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Sweaty and Loving It!! Goddess Challenge.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

I didn't do the mini-challenge last week, but I decided to so it this week! I've come out of the gate pretty strong by deweeding,digging, and planting in my flower garden (not counting Yoga). I am looking to add a nice 3 mile walk as well. I had to take a break after pulling up two hedges by the root ( I kicked them out LOL)!

You can see how red and sweaty I am!

What are you most proud of in your fitness/health journey?
That would be my progress. I've maintained a 65 lb weight loss, and I have finally started to learn moderation in eating. I can also keep up with my hubby walking around. I walked about 12 miles and climbed some very step uneven steps up to a castle (crossing the Atlantic Ocean at low tide).

This was a huge feat for me!

Walking from Marizon to St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall,England.

Climbing up to the top of the mount (this is nothing compared to the 500 steps at Warwick Castle)

A view from the top (we walked that long line across the ocean plus 6 miles just to get there!- I could NEVER have done this before losing the weight!

Oh and buying mountain bikes to share our healthy lifestyle!

Do you have any inspirational or encouraging photos to share with us?
You better believe it, first off an updated before and after :)

My husband is a huge inspiration for me!

Inspirational Photos

I also inspire myself, photo's of me sweating and loving it!

The way I see it, if I can do it once, I can do it again!

Want to tell us about victories (especially non-scale ones) on your journey so far?

The things above just being able to physically ride a bike 3 miles (including uphill), climb those 500 stairs, cross the Atlantic Ocean at low tide. To wrap a towel around my whole body, have my husband put his arms all the way around me! Do Yoga without falling over because of lack of balance. But perhaps the biggest thing for me, is feeling confident wearing shorts in public .I had surgery on my legs a few years ago because of painful varicose veins. I have had these veins since I was 13 yrs old, and I have always been extremely self conscious of them. I only wore shorts with panty hose I would burn up in the summer because I would not expose my legs. Although I could not get all the veins removed, the pain stopped and my legs look so much better. I can now wear summer dresses and shorts and feel confident!

Leg comparison pics



Now I feel confident to wear summer dresses!

Are there goals you have set out for your body or things you want to be able to do at some point?
Oh yes, one biggy is to fit into this dress for a high school reunion (I should also graduate college by then!!!)

I also want to learn sword fighting- I love the female warrior!

A girl can dream- not my body YET but soon!

Ok this chick is awesome!!!!

I've always loved Red Sonja!

This would not be complete without Xena

Is there someone you look up to in the fitness world that inspires you?
This one is harder but Jennifer Hudson has been a huge inspiration- She is amazing for so many reasons!

The Yoga Zone folks- creator Alan Finger,and Lisa and Charles- I do their video's daily :)

They look so happy and healthy!

And I know that she is not a real person but She-Ra has always been my hero since I was a little girl- and that hasn't changed :)

What about in normal life?
I am my biggest motivator but my hubby is a HUGE source of inspiration as well as my support system! I also have a dear friend Julie,who is a huge inspiration, she has lost over 150 lbs and continues to keep it off! As always God is always my biggest inspiration because I want to be exactly who he wants me to be!

My favorite verse that has helped me get through so much in my life.

Pics of me and my inspiration :)
These are older.

Newer pics

Are there pics you have seen online of things that make you say "Dang! I want to think that way!" or "Yes, that's exactly what I mean!

I will NEVER give up, no matter how many times I fall!

This is a biggy for me, I want to go slow so that the weight stays off for life!

I know this is corny, but it's so true!

This may be my favorite because it applies not just to weight loss but to my overall goals of being getting my BA in Commercial Music.

I just wanted to say that I have been going through a major transformation (overhaul if your will) for the past two years, of mind, body,and spirit. I have found myself in so many ways ,and I will do whatever it takes to achieve my goals when it comes to pushing myself. Needless to say, this girl is DONE!

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    Lovely post with lots of questions that I might have to come back to. Glad you are doing well - you look amazing!

    I'm most proud of climbing to the top of Dover castle last week and not getting out of breath once. I also walked the tour around the entire grounds, up and down the hills with my much younger friend - who was huffing and puffing - and I just had to think about my breathing rather than stop and have a lie/sit down like I normally would. It felt good to be active again, despite my poorly knee.
    2194 days ago
    I agree with MZSASSY!

    I was happy the entire time I was reading your blog. You've come a long way so far and are doing awesome!!

    You guys just look so happy, it's seeping out of you!!

    WooHoo for you and everything you've done and will do.
    2204 days ago
    You beautiful, amazing, inspiring, awesome woman!! I love you! This blog was ridiculously wicked and SO fab, I can't even put it in words! SO proud of you! WOW, what a change! You and your hubby look so happy together and LOVE it that you are sweating and loving it!! Great job on this blog... I happen to ADORE it! Keep this fire! You are worth every second you spend on yourself... believe me! Doesn't it feel amazing to be DONE!?! YAY!!!!! You freakin' GO GIRL!! XOXOXOXO
    2206 days ago
    This blog almost made me cry.. So inspirational!
    2206 days ago
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