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Fall 2011 Update

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Well, I am 10 months into my healthy lifestyle and I must say that Spark People has changed my life for the better. I'm not sure I would be as successful as I have been if I didn't Spark faithfully for the past 10 months. I have met some WONDERFUL people on SP and they have given me such support and hope.

I started this journey in late January of this year to help me in the Biggest Loser competition I do at my job. I wanted to cry when the school nurse weighed me and I saw that I weighed 209 lbs. I barely fit in my clothes and refused to buy a bigger size (than a 12). This was my breaking point. I needed to lose weight, to feel better about myself, gain the energy I once had, and most importantly get back into my jeans and out of those damn yoga pants!! ;)

Fast forward.

Now in early October, I am currently 157, in a size 7/8 and still tracking and exercising religiously. I promised myself this would be a lifestyle change and that I will not break. I am currently doing Jamie Eason's 12 week Live Fit program with MissyStar1980 and the ST is intense! I love it! And I love that Missy keeps me on my toes too! Although, I am not following the clean eating portion exactly, I am feeling stronger and starting to get the definition I have always wanted. I still try to run and once Cardio is incorporated back into the workouts in Phase II, I will make it a goal to run more often. (Although, I can still run a 10 min mile...HOLLLLA!)

Many people have asked me for advice, and if there is one thing I think is the most important, it's tracking calories and not giving up. Everyone has a bad meal, hell sometimes we have a crappy day altogether. Just know that tomorrow is a new day and get back on track!
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VERONICAVW_140 10/6/2011 11:47AM

    YAY! So glad to hear that you have had such great success! You are amazing! :) emoticon

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FLEDWARDS28 10/5/2011 10:03AM

    Congrats on making it 10 months!!! I have made it a little over a year and man, doesn't it feel great!! There's just such a since of accomplishment when you aim to do something for yourself and you stick with it.

I really enjoy reading your blog and keeping up with your progress. All of my Spark Friends have been a great inspiration to me!!

Keep up the great work and I always look forward to hearing about your adventures!!

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RAINBOWCHOC 10/5/2011 6:22AM

    great blog, consistency wins the day and you are a WINNER!
so glad you have a buddy too, it helps with accountability.
best wishes, Sandra

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MISSYSTAR1980 10/4/2011 10:19PM

    You have been amazing these 10 months!!! I am so impressed with your steadfastness. I wish I could be the same way. Those vacations killed me. I think what is most important is when you have a bad meal or a bad day, you accept it and move on, instead of letting it be an excuse to binge for 2 weeks all the way out of all the progress you've made. You are very strong! I am really enjoying all the gym time with you, even if it seems obsessive, lol! I checked out an example of Phase 3 on Jamie's facebook page, wholly crap. I can't wait to see how much of this we actually get through, LOL. One thing that is added is "active rests". Instead of sitting there waiting for a minute to go by, or watching each other do the exercise, we have to do HIIT training during the minute! Jump rope, mountain climbers, plie squat jumps and the like. UGH!!! In the gym!!! We will have to see what we can make work. Also, instead of 30 minutes of medium cardio, it's 30 minutes of 30 second sprints! 30 seconds sprinting, 30 seconds walking. And so on. For 30 minutes. Geez! I'd rather do that on a track than on the treadmill. Well, we will make it work for us in some way!

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