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Sunday, February 12, 2012


Yup... I fell off again. Y'know, you really would think that Sparking and working out properly for 2 years, it would be easier to stay on the wagon and keep going strong? But that's not real life at all, is it?

If I'm honest, I think now that I'm more in the maintaining stages and concentrating on my fitness and tightening my body.... because I don't have these huge numbers coming off the scale, everything is SO much harder. Like if to begin with, I was only 10lbs over weight, I don't think I'd be able to do it... Everything seems easier for me when you're so far away from a goal that you don't even know if it's possible for you to reach it...

That doesn't make sense much because I am so far away from an amazing-flat-and-ab'd stomach that it would push me on to SEE if I will ever pull that damn saggy skin bag in.

This is a positive blog, even though it may not seem that way haha! I have missed everyone!

I didn't do Week 4 of January's BodyRock 30 Day Challenge. I pushed it away (along with Spark and generally the internet) and ate all the foods I could. Funnily enough, the challenge must have been doing wonders with my body - because after all the food I ate in the 2nd week off the challenge (and it was a lot of food) - I didn't put any weight on! LOL. How weird is that? Thank you body.

SO, I was happy to see a new 30 Day Challenge go up for February...Felt like it was especially for me, lol. So I promised myself (and made it public in other areas) that this 30 Day Challenge - I would stick to. So I got on board. I've done the first week, Days 1 - 5 and I feel great. Those were some hard workouts, and I've been sore all week. It's been good though, and I feel like I've really worked hard with certain parts of my body.

I've been eating really well too this past week, so will weigh in on my normal weigh day again on Monday and actually record it.

What I've just thought of, is my healthy lifestyle still does impact me even when I am in 'self-destruct' mode - I am eating well throughout the day without even realising it. That'll be why the weight didn't grab me, probably. I eat a healthy breakfast and have healthy snacks in the day between my lunch. So really, I'd only really been pigging out for my tea (dinner!) and then a little bit afterwards before bed. I'm subconsciously more sensible in my food choices AND definitely portion sizes now though... so that's good!? :)

So um... Hi everybody and sorry for being crap, lol. It's great to see everyone is doing great and going strong. Always so motivating just checking into Spark... The people here are so wonderful.

I go to Mexico on March 31st... So let's pull this tummy in! :)

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DAVEYSHADOW 2/15/2012 11:10AM

    emoticon especially with Mexico as a goal!

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-POOKIE- 2/13/2012 9:58AM


lets go!

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FATHINSN 2/13/2012 8:12AM

    That's great, eating well, Awesome!
I'm having problem with my food, too, either feel it's too light or too heavy, wish I've a red and green light in my body to say if I'm eating right!

Wish you have a great Feb-2012 30-Day Challenge!

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JOANNA202 2/12/2012 6:34PM

    Already 5 days into the February challenge? Good on you! I'm sure they did put it up for you, because they knew Steph needed a little something extra :-)

Definitely worth keeping it all in perspective of the very long way you've already come. I know that makes it even more frustrating but I know you WILL get to where you want to be. I read somewhere the other day about someone starting maintenance because they were happy with their weight, but not yet their shape. I'm not still not sure how you decide what weight is right for you, unless perhaps it's your body saying 'whatever you throw at me (good or bad), this is my weight' and then it's time to ignore the scales and focus on toning up those last bits? Not sure I even know what I'm talking about, but maybe some of it will make sense?!

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BAZNCAZ 2/12/2012 12:10PM

    LOOK OUT MEXICO (STEPH'S BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Nice to see you as well. WOO - HOO.

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    That's LIFE babe! Full of ups and downs =] I can totally get what you're saying about it being almost harder when you have less to lose because you aren't seeing those scale drops like before.. maybe it's time to change your goals to more of a strength goal? So like, lets say now you can do 10 push ups.. make a goal to be able to do 20 without stopping! Or things of that like! Those numbers you WILL see changing as you go back to them! Probably more than you'll be seeing the scale changing at this point!!

That's GREAT though that with crap eating and doing bodyrock you were able to maintain! Sounds like you have things pretty much under control as far as your daytime eating goes, so I'm sure you're not REALLY ingesting as many calories as you think you are in the evenings! And like i said before, that's LIFE! we're freaking human =] What matters is that you're GOING to succeed again!!!

I may have shared this quote with you before, not sure, I've shared it with many because it hits SO TRUE TO HOME with myself, and I literally have had it posted on my fridge for MONTHS. It's a confucious quote =D

"Our Greatest Glory is not in never falling, but in RISING every time we fall."

SO TRUE.. and you're glorious in this blog my dear! =]=]

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GIANTMICROBE 2/12/2012 7:50AM

    You can burn out if you do anything long enough... it's totally okay! And like you said, it's not like you put on any weight. I don't see a problem here at all :)

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FEED_ME_SHOES 2/12/2012 6:39AM

    That makes sense, you have the healthy eating ways instilled into, which always helps. You will rock this new challenge. Good to see your blogs again as always! x

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LILRED75 2/12/2012 6:08AM

  Mexico, here you come, and... you'll be ready! emoticon

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3 in 1 BodyRock Blog

Saturday, January 28, 2012

I've been doing my workouts and not spending too much time online afterwards. I've been realy tired and just needed to get to bed.

Soooo..... I'll talk about the workouts!
BodyRockers Sparkteam is here -

So we have week 3, day 3 found here -

This was a repeat of a Week 2 workout, as they had site maintenance going on
Scores ~ (Week 2 scores in brackets)
Clean + Press (14kg) - (12-11)-13-10
Squat Leaps - (23-21)-21-18
3 Tier Pushups (15-15)-13-9
Reverse Pullups - (17-16)-17-15
Squat+Press (14kg then 10kg)-(13-12)-11-15
Switch Lunges -(23-27)-28-24

I was neither here nor there and didn't feel good enough to go onto Sean's workout.

Week 3 Day 4 is here -

Tuck Jump + Duck Under - 15-14-14
1 Reptile 1 Raise Leg Elevated Pushups - 10-12-9
Side Plank Leg Lift Left - 11-22-24 (ended up having to do lying leg raises)
Side Plank Leg Lift Right - 16-22-22

Then this morning I've just done Week 3 Day 5!

My time for Lisa-Marie's workout was 19:31. I need to work at pushing through as I do tend to take water breaks etc.
Seans little killer~ (I'm blushing because I only did one round) :-/
Wide grip pullup + (14kg) bicep curl (=1) - 5
One arm rows (14kg) - 19 (alt every 5)
Assisted reverse grip pullups - 8

I'm not very impressed at all by my performance this week, but feel good afterwards for actually doing the workout and sticking with it. Hopefully, that's got to count for something.

I don't really want to take two whole rest days now. I think it's quite dangerous for me to have a whole two-day break. Hopefully I'll be back with my strength and oomph after one rest day.

Catch ya later!

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JOANNA202 1/29/2012 6:24PM

    How about a nice little C25K run, instead of a rest day? :-) Just for me because I can't *sob*. Glad to see your keeping on keeping on in any case.

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FEED_ME_SHOES 1/29/2012 5:57AM

    Next week your performance will be killer! Own it girl!

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FATHINSN 1/28/2012 9:44PM

    I just started my Week 3 and you just finished yours, hehe. How about taking only 1 day rest but not a total rest, do something lighter to keep the momentum. I think it's important to have rest day for recovery, even if just a day :D

I think what you did is impressive, the number of the weights and the reps, Wow!

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    Nice job beating your scores with that workout! There was a lot of improvement there! =] You may not be impressed, but I AM! =] I think you did great! And good for you for listening to your body and getting your booty to bed after a workout rather than wasting your time updating your blog here! Sleep is WAY more important than Spark (in my opinion =p) and getting the proper rest will help you push to your max for your next workout! =]
I'm in the same boat as you as far as the rest days thing.. I so much prefer to take my rest days split up into the week rather than on right after the other! I feel so lazy taking a full TWO rest days, and then that day I get back into the swing is always that much harder!!

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Week 3 Day 2 BodyRock + Workout Space + Choc Babies!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Another pre-bedtime quickie!

Day 2 of BodyRock was fab. Workout looked huge but was still 12 mins. Hang on.... I think it might have been 16?


Pushup+Burpee+Tuck - 6
HKs - 78 (Did without jump rope so I could put more effort in)
Switch Lunge- 19
HKs - 78
PressUp+Spider Knee - 9
HKs - 77
10xHKs10XMountain Climbers - 3.5+ 4mcs
HKs - 78
Side Burpee + Oblique Abs - 5
HKs - 72
PushUp+Side Plank + Oblique Drop - 5 (Loved these!!)
HKs - 79
V Abs Right - 13
HKs - 80
V Abs Left - 12
HKs - 80
Hug Knees + Jump Jack - 15
HKs - 63
Single Toe Touch Abs - 12
HKs - 80
Squat Jump - 14
HKs - 73
1/2 Burpee w/ Pushup - 7
HKs - 76

Yehaa! Feeling strong. :)

Here's a little pic of my workout space tonight - following with GIANTMICROBE's idea of showing where we work out hehe.

That's my living room. I workout in that square. To the left sitting on the left couch is my folder which has a big pad in it where I write everything down, and it sits on the arm there so I can write my scores easily. That's my pink mat. To the right is the laptop and my glass of water. The large thing on the right of the screen is the treadmill I'm babysitting. I might take another pic when I have more equipment out.

Finally! I decided to make a recipe from the latest site Nina has shared with peeps, healthy deserts over at www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com . I fancied some cocoa peanut butter BABIES when mentioned to me (hehe) soooo luckily I had the ingredients in!

They are soooo tasty and taste so fudgy! Yum! And I got thumbs up from the hubby too, he doesn't know they're made of dates though! ;)

Sorry to be so short, I'm missing out on my beauty sleep! ;)

*Edit* Duh! The link for the babies is here.

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LYNN-LOVESLIFE7 1/27/2012 1:10AM

    A little space is better than no space to workout at all.
You are doing great, keep it up.

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FATHINSN 1/25/2012 7:38PM

    Love your workouts setup, everything is within the area - the wokout space, the notepad and the computer :D We don't need too big space for Bodyrock, no need fancy equipment and can do almost everywhere :D

The Fudge Babies looks nyummy and easy to make based on the recipe. Wonder if I can alternate walnut with almonds, hard to find walnut here ... unless I reuse those in chocolate bars, haha.

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    NOM! I need to get me some dates and make those babies!!! =D

By the way I love your workout space! Kind of along the same lines as what Chrissy said, but isn't it amazing what you can accomplish in just a small area?! Screw a gym membership!!! =D

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PENFOLDROCKS 1/25/2012 4:33PM

    Excellent - glad you made babies ;)
They are delish aren't they? You wouldn't guess they were just fruit and nuts.
And your workout space looks like mine!

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GIANTMICROBE 1/25/2012 4:32PM

    I love your space! It really is amazing how little room you need to get in the best shape ever.

Those chocolate babies look AHMAZING... I looked at that site today too!!!!!!

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BodyRock Week 3 Day 1

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Quickie before bed! Eyes closing!


Fit Test (Old Scores in Brackets)
Squat Jump - (29)-30
Pushups - (23)-19
Burpees - (12)-15
High Knees - (85)-92
Switch Lunges - (25)-27
Tuck Jumps - (16)-16
Straight Abs - (18)-20

Improved on most except pushups. I'd already done 24 burpee's right before though.... soo... 24 pushups tired me me thinks :P

Sean's Chest Workout -
Press & Dip - 11+Pushup - 9
21s - 21-19 (after first 7, pushups were from knees)
Chest Press (14kg) - 26-23

I probably have a lot to say, but I need to get to bed. I'm happy to have worked out, the initial one is the hardest. AND I've developed an obsession for Dorito's. I devoured a packet of chilli at the weekend and there's a huge bag of cheese flavour waiting for me to open them. To be honest.... I bought some chilli cheese dip whilst shopping after work, and was going to open them tonight. But guess what? My workout pushed out the need for them tonight.

Okay, bedtime!

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FITJEANS 1/25/2012 1:55PM

    emoticon Sounds like you had a spectactular workout! 24 burpees, thats hard. I know that i cant do that yet, that would be a great goal to accomplish. Woot woot great idea, i think im going to try and test my self again to see how many Basic exercises i can do. I havent put myself to the test to the while. Im going to blog about it and let ya know how it goes. TTyl chiCa ;D

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PENFOLDROCKS 1/25/2012 4:22AM

    Well done on the new fit test scores! Incentive to keep going?
Did you see that Sean's posted on FB that he's going to be doing a new thing for February to build lean muscle? Sounds good to me - I may do that interspersed with some running.
Oh - and Doritos - mmmmm - I LOVE the chilli heatwave ones!

Oh - and just remembered to tell you - I've used my pullup bar for a few of the 'equaliser' moves, including the one you just posted. I put the bar on the floor and use the curvy bits to give a bit of lift off the floor for the arm elevated pushups.

Comment edited on: 1/25/2012 4:23:48 AM

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FATHINSN 1/24/2012 11:05PM

    How about you do another fit test, this time the first thing before you do anything else? I think you will get much better pushup & tuck jumps result :D I think you still do quite well, even after the 24 Burpees!

I want to catch up on you, we are about 2, 4 days between us, hehe.

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SPRINGHAZE 1/24/2012 8:46PM

    Awesoooome! It seems to get harder and harder for me to get that workout in as the day goes on. Way to go!

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    Yay for squeezin' that workout in ! and those are some nice fit test scores! I should go back and re-do mine also! Also, thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! I just LOVE working out as a family =] I hope that someday Kenny and I will be workout partners for REAL also! that would be just awesome! =D

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JOANNA202 1/24/2012 5:38PM

    emoticon Workout squeezed into the day: woohoo!

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Monday Zumba

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hey hey!

Quick blog while I'm working.

I'm mostly eating good again. I just had a bowl of noodles for dinner yesterday ... which wasn't very nutritional at all. It could have been worse, is how I look at it. :-/

I went to zumba, finally! Woohoo! Hah, it was really good fun and the instructor was fantastic, really tried to include and talk to everyone, was full of energy and bouncing around and asking for a "wooo" every minute, LOL!

I'd gone in wearing my tracksuit, with shorts and t-shirt underneath. I can't really exercise and enjoy it unless I'm in my shorts. There was like 50 people there, in this little school gym - seriously. I thought we'd all end up knocking into each other but we all seemed to space out quite well. I left my bottoms on as NOBODY else had shorts on - lol. I soon changed my mind after warming up and we all threw our jackets/jumpers off and got stuck in hehe!

Everyone was so friendly and we were all kind of laughing with each other, definitely no laughing AT each other. A really lovely atmosphere. :)

I did expect to work a bit harder but I suppose it's all about the effort you put in when you know the moves a bit better? The good news is - I'm going again. I'm booked in for next Monday - plus a toning class afterwards woohoo! It's nice to have a little change.

I didn't do any Week 3 of BodyRock yesterday. I'm working out tonight though so will probably start it. I've had some words with myself and I need to focus and getting in at least one work out every day (give or take a rest day, depending on how I feel) instead of trying to be so strict with myself or have a plan. I don't know. I like having a plan... and I strive on a plan, but I'm really beating myself up recently.

I want to finish the 30 day challenge. I know that.

In the back of my mind i know that I go away on March 31st, so I know that March at least will be a very strict month for me all around..maybe even some February. I could do with a 30-day plan for March, hah. I realise I could use the one BodyRock has up now but sometimes new fresh stuff every day is so much more motivating.

I wish I was more decisive!

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ADEWYN 1/25/2012 1:48AM

    i am so glad you went every zumba class is that way every person is completely excepted and no one ever laughs at anyone... we always have a bal.... thats why there motto is Ditch the workout and Join the party :) and yes once youget the moves to the dances you perfect them and able to put as much as a little effort you want.. me i am always gunho... i know that is so surprising to you lol... glad you had fun... i cant wait to hear more of your zumba excursion :)

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JOANNA202 1/24/2012 5:36PM

    I'm sooo pleased you liked zumba! How did you find the music? It's great when you find a class that's friendly and helpful and feels like it's ok to just do your thing.

Looking forward to hearing about your Feb/Mar plans... Are you off somewhere exciting on the 31st?

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FATHINSN 1/24/2012 11:06AM

    Me, too! Actually, I was going to give up doing the 30-day Challenge after that 1-week off and seeing how others so far away but I don't want to give up after done days of workouts and I want to keep challenging myself :D

Here's to our finishing 30-Day Challenge, no matter when is that but hopefully still in this year, haha.

Hmm, joining a group to do exercises, I can't wait to find one (which still within my budget, hehe), I love all those socialize even just to say hi and laughing with strangers and dunno why, I love to see how everyone's do their best at same time :D

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    Love how awesome your Zumba class was! And that energy! Man I can almost feel it from here! =D I'm sure you were absolutely glowing and helping everyone else feel comfortable and energized through the class! =D

I really wouldn't beat yourself up over "missing" workouts on bodyrock! What matters is that you're moving, and Zumba does just that!!

Where are you going in March? Did you tell us and I'm just spacing? (just woke up.. still foggy lol)

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PENFOLDROCKS 1/24/2012 10:52AM

Hi lovely and welcome back.
I do like Zumba - you can't really do it without a smile on your face can you?
And I agree, it doesn't seem particularly taxing; not sure if that's cos we're used to BR? I normally burn around 275 cals for an hour and think that it's better than sitting on the sofa, which is what I'd be doing otherwise!
I know exactly what you mean about the plan - that's why I'm enjoying the 30 day challenge; especially after the couple of months of flux, when we didn't know whether a workout would be posted. I like being told what to do on a daily basis and not have to choose! Who knows what will happen next?! You could always join Hannah and the others at the start?

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