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Picture of Confidence: P.U.S.H. Week 5

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Main Challenge : Picture Confidence for 30 Points or 0 Points:
BONUS : Double Meat-less Patty for 10 Points or 0 Points:
MAIN CHALLENGE: Picture Confidence
Find an old picture of yourself that you feel confident in, and blog about it. Why are you happy in that picture, what makes you proud/confident about what you look like in the image? Think about that time, and try to figure out what you can do to bring that feeling along with you through the rest of your journey. You may not be at the finish line just yet, but remember that confidence should start now, be proud of everything that you’ve already accomplished!

BONUS: Double Meat-less Patty
This week, go veggie two FULL days for bonus points. During those two days fish, eggs, and dairy are allowed, but otherwise your meals and snacks for those two days must be vegetarian.

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This girl turned into one who feared exercise, and ridicule from having so much skin exposed. But before that...

I took delight in feeling the rush of moving so fast, gliding on my skates. I was probably 5 years old in this picture, it's hard to tell because I was bigger than other girls my age.
But back to this image:
Cheeks flushed from exertion! Hair in a ponytail! Wild from the wind! Highlighted from being kissed by the sun! With the delicious warmth of Southern California on my bare shoulders! I remember liking playing outside. I felt freedom in the speed, and grace in my movement! And after this, older, it was on my banana-seat bike and after that, older still, wind in my hair driving (speeding) with the windows down. I was confident because I was having fun using my body. Exercise feels good. That's what I'll remember for the rest of my journey. And if I find the speed from self-propelled movement, I'll avoid speeding tickets!! Yay!! HEheheee! (I have rediscovered this, in the high that I get after dancing in my Zumba classes, etc. I'm going to go do that tonight, in fact!)

Bonus: I guess I need to do this Friday and Saturday, since those are the only days left for the challenge! LOL! Glad I found out about this today!

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PELESJEWEL 2/6/2011 2:13PM

    emoticon I love this pic of you!! All confident & not afraid of, but going for speed because it's FUN! I know you are reconnecting with this inner winner, especially when you swizzle at Zumba (I love Zumba too!) Great blog!

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CAROLYN1213 2/6/2011 12:58PM

    I LOVE this!!!! Everything about this is awesome!!!! Find that confident girl and help her grow into the beautiful healthy woman you are meant to be!

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KROLES55 2/5/2011 6:28PM

    Great photo. I ran across a picture of me 8 yrs old at a kiddie disco and was going to post it. I opted to not too.. I think I will go back and add it..

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UNICORN212 2/5/2011 3:44PM

    Thank you for your comment on my blog. I like yours, too! Good that you were wearing knee pads. I used to skate when I was a kid - have the scars to prove it! The block bully ran me down on his bike while I was crossing the street, and I scraped up my knees. I got revenge though - he was riding down the sidewalk while I was sweeping and my broom handle slipped between his spokes by accident! I don't think we had helmets and knee pads back then!

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MAGGIEX3UK 2/5/2011 11:53AM

    very cute picture. you look so adorable and innocent

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AFTERMYKIDS 2/5/2011 10:03AM

    So Cute!! I loved roller skating and I have actually been w/the kids again since starting spark. I still like it, Just a little scare of breaking something now. LOL
Keep Dancing, I see the little girl coming back through. emoticon Let her shine!

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KKTODAY 2/4/2011 1:20PM

Love your photo! You were such a cute kid! :D I miss rollerskating... I'm planning on visiting a rink in the not-too-distant future. Hehe

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DEBBIEKAY1 2/4/2011 8:56AM

    Adorable emoticon

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JESPAH 2/4/2011 6:36AM

    Lovely - both now and then.

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TBABY912 2/4/2011 1:31AM

    loooove that pic! and i love to skate and zumba too! emoticon

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    Oh my! to be young again! great picture -- thanks for sharing, on a great blog!

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TODAYIAM 2/3/2011 9:52PM

    Great pic!

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DDOORN 2/3/2011 9:27PM

    I used to skate too...back around middle school-ish age or so...never really great at it and only did it at an indoor rink, but yes! I also remember that feeling of being high with the movement, breeze, the music which was always going at the skating rink. My greatest short-coming? Breaking...I mostly used walls...lol!

I've been VERY envious of this older fellow who roller-blades round and round our local park. He's wearing headphones, dancing and twirling about and having the time of his life. While I wouldn't mind having a piece of that I'm too cowed over my poor balance and the thought of falling to tackle such a thing...at least yet!


ps...thx for stopping by my blog! :-)

pps...so if men are doing Zumba, tell me: how many fellows are in your class...? (yep, that's why *yours truly* ain't there either...!)

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BUBBLYBRANDI 2/3/2011 9:17PM

  Awww what a sweet post. Loved it

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FLOWER1967 2/3/2011 9:17PM

    Lol...Lovin' the Roller skates....so 80's
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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 2/3/2011 9:08PM

    Great pic. Unfortunately my upbringing doesn't have any confident pics but as I sprung my own wings I got better. Now I'm confident. Love the pic. Enjoy the challenge.

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    ahhhhhh you're a cutiepie!! love the pic.. and your description! good look on the vegetarian thang..

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LOTUSFLOWER 2/3/2011 8:42PM

    I love this picture of you and your blog!!! I also have to go meatless the next two days...I put it off LOL!!

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FITKITTYMAMA 2/3/2011 8:38PM

    I was never an athletic child, but I remember I used to love to skate, either outdoors or at skating rinks. Seeing your picture kind of brought that back to me. I think I would fall on my face if I put on a pair of skates now... I might have to make that a challenge for myself to skate again before my journey is over.

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CALLIEA 2/3/2011 8:37PM

    You still have that same beautiful smile. A really great idea...I have hardly no pics from my childhood. Maybe some school group pics but other pics were a not big deal in our family. Instead we had a movie camera. (LOL....dating my age...)

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.DUSTY. 2/3/2011 8:32PM

    So Cute! I felt the same way about riding my bike. One way or another (even if I'm 90+) I WILL be riding again!

Great challenge! emoticon

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MARIAND123 2/3/2011 8:31PM

    That is awesome. I am going through my mother's pictures right now and scanning them all in for her. I am going to find a Confident Marian and post it.

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Perfecting Habits while CareGiving

Thursday, February 03, 2011

This may as well be titled, "Perfecting Habits During Stress". I've been strangely prone to unusual overeating on days that I'm care-giving for my mother-in-law who is bedridden, struggling with cancer. Chocolate is my "indulgence" of choice. But there is only so much of that around, so it's also been salty chips, comfort meals, miscellaneous candy, and mom's favorite: donuts.

For the complete picture, let me set the scene... Almost everything in her house could be classified as "junk food", and while that makes it challenging to construct nutritious meals, I do that all the time, so it's not impossible. Since I live with my husband, and nothing is off limits food-wise, my cupboards are not the pinnacle of Healthy Food Mastery. I have, however, internalized the SparkDiet Strategy #3 about "Setting Up Shop" ever since I first read about it in 2008, and I do things to purchase wisely, promote healthy convenience, and (usually) prevent temptation by not purchasing unhealthy foods that are devoid of nutrition. (Except for the 2 candy bars I picked up last night.)

I've been over there less than half a dozen times under this circumstance, and I think each time I'm improving on eating within my ideal nutritional ranges, limiting less healthful foods, increasing activity.

Mainly, I've gone from out-of-control (untracked) eating to implementing moderation, increasing knowledge of my behaviors and spending more time on self observation and reflection.

Success #1: I tracked all my food today!! (I didn't this weekend, or weekend of Jan 15th, and the days when I provided care in the middle of the week were incomplete tracking.)

Success #2: I talked to myself about my choices, even each time that I chose to eat a cookie, then another, and some cake, and a yogurt dessert, then ice cream, and when I was searching for mom's secret Dove candy stash...and then remembered & retrieved my own Twix from my purse. I was thinking about it instead of mindlessly doing it. (Wait, is this worse? LOL!) I also reviewed my daily nutrition tallies, exactly how much I went over in calories and how eliminating just a couple of the poor sugary food choices I listed above could have kept me inside my ranges - - without berating myself, mind you!


[By the way, after I posted this blog and looked at the daily totals from the nutrition tracker in this link, I realized that I skimped in accounting for some of my foods, and after some more realistic and honest additions, I went over my cals, carbs and fat by twice as much as I originally thought. Valuable info for really knowing what's happening during my intake!! ]

Success #3: When sent for donuts I didn't purchase a kind that I liked. She likes cake donuts, I was raised (haha) on donut holes, cinnamon roll donuts, and that kind of melty-in-your-mouth-fluffy sensations that cake donuts don't provide. Bonus is the feeling of complete family warm fuzzies locked in those molecules of sugar and fat because there were family weekend traditions from before my parents divorced. Plus, instead of buying a dozen, I got just the one she asked for. (Last Saturday, I got the variety dozen that she asked for, with lots of raised donuts and ended up eating 3 that day.)

Success #4: I brought my own lunch choices. (I didn't eat them though, I ate leftover taco stuff, and corn tortilla quesadilla, then ate the dinner that my SIL planned.) But I will next time. I will also focus on my usual method of thinking of filling veggie servings first, then adding other nutrient components. So instead of 10 sugar/candy/cake choices and 3 fruit/veg servings, I'll show something that's completely reverse.

Success #5: I left. I left to go exercise. (My husband was also there this time.) I left to go exercise in a Zumba class with every variable being uncomfortably different: new instructor, gym location, day and time, etc. I don't know why it is so difficult for me to do what I need. Even after I left, part of my brain was working on reasons I should stay there to help her, to help my husband take care of her (no, to take care of her so that my husband wouldn't have to; or to stay to take better care of her which is also a thought poking around in there).

I posted this last one in a thread on my SparkRally Cincinnati May 2011 team called "What I'm doing to be ACTIVE today"... And I realized how very hard it was, how even now my stomach is knotting in anxiety, to go exercise for ME when I feel like I could be doing something for someone else.

I realized... OH MY GOSH... I am one of THOSE people, the ones that I've encouraged, and shared comments with, and maybe offered advice to, countless times here on SparkPeople when they post a blog about running after their kids, husband, family, obligations and volunteers, in circles when exhausted, and still feeling guilty for a 10 minute walk alone. Then I remember how I used to be a person that had difficulty saying "No" and often took on more than I could provide (driving me to work hard to rise to the occasion and attempt to over-achieve). I remembered how I once read a book about being assertive, I once taught myself how to do that, and once didn't know how to think that way.

And even after all of that, I have to REALLY talk myself into going out for an hour to exercise. Then I talk myself into it being worth it, telling myself the same thing I've told others, about how it will make me stronger for them, for myself, relieve stress, and enable me to do even more. That reassures me. But it also reaffirms that I *am* one of those people. Not that there's anything wrong with that. ;D

Next time I will strive to reach my ideals even more, and again after that. And if I am not 100% successful, I will learn more, and modify my behavior and keep at it. That is how I lost my first 100 pounds, and that is how I will lose the next!

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VALERIEMAHA 2/5/2011 12:40PM

    Words escape me.

In spite (and because) of it all --
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RUSSELLORAMA 2/3/2011 7:37PM

    Success is yours. You've earned it, you deserve it.

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SWEETZMIX 2/3/2011 6:23PM

    Progress Joce on sO many levels!

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 2/3/2011 6:18PM

    Jocelyn, you are doing wonderful considering the circumstances. Its important to take care of yourself too and you are doing that (even if you are second guessing yourself). I think the best part is how you are recognizing and learning things about yourself.

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    wooo hoooo you have some FANTASTIC successes there! WOW.. when I chose my theme for the year "log.move.lift.repeat"... it's the REPEAT that I think is the most important.. ya know?? you capture it completely in this " I will strive to reach my ideals even more, and again after that. And if I am not 100% successful, I will learn more, and modify my behavior and keep at it. That is how I lost my first 100 pounds, and that is how I will lose the next!"


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MELANIE418 2/3/2011 5:03PM

    I love how you are honest with yourself and on your tracker, even though you know it's not what you want it to be - you still track it anyway. That's such a good way to be and I'm sure it gives you very valuable information.

May I ask you a couple of questions? How do you track - do you go to your computer each time after you eat or do you write everything down and then type it all in at once at the end of the day? Also, how do you figure how much you had of some of the things like the coffee cake or the cheese? Did you measure everyting or do you guestimate? I'm struggling with food tracking, but definitely see it as a necessary tool that I need to be using. Any help you can lend me would be great.

Keep on girl - you're DONE! :)

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TELERIE 2/3/2011 4:48PM

    That awareness is great, Joce! And you're so very worth all the effort and all the thought and doing things for yourself. In times of emergency, in order to be able to help others, you have to make sure you help yourself too.

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KINSBAILE 2/3/2011 3:35PM

    You're really doing the best you can and I am proud of you! You inspire me by sharing your stories! Zumba is addictive, don't ya think? :)

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WENDYSPARKS 2/3/2011 3:11PM

    Hang in there and good luck!

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FITKITTYMAMA 2/3/2011 2:07PM

    I think that you are handling a very stressful situation with grace and courage. You are so incredibly strong and that shows through in everything that you are saying here. It is so difficult to put ourselves first, especially when someone else is in need. You are doing what you need to do, it may not be perfect, but its what you need right now.

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MCJULIEO 2/3/2011 10:47AM

    You nailed it on the head!

Hang in there, you are conscientiously making a difference (and helping the rest of us as you go)


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    It's so great to see the thought you've put into this, and it will certainly increase the likelihood of success. I'm going through some of the same stuff. I've had a tough few days and yesterday I said "I MUST EXERCISE." And even though my mom called and asked when I was coming over, I hopped on my stationary bike first and rode, rode, rode to nowhere for 30 minutes.

Good luck!

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JESPAH 2/3/2011 8:21AM

    You have a good plan there. You are thinking about this, which is key -- instead of just letting it happen.

And -- you are SO worth the time you take for yourself. :)

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THENEWCINDY 2/3/2011 7:19AM

    Those are emoticon successes!!!

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HIPPICHICK1 2/3/2011 7:15AM

    Great observations!

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    Jocelyn, you are amazing and I know you will accomplish all of your goals. You are DONE!


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LECATES 2/3/2011 6:01AM

    You are definitely learning some valuable lessons here.

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Competing Against that Awesome Jocelyn

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

I falsely gained weight over the weekend (sodium and sporadic eating), so that when I weighed in today, I "magically" lost 4 pounds. LOL. What it boiled down to was that my first official weight for February is 269 (which is my lowest weight for January).

I don't put much stock into what the scale says (especially if I'm going to keep weighing myself every day). However, as a general OVERALL trend, I think that if I'm building muscle and losing fat through consistent exercise and healthy food choices, it will eventually show up in the numbers.

After all, BMI teaches us that weight isn't everything:

I returned to basics this year and planned out what I believe would be my weight if I lost 1 pound a week or 2 pounds a week (those #s are on my SparkPage), and I weigh myself at the beginning of the month to see how it hits those benchmarks. When I added my 269 weight, I noticed it was EXACTLY THE SAME as my 2009 February weigh in.

(Copied from my front page--)

New year, new range! Here's the 1lb loss/2 lb loss ranges, but my goal is to lose 75 lbs (hit 199) in 2009:
FEB 2009--271/267 (actual 269 2/2/09)***
MAR 2009--267/259 (actual 264 3/5/09)
APR 2009--263/251 (actual 261 4/13/09)
MAY 2009--259/243 (actual 257 5/5/09)
JUN 2009--255/235 (actual 258 6/1/09)
JUL 2009--251/227 (actual 255 7/1/09)
AUG 2009--247/219 (actual 256 8/3/09)
_______adjusting 1, 2 pound loss nums_______
SEP 2009--252/248 (actual 252 9/2/09)
OCT 2009--247/238 (actual 245 10/1/09)
NOV 2009--243/230 (actual 243 11/2/09)
DEC 2009--238/220 (actual 238 12/1/09)
**End of 2009- 239: LOST 31 pounds!!**

At first I was a little disappointed, despite meeting ALL of my January 2011 goals. I had a twinge of feeling like I had "lost" the progress of two whole years. But in the next instant I remembered that I've gained lots of knowledge and experience during that time. It's helped make me a better person, realize my fears and self-imposed limitations, and break through them! I am stronger in so many ways, and have more opportunities stretching out in front of me!

Then my blood really started pumping when I realized I could COMPETE AGAINST MYSELF! I will track more minutes than I did in 2009! I will be more consistent with my healthier food choices (though I'm still believe in flexibility and not restricting foods completely)! And through those victories, I will probably lose more than 31 pounds this year. My goal is -50 (especially since I hope to gain some weight in my muscles!)!

[That's right! Look over your shoulder, self from 2009! HEhehee.]

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PILLOWFOOL 2/3/2011 6:55AM

    I love this idea. also: you're gorgeous!

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VEEJAY3 2/2/2011 7:40PM

    I'm sooooo conflicted!!! I don't know who to root for!!!
I love Jocelyn.
But I love Jocelyn, too!
I mean ... I've been friends with Jocelyn almost as long as I've been friends with Jocelyn. And it seems like every time Jocelyn offers me some kindness on my SP page or blog, Jocelyn does the same!

Sheeeeeesh. I just don't know who to cheer for.


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PHAHN28 2/2/2011 4:19PM

    emoticon Blog!!

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INTHELOOP 2/2/2011 8:58AM

    I love this blog pretty girl!!You have been so detailed with your tracking! I think that is a success all it's own!!

Great work! Keep pressing on! You are amazing!

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TRACYZABELLE 2/2/2011 1:15AM

    Keep on looking forward-- you do not want to miss what is coming your way!

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 2/2/2011 12:48AM

    Haha! Go Jocelyn. I love the cartoon and of course the picture of 2009 you. I completely agree about BMI & body fat %, its taking me a while to figure out the number on the scale isn't everything.

I am hoping to lose around 50 lbs this year too and gain muscle. You can do it!

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JFROGDIVA 2/1/2011 11:19PM

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KKTODAY 2/1/2011 10:24PM

    emoticon Jocelyn vs. Jocelyn - who will win?! YOU of course! :) Keep up all your hard work and determination, girl. You've got this! :D

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MACEWOMAN 2/1/2011 4:48PM

    I'm with these folks. I have no doubt, that emoticon

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FLOWER1967 2/1/2011 4:26PM

    emoticon job !!! (cute pic too) !!

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BERRIMOUSE 2/1/2011 3:35PM

    You go girl, I have my bet on Joycelyn...... emoticon

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MELANIE418 2/1/2011 3:17PM

    You GO Girl! You are such an inspiration. I love to read your blog posts, because you have such an amazing sense of self worth and you see beyond the scale. You have figured out the magic in loving yourself and treating yourself kindly! I admire that tremendously. I'm getting there though! I just started reading the book A Course in Weight Loss by Marianne Williamson. Have you heard of it? I think it's going to be great, because she deals with just this topic! Have a beautiful day! :)

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FIT_TERI 2/1/2011 1:34PM

    Yay!! This is a great idea. My money is on Jocelyn '11.

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HIPPICHICK1 2/1/2011 1:34PM

    The guy who owns the gym where I work out occasionally weighs 195lbs and is considered by the BMI chart to be obese. He is anything but obese. His arms are as big as my thighs and are rock solid MUSCLE. He's been training for years and he is a perfect example of your cartoon pic above. He warned me not to get too caught up in the BMI chart or the scale for that very reason.
I'm glad to hear that you are stronger in so many ways than you were before!
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FITKITTYMAMA 2/1/2011 1:06PM

    I love that you are competing against yourself and your numbers from 2 years ago. I also love that you didn't let that little twinge of disappointment take control and you turned it around to the positive. I predict we are both going to reach the goals we have set for ourselves this year!

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    BRILLIANT!!! Just BRILLIANT!! I adore this idea.. and it goes along with one of my favorite sayings (see my sparkpage)

"The only person who can beat me, is me... and I'm pretty sure I can take her!" LOL

Go Joce BEAT Joce

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TATYPREZ 2/1/2011 12:44PM

    You can do it! I know you can!!!!

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HAPPY92003 2/1/2011 12:42PM

    LOVE.IT! I love the challenge..and the picture cracked me up!!!! Go be awesome!! :)

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Did it! 20,000 Fitness Minutes Tracked

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

With only 17 minutes remaining in January, I realized that I was (coincidentally) 17 minutes short of my 20,000 total tracked fitness minutes goal. If I had worked out on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, I would have easily overshot my goal... But now it was down to the wire.

In my nightgown and slippers, after showering from my cardio and 100 PushUp Challenge earlier in the night, I realized that I could still do my 200 Squat Challenge minutes, and use approximately 20 minutes to do it. I walked during the "rest" in between the sets to make sure that I was actually keeping my heart rate up, making it feel more like all of the minutes were truly FITNESS minutes. (*Note: Since Spark doesn't add my Strength Training minutes to the total Fitness Minutes, I do it manually under the Cardio section, and I use the same number for amount of minutes and calories burned.)

The last set is a minimum of 25, but you go until exhaustion of "good form", so I hit 55 in a row! :) That made today's total of 116 squats (now), and 112 wall push-ups (earlier after my cardio).

(For background info, here's a link to my blog where I hit my previous January goal for SparkPoints and set up this one. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
... I'm officially at 1,072 fitness minutes for the month of January! I may want to attempt hitting over 1,000 minutes for every month this year! Wait, no, 1,111 for each month in '11! :D )

Plan for Jan '11:
x Track Food, eat ranges! - - ~DONE~
x Strength Train! - - ~DONE~
x 30 mins daily activity! - - ~DONE, mostly~
x Work SparkPoints for next SparkTrophy! - - ~DONE~

Now I'm ready to plan my February goals! I think I might do the 28 day Spark bootcamp, FINALLY :)

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TABALICIOUS 2/2/2011 10:28PM


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BUTTERFLYROSE1 2/2/2011 10:11PM

    Slippers ,socks and down to the wire! You go!

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TBABY912 2/2/2011 1:23AM

    nightgown & slippers... you rock! emoticon

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    emoticon Way to meet those goals, Done Girl! WooHoo!

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ANDILU 2/2/2011 12:39AM

    Hahaha...that is so awesome!!

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DDOORN 2/1/2011 11:36PM

    Go Jocelyn GO! :-)

Way to SPARK!


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HIPPICHICK1 2/1/2011 1:16PM

    You are going to have buns of STEEL!!
I did 15 minutes worth of squats last week and it took me 4 days to recover. My inner thighs were especially feeling it. How are your legs feeling today?

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JENNI0527 2/1/2011 12:59PM

    emoticon!!! What an inspiration you are!! Congrats on accomplishing your January goals!! Let's rock February!!

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NEWSGIRL2177 2/1/2011 12:28PM

    Way to go! You just rocked January!

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KIMPAINTS 2/1/2011 12:03PM

    You are my Spark Hero!!! I picture you in my head like the energizer bunny except you are the energizer Joc that keeps going and going and going. With that going and going and going you keep getting healthier. I am so proud of you!!! You are a Spark Star!! Muaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah emoticon

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KJWILSON211 2/1/2011 10:05AM

    What an awesome job!!!! I have trouble just talking myself into the 30 min a day. Keep up the good work you'll be fit as a fiddle in no time!!! emoticon

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    Great job!!!!!
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    wooot wooot... you rock it girl!! seriously, way to set goals and meet them.. STUPENDOUS!!!

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    VERY AMAZING! Great job. That is definately an accomplishment to be proud of, and we're all proud OF you! Keep goin, maybe someday you'll hit 50,000! OOO emoticon

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SHANTODD420 2/1/2011 7:38AM

    Wow that is amazing keep up the hardwork and dedication.

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45ANDFIT1 2/1/2011 5:16AM

    WAY TO GO!!!!!

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TUBLADY 2/1/2011 3:49AM

    Congratulations. I know what you are feeling, I too am somewhere in that range.
I didn't realize for some time that all the strength training I was doing , over 60 minutes at a time was not counted.
That does seem strange. I recently started to add it under cardio.
Good luck on the next months goal.
Stay strong and be positive and Spark on.

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ABB698 2/1/2011 3:20AM

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I knew you'd do it! I like your 1,111 goal, love how you continue striving for more! Happy February!! emoticon

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MOLLYM1133 2/1/2011 3:14AM

    Whooo Hooo! That is a lot of exercise- you must plan it into your day like a champ. Awesome, you have inspired me to up my monthly goal. Thank you!

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Hips & Shake

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I danced like mad at a new instructor/gym's Zumba class. And I shook my hips so hard it was as if I was flicking off the negative energy. And before the class, since I got there early to make sure I had a pass before it filled up, I walked for almost 40 minutes, venting my earlier frustrating exchange with my husband through the keypad into my phone as I actually wrote a blog. But no one needs to read a recount of uncomfortable misunderstandings, miscommunication and disconnects.
So I'll tell you about my exercise!

It made me feel good!
It made me feel tired & sore, but in a FANTASTIC way that actually gives me more energy!
It made me able to concentrate on the good that my body can do!
It made my blood pulse through my body faster and faster!
It made me smile.
It brought me a compliment from a stranger in the class.
It made me able to say that I've completed another day in my 100 Day/30 minute activity challenge -- Except that I've done 98 minutes today!

I can't say that my hips were the most talented, coordinated in the class. But I can say that they mostly did what I asked, and they're in the top 5! My eyes were closed for more of this class than any before, as I caught onto the instructor's steps and did the reps while feeling the music. When I did catch glimpse, even though I was the largest and almost most round woman there, I wasn't disappointed by my body or what it did. Instead I shimmied extra, perfectly. And while it takes more energy and strength to move my 270 pounds around than someone that weighs 125, *YOU*COULD*TELL* because when I moved, I moooooved. And it was graceful.

This is my hip. Pretty!

This is a Nike hip in an older advertisement that says:

return to puberty
when I'm in dance class.

Music affects them like hormones
Making them crazy
and spontaneous
and optimistic
and prone to DRAMA

And I don't understand them
And sometimes they
don't understand themselves

When the music stops
They're still charged
Don't touch me
Sparks will fly.

...Except, I do understand them, and they love to be touched! LOL!
Spark away!

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    You and your hips are just beautiful.


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PHOENIXK26 1/30/2011 11:06AM

    Who knew there was poetry about hips? I love the words in the ad about the hips returning to puberty. That's exactly how I feel when I'm dancing it up. Great blog, Jocelyn!
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CESIRACOLLINS 1/29/2011 8:09PM

    I always feel so strong when I rock a new routine in Zumba. The first time we did Ojos Asi I was one of two people in the class who had ever done belly dance before. I loved how good it felt it slide, swirl, and shimmy my hips and shoulders and how people in the class looked to me for cues when they couldn't see the instructor.

It really is a high I can't explain!

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POSEY440 1/29/2011 1:00PM

    Cannot do the zumba here too tough too young of instructor hurt my back twice trying to do it upset me too. I so wanted to do it, Great blog.

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PHAHN28 1/29/2011 11:38AM

    emoticon I say shake what your Momma gave you Girlie!! :-)

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JESPAH 1/29/2011 9:22AM

    Beautiful Jocelyn, you gotta know, this song's for YOU:

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ANIMALMAGIC 1/29/2011 7:37AM

  Sounds great hun. You show em!
Jay x

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SWEETZMIX 1/29/2011 7:36AM

    Owwww keep working those hips!!!!!!!!!!

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CALLIEA 1/29/2011 1:26AM

    I did a ZUMBA class a few days ago...my 1st...it really is a wonderful way to get in exercize. Keep going, girl. emoticon

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TBABY912 1/29/2011 12:33AM

    that's right... shake it girl! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 1/28/2011 6:04PM

    Love that you are enjoying ZUMBA. There are a lot of great ZUMBA clips on YouTube. Like Shakira says "My hips don't lie."

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MDRATH 1/28/2011 2:38PM

    Homage to My Hips

these hips are big hips.
they need space to
move around in.
they don't fit into little
petty places. these hips
are free hips.
they don't like to be held back.
these hips have never been enslaved,
they go where they want to go
they do what they want to do.
these hips are mighty hips.
these hips are magic hips.
i have known them
to put a spell on a man and
spin him like a top

by Lucille Clifton

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
l woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
l woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

menal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
l woman,
That's me.

by Maya Angelou

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KKTODAY 1/28/2011 9:30AM

Sounds like you had a lot of fun with Zumba! That's awesome! :D

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NEWSTART127 1/28/2011 12:37AM

    Dance on! emoticon

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TABALICIOUS 1/27/2011 10:20PM

  That's Awesome!!! Way to go!

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JANICE611 1/27/2011 8:13PM

    Great blog! I agree, it is wonderful to hear you are happy with your body today, right now, and using it!

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DEBBIEDAY 1/27/2011 7:39PM

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JFROGDIVA 1/27/2011 7:11PM

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KSGROTHE 1/27/2011 4:22PM

    emoticon on all the exercise and on loving your hips! This is a great blog!

Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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JILLYBEAN25 1/27/2011 3:13PM

    The thing that stood out for me in this blog was just the acceptance and love of your body, no matter its size, limitations (or lack of!), or other's perceptions. What a beautiful place to be mentally! I agree with an earlier poster, this blog was very beautiful and inspirational. Thank you for sharing!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 1/27/2011 2:24PM

    Wow, I'm kind of jealous - your post reminds me of why I like Zumba (and martial arts) despite the fact that both of them put too much strain on my arthritic knee to do on a regular basis.

I won't be able to do Zumba until they replace this knee (in the next 20 years) and by then there probably won't BE Zumba anymore, 'cuz it will have gone the way of jazzercize, or something...

Shake it for me, willya?

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STFY31 1/27/2011 1:46PM

    I kinda wanted to hear about the uncomfortable misunderstandings and miscommunication. LOL emoticon

I LOVE that Nike ad, thanks for sharing it...I am a belly dancer so it definitely speaks to me!

Keep on shimmying

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KINSBAILE 1/27/2011 1:42PM

    ZUMBA on my Kinect is a GREAT deal of fun and a lot of SWEATIN! :)

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JLJOYNT 1/27/2011 1:06PM

    Great blog! You look fabulous and are a great inspiration. I have the Zumba DVD's and they are awesome. Keep up the good work.


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NCONSTANT 1/27/2011 12:11PM

    I love my Zumba and I shake what my Momma gave me! I don't care what anyone around me thinks! I feel so great at the end of class! You are doing great! I am just getting back on SP!

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RAINYFRIDAY 1/27/2011 11:35AM

    Aweeesome! Glad you had fun and were able to shake off some of the ickies while you were at it!

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HIPPICHICK1 1/27/2011 10:42AM

    Great post WOMAN! You rock my world!

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ZIRCADIA 1/27/2011 9:55AM

    LOVE the text from that nike ad - thanks for sharing! :D Any zumba lover will relate! hehe

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GEE-KNEE 1/27/2011 9:46AM

    Exercise is always a good way to deal with life's frustrations. Hugs...

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DDOORN 1/27/2011 8:30AM

    Nice workout! I'm jealous...! My two left feet would LOVE to learn how to dance and have another way to celebrate my love of music! :-)


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MELANIE418 1/27/2011 6:28AM

    Hi Jocelyn - I'm so interested in trying zumba. I recently heard there is a zumba wii game so I may check that out, or the "on demand" feature of our cable service has a bunch of exercise shows so I may check there too. It sounds so fun! I wanted to ask you something... You wrote on my page that I have to love my body the way it is now (even the big belly & bat wing arms) and you wrote in your blog that you love your hips - the way they are right now. How do you do that? How do I love parts of me that I desperately despise? When I look at my arms or my stomach, I get angry and feel anything but loving. I just don't know how I can embrace them when I want them gone so badly. How did you do it? How did you learn to love your body even at its heaviest?

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LECATES 1/27/2011 6:23AM

    Nothing like exercise to relieve that stress---remember that your dh is stressed right now about his mom---but understand the frustration of dealing with him---wish there was a zumba class I could try around here---I think it would be fun----kudos to you for not being afraid to take part----You go, girl!

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EUPHRATES 1/27/2011 6:22AM

    Hey, hips don't lie!

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FLOWER1967 1/27/2011 4:58AM

    Glad to hear that you were 'gettin' jiggy with it' emoticon
I'd like to try Zumba but...I'd probably look like dancing Elmo ! Not pretty.
Keep those hips Sparkin' !!!
emoticon Michele
Hip Hip Hooray !!! emoticon

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