Saturday, December 27, 2014
I know it has only been two days with my vivofit but I felt it necessary to share with anyone who may be thinking about getting one of these gadgets. I absolutely love this one. First of all, the display keeps me motivated. I can see at all times how many steps I've accumulated, how many calories I have burned,the time, the date, and my percentage to step goal. it also tracks my sleeping patterns. Did I mention that it is cheaper than the Fitbit? Still not sold? My vivofit never has to be charged because it runs on a watch battery which lasts one year! That is
yesterday I was happy because I ended my day with a little over 10,000 steps. I know for sure that is because I was able to see where I was throughout the day. I did those steps just by cleaning up around the house and taking a few extra steps here and there in the grocery store and at work. if only I hadn't ate those two pieces of cake yesterday! Today I am planning on working out with my husband at the Air Force Base and considering we are usually there for an hour and a half to two hours I know I will get my steps in.I have got to get moving because there is only one week until my first 5k of the year!I have set a personal goal of completing 21 races by my 3 year anniversary of weight loss on May 21st. I know this might sound crazy but I want to have raced 21 races cumulatively and so far I have done 14 race this over the past two years. So I have 5 months to run seven races and I am super hyped about it. My first 5k is on New Year's Day, I have a Super Bowl run on Super Bowl Sunday, a Valentine's Day run, St Patrick's Day 10 K, and then I just have to fill in the gaps. Let my running season begin!
Friday, December 26, 2014
A VivoFit is basically a FitBit, it is just made by Garmin. It looks the exact same and does the exact same thing. I am uncertain yet of whether I can add FitBit users to my program; I am still learning. But I am super excited that i have it. I am such a competitive person that I am instantly walking more and moving more because I am watching the numbers on my band go up. Now that I know there is a leaders board, IT IS ON!
Santa Derrell also got me Just Dance 2015 as a gift. When my neice Ayanna found out I got it, she flipped out. I have now been challenged by a 12 year old to a Best of 7 tournament, tonight. In my family, I am the QUEEN of dance games. I have beat children young and old. Ayanna is my biggest competition. The last time we played, I only won by like 30 points. I am going to have to stretch to take her out.
I promised you all I would take pics of the cakes I made. The first one was a DOOZY. It was a German Chocolate fudge cake and it was 10 INCHES TALL!
The Lemon Chiffon was the best of the night (according to family). My cousin Tyler could not understand how I got it so moist! I was rushed to decorate it and I put too much color gel in the icing so I was a bit disappointed in its appearance, but it tasted fantastic.
Speaking of my new VivoFit, THIS is how my lovely husband wrapped it:
There was no bow or anything! I just cracked up laughing when he handed it to me. I love that man! He didn't even bother wrapping my new Columbia coat. He literally handed it to me in the plastic bag from JCPenney. But it was the exact one I wanted and it was a perfect fit so I will not complain.
I also must share this crazy pic of my little cousin Teagan. She is a hoot! She will be 2 years old next month. She can already count to 17 and say her ABC's clearly up to J. She is also a bit of a bully. She is tiny for her age but is so fiesty and if she wants something, she will get it. Teagan has managed to dominate kids from 0-6 years old! My niece, Lynn, is intimidated by her! But Teagan is also the most loveable little kid you would want to meet. I just love her to pieces. She hates being restricted by clothing so after stripping herself down to just her bottoms, I asked her to take a picture for me and this is what I got:
I encourage you all to follow Teagan's lead and just smile today!
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Have you ever been in the middle of writing a blog post, better yet, NEARLY FINISHED with writing a blog post and then it just disappears??? Maybe disappears is the wrong word. My internet just freezes in the middle, I get the message box that the internet has stopped working and that tabs will be restored and when it's restored, my blog is gone. Perhaps it was divine intervention.
I am not going to re-write everything so here is an abridged version of my lost blog:
1. It was a random blog with no clear direction.
2. I referenced urine alot. Basically I have not been drinking enough water consistently and am finding that during the day, I am not peeing much but then at night, I am being awakened by the urge to pee and when I do, it is barely nothing. There is no pain, burning, itching or odor so should I be concerned?
3. I am broke. Part of me could care less. I have been promised a raise and promotion at the beginning of the year but I am not banking on it. I currently sell Mary Kay part-time and I LOVE the product and I adore the women I have met along the way. I am torn between getting a second job with guarteed income or focusing on my Mary Kay business and the opportunity it presents. With that being said, visit my website at www.marykay.com/makeyourdreamsrealit
4. Annie was an ADORABLE movie and you have to go see it!
5. I cannot wait for Christmas dinner. Not because I plan on bingeing but because I love to bake cakes that my family loves and this year I am making a 4-tier German chocolate cake and a Lemon Chiffon cake. I am so excited to get off work and start baking. I will post pics tomorrow.
That is all I've got. I wish you all a Merry Christmas!
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
When did I become the stiff, old, off-beat lady in Zumba? I was always the 1 or 2 Black girls in class that rode the beat and shook it like a salt shaker with no problem. I was the rhythm and the blues. Last night I was more blues than rythym. Carrying around this extra weight in combination with just getting a little older, I looked a hot, lumpy mess. I was behind the beat most of the class and when I caught myself in the mirror swiveling my hips, I nearly choked when I realized I looked just like my mother!
I have declared that my current weight loss motivation is to feel sexy at all costs. Last night I did not feel sexy. I felt self-conscious. I had fun but it was clear that these extra pounds have taken a toll on my ability to drop it like it's hot, and to look good while doing it. So tonight I am going to Zumba again. And I am putting on my reddest lipstick (which I forgot yesterday). I will wear my compression leggings that hideaway the gut fat (I wore sweatpants last night) and I am walking into that gym with my Rihanna " I dont give a F#@*" face on!
I also asked Santa Clause (my husband) for a Fitbit for Christmas. I really hope he makes it happen. I know for certain that I worked harder and moved a lot more when I wore my BodyBugg. The FitBit is a much nicer and simpler option and i know it will push me to be more active than I am currently. I have also registered for a NEw Year's Day 5k and will be doing a 5k on Super Bowl Sunday, one on Valentine's Day weekend, and a possible 10k on St. Paddy's Day. May 21st marks the 3rd year of my weightloss journey and it will be great to say that I have completed 21 races in those 3 years. I was also thinking maybe I should hang my race bibs (I save them all) and medals on a cork board to remind myself of what I have accomplished. The only thing is I don't know where I would put that board in my house.
But anyway, thank you to all my Spark friends who check in on me, who encourage me, and who give me the confidence I need to keep at it. I love you all!
Monday, December 22, 2014
Hey gorgeous Sparklers! So much has happened recently with my health and family and I am happy to stop back in and catch up.
Just as I was re-dedicating myself to my health and weight loss, I found out my husband and I were expecting! It was so exciting! We got pregnant sometime around our first year wedding anniversary. Early on we the doctor's had some concerns because my HcG levels were increasing, but they were not doubling every 24-36 hours as recommended. I wasn't nearly as concerned as the docs because I felt great. Then one day while facilitating a workshop, I began to feel a lot of pressure. I took a small break and discovered a lot of bleeding. I finished the workshop and then my husband and I went to the doctor. They were unable to locate the pregnancy sac and declared it a miscarriage. I was very disappointed. But then my HcG levels began to skyrocket. We ended up at a specialist and discovered that I was actually having a tubular pregnancy (eptopic). Because I was so early in my gestation, the doctor wanted to see if the pregnancy would absolve itself. Well it didn't. I was in the doc's office every 2 days for blood draws and monitoring. They finally decided to give me two chemo injections (methotrexate) when I rushed in with the craziest pain in my right tube. Thankfully I received the injection before the tube ruptured but it was highly inflamed.
You would have thought that would have been the end of it but the first round of injections did not keep the pregnancy from advancing. So I had a SECOND round of chemo injections. That ultimately did the job but I still had to go in for labwork weekly for 6 weeks. The entire ordeal lasted about 2 1/2 months. It was so stressful. To add to the stress, the day we learned we were losing the baby, Derrell's godmother passed away suddenly from pneumonia complications due to her lupus.
Losing this pregnancy really stirred up past pain of losing three other children. I say "children" because I had two late term pregancy losses and my daughter passed away when she was 19 months old. I should have three rambunctious kiddos driving me crazy each day. I was really struggling with the "What ifs" after this loss. My son, Anthony, would be a 10 year old momma's boy, Nicholas would be an 8-year old quiet book reader, and Alicia would be a 6-year old Sassy Pants. We dreamed that this child would be Camry Janelle.
Somewhere in the mist of all this sadness, I decided that I need to be concerned with my health but at the end of the day, I need to be happy. I realized that my husband will adore me with or without these extra 30 lbs. I realized that I want to focus on having fun with my husband. I discovered that I just want to feel comfortable and sexy in my skin so I will dictate my success with my weight based on how sexy I feel not on what the scale or pants size says. I no longer want to feel like a victim of my circumstances. I want to feel like a diva goddess who is appreciative of life, friendship and whatever else God sends me. Surprisingly, I have gotten more compliments and comments on how good I look now that I have LET IT GO (Frozen reference). I even got hit on while out WITH my husband. As I stepped away from Derrell, this guy looks me deep into my soul and seriously said, "Are you REALLY married?" I looked at him, looked at the beautiful rock on my hand and said, "I'm wearing a ring! I am here WITH my husband." The guy's response, "Forreal? Man, I've been watching you." At that point, I just walked away . . . but with a little extra bounce in my step!
Me and the hubby; this was just about 10 days ago
and then a few days ago, I got some weave!
look at that SASS!
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