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Developing Habits

Saturday, March 05, 2011

You know, when i first joined Spark People... ok hang on, when i first joined Spark People i didn't go near any message boards or anybody's Spark Pages. I didn't make any friends. I just 'lurked' around and made good use of the tools, for atleast the first 6 months. That was all i needed.

Until i discovered other people and how to actually use the teams and message boards etc!

Anywho's - let's say, after the first 6 months or so of Sparking, i assumed those people who'd lost 40lbs, 50lbs, 60lbs, 90lbs, 100+lbs... they'd all BEEN on their journeys. They had ARRIVED. They'd finished. They were WISE and knew all there is to know.

Reality Check.

I am 90lbs + down and i still get completely LOST and... worried and scared and CLUELESS in what the heck am i doing? What the heck do i do now?

It's funny. Nobody's ever an expert. We're all human. We all get worried/scared. We all get lost.

It's so interesting to learn and realise that... you're never at your destination. Life is a journey.

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Anyways i worked out this morning. Spent the day with my Mum/Sis/Neice + lunch. (Yummiest gourmet burger + coleslaw + chunky homemade chips...yum) I had some lounge time when i got home to the Hubby and we chilled and watched the latest TrueBlood (faabulous), then i got changed and had a (BodyRock) workout!! Woohoo!

Well i just realised i subconsciously made a little habit for myself of working out of a morning for the weekend which helps with my choices for the whole weekend - mainly food-wise but hey, if i've worked my ass off in the mornings at the weekend then why the hell can't i have a gourmet burger for lunch with my family?

Balance my friends. Balance and Variety are the SPICE and EXCITEMENT of LIFE emoticon

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FITJEANS 3/14/2011 2:10PM

    wow chica this is an amzing blog . love it. its very positive and ispirational. love that you have made working out in the morning a habit. bcuz that it is a hard habit to get girl. Im woring on gettin that habit back lol!

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VYVIENN 3/7/2011 4:16AM

    Love that post! Yes, it takes constant reminders that a fit and healthy lifestyle is really just that and not a destination to arrive at (how MUCH work that would save if it were!). I like your approach of allowing yourself the indulgence because you know you'll balance it out later. How dreary and dull we would be without occasionally spoiling ourselves! emoticon emoticon

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DAVEYSHADOW 3/7/2011 3:39AM

    emoticon you are so right about the journey and the letting yourself enjoy your time with your family - it is all aboout the balance.

Glad you had a nice time with the family.

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MAYBELLE06 3/6/2011 3:29PM

    Nicely put:) I am so happy that you are finding balance, I think that is a huge obstacle to overcome and you're doin' it!

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-POOKIE- 3/6/2011 3:06PM

    emoticon Great way to enjoy your day!

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ESBELL 3/6/2011 11:47AM

    emoticon I think you know alot more than you own up to , and I'm glad you are sharing your knowledge with us

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LAMOURA 3/5/2011 6:52PM

    AWESOME!! You rock!! emoticon emoticon

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BAREFOOTTAY 3/5/2011 6:26PM

    Keep up the great work, you are totally right though as long as you learn to balance the gourmet burgers you're on your way! Happy weekend!

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Holy MOLY.

Is all i could say mid-workout tonight. I moved onto level 2 of The Shred... YIKES was i surprised!!! I guess it's what i needed to knock me back on my butt and stop me getting too big for my boots haha... i've been doing level one off and on for around 3 weeks, and mainly BodyRocking too... and i thought i was getting pretty fit and good at stuff but WOAH, level 2 was TOUGH... and hella hella goooooooooood!!!

I kept my chin up and went into TORTURE mode and did today's BodyRock afterwards. I didn't get great scores, i worked to the limit tonight, even hubby looked over at me while i was trying to get up with my head down, dripping with sweat and moaning and groaning and asked if i was ok - LOL. I finished the workout *big smile* so now i have scores to compare with and BEAT next time around.

I'm feeling good and even thought i may be progressing in making my 'belly bag' a little smaller. Only time will tell!

P.S. On Monday i was raving about 60 full plank pushups. Yesterday i didn't even realise i'd clocked up 93! Happy happy about this!

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CAROLIAN 3/6/2011 6:05AM

    emoticon great keep it up lol carol

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SPACELION 3/5/2011 7:49AM

    Way to go! I'm not brave enough to try level 2 yet haha

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LUVTEWBME 3/5/2011 6:46AM

    The shred ALWAYS makes me sweat buckets and makes me feel like I wanna die but there is nothing like the feeling of accomplishment when done! Keep it up! emoticon

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MAYBELLE06 3/3/2011 1:04PM

    Inspirational!!! Love your enthusiasm, it's so motivating!
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BAZNCAZ 3/3/2011 12:17AM

    You Love to beat yourself up STEPH but if you are enjoying it what is wrong with that. HA HA HA.

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NEWMAC2011 3/2/2011 10:33PM

    That's awesome! Burn those calories! You'll see how much easier it will get as you continue to do it.

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LAMOURA 3/2/2011 6:30PM

    AWESOME workout!! Way to push it!! emoticon emoticon

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KRIS4CRAIG 3/2/2011 3:16PM

    Way to go rockin that workout!!!

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JEANIE71 3/2/2011 3:06PM

    Love your determination- keep up the great work!

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MRSMCINNIS 3/2/2011 2:57PM

    Oh no don't say that - I am on Level one and I think it is going to be the end of me.

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Rocking On

Monday, February 28, 2011

Just to drop by.

It's Monday. I BodyRocked twice yesterday. Once when i got up and then a challenge to finish my day. Felt awesome. Felt it in my glutes today though haha don't think i stretched my butt for long enough!!

Took part in the 300 rep challenge tonight and seriously... i did not think i'd come close to finishing. I had hubby keeping score for me and pushing me on a little. I modified 2 of the moved but on the whole did 60 full plank pushups - which i'm very proud of for not going down to knees! I've never done a whole 60 in one session.

Eating is up and down but i'm cool with that because i'm working out hard. Maintaining is the word but as March begins i know i'm gonna toughen up on the food. Down a pound at the weekend so i'm pleased with that - and i think i had lots of cake at the weekend haha! All in propotion... of course... except for 2 slices of cheesecake Saturday... with cream. Yum! I don't eat cake often at all so when i do i gotta make sure i enjoy it hey!!

Here's to a great week to finish Feb and begin March !!

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HEEEYBOOBOO 2/28/2011 9:39PM

  WOO HOO - GO YOU!!! I did not BodyRock today since I'm training for my April 5K. But I think I will tomorrow. I just checked out the site - 300 rep challenge for me tomm!!

My abs are still seriously super sore. As if I did the workout yesterday haha.

Keep up the great work!!

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LAMOURA 2/28/2011 5:59PM

    AWESOME workout!! emoticon emoticon Yummie treat...I had cheesecake last night after supper emoticon

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JESSIEJUICE 2/28/2011 5:27PM

    Congrats on the lb! You're hardcore with the exercise! emoticon

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-POOKIE- 2/28/2011 3:59PM

    Ah cheesecake is good stuff!

In lidl they have fat free cream cheese... add some sweetner and lemon juice, sprinkle on some cereal and fruit... its ALMOST cheesecake but for a billion less calories!

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Little Update

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Suppose one of these is needed hey! haha....

Why is it we tend not to blog when we're struggling? I had some bad times last week, for a few days... I'm glad i'm over it now but i don't know why i didn't just come here and blog, i bet it'd be back in the saddle earlier than it takes my body to cry out to me to be bloody healthy again!! I think i get embarrassed - i already know i have nothing to be embarrassed about but... meh, ya know?! :-/

My mouth is currently ON FIRE after trying a SparkRecipe of "BONELESS CHICKEN HOT WINGS" ( recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
) by Chef Meg! Been meaning to try these for a while! Hubby loves spicy stuff but woah, this was MEGA for both of us. We're trying to get used to hot hot foods before we get to Thailand haha. I had to have a load of garlic mayonnaise with mine but that's ok! They were tasty at the same time though!!

So i'm back to BodyRocking and loving it. This is me, definitely. If i stick to anything for life, i want it to be BodyRocking. I love physical challenges and competing against myself and it's doing me good at the same time... plus i'd love to be a bit more on the muscular side.

Saturday, today was my first day off work in 3 whole weeks - including weekends! So i had a nice lie in, got up and had a good ol' workout and then went to buy some Honeymoon clothes!! It was so nice to be buying smaller sizes... i'm buying size 12s eek! Bought hubby lots of clothes too and at really good prices. Retail therapy is rather good hehe! I had a nap when we got home... just so tired and being off work and being able to sleep for a while just catches up with you heh.

Still doing Jillian's the Shred. I am going to do Level 1 for the last time tomorrow and then move onto level 2 next week. Ack i was starting P90 in March wasn't i? I might mix em up...

Oh and also. I'm trying to pay less attention to my weight. I'm still gonna be weighing in but it's all about working out and getting leaner, and making things fit better. And being healthy!!

LET'S GO! =)

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B-LYNN1ST 2/28/2011 3:56PM

    We are doing a p90 design program at the gym for 12 weeks. I helped design the ladies challenges, and it's 3 trainers doing this program for 90 days. Anyway, I didn't sign up for it because it's 6 days a week, and I can't give them 6 days a week for 90 mins per night. Yes, they are going hard.
It's differen't levels, but you do the workout for 90 mins. In that 90 min workout package. It's 15 mins of body cooling down with yoga.. That's with ever program.. Yoga to start off and yoga to cool down. My idea, but I think it's just too much. I plan on taking our HIIT class at the gym, that's only 3 days a week for 30 mins and I can handle that.. So, keep on pushing. p90 is going to put your body where you want it to be..

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SWEETLIPS 2/28/2011 3:17PM

    A friend of mune uses parts of p90x and she looks awesome. That gives me incentive to add it on my non-gym days. I want to be a rocking hard bod too, and so I will.

Sometimes, we donot feel like talking about the non-positive things in my life. Do the best you can.

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HEEEYBOOBOO 2/26/2011 9:41PM

  You are a busy bee! I've tried P90X... I actually bought it. It's very effective if you use it properly. I just don't have time right now to fit in 1 hour or longer workouts everyday. But it's definitely good to mix in when you do have the time.

But yes, BodyRock is just awesome all around.

And you should never be embarrassed about any of your struggles - that's why we're all here. To help each other out - in victory and in struggle!

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DAVEYSHADOW 2/26/2011 5:36PM

    emoticon glad you got a day off. I managed a run and a gym work out today, so let's get those bodies!

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KASEYCOFF 2/26/2011 3:37PM

    Attagirl! Re the spicy boneless chicken wings: I bet so!!! With two tablespoons of Tabasco PLUS a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, it's like 5-alarm chicken, lol...
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LAMOURA 2/26/2011 3:35PM

    AWESOME!! Glad your back on track!! And going for getting leaner and stronger emoticon Great workouts!! I just got Jillian Michaels' Shred It with Weights in yesterday!! Can't wait to try it!! emoticon emoticon

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Saw Some Old Pictures...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Firstly, I think i'm learning to chill. I figure I'm just gonna go swings and roundabouts for a week or too. Not stress about the food too much but eat well, and not stress if i miss a workout or 2. Just kinda hang about for a week or two. I don't know whether i'm going to workout later, i've had two rest days already but i'm starting to feel the tiredness from work right now... i can't wait for a day off!

Anyways. I got a little shock after looking at a friends old online blog... she had pictures from a holiday we went on, i believe i was 18/19. One of my Sparkfriends, POOKIE, posted a blog the other week about shocking yourself. Well this was a shock!

I didn't know my friend had these pictures, but i did not know i was this size on the pictures, and i must have seen them back when they were taken! It's just such a big shock to me, and i thank the Lord i decided to do something about myself... and i thank SparkPeople too... otherwise i still might be in that situation. At the same time, they make me feel better right now, and thankful for where i am right now.

These are so horrible. :s

On another note, i also saw another friends photo's of when i was 13/14. These are a little bit better, but i had put a little weight on and was a size 12 going into 14.

Somebody i work with said to me yesterday that i look young again. She said i look like i did when i was a kid again. LOL. I can kinda see what she means now, but i think i'm in better shape than i have ever been now.

We are so worth it.

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PUNZIE73 2/25/2011 5:57AM

    Holy transformation batman! You look amazing! Your were beautiful before, but now your beauty resonates both inside and out! Keep up the fantastic work! Good for you!


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FITJEANS 2/22/2011 7:16PM

    You are definitley a beautiful woman, each pic that is exactly what i seen. yeah def cool to shock ones self, it really is a great feeling. I dont know why but i kinda feel like we are always on the same page.

a side note, like ive been wishing I had free long distance so I can like call you up and tell you how my days are going ya know bcuz I def consider you as my friend. So it sucks not being able to talk to you every day but just wanted to tell ya thanx from the bottom of my heart for writin me while I was gone. I just wrote a blog about what ive been doing while i've been gone. hope to see you there lol!

Thanx for sharing bcuz your blog has definitely inspired me to do a similar blog. I have some pics on my moms computer, when i get ova there def uploading it.Have a wonderful nite chica.

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SPACELION 2/21/2011 8:42AM

    Awesome blog :)
I have a few pictures like this (ones I didn't destroy anyway ha) and I'm glad I kept them and sort of sad I got rid of the other ones. You've come suchhh a long way, I bet it's literally shocking to see old pictures of yourself now.
You look amazing and I can definitely see the looking younger comment! :)

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BABYBEARY 2/21/2011 6:13AM

    You look really good. =)

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DAVEYSHADOW 2/21/2011 4:41AM

    emoticon keep these pictures to hand as a reminder of where you have come from and do not want to back to!

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KAYWEB555 2/20/2011 8:15PM

    Those old pictures that show up from time to time can really set someone to thinking. Thanks for sharing!

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MZDOLPHIN 2/20/2011 10:14AM

    you've done such a great work on yourself *two thumbsup*

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LAMOURA 2/19/2011 5:43PM

    You have come along way!! Your awesome!! Your body might just need a whole week off from hard workouts maybe just go for a light walk here and there and let your body rest up and then next week KICK BUTT lol!! emoticon

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MNGIRLIE 2/19/2011 4:12PM

    You've done amazing things for yourself girl!! What a difference! I saw a friend's sister this weekend for the first time in almost 10 months. One of the first things she said was how much younger I looked. That made me feel so good.

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ALESHABEE 2/19/2011 12:46PM

    Yes you are in amazing shape girl :-) and the more keep on going is the better shape you will be in...YIPPPEEE!! You have come a long way, be proud of yourself!

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MAYBELLE06 2/19/2011 11:37AM

    You've come a long way baby! And if your body and mind need to take a step back to reassess what approach you need to take to maintain your health then thats what you need to do. You're a superstar!

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KASEYCOFF 2/19/2011 10:11AM

    As an impartial observer, I'd have to say you've been cute your entire life, regardless of weight - but these pics really do encourage you, don't they, to keep on the path you're on! Maintenance is SOOO worth it... thinks me.

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LOVE_KRISTIN 2/19/2011 7:11AM

  Aww I love this blog!! Look at how much progress you've made! I hate looking at my fat pictures (it makes me sick to think how big I let myself get) but I guess it's kind of nice to look back and see what you've accomplished and to remind yourself to not let yourself go again! Yay for us making the decision to get healthy! You look great and you've come far! Take a few days off, but remember why you're here =)

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