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Monday, January 17, 2011

I pushed for the torture tonight!

I am whacked. Didn't get home til late after work, did some shopping and then worked my butt off for my workout. A different 45 min cardio (switch it up, trick the muscles) and then some real torture for the upper body and abs. I've never been so challenged to finish my reps and i really feel like I've achieved something by pushing harder than normal.

Dinner was really tasty, i had some ham, with picalilli, beetroot, lots and lots of steamed cabbage and two baby potatoes. It was yummo!! My last snack of the day is going to be some coconut milk and a tablespoon of peanut butter... thanks for putting me onto that everyone i love it hehe!!

I have 90 of my planned 300 pushups in for the week. An ok start, but i expected more, i seriously could not handle anymore tonight though... a rest tomorrow probably on the pushups and back to them Wednesday.... Think i tired myself out throwing almost 200 in 2 nights LOL. It's all about pushing!! ;)

I have pics to post but i'll do that tomorrow, i'm tired!


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ANGELWINGS71079 1/17/2011 7:55PM

    You are awesome girl!!! I have in 90 as well I am going to do another 30 tonight of modified push ups!!! We can do it girl I KNOW we CAN!!!! Yummy dinner too.

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LAMOURA 1/17/2011 7:08PM

    AWEOME workout!! We are kicking butt girl!! You ROCK!! emoticon emoticon

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DAVEYSHADOW 1/17/2011 3:56PM

    Sounds like a good workout, I worked hard tonight as well 50 min spinningtype class. I was by the open door and by track 2 was sweating buckets LOL!

Feel gret niow though. Off for hot chcocolate for me now!

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-POOKIE- 1/17/2011 3:52PM

    My mum just gave me two jars of her homemade piccalilli... argh... have to WAIT over a month to let it do its stuff ready to eat. Its a new thing for me to like since my tastes have changed eating better

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Hard Work Pays Off

Sunday, January 16, 2011

We already know this is true... it really does pay off. I focused this week... focused hard on my food intake and i worked my butt off and sweated A LOT. I felt i had to, because of my disappointment last week.

I lost 4lbs on this weeks weigh in. Well wow, i gotta say, i am MEGA pleased with this, indeed. emoticon That's exactly how my smile is right now, haha.

I also joined a new team called the Torture Chamber this week. It's all about pushing yourself to your limits and clocking up those fitness minutes. It's gonna be good for me, i know it.

I bought a bikini this weekend on sale... a real bargain. It's a string bikini!!! Scary stuff... ahah well i took a photo and i want some honest opinions about it from my good friends here... i need the honesty!!

Sooooooo i had a hella good workout this morning, a nice little day looking around antique shops with my Mum, Sister & Neice and now i am chilling out waiting for my chicken roast dinner from my ever-supporting Hubby... and maybe having a glass of wine too!

Happy Days !

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ESBELL 1/17/2011 12:22PM

    Yeah Steph! Thanks for reminding us that if we stay on track, we will get results!

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FITJEANS 1/17/2011 10:53AM

    Oh yeah definitely proud of ya,and knew that you could do it.All things are possible when steph puts her mind to it. Steph you dont know how much you have motivated me. Heck im motivated so much i mite just go for 3 lbs instead of trying to lose 2 lbs :-D.
So now you got me thinkin about chicken roast ,and I think I have to have some emoticon emoticon to emoticon emoticon

ttyl chica emoticon emoticon

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LOVE_KRISTIN 1/17/2011 5:54AM

  Great job on the 4lbs loss... you rock!!

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DAVEYSHADOW 1/17/2011 3:57AM

    emoticon glad you saw the results from your hard work, hope you enjoyed that roast and the glass of wine!

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LAMOURA 1/16/2011 3:57PM

    AWESOME!! Congrats on th 4lb weight lose!! You deserve it! You work hard!! Torture lol emoticon

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BAZNCAZ 1/16/2011 1:42PM

    You Go GIRL. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Cha Cha Cha

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Feeling GREAT. Just wanted to blog my discovery. Had a mega cardio dvd workout with my girl Deanne Berry. I am loving the music each time i do it and the more you do it, the more you get the moves you're doing, remember it and get to LISTEN to the music while you're kicking butt.... get into your groove and get SEXY and feel damn GOOD!

Well, there's a part that i wasn't keen on... what i skip quite often as it's slower and i felt i didn't benefit much for it, i'd rather be doing the hi-impact stuff keeping my feet off the ground. BUT, tonight i wanted to keep going and keep my heart and soul in my workout. I got to the SALSA dancing part, we cha cha cha and move our hips all sexy (i'm no good at sexy!) and all that jazz! WELL tonight i put some extra effort in, and i'm getting the hang of it a little bit more. I swayed my hips and went with the music. You know what? After a while i started to get a STITCH!!! I was working my waist/hips/abs hard moving them more than i ever do and i actually felt the work coming out, woohoo!

Now i feel good and i really feel i've worked my waist/belly some goods! Maybe i won't skip the salsa section anymore... hehe.

I can think of a phrase or quote to use for this.... (although my choice of words are never as good as the actual saying!)

Energy in = How good the result....

Put in every effort you have and your results will REWARD you in the best way possible.

So let's CHA CHA CHA .... sweat it out and KEEP MOVING, yahooooo!

P.S. I would not be able to be in this frame of mind and work as hard as i am without the fantastic people here at Spark People... to all my good friends here who support and encourage me EVERY SINGLE DAY... I thank you - from the bottom of my heart, thank you for PUSHING me to my limits, keeping me in line and encouraging me the whole way!! xxxxx

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FITJEANS 1/14/2011 3:28PM

    Awww, thank you too chica, most certainly wouldnt have been motivated and inspired with out you too. I absolutely love what yo do here on spark, you encourage and motivate other, with your positivity,a and your amazing spark! Oh and i just love salsa, the dance and the food lol! They are both good to try. Its like a spice of joy :-) to try!
Way to go steph, keep on being you,and inspiring us all to have fun and work it on out! Woo hoo chica love it!

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LAMOURA 1/13/2011 7:59PM

    AWESOME!! Workout you go girl!! emoticon

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SPACELION 1/13/2011 7:08PM

    Oohh I love the pump it up DVDs! I've heard good things about clubland too :)

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ESBELL 1/13/2011 3:20PM


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BAZNCAZ 1/13/2011 12:59AM

    AS I KEEP SAYING emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGELWINGS71079 1/12/2011 8:16PM

    I wouldn't dream of doing anything but supporting you. You are awesome and don't you ever forget it. Sounds like a fun video. I have one by Julianne Huff from Dancing with the Stars called Just Dance. I haven't made it all the way through yet, but I am going to this weekend. I just got it last week, and this was my first week back to work. I am on vacation for the next four days so I'll do it and blog about how it is.

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RAINBOWANGEL99 1/12/2011 7:31PM

    emoticon sounds emoticon Steph! I love it when exercise is also FUN... makes it so much easier to stick at it. I'm feeling the same way about Dance Central on XBox Kinect - got it for Christmas and been 'playing' on it most days since emoticon

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-POOKIE- 1/12/2011 4:44PM


I love how bright you are sounding!

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What Do YOU Do When Low on Your Calorie Goal?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What do you do when you've had dinner and you're still very much under your nutritional goals for calories?

I'm just curious. Sometimes i feel bad and think ack, i should have a snack before bed to bring it up. Other times i must admit, i am pleased that it's low and i'll make sure i don't eat another bite of anything!

I've had a really productive and busy day at work - which makes me feel good and my arms have been feeling last nights weights! I've loved the feeling though because i know i've pushed myself and those reps i managed to finish have helped me progress!

I am resting on the workout front because i figure my body is asking for some healing time. Then tomorrow there will be a good workout! I feel ok about being low on my goals since i'm not working out tonight, the way i see it is i don't need the extra energy...


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JUNGLEJUNGLE 1/19/2011 4:41PM

  Same problem here. To be honest, when I am not hungry, I am scared to put another bite in my mouth.... I am so conditioned on low calories, I find meeting my goal a torture!

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ANGELWINGS71079 1/12/2011 8:33PM

    I will sometimes sit and have a fruit popsicle with my son. I buy the generic kind, and I am not sure who makes the name brand ones, but they come in grape, orange, and my favorite strawberry. They are made with real fruit (chunks of strawberries in them) and fruit juice, and best of all they are 80 calories.

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YESKATIECAN 1/12/2011 10:17AM

    I have eaten almonds or done a scoop of peanut butter to get me to my "ranges".

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FITJEANS 1/12/2011 10:02AM

    Yeah yesterday i rested completely i wanted to get up so bad and do something but body said what you doing, where you think you going. Uh uh emoticon you aint going no where. and I said ok, and laid in that bed last nite , and finished wathcing tv.
when Im low on my calories, Ill eat yogurt, make a shake, a banana, and a spoon a peanuter to get them up , depends on how low my cals are but, light foods are a great way to get them up, without having to worry about gaining a lb in the morning bcuz of what you ate. ttyl chica!

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LYNN-I-CAN2 1/12/2011 1:27AM

    I eat fruit and veggies when I am low.. That's what I do..

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MLMAVERICK 1/11/2011 3:53PM

    Second what POOKIE suggested. I'll normally have a spoonful of peanut butter, or some nuts. I also keep a pint of Ciao Bella Blood Orange Sorbet in the freezer. It's 60 calories for 1/2 a cup, so even if I eat HALF of the pint, i've only had 120 calories. It's a great reward for a good day.

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-POOKIE- 1/11/2011 2:55PM

    I personally plan in advance so never faced this... but what I WOULD do is eat something tasty, higher fat like a treat of nuts, peanut butter, I wouldn't waste on junk, I would eat something with decent nutritional values.

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SROEDER2 1/11/2011 2:28PM

    I'm in the same situation. Yesterday I ate a bunch of fruits and veggies and was stuffed and wasn't even close to the low end of my calorie range. Guess it's time to look into more food options to up my calorie intake with healthy foods.
Good Luck!!

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MEGFOLTZ 1/11/2011 2:19PM

    I'm wondering the same thing. I go WAY under. When I first started eating less I was hungry all the time. Now I'm not really hungry at all.

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Give A Push!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Oh yes Monday has gone swimmingly - i'm very pleased indeed.

My small loss was in the back on my mind and dragging me down a bit, but i've held my head high and thought i will push and MAKE this week another damn good one! I've ate good, i was tired coming home thought and was thinking of resting tonight...

Nopes =D DH asked me today "Are you exercising tonight?" I asked why and he said "because i like watching you" hehe so that was all the encouragement i needed! It was only a short 20min cardio but it was something and i had a big time upper body strength session afterwards (and i mean big time!), and i am feeling GOOD!...

This good....


Let's go let's go!

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BAZNCAZ 1/11/2011 12:07AM

    You go GIRL your looking GOOD. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGELWINGS71079 1/10/2011 8:19PM

    Those are some motivational and encouraging words from DH. I put it in my fitness tracker, and then I say well it's already there so I have to do it now. lol You look great keep sparking.

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SEXYSLIM78 1/10/2011 7:58PM

    Woohoo girl looking good. Dats funny cuz my DF likes to watch me too and he likes for me to workout in my underwear,lol. I kinda like it now. Not all the time but i do sometimes. Its fun, especially when i be dancing, hehe. You look fab girlie

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FITJEANS 1/10/2011 7:43PM

    I have the hugest smile emoticon on my face, bcuz my honey likes to watch too. emoticon emoticon Yes it is definitley enough motivation for me too emoticon.
You look amazing, look at those guns You are looking like the awesome girl in this emoticon emoticon. Woo hoo,too h emoticont lo emoticonve it, this is emoticon!

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FITNESSVIXENN 1/10/2011 5:10PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonLOOKING GOOD!

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-POOKIE- 1/10/2011 3:33PM

    eee thats excellent!

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