Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.


    PIXIE-LICIOUS   118,941
SparkPoints
100,000 or more SparkPoints
 
 
July Workout/August Workout

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts

Thursday, July 25, 2013




July is winding down, and soon I will be finished with the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred workout! I am super proud of myself for sticking with it this month, and I owe a HUGE thank you to my Sparkfriend, Luvtobowl, for being such a great workout buddy and accountability partner! Even though we live about 700 miles apart, Tammy and I have been doing the Shred together, and checking in with each other every day to give support and encouragement. Its great to have a Spark friend doing the same workout with me. Knowing that I have committed to check in with her every day to update her on how I'm doing has really kept me motivated. Thanks for the support, Tammy!
emoticon emoticon emoticon

I can honestly say that I've enjoyed doing the 30 Day Shred! Oh yeah, its difficult and challenging, but thats what makes it great! I feel like such a champion when I finish that workout every day. That sense of accomplishment and pride is so addictive!

A few people have asked me if I've lost weight this month, and my answer to that is "I don't know, and to be honest I don't care." My goal has never really been about weight loss. My goal is to be as healthy as I can possibly be. For me, weight loss has always been just a side effect of that. Yes, I would like to eventually get down to a size 8 or 10. But you know what? Even if it takes me years to get there, I am still a hero to myself. I have lost 71 lbs since March of last year, and I'm proud of that. But I'm even more proud of how I have changed my life in other ways. I have made a pledge to myself to eat as healthy as possible. I have found a love of exercise and because of that I have gotten stronger and fitter. My body is still overweight, but it is slowly toning up.



Most importantly, I have changed my mind about myself. I used to be my own worst enemy, slowly killing myself with too much food and too much time just sitting around. My self esteem was lower than low. I didn't believe in myself. I thought I was destined to be obese and unhealthy until the day I died. I never believed that I could be strong enough to rescue myself. For years, I have told my Sparkfriends "You are worth your best effort"...but I didn't believe it about myself!



That is no longer true, though. I DO believe in myself, and I KNOW that I really am worth my best effort. I also know that some days will be better than others, but as long as I keep pushing and just doing the best that I can do each day, I am making progress. My weight doesn't matter to me. My health does, though. So I will keep working hard to be as healthy as I can be, and the bonus to that will be that I will lose weight. Not as fast as you might expect, but I'm fine with that.



"It is so easy to get our minds out of whack.
We fixate on where we want to BE so much, that we often totally forget where we CAME FROM and never really allow ourselves to celebrate where we ARE."
-Bonnie Pfiester

I know where I want to be, but I am not fixated on it. I am taking it one day at a time. I know how far I've come since last year, and I wake up every morning with gratitude because I have become so strong that I know I can keep going. I feel like every day is a celebration!



My Sparkfriend Tammy and I have already got our August workout planned, even though we still have a few more days of the Shred. In August, we'll be doing a workout called "Weight Loss Cardio Kick", with an instructor named Violet Zaki. She's more laid back in her approach than Jillian Michaels is, but its still going to be a great workout and I'm looking forward to it. Here's a sample clip of the workout, if you're interested;

www.collagevideo.com/wor
kout-video/weight-loss-car
dio-kick-with-violet-zaki-5722


I'm going to keep working hard in August because I know I am worth the best effort that I can put forth. You are worth your best effort too!



SHARE
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CATNCAG 1/24/2014 2:37PM

    Excellent Pixie! I love your pictures & quotes! I have posted some at my desk at work for motivation! U r the best! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
EFFRAYECHILDE 8/21/2013 8:38AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUPERSYLPH 8/18/2013 11:49AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUSGETTENBY42 8/5/2013 12:17AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRANDMA125212 7/31/2013 3:41PM

    Like others I am so motivated by your accountability / motivation partnership and how it has helped. It is such a great idea.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FUNLOVEN 7/31/2013 8:14AM

    We always need to remember that there is NOTHING EASY about changing something we do. Especially when it is something we have done for years. So who knows why we slip up every once in a while. If truth be know, it could actually be a chemical reaction in your body due to the release of the stress you had been under. Yes, our bodies swing one way when we are stressed and then the other way when the stress is over, and eventually our bodies get back to basics.

As always, you have managed to pull yourself up emotionally and I have all the confidence in the world in you to move forward! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LELERS 7/30/2013 1:12PM

    I love Jillian Michaels' videos! So good!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WINCHESTERRK 7/30/2013 12:18AM

  Very inspirational blog! Congrats on your weight loss! I look forward to reading more of your blogs!


Report Inappropriate Comment
ROXYCARIN 7/29/2013 11:33PM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RAINBOWMF 7/29/2013 6:40PM

    Great blog! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CORNERKICK 7/29/2013 6:00PM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUSGETTENBY42 7/29/2013 2:10PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ELINTY 7/29/2013 10:52AM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAROLMAID 7/29/2013 8:08AM

    Hi Pixie!
Thanks for the inspiring blogs and the messages you've shared on my page. Always motivating! I checked out your link to the next video you plan on taking on. I like turbo jam..this has similar moves so I may give it a try! Doesn't look like it has good music to go along with it but if the moves are good maybe I can make a soundtrack with music of my own as long as the beat is right. Nothing messes me up more than trying to do a move on the offbeat! it's just wrong LOL and I need music :)
Congrats on the 30 day shred! As always keep on going with the great attitude!
Carol

Report Inappropriate Comment
FUZZIEBEAR3 7/29/2013 6:57AM

    Way to go! Just a couple more days, I am so proud of you for sticking with it!


Report Inappropriate Comment
ROXYCARIN 7/28/2013 10:46PM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KICKINGKILOS 7/28/2013 6:45PM

    Congrats on completing the shred. When i did it in 2011 I didnt fpcus on eating healthy so did not achieve anything from it. lol.
Great blog.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FEMISLIM 7/28/2013 1:50PM

    Great going!

Report Inappropriate Comment
AJB121299 7/27/2013 10:47PM

    Nice

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEWTON1068 7/27/2013 10:33PM

    Hello my friend, as usual I absolutely loved your blog and once again you I reminded me why I started this journey to begin with.Ive been trying so hard to find myself again after the end of a 20 year marriage. Ive come to realize that I have spent the better part of my life taking care of everyone else and discounting my own needs . I think as women we become so good at caregiving we forget about ourselves in the process .I hope someday to find the girl I lost so long ago. I want to make the second half of my life better than the first . Thank you for guiding me on my journey back to health. I believe that Nothing happens by accident.. Im so grateful to know you as my friend and mentor.-Karen from Ohio

Comment edited on: 7/27/2013 10:39:28 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
LUVTOBOWL 7/27/2013 10:20PM

    Hi Pix'

Great blog again my dear friend! How sweet of you to mention me, but I tell you one thing, I couldn't have made it this far without YOU! I am looking forward to next months workout already girl!

emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
QTEALADY20031 7/27/2013 4:40PM

    Pixie, I am trying to catch up with my blog readings. I think you are doing great. I am so proud of you that you made it through the 30 Day Shred. I have the dvd but have not done it yet and its tabled due to my wearing the boot. That dvd is not easy and I see that you are all set for August! Good for you Pixie.....YOU can do it! What a success you are on Spark! I am going to check out the workout! emoticon emoticon emoticon June

Comment edited on: 7/27/2013 4:41:34 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLIMLEAF 7/27/2013 4:22PM

    I've fallen far behind in reading blogs (and other stuff too) but am really pleased to read that you've been faithful and diligent in your 30 Day Shred - well done!

Thanks for the inspiring quotes. I'm having trouble in believing in myself and wonder what my life is really all about at the moment, but I'm doing what I can to be healthy today.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KELLYB60 7/27/2013 2:51PM

  Congratulations on achieving your goal this month, and thank you for sharing wisdom. There was a lot in there that I needed to read today - it really is about health. I still like to see the number on the scale, but I feel best when I can tell just walking that my body is responding to the healthy changes I'm making. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RAINBOWMF 7/27/2013 2:23PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TDEMAIO2 7/27/2013 11:03AM

    WOW we are SO proud of both of you!!! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GETRESULTSMDMEE 7/27/2013 9:58AM

    Great blog it is so true we should enjoy the milestones that we have already crossed. I sometimes forget that in my impatience to get to the next "number" on the scale. This for the reminder. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CSKIES1 7/27/2013 9:31AM

    Great Job!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JIBBIE49 7/27/2013 8:01AM

    great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SANDYCRANE 7/27/2013 7:24AM

    Congratulations for sticking with the JM DVD. You are awesome, keep up the good work.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
EBONYSOL 7/27/2013 6:58AM

    Love the posters and quotes you have used in your blog. After reading it I was inspired. What will my Aug challenge be?

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEWTINK 7/27/2013 6:48AM

    Go at your own pace and do what makes you feel the best you can do emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MILLEDGE2 7/27/2013 6:28AM

    You are a true WINNER!!!!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MISS*J 7/27/2013 2:46AM

    Okay. This blog was awesome. Thank you for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BLUEJEAN99 7/27/2013 1:56AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DSJB9999 7/27/2013 1:16AM

    emoticon for sharing Pixie
emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GODDREAMDIVA1 7/26/2013 11:55PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PATRICIAANN46 7/26/2013 9:34PM

  You are always such an inspiration, Pixie............ emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SNOWYOGA 7/26/2013 9:17PM

    Great blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CICELY360 7/26/2013 8:29PM

  love your blog

Report Inappropriate Comment
MIMIDOT 7/26/2013 8:12PM

    Good for you! You're doing great!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUNEAU2010 7/26/2013 7:43PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUSIEMT 7/26/2013 7:23PM

    Great Blog!!! Keep up the good work!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLADYBUG3 7/26/2013 7:17PM

    Congrats....good job!!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMMY445 7/26/2013 6:57PM

    congratulations,Pixie! way to go!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GEORGE815 7/26/2013 6:48PM

    Good luck in August!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KRYSTALLA 7/26/2013 5:51PM

    Great job and blog.

emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LAPERLE 7/26/2013 5:00PM

  As usual your blog has spoken to me and inspired me. I sometimes lose sight of the fact that I am in this not only to lose weight, but to also stay as healthy as I can regardless of how much I weigh or how slowly the weight comes off.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KARENLEIGH32 7/26/2013 4:57PM

    Wow, you are kicking a$$! Good for you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
IMEMINE1 7/26/2013 4:56PM

    You're doing great. Looks like a fun workout. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post


Log in to post a comment.
Member Comments Page (177 total):  1 2 3 Next > Last >>
 


Other Entries by PIXIE-LICIOUS