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  Week of 6/9/2011 - Featured Blog Post

Seven Things I've Learned in Seven Months

I just recently passed my seventh month Sparkversary and I thought I’d take time to reflect on just a few of the many things I’ve learned.

Month 1 – Anything is Better Than Nothing
When I began this journey I lived in a small apartment with my daughter, with no gym membership or ability to have workout equipment in my home. Despite all of that, I was ready to charge full speed ahead. What I realized this month was that there are ALWAYS opportunities for fitness. One of my original fast break goals was to start my day off with an upbeat song. So, I’d spring out of bed, shuffle the IPod, and get moving. I will never forget laughing at myself with the wild moves and gyrations I was doing to Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance – she’s so weird that I was getting totally into it and making my body do weird things. It became a sort of game with Gianna – she’d want to be held while I was dipping, twirling, and jumping – so by holding her I was adding a strength component. I wore a pedometer and remember many a night where I refused to go to bed until I’d rolled over that 10,000 step mark – so I’d be reading a book while marching in place, etc… I took walks with the baby, I probably annoyed my neighbors to no end when they heard me jumping jacking at all hours… but regardless, I was well on the way to my journey. And the weight rolled off.

Month 2 – Even Holidays Can’t Derail a Woman on a Mission
I was one of those ‘crazies’ who started this endeavor right before the holidays. I remember I loved SparkPeople at that point because there were so many “survive the holidays” resources. I blogged a strict plan for how I was going to exercise crazy to make up for eating what I wanted at Thanksgiving… and I stuck to it to the letter. My parents were wondering who this woman was that abducted their daughter when I would go out periodically during the day and do wind sprints up and down the driveway. They were in shock when I told them I just needed 20 minutes before opening gifts on Christmas morning because I had to get my 30 day Shred in. I did not just survive the holidays – I thrived. And the weight rolled off.

Month 3 – Good Things Come to Those Who Wait (and Save)
By this time I needed to step up my cardio and I now had a home of my own with some room to play exercise – wise. Because of my thriftiness, I was now in a position to purchase some items to start building up my home gym. The biggest expense was an elliptical which I would do again 100 times… my fiancé said it best, “Wow, baby, you use the (blank) out of that thing!” Yes, I sure do. I bought a stability ball, resistance bands, hand weights, a jump rope, a kettlebell – all the tools that I need to continue to change things up. It all helped my mission. And the weight rolled off.

Click here to read the other lessons this member has learned over the past seven months!

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