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Dec '13 - 250 lbs... Commence Butt Kicking!

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My "To Do List"... This goes along with my blog "Races Are Stupid"

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April 2014 - Rocking the Veggies... and that blue dress. ;)


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"When you're frightened don't sit still, keep on doing something. The act of doing will give you back your courage."
~Garce Ogot

To not merely exist, but to live!
To not merely survive, but to thrive!

I have embarked on a journey to better health and fitness. Translation: I am over being overweight. I got stuff to do in this life. Watch out world! Here I come!

Simple.. Set goals and GIT 'ER DONE!

I hope to build a health and fitness "resume" to help encourage and motivate myself during the tough times and maybe help inspire others. One thing I have learned so far is that encouragement and inspiration multiply exponentially when shared. It gives us the energy to make it happen. So let's share some encouragement. :)

You are invited to stop by and read my blogs.
Blogging is turning into an important piece of the puzzle for me. It's one of the things that really helps me sort myself out and oddly motivates and encourages me. A LOT! I greatly appreciate any and all blog support. :)


Jan '14 - Made it to my goal of 1,000 fitness minutes for the first time ever!!!

Feb '14 - Made it to 2,000 fitness minutes for the first time

Mar '14 - After months of "fast walking", I had my first successful 25 minute Walk Slash Run interval workout at a walk run pattern of 2min walk f/b 1 min run & a speed of 3.3 mph walk and 4.3 mph run!

Mar '14 - Completed 2,500 fitness minutes for the first time!

Apr '14 - Don't know if I can keep it up just yet, but I increased my running increments from 10 x 30 sec to 10 x 40 secs today for a grand total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. (Interval Pattern Run:40, Walk:1'20") (Speed: Walk:2.5, Run 4.5)

LIFE GOALS... penned during December 2013 Reboot

1. Stop Feeling Like Poop!

2. Lose Wt & Keep it Off for Good!

3. Get Fit & Be Fit Forever!

4. Have Lots of Energy & Do Lots of Awesome!


1. Shed 60 Pounds. Why? To be totally free from what weighs me down

2A. Attain "Baseline Fitness". Why? To stop letting my body limit me and help retool it so that it may allow me to soar!

2B. Work up to and complete these fitness challenges: 200 Squats, 200 Crunches, 100 Lunges, 100 Push ups. Why? To have a measurable and sustainable routine that promotes "baseline fitness" and that I can do anywhere!

3. Bike 500 miles by year end. Why? To push myself to set goals, build consistency and enjoy the outdoors!

4. Swim 500 laps by year end. Why? Simple: I like swimming and I need a swimming goal. If you don't shoot for something, you won't do anything. Right?

5. Run 1 Mile. Why?. To achieve what is to me the holy grail of fitness and then maintain it!

6. Complete 24,000 fitness minutes. Why? Why the heck not??? !!!


1. Drop 15 pounds

2. Do Treadmill 60 times

3. Do Elliptical 60 times

4. Pump Iron 60 times

5. Bike 150 miles

6. Swim 100 laps

7. Do Body Pump 12 times
(I know this is high - but Remember - you tend to lose weight after a week with a Body Pump class)

8. Complete 6250 fitness minutes


1. Drop 15 pounds = = = = = = = = = Nope - Down 6 lbs
2. Do Treadmill 50 times = = = = = = Yup - 53 x
3. Do Elliptical 50 times = = = = = = Yup - 55 x
4. Pump Iron 40 times= = = = = = = =Yup - 45 x
5. Do Fitness Challenges 10 times= =Nope - 6 x
6. Bike 100 Miles = = = = = = = = = = =Almost - 82 miles
7. Swim 50 laps = = = = = = = = = = ==Nope - 10x
8. Do Body Pump Class 6 times = = =Yup - 6 x
9. Complete 5500 fitness minutes = = Yup - 5,765 minutes!


~ Don't take no for an answer.

~ Beast Mode!
(Do 30, 60, 90 100 day challenges of hard core for a major transformation)

~ You've got more inside.

~Do something every day.

~Something is better than nothing.

~I've never consistently exercised and had my body stay the same. It has always changed for the better. It will again.

~Your situation has already improved.

~As long as you don't quit, you're not a failure
-------Sparker SparkyCarley

~Do it until you can do it. Than do it.
-------Sparker On2Victory

~Find. A. Way.
------- Diana Nyad's swimming mantra.


"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new"

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."
~Arthur Ashe

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts."
~Winston Churchill

"Optimists are right. So are pessimists. It's up to you to choose which you will be."
~ Harvey Mackay

"When thinking won't cure fear, action will."
~ William Clement Stone

�Don't let yesterday take up too much of today�
~ Will Rogers

�No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.�

"When you're frightened don't sit still, keep on doing something. The act of doing will give you back your courage."
~Garce Ogot

"You are not defined by your past. You are prepared by your past."
~ Joel Osteen

�The woods would be quiet if no bird sang but the one that sang best.�
~ Henry van Dyke

"The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."
- Confucius

"We first make our habits, and then our habits make us."
-John Dryden

"Before I began running, the idea that I'd ever go a mile seemed impossible. And of course it was until I ran a mile."

"Difficult things take a long time, impossible things a little longer."
~Andr� A. Jackson

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another."
~Walter Elliott, The Spiritual Life

"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable."
~Thomas Foxwell Buxton

"Don't get down. Find a way. Never give up."
~Diana Nyad

~Dream Goals~

- Wear my mom's Bermuda dress to my husbands college graduation. (Graduation date estimated at May 2016, goal written in March 2014 at 250#, probably need to be 140# to fit in the dress)
-Go dress shopping at Cache
- Do A Pull-up
- Do Several Pull-ups
- Do Weighted Pull-ups... now that's just crazy talk ;)
- Complete P90x... and here you thought I wasn't gonna be any crazier than weighted pull ups!
- Do A Half Century Bike Ride
- Do A Century Bike Ride
- Be a Bike Taxi Driver in a Tropical location... just for a summer or something :)
- Run A Marathon
- Become A Triathlete
- Zumba Instructor
- Body Pump Instructor
- Yoga Instructor ...when I retire ;)
- Learn to Surf
- Vacation in Hawaii... in a bikini ;)
- Tour Europe by Bike
- Ride a Rickshaw in India
- Ride a Camel in Egypt
- Ride a Dogsled in Alaska
- Ride a Horse... I don't know where... Texas? Wyoming? Colorado maybe?
- Cross country ski someplace really pretty
- Snow shoe someplace that feels like Narnia
-Compete in the Senior Olympics when I turn 50.
- Learn to play the cello

Note to self #1
Goals should be...
Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant & Time Bound

Note to self #2
Things to work on down the road...
Flexibility, Balance, Coordination, Endurance/Stamina, Speed, Power

-Abs aren't made in the gym, they're made in the kitchen
-Protein in every meal

Member Since: 3/12/2012

Fitness Minutes: 16,335

My Goals:
LIFE Goals
1. Stop Feeling Like Poop!
2. Lose Weight & Keep it Off for Good!
3. Get Fit & Be Fit Forever!
4. Have Lots of Energy & Do Lots of Awesome!

My Program:
1. Do Something Everyday!
2. Something is Better than Nothing!

Personal Information:
Milestones Reached !!! !!! !!!

DEC = 253 Start

FEB = 250 = BMI 38%
MAY = 245

JUL = 250 = BMI 38%
NOV = 255

Pushing for NEXT...
243 BMI 37%

Size 18 Pants
(205 - 220?)

Other Information:
Milestones I am looking forward to.

225 - 25# lost - 25% Done
200 - 50# lost - 50% Done
175 - 75 # lost - 75% Done
150 - 100 # lost - All Done!

Pant size 18 (200 - 220)
Pant size 16 (190 - 210)
Pant size 14 (170 - 190)
Pant size 12 (160 - 175)
Pant size 10 (150 - 165)
Pant size 8 (140 - 150)
Pant size 6?

250 BMI 38%
243 BMI 37%
237 BMI 36%
230 BMI 35%
223 BMI 34%
217 BMI 33%
210 BMI 32%
204 BMI 31%
197 BMI 30%
191 BMI 29%
184 BMI 28%
177 BMI 27%
171 BMI 26%
164 BMI 25%
158 BMI 24%
151 BMI 23%
145 BMI 22%
138 BMI 21% ?

190 - Goodbye Obesity
160 - Hello Healty BMI

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    Yoo Hoo

    Hope you're still rockin' that blue dress
    2026 days ago
    Hi, it's Daphne. Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I do a lot of volunteering at the kids' school and I am in the process of moving.

    I run about 3 to 4 half marathons a year and I really enjoy them. Yes, this will be my first marathon. It has taken me my fourth year back into running after not doing so for 18 years to realize I am up for the challenge. I usually take it easy during the summer and focus on the kids and when school starts up in August...I get back to training. I find I need a break from running and since it is so hot during the summer months it is the perfect time to relax a little and do things I do not get to do when I am in training mode.

    2341 days ago
    I just wanted to tell you that you're a genius! I finally got off my butt & went for a run on my treadmill yesterday. I took your advice to stretch before. WOW! My legs feel AMAZING! Thanks so much for sharing that with me. emoticon
    2343 days ago
    I know exactly how you feel. We needed more wisdom from Maya Angelou ... and more of her natural sense of calm. I don't know the passage. My friend sent it on. It does seem like it might be a compilation.
    2346 days ago
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    Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my "Chef Boyar 'B'" Blog the other day! I will definitely be sharing some more recipes, probably later this week :) Hope you have a great week!

    2348 days ago
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