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Day 2 of 40/40 Challenge: Exercise Good...Eating Bad

Monday, March 21, 2011

Did I tell you that I joined the 5K Your Way Official Sparkteam? Well, I did! emoticon It's a SparkPeople Training Program in which you prepare your body to walk/jog a 5K in 5 weeks. It can be real or virtual. So, today, for my 40 minute workout, I did Day 1 of the training.

The first day requires walking for 4 minutes and then jogging for 1 minute, for a total of 25 minutes. I did a total of 30 minutes with a 5 min cool down and a 5 minute warm up.

Imma tell ya... that jogging felt GOOD!!!

Then, I feel like I ruined everything good by make poor choices at dinner. I wanted to "treat" myself. I didn't want to be "good." Hubby took the family to TGIF's and I ordered this:

I didn't really know how "bad" I actually was until I got home and searched the internet for the caloric content of the food I had eaten!! I'm not even going to post it here. It's so ridiculous! But you can see it in my food tracker if interested. So disappointing and sooooo unnecessary!!

BUT....I know...

Tomorrow is a new day!

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BRATTY_ME27 3/22/2011 8:13PM

    Way to go on your exercise.

Food wise- I am a firm believer that if you don't "treat" yourself once in awhile you will fail. Don't make a habit of it, and don't beat yourself up over it. I actually schedule a "cheat" day every week- it's not always the same day, I kind of schedule them around things going on in my life, and I still "try" to keep things under control, but I enjoy EVERY bite of those meals. I hope that you enjoyed your meal.

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HEALTHYAMS 3/22/2011 8:38AM

Hey, where's that group? Maybe that group, or another similar to it, will help me prepare for the Breast Cancer walk I'm doing in June.

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    You are right-- you CAN do it.. and you will. One indulgent meal doesn't mess anything up... just remember next time when you treat yourself to plan in advance!!

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SBEAR5 3/21/2011 10:24PM

    Tomorrow IS a new day! WTG on your 40 mins!

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Day 1 of 40/40 Challenge: Off to a Good Start

Sunday, March 20, 2011

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Today I got off to a great start! I went to sleep late last night, so I did not wake up this morning to workout; but I did get my workout in this evening. It felt great!

I finally put that Body Gospel series of DVDs that my best friend got me for Christmas to use.

There are 4 dvds in the set and each dvd has an average of 2-3 workouts on it.

I did "Body Revival" tonight. It has a 3 minute warm-up and a 3-minute cool down; but the actual workout is 30 minutes. Since I need 40 minutes, I added in 10 minutes of Coach Jen's Jump Rope Cardio workout!

That Jump Rope cardio workout is NICE. I don't always feel like that much impact but when I do, it's a lot of BURN for a small amount of time! I'm so glad I spun the wheel and it landed on that free dvd! And another time it landed on a free $10 gift certificate. I used that to get the jump rope from the SparkPeople store. So WIN/WIN for me, huh? The DVD has more than one workout on it.

But so far, I have stuck with only the Jump Rope Cardio workout. It really gets my heart pumpin!

Well, that's it for me. Just wanted to report Day 1 success!

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KISSYTINA 3/21/2011 6:12PM

    WooHoo!!! I would love to hear more about the Body Gospel workouts. They sound great! And the jump roping sounds fun! It is amazing how many calories can be burned using some of our favorite childhood past-times! And we never even noticed when we were young!

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LESLIES537 3/21/2011 10:24AM

    Those DVDs sound great!! GO YOU! emoticon emoticon

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BRATTY_ME27 3/21/2011 12:10AM

    AWESOME!!! Keep it up!

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BET212 3/20/2011 9:51PM

    Looks like a great workout and great plan! emoticon

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 3/20/2011 8:54PM

    Awesome start!

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    Wow! That is cool! Those sound like some great workouts!!!

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40/40 Exercise Challenge

Saturday, March 19, 2011

If there is one things that has eluded me in all my years of yo-yo dieting and attempted healthy living it's EXERCISE! It's the one good habit that I find the hardest to master consistently. It's such hard work! DUH! lol

In an attempt to build up this habit I'm embarking on my own personal 40/40 Exercise Challenge. This is going to be hard but it's for ME ME ME!

For the next 40 days (beginning tomorrow) I'm going to attempt to exercise for 40 minutes.

I'm not concentrating on the intensity of the workout at all because, honestly, I know that some days I'm not going to feel like exercising AT ALL.

But, if I can watch television for 40 minutes, then I can certainly take a stroll on the treadmill during that same 40 minutes.

So, wish me luck! And if YOU have trouble exercising consistently, why not JOIN ME!! But do it for YOU! I'm going to do this for ME!

Ready.... Set...... Go!!!

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NEWATTITUDE2010 3/31/2011 11:39AM

  Sister True-Ness,

Congratulations on your new goal. I am sure that you will succeed! Also, thank you for the confirmation of 40 days. Sometime ago I bought a book called Fit for the King by Thomas Hundley. It advocates taking 40 days to be fit mind, body, soul, and spirit. Actually, I bought the book in August and have yet to implement it. I just told myself to start my 40 days tomorrow and then I saw the entries for your blog...LOL---We will see how it goes...I look forward to gaining strength from your entries.

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    WOOHOO!! You can do it!

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HEALTHYAMS 3/20/2011 8:23PM

    You can do it sister! emoticon

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CELLO23 3/20/2011 6:13AM

    This is a great idea! Good luck! Go go go! emoticon emoticon

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BRATTY_ME27 3/19/2011 11:58PM

    Awesome plan! Best of luck! emoticon

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Every dress is a size 10!! (PICS included)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spring always gets me in the mood to shop!
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But, I don't usually buy anything because I'm always of the mindset that I'm "losing weight" so why waste money on new clothes that I'll have to replace. I've always been like that. Consequently, I usually don't know that I am down to the next size until I'm PASSED it!

I used to wear a size 14 in a suit, while my skirts remained a 10 and my tops teetered between a medium and a large. In my extra storage closet I have about four (4) suits that are a size 10; one that is a size 8, and two that are size 6! I've been up and down with my weight for quite some time. But, the funny thing is, I don't have ANY size 12 anythings in my closet. But, in my suits, I cannot wear a size 10 yet if the skirt is straight (these hips don't lie...and ain't trying to squeeze into a 10 bottom...yet...LOL)

So, for the last couple of days I've been window shopping. I've been picking up all kinds of dresses (I don't usually buy dresses...I buy skirts and tops...) and just trying them on. A couple at my church is paying for my husband and I to go to the Pastor's anniversary banquet so I need something to wear. I'm trying to figure out what size I might actually be in right now.

I can't say that I've figured it out yet because it varies depending on the type of apparel I'm trying on. BUT, I will say this.... every dress that fit was a 10!! The 12's were toooo big! That prompted me to go down into the basement and pull out one of my size 10 suits and just *see* if I could wear it. Well, I can *get into* them but not decently. LOL There is a little too much junk in my trunk. LOL So, I guess I have to be a size 8 in order to fit into my size 10 suits the way I like. (I don't like tight clothes!) But, I do fit a size 10 dress! Whooppeeee!!!

So, guess what..... I bought one! I bought a dress! And it WASN'T a size 10.......... it was an 8!!!!

Now I know that I don't actually wear a size 8, but this particular dress was very stretchy and it seemed a little too loose in a 10. Also, the banquet isn't until the last weekend in April, so with even a conservative 5 lb weight loss, it could be a little too loose by then. So, I tried it on in an 8 and it fit perfectly.....still stretchy with room to spare.

When I got home, I showed hubby the dress and I told him the story of the 10 vs. 8. I showed him the picture of me in the dress when I was in the dressing room and he said..with eyebrow raised and a smile on his face... "That's nice." LOL (Those of you with husbands and significant others, know the tone of those simple words. LOL) Anyway....I think he wanted to make sure I was going to be decent and that the dress wasn't tight (because it is form-flattering), so he requested that I actually put the dress on for him. I knew it wasn't is sooo comfortable. But for hubby's peace of mind, I tried it on.

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Here is the dress:

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SARAH_HOPE 3/19/2011 10:17AM


That dress is beautiful! It looks great on you! Congrats on the size 10 (and 8!)


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LESLIES537 3/19/2011 9:56AM

    You look bangin' girl!! HOLLA!!! emoticon emoticon

Every dress a size 10?!!!! That's so exciting! *HAPPY DANCE* emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TGEVING1 3/14/2011 1:09PM

    your gorgeous! keep up the great work.


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RETURNOFSARAH 3/14/2011 9:18AM

    Wow, thats a beautiful dress and you look great in it x

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BET212 3/14/2011 12:19AM

    I love it and you look great in it!

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KISSYTINA 3/13/2011 11:47PM

    OOOHHH Pretty! You are going to rock that dress!

You are doing so fantastic! WooHoo!!

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CELLO23 3/13/2011 5:37PM

    You look lovely - beautiful figure! Beautiful dress! emoticon emoticon

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CHINCHIN 3/13/2011 12:46PM

    Beautiful dress, beautiful you and terrific story to boot!

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CHIQUITA72979 3/12/2011 8:23PM

    that is so awesome!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 3/12/2011 5:00PM

    You look amazing! Congratulations!

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MOMMYNURSE 3/12/2011 3:52PM

    I agree the dress looks very nice on ya! Yea to hubby for recognizing that you look great! I have been married for 15 years and know exactly what you mean girl!

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HALLELUL 3/12/2011 3:45PM

    emoticon and emoticon emoticon up!

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SOCKS117 3/12/2011 3:18PM

  Way to go! You're rockin' that dress!

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KANSASROSE67 3/12/2011 2:49PM

    That dress looks way better on you than on the hanger! You look great!

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BEE_FIT 3/12/2011 2:48PM

    You look great!Woo Hoo for Spring emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 3/12/2011 2:43PM

    No wonder he said "that's nice" & wanted to see you in it for himself. You look great!!

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LIZZY63 3/12/2011 1:11PM

    You look Great!

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ELEXEY 3/12/2011 1:10PM

    Yes, I definetely "know that tone" how two words can say so very much to us women!!! Congrats!!! You look beautiful!!!!

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Mid-point Reflections: 30 lbs Lost!!! (Pics included)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

What can I say? I am sooo happy to finally be at the elusive mid-point of my weight loss journey!!! It's very exciting!!!!

I have been trying/not trying/half trying to lose weight for sooo long. It's funny that I would reach this point at a time when I'm not "trying" at all. These last 10 lbs dropped as a result of a spiritual fast that I'm on, so I feel that I can't really take any credit for getting to this point. It was through no effort on my part, except my commitment to God as far as completing the fast. Soooo, I can't really toot my own horn for reaching this milestone. Nonetheless, I'm happy....soooooo happy!!!'s taken me some time though....

This is me around January 2009. I have no idea how much I weighed because I stopped weighing myself. But you can see how plump my face is.

At the close of that same year (November 2009) I weighed in at 191.6.

I'm in the 170's in these pictures:

And here I am today weighing 161.2 lbs!!! 30 lbs lost!!! Whooppeeeeee!!!!!!

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KTTAYLOR21 1/28/2011 10:40AM

    Look how cute you are!!! Girl you have done a GREAT job on your journey. Your so inspiring. It's time I kick it up a notch. Hey are you going to the gym during your EPIC Challenge. I remember your not much of a gym person but your sister made you go and you liked it!!

I can't wait to be where you are.

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COOKI56 1/23/2011 6:37PM

    Wonderful! Thanks for chronicling your weight loss in this manner! God bless! emoticon emoticon

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CELLO23 1/18/2011 1:00PM

    You look gorgeous! Especially in that green cardie and slim skirt combo! Congratulations on your 30 pounds! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYAMS 1/17/2011 12:54PM

    You betta show off that waist by putting your hands on those hips, lol. Get it! emoticon emoticon

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MEIORI 1/16/2011 2:52PM

    You look great! I love how happy you look in all your pictures, it really uplifted me this morning. Contratulations!!

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  Well done!!! I hope you don't mind but I'm going to add you as a friend, it's so inspiring to have people like you as buddies! :) You are indeed an inspiration! :)

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CHIQUITA72979 1/15/2011 2:34PM

    girl, you look good! i'm inspired!

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BET212 1/13/2011 11:05PM

    I think you look beautiful in all the pictures but I know you feel your best with less weight. emoticon on 30lbs gone for good!!! emoticon emoticon

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BETSEY_G 1/13/2011 10:34PM

    Congrats on all your hard work! You look great! Very inspiring.

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 1/13/2011 9:58PM

    You look great! Congratulations on the 30lbs gone forever. Best wishes on rocking the next 30 off!

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KRYANPRINCESS 1/13/2011 8:20PM

    Nice Job Lady!! You are ROCKIN'!!! emoticon emoticon

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HALLELUL 1/13/2011 8:03PM

    Oh my stars and stripes. I see you. I see you! Had to tease you but I can understand not wanting to post pictures. It took me a while too, but I have to add:

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Keep up the good work, youngie!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 1/13/2011 6:54PM

    Look at beautiful YOU! I love it when folks share their journey in pictures, it speaks VOLUMES to the hard work and success you have made. Congratulations and thank you for sharing this! emoticon

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    Woooohooo!! LOOKIN' awesome!

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SAMGERBINE 1/13/2011 4:14PM

    Wow! You've made such progress!

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LESLIES537 1/13/2011 3:58PM

    WOW!! You look A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!! I just love your look SO happy! Good for you! Congratulations!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGPROOF006 1/13/2011 3:54PM

    That is amazing!!! Awesome job!!! You look fantastic!

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BIGBOOTYBETTY 1/13/2011 3:29PM

    i mean look FANTASTIC! you are always a joy to have as a Sparkfriend and I am so glad to see that your health is getting in order! WONDERFUL JOB! You've worked so hard to get to this point! Keep it up! HUGS!

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IMREADY77 1/13/2011 3:25PM

    Congrats!!!! keep up the good work!!!

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