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DAY 300: Prepare for Glory!


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Saturday, January 28, 2012

This is Sparta--I mean SparkPeople!!!! Today is THE day! Day 300 of my exercise streak and I'm excited. It's also the last day of my Winter 5% Challenge. Go A Team! I took suggestions from my SparkBuddies on how to celebrate and I have a pretty fun day planned. I'm gonna tape parts of it for a vlog, but I wanted to post something this morning.

So, what has happened in the last 300 days? Well, for starters, 34 pounds gone, a lot of inches too--three pants sizes. In fact, the fitted Spark tee I ordered to wear today got here and, whaddya know--it's too big. I'm happy and a little bummed (about the shirt, that is). Here's a before and today pic:



I wish I could show you a pic of my mind/attitude, because that change has been more dramatic than my waistline. I've blogged and blogged about All or Nothing Girl. I keep mentioning her because I know she/he exists for other people too. Every weight loss journey I've taken made me feel like I needed to jump in with both feet, work hardcore, with no mistakes. Eventually, I'd slip. I couldn't keep up with the intense exercise demands or perfect eating. I'd feel like I blew it, so I'd quit.

And then comes SparkGuy, with his "10 minutes is good" mantra. All or Nothing Girl scoffs at ten minutes. What could that possibly do? It's not long enough, or hard enough. It's too easy. She's right, except for the "not enough" part. It isn't long, it isn't hard and it IS easy. But here's what drives AON Girl crazy, making it impossible for her to hang around. It works. It does something to you. Ten leads to twenty, thirty, or more. But ten is your safety net, your cushion, in case you aren't up for anything else. And if you do it one day, you can keep it going for two, three, who knows how long?

Knowing that I didn't have to be perfect or hardcore all the time, gave me the freedom to gain the consistency I needed. As a result, I've been able to exercise without the gung-ho, weekend warrior injuries I used to get. I exercise safer and smarter, with lots of variety and differing levels of intensity. Yes, I had a couple of days in there when I didn't feel so great. There were a few times I thought I'd break my streak and that would've been okay. I just would've had a new high score. But I'd wait until the end of the day and see if I was at least up for an easy walk on the elliptical. Trust me, my husband would stop me from exercising, if he thought it was a bad idea. He's protective of me and the streak at the same time.

Even better, AON Girl has disappeared from every other part of my life too. If it's okay to slip, to set the bar slightly above my head, rather than sky-high--well then, I can try practically anything. Chances are, the world won't stop spinning if I make a mistake. And if I don't try, how will I ever know? How will I know what my little media production company can do, if I don't try to make a go of it? How will I know if I can spin fire? (me fire hooping makes my husband extremely nervous) How will I know if I can play an electric ukelele? How will I know if I can write a one-woman show? How will I know if I can lead a team of in-person SparkBuddies? I want to find out, even if it's an epic fail.

I wish you were here to celebrate with me today; some of you will be. You've cheered me on, some from Day One. In a way, that makes it Day 300 for all of us. Spark on, Brave Sparkers! (and check back later for the vlog)
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PS: I shrunk the shirt up a little, so I'm wearing it anyway. :)
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GABBY98_80 2/16/2013 9:55AM

    love perserverers ....and spellers

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DIANEMETTA3 2/3/2012 10:38AM

  Alrighty! Fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

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INKEDPETALS45 2/1/2012 10:11PM

    WOOHOO! This is awesome and inspiring! Thank you for sharing and reminding us all that we dont need to be perfect, just keeping moving!

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BANDMOM2012 2/1/2012 8:29PM

    Phenom! You inspire me totally!

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TERESA159 2/1/2012 3:24PM

    Yay for you! Those 300 days look good on you.

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SMALLT 2/1/2012 12:32PM

    This is awesome ! emoticon

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SMALLT 2/1/2012 12:31PM

    This is awesome ! emoticon

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SHIRE33 2/1/2012 11:17AM

    You're motivating me to get outside on this nice day and at least do 10 minutes.

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GRRARRGH 2/1/2012 8:16AM

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THEIS58 2/1/2012 7:33AM

    Great job!

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JKNEPFLE 1/31/2012 9:39AM

    woo hoo!

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KAIZENLADY 1/31/2012 1:37AM

  I loved this blog as well as your vlog! Congratuations on 300!!!

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METAMORPHUS 1/30/2012 7:04PM

    awwww...........u look hot

congrats on your achievements
the 10 minutes workout realy does makes sense, i jump ropes now so i tell myself just 10 minutes and its over but so far i end up doing 30 mins
good job you!!!!!! hoop hoop!!!!!!!!

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PBAIRSLIM 1/30/2012 4:51PM

    Yeah for you!!!! Enjoy the day! emoticon

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LOOOKINGOOD 1/30/2012 12:11PM

    I really enjoyed reading your blog today-congrats on your success!

I'm still trying to silence the AON gal, she gets me so pumped up and knocks me down hard-thanks for inspiring me to really shut that girl up!!

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/30/2012 7:36AM

    I have a hard time not believning that your brain was you all the time...and your list of how will I know give a lot of ideas! I am so happy to have found you - gives me inspiration to be me! emoticon

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PINKCADDY 1/30/2012 12:46AM

    Loved your blog, loved the inpsiration, love the attitude, and LOVE the idea of setting 10 minutes minimum as the low bar. What a simple thing anyone can do. I'm ready for my streak and it starts tomorrow!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 1/30/2012 12:16AM

    Congrats on the 300-day challenge met! That is awesome. I am 1/4 of the way through a 100-day challenge I set for myself on Jan. 3. I pledged to walk at least ONE mile per day for the next 100 days. Many many days I go further, but like you say I can ALWAYS go ONE mile! It only takes me about 17 or 18 minutes, and unless it's blizzarding I will be out there walking every single day. I have also found a great spot in the basement in my office building at work, where I can go around in a big circle, and have figured out that 24 times around is 2 miles!

You're right--that one mile usually leads to more. But some days, ONE mile is enuff, and then that's okay too. But always at least one mile!!!

You look GREAT!

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GOIN4GR8 1/29/2012 10:18PM

    Yes--you're right--"All or Nothing Girl" lives in me, too!!! This post really resonated with me. The 10 minutes/day thing is perfect for getting going and getting some consistency under your belt... already I've upped my goal to 20 minutes/day just so I can get another minutes trophy for January, ha ha!!

You are looking AWESOME, and like the others said, your attitude is the best part. I can't WAIT to see where I am on my Day 300!!

Thanks for the inspiration. Have a great week!

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MANILUS 1/29/2012 10:03PM

    You have a great outlook going! Keep it up!

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GLORYJ364 1/29/2012 9:35PM

    you go girl I am proud of you!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep up the good work. Will you allow me to be your sparks friend?

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SPSPSP1 1/29/2012 7:47PM

    Very inspiring!

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MOM-MOM8 1/29/2012 7:00PM

    emoticon on 300 days of hard work with a lot of fun!!! Keep up the emoticon work. I love your blogs. You keep us inspired. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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INGRIDSLIM 1/29/2012 6:55PM

    Wow, you look great!

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JBACON4 1/29/2012 6:52PM

  Thanks for sharing. I like the idea of 10 minutes a day- it is doable. I started it January 2 and I think I've only skipped one day. I hope to be as successful as you. You look great and even better is your great attitude. I hope to be there in 273 days!

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GREATLEIGH 1/29/2012 6:47PM

    Go Girl! Enjoy the ride!or walk or .... emoticon

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FITFABJENN 1/29/2012 6:37PM

    Woo hoo to you and your awesome progress! I am sure the next 300 days will ne even better, my Sparklie friend. Happy 300th day.

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MSKINGER 1/29/2012 6:20PM

    First of all, you look AMAZING! Nice job - I hope to get there, too!

Second, and probably more importantly, I've always had that All or Nothing Girl riding my behind for all these years, too. Sad to think that we can not even think of, or dream of, starting a journey because we know we will fall once in a while. That is where SparkPeople changed my life. It is so different and even I can follow this - because it doesn't knock me down each time I trip - I just keep getting encouragement to to get up and keep moving instead! This lead to my life change, and I actually stopped hating myself and thinking I was a total failure at everything. I know I am strong enough for this journey now, and will always be encouraged.

I closed and locked the door on All or Nothing Girl and was Sparked back to life.

I appreciate your blog more than I can say - thank you! I hope someone else who has been punched down over and over reads your blog - you are a true motivation!
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MSKINGER 1/29/2012 6:17PM

    emoticon First of all, you look AMAZING! Nice job - I hope to get there, too!

Second, and probably more importantly, I've always had that All or Nothing Girl riding my behind for all these years, too. Sad to think that we can not even think of, or dream of, starting a journey because we know we will fall once in a while. That is where SparkPeople changed my life. It is so different and even I can follow this - because it doesn't knock me down each time I trip - I just keep getting encouragement to keep moving instead! This lead to my life change, and I actually stopped hating myself and thinking I was a total failure at everything. I know I am strong enough for this journey now, and will always be encouraged.

I closed and locked the door on All or Nothing Girl and was Sparked back to life.

emoticon I appreciate your blog more than I can say - thank you! I hope someone else who has been punched down over and over reads your blog - you are a true motivation!

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SONYASPARKLE 1/29/2012 6:17PM

    You look great!!!!

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1DRWOMAN 1/29/2012 5:43PM

    Cute blog! I was/am an AON girl. I also have learned that doesn't get you to your goal. LOL Every positive step adds up...even a stupid (lol) 10 minutes of walking...LOL I so know how you feel about that! CONGRATULATIONS on your streak and your success! AWESOME job!
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Patty

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SWTHNY- 1/29/2012 5:01PM

    Your lookin ready to do all you desire and want to !!! emoticon

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KIN59VARA 1/29/2012 4:58PM

    Yeah you!

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BELLALUCIA 1/29/2012 4:32PM

    You look divine!

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DTYUNGU 1/29/2012 3:58PM

    What an awesome blog! i never thought of attempting an exercise streak :) AWESOME AWESOME congrats on your progress!! emoticon emoticon

and wheres that vlog!?

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JSTHIESS 1/29/2012 3:34PM

    me being an AON girl myself, really needed to hear your wisdom. Thank you for sharing your story. It inspires me to keep going. HAPPY DAY 300!!! emoticon

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JENKAY76 1/29/2012 3:33PM

    Awesome! You look great. emoticon

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SNOWANGELDIVA 1/29/2012 1:57PM

    ...and that my friends is how a Spark turns into a BLAZE of GLORY!


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FANCY_PANTS 1/29/2012 1:48PM

    What a wonderful inspiration!!! emoticon emoticon

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KRISTEN_SAYS 1/29/2012 1:19PM

    Congrats on everything! You are awesome!

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KAYTIE22 1/29/2012 1:06PM

    You are really an inspiration to me! Congrats on an amazing milestone. Always love your vlogs and blogs.

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