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Chill Out

Monday, February 14, 2011

I am slowly starting to accept that motivation runs both high and low. I got so low on myself because i knew my motivation was low. That turns into a vicious circle and it's when things start getting ugly.

I haven't been too bad i guess. I've made some bad food choices and i only worked out twice last week. Look on the bright side hey, atleast it was something.

I haven't weighed in yet. I am going to tonight to keep track of myself.

What puts me in this position, i believe, is reaching my goals far quicker than i thought i would...and then it's complete before i even get time to think about it. I work so much easier when i'm working to lose, rather than 'just maintaining'. I hate maintaining. It's too balanced. LOL. I have to learn to love it though.

I am taking each day as it comes and going with the flow. I have missed a few people for a while here so i hope to get stuck in again.

So my goals for now and to go with the flow and be a bit more laid back about everything!

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MZDOLPHIN 2/17/2011 6:01AM


just chillax and things will be FUN again emoticon

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CAROLIAN 2/15/2011 12:11PM

    emoticon emoticon lol

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LAMOURA 2/14/2011 8:52PM

    There is a saying if you keep on taking 2 steps forward and 1 back you will acheive and keep your goal!! emoticon emoticon

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SWEETLIPS 2/14/2011 6:24PM

    You sound good. I am glad that you are sharing the 'after', because it is real and true. I am slowly getting there, but get there I will! emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 2/14/2011 12:25PM

    You're learning, cookie - I think you're right about the 'hi-lo' of motivation. Like Life, it's never even. You know how you can go for days without invitations from friends to go out, then all of a sudden you get three or four - and usually for the same day / time? Yeh, I think motivation's like that. Either none, or all at once, lol... And for what it's worth, I think maintenance is harder than losing, so I think you hit that right, too. It's more difficult to keep it in balance.

It's always something, lol--!

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MAYBELLE06 2/14/2011 12:24PM

    Just like the weight loss thing was a trial and error lifestyle change so will the maintenance be and you rocked the weight loss so you will also rock maintenance!
You can do it! Happy Valentines!
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GLOMER 2/14/2011 11:06AM

    You can do it! Keep on trying! emoticon

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FITJEANS 2/14/2011 10:01AM

    yes i hate maintaining too. When you have something to work for its this kind of fire that burns within us u know. maintaining its like were twitteling our thumbs lol! thats ok though. well its valentines day, and it wouldnt be a good one with out tell you happy v day emoticon emoticon
Wishing you and the hubby a good one!

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DAVEYSHADOW 2/14/2011 9:38AM

    emoticon enjoy the chill out, the change in mindset is going to take a lot of getting used to and there will be high's and low's. Appreciate what you have achieved!

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-POOKIE- 2/14/2011 8:33AM

    I find my motivation comes and goes like this as well.

Last weeks exercise SUCKED for me as well, and havent made even a dint in my calories to burn for this week either after being stuck indoors all day yesterday, and having to do a big shop for work today.

And then there are builders in my building replacing the whole fire alarm system, so can hardly strip off and exercise like I would normally at home with them about emoticon

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Ultra Low

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Who knew reaching your all time goal and best weight you've ever been would actually put you on a complete DOWNER?

Well, I sure do!

I just got really low and down on myself. Lost all motivation completely... crashed and burned.

I'm picking myself back up, i'm doing my best. This is only down to ME. No excuses. I managed a workout tonight, so that has gotta bring me back up. I was driving home tonight and something clicked. I said to myself "HELLO?! How far have you come? Do you want to blow it all now? Your clothes just got smaller AGAIN yet you're gonna let yourself go now? Your body is having some major positive and toning changes and you're STOPPING and piging out?"

Oh i needed a good talking to.

I just had a look on my page and stuff and i have received some mega support... Gosh my eyes filled up. I need to get out there and thank the very special people for their support... and return the favour of support by STEPPING up and getting on with the damn job!

I think i'm on my way back.

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FITJEANS 2/11/2011 8:55PM

    This is emoticon steph to be honest ive been feeling the same way, i had a talk with myself as welll and realized that i too came too far to go back. ive lossed muscle tone this week, and it sucks to for that happen but, i think that was what woke me up.bcuz i can do better and my plan to get better is to get the sparkin and to share that spark with wonderful sparkfreinds like you and work it on out!

Also its normal to feel how you feel , bcuz you have been working so hard. We all crash in burn, bcuz are bodies and, mind literally needs a break. steph you r still doing an amazing job, you are my shero emoticon

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LAMOURA 2/10/2011 3:10PM

    So glad your on your way back!! emoticon You are a strong woman...your in the chambers lol...now lets kick some butt and stay positive and motivated!! emoticon emoticon

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JENNY_4 2/10/2011 10:40AM

    I'm so glad you are getting back in the game! I have to agree, maybe join a team for people who have reached their goals and see what they all have done to stay motivated and maintain!! You look amazing and you should FEEL that way too! emoticon emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 2/10/2011 5:09AM

    GOOD that you're getting back on track! Everybody loves the stories about people who are winning: who work at it, fall down, pick themselves up again, and keep improving. That's YOU, honey! So you're right, don't blow it now. This isn't '--until I take that holiday' or '--until I turn 40' or '--until I have kids' or whatever. This is for LIFE. Focus on what you've achieved, but don't forget to look ahead. Now's the time to start planning for maintenance, to watch out for pitfalls, and to find ways to keep your motivation and optimism going. You can DO this, I know you can!!!
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ESBELL 2/9/2011 11:52PM

    First off - Congrats on meeting your goal. I'm guessing after working so hard for so long you might feel a little empty. Maybe it's time to find a new goal - one that isn't scale related.

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SEXYSLIM78 2/9/2011 8:16PM

    Oh no Steph, you have come so far. I understand that you may get a lil off track and dont want to do a darn thing girl but dont stop now. Look back at all that you have accomplished during this journey. All the ppl whom you've encouraged along the way(including me). Girl its okay if you need to take a break and do some thinking about how far you've come, where you're at, and where you want to go. Just dont give up please. You already know that this is a lifestyle change and it does not end once we reach our goals. Shoot, thats when it really starts. You can do this girl. You are strong!!!!
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SWEETLIPS 2/9/2011 5:32PM

    When I started to read this, I thought, would gaining a pound help you out of this fun, but gaining one, would lead to ten and you would not be blue, you would be so disappointed and more so extremly sad. You don't get many do overs, but what you get is to celebrate your self, your success, and please remember the journey and know that you deserve it. I think you have been doubting yourself a big much. C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E!

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DAVEYSHADOW 2/9/2011 3:41PM

    So you celebrtaed reaching your goal, lost a little focus and had that shock of "what the f*** do I do now" moment of getting there. It is really hard to adjust your whole mindset to having achieved what you set out to do. Look out for others to chat with about how they coped with this monumental achievemnet.

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BAZNCAZ 2/9/2011 2:26PM

    Come on STEPH nothing wrong with winding down a little but do not wind down to far and stop.
Think over your HONEYMOON that is getting ever so near now, that is the time to relax for a period but you will still look GREAT by the pool. (SO ENJOY) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHAZIF 2/9/2011 2:10PM

    Hang in there!! Don't worry about yesterday or tomorrow. Focus on right now. Get back in the game and don't beat yourself up. Think positive because postive thoughts are soooo much more powerful than the negative (I have to constantly remind myself of this, but it gets easier). emoticon emoticon

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-POOKIE- 2/9/2011 2:01PM

    You have come so far, it would be a HUGE waste of time and effort to not carry on.

I remind myself of that every single day, I remind myself I have a whole set of clothes that wont fit if I dont look after myself .

And the simple fact we are worth looking after.


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I'm Healthy!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Just had my weekly weigh in. Took me to a pound under my goal weight. I weigh 144lbs right now.

I don't really know what to say. I've reached my goal weight i set to take me into the 'healthy' section of the BMI. I am 24. Healthy goes up to 24.9. I'm HAPPY i've reached my goal of course, and i'm loving my exercise, and the feeling i have right now in my clothes... they're all roomy. I think it may be better to be a little lower than just 0.9 away from slipping into overweight. I'll have a think about this.

I never ever thought i would be at the point where i didn't need to lose any more weight. Scary, hey? Wonderful all the same.

I don't want to set any more loss goals. I am keeping up with my exercise and the tough workouts. This will help with the bodyfat percentage, which i still need to find out... But here's what i've decided. I am still pushing for the sweat, the hardcore training and the challenges. Whatever my weight decides to do, if it drops a little more i am cool with that. I just know that i can eat well for my workouts... and be happy. I guess i will see how i get on with my eating, see whether i need to watch what i eat so much, i could always eat what i wanted when i was exercising lots.

I don't really know what i wanted to say, but i just wanted to say SOMEthing... lol. And now i have an idea of how i feel.

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BIGBROTHER323 2/13/2011 8:05PM

    You are lookinfg strong and helthy! way to go! You're looking dynomite!

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DAVEYSHADOW 2/9/2011 10:47AM

    emoticon you are right to not stress about goal setting now, but keep at it to give you some leeway. I got to that level and then blew it! Now trying to get back.

I am just so glad you did it though! emoticon

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STRINGS58 2/9/2011 8:03AM

    You done FANTASTIC! It's great to get to a place where it's about refinement and not getting out of the obese range! I have people telling me I don't need to reduce more because my face is thinner (my face doesn't have to fit into jeans!), but I'm not out of that overweight range yet. Enjoy your progress! Enjoy creating your maintenance plan! emoticon emoticon

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GIRLONFIRE19 2/8/2011 10:13PM

    emoticon WOOOHOOO! CONGRATULATIONS! emoticon

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    This is so amazing, well done Steph!

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FITJEANS 2/7/2011 9:47AM

    emoticon emoticon It feels so good to see you in this place. Its beautiful! love the fact that, you are still going to work out and push yourself despite making it to your goal weight.

I have increased my calories about 200, not really eating unhealthy but i am eating a little bit more. I feel comfortable with it bcuz i do exercise, and my metabolism is much higher then it has been in years.

Absolutely love your bmi 24.9 is good when I did my bmi 2 months ago it said 26 %. I was like omg! You are working it on out and building that muscle up. I think the lowest i want to go with bmi 19%. just to get under that good, mark!

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KASEYCOFF 2/7/2011 7:49AM


Now get on over there and join a MAINTENANCE SparkTeam, lol--!
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LOVE_KRISTIN 2/7/2011 5:45AM

  YOU ROCK!! That is a great accomplishment, all your hard work payed off!! =)

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JENNY_4 2/6/2011 7:40PM

    That is awesome!!! emoticon emoticon

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SWEETLIPS 2/6/2011 7:37PM

    Ah http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILE1
2hEW5Ck. CONGRATULATIONS AND KEEP AT IT!!!! I am ver proud of you. What is your workout now? emoticon

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MAYBELLE06 2/6/2011 5:15PM

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You reached your goal! Good on ya, be proud!
I'm so glad that you know when to quit pushing for more weight loss, so many times I get my weight down to where I feel good but then I try to lose more and that is when I end up gaining. If I was smart like you would be able to be happy where I was and not have to repeat the whole process again and again.

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ALESHABEE 2/6/2011 4:27PM

    Congrats hon!!

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-POOKIE- 2/6/2011 4:08PM

    emoticon I cried when my nurse told me this news.... from a BMI of over 50 to being 'normal' astounded me.

Well done!!

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LYNN-I-CAN2 2/6/2011 3:19PM

    SWEET! I'm so happy for you.... This is some good news... CONGRATS!

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LAMOURA 2/6/2011 2:06PM

    emoticonon reaching your goal!! You havee done AWESOME!! Now alll you have to do is zoom in on your hardcore workouts and nothing else thats SWEET!! emoticon Your motivation will be working hard and lifting heavy!! emoticon You will continue to be a success!! You ROCK!!

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BAZNCAZ 2/6/2011 1:28PM

    emoticonSTEPH ! on reaching your GOAL you ROCK.

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ANGELWINGS71079 2/6/2011 1:28PM

    Congratulations girl, and while I don't personally know that feeling yet of not having anymore weight to lose, I totally feel you. This is what we have been doing for so long now to not have that motivation ahead of you is very scary, but with that said to help keep you motivated are the people who do still have weight to lose and count on you for a great workout challenge. AS long as you keep doing what you are doing and knowing you are happy where you are at your weight will go where it wants to be. You now have strength to look forward to, and we are doing it together.!!!

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Taking The Stairs

Saturday, February 05, 2011

This gave me a giggle today.

For a long time now, i have been taking the stairs instead of the lift (elevator!) or the escalator. It's part of my lifestyle! There are some steps in town which i always insist on walking (or running...) up, and my dear Husband takes the escalator, as there are like 5 sets of 12ish steps? He's lazy emoticon. We actually race up, he runs up the escalator and i run up the stairs, i've beat him a few times when people won't move out of his way haha!

Today, i dressed a little more girly than usual. I wanted to feel nice and look nice. I had some heels on, a pair of boots and the heel is quite big - especially for someone who doesn't do heels very often!! We were approaching the area and i said "Ok today I am taking the escalator with you..." he laughs ...

We walk on over and guess what ? The escalator has broken down! Ah! Well this cracked me up... the day i feel like skipping the stairs, i don't have a choice haha! It was cool though, i smiled all the way up those stairs.

Then i sat down to a gorgeous udon noodle dish... with curry oil, chicken, fish roll, shrimp, MANY many veggies and lots of still water. I felt great about what i was eating and felt really healthy.

I woke up and did a Bodyrock workout this morning so i've felt good all day. I plan to rest tomorrow, but if i have the feeling to get up and throw 15 minutes of circuit training in... i think i just might!

I am LOVING my lifestyle!

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FITJEANS 2/7/2011 9:38AM

    Awesome, you are right it really is a great feeling. When you know you made the right food choices. Last week i really made some good choices, but i am so feeling it after the super bowl food rite now ;-P emoticon
lol, the day you feel like skipping the stairs the escalator breaks down, yup thats def a sign , stick to those stairs steph :-D

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LOVE_KRISTIN 2/6/2011 5:24AM

  haha that's funny!! i usually take the stairs too!! enjoy your resting day today =)

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KASEYCOFF 2/6/2011 4:09AM

    I love the fact that you can run up the stairs and sometimes beat him to the top - way to go, kiddo!

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ANGELWINGS71079 2/5/2011 9:42PM

    Well, I can see we all like taking the stairs. It is nice that you felt great about yourself today and dressed to impress. I love it! Your lunch sounds delicious, and it sounds like you had a great day. Woo Hoo!! Have a Sparky Sunday!!!

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LUVMYQUE 2/5/2011 8:30PM

    I love that you are a stair girl just like I am. I also love how you and hubby can make it fun and I am sure you guys get a good laugh every time. You go mama!

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SLIMKIM80 2/5/2011 5:00PM

    You're doing wonderful Vickie! And see! Even Providence wants you to stay committed to this healthy new lifestyle! One question: Who was more winded when you got to the top pf the stairs? You (since you were in the heels) or your DH (since he's the Escalator King)?

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    It's funny how healthy finds its own way into your life once you've made it an integral part of it. Even when you try to take the easy way out, healthy is there to remind you, "nuh-uh, lady. you're fit and fabulous, you're taking the stairs." Way to make it in heels. Bet you were smiling and happy and husband was all out of breath at the top!

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LAMOURA 2/5/2011 3:07PM

    You are destined for the stairs emoticon awesome your hubbie even had to climb those stairs with you. I always take the stairs and my daughters few years ago would always take the elevator, and I'd always beat them up lol so they now take the stairs with me tee hee. GREAT workout! emoticon emoticon

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Push Push Push Until You Can't No More... And Then Push Some More!!!

Friday, February 04, 2011


So pleased it's the weekend and I AM OFF WORK shock horror haha! So excited for this as i'm working the next 2 weekends after this covering people and working my own again.

I surprised myself tonight. I did 10 minute jump rope first and i felt awful. I got TOM yesterday and my belly just felt like jelly while jumping tonight... bloated and plain ew. It so didn't feel like that in last nights workout!! It fascinates me the way we feel great/crap at different times while our body is in the same state.... so much of it is all in the mind!!

Anywho's i wasn't enjoying myself. I planned to do Zuzana's Marine Bodyrock workout (find the KILLER here www.bodyrock.tv/2011/02/02/marine-co
) so i pushed myself to start it. It's a killer. An awesome killer though, getting through it felt amazing, even with the struggling and the sweat. I got half way through the 2nd of 3 section and thought i was gonna give up. She talks about this and about wanting to give up but pushing through. I feel like i made my TORTURE CHAMBER TEAM and also my SPARKFRIENDS proud here... i pushed on. Then i was ready for anything. I did the routine for the second time and my arms were getting shaky and sore on the pushups but i managed to PUSH til the very end. I'm pretty proud of myself too... i never thought i'd get through a Bodyrock workout to the intensity that is set. Ok i took some more breaks... but i'm proud!

I'm gonna maybe have a workout in the morning. Push for the last of my challenges. I'm feeling great. I know i'm not hurting myself because i am stretching for some time afterwards and getting the oxygen to my muscles... and i wasn't even sore today after yesterday's toughness, so we'll see how i am tomorrow!

I had more to talk about but my mind has gone blank now! YAY for the weekend! And fruit too, yay for fruit and it's goodness!

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FITJEANS 2/7/2011 9:30AM

    Omg mother nature best friend aunt flow kidnapped me in the middle of the week last week. Im back, and im not gonna let her stand in the way of my fitness. I think its awesome that despite the fact that its here, you are pushing on. You are emoticon

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LAMOURA 2/4/2011 9:04PM

    Man you rock!! You did AWESOME and with Tom's visit!! Keep on kicking butt girl!! emoticon emoticon

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ANGELWINGS71079 2/4/2011 6:26PM

    Well, as you know TOM came to visit me last week and I too pushed through and beat laziness and TOM of course. Girl the strength that we have both mustered up is amazing and a pat on the back I am giving you. One for pushing through and two for helping me to push through. I hope you get to feeling better soon, and watch out for that energy since TOM I haven't gotten my energy back and this weekend I have decided I am TAKING it back!!! Have a Sparky weekend off!

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KASEYCOFF 2/4/2011 5:47PM

    You're an inspiration, kiddo--!

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LYNN-I-CAN2 2/4/2011 5:05PM

    emoticon TOM is the JACK A of all TIMES.. I hate TOM he's always messing things up.. I just hate it... Anyway, my tom is just about over, and I tell you... I'm scared when I don't see him. Happy to see him, and then praying that he'll hurry up and Go away.. Now isn't that funny... TOM is a show stopper..

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