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Day 1 of the 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Wow! I am really out of shape!

I went to the gym after work and did 25 minutes on the treadmill. I jogged for 5 of the 25 minutes (a big accomplishment for me because I usually don't push myself). Came home and got some sleep and then did the Day 1 Bootcamp Cardio Video. I couldn't keep up with the jumping jacks or the final two drops. But by the end of this challenge I hope that I can do it.

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VDSHIELDS 12/14/2010 5:07PM

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ABB698 12/12/2010 1:09AM

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SANSIE05 12/11/2010 6:33PM

    Haha! Good job! I'm only day 5. I really like it. Finally figuring out ways to use that yoga ball I have. :)
Glad to hear other people are doing it too! Good luck!

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TAMLKING 12/11/2010 6:19PM

    Good for you! I just finished the Bootcamp Challenge yesterday, and it was my 2nd time doing it! I had a hard time with the jumping jacks, too. I really enjoy the challenge (which explains why I did it twice lol) and I know you can make it through!!! Just stick to it!
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PATSREADY 12/11/2010 5:47PM

    Looks like we both started the bootcamp challenge today. Like you I struggled with the jumping jacks. Here's to both of us successfully finishing the bootcamp! emoticon

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MISSY0356 12/11/2010 5:23PM

    Good for you!! Keep me posted on how you are doing!! emoticon

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I am much stronger than I thought..

Monday, December 06, 2010

I am a woman that is capable of wonderful things. I have been to hell and back and I am still standing. My knees buckled at times but I did not fall. Some have tried to trip me but I regained my balance. I have avoided pitfalls and I am still here.

I am so much stronger than I thought I was, I just have to keep reminding myself of all that I have survived. And I am still here!

  
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VDSHIELDS 12/14/2010 5:08PM

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CINDYR457 12/9/2010 12:03PM

    What an amazimg feeling it is when you realize you are more than you thought you were! You are so right! Anytime you step up, make changes for the better and push through... you become even stronger. Imagine what it will be like for you when you reach goal!!! emoticon

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HEALTHYME162 12/6/2010 10:17AM

    And you are not alone!

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DEBBIEKAY1 12/6/2010 9:31AM

    emoticonRemember that song I am woman?
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DONNAEDA 12/6/2010 9:27AM

    you ave a lot to be thankful for. You go girl

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TAMLKING 12/6/2010 7:37AM

    That's right, you ARE still here and you're better than ever! And look at all the friends you've accumulated along the way to help you when you're down.
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BRANDIGIRL313 12/6/2010 5:45AM

    of course you are! youre here making changes to habits that have been accumulated for(i'm sure ) a lengthly while. were here to support you, but all the effort it takes to make your progress is your own. if you can do this, here on spark, you can do anything! all it takes is the drive to want to, because you have all the rest! you have 2 beautiful kids and sometimes kids can bolsters you to do things you might not have done on your own. i know they are so proud of you too!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 12/6/2010 4:04AM

    emoticonI am so proud of you for your accomplishments and also for telling us about it!!!! What an emoticonwoman you are!!!!

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ABB698 12/6/2010 3:48AM

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You are right, strong woman!

Keep on keepin' on!
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I Need To Become More Than Just Physically Healthy.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

I am working hard on being physically healthy. Now I want to, correction I need to work on being healthier in other areas of my life.

Relationships:
I have a very unhealthy relationship with my husband that I have been separated from since July 2009. He does not want to be with me but yet still he is always at my house and calling me when he needs help. He makes me feel like I am the worse person on the face of the earth. We have a daughter together and because of that I feel as if I will never be free of him. I want him out of my life for good. He has hurt me more than any other person has but he is always around.

Mentally/Emotionally:
My separation and being a single mom (again) of two kids has caused a tremendous strain on me mentally and emotionally. I know I am a tad depressed. People look at me and always comment that I look sad and never smile. That's because I have 3,423 things on my mind or trying to juggle. I am sad . I never wanted to be single again. Never. I don't need anyone to take care of me financially but I let having that other person to lean on. (Again something I didn't get in my marriage.)

Financially:
Money and I have a very unhealthy relationship. I am very fortunate to be able to provide for myself and my kids but I am horrible at saving money. This adds more stress because as sole provider for my family if something happens, I am not prepared.

Spiritually:
I love God with every fiber of my being. I have no doubts about my faith. But I am having a hard time reconciling how many in my congregation, especially my husband, have treated me. I have felt abandoned by the "shepards of the flock". I don't like discussing this much because it is not as cut and dry as some think. And I know some may say, "Just go worship somewhere else." But it sooo much more complex than that.

Self-esteem
I have allowed another person to take away my self-esteem/self-confidence. After being degraded for so long, I started to believe some of the things that were being said to me. I don't wear make-up, nail polish, bright clothing, high heels or anything else that may have made me stand out or feel special. Because I was told almost on a daily basis for 7+ years that I wasn't special or beautiful. This is a very unhealthy attitude to have about myself.

Sorry for the almost rambling nature of this blog entry but it is almost 4a.m. and I have a lot on my mind and it is too late (early) to call anyone to talk. I know that brighter days are on the horizon for me!

P.S.
Blogging has be a great outlet for me.

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VDSHIELDS 12/14/2010 5:08PM

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NURSE_FAWN 12/4/2010 9:16AM

    We are here to support you so anytime you need to talk, you can always come to us.

It seems that you have figured out the problem areas in your life and now you need to start working on the solutions. First of all, do not believe what you have been told about yourself. I can tell from your blog that you are a warm, capable, strong, wonderful, woman. Please remember to tell yourself that every day. Your husband does not understand what he has lost, but he has lost you. He no longer has the right to call on you for any issues other than those involving your daughter. It is time to stop letting him call the shots. Take care of yourself and your children. emoticon

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BAKERICLISA 12/4/2010 6:53AM

    You need to give yourself permission to say your marriage is over and stand on your own two feet. Yes you will be tied to the man because of your daughter, but he still has a strong emotional control over you, even if he is not living in the same household. Time to cut the cord, file for divorce and end the control. A year and a half is no longer working on it, it's a sign it's over.

Your mission should be to do something for yourself, be a great role model for your daughter. Show her how strong you are as a woman. Your child feel your sadness, so today, do a makeover on yourself. Pamper yourself. It's a long time overdue.

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OMG!! The zipper on my jeans is not broken, it was just under pressure!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

On this journey to be healthier, I am learning to celebrate the small milestones. I have a pair of size 18 jeans that fit me very uncomfortably and the zipper would always unzip. (But I like them and I refuse to go to a size 20) I thought it was broken, I liked the jeans so much that I would just where a longer shirt to cover this "defective" zipper.

Well after wearing the jeans all day today and the fly not unzipping once..I realized something! THE ZIPPER WASN'T BROKEN IT WAS JUST UNDER PRESSURE FROM ATTEMPTING TO HOLD IN MY BELLY, LOL. But now that I lost a few pounds, there is less fat pressure building up in the jeans! emoticon

My little victory! I didn't drop a pants size and the jeans are still snug but I lost enough weight to relieve some of the FAT PRESSURE that was building up in my jeans and my zipper is staying up!

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REDRUDY5 12/6/2010 2:13PM

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BRANDIGIRL313 12/2/2010 7:17PM

    sounds good to me! my victory is my belt holes. now i am down to my last one. its a squeeze, and i go blue in the face from the effort ,but its one hole i could only dream about a month ago. yay to you virginia! emoticon

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ELLDEE57 12/2/2010 6:44PM

    I do believe that is a emoticon moment!

A few weeks ago I looked in my closet and pulled out a smaller size jeans just to see if I could get them on. I did and I didn't have to lay on the bed to get the zipper zipped! However, I had one heck of a muffin top going on and within 4 hours I had to take them off so I could breathe!!

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Wow!! I don't require all 12 inches to be satisfied (not aiming for full anymore)!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

I ventured out to Subway and ordered the Oven roasted Chicken breast sub, no cheese, no dressing (they didn't have fat free, so I wait until I got home), full of veggies but unfortunately no black olives for me today.

Anywhoo...I am getting sidetracked.

I fell pry to the marketing "geniuses" and order the footlong for $5 instead of the 6" for $3.50. I would usually eat all 12" without thinking. But since I have been eating slower and listening to my body signals, I noticed that I became satisfied after eating most of the 6". I was really surprised.

The other half is tucked away in the fridge for lunch at work. And I am ok with that.

I am learning new things about myself everyday. Today...I learned size does matter and that bigger is not always better. lol

  
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JIBBIE49 12/1/2010 11:08PM

    emoticonDONE GIRL, I'm glad u made a healthy choice for lunch. Give yourself CREDIT for that and YES, it is so important to listen to your body and STOP eating when u know u have had enough. Keeping the other half for later was a GOOD idea. emoticon

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BROWNIEISLANDER 12/1/2010 11:05PM

    Keep on using moderation...and Spark to Success!!!! emoticon emoticon

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MSHUFFNPUFFN 12/1/2010 10:33PM

    Good for you!!! Keep sparking like you mean it!!!

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BELIEVER104 12/1/2010 8:41PM

    emoticon Way to make great choices today! I have a big problem with my eyes being bigger than my stomach, and it definitely takes time to replace that habit with better ones! Cheers to discovering the best thing about $5 footlongs-- they're 2 meals in one! Have a great week :)

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BRIGETTEK 12/1/2010 8:04PM

  I feel you about usually finishing what I have in front of me and not listening to what my body has to say.

I have been trying to just make my plate and not put everything on the table. I also wait for 20 min or so after I am finish telling myself that if I am still hungry I can get more....but I have went back yet:)

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BRIGETTEK 12/1/2010 8:04PM

  I feel you about usually finishing what I have in front of me and not listening to what my body has to say.

I have been trying to just make my plate and not put everything on the table. I also wait for 20 min or so after I am finish telling myself that if I am still hungry I can get more....but I have went back yet:)

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KARRYB1 12/1/2010 7:59PM

    emoticon emoticon If we take the time to read our body signals we will be pleasantly surprised. I have the habit of gobbling and then feeling so stuffed and uncomfortable. emoticon

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BRANDIGIRL313 12/1/2010 7:37PM

    I DONT KNOW HOW I DID THAT...LOL!

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BRANDIGIRL313 12/1/2010 7:36PM

    GIRL YOU GOT THAT RIGHT.. IN SOME INSTANCES ANYWAY emoticon

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TAMLKING 12/1/2010 7:06PM

    You have been making some really great choices!
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