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Thursday, November 04, 2010

I need to blog more often. That's another task for me. I was gonna blog earlier in the week but my laptop wouldn't load "Add blog entry" - and it almost didn't tonight either!!

This week has gone really well, and to be honest, i do have to take some credit. (hah) There have been hard times, both eating and exercising, where i have had to slow myself down and say STOP. DO YOU WANT TO DO THIS? ARE YOU SURE? WHAT SHOULD YOU REALLY DO? and the one that gets me, if none of the other do... is - HOW WILL YOU FEEL AFTERWARDS?

These words have helped me so much this week. To not eat the bad AFTER i have ate the good. To not go overboard snacking. To say "No thank you" and to choose the healthy option. It feels GREAT afterwards - i just need to keep remembering that feeling, that feeling of strength and control, that is what i have felt after overcoming small obstacles.

I have worked out steadily, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday. 3 times is a good start to come back to. Even they haven't been easy though, Tuesday and today i've had to talk myself into putting my workout clothes on, and saying "hello? Remember that great floaty feeling of strength and control? Yeh, let's get to it and get it back then!"

I created a little strength circuit to complete after my cardio workout. I've been doing Nell McAndrew's Ultimate Challenge (cardio) - as it is indeed a challenge. I've done the same each day, because i like to feel my progress, getting further through the dvd, or performing better and easier to what i could already do. My strength training i got from LYNN & the wonderful team i am part of... Tone Your Sexy With Stiletto's. I incorporated all of the exercises suggested. Here's how my strength training went this week.

A run - through of this routine twice or three times, depending on fatigue!
30 Bicycle crunches
12 Reverse Crunch
12 Tricep dips
12 Back extensions
30 Toe touches
15 Runners lunges
2 x Dolphin Pose (10-12 second first time, add as many as poss next hold)
2 x Modified plank (same as above)
10 Pushups (i'm finding these so hard all over again)
10 Dead lifts
12 Dumbell squats
10 Lateral raises
12 Dumbell Rows
And then run through again after a sip of water and a few deep breaths!!

I have that on my pad, so i can use this again and again. I am ready for next week though, i see Lynn has posted a new blog with new exercises for the next couple of week of NEW YEARS BOOTCAMP.... so i am very excited to have a lookie at those and work up a plan for next week. =)

So anyways, tomorrow is Bonfire Night and we are having some family over to our house for FFF... Food, Fireworks and Fun! LOL. I'm gonna enjoy myself and have a drink (the wrong stuff, WKD=200cals per BOTTLE, sadness!!) but i'm not gonna go overboard too much.

  
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FITJEANS 11/9/2010 5:28PM

    Loving the intensity and variety of your work outs. Love that you are saying no thankyou. Choosing to say NOTHANKYOU insted of yes ill take that is powerful and motivating. way to go and I know that emoticon Steph. Bcuz youve done it b4, and you will continue to do it again. Steph ther is nothing that you can not do. So happy for ya and proud that you are doing the dang thang. Keep on being u, bcuz you are a amazing person and emoticon

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MZDOLPHIN 11/8/2010 10:31PM

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AVRENIM1 11/7/2010 9:21PM

    emoticonyou are doing emoticon!!! I like the way you are reminding yourself to stay focused. Try to go "lite" on those drinks if you can, those calories are brutal. emoticon

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DAVEYSHADOW 11/5/2010 4:43AM

    emoticon you know you can achieve your goals!

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 11/5/2010 3:41AM

    Good for you.. Use everything you see and keep on working. That link I uploaded in the new challenges coming up is full of goodies, and I won't everyone to tap into those goodies, and build on those goodies, and keep on trying new things. STEP outside the BOX and keep on steppin away from the box... BOX of cookies..LOL! Good Job.... Keep on sparking, and enjoy yourself.. Stress free yourself..
Lynn

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FITNESSVIXENN 11/4/2010 7:55PM

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It is up to YOU !

Friday, October 29, 2010

I didn't realise how long it's been since my last blog.

Now I'm all married and not been Sparking for a while!!

I was gonna title this blog "Back on Board" - or something to do with being back to Spark, for good, for real, this time it's real. I decided against it. I've been 'saying' it a lot - "I think i'm back on track" "I think i'm back" "I think i am back into the swing of things"..... all these i thinks, all these unsure statements. I just sat here and thought "But i am, aren't i?" - how is that? Because i have decided i am. Because i am GAME. Because now i am prepared to strengthen myself up again now to say NO to that extra serving. Say NO to that ridiculously huge meal. Say NO to that calorific fatfest.

I know now, that i can be back whenever i want. It is when *I* decide. And the past few times in the last 2 months, i've been totally half-bothered. Halfy-half. Couldn't decide. I'd say i "wasn't strong" enough - but that is the EASY way out. I simply didn't want to.

Being strong enough to get on board and say NO is purely up to me. That cog has now turned in my mind and i need to get off the rollercoaster and back to my stable, enjoyable healthy lifestyle.

I have been lucky... and i said this not so long ago, but still I am at my goal weight. I have hovered above and below it whilst being on my rocky offroad path... but i did have a rise earlier this week, and now i am ready to begin some more hard work - and set a NEW goal weight. This will also be my ULTIMATE goal weight. I have reached 2 already, so there is nothing that can stop me with the right determination, patience and persistance....

My new journey has begun.

  
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FITJEANS 10/30/2010 12:35PM

    I lo emoticoned this statement

there is nothing that can stop me with the right determination, patience and persistance...

That is the rite mind frame to be in. You are rite nothing can emoticon emoticon
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GEMINIGEM6 10/30/2010 10:47AM

    You are definitely going to do this!! Look how far you've already come. I know you must be so proud of yourself! :)

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MZDOLPHIN 10/30/2010 8:33AM

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AVRENIM1 10/29/2010 9:45PM

    emoticonI am with you backing you up and believing in your determination. Keep that beautiful body you've created. You looked beautiful on your wedding day. emoticonmay you and yours have a wonderful weekend! emoticon

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 10/29/2010 6:18PM

    WOOHOO.. U are no longer a Miss.. You are A MRS! Yes! I am so happy for you, and glad that you are back on track.. Girl, when you get those moments when you feel you aren't.. Just think of this.. I know I can and forget I think I can.. No thinking, because you have done it, and you have lost the weight, and you have battled the batte.. SO! Enjoy life, and start tracking your calories and do mini workout until you build your mojo up..
Keep on sparking, because you are so right.. IT'S BEEN A WHILE Since you SPARKED!.... DO U boo, and congrats on the MRS!

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 10/29/2010 11:37AM

    You're spot on that it's up to YOU!! Way to go being honest with yourself and deciding to fully invest in this process again! Final goal weight-- here comes Steph:)

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Check In Blog

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

This is just a blog for me to basically check in with myself.

I haven't been online as much i'd have liked to have been, so i feel like I am behind with everybody. I am reading people's blogs and checking in on them, i'm just not having the time to comment. So if any of my FAB Sparkfriends are reading this... i am keeping up with you, and thinking about you, i'm just a little slow right now =P

I think i'm back. No, not think, i know i'm back. I'm back to where i want/need to be and starting to work hard again. I'm definitely where i need to be to keep maintaining and this is good enough for now.

My workouts are going great, and it's like my 'break' has helped to improve my fitness. LOL.

So for now... i am still bootcamping !!

  
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FITNESSVIXENN 9/19/2010 12:02PM

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 9/10/2010 1:17AM

    SO HAPPY TO HEAR THAT YOU ARE BACK...
WELCOME BACK WELCOME BACK.. WELCOME BACKKKKKKKKK!
YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TO DO, LADY BUG..
GREAT!

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FITJEANS 9/9/2010 1:36PM

    Glad to have ya back, I truly have my emoticony emoticon back . If I could give ya emoticon through the computer I would. Why bcuz you r a emoticon emoticon

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SWEETLIPS 9/8/2010 10:58PM

    Hey Girl, sometimes, we just have to do us, and what makes us, and what builds us. I am sure that you got to know you better and I am glad you are back. Keep the faith! It grows.

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LOVE_KRISTIN 9/8/2010 5:20PM

  Glad to see a blog from you! Now that you've reached your goal, have fun with your workouts... try new things! I know you can maintain your goal - you are kicking butt!!

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SUZIEGREY 9/8/2010 2:20PM

    Glad to hear you are still with us and enjoying your workouts.
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-POOKIE- 9/8/2010 1:04PM

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Lucky So Far...

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

I.......
I just need to write. To give myself, something. Something to be here for.Instead of coming here and just looking around.
I don't think i've necessarily "fell off" -i just think my Spark has dimmed a little bit. I had about a week off... a week off from, a healthy lifestyle. My healthy lifestyle.
It's just so hard getting back on right now. I want to do it, i'm just struggling a little bit. I can't let myself slip into the dark.

The positive is that i have been VERY lucky. I am so thankful to be this lucky, because i think it's given me the confidence in myself to pick myself back up and carry on, and be GOOD to myself, to my body, treat it WELL, like i have been for the past... yikes, it's almost 12 months since i joined SparkPeople!

Why am i lucky? I weighed myself... after eating junk for days, not exercising (except for dancing for 6 hours straight on my hen night...girl power? lol....) - after weighing myself - i am still at my goal weight. Holy Jeez.... how crazy is that?

I thank my body, for not punishing me, but for allowing me this....this time off, this time of being carefree... it's allowing me this time, knowing that i will get back on board and treat it right again,I have to stay faithful to my body.

Maybe with my hard work, I have worked my metabolism up to like it was in my teenage years when i was fit? Just gotta reward it now...and get back on that healthy horse, and keepmy head high.

As always... i KNOW what i gotta do... Sometimes it's just doing the right thing is what is hard about it!!!!

I am trying.

  
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FITJEANS 9/7/2010 8:25AM

    Your spark will never dim, you have a lot of spark inside of you. Im sure your still sparking but just in different ways. how cool is that your metabolism is back up no doctor has told me but, I think mines is back up too as well. 2 months ago i am certain my metabolism was as low as it could possibly get. emoticon steph you really do look good, from love with in me ,you deserve all of this success.

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 9/1/2010 8:21PM

    Lady Bug, it's okay to just enjoy yourself, and a week off.. You know, this life style change isn't all about killing yourself. My fiance pointed that out to me again today, when he came in with sonics, and I'm trying to break free from it.. Because when the weekend hits.. My family and friends loves to have a good time.. And I mean they love/love/love it.. I try to restrain myself from all that nonsense, but my body needs a little nonsense to stay balance. We must enjoy a stress free life, ane in your stress free week.. I do believe everything with you was balance, and you was at one with your body. U aren't teh same woman you was before the weight loss. You are a whole new woman.. With a new lease on life.. So, you took a break.. Pat yourself on the back.. Because there are people on here who needs a break, and my fiance can't stress that enough.. So, I burned 2000 calorie today.. I ate dinner with my fiance from sonics.. I blend my foods.. I took in 1700 cals, but guess what.. I can't allow myself the room to beat my self down, so I enjoy it. And I love it. My abs are sore, and I had dinner from Sonics.. And if I get a gain. I will welcome it.. But Enjoy the good news that your body gave you. Your body just gave you that final sign we all are looking for.. I am one with you.. Enjoy, and keep on doing your all time best..

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AVRENIM1 9/1/2010 7:31PM

    You're very RIGHT! It is difficult but it is being done. You realized you slacked off a lil bit. , but you got yourself back. emoticon emoticonIt will happen again and again but each time you will keep moving forward.

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SLIMTHICK2 9/1/2010 6:00AM

    Honesty and a desire to do the right thing, for me that's a good combination. Keep trying , you'll get there.

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DAVEYSHADOW 9/1/2010 5:28AM

    Yes it is really hard to get the spark back after some time out, glad you had a good hen night.

Just jump back up on the wagon and we can carry on down the road LOL! emoticon

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LOVE_KRISTIN 9/1/2010 5:03AM

  Glad to see a blog from you... i was wondering what happened!! That's awesome you are still at your goal weight! That's the sucky part though - once you reach it, you have to keep up so you stay there! I can't wait to reach my goal weight. You give me something to look forward to!!

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-POOKIE- 9/1/2010 4:51AM

    You have been lucky.

I think its scary to realise after working hard for a long time you CAN have some wriggly room as long as you get back to what has to last... a healthy LIFEstyle... just living life healthy most of the time allows for crazy foods and drink sometimes.

We have to learn balance :)

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SUZIEGREY 9/1/2010 4:32AM

    Keep trying and eventually you'll succeed. You've got this far, so you know what you have to do, so don't get too wrapped up in what happened last week.
You can do it.

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Day 37 - Progress Pictures

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I've been away... from myself and slacky and...stuff. I'm still trying to shake the feeling.
My progress isn't anything (i feel) but i still want to post pictures to keep up.
Week ONE side...

Week FIVE progress?...

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Week ONE Front...

Week FIVE progress...

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And i took a back on to see if there's any progress from here--

lol@ the way it's took =P

Bye for now....=)

  
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SEXYSLIM78 9/5/2010 2:11PM

    wow girl there is a big difference. emoticon

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SHENIA-NICOLE 8/25/2010 6:37PM

    You are doing great! Go girl! emoticon

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FITJEANS 8/25/2010 5:08PM

    Man you are emoticon butt . You look phenomenal all your hard work is paying off steph. Wow we have like the same physique I will send you pics to show you.Steph you look emoticon

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GODSBABYGAL 8/24/2010 8:57PM

    Yes, Yes, Yes I see definition. You keep walking towards your goal. emoticon

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 8/24/2010 8:53PM

    You HAVE made progress-- sometimes it's hard to see since we see such gradual changes-- but the progress has been made!

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LOVE_KRISTIN 8/24/2010 8:13PM

  WOW!! You can really tell a big difference in those pics (especially the side one!) Keep up your awesome work, it is definately paying off!

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67STANG 8/24/2010 6:41PM

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FITNESSVIXENN 8/24/2010 5:23PM

    YES THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE WORK IT ON OUT!!! emoticon emoticonYOUR STOMACH CAME DOWN ALOT AND YOUR SIDE..ALSO I SEE YOUR DEFINITION.WOOT WOOT.....KEEP IT UP STEP!!! emoticonYOUR ARE GOING TO MAKE A BEAUTIFUL BRIDE ..BECAUSE YOUR A BEAUTIFUL PERSON!!! emoticon emoticonKEEP KICKING BUTT emoticon

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 8/24/2010 5:00PM

    wow! you are working it. you look fabo! now i can't wait to see you in your wedding dress.. keep on pushing forward.. i am so happy for you. you are working it on out.. congrats to your success.

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ZURDTA- 8/24/2010 4:49PM

    Things are firming up - you are doing so well!

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-POOKIE- 8/24/2010 4:34PM

    There is certainly less tummy!! Great going!!

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SAMI-JOJO 8/24/2010 4:15PM

    There is a big difference... Way to go :)

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/24/2010 4:03PM

    emoticonI can see a big difference, keep up the FANTASTIC work.

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