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Monday, September 05, 2011

I haven't had any progress pics since my last ones back in May - when everything went downhill shortly after starting my May challenge.

I'm starting a new challenge with a team I am with - Tone Your Sexy With Stiletto's! It will run through September through to December. This is good for me to add to my Bodyrocking and contains the following -
No diet coke for 30 days (shouldn't be a problem)
No skipping breakfast
Dumbell weight training 3 x a week. This i'll add as some extra sets of things after working out.
15 mins walking per day.
4 sets of 25 crunches per week (hope to make this number bigger)
4 sets of 25 hydrants per week.

I was supposed to take pics in black too, but i'd already done them in underwear, to kind of expose myself and make myself work harder. I think i can see maybe a small improvement from May 2011 - which is always good right? August ended up being a good month for me, thanks to all my AWESOME BodyRocking buddies - and also my check in bud~ Nina! Many thanks to all of you. :)

I'll try posting them next to each other, if not, one under the other!

So there we have it! Let's hope for some improvements!

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ESBELL 9/8/2011 1:56PM

    Definately seeing progress - with the new challenge you will change your shape even more!

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DAVEYSHADOW 9/7/2011 4:49AM

    Sure the new challenge will get you going again, don't worry about that 1lb, it was probaly just water LOL!

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FEED_ME_SHOES 9/7/2011 2:25AM

    You can definitely see your progress in the second picture. Everything is toning up nicely! Way to go girl, all that hard work is paying off!

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KASEYCOFF 9/6/2011 4:03PM

    You are looking sensational! Great shot of the tattoo, too, lol...

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LEN_VERSION32 9/6/2011 5:31AM

    You are doing awesome!

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PENFOLDROCKS 9/6/2011 3:40AM

    You look great! Seriously, when you said about your tummy, I was expecting something off of embarrassing bodies (iykwim!) but you look - well - great!

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VYVIENN 9/6/2011 3:30AM

    Check out your BACK, woman!! Wow! *whistle*

So, what's this stiletto part? Sounds potentially dangerous, haha! Can't wait to hear about your progress henceforth! And I'm glad that check-in system you and Nina worked out is doing its job so beautifully. emoticon

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LIOCORO 9/6/2011 2:08AM

    Waaaant your before pics ... *giggle* Seriously, looking awesome, just like this challenge sounds. Sure you're gonna rock it, please keep us updated!

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SWEETLIPS 9/5/2011 9:01PM

    Girl, you looking good now and I know you want some new happenings, so we are going to rock this challenge. Blessings emoticon

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B-LYNN1ST 9/5/2011 4:11PM

    Girl, you are going to get it.. Get it girl.. Do your all time best, and knock this one out of the park...

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Sore Buns!

Sunday, September 04, 2011

What a lovely day off I've had. It was the first day off that both my husband and I have been off work simultaneously in... months. We took a trip into town and strolled around for most of the day. Stopped at Starbucks. (His favourite is a sugarfree vanilla coffee frap) He bought me some nice tops... in Armani. Hark at me - haha. I took a pic of one of the vest tops I got, i put it with my hot pant jeans and hope to wear them in Prague.

I'm feeling better about my progress. I'm not feeling great about i though. When am i ever going to banish my stupid belly... if ever? I don't like the muffin top i have going on either. With my recent diet and workout dedication - those hotpant shorts are a little more comfortable on me in the leg department, they're not too tight or pinching in. But i don't want to disgust people with my damn muffin top !!!!

I really want to talk to somebody who has had a belly as big as i did... who was over 230+lbs, and somebody who has a flat stomach now, or hard-ass abs. Is there anybody out there who has done this and proven it's possible, with hard work and dedication to have a hot stomach ?? I'm starting to wonder. :-/

Along with my tops I got a nice Nike sports bra. And whilst i was there i saw a yoga mat on offer - and i've needed a mat of some sort to stop bruising my back bone and knees soooo i picked it up. Very pleased with those purchases - I do have yet to try out the bra though.

Oooh and we also bought some new dishes for the kitchen - we've had icky green plates for a long time so i looove our new dishes! ~

Ya can't leave that whole set on the shelf for a bargain of 10.99 !

We had lunch in a nice cheap pub (Wetherspoons to the Brits!), hubby had a big roast dinner and I was kind of good. I had a chicken wrap, which was under 400 calories (woopwoop) and the kind of good means i had a cocktail to go with it haha. A pitcher of cranberry juice, amaretto and southern comfort. Nice!

So, had a really nice day and I had a iddy biddy nap when we got home. Faffed about for a bit then decided to have a 2nd workout for the day!

By the way, my buns were SO SORE when i got up this morning - after BodyRock's "Let It Go" workout. I thought working out this morning would loosen it up, so i did fellow BodyRocker SULFABABY's workout "Who Needs Arms?" thinking it would be nice and light on my bum... but yowser! That almost killed me this morning ! sulfababy.tumblr.com/post/9669143934

So, buns sore again after my nap, I fancied going for it anyways. I chose "Six Pack & Love Handles" workout - www.bodyrock.tv/2010/01/21/six-pack-
which was another pure torture workout.
8 Rounds of ~
1. Prisoner Squat with Knee up 20 reps
2. Santana Push Ups 10 reps
3. Jump Rope 100 skips as fast as you can
4. Plank Knee tucks 20 reps
Pffffft. I was bright red, dripping with sweat, too hot, thinking i was either gonna pop or pass out. Fabulous, haha! I was mega proud for finishing it. Mega. 34:18 i think.

Um also i missed this weeks weigh in, because i worked out and then don't like weighing afterwards with the sweatloss etc, so i might weigh in tomorrow. Hoping for some good news, as i've been mostly good.

I've taken new progress pics too - to start a challenge over at Tone Your Sexy With Stiletto's. I'll post that blog tomorrow. Damn poochy stomach. I'm not good at taking pics, either.

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FEED_ME_SHOES 9/5/2011 1:46PM

    Damn muffin tops! You look amazing girl, not many people can pull off hotpants you know. Plus just think how hot you will look in them next summer!

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BAZNCAZ 9/5/2011 12:19PM

    I bet my belly BEATS your belly. HA HA HA HA. emoticon

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-POOKIE- 9/5/2011 8:53AM

    looking good!!

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PENFOLDROCKS 9/5/2011 8:17AM

    You're looking soooooo good. You should be really proud of yourself - and I can't see a muffin top.
Nice purchases too.
What I can't believe is that you had cocktails and THEN did a workout - you are hardcore!
And well done on the Wetherspoons choice - I always find that it never tastes as good as you think it will anyway!

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KASEYCOFF 9/5/2011 7:35AM

    YOU see 'muffin top' but I dunno that anyone else does, lol... You keep working at the belly, it'll tighten up.

Re the cocktail: nah, forget the other stuff - just make mine amaretto--!

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DAVEYSHADOW 9/5/2011 3:42AM

    emoticon two workouts in one day! Love the pics, I am sure if you keep working at it and keep hydrated the stomach will sort itself out in time. Glad you had a great day with DH and like the new dinner set.

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VYVIENN 9/5/2011 3:16AM

    Love the mugs, hehe! Boy, I've done nothing at all in the workout department over the weekend, but rather enjoyed DH not being here for a couple (he and his mates went to Augsburg for the beerfest and a bit of nostalgia). I think I'm going to do a do-over for last week's running training because I'm so not happy with how that went.

Well, my tummy's the last holdout of all those toning efforts, too, which is partly the reason I let DH talk me into joining him for P90X in October. Really, it's becoming an obsession, but I don't see any dang reason why this thing shouldn't tone up like the rest. And no, AGE is not an acceptable apology!!

If you find someone who has some good advice or encouragement on the matter, I'd love to hear about it.

Have a fab day!!

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ERPARA 9/4/2011 11:47PM

    I have those exact dishes lol - IKEAAAA :)
Good luck with the new challenge!!

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ADEWYN 9/4/2011 10:03PM

    let me know if you find that person.. I am having a hell of a time with my belly too... I have gone from 210 to 173 and still have this damn belly grant it isnt as big as it was but it does seem like it wants to go away lol....URGH.. Love you outfit very very cute you look fab!! love the dishes too!!

Glad yuo had a good day Hugs

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SULFABABY 9/4/2011 6:36PM

    Steph, you look SO GOOD!! :) Seriously, I want to give you a big giant hug because you work so hard and it shows. That is a nice color purple for the plates.

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B-LYNN1ST 9/4/2011 5:51PM

    Love your post. I've read that eating off of green plates if relaxing to the mind. I had been looking for green plates to eat off of for the longest. More of a cute glass green, and I haven't found them yet. Wish me luck, going to look one last time, and then call it quits.. Love your blogs.. Drag me to hell was a killer one for me, and also sore buns.. I think I'm going to have to see what "lady bug"is doing and workout along with you.. You are busting your butt.. And you look so good and tiny.. Congrats girl.. Good for you..

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Drag Me To Hell!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Too cool a workout title not to share, right?


Just did this and loved it. It consisted of prisoner squats x 20 then 5 pullups (assisted for the non-able, such as myself!) and well whew, i thought the squats were gonna be the major to get through - which yes they were. But even heavily assisted pullups get soooo difficult after 5 rounds or so! Finished on 10 sets for 15 mins so was really pleased, as the other scores posted on the BodyRock site were mainly 6s and 7s. Yay!

Today might as well be a Sunday. The day dragged in work. It was productive though - i've had a long productive weekend.

Didn't really want to workout but came home and once i got started I was fine. I added 5 mins skipping afterwards too - remembering i need to put extra effort in this week, so i plan to add at least 5 mins skip to each workout of the week.

I'm kind of poo at blogging because i always forget to talk about the important stuff that i actually came to blog about! emoticon

Sooo i have a perfectly portioned Indian Daal veggie pot (By Innocent) for dinner, and i'll be taking a nice hot bath before some studying... back to my course in the morning.

Ciao !

*Edit* - My veg pot is that perfectly portioned, I'm getting 3 portions of veg from it, a HUGE 20.1g of FIBRE in it and 10.6g of protein! Score!

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KJOHNSON011 9/2/2011 1:53AM

    Wow what a way 2 get toned!

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B-LYNN1ST 9/2/2011 1:08AM

    Okay, why did you drag yourself thur hell on my B-day...
I thought sparks took a rest day on all B-days.. If they did, no one would get any work done around here..
Keep on pushing girl. You are amazing, and I love bodyrock tv...

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HEEEYBOOBOO 8/31/2011 9:27AM

  Get it Steph!!

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PENFOLDROCKS 8/30/2011 7:05AM

    I'll have to keep that one for when I'm at a loose end - yay for pullups!
Another good one is the MMA workout

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SUGARBABY51 8/30/2011 4:53AM

    Got My Attention!

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KASEYCOFF 8/30/2011 4:10AM

    So glad to hear you jumped into the workout and did it even tho you 'didn't want to' - now that's determination--!

As far as blogging consistency goes - I write my best blogs in my head when I'm doing other stuff, anything from housework to walking to getting groceries. Then when I sit down at the computer to write one, can I remember any of the *brilliant* stuff I thought up? LOL!

Re the Indian Daal veggie pot: I don't know this one! Where'd you get it? I WANT one!

Re the course: you're really doing great, kiddo!!!


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-POOKIE- 8/30/2011 4:02AM


Ive never had the Innocent vegetables, only the smoothies ages ago.

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JOANNA202 8/29/2011 5:52PM

    I've always wondered about those innocent pots - are they filling? I guess they must be with that much fibre and protein but do they really do the trick?

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VYVIENN 8/29/2011 3:24PM

    Mmmh, mmmmmmmmmh, Indian!!! "Kind of poo", ey? emoticon emoticon

You sure rocked that workout, babe! Congrats!! DH's P90X finally came in today, guess that means I'll have to share my dip station soon (as we can't use our pullup bar in this ridiculous house and I told him to substitute reverse pushups)...

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FEED_ME_SHOES 8/29/2011 1:47PM

    I love the sound of this workout, but unfortunately i will have to skip this one, as i have no way of doing the pullups (couldnt do them even if i wanted to haaah!). I have been through some of the older workouts and there are some really great ones in there. Its worth sifting through them all. I spent the day doing housework and grocery shopping, and still have more work to look forward to. Love those innocent pots, although i do think they are slightly overpriced. But they are a great meal to grab on the go!

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A-Z Getting To Know Me

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Quick update first!

Pullup challenge day three consisted of 4 negative pullups, then the glorious 1 pullup you're supposed to be able to do by now. I was so psyched with this because the negatives are feeling really strong and stable now. Pullup came... and passed me by. I couldn't do it. Not ready for it yet but I'm not giving up. Some more sets of negatives I'm thinking and then another attempt.

Weigh in today and i'm down to 148.25lbs. Woo! Now the hard work really starts. I've never been below 147 soooo... i know i'm gonna need the EXTRA hard effort from now.

A. Age-24

B. Books-Love a good book. Recent faves are James Patterson and Jo Lesbo.

C. Chore-Hate chores. Recently employed a cleaner...

D. Dog-My parents have a Shetland Sheepdog, who i still count as my dog too. (TIlly)

E. Essentials-I'm easily pleased really. As long as i can shower and be fresh, and sleep with my blanket at night.

F. Favorite color-Turquoise / purples.

G. Games-Yeah i like all kinds of games, and can get quite competitive.

H. Hometown- Liverpool, England, UK.

I. Indulgences-I do love cookies and eating out.

J. Job-in transport. 6 years officially, 10 years unoficially!

K. Kids-Not yeeeeet.

L. Living arrangements- My husband of almost 1 year and I.

M. Music-I like a bit of everything but LOVE/get mostly excited about RnB/hip hop.

N. Number of siblings-This one can be complicated. 3 brothers and 1 sister on my Mums side who I see as my 'real' silings. Then 2 sisters and a brother who are 'step' from my Dads side. I'm the baby.

O. Oranges or apples-Depends on the mood!!

P. Phobias-Spiders, then the deeper stuff like death.

Q. Quote-"Live and let live" "Don't put off 'til tomorrow, what can be done today"

R. Reason to smile-Realising how lucky you are. And living an breathing!

S. Season-I don't have a favourite.

T. Tattoos-Two. Star on my lower back with the Hubby's name and an Asian tiger on my right leg/ankle/foot.

U. Unknown fact about me-....I....don't know? sorry!

V. Veggie-I enjoy most veggies. Fave is... brocolli.

W. Worst habit-Forgetting important stuff. / Picking at my eyebrows when bored.

X. X ray-Um, on my foot once. It wasn't broken! :)

Y. Yummy food I like to eat-Most food is yummy haha. I love the bad stuff like curry, pizza, burger, breads. I love omelletes, salads, little healthy concoxions that just 'happen'.

Z. Zodiac- Capricorn.

Nighty night!

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 8/30/2011 10:18AM

    LOVE this! I think I may do it myself.

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PENFOLDROCKS 8/30/2011 9:37AM

    Well done on the pullup attempt.
I tried mine again when I got home, but no luck. I'm thinking of starting again from the start of week -2
And it's good to get to know you better!

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FEED_ME_SHOES 8/29/2011 7:23AM

    You are doing the pullups challenge too. Woo, you girls are hardcore! I hate chores and housework too, someday when i can afford to, i will get a housecleaner! A job in transport thats different. Good luck with your course!

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VYVIENN 8/29/2011 7:07AM

    Heehee... if you knew, the fact wouldn't be unknown, would it now. Yup, under N for nicknames please list "smartass" for me. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 8/29/2011 6:21AM

    That's a great meme! I'm stealin' it, lol... I love learning more about other Sparklers!

And as for the pullups - yep, you keep working at it, and before you know it, you'll toss them off alike anything.

THEN you have to post it here, with lots of YAYs--!!!

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-POOKIE- 8/29/2011 4:35AM

    :) I do love eating out as well... can be super tough to fit in!

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GEMINIGEM6 8/28/2011 5:06PM

    Cool! Good to know more about you! :) I see we like the same music. :)

Oh and thx for the compliments on my name and my dog's too!

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Worry Wart

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I go from extremes of being laaaaaaid back majorly - to a total worry wart. I'm a weirdo - honest!

Got to my course nice and early. Signed in and all that jazz. Why i get so nervous i do not know. It took me ages to decide what to wear... going through my clothes, "no i can't wear that" "shall i wear that?" and i stupidy think, "what will people think if i wear that?" "what assumptions will they make about me if i wear this?".... for crikey's sake!!!

I had a good talk to myself and said "HELLO?! Why do you care what people think?! Just go as YOU, and sod what anyone thinks!" Pfffft. I always worry about looking like a 12 year old when i go to things like this though. I like to dress really casually... and i don't really have dressy up-py clothes... so. So i went as me and i was fine. Stupid!

The course was fine. I don't know why i was so worried. Ok it's only the first day, and my file with information is thicker than a phone book, but it's all.... experience stuff and common sense and then just some dates and extra laws you never knew that i need to remember. I feel a lot better now.

Lunch was great. I had half a white roll with ham on it, half a brown roll with tuna/mayo/sweetcorn on it, and lots of salad. I passed on the crisps and chocolate biscuits. Yay! Enjoyed it too! Only thing that's not great is most of the day is spent in a chair - not moving around heh.

Didn't get home until 6:30pm, but couldn't wait to work out! :) This is good huh? LOL. Ok this was a short and quick blog, haha. Now i'm getting a bath, getting some study time in, oh eating a small pasta meal for dinner, and then sleepy sleep ready for another day of learning!

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DAVEYSHADOW 8/31/2011 6:11AM

    Hope the rest of the course is good!

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ALESHABEE 8/26/2011 7:37PM

    You're doing AWESOME Steph...I'm so proud of you!!

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SPACELION 8/26/2011 9:59AM

    Ahahaha god you sound exactly the same as me! I always turn a molehill into a mountain when it comes to things like that... Especially if it means meeting new people.

I think I've missed something, what course are you doing? Good luck with whatever it is.. Glad you had a good first day! ^_^


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SINGINGMAIDEN 8/25/2011 11:07AM

    I worry about a lot of that too, especially when I start my internship in Italy. In the end though how you dress is only just a very small factor in what people get to know and love.

Good luck with your course!

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BAZNCAZ 8/25/2011 6:26AM

    Knew that you would be fine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PENFOLDROCKS 8/25/2011 3:34AM

    Well done lovely.
And I would be the same re the preparation!

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-POOKIE- 8/25/2011 3:09AM

    *hugs* glad you went for it!

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VYVIENN 8/25/2011 3:07AM

    Nifty that the course worked out so much better than you'd thought! As ex- Sergeant Major Hintgen, my old IT boss, used to say: it's all good! emoticon

One thing I first suspected, then tested on several occasions and now can confidently say is 100% true: people are NOT observant of others in a casual setting (i.e. when not competing directly). They not only don't care about you that much, they don't even NOTICE things that you worry might be huge issues.

I'll be thinking of you while I sweat over my second ball workout later today...

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FEED_ME_SHOES 8/24/2011 4:09PM

    I'm not sure if i missed something but what course are you doing?

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KASEYCOFF 8/24/2011 3:25PM

    Steph, sounds great - you really handled everything well, you got the jitters behind you, and you've made a terrific beginning! GO YOU!!!

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HEEEYBOOBOO 8/24/2011 3:18PM

  I worry about the same things - dressing too young. I'm obsessed with boys basketball shorts and hooded sweatshirts. It's a terrible thing LOL.

Good luck with school!!

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