COURAGETOMOVE's SparkPeople Blog COURAGETOMOVE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community BLC 22 Before <img src=""> <img src=""> Wed, 5 Jun 2013 21:54:32 EST BLC 22 Plan of action!!!!! The BLC is going to be epic for me. I have sat down and had a heart to heart with myself, and there is no physical reason why I am still overweight. I know what and how to do it, I have support online and in my daily life so that only leaves me. My relaxed attitude gets in the way that and fear of success so I have to be aggressive and get tough with myself(in a loving supportive way). Here is what I am facing going into BLC 22 <BR> Weight: 302.4 <BR> Arm-15 <BR> Hips- 59.5 <BR> Waist-51.5 <B... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 13:37:40 EST Welcome to ATL Traveling True Blues!!!!! <img src="">Hey Traveling Blues glad you guys are here!!! Mandi sent me a text and said that you guys were on the front porch hope you didn't wait to long I was in the shower trying to get ready for our time together. Technically I live in Dekalb county Georgia which is a suburb about 30 minutes outside Atlanta, but for the purpose of the visit we will mostly be in Atlanta. I packed us some fruit and lunch so that we can enjoy our day. I... Tue, 28 May 2013 23:28:23 EST Fitness Camp Week 1 I started back at my fitness camp. I did 2 six week camps in the past but what was supposed to be a short break turned into a hiatus. My thinking was that during both camps I was always last on run days, and while everyone was very encouraging I didn't feel very encouraged. My goal was to sit out a camp, and increase my speed (You all know how that turned out). I said enough is enough and rejoined. The camp is 6 or 8 weeks depending on the time of the year but you can choose either option. It... Mon, 6 May 2013 18:23:35 EST Plans for the break I have finally accepted the fact that you can not out exercise a bad diet. People say all the time that losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise. With all that being said I have decided that my focus will be on that. I still plan on working out but nutrition will be where my head is at. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> 1/2 a gallon to a gallon a day. <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> Track my food daily.(stop using the excuse I didnt make it at home so I can't track.) <BR> <BR> <em>475</em> Sunda... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:59:05 EST I call today a Win!! I woke up ate a healthy breakfast, and then debated with myself for 2 hours about going to the gym. Still not totally convinced that I was going I put on my workout clothes anyway. I started to feel foolish so I went. Once there I walked around the track for 30 minutes, and then I got on the Precor AMT! That thing is the <em>18</em> . I was sweating after the first 2 minutes as if I had a full workout. I only lasted 10 minutes before getting on the Ellipitical. The entire time I was on the ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 23:46:52 EST BLC 21 If you knew what I know <img src="">Psst you...yes you the one with the nasty attitude. Do you have a few minutes to chat with me? Don't roll your eyes the things I have to say will change your view about yourself and those around you. Wait...wait put that coke down get some water trust me you will thank me later. I have an idea lets walk and talk. No sitting down and munching does not make a conversation better. Ok you are fine exactly the way that you are and ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 07:41:29 EST BLC 21 Week 1 at a glance It's Wednesday I woke up excited to weigh in, and see my work from last week validated. Imagine my suprise when the scale showed a 2 pound difference. I know I know its still a loss but I was hoping for at least 5 pounds. I then looked over what I did right and what areas needed improving, and was okay with my loss. <BR> <BR> Things that were on point: <BR> - I had a perfect score on the TNT <BR> - I did great on the weekend challenge <BR> - I got a pair of Nikes for LCW <BR> - I drank a gal... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:43:26 EST BLC 21 Just Do it weekend Challenge 1/18-1/21 Posting a blog to keep myself accountable for the challenge. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> D-Decide to just do it <BR> <em>248</em> (100/100) Bodypump <BR> <em>311</em> O- Oxygenate 20 mins or more for 25 points <BR> Fri (25/25) Sat. (25/25) Sun.(25/25) Mon. (25/25) <BR> <em>220</em> I- Interact <BR> Fri.(25/25) Sat.(25/25) Sun. (25/25) Mon. (25/25) <BR> <em>301</em> T-Track <BR> Fri.(50/50) Sat. (50/50) Sun (50/50) Mon. (50/50) myfitnesspal has really seen me this weekend. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 00:19:44 EST I was talking to myself. My friend called me Thursday to discuss how she needed to start working out but that she needed to move her exercise equipment into her garage first. I asked her what was the hold up, and why she couldn't use the equipment where it currently was until she moved it. She answered by telling me that she wanted to turn that room into a guest room, and the hold up was that her garage was cold. I said well once you start moving your body will warm up or you could get a space heater and turn it on 3... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 01:11:50 EST Do I have to lose friends in order to lose weight????? I noticed that as long as I am alone I have no problem sticking to my planned meals, and drinks. I start to stumble when others are around I don't know if it is the temptation of what they get or if I just don't want to stand out. The past couple of days I have eaten out and yes I did stay within my calorie range it was the sodium, and the fact that I already had healthy meals prepared at home. I will start with Sunday. My friend calls me and tells me that she wants to discuss weight loss wit... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 22:59:55 EST BLC20 Almost there I started this round with what I thought to be realistic goals. I am not happy with the weight loss but I have picked up some very good habits. I have not thrown in the towel but I did lose some of my steam. I still have 6 weeks to really make this round count. I have started logging my food. I am still not at 100% but I am at about 80-85% and that is coming from hardly ever logging. has become my second stop after Sparkpeople. I am actually doing some ST and enjoying it. I s... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:38:52 EST Grateful part 3 which should be part 4 oops! I totally forgot to post yesterday but here is today. <BR> <BR> 1. My fitbit <BR> 2. My (I am finally enjoying tracking my food lately) <BR> 3. Sparkpeople <BR> 4. Being able to negotiate good deals <BR> 5. My eyes <BR> 6. Quiet Sunday mornings <BR> 7. My caring nature <BR> 8. A great cup of tea <BR> 9. Pay Day <BR> 10. my sense of humor Mon, 1 Oct 2012 23:33:06 EST 10 Grateful things part 2 Here is my day 2 list. <BR> <BR> 1. Weekends <BR> 2. Warm weather <BR> 3. My smile <BR> 4. My legs <BR> 5. People who understand me or at least pretend that they do <BR> 6.My independent nature <BR> 7. My sister finding out that her apartment will be ready by November ( love her but I want my house back) <BR> 8. Great music <BR> 9. Good books <BR> 10. Nice paper ( I am still a fan of handwritten notes) Sat, 29 Sep 2012 21:01:11 EST BLC20 "RingoChallenge" 10 things I am grateful for. I think I often take for granted the good things in my life so it will be very interesting to come up with 40 things over the weekend. <BR> <BR> <em>85</em> I am grateful that God sees fit to wake me up every morning with the chance to right my wrongs, and get better everyday. <BR> <BR> <em>85</em> I am grateful that I have a healthy son who is very active, and so far has not cause me any major problems. (It doesn't hurt that he still thinks the world of me) <BR> <BR> <em>85</em>... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 18:56:00 EST BLC20 Creative Writing I plan to use this 12 weeks to get out of the weight loss rut that I have been in. I spend too much time, energy, and money to continue to live as if I don't know how this should be done. I am going to use these 12 weeks as a spring board in the direction I want to move into, and in order to do that I need to address this from all angles. I have to maintain the consistency and determination that I have during the first week throughout the entire challenge. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <em>3</... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 01:09:42 EST Picture Day BLC20 <img src=""> <img src="" <BR> <BR> <BR> I did not want to post any picture of me in regular clothes because for me this round is about dealing with reality, and right now until I make the neccesary changes this is my reality. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Shamika Thu, 13 Sep 2012 23:11:19 EST BLC20 Wednesday Weigh-in (week1) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I decided to start posting a picture of my weigh-in weekly to keep myself accountable. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:00:22 EST Meatless Mondays are back!!! I have been trying to get back to Meatless Mondays all summer. I woke up this morning and decided that even though BLC20 starts WednesdayI was starting today. I made great choices all day, and I feel great. I can't promise that I will get all my freggies in every day but Mondays will not be a problem. If I had to grade today I would give myself a B. I did not work out even though I planned to do so. Success <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> <BR> Shamika Mon, 10 Sep 2012 22:18:18 EST Challenge A few of the people in my life along with myself have decided to do a weight losschallenge for the month of July. They wanted to do longer but I figured that we should start with a short challenge to make sure that everyone's interest is held. We decided to weigh in every Sunday, and pay $5 each. The person who loses the most weight at the end of the month gets the money. My brother seems to think that just because he is a man that he will not have to do anything and that he still will win. I... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 01:33:44 EST Call me Queen of false starts! I have been going to fitness camp since January. I gave myself too many breaks and did not lose what I wanted to lose. I used my lack of weight loss to convince myself not to join camp this time. I have not gained any weight back but I have not lost anymore either. My problem is I have a great start record it is just that consistency that gives me problems. I have addressed this issue several times in the past come up withsome pretty decent alternatives, and still do not follow through. I hav... Sun, 20 May 2012 08:37:19 EST I Cherish you most today! I lost my mom on June 20,2011. There was little warning, and I still try convince myself everyday that we are just not speaking right now. Today would have been her birthday, and there is no pretending so for the first time I am putting my feelings in writing. I could not have asked for a better more supportive mom. She had her faults like anyone else but above all she made sure that everyone around her was taken care of. She was so many peoples go to person despite me telling her that she wa... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 23:52:40 EST 100 Acre Wood Challenge emoticonTigger has gone Woo Hoo Hoo WILD! He's expressing his zest for life, bouncing and pouncing all over the 100 Acre Wood! It's a technique he often uses to share his eagerness and happiness or even fondness amongst his dear forest friends! emoticon <BR> <BR> "That's T - I - Double Guh - Er! and he's always looking to have fun no matter what the situation might be"... this weekend so are we! emoticon Let your inner Tigger spring into action, bounce from house to house and gather friends ... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 22:38:45 EST Finally..... Fitness Camp Recap!!!! I don't have enough great words for fitness camp. I did things in camp that I would have never tried just working out alone. That is not to say that I enjoyed it all but it was all things that worked towards me getting more physically fit. Yoga was one of the things that we did that I can't lie I did not enjoy it at all. I could not do 90% of the poses but I am not opposed to trying it again. The cool down was great because it was dark, and we concentrated on clearing our minds and being in t... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 21:36:41 EST Not quite a lifestyle yet! This is the last week of fitness camp, and I have already paid for a second camp. I will do a total overview of the camp on Friday. My problem right now is my eating. Camp says that Sundays are our free day but I notice that by Friday I am sneaking little bites here, and there. I feel like I still have a diet mentality and instead of thinking I can have anything I want just in moderation, and on Sunday I start feeling like I am missing something even though rationally I know I am not. We are ... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:54:55 EST Today I jogged or rather wogged!!! My sister agreed at the start of my camp to walk with me on Sundays to help me improve my time on my Monday walk/runs. She has kept her end of the deal and for the last couple of weeks she has gone. Earlier this week I told her that we were going to jog some, and of course her face looked like I felt inside. Today we walked the first mile, and then coming back we walked one pole, and jogged or for people looking wogged to the next pole. We did this for half a mile. Whoohoo I am still excited.... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 22:43:37 EST Today was an Epic Fail! I started my day out great. Took my vitamins. I had oatmeal and peaches for breakfast. My part time job called and asked if I could take the girls to an event. I agree but the problem is that the place does not allow outside food and drinks in. I refused to pay their prices for water or food. We did not leave there until after 8pm which is supposed to be my cut off time for food. I was so hungry when I left that I went to McDonald. Yes I am still in my calorie range but it was a horrible day ... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 23:20:00 EST Question of the week. My brother had a get together at his house the other night just because. It was small only about 12 of us. I decided that I was going to remain focused and in order not to be talked into having even one beer I took my gallon of water with me. <BR> The characters: <BR> <BR> <em>36</em> Me <BR> <em>32</em> Random girl <BR> <BR> <em>32</em> Hey I haven't seen you in a while. What are you drinking tonight? <BR> <BR> <em>36</em> Just my water! As I held up the gallon. <BR> <BR> <em>3... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 14:27:58 EST BLC-18 Weekend Challenge CICO "Calories In ~ Calories Out" Challenge runs FRIDAY - TUESDAY <BR> <BR> Points for CICO challenge will be awarded as follows: <BR> <BR> Public Tracker: Earn a ONE time weekend bonus of 50 points for having/making your nutrition tracker public! It's a large number of points because Nutrition IS 80% of the equation...You CAN'T out exercise poor nutrition! Not only does a public tracker help you stay accountable, but an extra set of eyes (or 30 sets in this case) is always a good thing! <B... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 13:55:41 EST I am not sure exactly how I feel! I started a fitness camp on January 9,2012. The first day we completed our weight in, a 2 minute sit-up test and a 2 minute pushup test. We also did a 2 mile walk/jog/run which determines which group you are placed in for the camp. The walk/jog/run is through a hilly subdivision not to far from the camp. Blue is the last group, and I figured that was the group that I would be in. I completed 18 situps, and ZERO pushups because I can only do the "girl pushups" and those do not count. I came in... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 00:36:10 EST I Have a dream challenge for BLC-18 I HAVE A DREAM WEEKEND CHALLENGE <BR> This Challenge will run from Friday, Jan 13th Midnight 12:01AM thru Monday, Jan 16th11:59PM <BR> <BR> Each item completed is worth 10pts. (a total of 50pts/day possible). <BR> <BR> D = DO! It is that simple! Stop delaying your progress! Make a plan for this weekend and stick to it! This can be a New Goal each day OR you may work on the same GOAL for the entire Challenge. Avoid something that has been hindering your progress. Could be Sugar, Alcohol, Tob... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 15:38:33 EST ABC's for the forrest! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition push you? yes <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? Newbie <BR> C is for have? 1 (Son) <BR> D is for DOWNFALL...what's you're biggest temptation? Ice cream <BR> E is for EXCUSE...what is your most famous? How can we help you overcome it? I ran out of time. Just encouraging me to get things done early. <BR> F is for FURRY FRI... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 18:07:51 EST What sound do you love? I must admit I love the sound of water be it rain, a creek flowing or the sound of ocean waves crashing. It is something so peaceful and relaxing about the sound of water. What is your favorite sound? Thu, 15 Dec 2011 07:49:17 EST What is your favorite body part? I'm going to cheat on this question because I have 3 favorite body parts. <BR> 1. My lips- I love them the shape, feel,and color and where would my smile be without them. <BR> 2. My eyes- They are not any special color or anything I just like them because they are mine. I have an inside joke with my sister that my eyes are mesmerizing and that anytime a man looks directly into them he is hooked. <BR> 3. My legs- I love how whenever I get on a serious workout kick they are the first thing to g... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 18:50:45 EST What is your least favorite mode of transportation? I would have to say public transportation in Atlanta only because it takes twice as long to get every where. I don't mind using it if I am in no rush to get anywhere. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Shamika <em>247</em> Tue, 6 Dec 2011 22:15:34 EST What is your favorite time of day/day of week/month of the year? These questions are really working for me it is really making me more aware of blogging which I feel I really need to do. <BR> My favorite time of day is late at night because that is usually when everyone is asleep, and the house is quiet which makes it easier for me to reflect on things going on in my life. I have never been a morning person. Friday used to be my favorite day of the week when I was working but now that I am in school I love Saturdays. Saturdays are good because my son plays... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 20:48:02 EST What is your favorite form of exercise? Currently I am participating in a 4 week bootcamp in order to get overall results, and to increase my strenght training. I am trying to make this my favorite but I'm not there yet. My favorite form of exercise is cardio. I love Zumba and any type of dance style classes. Now tell me what is your favorite form of exercise? Sun, 4 Dec 2011 09:46:41 EST What chore do you absolutely hate doing? I might be crazy because I am sure that there are far worst chores but I hate folding fitted sheets. No matter how much time and effort I put into it they always look like I just balled them up! Well that is my most hated chore. What is your? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Shamika <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 3 Dec 2011 10:09:39 EST What is your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? My favorite outdoor activity is walking around the lake in the fall. My favorite indoor activity is reading. Thu, 1 Dec 2011 12:50:40 EST What is one of your favorite quotes? Im breaking the questions down daily to encourage me to blog more! <BR> <BR> What is one of your favorite quotes? If it is to be it is up to me. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 13:07:02 EST 5% Winter Challenge Assignments 1-4 I'm geared up and ready. I have attempted this challenge several times but always get overwhelmed and quit before the end. This time around I am seeing this through til the end. <BR> <BR> Assignment 1: <BR> I am not following any specific exercise plan but I am committing to working out at least 5 days a week to include cardio and strength training. Days that I do not make it to the gym I will do one of the various games on the Wii or kinect. <BR> My Eating will be a combination of Sparks m... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 12:48:03 EST Day 2 What is the #1 song on your IPod? The number 1 song currently on my Ipod is Im B by the Black eye peas. Fri, 25 Nov 2011 12:28:03 EST Getting to know me!! 35 Questions to Get to Know me better <BR> 1. What was your favorite food when you were a child? <BR> 2. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod? <BR> 3. What is one of your favorite quotes? <BR> 4. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? <BR> 5. What chore do you absolutely hate doing? <BR> 6. What is your favorite form of exercise? <BR> 7. What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? <BR> 8. What’s your least favorite mode of transportation? <BR> 9... Thu, 24 Nov 2011 15:58:30 EST Day 1 I went friday toget my supplies for my first week on the new program. The nurse asked if I was starting on Monday. I told her that I had been waiting on Monday for far too long, and that I would be starting Saturday mornig. I took all the vitamins , drank the shakes, and drank my water. I was hungry a couple of times but noticed that when I did feel hungry it was within 5 or 10 minutes until my next shake was due. Day 1 was pretty simple as far as hunger but for whatever reason it wasn't a g... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 11:26:38 EST Fad or Jump start I have not blogged and so much has occurred good and bad but I will blog about that next week on to today. I have went up in weight instead of down, and was thinking of doing this program for a month. The program stated that you could lose up to 15 pounds in 15 day. The first week is 6 protein shakes a day, and food gets reintroduced the second week along with the shakes. I just want to do it for 30 days and get a jump start. I have been eating a healthy diet the last couple of weeks and have... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 16:16:29 EST Lazy or Scared ? I have been feeling really lost for a while, and have been really trying to figuure out what direction in life I should be moving towards. I keep adding and taking away things from my life hoping that this will be the answer. Going to my family and friends for advice has not been very helpful as they normally come to me so when I go to them I usually get really genetic advice. All of this lead me to thinking about times in my life when I felt that I was at peace, and had the most clarity. I ... Tue, 17 May 2011 14:17:52 EST The infamous trust fall I have seen on tv and heard many people discuss participating in the trust fall, and they either could not go through with it or how it made them feel like a different person after completing it. I would respond what is the big deal it is not really that far of a fall, and it is a zillion people there to catch you. I could not have been more wrong in my life. My school had a ropes course day at the end of our orientation. I went back and forth all night if I was going to go, and finally that... Thu, 12 May 2011 19:13:05 EST My visit I am soo excited about the school that I chose. The school takes a holistic approach to life, and focus on preventive practices. I get a lot of health related test, products, and services free or for the bare minimum. I decided that since I really need to get serious about my weight loss, and because I am studying to be a dietician that I should go see one. It was a great experience. She didnt really tell me much that I did not already Know because I have been interested in nutrition for a wh... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 20:48:37 EST I'm in. I mentioned a couple of months ago that I was going back to school, and changing careers. I currently work in mental health but have decided to go back to school for a degree in nutrition. I got my official acceptance letter today. I have orientation March 30,31, and April 1. Classes start April 4,2011. I am excited and nervous at the same time but ready to start to relieve some of this anxiety. Tue, 15 Mar 2011 22:46:33 EST So I really do get smarter with every year. I wrote this long blog this am, and somehow it disappeared so here I go again. <BR> This January I told my sister that 2011 was going to be a good year for me. I did not make any resolutions or say that the year was going to be magical, and my life would drastically change. I did say that I was going to continue building the person that I was becoming, and no matter what the year had in store i would be better for it. I decided that weight was not the only thing that needed adjusting, and I w... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 17:28:07 EST