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Days 380-382 on the Journey!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hey Sparkies,

Sorry about my lack of a blog but I haven't really had the energy for it. Anyway things were actually going quite good until yesterday when I broke my 4 day streak of staying within my calorie range. It was only one day though and in its midst I can recognize that 4 days within my calorie range is progress so emoticon Because my goal is to

On the exercise front I haven't been faring that well though. I've only so far got in my Focus T25 Pyramid video on Tuesday morning despite needing to exercise every day from Tues-Sat to finish my workouts for this week. Unfortunately both yesterday and today I missed my alarm and exercising yesterday evening wasn't an option because I had church. I want to exercise this evening but I'll have to see how it goes. If not there will have to be some doubling up of my videos and I probably have to throw a Sunday workout in there to get everything done. I really do hate when my exercise is thrown out of whack like this but hey

So anyway that's what has been going on. I hope my next blog can be a bit more victorious. emoticon Thanks for your time!! emoticon emoticon

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VTORIA3 7/24/2014 1:31PM

    Oh, very good last quote....I took a note for myself. You have been doing great with your calorie plan....one day off course sometimes happens....ignore it and move on quickly. Exercising can be a tough commitment when things get so busy....I can testify to that, especially as of late when my family all descended for the reunion and it was nonstop activities. It felt really good to get a workout in today.

So keep focused and determined and you will reach your goals in no time! emoticon

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Days 377-379 on the Journey!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello Sparkies,

I am here to report good tidings of the weekend past!! emoticon Now if you read my blogs you'll know that I've been having a REALLY rough patch with my eating for about 3 weeks now but on Friday I decided I was putting my foot down and saying enough is ENOUGH!! That is exactly what I did because both on Saturday I Sunday despite MANY temptations not to, I stayed within my calorie range!! emoticon emoticon emoticon I am SOOOOOO elated about this because I knew that by not controlling my eating I was stalling and even at risk of reversing all the emoticon progress that I've made and been making. No more though!!!

On the fitness front I didn't workout as much as I would have liked but I'm not sweating it because fitness hasn't really been my struggle so far. I also missed my workout today because of several factors but instead of trying to get it in later I'll just make up for it on Saturday becuase the Gamma phase of Focus T25 only requires me to have 5 days of working out in contrast to the Alpha and Beta phase so if I just get my workout in Tues- Sat I'll finish all my videos for this week. emoticon to that!!

Well that's all for now. emoticon for your time and support!! emoticon emoticon

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CHANGEOLA 7/24/2014 5:50AM

    emoticon Job! So proud of your efforts. I know how hard it can be with food so this is such a victory. I see more to come emoticon emoticon

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JUDITH316 7/22/2014 4:26AM

    emoticon Good Job my friend, keep up the great work, emoticon

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KNIBARG 7/21/2014 12:10PM

    Way to go! Nutrition is way harder for me -- with the way I woke out, I would already be at goal weight if I could control my food. So, I get it!!!! Keep up the good work - 1 day of good food choices leads to another and another. Once the weight starts dropping, it will help with the motivation to keep it up. plus, one of the major things I notice is how much worse I feel overall and how much more sluggish I feel during workouts when I eat junk food. So, pay attention to how you feel when you make those great food choices and stay within your calorie range and let those feelings help you keep making them. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEVERINA418 7/21/2014 11:29AM

    Girl, you and me both have been eating bad for a few weeks now! We just need to take back control and decide to eat right again. I know we can do this! Love you!

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Days 375-376 on the Journey!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Hola Sparkies,

You know I love this site and I love all of you my Sparkfriends!! I actually wasn't intending to write a blog today because I wasn't in the mood to write one. I was down in the dumps and feeling like just a big failure. After a week of bad days I was on my way to making today another one and then I started reading the blogs of some of you my Sparkfriends. I read about your victories, I read about some of your failures but most importantly I read about the fighting spirit that you ALL have and it helped to restore mine. I was able to write encouraging words on some of your blogs and in doing so I encouraged myself!!

So what if I've been lacking in my self-discipline this week? So what if I've over-eaten and missed a couple workout sessions? Is my life over? Am I not able to recover? If you had asked me that this morning before my time with you all my emotions actually had me with head down, spirits defeated saying yes but now I can triumphantly shout HECK NO!!

Now I can see that I can take my eating by the horns and keep it in line starting TODAY!! No waiting until next week!! I can see that I can start this week of workouts on my Focus T25 calendar all over again next week Monday and get it done properly instead of trying to cram about 5 videos into 3 days and getting discouraged by that. I can see that even with that I can exercise today and tomorrow while I wait to hit the re-set button on this week of exercising on Monday. Most importantly I can see that this is what success is!! It isn't a straight line, a smooth ride or a walk in the park. It's potholes, bumps in the roads, falling down and getting scrapes and cuts but having to get back up!!

I can do it!! I CAN reach my goals. We ALL CAN!! Thank you all so much more than ever for being here. emoticon emoticon

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CHANGEOLA 7/24/2014 5:49AM

    Hear hear! emoticon This is a point I try to drive home with others and myself. It is never smooth sailing and I am SO glad you see this. Great job Chal! emoticon

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JUDITH316 7/19/2014 7:51AM

    Keep up the emoticon work Chalecia, I cheer you on as always... emoticon

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KIM22211 7/18/2014 3:54PM

    oh so true!! We just never ever give up!!!! you are wonderful!!

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2BDYNAMIC 7/18/2014 12:50PM

    Yes and today you wrote inspiring words on my blog .......... (as you have before and I really appreciate) .............. No failures here ............ oh no .......... and today Spark Coach talked about challenging ourselves to do 30-60 min of NEAT activity ............ so even in a deliberately busy day ............ we can rack up calories ........... and we are always her for you as you are for me and us!!! emoticon

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JLAMING263 7/18/2014 10:55AM

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Days 373-374 on the Journey!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hey Sparkies,

Firstly let me declare that unfortunately Monday evening did not go according to plan. I had wanted to do two of my Focus T25 videos as I said in my previous blog but then my DH decided that he wanted me to workout with him so I did 15 minutes of a Jillian Michael's video with him. it actually wasn't bad and I loved this one line in it when she said "Yes!! THIS is what it takes, there's no magic pill and no magic diet, just eating right and working out." Can I get a emoticon emoticon I also did my daily 26 push-ups and that it was it for my fitness on Monday.

The eating front was a fail though because I went over my calories AGAIN and I did it yesterday too. Who am I to cry about it though? That's over and done with and so I just have to work really hard today and the rest of the week to stay within my range because honestly I don't think the good fortune of the previous two weeks of my overeating and especially last week when I actually saw a loss will last!!

I have to keep reminding myself

Speaking of working hard I did do the Focus T25 Pyramid video that I was supposed to do on Monday, yesterday evening and despite 3 super tough segments I did a pretty good job. Not only that but after finishing the video which has a push-up segment as one of those SUPER tough segments where I have to do 42 push-ups, I still did my daily 26 push-ups. Call me the Push-Up Princess emoticon emoticon emoticon

Also this morning I woke up and did my workout, which of late is such a RARE occurrence that I need a little celebration emoticon emoticon emoticon I did the Pyramid video again because it was next on the calendar and again I did my 26 push-ups. I also did better on the Pyramid video than yesterday so YYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYY!! emoticon

On the food front today I have tracked breakfast, lunch, mid-afternoon snack and dinner and I have 325 calories to spare so may I STAY WITHIN my calorie range. I am declaring it to be thus!! emoticon

All in all I'm feeling good today and I'm still determined to get where I need to go which in and of itself is a feat so emoticon

Who's with me? emoticon emoticon

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LOSER_ZIMM 7/22/2014 8:52AM


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AMOS76 7/16/2014 10:26PM

    Be proud of yourself! These are all accomplishments and worth celebrating!

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JUDITH316 7/16/2014 10:20PM

    emoticon emoticon 42 push-ups, now that's impressive Chalecia, keep up the great work...I cheer you on... emoticon emoticon

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VTORIA3 7/16/2014 6:56PM

    You ARE the Pushup Princess! Yay! It's sure hard to change everything all at once. No place for perfect on this journey that's for sure. Yesterday is already the past. You are right to focus on today.

I'm real high on my calories today because the blasted high noon tea. I opted for a cheese and fruit plate, but that really wasn't much better. And I snitched little bites of this and that. If I can complete the day on just some cottage cheese and summer squash, I can finish up the day within my calorie range. Thanks for supporting me and having my back during this rough week. I hate the thought of back pedaling....

Thanks for your goodie and thoughtful message. It was so dear of you to take the time to send it and your message means a lot to me.

Hope your evening is a super good one! emoticon

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    I am with you

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

emoticon Until Tomorrow!

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Days 370-372 on the Journey!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hey Sparkies,

Much has happened over this past weekend so bear with me if the blog is a little lengthy.

Let's start with Saturday morning. I'm a part of a challenge that requires us to post our weight every Saturday before midnight so like it or not every Saturday morning I have to start my day by stepping on the scale. Now mind you for the past 12 weeks (WOW it's been 12 weeks emoticon- that deserves a emoticon ) of being CONSISTENT not PERFECT with eating right and exercising though I've made progress, the scale hasn't budged from 170!! (It did go down to 169 one week after which it went back to 170) I'd lost inches but I'd already come to accept that I wasn't losing "weight." I therefore only went on the scale every Saturday for the challenge as a formality. Now this Saturday I was a bit trepidatious about stepping on the scale becuase I think to be honest there was only 1-3 days in 2 weeks that I'd stayed below my calorie range. Then lo and behold the scale said 166 lbs!!! Yes you read that right I had lost 4 lbs suddenly, out of nowhere and I still don't understand it. To be honest all of this has just reminded me that my body isn't a machine that works according to my calculations.

Anyway after that high I jumped into my Speed 3.0 workout (THE HARD ONE) and I gave my BEST effort ever despite a bellyache!!! I completed the entire last part of the video without resting and mind you this is NO small feat!! emoticonHere's to lessening or eliminating rests in the first part the next time I do it!! Not only did I do my Speed 3.0 video but after that I also did my Rip't Up video but I didn't really nail it as I usually do because I was a bit exhausted from the Speed 3.0. I finished it though so emoticon Also I had to forgo the push-ups because after the Rip't Up which is mostly a Upper body workout my arms were in NO SHAPE for more push-ups.

Yesterday I was supposed to do another 2 videos to clear my backlog (yes I have a backlog again) but I didn't wake up so there went that plan. I didn't wake up this morning either but to be honest I didn't really expect to because I didn't get to bed until after 12 in the morning. So yep after working 10 hours today I wholly intend to go home and get those 2 videos done!!. Here's to that happening!! emoticon

Oh and in other news about yesterday because I wanted to update my ticker here on Spark I decided to weigh again and it was 165 lbs on the scale!! So yep in 1 week I lost 5 lbs!! Now after seeing this I was SUPER confident about going into the weigh-in and measurement taking with my husband last night for our little competition. I unfortunately didn't take into account how much impact all the food I had eaten and water I had drank during the day would have so by the time we weighed last night the stupid scale was saying 169 which only gave me a 2 lb loss from what it had said last Sunday night which was 171. My DH lost 3 lbs though which is so emoticon even though it didn't feel great last night because he was beating me. emoticon Anyway after taking all the measurements and doing my calculations my DH came out on top THIS week with his total loss (measurements and weight) being 4.75 and mine being 4.375. Suffice it to say we will need to start weighing and taking measurements in the morning!! emoticon

So anyway that's what has transpired this weekend and today marks a new week where I'll try to remember:

I've struggled with this, this weekend too but no more!! This week I'm going to give it my all!!! I'm going to see how much more progress I can make when I' m truly dedicated and committed to my goals!! No more going through the motions!!

Thanks for your time ESPECIALLY today with such a long blog!!! emoticon emoticon

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CHANGEOLA 7/15/2014 12:59PM

    "Weigh" to go! This was so great to read. I am proud of the work and effort you are putting in Chal. I think it is even better when you have your husband on board with some friendly competition to spur you on! emoticon emoticon

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VTORIA3 7/15/2014 4:58AM

    emoticon on your weight loss! emoticon another pound gone! You've got some good traction going. A weigh in sure can make or break a day and an attitude. You are super pumped and exploiting it to the max advantage. emoticon

And thanks so much for the encouragement with your posts on my blogs and spark page. I really appreciate it. Keep and eye on me, buddy, between now and the end of the month, cause the whirlwind of food events and lack of free time starts today, with the arrival of my family houseguest. My 120 fitness minutes for part of the week will have to go bye-bye for now; I'll be luck enough to get 60 minutes in. Most worried about the food. There will be plenty of the bad stuff around, much outweighing the good.

Keep up the super fantastic work! Onto Mumbai....let's keep ourselves moving! emoticon

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KIM22211 7/14/2014 2:08PM

    one day at a time and it all adds up!!!! woo hoo for you you!!!!!

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REBECCA7436 7/14/2014 10:41AM

    Good morning I really enjoyed reading your blog and journey and love at the end how you have the reminders, you made my day better

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