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Progress Pictures & Measurements

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Well wow, I'm kinda shocked! I'm very pleased with my progress pictures, and very surprised!

First i will show my most recent progress. My last photo's were taken at the end of December 2010.

*EDIT* ok ignore left and rights they won't fit on the same line =(

Dec on the left, Jan 31st on the right.

I can see my hard work in my arms on the right, i think i've slowly burnt away some fats and built some more muscle. Not sure about the belly.

Back photo's. Again, left is Dec, right is Jan.

I feel like my posture has improved here. I still have a lot of work on the triceps and the 'bat wings' but i see a little more toning. I know i still have a muffin top and always will but i feel that's improved a little too.

I can't believe i didn't take a side on pic for December argh! Anyway, i have a new one, and here's why i was so happy. I have July 2010 pictures, and this is where i see a big difference. I'll do the side ones first. July to the left, Jan to the right.

Happy faces for this one. My arms are so much more toned, and i thought i had LOTS of back fat but compared to 6 months ago, i have made some good progress!! Very very pleased with this!!

Front July 2010 and January 2011.


Wow, i would so recommend people to take pictures to measure their progress. I only wish i'd have taken them when i was 239lbs!!!

And quickly onto my measurements.
29th October 2010 2nd February 2011
Waist 33' 30'
Hips 40 37
Bum 42 40.5
Right Arm Bicep Tense 12 12
Thigh 21 21
Calf 15 15

Shocked with the waist/hip/bum progress.... deeply shocked. And HAPPY. Gosh am i happy. WOW! This is the motivation i needed to keep my chin up and keep me going. I think with the arm/thigh/calf maybe i have been burning fat and replacing it with muscle lol.

I hope i can improve these photo's more for mid March, let's say!

  
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FITJEANS 2/7/2011 9:33AM

    You look triple f fit,fab, fierce. emoticon!

Love your tummy, it shows how hard you have work and the benefits of fighting for your self, is definitely paying off.
Now be careful with those new guns emoticon DONT hurt no body lol! You just look emoticon all around!

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ALESHABEE 2/3/2011 7:51PM

    OMG...I'm in shock! Girl that is just plain AMAZING!! You are rocking this...I'm so proud of you!!

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 2/3/2011 4:17PM

    emoticon I CAN SEE ALL THE PROGRESS IN YOUR PHOTOS, I REALLY CAN SEE IT IN YOUR ARMS AND WAIST.. GOOD JOB.. KEEP IT UP. emoticon

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ESBELL 2/3/2011 12:16AM

    Great Job Steph!

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BAZNCAZ 2/2/2011 9:13PM

    Two roads to choose from STEPH.
And you sure chose the right one.
LOOKING GOOD.
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JENNY_4 2/2/2011 7:25PM

    you look fabulous! emoticon

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ANGELWINGS71079 2/2/2011 6:22PM

    You are awesome. So glad you decided to take and post the progress pics. It will always make you feel better when the scale doesn't cooperate..lol YOu are pushing pushing pushing, and it is most inspiring. Great blog emoticon emoticon

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LAMOURA 2/2/2011 3:20PM

    AWESOME job!! Your efforts are really paying off!! You Rock! emoticon

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-POOKIE- 2/2/2011 3:16PM

    oh yes indeedy there are visible changes!! great going!!!

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Careful

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I just want to blog. I have to be careful right now. Very careful.

I overate last night. Knowingly too. I thought about it. Asked myself if i wanted to do it. Asked myself what i wanted my body to be like. Told myself i would be reversing my hard work. Making it harder for myself. Grrrr. I argued with myself that i haven't overeaten in weeks and that this one time won't hurt too much, that it's only one meal. Even though it was 2 seperate meals in one sitting. (Counting it up afterwards i was happy because it was only something like 2,200 cals and i expected about 4,000 LOL!)

Honestly, i'm a little scared.

I've been scared of getting to this 'feeling' , scared of losing my momentum. Scared of losing my 'high' and my push for exercise and good workouts.

I just need to be careful. I have my workouts mapped out now and i just have to make sure i follow through with my plans and not let this snowball. I feel quite good about it and that i can do it. I think this blog will help me get there. I also think that deep in my mind i know i'm never going to have a perfect body, so a little voice asks "what is all this hard work worth? Will I ever be happy? What's the point if i'm not gonna look much better than this?"... at the same time, i am loving this and i know deep down i want to keep working out and pushing myself because i actually ENJOY it too.

Just can't get lazy. I can be lazy sometimes.

Eating bad with no workout wasn't planned by the way. My Mum called just before 5pm to let me know she was at the hospital getting checked over. She had a pain in her arm so wanted to get it checked. This worried me (and Dad and siblings) because she has had really bad chest pains a couple of times recently, but hasn't told anybody while it happened because she didn't want the fuss! So i was worried. Went straight from work to the hospital to meet her. She is ok and they think she may have trapped a nerve in her elbow. I didn't get home until 8:30pm.... and i am usually tucked up in bed just after 9/9:30pm, so i ate junk instead!

The good news is i got rid of that big frozen pizza that's been sitting in the freezer for a month or two. So it's not there anymore and there isn't any other junky type foods lying around now and i don't plan on buying any! Better safe than sorry!

So hey i just wanted to blog about it, let it out and confess, whatever, to make myself feel better. Tonight's workout should put me back in my place. I'm behind on my progress blog too, i'll do that tonight!

  
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ANGELWINGS71079 2/2/2011 6:43PM

    As everyone else has said there isn't any reason to be hard on yourself. You had said that you were never going to have the perfect body, but honey I am here to tell you perfect doesn't exist. You, however, have a smokin body. One thing to remember since you are close to you goal weight....It isn't just about weight loss, you exercise for energy and health. I know you won't lose your momentum as long as you come to the chamber each day. You can't help but to get your butt in gear when you read what everyone else is doing. Much love woman...Pick your head up wrap your arms around your shoulders for a big hug and remember we are going through this together, so you are not alone.

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LAMOURA 2/2/2011 2:26PM

    Hey don't go bang up on yourself!! You know you are aloud one cheat day a week, it keeps the body in shock and there for gives you faster results! If you eat 80% clean and the other 20% for slip up room your still going to lose weight. Sounds good hey? emoticon

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FITJEANS 2/2/2011 12:29PM

    I had the emoticon too shared it with the hubby and kids, and had a salad as well. I think we deserved to treat our selves every once in a while. What a coinkydink that we alot of us were all spoiling our selves lol!

dont worry too much bcuz the fact that we do have a work out routine, we are able to hold ourselves accountable for our actions. Its awesome that you are being careful and monitoring yourself, bcuz it is easily slip back into old habits, but we all have eachother here to motivate eachother back to emoticonness.

You are amazing, and you will do great in febuary. Its the month of love and happiness and you are on a roll! so proud of ya emoticon and all of your hard work. We all deserved this! Now lets rock the rest of the week and emoticon butt! lol

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BAZNCAZ 2/2/2011 7:25AM

    Do not beat yourself up about this stumbling block pick yourself up dust yourself down and carry on regardless. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAVEYSHADOW 2/2/2011 6:53AM

    emoticon we all need to let go of the control sometimes. As long as it is just on rare occasions and does not become a habit!

Glad to hear it is just a trapped nerve for your mum. Night's like that happen and we have to deal with them.

At least the house is junk food free now so that is temptation dealt with. I still have Xmas chocolate around the house it is a nightmare!

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SKAMP7 2/2/2011 6:35AM

    I think awareness is important because we know what we are doing and have a choice in the matter. If you unaware you a overeating, not exercising, or another unhealthy habit, it is hard to control it or change it. You sound like you have a positive mind set and know what you need to do. Good Luck! I am glad your mom is ok.

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-POOKIE- 2/2/2011 5:55AM

    *hugs*

Being aware of what you are chosing to do is good though, because nothing is out of control, its all your choice still.

And you are chosing to be careful.

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The Beginning of Hardcore

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I feel like i am having a fresh start. A new me. A new approach. I am starting to hardcore myself up. I am loving being a part of the TORTURE CHAMBERS... and I had the honour of being asked to be involved in leadership... from the hardcore queen herself LaDella (LAMOURA - Thank you) I tend to shy away from taking this responsibility on... mainly because i'm afraid of letting people down... not being here all the time, and slacking when everybody else is still pushing. I need to get through this and at least try, so i have said yes, to try and help along, push for the torture and help others along the way.

This new week, to begin February i am stepping it up a whole notch. I am adding HIIT to my workouts. I did this just once, many moons ago, but i've been researching all afternoon on the different routines the wonderful lady at WWW.BODYROCK.TV is demonstrating. The woman is awesome... her body is ROCK HARD. I am going to put a pic of her on my page as she makes you want to be healthy and WORK for it.

I have plenty of ideas now and i'm writing everything down so i know what i need to stick to. I am doing this, and i am in control of making me do this!!

Challenges for this week:
300 squats
2 Lower body dvds
150 hydrants
3 x 6min butt blaster Coach Nicole
150 any favourite lower body - i have yet to choose
Jump Rope/ 150 pushups / 2/3 x HIIT.

Home from work and i did 2 New You bootcamp vids (for a change, shock my body!)
120 squats in for the week.
I am counting the bootcamp vid as a lower body dvd since it had lots of lower stuffs.
I did a 10 min HIIT to start me off. This involved pushups which gives me 50 so far for the week.

I am feeling so good. I want to work for this and i want to harden up my body. Only hard work and time will tell if i can do this.

My weigh in ... i GAINED half a pound. I'm not so disappointed with this though, just kinda though "Eh?"... lol but i had drank over 12 cups water in work so maybe it was me being thoroughly hydrated lol... we'll see what next week's is like. Maybe my body is happy at this weight and now i got the work on the inner fats and toning it all up!

  
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FITJEANS 1/31/2011 6:40PM

    ok i am like so super duper happy for ya, imall smiles over here. smiles of proudness and just shear happiness for you because of all of the hard work you've done, and are doing. Also a big emoticon to you on being a leader on torture chambers, a fabulous tough group who are not afraid of challenges. Yeah it sounds like your body has already hit its goals, and toning is the next step. It took me about a month to figure that out steph. I just kept trying to lose weight, and my body was like uh uh what wrong with you. so ive been just listening to it, and now my body is feeling better then it ever has.

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DAVEYSHADOW 1/31/2011 3:19AM

    with all the training you are doing it is probably muscle!

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ANGELWINGS71079 1/30/2011 6:40PM

    As much strength as we do it is not surprising that your weight will fluctuate and you are right there as far as goal weight is concerned so it's all about toning. You are most amazing and couldn't be happier to help lead an amazing team with such an amazing group of friends. As I have said before you can't forget your awesome because I tell you all the time " YOU ARE AWESOME" Love that you go 12 cups of water..lol I do the same thing at least 10 a day for me. One more day and I will have gone an entire month with out soda. Thanks for the website I'm gona go check it out.

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-POOKIE- 1/30/2011 3:03PM

    Half a pound is nothing!

You are doing amazing in your exercise plans!

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ALESHABEE 1/30/2011 2:48PM

    Nice hon...all is takes it making a plan to get results :-)

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LAMOURA 1/30/2011 2:45PM

    Your welcome emoticon and thank you...your AWESOME!! We can do it!! Lol! And DON'T worrry so much about the scale!! emoticon emoticon emoticon We are going to kick butt this week!! emoticon

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LOVE_KRISTIN 1/30/2011 2:40PM

  Looks like you have some awesome goals listed and I know you will reach them! You are so awesome on your fitness routines! I need to build some strength up so I can do push ups and stuff! I'm such a weekling, haha. Congrats on being a leader on the torture chamber team - that's awesome! Hard work does pay off and you are proof!

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ADEWYN 1/30/2011 2:39PM

    awesome! keep it up!

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ADEWYN 1/30/2011 2:38PM

    awesome! keep it up!

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6th Workout in 7 Days

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I had a good productive day at work tonight and just wanted to move move move when i was on my way home.... sooooo i figured why not take advantage of this feeling and just have a little workout? I don't think i've ever had 6 workouts in 7 days... yikes!

2011 has GOT to be good!

It wasn't a strenuous workout - i got the Pussycat Dolls workout for xmas... and it wasn't great either, but hey my heart rate was up and i broke out in a tiny sweat for 35 minutes - so it can only bring good things. =)

Weigh in tomorrow. I don't feel like i've had a loss at the moment. I feel good, just don't have that loss feeling. I do know i feel more toned and fitter though - so i'm happy before i weigh in anyways!

  
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JUDY1676 2/1/2011 11:27AM

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 1/30/2011 1:52PM

    I got the don'cha pussy cat dolls workout DVD too.. I love that one, it's fun.. Workout DVD's that shows you how to do the dance moves.. Now that's fun.. Congrats on your 6 days of pushing it.. You are HOT! emoticon

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FITJEANS 1/30/2011 10:28AM

    woo hoo, thats what is all about. I'll take some toning, and being more fit in shape any day over a loss, bcuz it helps us get closer to that dream body. Love it steph. Sounds like your work is paying off. You are gonna be one H emoticonT Chic, bcuz your already hot now, your gonna B even hotter emoticon Ouch :-D. I know your hubby is so loving you and the fabulous body. Mines sure is, he loved it b4 and now hes really loving lol!

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SEXYSLIM78 1/30/2011 8:53AM

    emoticonSteph. So proud of you and the postive energy. Your positive energy helps me keep going. emoticonYou gone look fab in dat bikini girl. Cant wait to get mine, lol

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DAVEYSHADOW 1/30/2011 7:01AM

    Feeling more toned and good about yourself is just as good as the numbers on the scale!

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SPACELION 1/30/2011 6:13AM

    I love this little streak you have going on here, it's definitely infectious. I'm breaking out the weights later methinks and this is my 'rest day'! ;D
I'd take measurements and/or pictures like the other girl suggested, it's definitely a big motivator especially when scale is being uncooperative heh.
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KASEYCOFF 1/30/2011 4:12AM

    Being healthier is more important than any number. Did I ever send you this link?

http://www.sparkpeople
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vidual.asp?blog_id=3438796

This blog of Catherine's is the first time I sat up and took notice of 'body fat,' what it means and how much more important it is than some of the other indicators of health - like weight.

Seems to me that YOU are on the right track no matter what the scale says or doesn't say. Keep up the good work, kiddo!
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p.s. And even if The Pussycat Dolls' workout isn't as strenuous as some of the others, well, every little helps, ain't? lol...

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LAMOURA 1/29/2011 10:17PM

    Hey don't worry about what the silly scale says!! Look how you fitting your cloths that is way better then weighing yourself! I hate the scale it lies!! emoticon. Love those knd of days when you have got the energy and want to do a workout!! Its AWESOME!! You go girl! emoticon

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ANGELWINGS71079 1/29/2011 8:35PM

    You are awesome girl and I know you know it cause I tell you almost everyday...lol You are going to be more fit and your weight is already way down so numbers aren't always likely to move where you want them. I would suggest that you take pics from side, front, and back so that you have something to compare to, and I know you already have a great bikini pic that you can use. A month from when you took that one you should take another one and compare what you see. Pictures are worth a thousand words or in this case numbers on a scale..lol My weigh in is tomorrow too so may we both have a great weigh in!!!!

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-POOKIE- 1/29/2011 2:55PM

    emoticon great going!

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Weekly Challenge Complete

Friday, January 28, 2011

I had an abs challenge this week with my Sparkfriend (ANGELWINGS emoticon) from the Torture Chambers and my other Sparkfriend - the self-challenge queen herself (FITJEANS emoticon) joined us in it. Challenge was 300 straight crunches, 150 crunch with twist and 150 elbow to knee crunches.

At the start of the week i got a little scared and really doubted myself being able to complete this challenge. Well i have thrived from it all week... i have worked my butt off and then pushed for the challenge. As of tonight i have the challenge complete, I have 420 crunches in, and 150 each for the twist&elbow. Woohoo i feel great and really pleased with myself!! Oh and i have 240 pushups in too!

I'm loving the high i'm on at the moment.... i am able to truck on and i am happy and wanting to work out. I'm a little surprised the motivation has lasted all the way through January - and grateful for it, and proud of it too. I've had one rest day this week since Sunday - that feels amazing too.

I want to go for a run tomorrow. I have laid my clothes out ready and i'm putting a playlist together on the Ipod. I chickened out last weekend. My alarm went off and i switched it straight off. Ack. I really want to do it though - to show myself i can again. So i am going to push for it. I have to be in work around 8:30am anyways so i plan to get up 6:30am and go run and shower before work. It's gonna be -2 in the morning apparently - but as soon as you've got going and get warm, everything's fine. I hope i remember this when i feel the cold in the morning haha. Oh and i'm motivating myself by driving to the beach to run! There should be other runners there too! COME ON STEPH YOU CAN DO THIS!!

Have a great weekend Sparkers! x

  
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KASEYCOFF 1/30/2011 5:01AM

    Love your running plan - what a great way to motivate yourself, having everything ready and psyching yourself up to go 'n' do!
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ANGELWINGS71079 1/29/2011 8:40PM

    You are amazing, and my challenge is complete too. I will blog about it later as well as post it in the Chambers. Totally loving life right now, and my wonderfull sparkfriends. You all keep me moving and pushing forward.

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SPACELION 1/29/2011 4:09AM

    WOW! That is absolutely astounding! You're a machiiine hahaha. That many crunches is crazy, so you should be proud! I do 60 regular crunches and 24 bicycle crunches (in sets) on my strength training days and that kills me hehe, I feel like I need to step it up now :P
Bravo on all your progress Steph, you are fabulous!!
xx

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-POOKIE- 1/29/2011 2:07AM

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 1/29/2011 12:16AM

    emoticon that's my little Lady Bug... YOU keep on pushing..
emoticon You are doing a great job.. And as long as you are in FITJEANS care.. I know you are going to make it to all your goals.... You are going to be in a smaller pair jeans.. LOL!

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FITJEANS 1/28/2011 7:17PM

    This is so awesome, I so wish we could be running buddies emoticon emoticon ill be the guy wit the green shirt lol! emoticon. yes i think is also super emoticon emoticon that you are motivating your self by driving to the bea emoticonch. that is definitely a treat!
so glad to be surrounded my amazing sparkfriends like you, and angel wings. yOu guys are pushing your selves to the limit, and I love it! Oh and steph 240 pushups, when i read that I said to myself way to go steph! ttyl thanks for being the most amazing beautifu person that you are!

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LAMOURA 1/28/2011 6:32PM

    emoticon you love torture emoticon emoticon Great job on getting your challenge done plus more!! emoticon

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