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Monday, February 20, 2012

I had been scrolling through pictures of me, seeing the changes to my body as I gained weight, lost a little, gained more. This would probably have to show me at around my heaviest. I look like a stuffed sausage, a 5'8" balloon that may burst.



Let's face it- it isn't easy to change habits. At this point I wasn't really physically active, although I didn't have any health issues. Could I run a block? Not a chance. I was pretty content in staying right where I was, eating what I was, hoping people would see right past the layers of excess weight to see 'me'.

However, something changed inside of me. I wanted to change. I needed to change. Frankly I would like to dress to make myself look hot, and snag a sexy, fit boyfriend. The sexy, FIT boyfriend would surely want a sexy, FIT girlfriend, right? Hmm...And thus was my catch-22. Of course those weren't the only reasons for wanting to change but hey, they were a couple of them and for today's blog they are a good couple of my real reasons to go with.

I picked a random day to start my journey and just started with cleaning up my eating. I lost my first 25 lbs through just eating within a range to lose weight. I knew I wouldn't ever be able to eat as much as I did, and had to brace myself to the fact that I probably wouldn't ever be able to eat as much as I first did when I was losing weight. Smaller bodies need fewer calories, simply put.

25lbs down:


Abs are 90% made in the kitchen. I try to eat mostly non-processed foods, and always enjoyed cooking from scratch. My portion sizes and amounts of fats/sugars were out of control though before I started. As I drop weight my body needs fewer calories, and so the calories I consume have slowly dropped over time. I much prefer this slow calorie cut method as it allows my body to slowly adapt to caloric shifts. I've been paying more attention to sodium, and drinking more water lately. These changes have not happened over night.

At about the 25lb lost range a friend was talking about the gym she went to. I had previously been a member of a couple different gyms, and I like working out, so I thought- ok, time to do it! And I joined.

Now, the eating may make you lose ALL of your weight, and you won't have to lift a finger to do it. I'm not going to lie. You could. However, you will see DRAMATIC changes if you start working out. DRA-MA-TIC. Not only in what you look like, but what you can DO. And that makes every single drop of sweat worth it.

I decided, just 7 months ago, when I was looking like this to join a gym (this pic was one of the ones that prompted me to join the gym):



I was already 25 lbs down in the pic (can't tell much as I was slouching in the pic), but trust me, I was feeling fabulous here! I was down 25 lbs after all.

So I worked out with weights and cardio for about a week, then I decided to do a bootcamp. Looking like the above pic. With about 100lbs to lose. OhmyGod, I felt like I was going to DIE. I had to modify everything, and couldn't make it through half of any set. None of the jumping movements could be done- no hopping, jumps, etc, etc. More than a jumping jack or two was out of the question, I was just too out of shape. Could there be such a thing as having no other health issues but being terribly, horribly out of shape and obese? Well, I was walking proof.
I went again to the bootcamp the next week.
And then I started going twice a week. Each class I pushed myself to do a little more- 'just finish the whole modified set' I'd tell myself, or 'just one more'. Why did I stay? Well, I've got a competitive streak in me- competitive with myself and with others, so I saw the other bootcampers doing it and thought surely one day I would be able to, as well. One class I would push myself to do half the plyometrics in a jumping jack set, the next class all of the full out jumping jacks in the set. No modifications. It continued through all the different plyometric sets, and into the core work. I am not caught up in core yet. YET. But now? 7 months later and 55-60lbs lighter I'm doing it. That's all it took for me. And along the way I've picked up a multitude of other classes to try- boxercise, and kickboxing being highlights. And weights? Still love 'em. Still do 'em. I've switched to doing them AFTER the classes, so I get them in at least 3x a week. I've been called hardcore more than once, and I take it as a compliment each and every time.

And along the way I've met a couple of good friends who are also on the weight-loss/ fitness journey, who inspire and motivate me every day. One of whom inspired me to take up running- along with a multitude of Sparkers who run. I started running a lap. ...and then felt like my lungs would explode. Anyone who has been following my progress knows- I started running in October, and just today I ran for 30 minutes!!! 4.2k!!!! My progress has exploded over the last 2 weeks or so.
I'm running 5k with my friend this week sometime. It's our plan. She does half-marathons, but she's running WITH me. She's so inspiring and such a running mentor. She drives me to want to be a better, faster runner. And I in turn push her to do weights after our classes (her weak point).

Now with 82 lbs down:


I get so many questions at work and elsewhere about how much weight I've lost, and I'm not so comfortable in telling people, so I always say 'a lot' and leave it at that. So NO ONE at work knows how much I've lost. I'm weird like that.

And some of my fave pics just taken 2 days ago in kickboxing, showing the sweat, total satisfaction and endorphin rush:





This week I have off, and I've got plans. I've finished day 3 of 9 intense work-out days, where I've planned to burn at least 1000 calories/day and double my gym time with classes/intense cardio. The endorphin rush is amazing. Today I ran for 30 minutes, then did a 75 minute spin/boot/core class from he!!, then did a couple weights. My HRM, which I started 10 min into the run, says I burned 1900+ calories. It's been a fun 3 days so far.

I don't ever want to go back to the way I looked before. I am much healthier and more confident now.

So rock on my Sparklyfriends! You too can accomplish great things with hard work and dedication.
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CLIMBERS_ROCK 5/18/2013 11:36AM

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VILLERGIRL 3/24/2012 6:54PM

    I totally get what you say about when people ask you "how much?" its hard.. My BEST friend since kindergarten ( 30 years) asked me the other day " wow.. so how much do you way now" because i had told her that I lost 21lbs.. Well.. I changed the subject.. to tell her I am now "217" sucks... considering she is exercising too and wants to loose a few pounds saying " I'm 114 now!" as if it was a bad thing.. She is only 5"... but still.. I am literally 100 pounds more than HER!

This entry is VERY motivating! and you look great! I sure would NOT have thought you needed to loose 100 from those pics.. but you probably also would not think I still need to loose 80! :)

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BRAVEHEART4ME 3/14/2012 10:29AM

  Congrats, you look great! emoticon

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DARRLENE13 3/9/2012 9:14AM

    looking good

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LISSMISS82 3/8/2012 9:40AM

  Hey girl, I recently read your blogs from beginning to end and I am so so inspired!!! You seriously KICK BUTT!!!!! Reading your story has given me that extra "oomph" I needed to push even harder! I have about 80 pounds I need to get rid off, and seeing your pictures and reading your story has made me so EXCITED to keep pushing!! Thank you!! :)
~Melissa

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GIRLONFIRE1979 3/7/2012 1:03PM

    you look amazing!!!!!!!!

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LUVTOBOWL 3/2/2012 5:22PM

    You look marvelous! What a way to keep active on off days instead of just relaxing all day. You go girl! Thanks for sharing. I really like to see pics; they say a thousand words. emoticon emoticon

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LOGOULD 3/2/2012 11:14AM

    emoticon ROCK ON GIRL!!! emoticon

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You go girl!!!!!

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GOPINTOS 2/26/2012 1:54PM

    Really enjoyed this blog. Thanks for sharing!

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PEPIPOI 2/26/2012 1:23AM

    Go girl!!! emoticon

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CHANGE4THEBEST 2/25/2012 8:05PM

   

CONGRATULATIONS!! Your a true motivator in every sense of the word. Keep up the good work - you look FANTASTIC - WELL DONE! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DBCLARINET 2/25/2012 1:30PM

    Wow, awesome blog! I love the positivity -- every step of the way! And you look like you could kick some serious butt in those boxing pics!

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    You're looking fabulous!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PENOWOK 2/24/2012 9:22PM

    You definitely rock!!! You go! Awesome close to your goal!!

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FITWITHIN 2/24/2012 7:58PM

    Excellent job! Hard work does pay off. You make me want to find a boxing class. emoticon

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REBECCA180 2/24/2012 11:04AM

    I'm really, really happy for you, you're amazing!
Thanks for telling your story from the beginning. When I hear of how athletic some people are, I can't relate, but to hear the story from the beginning, (were I can relate, lol) I am very inspired! Diligence and hard work!


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SBNORMAL 2/23/2012 11:10PM

  WOw!!

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LINDA! 2/23/2012 9:58PM

    You are doing great and look amazing!

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LEENUHPEA 2/23/2012 9:04PM

    So inspiring!!

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GOING-STRONG 2/23/2012 8:55PM

    Great job and congrats on your success. Spark on!

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PRINCESSLSH 2/23/2012 6:54PM

    Wow! Congratulations and way to go. Also you look amazing. You are definitely a success story and you're motivating me to continue on my path also.

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SANDIBETTS1 2/23/2012 6:20PM

  You are looking and sounding good girl--making wonderful choices consistently. I am one of your fans. sbb

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LYNCHD05 2/23/2012 4:59PM

    You look great and you worked so hard to get there. congrats! emoticon

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HEIDIJO2424 2/23/2012 2:49PM

    holy crap-- you weren't kidding about being hardcore. :)

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CAROLINA_KOUKLA 2/23/2012 2:06PM

  Awesome!! Total motivation - great blog!

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    Inspiring! emoticon

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 2/23/2012 1:22PM

    Wow - you have done so well!
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VOLLEYGIRL77 2/23/2012 11:31AM

    You are amazing!! Keep up the great work!

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THEIS58 2/23/2012 10:28AM

    awesome!

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PIZO78 2/23/2012 10:27AM

    You definately should be proud of urself and keep motivated. Ur motivating to the rest of us that's for sure!

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    wow. you are beyond motivating!

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ADZY86 2/23/2012 6:49AM

    Wow you are emoticon You look amazing...not just slim, but FIT! And that's what I'm aiming for. Rock on girl!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 2/23/2012 5:12AM

    You look amazing....

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NUMD97 2/23/2012 12:38AM

    Lovely story. Thanks for posting.

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REENIE131 2/22/2012 10:25PM

    AWESOME! You look amazing!

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CINDY4466 2/22/2012 9:48PM

    You look fantastic! Any fit boyfriends coming around yet? You are definitely an inspiration. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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CRYMENIA 2/22/2012 9:25PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your enthusiasm! It's contagious and I definitely needed it today!

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