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"Paused For a Week"

Sunday, May 01, 2011

I put the title in speech marks because mid-week i saw a blog title somewhere here that said the same. And i thought "YEP, that's what i'm doing right now!!" Heh! So i put it in those in case the author drops by here and sues me for copyright or something... emoticon

So yeah i paused my healthy lifestyle for a week. Well 6 days, i happily counted up before. Meh i tend to do this every now and again. Sometimes sooner than planned/expected. I suppose it's part of just the way i am and it's best to accept it that beat myself up about it!!

I got on the scale this morning for a sneak peak and i'd gained quite a bit, as expected because i had zero workouts and lots and lots of silly food!

Oh wells, i am back to it on Tuesday. Eating right that it, i'm already back to working out. I BodyRocked this morning and it was fantastic! Ah, being covered in sweat and pushing to the limit... fabulous. =D Another one in the morning!

So again I am left with people i need to catch up with (I'm sorry!) and my protein arrived, still waiting on my coconut oil, aaaand what else? Back to good foods on Tuesday. I promise MYSELF!

  
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HEEEYBOOBOO 5/4/2011 1:21PM

  Welcome back! It's OK we all fall out sometimes. I totally did LOL.

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PENFOLDROCKS 5/2/2011 3:24PM

    Welcome back!

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NEWMAC2011 5/1/2011 7:27PM

    I have another friend who "paused" for 3 weeks and it gave her renewed purpose. We all need to take a break sometimes and it's important not to beat ourselves up over it!

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JOANNA202 5/1/2011 6:24PM

    I'm very glad to see this is something other people do too. And I'm especially glad to see it doesn't have to be the beginning of the end! Here's to missing that energy boost while you have a pause!

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BAZNCAZ 5/1/2011 1:33PM

    BODY (ROCK ON STEPH!) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Reality is Back For Sure!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Heh thought i better do a little blog just to update myself.

So i was back to work this past Monday. This is my weekend to work so i also had the bank hol Friday to work, plus i'm working through until next Thursday. Talk about being a workaholic?


We have next years holiday booked (no waiting around hey?) so i'm really excited to have something to work for and keep myself in check for. I finally realised whilst i was away what i love about life, what i want in life and what i want from myself. My hobby is travelling, anywhere, everywhere. I love new countries, cities, places, anything. I love visiting places and i have decided this is going to be a big part of my life - seeing the world. I suppose it already has been, but now i'm actually aware of it haha.

Also being physically active is something i realised i loved. I got kinda.... um, moody... no not moody, kinda down on myself the last week of my holiday. I know now that this was down to my physical activity going down to zero for the second part of my holiday. I am so passionate about BodyRocking right now and i really think this is going to stick. I want to be BodyRocking when i'm 30,40,50, just for the fun of it, for the enjoyment, and of course, to stay healthy!

So i'm back to clean eating (squeeky clean actually - i think i've MISSED it haha) and a good workout routine. I feel good about myself and i think i'm high on life at the moment. Things are good right now in all aspects of my life, so i am thankful and willing to do what's in my power to keep it that way.

A note to end on - I'm so blown away right now by my Spark Family. All my fantastic Spark Friends who take the time to come to my page, to read blogs, to look at new photo's, to take the time to leave comments/advice/jokes/love for me to read... i think if it wasn't for SparkPeople i would still think the world was full of mean horrible and crappy people.... but SparkPeople gives me hope! There are such amazing people all over the world.... getting together here and sharing the love. It gives me such a warm feeling in my belly.

  
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BABEZ007 4/29/2011 7:41PM

    I really enjoyed reading your blog :) Thanks for sharing! My hubby and I love to travel as well, we try to go on trips a couple times a year if it works out!

I hope I get to the point where I love the physical torture I put myself through everyday so much that it makes me moody, lol... right now I still like my chill time :)
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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 4/25/2011 1:22PM

    U know Lady Bug, I love reading your blogs when I get by to read them. You always open up my mind to new thoughts and questions.. I try my best not to answer right away. I love your drive, and your motivation with self. It's always good to reach higher and do what is your thinkable and your possible.. Seeing the world is a beautiful thing, but when you can see the world through someone else eyes, photos and words.. It makes me dream of all my possibilities.

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HEEEYBOOBOO 4/25/2011 11:24AM

  So jealous of you and your holidays! :)

Our big big trip in the next upcoming year is Amsterdam. My husband was born right around there, so we're both very eager to go.

Your Thailand pictures definitely inspired an interest in visiting several Southeast Asian countries though. It looks so exotic and beautiful!!

Great job on your clean eating and for BodyRock yay!!

I'll be honest - I haven't worked out like 10 days. But I'm OK with that HAHA.

But thanks again for the jumprope - doin' something about it TODAY!

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ALESHABEE 4/24/2011 10:40AM

    I know Steph...I wish we could have a world SP meet-up!! How cool would that be, LOL!!!

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SPACELION 4/24/2011 12:33AM

    I love this blog! It's weird and it sounds cheesy but losing weight really has made me realise a lot of things about myself and it's given me the confidence to sort of dream of what I want to do now. I love that you want to travel :)

I agree with the sudden realisation of loving being physical - I love setting goals and challenges for myself, being able to dream of hiking the inca trail one day, doing a pull up, running 5k, 10k etc it's just awesome :P - I don't have that sense of what the hell am I going to do when I'm done losing weight feeling any more because I know I'm not nearly done with the goals I'm setting myself :D

Also, Spark is seriously awesomee couldn't agree with ya more - I would never have come as far as I did without it. People are so lovely here :P

xxx

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YESKATIECAN 4/23/2011 11:47PM

    You rock :-P

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CAROLIAN 4/23/2011 4:12PM

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NEWMAC2011 4/23/2011 3:24PM

    You are an inspiration to so many of us! I agree that SP is live changing and the people here are very special, like you!

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JUDY1676 4/23/2011 3:08PM

    I totally agree--SparkPeople are the best!

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JOANNA202 4/23/2011 12:41PM

    That's put a great big smile on my face! emoticon

There's definitely a dilemma between traveling and wanting to keep up the exercise and healthy eating. Whenever I'm away I walk around a stupid amount because I just want to see absolutely everything while I'm there. Haven't found a solution on the food side though, so would be very intrigued to see what you get up to on your trips away.

Where are you off to next year though...? Don't keep us in suspense!

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MAYBELLE06 4/23/2011 12:20PM

    Now I have the warm feeling in my belly;)
You're living life girl, go you!

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VYVIENN 4/23/2011 11:18AM

    Goodness, I don't know whether to call that a glow or a buzz! emoticon Whatever it is, keep it up, it's great!!

Where do you find your recipes for eating clean? Do you follow a diet, or do you just modify your own favorite foods?

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SEXYSLIM78 4/23/2011 7:00AM

    Sounds gr8 girlie and im glad ur back. Its not an easy journey that's for sure. But determination and consistancy r the key factors to get us we we want to be:-) BTW, what time is it ova there? Just curious. Up early bout to workout and then get the kids ready to go do a lil shopping. Have a productive day chica!!!

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DAVEYSHADOW 4/23/2011 6:40AM

    emoticon yes we are alaways here for each other, where is your next hols then. I loved my twenties and going off seeing new places. Hoping to get back to it once the girls are a bit bigger. Taking them to Rhodes this Summer. Hope work is not too hard.

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NAKIOMA 4/23/2011 6:38AM

    Sounds like you're high on life - enjoy the ride............

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Some Thailand-Honeymoon Snaps

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I started looking through the pics and didn't know what to share haha so i'll just throw a load in!
The hubby and I

Our view from Bangkok hotel room

A photo I'm pleased with... makes you realise the hard work is worth it!

Post BodyRock Burpee on the beach

A lil romantic pic haha

Feeding a leopard cub

River Kwai Bridge

Elephant ride!

I braved hotpants!

Tiger!

Both of us with a cub

Sleeping!

We kinda love the animals lol.
How about some yums?


Getting my tattoo


Best close up i have right now..

The writing is a lesson in life - "Never Regret Always a Lesson" and it is an Asian Thailand in memory of falling inlove with Thailand... on my honeymoon. =)

Sorry about all the me pics, i just wanted to show my progress i guess and difference from my starting picture.

  
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FITNESSVIXENN 4/30/2011 9:25PM

    I LIKE ALL OF THE PIC....
THE TWO OF YOU LOOK SO HAPPY
THE VIEW IS GREAT
YOU ARE SO BRAVE WITH THE ANIMALS..LOL
THE FOOD LOOKS GOOD & HEALTHY
LOVE THE PIC OF U ON THE ROCK
AND THE TAT... WOW.....NO PAIN NO GAIN...NICE!
THANKS FOR SHARING! emoticon

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LAMOURA 4/22/2011 1:20AM

    Great honey moon!! AWESOME pictures! emoticon

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KARENE10 4/20/2011 6:10PM

    Great Pics! You really look good:) Holding that cub is sooo cute. The food looks pretty yummy too:)

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BAZNCAZ 4/20/2011 12:36PM

    Looks like you both had a brill time so glad that you enjoyed it .

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ALESHABEE 4/20/2011 11:52AM

    That tattoo is AWESOME!!! So inspiring. I was thinking of getting one after my comp but not sure what to get yet, lol. And btw you are looking totally AMAZING!! You're thighs are super thin girl...look at you in the pic where you're getting the tattoo. Now I can tell those legs came from BodyRock...glad you had an great time with the hubby! You've definitely earned and worked for it :-)

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JUDY1676 4/20/2011 11:33AM

    Love the pics and you look great!

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HEEEYBOOBOO 4/20/2011 10:50AM

  Wow you look so amazing steph! And awesome tat!! You should totally be proud of all your hard work and rock them hot pants girl!!

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JENNY_4 4/20/2011 10:01AM

    You look fantastic!!!!!! It looks like you really enjoyed yourself and I love your tatoo :)

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PENFOLDROCKS 4/20/2011 9:03AM

    Wow! Lovely pics. And you look GREAT! x
Edited as I went back for another look at the food - nomnomnom - could just eat some thai fishcakes and a pad thai now!

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CAROLIAN 4/20/2011 3:24AM

    Great pic's emoticon

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DAVEYSHADOW 4/20/2011 3:16AM

    emoticon you look great and like you had a really lovely time. Just really jealous as Tigers are my favourite animal!

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VYVIENN 4/20/2011 1:10AM

    Oooh, I love tigers!!! And what a gorgeous tattoo!! emoticon

Looks like a wonderful honeymoon. And what a long way you've come, you're looking really fit in your pictures!! emoticon

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 4/19/2011 11:59PM

    I love them all.. And guess what, emoticon I love the photo of the rings and also the photo of the tatt.. I love your tattoo. Ooo... I want one on my foot. It's only 1 shop that does them on your foot here.. But I would like to get one too.. We'll see.. The only art my foot is going to see right now is nail art. LOL! Have a wonderful night, and you are looking ssssssssssssssssssssss"HOT"!

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DOINME4LIFE 4/19/2011 11:21PM

    Great pics! Love them all!

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CORDIA72 4/19/2011 10:54PM

    Aww...congrats! It looks like you guys had a great time. And what a beautiful country to spend your first days together as Mr. and Mrs.

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LEN_VERSION32 4/19/2011 10:40PM

    Congrats! And great pics!

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ADEWYN 4/19/2011 7:45PM

    you look great you should be proud and looks like you guys had such a grea time :) Congrads!


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SPACELION 4/19/2011 7:17PM

    LOOK HOW SKINNY YOU LOOK!!!!! I can't WAIT until I can have pictures taken of me candid and looking beautiful, svelte and slim without having to work any special angle haha :D

Looks like you had an amazing time, EEEE lookit the cute little cubbies :D I'm very very jealous.

xxx

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NEWMAC2011 4/19/2011 6:54PM

    Great photos. Thanks so much for sharing. You look so fantastic. Wishing you and your hubby lots of happiness.

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YESKATIECAN 4/19/2011 4:38PM

    Stephanie, you look amazing! Simply goregous! I'm sooo proud of you girl! Your trip to Thailand looks beyond amazing!

Thank you for sharing these pics, I feel quite honored to see them!

XOXO

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MNGIRLIE 4/19/2011 4:09PM

    You're looking great girl! Looks like you really had an amazing honeymoon!! I'd love love love to travel Thailand some day. So wonderful to see the photos. Thanks for sharing!

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-POOKIE- 4/19/2011 4:02PM

    *clears throat*

SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!


TIGERS!

CUBS!
>SQUEEEEEEEE!

Ok, so thats out the way! Lovely pictures, thank you for sharing, you really look so lovely, it has been so very worth it.

and im afraid... one left

SQQUEEEEE I want to squish a leopard cub!!!

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MAYBELLE06 4/19/2011 3:56PM

    I love the pics! The hot pants....hells yeah girl! Looking at these pics just makes me want to pack up and leave right now, lol! You look awesome and it seems like you had the time of your life:) I'm jealous right now;P

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Small Returning Blog

Saturday, April 16, 2011

And I'm back!

Gosh that was a long time away from Spark, lol. Glad to be back though.

Thailand was amazing... such a beautiful... interesting, amazing country. Such an experience. I'm gonna blog with some pictures but i'm tired right now and haven't took the pics from the camera yet... i shall do that tomorrow though.

For the first week and a half i had some workouts, i BodyRocked in my hotel room in Bangkok - infront of my wide, city high view - which was fricken awesome lol, and then i played football for a few days in my next resort on the field, took the stairs once (17 mega stories) and had some strength sessions in that hotel room & on balcony! I also ate like a queen. A fat queen haha!

How weird is this? Hubby and i weighed ourselves on return and our weights have SYNCHRONISED! How crazy is that? I gained i'm-not-sure-how-many pounds to get to 155.25lbs and my hubby LOST 2lbs to get there too!!! Madness. I'm so pleased to get back to my normal lifestyle tho and will definitely be bye-byeing those 150s!!!

It will probably take me some time to catch up with everybody properly. I'm so excited!!! lol

Ciao for now !!

Oh and also! I got a (what-i-think-is-awesome) tattoo also, which is a lesson in life and also a nice reminder of my visit to Thailand! Have pics of that too! And i'm loving it. =)

  
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HEEEYBOOBOO 4/18/2011 10:05AM

  Wow welcome back!! Sounds exotic and fun!!

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PENFOLDROCKS 4/18/2011 9:23AM

    Welcome back.
Thailand is indeed awesome - where did you stay?

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CAROLIAN 4/17/2011 6:45PM

    cannot wait to see pics emoticon

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ALESHABEE 4/17/2011 12:55PM

    Can't wait to see the pics!!

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KRIS4CRAIG 4/16/2011 10:35PM

    Ah! I can't wait to see the tattoo!!! So exciting!

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SPACELION 4/16/2011 8:09PM

    Welcome back!! You're so awesome for getting workouts in whilst on your holidays :P. Can't wait to see the pictures :D
xxx

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MAYBELLE06 4/16/2011 6:26PM

    Ooo, a tattoo! Can't wait to see your pics.

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KASEYCOFF 4/16/2011 6:02PM

    Glad to have you back kiddo! Can't wait to see the pix!!!
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A Lesson in Positivity

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ok so i just learned a valuable lesson - all by myself.

Positivity may not always be there, but to make and keep our lives positive, sometimes we have to look for and find that positivity ourselves. It just so happens that negativity is so damn easy to find, that sometimes we have to soldier on and push past the negs to find those good ol' positives!!

I had a busy day at work. Worked late last night. Work is so busy right now... we don't usually get busy until May/June! I was sooo happy to see a new BodyRock workout go up and knew i had it then scheduled for tonight.

I got home from work all "blah" and was kinda like "Nope, i am NOT working out - i am relaxing i'm so so tired!!" so i moaned to the Darling (he really is) and he's like "No you're not, you're getting changed and you're doing your exercise" =) Bless him. That means SO much to me that even if the persuasion isn't working so much, the sweetness pushes me to go get changed into workout clothes.

Anywho's i did the workout. Ouch. It was SO HARD. So so hard, i actually wanted to CRY. It wasn't even that tough on paper but i just couldn't catch my breath... couldn't find the push inside me.

So i finished it and moped around, showered, got all blah. Thought about leaving a blog about how disappointed i am in myself. I read some recent comments on my last blog... people being so... awesome to me. I decided against posting a negative blog - once again i am lifted by my fantastic Spark Friends. You guys are encouraging me and egging me on - i don't need to come here and moan about myself!

That's when it struck me!! Ok i did poo at the workout and knew deep down i could do better. What's the positive? I DID the workout. THAT'S the positive! I wasn't even gonna try but i DID, i was gonna be lazy and do NOTHING but no, i atleast had a go and i elevated my metabolism.

So, things could be worse. emoticon

  
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SPACELION 3/16/2011 6:31PM

    Woooooooooo way to go! :D

Your husbando is a complete sweetheart by the by

xx

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CAROLIAN 3/16/2011 9:24AM

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VYVIENN 3/16/2011 8:18AM

    emoticonExactly, chica!! Good for your hubby for kicking you in the right direction, and good for you for getting it done! Now, where is this "egg"-moticon when you need it... emoticon

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BAZNCAZ 3/16/2011 1:31AM

    Body (ROCK - ON ) STEPH!. emoticon emoticon

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KRIS4CRAIG 3/15/2011 4:33PM

    Nice job! It's those blah workouts that remind me this is a lifestyle! And you're right... you did it! Good for you!

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DAVEYSHADOW 3/15/2011 4:27PM

    emoticon on doing that workout!

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MAYBELLE06 3/15/2011 4:14PM

    You so got it Steph!
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