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Day 3 of the 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge/Dr's Visit

Monday, December 13, 2010

Success! I went to the doctor and she was very pleased with my weight loss over the past 3 weeks (8 lbs). On the previous visit, she was concerned both about my blood pressure and the fact that the labs showed that I was insulin-resistant (on the road to type 2 diabetes). I had to lose weight and I did!! She was impressed with how I was losing it: THE OLD FASHION WAY! Which includes WW, SP and working out. So my treatment plan is to CONTINUE TO HOLD OFF ON THE MEDICATIONS!! No pills for now because I've adjusted my lifestyle. Wonderful news.

So after the visit, I was super motivated to do my tasks for Day 3 of the challenge. My arms are sore, ouch! Coach Nicole is no joke, her workouts are really a workout! I also took before pictures of myself because I know those days will be long gone soon.

Still motivated, I ventured out to my Weight Watchers Meeting to find out that I lost 1.6 lbs!

A good day for me. I am very satisfied because it seems to all be coming together!

  
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ABB698 12/14/2010 5:25PM

    emoticon that's awesome that your Dr. was so proud of you! Keep up the good work! The results are soooo worth it!

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VDSHIELDS 12/14/2010 5:07PM

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TAMLKING 12/14/2010 7:13AM

    I am so proud of you!!! Keep up the awesome work!
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FIT2SWING 12/13/2010 7:44PM

    Way to go! If getting in shape means saving money from medications you don't need to buy and a longer life down the road, you're on the right path!

Congrats on your lost! Keep up the fantastic work!

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Day 2 of the 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I've completed my activities for day two of the bootcamp challenge. And I must admit that it was very hard getting started today. I had a boatload of excuses for the 3-4 inches of snow outside to "I'm trying to watch Sherlock Holmes". But my inner healthy girl forced me to haul my butt into gear.

So I did the Day 2 strength video focusing on the lower body. It was good but I am sore. I also did a high impact, intense kickboxing video. Took a nap and then shoveled snow at my home and then my parent's house. I AM POOPED!

I weigh in at Weight Watchers tomorrow, I hope that there continues to be lower numbers on the scale for me. I don't care if it is only 1/2 a lbs, I will take it.

Now I am going to go get in bed and watch Sherlock Holmes, I think I earned it!

  
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RUTGERSM0M 12/12/2010 8:54PM

    I think I only made it to day 2 of the 30 day Shred. Your are dedicated and did not let anything stop you from your workout. Keep up the dedication and hard work. emoticon

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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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    emoticon You have a winning attitude! emoticon

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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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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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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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