to eat everything in sight and not healthy stuff... but it's up and down and I'm trying my best to balance!

I'll leave it there. :)

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DAVEYSHADOW 12/3/2014 7:53AM

    emoticon emoticon You will be great parents. Listen to your body and keep up the exercise I was still exercising up until two weeks before my second was due, as you say just modify and take professional advise.

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LIBELULITA 11/29/2014 11:44AM

    Ah, that's just the best news ever. I'm totally made up for you emoticon emoticon Hope you're coping well with the pregnancy emoticon emoticon

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B-LYNN1ST 11/20/2014 11:37PM

    I'm in and out with sparks these days, but I was like. I wonder what, Steph is doing.
Well, I come over and I see a blog. You haven't really written any blogs in a while, so I just stop looking. Well...What am I to say when I read the title, and then read to see what the news is.
"And the news I have to share? Well. That's the interesting part, ha."
emoticon Well... I'm pregnant! emoticon That's you and hubby taking a nice relaxing walk parents to be... That emoticon of a pregnant woman isn't hip, cool, or sexy. I don't know what to call that.
Well, enough about the run down of the emoticon. I'm happy for you. emoticon You're having a baby! emoticon

Comment edited on: 11/20/2014 11:39:47 PM

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FITJEANS 11/15/2014 10:39AM

    Congratulations steph so happy for you guys. Im uberly excited for this news. You and our hubby will great parents ;D

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FATHINSN 11/5/2014 9:34PM

    That's a great news, congrats! I hope your husband and you will get a healthy extra little person (though hopefully as small as thumbelina, that will be so hard to find clothes size!)

I guess no more jump rope for you :D

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JOANNA202 10/31/2014 9:46AM

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RAWCOOKIE 10/30/2014 7:15AM

thanks for blogging and many congratulations on your news! Spark will keep you on the right course throughout your pregnancy

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OSDOWNS 10/30/2014 5:15AM

    Congratulations! What happy news!

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Freeze Your KettleBells Off!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What a day I've had. It's negative non-SparkPeople shiz though, non-anything shiz to be honest - I don't want to bother talking about it. So I'm here with the positivity! Woo!

I loved the Crazy KB workout (myomytv.com) so much, that after doing that one again yesterday, I decided today I wanted another challenging KB workout. My vampire convention weekend is upon me this weekend, and I find my motivation to work like a mofo NOW?! ...Typical huh?

I had a shifty around myomytv.com and found this one -

And this is what it looked like....

-Goblet Squat - 19-17-15 (These really finish me off... To begin with! :P)
-Contra-Lateral Single Bulgarian Deadlift Right - 10-9-10
-Contra-Lateral Single Bulgarian Deadlift Left - 10-10-11
-Burpee into Pullup - 4-4-4
- 2 Handed KB Swing - 26-25-26 (Also kill me...)
-Vertical Swing/Pull Burpee - 5.5-5-4

Feeling so good now. I needed a good sweaty butt-whooping. I was surprised with the reps being higher on the left deadlifts - Whilst warming up and practising I was struggling with one rep - My balance can be so bad at times.

My eating is back to great. I don't know if I'm going to have time to workout tomorrow... I have A LOT going on... But Thursday, my fitness-class-buddy dropped out so I've talked my 18 year old nephew into coming with me to Boxercise! YAY! I'm SO happy about this and can't wait to work out with him! :)

Happy Tuesday peeps. x

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LINDAMARIEZ1 2/28/2014 10:46AM

    You got a good plan now...spark on...You can do it
I know you can.

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FITJEANS 6/23/2012 3:09PM

    I Really like this video steph, thanks for sharing. I liked how she super set the burpees and pullup. Very vigorous, looks very effective and a chance to get fresh air all at the same time.

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-POOKIE- 6/20/2012 12:11PM

    Enjoy it!!

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HEEEYBOOBOO 6/20/2012 8:04AM

  You can always share you life happenings on here - we're here for ya. But it's great that you can keep it positive. LOL what is this vampire convention?? emoticon

Great job both the eating and exercising front, Steph!

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    Vampire Convention? Are you my long lost twin?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
BR>Seriously... JEALOUS! hehe.. I totally have fangs =p=p Not gonna lie.. so does the hubby! And contacts with wicked colors heh!

Way to totally ROCK that workout! Whooh! I am also very impressed with those deadlift scores! You must have been on fire!

You totally rock =]

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JOANNA202 6/19/2012 4:31PM

    That's so not true - you've had some mega motivation over the last few weeks. Can't believe it's here this weekend already though! Loving the positivity and the butt-whooping :-)

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SNAPDRAGON1231 6/19/2012 4:01PM

  Love that site! Nice to see someone else likes it too!

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DAVEYSHADOW 6/19/2012 3:16PM

    Sounds like things are going greta, enjoy the class with your nephew!

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Repeat of Myomytv Crazy KB Workout

Monday, June 18, 2012

1 day at a time. :P

No Zumba tonight so... refused to skip another workout and so fancied repeating the crazy KB workout from myomytv.com - It was those burpee into pullups what make it so appealing. :P

I'm highly surprised that I seem to have improved my scores. After rest? Y'know, I often surprise myself like this... What they say is true - Rest does your body so so much good. Even if you do pig out a bit. :P

Old scores in brackets.

Thruster into Rev Lunge Right - (8.5-7-7) 9-7-6
Thruster into Rev Lunge Left - (7-6-5) 7-6-5
Burpee Into Pullup - (5-4-4.5) 5-5-4
Contra-Lateral Single Deadlift + Row Left - (7-7-5) 8-8-6
Contra-Lateral Single Deadlift + Row Right - (6-6-6) 8-7-7
Roundabout KB Swing - (30-32-39) 33-37-?

Very enjoyable workout... And really works you hard.

Hope everyone is well. I'm thinking about everyone! x

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HEEEYBOOBOO 6/19/2012 7:39AM

  Hey, even if you're taking it one day at a time, you're still around and showing support for your fellow Sparkers. I know it can take a lot of effort to focus on other people when you have your own life to think about. So we totally appreciate you!

And I know your muscles are totally appreciating that awesome workout right now. LOL. Get it Steph!

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    Oooo great workout! And nice job kicking your old scores BUTTS! =D

Yesterday I took a MUCH DESERVED rest day also, and I'm looking forward to whooping my own butt today! Cheers for resting it up and then hitting it HARD! =D

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DAVEYSHADOW 6/18/2012 3:34PM

    We're thinking of you too! Sounds like a good workout and great improvement on the scores!

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Upside Down

Saturday, June 16, 2012

A little bit of crazyness.

Eating has been mostly good - with a few slip ups here and there.

Workouts have been good cardio wise, but not so much on my other planned workouts. I'm about to make that better though!

So I need to go back to my week 2 plan - and start with deck of cards workout.

I'm checking in and I'm still alive. :)

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FATHINSN 12/13/2012 11:02PM

    Great goings!

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    Cheers darling! Thanks for checking in =] Sorry life has been crazy! Hopefully it calms down soon! Lots of love to ya! =D

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HEEEYBOOBOO 6/16/2012 6:35PM

  Yay thanks for checking in! It's difficult sometimes when life gets really busy, but all your SP buds are still here for you. Always rooting you on! :) Have a nice weekend Steph

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LIBELULITA 6/16/2012 4:53PM

    emoticon Hello there....glad to see you're alive and kicking and staying mostly on track emoticon emoticon

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DAVEYSHADOW 6/16/2012 3:33PM

    Glad to hear you are still out there and doing ok emoticon

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JOANNA202 6/16/2012 11:52AM

    Very glad to hear you're alive! Good on you for keeping up with good eating and cardio while life has gone crazy. So easy to let it all go completely at those times!

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Into Week 2 Plan.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Aloha! Happy Tuesday everyone! Although for and I'll best most UKers - this so feels like another Sunday, ha.

Okay so I did successfully design a new plan for the week on Sunday, but finished too late to start blogging online. Monday... blah. Monday, I was off work, I ate well and I went into town by myself and did some shopping. For the record - this may sound strange to some people... But I never really go into town alone. I never go around shops on my own. Well, until Monday! I decided I would. I can be a bit of a scaredy cat, and on arrival to town my heart was beating a bit faster, and I'm a bit paranoid but after a few shops, I was fine!

Turns out, I really enjoyed being by myself and walking around the shops and looking at stuffs. And buying a few stuffs too. ;)

Well, mid-afternoon, I'd been to see a friend then and was on the way to see a Niece, and got a phonecall in work. Somebody had messed up and work needed an extra body, so.... I got on down to work. I worked for say 3 hours so it wasn't too bad. Getting home then with the husband - I was knackered. And my muscles were a bit sore from Sunday's Bodyrock, so I let myself rest. (I did also want to chill out and watch some Pretty Little Liars - I've just started from Season 1!) ---PLUS it felt so much like a Sunday.... :P

Okay so here's the PLAN.

Monday - Myomytv - Crazy KettleBell Combo (Knew I had no Zumba today)
Tuesday - Deck of Cards Workout. (Another Nina workout, infact I think all this weeks ideas are courtesy of PENFOLDROCKS :D )
Wednesday - Lovingfit.com - Abs Climber Uncut (I chose a short abs, as it's likely I'll go to Body Blitz this night)
Thursday - Ultrafit Spartan Workout

And I hadn't chosen anything for Friday or Saturday yet. BUT. I'm a day behind already so this might workout some way.

For Tuesday, today, I got up at 8:30am after the husband had left for work (he works a lot bless his heart) and I mowed the grass. Little surprise for my hubby that, he'll be all happy when he gets home and see's the grass cut, hehe. We have this game where we surprise each other by cutting the grass when one is working.

Anyways I did myomytv's Crazy Kettlebell Combo Workout today. Well just before, lol. It looked like this~
18R 25s 1:00m - 14kg KB
Thruster into Reverse Lunge Right - 8.5-7-7
Thruster into Reverse Lunge Left - 7-6-5
Burpee into Pullup - 5-4-4.5 (FANTASTIC! I couldn't wait for these through each round)
Contra-Lateral Single-Leg Deadlift w/ Row Right - 7-7-5
Contra-Lateral Single-Leg Deadlift w/ Row Left - 6-6-6
Roundabout Swing - 30-32-39 (I pushed and did not stop for the 39)

Phew! This was a tough workout. Good fun. Lots of balance needed and stuff. It's good for me to do balance stuff as I suffer with it when I'm tiring.

I was trying to take a kick-ass post-workout picture afterwards... But alas, camera's hate me, so this is all I could come up with -

I am happy, honest!!

Soooo I'm happy with how things are going. I am LOVING my workouts. This is old news though, I know how much I enjoy it all... I just get so lazy. No more lazy Steph. I feel so good right now, my clothes feel good too. It's so worth it.

I took this picture on Saturday because I was quite pleased with the outfit I'd put together. (Plus, I love my new jeans)

I didn't weigh myself for Week 1 and I still haven't weighed myself. Whoops. Probably an idea to stay off the scales? I might just work at it for a long while and then hope for a nice surprise on the scales. Or show myself that I'm not supposed to go under 140lbs... Because with all efforts, I've never weighed less than 143lbs. Yeah I was a heavy baby. :P

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FITJEANS 6/16/2012 5:20PM

    Wow steph you look fantastic! Great blog. lol , Ive kinda let the lazy shanda sneak out. So its always great coming to your page seeing you rock it. Love the work outs , very cool. Ttyl chica im off to some studying.

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JOANNA202 6/8/2012 8:14AM

    Liking the plan! emoticon

So how's it going this week...?? We demand status reports! emoticon

You're looking sparkly and fab, both in the blue/white top and the sweaty picture. Glad you feel so motivated by it all right now.

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PENFOLDROCKS 6/6/2012 10:12AM

    Loving the top with the jeans - and loving the yellow Nike top too. I too am loving my new jeans, which are *ahem* SIZE SIX! (US size 2 it says on the label!)
Hope you enjoy the deck of cards workout, it went pretty quick for me and wasn't too repetitive despite only having 3 moves.
Might have to try that myomy workout tomorrow, haven't done that one yet, and I LOVE the pullup burpees too!

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LIBELULITA 6/5/2012 5:10PM

    That is such a pretty top that you pout with the jeans.....giving it gorg!! I am totally in awe of your workout schedule.....and if you do it all I will be super in awe!! How sweet for you to cut the grass too....hope hubby appreciates it!! Have a great week hun emoticon emoticon

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HEEEYBOOBOO 6/5/2012 2:03PM

  I like your pictures! Showed you worked hard!!

And I'm totally stuck at 143 with ya sista! Let's get to 142! LOL

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