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Day 172: New Gym and Great Picture!!


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Let me just start off by talking about this weekend and revealing my most recent picture with my boyfriend, Ricky...



This is approximately 26-27 pounds down at a Christmas party this past Saturday. I felt amazing (thanks to a gift from Jan-Marie, or BOBCATGIRL76, the gray shirt I'm wearing). I got a few compliments on my appearance and was told I looked good. What ultimately surprised me was getting asked what I'd been doing. People actually care what I've done with my lifestyle, and that was really cool. So I got to share about SparkPeople and all that the website has done for me. I also told people about exercising.

When I shared about my want to potentially sign up for a half marathon, there were a couple of doubters. I feel like I can use those doubts as fuel to motivate me further. I just need to get myself back to running. And sign up.

My mom and I signed up for our local gym on Saturday. I had a pretty good workout that day and yesterday I did leg work, which surprisingly does not have me sore today.. I don't know if that's a good thing necessarily - did I not push myself enough? I felt like I did when I was at the gym, but I also have never created my own workout plan before. I suppose that's a work in progress, haha. Now that I have this more permanent gym membership and have moved home, I'm determined to actually kick some serious weight loss. Today I was back up to 229.8 from 228.2 and ugh, that's so frustrating!! Eating at home is such a trigger issue for me so I hope to be able to lock that down and start focusing more on what I've been eating and how much. I had portion size down so well at school in my apartment and now I have to control myself in my "comfortable" place (home) and help my body and mind realize that I need to keep my eye on the prize of being healthier and happier. Here's to trying to kick that 5lbs by the end of December!

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COCOSMOMMA 12/20/2013 10:39PM

    You are gorgeous Girlie!! Good luck and show those doubters what you can do!!

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CLODME 12/20/2013 5:12PM

  You look great. Hang in there and use the doubters as motivation!

Thanks for visiting my page! :)

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CHICAT63 12/19/2013 1:20PM

    Great photo of you both ! You are looking hot, keep it up. emoticon emoticon

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SARAHSMC22 12/18/2013 9:22AM

    Great picture! And LOVE the shirt! You look very stylish, I'm jealous, haha

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ADF1981 12/17/2013 8:26PM

    You look amazing! I'm sure it will take time to adjust to being home and get back into your routine soon. Thanks for sharing!

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TWINZMOM7 12/17/2013 8:17PM

  Sounds like you are doing great, and you look fantastic! Way to go!

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BOBCATGIRL76 12/17/2013 4:53PM

    I love that shirt on you! I still have it in Black! Love The Limited but only shop on the clearance rack lol. I never thought I could ever do a half marathon, but I'm telling you it's awesome to be able to say I have. I also agree on the PT at the new gym. A few times could really be worth it. Anywho, keep on keeping on girl!

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DANIELLESAUTUMN 12/17/2013 4:29PM

    Hey there! Sounds like you're doing okay, and you know what to make yourself do. You look really pretty in your picture too, Congrats!

Hey- if you like running, or even enjoy it at times, you should definitely sign up for a half. It's such a difficult training schedule and process to get yourself prepped for it, but the reward of completing it can't be matched. I did an 18 week training schedule, didn't strength train and skipped at least one run a week (never the long one though) and I still finished it. My time was 2:25, and it was slower than I wanted because I had some tummy issues midway through.

Good luck at your gym- make it your second home! I deal with tons of other people in the gym around 5p.m., but you know what? It still feels like MY gym. I'm there for me, and I care about nothing but doing work! For strength training one tip that helped me is that on your last repetition of weights you should be almost failing. That's the way to get sore. Just don't injure yourself- listen to your body and it's limits.

Kick some azz!

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CANES4EVER63 12/17/2013 11:53AM

    Love the picture, you look great!

If you want to do a half, do a half! See if there is a running group in your area training for one - that's what I did. I can't express the words of gratitude that I have to all the ladies who I run with, they've gotten me through my running ups and downs and pushed me when I didn't think I could go any further. It really is motivational.

As far as a new gym - see if there is a personal training offer or free sessions that you can get as a new member. The right PT can do wonders for you. I love the program that my PT has and that my gym has for personal training and they mark your progress in unique ways. But having that connection is important. Good luck!

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