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Aches & Blah

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I'm having different aches each day. It's a bit weird. :-/

My knees seem to be feeling a bit weak (in turns) when i decide to use a springin my step. My right shoulder (the one that hurts during certain exercises) was really sore and felt hot on Sunday night. I'd hurt my other shoulder last week a bit.

Hmmm. It's not normal for me to get little aches or... what feel like sprains in places. I'm torn between two ideas. The first is that my body is falling apart, i.e punishing me for not having worked out for a week. (Although i'm glad to see it's ONLY been a week, PHEW) The other idea is that maybe i'm coming down with something and my body needs to rest............

Heh, let's not go making excuses.

The people here are beyond amazing.

I'm not on board yet....... but it won't be long. I just feel a bit.... lazy.

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ADEWYN 11/23/2011 11:50AM

    hugs... dont be to hard on your self

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PENFOLDROCKS 11/23/2011 4:38AM

    I would agree. Have a couple more days off and start when you're ready - you're more likely to stick at it then.

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NEWNAC304 11/22/2011 3:36PM

    It sounds like you need to give your body a rest and a chance to heal. I hope you feel better soon.

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JOANNA202 11/22/2011 3:13PM

    Maybe you could allow yourself another few days off to rest - see if you come down with something and if not you'll be rested and can jump back to it with a spring in your step.

Whatever you do, we're here for ya! Keep on checking in and don't beat yourself (or your poor body) up!

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Times are feeling pretty dangerous.

I hate coming back here and being negative and say "well yeah, i've been eating crap and skipping workouts..." but at the same time, once i have come here and stated the truth, it's out then and it's the start of the road to being good to myself once again.

This year since April/May, i've been on a constant battle with doing things right and healthy. Why did i get so lazy?!

I look back on my photos from Thailand in March, and i feel good about them. I think i look smaller and a bit more toned. Right now? Where did that tone go?

It's definitely the food.

I keep forgetting how and what to eat. Seriously. I looked back on my calendar, and i forgot that i'd actually made it to 143lbs before i went. I didn't realise it was this close to 140. I've spent the rest of my year in the numbers between 145 to 153. I'm getting a bit tired of this and really, deep down, I want to have a slog at it again and show myself that if i want to be just a bit slimmer - then i can DO it! It's just so hard with the eating though.

I think i need a new plan completely. Well, i need to go back to tracking. Religiously and get my workouts done. I can't just workout and eat crap, because i end up too lazy to workout. There needs to be a balance.

I had some long days at work toward the end of last week, then i worked the weekend. So i kind of shoved away the workouts and good food and ate crap. I can really feel it in my belly.


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CAROLIAN 11/22/2011 5:44PM


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GLOMER 11/22/2011 11:57AM

    You can do it! We are backing you 100%!

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KASEYCOFF 11/22/2011 2:52AM

    I hear you, hon. Once I lose my momentum I tend to keep losing more momentum: it's like a tiny snowball that builds into an avalanche. Before you know it, everything is undone and back where you started. Ah well. Some ideas:

1) Spend a little time thinking about what's been happening the last few months. See if you can pinpoint a couple of reasons HOW and WHY you went off the rails. (Birthday, and kept indulging? Stopped measuring portions, and 'eyeballing' them meant they slowly increased? Got busier at work and had less time for fitness?)

2) Once you've got a couple of 'how & why' ideas, figure out a couple of contingency plans: the holidays are coming up. What will you do to keep on track? If takeaway cravings are your downfall, what can you do to help control them? Failing to plan is planning to fail, so - plan ahead!

3) Learn from your mistakes, then stop looking back and look ahead. You know tracking works for you, and you know when you stopped tracking it was one of the reasons you've regained some weight. Since tracking works - just do it. Same with exercise. Focus on 'I will' rather than 'I don't want to.'

None of it's easy. All of it's doable. It comes down to choices: what do YOU want, Steph?

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FEED_ME_SHOES 11/22/2011 2:07AM

    Hey, its cool. Sometimes life gets in the way. It happens!

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JOANNA202 11/21/2011 5:42PM

    You've put it out there now, and have a whole entire team behind you. You know you can do this! Were you a planner when you first started at this? If so, maybe that's what you need to try again as it sounds like the going gets tough when you're working hard and you're really tired. You just need to make it easier for yourself to grab the good stuff than the bad stuff.

emoticon emoticon ONWARDS!!!

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PENFOLDROCKS 11/21/2011 11:58AM

    I'm soooooo with you on this one! I decided yesterday that this is it - restart, refocus.
I'm going to try a week (working week!) without sugar - none at all - no sweeties, cakes, ice cream, alcohol. Cold turkey is the only thing that works for me!
I'm finding the exercise easier to stick with now that bodyrock seems to be back on track (fingers crossed) - and am supplementing where necessary.
Just forget about the last few months (apart from to learn the lessons that it can be a slippery slope!) and onwards and upwards!
Big hugs, N x

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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 11/21/2011 11:54AM

    I'm sorry you're feeling like you're in a low right now Steph! THAT HAPPENS for sure and is a part of life! I think the best part about this entire blog is that you are being 100% honest with yourself (and us .. it's nice having support to be there to be accountable to, eh? =p) and that is the very first step to "coming back"!! Sparkpeople has so many helpful tools that I know you will utalize and find success!!

You are so amazing and have come so far... in the grand scheme of things, those "last 10lbs" seem to always be the hardest! You've TOTALLY got this girl!! Keep bodyrocking! Try new recipes =] We love ya and are here to support you all the way girl! =]

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-POOKIE- 11/21/2011 10:16AM

    *hugs* I feel the same, I have really let myself get away with things I shouldnt. kidding I can catch up.

I cant, I need to knuckle down and get busy!

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COLUMBIANQUEEN 11/21/2011 8:33AM

    I have no doubt that you can get back on track and meet your goals. We all lose focus briefly at one time or another. So now you have admitted it and can move on. Think about how far you've come so far and get back on track. Your progress inspires me so I need you to make it happen! emoticon


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MANDYDE 11/21/2011 6:35AM

    Steph you have done it before and so know best how to do it again. We all hit these hard times - be kind to yourself and proud that you acknowledge when a change is needed. Mix it up, and have fun - you are always an inspiration to me and many others!

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ADEWYN 11/21/2011 5:15AM

    Steph... you can do it... you are my inspiration..the person who gets up and jut does it... you can do it again... start packing the rigt foods again.. sart uying the right food again.. the workouts just come along aftr...perhaps you are just bored with workouts you are doing perhaps you just need more group like workouts.. I know they motivate me to move more :)Always have what you love to eat with you and in yor home.. I know you can do it... we can do it together... I am always here for you!! and I am glad you have posted how you are feeling.. Love ya girl! Now get to Zumba and dance your ass off LOL

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DAVEYSHADOW 11/21/2011 4:49AM

    Refocus, remember on those long days, getting in and doing just 10 mins of exercise will make you feel better. Let's head towrads 2012 on a good run, I have been struggling this year as well.

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You Make Me Feel

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Today's workout for me was this -

Enjoyed it lots, but not sure whether i've pulled something in my left arm/shoulder. It's a tad sore... :-/ We shall see!

Just running a nice hot bath so going to have a quick update.

Monday flew.... and then I had a 3 hour meeting after work at 6pm... so no workout for me yesterday. Plus some bad food choices. I'm not getting onto myself though... I'm not starting any bad spirals. I'm not getting annoyed/upset/disappointed for missing out or not tracking or not drinking enough water or not logging in everyday. All positive, and just another step forward when things haven't gone my way or i've made the wrong decision.

So today went quick too. I was sleepy after work. Arrived home and got changed. Straight into my workout. There was little voices trying to talk me out of it to just nap instead but i fought it. Now of course, I'm glad i did, because i feel great and tonight i pushed until i could push no more in my work out. I don't always feel i've pushed to my max, but tonight i did.

I also did the pullup challenge. Just 3 pullups and 2 negatives tonight.

Yup, shoulder's giving me a bit of jib.

Quickie = finished! :)

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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 11/16/2011 10:58AM

    Great job pushing through the sleepies and getting your workout in!!! =] Some days i feel the EXACT SAME WAY but after I push myself to workout I always feel 10x better! =] Your numbers were killer for this workout also! You ROCK girl!

Oh and take it easy on that shoulder! ;-)

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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 11/16/2011 10:58AM

    Great job pushing through the sleepies and getting your workout in!!! =] Some days i feel the EXACT SAME WAY but after I push myself to workout I always feel 10x better! =] Your numbers were killer for this workout also! You ROCK girl!

Oh and take it easy on that shoulder! ;-)

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PENFOLDROCKS 11/16/2011 6:30AM

    Well done on the tracking thing - I find it sooooo hard not tracking, but sometimes (like yesterday for me in London) it's just not possible/feasible. It feels like some kind of OCD/control thing for me which can't be a good thing - everything in moderation huh?!

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BAZNCAZ 11/16/2011 3:00AM

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JOANNA202 11/15/2011 5:28PM

    Good on you for pushing through the voices and the workout. Hope the shoulders ok after a nice hot bath. You don't want to be doing yourself an injury with that nasty bodyrocking! :-p

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NEWNAC304 11/15/2011 3:06PM

    Good for you for talking yourself out of a nap! I always feel so much better after I workout. I need to go home and clean tonight so I hope I can talk myself out of not doing it.

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ADEWYN 11/15/2011 3:03PM

    well done! fantastic!

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    Well done you - good luck with staying focused and reaching your goals...

I did 15 pull ups - up from 0 less than a month ago...

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Sexy Time Abs

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I was going to leave the blog title as simply "Sexy Time" and be childish and giggle about the phrase of someone participating in "sexy time" ... but I am not going to do that, I'm going to be an adult and just have a little update.

I've had a good weekend. Friday night I went to hot yoga - and thoroughly enjoyed the class. I felt this was my best class yet, I felt i could push further and reach further in the stretches. It felt wonderful. I do firmly believe that BodyRocking all week long has been the reason for my better performance.

Saturday I went into town with some loved ones and toured our city's two glorious cathedrals.
We toured the inside of both the Anglican Cathedral

And also the Metropolitan Cathedral

It's funny how easily we often forget about the wonder and beauty that is sat on our doorstep for us to admire and be proud of.

And just while I'm posting some pics, I thought i'd share this pic of my (well, my parents) little dog Tilly (Shetland Sheepdog) next to a friends giant German Shepherd.

"Little & Large" !

So Saturday was a rest day work out wise - then today I got up and did week -2 of the 20 pullups challenge. One pull up, then 4 negatives. Slow and steady.

Lazy day with a bit of shopping, then home and saw BodyRock posted a workout from Friday night, woop woop! So did Sexy Time Abs workout tonight. With a bonus to it! It was hard but I enjoyed it. Used my kettlebell as the sandbag too, and i'm always sorry i've decided to use it as soon as i start, but at the same time glad, because how else am i supposed to make progress?!

Ready for a new week with lots of work outs!

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FITJEANS 11/16/2011 12:58PM

    Where do i start chica. The pictures were beautiful and amazing you are rite we often do forget about the beauty in our own back yards. It is so awesome that you are touring your country and capturing its beauty. lmao im from New york and have never went site seeing. There are so many beautiful things there to see. I live in Kentucky now. Super proud of you i know you are getting some amazing results. Glad to see that you are still going and pushing harder then ever. It motivates me to see you do well ttyl chica ;D

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SWEETLIPS 11/15/2011 10:07AM

    Okay, now I have to dust off the kettlebell cause I want sexy abs!! yeah!!

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JOANNA202 11/14/2011 6:28PM

    That dog is sooo cute and fluffy (please now refer to my comment about not being a girly girl!)

Have you tried any non-hot yoga at all? I'd be interested to know how it compares. Do you think it makes a difference to how much you burn, or just allows you to stretch more easily (along with all that bodyrocking of course).

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PENFOLDROCKS 11/14/2011 12:01PM

    I think I'm getting old... or boring... or both - as I looked at the workout title and thought - 'why can't they stop calling it sexy this and sexy that'?!....
Bah humbug!
I did the workout today though - I used my 12kg KB for the 1st round of the jump lungy things, then swapped into the lighter 6kg one!

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-POOKIE- 11/14/2011 10:01AM

    I was rather dissapointed in the atmosphere in the Anglican... I mean... a tourist tat shop selling beatles memorabelia?? really?

The metropolitan one was beautiful though, I loved that.

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FEED_ME_SHOES 11/14/2011 2:05AM

    Haaaaaaaah sometimes its just too tempting to have a giggle at things! Those cathedrals are beautiful. I agree with you about missing the beauty of things. I have a beautiful lake round the corner of my house which i drive by at least 3 times a day so i dont really 'see' it for what it really is

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GIANTMICROBE 11/13/2011 4:20PM

    Very nice. I'm thinking of getting myself a kettlebell to use for some of the workouts.

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Hot Beastie !

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ahhhh. I feel really good right now. So, a little blog just to spread some love. ;)

LOVED tonights Bodyrock workout (officially yesterdays) www.bodyrock.tv/2011/11/09/hot-beast

Really kicked my butt, yet let me push harder and increase the intensity for myself. I felt a lot of it in my arms, in a good way. I felt strong and I could feel the muscles in my arms working hard.

I did goblet squats with the kettlebell for the sandbag squats. These do kill me, but i could feel just a slight difference in the squats, in my grip on the kettlebell and also, i could go deeper at the beginning of the workout. Good stuff.

I also used my kettlebell on the sandbag situps. Had to be careful at first, the KB was heavy bringing it up from above my head lying down, up to the arms being at a 90 degree angle, before pushing up for the situp. I also had to watch i didn't drop the KB on my head as i brought it back down - hah, that wouldn't be pretty! It's good though, because it means i can't slack and i have to be concentrating through the whole exercise.

It's been a successful week, as I have worked out every night from Monday.

Tomorrow I have hot yoga booked. I'm excited for that and am really enjoying the different challenges of new moves and different instructors. I always forget to mention important stuff in my blogs, or things I've been thinking out.

On Saturday we did some new yoga moves, and one of them was a "Something-Crow" - i can't remember what the 'something' part was... it may be 'Crouching Crow' or something? But anyways, you're crouched low, bum low to the ground, knees sticking up....
*hang on - i JUST googled it* It's simply called the Crow Pose. This is what it looks like....

How awesome is that?!
So the instructor tells us to go down low, then place our hands on the mat infront of us - we didn't know where we were going with this yet. Until she says, lean forward, shifting the weight to the hands, lean the knees against the elbows.... then slowly, completaly shift your weight to your hands and balance. WELL. Most people were kind of like, "wtf?!" and going down into it, it did really feel impossible. I didn't do it there and then, but noticed a 'yogi' in the front, calmly holding the pose and breathing through it.

I was impressed ! Big time!

At the end of the class, the lady on the mat next to me asked the instructor to go through that one again, so i ended up trying it again with her. I DID IT! I managed just a couple of seconds but i did it! Woah?! Total mental thing... but feels SO good when you're balancing on just your hands! I was telling DH about it later on and managed to show him successfully, for those two seconds again haha!

In work this week, I was telling some co-workers in the office about the exciting class with this exciting Crow Pose. Well, they insisted i show them (LOL) - so i was a bit nervous about that, BUT, managed to do it, AND hold it for longer than i have before! Eep! :D So i'm very excited about doing that again in a class!

Ok i went on a bit there haha....

So yeah, successful week, things are looking up! I am making the right decisions at the right times, and i have to remember how much i am happy with that decision afterwards!

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FEED_ME_SHOES 11/12/2011 5:35AM

    Awesome. I can do handstands, and i agree life is better when you are upside dowm!

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FITMOMMYFORLIFE 11/11/2011 11:37AM

    Great job with the crow pose! That sucker is HARD! In the Jillian Michael's Yoga Meltdown video she has you doing that pose in the level 2 video and everytime I go into it I feel like it's kind of a gag or a joke and only the most INSANELY FIT people can do that! But the last time We did the video I DID IT FOR A FEW SECONDS!! haha and the guys were there to watch me do it! Unfortunately they called me a show off for it =p I just tell them, Bodyrock like I DO and you'll be able to crow it out also! ;-)

You're doing so great Steph! I'm so glad you're enjoying doing the Hot yoga and bodyrocking it like a freaking ROCK STAR! You're impressive my dear!!!!! =D

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GEMINIGEM6 11/11/2011 9:52AM

    That is SO cool!!! I honestly don't have experience with yoga. I bought a DVD a few years back 'Yoga for Beginners'. I keep telling myself now that I'm in better shape I need to check it out. But that is SO cool that you were able to do that!! I would def NOT be able to prob even ATTEMPT it myself! Lol!! But you really do some kick butt workouts!! Go girl!! And congrats on holding that pose! Wow!!

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JOANNA202 11/10/2011 5:47PM

    Yay! for that great feeling when you make good decisions and your body feels great.

And here's Steph raving about yoga. Who'da thunk it?!

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ERPARA 11/10/2011 4:34PM

    Yay for crow pose!!! :)

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