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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Yeh I am really k-nackered. Without the silent K. ;)

I've been tired all day long. I would usually totally skip working out when feeling like this but i didn't give myself the time to think. *score*

Got changed and did Sulfababy's KICK START workout www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
and did put all the effort i could manage into it - even though my scores were low. Balance issues with that one. I'll have to maybe do it again a few times, see how i can improve.

Also added on the end the first day of a new challenge i have taken on with PENFOLDROCKS, "The Twenty Pullup Challenge" which was a simple set of some negative pullups. Slowly does it! The link for that is here. twentypullups.com/node/10 Good fun!

Right, it's almost 9pm, i really do need to get to bed... big day ahead. First day of my course! Nerrrves!!! OH yeah - and my itinerary says they provide lunch and drinks. Here's my chance to be sensible and prove to myself i can do this at times like this. Bring on the challenge!

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VYVIENN 8/24/2011 4:08AM

    Make sure you bring at least a healthy snack, in case the lunch isn't, well, healthy. It's all good stuff. emoticon

Well, you know even Zuzana emphasizes form over quantity, so well done! If you had balance issues, that gives you a new area to challenge yourself in (something I think you need no lessons in, ha!).

Looks like I have some catching up to do for the BodyRocking and Sulfa's workouts, which look totally awesome and seriously sweat-inducing! Bring it!!

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PENFOLDROCKS 8/24/2011 3:46AM

    Hope all went OK (by the time you read this - I guess you're about to start now as it's 8:45), both in terms of the course and the eating!
Howdya like the pullups? I'm feeling slightly dubious about the 1 on day 3!

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-POOKIE- 8/24/2011 3:42AM

    go for it!

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KASEYCOFF 8/23/2011 6:03PM

    Determination will win the day, hon!

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JOANNA202 8/23/2011 5:31PM

    Good on you for keeping at it through the tiredness! And good luck with the course - I'm sure you'll have fun :-)

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Tired but doing Good

Monday, August 22, 2011

Ahhh I had another eventful Monday consisting of my Father pulling me away from usual duties in work to help him with his large toys. Ok i should rewind first and update from Friday.

Friday was great, took the hubby the chippie for his new love minced-beef-curry and i did not have any naughty, but worked out on home arrival and then had a prawn salad. ON A FRIDAY. God that felt good. I get a kick from doing little things like that... when i have the willpower that is LOL.

Saturday i had a BUSY day at work. Busy and active. Lots of fruit! Finished the day and came home for a shower, then drove over to Wales to spend the night with my Mum, big Sis and niece. They had a feast of Indian food on spread when i arrived, so i had a pick of the curries and some starters. I didn't overdo it and make a pig of myself as i usually with my oh-so-lovely Indian food. Oh, i also drank a glass of cider. The first drop of alcohol since about 4 weeks ago, hah.

Sunday i ate fruit for breakfast, as there were going to be bacon butties as a snack later on... alas we went out for the day, all the girls, to an aquarium and then i took my niece to a fairground. Signs of getting old - getting a bit queezy after rides? Hah, to be fair, we both felt sick after what must have been a 10-minute-long ride on the 'Waltzers' - there was nobody waiting to get on so they just kept the ride going and spinning and spinning and spinning the carts! In the last minute i did say i would rather die than stay on it any longer - LOL. Both me and the 12 year old thought we were going to vomit though.

Ate some sandwiches for dinner that night, which were lovely and a bit of an indulgence, but weren't exactly a huge naughty meal - so i was pleased!

No workouts over the weekend but stayed pretty active.

Today was bloody active. I also got to drive a tank around a field and have a play about. I took some videos, but i've never uploaded vids before so i'll see what i can do.

I was up for getting home and lying down and sleeping, oh and having a takeaway for easyness BUT, the hubby hesitated so i had a little Bodyrock (Stronger & Hotter),improved my previous scores (Yay!) and had a scrummy fish pie for dinner. YUM. I do love fish pie.

I'm so so tired now. More so because i know what is ahead of me this week. Tomorrow will be fine but from Wednesday I am on this really tough course... to gain a qualification to run my own transport business and hold operator licences for vehicles. My half sister at work did it a few years ago, and has told me how hard it is and how she couldn't do anything whilst she was on it but STUDY. I guess i'll see for myself. I'll be ok when i've started but i'm just all "booo" because i know there's hard work ahead, hah.

Rightio, big update. Loving being on track with myself!

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HEEEYBOOBOO 8/23/2011 9:06AM

  Yay for a productive weekend!! And for living a healthy life while enjoying as well. Seems you've got a hang of keeping everything balanced with yourself (most importantly), family and work.

And yay for getting in a BodyRock sesh!!

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VYVIENN 8/23/2011 5:26AM

    Good job on the eating! I think it's funny how recently everyone seems to be posting about Indian food, ha! I'm getting cravings!!! And I'm glad my friend Tracy recently explained to me what "butties" are, because I was so clueless...

I swear, I think when you're over the age of 22, those people who run the rides try to break you when there's no line... my BFF and I sure got shaken up -literally- during the springfest, riding the "Music Express". I think we must've been going faster than the legal limit!

The nice thing about hard work is, eventually it's over... emoticon And then: emoticon @your place! emoticon

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PENFOLDROCKS 8/23/2011 4:38AM

    Well done lovely - and way to go on the learning stuff - good luck

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BAZNCAZ 8/23/2011 2:59AM

    A Good weekend was had by ALL.
And good luck with your course, you will probably make it look so easy. HA HA HA.

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ADEWYN 8/22/2011 9:29PM

    sounds like a great weekend... you rock!!

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SULFABABY 8/22/2011 9:04PM

    Sounds like you had a lovely weekend. :) Those rides are something else! Great job keeping yourself in check. I've never heard of fish pie before, but Google clued me in. I'd just been discussing with another Spark friend about ways to cook cod. GOOD LUCK with your qualification and licenses! Keep us posted.

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Dealing With It !

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I'm having a good time dealing with things right now. Just shows me how much my mind is set right now. When i am determined, i guess i can do what i want to do. It's just finding that determination! Right now - i have it.

Nice little day in work, lots of fruit and some heavy quickfiring!

It's funny that every day can bring a new struggle - food wise. Working in an office, i didn't realise how OFTEN people offer junk food, biscuits, cakes, snacks, leftovers. How many times have i mentioned declining these things this past week?!
Well here's what i had to contend with TODAY. I took a picture especially for you guys! (haha)

This was placed infront of me today. "Choose which cake you'd like Steph"
Now today was easy, because i'm not really into cakes. So i asked my co-worker if he'd like me to choose one out for me - but for him to eat. LOL. I didn't fancy any of them. He'd already taken out a big cream donut thing.

I came home to a fab workout by SULFABABY! "Heroes in a Half Shrimp" , found here ---

Really good fun and as always - TOUGH and makes you SWEAT!! No extra pull ups for me tonight!

I don't have to be in work until 8am tomorrow morning. SO i am thinking about getting up my normal time and doing a workout before work tomorrow. Zuzana finally updated Bodyrock.tv with a workout... although i was a little confused as she had said there was a new workout coming up.... But oh well! They're busy bee's and I'm a patient kinda gal! So maybe i'll do HOT IN HERE tomorrow morning?

I'm getting really tired now so finding it hard to commit myself from resisting a little lie in... ha!

Nighty night !

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FEED_ME_SHOES 8/19/2011 1:36PM

    I want cake now : D

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HEEEYBOOBOO 8/19/2011 8:41AM

  Great job on saying no! I have no idea how you did it but I can be a cake fiend. But you DID it with ease - go girl!

Sounds like you're a busy bee yourself. Don't forget to pamper yourself every so often! And I don't mean pamper with junk food but y'know like a massage or haircut or mani/pedi. Something like that. :) You deserve it!

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SULFABABY 8/19/2011 5:01AM

    Ooh, way to go with the self control! That is one of the advantages of working from home! No co-workers to go around tempting me. :) Though the students do bring too many goodies at Christmas time.

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-POOKIE- 8/19/2011 3:48AM

    Great going!!

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PENFOLDROCKS 8/19/2011 3:04AM

    Those cakes look yummy to me. I never used to like cakes at all - not one bit, but during pregancy I developed a sweet tooth (we're talking around 3 creme eggs a day, every day), which never went away.
Well done on your resisting though. My Mum has a thing that she says (normally when she's deciding whether to buy an item of clothing) - how will I feel if I do buy it? How will I feel if I don't buy it? I guess you could apply the same to food - how will i feel if I do eat it? - Normally guilty! and how will I feel if I don't eat it? - Normally a bit hard done by for a while and then super-smug a couple of hours later!

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VYVIENN 8/19/2011 2:31AM

    Sleeping in is nice, isn't it. The tripod and I got to stay in bed a bit longer, as well, as it rained cats (and dogs, I guess) early this morning. It's funny, but after the Yoga Butt workout yesterday, my shoulders are killing me, lol! It'll be more QF catchup for me today, I think...

You know, cakes with cream showing just really turn me off these days... (excerpt from "I was a Black-Forest-Cherry-Cake-aholic")R>
Have a bee-oootiful day, gorgeous!

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ALESHABEE 8/18/2011 8:53PM

    Ah yes sleeping in is always good...you're doing it girl! I know you would...we're in this for life! There is no going back now :-)

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B-LYNN1ST 8/18/2011 4:43PM

    Good one for you. I'm RUDE when someone offers me something out of a box of cakes. EVERYONE knows I'm on a diet. And when they bring them around me. I choose one. I also toss it in the trash, and tell them. THANKS! My mom no longer buy cakes before of it. I always go over, and toss them in the trash. Telling her. Ture enough your house. BUT! I don't want to hear your excuses.. Yeah, I'm mean like that...

But you did great!

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Hello Old New Me

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I've had a great week so far. I feel like the old NEW me is back. My eating choices have been great, and i have that special willpower back where i'm not interested in indulging in crap and think twice about what i'm eating - thinking 'is this nutritionally beneficial to me, or does it just taste good?'

Mega tough bodyrock workout yesterday, that had me sweating more than i think i have ever, constant drips coming down my face right after wiping! I put my new pullup bar up as well and had a play around with that. I started slowly and did 5 assisted pullups with a chair, to finish off for the day. Also had some hangs and some different grip hangs / let downs.

Today i knew i couldn't wait to get home to do the workout i had lined up. PENFOLDROCKS put together a Bodyrock style workout found here - www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
and it was verrry enjoyable!! Feel good and accomplished now!

Decided to have a protein cookie post-workout. I got them cheap a while ago from myprotein.com and forgot about them - not bad at all and a nice change from a shake, meaning i'll crave tomorrows shake even more tomorrow therefore push hard for a darn good workout!! Thinking there will be a new Bodyrock workout by the time tomorrow evening comes!

The hubby impressed me earlier too. I asked him if he fancied a go of the pullup bar. He did, and knocked out 10 pullups just-like-that. Wtf? lol, he giggled when i accused him of practising when i'd gone to bed last night. He looked verrry good doing pullups he did - and he would so have a 6-pack if he actually decided to train. Men have it so easy!

Oh and my dinner tonight was delicious. I didn't feel like anything big, so just threw some stuff together. Tinned tomatoes, with mixed beans and tinned carrots too! It was like a funky little stew!

One last thing! I missed my weigh in Sunday. Then i forgot again Monday and Tuesday... SO, i'm gonna wait until this Sunday coming. Hope to see some good results!

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ALESHABEE 8/18/2011 8:51PM

    Wooohoooooooo!!! Love to hear you're back at it :-)

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PENFOLDROCKS 8/18/2011 8:58AM

    Oh - and here's a little beany 'recipe' for a super-quick light meal.
Can of mixed beans, mix with sweet chilli sauce and mayo to your preference - add some chilli powder - also add a little chopped onion if you've time.
That's it!
I love it on jacket spud - or with chicken for extra protein - or on its own!

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BAZNCAZ 8/18/2011 5:34AM

    Keep on ROCKING STEPH!!!!!!!! emoticon

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LIOCORO 8/18/2011 3:59AM

    Haha, good to hear all that!
And lol for the hubby, I sometimes wish my BF would get more into exercising. He is so strong (a lot stronger than my ex in fact) and has a very lean body by nature. Rawr! I bet your hubby really trained yesterday, tho, lol! emoticon

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VYVIENN 8/18/2011 2:16AM

    Woop, woop, go, Steph!! I'm gonna get my piggers squared away and then try some "Butt Yoga" (from the Glutes special by Oxygen mag). It's already HOT outside, so easy will definitely be the way to go.

Haha for the hubbies! Mine's STILL waiting for his P90X, but he's already practicing his Agathon walk (from Battlestar Galactica). I'm very curious to see how that BeachBody turns out!

Have another fabulous day, hon!

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FEED_ME_SHOES 8/18/2011 1:43AM

    Im so pleased to hear this! I will hopefully be saying hello old me next month when im back into things. Cant wait!

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Grasping Discipline (Again)

Monday, August 15, 2011

This is just a quick one as i'm getting sleepy!

Ate well today, although i felt bloated and tubby all day long. Drank lots and lots of water. I don't know whether i conveniently left out i had a garlic bread with cheese pizza along side my kebab! Awfulllllllness!!

I got really tired at the end of work. That tired where i fall asleep in the car on the way to the shops. Thought to myself, home, dinner and bed for me.

Felt a bit better walking around the aisles and buying good foods. Got home and went straight to get changed into my workout stuffs. Lucky i knew i had a workout lined up too - Super Bass Booty. Quick warm up and i got on with things.

I was really happy at the end of this workout because i did push myself, and i managed to whoop my own butt and beat my old scores! Yay! I don't always have this experience when re-visiting past workouts, so yayyy!! Good times.

Tonight was so close to being a skipped workout though... so so scary close. Grrrrr. I'm ok now though, the ball has been pushed and it's starting to roll again. It's like i lost my discipline on myself... and discipline is what i was damn good at - along my whole weightloss journey here - which by the way i just noticed, is almost TWO YEARS ago! Woahhh!! Definitely gotta get my weightloss in pics blog up for that little anniversary !!

Rightio, bed time! Gotta stay on the ball!

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ALESHABEE 8/18/2011 8:49PM

    Awesome stuff getting your workout in! It can be hard but I know you felt soooo much better afterwards :-)

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KJOHNSON011 8/17/2011 12:44AM

    woo hoo! almost my 2 year anniversary : ) in october girl u inspire me soo proud of u : )

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B-LYNN1ST 8/17/2011 12:02AM

    Well, I'm having a hard time getting on the ball too
Lady Bug, I try so hard, but then again. I have to let hard rest sometimes. Fallen down or hurting myself when I am tried is my biggest fear. My husband taking care of me for a month will be killer. So on days when I can't push for the full 65 min workout. I do 15 and hit at it again later on. Now, I'm staying focus on eating right and getting in a little weight training. A little goes a long way. I don't need another trainer preaching that one into my head. But we do what we can, and we get on with it. I can't wait to see your 2 year anni blog. That's going to be a joy. Don't forget the TANNK!

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VYVIENN 8/16/2011 3:08AM

    Yay, Anniversary Blog! Exciting post ahead!!

DH and Big Max (our 'little' dog) are going hiking until Saturday, so it's just me and the tripod until they get back; the plan is to go back to Making the Cut, journalling, and getting the ST in. Don't know why, but I've just been slacking on that. Argh!

Hehe, is your friend Pookie German, by chance?

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BAZNCAZ 8/16/2011 3:02AM

    You go STEPH!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PENFOLDROCKS 8/16/2011 2:17AM

Am looking forward to this blog!
Here's to a good eating, good exercise, kicka$$ day!

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JOANNA202 8/15/2011 5:52PM

    Scarily close is far enough away if you're actually doing the workout (love the sound of 'Super Bass Booty!)!

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MNGIRLIE 8/15/2011 4:21PM

    I checked out that Super Bass Booty video. Oy! Do you have all the equipment she does to do the workout too?

Congrats on your upcoming 2 years!!! That's a pretty great accomplishment girlie! Can't wait to see the blog!

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-POOKIE- 8/15/2011 4:18PM

    I feel absurdly good picking up stuff I shouldnt be eating in the store, reading the label and tutting at it and putting it down *grins*

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