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July = SMASH Month (Fun Fitness, Recipes, Goal, Spark-a-versary and More!)

Sunday, July 01, 2012

*warning* This might get slightly long because I am verbose (aka talk too and usually just post a blog when I have something (or a lot..hehe) to say, so.. here we go!

So, I have decided that July will be my "SMASH" month. I plan to:
Set big goals
Make myself a priority
Apply myself to find new/better/fun ways to sweat
Support (and love) those around me more
Have fun!

See? SMASH!!! I am going to focus on ME and those that I love, and just generally kick some serious butt. YAY! hehe Of course, I aim to always do that, but... I am just SUPER motivated lately and I WANT this more than ever and... well, I won't give up! I am driven by a bunch of things, but the main thing is MYSELF. I think that was a turning point in my journey. As soon as I wanted it completely, BAM... :) I love it!

I saw this photo on Facebook last week:

and right away, I was like "WHOA! I NEEEEEEED that, too!!" So, I made my own:

I made 34 of them already and am thinking of a few more to add! I put them in big cup and am going to draw at least 10 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week (until I do ALL of the moves listed) to mix up my strength training routine. Heck yeah! Variety is the spice of life, right?? hehe I dont know if you can read them but they are things like 25 chest flys, high knees, back extensions, tricep extensions, tricep kickbacks, genie sits, plie squats, crunches, lateral raises, reverse flys, and more! I loved this idea and am excited to start it this week! YAY!!!

I have recently fallen TOTALLY in love with strength training and.. well... I love it, therefore, I am making sure I stick with it.. who can argue with this logic??

I've discovered the secret to success in this journey... YES, there is a secret... and it is: VARIATION! You have to change up your "routine" to keep your body guessing, keep things interesting for your mind, and to try new things!

Yessssssssssss, I LOVE it! June was my sweatiest month ever and I'm so proud of myself!! I LOVE this journey!!

Check THAT out... pre and then POST workout.. WOOOOOOT!

Right? RIGHT!

On my last blog, I showed a photo of my strawberry water and got a few requests for the recipe, so... here you go Angel, Lori, Dana, and anyone else that wanted to know about it...

My lovely and awesome friend Ingrid shared that link with me. YUM!!! They rock! I love the fresh taste of the fruit, but some might want to add a bit of Stevia to it after it is poured. Just a little FYI. I did NOT add sugar or sweetener when making mine.

My goals for July are:
~lose 10 pounds (over "normal" but I'm SMASHing it this month! WOOT!)
~stick with ST 3 times a week
~12 cups of water everyday
~take more time for me
~keep positive attitude no matter what
~stay motivated by all means!
~NOT give in to party temptations (this month is 4th of July, my birthday, then a friend's graduation party, and who knows what else.. time to focus!)

Oh yeah... I almost forgot! June 26th was my 2 year Spark-a-versary :)

Ok, so I'm not at my goal just yet, but.. in that time I have accomplished some great things:
~ DONE with 77 pounds
~ 27,000 fitness minutes
~ countless memories
~ fantastic knowledge
~ amazing friends
~ courage, strength, and pride I didn't have before!

I actually think it's better for me to have lost this weight so slowly and the way I am doing it. Slow and steady wins the race, yes.. but I lost 30 pounds and maintained for a bit, got to the 50 pounds lost mark and then maintained for a few months, then starting at the beginning of this year, I have lost 27 more pounds totally 77 pounds DONE! I am proud of that. I have found my groove finally and I am making more and more changes each day, each week and heading towards my goals. I didn't gain all of this weight overnight and I think the way I am losing it is not only a testament to the fact that I will be able to KEEP it off, eat properly, and stay active for the rest of my life but it also shows that I am not a quitter. I love myself enough to take the baby steps that it requires to reach my goals and keep this amazing lifestyle that is really changing my life and the lives of those around me! YAY!!

Here's is my most recent pic for comparison of before and current, I will get more up soon as I am taking pics every month to document changes :) (those of you who "like" my FB page already saw this, sorry!).

Yeah, I'm glowing.. that happens when you drink water and love yourself.. hehe :)

I think I am becoming addicted to change, adventure, new things, and life!! Who's with me!?!?

So.. there you have it.. lol I am happy right now, motivated, encouraged, excited and SO much more. I am rockin' and feeling amazing. Thank you SO much to everyone that is supporting me. I couldn't do this without you guys!

And... because this is SMASH month and I am totally addicted to the Avengers (and might possibly love the Hulk a little (along with Black Widow.. who kicks major toosh)... I leave you with my alter-ego... attacking July...


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
OLIVIANIGHT 7/10/2012 4:39AM

    Oh wow, what awesome progress pics! Where did you get all the exercises to go on the workout sticks? I really need to do something like that but I really don't know what you're supposed to do for strength training.

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LBFROMBUFAD 7/8/2012 1:45PM

    You rock my world!!!!! emoticon

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WRITEWAY73 7/6/2012 11:24AM

    You are looking amazing. I am so motivated by your story and blogs. I was doing great and have been away from the gym because of surgery and have gained...time to get my butt in gear!

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-LORI-B 7/4/2012 4:26PM

    I just love you- You make me take a few more steps then normal and a few more squats then normals. Thanks for being you and for the water recipies HUGS!!

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CATDUG19 7/4/2012 3:20PM

    You are AMAZING!! I love all the great tips in this blog!! The SMASH is fantastic!! I am sooo stealing the popsicle stick idea so freaking smart of you. I am also stealing the water recipe!! As for the Avengers, we are friends BUT no one touches my THOR! You go wonder woman and I know this july is going to be a great SMASH for you.

Thanks for the pick me up!!

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KAYLAHEGINGER 7/3/2012 12:18AM

    aweaomw blog keep up the awesome work

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GEMINIGEM6 7/2/2012 11:07PM

    Not only do I like this blog but I 'liked' it also! Lol. I actually love this blog! So positive and I love all the pics! :)

P.S. Congrats on the 77lbs! You look great! :)

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DEBZDOGZ 7/2/2012 11:19AM


i LUV the SMASH idea and totally "borrowed" it for my own goals! Such a great idea! You're gonna do it GF!!!!!

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INGBADEN 7/1/2012 9:10PM

    Great Blog. And you cited me. You are sweet.

I might have to use your cup idea to make ST interesting to me :-)

You have done so well for yourself and are such a support to all of us.

Go get it girl

Light and Love baby. emoticon

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SHRINK_U 7/1/2012 3:29PM

    So many things in this blog deserve WOOHOOOO'S!!!! Girl.. you are kicking butt! Love the SMASH. July is going to be awesome!

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ZELDABEE 7/1/2012 1:16PM

    Awesome Blog! But you blogs are always awesome! Looooove the work out sticks idea and you are looking fab in your new picture!! Not that you weren't fab before but you know what I mean. I know you are going to smash july to pieces!!!

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OREOSMILE 7/1/2012 1:07PM

    love the workout sticks! I may have to take that one on too.

You have set some awesome goals and I can't wait to read about all your success this month!

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/1/2012 12:19PM

    I love this blog. Happy sparkaversary! You are doing freaking awesome and you will SMASH July!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/1/2012 11:14AM

    Wonderful uplisting post! You're gonna SMASH this month for sure!

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LIVIN_THE_LIFE 7/1/2012 10:49AM

    Great blog!! Also, I love the workout sticks ideas ... that may just be what I need for my ST days!

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KDMD98 7/1/2012 9:17AM

    Awesome. I started this year with a bang, then slipped a little. I am back to motivated me and ready to smash July with you.

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    Awesome blog!! You are totally set up for a fantastic July, looking forward to reading about it!! And totally love the workout cup idea too, very cool.

You are awesome! emoticon

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DANABYNATURE 7/1/2012 7:34AM

    Now how did you know I was going to read your blog? Lol. Good job CC!! I love your enthusiasm and your motivation!! I am ready to SMASH this month too!! Let's do it!! :0)

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NEWTINK 7/1/2012 7:23AM

    I love those cups I think i am going to have to try them. You are doing aweeeeesomeeeeeee ..... Happy anniversary and emoticon on 77 pounds that is wonderful .... you keep up that great job.....

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    Happy 2 year Spark-a-versary! Did you make that cake?
Thanks for the recipe link! Wonder if it really needs ice. I don't have an ice maker. I mean, we do, but the ice is nasty since it's not filtered. Need to get some ice trays. The fruit infusion pitchers sound good. What did you use?

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MAMADWARF 7/1/2012 12:59AM

    Great blog!!! Love it!!! Git you some!!!!

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SUSIEGKORN 7/1/2012 12:53AM

    Good for you! What a fantastic change you have made for yourself ~ losing 77 pounds looks good on you! Here's to SMASHing it in July!

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NICKLES8189 7/1/2012 12:38AM

    "June was my sweatiest month ever and I'm so proud of myself!!"
emoticon Me too! Great job!

Great before and after picture! Obvious difference (both weight-wise and attitude-wise)! Good luck with the 10lb goal this month! I might just copy that for myself too emoticon . These summer months (at least for me, being a hopefully-soon-with-a-full-time-pos
ition teacher) are a great time to really kick some weight-loss BUTT!

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MIDORI_SPARK 7/1/2012 12:28AM

    Love love love it! You can do this!

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