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sexybeastI’m working on a project to shine a light that will give a huge pat on the back to all the women out there who have literally worked their butts off. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to email your before picture. Include an after picture, but not just ANY after picture:

Make it sexy and sassy, and of course you must wear your favorite pair of sneakers.

Pictures need to be submitted by 8:00pm EST Friday July 26th as follows:

Subject line should read “Before and After Project” (otherwise it flies into a cyber black hole of spam).
Include your first name (or that by which you would like to be called).
Include your age (not date of birth).
Include the month & year of your weight loss surgery.
Non-ops can participate, too!!
Include your starting weight and how much weight you have lost. You can also include, if you would like: inches lost, pant sizes lost, etc.
Do not submit nakked pictures. Sports bras, shorts, things like that are fine.

Send your email to spdiaries@gmail.com, or any questions you may have!

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huuuuuhI love to share my unexpected moments of shame with the world. Like the day my pants fell down at the gym; or the day I slid seven feet to the floor off a Stair Master (twice); or the day my water bottle fell off the spin bike and exploded on the floor (that was my first spin class…my second was seven months later); or the day I had an all out brawl at Kohl’s in the lingerie (long-er-ay) section with Spanx (you know those were meant to be stepped into, not pulled over like a super big compression wrap?).

So I thought to invite you- the readers of Sneaker Porn Diaries, those who follow, and those who would never admit to following but they do – what’s your silly weight loss story?

The deadline for the Silliest Story…Like…Ever contest is July 15th, 2013. Submit your stories to sneakerporndiaries@yahoo.com using the following format:

Please put “SNP Silly Story Contest” in the subject line of your email.
Please keep your stories to no more than 700 words, check spelling and punctuation.
Be sure to include your before & after picture, and a picture of your favorite pair of sneakers.
Share your starting & current weight, age, city & state where you live.
First names and the first letter of your last name will be shared on the blog if your story is chosen.
If you have a blog, please include the blog address so your journey can be viewed by other readers!

Deadline for submissions is July 15th, 2013. The Silliest Story winners will be announced on July 20th, 2013. And yes, there will be a PRIZE!

sneakerbinShe really didn’t come right out and say that to me in my ear – but in print. Big print (zoom) that glowed in the dark (iPad):

“This is one hell of a journey you’re beginning. In fact, it’ll probably be the most important, challenging, and rewarding thing you ever do.”

“What the Hell do You Want to Do with Your Life?”

“Ask yourself this: how much deprivation, how much self-effacement must you suffer before you act on your desire for meaning and fulfillment, before you thrive in your life instead of barely surviving it?”

“…do not compromise your happiness because of others’ lack of insight.”

“It’s time to start living your life the way God…intended – HAPPILY.”

(All of the quotes above are from Unlimited by Jillian Michaels, Copyright (C) 2011 by Empowered Media LLC)

I had to look up effacement (like you’d expect anything less?): to wipe out; do away with; expunge; rub out; erase; obliterate. Or in other words: assassinate. Would you just stand there and let someone pull the trigger? Yeah, neither would I.

…I need a dumbbell…

Oh hey! 2 Years!! What a difference 33 inches makes, huh? Am I cute or amcute!?!?

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I had dug around in my box of weight loss surgery stuffs for some items that had been handed out pre and post-op. There was a “Get Your Kitchen Situated” list; the “Hi, the shrink says you’re not nuts…here’s your next to-do list” letter); “Vitamins to have on hand…for…ev…er” list; lists about food “Stages” (liquids, squishies, solids, Starbucks).

Actually, I think Starbucks should be a food group.

None of what had been contained in my little box of weight loss really explained what would happen to my cute self when all the weight came off. Rapid or gradual weight loss always results in physical changes: my nose shrank, my boobs mysteriously got bigger (I’m in denial and don’t care what the 4’11 lady said while I got fitted for a new bra).

Oh…clothes shopping? Really? It’s not (make little quote signs with your fingers) shopping.

Those of us who have personally experienced massive weight loss know all too well the frustration fitting rooms hold. Two weeks ago I spent the better part of half an hour in a pathetic stubborn effort to get into a Spanx tank. The damn thing rolled behind me because I somehow got it wrapped up in its own fabric and hooked in my bra-strap. To add insult to injury, the light overhead made that little fitting room hotter than a book shelf in hell.

After I wiggled out of the Spanx tank with a couple of MMA moves Mark taught me, I saw the back of a tag which had instructions. Plain as day: “Step INTO your shape wear.

I rock.

sneakerbinMy experience with new sneakers has been just as enjoyable, as you can see. There are 15 pair of sneakers in my bin: Nike (3 pair), New Balance (5 pair), Reebok (3 pair), Champion (2 pair), Kmart Blue Light Special (2 pair).

I now own my own sneaker factory.

Well…maybe own is a tad dramatic.

As a person who has first-hand experience with rapid weight loss, it would not be unreasonable to think I take as much care with the purchase of new sneakers as I do wrestling with Spanx.

Nope.

Fat people walk differently than non-fat people (sounds like I just described yogurt). The muscles in my body had to compensate for my weight which means my legs would roll out (all of my shoes were worn down on the outside of the heels). Now that I weigh about 140lbs less than I did two years ago, I walk differently. The type of shoe I wore then I cannot wear now, and this is true for a lot of people in the weight loss community.

Failure to take the time to properly shop for sneakers could develop foot and/or ankle problems down the road. Gym sneakers are different than street sneakers. Running sneakers are different than cross train sneakers. The cool sneakers on the rack at a discount will not do their job if they do not fit properly. Don’t be me and look like a shoe who…um…hoarder. Love the feet you’re in, get fitted!

There’s a great article here on shopping for sneakers. If you have any additional input, toss me a note at sneakerporndiaries@yahoo.com

littlesneaksI found these today on an article written by Chris Freytag, Fitness Expert for Prevention Magazine.

1. Strive for progress, not perfection. (Unknown)

2. You want me to do something…tell me I can’t do it. (Maya Angelou)

3. If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying. (Unknown)

4. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. (Wayne Gretzky)

5. You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted. (Ruth E. Renkl)

6. Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. (Gandi)

7. Motivation will almost always beat mere talent. (Norman R. Augustine)

8. I’d rather be a failure at something I enjoy than a success at something I hate. (George Burns)

9. Energy and persistence conquer all things. (Ben Franklin)

10. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

…Champions are losers.

So last week I picked up a couple pair of sneakers from Target. They were of the Champion brand. Don’t let the name fool you. I have no complaint about their athletic apparel. However, their sneakers suck.

IMG_0602Why didn’t I figure that out prior to the purchase, you may ask. I thought I had. I tried one on, tied the laces a bit, walked a couple feet, did the bouncey-bounce thing, and stuck them in the buggy. I took the pair in the picture here to the gym today (side note: they appear to be pink, but they’re actually a funky-funk shade of orange). I had been on the elliptical just over ten minutes and had to stop to switch out shoes because these things were jacking with my ankles. They’re made with Styrofoam material similar to memory foam. To add insult to injury, the only other pair of sneakers I had were the dailies (everyday sneaks).

On to more interesting things.

Monday Workout

Just under an hour on the elliptical for 4.07 miles. I was interrupted by crap shoes.

Training with Mark (if I remember all of this correctly):

  • -Bench press 45lb Olympic barbell 3×10 – with my feet in the air (like GI Jane without the beach…or a Seal team).
  • -Back rows w/25lb dumbbells: 15, 20, 25 reps (each arm)
  • -12lb (that may be wrong) kettle bell over head: 15, 20, 25 reps
  • -30 pushups (whether or not they counted is another story)
  • -Chest press 45lb Olympic barbell: 3×10 reps (feet on the floor)
  • -Curls with 15lb dumbbells: 15, 20, 25
  • -Sit up Jacks w/12lb bar: 1×15
  • -Toe touches 30 seconds
  • -Accordion crunches (think reverse crunches): 30 seconds
  • -Curl 45lb Olympic barbell: 1×15